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Newsletter 6th March 2020

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

  • Forgiveness

Dear Parents,

We have had a very exciting time celebrating World Book Day. The children had lots of fun decorating their potatoes (see pictures below and News & Events/Gallery). Many of you came in to school to read with the children; this was a lovely activity and will help inspire pupils to read more and try a different range of books. Thank you to the PTA for arranging the after school book and cake sale; it was incredibly well attended and a fantastic way to end the week. We raised an incredible £170 which will go towards the Year 3 and 4 Stratford-Upon-Avon trip!

The children have really enjoyed the start of our whole school healthy eating challenge, 'Eat Them To Defeat Them.' Every day, children come up to me and tell me how many vegetables they have eaten. Keep it up!

On Wednesday, the Year 1 and 2 class visited the Science Oxford Centre (more pictures in the gallery). Without question, this was one of the most memorable science visits I have ever been on. The range of learning opportunities available to children of all ages makes this a fantastic experience for the whole family.  Children were able to learn about different habitats, to witness science experiments in action and explore science in all its wonder.

- Attendance

The attendance this week is 97.20%. 

- Extreme reading Winner

Freddie with his extreme reading picture and his fabulous prize.  Well done to everybody who entered a photo and enjoyed some extreme reading.

- Yr 4 Timetable tests

Please find below the PDF file for the Multiplication Tables Check.

- May Day Celebration

May Day Celebreation will take place on Friday 1st May.

- New Cleaner

We are looking for a cleaner to clean the school 2 hours a day. The appointed applicant will work in collaboration with Nikki (our Assistant Cook). If you (or someone you know in the community) would like to have more information about what the job entails, please contact Mrs Lambert in the office.

- Parents' Evening

The parents' evening booking is now open 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 Mrs Towler at Reception. Thank you. 

- After School Club

Smiley faces and cars created at after school club!

- World Book Day

We hope you enjoyed spending your book token on choosing a fabulous book. You can still pop along to Coles in Bicester to spend your token if you haven't already done so.
More pictures of the potatoes are available online or on the App under News & Events/Gallery.

- World Book Day at After School Club

The children have enjoyed activities focused around world book day.

Next week we will be having a healthy food week, trying different fruits /veg (kebabs ) and possibly pizzas with healthy toppings.

Thank you for your continued support
Ali, Michelle and Sam 

- The "Eat Them to Defeat Them" Campaign

As you know 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.

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

Week commencing:

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.

- 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. Please can you pay for the club if your child attends it, thank you. 

- Gardening dates

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

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

- PTA News

You may be aware that the Trim Trail in the main school playground hasn’t been used fully by the children over the winter.  Some of the reason for this is that the flooring needs replacing and some of the equipment is broken.  As with all these things it will be expensive to replace and mend but a worthwhile thing to do as the Children get a lot of fun from it.  We have decided to make this our priority for fundraising for the rest of the school year.  In order to raise enough money, we will not only continue with our school events but also be looking for grants and donations from the wider community.  If you have any contacts or know any companies that award grants or match fund for charities, please can you let the PTA know.  We will also be registering for Gift Aid so that we can maximise any donations that we receive.  If you feel you would like to make a donation please contact a member of the PTA in person, via our email or leave your name with the office.

Because we are a small school raising large amounts of money is difficult, and places a heavy burden on parents we can’t always be asking you for money but there are schemes such as Easy Fundraising and Amazon Smile that will donate without costing us any extra money.  If you haven’t done already, please consider registering.  Easy Fundraising is currently donating £5 for each new person that signs up, you don’t have to be connected to the school anyone can do this.  So please encourage friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours etc to support the school.

There’s also a chance to win £25,000 each week and donate to the school through the Cherwell Community Lottery.  By purchasing a ticket and choosing Charlton on Otmoor School Association you can not only support the school but also support other local good causes.  Tickets can be bought weekly or by direct debit on a monthly basis.

For more information or to buy tickets call 01295 533322 or visit

Easter Mini Fete Friday 3rd April immediately after school.  It will be a fun afternoon with the usual Easter Hunt, chocolate tombola, raffle, refreshments as well as a couple of fun stalls.  We have consulted the School Council who asked for ideas from their fellow students about competitions and the answers came back that they would like egg decorating and Easter Bonnet competitions.  The theme this year for the eggs will be the Olympics and free choice of decoration for the bonnets.  More details to follow but entries should be brought to school by 9am Friday 3rd April ready for judging and to be displayed at the event.

Upcoming Events, Save the Dates

Mufti Day – Friday 27th March in return for some chocolate
Easter Fun – Friday 3rd April
May Day Celebrations – Friday 1st May
Coffee Church – Friday 15th May
Summer fete – Saturday 6th June

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

- COVID-19 Corona Virus

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

A new helpline was launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
  • Where to find the latest information

    Updates on COVID-19:

    Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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

    - 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"

    - 1st May = May Day Celebration

    - 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 Grace (Yr1/2) for being kind to others around her
    Be responsible Lois (FSU) for independently putting on her gloves
    Be the best you can be Mackenzie (Yr1/2) for showing so much enthusiasm and engaging in all aspects of science

    * Brody received the trophy on behalf of his sister who is not at school on Friday afternoon

    FSU Oliver for his progress in reading and phonics sounds.
    Yr 1/2 Samuel for being a superstar on our trip. He was amazing!
    Yr 3/4 Phoebe for helping her friends.
    Yr 5/6 Charlie for fantastic contributions to the class debate about deforestation


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

    * Oxford & Cambridge Singing School's Easter courses at Magdalen College, Oxford

    What: The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Easter Course 2020

    For: children aged 7-13

    When: 6 & 7 April 2020

    Where: Magdalen College, Oxford

    Repertoire  -  Pergolesi's glorious Stabat Mater, some trad. African American songs, plus Hurford's Litany to the Holy Spirit.

    What families are saying about us:

    My son loved every minute of it - the teachers, the location, the music and even the music theory! He particularly commented on Edward's style of  conducting. He also really enjoyed the mini-concerts at the end of the day. It was stretching and satisfying in a glorious setting. He immediately said,  voluntarily - "I'd love to do it again!"  Mrs W.

    My daughter loved the course. She liked the variety of activities, the fact she was always busy, and had the opportunity to learn different kinds of music.  Mrs F. 

    My son has always been quite apprehensive about singing, especially in public and with other people, so the.. (course) week has been a very positive experience for him in terms of instilling his confidence to sing and increasing his appreciation of music. Thank you for all your wonderful work.  Mrs C.

    As parents, we thought the daily performances were amazing (especially Stabat Mater learnt in one day!), it was lovely to see a group of children so enthralled with the music and their teachers, and the final concert at the end of the week was a lovely way to finish. They have been singing the pieces on and off ever since!  Perth parent.

    My husband and I were blown away by how much the kids achieved during the few days they were singing together. We truly looked forward to hearing them every afternoon. Mrs P.

    Bursaries are available on all our courses.  Booking is via our website - or for more information, please email Samantha Wickham on and I'd be happy to help.

    Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

    Fencott Road,




    OX5 2UT

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