Helicopter visit – Thursday 29th March: The helicopter visit proved to be a fantastic success all round. We all assembled outside and got to see the helicopter circle the school, then fly in over us and onto the field, which was thrilling for all. Every class then spent time close up to the helicopter, with the crew, who were tremendously enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Two lucky raffle winners from each class then got to sit in the helicopter and before we knew it, it was time to all go back out and hear the engines fire up. The helicopter received a round of applause and energised waves goodbye as it roared back over our heads! This has been a unique experience for the children and, along with the mufti day, has helped raise a lot of money for the causes supported by the Gazelle Squadron Display Team, i.e. Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Blesma, who support wounded veterans. Once again a massive thank you to Mrs Hart for facilitating this visit and to the Gazelle Squadron Display team who came on the day and made it so memorable for all: Patrick, Ray, Andy and Craig!
Lions Concert – Thursday 22nd March: A group of our Year 5 and 6 children represented the school at the Westbury Lions Concert, held at Matravers. The children had worked hard in the build up, learning their own songs and routines, as well as the shared song that all the schools performed together and an additional song that involved all the schools, which we were taught for the first time at the morning rehearsal! The theme this year was ‘Friendship’ and on the night our performance of a medley of songs was extremely well received. The songs were ‘Gift of a friend’, ‘Friends’ and ‘We go together’ from Grease. The children performed the songs with confidence and energy, incorporating dance as well as strong vocals. The Westbury Lions are great supporters of the Schools in the area and gave a generous donation to each school to support our artistic and musical provision, for which we are very grateful. Well done to all the children who by taking part once again showed their collective engagement and pride in representing the school and challenging themselves. Thank you also to all the parents for their support on the night and especially to Miss Dixon and Mrs Denham for their hard work and preparation in the build up.
Poetry Recital Evening – 8th March: As part of literary week we decided to hold a Poetry Recital Evening. We therefore linked up with the organisation ‘Poetry by heart’, leading up to delivering poetry recitals throughout the school! We worked with every child in the school to support them in selecting a poem, as well as developing their delivery in terms of their voice, their understanding, their performance and the accuracy of the reading. Each class then held a ‘mini recital’, where all the children performed, and from that the staff and children in each class collectively selected 5 performances from each class to perform on the evening. The evening itself was a tremendous success, with children, parents and staff alike embracing the formal dress code, making the whole event even that much more unique and special. The children read their poems on the night with highly impressive confidence, intonation, energy, passion and enjoyment, with the majority of them having memorised the entire poem, from Year 1 to 6! The visiting English staff from Matravers were extremely impressed by the quality of the children’s performance and parents, staff and myself as Headteacher were very, very proud. A great evening and we thank parents for ensuring it was so well attended, with this being something we will look to replicate and build on in the future.
Literary week – 5th to the 9th March: This week we extended and enriched our normal timetable through ‘Literary week’. The week has aimed to broaden the children’s confidence in all aspects of English as a subject, presenting a message that books, poetry, writing, speaking and enjoying literature is accessible to everyone, promoting our children’s creativity and widening the range of their language choices, highlighting the value of good, clear, rich communication – a life skill for all and potentially a future career. The children were tremendously engaged in all the exciting and enriching tasks we have delivered. These included: a whole school themed Big Write, inspired by a short animation, teachers swapping to read to different classes, teachers swapping classes and delivering a GHASP Olympics across the week, 50 word short stories, poetry recitals, creating art inspired by poetry, creating Bratton Primary’s favourite children’s book lists, a world book day hat parade and an author visit workshop! It was a great week, full of learning, enjoyment, creativity and immersion in literature!
We would like to thank all the staff for their work and additional preparation and FOBS for their support with the author visit. This was a great success, with all the children working with Hannah Shaw across the day, developing their ability to create ideas and starting points for writing, working on developing characters and on how to storyboard ideas to eventually create their own picture book. https://www.hannahshawillustrator.co.uk/ During Hannah’s visit the Wiltshire Times joined us and there is an article celebrating the day in this week’s edition. We would also like to thank Rachel Heard, an artist who has worked with the school previously, who came in across the whole week to work with every class in creating artwork to link in with poems they have studied and read. This artwork can be seen in the vibrant hall displays. Finally, we would like to thank Matravers for their support across the week and we were delighted to welcome staff and 10 of their pupils to join us for the author workshops, with some of their Year 7 pupils then reading their high quality writing to the whole school, helping inspire our children for future improvement.
Dance festival – 8th February: a group of 16 children from across Key Stage 2 went to perform at the Forum in Bath as part of the County Dance Festival. The children had been preparing their routine with great diligence since November, attending our after school club, run by Mrs Janman and Mrs Stewart. On the day they travelled to the rehearsal by train, receiving great praise from our staff for their excellent conduct and attitude throughout. In the evening the performance took place, where the children again displayed very high standards of behaviour throughout, culminating in a cohesive, energised performance that was noted by many of the audience. We have since received emails and feedback from our parents, but also members of staff in the audience, congratulating our children on their performance; a tremendous endorsement of our pupils, staff and the school as a whole! Thank you to Mrs Noad for accompanying the children to the rehearsal in the morning, thank you to all the parents for their support and attendance on the night, as well as to Mrs Jeffery and Mrs Stewart for accompanying the children, and to Mrs Janman for all of the hard work and preparation in the build-up. A great team effort and well done to all involved!
Tag Rugby Festival: On Wednesday 7th March, 12 children took part in the Tag Rugby festival held at Warminster Rugby club. Our build up had been somewhat disrupted by the severe weather last week, but the children acquitted themselves with impressive skill and determination. We played 5 games, lost 1, won 2 and drew 2. What was also extremely pleasing was the fact that once again the children played with fairness and enjoyment, being praised for their behaviour and attitude by our own staff, but since the event I have received similar feedback from the coaches at Warminster, which is always great to hear. Well done to: Caitlin Minty, Adelaide Arnold, Ethan Packford, Felix Laverty, William Pickford, Lottie Brown, Jake Kenny, Harry Wilson, William Strange, Kitty Swerdlow, Callum Sterling and Issy Goble Sellers. Thank you to Mrs Whitefield and Mrs Jeffery for accompanying the children on the day and to Mr Sterling for all his support.
Netball: Report by Adam Asfaw – On Thursday 18th January the Bratton Primary School netball team went to Matravers to compete against other schools from the Westbury area. In total there were 8 teams entered. All the teams had 8 games each and our team won 6, drew 1 and lost 1. Because of our strong performance this meant our team finished second on the day and we will now be going to Chippenham for the next round of the primary school competition, playing teams from around the County. In our games we played successfully and our strong point was shooting and knowing when and who to pass to. Our team now needs to work on defending and marking our partner before the next round of the tournament.
As a school we would like to say well done to: Noah Ross, Fiona Coward, Lottie Brown, Olivia Minty, Emma Stevens, Adam Asfaw, Sophie Norcott, Willow Sterling and Alexander Woodward. Thank you also to Miss Dixon for all her coaching and preparation in the build up and on the day.
Christmas at Bratton:
KS2 Carol Concert, held at Edington Priory. The children performed with tremendous enthusiasm, focus and quality on the night. The confidence and clarity of the reading was impressive, the collective singing was sonorous and spirited, buoyed by the wonderful acoustics of the venue, and this was enhanced by some very well delivered solos and choral ensembles. We also enjoyed a performance from our school choir. A great way to end the year. Christmas tree assembly: This year’s Christmas tree decoration assembly was again a great success! The tree itself is again fantastic, very kindly donated to us by FOBS. In the assembly every child came up and placed their decoration onto the tree and this year sees an ever widening variety of decorations, with many materials, shapes and sizes, creating a very personal, child led central feature in the hall. Nativity play: We would like to congratulate all the children who took part in the two nativity performances. The readers delivered with confidence and clarity, the actors delivered their lines with timing and energised intonation, allied to some fine group singing, a strong solo performance and coordinated group dances. Both performances were very well attended and a fine way to end the term as we head into the Christmas period. Christmas Fair: The FOBS and School Christmas Fair was a great success. The children who volunteered to run the stalls did so with maturity and impressive application and all the children had already contributed by making things for their class stalls, sharing in the community approach to the Fair. Following the choirs uplifting performance, including two solos, all the prizes and competitions were announced and then many of you helped in the clear up operation! This was a lovely way to end the term. School choir: Mrs Stewart, Mr Bolton and Mrs Callaway accompanied the Choir to the Westbury Care Home, where they performed a selection of Carols and Christmas songs, supporting our local community, also giving the children another platform to showcase all of their hard work, practice and improvement. Once again, they were a real credit to the school throughout the visit, enjoying the performance, whilst displaying great maturity and understanding of their audience, who were delighted to welcome our children, giving them great support and the children and school some fine compliments.
Technology week – November 2017: This week, our normal timetable was extended through a diverse range of technology based activities, providing many different learning opportunities to enrich the curriculum. As a school we focussed on all aspects of technology, from the everyday, to the cutting edge, with the key learning messages in all the work that innovation comes from thought and application, through: addressing a problem or need, thinking about solutions to that problem, testing those solutions, trying, failing, reviewing and then starting that whole process again; a great mindset with which to approach all learning, tying in with our whole school Growth Mindset approach. Classes all worked on individual challenges across the week and on Tuesday all classes rotated to work with different teachers on new challenges, which was a tremendous experience for both pupils and adults. We were also lucky enough to have additional contributions from ‘ABC Cooking’, who worked on food technology with Zebra and Meerkat classes, and the whole school welcomed Nigel Coward, a software engineer (and parent) and Matt, an engineer (and former pupil). They delivered a fascinating talk on the use of 3D printers, ranging from their application in the home all the way to Matt’s application in prototyping and testing new components before instillation into Gas pipelines. Nigel then very kindly set up a 3D printer which worked away all day printing a T-Rex skull, with the children being able to watch the process happening ‘live’. We would also like to thank Mr Cooper for his informative video ‘blog’ exploring the manufacturing processes and tools used in a chocolate factory. Overall it was a great week in school and the children responded with enthusiasm and determination to explore the new learning opportunities
Cross Country – November 2017: Report by Lottie Brown and Sophie Norcott: On Friday 10th November 2017, eight girls from year 6 represented the school at a cross country race at Matravers. The team that represented the school were: Lottie Brown, Sophie Norcott, Erin Andrews, Ruby Jazrawy-Brown, Fiona Coward, Eden Noad, Olivia Minty and Anna Midgley. We were the first to arrive and were smartly dressed with our coloured house tops and red Bratton sports hoodies, which have been kindly donated by FOBS. When the rest of the schools arrived, we had a safety briefing and then walked the course with ‘the hare’ (the Matravers pupil who ran in front of us to show us the way). The windy course had a long uphill stretch and was a total of 1700m (about 1 mile). We warmed up together, sharing different ideas to warm up our muscles. Standing at the start line, all of us were nervous. Going into the race we all had personal goals. We are delighted to share that everyone met their goal; in fact we all beat our target finishing positions! Our finishing results were: Lottie 1st, Olivia 9th, Anna 10th, Ruby 14th, Erin 17th, Eden 19th, Fiona 20th, and Sophie 32nd. We all came back to school happy, tired and muddy. It was a brilliant morning!
Tag Rugby – September 2017:
Mr Towers and Mr Bolton took a group of 18 children to the Westbury Tag Rugby festival. Although we only had a short build up to this year’s tournament, the children were raring to go! We entered a year 3 / 4 team and a year 5 / 6 team. Both teams played 3 matches each and then had the chance to take part in a skills workshop run by coaches from Westbury rugby club. Although the afternoon was not a tournament, but a festival to encourage participation in rugby, the children were determined to put their skills in to practise and we are proud to report that the children all performed strongly in all of their respective games. Across the afternoon, our children improved in their game awareness and application of their skills, working hard as a team in both attack and defence, also improving communication and tactical play. We were pleased to welcome those parents who supported us on the day and the afternoon culminated with every child being presented with a medal. We now look forward to this interest continuing through the schools Tag Rugby club and hope that some children may also think about joining a club outside school, taking this interest further.
Sports day: June 2017 On Wednesday 21st June the whole school took part in our Sports Day. The day started with great enthusiasm, as the children arrived in their house colours, full of excitement for what lay ahead. In Monday’s assembly we had outlined the importance of competing with determination and drive, whilst also respecting everyone who takes part and celebrating everyone’s achievements. The children competed against their own classmates, accruing points not only for performance but also attitude, team work and approach, all going towards their collective house total. All the children took part magnificently, competing in sprint races, assault course races, some fantastic and elaborate class designed events and all culminating in enthralling and competitive long distance races. As I mentioned on the day, the children competed and took part in all events with full commitment and, as a staff, we were delighted by their positive mindset and outlook, trying their best, yet fully respecting and celebrating others achievements. The house competition was close, with this year Green House coming out victorious! On completion of the morning’s events the children enjoyed the picnic lunch they shared with parents and family, continuing the feel and ethos of the day, being that of community, cooperation and involvement, which was great to see. Thank you to so many of you for supporting and attending the event and the feedback on the day was extremely positive. Thank you also to all the staff for their hard work, preparation and support, with special mention to Mr Towers for taking the lead with Miss Dixon and to Miss Wozniak and Mr Hurley, our two sports coaches, who were invaluable in the build up and the delivery of the day. A great day for the whole Bratton Primary School community!
Airfix Club – March 2017
Some of our keen modellers hard at work on their Airfix models! This is a new club at our school and we thank Mr Watson for is support in setting this interest in motion. Modelling builds on the skills we have established in our Craft club and develops dexterity, patience, reflection, planning ahead, following instructions and working together to solve problems, also harnessing children’s creative side! A great addition to the school’s activities and we look forward to seeing how the children’s skills develop further.
West Wilts Dance Festival – February 2017
On Wednesday 22nd February, Bratton Dance Club had a wonderful day of rehearsals and an evening performance as part of the West Wilts Dance Festival. The girls showed themselves to be wonderful role models for our school with parents, and teachers from other schools, all commenting on their excellent behaviour, attitude and an outstanding performance. The hard work truly paid off as their routine was polished and exciting to watch.
Well done to all of you!
Tree planting with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust – December 2016
Gail, from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust visited our school to help us plant the free hedging we had obtained from The Woodland Trust. We look forward to seeing her again soon to plant some more.
School Choir singing to residents at the Westbury Care Home – December 2016
The school choir performed a selection of Carols and Christmas songs to the residents of Westbury Care Home. They were a real credit to the school throughout the visit, enjoying the performance, whilst displaying great maturity and empathetic understanding of their audience.
Key Stage 2 Carol Concert at Edington Priory – December 2016
The children performed with tremendous enthusiasm, focus and quality at the Key Stage 2 Carol Concert held at Edington Priory. The confidence and clarity of the reading was impressive, the collective singing was harmonious and spirited and this was enhanced by some very well delivered solos and duets. This year we also enjoyed two songs performed by our burgeoning school choir.
FOBS and School Christmas Fete and Lantern Parade – December 2016
The FOBS and School Christmas Fair was a great success. The children enjoyed having the first 20 minutes to explore the stalls and experience the fair with some independence, with many parents and families then joining us for the rest of the afternoon. The children who volunteered to run the stalls did so with maturity and impressive application and all the children had already contributed by making things for their class stalls, sharing in the community approach to the Fair. Following the choir’s engaging performance we set off for the inaugural lantern parade around the village, with the town crier leading the way! This was a lovely way to end the fair, and on the completion of the parade we all gathered around the school turning circle to sing a closing carol.
Whole School Christmas Tree Decoration Assembly – December 2016
This year’s Christmas tree decoration assembly was again a great success! The tree itself is again fantastic, very kindly donated to us by BandQ in Trowbridge, and in the assembly every child came up and placed their decoration onto the tree. There are a wide variety of decorations, with many materials, shapes and sizes, creating a very personal, child led central feature in the hall.
Whole school attending Remembrance service in the village – 11th November 2016
The whole school observed the period of silence impeccably at the War Memorial. We received some lovely feedback from others who attended the commemorations, regarding our children’s behaviour when representing the school.
Summer Concert July 2016
The school hosted the annual music concert, where our pupils performed and showcased their musical development. This not only encompassed lessons undertaken in school, but also included children who learn instruments outside school as well. The evening was extremely well attended and we had performances from recorders, violins, clarinet, piano, guitars and drums!
Sports Day July 2016
The whole school took part in our newly formatted sports day. Thankfully the weather was glorious and the morning started with a whole school assembly outlining the ethos and expectations of the day. The children were then placed in mixed age group house teams and they worked their way around a carousel of activities, accruing points not only for performance but also attitude, team work and approach. It was a tremendous sight to see such engagement, cooperation, resilience and reciprocity in action as the field hummed with activity. On completion of the morning’s events the children enjoyed the picnic lunch they shared with parents and family, continuing the feel and ethos of the day, being that of community, cooperation and involvement, which was great to see. We then ran a more ‘traditional’ sports day, in which all children took part magnificently, competing in sprint races, assault course races, class designed events and culminating in long distance races. Once again the children competed and took part in all events with full commitment and, as a staff, we were delighted by their positive mindset and outlook, trying their best, yet fully respecting and celebrating others achievements. Overall it was a fantastic day and the children were a credit to the school.
Local Recorder Group assembly to school
Dance club performing at Bratton Fete and Edington Fete 2016
Camp Fire at Braeside – Year 4 residential trip June 2016