News & Events
9th September 2022
What a start to the new term! I would like to start by saying thank you to both you and your children for making me feel so welcome. It is never easy starting a new role, the children have been incredible and really have eased my nerves. You will be glad to hear that the children have settled in beautifully and are already showcasing their talents through their learning. I feel blessed to be part of the Owlsmoor family, Mrs. Cole has left big shoes to fill but I promise I will do everything I can to ensure the children at Owlsmoor and the community continue to grow.
As a new Headteacher, there will always be things that I want to implement, but every decision will be taken with the children and the team in mind. I am very excited about the next part of my journey and I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming months. My task now is to learn the name of everyone in my team and all of the children’s names – please don’t test me yet!
I have shared in assembly this week a little bit about me to the children and I am sure they have told you all about it – even the part about which football team I support. My assembly was all about celebrating being different, quite apt for this time of year I thought and I hope you are all excited about embracing a different kind of leadership here at Owlsmoor Primary School.
Please do come and say hello or have a chat when you see me, the families here at Owlsmoor is what makes what we do such a special job.
Thank you again for accepting me into your family and I look forward to seeing you all on the gate in the morning (hopefully with some sunshine).
Take care, keep safe and be kind to each other.
MEET THE TEAM MEETINGS
Over the next few weeks we will be holding some ‘Meet the Team’ meetings. This will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, to hear about what your child will learn during the forthcoming year and to find out some logistical information that may be of help.
The sessions will take place after school in the school hall (children can attend). The date and time of these meetings will be as follows:
Monday 12th Sept 3.20pm Y1
Wednesday 14th Sept 3.20pm Y4
Thursday 15th Sept 3.20pm Y5
Friday 16th Sept 3.20pm Y3
Monday 19th Sept 3.20pm Y6
Thursday 22nd Sept 3.20pm Kingfishers (in the classroom)
Friday 23rd Sept 3.20pm Y2
EYFS parents have already had their meeting ahead of their children starting.
The PowerPoint and any other resources for the session will be made available on the school website for those parents who are unable to attend but would still like the information. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
DATA COLLECTION, MEDICAL AND CONSENT FORMS
These will be sent home with your child/children during next week (w/c 12th September) please look out for them as they need to be back by Friday 30th September. Failing to do this could stop your child/children from going on any visits or activities run by the school.
Please check all details - if they need changing please write on the form. Paying great attention to their 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 ASAP. Thank you.
PARENT SUPPORT WORKSHOPS
Attached to this newsletter are some flyers/ posters offering parent workshops covering a range of different topics. Please do have a look to see if they are of any interest to you.
BIRTHDAYS – NON-UNIFORM DAY
Starting this year, we would like to invite your child to wear non-uniform to school for their birthday! This should be on their actual birthday, or on the closest day to their birthday if it lands on a weekend/ school holiday (but please not for a school trip where we ask pupils to wear uniform for safeguarding reasons). If their birthday is on a PE day, please can they bring their PE kit to school to get changed into for that lesson. If your child had their birthday in the holidays or already this term, they are welcome to wear non-uniform for a day next week.
This change is designed to be in place of children bringing in sweets/ cakes for their classmates, which we understand can become expensive for parents and can be tricky for us to manage with allergies etc – we politely request that parents no longer send these in. We hope that the children will be excited by the change and it will help to make them feel extra-special for the day!
European Day of Languages – Monday 26th September 2022
This year, we will be celebrating European Day of Languages in school on Monday 26th September 2022. European Day of Languages celebrates all the different languages spoken by people living in Europe. We are very lucky as a school to have a broad range of different languages spoken by both pupils and staff. Later this month, class teachers will be inviting children who might speak any other languages at home to bring in any books they read at home in their other language to share with their class on Monday 26th September. Children are also welcome to come to school on Monday 26th September dressed in the colours of the flag of a country of their choice and Mrs Bruce will be holding a language-based quiz at lunchtime on that day for pupils in Years 3-6 to participate in if they wish to do so (with language-themed prizes!).
European Day of Languages T-Shirt Design Competition
The European Centre for Modern Languages holds a competition every year giving school-aged children the opportunity to design a T-Shirt which will made and used during the following year’s European Day of Languages celebrations. Full details of how to enter can be found at the following website: EDL.ECML.AT/TSHIRTCONTEST . This is also where you would upload your child’s design for entry into the competition should they wish to take part. Any submissions must be uploaded to EDL.ECML.AT/TSHIRTCONTEST by 31st December 2022 to be entered. If your child submits an entry for the competition, please ask them or their class teacher to let Mrs Bruce know.
Green Team News
We did it! All our work on making the earth a better place has paid off and we have been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award! This is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning.
Please take time to read the assessors comments on the brilliant work we have been doing at Owlsmoor on our website. Click here.
From the Kitchen:
The price of school meals is still going to be £2.30 for the children in Years 3 to 6.
Also, last year’s Year 2 children will no longer be eligible for FSM under the government Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. If you wish your child to have school meals from September the cost is £2.30 per meal and must be paid for in advance, details for online payment facilities are on SCOPAY these details can be found at 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
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.
FAMILY LIASON OFFICERS
Within school we have two Family Liaison Officers – Cath Jones and Tina Shepherd. Some of our parents may not be sure what a FLO does, so below is part of the 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 Liaison Officers are not just available for children and young people in your family, but for the adults too! We offer support to parents and carers to help achieve positive outcomes for all of the family. This might include providing information or advice, organising and sometimes running training, giving practical help or just offering a listening ear. You might want to use the Family Liaison 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 our FLOs through the school office to arrange a meeting or an informal chat.
OUR SCHOOL MILK SCHEME
Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils, and is free to those pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals by meeting the criteria as laid out below. 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/)
The school photographer will be coming on Tuesday 4th October to do single portraits of the children. On Tuesday 1st November they will be back to do the siblings who go to the school and any absentees from their first visit.
Please find a newsletter from the PTA attached to this newsletter with information about upcoming events.
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 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
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?
The month in brief
A very 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 and got to enjoy some of the great weather. The children are settling in fantastically and are beginning to remember the new routines in the classroom. Please remember to send your child in with a NAMED cardigan or jumper and water bottles as they can get very thirsty throughout the day.
Our topics this term are ‘All about me, Friends and Family’, providing the children with opportunities to talk about themselves, their families and their favourite things. Later in the term we will be looking at seasonal topics like Harvest, Bonfire Night and Christmas.
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 myself, Mrs Toal, Mrs Lee or Miss Judd. Alternatively, I am always happy to talk to parent’s afterschool.
A voluntary contribution of 50p per week to help towards purchasing essential items for the children, such as cookery ingredients, food tasting, messy play etc. would be gratefully received. Please place any contributions in the tub on the lunch box trolley.
Finally, we would like to politely request that each child brings in a family 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.
A warm welcome to all our children and their families to the start of this Reception year. We hope you all have had a lovely summer break. The children are settling in nicely and are familiarising themselves with the school rules and routines.
Please remember to send your child in with a NAMED cardigan or jumper and water bottle as they can get very thirsty during the day.
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 topics will be ‘Festivals’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Christmas’.
After the children have settled in and their Baseline assessment is done they will bring home a reading book to be read at home for the week and a sharing book which they can change daily and a reading record for you to record their reading. At the back of their reading records will be their first set of key words to learn on Teddy 1. They will also bring home a phonics book on a Friday where they can practise the letter sounds they have been learning that week.
Next week, we will start PE lessons, our lesson will be on a Thursday, please could the children come to school on Thursday’s dressed in their named PE kits. As the weather begins to cool down, it would be useful for the children to wear trainers and a navy blue tracksuit 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.
Finally, we would like to politely request that each child brings in a family box of tissues for us to store and share in the unit, allowing the children to use over the term. Thank you very much.
Looking a wonderful year ahead.
Mrs Layton – Matthews, Mrs Lourens and Miss Watkins
Welcome to Year 1. We hope you had a lovely summer holiday. We are very impressed with how the children are dealing with the transition to Year 1; they are all settling nicely in to their new classrooms and routines well.
Our topic for this half term is ‘Food and Farming’. This will link to harvest and the children will be finding out about where our food comes from. We will also be learning about our bodies and exploring our senses.
The children will be having PE sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that all items of PE kits and other belongings are labelled with your child’s name.
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 Monday afternoon as a reward. Please record their reading in your child’s reading record book to ensure that they get their extra playtime.
With the winter coming up, 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.
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/).
We look forward to working with you over the coming year.
Mrs Wood, Miss Wakelin and Mrs Hadley
Welcome to your first term in Year 2!
We hope you have had a good holiday and that you are as keen as we are to get going on our new learning adventure. In the next two weeks, we will be finding out about dragons! If your child has any dragon stories please send them in. In Geography and History 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 love to have them in our classrooms. Thank you to those who have already sent these in.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. We would like the children to come into school on those days wearing school PE kit (white/blue tops, black or blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms and jumpers, as well as suitable footwear). Can you please ensure the children also have a lightweight coat with them on PE days in case of inclement weather.
Maths, spelling and grammar homework will be given out by all teachers on a Thursday, to be handed in by the following Tuesday. Your child will be given weekly spellings to learn in their spelling books. Please use the next page of the spelling book to practise the spellings. Children will then be tested on their spellings the following Thursday. If your child is finding these spellings too challenging please do speak to us.
Boxes of tissues are greatly appreciated for use in the classroom at this time of year. If each child can bring in a box, we will have enough to last a whole year.
Finally, we hope you have a really happy time in Year 2 and we are here to help your child achieve everything they are capable of. Please phone the office or send an email if you have any questions or 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. Thank you for the most amazing dioramas – these have been the best yet!
This term, PE sessions will be on Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure full PE kits are worn to school on these days only. PE lessons often take place outside so, as the weather starts to get cooler, you might like to send your children in wearing a plain black or blue jogging bottoms and a zip up top with their white or blue t-shirt. Please check all school uniform and equipment is named.
Homework will be sent home every Friday in folders. This will include maths and a reading comprehension paper. These should be handed 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. It is recommended 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 Thursday afternoon.
We are always grateful for donations of boxes of tissues, particularly as the ‘coughs and sneezes season’ starts.
Miss Hadley and Mr Francis.
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a relaxing summer. We have enjoyed seeing the children and finding out what they have been getting up to since they were last in school!
We are all looking forward to starting our new history and geography topic this term, where we will learn about the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. There will be plenty of cross-curricular links with our English too. Alongside this, we will be learning about teeth and digestion in Science, where we will set up and carry out a range of practical investigations.
This term, Year 4 will need to wear their PE kits to school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Wednesdays will be PE with Mr Methven and Tuesdays will be our class PE sessions for the first few weeks of term, then swimming from 27th September onwards. You will already have received a letter about swimming during transition week at the end of the last academic year. Thank you to all those who have returned the permission slips. If you have not yet returned the permission slips, could you please do so as soon as possible. If you have lost the letter, please speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to provide you with an extra copy.
We will be sending one piece of maths and one piece of English homework out on Thursdays and that will be due in on the following Tuesday. Spellings will also be sent out on Thursdays to be tested weekly on Thursdays.
On Friday each week, the children who have read at least four times at home, and have had this signed off by an adult in their reading record, will be rewarded with extra playtime. Understanding the text (comprehension) is very important, so please try to find the time to discuss what your child has read with them and ask questions. In Year 4 there is a strong focus on a rapid recall of all the times tables up 12 x 12. In order to support your child we encourage the use of times tables rock stars on a frequent basis, as we have seen that this has really helped children in the past.
As the weather changes we would also appreciate any donations of tissue boxes for your class.
We look forward to working in partnership with you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Year 4 Team
A very warm welcome to you all – we hope you had the chance to enjoy some of the sunny weather during the holiday. We have been delighted to welcome the children back into school; they seem happy to back and have enjoyed seeing their friends again. We will be spending the next few days settling the children into their new classes, discussing our daily routines and sharing the Reading Rivers that the children completed during the holiday.
This term our history topic will be ’The Ancient Greeks’, focusing on how the ancient Greeks lived and what they have contributed to our lives today. There will be lots of cross-curricular links to geography within this topic and we are presently planning our ‘Greek Day’ – more details will follow in due course. In science lessons, we will be studying ‘Forces’ and carrying out a variety of scientific inquiries to test gravity, friction and air resistance.
Each child will be given their own school reading book. Please try to hear your child read every day and discuss what they have read. Understanding the text (comprehension) is hugely important and will be a key focus during guided reading lessons this year. When your child has read to you, please remember to sign their reading record; a weekly reward of extra play time will be given to those children who have read at least four times and had their reading record signed.
Homework will be given out on Thursdays and should be handed in the following Wednesday morning. It will consist of a maths activity, a piece of reading comprehension and spellings to learn. The spellings lists are taken directly from the primary curriculum and will be tested every Wednesday. We will be recapping the Y3/Y4 curriculum spelling list during the autumn term to consolidate the children’s learning. Children who do not hand in their homework will be asked to complete it during homework club, usually held during lunch times.
Both classes will have an indoor PE lesson with their class teacher every Monday afternoon as well as an outdoor PE session with Mr Methven every Tuesday morning. We politely request that all items of PE kit are clearly labelled with the children’s names. PE kits should be worn in to school on Mondays and Tuesdays every week and the children will stay in them for the day. Shorts, skirts, leggings and tracksuits (for cooler weather) must be navy blue or black and T-shirts must be white or pale blue.
If you have anything you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to drop by and see us after school if possible; the mornings are very busy with greeting and settling the children.
Mrs Fish and Mrs Reed
Welcome to Year 6! We hope you had a wonderful summer and were lucky enough to enjoy the hot weather. The children have settled in well in their first two days and are getting to grips with the expectations of their final year at primary school.
Our geography topic this term is “Extreme Earth” and we will be learning about geological and weather conditions across the globe. Whilst in English, we will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. During our Harry Potter day on Friday 9th September, the children will be sorted into a Hogwarts House and create their own wand, ready to start their journey to Hogwarts.
This year, we will continue with the arrangements for PE from last year by asking that the children come into school in their PE kits, and remain in them for the duration of the day. Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. If this changes, we will send a message home to ensure that the children come into school wearing the correct clothing. It is important that the children wear school PE colours (white/blue t-shirt and black/navy shorts or jogging bottoms) and appropriate trainers. If possible, please avoid sending children into school wearing expensive footwear, as we will occasionally have lessons on the field in wet conditions and could result in them being ruined by mud.
All the children have been given a reading record and the expectation of the school is that they read independently 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. Reading records will be checked by an adult on a Friday. We will also give the children a set of spellings to learn every Friday, which will be stuck into their reading records; the children will be tested on these spellings on the subsequent Friday.
Homework in Year 6 will be done slightly differently this year in the fact that we will be trialling a paperless, online homework. Each week, the children will be given a link on their Teams account which they can then use to access their homework. They will need to follow the instruction, complete the sheet and then submit their answers. Children will be given immediate feedback to their homework and we will also go through common mistakes in class. If for whatever reason, your children are unable to access the homework, we can provide a paper copy for them to complete; please inform your child’s class teacher if you will require this option.
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.
Over the next couple of weeks, 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. We will also be encouraging children to decide if they wish to take on responsibilities, such as becoming a House Captain, and presenting their reasons ready for a vote.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Mr Taylor, Miss Bess and Mrs Curran.
Welcome back after the lovely summer! Welcome to our two new children and staff working in Kingfishers.
It has been lovely to welcome the children back - they have settled really well and have been keen to share about their summer holidays!
P.E. this term will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and we will be using the outdoor gym whenever possible – please could you check that the children have suitable footwear in school for this.
This term we will be looking at some of the Mog stories by Judith Kerr, some Julia Donaldson and non-fiction books as well. In science we will be looking at materials – which materials are most useful for different purposes. We will be continuing with life skills work and cooking and joining different classes for some P.E. sessions.
We are always grateful for donations of tissues in school, especially as the autumn weather starts!
Thank you again for your support.
The Kingfishers Team
Monday 12th Sept 3.20pm Y1 Meet the Team Meeting
Wednesday 14th Sept 3.20pm Y4 Meet the Team Meeting
Thursday 15th Sept 3.20pm Y5 Meet the Team Meeting
Friday 16th Sept 3.20pm Y3 Meet the Team Meeting
Monday 19th Sept 3.20pm Y6 Meet the Team Meeting
Thursday 22nd Sept 3.20pm Kingfishers Meet the Team Meeting
Friday 23rd Sept 3.20pm Y2 Meet the Team Meeting
Monday 26th September European Day of Languages
Tuesday 4th October Photographer (individual photos)
Friday 7th October Flu Spray YR-6 (details to follow)
Thursday 13th October Harvest Festival (details to follow)
Wednesday 19th October Parent Consultations (details to follow)
Monday 24th – Friday 28th October HALF TERM
Tuesday 1st November Photographer (siblings photos)
Saturday 12th November PTA Fireworks
Friday 25th November PTA Discos
EYFS/KS1 5pm-6.15pm, KS2 6.45pm - 8pm