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A message from Mr Nation Posted on: 30/04/2021

A message from Mr Nation

Life is certainly beginning to feel a little more ‘normal’ in school. Clubs are now up and running, Forest School and Premier Sports are in full flow and the school is buzzing with energy and excitement (as well as the sound of drumming!).  Through assemblies, we’ve been focusing on our School Vision, ‘That they may have life, life in all its fullness’ as well as ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. As a team, we are passionate about supporting the children to understand the importance of acceptance and have been discussing how we feel ‘safe’ around those who are similar to us. We’ve paid particular attention to accepting those who may look, speak, behave or sound different to us. Please help your child to understand the meaning of the words ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. There is an activity on Google Classroom for your child/children to complete. I look forward to seeing their work. We are continuing to ensure the children understand the importance of reading and that it is key to accessing everything in the world. You can support your child by letting them read to you at least 4 times per week and by reading to them. Finally, Rev. Jim very kindly joined the teachers for a Staff Meeting this week. The team has devised a list of actions that we will implement over the forthcoming weeks to maintain and improve our links with the church and to help us further embed our vision.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Mr Nation Posted on: 26/03/2021

A message from Mr Nation

Welcome to the final newsletter of the Spring Term. It is amazing how quickly this term has passed! It has been wonderful to see the children return to school and settle so quickly. New routines and procedures are underway, Forest School is going brilliantly as is the PE enhancement that is being provided by Premier Sports.  We wanted to ensure that the children returned to school with a full range of experiences, are being taught the full breadth of the curriculum as well as accessing many enrichment opportunities. As you know, the 3 Forest School trained gentlemen from ROAM commenced their work with classes from week 1. In addition, Premier Sports are providing focused PE opportunities for physical exercise and Miss Auton (and the team) went above and beyond to ensure Science week was celebrated in true ‘Buckland-style’. Prior to welcoming the children back to school, we had in depth discussions around supporting the children’s mental health and wellbeing as well as assessing the children’s current knowledge and understanding in reading, writing and maths. Furthermore, we needed to ensure that the teaching plans for the rest of this academic year were in line with the priorities for the children’s learning; ready for the subsequent year of 2021 - 2022. The teachers have been working relentlessly to ensure we are providing the very best education for your amazing children.  We had an ‘external’ school review a few weeks ago and Paul Jones, an educational consultant with over 42 years of experience, was very complimentary of the progress Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School has made since its last OFSTED inspection. Well done team Buckland!  A quick update/reminder regarding School Uniform School uniform (for day to day and PE) is so important when maintaining standards and expectations. The children come to school well-presented and the following list serves as a reminder of Buckland St Mary’s School uniform. You will also find this information on our school website: / School Day Dark Green Jumper/cardigan (BSM logo optional) Dark Green and Gold Tie (KS2) Grey trousers/shorts/skirt White shirt  Green Gingham Dress  Black school shoes PE Plain white t-shirt (BSM logo optional) Daps/ Trainers Black/ grey tracksuit bottoms for the winter Forest School  Suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School is essential. Children must also have wellies and a spare pair of indoor shoes. For health and safety reasons, children cannot walk around in bare feet so any children without the appropriate clothing and footwear will have to miss Forest School. In addition, please ensure your child has a pair of wellies (labelled in a bag) in school so that they can use the field regardless of the weather. Your children are an absolute credit to all of you and we’re very fortunate to have them at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School. Have a lovely Easter and a well deserved rest.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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