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Newsletter 18th October 2019

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

  • Love

Dear parents,

It has been an exciting week at Charlton. On Monday and Tuesday our Year 5 and 6 children were at Youlbury Scouts Adventure Centre taking part in a range of fun activities including the 3G Swing and Abseiling. Please go under Events to see pictures and videos.

Stanley in Year 5 said, ‘it was a good experience being around a lot of wildlife. I really enjoyed the 3G swing because you didn’t know when you were going to drop to the ground. I didn’t expect it, but it was definitely one of the best experiences in my life.’

Hope in Year 6 said, ‘I really liked being around my class. The best thing was the 3G swing and Pioneering. I learnt lots of skills such as team work and cooperation. It was amazing!’

On Thursday, the Year 3 and 4 pupils represented the school at a football tournament. They did amazingly well with one team getting to the semi-finals. Leo in Year 4 enjoyed playing against other schools. He scored six goals and said the best moment was scoring the winning goal in the first match, a sublime finish from the penalty spot curling past the opposition goalkeeper.

Neive in Year 3 really liked the experience, she said it was great fun and a chance to be with her friends and become better at football.

I would like to thank all of the parents who attended the consultation evening this week. It was great to see so many of you attend and I look forward to seeing many more of you next week.

On a final note, next Wednesday between 09:10 and 10:10 is the class open morning. All parents and grandparents are invited to join in with your child’s learning and to see a lesson in action.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the scary disco later.

Mr Griffin

- Year 5 and 6's trip to Youlbury by Emily Fr.

When we went to Youlbury we did five activities: photo trail; shelter building; abseiling; 3G swing and pioneering. In shelter building we made a little shelter for our puppet and a big shelter for us - good job for us as it was raining cats and dogs! 


Abseiling was great fun. We went down a big wooden tower wearing a harness with someone at the top lowering you down.  It's scary when you step over the edge, but fun on your way down. It was very tiring though as you had to walk up a lot of stairs.

3G Swing

With a partner, you go up in a swing whilst getting pulled really high by everyone else.  When you get to the place you want to swing from you shout ‘stop’ and everyone else shouts 3,2,1,G. At this moment, you pull a black rope and swing. 


We found out how to do two knots so we could make a car with barrels and wood. Once we had made it, we raced down the field. The brakes were really clever; it was a long piece of rope that everyone else had to pull. 


It's NEWT (Now Everyone Writing Together) time again.  Next week the children will be writing a narrative (story) based on work they have been learning about in class.  FSU will be writing about transport.  Year 1/2 will be writing a story based on the book 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'.  Year 3/4 will be writing a narrative about Stone Age times and Year 5/6 will be writing a story based on the book 'Little Ships'.  

Please talk to your child about some of the exciting vocabulary they might like to use.  The younger children could practise saying some sentences that could be written and the older children could think about the different ways they could start and structure a sentence.  In their writing, we will be looking for all the work they have been doing in Read Write Inc and grammar lessons. 

As always, we thank you for your support with talking homework - it really does make a difference. 

We are looking forward to seeing the children's amazing writing!

- Attendance

Attendance for this week is 96.30%. 

Important dates for your diary (you can find all of those on the School Calendar):

- Open Morning : 23rd October from 09:10 to 10:10

Come and see your children learn!

- Yr 5/6 visit to Bletchley Park: 7th November 2019

    PLEASE can you urgently fill in the form on the School Life App (under Forms/Trips/UJ) 
For the moment, we are not in a position to go on the trip. A final decision will be made next Wednesday. We have had less than 25% of forms back!

- F1 to Yr6 trip to "Beauty & the Beast" at the Oxford Playhouse : 10th December 2019

    A Form/Survey will be sent directly to your email address next week.

- All school, Christmas Lunch: 17th December 2019

    Form to be available soon.

- After School Clubs

Please note that the Final CAST session for Term 2 will be on Tuesday 17th Dec. 

There will be no provision for After School Club on Wednesday or Thursday that week.

The Singing & Multisports Clubs will run until the week starting 9th Dec but not the last week of term.

Mr Griffin intends to continue the Football Club in November but due to the shorter days, it will cease in December.

- Menu Week

Please be aware that on your return from half term, the menu will be for WEEK 1 and not WEEK 3. For some reasons, the Lunch Company got their dates wrong and in order to avoid parents/children's confusion, we have decided to carry on using the Menu Options as they are printed. 

- Recipes

It is not too late to send your recipes for the School Recipe Book so please email Michell Foster at You don't need to add pictures but a good recipe and a little story to go with it would be wonderful.

Michelle is particularly keen to get some recipes from Yr 1/2 children.

Thank you for your support.

- Locality & Community Support Service (a guide for families)

- Oxfordshire's Early Help Guide (for families)

These two leaflets for families are also available on the website under the Parents' tab.

- Ian Taylor Photography

- Ian Taylor Photography - 21st October 2019 (there is still time to add your name on Monday on the FSU list if you want a family picture with a sibling not in school)


Charlton on Otmoor School Association Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 6 th November 2019 at 7.30pm

Dear all,
Please come and join us for our Annual General Meeting. We hope you will be able to
attend and find out more about the Charlton on Otmoor School Association, what we have
been up to over the last year and plans for this academic year. The Chair and Treasurer will
give reports.

One of the functions of the AGM is to elect committee members, the current members in
the elected positions, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will stand down and nominations are
welcomed for these positions. If you would like to put yourself forward for nomination,
please do so either by email  or let Sandra/
Francoise know in the school office by 6pm on Wednesday 6 th November 2019. During the
AGM nominations will be voted on.

All parents at the school are automatically members of the Association, but if you would like
to join the committee as an ordinary member or would like to have further information
again please contact via the school office or email.

The minutes from the 2018 AGM and a copy of the Associations Constitution can be found
on the school website under Parents/PTA (info is in red at the bottom of the article).

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

- PTA News

Harvest Auction With only a week to go to the Harvest Auction please keep your donations coming in.   If you would like to donate an auction lot, anything would be gratefully received please let us know either through the school (office or email) or contact Charlotte Devlin on 01865 331339.  Ideas for donations can be a bottle of wine, a box of tea bags, a homemade cake, a promise to mow some one’s lawn or do their ironing. Mrs Ling has offered an evening of babysitting, you can be as imaginative as you like.  Maybe you or someone you know work for a brand company and could donate.  The Nut Tree are hosting so sure to be a great night.  Below is an updated flyer.

Cherwell Lottery.  The school association now has a page on this site, please see the launch poster.  Go onto the site and find our page, purchase a lottery ticket naming the school as the charity you wish to support, 50p will be donated to the school and you in return will be entered into the weekly draw to win £25,000.  Draws take place on Saturday evenings.  Please take the time to look and if you fancy it, try your chances. Good luck.
(please see the poster below)

School Cookbook.  Thank you to everyone who sent in a recipe we’re now starting to put the book together to be ready in time for Christmas, a great gift for relatives and a lovely keepsake for all those at Charlton School.  If you haven’t already sent in a recipe there is still time.   You can email,  drop them into the office or hand to a PTA member in the playground.  It’s lovely to have pictures but if it’s not possible just get the recipe to us asap so it can be included in the book. 

The Charlton School Association AGM will be held on Wednesday 6th November at 7.30pm.  Please see the attached letter for details.

Upcoming Events, Save the Dates:

Friday 18th October – Scary Disco
Sunday 27th October – Harvest Auction to be held at The Nut Tree
Wednesday 6th November 19.30hrs   - AGM
Friday 22nd November – Family Bingo evening
Saturday 14th December – Christmas Bazaar

Keep in contact with the committee via the playground, office or email   or Facebook

Launch poster for the Cherwell Lottery

Harvest Auction Poster

- Oxfordshire County Music Service

Please find some information below about the Oxfordshire County Music Service and what they have to offer to young people.

- Furniture

We now only have one wodden filing cabinets left and a metal one that need a new home. Please consider giving them a good home. If you know of someone or a charity that might be interested, please contact the office or Mrs Bending. Thank you.

The measurements of the wooden one are:
45cm wide
72 cm high
80 cm depth

WEEK BEGINNING 14th October 2019

Be friendly, respectful and kind Emily (FSU) for being brave when having her flu spray and then helping Tilly to have her's by holding her hand
Be responsible Chloe (Yr 1/2) for making the right choices and working hard with the other children. Chloe can be relied upon to be a great team player
Be the best you can be Emily F (Yr 3/4) for saving several goals at football
FSU Seb who wrote a super sentence about the moon!
Yr 1/2 Isla for working well with better understanding and concentration
Yr 3/4 Zak for his determination in the mini football and taking risks to score a goal
Yr 5/6 Alexander for facing his fears and conquering abseiling and demonstrating great swimming this term


* Locality and Community Support Service

Please find attached some information for Bicester.  

With best wishes

Cheryl Huntbach
Community Co-ordinator (North)
Locality and Community Support Service
Samuelson House
Tramway Road
OX16 5AU
07500 766598

* The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock

Dear School,

Please see below the poster advertising our half-term holiday activities at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Previously a number of schools requested a pdf copy of our activities.  Therefore we have attached both a poster to display on your school noticeboards or to send home to families.

Thank you for your support in advertising these sessions.

Kind regards
The Learning & Access Team
The Museums Resource Centre
Cotswold Dene
OX29 7QG

* Oxfordshire County Music Service Music Hub Gala Awards 2019

Please find attached a letter inviting you to nominate pupils, teachers, volunteers, achievers and initiatives to the Annual Oxfordshire Music Hub Gala Awards. It would be lovely to recognise some of the schools’ wonderful students who excel in music but who are not known to us in the county music service or through any of our music hub partners.

We have extended the closing date to Friday 18 October. Please send your nominations to me at this email address .

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Alison Cox

Oxfordshire County Music Service
Centre for Music
Bayswater Road,
01865 816990

* Cherwell Council

Below for your information is the October 2019 holiday hub flyer.

We look forward to receiving your bookings,

Cherwell District Council
01295 221562
Email:  /
Find us on Facebook or
Follow us on Twitter @Cherwellcouncil

* City of Oxford College

I am delighted to inform you that at City of Oxford College, we offer a 5 week, creative Junior Saturday Art Club for 8-12-year olds.

Our art studios and facilities are second to none and will provide an inspiring and creative environment for each young person to explore all sorts of creative disciplines, including photography (darkroom and digital), graphic design, animation, printmaking, textiles, fashion, ceramics, 3D, painting and drawing.

The course takes place on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm and parents are very welcome to attend with their child at no extra cost. Full course information and how to enrol can be found using the below link. 

I would be very grateful if you could share this email to anyone at the school who might be interested.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kind regards,
Danielle Sterrenburg

A: Banbury Campus, Broughton Road | Banbury | OX16 9QA
E: | D: 01865 550160 

* Art Exhibition at PMB/ART

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

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