23rd February 2018

Theme of the Term: Resilience

Dear Parents,

Parents Evening
We have organised evenings to meet with the teachers on Monday March 12th and Wednesday March 14th. To make an appointment just Google Signup Genius and click Find a Sign Up. Enter office.3257@wychwood-pri.oxon.sch.uk into the email section and this should take you to Wychwood Parents Meetings. Please contact the office if you are having difficulties.

Year 6 Residential
I want to thank Mrs Stratford, Mrs Bowden, Mrs Witts and Mrs Clarke for ensuring the children had a wonderful time at Kilvrough. From all accounts the children will have a lot to share with their parents when they return. Remember we have scheduled an assembly on March 2nd at 9:15 in the school hall for parents to learn more about the activities the children took part in during the week.

World Book Day
On Thursday March 1st we will be taking part in World Book Day. Each phase has chosen a book to celebrate and we encourage children to dress up as a character from the following books:
Foundation Stage: Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
Year 1 and 2: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Year 3 and 4: Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo
Year 5 and 6: The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

We will kick off the day with our traditional parade around the playground (weather permitting) and award prizes for the most creative costumes in each phase. We will also be hosting a Book Fair at the end of the school day.

Year 5/6 Netball Competition
On Tuesday we took part in the Burford Partnership Netball Competition. As our Year 6 children were away it was left to our Year 5 pupils to represent the school. Mrs Barrett and Mrs Llamas were so proud of the determination and attitude of our team facing off against giant Year 6 teams from various schools. Well done!

Summary of E-safety questionnaire
Last term we completed an Online Safety audit. We asked a sample of children a few questions including how often children are online and if they were gaining a better understanding of how to be safe. This is what we found:
100% children use the internet at home with 55% of children using it every day and 28% using it more than once a week. During this time 33% children use it for less than 1 hour a day and 50% use it between 1-3 hours a day. Most children have access to a variety of devices including games consoles, laptops, iPod/iPads and mobile phones.
On the whole children had a good understanding of how to stay safe using our SMART rules: Safe – keeping personal information safe, Meeting – not meeting anybody online without parents’ permission, Accepting – being careful when downloading attachments, Reliable – checking whether websites are reliable, Tell – telling a parent or trusted adult if you see something or if someone makes you feel uncomfortable. However some children felt that playing online with someone meant that they were friends despite never meeting them before. Clearly we will continue to work with the children in educating them about online safety. Parents can play a role by monitoring what your child is doing online and also by reviewing some of the materials we have on the school website to update your own knowledge. The link below leads you to the survey (you might want to ask your own child these questions) and to other online safety resources.

Mrs Loader Deputy Headteacher and Computing Co-ordinator.

Learning Hero
Lukas is our new Learning Hero this week. He has a quiet determination with his learning and has really tried hard when faced with various tasks. Well done Lukas!

PTA News
Thank you to all who supported the end of term disco before the break. A profit of over £250 was made and most importantly the children seemed to have a great time.

We will be continuing the regular class bake sales throughout the forthcoming term and will be announcing a date for a second hand uniform sale shortly. Other events will be announced in the spring.

If you are thinking of joining the PTA or would like to support any of the events please email wychwoodpta@hotmail.com or come along to the next informal meeting at the school on 27th Feb. New members are always welcome and we need extra support more than ever to ensure that we can continue to run these events which are part of the school experience for the children as well as raising funds for the school.

Birthday Book Donations
We would like to wish Laura (Silver Birch) and Victoria (Willow) a wonderful birthday. We hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for donating birthday books to your class.

If you would like to donate a book to your class, please collect a donation sticker from the school office to stick your name and a message to your class in the book.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mr Joseph Rubba