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Dear Parents The children have all been very sensible this week with the incredibly hot weather.  The tree-belt has certainly earned its keep!  On Wednesday at 5.00pm I took a photograph of the outdoor thermometer in the courtyard as it reached the dizzy heights of 33 degrees C in the shade! It has been great to see lots of the classes outside making the most of our grounds. School Activities this week:.
  • This week our Y6s have been enjoying the beautiful weather at Yenworthy Lodge and reports are they have had an amazing week of surfing, coasteering, beach-combing amongst other wonderful experiences. Thank you to Mrs Peters, Scott Orchard (Chair of Governors), Stew Puttick (Outdoor Ed Advisor) and Daisy Williams (Work experience) for their supervision and support.
  • This week in Collective Worship I told a story of three mountains to illustrate the message that we are all important pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that makes up our world.
  • The Baptist Church entertained the school with their puppet show and magic cake trick in Collective Worship this morning, with the message to thank God for our wonderful world.
  • Y5 made and decorated cup-cakes as part of the CN partnership of schools Bake Off. There was an extremely high standard (a match for Mary Berry) and the winner was Orla McArdle.  Well done to everyone involved; Orla will represent the school at the partnership Bake Off next month at Chipping Norton School. They have also been dissecting flowers and naming the parts.  Apparently, the stigma is a ‘sticky gooey thing…
  • Y4 had a fantastic visit to Kenilworth Castle yesterday as part of their Big Question on castles. Zoe Milne wrote in her recount:
A tour guide named Sonia showed the kids around and took them to the gatehouse…she explained. ‘If you get past the drawbridge, you’d then come across murder holes where people would drop buckets of wee or hot sand!’
  • Y5 have been taking their cycling proficiency test this week.
  • Our Y4s and Y5s attended the CNPS Athletics festival. They all represented the school well showing the Olympic Values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship. Several children were placed which was a great achievement as they were competing against Y6 children.
  • Y2s have been working with Mrs Inglis in Art and produced some stunning seascapes. They are also taking home a plant with instructions on how to care for it.
  • Y1s were thrilled to receive two replies to their messages on their balloons – both from Northamptonshire over 30 miles away!
  • Y3s have been focusing on Science this week looking at everything to do with plants.
  • Foundation Stage have been fascinated to see little froglets grow from their tadpoles and the Nursery were very excited when the chrysalises arrived all quivering ready for the butterflies to emerge.
Dinner Money:  There is £416.25 owing on dinner money- please pay your arrears promptly as the school cannot afford to carry this debt. FOHNS Family BBQ – Friday 7 July, 3.15-6.30pm (please note new times this year!): The Friends are working hard organising lots of activities –  the event starts off straight after school with lots of games – new for this year an exciting Golf game and Cream Teas - with BBQ food served from 4.30pm.  The licenced bar will be open throughout. We will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 30 June in exchange for sweets (no chocolate please!) for prizes. If you can help beforehand, at, or after the event, please e-mail the office. FOHNS Golf Day at Tadmarton Heath – 12noon, Friday 21 July – e-mail johnstubbs26@hotmail.co.uk Attendance: Well Done to Y6 for Full Attendance 12-16 June 2017. This Week we have said ‘Well Done’ to : Sydney Maule, Max Sampson, Josh Stratford, Harry Wright, Daisy Petre, Bella-May Perry, All Y4, Annabelle Butler, Orla McArdle. Pen Licence: William Stanton, Tillie Wyatt, Emily Monelle Owl Value: Environment Preservation Genesis 2:15  The Lord god put man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ Yours sincerely Mrs S Belgrove, Head Teacher     REMINDER: Diary Dates:  
Weds 28 & Thurs 29 June All day Chipping Norton School Y6 transfer visits
Wednesday 28 June 9.00am – 10.30am Change over morning
Thursday 29 June Evening Chipping Norton School transfer meeting for Y6 parents
Monday 3 July All day Alternative Sports Day (Year 1 – Year 6)
Weds 5 & Thurs 6 July All day Cotswold School Y6 transfer visits
Friday 7 July 1.30-3.00pm Open Afternoon followed by Cream Teas at
Friday 7 July 3.15-6.30pm FOHNS Family BBQ
Tuesday 11 July 10.30am & 2.10pm Foundation Stage Sports
or … Tuesday 18 July 10.30am & 2.10pm alternate date for FS Sports Day (if 11th wet)
Wednesday 12 July 9.30am Sports Day : (Year 1 – Year 6) – unless wet …
or … Monday 17 July 9.30am alternate date for Sports Day (if 12th wet)
Friday 14 July 9.15-10.15am Y6 Musical Concert
Mon 17 & Tues 18 July All day Warriner School Y6 transfer visits
Thursday 20 July 9.15am Prize-Giving Assembly
Friday 21 July 9.15am Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly
Friday 21 July 12noon FOHNS Golf Day at Tadmarton Heath
Friday 21 July 1.30pm End of Term
   
This Week: This week has been out of this world! The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all things Space. We have played in the Space Centre role play area, made alien models, listened and made up our own space stories and made some ‘Aliens in Underpants’! Outside children have enjoyed the lovely hot weather. We have been learning about how to stay safe in hot weather as well as doing experiments to do with floating and sinking and observing the changes to our tadpoles. We have also learnt when to water plants and flowers in this hot weather (and we may have watered some of the children too!). Mrs Nixon enjoyed the second half of her course on inclusion in the Early Years. Phonics: Phonics is going well. We are continually assessing children to ensure that they are getting personalised provision. Maths: This week we have been learning to add up different amounts of money. Can your child make teen numbers pence using 10 pence and 1 pence pieces? Learning Journeys: Next week’s Learning Journeys will be Clemmie, Claudia, Emily and Mason. Notices: Please keep your child (and any younger children) with you before and after school. Could you also ensure you close school gates behind you if you are the last person to leave. Punctuality – Please arrive at school on time. Spare Clothes and PE kits need to be in school and named please. Reminder for FSU Sports Day – Tuesday 11th July. We will race at 10.30am and 2.10pm. You are invited to attend one or both of these sessions. KS1 meeting at 2.45pm on Wednesday 28th June. We are sad to say goodbye to Ava H who is leaving us today to begin at her new school on Monday. Next Week: Outdoor PE on Monday weather permitting. Changeover morning on Wednesday – please arrive to school on time. Children will begin their day with us as normal and we will take them to meet their new teacher. Forest School Group 1 all day on Tuesday. Have a nice weekend! The Reception Team
Here are some of the things we have been busy doing this week: Completing Learning Journeys for Jessica, Noah and Mikaela.
  • Observing our chrysalis and wondering how the butterfly will get out.
  • Observing our froglets who are very jumpy and will be taken to the pond soon.
  • Drawing self-portraits for our school reports.
  • Lots of watering of our sunflowers and talking about how to care for our garden and the creatures in it in this hot weather.
  • Investigating floating and sinking. Can you find five things that float at home?
  • The collared doves who had nested in the guttering have been feeding their two chicks, teaching them to fly and drinking from the birdbath we created for them. (We have named them Peter and Paul)
  • Learning how to use a microphone, recording our voices and singing songs.
  • Saying the initial sounds of our names and playing I spy and rhyming games.
  • On Friday we went on the field to practise for our Sports Day which is Tuesday 11th July at 10.30 am and 2.10pm
Next Week: Learning journeys for Lucas, Struan and Conner. Tuesday Forest Group 1 all day visit Please arrive by 9am collect at 3.10 as usual. Children must have wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof coat to protect from stinging nettles, tics and the weather. Wednesday Children transferring to Reception will go to their new class after registration in the Nursery as usual. Afternoon children should arrive at 9am and be collected at 11.30 unless it is their full day. Friday 1.30 Library visit please sign up if you are able to help to walk with us. Thank you The Nursery Team
This Week: We have had another lovely week thinking about the different types of holidays you can go on. The children have enjoyed making camera models and taking photographs, discovering an old castle on the small world table and writing postcards to people they left at home! Outside we have made tents and dens, learnt how to use balance scales to weigh items from the forest and playing with boats in our very own aqueduct! Mrs Nixon attended more training on Monday on creating an inclusive environment. Phonics: Phonics is going well. We are continually assessing children to ensure that they are getting personalised provision. Maths: In Maths this week we have been learning about addition and subtraction problems and how to represent them using sets of items. We have been learning how to read addition and subtraction sentences. Learning Journeys: Next week’s Learning Journeys will be Sam, Izzy, Niamh, Poppy and Josh. Notices: Please keep your child (and any younger children) with you before and after school. Could you also ensure you close school gates behind you if you are the last person to leave. Punctuality – Please arrive at school on time. We open the gate as soon as the older children have gone in and lock it promptly at 9am. Please avoid coming in through the Nursery gate after 9am to avoid disruption. Spare Clothes and PE kits need to be in school and named please. Year 1 parents meeting – Wednesday 28th June - 2.45pm – old Red Room. Next Week: Forest School Group 2 on Tuesday – we still need one parent for the morning session and one for the afternoon session please- thank you to parents who have already signed up. Enjoy the lovely hot weather over the weekend & have a happy Father’s Day. The Reception Team
Dear Parents It has been brought to my attention by a concerned parent that some online, interactive games pose safeguarding dangers to children.  A child has been verbally threatened while playing the game ‘Gods of Olympus’, so please be aware and check who your child is communicating with when playing these games. Sainsburys Active Kids - Vouchers are being counted and our order will be placed soon, so please search for any vouchers in purses, wallets or bags and hand in to the school office.  Thank you for collecting the vouchers for us- we really appreciate being able to replace PE and playtime equipment. Music Lessons:  There will be no Woodwind lessons on Thursday 22/6/17 due to Year 6 being at Yenworthy and Year 4 at Kenilworth Castle. Staffing:  Mrs Vint has informed us that she intends to return in September from maternity leave. School Activities this week:.
  • This week our Y6s took part in the CNPS Kwik Cricket Festival where Fred Neal and Abi Nunneley were awarded Sporting Champion certificates.
  • There were gasps in Collective Worship this week when I popped a chewing gum in my mouth, then suggested dropping it on the hall floor or sticking it under a table! (The theme was the damage and cost of dropping gum as part of our focus on the environment.) Chewing gum costs around 3p per piece and 10p to remove from pavements. It is banned in Singapore and a piece of gum dating back 9,000 years has been found. We are the only animals to chew gum.
  • Y1 wrote messages and attached to helium balloons (biodegradable) which they blew up themselves and let off with great excitement, as part of their topic based on ‘The Great Balloon Race’. We wonder how far they will go…
  • The winner of the Y5 truffle competition was Dixie Kenneford, but all of them were really delicious. The winning recipe will be used by Y5 as part of the Erasmus project. We all enjoyed helping make the decision!
  • Y4 have made some amazing castles at home as part of their Big Question; ‘Why are Norman Castles certainly not bouncy?’
  • Y2 had a wonderful visit to Weston-super-Mare as part of their Big Question ‘ Why do we like to be beside the seaside?’ The donkey rides were really popular!
  • KS2 have been taking part in the CNS partnership Virtual Athletics festival, where the top results from each year group in a range of sporting activities are sent to CNS where all the results for the participating schools are collated.
  • Y5 have been taking their cycling proficiency test this week.
Headlice have been spotted in Y6 :Please treat your child’s hair this weekend – especially as it is Yenworthy next week. FOHNS Family BBQ Party – Friday 7 July, 3.15-6.30pm The Friends are working hard organising activities for our next event (please note new times this year!) – we will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 30 June in exchange for sweets (no chocolate please!) for prizes. Further details to follow. Golf Day at Tadmarton Heath Golf Club – Friday 21 July, from 12 noon – calling all golfers! – a great opportunity to raise funds for FOHNS (discounted rate of £45 each including Fish & Chip supper). To sign up, or get further information – e-mail: johnstubbs26@hotmail.co.uk. Attendance: Well Done to Y3 for Almost Full Attendance 5-9 June 2017. This Week we have said ‘Well Done’ to : Rosie Brown, Laila Packham, All Y2, Isobel Brearey, Katie Bachelor, Oskar Wahlen, Cayden Wyatt, Mia Green, Lily Armstrong, All Y6. Pen Licence:  Belle Floyd and Andy Haldane. Out of School Achievements:. Swimming: Alex Lewis 25m, Lily Stanton 100m, Sam Lewis Learn to Swim 2, Emma Barnett Learn to Swim 3, Zoe Milne Bronze Swimming Challenge, Lani Tanner 4th place The Mane Horse Riding Show. Football: Molly White Coach’s player of the season, Amillie Tustain best goal saver and best tackler of the season.  Owl Value: Environment Preservation Genesis 2:15  The Lord god put man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’   Yours sincerely Mrs S Belgrove Head Teacher
Y6 children have made some wonderful little houses from natural 'ingredients' in the tree belt at playtime. There are leaf blinds, windows and curtains. Their creations have an Andy Goldsworthy style and are entirely child-initiated! They certainly are making the most of our lovely grounds in  a positive reflection of our Owl value about the environment.
  Here are some of the things we have been busy doing this week: Completing Learning Journeys for Rosie, Peter and Oliver. Please make an appointment with your child’s Key Person the week after their Learning Journey if you wish to.
  • Observing our now much bigger caterpillars and drawing them using charcoal pencils.
  • Talking about and drawing pictures of our fathers and discussing why they are great.
  • Observing and feeding snails and our tadpoles that now have legs.
  • Making spiral patterns using printing blocks and clay.
  • Setting up the canal system.
  • Using pegs and sheets to create dens.
  • Using different voices for characters when retelling the story of the billy goats gruff.
  • Making labels for the herb garden.
  • Learning how to use a microphone and recording our voices
  • Saying the initial sounds of our names and playing I spy games.
  • Looking at the sounds m,a,s,d,t
.Next Week: Learning journeys for Jessica, Noah and Mikaela. Tuesday Forest Group 2 Thursday Please ensure all Group 1 and 2 Forest children have handed in their slips and donations for their all day visit so Mrs Macdonald knows how many to cater for. Thank you The Nursery Team
This Week: We have had a great first week back. This week we have been focusing on different types of holidays. The children have been talking about their experiences over half term and many children said they had enjoyed camping. Inside we have been playing in the camp site role play area, making tents using nets of pyramids and prisms and writing diagrams of things you might need on a camping holiday. Outside we have been learning about transport. We have printed a backdrop for transport small world play, sorted different types of transport and held a ‘car wash’ where the bikes and boat have had a thorough clean! Mrs Collins delivered a wonderful Collective Worship on looking after our environment to fit in with our Owl Value of the month ‘Environment Preservation’. Miss Persaud and Mrs Nixon attended an Early Years Inspiration day on Thursday which was truly inspirational. Phonics: Phonics is going well. We are continually assessing children to ensure that they are getting personalised provision. Maths: This week we have been learning to count beyond 20 and write numbers between 0 and 100. Can your child write numbers into the 20s? Learning Journeys: Next week’s Learning Journeys will be Noah, Chloe, Barney, Ella and Bonnie. Notices: Please keep your child (and any younger children) with you before and after school. Could you also ensure you close school gates behind you if you are the last person to leave. Punctuality – Please arrive at school on time. We open the gate as soon as the older children have gone in and lock it promptly at 9am. Please avoid coming in through the Nursery gate after 9am to avoid disruption. Head lice and nits reported in boys and girls. Please check your child’s hair. Spare Clothes and PE kits need to be in school and named please. We are working on arrangements for Year 1 and will be having a meeting shortly with the Key Stage 1 teachers. We will let you and your child know whose class they will be in on Wednesday 28th June. Next Week: Forest School Group 1 on Tuesday – thank you to parents who have already signed up. PE on Monday. We will be continuing to think about different types of holidays and transport. The Reception Team
  Here are some of the things we have been busy doing this week: Completing Learning Journeys for Archie, Rosie and Freddie. Please make an appointment with your child’s Key Person the week after their Learning Journey if you wish to.
  • Sharing WOW! Sheets (thank you), talking about our holiday experiences and recording by drawing and writing in our books.
  • The children moving into Reception in September have been developing the confidence to come into school independently.
  • Mixing paints
  • Making dough
  • Printing with 3D shapes and learning the names for cones, cylinders and cubes.
  • Planting pumpkin seeds and making labels.
  • Observing our new tiny caterpillars.
  • Using our voices to recall key phrases of characters in our favourite stories eg. Daddy Bear, Wolf, Giant and a little pig.
  • Learning how to use a microphone and recording our voices
  • Looking at the sounds m,a,s,d,t
.Next Week: Learning journeys for Rosie, Peter and Oliver. Tuesday Forest Group 1 The Nursery Team
Dear Parents Welcome back – I hope you were able to enjoy some of the lovely sunny weather we had over half term. I would like to welcome Adam Lawrence as our new parent governor.  Adam has children in Reception and Y4. School Activities this week:.
  • Y2 are currently at Weston-Super-Mare and are, no doubt, having a wonderful time.
  • Y5 have had a truffle making competition with the winning recipe being made next week to sell as part of our Erasmus project on developing entrepreneurial skills.  Mrs Hope has had the tough task of judging!
  • To mark the start of our new Owl value based on preserving the environment we celebrated World Ocean Day in Collective Worship.  We talked about the scourge of plastic in the sea and how we can all do our bit by taking our litter home from the beach.
  • We also discussed the general election today and explored the British value of Democracy.  Lots of children were excited to have accompanied their parents to the polling station to vote.
  • The school hosted partnership training for Chipping Norton schools to look at assessment and the work of an ‘average’ child in every year group.  Staff found this a very worthwhile activity and supported their professional judgements across the curriculum. Our standards of presentation, handwriting, marking and content shone through. Teachers from the partnership schools were also very impressed with our new classrooms and the Foundation Stage outdoor area.
  • Mrs Nixon and Miss Persaud attended Foundation Stage training where the school was held up as a ‘beacon’ and other schools were invited to visit our setting.
  • The Pay & Personnel committee met this week and approved several policies and discussed staffing and budget.
  Head Lice: There have been head lice reported in Y5; please check hair thoroughly and treat if necessary. This Week we have said ‘Well Done’ to :.Freya Woolston, Oliver Cutter, Emma Barnett, Amillie Tustain, All Y4, Alfie Sabin, Toby Luxton, Victoria Wilson, James Hicks. Out of School Achievements:. Swimming: Otto Thompson 100m, Rosie Petre Stage 10 and the ASA Honours Award.   Owl Value: Environment Preservation   Genesis 2:15  The Lord god put man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’   Yours sincerely Mrs S Belgrove Head Teacher