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Posted on: December 17th 2021

A Message from Carly Ellis

Christmas is here! I am so looking forward to the holiday and spending time with my family.  I am sure you’ll all be busy with the lead up but hopefully you’ll all get some rest afterwards!

School is the place to be at Christmas.  The children have enjoyed lots of treats this week.  They have made some cakes, sung around the Christmas tree, been creative in making cards and calendars, performed in the nativity, enjoyed a festive dinner with crackers and had a Christmas party.  The biggest treat of all was the pantomime and a visit from Santa who gave each child a gift.  They will have so much to tell you this week!

I’m looking forward to the new year and continuing on the journey we are on.  We have made so much progress and we will continue to do so next year.  I hope you have all managed to watch the virtual tour.  The children were fantastic and said exactly what they thought about their school when asked.  It’s great to know that the children feel this way about Priorswood.  It must be lovely for you all to watch what is happening in school as you have had to keep a distance for so long now. 

Well, I’m going to keep it short and sign off now.  I hope you all have a great rest and look after yourselves!  I’m not sure what January will bring but plans are in place should we need to do any remote learning.  Fingers crossed we won’t and I’ll see you all on 5th January.  Have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

 

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A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 25/11/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

Can you believe that we are now at the end of November?  I took my children to see the Christmas lights being turned on in town at the weekend, which seemed really early!  School life seems to be maintaining its fast pace which will be notched up again with the preparation of the Nativity.  Due to the constraints of COVID we will not be able to share this with you in person.  We would hate for the Christmas period to be dampened with positive cases which may have been a result of sharing our Nativity in person.  We hope you understand. I hope you all had the opportunity to see all the Poppies that were created in Forest School and tied up on our front gates as a remembrance to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.  They looked amazing. We raised £162.81 for Children in Need - thank you all so much!  The children always enjoy a good dress-up day and looked great in their outfits.   The children had a railway safety awareness assembly to demonstrate the dangers and to deliver key messages.  This has come as a rise in incidents on railways recently.  Stag and Badger class had a visit from SWT Engagement Lead Angela Bolitho and Elaine Jones from ENGIE (the main contractor) to talk about the dangers of trespassing on a building site. This is currently really important with the regeneration project that is underway in North Taunton with both demolition and rebuilding that is going on.  Angela has said that they were very impressed with how well behaved the children were, how well they listened, participated and took on board the important messages they were sharing about the dangers on building sites. There is currently a lot of roadworks around Taunton too.  We have just been informed that on 4th January (for a month) there will be a road closure turning into Wedlands from Cheddon Road.  We are currently putting together a preloved uniform list which we are hoping we can make ‘live’ very soon where you will be able to purchase good quality second hand logo uniform items for £3.  There is a trade in option where, if you trade in a good quality logo item, you can purchase another for £2.  We will let you know when this is up and running. Please enjoy the day tomorrow as school is not open and we will see you all on Monday 29th November. Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 22/10/2021

A message from Carly Ellis

It is definitely feeling very autumnal now!  I am amazed at how quickly this half term has flown by.   The teachers have, and are, working incredibly hard to make sure that the curriculum is engaging and interesting, building on previous learning and providing first hand experiences.  I do hope that you have a look at the learning that all the classes have been up to and not just your child's class.  Dojo is amazing but I sometimes feel, that as parents, you are missing out on what the whole school is doing as classes post on their class pages.  You get a sense of how much we are developing and how many experiences your child will get as they move through their school career in Priorswood.  We are working hard to develop our curriculum page to reflect this.    As a taster, Stag class were lucky enough to not just learn about the heart using diagrams but they actually had the opportunity to dissect one! An experience that children might not have had until they reach secondary school.  We also had a wolf (not the real thing!) who invaded Badger class and left a path of destruction and Hedgehog class became detectives.  They had to find out what cold and slimy material had covered 'Tim' the class hedgehog by experiencing the touch of lots of materials.  It's all very exciting!  How I would have thrived in this sort of environment at school!    We have been working really hard on our school library.  It is now a space that is used at break and lunchtimes where children can use story sacks, complete quizzes, listen to the adult audio books and read quietly.  Each class has a reading for pleasure time in their classrooms too.  We are nearly at the stage where we will be able to provide you with a link to the audio books so that the children can listen to stories at home.  A story a day would be fantastic!  There is a Reading Challenge that we will be taking part in as the Trust so watch this space for more information about that.   I hope you all have a wonderful half term.  Keep safe, especially on the approach to Halloween!   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Carly Ellis Posted on: 16/07/2021

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A message from Carly Ellis I cannot believe how quickly this half term has blown by.  It feels like I have never been away!  I hope that the next academic year has less challenges than we faced this year.  I would like to extend a thank you to Mrs Lancey and the whole Priorswood school community for the support you all gave during such a testing year.  I would like to thank Mrs Lancey for driving my vision for the school forward in my absence and for continuing to build on the progress in the previous year, despite all the obstacles along the way.    The visits we have had from the CEO, Deputy CEO and Paul Jones (an external reviewer) and many others who have visited throughout this term have all commented very positively about the school.  They have been impressed with how well the children settle to their learning and the experiences and activities that the children are being given.  Some of the experiences have made it into the local newspaper!  They also commented positively on the quality of the learning seen in class and in the children’s books.  A recent visitor (who had come to visit the kitchen) praised the school saying that she felt really welcomed and wanted to come back!  She said that the school is really calm and recognised how lucky we are to have all the outside space.    Although we have still had many restrictions in place we have managed to get a few trips in.  Stag class did a Dawn to Dusk day at Magdalen Farm, there has been a trip to French Weir and Otter Class did a trip to the County Museum to find out more about the Anglo Saxons.  The Year 6's took part in a Sports Festival run by SASP at Wellsprings Leisure Centre and are looking forward to their trip to Crealy next week too!   We have been lucky to be involved in a project called Priorswood Pollinators.  Children mapped the school grounds looking for areas that encouraged pollinating species.  They also identified areas that were poor and have now planted these areas with a range of plants including herbs, lavender and apple trees.  Part of the project involved our Year 6's working with a filmmaker to film the project.   We have a few changes in staff next year which were mentioned in more detail in the class structure letter that went home.  We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Ashleigh Thompson and Miss Katy Collard to the team.  I’m really looking forward to next year and I hope that you all have a wonderful summer holiday!  See you in September! Good Luck Year 6!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Caroline Lancey Posted on: 28/05/2021

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A message from Caroline Lancey Dear All, Well May has been more than a little cold and wet.   Who would have believed that at the same time last year during the first lockdown we could sit out in the sun!!!  As always it has been a busy month.  We have had visitors via zoom talking to the children about their jobs connected with science; a photographer in for Years 2, 6 and Reception,  we have had two reviews; one for the curriculum and one for the school, after school clubs have started carefully and we have had an action packed Health Week. Thank you so much for all the supportive comments we have had about the school review which was carried out by a trained OFSTED inspector.  The highlights were: This is a good school. It provides a calm, purposeful, organised learning environment for pupils to learn and grow. The school Team is fully aligned to the vision for teaching and learning and they talk positively and passionately about the vison for what the school should provide for pupils and families.  Well done, the school is on an exciting journey. The foundations are well in place for the next phase of the school’s improvement. Your hard work and dedicated professionalism is ensuring that Priorswood will become a very good school. The curriculum review also went really well, with the reviewer, Nick Hinds, saying the curriculum is ambitious and enriching. The school has been on a tremendous journey.  I remember talking during the Christmas Carol service just before Mrs Ellis joined us.  I said then that I felt like the school had trekked through the foothills of the Himalayas and were now at Everest base camp.  We are now at camp 2 which is half way up the mountain, we can see the summit but it will be hard work to get there.  I have every confidence that we will get there, we are on the up and up. Despite a horrible start to the week; weather-wise; we have had a great week.  The children have had a lot of opportunities to try sports that they wouldn’t normally.  I hope that they have enjoyed the balance of sporting activity and mental well-being sessions.  A big Thank you to Mrs Cullen who has spent hours organising all the different groups and making sure that all the classes get to do all the activities. I hope some of you have managed to get to Lyngford Park to make use of the Grass maze.  Otter class have visited as part of their local study.  I am sure you have noticed the improvements that have slowly been happening to the grounds of the school.  Mrs Collins always goes above and beyond but she has been helped by workers from the Community Payback service who have been painting, litter picking and gardening for us. We are looking forward to the return of Mrs Ellis after the birth of her son.  She will be back with us from the 7th June.    Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Caroline Lancey Posted on: 30/04/2021

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Dear All, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Holiday and it was lovely to see the children return looking so smart.  I thank you all for your support.  We are still observing Covid guidelines, making sure that the children wash their hands regularly, continue to have staggered breaks and lunches and we are maintaining our additional cleaning.  We have been in a long dark tunnel but there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel.   We will still have to continue to do things a little differently for the rest of this year but hopefully we will be able to return to the best of what we have done in the past whilst keeping some of the better things we have learnt this year. Mrs Dee Alexander has joined Otter class from Wednesday to Fridays.  Mrs Powell Thomas is still at the helm on Monday and Tuesdays.  She really enjoyed her first week and I am sure is a wonderful addition to the school.  Miss Casey Hickey will be joining Butterfly class next week.  She is replacing Mrs Parsons who left before Easter. We always have Health week in the last week before the May half term.  This includes lots of sports activities, sessions on healthy eating and mental wellbeing as well as Sports day and Relationship and Health education.  This year we are planning to continue this tradition.  We will send you details on the relationship education nearer the time.  As we won’t be fully out of lockdown we will have to do Sports day in a slightly different way.  This year it will be for the children only, I appreciate this is disappointing but I am sure you understand that we are too close to the end to take a risk at this stage and we don’t want to have to cancel it completely. To make up for this we are hoping to be able to run some family sessions towards the end of the year.  Mrs Cullen has organised an amazing week including, Tennis, Cricket, Dodgeball, American Football,  Tai Chi, mental wellness and NHS nurses are going to do a session on Healthy Eating; I am sure that the children will have a wonderful week.  We are looking forward to the return of Mrs Ellis after the birth of her son.  She will be back with us from the 7th June.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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