News & Events
6th September 2019
Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday and that your child has had a good start to the new academic year.
May I take this opportunity to welcome all parents who are new to the school. I look forward to working with you during your association with us.
For those parents who are new to the school, I send out a newsletter on the first Friday of the month. These are sent electronically for those parents for whom we have an email address. Please ensure that we have any new addresses so that we can update our system and then let us know if you do not receive the communication. There are always some spare newsletters in the office should you be unable to access a copy at anytime. If you would prefer to receive the newsletter by pupil post we can arrange that if you let the office know.
Newsletters are an important form of communication and will give you information about current and forthcoming events, curriculum activities within each year group, diary dates, grumbles and nags. At the end of each newsletter there will be a list of dates for that term. Today’s newsletter also contains the inset days which are planned for the rest of the academic year. The newsletter will be posted on the school’s website and on the school’s facebook page. There is also a calendar on the school’s website which is kept updated with all the events that are happening within the school.
Our first parents’ forum starts on Tuesday 10th September from 9.00 – 9.30 am. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with a senior leader within the school to discuss any general issues they may have. They are not opportunities to discuss individual children. The Parents’ Forums are held on the first Tuesday following the newsletter and the time alternates between morning and early evening. Below is a list of the dates for this term. All parents are welcome and the meeting is held in the room opposite the office.
Tuesday 10th September 9.00 - 9.30 am
Tuesday 8th October 6.00 - 6.30 pm
Tuesday 12th November 9.00 - 9.30 am
Tuesday 10th December 6.00 - 6.30 pm
The school photographer will be coming on Tuesday 1st October to take single portraits of the children. On Tuesday 5th November they will be back to do the siblings who go to the school and any absentees from their first visit.
ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS/PUPIL PREMIUM
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
You can register your child directly through the Bracknell Forest Council website
Alternatively a form is available at our school office.
Children who are or who have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years are classed as pupil premium children under the government scheme.
For every child registered under Pupil Premium, the school will receive £1320 from the Government, This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’ and is designed to close the gap between pupils from disadvantaged families and their peers.
Pupil Premium will help to provide:
• Additional teachers to ensure smaller classes
• Additional teaching assistants and nursery nurses to ensure smaller classes and intervention groups
• Improved computing provision to sustain pupil achievement and further enhance teaching
• Funding for free school trips
As you can see, this additional funding can really make a substantial difference. Do you qualify?
OUR SCHOOL MILK SCHEME
Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils, it is free to those pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals by meeting the criteria as laid out above. For those children, we also offer free school trips and so it is well worth registering. It is also free to all pupils under 5 years of age. We have decided that the best time of day to offer the children milk would be at morning break. If you would like your child to receive milk at morning break and they are not entitled to free milk, please register and place your order with Cool Milk. (http://www.coolmilk.com/)
MEET THE TEACHER MEETINGS FOR YEARS 1 - 6
A reminder that these meetings will take place from Tuesday next week and will be held in the classroom from 2.30 – 3.00 pm on the following afternoons:
Tuesday 10th September
Pelicans Y3 Mrs Fish
Toucans Y4 Miss Bowden
Ostriches Y5 Miss Parkinson
Wednesday 11th September
Chaffinches Y1 Mrs Wood
Swans Y3 Miss Barton/Mrs Brown Nicholson
Flamingos Y4 Mrs Panesar
Kites Y6 Mrs Johnson
Thursday 12th September
Woodpeckers Y1 Miss Wakelin
Kiwis Y5 Mr Horton
Falcons Y6 Mr Taylor-Cattermole
Friday 13th September
Eagles Y6 Miss Horner
Tuesday 17th September
Kookaburras Y2 Mrs Hunt
Kingfishers Y3 Mrs Reed
Wednesday 18th September
Nuthatches Y1 Miss Hadley
Penguins Y2 Ms Gardiner
Emus Y5 Miss Hunt
Thursday 19th September
Parakeets Y2 Miss Holness
Attached to this newsletter is a list of extra-curricular clubs for the autumn term. The children will be told about how to access the clubs that take place during the school day, and for those clubs that take place after school a letter will be sent home so that a permission slip can be completed. If you have any queries about the clubs, please speak to Mrs Bryan (Wagtails’ class teacher).
HOUSE POINT SYSTEM
The school operates a House Point system and the four houses are Fire, Water, Air and Wind. Elections will take place later on in the term to appoint the House Captains and Vice Captains. New pupils to the school will be allocated a house and we will ensure that siblings are kept in the same house.
WATER BOTTLES/PLAYTIME SNACKS
A reminder that children are only allowed to have plain tap or bottled water in their water bottles, not flavoured water or squash. Children are only allowed to have fruit or vegetables (eg carrot sticks) at morning play.
FROM THE PTA
The PTA have their first event organised:
Owlsmoor Primary School PTA will be holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 11th October in the Music Studio at 9.00 am. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day and to donate some delicious cakes/biscuits, tea bags or coffee. If you would like to help please contact any of the PTA via the school office
We hope you all pop along and help raise as much money as we can. All proceeds will be going towards Macmillan Cancer Support.
There will also be a general meeting by the PTA which is open to all parents on Tuesday 10th September at 6.30 pm in the main school hall.
DATA COLLECTION, MEDICAL AND CONSENT FORMS
These will be sent home with your child/children next week (w/c 9th September). Please look out for them as they need to be back by Friday 27th September. Failure to do this could stop your child/children from going on any visits or activities run by the school.
Please check all details, and if they need changing please write the changes on the form. Please pay particular attention to your child’s NHS Number, Date of Last Tetanus Injection and the last page making sure you cross out all of questions with I agree/do not agree before signing it and returning it to the school office as soon as possible
RECYLING FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
The school collects plastic milk bottle tops (any colour), used stamps, foreign coins including out of date coins, and all kinds of pens (felt tip, biros etc). We no longer collect empty baby wipes packets. If you are able to supply any of the above, please bring into the office where there are some labelled boxes. Thank you.
From the Kitchen: From September 4th 2019 the price of school meals will be going up to £2.30 for the children in Years 3 to 6.
A reminder that the Year 3 children are no longer eligible for FSM under the government Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. If you wish your child to have school meals, the cost is £2.30 per meal and must be paid for in advance, details for online payment facilities are available from the school office. Your child may still be entitled free school meals if you meet certain criteria, details of which and the application form can be found on the Bracknell forest website - http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
CHRISTMAS SCHOOL LUNCH
We have provisionally booked our school Christmas lunch for Wednesday 4th December. More details will follow.
This year’s Harvest Festival will be on Friday 18th October. There will be four services and parents are welcome to join us either at the church or in the school hall at any one of these services:
Years 1 and 2 9.15am St. George’s Church
Years 3 and 4 10.00am St. George’s Church
Years 5 and 6 11.00am St. George’s Church
Reception and Nursery 2.30pm School Hall
Last year following a request from the Kerith Church we changed our collection of food for the food bank until February. We will give out further details nearer the time.
FLU SPRAY FOR CHILDREN FROM YR TO Y6
On Thursday 12th December 2019, the NHS nurses will be coming in to do the flu spray for the above year groups.
The consent forms will be sent home over the coming weeks, please check your child’s school bag and send it back to the school office ASAP.
Judo sessions will restart on Monday 9th September for Years 1-6 at 8am in the school hall. The cost is £55 for the tuition and kit hire. Please see the attached leaflet with this newsletter. Thank you.
Each half term we accumulate a massive amount of lost property. The lost property cupboard is in the corridor between KS1 and KS2 adjacent to the reading boxes. In order to try and reduce the amount of unclaimed items, please make sure that all clothing is named and then we can return it to its rightful owner. Thank you.
A polite reminder about parking outside the school; please do not park across our neighbours’ drives or on the curbs as pushchairs cannot get through etc.
BAGS 2 SCHOOL – ADVANCE NOTICE
The PTA are organising a Bags 2 school event and there will be a collection on Friday 8th November. There will be more details in the next newsletter.
The month in brief
A warm welcome to all our new and returning children and their families at the start of this new school year in Puffin Class. We hope you all had a lovely summer break. The children are settling in fantastically and are beginning to remember the routines in the classroom. Please remember to send your child in with a NAMED cardigan or jumper and water bottle as they can get very thirsty in the afternoons.
Our topics for the first half of the autumn term are ‘All about me and Harvest’, providing the children with opportunities to talk about themselves, their families and their favourite things. After half term our topic will be ‘Celebrations’.
We have our Early Years Foundation Stage Harvest celebration on Friday 18th October in the afternoon. Children who do not normally attend nursery on a Friday afternoon are also welcome to attend and we would love to see you there. Further details relating to the Harvest celebration will be sent out nearer the time.
The mornings in nursery are normally very busy whilst we get the children settled. Therefore, it isn’t always easy to have conversations regarding the children. If you have any important information to share with us, please write a note and hand it in to me (Miss Edwards) or Miss Burns. Alternatively, I am always happy to talk to parents afterschool.
Shortly your child will be sent home with a Chatter Bag. In their bag they can take home an item of their choosing from school to be shared with you at home and once a week we ask that they bring the bag to school with an object from home to share with an adult and small group of children. This activity is intended to develop the children’s speaking and listening skills. More detailed instructions will be sent out in your child’s Chatter Bag.
If your child would like to play in the mud please ensure they have a named pair of welly boots which can stay on the welly racks outside.
Finally, we would like to politely request that each child brings in a box of tissues for us to store and allow the children to use over the term. Thank you very much.
If you have any questions or concerns, please come and talk to us.
Miss Edwards, Miss Burns and Miss Dickenson
Welcome to all our children and their families at the start of this Reception year. We hope you all had a lovely summer break. The children are settling in beautifully, enjoying the lovely warm weather and making the most of our outside learning area. Please remember to send your child in with a NAMED cardigan or jumper and water bottle as they can get very thirsty in the afternoons.
Our Topics for the first half of the autumn term are ‘Magical Me, My family, Families Around the World and Harvest’, giving the children lots of opportunities to talk about themselves, their families and things they enjoy doing. After half term our topic will be ‘Festivals, Autumn and Christmas’.
Next week the children will bring home a reading book to be read at home, with a reading record for you to record their reading and they will change their books daily in school. At the back of their books will be their first set of key words to learn on Teddy 1. They will also bring home a green phonics book on a Friday where they can practise the letter sounds they have been learning that week.
Next week we will start PE and we would like to remind you that all the children can come to school on a Thursday dressed in their named PE kits. As the weather begins to cool down it would be useful for the children to wear navy blue tracksuits and trainers so they can participate in outdoor PE sessions without getting too cold.
As the mornings are generally very busy getting the children settled, it is not always easy to have conversations regarding the children. If you have urgent or important information to share with the teachers, please write a note and hand it to your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, we are always happy to talk to parents after school.
If your child would like to play in the mud please ensure they have a named pair of wellie boots which can stay on the wellie racks outside.
Finally, we would like to politely request that each child brings in a box of tissues for us to store and allow the children to use over the term. Thank you very much.
Mrs Layton – Matthews, Miss Grant and Mrs Bryan
Welcome to Year 1. We hope you had a lovely summer holiday. We are very impressed with how the children have dealt with the transition from Reception to Year 1.
Our topic for this half term is ‘Food and Farming’. This will link into harvest and the children will be finding out about where our food comes from. We are collecting cereal boxes and empty toilet roll tubes to use for our art and DT topics this term. We will also be learning about our bodies and exploring our senses.
The children will be having PE sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school for those days as the children will get changed into PE Kits during class time.
It is very important that the children are heard to read on a daily basis. Those who read at least four times a week at home will be given an extra 10 minutes of play on a Friday afternoon as a reward. Please record every time your child reads in their reading record book to ensure that they get their extra playtime.
With the colder months coming, we would greatly appreciate any boxes of tissues for the classroom. Please hand them to your child’s class teacher at any point during the term. During this term, we will be needing kitchen rolls and empty cereal boxes for art so if you have any empty we will gladly take them off your hands.
Milk is no longer free to Year 1 children; however, if you would like your child to continue to have milk daily during snack time please register and place your order with Cool Milk (http://www.coolmilk.com/). More details regarding our milk scheme can be found in this newsletter.
We look forward to working with you over the coming year.
Miss Hadley, Mrs Wood and Miss Wakelin
Welcome to your first term in Year 2!
We hope you have had a brilliant holiday and that you are as keen as we are to get going on our new learning adventure. This term we will be studying our local area and finding out about our school and the town we live in. If you have any resources on either the history or geography of Sandhurst, we would welcome them in our classrooms. We would also like to develop our immediate local area so donations of suitable perennial plants for the Year 2 garden are very welcome. If you would like to volunteer to listen to children read, help out with the garden, support the children with art projects, cooking, sewing and so on, do let your child’s teacher know. Please be aware that you will need to apply for a current DBS to help out in class and to go on any trips we have planned.
Please make sure the children have a water bottle in school (especially as the weather is still warm) and that labelled PE kits are in school. Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. As the weather gets colder, the children may need tracksuit bottoms for outside PE.
It is very important that the children are heard read regularly at home and that they change their books once you have signed their reading record. If they read four times a week they will be rewarded with an extra play. If you have any personal messages you would like the teacher to know please send in a note rather than write them in the Reading Record which may be used by parent helpers.
Maths, spelling and grammar homework will be given out by all teachers on a Thursday, to be handed in by the following Tuesday. Most of the children will be given the Year 2 expected spellings but if your child struggles to learn all 10 initially, we suggest you focus on the first five to begin with. The first set of spellings may appear easy but these are to consolidate key writing skills and they will become progressively more difficult. Your child’s maths homework will be given to them by their maths set teacher but should be returned to their class teacher, along with any other homework. The children will be tested on their spellings on Thursday afternoons and it will benefit their progress immensely if you can find time to practise daily.
Boxes of tissues are also greatly appreciated for use in the classroom. If each child can bring in a box, we will have enough to last a whole year. We hope you have a happy time in Year 2, please come in and speak to us if you have any concerns. We look forward to working in partnership with you.
Year 2 Team
Welcome back after what we hope was a relaxing summer break and a warm welcome to new children and families joining our school.
We have been very pleased with how well the children have transitioned from KS1 to KS2. They are settling in to their new classrooms and routines well and are enthusiastic about our geography topic all about tropical rainforests; we have been extremely impressed by the children’s rainforest dioramas which they have been discussing in class.
This term, PE sessions will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays so please ensure full PE kits are in school. We recommend that PE bags are left in the children’s lockers all week. PE lessons often take place outside so, as the weather starts to get cooler, you might like to include a tracksuit (plain jogging bottoms and a zip up top) as part of your child’s PE kit. Please check all school uniform and equipment is named.
Stationery for lessons is provided in class but we encourage children to bring in a pencil case of basic supplies including a white glue stick (rather than coloured glue sticks) that they are responsible for. Could we politely request that pencil cases are slim enough to be kept in the trays under their desks and please ensure stationery is labelled where possible. We also remind children to leave precious items at home.
Homework will be sent home every Friday in folders. This will include a piece of maths set by their maths teacher and a reading comprehension paper set by their class teacher. These should be given back to class teachers no later than the following Wednesday. A list of spellings will be sent home on Fridays and tested the following Thursday. We will also do a quick times table test every Thursday at the start of maths lessons. We recommend that the children practise their spellings and times tables for 10 minutes every day in addition to their 15 minutes of daily reading. Please could you make a brief note of daily reading in your child’s reading record and sign next to the comment. Children who have read at least four times per week at home will earn an extra playtime as a treat on Friday afternoon.
Finally, we always appreciate any additional support from parents or grandparents with listening to children read in school or helping out with class activities. This can be on a regular basis or as a ‘one-off’ so please speak to your class teacher if you are available to help. We are also always grateful for donations of boxes of tissues, particularly as the ‘coughs and sneezes season’ starts.
We look forward to seeing you at the ‘Meet the teacher’ afternoons where we will share/clarify other important information (see the key dates listed at the end of the newsletter).J
Mrs Fish, Miss Barton, Mrs Brown-Nicholson, Mrs Reed
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a relaxing summer break. We have enjoyed seeing the children’s homework and finding out what they have been getting up to over the holiday.
We are all looking forward to starting our new topic this term where we will learn about the Ancient Egyptians. Alongside this, we will be learning about teeth and the digestive system in science and making bread for our design and technology project.
For this term, Year 4 will be having PE lessons on Monday and Wednesday please can you make sure that children bring in the correct kit ready for these lessons.
We will provide any stationery that is needed but children are more than welcome to bring in their own pencil cases with their own items such as glue sticks and colouring pencils. If a child does bring in their own pencil case, it would be useful if these items are labelled to help ensure that they do not lose them and their extra equipment is small enough to fit in their trays. Anything that is precious or valuable, should be left at home.
We will be sending homework out on a Thursday and that will be due in on the following Tuesday. Children will be tested on their spellings on a Tuesday. At the end of each week, we let the children go out for extra play as long as they have read four times at home and have had their reading recorded and signed by an adult in their reading record book, so please try and ensure this is done before they come to school every Friday.
Finally, we are always grateful of any support from parents, either hearing children read or helping with art days and trips. This can be on a regular basis or as a ‘one-off’ so please speak to your class teacher if you are available to help.
We look forward to seeing you at the “Meet the teacher” afternoon.
Miss Bowden and Mrs Panesar
This term our topic will be Meet the Greeks which will focus on how the Ancient Greeks lived and what they have contributed to our lives today. In science, we will be studying Forces and we plan to carry out some engaging investigations.
Each child should now have their own individual reading book. Please try and read with your child on a daily basis and sign their reading record. We will monitor the reading records closely and a weekly reward will be given to those children who manage to read 4 times.
Homework will consist of a maths activity, English or topic activity and spellings. Homework will be given out on a Friday and will need to be handed in the following Wednesday. Children who do not complete their homework will be asked to go to complete it in homework club, held at lunchtime. We will test the children on their spellings every Friday.
All three classes have PE every Monday with Mr Methven and we ask that kits remain in school for the entire week as they will be having an additional PE session during the week.
If you have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to pop in and see us after school. We look forward to meeting you all properly at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ session.
Miss Hunt, Mr Horton and Miss Parkinson
Welcome to Year 6!
The children are settling in well and are getting to grips with the expectations of their final year at primary school. Firstly, a huge thank you to all the children that went above and beyond on their summer homework. We have enjoyed learning about all of the interesting summer reading the children have done. Next week, we will be spending some time undertaking baseline assessments to identify starting points and gaps in the learning to inform our planning ready for the year ahead.
Our topic this term is “Extreme Earth” and we will be learning about geological and weather conditions across the globe. This will also form part of our English work, where we will study non-chronological reports and undertake presentations about different types of weather.
This year, we are encouraging the children to take more responsibility for their equipment, including their P.E. kit - which must be in every school day. From next week, the children will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday Thursday.
All the children have been given a reading record and the expectation of the school is that they read at least four times a week (for a minimum of 20 minutes per session) and have their record signed by an adult. They will be rewarded for their efforts at the end of the week.
Our ‘Meet the teacher’ afternoons are scheduled over the next couple of weeks (see diary dates); however, if you have any questions or if you are unable to make the meeting, please come and see us.
We would like to remind you that water bottles are to be brought in daily and that they should only contain water. We are trying to encourage children to have drinks more frequently at break and lunch time, as this will prepare them for the expectations of secondary school. Please also ensure that break time snacks, brought in from home, are fruit and/or vegetables only.
We look forward to meeting you at the “Meet the Teacher” afternoon.
Miss Horner, Mrs Johnson and Mr Taylor-Cattermole.
Within school we have a Family Liason Officer who is Amanda Korner. Some of our parents may not be sure what a FLO does, so I have pasted part of her job profile for you to see.
Offering friendly, informal, confidential support and advice to families. Helping families to get the most out of school life. Family Liason Officers are not just available for children and young people in your family, but for the adults too! Amanda offers support to parents and carers to help acheive positive outcomes for all of the family. This might include providing information or advice, organsing and sometimes running training, giving practical help or just offering a listening ear. You might want to use the Family Liason Officer for issues like "I have lots of questions about being a parent", "I'm really worried about my child's self esteem", "I'm just not coping since my partner left me", "I just need someone I can talk to", "I'm having problems with debt".
As parents and carers there are times when you need a little extra support and guidance, someone to talk to and point you in the right direction. Someone who's not judgemental, someone who will listen and offer practical advice and support.
If you would like support or advice you can contact Amanda through the school office to arrange a meeting or an informal chat.
EA Cole (Mrs)
DIARY DATES: (new dates or information in bold)
Monday 9th September Judo sessions restart Years 1-6
Tuesday 10th September Parents’ Forum 9.00 – 9.30 am
Meet the Teacher for Pelicans, Toucans and
Ostriches 2.30 – 3.00 pm
PTA Open Meeting 6.30 pm
Wednesday 11th September Meet the Teacher for Chaffinches, Swans,
Flamingos and Kites 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Thursday 12th September Meet the Teacher for Woodpeckers, Kiwis and
Falcons 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Friday 13th September Meet the Teacher for Eagles 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Tuesday 17th September Meet the Teacher for Kookaburras and
Kingfishers 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Wednesday 18th September Meet the Teacher for Nuthatches, Penguins and
Emus 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Thursday 19th September Meet the Teacher for Parakeets 2.30 – 3.00 pm
Tuesday 1st October School Photographer (individual photos)
Tuesday 8th October Parents’ Forum 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Friday 11th October PTA Macmillan Coffee morning 9.00 am
Friday 18th October Harvest Festival Celebrations
Wednesday 23rd October EARLY CLOSURE AT 1.00 PM
Parent/Teacher consultation (more details to
Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November HALF TERM
Monday 4th November Pupils return to school
Tuesday 5th November School Photographer (sibling photos)
Friday 8th November Bags 2 school collection
Saturday 9th November PTA Fireworks display – details to follow
Tuesday 12th November Parents’ Forum 9.00 – 9.30 am
Thursday 21st November Penguins’ Class Assembly 9.00 am
Friday 22nd November Falcons’ Class Assembly 9.00 am
Thursday 28th November Toucans’ Class Assembly 9.00 am
Friday 29th November Ostriches’ Class Assembly 9.00 am
Wednesday 4th December Christmas Lunch
Friday 6th December Pelicans’ Class Assembly 9.00 am
Tuesday 10th December Parents’ Forum 6.00 – 6.30 pm
Wednesday 11th December YR Nativity – timing tbc
Nursery Nativity – timing tbc
Thursday 12th December Flu Spray YR – Y6 – details to follow
Y2 Christmas play – timing tbc
Thursday 19th December Rudolph Rave 9.00 am
FINISH 2.00 PM
Monday 6th January 2019 Pupils return to school