Autumn term news:
This Sunday is the spectacular PTFA Christmas Fayre from 2-4pm at the Jubilee Hall! Come along for festive fun, Christmas stalls, games, crafts, refreshments and not forgetting Santa’s grotto! We’ll also be running the Christmas present wrapping bazaar that has been postponed from today. Please bring along your cakes and bakes! All money raised will help to fund transport for school trips.
This week, we continued an assembly cycle linked to the school's vision and values based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. A group of children in Inventors: Amelia, Jess, Blythe, Ellla and Alice led the assembly focusing on their chosen school value of Dignity and Respect. The children learnt how Noah lived out these values and how we can show this by listening to others, following instructions and caring about ourselves and the world around us.
This week, we continued an assembly cycle linked to the school's vision and values based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. A group of children in Inventors: Molly S, Molly KL, Isla, Eva and Tina led the assembly focusing on their chosen school value of Wisdom. The children learnt how Noah lived out these values and how we can show this value in our lives today.
More Able Maths Challenge
Three children from the Inventors class were chosen to attend a TEAM school’s maths challenge event at Pilton Bluecoats school this week where they became WW2 code breakers for the afternoon! Alex, Dylan and Jessica were fantastic and proudly represented the school. Jessica’s team won the event and all received a gold certificate and Alex’s team were runners up and all received a silver certificate- all superb mathletes - well done!
This week we started an assembly cycle linked to the school's vision and values based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. A group of children in Inventors: Charlie, Lochlann, Mason, Travis, Bear and Theo led the assembly focusing on their chosen school value of Community. The children learnt how Noah lived out these values and how we can show this value in our lives today. The children came up with the ideas of: sharing ideas such as working well as a team, helping other people and involving others. The children have been working on showing these ways of collaborating in their learning this week.
This week we have launched an assembly cycle linked to the school's vision and values based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. The children looked at Noah’s story and how he demonstrated the school values through the decisions he made throughout his life. The Year 5/6 children will be delivering collective worship over the next few weeks looking at each individual school value and how we can learn from Noah and live out these values in our lives today.
Welcome to the end of a blustery week of unforeseen circumstances! Thank you for your patience with the school closure yesterday due to the predicted weather report which stated an Amber warning and ‘risk to life’. As you can imagine, this is always a difficult decision to make to close the school but essential that everyone stays safe.
Thank you for joining us yesterday to celebrate the end of half term with the school’s Harvest Festival Service. Thank you for the generous donations towards our ‘Harvest of Pennies’ which raised £180.06 to start our final year of sponsorship of Dennis and Sunday. A group of Year 6 children led the service beautifully and each child had a chance to perform, share and shine!
In Assembly today we were sharing about World Mental Health Day and highlighting the ways we can help ourselves feel better such as: talking to someone we trust, keeping active, eating healthy food, sleeping well and doing something to cheer ourselves up like listening to our favourite music.
Tina and Amelia from the Inventors class organised a Silly Sock Day to help raise money to develop the Forest Area at Swimbridge. They led an assembly to launch their idea, designed posters to promote the event and they have raised £53 towards this project. Well done to the girls for organising a fantastic event and the rest of the school for supporting their idea. An application has also been made to the Tesco bluechip scheme to bid for a grant to develop the forest school area to be used for forest school lessons. Hopefully, we will be successful and more news will follow soon.
This week at Swimbridge we organised for two authors to come and visit; inspiring our pupils, introducing them to new books and showcasing life as an author and the writing process. The Waterstones Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho, visited the Adventurers and Discoverers. The children enjoyed listening to Joseph's poems and stories; joining in with the actions and words. The children in Discoverers then helped him to write similes and one word poems. The Adventurers thought of words and actions to continue one of Joseph's poems. The school has a set of Joseph’s books and poems in the library for children to read and share.
The Key Stage 2 children were visited by Jenny McLachlan, the author of the ‘Land of Roar’ series of books. She talked about how she enjoyed reading and playing creatively as a child which is why she decided to be a writer. The children put on a play about the Land of Roar and learnt how to draw S.Tink the fairy.
This week, the school has voted for their new School Councillors. Well done to all the children who nominated themselves - sharing well written and presented speeches.
The School Councillors will attend regular meetings, canvas ideas from their classes and make important decisions about the improvements that will be made within the school over the year ahead. Helping to shape their school, their way!
I am delighted to welcome our new reception children to the Swimbridge family joining the Adventurers class.
It has been great to see their smiling faces, confidence and enthusiasm to learn. The teachers have noticed positive learning behaviours embodying the School Values from the new starters already - well done!
Today the Explorers and Inventors ventured to Paignton Zoo and took advantage of their free school trips to celebrate 100 years of being open.
The children saw a wonderful mix of animals during a tour and had a special session where they learnt about the giraffes up close and personal!
All the children managed themselves fantastically in the heat and their new classes. It was a wonderful way of transitioning and an opportunity for team building their new class.