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“There is more happiness in giving than receiving”
The words of Jesus recorded in Acts 20.35 – The Good News Bible

Service

Jesus was called the ‘servant king’; his mission was to serve God and to serve all those people he met, through his teaching, his example and the way he led his life.  Who are the unsung heroes who serve us?
• at school
• at home
• in our clubs
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• in your clubs

We have loved welcoming the pupils back into school this term and really loved seeing them being able to enjoy normal interaction with their friends and peers, with our COVID19 protocols in place to ensure that bubbles do not mix.  They have been keen to build on the learning that they completed at home during lock down and we have been able to assess all pupils to establish the areas where learning needs to be concentrated.  Pupils have worked hard and are a credit to their families.  Thank you for your support.

A special moment was shared during the last day when we were able to hold our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade in a COVID secure manner.  Pupils and staff located themselves around the playground and field, socially distanced in their bubble groups, and were able to watch as Class 1 and Class 2 paraded around the school building, showing off their creations.  Quite an experience for some of our younger members who haven’t had the regular experience of whole school assemblies in the hall.  We all clapped their work and there were some very proud and smiling faces.  A lovely way to bring the school community together, physically rather than virtually at the end of the term.

Class 1

Class 1 have had a very busy term learning all about Easter and the origins of it. They had a fantastic Zoom session with Reverend Dana where she told the Easter Story to the children and linked it to the Hungry Caterpillar, she then very kindly answered questions the children had about Christianity. 

This term we have been very fortunate to have toys donated to us from parents across the school and we are very grateful to each of you for doing this. 

The Easter bonnets were amazing. Thank you to all the parents for all your support this term.

Class 2

Class 2 have been creating these wonderful pictures based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night. They used oil pastels to create all of the lines and swirls and painted over that with water-colour paints. This art work is linked in with their geography work, which was based on the human features of a village.

Pupils have taken home sunflower seeds and will be growing these over the Easter break.  The plants will then form part of their maths and science work as they measure how tall they have become and the reasons for the different sizes.

 

Class 3

Pupils have been busy designing their own healthy pizza. They have been learning about the different food groups and what a balanced diet is in science and they have drawn upon this knowledge in the design of their pizzas for their DT work.  Due to the current restrictions, they are unable to make and cook the pizzas in school so are planning to try and make them at home using a variety of bases.  We hope you enjoy eating them!

 

Class 4

Class 4 children have been enjoying learning about France this term, thinking specifically about human and physical features, climate zones and the similarities and differences between France and England.

To support this learning, we spent time looking at the artwork of some influential French artists including Georges Seurat and Berthe Morisot. We had a go at recreating some pointillism and impasto pieces of art.

The children in Class 4 also took part in a French themed day on the last day of term, sampling French cuisine and dressing up. 

Class 5

Class 5 have been working hard improving their maths and literacy skills ready for the transition to secondary school.  Reading Pig Heart Boy has inspired their learning about the heart and they have all had the opportunity to handle and investigate pig hearts and sheep hearts and lungs, which was a really informative and interesting learning opportunity.  They have been able to link this to healthy living, learning how our organs may be affected by the way we treat our bodies and what we consume. 

Faith in Art Competition

These are the Blockley School competition entries for the Faith in Art competition run by the Diocese. The children created the artwork linked to their RE topics. They have been sent off to join entries from other schools from around the County. We look forward to seeing how our pupils get on. Entries for this competition have now closed.  Well done everyone.

Easter

All classes were able to enjoy a visit to the church this week, Dana Delap was able to link the Easter story to life cycle of the bee and pupils had the opportunity to think of all the life that lives inside the church, that may not be immediately obvious.  This was a special time to allow the pupils to extend their learning space to the church and enjoy learning in a different environment while remaining COVID secure.  Members of the public had been very busy supporting the school and church by knitting bees for each of the children.  Some are still to be made and quarantined but no-one will be missed out!  Thank you very much to all the knitters out there from the children at Blockley School.  Please take time to read the Growing Together article from the Diocese for more bee inspired ideas and information. Growing Together

 

Easter Competition

During the discussion with Dana and on Teams Collective Worship on Monday, we were able to launch our Easter Bee Competition.  Pupils are asked to create an image of a bee, in any medium, or capture a live bee in a photograph and send it to admin@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk by 8.30am 19th April 2021.  Please see the attached poster for more information.  We look forward to seeing the bees! Easter Competition.

Gloucestershire Photographer

If your skills lie with photography then the Easter holiday, with the brighter days, is an ideal time to take some high-quality pictures.  Cheltenham Camera Club are running the Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition again this year.  This year however, all entries need to be submitted online.  If children wish to enter they need to hand their entries in by Monday, 17th May to Ms Davies.  These can be emailed to admin@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk or brought into school to scan.  Please ensure that all entries are marked as stated in the rules and it is clear that the image is for this competition.  Ms Davies will then upload them to the website.  Please read the rules carefully. Please see the Rules and Glos Young Photographer Posters

COVID19

If your children develop COVID 19 symptoms on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week please follow the Government advice, book a PCR test and inform school via head@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk.  Once the result is received please let the school know.  This will ensure that the school can assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

Where symptoms occurred more than 2 days since the person was last in school, this does not need to be reported to school.  Where this is the case, staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

We wish you all a Happy Easter break and look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 19th April.  The same class bubble system and staggered start and end times will remain when we return.

With all good wishes

Blockley School Staff

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr

Justice

Justice means more than making things ‘fair’.  In order for people to live together well in a just community, it is important to have rules or laws that everybody sticks to. Imagine if there were no rules for people driving cars on the road!
As a family you may want to talk about:
• why it is important to have rules and laws
• rules or laws that you don’t think are just (or fair)
• family rules that you think are important

Dear Parents and Carers

It is now the end of term 3 and the majority of our children have not been able to return to school since before the Christmas holidays. I wanted to take this opportunity to say how grateful we are for all the support and help that you have given your children once again in this latest lockdown.

At school we are all very proud of the way that your children have adapted to our new style of online remote learning. They have risen to this challenge, coped remarkably well and learnt new IT skills which will benefit them into the future.

We are aware that this lockdown is in many ways harder and more complex than the first. With this in mind we have tried to support children with their engagement in learning through providing an increasing number of live lessons. This has allowed your children to see, hear and interact directly with their class teacher(s) alongside their friends and peers.

To benefit all learners, those that are remote and those in school, we have tried to establish a range of learning opportunities to suite everyone. Lessons are being developed and adapted daily, based on the children’s ability to comprehend and progress forward whilst allowing for them to have the chance to embed and consolidate their new learning through ‘over learning’ and ‘interleaving’.

All schools will be fully closed during the coming February half term holiday. This will be a good opportunity for families to have a well-deserved rest. If the weather stays fair then going out for a walk in the countryside and showing children the beautiful carpets of snow drops would be a valuable exercise.

We all hope that schools will return to normal soon and families can go about their daily work and business with greater ease and flexibility. Maintaining routines at home will help add a level of structure which children normally will settle into, especially if you are able to keep it consistent.

Stay safe everyone, at least the days are noticeably longer now and the signs of spring are becoming more evident.

Mr Pudifoot

Head Teacher

Save the Children

While Christmas now seems a long time ago we wanted to share with you the success of Christmas jumper day when we raised £122.19 for Save the Children.  Thank you for your support.

Term Dates

The term dates for 2020-2021 can be found on the school website.  We are all hopeful for normal holiday patterns to be able to resume next year so please avoid booking holidays during term time to ensure no more valuable learning time is lost.

Update Details

If you move house, change telephone numbers or wish to update your contact information, please ensure that you keep your record at school up to date.  This applies whether your child is learning at home or at school.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our mental health is as important as our physical health both for children and adults.  As you will be aware last week it was mental health week when the topic was highlighted.  But we need to try and keep our minds healthy at all times.

Place2be offers advice and support to children and families: https://www.place2be.org.uk/coronavirus

Young Minds have created a useful ‘Supporting Parents Helpfinder’. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child’s mental health during the pandemic (and beyond):

https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/

Young Minds have also created a useful poster highlighting ways to give support to children when they have angry feelings or outbursts and may help families start a conversation and talk about each other’s feelings.

https://youngminds.org.uk/media/4291/when-emotions-explode-poster.pdf

Adults are in the best place to support their children when they are well themselves.  It is important to ask for help when you need it.  The government have put together information to support adults with their mental health throughout this pandemic:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

Family Support

Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.  Our Parent Support Advisor (Mrs Baker) is available to signpost you to support.  Her details can be found on the website under family support and she can be contacted via psa@st-davids.gloucs.sch.uk

Menu

The menu for term 4 remains the same as term 3.  We return to school on week 1.  The menu can be found on our school website.

For benefits based free school meal children vouchers will be issued for after half term.

If you are looking for good ideas for lock down lunches at home then the NHS Change for Life website contains lots of inspiration: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/lunch/cheap-lockdown-lunch-ideas

Friends of the School

With the need to put reading books in quarantine since the start of the pandemic, school have been running short of books in certain bands of books.  Thanks to FOS school are going to be able to purchase additional books to ensure that every child can have access to an appropriate reading book.

Warm Clothes

If your child is coming into school, please ensure that they dress up warmly, appropriate for the weather outside.  To keep everyone safe we maintain high levels of ventilation in school so it is important that your child wears plenty of warm clothes during these winter months.  Winter boots, extra layers, a woolly hat, fingerless gloves and a small blanket are all permitted.

Governors

Anita Taylor has now finished her term of office and is no longer a governor.  We thank her for all of her work on the Governing Board and for supporting the school in many other ways through volunteering especially with Open the Book.  We hope to continue to see her in school in the future.  We welcome Helen Cawston to our Governing Board.  Her term of office began on 1st February 2021 and runs for 4 years.  We look forward to working with her and using the expertise that she will bring to the board.

Learning at school and home

Class 1

Class 1 have been working incredibly hard and we are very proud of all the effort put in at home and in school. They have spent a lot of time learning about the outdoors and creating fun activities and memories with their families on walks. They have looked for birds, made wind chimes and dens, fed the wildlife and most importantly made precious lockdown memories with their family and friends (in school). 

Class 2

Class 2 have been learning about Creation and a wonderful display of their work has been created in school.  Thank you to the home learners for sending the work in.

Class 3

Class 3 have been imagining themselves as the Roman Army General, Julius Caesar and critiquing the Britannia invasion in 55BCE through letter writing.  Well done for your hard work and getting into character.

Alongside their history work they have been busy reading The Iron Man as their class reading book.

Class 4 Poems

This term the children in Class 4 have been learning about space both through their science lessons and in English through the class novel ‘Cosmic’.

Engagement has been wonderful from pupils both in school and those learning remotely. Thank you to parents for supporting their children.

Here is a selection of their work:

Class 5

Pupils in class 5 are engaging with the important issues facing society today through their geography work relating to climate change with cross-circular work looking at food miles, carbon dioxide release and extreme weather patterns.  Texts in English have encouraged pupils to consider the use of coal and the consequences of plastic disposal. 

They are absorbed in their current text of Pig Heart Boy, learning all about the heart alongside their enjoyment of the story.

Following their poetry unit of work based on Alfred Noyes atmospheric narrative poem, The Highwayman, they wrote their own stanza’s to fill in gaps within the storyline, letters posing as Tim the Ostler (to inform the Red Coats of the highwayman’s whereabouts) and used negative art to create ghostly atmospheric images. At the end of the unit of work, they had a Teams Rodents and Robbers meeting dressing up as either a rodent, a highwayman or both, as well as bingo, a snack and a reading of Julia Donaldson’s poem, The Highway Rat, which is a spoof of the classic.  

We wish you a restful and healthy week and look forward to ‘seeing’ everyone in school or online on 22nd February, when schoolwork resumes.

Blockley School Staff

Perseverance

Very little that is really worthwhile in life can be achieved without perseverance. An athlete may train for years before they are ready to compete at the highest level. A musician must practice every day, sometimes for hours at a time, if they are to really master their instrument.

“If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.”
W.E. Hickson

Lead        Encourage      Aspire      Respect      Nurture

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your help to make this term a successful one and to keep COVID-19 away as much as possible.  We are very grateful for your support in what has been a difficult year for all.  We have loved having all of the pupils back in school and have been able to provide a calm learning environment with high pupil engagement, a reflection of the efforts at home to support your child’s learning and wellbeing throughout this period, despite the challenges we have all faced. 

Within school we are enjoying the build up to Christmas, trying to continue with our traditional Christmas activities in a COVID-19 friendly manner.  As normal, the pupils are maintaining their academic learning as during this year more than ever, we all appreciate how precious the time in school is and how important it is for the future of our children.

Throughout terms 1 and 2 we have been engaging all of our pupils in a Covid safe, broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum. When the children first returned in September we conducted a baseline assessment to allow all staff to plan learning from the children’s start points as many of them we had not seen for several months. Recently we have conducted further summative assessments to see where we need to drive pupils next term in relation to their progress across the term. I am pleased to inform you that all the children have worked really hard throughout the autumn terms and are making good progress.

With the analysis of the information that we now have we are in the process of putting together some ‘catch-up’ work for those who need it. This work will begin during term 3 and will continue up until the end of the academic year. For some children, in some year groups, this work will be conducted during the normal school day but for others this may also represent some additional learning at school outside of the normal hours of the school day. Further information will be issued, relating to ‘catch-up’, at the start of next term.

I would certainly encourage all parents and carers to continue with the practice of listening to your child read at home. Reading is the most important skill that children need to learn in primary school, as without this necessary skill they will struggle to access the curriculum independently. We are continuing to run our reading for pleasure afternoons, on a fortnightly basis, which the children thoroughly love. Encouraging your children to pick up a book and read at home, on a regular basis, will significantly improve their ability to read fluently and gain a greater understanding of the vocabulary used in context. When listening to your children read it is also important to engage with the text by asking questions at appropriate moments to gauge their understanding. As their knowledge of vocabulary increases so to will their interest in the books they are reading.

Outside Activity and Learning

Ventilation within school has been maintained at a high level as part of our COVID-19 safety measures.  Pupils spend time outside as much as possible, whatever the weather, and this is having a positive effect on pupil’s physical health and mental wellbeing.  Pupils are more alert in class so the extra layers are worth it!

Having a class PE day has ensured that time (or clothing) is not lost changing and great fun has been had on the field in all weathers.  Class PE day will continue into term 3, with pupils coming to school in their PE kit.

We are extremely grateful to FOS who have supported the repair of our outside forest shelter.  The rotten decking boards have been replaced, when it was discovered that further work was also needed on the base structure.  This has been carried out and the roof made watertight and extended.  The work was delayed due to a shortage of supplies but all is now finished and able to be used by the pupils, providing a valuable outside learning space and shelter during break times.

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Thank you to everyone who supported Down Syndrome Awareness Day and sent their child into school in non-school uniform.  A fantastic £245.49 was raised on the day and will be sent to the following two charities: Wouldn’t Change a Thing and Cotswold Downs Syndrome Group.

Governing Board

The Governing Board of the school has continued with their normal meeting schedule alongside additional meetings relating to the pandemic.  As in many other areas of life, these meetings have moved online.  We are very grateful to our group of governors who support the school in a voluntary capacity.  Details of our Governing Board can be found on the school website.

Remembrance Day 

Remembrance Day fell during lock down so plans were tailored to fit in with the latest guidelines.   All classes participated in a thought-provoking online assembly led by the Revd Dana Delap.  They had chance to remember and reflect on those that have fought and lost their lives for our freedom and had a moment of silence.  Class 1 discussed this topic at length and created a tuff tray poppy to help them remember the key phrase.

Class 2 visited the war memorial later in the term for a sketching session.  Class members were also able to share information, photos and memorabilia from family members who had served in the armed forces.

 

Collective worship

We continue with our online collective worship and assemblies.  These are delivered by Mr Pudifoot, staff members or Revd Dana Delap.  Collective worship has been focused on the value of Trust this term.  Pupils have looked at different Bible stories that relate to Trust.  This week we have looked at Mary and Joseph with the theme of ‘waiting’ also threaded in to the worship session.  We have discovered how Hezekial trusted God, another week we heard about David and Goliath.  Our value next term, after Christmas, will be perseverance.  As we continue to cope with the challenges brought by this pandemic, perseverance in life, whatever challenges may come our way, is an important skill for the pupils to learn which will help them on their academic journey.  We look forward to the Biblical stories that we can share that demonstrate this.

Christingle Services

We are a Church of England school and therefore enjoy strong links to our local church in Blockley, St Peter’s and St Paul’s.  We have been able to share with you details of the Living Advent Calendar that the Church are running.  A new window in the village will be illuminated on each day of advent and stay illuminated in the evening until 6th January.  We have strong links with the church and are normally able to visit the church for class group interactive, teaching sessions with members of the church community, alongside school worship for festivals such as Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.  This year we are really pleased that we will be able to visit the church for separate class bubble Christingle services.  Children will visit the church on Tuesday or Wednesday next week (15th, 16th December 2020), in their individual class bubbles.  Each class has a time slot and will be joined by a socially distanced Revd Dana Delap to lead the Christingle Service.  Currently protocol means that each child will not receive a Christingle but they will have a class Christingle and instructions can be found online to make these at home and explain their meaning.

Save the Children

Save the Children have a yearly Christmas Jumper day which we always support as a school.  This year is no different in that respect!  Pupils and staff are encouraged to come to school in their Christmas Jumper – homemade additions to a normal jumper are fine with a suggested donation of £1 to be dropped into the collecting buckets at the entrance gates on the day (Wednesday 16th December).  We look forward to seeing a vast array of jumpers and fully entering into the Christmas spirit.  Christmas jumpers need to be worn on top of normal school uniform (PE kit for Class 4).

Christmas Lunch

On Christmas Jumper day we will also be enjoying our Christmas lunch.  Normally this would involve the whole school, pupils and staff sitting down to eat a Christmas meal together with much help from FOS.  However, we will have to run things differently this year to ensure pupils remain in their class bubbles.  Nevertheless, the pupils and the adults in their bubbles will sit down together in a decorated hall with their own cracker (suitably quarantined beforehand).  Thank you to FOS for the crackers and decorations.   Unless you have already contacted school to state that your child wishes to have a jacket potato, vegetarian or bring a packed lunch, then all pupils will have a Christmas turkey meal with chocolate brownie.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas is operating this year under COVID-19 rules and will still be able to make a visit to school on the afternoon of 16th December.  He will fly in and take a walk around the outside of the building so that he will be able to say hello to each class bubble through their open exterior door.  He may even be able to deliver a sack of previously quarantined presents!

Class 1 have been writing Christmas letters to Father Christmas and were able to take a walk to the post box to deliver them this week.

Class parties

Each class is planning their own class bubble party, complete with party food. Pupils can wear party clothes to school, if they wish, instead of school uniform.  However please ensure that these are still warm and suitable for outside play and activities on the school field. 

Class 1   Friday 18th           Wear warm party clothes to school (break times on the school field)

Class 2   Friday 18th          Wear warm party clothes to school

Class 3   Thursday 17th     Wear warm party clothes to school (suited to the outdoors)

Class 4   Thursday 17th     Wear warm party clothes to school

Class 5   Thursday 17th     Wear warm party clothes to school

Christmas Film

As part of the festivities each class will also have the opportunity to watch a Christmas film in their class group during the final week.  A sweet treat will be on offer during the film.  Class 5 are looking forward to watching ‘A Christmas Carol’ as they are reading this book in class.

Nativity and Carol Service

The nativity is a much-anticipated event of the year and a key milestone in the development of KS1 and Reception pupils as it allows the children a chance to perform in front of an audience, which provides the opportunity to develop their speaking, listening and acting skills.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to put on a performance which Blockley has become known for, however, Class 1 and Class 2 have been very busy practising and performing within their class bubble.  Class 1 completed a nativity and Class 2 sang carols.  These events were recorded for Class 1 and Class 2 parents.  We are really proud of how well all the children learned their lines and words and have performed them, despite some nerves! 

PE

Please can all children come to school in their PE clothes on their normal PE day next week (with the exception of Class 5 who have their party on Thursday).  Class 4 can bring an additional sweatshirt into school if they wish to change out of their Christmas Jumper for PE.

Class 5 wear warm party clothes on Thursday 17th.

Foodbank

This Christmas we are pleased to be able to support our local food bank. We have been informed that Christmas specific items would be appreciated – sweets, chocolates, cake, mince pies, puddings. A collection box will be located on the steps of St George’s Hall on Friday 18th December. Items will need to be left by 9.30am.

Gingerbread Trail

FOS, with the help of the community, have created a Festive Gingerbread Trail and Prize Draw which runs from 12th December until 2nd January 2020.  Further details can be found on the FOS page of the school website.  It is a fantastic activity to be able to do with the children over the festive period.

 

 

 

End of Term

Term finishes on Friday 18th December. 

Classes 1 and 2 – School ends at 2pm – please collect your children promptly.

Classes 3, 4 and 5 – School ends at 2.10pm – please collect your children promptly.

There is no After School Care on Friday 18th December.

COVID-19

If your child test’s positive for COVID-19 over the Christmas period please forward your child’s test result to head@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk stating when they started to show symptoms.   

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope you manage to have an enjoyable break.  We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Tuesday 5th January.  Class bubbles entrance gates, staggered start and end times will remain the same.

With festive good wishes

Blockley School Staff

Trust is a really important value. It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them.
Talk together about:
• people who you know that are trustworthy
• practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy
• why it is important to be able to trust others when working together as a team

Trust

Trust

“Trusting someone is like knowing you can jump and they will be there to catch you” Anon

Lead                     Encourage           Aspire                  Respect                Nurture

Thank you for all of your support over this first term.  We have all had to adapt to a number of changes in our lives, and cope with various challenges. We are extremely grateful that your children are arriving at school on time and are ready to learn.  The pupils have settled in well and demonstrate children’s adaptability by adjusting to new routines and procedures; indeed, these are now second nature.  We are all benefiting from the fresh air – spending time outside is a real positive in such a beautiful location.  Even the fresh air in the classrooms is keeping us more alert: staff and pupils alike!

Welcome

Once again, at the beginning of the school year, it is a joy to welcome a new reception group into the school.  We are all very proud of how quickly and confidently they have settled into our Blockley School community. Additionally, we have welcomed a number of pupils into other year groups and they have also made themselves part of our family very quickly.

Learning

Pupils are enjoying learning with their peers once again; collaborative learning broadens children’s thinking as they encounter others’ ideas and different approaches  As per the Government guidelines, pupils’ desks are in rows, but unlike their Victorian counterparts, they are benefiting from the wealth of electronic images and practical resources that enhance many lessons. It is wonderful to be able to offer the full breadth of the curriculum now pupils are back in school and to hear the happy, busy buzz of growing brains!

Assemblies

Although in a slightly different format , we are continuing with our school assemblies either on the field or using Teams(similar to Zoom).  On Mondays, the focus has been on the term’s value: thankfulness. We certainly have a great deal to be thankful for and we recognise that expressing gratitude develops positive mindsets. On Fridays we have continued with Merit Assembly celebrating achievements from all classes and enjoying applauding those who we cannot mix with directly. On Monday 19th October, we celebrated how difference enriches our lives. The breadth and diversity of humans is truly wonderful. Each of us is unique and something special to offer the world. This encompasses those who are disabled including those with Down’s Syndrome. On Friday, we raised money for two Down’s Syndrome charities by wearing bright clothes – Wouldn’t Change a Thing and the Cotswold Down’s Syndrome Group. It certainly made us all feel sunny despite the miserable weather. A very big thank you to the Peach family for organising this event which included guess how many or the weight of the jar of sweets.

Next term, our value will be ‘Trust’; to be a trustworthy person is a quality that we want to encourage all of our community to aspire to.

Harvest Festival

Thanks to dry weather, we were able to hold our Harvest Festival this year in a socially distanced manner by staying in our classroom bubbles on the school field.  With a PA system, Revd Dana Delap lead our harvest assembly; these occasions take on an even greater significance at the moment when being together can no longer be taken for granted. Following the theme of the assembly, we had bulbs kindly donated to the school and pupils have been able to plant these on the school field.  We look forward to a colourful display during spring.

Remembrance Service

We are looking forward to Revd Dana Delap leading our Remembrance Service on Wednesday 11th November hopefully on the school field.  

Outside Classroom

The outside decking area in the forest school area has now been repaired.  We had to wait for the decking boards to be delivered as stock replenishment and supply had been delayed due to lock down.  These finally arrived and have been fitted to the repaired base.  With concrete base posts under the structure, the longevity of the structure has been extended.  It remains for the roofing felt to be fitted to finish the structure and provide a valuable outside learning space.  Many thanks to all who have provided financial support through FOS to enable this work to be completed.  The contractors are due to come into school to finish the structure during the first week of Term 2 – weather and supplies permitting.

PE clothing – Wreal Sports

With the requirement for pupils to come in their PE kit one day a week, and the need for warm clothing as the weather gets colder, we have managed to link with a local supplier for a warmer PE kit.  If your child needs new PE items then please visit their website: 

https://wrealsports.co.uk/shop/my-school/blockley-c-of-e/

You can also order items through their shop at Bourton-on-the-Water.

Warm Clothing

In line with Government guidelines, school remains well ventilated.  It is therefore important that your child attends school in their school uniform with additional thermal layers underneath as suggested in previous communications. If possible, coats should be saved for out of doors times rather than being an ‘indoor layer’. This is even more important on wet days when coats need to dry off during lesson times.

Staff

We welcome two new members of staff to our team, Mrs Walker and Mrs Farrell, who are both providing support in school for part of the week.  We also say a fond farewell to Mrs Etheridge who has been a wonderful support across the school during 2020.

Governors

Mrs Hilary Thornburgh, our previous Chair of Governors, has finished her time as a Governor.  She remains a Member of the Academy (members are the custodians of the governance of the trust) and we thank her for many hours of service and support to the school, as well as the ongoing support she continues to provide.

Mrs Christine Moor has been elected by the Governors as our Chair of Governors for 2020-2021.  Mr Mark Chappell has been elected as our Vice-Chair of Governors.  The members have also appointed a new Governor to the board, Mr Roger Morris.  We thank all of those involved in the Governance of our school, a voluntary role.

Parents Evening

Thank you for working with us to ensure our first virtual staff/parent meetings have been able to take place.  We have managed to meet parents via Zoom or speak on the phone.  These times are a valuable opportunity to update you on how your child is settling back into school; their behaviours for learning; behaviour in general and learning and progress. Communicating takes on an even greater importance at the moment and we appreciate it when you inform us of any situations that might impact upon your child. Please do speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.

Dinner Menu – Term 2

Our school dinner menu for Term 2 will remain the same, we will start back on Week 1 using the current menu. 

No Nuts in School

To protect children in school with allergies, please do not send your children to school with any nuts or nut products for lunch or snack time.  Healthy snacks can be provided for break time, Reception and Key Stage 1 children have the opportunity to have a free piece of fruit/vegetable in school as part of the government scheme.

FOS

The FOS quiz went well on Friday 16th October and the winners were members of the wider community.  Better luck next time to parents and staff! FOS are holding the online Spooky Disco on the last evening of Term 1.  All the proceeds are going towards the outside classroom area.  Thank you, once again FOS for the support you give to the school. A big thank you to FOS is also needed for organising the creation of some wonderful Christmas cards designs in school which have now been sent home along with the details for ordering.

COVID19

Thank you for following the government guidelines with reference to any COVID-19 symptoms your child may show.  The guidance is listed below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

On the school website you can find the Gloucestershire county council risk assessment policy that we have adopted and personalised. https://blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/GCC-COVID-19-Risk-Assessment_Blockley-School_18-09-2020.pdf

Collection and Drop Off

We work very hard to ensure that your children are as safe as possible at school, following the latest government guidelines.  Please help ensure that we keep everyone safe by following the guidelines when dropping off and collecting your children: maintain social distancing (2 metres or more) and do not gather in groups larger than 6.  If you are able to move away from the area as soon as  possible, we will keep the risk level as low as we can. Thank you.

We hope you all enjoy the break, well-earned for children and staff!  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday November 3rd (Monday is an INSET day for staff).

Value

Service

Jesus was called the ‘servant king’; his mission was to serve God and to serve all those people he met, through his teaching, his example and the way he led his life.  Who are the unsung heroes who serve us?
• at school
• at home
• in our clubs
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• in your clubs

Thought of the Day

“There is more happiness in giving than receiving”
The words of Jesus recorded in Acts 20.35 – The Good News Bible

Upcoming Events

Contact us

Blockley C of E Primary School

Park Road
Blockley
Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 9BY

01386 700 567

admin@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk

New Parents - see School Life, Prospective Parents for more information or call 01386 700567. Children, if you don't feel safe call Childline 08001111 or click 'online SOS' below for more information.