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Newsletter 1st May 2020

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

  • Resilience

- Letter from Mr Griffin

Dear Parents,

Our school value this half term is resilience.

When Captain Tom Moore set out with his walking frame at the start of April he had a modest goal: to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking up and down his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday. A few weeks on, he has raised over 30 million pounds and inspired the nation through his enthusiasm, warmth and resilience.

As a school we too have shown how resilient we can be during a time of adversity. Since closing our doors on Friday March 20th, all of us have gone over and beyond our normal sense of duty to provide for others as well as ourselves. As each week goes by, I become more impressed with quality of work submitted onto the online platforms and the efforts made by all to continue to provide a high level of education in such unusual and difficult circumstances.

Following on from the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday that the United Kingdom is now past the peak of this pandemic, I hope this light of positive news gives all of you hope that before long Charlton will once again be able to welcome back the pupils we have sorely missed. 

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Mr Griffin

- May Day

Today was meant to be May Day so the children who were in school made a paper-plate May Day Garland on Tuesday with Mrs Pike.  Well done, it looks really great.

To celebrate May Day, Hope and her family made a cross and laid it by the Church Door. What a lovely thought.

- End of Year TARGETS

In the Curriculum section under each classroom tab, we have added the expected End of Year Targets for parents to have a look through. They consist of child friendly curriculum 'I can' statements for reading, writing and maths. I hope you find these useful. 

- BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons & Maths on the Move

If you want to find other examples of lessons, please go to BBC Bitesize Daily lessons and Maths Challenges. Have a look on the website under Children Activities for e-learning:
Maths on the Move under Fun Activities & Get Fit Tab:

- Sockfest 2020

The Oxfordshire School Games Organisers created and launched ‘Sock Fest’ this week. Sock Fest will take place throughout the summer term, with a new challenge being posted every fortnight. Alongside a practical sock based activity, there will also be a ‘beyond sport’ activity linked to the School Games Values (Determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork).
This week, they are asking students to take part in a bucket throw activity and a cultural activity linked to TIm Peake!

Head to the school website- to find the challenges!

- The Development of Appropriate Pencil Grip

It is very important that the children continue to hold their pencils correctly so please try and help them not to slip into bad habits while at home! See the PDF poster below:

- Online Maths Competition

Mrs Ellam kindly entered Y5/6 into a week-long online maths competition, which was against 76 other Oxfordshire school.  Eleven children took up the challenge and between them managed to come SECOND!  What Magnificent Mathematicians they are.  A big well done to: Wilf, Hope, Finn, Willem, Emily, Hannah, Alexander, Charlie, Mia, Edward, Junior.

- Reading Record Milestone

Well done to these people for reaching a Reading Record Milestone (every 25 nights) in their Reading Record.

Emily (125) Ella (125)
Beau (125) George F (100)
# Grace (150)
# Chloe (125)
Y2 Y3
Jacob (150) Kit (100)
Brody (175) Beatrice (150)
Amelia (150) #
Y4 Y5 Y6
Mitzi (150) Grace (150) Edward (175)
Kara (125) Willem (175) Charlie (100)
Phoebe (150) Emily (175) Hannah (no number was sent)

- Home Learning


This week the FSU children have been taking part in a variety of activities centred around the story Rosie's walk and Where, Oh Where, Is Rosie's Chick? A small sample of the amazing work comes includes:

A picture of Isabel and her brilliant obstacle course in the garden (Isabel also retold the story of Rosie's walk beautifully with her toys).

A photo of Blake completing his super obstacle course in the garden.

Mabel created some puppets of the fox and the chicken to retell the story (our favourite bit was when the fox got a cup of flour tipped over his head just like in the book!)

Look at Brett's pictures representing the life cycle of a chick!

Ben working hard on his Maths.

- Yr1/2

Some fantastic English work from the Yr1/2 children. We have included some examples from Brody, Archie, Ella, Grace, Rufus and Amelia.

Even more English writing from Jaxon-Lee, Chloe, Henry, George B, Molly and Amber.

Some beautiful art and work (on the four seasons) by Evelyn, Grace, Isla, Orla, Ronnie & Rufus.

More fabulous art by Orla, Estelle, Ben, Brody & Molly.

- Yr 3/4

This week Y3/4 have been carrying out an experiment to make clouds, measuring the coverage in the sky, carrying out an experiment to filter dirty water.

Water Filtering Experiment by Beatrice, Kara, Kit, Zak & Leo.
Cloud Experiment by Mitzi, Phoebe & Ruby.

- Yr 5/6

Fabulous work from Jamie, Hope, Charlie, Wilf and Finn in no specific order and great Maths work by Oliver.

- How to apply for free school meals

Ask for an application form from your child’s school (see link below), complete it and return to the school together with proof of benefit so that your school can assess eligibility.

Link to application form:

Proof of benefit cannot be demonstrated by a bank statement or photocopies, only by an original of the following:

- Income Support - letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus dated within one month of application showing breakdown of income support payment.

- Income Based Employment & Support Allowance - letter from DWP/Jobcentre Plus dated within one month of application.

- Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit and 'annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue' of below the threshold figure for the year) - All pages of the TC602 Inland Revenue tax credit award notice for the current tax year.

- State pension credit - Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice.

Asylum seekers will need to provide a National Asylum and Support Service (NASS) support notice or IS96 document including details of authority providing support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. You will be required to supply:

* NASS reference number
* Port reference number
* Name of authority

When to apply?
You should apply to your school when you first start to receive benefit as claims are not backdated. Your eligibility will be reviewed at least every six months by the school.

You should notify the school immediately if any changes occur to your benefits.

- Various Information

To keep you all busy, on our website we have been putting links to all sorts of interesting and exciting activities for all ages:

These are updated regularly so keep checking it for new ideas.

There are also links for technical support and how to use Google Classroom:

Remember to keep reading and filling in reading records.  


* Bike

We hope you are keeping well during these strange times.

We have launched 'Cycles for Key Workers', a single information point to make cycling easier for key workers as they travel to and from work during Covid-19.

As many schools remain open for the children of key workers, we thought this may be of interest to school staff and to the parents of the children.

Click on the social media icons below to share our interactive map online on your social channels.

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

Fencott Road,





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