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Newsletter 22nd May 2020

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

  • Resilience

- Letter from Mr Griffin

Today, we have outlined our plans for the wider opening of our school. Over the past week, I have consulted with governors and staff to put in place a plan to ensure that children and adults will be as safe as is reasonably possible.
We have followed the guidance from the government and local authority; I have also been in contact with local schools and educational advisors to put in place a system which will support your child to receive the best education possible during this difficult period.
Whilst we are delighted to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year one and year six in addition to our key worker and vulnerable children, I am conscious that many pupils will still be learning from home. As a school, we will do all we can to support those of you who are currently unable to return or have chosen not to due to personal circumstances. 
I would like to thank all of you for your support during the past few months. 
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term break.
Mr Griffin 


- Refunds for trips and events cancelled due to COVID -19

This week, we have requested the transfer of funds to cover reimbursement for Mother's Day Lunch, the PGL trip, the Rainforest Trip and the Get to know Will trip and the clubs for the leavers. As soon as this has been processed by the County we will be able to refund money via ParentPay or by cheque if you paid by cash or cheque.

Any credit occured on the children's clubs account will be transferred to the new clubs in September. They will be refunded to all the leavers.

- Message from Mrs Bending

We would like to encourage parents of all children returning to school to take some time over the next week to reflect on lockdown. To help the children transitioning back into school, please see the Covid-19 Time Capsule PDF document. It might also help them to remember this momentus event which will be part of the history book when they are in their 20s or later!

I have also included some documents more aimed at SEN children about transitionning. Thank you.

 If your child has additional learning needs you might be interested in the online course.

- Homeschooling 2-4 years old

Please find the document below about homeschooling for 2-4 year olds. Thank you.

- Mental Health

Please find below a PDF file of all the help that the Mental Health Team can provide and also their latest Newsletter.

- Reading Record Milestone

Well done to these children for reaching a Reading Record Milestone (every 25 nights) in their Reading Record. Great achievement!

Year 1
Florence 150
Year 3
Aubrey 100
Ruby 125
Year 4
Zak B 100
Year 5
Willem 200
Grace 175
Year 6
Charlie 125
Wilf 200
Edward 200

- Online Safety from Mrs Ellam

Online Safety
At Charlton we do our best to keep your children safe, including while online.  To support you with online safety at home, please click on the link for help-sheets for parents and home activity packs for children.
Please click on the link below:

- Brigade (uniform supplier)

Please can you let the office know if you are going to need to order some uniform items from Brigade so that we can set up an on-line ordering service for you.

You can see Charlton-on-Otmoor page at 

New Pupil Measuring Help - As measuring/induction events may be cancelled, sizing for new pupils may need to be done from home.   A helpful measuring booklet for families will be emailed to you shortly which will include:

  • How to Measure - hints and tips
  • Size Guidelines (sizing comparison information)
  • Wash Care Instructions

Thank you.

- Childline Support

You can talk to them about anything. No problem is too big or too small. you can find the link on the banner of our website too.

- Photos of the front of the school and various classrooms - the FSU will send their own pictures to parents via Tapestry.

The photos are to show you the social distancing measures that the school is taking for the wider-opening on 1st June. The children will be able to stand in the circles and please may we ask that parents stay away from the crossed sections. Thank you.

Front playground markings and Way In - Way Out signs




- Home Learning


This week the FSU children have listened to the Fairy Tale; The Three Little Pigs and an alternative version; The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We challenged the children to do some hot seating (pretending they are the characters from the story) where Seb really impressed us with his acting skills! Here are some other examples of their excellent work.

Our young contributors are:

Ben writing
Emily weighing and comparing objects
Oliver comparing the weight of different vegetables
Freedie being a human balance scale
Alby busy working
Mabel's artwork

- Yr1/2

More brilliant work from the Yr 1/2 children demonstrating their RE, Science and Art skills. 

The young contributors for this week are: 


Well done Estelle, what a great cyclist!

She rode 10 miles with her family!

- Yr 3/4

This week the children in Year 3 and 4 have been writing non-fiction texts about peaches, carrying out science experiments with white flowers and food colouring to see how flowers drink water and drawing LS Lowry pictures.
The young contributors are:
Emily's flower arrangement
Emilia daisy experiment
Emily, Aubrey and Ruby's Lowry pictures
Beatrice and Ruby's non-fiction text about peaches

- Yr 5/6

Fabulous work from Yr5/6.

The young contributors are:

Hope's Lowry
Wilf's evidence of evolution work
Hannah's work on the different theories of evolution
Emily's marvellous maths
Charlie's magnificent maths
Edward's Lowry

- 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.  

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

Fencott Road,





Contact Information

Tel: 01865 331 239


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