Year 6 take over the school!!

Year 6 pupils are acting as head teacher, teachers, teaching assistants, business managers, caretakers, catering assistants and receptionists for the morning. Of course, the teachers stay in class to supervise the year 6 teachers as they help the younger pupils learn during the morning. Here are some images from the start of the morning….

Posted by Ryley and Ryan, Year 6 Business Managers.

 

Consultation on Changes to Local Services

We are encouraging parents and carers to respond to the Bristol City Council’s consultation on proposals to change local services. The proposals include closing both Horfield and Lockleaze libraries and cutting our school crossing patrol on Filton Avenue so we feel it is important that our school community takes this opportunity to express their views.

Follow this link to read the proposal

Follow this link to complete the survey

The survey is open now for 12 weeks, closing on Tuesday 5 September 2017. Please respond now to make sure that your opinions are heard.

 

Visit by Elen Caldecott Author of ‘Spooks and Scooters’

As a prize for an outstanding video entry to the Reading Gladiators Challenge, Year 4 Reading Gladiators had lunch with Elen Caldecott author of Spooks and Scooters and Nikki Gamble in the school library.  Year 4 Gladiators had the opportunity to chat to Elen in an informal way and ask questions about being a writer. Some children received signed copies of books from the Marsh Road Mystery series that their parents had ordered. Others took the chance to ask Elen about different books they had read from the Marsh Mystery series.

Elen then led an inspirational session in the hall to a wider audience of Year 4s and 5s. So many children have commented how much they enjoyed talking to a “real writer”!  It was a lovely afternoon and Elen kept her audience spellbound!

 

Orchard Campus wins £5000 Grant

We are delighted that Orchard Campus has been chosen to receive a £5000 grant from *Tesco ‘Bags of Help’. We will be spending the grant on play equipment for the playground. Many thanks to all our families and friends who supported us by collecting tokens.

*Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Customers get to vote for their favourite project every time that shop to determine the grant size each community project receives. www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

 

Art Trail Photo’s

Thanks to everyone who contributed or came along to support the Art Trail on Saturday. It was a great success despite the rain!

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30 Days to Make a Change | Punctuality

Following another very successful challenge, with children and adults alike commenting on the improvements made, our fourth 30 Days to Make a Change | Punctuality, has been running for the last couple of weeks and will continue until the middle of June. Most obviously, punctuality relates to pupils getting in to school on-time, ready to start learning, by 8.45am. There are many reasons why being punctual is so important, not least the amount of learning time missed when you you’re not:

  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days of lost learning each year;
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.

Not missing learning time is vital to your child’s progress, but being in school on-time also gives them a chance to meet up with their friends before school starts. Moreover, punctuality is a good habit to build in preparation for going to secondary school and beyond.

As with each new challenge, we introduced it to the pupils in an assembly. One of the questions we asked them was how they can help themselves to be punctual. Some of the ideas they came up with were: packing their school bags, and getting their clothes ready, before going to bed; setting their alarm (earlier); going to Breakfast Club; meeting a friend and walking to school with them.

The other aspect of punctuality we’ll be focusing on is being on time for the start of lessons, when they’re already in school. During the assembly we discussed things like: walking quickly and quietly to my line when the bell goes; tidying books and stationery away quickly to be ready for the next lesson; going to the toilet and having a drink at the end of break and lunch times so no learning time is missed.

A key part of the success of the challenges are the adults in school actively supporting them, and staff will be: modelling punctuality by making sure they are ready to meet the children before the end of break and lunchtime; always arriving on time for meetings and for assemblies; reminding learners who are not punctual for lessons to make sure they are; praising and rewarding learners who are always punctual.

As with each of the 30 Days challenges, a key aspect of this one is placing an emphasis on the pupils taking responsibility for themselves, rather than needing reminders from adults. As the behaviours become habits, we would expect to see more and more evidence of this independence across the school.

Once again, we hope that you will support us with our latest 30 Days to Make a Change Challenge.