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Thankfulness

‘Count your blessings’ is an old saying, but it reminds us to be thankful and not take things for granted.

As a family you may like to talk about:

  • Remembering to let other people know when you are thankful
  • Not taking things for granted
  • Practical ways of showing gratitiude
  • How it feels when someone thanks you!

Welcome to a new academic year and a particular welcome to our new reception pupils and those that have started with us further up the school.  We also welcome Mrs Furniss, as our Class five teacher, and Miss Hutt, teaching assistant.  We are all looking forward to an exciting year of new opportunities and traditional Blockley Events.   We are pleased to see all pupils in school with a positive and open outlook to learning following the summer break.  Thank you for your support to ensure your children are coming to school ready to learn.  Thankfulness is our value of the term.  We will be looking at this through our whole school assemblies and asking pupils to focus on not taking things for granted but being thankful and how we can all show our gratitude to others.

We will be showing our gratitude to pupils in school for their good behaviour though our new Golden Time initiative, as explained in more detail below.  In addition to Golden Time activities, Mr Jones commences the year as our ‘Sports Champion’ so he has a range of exciting events planned along with daily activities for all ages and abilities.  We start 2018 with a great deal to be thankful for.

Please find below new information and reminders.

Bulletin

We keep parents/carers informed about events that have happened in school and celebrate successes through our school bulletin.  For those that are new to our school, there are 7 bulletins issued a year.  This one, at the start of the year, followed by one at the end of each term.  These are placed on the school website and an email sent via ParentPay with the relevant link enclosed.  Please keep an eye out for these publications.  Dates of events happening within school are also placed upon our school website with letters regarding these events sent out via ParentPay nearer to the event.

ParentPay

As communications are sent out to parents/carers via ParentPay please could you ensure that your email address is kept up to date with ParentPay.  If you have any difficulties please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  Please remember to keep your account in credit or pay for items immediately. 

School Meals

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals.  From Year 3 pupils are required to pay £2.30 per meal.  Please be aware if your child has moved into Year 3 that you will need to log onto ParentPay and pay for school meals.  We ask that all parents keep their children’s school dinner accounts in credit so that school funds do not have to be redirected to fund lunches. 

Drop-Off Club

Our Drop-Off Club is available for all pupils.  Pupils can be dropped off at the main entrance from 8am onwards.  We ask that pupils are given breakfast before they arrive and they then have the opportunity to participate in crafts and fun activities until they are taken into the playground at 8.40am to be with their peers.  Please pay the £2.50 via ParentPay and book via the sign in sheet in the main foyer.

After School Care

We have After-School Care available for all pupils to stay in school after the end of the school day.  This is split into two sessions, the first until 4.15pm and the second until 5.30pm (or after a school club).  Pupils can stay for one or both sessions.  The Care is located in Class 1, where the pupils can engage in various activities and spend time outside as well as having a healthy snack. This is charged at £4 per pupil per session.  Please book via the sign in sheet located in the main foyer.  Pupils can be collected from the door to the Class 1 corridor located near the Class 4 exit door.

Car Parking

We are lucky that St George’s Hall has a spacious car park.  The school has the use of the hall throughout the school day.  On occasion the hall is booked by other users in the afternoon and the car park is used for their event.   In these instances there can be congestion at the end of the school day.  We understand that many people have to drive to get into school, including the school staff, so car parking can be an issue on these days.  Please can all parents drive slowly with extra caution in the car park and along Park Road where children are walking to and from school.

To try and make the pick up on these days run as smoothly as possible the dates are listed below.  Where possible please car share or park elsewhere in the village and walk to collect your children. 

17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 3rd December, 18th February, 18th March, 15th April, 20th May, 17th June.

Collecting Pupils

School finishes at 3.05pm for Class 1, 2 and at 3.10pm for Class 3, 4, 5.  The school gates will be open from 3pm for you to wait by your child’s classroom.  We ask that dogs are not bought onto the site but please tie them up well away from the school gates.  If you wish your child to be picked up by someone not on your data collection sheet then please let the teacher or school office know before the end of the day.  If this is someone that is not known to the class teachers then we use a password system and the relevant word can be passed onto the office staff/teacher for collection time. 

To aid Year 6 pupils with transition to secondary school we do allow them to walk home on their own if you give written permission for this to take place.

Messages

We value home school engagement and sometimes it is necessary for parents/carers to pass information onto the class teacher regarding their child.  In the first instance we have a message system in the main school entrance foyer.  There are blank message forms for you to complete and a brown message box to file them in.  The messages are collected and taken to the class teacher during the morning.  This is a useful way to let the teacher know changes to who is collecting your child for instance.

Data Collection Sheets and Paperwork

All pupils have been issued with a brown envelope at the start of term containing their data collection sheet and other information.  Please ensure all documents are signed and returned at the earliest opportunity so that we are able to contact you in an emergency.

Golden Time

Golden Time is an exciting initiative that will begin on Friday, 14th September.   It is a whole school, weekly timetabled slot of 30 minutes which rewards good behaviour and celebrates those children who have followed the Golden Rules.  The Golden Rules are displayed in each classroom and are:

  • We are gentle
  • We are kind and helpful
  • We listen
  • We are honest
  • We work hard
  • We look after property

At the beginning of the week, all children start with their full entitlement of golden time. Children who follow the golden rules all week keep their complete allowance.  Should a child choose not to follow a golden rule, they are reminded of the rule, and given a warning.  If they continue with the negative behaviour they lose increments of 10 minutes of their Golden Time.  Children can earn back any lost time by showing that they are following the rule.

The children will be able to choose from eight different activities, details of which will be given in a forthcoming assembly. The children will be asked to sign up to one activity for half a term. This time scale provides sufficient time for children to develop their interest in a particular activity, develop new skills and complete projects.  The activities on offer have been taken from the children’s suggestions and these will change every half term.   

Class 1

The new Reception children have had their initial starter days. All went very well and we are looking forward to a fun term in Class One. Class One parents are reminded to look out for our daily information board which will be outside class 1 at the end of each day.

Please wander down and have a look at the newly painted fence in our EYFS outdoor learning area. It has really brightened things up. Class One children and staff would like to send a big thank you to Dave Miles (Husband of Sharon) who has kindly built us a new table for our outside area which we intend to use as a wet area/mud kitchen.

Key Diary Dates for Class 1

Some advance notice of events happening for parents/carers of pupils in Class 1.

Class 1 Open Mornings

Monday 28th January – 9:00 – 10:00 – Literacy

Tuesday 29th January – 9:00 -10:00 – Numeracy

Information and sign-up sheets will be available nearer the time.

Information Evenings

We are holding two information evenings to inform Parent/Carers of the Maths curriculum, how Maths is taught within school, and how you can help your child at home.  Please keep the date/s free in your diary and attend if possible.

KS2 Maths Information Evening – Monday 29th October 2018 6:30pm

KS1 Maths Information Evening – Tuesday 30th October 6:30pm

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs are due to begin next week.  A letter will follow to allow you to sign your child/ren up for appropriate clubs if they are interested.  Mr Jones will also run lunchtime activities if you child is unable to participate in after school clubs.

Swimming

Pupils in Key Stage 2 participate in swimming lessons offsite at Shipston-on-Stour swimming pool.  For a number of years each class has had a group of 10 lessons.  We are aware that many pupils already have swimming lessons outside of school so we have reformatted the lessons this year to ensure that those who can swim are challenged sufficiently and those who need additional support have time to strengthen their skills.  Initially Classes 3, 4, 5 will all swim for five lessons in a row with  further swimming opportunity for certain pupils being offered later in the year.  Class 5 will start lessons 19th September.  Payment will be made via ParentPay.  Class 3 will swim from 7th November and Class 4 from 16th January.

Sports Champion

Mr Jones, our Sports Champion, will be running activities before school and during lunchtimes to encourage all to engage in fun activities.

His morning timetable for Term 1 is below.  Look out for Mr Jones on the school playground between 8.40am and 8.50am.

Monster Mondays

A really fun way to start the week – fun exercises and games.

Tell me Tuesday

Mr Jones is available to talk to the children/parents/carers about their sporting achievements inside and outside of school.

Work-out Wednesday

A range of high energy activities are available around the playground for children/parents/carers to enjoy.  Follow the instruction cards to complete the activities safely.

Fitness Friday

Fun endurance and high energy activities to be done as a large group led by Mr Jones.

 

For half an hour during lunch time Mr Jones will be encouraging voluntary activities.  The Term 1 lunchtime plan is shown below:

Monday

Tag Games

 

Year 1-2 Football

Tuesday

Circle Games

 

Year 5-6 Football

Wednesday

Tag Rugby

 

Year 3 Football

Thursday

Mindfulness

 

Year 4 Football

Friday

Reception Ball Skills Club

 

Reception Ball Skills Club

 

Dance and Book Workshops

On Friday 5th October we are welcoming a group of professionals into school to work with all classes combining literacy with dance.  All pupils will have the opportunity to investigate a book through dance with class workshops.  Classes 1 and 2 will look at The Gingerbread Man, Classes 3 and 5 are exploring Flat Stanley and Class 4 is studying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  A fun and informative day.  Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school.

Parents Evening

Our first parents evening of the year will take place in October.  10 minute slots will be available between 3.30pm – 6.30pm on Monday 8th October and Tuesday 9th October.  Signing up letters will be issued nearer the time.

Music

We have a range of peripatetic self-employed music teachers who offer lessons to our pupils during the school day.  Woodwind, brass and violin are currently on offer and guitar lessons should be available shortly with a new teacher.  These lessons are offered as a private arrangement between the parents/carers and the music teachers and vary in cost.  If you are interested in your child having lessons please contact the school office.

Friends of the School (FOS)

We have a dedicated group of parents who give a great deal of their time to raise funds for the school to improve your child’s learning opportunities.  Please support their events when they are advertised or join in and offer a helping hand.  They are very friendly and would love the offer of further help and fundraising ideas.  Please contact the Friends of School Chair to find out more:
blockleyfoschair@gmail.com

Weather Station

The weather station, bought through FOS donations is now up and running.  Have a look on the school website front page to see what the weather is like at the moment.  The data collected from this machine will provide real and tangible data for the pupils to deal with and provide information for various areas of the curriculum.  So, thank you FOS!

We have now reached the end of another busy and hectic academic year. Parents and children should now have received their annual reports which I’m sure you will have been pleased to read. Once again we have seen children working tremendously hard. It is wonderful seeing the children achieving their expected outcomes and equally rewarding seeing those who make substantial progress towards them.

During the summer break I’m sure there will be many opportunities to engage the children in family activities and for some a trip away somewhere nice as well. Alongside the enjoyment of play there may well be opportunities to learn at the same time such as playing board games. Making use of our local libraries and signing up for the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ will certainly provide golden opportunities to read for pleasure. A visit to a National Trust property or a museum will certainly help to ‘feed the mind’ and help the children to recognise some of our cultural heritage.

I’m sure that many children would accept the chance to sit at a screen and play electronic games. However, striking a balance between playing on a screen and engaging in a range of other tasks would be ideal. A recent visit by PC Nick Westmacott highlighted some of the issues that the police are experiencing. They are recognising that children in Primary schools are playing games on the internet which are not age appropriate. They are also concerned that some of these games are being played with the safety settings either set to a minimum or turned off altogether. The development of the internet in recent years has been enormous. The potential for it to support learning and improve our lives is also immense. However, as parents we must be very mindful of the hidden dangers which are not obvious to children. The advice from the police is that we should always ensure that children only play age appropriate games, the computer and game settings are secured to ensure that their play is as safe as you can make it. They also advise that all parents monitor what the children are interacting with and insist that they never give any information to another person regarding their name and contact details. We all want our children to be safe and we can do so by applying some of the above mentioned suggestions.

During term 5 our Year 6 and Year 2 pupils were presented with the challenges that are placed upon them for their SATs tests. All of the children gave these tests their full attention and applied themselves to the full. Over the years these tests have become increasingly challenging and are certainly not taken lightly. I would like to say that all the children did their very best and worked extremely hard. In addition to these assessments the Year 1 pupils were tested on their ability to use and apply their knowledge of phonics as one measure of their skill at reading – well done to all the pupils for applying themselves and giving their very best.

Marvellous Music

A fantastic evening of music was held on 23rd May.  Blockley pupils did the school proud performing in front of an enthusiastic audience.  Well done to all those who look part and demonstrated their talents.  The audience were also treated to performances from local musicians giving the pupils something to aspire to.  Thank you to all those who attended.  £120 was raised for Blockley Educational Trust.  This money goes to support local young people with educational grants.

Golden Table

We have spent this term implementing some changes to our lunchtime routine as part of a whole school approach to high standards of behaviour that we expect from our pupils.  The initial target for the lunch hall was ‘We speak quietly to those around us’ with the additional target of lining up calmly ready to leave the hall.  The pupils have really taken this on board and are rewarded with golden tickets from the lunchtime supervisors.  These are then entered into a prize draw, which is drawn during Monday assembly, with the successful pupil being allowed to sit on the Golden Table to eat their lunch at dinner time.  The four chosen pupils are able to invite a friend or member of staff to join them at the Golden Table.  Mr Jones was the lucky individual chosen for the first Golden Table.  In addition to this reward each golden ticket earned by a pupil allows the class to place a ball into their ‘Jar of Good Choices’.  When the class jar is full the whole class group are rewarded with a golden time activity. 

This reward system is ensuring that the noise level in the hall is reduced, lunch time is a calmer experience and therefore more enjoyable for all.

Fly to the Line

A team from Blockley took part in a Fly to the Line competition to design, make and fly a model glider at MOD Kineton.  They had a very successful race day and gained a place in the national finals at RAF Cosford.  While not coming in the top three during the finals they represented the school fantastically.  They also spent time exploring the museum at Cosford and sitting in a glider.

Experience Church

If you were able to visit school during our Open Afternoon you may well have seen the photo display from our visit to Blockley Church for Experience Church.   After a welcome, the children split up into groups run by volunteers from the congregations at Blockley and Bourton on the Hill.  They travelled around the church to see the ’stations’ that had been set up.  These included the font as a place of welcome and commitment where a lot of water was splashed around!   At the alter pupils drew around their hands to symbolize being welcome to share together.   This work is displayed in the main foyer at school.  At the prayer tree pupils learnt about the Lord’s Prayer and wrote their own prayers if they wanted to.  By the pulpit they looked at the Bible and thought about Bible stories. The pupils talked about things that worry them as well as the natural world before making origami twirling birds that flew from the pulpit.  The beautiful stained glass windows also provided reminders for favourite Bible stories.  At the door to the church the pupils met to discuss taking our values out into the world.  The children’s responses include reflections on faith and appreciation for Experience Church.  Thank you to all the pupils and volunteers who witnessed the children’s exemplary behaviour and delightful attitude to the thought provoking work stations.

Sports Day

The weather was perfect for a great day of Sports at the Prince of Wales Stadium for our Sports Day this year.  The pupils showed how talented they are, whether in the traditional sporting sense with some fast runners and powerful jumpers or talents in the wider sense, supporting others and building house teams.   Perseverance and trying your best were demonstrated in abundance.  Well done to all those who took part and thank you to Mr Jones for organising the event.

Living Rainforest

Class 3 have had tropical rainforests as their topic.  This has been linked to many areas of the work that they are completing in class.  As part of this work they went on a visit to the Living Rainforest where the pupils were able to see many rainforest plants and experience the heat and humidity of the rainforest. 

Pirate Party

The pupils in Class 1 have enjoyed a pirate themed term.  They were able to showcase their work including their skills at preparing party food with a pirate themed celebration to which they invited their parents/carers.  The room looked spectacular and the children were really excited to be able to share their work.

They then enjoyed a trip to Birdland at Bourton-on-the-Water where they were able to see parrots and other birdlife.

Batsford Arboretum

Class 2 have studied plants as part of their work this term.  They were able to spend a day at Batsford Arboretum looking at a great variety of plant life and taking part in interactive workshops.

Welcome

We were pleased to welcome the September reception children into school for two afternoons in July.  They were able to spend time as a group to familiarise themselves with the setting and teaching staff. 

All pupils have now had chance to move into the classrooms that they will be in next year.  In larger schools, with 7 or more classrooms, each year group will have an individual class but in smaller schools such as ours, with a 5 classroom situation, year groups have to be mixed.  Differentiated work is set by the teachers according to the ability of the children and their year group to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential.  We were also pleased to welcome Mrs Furniss into school again giving her further opportunity to familiarise herself with the pupils that she will be teaching next year.

Year 6 Leavers

The year 6 leavers have had the opportunity to take part in various leaving events.  They had a leaving service and picnic at the local vicarage, a year 6 party, leavers lunch and will have an assembly as a final ‘goodbye’.  Their leaving events begun with a residential at Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean where pupils had the chance to create lasting memories of their final term at primary school and gain confidence for their move to secondary school.  Activities that they were able to participate in included raft building, bush craft, a night hike, climbing wall, camp fire and games. 

Autumn Residential 2018

The year 4 and 5 groups in November 2018 will be able to attend their own residential at Viney Hill and participate in outdoor activities.  For those who attended last year they will be able to visit again and try out different challenges.

Internet Safety Talk

Our local police constable, PC Nick, visited the school recently to talk to the children about Internet Safety.  He was also able to speak to some of the parents who attended the adult talk to explain about the current online dangers for our children.

Reading Challenge

Reading is always something that we encourage the pupils to participate in and the summer holidays are an ideal time to read with, read to or encourage independent reading.  The local library service visited school to speak to the pupils about their summer reading challenge ‘Mischief Makers’.  Visit your local library to find out more.

RAF 100 Street Party

Miss Overton-Short organised a fantastic street party to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.  Thank you to all the Grandparents that attended and made the day a special occasion with a wonderful atmosphere.  The pupils enjoyed their hot picnic thanks to the catering staff.   A special thank you also goes to the Friends of the School for supporting the event and giving up their time for the school. 

Bikeability

We are looking forward to welcoming the Bikeability trainers into school in September for the Year 6 pupils to learn how to ride their bikes safely on the roads.  This is a national scheme and more details can be found on the Bikeability website.

Ghana

We are excited that we continue to have links to a school in Ghana.  Our pupils have been able to write letters to their contemporaries in Ghana and, in due course, hope to receive letters in reply.  Pupils in Ghana have a very different school experience in terms of resources available to them and love to hear from pupils in England.  We were also able to welcome the Bishop to our school assembly recently.

Forest School

Class 1 are continuing with their popular Forest School sessions.   Recently they have had fun using natural materials to make musical instruments and weaving pirate ship steering wheels.

Other classes have also been using the Forest Area to support their class work, looking at the natural world with quizzes and reflection time.

Sports Champion

Mr Jones will be our Sports Champion for 2018-2019.  Within this role he will be able to champion sports throughout the school, encouraging pupil involvement with activities on the playground during morning and lunch break.  He will continue to run afterschool clubs and encourage all pupils to join in with some sporting activity.  His role will include supporting Mrs White with Forest School as other pupil groups are given the opportunity to engage in Forest School activities.

Dogs

Thank you for not bringing dogs onto the school site.  Could we please ask that they are tied up well away from the school gates to ensure a clear access?  Many thanks for your cooperation. 

Governors

The number of nominations equalled the number of vacancies so our two new governors were elected unopposed.  We are pleased to welcome Mr Sampson and Ms Riberzani to our Governing Body.  They will have a four year term of office and will be registered as Directors of Blockley Educational Academy. 

Saying Farewell

All the staff and governors would like to wish the Year 6 pupils the very best of luck in their secondary schools next year.  We are certain that they will all enjoy all the opportunities that are on offer and will rise to the challenges that are presented to them.

The staff and governors would like to wish Mrs Dodgson-Hatto, Mrs Pettit and Miss Williams the very best of luck in their futures; as a new Headship, as a retiree and a new teaching post respectively. I know that they are all looking forward to the changes that they are embarking upon.

Finally

I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and enjoyable summer holiday with your children. Let us hope that the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities and that farmers and growers will receive a reprieve from the very dry weather of late.

September 2018

We are looking forward to the new term in September.  Following two INSET days for staff only we welcome pupils back to school on Wednesday 5th September.  

May we wish you all a restful summer and we hope you all have an enjoyable break.  We look forward to seeing everyone in September.

Happy Holidays.

Blockley School Staff

Well done to all the year 6 pupils that have completed their SATs exams.  Thank you to the pupils for working so hard and for the support you have given at home.  We hope that they had a well-deserved break this weekend.  Most of the year 2 SATs are also completed and they have also worked very hard.  Other pupils have also completed assessments in class to confirm the teacher’s knowledge about the pupil’s understanding on particular subjects.  This information can then be used to target specific groups with support and consolidate learning during the last term.

We are all looking forward to a busy term 6, with various activities planned and interesting class topics it should be a great end to the school year.  Please do take time to look on the school website for the Programme of Work for each Class to find out what the pupils are learning in school.

Try a New Sport Day

Pupils enjoyed a day of activity and fun last Friday during Try a New Sports Day.  Pupils were in mixed age groups and completed a variety of different sports throughout the day including cheerleading and tennis. 

 

Sunny Days

We are fortunate to be enjoying beautiful weather at the moment enabling the pupils to be outside for break times, PE and some lessons.  We encourage pupils to stick to the Sun Smart message:

S pend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm

M ake sure you never burn

A im to cover up

R emember to take extra care with children

T hen use factor 15+ sunscreen

With this in mind please could you ensure that your child has a sun hat in school and sunscreen should be applied before school.  Sunscreen (labelled with your child’s name) can also be brought into school for them to reapply.

In hot weather we also encourage pupils to drink plenty of water so please send your son/daughter to school with a named water bottle.

Uniform

Could we remind all parents/carers of our uniform policy and ensure that pupils come to school in the correct uniform.  All pupils should have their PE kit in school at all times.  Many thanks.

 

Season

Girls

Boys

Winter

White/blue blouse or polo shirt

White/blue blouse or polo shirt

School sweatshirt or cardigan

School sweatshirt

Sensible black shoes

Sensible black shoes

Navy/grey skirt or trousers

Black/Grey trousers

Socks/navy tights

Socks

Summer

Blue gingham or striped cotton dress

 

Blue gingham blouse

White or blue shirt or polo shirt

Navy long line shorts

Black/Grey trousers/shorts (long line)

White socks

 

Sensible black shoes/sandals with toe

Sensible black shoes/sandals with toe

 

PE Kit

Indoors

White or blue t-shirt

White or blue shorts

White or blue short socks

Swimming trunks/swimsuit and towel

Black plimsolls

(Classes 1, 2 and 3)

Outdoors

Long sleeved sports shirt

(Key Stage 2)

Shorts

Long Sports socks

Non-fashion trainers/football boots

Lunchtime

The school hall can be a very noisy place during lunchtime.  In an effort to reduce the noise and make eating lunch a more pleasant experience for the pupils we are trialing a new lunchtime system.  This will mean that pupils queuing for their cooked meal do not have to wait for as long and pupils leaving the hall can go out to play sooner.  There is also a reward system in place for those that are quiet and polite.  Instead of a whole class entering the hall at once, the pupils are going up in smaller groups meaning that they have less time to wait for their food and more time playing with their peers. 

ParentPay

Many thanks to those who keep their ParentPay accounts in credit.  It is very easy to run up a large debt on the system if your child has school meals daily and attends Before and After School Care.  It is unfair on the pupils if school funds have to be used to cover debts before they are cleared.  Please could you therefore ensure that your ParentPay account is in credit and meals are paid for in advance?  We would really appreciate your help in this area.  If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for Free School Meal Status (from reception to year 6) please apply online through the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Internet Safety

All pupils are taught about internet safety as they use the devices within school.  We also ask that parents/carers enforce internet safety at home.  Information is available on our school website and the local police support the school in offering advice and guidance to pupils.  Class 4 recently watched a performance of the play ‘In the Net’ which informed pupils of internet safety in a child friendly way.  Thanks to Friends of the School who supported this event. 

Pupils will be updated with the latest in internet safety from the local police on 10th July.  There is a talk for parents/carers to be held in St George’s Hall at 2.30pm on 10th July.  This should last for 30 minutes and keep you informed about the latest dangers in the online world.  Please add the date to your diary. 

Fly to the Line

A group of pupils are visiting the MOD in Kineton at the beginning of next term as they qualified for a competition to fly their design of paper aeroplanes.   Good luck for the race!

Experience Church

Pupils will walk down to St Peter and St Paul’s, Blockley, in class groups during the week beginning 11th June.  They will then participate in interactive workstations informing them more about the church.

Class Photographs

The school photographers will be in school on 14th and 15th June to take class photographs.  These will then be available to purchase.

Sports Day

Following the success of last year’s sports day and feedback from pupils after the event we are holding this year’s sports day at the Prince of Wales Stadium.  This will take place on 19th June and letters regarding this will be out this week.  To cater for all pupils and families sports day next year will be in Blockley.

Parking

Many of us have to drive to school and therefore at busy times Park Road outside the school can be very congested.  Please drive carefully and be respectful of the residents who live both on Park Road and along the Landgate and ensure that they retain access to their properties at all times. 

Dates

Please keep an eye on our school website where dates of forthcoming events will be posted.

Gloucestershire Cathedral

Every day during evensong at the Cathedral a particular part of the Diocese is remembered in the prayers.  On Tuesday 12th June it is the turn of Blockley School when the school community will be prayed for.  The service, sung by the Cathedral Choir, starts at 5.30pm and lasts for about 40 minutes. 

We wish you an enjoyable and relaxing half term.  Please remember that school starts for the pupils on Tuesday 5th June.  

Blockley School Staff

 

Open Door Service

An Open Door Service is taking place at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church, Blockley on Sunday 3rd June 2018, 9.30am.  This is an all age service with breakfast.  Please join us, everyone is welcome.

“A good friend is worth their weight in gold.” Anon
That’s a lot of gold! Why do you think that this is such a popular proverb?

The Value for Term 5 is Friendship.

Learning to be a good friend, someone who can be trusted and is loyal, takes a lifetime.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are young, some are old. Some are always there, some we see only occasionally.  Questions we can ask ourselves. 
• How do we choose our friends?
• What makes a good friend?
• Are we a good friend to others?

Dear Parents/Carers,    

Many thanks for your help this term: from coping with the snow and ice to ensure your children are at school; to helping them with sponsorship and dressing up costumes enabling them to fully engage with the activities happening in school; right through to encouraging home reading and learning of times tables and spellings.   A supportive home environment has a big impact on your child’s learning while in school demonstrating the importance of a strong home-school relationship.

Your child will bring home their school report for this term this week so that you can be aware where they currently are with their learning and how you may be able to further support them.  In Term 5 we plan to have another ‘book look’ event where you will be able to come into your child’s classroom and look at the work they have been completing in school.

Bulletin

You may have already noticed that the last few Bulletins have been issued at the end of the term as well as near the end of the month.  This is a deliberate change and in the future there will be a ‘welcome’ bulletin at the beginning of the academic year, followed by a bulletin at the end of each term giving a total of 7 per year.  This will allow us to celebrate all that has occurred during that term and look forward to the events of the following term.

Shoe Boxes

From Operation Christmas Child:

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING GOOD NEWS AND GREAT JOY TO A CHILD LIVING IN BULGARIA!

Your shoebox gift was one of 5,959 sent from Gloucestershire to Bulgaria. In total from the United Kingdom 28,426 were sent to Bulgaria. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions.

▪ Bulgaria has a population of 7.1 million, with 15% under the age of 15

▪ Its per-capita income remains one of the lowest among EU members

 While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the stories below.

  • 4 year old Gabriela received a singing rooster inside her box; the next day this noisy item accompanied her to nursery and brought much joy.
  • Christiana was delighted to receive a set of “Frozen” themed necklaces.
  • At one of the outreach events, there was a little girl who did not have the items she needed to attend school, as her family could not afford them. When she opened her box she was amazed to find everything that was needed for school!

On behalf of the children ‘Thank You’

Paralympic Sport Event – Sports for Schools

During the first week back in school after half term we welcomed Jack Rutter into school.  Jack is a GB Paralympic Footballer and is captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team.  Jack was due to become a professional footballer until an unprovoked assault led to him suffering brain damage.  Jack captained the CP Team at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.  The pupils enjoyed taking part in a sponsored circuit training lead by Jack and enjoyed listening to his inspirational story of his life so far!  A fantastic £1243 was raised, so thank you again for your support.  The school receives new sports equipment with some of the money raised with the rest going to support the Paralympic athletes during their training.

World Book Day

Despite the snow and a shorter day than planed the pupils were able to be inspired by their favourite book and wear clothes appropriate to that character.  Once again the costumes where amazing, especially considering the weather conditions.  A great deal of effort in their creation was apparent and the children, parents (and teachers!) had clearly had some real inspiration.

Reading is a valuable way to support your child at home so please continue to instil this habit by reading together and encouraging independent reading when appropriate.

We hope you also managed to enjoy the snow in the days afterwards.

Sing Up

We joined with schools around the world and took part in Sing Up Day 2018.  Singers from 32 countries, 5 continents and 13 time zones took part this year and we joined them in singing the Sing Up ‘Be the Change’ song, along with thousands of others.  It was a great fun way for all pupils to join together and develop a love of music and even learn to sign songs in a different language.  It was also lovely to see so many parents/carers and grandparents in school completing the activities with their children and seeing how music is delivered at Blockley School.  The benefits of singing have been extensively studied and Academic research consistently reports increased confidence and improved learning outcomes as a direct result of singing regularly.  Regular collective worship and choral assemblies give the pupils in school chance to sing together and learn new songs.  Once again the outfits worm by the pupils and staff ensured everyone entered into the spirit of the day, so thank you again for your support and to Miss Overton-Short, as music subject lead for organising the day.

World War I Drama

As part of an out of school group two of Blockley School pupils, Ari and Alice, had spent time meeting with other pupils from local schools to rehearse a drama based around activities that occurred during World War I.  The drama, designed to commemorate the centenary of the war, was a moving production of Archie Dobson.  Ari and Alice played their parts brilliantly and year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Blockley and surrounding schools came to watch their performance.  They also travelled to other schools in the area to perform to them.

Youth Speaks

Two of our talented Year 6 pupils, Dominic and Sophia, entered the Youth Speaks competition run by the Rotary Club, Chipping Campden.  This year the theme to talk about was ‘lost’.  Both pupils spoke very well in a high calibre field and should be very proud of the way they represented the school.

Poppy Appeal

Every year we take part in the British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Through the selling of poppies and associated items they aim to remember the fallen and support a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need support.  This year the school raised £141.13, with the district raising £7207.92.

Panathlon

A team of 10 pupils were selected to represent Blockley School at the Panathlon Games held this year at Chipping Campden School.  They competed against other local schools in a range of team games and challenges.  Well done to Blockley who achieved a silver medal.  It was great to see the effort and teamwork demonstrated by the pupils.

Sports Relief

Sport, in all forms, continues to be an important part of the curriculum with the aim to develop a love of being active and living healthy.  A full range of sports was on display in the outfits worn on Friday.  All pupils had an active day with a Wake and Shake session in the morning, playtime games organised by Mr Jones, themed assembly and a variety of fun activities in the afternoon.  We hope you enjoyed the obstacle course at the end of the day.  A grand total of £182.59 was raised for Sports Relief.  Thank you to Mr Jones for organising and running the sporting events.

Egyptian Workshop

Class 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term and, to finish off their topic, they were able to take part in an Egyptian writing workshop this week.  They had an interactive assembly to begin their session which provided the inspiration for their story writing workshop.  The author Robin Price delivered the workshop and his graphic novel was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day.  Thank you to the Friends of the School for funding this event.

Easter

The year 5 pupils led the Easter service at church on Tuesday and we are looking forward to a display of Easter bonnets from the reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils later in the week.

Car Park

We realise that many of our children do not live in the village and therefore have to be brought to school via car.  We are fortunate to have the use of St George’s Hall car park at the beginning and end of the school day.  The area can be very busy at drop off and pick up times with vehicles and pedestrians using the area.  To ensure the safety of the pupils can everyone be mindful that there may be children around your vehicle and to take extra care when manoeuvring your car.

Dogs on Site

Could we remind all parents/carers that dogs are not allowed on the school site.  Many thanks.

Looking ahead…

Start of Term 5

Term begins on 16th April and the car park will be busy at the end of the day due to the Fine Art Society, Blockley, using St George’s Hall.

Sharing Assembly

Please see the website for the dates of forthcoming sharing assemblies.

SATS

KS2 SATs will take place during the week beginning 14th May.  KS1 SATs will take place during the month of May.

Marvellous Music

As in previous years the pupils will get a chance to show off their musical talent with an evening of Marvellous Music in term 5.  This is planned for the evening of 23rd May.  Further details will follow.

Sports Day

Save the date!  Tuesday 19th June is our Sports Day.  This year it will be held at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham.  We will send out further information nearer the time.

Residential

Our Year 6 pupils are looking forward to their opportunity to visit Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean following the visits made by Year 4 and 5 pupils last November.  They will have the opportunity to try out new challenges and fun activities.

After very positive feedback from the pupils and staff it is planned that next year’s year 4 pupils will be able to visit Viney Hill in November 2018 for the first time.  The year 5’s will also have the opportunity for a visit in November to try out some different activities and gain more confidence in their ability. 

Our value for next term is Friendship so we wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope that we all are able to return after the break ready to offer the hand of friendship to others.

Blockley School Staff

 

Services at St Peter and St Paul Church, Blockley

Good Friday (30th March): 9.30am, all age service followed by hot cross buns

Easter Sunday (1st April): 6am, first communion of Easter followed by breakfast at the vicarage

Easter Sunday (1st April): 9am, all age Easter parish communion followed by the Easter egg hunt at 10.45am

The value of term 4 is Forgiveness.

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.

“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

Forgiveness

Pupils returned from the Christmas break with a good attitude to learning and have studied hard this term and enjoyed a range of enhanced learning opportunities.  The forthcoming half term break will be an opportunity for pupils to have a well-earned break and return ready to enjoy the range of activities planned for Term 4.

Dear Parents/Carers,

The dusting of snow over school on Tuesday morning this week was a reminder of the Christmas events that took place last year.  Despite the snow in December the pupils still managed to perform a fantastic nativity ‘A midwife crisis’ and ‘well-done’ to the understudies who had to fill in where necessary.  We also managed to enjoy our full range of traditional Christmas activities prior to the holidays including a fabulous Christmas lunch.  Thank you to all the staff and helpers who made this run smoothly and supplied us all with an amazing plateful of food.  Thank you also to the Blockley Picture Playhouse whom gave the pupils a cinema experience of ‘Sing’ including a tasty treat! 

Pupils returned from the Christmas break with a good attitude to learning and have studied hard this term and enjoyed a range of enhanced learning opportunities.  The forthcoming half term break will be an opportunity for pupils to have a well-earned break and return ready to enjoy the range of activities planned for Term 4.

Our value this term is Courage, as Nelson Mandela said ‘“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to overcome that fear’.  We celebrate this value through the awarding of Courage Value Certificates during our weekly sharing assemblies and pupils have the opportunity to write courage prayers for our prayer tree located outside the Head Teacher’s office.

Sharing Assembly

After Friday 9th February, when Class 1 will lead the assembly, all classes have been able to show their parents/carers the work they have been doing at school and demonstrate their talents.  Credit to all of the pupils who spoke with confidence to their peers and adults, a demonstration of our termly value of courage for many who find this a challenge.

Galleries of Justice

Class 5 have the theme of Crime and Punishment for this term.  They are learning about this through the ages as part of their history and cross-curricula work.  As part of this topic they had an enjoyable day out to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.  The inspirational visit used authentic courtrooms, objects and archives to help pupils gain a practical understanding of the law and justice system.

Church Visit

After waiting for a rain storm to clear, Class 1 and 2 walked to church to learn more about the village church and items within it. 

Bikeability

Every year we offer our year 6 pupils the opportunity to complete a cycle training course.  This is administrated by the Department of Transport and is about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 are offered to our Year 6 pupils.  The participating pupils brought their bikes into school and, after having the bikes checked for safety, they were able to complete the course.  The pupils did very well in various weather conditions to pass with flying colours.

As car users, please be mindful of our children on the roads and ensure that you leave the recommended distance of 1.5m when overtaking a cyclist and more when a cyclist is passing a parked car in case a door is opened. 

Dance Competition

Class 2 entered into a local KS1 dance competition at St James, Chipping Campden.  They competed against other local schools and danced a successful independent dance.  All pupils performed brilliantly but weren’t placed this time. 

Bishops Visitor

We enjoyed welcoming our Bishops Visitor, Sue Padfield, to school on Thursday, 1st February.  She was able to look at the lovely displays of pupil work and school values and talk to the Class teachers about the events happening in school, as well as visiting classrooms to see pupils enjoying their learning.

Gym and Dance Day

Pupils enjoyed a day of gym and dance this week.  A great opportunity for some end of term fun linked to many curriculum areas.  Pupils were divided into mixed class groups, giving older pupils a sense of responsibility and an opportunity to help their younger peers.  Sessions relating to Yoga, Line Dancing, Gymnastics and Kangaroo dance intermixed with dance related art and maths puzzles were enjoyed by all – staff and pupils!

Cross-Country

Well done to the 19 pupils who volunteered to run in the North Cotswold Cross County Competition this week.  A cold but sunny day for a lovely run at the Fire College, Moreton-in-Marsh.  Cheered on by parents and staff all did well to complete the course with a place secured for the county finals by Wilf. 

Paralympic Hero Event

We are very excited to be part of a Sport for Schools programme that links Paralympic heroes to schools to inspire pupils to discover and pursue their passions in life.  The pupils have been introduced to our hero this week and will meet them in person on the 22nd February.  They will visit school to talk to the children and lead a fitness circuit.  This will be a sponsored event to raise money for school equipment and for Great British athletes.  Please look out for further details in your child’s bag and on ParentPay.

Dance Festival

KS2 have an opportunity to show their dancing talents at two Dance Festivals in February and March.  The pupils will travel to Cirencester and Cheltenham to demonstrate their skills and compete against other schools.  Thank you to those supporting the pupils in these events on weekday evenings and weekends.

World Book Day

Looking ahead we will participate in World Book Day again this year which is scheduled for 1st March.  We are planning a ‘dressing up day’ and look forward to seeing some fantastic costumes again and inspiring all to read widely.  Reading is a vital part of your child’s education.  Research by the Reading Agency has shown that ‘reading for younger people has been shown to increase knowledge of the self and other people, which can also lead to greater levels of social interaction and increases in social and cultural capital. Other research has shown improvements in imagination, focus and flow, relaxation and mood regulation for those children and young people engaging in more recreational reading.’  Reading can help inspire our young people, give them understanding of the wider world and deepen understanding in all areas of the curriculum.  Parents/carers can provide vital support by encouraging reading at home, with trips to the local library and demonstrating a love of reading themselves through the reading of newspapers and books.

 Inspiration for this year?  World Book Day 2017

Music Sing Day

On the 14th March the school will be participating in a ‘Music Sing Day’.   This will be a themed dressing up day to celebrate music and singing.  Look out for the letter on ParentPay that will give more details.

Healthy School

We promote healthy eating within school at break and lunch times.  KS1 and Reception pupils are provided a fruit or vegetable snack through the Fruit in School Scheme.  If you wish to send your child into school with a snack could you please ensure that this is a healthy snack and not crisps, chocolate or sweets.  We also ask that nuts are avoided due to the risk to pupils with allergies.  We also encourage healthy packed lunches for those not having school dinners, to fuel the afternoons’ learning!

Morning Start time

Can we remind all parents/carers that school opens at 8.40am and pupils line up to enter school at 8.50am.  Please can parent/carers leave the school site at 8.50am to encourage quiet and sensible lining up.  Between 8.40am and 8.50am staff will be on duty in the playground to supervise pupils.  If you need to drop your children off before 8.40am they will need to be booked into Before-School Care.  Please make sure your child arrives to school on time, ready to be registered at 8.55am or you will be required to complete the late book.  Thank you.

Parents evening

It was lovely to welcome parents/carers to school for parents evening on Monday and Tuesday and for staff to share pupils’ achievements and highlight any areas where they may need extra support.   

School Term Dates 2018-2019

Our term dates and Inset days have been set by Governors for 2018-2019.  These are now available on the school website.  Please ensure family holidays are booked during school holidays.  Many thanks.

SATs

Our year 6 pupils are aware that they have their SATs this year.  Amongst the extra-curricular activities they are currently consolidating their learning and gaining familiarity with the style of papers to ensure that the test week runs as smoothly and stress free as possible.  The tests run on during the week 14th-17th May. 

Our KS1 SATs will be administrated to our year 2 pupils throughout the month of May 2018.

Enjoy the February Half Term.

Blockley School Staff

 Class 1 having fun with Forest School activities. 

 The value of the term is Courage.  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.

Courage

Value

Service

Who are the unsung heroes who
serve us?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?

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