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Newsletter 12th June 2020

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

  • Honesty

- Letter from Mr Griffin

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all safe and well.

I would like to draw your attention to the following information released from the Department for Education following the announcement on Tuesday 9th June:

‘In a statement made yesterday in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Education said that the Department for Education continues to follow the best scientific advice and that this cautious, phased return of education and childcare settings is the most sensible course of action to take. While we are not able to welcome all primary children back for a full month before the summer, we are working with the sector on the next steps to allow schools that have the capacity to bring back more children in smaller class sizes to do so before the summer holidays. We will provide further details in the coming days.’

At Charlton, we will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best education for all our pupils whether you are learning from home or able to come into school. As this announcement makes clear, we hope to receive further guidance and information from the government within the coming days. As soon as we have this information, I will be in touch with all of our families.

In the meantime, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support.

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Mr Griffin

- Message from Mrs Ellam

Summer Reading Challenge with Oxfordshire Libraries is starting early this year so sign up now and join the reading fun.  This year the theme is fun and laughter.  

- Please find below some links to help you to support your child in maths

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

We were hoping to be able to start refunding parents this week but due to a delay (from OCC and ParentPay) in processing our request, we are not in a position to start the refunds this week.

We have asked for our case to be treated as a matter of urgency and we hope to receive some positive news early next week.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience this delay has caused you.

- 123ICT

123ICT is pleased to be able to support our contract schools by offering a FREE virtual parents Online Safety workshop. This is open to all parents from all of our contract schools. 

Parents should sign up by completing our online registration form at: https://bit.ly/123ICTPOS or https://forms.gle/VcDTzzA2APYK5QdW7 

Joining instructions will be sent directly to parents at the end of June via the email address they use for registration. 

The session will cover: The risks of using the internet. Tips and suggestions on how to reduce these risks to keep your children safe online. Signposting to further resources and information. Advice on how to get help if things go wrong. Tips for remote learning and remote video lessons. The chance to ask questions.


123ICT is also continuing to offer Google Training and support via http://123training.oxon.in which includes regular live training webinars and drop-in sessions where you can ask questions and get help 1:1.
 

- New Menu from the School Lunch Company

Dear parents, please see below the PDF file for the new menu from the School Lunch Company for next week and the following ones. If the number of children having a school meal increases, we will be able to talk to the lunch company to increase the choice of what they can offer. Thank you.

- Reading Record Milestone

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

FSU
Jamie 150
Beau 150
 
Year 1
Evelyn 200
Jason Lee 150
 
Year 2 
Rufus 200
 
Year 3
Rufus 200
 
Year 4
Emily 200
 
Year 5
Grace 200
 
Year 6
Hope 200
Hannah 75 (new record)
Oliver 175

- Brigade (uniform supplier)

Please find below some information from Brigade about ordering Uniforms for September. 

The last ordering date for parents to organise their son or daughter’s uniform is 7th August. Brigade told us they will not be able to guarantee delivery before September term if ordered after this date. 

Please do bear in mind that, due to Covid-19, they feels there will be a dramatic spike in uniform orders – many schools having left their orders until the last half term.  The sooner you order the sooner they can reserve their stock.  

- Activities and work done at school by the FSU

Nursery

This week we have been learning about Eid. The children made their own Mendi hand patterns using coloured pencils and 'henna' paint.
Last week the children were talking about the trees so today we did some bark and leaf rubbing.

FSU

In the FSU we have been learning about Eid. The children have really enjoyed their learning and have been doing some fantastic work. Here are some pictures of their sentences about how Muslims celebrate Eid, their Mehndi hands and decorated mosques. 

Outside and inside learning

Yr1

Art work inspired by Paul Klee created by Ella, Isla, Amber and Chloe.
 
 
The children had a social distance virtual assembly led by Reverend Lisa.

Yr5/6

Tia's fabulous writing

Y5/6 Collage in the style of Paul Klee

Yr5/6 Art Gallery

Yr5/6 Travel Writing

- Home Learning

- Nursery

Alby continues to work really hard from home. He has been working so hard on his writing, counting and has even been making smoothies- we love your updates Alby- keep them coming!

Mabel has also been working hard at home and has grown some delicious looking strawberries!

- Yr1/2

We have some lovely Artwork from Yr1/2.
 
Our young contributors are:
Amelia
Estelle
Jaxon-Lee
Orla
Ronnie
Rufus

- Yr 3/4

This week Y3/4 have been learning about Buddhism, the artist Paul Klee and learning about nutrition.
 
The young contributors are:
 
Emilia's clay buddha
Emily's painted buddha
Aubrey's Paul Klee drawing
Kit's nutrients investigation
 
 

- Yr 5/6

Hannah gives a shoutout to Willem - they worked really hard, supporting each other online, to solve their maths problem. Hannah says thanks, Willem! 

Noah's writing & Charlie & Hannah's history work.

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra are delighted to be releasing a new education video series called ‘OP at Home’, which is aimed at children aged 7-11.
 
 We will be releasing two videos per week for six weeks in the run up to the end of term, focusing on a different member of the Orchestra every time. This is a perfect resource for music teachers and parents to aid with virtual learning.
 
You can watch the first episode here:
 
We hope you enjoy learning about the different instruments in new ways!
 
We would greatly appreciate if you could share in your newsletter, or with your music teacher.
 
Best wishes,

- PTA News

PTA News

We hope everyone is well and keeping safe, just to update on a couple of fundraising initiatives that you may want to get involved with.

Rags to Riches – have been in contact and offered a new collection date for Wednesday 24th June.  We had a fantastic response to our call out for donations of good quality clothes last month.  If you have any more bags to donate, please leave outside the Percy Collett room on Tuesday 23rd June after 4pm or contact the PTA.

Fit for Change App– this app is now up and running.  By downloading the app and choosing Charlton on Otmoor School as your chosen charity, 5p will be donated to the school for every mile that you walk, run or cycle.  It is very easy to use and a great way to raise money while you exercise.

Easy Search – is a search engine, run by Easy fundraising.  If you use this as your search engine instead of Google or Bing etc -   2p will be donated to your chosen charity for each search made, just look for Easy Search, and choose Charlton on Otmoor School as your charity.

Don’t forget Easy Fundraising when shopping on the internet and Amazon Smile – both schemes donate a percentage of the spend to your chosen charity, and if you fancy trying your luck have a look at the Cherwell Lottery

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/charltononotmoor/

https://www.smile.amazon.co.uk

https://www.CherwellLottery.co.uk 

Everyone can get involved, with these schemes you don’t have to be a parent of a child at the school.  So please spread the word, ask family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues etc to consider supporting the school.

Sunflowers – how are your sunflowers doing, we have received some great pictures. Let us know how tall your one is?

Leader Board

  1. Chloe                   150cm
  2. Florence               103cm
  3. Kara and Amber    100cm
  4. Emilia F                  50cm

Chloe's fantastic sunflower.

Florence's great sunflower too

Finally, Evelyn's one.

If you would like to speak to a committee member, find out more about the PTA, or have any questions about the above please contact us via the office or mailto:Charltonschoolassociation@gmail.com%20%20%20 or face book https://www.facebook.com/groups/149362305695629/

Thank you to everyone for your continued support, keep well and stay safe.

- 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:

http://schools.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/schools/files/folders/folders/documents/schoolmeals/appendixB.pdf

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:

https://charlton-on-otmoor.sch.life/Page/Category/google-classroom-during-lockdown 

These are updated regularly so keep checking it for new ideas.

There are also links for technical support and how to use Google Classroom:

https://charlton-on-otmoor.sch.life/page/category/remote-learning-it

Remember to keep reading and filling in reading records.  


OUT OF SCHOOL

- The Oxfordshire County Music Service is looking for Oxfordshire's Virtual Young Musician of the Year 2020!

We’re seeking Oxfordshire’s best young musicians to be part of our debut virtual competition – do you think you’ve got what it takes? All you have to do is email us a video of you performing a piece of your choosing to be in with a chance of being crowned Oxfordshire Young Musician of the Year! We will also share your videos on social media (@OxMusicService) to showcase the talent in Oxfordshire!

Applications are free and there will be prizes for each of the 4 age groups (5-8yrs, 9-11yrs, 12-15yrs, 16-20yrs), alongside one overall winner. Participants must be between the age of 5-20 on 6 July 2020 and live within Oxfordshire. The closing date for entries is 5pm on 6 July 2020.

Our judging criteria is designed to look much further than technical standards and level of playing, and points will be awarded on many aspects, including musical awareness, tone/sound quality and performance flair.

To apply:

Choose your favourite piece (this can be any style or genre, between 2 and 5 minutes, and can include a backing track or accompaniment)

Practise, practise, practise! (you can work on it with your teacher for more guidance)

Video yourself performing it.

Complete the attached application form and consent

Email the video and application form to OCMS.mediaconsent@oxfordshire.gov.uk with the following subject ‘VIRTUAL YOUNG MUSICIAN COMPETITION - CHILD NAME - AGE’ (if the name of the child is not included your application might not be accepted) before 5pm on 6 July.

Winners will be announced 17 July 2020

This message is from the Oxfordshire County Music Service.

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