We had a great assembly this morning with our Open the Book crew, folks from our local community, who performed the story of Noah and Ark. Mr Jim also lead the singing of the Animals came in Two by Two. We reall y Enjoyed it
We had a splendid afternoon enjoying the panto Dick Whittington with loads of audience participation and great songs. Thanks to the PTFA for our lollies too.
What a great evening we had being read to by teachers and governors and then enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows. We also had a reading and blog sharing workshops for parents too.
We had a really enjoyable day dressed as our favourite characters and doing lots of fun activities. The winning team was Ned's with his superb story. Watch or listen to this SPACE, all the stories will be uploaded audibly.Thanks to Mrs Sellick for organising such a fab day.
St Andrew's CE School, Yetminster is delighted to announce that Katrina Halford, an Advanced Skills Teacher in Ash Class (Years 4 & 5), has been awarded a coveted Primary Science Teacher Award which recognises excellence in Primary Science Teaching.
She was presented with one of twenty-five awards given in the country in any one year, at our whole school assembly on Thursday 13 March by Professor Dudley Shallcross, Director of the Primary Science Teacher Trust and Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Bristol University.He gave a delightful presentation and between him and the children they established that there must be over 200,000 primary school teachers in the UK and thus this award was even more amazing! Well done Mrs Halford.
The Primary Science Teaching Trust was set up in 1997 by a well-known pharmaceutical company to support science teaching in UK primary schools. Other industries have contributed to promoting science education but most have concentrated on secondary and university programmes. Research has shown that many young people do not have positive attitudes to science in their secondary education, perhaps partly due to variable experiences of science in their primary schools and as such the trust has now funded the establishment of the Primary Science Teacher College which is committed to improving the teaching of science to primary school children in the UK. Katrina now automatically becomes one of around 80 members of the College of which allows these excellent teachers to develop new projects, undertake professional development and disseminate best practice from their own teaching and that from the Trust funded work.
As a new college member Katrina is to be part of the panel looking at the new End of Key Stage Two tests in Science and the new curriculum. She says: "I love all aspects of primary teaching but Science has always been my favourite and I have enjoyed working with other schools and ITT [Initial Teacher Training] to develop science. I look forward to what the new curriculum will bring and am planning to lead some cluster work [with other primary schools in and around Sherborne] to have a shared vision of science in our area."
Paul Miller, Headteacher said "Katrina well deserves this award; she is an inspiration to both her colleagues and children at St Andrew's Primary School. As a result of Katrina's enthusiastic science and technology leadership, science is very strong at our school, preparing our pupils for the future and giving them a love of the subject."
WE had a lovely assembly to say goodbye to Mrs hole who had been working at St Andrew's Primary School for over 16 years. We will miss you Angela, do come back and see us soon.
We had a visit from several explorers, Darwin, Shackleton, TS Lawrence and space explorers on our WOW EXPLORERS DAY. These were all alter egos of Steve Manning who has the amazing capacity to "become" the person he is pretending to be. All the children were able to ask these famous explorers about their lives and aspirations. A great event, enjoyed by all.
When Alan Hill, a representative of the Boyle's Trust, approached St Andrew's CE Primary School a year ago proposing we bid for a grant to supply computing and technology hardware, little did we imagine the extent to which this offer would improve our computing and technology provision at school.
Boyle's Trust is a local charitable organisation which is primarily devoted to providing funding to improve the education for Yetminster children with a focus on science. St Andrew's was given a grant of £5000. With this, we were able to purchase 6 ipads, 6 visualisers, 2 PCs and 4 laptops. The main purpose of all this this equipment was to impact directly on our pupils' learning. This has been achieved and Boyle's Trust have helped enormously, in this era of squeezed budgets.
Indeed, in our recent Ofsted inspection the inspection team said that the equipment is 'used well'. We were very pleased with this recognition and the inspectors also recognised the strong links with our local community which made this possible.
The ipads have allowed us to improve the assessment of our children's work - they can record (in writing and pictures/film) what the children have and help teachers effectively plan the next steps.
The visualisers are similar to video cameras - we use these to magnify resources (such as seeds or rocks) and improve children's visual access. They can also be used to instantly share children's good work with the whole class on the interactive whiteboards and give rapid feedback.
The PCs and laptops have updated older, now obsolete equipment improving our all round technology provision.
This could not have been done without the vision and financial support of the Boyle's Trust. All the children, staff, governors and parents thank you.
Paul Miller, Headteacher
What a brilliant time everyone had with 48 runners and loads of children fun runners.Well done everyone
Yetminster Fun Run 2014 - another fun filled morning for families and friends of the surrounding villages. A huge thank you to this year's runners and supporters, helpers and marshals. This event depends on all our willing volunteers and I'm sure we were all relieved not to get wet.
It was really good to see Luke Simon from the 'School in a Bag' charity again, running with his daughter Evie. As a rights respecting school and a sporting event, the fun run sends a small donation to the charity for their new initiative 'Sport in a bag' which send equipment to third world schools around the world - the remainder of course is an essential part of keeping our pool open without using school resources. Huge thank you to the Barfoots for the bouncy castle, always a popular attraction - for all those who are new to school and the area Barfoots Bouncers can be found in Yetminster. We have raised over £900 this year so another huge thank you to everyone and enjoy some of Bella's photos.
AS part of of our learning about habitats and Darwin and Wallace, Year 3 & 4 went to Monkeyworld to look at the evolution of primate feet and tails and of course to have a great time... which we did. Enjoy our photos of us and our adopted orang Oshine (pronounced O'sheen). Don't you just love her?
What a treat to have the science dome visit our school very kindly funded by Katrina Halford's prize for a being awarded science teacher of the year from the PSTT (Primary Science Teacher Trust_. Each class had a wonderful space experience looking at the stars and planets in splendid 3D technicolour. All I can say is WOW. The planetarium came from Bournemouth and our presenter for the day was Alex. Children described the experience as: "Awesome!", "Amazing!" , "Spectacular!" "Like being in space!", "I loved it when it looked like the sky was falling on you!".
WE managed to keep the rain at bay and enjoyed a great summer fair. It was open by the Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides parading in and around the school, followed by lots of stalls to browse including the Junior Wriggle Valleys Players rendition of Roald Dahl's Goldilocks and the three bears. The "piece de resistenace" It's Knockout. 8 teams entered and after 8 fun filled games the Junior Wriggle Valley Players came out the winners. Thanks to Anna for compering and of course to Hannah Wilson and Maryanne Parkinson and their team for making it such a wonderful community event, enjoyed by all.
We had a really great sports' day followed by a lovely family picnic lunch.
We are not only saying goodbye to our delightful Year Sixes but also to two governors, Judy Ferretter and Margaret Bedding.Judy Ferretter has been a governor for five years and Chair of the last four guiding our school proudly though our last Ofsted. Margaret has been involved in the school for over 26 years, latterly as Chair of the People and Curriculum committee and was always ready to support school based activities and trip. We greatly appreciate the time and excellent support.you have given us and wish you well for the future.
We had a truly wonderful day although the weather was truly Iron Age and unpleasant.
We had rolling activities which involved Philippa and Eddie from Folk South West coming into to do weaving, dyeing and talking about the advent of fire. We had stone age crafts going on at the same time, making clay and lollipop stick dwellings and creating a game of snakes and ladders, or branches and mammoth tusks, so that Ugg the stone age man could find his mammoth bone house.
We also did Iron Age cooking using stone age ingredients such as root crops (no potatoes!), honey, pearl barley, juniper berries and rosemary with oat cakes, buttered with our own home made butter, and blackberry cake and stewed apple for pudding. Thank you all for a great day. A big thank you to Philippa and Eddie who had the unenviable task of braving the elements in order to bring to life our round house and Iron Age Life and to all parent helpers, Mrs Walden, Mrs Love, Mrs Welch and Mrs Attwell who so generously gave up their time. Without them we could not put on our WOW days. It was one of those days that we will remember for ever.
Thank you from all staff at St Andrew's CE Primary School
...and a great time was had by all. Thanks to the PTFA for making this a really brilliant disco. we had loads of fun. Check out our photos, courtesey of Anna Taylor Photography.
Have a lok at us in our costumes, don't we look fab.
Year 6 and our choir visited the Old Vicarage Care Home. This is a report from Denzil.
St Andrew's CE Primary School choir. The arrival of a full size pristine looking Taylor's coach at 10.30 led to an exodus of too many to count children and teachers who were ushered into our main dining room. Here most of the mobile residents were settled in a large semi-circle creating a stage like area for the choir
The children dressed in blue tops and black skirts or trousers took centre stage in disciplined ranks. They began by singing a carefully rehearsed well known carol with a satisfying volume and clarity of words, accompanied by a player on a table top Yamaha and supported by a rhythmic rattle. Then one of many surprises. A group of them became hand bell ringers and gave an impressive short recital; then more carols some with solo and part singing in which we could join in. This was made easy with words available on a Christmas Carol crested song sheet. Then another real surprise, a solo Irish dancer dance.
An interval for thirst quenching soft drinks and energy restoring biscuits allowed for an enormous volume of chatter led afterwards to some adjusted carols supported by more bell ringing, miniature tinkling cymbals and chime bars. After a final noisy rendering of "We wish you a Merry Christmas" by the full choir including teachers and audience, praise was voiced for everybody concerned.
As a last gesture, demonstrating the spirit of the occasion, the children circulated among the audience handing out biscuits and they received little parcels of sweets previously prepared by the residents.
We had fun playing games and eating party food. The party was to say Thank You for all our hard work helping at playtimes and lunchtimes this term.