15th February 2019

Theme of the Term: Empathy

Dear Parents,

Number Day
Today we all enjoyed NSPCC’s Number Day (Two weeks later!) The creative costumes that the children wore to school were fantastic. We had clocks, prisoners, Number Bots, π and even Einstein himself! Children were set various challenges both inside the classroom and at play and lunchtime which they enjoyed. The teachers got in on the act by asking the children to estimate how many marshmallows Mrs Stratford could fit in her mouth, how many capital cities Miss Adams could name and how many biscuits Miss Harrington could stack. If you haven’t already, please send in the sponsorship money and we will invite the NSPCC back in to lead another assembly. Thank you to Miss Sleight for organising the day.

Year 5 Partnership Concert
Our children did ever so well during the Year 5 Partnership Concert. They sang beautifully and had a great time. Thank you to the staff who supported the children on Monday evening.

Year 3 Concert
We welcomed parents to visit us on Tuesday to celebrate the final violin/cello lesson for some of the Year 3 children. They wowed us with how much they have learnt since September. For those of you who would like your child’s music tuition to continue please contact Mrs Loader through the office and she can help arrange this through the Oxfordshire Music Service. Lessons for the other half of Year 3 will begin after half term.

Cherry Class Assembly
The children in Cherry Class were very excited to share all their experiences from their trip to Kilvrough. They created posters, iMovie’s and their own reports to tell parents and the Year 5 children how wonderful the week was. Remember Year 6 parents, if you want the photos from the week please send in a memory stick for a copy.

Storytelling Day
On Thursday the children in Reception had a great time celebrating Storytelling Day. We had great costumes and a day of learning through traditional tales. Parents came in to watch the children retell a few stories and rhymes and were also tested on a few maths problems!

World Book Day
Just a reminder another chance to dress up will come on the 7th of March for World Book Day. This year children can come in as a favourite character from any children’s book they choose. We will be planning a range of fun activities and will end the day with a book sale on the playground.

Parents Evening
We will be inviting parents to meet with class teachers on the 11th and 13th March to discuss your children’s progress and answer any questions you may have. An online sign up sheet will be available the week after half term.

Wychwood Library
On Wednesday 20th February at 2:30-4:00, Wychwood Library will be hosting a Digital Making event where children from the ages of 8-13 can ‘get making with robots and micro:bits!

We are pleased to be able offer parents the opportunity to attend a presentation led by Mat Tobin, lecturer at Oxford Brookes with the focus of ‘Reading with Children’ on March 19th at 7:00 in the school hall. Mat teaches English and Children’s Literature. Since joining Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of Primary teaching in Oxfordshire, Mat has been asked to deliver several keynotes across the UK on Reading for Pleasure, Picture books and Engaging pupils in the reading and writing process. He has research interests in children's literature and the Reading for Pleasure agenda. Mat has led training on how to teach Inference and Deduction for the staff in our primary schools and we would like to offer you the opportunity to learn how to support your child with reading at home. All parents and carers welcome. Come along and learn how to bring reading to life!

Birthday Book Donations
We would like to wish Josh and Mark (Elm) and Keiva (Rowan) a wonderful birthday. We hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for donating a birthday book 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 continued support and enjoy the half term.

Mr Joseph Rubba