This term we will be looking at the following value:


Dear Parents,

The value for this half term is kindness.  During Wednesday’s assembly, the children and I talked about what it means to be kind to other people. Florence in year three shared with us the idea that you should always treat others the way you would like to be treated. We read a story by Alicia Ortego called ‘Kindness is my Superpower during which we learnt about different ways to show kindness within and outside of school. The story finished with a powerful saying which we will be referring to through this half term: If you are kind, kindness will come back to you.

One of our aims this term is for Charlton to become more outward looking and to begin developing partnerships with other high performing schools. This month, Miss Holmes will be working with Combe Church of England Primary School to share examples of what effective maths teaching looks like using our maths scheme, White Rose.

In February, Miss Phillips will be visiting St Edburg’s Church of England Primary School in Bicester to compare and contrast how writing is taught in a larger school using the text-led approach. Later in the term, teachers from both schools will meet to moderate children’s writing against the end of year expectations.

Looking further ahead, Miss Airey has started the process of working with other schools as part of our research into effective transition from the reception class into key stage one. We are very excited to have formed these partnerships as part of our commitment to continuously raise the quality of our teaching.

In other news, I am pleased to inform you that following on from the success of the Pokemon club, we will be introducing a new lunchtime club next week. On Wednesday, I we will be starting the school chess club. Chess is a great game for children to learn with many benefits including helping to improve concentration and memory, developing creativity, critical thinking and fostering logic. I look forward to seeing how many children come along.

Finally, I would like to inform you that parents evening dates have been confirmed for this term. Parents evening will take place on Tuesday 8th February from 4pm to 6pm and on Thursday 10th February between 5pm and 7pm. Parents of children in Miss Holmes’ class will be able to attend from 2pm on the 8th February. Mrs Brandon will be sending out more information to you including how to book from next week.


Have a great weekend!

Mr Griffin


EXPLORER OF THE WEEK Kindness Mabel For showing kindness to other children in FSU.
PATHFINDER OF THE WEEK Resilience Henry For taking pride & care in his writing.
ADVENTURER OF THE WEEK Resilience Mackenzie For improvements in his work.
NAVIGATOR OF THE WEEK Kindness Neive Always showing kindness to her classmates.

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