This term we will be looking at the following value:


Welcome to the first edition of our improved school newsletter. It was incredibly useful to hear your views in response to the survey and as a result of your comments we have made some noticeable changes.

Every week, we will provide families with an update on children's learning, this can be found on page two of the newsletter. We will also include a 'key dates' section to keep you informed about future events. The newsletter will also include a safeguarding section, information about breakfast club and Cast, and and a summary of news happening from around the school.



Charlton News

Pupil Premium: Is additional funding that the Government gives to mainstream and special schools in England to help children from low income families. The Pupil Premium Grant must be spent to help eligible pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially, and the school will decide how best to spend this. If you think you are entitled to Pupil Premium please email the school office for an application form.

Edu Spot Parent App: It has come to our attention that several families are having difficulties with the Edu Spot Parent App. We are aware of these issues and working hard to resolve your enquiries. Despite having only used Ed Spot for a few months, we are actively looking at better systems to support you in booking school lunches.

Music lesson: next week recorders and brass will be help on Thursday instead or Wednesday. Please remember to bring in your instruments in.



Important Notices

In England, face coverings are no longer required by law. The government website suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. We recommend and encourage all families to continue to wear a face mask at drop off and pick up.

Leavers Hoody: If you’d like to order a Year 6 hoody, please place your order by 18th February.



Key Dates for your diary

14th February: Cake sale outside after school. See flyer attached for more details.

18th February: Break the rules day.

1st March: Rags to riches collection.

18th March: Coffee Church after school.

25th March: Mother's Day celebration. Details will be released shortly.

1st April (tbc): Dress down day in exchange for a chocolate donation for the Easter fete.

8th April: Mini Easter Fete after school. There will be an Easter egg hunt in the grounds, raffle, children’s games, the chance to decorate an egg and make an Easter bonnet, as well as chocolate tombola.

Friday 8th July: Sports Day 1-3pm.


Celebrations this week

Explorer Respect Alice Always being attentive & eager to learn.
Pathfinder Respect Blake For following instructions & being polite.
Adventurer Respect Henry For always being a good role model and showing respect for others.
Navigator Resilience Emily Foster Showing fantastic resourcefulness and attitude in her work.

Breakfast Club & CAST


Drop & Play: Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.45am

Breakfast club: Mon-Fri 7.50am-8.45am

CAST times: Mon-Thurs 3.15pm-4.15pm

3.15pm-5.30pm & 4.15pm-5.30pm.

If you would like your child to attend Breakfast Club or CAST, please book a place using the app.

Emergency mobile number for CAST: 07916308266.




Charlton-on-Otmoor Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Designated Leads for Safeguarding are Ross Griffin, Headteacher and Amanda Clarke. They should be the first point of contact for any concerns around safeguarding and concerns linked to any child. They are both available in school. Heather Phillips is our Safeguarding Governor, and she can also be contacted via the school office.



We have had a lot of fun experimenting with mixing colour this week using paint and gloop (see photos) . We have also spent time talking about the four seasons, their names and their characteristics, including associated colours, weather and clothing. The role play shop has continued to be a great success as has exploring capacity through water play.




This week, Pathfinders class has been learning about how toys have changed over time. We interviewed our parents, looked at pictures and videos. Finally, we learnt what a decade meant. We worked as a team to make a timeline of toys from different decades. Here is our wonderful timeline!


This week year 3/4 have started looking at their new book, ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes – A village tale from Kenya’. Miss Holmes took the recipe from the back of the book and made them for the class. They all got a chance to try them. The recipe is attached if you want to try them at home.


Navigators started their new topic, ‘Go with the Flow’, this week. They have been learning all about the heart and circulatory system. Earlier this week, they acted out how blood circulates the body, using blue cards to symbolize the deoxygenated blood and red cards to symbolize the oxygenated blood. On Friday, they made their own blood! They used mini marshmallows to represent white blood cells, Cheerios to represent the red blood cells, yellow food colouring to represent plasma and raisins to represent

COVID-19- Latest Government update can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (

If you have any questions regarding the guidance, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the school and we will go through this with you. If your child does have to self-isolate, the school will provide home learning for them for the duration of this time.

Charlton-on-Otmoor C of E Primary School

Fencott Road,





Contact Information

Tel: 01865 331 239


Statutory Info

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EYF Early Years School Prospectus: Digital Online Flipbook

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For queries regarding Special Educational Needs (SEN) please contact Zoe Wells on