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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

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

Class 1

Class 1 have had a really busy term and have finally finished upgrading the outside area. The children have enjoyed lots of outside activities this term and have been to a farm, on a local walk and been to the British Motor Museum. We have spent lots of time looking at the different materials around us and conducting experiments to discover how materials change. Reception have also spent time looking after some tiny caterpillars which arrived towards the end of term and we all look forward to releasing them when they have turned into red painted butterflies. 

Class 2

This term Class 2 had a virtual tour of The Cheltenham Synagogue. We discussed what Jewish people did at the Synagogue and what its important features were. A big thank you to Mrs Silverston for giving up her time to speak to the class. We really enjoyed it. 

Class 3

Class 3 have been studying settlements in Geography, and they were able to visit Meon Vale, located between Mickleton and Stratford upon Avon to carry out field work to enhance their Geography skills.  The purpose of this trip was for children to identify features of a new settlement, and the amenities found in a new settlement to allow it to be self-contained. Furthermore, Meon Vale has an interesting history as a re-purposed Military of Defence unit, once housing Polish refugees after the war.

They have been studying how Christians celebrate Easter and were able to walk to Blockley church to speak with Revd Craig Bishop and Mrs Todd, the youth worker, to learn more about this.

Class 4

Class 4 continued their Space theme with a visit to the National Space Centre.  They have also been studying the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, the story of the African-American Women who helped win the Space Race and hope to watch the film at the end of the term!

Class 5

Class 5 have read the book Once by Morris Gleitzman, about a Polish, Jewish boy named Felix whose parent believe that they have saved him by placing him in a Catholic orphanage. The story is one based on hope but touches on the Holocaust.  They have studied the second world war, and how the Nazis rose to power.  As part of this work they were able to visit the Polish graves in Blockley and establish why they are there and the local connections with Poland and WWII.

World Book Day

Thank you for all the amazing costumes and for supporting the school to foster a love of reading.  According to the World Book Day literature Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. 

The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.  This love of reading is something that we wish to embed in the children at Blockley School so please continue to take time to read with your children, listen to them read and demonstrate reading for pleasure to them.

Class 1 visit to the motor museum

In Science this term class 1 have been learning about Everyday Materials. To help further the children’s learning and interest in this area they visited The British Motor Museum. They took part in two workshops during the day and had time to explore the history of cars. The first session was an interactive movement and materials session with a tour on the 1923 bus and a special bus driver. The second session in the afternoon involved handling of different objects.

 

 

Year 5 Science Day

Year 5 attended Kingham Hill School ‘Glorious Gases’ Science Day.  Pupils had a wonderful lunch and then participated in various 35-minute sessions based around the theme of gases. They took part in  biology, physics and chemistry based experiments which gave the pupils a taste of subjects they may not have experienced before.

The pupils had a fantastic educational experience and were a credit to the school.  The feedback from Kingham Hill says it all!  ‘We loved having Blockley with us on Friday.  The children are so well behaved and enthusiastic.  It made it fun for all of us!’

 

Daylesford Farm Visit

The whole school, in class groups, visited Daylesford, an organic farm, situated in the Evenlode valley. As well as grazing pasture for herds of cattle and sheep, there are large areas of native woodland and a 30-acre market garden growing organic fruit and vegetables. The walk was tailored to each group and passed through farmland, woods and along the river. Pupils saw several types of trees and flowers, farm animals and the opportunity to see other wildlife – although most animals heard us coming and hid beforehand!  Each walk was tailored to the learning objectives of the class group and we were blessed with wonderful weather on the day!

Diatom Dave

We had an action-packed day with Diatom Dave, watching and participating in a variety of thrilling experiments watching chemical and physical reactions.  Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of science that is harder to demonstrate in a Primary School without a dedicated science laboratory.  Thanks to FOS for supporting the Science Week and allowing each child to witness the potential of science!

FOS Fund Raising

Thank you for all the work that the FOS group do to support the school.  The money raised has made a great difference to the events that have been able to take place in school this term.  From supporting Science Week to subsidizing school visits by funding coaches, the money raised and support offered makes a real difference to the experiences that we can offer the pupils. It was wonderful to be able to welcome the FOS meeting group back into school for a committee meeting and we look forward to welcoming more volunteers back into school next term.

The recent FOS sponsored £20.22 in 2022 fundraising event was a great success, thank you to all that participated.  Perdy made a real effort and completed a 20.22km bike ride raising a considerable amount of money through her hard work.

Food Bank Friday

We are continuing with our monthly sessions to support the North Cotswold Food Bank on the first Friday of every month.  Thank you to FOS for collecting and delivering the items to the food bank.

The items are very gratefully received as the following email testifies:

On behalf of the Trustees and all the Volunteers of the North Cotswold Foodbank, I would like to thank Blockley School for another extremely generous food donation received recently.

You may be interested to know that your donation weighed in at a fantastic 111.02kg!

As reported nationally, we are currently seeing a drop in donations to the Foodbank, probably due to the price rises in fuel and food etc which are affecting everybody, as well as those who are struggling.  So we are especially grateful for your support of the Foodbank at this time in helping us to keep our store well stocked in order to help those who are being hit the hardest.

Without your generosity, we would not be able to offer this help, so thank you for your wonderful support and kindness – it is very much appreciated and it really does make a difference to so many lives.

World Down Syndrome Day

Dear Mrs Ann Barry, All Staff and to all the pupils of Blockley Primary School,

Firstly we, as the Peach family, would like to say a massive thank you to each and everyone of you on behalf of Wouldn’t Change A Thing & Cotswold Down Syndrome Group for helping to raise money for these wonderful charities.

What a busy day! World Down Syndrome Day has shown how the community have embraced diversity and inclusion for all. Blockley Primary school has done amazingly today raising £367.28 through donations and with the Cake sale.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Summer (School Council) for her wonderful suggestion on the cake sale and a thank you to Cora, Rafe and Sofiya for helping to sell them, you did an amazing job, and another thank you to Miss Hebden for all your help organising activities and assemblies within the school.

A big thank you to each and everyone of you that have worn odd socks today, donated cakes and made cash donations.

Thank you again to everyone.

The Peach Family

Youth Speaks

Well done to Toby and Charlie for representing Blockley School so fantastically in the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.  Both pupils talked very eloquently on the topic of ‘Freedom’ and what it meant for them.  Really interesting and a great skill to be able to speak so confidently in front of an audience. 

Panathalon

A group of eight pupils representing Blockley School at the North Cotswold’s Panathalon event held at Chipping Campden School.  The children participated in a range of indoor sporting activities alongside children from other local primary schools.  They came 4th and were each presented with a medal. Some children said that it was the best day that they had ever had!

National Space Museum

Class 4 visited the National Space Centre in Leicester as part of their topic work on Earth and Space.  They discovered six galleries, including the iconic Racket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. 

Clean and Green

Cotswold Clean and Green team visited school to talk to pupils about the importance of looking after their local environment, in particular not littering.  They are running a district wide poster competition to emphasise this point and will pick 4 winning entries.  Entries need to be in school by Monday 16th May for shortlisting.

The competition is open to any pupil that would like to participate

The poster needs to be

  • A4 size
  • Have an anti-littering reference e.g. ‘put your litter in the bin’ or something similar, the more creative the better!
  • Be colourful/ imaginative

The winning posters will be printed and distributed around the district and will be posted on the council social media.

Good luck!

RE Day

The whole school participated in an RE day on 5th April.  With the theme of major festivals each classroom was devoted to a particular religion and pupils moved around the school to gain an insight into the relevant meanings, food and customs of the religious festivals.  In class 5 pupils learnt about Sikhism and how the Guru Hargobind enabled 52 Rajas to be released from prison.  When pupils entered class 4 they looked at Christmas and Easter in the Christian calendar – including some Easter chocolate!   The class 3 space was devoted to Hinduism and Diwali, with pupils entering class 2 studying Islam – Ramadan.  In class 3 pupils were able to create seder plates as they learnt about Judaism.

School Meals

We are really excited to announce that our school cook Andrea will be returning from maternity leave on 9th May so we will once again be able to cook meals on site.  She is really looking forward to seeing all the pupils again, meeting some new faces and being able to provide that in person, site specific service.  We are all looking forward to welcoming her back!

Music

We are able to offer peripatetic music lessons during the school day if your child wishes to play a musical instrument.  The arrangement is made directly between the teacher and the parents and costs vary.  Currently the woodwind teacher visits weekly and brass lessons are starting after Easter.  There is also the opportunity for a classical guitar teacher to visit Blockley if there is enough interest.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in your child learning an instrument.

Covid

As the country is now in the phase of living with the virus and testing is not freely available we will no longer be sending out ParentPay messages to inform parents that pupils/staff have tested positive.  We are asking parents and staff to follow the latest government guidelines relating to Covid  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19

When children and young people with symptoms should stay at home and when they can return to education

Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.

All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result

It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.

Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Easter

We hope you will be able to join us for our Easter Service in church at 9.20am on Thursday 7th April, for our Egg Shackling on the field from 2pm and watch Class 1 and 2 Easter Bonnet parade at 2.45pm.

We wish you all a healthy and happy Easter and we welcome pupils back to school on Monday 25th April.

 

 

 

Forgiveness

Without forgiveness there is no future…. If you can forgive, then you can move on and even help the person you are forgiving to become a better person”


Desmond Tutu

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of being human. Sometimes our mistakes hurt others and then we need to say sorry. Sometimes mistakes made by other people hurt us. When this happens we need to be able to forgive.  Forgiveness can be difficult and costly but without it a new start is impossible.
Talk together about:
• A time when you needed to say sorry
• A time you didn’t say sorry but wish you had
• A time when you had to forgive someone who had hurt or upset you
• How it feels when you are given a new start because someone has forgiven you

Class 1

Class 1 have enjoyed learning about Toys this term as part of their History and Science lessons. They have conducted lots of experiments and discovered what the best material to use for a broken umbrella might be. As well as this they have learnt about the toys their grandparents and parents used to play with and how they differ from the toys they have today. We have also enjoyed a Science STEM morning making rockets this term and found it really exciting to see how high and how far we can throw them. 

Class 2

Along with the rest of the school, Class 2 celebrated Safer Internet Day where we thought about how to stay safe and be respectful online. Pupils completed quiz’s, considered how to stay safe when online and who they could turn to for help.  They created fun recipes for respectful relationships with online peers and if they play online games, how to do this safely.

Please visit the NSPCC website for further information on how to help keep your child safe online. 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

 

Class 3

In Class 3, we have been studying the early civilization of Ancient Egypt.  We have learned so much and linked this topic with our Art and English and we have really enjoyed learning all about it! We have been busy finding out about where Egypt is in the world and how long ago ancient Egypt was, what the landscape was like and how it impacted people’s lives, what their way of life was like, burial traditions, and the significance of pyramids. 

In Art, we looked at papyrus paper and hieroglyphics. We even made our own version of papyrus paper and drew Egyptian-style pictures on them! We then looked at a cartouche and learned that this is a nameplate for wealthy Egyptians, which had their name on in hieroglyphics.  After studying what our own name would look like, we then made a cartouche out of clay and carved in our hieroglyphics for our name. Although we did still have to initial these with the English alphabet, just to be sure on whose was whose! 

Throughout the topic they the pupils have been able to look at the Egyptian resources loaned to the class by the Wilson Museum in Cheltenham.

The final aspect of the topic was planned to be the making of Egyptian bread on Friday!

Class 4

Class Four have had a spacetastic term! We are still in the middle of our science topic of Earth and Space, during which we have explored our solar system in depth. Children have worked with friends to research and plan their own posters about a chosen planet. We cannot wait to further enhance our learning with a visit to the National Space Centre and a workshop visit from Diatom Dave next term.

In Art, the children in Class Four have been analysing and evaluating famous artwork by Andy Warhol and creating their own PopArt pieces. Photographs of our finished pieces will be shared on Twitter soon!

Class 5

Class 5 enjoyed a day with the American Museum of Bath’s outreach team.  They participated in a range of activities linked to their geography topic: North America.  The day’s activities were based around a road trip across USA which included an interactive learning session, an object handling session with drawing, a craft session and a reflective session looking at the values of Native (north) American indigenous groups and recent inspirational people using the feathered headdress as a leadership symbol.

This week they were able to begin carving their totem pole designs in soap – keep an eye on Twitter for their creations!

Twitter

We are now able to keep you up to date with what is happening in school through our Twitter account.  The feed is live on the school website so please have a look to see what pupils have been doing in school.  Please follow us to keep informed.

Bulletin

To further enhance communication, rather than a long bulletin at the end of the term we are planning to send out more regular short newsletters.  For diary dates please keep an eye on the website.

NSCPP Number Day

We all enjoyed dressing up for Number Day with creative maths themed clothes, numbers, shapes and symbols.  Thank you to all who supported their children with outfits.  We managed to raise a fantastic £227.12 which will go to supporting the work of the NSPCC.  Some of the work they are currently doing in school relates to its Speak out Stay safe programme to help children understand what abuse is and what to do if they are scared or worried. For more details please see their website:

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/services/speak-out-stay-safe

RE timeline

This week pupils have been able to gain a deeper understanding of the chronological order of events listed in the Old Testament. In separate class groups they were able to go into the hall and view a timeline of events, helping pupils to be able to remember visually the order and context of Bible stories they are taught. 

Food Bank Friday

Thank you to all those that have been supporting Food Bank Friday every month.  We continue to receive generous donations and this time were able to send over 83.84kg of goods.  The North Cotswold Foodbank is getting busier each year and they feed many local families who have found themselves in desperate need.  The majority of the clients are low-income, working families and they are all deeply grateful that others would consider them at a very difficult time in their lives.  

Sharing Assembly

Parents with slightly older children will remember school before Covid when we had regular assemblies that parents could attend.  These were an opportunity for the children to showcase their work in class, give them an opportunity to gain confidence in standing in front of their peers and family and speaking to an audience.  We are sure you will agree that these are important aspects of a child’s education, in addition to being a fun and rewarding opportunity for parents and pupils!  Covid guidance allowing, we intend to introduce these events back into the diary.  Please keep an eye on ParentPay messages and dates on the website for when these will be scheduled.  We will try to give as much advance notice as possible as we are aware that some parents will need to book time off work.

PSA

Our Parent Support Advisor, Mrs Baker, is available in school every Friday morning.  She is able to offer friendly, confidential and non-judgemental support and advice on family and school matters.  She can be contacted on tb.willersey.gloucs.sch.uk to arrange an appointment.

The school dog, Margot, also comes into school every Friday with Mrs Baker.  She has been trained to work with children and has been chosen for her temperament and hypoallergenic coat.

Attendance

To enable pupils to fulfil their potential pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education.  Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.  Equally, starting the school day after their peers due to late arrival is disruptive for the individual and the class group. 

We will therefore be asking parents to provide a reason for late arrival by completing the late book.  We also ask for parents to ensure that holidays are not booked during term time and pupils attend school regularly if they are well enough to do so (following the latest Government Covid guidance). 

Parent Governor

A vacancy for a parent governor exists on the governing board.  The governing board has a vital role to play in maintaining school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.  Please consider volunteering for this role.  Further details and nomination forms will be issued at the start of term 4.

PE staff

We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Mr Jones as he moves on from Blockley School to a new role in a secondary school and thank him for the many years of service here.

We are excited to announce that we have engaged Mr G Stotesbury to start at the beginning of term 4.  Some pupils have already met Mr Stotesbury as he has completed induction days in school, shadowing Mr Jones and getting to know the pupils.  We are sure he will be an asset to the team and we look forward to welcoming him.

Knex Challenge

Blockley School takes part in the Gloucestershire Knex Challenge, competing against other schools.  This event is for pupils in Class 4.  The first part of the competition took place on Thursday with pairs of pupils competing against each other for a place in the final.  Well done to Lottie and Pola who won a place in the final. Covid restrictions permitting this will be held offsite with Renishaw engineers judging the entries, alternatively a virtual final will be held.  Good luck to the pupils with their designs! 

School Council

Our school council meet regularly with representatives from each class putting ideas forward for ways to make improvements to the school.  Following their suggestions we are reinstating Huff and Puff activities for lunchtime that had to be removed at the start of Covid.  We have also been able to purchase a new basket ball net for lunchtime games.  The School Council will also be fundraising for World Down Syndrome Day on Monday 21st March and further details regarding this will be out in due course.

 

Class 1 visit

Class 1 are looking forward to visiting the British Motor Museum on 8th March.  In Science this term they have been learning about Everyday Materials. At the museum they will take part in two workshops during the day and have time to explore the history of cars. The first session will be an interactive movement and materials session with a tour on the 1923 bus and a special bus driver. The second session in the afternoon will involve handling of different objects.

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March 2022

Children will be invited to dress as their favourite book characters for the day and will receive a £1 National Book Token.

Science Day – Friday 18th March 2022

A whole school celebration of the sciences taking place at the end of British Science Week. Workshops will take place in each class and children are invited to dress up (science themed).

Down Syndrome Day – Monday 21st March

We are looking forward to supporting Down Syndrome charities on Down Syndrome Day.  The school council will help lead activities to support this important cause.  Get ready to dress up!

Term 4

We will welcome all pupils back to school on Monday 28th February and are excited about the enrichment activities planned for the rest of the year that will enhance the learning for all pupils.  In addition, we are looking forward to including the family in your child’s learning journey through the regular newsletters, Twitter feed and, Covid permitting, open days and drop in sessions where you can see your child in school.  We are looking forward to working with you in Term 4.  Have a very happy holiday and a good rest. 

Blockley C of E Primary School

We are learning this term about the importance of treating others with respect even if we sometimes do not agree with the way they behave or the things they say. We have also been thinking about how we should treat the things that belong to us and to other people respectfully.
• Think of some practical ways that you show respect to each other in your family.
• Often we show respect to someone by the way we speak to them. What does this mean in practice?
• Do you treat one another’s possessions with respect? What does this mean in practice?

Respect

Respect

“Respect – to get it you must give it”
Anon

Dear Parents/Carers,

I can hardly believe we are approaching the end of the Christmas term already, it seems to have flown by. The Nativity performance was a joy and we are so glad you will be able to share it with your family together in the comfort of your own home – why not get some popcorn and hot chocolate to make it a real Christmas event? The Christmas services at church have been such a wonderful time to think about the Christmas story – a huge thank you to Dana for arranging each class to have it’s own service to keep our children safe.

We are very hopeful that we will return in January to normal school life but we will have to watch and wait to see what unfolds over the next few weeks. We will keep you informed of any changes over the holidays. Please do LFT your children on Tuesday 4th evening so we can start school as clear as possible of Covid.

We want to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and hope that 2022 will be a wonderful year for us all- we have so much to look forward to in the coming months.

Class News

Class 1

Class 1 have had a really busy term learning all about their senses in Science, their favourite activity was tasting different flavours of yoghurt! In English Reception have been lucky to have two Zoom Author visits and we have now found out how great we are as illustrators.

A HUGE well done to the whole of KS1 for their Nativity performance, we as staff are very proud of the effort and performances made by all.

We are also really proud of how well behaved the children were on our visit to Smart Trees, so well behaved that Santa have us each a present and let us ride in his special trailer!

Class 2

The class 2 children have made wind chimes in the forest. They have also been writing some wonderful weather poems.

Class 3

Class 3 have been learning about Scotland in geography. They spent time researching The Highlands and then wrote their own leaflets.

We have also just finished our science week and conducted lots of experiments and learned lots about forces and magnets.

Class 4

Class Four have had a particularly creative term.

We finished our recent art project – oil paintings in the style of Henri Rousseau. Apologies to everyone involved with washing the jumpers (and the children) that have come home green – I promise we did wear aprons!

These pieces took a lot of time and effort but we are very pleased with the results. They will come home when they eventually dry!

In the last two weeks of term, we turned our thoughts to design technology. The topic seasonal food leant itself perfectly to the designing, making and boxing of Christmas truffles. We hope that some made it home to be shared – no promises though!

       

Class 5

This term, Class 5 have really been immersing themselves into the Ancient Greek civilisation and how it has influenced our lives today. We have compared the city states of Sparta and Athens and argued which we would have preferred to have been born into. Constantly, we have been surprised by how many of our words originated from Greek as well as our alphabet. Greek mathematicians seem to have discovered an awful lot about mathematics such as prime numbers. There have been many opportunities to experience first-hand democracy including voting for our school council representatives. In art and design we have learnt about ancient Greek pottery and copied their patterns and designs; we have also studied their architecture and begun to recognise its influence on architecture in Blockley and beyond. In design and technology, we have made and painted our own pots and then designed and made bespoke packaging. Finally, we have written and published our own Heracles-inspired Greek myths!

Residential

Pupils in years 4 and 5 went to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Royal Forest of Dean on the annual residential in November.  They had a brilliant time and took part in crate stacking, wall climbing, team games, night walk, tunneling, low ropes, and archery.

School Council

Classes have voted for their new school council reps this year.

Class 1 Phinn and Summer

Class 2 Annabel and Rafe

Class 3 Martha and Harry

Class 4 Cora and Lottie

Class 5 Alana and Toby

They will be organising a fundraising event in the next term to raise money for outdoor seating for welly changing at playtimes.  Other exciting suggestions and events to come in the New Year.

FOS

Thanks to FOS for all their support this year.  You have all done amazingly fundraising in such challenging circumstances.  Many events could not run without the support of FOS.  Thank you.

Remembrance

Pupils were able to learn about the importance of Remembrance Day with a river of poppies.  They also had the opportunity to represent the school at the church service.

Christmas Service

Each class enjoyed a tailored session at church where the Bible story of the birth of Jesus was retold in a thoughtful and reflective way.

Covid update

We continually monitor the national and local picture with respect to Covid and follow the national and local advice accordingly.  Staff and governors keep our risk assessment and management plan under review. We are pleased to say that pupils off with Covid number less than 3%.

Attendance

We have been issued with the following guidance:

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. The shielding programme has now ended and people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are no longer advised to shield. Continued absence on the basis of previous shielding guidance should be marked as unauthorised, unless there is written confirmation from an individual’s health professional advising of a requirement for additional precautions.

Governors

We are pleased to inform you that we have two new governors on our governing board.  Mr D Graham joins the board elected unopposed as a parent governor.  Ms M Swain joins the board as a foundation governor, appointed by the Diocese.  Thanks to both for giving up their time to support the school in this important strategic role.

Remote Learning

All pupils in school have an Office 365 Teams account and will have received their log in.  If a pupil has to self-isolate at home due to government guidance, work will be uploaded onto Teams by Monday morning for that week.  Use your log in to access this work.  Please contact the school office if you encounter any difficulty with this.

Twitter

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a school Twitter account.  This will be a way of ensuring the school community is fully involved in school life which is especially hard during this time of Covid.  We plan to upload photos and news so that all can see what is happening in school but understand that some parents may not want the image of their child shared in this way.  Further details and permission regarding this will be sent out in due course.

Car Park

St George’s Hall car park is not part of the school and therefore school has no jurisdiction over it’s use.  However, we do want all to remain safe while dropping off and picking up your children.  Can we therefore remind all drivers to drive sensibly when in the village and entering/exiting the car park.  Equally please ensure all children are safely escorted across the car park to help prevent an accident from occurring.  Many thanks.

Food in School

Please can we remind everyone not to send your child to school with nuts or nut bars in their snack/lunch bag.  This is to keep those with allergies safe.  Many thanks for your help.

End of term

A reminder that school finishes earlier on Friday 17th and there is no After School Care.  Please can all pupils in classes 1 and 2 be collected at 2pm.  Pupils in classes 3, 4 and 5 need to be collected at 2.10pm.

HAF/HAP Programme

Gloucestershire County Council continue to run the HAF and HAP programme.  Detail of this are below.  Some of these activities are open to Free School Meal pupils only, others are open to all.  They ask that all participants keep up to date with the latest Government Covid guidance and follow it accordingly. 

There is just one more week for families to book their HAF/HAP activities. For more information and to book, they can visit   https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/haf/

Emergency Closure

Should the school need to close for any reason (including snow, flood etc) this will be listed on the Gloucestershire Closed Schools website.  We will also endeavor to send out a ParentPay message and place the information on the school website.

https://closures.gloucestershire.gov.uk/

Term 3

We are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Wednesday 5th January (4th is an INSET day for staff only).  At the time of writing we are expecting school to function as it has since September, at the start of term 3.  The school gates will open at 8.40am for pupils to enter and close at 8.50am.  All pupils can enter in either gate.  If government guidance alters relating to attendance at school, you will be informed via a ParentPay message. 

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Blockley School Staff

Courage

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to overcome that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

Being courageous can mean different things to different people. For example, one person may think it easy to speak in front of a large audience, whilst another would need to find lots of courage to do this. Everyone faces challenges from time to time, and we have to find courage to overcome them.
Talk together about:
• The different challenges that each family member faces
• Who or what helps us find courage?
• Is there someone that we admire because of the courage that they have shown?

Dear parents/carers,

What an amazing term we have had. It seems to have flown by and now we find ourselves at half term. Thank you for all the lovely warm welcome conversations I have had with you at drop off and pick up. I feel as if I am now starting to put names to faces and connect up different family members. The staff have made me feel very welcome and we are working together as a team moving the school forward in this new phase. I want to thank the staff for their incredible hard work and dedication this term, whatever I have asked them to do they have done willingly for the good of your children and the school community as a whole. It has been a very busy term but with a lot of learning and laughter. I hope you have a wonderful half term break and we all come back ready for the next term and the lead up to Christmas.

Partnership update – We had a very positive first review meeting with the Governors of Temple Guiting earlier this week. We all feel that it has been a positive partnership so far and we are looking forward to working together more closely as schools now that I have become a little more established in my role as Executive Headteacher at both schools. It has been a steep learning curve and I have so much more to learn but we all feel this is a positive step forward. If you have any questions or comments please do contact the Chair of Governors or myself and we will endeavor to answer your queries.

Covid Update

We have been able to carry out and plan for many larger gatherings and whole school assemblies this term, with the lower infection rates at the start of term and the easing of government restrictions.  We have planned for similar events next term, however we are aware of the national and local picture, in relation to rising Covid cases, so will keep these events under review and follow the national and local authority advice at the time.  We will review our Covid risk assessment after half term, once new school guidance is issued.

Class 1

Class 1 have been super busy learning about the seaside and how it has changed over time. We have also spent a lot of time getting to know each other and exploring the classroom. It has been lovely spending time with the reception children this term in the morning and getting to know all their interests as well as their personalities, which they have plenty of! Next term we are looking forward to performing our Nativity for KS1 parents, work has already begun on songs and costumes!

Class 2

Class 2 have been working really hard, this term, to use their sketching skills to draw St George’s Hall. These drawings took two sessions and positive feedback from their peers to complete.

Class 3

Class three have been exploring how Britain changed from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. 
We went right back to the beginning to when Britain was attached to Europe and learnt about when the Ice Age melted and man came to Britain. We looked at the different stone tools and weapons that were used as well as creating our own paint and making cave like paintings using sticks! 
We also really enjoyed a Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. This Prehistoric workshop was be led by an Archaeologist who helped take us back through time.

The day started with an interactive look at a time line of early human events where we acted out notable events from the development of Humans.

We then learnt about the development of tools and the materials used by early Humans. We then went on a hunt and learnt about some of the animals you may encounter in the Stone Age World.

The middle of the day was spent by the children conducting their own archaeological dig and recording their findings.

Then we looked at the early settlers and places in the world humans have chosen to live. We had a brilliant day and learnt lots of new things as well as consolidated our own learning! 

Class 4

         

Class 5

Class 5 pupils participated in an internet safety morning with Leah Davis Schoolbeat Officer – Cotswolds Gloucestershire Constabulary as part of our Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE).  The lesson was created by the Constabulary in consultation with Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL). The resources are aimed at children and young people to help them learn about the risks they may encounter whilst using the internet and other interactive technology.

Class 5 had a wonderful Forest School afternoon. Following a treasure hunt, they created Andy Goldsworthy-inspired nature collages to represent the creation of the Earth. This was linked to our Religious Education topic investigating whether the Biblical and Scientific explanations of the creation of Earth conflict or complement one another.

In the upper key stage history club, we have been discovering the history of our school and even found a parquet floor under the carpet in Class 5!

Forest School

We have a wonderful Forest School area within our school grounds and we are making the most of this resource with all classes participating in Forest School. 

Reading

The whole school was able to be inspired through the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers at the start of term.  Thought provoking images and words about kindness, the world and how we can all live together caring for the planet and each other.  Great metaphors for life in our school community, particularly as we join back together after time in our Covid classroom bubbles.  It has been wonderful to see the pupils engaging with each other across age groups, with older children setting a good example to the younger members of the school.

We are keen for all our pupils to be able to catch up appropriately and fill any learning gaps that have occurred due to their time away from school created by Covid lock downs.   One of the biggest areas to help your child progress in school is by encouraging their reading.   Please take time to read daily with your child and discuss what they are reading.  It is fantastic if you can talk about books you have read with your children to develop their love of reading.

If you do have some time to spare we would welcome extra volunteer readers in school during the afternoon.  You will have to complete various safeguarding checks, including providing references and undertake a DBS check.  Please contact school if you are interested in volunteering.

Clubs

With the removal of class bubbles it has been lovely to be able to allow mixed clubs to happen again.  Pupils are enjoying the creating fabulous art work, playing games and becoming historians, finding out many interesting facts about the history of Blockley School.  Alongside this pupils are playing football, hockey and netball.

Sport outside school

We have been able to take a group of children to Mickleton Primary School to play interschool netball.  Lovely to mix with a wider group of children and experience another setting.  Brilliant team spirit and supportive playing.  Well done Blockley!

Prayer Space

Revd Cannon Dana Delap, along with Mrs Todd the youth worker, led a quiet time of reflection and contemplation in the Jubilee Centre for all pupils this term.  Pupils were able to participate in practical, thought provoking various activities.  They thought about hope through tying ribbons onto trees, used clay to represent those they were grateful for as well as sharing their concerns and things that they were thankful for. 

Harvest

Thank you to all classes for their participation in our Harvest Festival and contributions to the food bank.  Lovely to have parents/carers joining in with this celebration and remembering how amazing our world is to provide such a fantastic array of produce for us to enjoy and the need to share that with all.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Bank Friday

We are continuing to support the North Cotswold Food Bank with regular collections.  The next collection is at school pick up on 4th November and school drop off on 5th November.  If you have any additional items, or items that you forgot to send for Harvest then please bring them to school on the Thursday or Friday.  This will continue on the first Friday of every month.  Thanks to FOS for transporting the items to the food bank.

Remembrance

School will hold a remembrance time in school where we can help pupils understand the need for peace in our world and for those that have stood up for our county.  In addition, we support the church remembrance service at Blockley Church and will be asking for pupils to represent the school by laying crosses at the memorial during the Remembrance Day Service.

Parents Evening

We have been able to return to face to face parents evening this year, with some restrictions.  We are hoping that all parents will be able to meet with their child’s teacher as we aim for a strong home/school communication as this really helps us know your children and for you to be aware how to support their learning at home.  Thank you for your support in this area.

Car Park

We are mindful that there is the potential for injury to occur in the car park with so many cars and people around.  We therefore ask for your continued vigilance when dropping off and collecting your children.

Uniform

We had to be flexible with uniform last year as we were aware that clothing was harder to obtain for children during lock down and there was a need for extra warm layers with the high levels of ventilation needed in school.  While we continue to keep the classrooms well ventilated they can be warmer and shopping for new items is now possible.  We are therefore requiring all pupils to come to school in appropriate Blockley School uniform.  While not altering our school colours or uniform we have provided further clarity in our uniform requirements (on the school website).  Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have difficulty in providing the correct uniform.  We will be insisting on the correct school uniform going forward as we want all pupils to be proud of being a part of Blockley School, be ready to learn and be on a level with their peers.

PE Kit – a note from Mrs Barry

The PE kit at Blockley is Navy shorts/tracksuit trousers – with no logos or patterns. A navy hoodie or sweatshirt again with no logos or patterns or the royal blue fleece jumper available from My Clothing or Wreal sports.  I realise the PE kit was a little more flexible during Covid last year but PE is a core subject and the children need to be properly kitted out to help them treat PE as a learning session as well as brilliant fun. KS1 staff Mr Jones provides excellent teaching and we want the children to be fully participating in the lessons in the correct kit. The correct kit needs to be worn from straight after half term, if this is an issue please contact me on head@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk

Residential

We are looking forward to year groups 4 and 5 going to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in November.  Pupils will be participating in various activities including camp fire, night hike, archery, introduction to bush craft, climbing wall, crate stack, low ropes, navigation and tunnels.  They will have the sole use of the old vicarage building.

Nativity

Reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils are busy learning songs and words ready for their nativity performance this Christmas.  There production will be The Big Little Nativity and will take place in St George’s Hall on Tuesday 7th December 1.30pm and Wednesday 8th December 6pm.  Tickets will be issued for each performance to ensure that everyone can be seated safely (2 tickets, per family, per performance).  A letter will be sent out with further details nearer the time.

Pantomime

We have a long-standing booking with The Theatre at Chipping Norton to watch Rapunzel.  The whole school will visit the pantomime on 10th December during the school day.  A letter will be sent out nearer the time with more details.

Smart Trees

Class 1 and 2 are looking forward to a visit to Smart Trees to soak up the Christmas atmosphere on 14th December.  A letter will be sent out nearer the time with more details.

Christmas Activities

As we move nearer to Christmas we are hoping to continue with many of our traditional Christmas activities including a Christmas film and perhaps a visit from Father Christmas!

We hope you all have a restful and happy half term.

Blockley School Staff

 

 

Value

Trust

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

Thought of the Day

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

Contact us

Blockley C of E Primary School

Park Road
Blockley
Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 9BY

01386 700 567

admin@blockleyschool.gloucs.sch.uk

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