Notes from Salesbury School
It is hard to believe that we have completed our first half-term already but it has been a great start to the year. The children have really come back to school with enthusiasm and determination and are certainly enjoying our new curriculum. Children are enjoying many new leadership roles across the school taking pride in their leading and learning including playleading, outdoor buddies, reading buddies, lunchtime helpers, sports leaders and Worship Group – to name just a few. It is wonderful seeing so many of older children supporting the younger pupils creating a warm, caring family environment.
Our new Worship Group have really explored our Christian Value for the half-term of Friendship and have set up value stations around school to promote values into action. These have included playing with someone new, making friendship bracelets and friendship spotting. We have explored what we know about Jesus as a friend to all and considered what that means for us today.
To support and extend children’s learning our Time Travellers theme, pupils have been visiting Manchester viewing galleries and museums, we have also had a Victorian Workshop and Tin Soldier Workshop too. These hands-on experiences have really enhanced our historical focus and certainly supported their skills and understanding.
Helping children keep safe has also been a firm part of our teaching and learning. Infant children have been out and about learning to keep safe on the road, all the children have been extending their knowledge of Online Safety, and Year 6 have been to Longridge to be part of the Safety Town Initiative learning about many aspects of personal safety as they gain further independence.
Our children are really extending their thinking and questioning skills as we have introduced Philosophy for Children into our learning. This is really helping children extend their ideas, articulate their thoughts and opinions leading in to some wonderful, considered writing. Some of their contributions have been astounding!
The lovely autumn weather has meant we could take advantage of our beautiful grounds and setting including our newly developed play areas. Children have been enjoying sports activities, musical activities and literacy outdoors.
It has been lovely to meet lots of prospective parents and their children during our Open Day and at other times too. Choosing a school for your child is such an important decision and we feel privileged that we are considered as a choice in trusting your child with us for this very important and exciting part of your child’s learning journey. We hope that, with us, children will really gain a hunger and love for learning.
We have welcomed several new families who have moved into the area and we look forward to long and happy associations with them. But it is not just children who have moved into Salesbury School, we have also adopted two beautiful rabbits and fish!
Back to School! It is lovely to see our children looking very smart and bright-eyed ready for the new school year. A new year brings lots of changes and things to look forward to. We have new classes, new class names, new children and new teachers too.
Our first day was definitely one to remember as it coincided with the Tour of Britain. The children were so excited to see the cyclists that they had heard so much about, in action. Admiring their effort, determination and commitment the children thought about how many of these attributes were needed for their own learning back in school. A great day and it was lovely to join so many of the parish and community too.
The children have all started the year by thinking about what they need to do to be the best they can be. We have talked about the importance of having a growth mindset, being determined to learn and improve, putting in the extra effort and keeping going when things get tricky.
History is very much in the air at Salesbury. The children have all started creative topics learning about and from the past. Lots of exciting learning going on which will help children appreciate our world today.
This term, we are thinking about friendship and the qualities a good friend displays. Being a good friend demands so many qualities that it has given us much to think about. The children have made a lovely Friendship Quilt which every child has contributed to.
Here is our Recipe for Friendship:-
A Recipe for Friendship
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I am usually writing the article for the parish magazine amidst a hive of activity but today it is so quiet as the school is closed for the summer. Apart from Mrs Reeve, who has bundled into school with most of the stock from Ikea, there is very little other noise in the building. This has given me time to reflect on a very busy school year and to make many plans for the next one.
In September, we will welcome many new faces into school, new children and new staff but we will certainly miss some very familiar faces from staff moving on and our year 6 children. I am sure they are full of emotion as they countdown to their next adventure, and enjoying that special time of buying new uniform and stationery. They have been a wonderful cohort, full of character and personality yet their noticeable independence and progress means we are happy that they are ready for the new challenges that lie ahead. We wish them every success for the future.
A few of our families are also moving out of the area over the Summer, to other parts of the UK and the world. Again, we wish them well and look forward to hearing how they are settling into their new homes, schools and communities.
Our last half-term seemed to be jam packed of exciting activities with Science Fairs, Teddy Bears Picnics, Talent Shows, Sports Days, Den-building, Music Concerts, Prizegivings, services and celebrations. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Salesbury for their tremendous efforts, creativity and generosity in making our school a great place to learn. I hope they are now putting their feet up and enjoying a well-earned rest.
September is fast approaching and we look forward to a new curriculum which is full of exciting, engaging learning opportunities. I am sure all our children will embrace their new challenges.
A sincere and warm welcome to all our new children and parents, I am sure you will soon feel part of our school family.
Clare Berryman, Headteacher
The school year is flying by and it feels incredible that we are planning all the events that take place at the end of the school year.
As I write this article, our year 6 children are enjoying a wonderful residential PGL visit participating in some outdoor and adventurous activities and learning a lot more about each other during the process. It has been great to hear of their adventures and see some great action photography.
Children across the school have enjoyed some fantastic sporting experiences of all shapes and sizes. We have been proud to see so many of our children representing the school in a vast array of sports. They have practised hard and given up lots of time so it has been great to see them reap many awards. This has included our football team winning in the finals at Wembley; a truly magical experience not to be forgotten.
This term, we are having a strong focus on developing our skills in science. Children had a visit from Professor Sciencestein who inspired the children to put their scientific skills into action. It is great to see our children’s natural curiosity ignited by rich, scientific investigations.
It has been lovely to meet our new families during our induction evening, it is such a privilege to be trusted with our young children and building relationships with our families is such an important step. I am sure they will soon feel part of the school family as they share in the pre-school lunches, pre-school welcome sessions, home visits and Teddy Bears Picnic.
This half-term, we are developing our understanding of the Christian Value ‘Peace.’ We are exploring the different interpretations of peace including finding inner peace, peace between each other in school, peace in the community - respecting differences, listening and talking with those who hold opposite views to you; peace in the world and peace with God. Children have drawn some reflective pictures and written some poems and prayers to develop their thoughts.
Last week, fifty of our pupils enjoyed a very full day in London. After an early start, we arrived in London to enjoy an afternoon at the British Museum where children had a great hands-on investigative session exploring various specimens from fossils to animals to teeth! They worked as scientists to ask questions and answer questions. This was followed by a visit to the dinosaur exhibition where we were reminded of the features of these incredible beasts. The children certainly enjoyed their three course meal at Pizza Express and the day was topped off by a visit to the theatre to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A fantastic day, orchestrated by Mr Kellington, was enjoyed with some very sleepy children (and staff) heading home!
On the same day, another group of children went to Deepdale Stadium for World Book Day to celebrate reading with about five thousand other school children to meet famous authors and illustrators. They have come back with a bundle of enthusiasm and a bundle of books – both should make valuable additions to our school library!
The children in nursery and foundation have had a lovely week celebrating Chinese New Year involving mask-making, Chinese dragons, Chinese writing, Chinese stories and a party too. I know they have had a great time and learned lots too!
Our Key Stage 1 children have thoroughly enjoyed their topic of castles inspired by their visit to Skipton. They have created some fabulous models, role play areas and art work leading to some great writing.
Classes 6 and 7 are preparing for their performance at the Sing Together Concert at the King George’s Hall, they have been practising for months and sound amazing so I am sure it will be a great event.
Miss Smith also organised history workshops for the Nursery and Key Stage Two this week where they have dressed up and had lots of hands on learning using artefacts to enhance their understanding of how life used to be.
My head is filled with catchy tunes at the moment following last night’s performance at King George’s Hall. Class 6 and Class 7 represented the school beautifully alongside other schools within Blackburn Diocese as part of the huge Sing Together Project.
We will soon be having a special day focusing on developing an understanding of our lives in a multi-cultural society. Through stories, poems, raps, dramas and debates we hope our children will develop a greater understanding their positive contribution can make to the community in which they live.
This half-term, we have been focusing on the Christian value of ‘thankfulness.’ Children have been thinking about how much we have to be thankful for and that sometimes we have to take a little pause and notice all the wonderful things around us and count our blessings!
Clare Berryman, Headteacher
Writing on the last day of the half-term we are able to reflect on a lovely time in school which has been full of industry, activity and snow!
This month has been a very successful one for sport in the school. We are extremely proud to have a football team which has led the school to become county finalists leading to a place in the Northern region finals. Our year 3 and year 4 gymnastic team achieved both first and second places in the Ribble Valley Competition.
We had a lovely time building snowmen and colour mixing in the snow, we certainly had lots of rosy cheeks and I think the children were quite disappointed to see it go.
We have had a fantastic Storytelling Week led by Mr Kellington and Mrs Smallshaw which involved a really creative launch full of stories, books and words. We were joined by John Kirk, storyteller who inspired our children to get creative with words, poetry, reading and writing. Wee Willie Winkie came to meet the nursery and infant children in the evening, we all wore our pyjamas, had bedtime stories followed by warm milk and cookies – lovely!
The week progressed with many different activities exploring traditional tales, riddles and rhymes, stories from other cultures finishing the week with the works of Roald Dahl where children dressed as their favourite character.
We have had a day to reinforce the messages of Internet Safety enabling our children to make safe and sound choices.
Zac in Year 6 has astounded the children (and staff) this week, he has managed to create a piece of technology which solves and completes the Rubik’s Cube! Really amazing to see.
We were delighted to take part in the Education Sunday Service last week, and thrilled that so many of you took time out of your busy day to come back to school to share in refreshments with children and staff – thank you!
This half-term, we have really explored the Christian value of ‘Compassion’ we have encouraged our children to use the teachings of Jesus to enable compassion in action within their daily alives. To help our children remember what this means, we have used an acrostic:-
C – Caring for others
O – Offering Help
M - Making a difference
P – Putting others first
A – Always listening
S – Service in action
S – Sensitive to others
I – Interested in others
O – Offering care and concern
N – Noticing a need
Some of the children have made ‘Cushions of Compassion’ at home and there are really wonderful examples for us to display in our school entrance. So, a very varied half-term and I think everybody is ready for a little break before coming back refreshed and revived for the remainder of the spring term.
Clare Berryman, Head Teacher
FABULOUS FEET FORWARD FOR FOSS!
Many, many thanks to both runners and givers!!!!!
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