Parents and Community

As part of our commitment to being run democratically, Somerdale Educate Together are always looking for ways to collaborate and share our experiences with families and the local community.

Prior to the recent COVID 19 pandemic, we welcomed parents and carers into school often and were supported by a cohort of invaluable volunteers who helped around the school with tasks from governance to reading.

We look forward to times ahead when we will begin this work again but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions for new ways to be involved, or would like to talk about activities for the future, please get in touch by calling the office on 0117 379 0888 or emailing info@somerdaleet.org.uk.

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Admissions 2022

Applications for September 2022 open in September 2021 and close on the 15th January 2022.

If the reception class is oversubscribed, places at the school will be allocated following our admissions policy.

Please contact the B&NES Admission Team on 01225 394312 or call us on 0117 3790888 if you have any further questions.

Further information can be found on the B&NES website here.

Please see here for:

Admissions Appeal Timetable Somerdale ET Primary

Admissions Policy 2022

* Please note that both the 2021 and 2022 Admissions Policies have been amended to reflect new Statutory Guidance for the definition of Children in Care. This amendment to Criteria 1, can be found on page 4. All other aspects of the policy remain as before. This change has been agreed by the Trust Board.

In Year Admissions

As a new school, we do still have limited spaces in other year groups, up to year 5.

Please contact Amy, our School Administrator to enquire about a space and complete an application form.  All applications for In-Year Admission will be handled within 10 working, school days or less.  Where spaces are not available your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list, which operates in accordance with our 2021 Admissions over-subscription criteria.

In 2020/2021 Educate Together Academy Trust held a public consultation about its schools Admissions Policies, with the intention of standardising and clarifying across all of our sites. This consultation has now concluded with the new policy due to begin for the 2022 academic year. You can find a copy of the policy on our Policies page. The Consultation Report can be viewed here. 

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Families:

At Educate Together we actively encourage the involvement of parents in the education of your children. Research shows that children do better in school if parents take an active part in their child’s education.

How can you support your child?

  • Come into the classroom for ‘activity mornings’ every day
  • Share books with your child and enjoy talking about them
  • Hear them read their school reading book regularly – at least five times a week
  • Find out and learn with your child about the topics they are doing
  • Visit the school often, talk to the teachers and spend time in the classroom – there will be plenty of opportunities to do this throughout the year
  • Shopping and cooking with your child is an excellent way to use maths in an everyday context
  • Attend open days, parent workshops and open evenings
  • Talk to the children about their time in school

Get Involved at Somerdale ET Primary:

  • Attend parent forums and parent information afternoon/evenings
  • Become a reading volunteer
  • Helping on school trips and visits to the local area
  • Use your skills and talents to help us – let us know if you have any interests or hobbies that could be incorporated into our school
  • Become a parent Council Member
  • Respond to questionnaires and surveys
  • Talk to the teachers and the Headteacher

Community:

Join us as a volunteer reader on a regular basis, visit for an hour to show us a special skill or stop by to help with the gardening. There are many ways you can help at our school and we are always happy to hear new suggestions!

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TERM DATES 2021 – 2022

 

Term dates can opened here:-

ETAT Term Dates 2021-2022

 

AUTUMN TERM

INSET DAYS: Thursday 2nd September 2021 & Friday 3rd September 2021

CHILDREN START SCHOOL – Monday 6th September 2021

HALF TERM – Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021

INSET DAY:  Monday 1st November 2021

CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL – Tuesday 2nd November 2021

END OF TERM –  Friday 17th December 2021

 

SPRING TERM

INSET DAY:  Tuesday 4th January 2022

CHILDREN START SCHOOL – Wednesday 5th January 2022

HALF TERM – Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022

CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL – Monday 28th February 2022

INSET DAY: Friday 25th March 2022

END OF TERM: Friday 8th April  2022

 

SUMMER TERM

CHILDREN START SCHOOL – Monday 25th April 2022

Bank Holiday Monday – Monday 2nd May 2022

HALF TERM – Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022

CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL – Monday 6th June 2022

END OF TERM: Friday 22nd July 2022

 

Other events throughout the year will be listed in the events section.

 

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A venue at the heart of the community

Somerdale ET Primary has several spaces available for hire, outside of school times. We are committed to using the school as a community asset and look forward to welcoming members of the community into our lovely building. At present we are limiting bookings but please let us know your plans and if we can accommodate you safely we will do so.

Spaces available are the school hall, playground and our community meeting room with an adjoining interview room.

Please see our Lettings Policy for price and terms and conditions, or contact Amy on info@somerdaleet.org.uk to find out more.

Bookings Form – please submit completed booking forms to info@somerdaleet.org.uk.

Please call us on 0117 3790888 with any questions.

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Phone away, how was your day?

Your child’s days at school are very busy and exciting. As we want all children to have a positive school experience it is critical that the language used at home highlights and focuses on the positive. Here are some ideas of ways to engage in conversation about your child’s day:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day…
  • Tell me one thing you learnt today….
  • I wonder what you did today that made you proud?
  • Tell me something you did that made you smile…
  • Tell me someone you played with today…
  • Tell me something that made you happy today…
  • I wonder what you had for lunch today…
  • Tell me everything you would like to do this evening…

Reading…

  • Make time to read together – this should be a calm time for you both to enjoy!

  • Share books, comics, magazines, catalogues – reading is everywhere and isn’t just your child’s reading book!

  • If your child is tired, you read the book and get them to spot tricky words in the book, help you with sounding out words etc.

  • Make mistakes as you read – children love to be the teacher and will correct you!

  • Spend time each day reading – this can be reading signs of shops, practising tricky words, sharing a book, reading labels on items in the cupboard etc.

  • Talk about the book – can the children predict what may happen? can they find their favourite part?

  • Enjoy reading together!

  • Let your child see you reading at home.

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Maths…

  • Using mathematical vocabulary – add, take away, more, less half, full, big, little

  • Encourage and enthuse

  • Value their mathematical mark making

  • Make maths everyday and every moment, maths is everywhere!

  • Ask children to show you. Prove it, Explain it, Draw it! The answer is only the beginning.

  • Allow them time to explore mathematical concepts.

  • Be positive about maths around your child.

  • Build their confidence in their abilities to achieve in maths.

  • Make time in your week to play games, cook, go to the shops and let them buy an item.

  • Spot the maths in their environment.

Have fun with MATHS!

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