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Newsletter 3rd April 2020

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

  • Forgiveness

- Letter from Mr Griffin

In light of everything that is happening around the world and within the United Kingdom, I wanted to use the final newsletter of the term to be positive about all the amazing things that we are doing as a community.

Yesterday, you should have received your child’s mid-year report. I hope you found this informative and have some guidance on how you can help move your child’s learning on. Reading through the reports, it was fantastic to see the amount of effort and progress that teachers believe your children are making. If you haven't seen your child's report, please send an email to and Françoise will send it to you again.

I am sure you will join me in taking this opportunity to publicly thank all of the teachers and staff for their hard work over the past two weeks. As a school, our staff have willingly come in to ensure that we remain open for those key worker and vulnerable children; staff have also been quick to embrace technology to provide innovative and exciting learning opportunities.

I would like to also thank all of the pupils for your hard work and dedication. It has been a confusing and worrying time for you all; yet I have heard so many fantastic stories from the teachers about the work you have produced and your resilience and maturity in coping with the constantly changing situation.

Finally, I would like to thank you as parents for your support and the sacrifices you are making. We are relying on you to do something you have never done before. As a school, we have demanded more from you in the past two weeks than we have ever done previously.

I hope you get a chance to look through some of the amazing work that we have added to the newsletter. This is only a snap shot however it shows the high standard of work which the children are doing. Over the Easter holidays, I encourage all children to read a book or two (or perhaps even more) and to send us a photo of the book with a review on whether you think other children in your class or in the school will enjoy.

Yesterday evening, I stood outside my house and with thousands of people up and down the country stood to clap the contributions so many people are making during this difficult time. This type of community spirit and togetherness is what brings everyone together during times of hardship.

Be safe and have a great Easter.

Mr Griffin 

- Home Learning


Following on from reading 'Welcome to alien school' and 'Supermarket Zoo' by Caryl Hart, the FSU children have completed more fantastic work this week... (Sorry we can't show everyone every week but we will try to show as many as possible). The photos below were chosen from Tapestry by Mrs Wells and Mrs Clarke.

Look at Beau's brilliantly detailed space picture and writing.

Also a huge well done to Beau for reaching his 100 reading award and Emily her 150. Well done for keeping up with the reading both of you!

Parents- please let us know if your child has reached a milestone while reading at home and we can celebrate it virtually.

We also loved the detail in Brodie's space rocket.

Freddie made a very impressive space world -picture of him cutting and of the box!

Isla did some super doubles work.

Oscar has also been very busy at home. We loved seeing the cakes he made with, yum, yum! 

Thank you FSU parents for keeping us up to date with all the super work the children have been completing- they have been so busy. We won't be sending out daily work over the Easter holidays but please keep us informed of fun activities you get up to at home through photos on Tapestry- We love receiving them.

If you do want to keep some structure- the two week break is 
a great opportunity to consolidate concepts taught over the last two weeks. You have lots of links to activities and websites that will keep the children busy in the home learning pack and can refer back to the daily newsletters for further ideas. 

Look at Beau's brilliantly detailed space picture and writing. 

We also loved the detail in Brodie's space rocket.

Freddie made a very impressive space world...(picture of him cutting and of the box!)

Isla did some super doubles work.

Oscar has also been very busy at home. We loved seeing the cakes he made, yum, yum! 

Seb made an Easter Garden from Lego.

- Yr1/2

I would have liked to post more work for Yr1/2 but unfortunately my broadband wasn't playing fair today and restricted what I could receive and upload.

Religious study work by Jaxon Lee 

And more from Isla

- Yr 3/4

This week, Leo has reached 75 reading award, Beatrice 125 and Willow 125. Well done both, this is a great achievement.

More great work from the children. Well done, keep sending them!
Kit's book review.

Lucas' story plan.

Here are some great Fabergé Egg pictures from Mrs Bending's class as well.

Freddie's egg.

Zachary's egg

- Yr 5/6

More great work from the children this week.

An extract from Jamie’s diary writing based on the book The Promise by Nicola Davies – some excellent description

Hannah’s life-cycle of a potato.

Junior’s fabulous Easter art.

Extract of Wilf’s descriptive writing based on the book The Promise by Nicola Davies.

Some great information from Hope about threats to the Rainforest.

A poster from Mia about the threats to the Rainforest

- Ideas of possible activities during the Easter Holidays

Please see below the PDF file (for you to download if you prefer) or the pictures relating to the activities.

- 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.  


- Competition

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Medicspot has launched its Hand Wash Challenge, a new initiative for children at Charlton-on-Otmoor Church of England Primary School to learn about washing their hands in a fun and creative way.

We're asking primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing. They could make a poster, film a video, record a song, do a science experiment or write a poem about handwashing.

The top entry will receive £500 for their primary school and 10 runner-ups will receive £100 for their primary school. This could go towards hand sanitisers, software, books, stationery, or anything else for your primary school. There will also be a downloadable certificate for every entry received.

Find out how you can enter and win £500 for Charlton-on-Otmoor Church of England Primary School here:

- Now is the time to rhyme!

Oxfordshire Libraries is excited to announce the launch of a new poetry and art competition for young people, under 18. We know that many of our children and young people are now at home, with spare time and have loads of creativity to express – so we would like them to get involved in writing a poem or designing a book cover for a new and original poetry collection.

The closing date is Friday 1 May, 2020.

The winners will see their entries published as an eBook poetry collection published on Overdrive / Libby to be borrowed and read across Oxfordshire.

Full terms and conditions as well as instructions on how to submit entries can be found on the Oxfordshire Libraries website

This seems the perfect moment to capture how young people are feeling, thinking and responding to this unique time. Poetry and art are perfect ways to do this and we think that creating and publishing a poetry collection will be a positive way to document these few months.

Oxfordshire Libraries

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