14th January 2019
This week, we are reporting on lots of the fun activities at the end of last term.
Our spectacular choir
At the end of term, our choir went out and about into the community singing joyful songs and spreading happiness to the elderly, those suffering from dementia, The Royal British Legion and those with sight loss. There was lots of wonderful feedback about how happy they made everyone.
The Eco-Council are concerned about plastic in our environment and it is getting into the sea and wrecking the circle of life. Plastic from beer cans is getting wrapped around birds necks and beaks and is killing them. So the Eco-Council are raising money for the Dorset Marine Protection Wildlife Trust. They started to raise money by selling plastic Christmas tree bottles, broaches and wreathes for birds. They have raised over £11 so far!
FSA end of term party
On the last day of term, Santa came in his white helicopter. He landed in the middle of our school field and came to spend the day with us. It was a tremendous day. We had art activities led by the FSA mums, a puppet workshop with Roger Fudge which was really fun and a visit from Santa. He brought every child a present! It was a ten out of ten day!
15th November 2018
Focus on Christian Distinctiveness
On the 27th November, Bishop Peter is coming to visit our school. It is rare he gets to visit schools so it is exciting and an honour that he is coming to St Bartholomew’s. Bishop Peter is going to visit all the classrooms to talk to us and our teachers. Then, he is coming into Collective Worship with us. We hope that Bishop Peter will say a prayer at the end of our service. After worship, Bishop Peter is going to have morning tea with the Collective Worship Assistants and they have some questions for him. For instance, ‘How many schools have you visited?’ and ‘How many people have you inspired?’
Last Tuesday was World Prayer Day and Mrs Grave set up a prayer area in the gazebo. There were all sorts of different prayers such as sorry prayers, thank you prayers, listening to music, reflecting in the mirror and thinking about other children around the world. It was relaxing, calming and mindful. We would like to do it again. Mrs Grave does a prayer line every in the library at lunch time so we can do prayers then. We also pray in worship, at home and before lunch.
12th November 2018
Our Christian Values tree with Darrell Wakelam
During the week of the 5th November we had an ‘Artist in Residence’ Darrell Wakelam. He helped us to make our school Christian Values tree which is ‘rooted in love’. Every child got to do part of the tree, either constructing it with cardboard and masking tape, paper mache or painting. It took two full days and it was really spectacular and joyful.
‘We will remember them..’
On Friday, 9th November people from the Royal British Legion came and took part in our school Remembrance Service marking 100 years since the end of the Frist World War. They brought a Standard bearer and a Buglar. We held a minute’s silence.
After the service, the Royal British Legion came round the school so we could ask questions and learn about how we can stop fighting and be friends all around the world.
On Sunday, the School Council laid a wreath at the War Memorial at St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne with Mrs Coward and Mrs Court. The school choir sang in the church service while Mr Samuel played the guitar. The School Council were the only school to read a prayer in the service. Mrs Coward was very proud of all the children.
ANTI – BULLYING WEEK – CHOOSE RESPECT
Today, we have been reading a book in worship to help us not to hurt other people’s feeling and keep their hearts strong, safe and happy. We wore odd socks or crazy tights to show we choose RESPECT and support Anti-Bullying.
15th October 2018
Enrichment at St Bart’s
We now have the result of the sports sponsorship from Sport for Schools when Rich Parker (champion Inline Skater) and Dan came in to do sponsored fitness circuits with our school.
Miss Winter has informed us that our school has raised an unbelievable £1249.13! Sport for Schools will be sending coloured wrist bands to celebrate how much money each child has raised. This money is going to be spent on fabulous new sports equipment for our school. Miss Winter, Mrs MacCready and the Sports Council will be choosing the new resources.
On Friday 5th October, Miss Ramwell organised a mega fun Space afternoon to celebrate World Space Week. Children made rockets, solar systems,’The Alien Shuffle’ was sung and danced to and Mr Woodley was measuring out how far apart planets were on the school field. Our brilliant FSA funded this afternoon and it was magnificently fun!
Mischief Makers Certificates
55 children in school were awarded a gold medal and a Michief Maker’s certificate for reading completing the library reading challenge during the summer holidays. This is an amazing effort from our school.
A visit from India and Mr Winch
On Friday 12th October, Mr Winch from Maiden Beech Academy brought some of his exchange friends from a far-away country called India. The children told us all about their school and where they live. Their school grounds are humungous and they have monkeys and snakes. We told them all about the badgers at St Bart’s!
This is the new Sports Council shed. There are lots of fun games to play with the children. Mr Treacher came in to work with the Sports Council and our Midday supervisors to help them learn games to play.
The Sports Council are in charge of making our lunch times more fun and active.
Charlie says, “I’ve played Time Bomb and it’s really fun! You have the pass the ball and when the person says boom the person with the ball in their hand goes to the hula hooping."
On Friday 28th September, Mrs Court and some of the School Council ran a Macmillan Coffee afternoon in the school hall. There were games to play like ‘Pin the Cherry on the Cake’, ‘Name the Teddy’ and a big raffle. The main focus were the scrumptious cakes donated by our lovely parents and friends of our school.
An amazing £107.77 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care. We are really proud of the School Council working in service of others.
17th September 2018
This term’s reporters are: Evie, Annalese-Skye, Charlie-Jane, Ruby-May and Amelia. It’s all girls this term.
Welcome to our new Reception teacher, Mrs Hall, who teaches Robin Class.
We interviewed Mrs Hall...
What class do you teach?
I teach Robin class which is all Reception children this year.
What is your favourite lesson?
Art is my favourite lesson because I like making my classroom bright and colourful.
What are you in charge of?
I lead Art and Computing. I love art and I have not got as much experience of computing so I am really looking forward to learning more.
What do you like about our school?
Everyone is kind and helpful. For example, at lunch time the older children come and help the younger children. It is so lovely. The grown ups all help each other too.
23rd May 2018
Our Royal Wedding
Celebrations after 'Megan' and 'Harry' got married!
St Bartholomew's celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On Wednesday 16th May, our amazing Reception and Year 1 children dressed up as members of the Royal wedding party and Rev Huntley performed a full marriage ceremony, complete with rings, flower petals and signing the register. It was absolutely outstanding and lots of the grown-ups shed happy tears!
One of our reporters, Holly, told us her little sister had been very nervous about being a bridesmaid, but with some encouragement from her family and a box of confetti to throw, was able to take part. Afterwards she was really happy and thanked her family for their encouragement.
Thanks to our amazing FSA, our fabulous organiser Mrs Coram and our smart governor and vicar, Rev Stuart Huntley.
The Royal Tea Party
Staff looking smart!
After celebrating the Royal Wedding, lots of St Bart's family and friends worked super hard to make sure that all the children at St Bart's had lots of delicious food to celebrate. There were spectacular cakes of all shapes, sizes and colours as well as cucumber sandwiches and drinks of squash.
All of the children in our school stood to sing the National Anthem at the start of the party and Mrs Hall read out a message from Mrs Coward. It was really lovely to have the pre-school children who will be starting at St Bart's in September with us for the celebrations.
After the food has been eaten, we danced to some songs, organised by Mr Woodley, and then went for a play on the field.
It was a stunning day!
23rd April 2018
Our reporters this term are: Kira G, Lottie, Jack A, Dylan, Matthew, Jenny, Georgia, Rose, Jasmin, Amelia, Summer, Charlie-Jane, Ruby-May, Betty, Martha, Megan and Holly.
Mr Carter’s Memorial Games
On the 19th of April we were remembering all the good times we had with Mr Carter. In the morning, we had a special Collective Worship where we looked at a book filled with photos of all our memories with Mr Carter. The photos made us all laugh and smile. Mr Carter’s favourite thing was sport so in the afternoon we had an afternoon of fun sports. The governors have put a balloon animal and some pictures in the reception area so we can always remember Mr Carter and smile.
The Book Fair
We had a half price book fair. It was very crowded because everyone wanted to get a bargain! Miss Winter, Mrs Coram and Mr Woodley took turns to run the Book Fair. They had to do lots of maths in their heads! Betty bought a Pom Pom key ring and a Dork Diary. There were lots of amazing books and it was very hard to choose. We have a Book Fair every year so look out for the next one!
Kilve Court – Year 4 Residential
Our Year 4s went on a residential to Kilve Court to have an exciting experience you wouldn’t have at home. Mrs Coward, Miss Ramwell, Mr Woodley, Miss Dew and Miss Wright all went with them. On the first day, the children went to the beach at night time, when it was just getting dark, and hunted for fossils. Lots of children found fossils and it was really cool. Everyone crowded round to have a look. On the second night, the children did ‘Jumbalese’ which is a type of orienteering. They used maps to find locations and then they had unscramble the words.
Bedtime was amazing! It was fun to sleep in the same room as your friends and snuggle up reading your magazines. Matthew and Mr Woodley had the same magazine! On the second night there were midnight feasts. Even the teachers joined in. There were codes on each corridor and you could only get in if you were on that corridor.
The puddings and food were really good and there was lots to choose from. It was like being in a restaurant as you had to order your food!
The activities were new things for most of the children. They did Archery, Grass Sledging, Climbing Wall, Low Ropes, Team Building, The Maze and a Quantock Hike in the sunshine.
Lottie and Matthew said, “We would love Kilve Court to be are new home as they were so nice. We gave all the instructors nick names and it was the best experience ever! The Year 3s should really look forward to it. You have to pay a bit of money but it is worth it.”
This week the Reporters club tasted a selection of foods from the school lunch hall.
On offer was:
- Cod in Parsley Sauce,
- Potato Wedges,
- Vegetable curry,
- Apricot Crumble,
- Lemon Sponge,
- Quorn Curry,
- Gammon and Pineapple.
- Fish Goujons.
The Gammon vanished in 2 seconds. The reporters liked the Gammon because it had a nice flavour and was not too tough. The pineapple was also sweet and juicy. The Cod in Parsley sauce was really soft and we liked the sauce. The Fish goujons vanished before our eyes. One minute there was plenty… next they were all gone! It’s fair to say they were delicious too!
When we first saw the vegetable curry we all went urgh! It was green and looked gooey. When we tried the curry there were mixed reviews; some children thought it was too spicy, some thought it was too mushy but many liked it because it had lovely flavours which made it taste nice.
Overall, the Gammon was the winner of the taste test. All reporters agreed that we are lucky to have such lovely lunches at school.
14th March 2018
WELCOME BACK MRS FRENCH
Today is an exciting day! Mrs French has returned to our school for the rest of the school year. Staff, children and parents have been delighted and she has been getting lots of hugs.
On Fridays, in Collective Worship, Mr Woodley gives out awards for Bronze, SIlver and Gold awards for multiplication. To achieve a bronze award, you need to be able to say the table in order e.g. 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4. To achieve a silver award, you have to answer random questions out of order e.g. 12 x 5 = ?, 3 x 5 = ? To achieve a gold award, you are given the answer and then have to say the question. It needs to be snappy and in four seconds! When you achieve your award, you get a certificate.
Next week, in reporter's club, we are going to do some food tasting!
World Book Day 2018 – SNOW MUCH FUN!!!
First, we came into school in our costumes from books we enjoy for World Book Day. Outside it was freezing cold and there was snow on the ground. We were really excited!
Collective Worship was right at the start of the day. When we went into the hall we saw 6 black and white boxes on a large table at the front of the hall. Each teacher, had provided a box not knowing what the other teachers had put in their box. Some boxes had labels on them such as, ‘Eat Me’.
Each teacher picked one child from their class to choose a box from the front to give to their teacher. After each class had got a box, we headed back to our classrooms.
Then, we opened the boxes and found out what was inside. Each box contained a book and some activities linked to the book which we worked on for the rest of the morning.
EYFS – The Three Little Pigs
Year 1 – Back to Earth with a Bump
Wagtail – Alice in Wonderland
Year 2 – A non –fiction about mini-beasts
Woodpecker – Lots of books about dinosaurs
Chaffinch – Window – a book about Lego
We loved making books, rockets, reading the books, finding out about insects, making mini-beasts and making fossils.
At the end of the morning we got to eat jelly because school needed to close at lunch time due to the snow. It was yummy!
28th February 2018
This week it has been amazing because we have got to see and hear new books around each classroom such as, ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ with Mrs Coram and Miss Ramwell read us a guide book about how to live on our planet as we only have one of them! It was called ‘Here we Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers.
It has been active and fun listening to new books we haven’t heard before. We are really looking forward to dressing up for World Book Day tomorrow.
Road Safety Lorry
On Tuesday, the Somerset Road Safety Team lorry came to tell us about keep safe near roads and vehicles, especially big vehicles. These are some of the things that we learnt:
• If your best football goes under a lorry you must never go and rescue it because if you die you can’t replace you!
• We are important than balls
• If you are cycling on a bike don’t go too close to a big vehicle as you could fall under it and hurt yourself
• You need to wear a high vis jacket at night. If you are wearing normal or black jackets then vehicles can’t see you
Young Voices Competition
On Tuesday 27th February, a Young Voices competition was held at Greenfylde School in Ilminster. It was all about FairTrade. Finley, Zuzia, Madeleine, Lottie and Sasha took part in the final round. Madeleine won 2nd place out of the fourteen children in her round. Every child was already a winner by getting to the final and all the children got a certificate at the end.
One of the judges was a voice therapist and another was a TV broadcaster so they had lots of experience to help them judge. The winners received a book of poems – one for every day of the year.
It was really fun!
7th February 2018
On Tuesday 6th February, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. Each class did a special activity to help us learn how to safeguard ourselves online.
"We were 'Safeguarding Superheroes'" recalled Sam.
"We had to reply to letters from children, asking for our advice," remembered Sophie.
One of the letters to the Safeguarding Superheroes
"One child wrote about a friend taking a video of them that they didn't like and then they shared it with others," said Jasmin.
"We said that they should speak to an adult about it and make sure the person who took it deletes the video," said Charlie.
The reply from one of our children
"A 9 year old boy wrote about when he was playing a game online and he got a message from someone he didn't know," said Leo.
"We told him to speak to a parent or a teacher and then they can keep them safe," said Amelia.
"They should DEFINITELY NOT reply to the message," said Leo strongly.
"In our class, we worked in partners and when we wrote back to the children, our photos were in a magic mirror," commented Annie. "Our replies were in speech bubbles."
"We did an activity about who we are connected to," explained Mark. "In Owl Class, we threw a ball of wool to a person that we had something in common with (like we were both in reporters club). When we had finished, it looked like a big spider web."
Amelia then remembered the story from Collective Worship. "It was about a boy who had a new tablet. His dog Buddy had a poem to remind him about the right thing to do when he was using the Internet."
31st January 2018
This week, we have interviewed Miss Winter about sport.
St BartholoNEWS: Who plays for you at our football club?
Miss Winter: We have about 15 year 3 & 4 children Mark, Moken, Roman, Jamie, Daniel, Riley, Finley, Mollie, Abigail, Pixie, Tom, Roy, Regan and Oliver.
St BartholoNEWS: Who won the football match yesterday against Hinton St George?
Miss Winter: We did 5-0!
St BartholoNEWS: What is your favourite football team?
Miss Winter: Liverpool. Miss Dew supports them too.
St BartholoNEWS: But you are a lady and boys play football.
Miss Winter: Lots of girls play football. It is a game for everyone. It used to be just the men like rugby but now ladies play it too. There was a world cup and the England women came third.
St BartholoNEWS: Who is your favourite footballer?
Miss Winter: I liked Steven Gerrard. He was my role model. He was a really good leader and he helped his team mates and was brilliant at football.
St BartholoNEWS: What is the golden mile?
Miss Winter: On Monday lunchtimes the Year 3 & 4 run around the blue court as many times as they can but you need a good pace. The children who sprinted couldn’t keep it up. We are looking to introduce it at the end of lunchtime for everyone. It is really exciting as we will all get ten minutes of walking every day.
St BartholoNEWS: Do you like the activities which are outside at lunchtime now?
Miss Winter: I like the skipping ropes. I like doing the one on your own and the long one with two people at both ends and one person jumping in the middle.
St BartholoNEWS: Yes, we like that too.
24th January 2018
This week, St BartholoNEWS are reporting on ‘StoryTree’ who came to tell us a story about multi-cultural Britain.
Gloria told us about how her dad came to England from Jamaica not long after the Second World War. We learnt lots of things from the workshop.
If somebody has a disability like Roger, who was born without a hand, it doesn’t mean you should leave them out. You should treat everyone the same. It might stop him from doing things. It might affect some things but not everything. Roger played the drums with a wooden arm and with his hand. It was really amazing!
When Gloria’s dad arrived in England people were not nice. They had to share a house and the bathroom and kitchen. Her mum was not impressed when she arrived!
My mum works with people with learning disabilities. She has to go to London to look after people with lots of differences.
Racism is when you treat someone different because they don’t look the way you do. You should not treat them differently. When Gloria’s dad got off the boat after six weeks he got lots of racism and that made him heartbroken.
We learnt some songs that Gloria’s dad taught her. We did dancing too. These were the songs from Jamaica Gloria’s dad listened to remind him about Jamaica.
The main things we learnt were:
We must not ever do racism or be mean to people about differences.
Don’t bully someone who is a bit different.
Thank you for an amazing workshop, Gloria and Roger!
17th January 2018
Happy New Year and welcome back to the new term and the StBartholoNEWS reporters team! We started off by interviewing Miss Davis who is Georgia, Mark and Jenny’s new part-time teacher. We found out lots about her.
St BartholoNEWS: Do you do any clubs?
Miss Davis: I don’t at the moment, but I really like cooking. I would like to do that. Has there been a cooking club before. Would you like one?
St BartholoNEWS: Yes! Do you like your class?
Miss Davis: Yes, I love them. They have really helped me with the routine of the day and they are kind and helpful. They tell me where things need to go.
St BartholoNEWS: What do you like about our school?
Miss Davis: Everyone is really kind and friendly and have been so helpful. The teachers and staff are really helpful and make me feel welcome and special.
St BartholoNEWS: Do you agree with our school rules?
Miss Davis: Yes, I think they are very important to keep us safe and help us be respectful to each other.
St BartholoNEWS: What is your favourite subject?
Miss Davis: I really like maths and I love reading. I love reading at home all the time and reading to my children before they go to bed. I visualise the pictures in my head.
Georgia – Yes, reading helps you with your spelling too!
Miss Davis: I find different good words to use like scrumptious!
St BartholoNEWS: What do you like about our playground?
Miss Davis: I like the zones and different activities and games to play. It is really fun.
St BartholoNEWS: What do you like about our school food?
Miss Davis: I haven’t have a chance to try it. I am a vegetarian. Do you have vegetarian options?
St BartholoNEWS: Yes, we have baked potatoes, sandwiches and choc ices. We love choc ice Tuesday!
15th November 2017
In our school at the moment there are loads of amazing things going on such as:
- Our wonderful school council and choir represented us in the Remembrance parade and service at the weekend. We are so proud of them!
- Play rehearsals
- Good work in all different classes
- Creative Home learning (such as building Roman shields or writing facts about Roman roads)
- The Spotacular for Children in Need – colouring competition, cake baking and dressing up in spots
- Learning carols for the Christmas carol service at St Bartholomew’s Church (9am - 5th December)
- The Christmas Bingo is coming up on Friday 17th November
1st November 2017