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Newsletter 28th February 2020

This half term we will be looking at the following value:

  • Forgiveness

Dear Parents,

We have had an exciting first week back at school. Our whole school theme this half term is 'Eco Warriors' and within the school there have been lots of transformations and innovative learning taking place.

In Year 1 and 2, Mrs Styler has been collecting lots of rubbish to inspire children to recycle and explore how to protect the planet. In Year 5 and 6, Mrs Ellam has turned the classroom into a rainforest as part of their work on the climate and biomes. On Thursday I visited the Year 3 and 4 class and was very impressed with their ability to classify different types of animals, using keys to extract relevant information.

This half term the school value is forgiveness. During my Headteacher assembly, I read the story of the Prodigal Son and we discussed what it means to forgive and why forgiveness is important not just within school but in all aspects of life. Throughout the term, staff will be looking to award house points to children who demonstrate this value.

I would like to inform all families of Charlton that over the half term break Joyce Ushaw passed away. Joyce was a big part of the school community for many years, she would often come in to lead assemblies, support the school, giving up her own time and was a very popular and respected member of the community. She will be missed.

I hope you all have a great weekend and the weather cheers up.

Mr Griffin

- Attendance

The attendance this week is 97.73%. 

- Parents' Evening

Please don't forget that the parents' evening booking opens on Monday 2nd March and will close on the 15th March. You can access the booking through the App or via the website once you have logged in. If you cannot remember your logging details, please contact Françoise at Reception. Thank you. 

- World Book Day

This year at Charlton we will be marking World Book Day on Friday 6th March. Rather than dressing up as book characters, we are going to decorate a potato as a book character instead!!  We are asking that each child brings a potato into school on Thursday 5th March ready to decorate on Friday 6th March.  Have a look at the examples below and have a think about some book characters during the holiday.

Our World Book Day coincides with the school's Open Morning and you are invited to help your child decorate their potato book character during this time.

During half-term we challenged the children to get a photo of themselves doing some Extreme Reading! - this could be a photo of your child reading sitting on the car, or reading hanging upside down on the climbing frame reading.  Remember safety first, of course, but there will be a prize for the most creative extreme reading photo.  The deadline to send your photo is Tuesday 3rd March. Send your photos to

At the end of the day - 3pm - you are welcome to come into school and share your favourite picture book, or an extract from your favourite children's novel, to a small group of children.  It is wonderful for children to see their parents at readers.

After school, the PTA will be joining in the book fun and holding a second-hand book sale where tea, coffee and cakes will also be on sale.


The FSU children had a fantastic morning celebrating Shrove Tuesday this week. A huge thank you to Mr Kendall for coming into the FSU to make pancakes with all the FSU children. We really appreciated his time and expertise and loved eating them at snack time with healthy and tasty toppings.  The children also made jelly on Tuesday as part of their learning into how mixtures and ingredients change when heated or cooled. (to see more pictures, please go to the school life app or website under: News & Events/ Gallery)

- The "Eat Them to Defeat Them" Campaign

Our school is supporting the "Eat Them to Defeat Them" campaign to encourage children to eat more vegetables. Its award-winning and proven to make eating vegetables more fun.

The campaign has been created by Veg Power in partnership with ITV, Channel 4, and Sky and is well supported by celebrities and chefs. The children will be introduced to the campaign on Monday in their assembly with Mr Griffin and then will bring home reward charts and sticker packs in their bookbags next week. We will be giving out stickers to those children eating vegetables in their lunch boxes and from their school lunch. We will be keeping track of the vegetable consumption in a whole school progress chart and aiming to reach the top by the end of the five weeks. If the children complete the chart they will receive a whole school treat. 

Each week we will be focusing on a different vegetable but consumption of all vegetables are encouraged!

Week commencing:
2nd March- Peas, 
9th March- Sweetcorn, 
16th March- Broccoli,
 23rd March- Tomatoes, 
30th March- Peppers

To find out more and for great recipes and expert tips please go to 

Thank you 

- Mothers' Day

The form for Mothers' Day lunch was sent via email but if you haven't received it, it might be because it went into your Spam folder. If you still can't find it, please let Françoise know and she will be able to resend it.  We need to have the children & mothers' menu options by Wednesday 11th March at the very latest. Thank you for your cooperation.

- Open Morning

Our Open Morning will take place on Friday 6th March from 9.10 till 10.00 am. Please come and see what your children have been up to.

Please ensure that the children bring a POTATO to school on Thursday 5th March ready to decorate on 6th March. (see email sent on 24th February). Thank you.

The Mental Health Foundation worker will be joining us for Open morning as they have now another commitment.

- After School Clubs


- Monday = Multisports with Mr Wells = COST => £30. Please can you pay for the club if your child attends it, thank you.  

- Tuesday = Yr 1/2 & KS2 Singing Club & Private lessons with Mrs Roberts. Please can you pay for the club(s) if your child attends it (them), thank you.  

- There are no clubs on Wednesdays or Thursdays but the children can attend CAST.

- Friday= Street Dancing with Rattle & Roll (please don't forget to pay Rattle and Roll directly if your child is attending the club).
****  Reminder that there will be no Street Dancing on 20th March & 3rd April (Rattle & Roll should have been in touch with you to let you know). ****

The Football Club  with Mr Griffin is starting on Thursday 5th March for 5 sessions (I have set up the new 1/2 term payment on ParentPay (Football Spring 2 2020) so you will be able to pay over the holiday if you wish to do so). Please let the office know if your son/daughter is interested in starting this club.

- Gardening dates

Gardening sessions on Wednesdays are starting again after half term as follows:

04.03.20 = FSU
11.03.20 = Yr1/2
18.03.20 = Yr3/4
25.03.20 = Yr5/6
01.04.20 = FSU

- Rags to Riches

Thank you to everyone who brought bags of clothes. The PTA confirmed that you raised £129.50. Well done.

- PTA News

Tesco Bags for Help
 Last February the PTA applied for a grant through Tesco Bags for Help to improve the FSU outdoor space and we’re really pleased to say that we have been successful.  In case you don’t know about the scheme three charities are chosen and during a period of 3 months customers are invited to vote for their preferred charity by putting a blue token into the collection point.  The winner is the charity who collects the most tokens – 1st prize £2,000, second £1,000 and 3rd £500.  Our collection is from 1st April. The collections will be in 5 local Tesco stores: LANGFORD Express, BOWMONT SQ Express, SOUTHWOLD Express, HART PLACE Express and the Bicester Superstore.  Please tell all your friends, family, neighbours etc about the scheme and let’s see if we can be placed 1st, the money will make such a difference to the school.

Preloved School uniform
We are collecting donations of school uniform, for our next uniform sale on Friday 6th March during the Open Morning.  Please bring your items to the school office for the PTA to collect, the clothes need to be in good condition, no rips or stains. 

Second-hand children’s book sale
We are planning a second-hand sale of children’s books with refreshments to celebrate World Book Day on Friday 6th March.   If you have any books you would like to donate, please bring to the office.  As well as selling books we will also be serving refreshments, have a display of the children’s decorated potatoes and pictures of the extreme reading competition.

If you would like to speak to a committee member or find out more about the PTA please contact us via the playground, office or

Upcoming Events, Save the Dates

World Book Day Second-hand book sale with refreshments – Friday 6th March

Uniform Sale – Friday 6th March during the open morning

Easter Fun – Friday 3rd April

- COVID-19 Corona Virus

Please see below, the latest information received from the Department for Education and attached letter from Public Health England dated 25th February 2020 regarding the COVID-19 Corona Virus, forwarded to you on behalf of Chris Hilliard, Consultant Deputy Director, Education.

- Important dates for your calendars (which can also be found on the school calendar)

- 4th March = Yr 1/2 visit to the Science Oxford Centre (please continue to send your forms)

- 5th March = WORLD BOOK DAY

- 6th March = Open Morning 9.10am till 10.00am

- 11th March = Yr 6 HOCKEY FINAL at the Cooper School (2.30pm till 5.30pm)

- 17th from 3.30pm till 5.30pm & 18th March from 6.00pm till 8.00 pm = PARENTS' EVENING - you will be able to book your slot between 2nd & 15th March 2020

- 19th March = Yr1/2 Multiskills Festival at the Cooper School

-20th March = Mothers' Day Service and Lunch

- 3rd April = Easter Church Service at St Mary's Church

- 22nd April = Yr 1/2 Waddesdon Visit

-28th April 2020 = Yr 3/4 visit to Stratford Upon Avon for "Getting to know Will Workshop"

- 10th/12th June 2020 = PGL Residential Trip to Liddington for the Yr5/6. The form is available on the School Life App under TRIPS. Parentpay is already available for payment. You cannot pay with Childcare Vouchers for this trip.

- Friday 26th June = SPORTS' DAY

- Tuesday 14th July = Whole School Production 2.00pm & 6.30pm

- Friday 17th July = End of term

- 8th/9th October 2020 = Yr5/6 at Youlbury


Be friendly, respectful and kind Amelia for always thinking of others before herself
Be responsible Beatrice for helping the FSU make lots of pancakes with her dad
Be the best you can be Eliza for persevering with her cutting even though she found it hard

*Eliza had already gone home so is not on the picture

FSU Tommy for responding so well to the new hand signals in phonics
Yr 1/2 Ben for working brilliantly in class
Yr 3/4 Emily for always listening carefully & providing beautiful work
Yr 5/6 Emilia for being independent

*Tommy had already gone home so is not on the picture


* Mrs Roberts

Mrs Roberts had a very busy week last week with 3 Pantomimes shows at the Cooper School. We thought you might like to see her in her costume as she was particulary glamourous!

* Mrs Caple and reflexology

As part of her studies and to obtain her qualification, Mrs Caple is offering a free 45 mins treatment to anyone available to help. If you are interested, please contact her using the details below. Thank you.

* FA Festival - this is for our YR 5/6 instrumentalists

* The North Wall

Saturday 7 March 2pm

A feel-good family show mixing Kathak, hip hop, contemporary and street dance, with live music and physical storytelling, to create a playful and colourful world exploring curiosities and fears, the times we feel different and when we belong. Perfect for ages 5+. 

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) 

Find out more:

The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

* Events and information for Bicester

Please find some information about the different Events and Informaton organised by the Locality and Community Support Service.

- Kidlington Centre

The Kidlington Centre is proud to be putting on the ‘Have a go’ event aimed at introducing Kidlington children aged 5-16 years to the wonderful array of clubs on their doorstep which they might not even know about!

The children will be able to speak to a range of clubs to see if there is anything they are interested in joining. There will be some taster activities for them to try too.

It could give the children a new hobby with new skills, new friendships and lots of fun at very little cost!

Come and see if there is something they would like to try on Sat 21st March 2020 10am-2pm.

Once they have spoken to the clubs or taken part in taster activities they will be given a card, which will enable them to have a FREE go on a 7.5m high climbing wall based outside the Kidlington Centre.

Come on over and ‘Have a Go!’ 

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

Fencott Road,





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