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Generous people often say that they receive much more than they give. Perhaps this is because when someone is generous to us, it makes us want to be generous in return. The opposite of being generous is being selfish. What kind of person would you prefer to have as a friend?

Generosity

When we think about generosity we usually think about being generous with money or possessions. However, we can also be generous with our time, our gifts and our abilities.

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to let you all know that being involved in your children’s education over the past 5 years at Blockley Primary has been an enormous pleasure and a real privilege. They are all a wonderful group of children which I’m sure you are all very proud. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the school along with the Governing Body and working with the children and staff on a daily basis. There are many things that I will miss including the children’s bright beaming smiles as they enter the school every day, their funny stories they tell you and the varied and unusual questions they ask. You will all remain with me as fond memories. I would also like to thank everyone for their kind words of appreciation, the lovely cards and your wonderful gifts.

During the past 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions the children have all shown us how adaptable and resilient they were to abrupt and continuous changes. These skills will support their lifelong learning development both now and into the future. The lack of normal continuous face to face schooling has undoubtedly caused issues for children both academically and socially. Originally the assumption from Government and the DfE was that when children returned to school last September they would ‘catch-up’ within this academic year but as the year progressed it became increasingly obvious that the children would actually need a lot more than one disrupted year and so all schools are in a recovery period which will last throughout the coming academic year, 2021-22.

Protocols inside school will still include regular hand washing by all staff, children and visitors, well ventilated classrooms, offices and hall, along with enhanced cleaning of touch surfaces on a twice daily basis. These measures are remaining in place to try and reduce the spread of infections in the autumn when children return to school. These DfE guidelines are due to be updated on the 16th August 2021 and if there are any changes then we will inform all parents and carers prior to re-opening on 6th September.

The school Governors have worked tirelessly to ensure that the school has the best leadership possible and this has been achieved by having an interim executive head in place ready for September. Mrs Barry from Temple Guiting Primary school will be the executive headteacher. Mrs Barry has been a colleague of mine within the North Cotswolds Headteachers cluster for the past four years and I can assure everyone that she does come very highly recommended and I am certain that she will be a huge asset to the school which will go from strength to strength in the future.

I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe and enjoyable summer break where you all can relax, rest and spend time with family and friends once again.

With kindest regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

 

Term 6

With restrictions easing this term we have been able to participate in many enrichment activities which has been enjoyed by staff and pupils alike! 

Class 1

Following on from their stay and play sessions afterschool, and with so many birthday party opportunities missed in the past 18 months, the pupils in Class 1 were able to enjoy a special treat on Monday with a Class 1 party complete with bouncy castle! 

Class 2

Linked to their seaside topic with a wealth of cross curricula opportunities, Class 2 were able to visit the Cotswold Water Park.  Armed with buckets and spades they created fantastic sand structures and enjoyed a cool off in the water.

Back in class they incorporated their knowledge of the day to create seaside pictures with a variety of materials, including paint, sand and glue.

Class 3

Class 3 had a wonderful day at Greystones Farm, Bourton on the Water earlier this month.   The children learnt how the history of this site stretches back 6,000 years to the Neolithic period and has strong links to the Iron Age.  The children took part in activities which helped them gain a better understanding as to how Iron Age settlers would have lived on this site and how they relied on nature in order to survive.  The children imagined they needed to make repairs to the walls of the roundhouse by making a section of a wattle and daub fence, getting very muddy in the process! They ground grain using a saddle stone and a quern stone to make flour, using some of this to make bread cakes which were cooked over an open fire. Class 3 were able to practise their bush-craft skills at creating a spark using a flint and steel in order to start a fire.  The children played games to help them understand the benefits of farming animals as opposed to needing to hunt them and how this enabled Iron Age people to create settlements.  A fun day was had by all and the children were complemented by Ros, our activity leader on their good manners and behaviour.  Well done and thank you Class 3!

Class 4

World War One had been studied by Class 4 last term so they started off the term with a visit to The Soldiers of Gloucester museum.  They were privileged to have the venue to themselves and enjoyed an interactive session and a trail through the galleries.  They gained deeper understanding of the time through handling real objects from the First World War, learning about ‘joining up’, going to War, being a soldier on the frontline, and how the lives of those left behind at home were affected.  They spent time in the Regimental Boardroom – a very atmospheric space, previously used as Regimental Headquarters.

Class 5

With Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, at Mary Arden’s Farm, Class 5 had Shakespeare brought to life through an all-day workshop that explored the major themes of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, in a fun and interactive way. They worked as an ensemble and in small groups to devise and perform scenes from the play and stage an abridged performance using original text, movement and music.  Understanding of the text was gained in a fun and inspiring way.

Following this workshop, the year 6 pupils were able to put their skills to the test during their leaver’s assembly.

Year 6 Leavers

Despite the COVID restrictions the year 6 pupils were able to enjoy a variety of end of primary school events to remember.

Leavers Service

This year the leavers were able to share in a year 6 service from Gloucestershire Cathedral with many other primary schools in an online version.  They were part of the event as prayers were written and submitted beforehand. 

Adventure Day

Class 5 were able to enjoy a day of adventure at Far Peaks.  The day comprised of a circus of activities: climbing walls, bouldering, low ropes and indoor caving all led by Far Peaks instructors.  The pupils all excelled by challenging themselves, learning new skills and confidence in their ability.

Blockley Church

Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to think about moving on in a fun and interactive way with games in the churchyard, a time to talk about the future and information to reflect on afterwards.

Leavers Lunch

The weather was kind for our leavers lunch when the year 6 pupils chose the menu and had a school takeaway al fresco!

Leavers Assembly

On an equally fine day, the leavers performed their assembly outside to a restricted group of parents, remaining in permitted numbers.  A memorable occasion when they received end of leaver mementoes and were able to obtain messages from staff and pupils to remember Blockley School by.

Camp In

In a fantastically decorated hall, thanks to FOS, year 6 pupils had a night to remember.  Games on the field, pizza, ice cream van, an early morning walk and a cooked breakfast.  A wonderful end to a different year!

Blockley Church

All pupils were able to visit church for an end of year service in their class bubbles this week.  The Revd Canon Dana Delap took each class through the parable of The Lost Sheep.  Class 5 were able to demonstrate their signing of The Lord’s Prayer.

Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition

A total of 804 children entered from 15 Primary and 17 Secondary schools so competition was again fierce this year.  Four children from the school entered the competition of which three were successful in having their photographs selected for display: Lilie – ‘Sweet Magnolia’; Thea – ‘A Passage Through Time’ and Perdy – ‘New Beginnings’.  Well done to you all.  Thanks also go to Seb for entering his photograph, ‘Busy Bee’.   Selected entries from both primary and secondary schools can be viewed on Cheltenham Camera Club’s website https://cheltenhamcameraclub.uk/gyp/

Sports Day

It was wonderful to be able to bring all the pupils together on the field (in their class bubble groups) to have a day of sporting fun.  The weather held (nearly) and there was a fantastic atmosphere to the day with all pupils supporting each other to achieve their best.

Sporting achievements

Two of our pupils, Harry and Christo were involved in tennis tournaments this summer.  They took part in the Gloucestershire 8U Summer National League representing Moreton Aces, with the team winning the tournament and Christo winning all of his matches.  Well done!

Mr Jones would love to hear about your sporting achievements outside of school, so please email the details through for celebration in September as well as throughout the year.

Lunchtime Busy Bee Boxes

Thank you to FOS for providing the break/lunch time busy bee boxes.  The Busy Bee boxes were kindly organised and funded by FOS following a request from the SENDCO. They have created some very exciting activities for children to use during break/lunch times if they prefer doing something quieter. The boxes are filled with fantastic things including: masks and Harry Potter glasses, board games, quizzes, colouring activities, Top Trumps, brain teasers, etc.  They have been a great success and the pupils love them!

FOS

Thank you to all those who volunteer with FOS to support our school.  Despite the restrictions they have continued to fundraise and support events in school.  Your work is appreciated. 

Peripatetic Music

If restrictions allow we are looking forward to welcoming our peripatetic music teachers back into school in the new academic year.  We currently are able to give pupils the opportunity to learn the violin, woodwind instruments and brass instruments, if there is enough interest from pupils.  These lessons are organised directly with the peripatetic music teacher as a private arrangement and are charged for accordingly.  If your child is interested in playing an instrument, please get in touch with the school office and we can put you in touch with the appropriate teacher. 

Volunteers in School

We are also hoping to be able to welcome volunteers back into school.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact the school office with your availability and what you would be willing to help with.  Please be aware that all volunteers in school are subject to the appropriate safeguarding checks and identity verification.

Uniform

We have a school uniform based on the school colours of Royal blue and white.  Details of our uniform can be found on the school website

https://blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk/school-life/uniform/

Through necessity, during and following lock down, when items were harder to purchase, we have overlooked some clothing which doesn’t fit in with our school uniform.  However, in September we expect all pupils to attend school in appropriate school uniform.  This is all listed on our website and available through our suppliers.  Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed smartly and ready to LEARN – Lead, Encourage, Aspire, Respect and Nurture.

Leavers

We wish Mr Pudifoot well in his retirement, Ms Davies all the best as she moves onto pastures new and thank them for their time at Blockley School.

We also wish our year 6 leavers all the best at their secondary schools.

Term Dates

We currently have an INSET day booked for November, please be aware that this may be subject to change.  This will be confirmed in September.

September 2021

Once Government guidance is updated we will be in touch to inform parents of the drop off and collection arrangements for September. 

We look forward to welcoming all pupils back into school 6th September 2021 rested and ready!

Have a wonderful summer.

Blockley School Staff

 

‘I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God’.  In a court of law a witness swears an oath on the Bible or another sacred text, but sometimes in everyday life people find it more difficult to be truthful.

Talk together about occasions when complete honesty could cause trouble or be hurtful. For example:
• When a member of your family asks you if you like their new shoes
• When telling the truth will get your friend into trouble
• When someone asks what you are thinking but the answer would hurt their feelings

Truthfulness

“To be truthful with others, you must first be truthful with yourself”
Anon

We are looking forward to the prospect of a slightly sunnier week and the chance to enjoy some time relaxing with the opportunity to meet with family and friends once again.  We have enjoyed having the pupils in school for the whole of the term enabling some really interesting topic based, cross curricula learning to take place.  Our value of service has been clearly demonstrated by a number of our pupils this term with some being awarded Merit Certificates in school for their noticeable service to others.  As indicated by the recent communication in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, schools are required to maintain their bubble system and COVID safety measures so pupils will return after half term with the same practices in place, staggered start/end times and classes separated.

We will welcome pupils back into school on 7th June.

Class 1

Class 1 have had a very busy term learning all about Space. We loved learning about Mae .C. Jemison and even sent her a tweet to ask about her time in Space.

We have also been very busy learning about Plants and Growing, this term we had 5 caterpillars to look after, 3 of them turned into beautiful Red Painted Butterflies and when we released them they flew straight into the flower bush to watch our P.E.

We would like to thank the parents of Blockley for all the donations of toys and clothes we have received, we very much appreciate it.

 

 

 

Class 2

Class 2 pupils and staff have been busy growing their sunflower seeds, with some thriving more than others which is providing a valuable learning opportunity.  Growth has been measured and the conditions needed for our plant’s survival discussed.  Well done for all your efforts and we can’t wait to see the flowers, however tall they are.

Pupils have been busy designing a fruit/vegetable salad which they are going to try and recreate over the holiday.  We hope they are tasty and we are looking forward to hearing about the finished product.

Class 3

We have been studying electricity this term with the opportunity to create our own circuits, considering what conducts electricity and how a switch works.

The human body has been another topic, looking at our body parts, how we function and what we need to survive.  We have been able to use our bodies to good effect through our PE sessions when we have been learning to play Rounders.

Class 4

Class Four have had a busy and productive term. Our history topic of World War One has been an emotional rollercoaster with the children exploring a range of sources including photographs, video footage and letters from the front line.

We have furthered our knowledge of the topic through the story War Horse and are looking forward to a visit to a local war museum in the new term.

This term the children in Class Four also took part in the KNex challenge. Our winners were Noelia and Mali (both Y4 pupils). The girls are looking forward to creating a piece of work to be judged in the regional finals next term.

Class 5

Class 5 – as ever – has been very busy and engaged with a breadth of learning. Much of this term’s learning has centered around the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the African American Civil Rights Movement. As part of our learning, we have discovered that not only was Bristol very involved in the trade triangle but its influence was as close as Bourton-on-the-Hill and Lower Slaughter with connections to plantations on Caribbean islands.

Class 5 are very proud of two of its members: Imogen and Solomon, who, following their success earlier in the year in the Primary Mathematics Challenge, recently entered the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. This challenge was open to pupils up to Year 9. Those attaining a very high score have been invited to enter the ultimate challenge competition. We wish both mathematical wizards the best of luck in June!

Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition

Thank you to Sebastian, Lilie, Thea and Perdy for representing the school in this year’s Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition.  The Winning entries, and any other photographs selected by the judges, will be shown at a Virtual Awards Ceremony, on Friday, 18th June. Good luck to you all!

NSPCC – Number Day

The whole school had a wonderful curriculum enrichment day on Friday 7th June raising money for the NSPCC by participating in their Number Day. We all dressed up in our number-themed outfits and enjoyed many fun practical maths activities linked with Raymond Briggs wonderful Jim and the Beanstalk.

Thank you for your donations.  We were really pleased that we were able to donate £199.66.

School Photographs

If you wish to order leavers or class photographs please do not forget to place your order with the photographers.

Walk to School Week

The car park was quieter during our Walk to School Week, so it was very evident that pupils were making a big effort to walk to school, even if they did not live locally.  Thank you for your support. 

Bikeability

Year 6 pupils are able to participate in Bikeability training sessions after the holiday.  This gives them the opportunity to learn to be safe on the road and navigate hazards appropriately. 

Day Visits

We are looking forward to being able to take the pupils on educational day visits next term as the restrictions have lifted for these events.  We will keep you informed regarding the places that each class hopes to visit.

COVID 19 – Contact tracing

As during previous holidays, we are being asked to ‘contact trace’ for Covid-19 cases. Therefore, if your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 while in school or afterschool on Friday, Saturday, Sunday then please follow the government guidance, self-isolate, book a Covid-19 PCR test and inform Mr Pudifoot 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.

Have a wonderful week and we will see you on Monday 7th June.

Blockley School Staff

“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

Value

Generosity

When we think about generosity we usually think about being generous with money or possessions. However, we can also be generous with our time, our gifts and our abilities.

Thought of the Day

Generous people often say that they receive much more than they give. Perhaps this is because when someone is generous to us, it makes us want to be generous in return. The opposite of being generous is being selfish. What kind of person would you prefer to have as a friend?

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