The Springfields Academy

A Muddy Sponsored Walk

This past weekend, Mr Witten ran the Bath half marathon to raise money for the Bath Cats and Dogs home, where he raised over £240. Ash class decided to join in and try to raise a little extra  money for this great cause. We discussed what we could do as a class to help raise money and came up with the idea of a sponsored walk.

 

 

With the help of Mr Rogers, we took a trip to Small Grain picnic area and climbed Morgan’s hill. Here we walked through Wansdyke’s and fields to try and cover as much distance as possible. On the way we found a large hairy caterpillar! We made our way to an enormous dip which we enjoyed exploring and playing in.

 

We managed to walk 3.5 miles (9031 steps!). We have begun collecting our sponsorship money, which we will soon send off to the Bath Cats and Dogs home.

 

We really enjoyed our walk and have decided to go again. Next time we think we will try to cover even more distance!

CPR Training At the Academy

As part of healthy schools week The Academy were fortunate to have local community support come in and show the students how to give basic CPR. They also had the opportunity to look and touch some of the equipment used in a rapid response vehicle.

Click for report in Gazette & Herald

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/towns/calneheadlines/15141909.Academy_pupils_taught_how_to_be_lifesavers_during_class/

 

Enterprise Shop Coming soon

We have been working hard over this past year to launch our Enterprise. Students have been working hard on ideas and merchandise and as many of you know Christmas was a great success with the merchandise produced. The Year 11’s Enterprise group have been working hard on a logo and slogan that represents the pupils that attend and I am pleased to reveal…To kick-start the logo and get it recognised we have designed two pieces of merchandise.

Mug £4.50

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Mug £6.00

I hope you agree the logo is a fantastic celebration of who and what we do here at the Academy . Look out for more products coming soon…

The power of the horse!

At Springfields we are very grateful to have the opportunity to offer our students horse riding! This is made possible by the generosity of a group of wonderful people and we are very grateful!

It’s more that just riding a horse! For our students it helps with balance, coordination, core stability, reducing anxiety, social and  communication skills and sensory needs!  

   
   

Year 8’s Trip to the Planetarium and @Bristol

Recently, year 8 pupils have been learning all about space in their topic on ‘War of the Worlds’. This week, we took a trip to the planetarium in @Bristol to explore our solar system. When we arrived at @Bristol we explored the science centre for a little while and enjoyed learning about how kinetic energy works by running on a giant hamster wheel. We also explored how water can be used as an energy source.

When it was time for our talk in the planetarium we walked inside a big dome (which looks like a disco ball from the outside) and went and chose our seats. It was a bit like a cinema, except we looked up at the domes roof rather than looking straight ahead. We watched a projections as if we sped away from earth into space, and learned lots about each of the planets. We thought about what they were made of, how far away from the sun they were, and if it would be possible to live on them. Next we saw projections of stars and constellations, as we would see them from the South West of England. We learned that many of these stars have planets orbiting them, and these planets may be habitable!

  

Afterwards we explored the science centre a little more. We thought about light and shadow and found a machine which made long lasting shadows! Some of us had our shadows cut out of card using laser, and some of us also created music using blocks and computers. There were also lots of activities all about sound, magnet sand, wind power and animation!

Year 8 had a fantastic day out and each pupil positively represented the school. Throughout the day they were asking thoughtful questions and showed enthusiasm and interest in everything they did. It was a very positive day and we look forward to more successful and social trips out.

Movement helps engagement in learning!

For some students movement is necessary to help them self-regulate! 

Sitting at a desk and trying to focus on an activity can be challenging, but when you need to move to help you stay regulated it can be very challenging! 

Being able to move whilst seated can help stay dents engage in the activities that they enjoy and helps them to self-regulate!

Wobble stools, wobble cushions and therapy balls are some of the successful strategies  we use at Springfields! 

   
 

Wiltshire Short Breaks Scheme 2017-2018 – Deadline

Fellow Parents/Carers (a message from Sharon & Elaine at WPCC),

Wiltshire Short Breaks Scheme 2017-2018

Deadline for Applications 28th February 2017

Applications for the Scheme must be received by Tuesday 28th February 2017. As per last year, applications for the scheme need to be made via the Wiltshire Council online form: Application Form.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure you have received an email receipt for your application, (a copy of the form). Some people have experienced problems receiving email receipts, especially if they have applied using Hotmail email accounts, iPads or some smartphones. We recommend using a desktop PC or laptop if at all possible to make your application, but if you experience difficulties or you don’t receive a receipt following submission of your application, please contact the WPCC on 01225 764647. If you do not have access to the internet or you need some help to make an application, please telephone us, (WPCC) on 01225 764647 and we will be happy to help you. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number on the answering machine, if you cannot get through.

Remember, in response to what parent carers said about the Scheme, and to ensure all eligible families can still access the Scheme, (an increase of OVER 100 families over the past year), the payment amount will be £500 this year, and the Combo payment will be £250. Families of children and young people aged 6-18 years who meet the criteria are eligible to apply and for the first time, children aged 6 and above may choose the Barnardo’s option this year. If you are considering the Barnardo’s option and wish to have a preview of what the sessions may be like, please follow this link and contact us on 01225 764647 for the password: Barnardo’s Club experience

Barnardos have made us aware if anyone is experiencing difficulties accessing the video on this link then please contact them on 01249 463907 to loan a hard copy. For further details about this year’s scheme and to find out whether you are eligible please go to our website:Short Breaks Scheme.

Calendar

Please remember to have a look at our What’s On Section, to see what activities are on this month and in the future. Follow this link to take you straight there: What’s On

Wiltshire Local Offer

Please use this Link to access information on Wiltshire’s Local Offer: Wilts Local Offer

The Wiltshire Local Offer provides information and guidance on services for children and young people, aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This website contains information about education, health, social care, preparing for adulthood and leisure.  It is also your opportunity to provide feedback and help shape the future services.

Kind regards

Steve, Vicki & Andy

P/CF Committee

Ski Trip to Risoul, France – March 2018

I am pleased to announce our plans for The Springfields Academy Ski trip that will be taking place in March next year. The Springfields Academy has enjoyed extremely successful skiing holidays in the past and the event is now a regular addition to the school calendar. It is also pleasing to note that pupils from all years are able to participate, from Year Primary to 11.

We will be travelling back to the wonderful French resort of Risoul, a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. It is located in the French Alps between the towns of Briançon and Gap. Uncrowded and unspoilt, the local ski area is ideal for all abilities, and almost every run returns to the village. If you would like to see more about Risoul, then please visit the website below.

http://www.risoul.com/

Please find the full letter sent to parents here: SKI permission letter