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The sound of music at Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 10:35 am by SH (Editor)

Music at Little Stoke Primary School, Bristol.

By Anne Sargent (Deputy Head) and Rosie Griffiths (Music Lead).

As you walk through the corridors at Little Stoke Primary School it would be unusual not to hear music being made in some form or another. Our children absolutely love music and there is a wealth of different musical opportunities which children across the school participate in.

Our seventy strong red-tie choir performs concerts which are truly memorable and magical. The Christmas show is our pièce de résistance and is always a sell out! The programme is varied, challenging and highly entertaining with songs which are funny, reflective and moving in equal measure. We also have twenty children who participated in the South Gloucestershire Schools’ concert at the Colston Hall in June.

One hundred and twenty children are currently working hard on our summer musical production – Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! It promises to be a spectacular event for parents and friends to enjoy. We have been amazed at how quickly the children are learning the lyrics, the tunes and the drama and dance; their enthusiasm and motivation is always awe-inspiring. As an added bonus, staff are enjoying it just as much as the children!

Next year, we have a full and varied music curriculum planned to engage and excite children as well as introducing them to some new musical experiences linked to different cultures. These are provided by the Music Hub, conveniently located in our school!

More: Samba, fife playing, Bhangra and Djembe African drumming »

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New library area for Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Performance poet Ian Bland recites a poem at the official opening of the new library area at Little Stoke Primary School.

Little Stoke Primary School officially opened its new library area on Friday 19th February and celebrated the occasion with a day of literacy-related activities.

Performance poet Ian Bland spent the day at the school, leading writing workshops, showing pupils how to write poems and giving tips on performing.

During a short ceremony to mark the opening of the library, Year 6 boys shared their thoughts about the new facility through prepared speeches. Ian Bland also explained how he had loved to visit libraries as a child, both the one in his school and the one in his village. He then recited a specially written poem called ‘Our Library’.

Then, after a fanfare by the Little Stoke Sliders (the school’s trombone group), Ian cut the ribbon to declare the library area officially open.

The library area is a visible presence of a broader reading initiative that is under way at the school which has included a reading challenge (in which children produced models based on books they have read), a top 100 books initiative, a reading passport scheme (which gives pupils rewards on reaching milestones), and paired reading.

More photos from the library area opening event »

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Little Stoke Primary’s Forest School featured on national television

Posted on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Little Stoke Primary School toast marshmallows on a fire as part of their Forest Schools activities.

Children at Little Stoke Primary School were thrilled to appear on national TV at the beginning of October in a “back to nature” feature filmed at their on-site Forest School. The BBC visited the school as part of a report on a recent survey of 1,000 families which showed that hardly anyone can correctly recognise the five most common trees in the country (oak, birch, beech, horse chestnut and ash).

Steve Callow of Conquer the Woods.

In the feature, which was shown on the local BBC Points West and the national CBBC Newsround programmes, children from Years 1 & 2 were shown learning about the different types of trees, plants and flowers that can be found within the school grounds, and how to tell them apart.

Steve Callow, director of Conquer the Woods, a Bath based business that provides Forest School lessons at Little Stoke, told the BBC he feels that children these days “spend too much time on electronics and not enough time outdoors”.

The children were shown taking part in a ‘treasure hunt’ in which they searched for leaves similar to those shown on an annotated worksheet, thereby helping them learn the names of the corresponding trees.

Other activities to have taken place recently include rope challenges, mud kitchen, using tools, making catapults, whittling sticks and picking apples & blackberries and making cake with them on a wood fire.

More: "Forest School sessions have become an important part of the curriculum," says Little Stoke Primary headteacher Scott Howes »

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Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 5:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School.

Staff and pupils at a local primary school that was deemed ‘in need of improvement’ two years ago are celebrating after Ofsted rated it ‘good’ following its latest inspection in January.

Little Stoke Primary School was graded ‘good’ for each of the five key judgement themes of leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

The news was welcomed by headteacher Scott Howes, who said the school had been through a “really intense time of change” since the last inspection and had worked closely with the local authority and government inspectors to bring about the necessary improvements.

In a letter to parents, Mr Howes wrote:

“We are pleased to report that the inspectors recognised the significant improvements brought about by the hard working team of teachers, support staff, office staff, governors and leadership team. Ofsted has now graded Little Stoke Primary School as a ‘good’ school and has identified some excellent features.”

Inspectors spent two days meeting pupils, staff, governors and parents, as well as observing lessons and playtime sessions, analysing achievement data and looking at work in pupils’ books.

In their report, inspectors comment on the strength of the new governing body and acknowledge that all areas of improvement identified in the previous inspection have been successfully addressed.

More: "The job of improving a school for the pupils is never done"

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