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Teddy bears’ picnic for soon-to-be Reception pupils

Posted on Thursday 1st August 2019 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a teddy bears' picnic for pre-schoolers in Savages Wood.

By Sharon Clark, headteacher at BSCS Primary Phase.

On Wednesday 12th June, local pre-schoolers and their families were invited to a come on a bear hunt! The rain kindly stopped for long enough for us to hold our Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Savages Wood.

The picnic had a ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ theme with children creating their own ‘Bear Hunt’ books, listening to the story (whilst learning some Makaton signs to help retell it) and exploring a bear hunt trail around the woods. Tesco kindly donated biscuits and squash so we could share a snack with the children.

The picnic was organised by pre-school and Reception teachers from Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas, working in partnership with the South Gloucestershire Early Years Team, and is part of a bigger project focusing on transition from pre-school into reception. The project has gained sponsorship from a number of companies: Andrews Estate Agents, The Willow Brook Centre and Taylor-Wimpey; all of which have donated funds that have enabled us to buy sets of books and produce a leaflet of nursery rhymes to share with children.

The children in the pre-schools working on the project will be sharing the stories and rhymes over the next term (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Gingerbread Man, The Little Red Hen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Max the Brave) and their Reception teachers will also have a pack of the same books to share with them when they join their new schools in September. The aim is to encourage language development through the learning of the rhymes and stories and support the transition for children as they will hear stories and rhymes they are familiar with when they start in their new classes.

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Bowsland Green reporters probe the plastic plague

Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 8:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils proudly displaying their written work at the end of the presentation.

Young pupils at a Bradley Stoke primary school have been gathering opinions on the hot topic of plastic waste pollution after finding rubbish all over their playing field and watching films of animals trapped in plastic waste. The children, in the age range 5 to 7, conducted investigations and proudly presented their findings at a special event held on the last day of the spring term.

The project, at Bowsland Green Primary School, formed part of an ‘imaginary inquiry’ approach to learning called ‘Mantle of the Expert’.

Speaking to the Journal, Lottie Harris, Key Stage 1 teacher, outlined the work the pupils had undertaken in the build up to the presentation:

“Each year group takes on the role of a responsible organisation or team, who need to carry out an imaginary commission for an imaginary client. This term, Key Stage 1 were news reporters. Searching for a local news story, they were horrified to find lots of rubbish on their school field. When they investigated further, they learnt about plastic in our oceans and the danger that our animals are in. This made these young news reporters feel frustrated and angry! They were determined to share this story across the world.”

“After exploring the opinions of different people, including toy factory workers, families, the government and the environment agency, each class set about taking action and finding different ways of getting their story heard. We imagined working with clients such as BBC World and the environment department of different newspapers, creating news reports, new flashes and posters which we shared with the editor of the Bradley Stoke Journal during the concluding presentation.”

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Trust CEO’s “lack of representation” gibe triggers schools minister visit

Posted on Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 10:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of schools minister Nick Gibb MP (centre) on a visit to Patchway Community School.

Schools minister Nick Gibb MP has paid a flying visit to several South Gloucestershire schools, including Patchway Community School, following criticism from a local academy trust leader that the district’s MPs aren’t doing enough to push for an increase in the level of school funding.

The visit came just three weeks after Dave Baker, CEO of the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), appeared to be critical of Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti for not attending a debate held in parliament to discuss a public petition titled ‘Increase funding for schools’, which had attracted over 100,000 signatures.

Mr Baker tweeted: “We are in the lowest-funded local authority area in the country and our MP was apparently not present for the debate about school funding. Looking forward to meeting with Jack Lopresti on Friday to talk this through.”

Following his subsequent meeting with Mr Lopresti, Mr Baker wrote in an article published on the OAT website that he had shared his “concerns about our lack of representation in regard to inadequate school funding in our area”.

Mr Baker went on to report that Mr Lopresti had “committed to requesting a meeting with Nick Gibb (minister of state for schools) in the coming weeks to share the serious concerns of school and trust leaders in South Gloucestershire.”

He also reported that Mr Lopresti had pledged to liaise with other local MPs, including Luke Hall and Chris Skidmore, “so that they can show a united front in highlighting concerns from across the education sector in South Gloucestershire”.

Noting that the Castle School Education Trust had recently been awarded £14 million in additional capital funding, Mr Baker added that he was looking forward to “an update in regard to the financial support also urgently required for schools within the Olympus Academy Trust, and specifically at Patchway Community School”.

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School kicks off 20th anniversary celebrations

Posted on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 9:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of current headteacher Phil Winterburn and former heads Lois Haydon and Chris Dursley cutting an anniversary cake.

On Saturday 16th March, Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School opened its doors to ex-pupils, families and members of staff for an open day to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.

Over 200 people attended the event and took the opportunity to explore the school and catch up with old friends and colleagues.

The hall was decorated with pictures from throughout the school’s history and videos of key events were played in classrooms.

The day was organised by Hazel Boyes, a teaching assistant who has been in post for 19 years.

It forms part of a series of events throughout the school year to mark the 20th anniversary.

The culmination of these events will be ‘Wheatfest’ on Saturday 13th July, which will be a day of activities, rides and performances to celebrate this important time for the school.

Photo of guests mingling in the hall.

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