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3rd November 2017

Dear Parents

Thank you to all those parents who came to our parent consultations just before half term.  If you haven’t spoken to your child’s class teacher about your child’s progress, then please get in touch with them.  It is really important that you know how well your child is doing.

OFSTED UPDATE

Thank you everyone who went onto Ofsted’s parent view website and filled in the questionnaire about the school.  The results were overwhelmingly positive and the inspectors were truly impressed by the response. The inspection has now been concluded and a letter will be sent out to all parents and carers within the next couple of weeks.  May I say a personal thank you to everyone for their contributions including those who had a conversation with one of the inspectors.

SUPERSTAR MATHEMATICIAN AWARD FOR KEY STAGE TWO

October’s Superstars are: Theo Stacey, Madison Guest, Elissa Quartey, Lilly Keen, Daisy Parsons, Millie Read, Daniel Hayes, Lily Faux, Ty Upton, Thomas Fry, Sara Safrankova and Skye Burns.  You should be very proud of your hard work – well done!

SUPER STAR WRITERS’ AWARD FOR KEY STAGE TWO

October’s Superstars are: Libby Vogwell-Evans, Sangmu Sherpa, Alex Fox, Mia Kelly, Jack Marshall, Amy Phillips, Matthew Marshall, Gracie Whalley, Thomas Dale, Amarni King, Matas Bagdonas and James Wheatley. Well done – what a lot of brilliant writers!

PARENTS’ FORUM

Our next parents’ forum is on Tuesday 7th November from 9.00 – 9.30 am. 

FOOTBALL          

Yesterday the year 5 & 6 football team played their second fixture of the season.  Owlsmoor took an early lead and ended the first half 1 – 0 ahead against New Scotland Hill.  However, the opponents came back strongly in the second half and we were defeated by 4 goals to our 1.  Both teams played well and I am proud of the way we managed our disappointment.  Congratulations to all the players.

Mr Forsaith

OWLSMOOR SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS

The School Council elections were a great success and we had an excellent turn out on the day! Well done to all the children who took part in the voting and to all the children who put themselves forward as candidates. We were very impressed by the time and effort that was put into some of the posters and speeches during the campaign process.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the school councillors from last year who helped drum up excitement about our school’s election day by making posters, taking part in an assembly and helping sort ballot papers after the voting. We were also very lucky to have the help of several enthusiastic Year 6 pupils who helped run the elections on the day by spreading the word in the playground, helping hand out ballot papers and directing children to the voting booths and ballot box.

The new school councillors have been awarded their school council badges by Mrs Cole at a special assembly this week. We are very proud to announce that they are:

 

Year group

Class name

School Councillor

Vice School Councillor

2

Parakeets

Rhys Thomas

Rhia Lucas

Penguins

Aliana Enriguez

Freddie Drewett

Kookaburra

Lola Passingham

Imogen Jacob

3

Swans

Yasmin Chhokar

Alfie Sommer

Kingfishers

Megan Holberry

Lazaro Sandu

Pelicans

Libby Vogwell-Evans

Harry Martin

4

Hummingbirds

Ella Layton - Matthews

Amelia Deakin

Flamingos

Nameer Bor

Jasmine Scott

Toucans

Toby Drayton

Millie Read

5

Emus

Keira Savastano

Daniel Hayes

Kiwis

Caitlin Hickey

Grace Jackson

Ostriches

Callum Whitehead

Gracie Whalley

6

Kites

Isabelle Deakin

Lucas Vogwell-Evans

Eagles

Austin Osborne

Millie Simpson

Falcons

Mandeiya Amadu

Gabi Jones

Mrs Layton-Matthews and Mr Horton

FLU SPRAY FOR YR, Y1, Y2, Y3 AND Y4 CHILDREN

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, the NHS nurses will be coming in to do the flu spray for the above year groups.

The consent forms were sent home this week, please check your child’s school bag and send it back signed to the school office ASAP. If you have mislaid the consent form we have some spare ones in the office. If your child has already had the flu spray at the doctors please let the school office know.

Thank you

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

On Tuesday 7th November the school photographer will be back to do the siblings who go to the school and any absentees from their first visit.

LUNCHTIME CONTROLLER VACANCY

The school is looking to recruit some lunchtime controllers (dinner ladies/men).

If you are interested please see Mrs Duckworth in the school office for an application form.

NETBALL

On Wednesday 11th October, we went along to the High 5 netball tournament at Brakenhale School. This was an opportunity to try players in different positions, some of which were well outside their comfort zones! For those of you not familiar with the rules of High 5, you play for seven minutes per half and all players rotate a position at half time and at the start of the following match. The matches are fast, furious and fairly bewildering for many players who suddenly find themselves as a Goal Shooter when they usually play Goal Keeper. Despite this, the team we took along got off to a good start winning 6 – 0 and then drew 0 – 0 in another two matches. Unfortunately, we then lost a couple of matches by one or two goals so were unable to progress to the semi-finals. Even so, the tournament was a great learning experience and all of the players worked really hard, remained professional at all times and were a real credit to the school. Rachel and I were both very impressed with the effort and commitment of the whole team and we look forward to seeing everybody back at training on Wednesdays after school.

Mrs Fish  

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

A quick reminder that filled shoeboxes should be given in to class teachers by Friday November 10th at the latest. They should also contain a donation of £5 to cover transportation costs, or the £5 can be paid online if you prefer. We would love to beat last year’s total of 103 shoe boxes.

Mrs Fish

FROM THE PTA

Newsletter update

We are looking to change the method of our PTA newsletter and other updates. It will be sent out via a new platform that will be in a more “mobile friendly” format so easier for you to read. We would be grateful if you could click on the following link to sign up to the newsletter. As soon as you are added to the list, any further newsletters that are sent out will be received via email. Anyone who prefers a hardcopy of the newsletter will still be available via the existing setup.

http://eepurl.com/c6i5L5

Many Thanks

Your Owlsmoor PTA Committee

POPPY SELLING

Just to let you know the school are selling poppies in the school office.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

Puffins (Nursery)

Our topic this half term is Celebrations.  We started the week with a crash, bang, whoosh! as the children talked about their experiences of seeing fireworks and we discussed how to stay safe.  The children have also enjoyed going on autumn walks collecting leaves, acorns and other autumnal debris. 

We will soon be starting to learn the songs for our Christmas Nativity play ‘It’s a baby’.  We will be performing this for parents on Friday 15th December 2017 at 10.00am at St George’s Church.  We will let you know if any specific clothing is needed for your child nearer the time.

This term we will be writing letters to Santa and we are hoping to send them to the North Pole in the hope of receiving a reply from him. We will be writing these letters in the week commencing 13th November and we are hoping to walk down to the co-op to buy stamps and post the letters to him on the Friday in the morning. A letter will be going out next week with more details.

The wow moments are now in the classroom for you to take. We look forward to hearing about all the amazing learning your children are doing at home. To continue the home –school link we are encouraging children to bring in things from home to share with their friends. It would be lovely to see and hear things the children have discovered or created. 

Coughs and sneezes are on the increase; we really appreciate your donations of boxes of tissues.

We kindly request parents ensure that children do not play or use any toys at the beginning and end of sessions.  Thank you.

It would be very helpful if you could ensure that all water bottles, cardigans, jumpers, gloves, scarves, socks and shoes are named clearly as this saves a lot of time getting the right clothing items to your child.

As always, our door is always open so please come and talk to us if you have any questions.

Many thanks

Mrs Cross and Miss Sandy

Reception

Welcome back after a lovely autumnal half term: we hope you are all well rested and ready for the Christmas term. This half term our topics are Bonfire night, Autumn, Supertato (superheroes) and Festivals. If you have anything at home which will enhance the children’s learning (books, small world toys, photos etc) of these topics, please feel free to bring them in to school. The children loved their lesson about a firework show round a campfire for their literacy lesson! The children are going on an autumn walk next week Friday where they will be collecting leaves, acorns and other autumnal debris.  Thank you to those children and parents who brought in collections of autumnal debris from during the half term. They will be put to good use. 

As the weather begins to change please could we ask that your child brings in a coat or raincoat (clearly labelled).  Could they also bring in a pair of clearly labelled wellington boots for outside digging and playing. Thank you.

A quick reminder that all children should be doing reading homework everyday, practising their phonics letter sounds in their phonics books and attempting to write the sounds. Could you also continue to help your child to learn their Teddy words at the back of their reading records please?

We will be starting to learn the songs for our Christmas Nativity Play – Ralph The Reindeer.  We will be performing this for parents on Friday 8th December 2017 at 9:30am in the school hall.  A few children will also be sent words home to learn, please could you help them learn these. We will let you know if any specific clothing is needed for your child nearer the time.

Coughs and sneezes are on the increase; we really appreciate your donations of boxes of tissues.  We kindly request that parents do not allow their children to play or use any of the outside toys at the beginning or end of sessions. Thank you.  It is also helpful to ensure that all cardigans, jumpers and shoes are named clearly as this saves a lot of time getting the right clothing items to your child.

As always, our door is always open so please come and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks

Mrs Layton – Matthews, Ms Grant and Mrs Bryan

Year One

The first half term has flown by and the children have settled in very well.   It is lovely to see them coming into school so happily now.

Thank you for your support with homework and reading so far this term.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that homework is sent home on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.   Teddy, Rocket and Penguin words (high frequency and tricky words) will generally be tested once a week and once children can read each word by sight they will be given the next set of words. Children need to be able to recognise these words in all contexts and your child may be asked to repeat some words if they are not secure in reading them within a text.

 Most children have been enjoying their extra 10 minute play on a Friday for reading at least 4 times a week at home.  Please remember to sign in your child’s reading record when they have read.  They do not necessarily need to read the school reading book every night and we do encourage them to read other texts e.g. newspapers, comics and library books.  These can also be recorded in the reading diary. The new National Curriculum has a strong focus on application of knowledge. Children who are confident readers are expected to apply their knowledge of language to other areas of English. For example, writing in full sentences using correct punctuation and using high level vocabulary that they have experienced in their reading books.

Thank you for attending the Harvest Festival and supporting your child and celebrating their achievements. Performing in front of a crowd outside the school environment can be very daunting for the children and having so many familiar faces there to support them was a real treat.

It was lovely to meet so many of you at the recent parent consultation evening and to discuss your child’s progress and achievements in the first half term.

Please make sure all your child’s belongings, including jumpers, water bottles, PE kits and book bags are named.  The children often leave their things around and it is impossible to match them up with the rightful owners without name tags.

We are also always grateful for any boxes of tissues for the classrooms – a big thank you to those of you that have already helped us with these.

The Year 1 Team

Year Two

Welcome back to school after the half term break!

This half term we will be learning about the history of Sandhurst. If you have any old photos or books about Sandhurst please send them in so we can share them with the class.  We will also be designing and making Christmas cookies so if you would like to help out in the kitchen please see your child’s teacher.

Please can children make sure that they have PE kits with them on Monday and Friday every week. As it is now getting colder and PE will be outside at least once a week, please ensure they have appropriate clothing and footwear that fits.

We will be having our annual Christmas nativity service at St George’s church at the end of this term - the week commencing 11th of December.  Children will be given lines and songs to learn nearer the time.   

Year 2 Team

Year Three

Welcome back after the break. We hope you now feel rested and ready for a very exciting half term leading up to Christmas.

We would like to thank all of the parents who came along to the parent-teacher consultations just before the end of the half term. We hope you found the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress useful and, as always, we are happy to speak to you after school if you have any further questions or comments regarding class work or homework. Thank you for your continued support with completing homework and reading at home at least four times each week; most children are now enjoying a reading treat on Friday afternoons. 

This half term, we continue with our rainforest topic and there is a growing excitement about our trip to Kew Gardens on Friday 24th November. A separate letter with information about the trip was sent home earlier this week. It is very important that permission slips and voluntary payments are returned to class teachers by Friday 17th November at the latest. Please could we remind you that the children will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water on the day in a named rucksack. If you have not already done so, please let us know as soon as possible if your child receives free school meals and you would like the school to provide a packed lunch on the day. There will also be an opportunity to visit the small shop so the children can bring up to £5 in a named purse, wallet or envelope. If your child suffers from travel sickness, please administer their medicine before they come into school and provide us with anything they need to take before the return journey. You will need to complete a medical form at the office with the details of how much medicine your child requires and how long before the return journey we need to administer it. If you have any further questions about the trip, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Finally, if there are any parents or grandparents who can volunteer to help out in the classrooms as a ‘one off’ or at a regular time each week, even if it is for only an hour, we would love to hear from you. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you think you might be able to help.

Mrs Fish     Mr Forsaith     Miss Horner

Year Four

A big thank you to all the parents who made it to parents’ evening appointments – it was a great opportunity to get to know one another a bit better and set some targets for the children to really work towards, both at home and in school. Thank you for your continued support with completing homework and reading at home at least four times each week; most children are now enjoying a reading treat on Friday afternoons. 

This half term, we will continue with learning about Ancient Egypt and are still enjoying the amazing artefacts made by the children last half term.  We will, once again, be visiting BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on the 27th of November and look forward to sharing the experience with all of the children in Year 4. This trip has been very enjoyable in the past and gives the children a fantastic opportunity to see this amazing building and have lots of their questions answered by the extremely helpful staff. Letters will be going out soon with more details but please do let us know if you would be interested in accompanying the children on the trip as parent helpers.

Finally, if there are any parents or grandparents who can volunteer to help out in the classrooms as a ‘one off’ or at a regular time each week, even if it is for only an hour, we would love to hear from you. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you think you might be able to help.

The Year 4 team

Year Five

Welcome back to school after the half term break, we hope you enjoyed it! We would like to thank all the parents who attended the parents’ consultation evening and hope that you found this to be a useful meeting.


This half term we are continuing with our ‘Meet the Greeks’ topic and will be making and designing Trojan horses. We thoroughly enjoyed making our Greek pots during last half term. In Science this term we are starting a new topic of Space. We have enjoyed reading their space posters and we hope they enjoyed researching this exciting topic.

Please can children make sure that they have PE kits with them on Monday and keep them in school until Friday. As it is now getting colder and PE will be outside at least once a week, please ensure they have appropriate clothing and footwear that fits. As the cold weather has started to arrive along with runny noses we would like to ask for donations of tissues.

Finally a reminder that Emus Class have their class assembly on Wednesday 15th November at 9am in the school hall.

Year 5 team

Year Six

We hope you had a lovely half-term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents who attended the parents’ consultation evening. If you have not yet met with one of us, please phone the office to arrange an appointment.

Thank you to those parents/guardians who have sent in the money for the Mill Rythe residential trip. If you didn’t manage to attend the evening, a copy of the PowerPoint was emailed out to all parents at the end of last term. The deadline for handing in the deposit has now passed. If you missed this, please send it to the school office as soon as possible.

As the weather is now turning colder, please ensure that your child has their winter P.E. kit in school at all times. It would be extremely helpful if you encouraged your child to clearly label all their items of clothing.

Kites’ class assembly will take place on Friday November 10th in the school hall at 9am. We look forward to seeing as many parents of Kites’ children as possible.

This term we will be looking at the Victorian era and how life was very different in that period of history. We will be looking at the workhouses and living conditions compared to modern life. Our English and reading sessions will be linked to texts based upon this era. We have really enjoyed reading the mini-projects and all the information that the children managed to find out about Victorian inventions. Thank you for supporting them to complete these.

Year 6 Team

 

Yours sincerely

EA Cole (Mrs)

Headteacher

 

DIARY DATES: (new dates or information in bold)

Tuesday 7th November                    Parents’ Forum 9.00 am

                                                            School Photographer (Siblings who come to our school)

Friday 10th November                      Kites’ class assembly 9.00 am

Wednesday 15th November           Emus’ class assembly 9.00 am

Thursday 16th November                Kookaburras’ class assembly 9.00 am

Thursday 23rd November                Nuthatches’ class assembly 9.00 am

Friday 24th November                    Y3 trip to Kew Gardens

Monday 27th November                Y4 trip to a Mandir

Wednesday 29th November         Pelicans’ class assembly 9.00 am

Friday 1st  December                       Toucans’ class assembly 9.00 am

Tuesday 5th December                    Parents’ Forum 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Thursday 7th December                  Christmas Lunch

Friday 8th December                        YR Nativity – 9.30 am

Tuesday 12th December                 Y1 and Y6 Christmas Review – 9.15am and 2.15pm

Wednesday 13th December           Y3, Y4 and Y5 Christmas Carols – 5.00 pm

Thursday 14th December                Y2 Nativity – 9.15 am

Friday 15th December                      Nursery Nativity – 10.00 am at St George’s church

Tuesday 19th December                Rudolph Rave 9.00 am

FINISH 2.00 PM

 

 

Wednesday 3rd January                 Inset day

Thursday 4th January                      Children back at school

 

 

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