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Posted on: November 22nd 2021

A Message from Mr Morton

Another great month here at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School. Our discovery work is well underway in the classes and the children are becoming experts in a variety of subjects! Please take the time to look at their curriculum maps and knowledge organisers that the class teachers shared with you at the start of the term. They are an excellent way to keep in touch with the learning focus that your children are engaged with and also an excellent way of quizzing the children about their learning and what they have remembered so far...We hope that this will save you from the usual answer of “Nothing!” to the question of “What did you do at school today?”. Please let us know if they are useful and watch this space as they become part of our everyday practices in school as a tool to help the children grow as confident learners.

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Welcome Back! Posted on: 3/09/2021

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents and Carers,   We hope you’ve enjoyed a restful summer and that your children are ready for the new school year - we can’t wait to see them again!   The government has now officially removed all the previous restrictions on social distancing, consistent groupings and isolation of close contacts (‘bubbles’) for schools. This allows us more freedom in how we operate, however we are mindful of the uncertain nature of the pandemic as we move through the autumn term into the winter. Infection rates in Somerset are currently high and it is likely that there will be further spread in the months ahead. Children (and staff) who test positive for Covid-19 will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days and so to ensure the smooth running of the school, it is still very much our intention to do all we can to reduce transmission of the virus, whilst prioritising education for all our children.    Arrival at and departure from school   We continue to recommend face coverings on site during busy periods, but as with the national guidance, this is now a matter of personal responsibility.   We are fortunate that the site allows us to maintain sensible social distancing and so we plan to revert back to pre Covid drop off and pick up arrangements.  A member of staff will be on the playground from 8:45am for all children and classes will open at 8:55am for a prompt 9am registration (nursery will continue to be 9am-3pm). The school day will end at 3:10pm. Parents/carers will be able to drop off and collect their child/children as per normal arrangements.    These arrangements have worked well to ensure a calmer start and end to the school day, whilst fostering greater independence in the children.   If you give permission for your KS2 child to walk home by themselves or to be collected by someone other than main parents and carers, please make sure you have updated this information with the main office during the first week of the term..   Other arrangements   We will of course continue to ensure that frequent hand washing and education on the importance of good hand and respiratory hygiene remains in place. Classrooms will be well-ventilated throughout the school day as part of our normal practice. We are looking forward to returning to some shared collective worships with the children. We will also be resuming our range of extra-curricular after-school activities - more information on this to follow next week. The first day of term is Wednesday 8th September for all year groups excluding Reception (please see Year R-specific letter for your details).   Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you for our children in 2021-22. We will write to you again next week detailing our Covid-19 outbreak management plans and what this might mean if cases in school rise. If you have any questions or you need to speak to us about your personal situation, we are here for you - please do not hesitate to get in touch.   Yours faithfully,   Steve Morton                           Head of School                                    Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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
A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 26/02/2021

A Message from Mr Nation

I hope you all had a lovely Half Term (despite the wind and rain, the fact that we couldn‟t travel anywhere or visit anyone). My children were pleased to have a break from their „usual‟ routine but it made me reflect on the importance of routines and the many challenges we all face in this current situation. I recall a book I once read called „Arthur‟ by Mikael Lindnord. Mikael is an adventure racer who stumbled across a dog on one of his races covering 435 miles. It‟s a story about resilience, perseverance and teamwork. A story about facing huge challenges and overcoming them with grit and determination. Throughout the book, it becomes apparent that to be a professional adventure racer you need to not only embrace change, but welcome changes and adopt new routines to overcome and conquer. Establishing new routines when we‟re experiencing changes beyond our control is not easy, yet so important. No matter what our circumstances have been throughout this turbulent period, we have all overcome and conquered and finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Arthur, the dog that eventually became such a dedicated companion of Mickael‟s, illustrates how we can support each other in times of need and how we can find hope and support in the most challenging of times. Everyone at school is looking forward to welcoming the children back with all of the necessary measures in place to keep staff and children as safe as we possibly can. I know this remains an anxious time for all of us but you know we‟re all here to support each other in the best interests of your wonderful children. More information will follow about the return of all primary school children from 8th March 2021.Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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