Class Learning Forums
At Sea Mills Primary School we believe that the child’s voice is key in whole school development and with this in mind; class learning forums have been created. Class Learning Forums happen on a weekly basis and are run by the children. These sessions allow the children to express their opinions about all aspects of school life and to collaboratively decide how things could be improved or developed. School council members take issues to class learning forums that need to be discussed and vice versa. These school improvement suggestions are then reported to the SLT where they are acted upon.
School Learning Council
At Sea Mills we have a very successful School Learning Council that is made up of two children from Year one to Year six who have been elected into the role. The school council plays a fundamental part in helping towards the improvement of Sea Mills Primary School and is run by the children. The school council meet termly to discuss things such as; the learning environment and how it supports learning, the school development plan, how the curriculum is taught and any issues that might arise from class learning forums. The School Learning Council is led by Mrs Georgiou and Miss Bathgate.
Our School Learning Council Representatives 2020-2021
Since the beginning of this academic year, all classes have elected there new class representatives. The council have met to discuss the next steps for the school. Every week, classes will continue to have discussions with their representatives within their class learning forums. Classroom representatives will then share any concerns or ideas raised by their classes with the Miss Bathgate and the School Learning Council team.
Term 1: Our first step was to meet as a School Learning Council. We have shared ideas about how we would like the council to run during the next academic year. Secondly, we decided to create a display for the whole school to introduce the new representatives and shared a PowerPoint with each class about who we are. To begin, we have asked all classes to create their own class suggestions box so that any concerns can be raised and then brought back to us to discuss and improve on throughout the year.
Term 2: As a school Learning Council, we are always eager to consider new ways that we can raise money. This term, we raised a fantastic £186.43 for Children In Need! The whole school donated towards this fantastic charity by having a Non-Uniform Day. They then engaged in a variety of children in need activities within their class bubbles. Thank you to all of our class representatives for taking part and raising awareness. We are very proud of our school community.
Term 4: To celebrate returning to school, School Learning Council set a challenge at Sea Mills Primary School for Red Nose Day! All staff and children will be asked to wear something red and donate £1 for comic relief. All classes are also encouraged to raise money within their bubbles. We hope to raise lots of money for Red Nose Day in support of comic relief this year and thank everyone for their contributions.
Sea Mills Primary raised a fantastic £394 for comic relief this year! We all had a fantastic day selling red noses in our class bubbles – these were all sold out very quickly. All classes dressed up in something red and had a great time learning about Red Nose Day. Thank you to our whole school community for your support – we are very pleased with the result.
Looking ahead to Terms 5 and 6:
We will aim to produce a whole school questionnaire. These will include questions which will be to gather ‘pupil’s voice’s’. This will be shared with each class and allow us to discuss the key themes which children believe we need to focus on moving forwards as a council. We will then plan our next steps based on these responses to take place during the summer term and into the next academic year.
The School learning council generated fundraising ideas for Children in Need 2019. We had bake sales all week, welly wanging competitions and non-uniform days. Thanks to their great ideas, as a school, we managed to raise £342.07. The school learning council also found out the pupils views on how Sea Mills Primary School helps them to promote a healthy lifestyle and make healthy choices.
At Sea Mills we have a brilliant Eco Council that is made up of two children from Year one to Year six who have been elected into the role. The Eco council plays an important part in helping move towards a more environmentally friendly School. The Eco council is run by the children and explores environmental issues and encourages the other children, and in turn parents and other adults, to be responsible citizens in their use of the world’s resources.
We take a number of different approaches to help children understand some of the issues of sustainable development:
- Healthy Living
- School Grounds ( Growing spaces)
- Global Perspective
We hold regular whole school theme weeks and events across the school year e.g. Fair Trade Fortnight, Eco Week, Big pedal, Gardening Club, Bristol in Bloom etc
We hope to achieve our Bronze certificate very soon.
Our Eco Council theme this term is Biodiversity. We planted ‘seed bombs’ in our outdoor learning area so there should be lots of wild flowers bursting into bloom in the Spring.