Newsletter 19th June 2020

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

  • Honesty

- Letter from Mr Griffin

Dear Parents,

As we approach the final four weeks of the academic year, I wanted to provide you with an update as to what has been happening behind the scenes.

The teachers have been working together to review the school curriculum. This has involved reviewing the topics we teach in light of the current situation and ensuring that the plans from September are sequenced to develop children’s knowledge as they progress through the school. 

We are pleased to announce that we have a full complement of staff for September. I hope to be able to announce the different classes within the next few weeks; this has taken longer than usual as we have had to wait for the latest guidance and updates from the Department for Education.

A few parents have been asking whether there will be a transition day prior to the end of term. This is something we are looking to do; whether you are at home or in school, we will try to organise some type of transition so that your child can meet their class teacher either face to face or virtually.

Next week, I will be meeting with members of the Governing Board to discuss whether there is any means by which we can invite additional pupils back to school during the final three weeks. Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of all pupils and staff. We will explore different options and let you know the outcome. If we are unable to bring additional pupils back to school, we will continue to do our best to provide high quality online learning to support you during the final part of the year.

I am sure you will join me in thanking Reverend Steve and Reverend Lisa for taking the time to deliver weekly online assemblies to all the children and families. We have really enjoyed listening to their stories and appreciate the time they are giving to the school to explore important values.

Finally, I would like to once again thank all our families for your tremendous support. We have received so many positive comments over the past few months; this means so much  to all the staff at Charlton.

Have a great weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.

Mr Griffin

 

Please can you all ensure that you check your Spam on a regular basis as it seems that some of our communications are going directly there and not in your Inbox. Thank you.

 

- Mental Health Team June Newsletter

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

We have been able to refund the PGL, "Getting to know Will" and the Rain Forest trips this week. Mothers' Day lunch is to follow next week. Thank you all for your patience.

I hope you have received my emails regarding this and the PDF document which shows you how to withdraw the money from your child's parentpay account. Please find it below if you haven't seen it.

- New Menu from the School Lunch Company

Please see below the PDF file for the new menu from the School Lunch Company for next week. 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
Oliver 175
Emily 175
 
Year 1 and 2
Orla 125
Brody 225
Ronnie 175
 
Year 3 and 4
Lucas 125
 
Year 5 and 6
Grace 200
Emily 225
Edward 225

- 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.  

WHAT IS HAPPENING AT SCHOOL

- Activities and work done at school by the FSU

Nursery

We have been reading the book Funny Bones and learning about skeletons. The children made moving skeletons. We also did a skeleton dance. Here is Oliver showing us some of his moves! 

Mrs Caple bought in some tadpoles that we have been watching change and grow into little frogs.  They have now been transferred to the pond as they were getting very good at climbing up the walls of the tank!

While it was raining heavily outside the children enjoyed some social distance dancing.

FSU

We have been very busy again in FSU. Counting and ordering numbers, making shape people to help learn our shapes and trying to write their shape names ourselves. We also had some exciting things happen like an assembly with the Duchess of Cambridge (you can hear her address here https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/) and a wasps nest in our shed!

Our young contributors are:

Seb and Beau

Wasps' nest found in our shed.

The FSU children enjoying their new balance bikes.

The FSU children have enjoyed taking part in the NOSSP sock challenges when they come into school every morning. This week they have been challenging themselves to throw socks in the air and see how many claps they can do before catching them. On Tuesday they had to aim their socks into a basket getting further and further away. Great work everyone!

The FSU children have been learning about skeletons. We started the week by reading Funny Bones and were very lucky to be joined by a real life skeleton.....
We have made skeletons from cotton buds and had great fun trying to make a dark, dark cellar like in the story. We tried both an indoor den and an outdoor den.

Yr1

This week in Yr1 we planted mustard seeds; we then created a memory journal page all about it. We also made Daddy Bear puppets for Father's Day. (Don't look at the photo Daddies!)
 

Yr5/6

We developed our IT skills learning how to use spreadsheets.

Yr5/6 wearing their new hoodies. And even Charlie and Mia managed to join in!

Henry Matisse's art by Yr5/6

- Home Learning

- Nursery

Alby's skeleton cutting. Well done!

 

- Yr1/2

We have some excellent work to share this week. Can you spot the fantastic art, science and poetry?
 
Our young contributors are:
Amelia
Estelle
Jaxon-Lee
Orla
Ronnie
Rufus

- Yr 3/4

This week, Year 3 and 4 have been writing persuasive speeches about animals kept in captivity. They played a game in RE to understand Buddhist beliefs and created some terrific Matisse artwork.
 
The young contributors are:
 
Lucas playing
Freddie and his Matisse's picture
Beatrice's anti zoo speech
 
 

- Yr 5/6

Some great English writing from Willem, excellent French work from Charlie and inspired maths calculations from Jamie. Well done!

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

Then Bending family have been growing their sunflower seeds too and they have reached 53cm on the last measurement.

- 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.  


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