Welcome to The Bythams Primary School

The Bythams SchoolAs you explore the site you will see that at Bythams Primary School the children are always immersed in exciting, challenging and creative learning opportunities.

I feel that I am extremely lucky to work with such a dedicated, hard working and caring team of staff and governors who are totally committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential in a happy and safe environment.

We are working hard to provide an environment where the children are immersed in lots of practical activities in order to give their learning  real meaning. We hope that this will enrich children’s learning and they will have fun achieving their potential.

As part of our creative curriculum we have the exciting opportunities for children to explore learning through the forest school. We are able to access the Spinney at Little Bytham for longer forest school sessions, particularly with older children.

Our school has a warm, positive ethos which is constantly commented on by visitors and we would be delighted to welcome you should you wish to visit the school. Please contact us using the details below.

I hope you enjoy our website which is regularly updated, so please keep returning to our site to view all of the exciting work that will be displayed in our class pages!

Kind regards

Richard Clarke
Head Teacher

 

News Flash!

Green-Fingered Bythams Gardening Team

I would like to say an absolutely massive thank you to The Award Winning Rachael Barratt and her tremendous team of Superb Volunteer gardeners for transforming the school garden (as well as planting some more fruit trees). Rachael very kindly organised the help as during Covid-19, the garden was looking a little tired and in need of some TLC. The TLC was very kindly provided by Maris Hodge, Pete and Fiona Holland, Martin Aherne, Jo Haywood, Claire Clarke, Paul and Sarah Murden. The next jobs are to repairing the poly tunnel and bedding nets. Thank you all so much as the school is so lucky to have such a fantastic resource for the children of Bythams. Keep gardening!

5 ways to well being activity 

Dear Parents

I hope you are all safe and well. I know that you will all agree that providing support for positive mental wellbeing for children and school communities is so important right now. The project was really taking shape in school and having a positive impact with all involved. Attached is some background information from Mindspace about the school 5 ways to wellbeing project  and a weekly activity for families to have a go at and have some fun.

Please read the document below and have a go at the activity (there will be a new activity on the website every week under latest news). When you have a go at this task, I would love to see the outcomes and any comments about how you as a family completed any or all of the 5 ways to wellbeing – so please email me with your results.

Please take care, stay safe and be kind to yourself.

Best wishes
Richard Clarke

Book Donations

On World Book Day this year, children at the Bythams kindly donated a book each to send to the Phobus Trust School in Zambia. Each child wrote a message inside their book saying why they had enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for your donations-as you can see the children at this school were loving reading these books, prior to their own lockdown in April.

Thanking Key Workers

Charlie and Callum have been very busy at home colouring pictures of key workers. They had a brilliant idea, and put their pictures  on sticks in their front garden, as a way of saying thank you to all of  these people. Callum and Charlie could not believe it when a fire engine turned up at their house to say thank you to them in return!


Jacob a Bythams Superstar

It is lovely to share some good news during these challenging times. As well as Captain Tom’s 100th birthday, today is also a huge celebration for one of our own.

Today we celebrate 4 years since our very own Jacob Bannister of Badgers Class completed his treatment for Leukaemia.

Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on Christmas Eve 2012 when he was just three years old. Jacob relocated from Manchester to his Granny's childhood home a few doors up from the Bytham's School after completing the first 18 months of gruelling chemotherapy. His parents found that he thrived so much in the fresh countryside air that they wanted to move him away from the city, and applied for a Reception place at our lovely little village school before moving into the house he knew as 'Nanny's Place'. Not only was this the perfect environment for Jacob to continue the remaining 18 months of his treatment - our small class sizes meant he was at less risk of contracting dangerous viruses while being immuno-suppressed - but Jacob also has strong family history at the Bytham's. Not only did his Granny go to the school but also his Great Grandma and all his Great Uncles did some 90 years ago!

Jacob finished his treatment half way through Year 1 and has continued with regular check-ups ever since. He is now a fit and healthy 10-year old boy. He struggled with his mobility when on treatment and was unable to run and even sometimes walk when starting school, but last year he won the school Talent Show with a solo dance performance! What a star - well done Jacob!

Bythams Lockdown

Hi there and I hope you are all staying home and staying safe whenever possible!

The school has never been so quiet and it just isn’t the same without it being filled with the laughter of enthusiastic children learning and playing together! It is clear to see that everybody is pulling together and doing their best in such challenging circumstances.

I would like to say thank you to the staff who are developing a completely new way of working and for the first time in our careers, we are having to plan learning in the knowledge that we are not there to deliver the lessons we are planning and guide the children through their learning. However, Bythams parents are a resourceful bunch and it is great to see some of the homework projects and fun learning ideas on the class pages. If you do have any photos to send in to your class teacher – please do as they really cheered me up. It will also give you additional ideas for fun learning for everybody else who sees them. It is amazing to see families  taking responsibility as they support each other through learning in a completely different way!

A massive thank you to Jules for organising the weekly lunch packs and they have all been collected  and very much appreciated in these times – especially in such a rurally isolated location like Bythams.

I will keep listening and following the government advice and I hope it isn’t too long before the school opens again for all children.

Please keep following the work set by the class teacher and do send in lots of photographs for the school website. If you find any other great links such as the Joe Wicks daily workouts, please do send them to the class teacher so they can share them with the rest of the children.

Please stay safe, take care and keep spreading the positivity and words of encouragement – they are very much appreciated.

Best wishes to you all

Richard Clarke

Mothers Day

A massive thank you to Vicky Stafford for sorting out all of the beautiful flowers that children have bought as a gift for Mother’s Day. Thank you to Matt Dutton, Jo Haywood and Sharron Woodward from the FOBs team for organising the shop and making money for the school. I hope there are lots of happy and surprised mums on their special day.

T-shirt competition for 5 Ways to Emotional Well-being
By Lily and Talitha

Each class took part in a T-shirt competition because our school is focusing on emotional well-being and positive mental health.

There were 5 different messages and each class had at least one. Hedgehogs class did “Be active”, Squirrels did “Acts of kindness”, Foxes did “Keep learning everyday”, Badgers Year 5 did “Take a moment” and Badgers Year 6 did “Talk and listen”.
We discussed many ideas about what our themes meant. Then we drew our designs to illustrate them. Once we had finished, we added colour to make them pretty and bright. Next, we judged which designs were the best and the winning drawings were printed on to T-shirts for the children to keep and wear in school whenever they want. They look brilliant and have a really good, positive message.

The winners were:
Hedgehogs- Esther
Squirrels- Lily-Anna
Foxes- Jack
Badgers Year 5- Talitha
Badgers Year 6- Lily

Bythams Superstars!

A massive thank you to this week’s Bythams Superstars! Great job.

Phobus Trust

At the Bythams, many children have been writing letters to their pen-friends at the Phobus Trust School in Zambia.

Last year, every child donated a book they no longer read and wrote a message on a special label - these were then sent to the school in Africa.

In this video, you can see the children at the Phob us Trust enjoying reading the books we donated!

Gallery

At Bythams, we have a special wall called ‘The Gallery’ in school. A wall of fantastic work where the children have gone the extra mile to make sure their work is the very best it can be. If your work is displayed on ‘The Gallery’ Mr Clarke invites you into the staff room for a hot choclate and a biscuit as a special thank you for your amazing efforts. These are our winners from this term. Hmmmm that chocolate was creamy.

Bythams Best Dressed Football Superstars!

Bythams Primary School have had a great start to the league having won 2 out of 3 of their matches so far. Not only are they playing well but they look absolutely fantastic.

This is due to some kind and extremely generous sponsorship of our school football team.

Dan Featherstone from Stamford Architectural Services (Teddy and Noah’s dad) very kindly sponsored the new football kit.

A massive thank you to James and Mandy Hodgkin (and their super striker son Harry) owners of Electrical Installations (Lincs) Limited for generously sponsoring the school training jackets and footballs.

Keep up the great team spirit football team and thank you so much for making us the smartest team in the Stamford League. Come on you Bythams!

Go Phantoms!

We were really pleased to welcome the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team into school to deliver an exciting and interactive assembly about sport, in particular ice hockey.  Forward, Corey McEwen and defenceman, Scott Robson explained the importance of keeping fit and healthy, through motivation and determination, which linked to our school values. With the help of the team mascot, Hockey Dog, within their fun presentation for the Grass Roots Sports Project, they encouraged our children to investigate different sports, such as cricket, tennis and ice hockey.  The assembly concluded with the dressing up of a child as an ice hockey player, which was really exciting for the children. 

The Phantoms kindly left Bythams School with discounted tickets to attend their home game on Sunday 16th February 2020, along with opportunities for the children to attend free taster sessions in either ice hockey, rugby, field hockey, cricket, football and tennis.

Go Phantoms!

Young Voices 2020

On Monday 27th January, Singing Club attended a huge concert in Birmingham’s Resort World Arena at the NEC. Here we performed in front of around 10,000 audience members alongside over 6,000 other school choir members. We sang some songs with just the school choirs singing, and others with special guest such as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley. We also danced the night away with lots of special dance moves and with special guest appearances by Urban Strides, the UK’s leading street dance group.

It was an extremely long day, leaving school at 11am and getting home around 11:30pm but well worth it! The children were superbly behaved throughout the day. The evening had a mixture of song styles from classical to modern pop. The night culminated in the final piece, a medley of Queen songs. Of course we all did the stomp, stomp, clap to We Will Rock You! I am very proud of our young singers and we are already looking forward to next year, which will be special as it is a special one – the 25th anniversary.

Congratulations from Gareth Davies MP

Gareth Davies MP has written to the school to congratulate us on the test results of our KS2 pupils. See Gareth Davies MP's letter

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Our Values

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