Important Information here!

Newsletter 7th February 2020

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

  • Kindness

Dear Parents,

I would like to begin with the exciting news that yesterday the year six children represented the school at a hockey festival in Bicester. Not only were the team unbeaten, they also went on to win the whole tournament. This is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of them for this accomplishment. 

It was lovely to see so many of you at Coffee Church yesterday. The choir children sang beautifully showcasing their talents and the songs they have learnt so far this term. Thank you to Rev Lisa and the PTA for your hard work in making this event happen.

In other news this week, today in celebration assembly we were joined by the ‘Wild At Heart’ campaign. Emma, one of their members spoke to the children about the importance of using our gardens to protect different species and increase biodiversity. The group of local volunteers will be showcasing a variety of wild and semi-wild gardens at Beckley Open Gardens on the 14th June as well as holding a talk the day before with special guest Dave Goulson, author of Bee Quest and The Garden Jungle.  If you would like to know more about the work they are doing, please have a look at their website:

Have a great weekend.

Mr Griffin

- Attendance

The attendance this week is 97.87%. 

- Yr 6 Hockey Festival

On the 6th of February 2020, Charlton Y6 Hockey team WON the Biscester Group Hockey Tournament at The Cooper School. They will play the winners of the other groups in the county in March. The WINNING TEAM was Edward, Oliver, Hannah, Mia, Hope, Charlie, Finn and Wilf. All the extra practice, and team organisation and positions they initiated themselves paid off.

It is safe to say that they won because of their tight teamwork and positive attitude. To reach the semi finals, they won 5 out of 5 matches and didn't concede a single goal. AMAZING! They won their semi-final against Chesterton 3-0 taking them through to the final. Each team member played a crucial role within the team either defending or attacking, yet supporting one another all the way through.

The nail-biting final against Bure Park was a draw at 0-0 so the game went to penalties. Wilf brilliantly saved all the opposing team's penalties and Edward scored on the final penalty. A fantastic game and worthy winners. Charlton Hockey team were magnanimous in their victory showing excellent sportsmanlike behaviour. Their behaviour throughout was exemplary and we are all very PROUD of their achievement. 

- Yr5/6 Junior Citizen on Monday 10th Feb

If you haven't seen the office email the other day, please ensure your children have a packed lunch and a bottle as they won't have time to eat at school before going to their Junior Citizen Visit. Thank you.

- Park Run

It was fantastic to see even more Charlton children representing the school at parkrun again this weekend.

Well done to Willem Whittaker who completed the adult 5km course on Saturday in a personal best time and for Beatrice Kendall who volunteered with Mrs Wells at 9am on Saturday morning. (see pictures below)

The Junior parkrun on Sunday morning saw Ella and Edward Bending, Neive and Isla Lehane and Beatrice, Beau and Brodie Kendall all complete the 2km course. A huge well done to all. We are very proud of you and would like to award any children who take part in parkrun with 3 house points each.

We are looking into Charlton logo'd sports kit that can be worn at these out of school sports events and will display some photos on our sports board and on the school website. For anyone wanting to take part in junior parkrun it is 9am each Sunday morning at Whitelands Sports centre in Bicester.

It is a free event, just register at to get a barcode which you will need to bring along to each event.

- Coffee Church Service on Thursday

Dear parents,

the Coffee Church service as you know is a new venture and we had to schedule the last one on a Thursday as there are a lot of church related events next term.

Please be reassured that we will revert to Fridays in the future and we intend to have future dates in the school diary as soon as possible. This way we hope that you will all be informed early enough so that you can join us.

Thank you for bearing with us and being understanding.

Governors and PTA

- Plea

Please can you ensure that your child is booked online for breakfast club or CAST in advance (or let the Reception know the day before if you can't book online) as it is difficult for members of staff to prepare the right amount of food if they don't have numbers. Breakfast club had 17 children on Wednesday which is a much higher number than usual. Thank you for your help with this.

- Lost property

We now have a "LOST PROPERTY" box in the office so if you are missing white socks, a small pair of tight, a black umbrella, some reading glasses (red with black rim), a blue cardigan (not an FSU one), a small plastic box, please come and talk to us. We will put the box in the front of the school before half term for you to check it. Please can we remind you to name all the pieces of clothing that your children bring to school so we can reunite them to their owners easily. Thank you.

- Paul Isaac, "Understanding the mechanics of autism"

Please follow the link to access his website.

- 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.

- Oxfordshire Local Offer

- After School Clubs


- Monday = Multisports with Mr Wells = COST => £30 (Everybody paid, thank you).

- Tuesday = Yr 1/2 & KS2 Singing Club with Mrs Roberts = COST => £30 (I have assigned the children who have been going recently so please can you pay for the club if you haven't done so already).

- 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).

The Football Club will start again with Mr Griffin on Thursday 5th March for 5 sessions ( until half term) so please do let us know if your child is interested.

- PTA News

Rags to Riches   We will be collecting the bags before and after school on Monday 10th February in the Percy Collett room.  The deadline for the bags is 9am on Tuesday 11th February, ready for the van to collect later that morning.  So why not take the opportunity to have a clear out this weekend and raise money for the school at the same time.

Spring Disco - Friday 14th February 5.30pm to 7pm Booking forms for the disco were in school bags this week, please could they be returned by Wednesday 12th February, so we know how many to cater for.  It should be a fun evening with all the usual dancing, games, refreshments and glow sticks.

Easy Fundraising the internet shopping fundraising scheme are currently running a competition to win £500 for the school.  Every time a new member signs up to the scheme we are entered into the competition – this week we’ve had two new subscribers and two entries into the competition, obviously the more entries the more chance of winning!  It’s easy to sign up just follow the link.

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. 

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

Rags to Riches collection – Tuesday 11th February
Spring Disco – Friday 14th February
World Book Day – Thursday 5th March
Uniform Sale – Friday 6th March during the open morning
Easter Fun – Friday 3rd April

- Gosford Hill Transfer Evening and Day

The Gosford Hill School Transfer Evening will be held on Wednesday 24th June 2020.  

Transfer Day will take place on Thursday 25th June 2020.

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

- 10th February = Yr 5/6 Junior Citizens trip (if you haven't paid for the trip, please can you do it as soon as possible)

- 11th February = Choir's informal concert for parents whose children attend clubs/lessons with Mrs Roberts. It will take place in Yr3/4 class at 4.15 pm, please arrive 5/10 mins in advance to register at reception

- 13th February = Yr3/4 Multiskills at the Cooper School

- 14th February = Spring Disco

- 4th March = Yr 1/2 visit to the Science Oxford Centre

- 5th March = WORLD BOOK DAY (more on this later)

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

- 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 or double 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

-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.

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


Be friendly, respectful and kind Freddie (FSU) for supporting Oliver in class by helping with his coat and shoes and playing with him outside making sure he is never on his own
Be responsible Yr6 Hockey Team for taking responsibility for their team positions and putting in extra practice at break times
Be the best you can be Yr6 Hockey Team for being the WINNERS!
FSU Emily for lots of super independent writing
Yr 1/2 Fletcher for his excellent maths
Yr 3/4 Ruby for her achievements in swimming
Yr 5/6 Grace for problem solving and persevering to improve her DT project


* The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School

What: The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Easter Course 2020

When: 6 & 7 April 2020

For: For children aged 7-13

Where: Magdalen College, Oxford

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.

Thank you for any help you are able to provide and for your continued support.

Kind regards,
Samantha Wickham
The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School

See Leaflet below:

- Chloe and the colour catcher

* Superdrug offer

Superdrug Health Promotion Clinic in the Oxford Cowley store currently provides a travel vaccination
service and occupational health service. Please see details below by clicking on documents.

* Club Energy

Mr Wells (who works with the children on Monday) is organising a Football and Fun Games Camp during half term. Please see below.

* Rattle and Roll - Half term holiday club at St Nicholas Primary School

* The Village Players present their 34th Pantomime THE SNOW QUEEN on 20/21/22 February at The Cooper School

Our very own Mr Roberts (Singing Teacher) is playing Gerda and she will try to rescue her friend Kai from the wicked Snow Queen! 

So come and enjoy the magic! 

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

Fencott Road,





Contact Information

Tel: 01865 331 239


Statutory Info

School Prospectus: Coming Soon

EYF Early Years School Prospectus: Digital Online Flipbook

Click here for Oxfordshire's local offer for support and services for disabled children and young people from 0-25.

If you have a query please contact Mrs Lambert or Mrs Towler on

For queries regarding Special Educational Needs (SEN) please contact Mrs Jane Rawson on