‘WASPS is special because
we work together respecting each other.’ Class 2B
Amelie and Poppy,
both in Year 5, have successfully secured Explore
Level in the Arts Council’s Arts Award scheme. This
is a first for our school and we are deeply proud
and full of admiration of the additional work that
these girls (and their families) have undertaken in
researching artists and arts organisations both
locally and nationally, preparing portfolios of
their own involvement in the arts and sharing their
work with others. This is a significant achievement
that reflects the effort that they’ve put in and
will pave the way for them to undertake Bronze,
Silver and even Gold award (which is equivalent to
an A-level) later in their school career.
If you’d like
more information about the Arts Award please speak
to Mr Williams.
Fifteen children in years 5 & 6 of WASPS and AAA,
all of whom particularly love writing, went to the
cinema as part of the nationwide Into Film Festival
to see ‘Goodbye, Christopher Robin’. They have since
written some amazing film reviews. Here are some
“Winnie the Pooh - one of the most loved of all
children’s tales. ‘Good Bye Christopher Robin’ is an
emotional mix of fact and fiction that dives into
the relationships of an ordinary family that become
extraordinarily famous.” Lucy G
“After suffering from writer’s block and being
petrified of the war, Milne decides to move to the
country side; where everything is much safer and
quieter. As he couldn’t write, he grew a great bond
with his son. They would play in the “hundred acre
wood” and have adventures (even though it was
actually a five hundred acre wood!) Also the beloved
game “Pooh Sticks” was created by Christopher Robin
himself, when he would play it with his Nanny (a.k.a
“Nou” as he would call her!) She was played by Kelly
Macdonald and the young Christopher Robin was played
by Will Tilston.” Ellie
“Alexander Milne (A. A. Milne for short) wrote the
charming series about the adorable, little bear Winnie the
Pooh. Christopher Robin was also featured in this
series, based on A. A. Milne’s son, Billy Moon; who
was called Christopher Robin, but preferred being
called Billy. The name came about in his early
childhood. In Goodbye Christopher Robin, more
unfolds about Winnie the Pooh’s author, and the
relationship between him and his son, one of the
protagonists of this popular series.” Ella B
story comes to a big, tragic event which brings a
lump to your throat whilst watching it. I strongly
recommend this powerful, emotional and amusing film
with amazing scenes. You could watch this film over
and over again.” Ben
“This film may have had some mild violence (only a
small bit) but it also had some great humour and
adventure. I’d definitely recommend this film if you
like adventure and very funny jokes. Because of the
small amount of mild violence that is in this movie,
I’d highly recommend it to those aged 9 or over.”
Pupils enjoyed a really good Literature Week last
week. This coincides with World Book Day, and whilst
we keep the dressing up and visits from authors for
our own Book Week in October, all year groups study
a specially selected 'classic' book - many of which
are sadly overlooked nowadays!
6 studied 'The Silver Sword' by Ian Serraillier -
which according to Tommy in 6W was... "A really engaging
story of children caught up in the events of the
Second World War. It was particularly gripping, not
only because it was set around an incredibly
emotional and interesting backdrop which links to
our topic, but also because it was a story of
survival against all odds and how children manage to
find comfort for themselves in the littlest of
things when they have to. The age group for which I
would recommend it, would be my age or older -
adults would become engrossed in it too." As
well as being part of their topic, pupils will be
writing book reviews which will be submitted to
5 studied 'Swallows and Amazons' by Arthur Ransome.
Israel, in class 5L described the book as... "Extremely interesting
because there was lots of exciting things happening,
such as robberies of pirates, wars between different
tribes and various mysteries. I would recommend the
book for 7-10 years old because that age group would
most love the pirates!" Pupils have written
newspaper reports about the robbery, and are
planning their own boat racing regatta at the stream
next to the school.
Borrowers' by Mary Norton was the chosen text in
Year 4. Monty in 4WD said, "This is a great book
about little people who live under the floorboards
in the kitchen. You need to have a lot of creativity
and imagination because there are no pictures and
you really have to think about what the little
people would use. Although it was written in the
1950s, it seems like quite a modern book because it
is always action packed and, although it was a
tricky at first, it is easily accessible after a
while. I would recommend this book for people aged
from 7 to 107 - because it's suitable for
everyone!" Monty and several Year 4 pupils also
went to the Egg Theatre to see a fortuitously timed
production of The Borrowers which was apparently "even more
humorous than the book because they had modernised
it a bit." In class, pupils are making their own
Borrowers' room in a shoebox using household and
classroom items such as bottle tops, paper clips and
pencils and have written a manual for escaping bad
situations for any Borrowers who happen to be
Meanwhile, Year 3 studied 'The Story of Doctor
Doolittle" by Hugh Lofting. Written in 1920, it
is still as fresh, funny and invigorating for young
minds as if it were written today. Amber said "It
was so funny because there were lots of jokes in it,
for example there was a sentence in the book which
described Dr Doolittle as 'very short and quite
snappy!'" Lucy, 3T, recommended the book for
"Year3, 4 or 5 because some smaller kids might not
know some of the words" Pupils have therefore
been writing and illustrating their own picture book
versions specifically for younger children.
Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl was the choice in
year 2. This 'modern classic'
about deviously concocted, Grandma-destroying potions
was loved by all the children who have also written
their own potion recipes to make grandma either
nicer, kinder, smaller - or even explode.
Grandmothers everywhere beware! Alice in 2B said
" I really liked the bit when George put the
medicine in Grandma's mouth and she exploded! I
think this book is universal. I would give it 5 out
of 5 and recommend it to anyone"
1's read a selection of Beatrix Potter's
well-loved stories. The Tale of Jeremy Fisher went
down particularly well with Class 1SS with Loranya
saying "I really liked the bit when he nearly got
eaten by a fish!" The children also studied
Potter's exquisite watercolour illustrations and
have recreated their own. They have also made up
their own Beatrix Potter style characters
and stories, as well as watched the famous ballet
that was adapted from the stories by Anthony Dowe.
Reception class read 'Rosy's Walk' by Pat Hutchins
and have written their own book review and completed
some sequencing and recount work all about the
story. Zachary in 0T said "It was really funny
when the fox bumped his nose."
top of all the work in class, we also hosted the
Travelling Books Book Fair which was magnificently
manned by Year 6 pupils and raised £1163.79 (AAA -
£201.03; WASPS - £962.76) which equates to £638.27
commission for the school to spend on books. Thank
'Open The Book'
Today's Open The
Book assembly told the story of 'The Walls Fall
Down' from Joshua 6. The actors brought the story to
life and taught all about how we should never give
up and always trust in God.
kicked of Science Week with an inspiring assembly
led by Miss Gray and Mrs Book. We learnt how to make
a lava lamp and how to use a vortex to empty a
bottle quickly. All using science! We will be doing
lots more experiments throughout the week and cannot
wait to learn more about science!
Modern Biathlon Championships
On Saturday 25th
November, I took part in the British National Modern
Biathlon Championships at the Tudor Grange Sports
Centre in Solihull.
There were hundreds of children from all over the
I could see from the running heats before mine, that
there were so many really good runners and that I
had stiff competition! It was so cold but I pushed
myself as hard as I could in my 800m run and managed
to win my heat and did a 2second personal best time.
After the run I was in 15th position so I knew I’d
have to swim my fastest time.
to swim the fastest 50m freestyle I’ve ever
swam, which was a 2 second PB and ended up
coming 13th out of all the Under 11 girls in
Britain. I was really pleased with the
result, especially as it was only the second
time I’d ever done a biathlon! I’d really
recommend taking part in the Biathlon
qualifier next year if you get a chance.
'Open The Book'
Today our 'Open
The Book' assembly continued with the second part of
the story of Joseph. The adult and child actors did
a great job of bringing the story and messages to
life! God was with Joseph as he interpreted dreams
and made his way up in the world. We also learnt how
it is important to forgive, just like Joseph did
with his brothers. The Bible stories will continue
in our next 'Open The Book' assembly. We can't wait!
Orienteering League Durdham Down
WASPS and AAA joined
forces to compete in the third race of the
orienteering league on Saturday 7th October.
They travelled in the minibus to Durham
Down, Bristol and ran in pairs along the
1.3km course. Terrain was runnable grassland
with a complex network of thickets and woods
with many minor paths. All 11 pupils
completed the race on their debut and
enjoyed the navigational challenge. Results
can be found at
The next race takes place at Blaise Castle
on Saturday 11th November.
We were very lucky to
have a visit and performance from the
Osiligi Masai Warriors, who had travelled
all the way from Kenya! They sang
fantastically, danced wonderfully and shared
lots of information about their culture with
us. It was a brilliant experience!
Last Wednesday (4th
October), Mrs Glanville and Mr Taylor took a
group of children from year 5 and 6 to a
Cross Country event at Odd Down Sports
Ground. 14 aspiring young athletes completed
a mile long course along with 30 other
schools from across BANES. Everyone did
brilliantly and completed the course. A
special mention to Ella and Abi who came
first and third in their races.
10 children signed up
to take part in their first ever Biathlon
race at the University of Bath Campus last
Friday (6th October). Mrs Glanville and Mr
Reed took the enthused children to swim 50m
in the Olympic sized pool and race 800m on
the, high class, running track. With lots of
schools competing from across the South West
and a few A-class athletes cheering on the
children, everyone had a tremendous day. Abi,
from Year 6, finished on the podium winning
a silver medal for the Under 11 age
category. A huge well done to her for such
an achievement and to everyone else for
Open The Book
On Tuesday 12th
September, members of Weston All Saints Church began
their series of “Open The Book” by dazzling us with
a performance telling the story of creation from the
Bible. They used great props and design to bring the
story to life. We’re all looking forward to their
Competition - Royal Bath and West Show 2017
CONGRATULATIONS to the following pupils for
their winning Safety Poster Competition entries in
this year’s Royal Bath and West Show. There were
over 600 entries from schools across the region so
the pupils can be really proud of their
- Talia, 6L
Class 1 (aged 7
years and under) : 1st prize - Evelyn, 3W. 2nd prize
- Charlotte, 2B. 3rd prize - Anya, 1S/S
Class 3 (aged 10
and 11 years) : 1st prize - Talia, 6L. 2nd prize -
: Emily, 6L & Neve 5R
took an unexpected turn of events! We were learning
about the Pentecost and how the message of Jesus
changed people as it spread. Mr Peryer, who was
leading the assembly, left the hall half way through
and returned as a changed man; he was Superman! What
a fun way to learn about the birth of the church!
Dear Dr Bull,
I would like to
thank you and the rest of the staff for all your
hard work with the Year 6 SATs this week. My
daughter woke up this morning knowing she had two
SATs papers in her least favourite subjects, she was
feeling a little nervous and yet she said to me how
much she is enjoying this week. "I wish every week
could be SATs week" she told me.
The extra playtime and snacks and music when they go
into the hall before the exams and the rosemary are
all such and lovely thoughtful touches that are
really are making this week special for the children
and I would like to thank you all for making the
SATs week a positive experience.
Dear Dr Bull.,
Many thanks for
your reply, I do of course understand, and I realise
that ... will be lucky to have any of the dedicated
members of staff that teach at WASPS.
I don't think
that I have ever said this in person, but I always
mean to, so here it is ... thank you for leading
such a creative, engaging and inspiring school. ...
(0B, 1P, 2C, 3G) has grown enormously in terms of
her formal learning but also in her creative
mindset, compassion for others and confidence
outside of the school gates, and this is down to
you, your teachers and all of the staff at WASPS.
Saints Primary School [Sourced from The Spectator
The jewel in
the crown of this Bath primary school is undoubtedly
its headmistress, Dr Anne Bull. She has been at the
school for over twenty years, and has won plaudit
after plaudit for her work, including an OBE for
services to education, and 2012 Headteacher of the
Year at the Pearson Teaching Awards. As a Church of
England primary school, Christian values are very
important, and each class has a specific Christian
‘value’ to consider - from perseverance to
activities are plentiful - and encouraged - while
year 6 pupils take part in an annual residential
trip to France (French is taught from year 3
upwards). As well as visiting the war graves and
Mont. St. Michel, sailing and open-air swimming are
on the cards; and of course, all conversations with
locals must be in French!
the school has set up a new Academy Trust, which has
been granted approval for a new primary school
academy, which is due to open later this year.
Week/Commonwealth Week Links with WASPS - 20th to
24th March 2017
On Monday, 20th
March 2017 WASPS is celebrating its very own
Multi-Cultural Week. This week is dedicated to
learning about and celebrating diversity in the UK.
Each class will focus on a country. This will
include some countries from the British
Commonwealth. The children will be learning about
the culture and history of that country and its
relevance to the UK. All the classes will be showing
one another what they have been learning through the
means of a display! Next week, please ask your
children what they have been learning.
Last week, six Chinese
teachers came to WASPS as part of an exchange
program. They spent time in different classes and
taught both Mandarin lessons and calligraphy
It was a great experience for everyone!
Choir Sing at the Pump Rooms
Over the last
month or so children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been
working on large and small book cover designs for
the School Library. The large boards were painted
with acrylic paint and feature children's classic
books such as "Elmer", "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
and "The Twits".
Further book characters have been painted on the
Library walls, making it a relaxing colourful space
for all the children in the school, where books can
be enjoyed, shared and borrowed.
Do pop in and have a look.
afternoon of 07/11/16 WASPS took part in the BANES
7-a-side football tournament at Odd Down.
20 teams were divided into 4 groups with the top two
teams progressing to the quarter finals.
WASPS played 4 fixtures in the group stages winning
3 games : 2-0, 2-1 and 6-0. The boys played
superbly; utilizing the wonderful surface to play
crisp, quick passes. Joe B, Luis, Isaac K and Harry
H were amongst the scorers with Jack L, Freddie G
and Amin solid and composed in defence. All of the
wide players showed an eye for the early ball with
Isaac R and Tadgh M running hard delivering accurate
balls into the box.
Having won their group WASPS faced Oldfield Park A
in the quarter finals. Oldfield Park ran out
comfortable winners playing at a higher tempo and
with greater strength.
WASPS should be very proud of their afternoon's work
and reassured that 7 of the team will be available
for selection next year.
Harvest Sing Song at Woodland Grove
On the afternoon
of Tuesday 1st November, 34 members of WASPS Gospel
Choir, along with Miss Gray and other staff, headed
to Woodland Grove Care Home to entertain the
residents. The children sang a selection of songs
about Harvest, Autumn, as well as some upbeat
classic songs. The residents really enjoyed
listening to the energetic, enthusiastic singing and
joined in with a few themselves. Following the
singing, the children spent time of chatting with
the residents over juice. They enjoyed it so much
that the Gospel Choir have been invited back for
8 of our children were lucky
enough to attend a Forest School Course last term
lasting for 6 weeks. They learnt skills such as
archery, woodwork, den building, canoeing, fire
lighting and team work. Each week they built up
their skills culminating in a Treasure hunt. Each
week the children made and cooked different food
including the most amazing pizza cooked in a Dutch
Year 4 Football
On Monday 16th
May, ten boys from Year 4 attended a football
tournament at Odd Down Playing Fields. Seven schools
participated and WASPS won four out of six games!
William, Freddie G, Reuben, Amin (4M), Jack, Luis,
Harley (4WD), Tadgh, Isaac and Theo (4H) all
represented their school magnificently! They had a
great time and played with enthusiasm, supporting
one another throughout the games.
Well done boys!
Following our recent
request on 20th April by the WASPS Eco
Council to support a local Weston man, Mr
Ring, in his quest to collect resources for
the Jubilee International School in Guinea,
we have now received the following photo
from Mr Ring of our donations being loaded
into the container.
the 18th of March WASPS gospel choir sang at
Weston All Saints Church. It was amazing and
WASPS Gospel choir, Bath Gospel Choir and
PSG choir sang ‘This Little light of mine’
together. There was a lot of applause and
success. I felt really happy. Diego 4H
the 18th March 2016, the WASPS gospel choir,
Rock Band, BCGC and PSG were singing in
Weston All Saints Church. I enjoyed it and I
think everyone enjoyed it as well. It was
fun but very tiring! (I was very sleepy in
the end). Israel 3G
Man Visits WASPS
Jim Cole the
famous runner who is, later this year, attempting a
recreation of Forest Gump’s fictional run across
America and back, visited Weston All Saints Primary
School (W.A.S.P.S.) and took all the children on a
one mile run.
Jim began his day at W.A.S.P.S. with an
inspirational talk. Describing how his journey
began, how his Asperger Syndrome has not prevented
him from accomplishing his goals and the magnificent
sights he has seen on his runs with his dog. The
children had created race numbers for him, which Jim
will personally sign and return, as a memory of the
Since January 1st 2013, Jim has run at least 10K
(6.21 miles), every day (more than 3 years), no day
missed! He completed triathlon distances every day
for 2015 (750m swim, 20K cycle, 10K run)...365 days,
with no activity or day missed!
Jim has undertaken these physical challenges to
raise awareness for sedentary lifestyles and child
obesity. Furthermore, Jim’s next adventure is to
complete the original fictional Forest Gump run,
which consists of 20,000miles on the 1st October
Commenting, Dr Anne Bull, Headteacher said,
“Everyone was so excited about his visit and
thoroughly enjoyed the day. Jim has embarked on an
incredibly challenging journey for a great cause. We
wish him the best of luck on his expedition.”
Overheard by a five year old child, “This is so
much fun! Let’s do this every day!”
Click on the
image to see us in action!
Tuesday, 8th March, the Eco Council, Erin, Rosie,
Ella and Ralph (6S) attended a Fair Trade Conference
in Wells Cathedral. It involved a number of schools
which were divided into three groups to rotate
workshop discussed the need for Fair Trade and
children worked collaboratively brainstorming how
they could promote Fair Trade.
workshop involved discussing what they had for
breakfast! They realised that the food they had in
one morning, was dependent on the produce from half
the world’s farmers. Following this they looked at
farmers’ lifestyles and how they survived. They
completed an activity where they had to decide how
best to spend a sum of money in a village,
prioritising the amenities. They had to present
their ideas and justify their reasoning to the rest
of the groups.
Finally the third
workshop included a pack of resources. Each table
had a pack with similar items although some packets
were missing items, while others had double. The
children had to barter and exchange resources or
money to gain all the items they needed to complete
the task. This workshop really required them to
think about how we could best use their resources.
It enabled them to see how countries must make wise
decisions to enable them to make a profit and for
people to live without poverty.
learnt a lot from these workshops and Erin would
even say ‘it’s fair to be fair about Fair Trade’.
beginning the 8th February was Mini Science
week when teachers shared a science
experiment with their class each day.
Activities ranged from making electromagnets
in Year 6 to finding out about the power of
friction, when Year 4 found it impossible to
pull two dictionaries (whose pages were
interlocked) apart. Children in Reception
were delighted by a visit from Professor
Plum who shared an air powered rocket and
what happens to an egg when you put it in
salt water.James from 4WD summed up his
week: "It was a brilliant week and I
loved finding out what would happen every
day. There were so many experiments; my
favourite one was the chemical reaction."
On 7th February
Gleeson Judo had their first special Elite
Invitation only session, held at the University of
Bath, Team Bath’s impressive judo ‘dojo’, one of the
foremost centres for judo in the UK. Gleeson Judo
took around 20 of their students with them,
including Sam V & Rupert G from WASPS.
The day was made extra special as Tom Reed the UK
No.1 and silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games
was on the mat helping with the coaching. It was a
tough session but everyone seemed to enjoy it and
there was a positive feeling that more future events
would be welcomed.
On Wednesday 3rd February
WASPS' netball team travelled to Moorlands
Federation to play in the BANES High 5
Netball league. The team, captained by
Leyla, played superbly and managed to hold
onto their half time lead. The final score
was 9 - 8 to WASPS. They now play St Marys
in the quarter finals next term.
Christmas, some Year Four classes took part in a
'Language Book Competition', which involved many
schools across the country.
It consisted of
the children hearing the beginning of a story with
some French words and then creating their own ending
whilst introducing new French vocabulary.
We are very
pleased to announce that 'Lucy G' 4M was one of the
winners! Congratulations to her and all who took
On the afternoon
of Monday 14th December, the WASPS gospel choir
headed to the Abbey as part of the Bath Rotary
Christmas Collection. The Year 3 and 4 pupils, along
with Miss Gray set up in the colonnades to sing a
selection of jazzy Christmas carols. Large crowds of
passers-by stopped and listened to the singing, as
the choir raised a substantial amount of money for
Age Concern UK. Many thanks to the parents who came
along to support and the children who put on a
brilliant energising performance!
Cheesy Bread Sticks with Richard Bertinet
WASPS pupils have
been delighted to have had a cookery lesson with
none other than nationally renowned, artisan
breadmaker, Richard Bertinet!
experience was a result of WASPS winning first prize
in the Healthy Eating Scarecrow competition
which was organised by The Great Bath Feast 2015.
learnt how to make cheesy bread sticks which they
then enjoyed eating with their lunch!
The following are
some photos of Year 4 enjoying the experience.
Bristol Old Vic
Theatre Company Perform their Nativity
WOW! We have just
had the huge pleasure of watching Bristol Old Vic
Theatre Company perform their nativity play for us –
and it was fantastic! It was so inspiring and will
help us all in our own Christmas performances next
Anna, Year 5
“It was an extraordinary play and I think it
couldn’t have been better - especially the way that
they used two walking sticks as legs for the donkey
and the camel.”
Isaac, also in
Year 5, said:
“An exceedingly terrific performance played from
Bradley, Year 4,
“My favourite character was the sheepdog -
especially when he did a backflip!”
Eleanor, also in
Year 4 said:
“I loved this play of the Christmas story because
they used amazing accents, but the actors and
actresses could also sing brilliantly.
speechless!” said Amelia, “They put so much
effort into their performances which were
incredible. I loved it!”
Little Wasps now feel even safer, equipped with
high-visibility hats and road safety knowledge.
SCHOOL MATHS CHALLENGE
On Wednesday, 7th
October, Harley (4W/D), Amy (4W/D), Lucy (4M) and
Finn (4H) represented WASPS in the King Edward’s
School Maths Challenge. Ten schools in Bath attended
the challenge which involved patterns, mental maths,
shapes and problem solving. The children learnt to
work as part of a team, drawing on each other’s
mathematical strong points. Throughout the
competition they became more technical, one child
went to check their answers with the ‘score master’
while the other began solving the next question.
Congratulations to all of them, especially Harley
and Lucy who came first in the mental maths
category. Quotes from the children : “I enjoyed it
very much, it was great fun”. “It was a lot of fun.
I liked competing against other schools”. “It was a
great experience. I really enjoyed it”. “It was so
much fun. We worked really well together”.