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Welcome back to the start of the summer term! Term 5 is here, the sun is shining (at least whilst I write this) and there are plenty of fantastic learning opportunities ahead. This term will see many of our year.7 pupils visit Bristol Zoo, a marvellous whole-school Maths Day and camping trips to Wales. We are also mindful that amongst these exciting learning opportunities they are also some more serious events- KS2 SATs and GCSE and Functional Skills exams for our KS4 pupils. We are aware of how hard these pupils are working and wish them luck with their revision.
Many Primary pupils have been swimming every Monday with Mr Hall. All of the pupils have made lots of progress with their swimming skills and water confidence. Well done to Layton who has overcome his fears and is now jumping into the water and having fun. Learning to swim is an essential life-skill and we are delighted to support our pupils with this.
The School council has been tasked with improving pupil voice in all areas of the school. We discussed the biggest issues facing the students and the best way to find out their thoughts. We sent out a questionnaire regarding school food and had a great response. As a council we decided directly questioning the pupils was the perfect way to get a range of views from all over the school. Another way in which we thought we could improve the communication of ideas was to change the structure of the council. We will be looking to appoint a member from each year group, from primary through to year 11. This will give pupils a direct representative in the council they elected.
Wow, what a day! Pupils and staff were very busy creating book covers on their class doors. Designs ranged from ‘Where’s Wally’ to ‘Trash’ to ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Well done to Theo, who won the individual prize for the best book cover on his classroom door. The remainder of the school wait with baited breath to see who has won the prize from the tutor group category. A Domino’s pizza lunch is at stake! It was a superb day and all pupils were engaged in the wide range of activities and fun was had by all. We now know the winning entry was Pine class- well done to them!
Liz Burns is Springfields Academy’s Occupational Therapist.
Liz gives advice to staff and works closely with students to look at strategies to help students engage in the activities which are important to them, whether it’s academic lessons, playing games or eating lunch! Please contact Liz at Springfields if you have any queries!
Finally, the money has been raised through grants and sponsorship to start building the sensory garden. The sensory garden will have a variety of willow shelters, trails, balance beams, sand play, musical instruments and planting to meet a variety of sensory needs. The pupils will be able to access the garden throughout the school day to help reduce their anxieties and re-engage back into learning. We look forward to bringing your further updates on the garden throughout this term.
Please join us on Tuesday 26th April 6.30-8pm for what promises to be a very important and useful meeting. Aside from getting the latest update on the Improvement Board and how the school is gearing up for the next Ofsted inspection, Mike Thomas Deputy Head Teacher will be talking about benefits and services for our kids. His talk is called “How to get more for your kids” and he will be covering how to make sure you get all the benefits and services from DLA to the Wilts Short Break Scheme, as well as the maximum level of services from your council. Don’t miss out on giving your kids all the help they deserve. Tea and coffee provided and maybe even a cake or a biscuit!
Hope to see you there.
Monday 9th May: KS2 SATs all week
Monday 16th May: GCSE Exams Begin
25th and 26th May: Trips to Bristol Zoo
End of term for pupils: Friday 27th May
Term 6 begins: Monday 6th June
Head Teacher – Jon Hamp
SENCo – statements, SEND, placement and annual reviews – Bethany Maidment
Head of KS2 and KS3 – curriculum and general enquiries – Michelle Perrett
Head of whole school literacy – Nicola Brooks
All Maths and KS4 enquiries to Head of Teaching and Learning – Michelle Reysenn
Pupil’s academic and social and emotional needs Class teacher/tutor
Parent liaison – general enquiries, uniform, transport, school dinners – Therese Flaherty
Medical needs – Olly Kemp
For information regarding an individual pupil, please contact reception and ask to speak to the tutor or head of year. They will then refer you to the most appropriate person if they cannot help you.
Telephone: 01249 814125
In aid of Sports Relief 2016 staff and pupils took on the challenge of completing the ‘Sports Relief Mile’. Everyone involved showed outstanding determination, courage and inspiration to complete the mile.
A number of pupils and staff achieved more than 1 mile as they supported peers and colleagues along the way.
Once pupils had completed their mile, they had the opportunity to play in a continuous football match, which lasted just under 3 hours, where they represented their tutor groups. The game was played in good spirit and was nice to see the older pupils in the Academy supporting the younger ones.
At 12:00pm it was the ‘BIG’ match Staff v Pupils, which turned in to an epic encounter. The pupils went on to win the game with two last gasp goals to claim a 13-12 victory.
It was a fantastic day which was enjoyed by all and was excellent to see such enthusiasm to support this great cause.
Thank you to everyone who supported the day and for your kind donations.
Yes, we ran ourselves proud.
The P.E Department
Cracking job by one of our students again this week, we’re starting to put together a seating area using some of the tree pieces that we have at hand and re-potting a few herbs which should blossom quite nicely.
Great to see Elm tutor group up for a bit of digging, again helping to pot up some of the tyre displays and as a reward have taken home some tomatoes plants and sunflowers.
You can follow our progress here: http://www.springfields.wilts.sch.uk/category/extracurricular/allotment/ and if any can help by donating please see our previous post: http://www.springfields.wilts.sch.uk/lifeskills-garden-projects-from-seed-to-mouth/
World Book Day is being celebrated by Ash today.
As well as taking part in quizzes, and competitions kindly organised by the English department, the class decided on SkulDuggery as their display for the the classroom door.
Are we winners ? Come back next week to see ….
This terms topic is WWII. We are looking at creative writing and story telling through images. Today students looked at an image and wrote a story thinking about smells, noises and feelings.
Here are some of the stories told today.