Dear Parents and Carers

I am delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to a new academic year. We now have all of our wonderful Reception pupils in full time and they are all settled and getting use to their new environment. In addition to these 19 new Reception children we also have 6 other children in Key Stage 2 who have started Blockley School this academic year. This means that we are starting the school year with 145 pupils on roll.

The school summer holidays are now a distant memory. This year autumn seems to have caught us all by surprise! Cooler temperatures, windy days and a number of wet play times have set a more traditional autumnal scene. Who knows what the remainder of the calendar year will bring us! Class 3 made a lovely autumn display, in the corridor outside their classroom earlier this term, which was full of rich, warm colours.

I am pleased with the sensible and considerate manner in which the children have returned to school. They have returned with the right attitude towards learning and accepting greater responsibility. Both of these traits are essential for the children to understand as they become increasingly more independent as a learner.

We are all very excited by the prospect of a new school year ahead of us. For the children there will be plenty of new knowledge to learn and digest. At the same time new and existing skills will be understood, developed and enhanced. As well as academic progress each child will be developing their ability to socialise through formal classroom settings and more in-formal playground experiences.

Values:

Each term we focus on one individual value which we spend time elaborating upon during collective worship and within class lessons. This term our focus is to understand the value of generosity. We have considered how we can be generous in many different ways including being generous with our comments, consideration and support for each other. The children have access to our values board in school which helps to visualise the meaning of the word.

Prayer Tree:

In the school foyer we have set up a new prayer tree for the children to hang their thoughts and prayers upon. The tree was donated to the school by St Peter and St Paul’s Church in the village. In the short space of time that we have had the tree, we have already received a number of prayers from children who have placed their own words upon the branches. I hope that this is another way that the children can feel supported whilst at school.

Harvest:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining us at the church this year for our Harvest Festival celebrations. The children from the Harvest Club thoroughly enjoyed harvesting Rev. Dana Delap’s vegetable garden this year! Similarly we were very grateful for all the non-perishable food items that parents donated. They have all been sent off to our local food banks to help support those within our wider community.

All of the children worked hard with their songs, artwork, and plays. It was a great occasion for us all to be together, as a school community, to reflect upon all that we have access to in terms of; food variety, quality and quantity. We all need these moments in time to just ‘stop’ and remind ourselves just how lucky we all are to live in a civilised, well organised society that has the potential resources to help and support those in greatest need.

West End Schools:

The whole school enjoyed an inspirational day of dance and drama led by West End in Schools where they learnt about the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, for National Poetry Day.  The pupils enjoyed class workshops before coming today to perform their dances to each other in a whole school assembly.  A great opportunity for inspirational writing – “Twas brillig”!

Tag Rugby:

We have had a very active start to the new school year. Recently we took a team of Year 3/4 to Stow Rugby Club to compete in a festival of tag rugby. With both experienced rugby players and some children completely new to the game it was great to see our team gel and win 5, draw 1 and not lose a single game!

Young Sport Leader Training:

Looking forward we have Helen Pauling from Kingshill School, Cirencester, coming in to work with our year 6 children providing them with young sports leader training. Helen is the Sainsbury School Games organiser for our area so we are very lucky to have her come in and work with our children. She will be teaching them a host of skills including team and leadership skills as well as showing the children how to run sporting events within our school.

Cross Country:

We have both our intra and inter school cross country competitions coming up before half term. All children will compete in a house cross country competition on Wednesday 11th of October.  House points will be awarded to all those who compete. On an individual level year 3/4 and 5/6 children that finish in the top ten will qualify for the school team that will compete in Chipping Campden on Tuesday the 17th of October.

Football Day:

On Wednesday 18th October we will be holding our annual football day, this will involve the children taking part in a skills session and also doing maths and literacy based around the sport of football. We will also be having our football house matches for the older children in the school.

Premier League Primary Stars:

On a football theme you may hear the children come home and talk about Premier League Primary Stars, here is a little more information for you;

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Premier League values underpin everything on offer, encouraging children to:

  • Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals
  • Be inspiring – set a great example to others
  • Be connected –work well with others and in a team
  • Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

Competitions range from national football tournaments, to creative writing and reading challenges for reluctant readers. Our current competition is Premier League Writing Stars – a poetry competition where we are asking pupils to write poems on the theme of resilience.

We are asking the children to take part in this poetry writing competition, they have had a whole assembly about this and should feel inspired to write an amazing poem! We are lucky as a school to have received lots of equipment from the Primary Stars, including 25 Nike Footballs, Bibs, Cones, 4 ‘Pop up’ Goals and even a captains armband! It is an exciting scheme that we are sure will inspire the children.

Race 4 Life:

On Friday the whole school, children, staff and parents all joined together to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Unfortunately everyone knows someone who has suffered with or is recovering from Cancer. It makes sense that we all work together to raise money and support each other in the hope that the medical teams will be able to gain greater control of this complex disease.

It was a joy to see all of our children out in the fresh air being active and promoting the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. With information about health and wellbeing being readily available to us, we should all be fit and well! However, there are many factors which get in the way of us all being able to lead the ideal healthy life style. It is important however, that whenever possible, we all promote the benefits of leading an active healthy life style.

Snacks:

As a Healthy School, which provides high quality healthy lunches, we must remind our children to choose to eat healthily between meals too. Since returning this academic year we have noticed that there is an increasing proportion of pupils which are bringing snacks to school which would not be deemed to be very healthy. We know this because of the high proportion of empty crisp packets and chocolate based wrappers that are forming the litter around the margins of the school. Every day in school we have fresh fruit available for the Reception and KS1 children to enjoy. For this there is no charge and the food is of a healthy nature. May I ask all parents to be very mindful about the snacks that your children bring to school.

Parent’s Evenings:

We have set aside two parent’s evenings for you to come into school and discuss with the class teachers how your child is settling in to their new school year. These parent consultations are for a maximum of 10 minutes only. If you overrun on time it has a knock on effect to all the other timings across the school. Can I please therefore ask that all parents are mindful of the 10 minute allocation and give consideration to other parents. Dates for Parent’s Evenings are; Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October between 3.30 and 6.30pm.

Parking:

Since our return you will have noticed that St George’s Hall car park has had some repairs and maintenance done to the tarmac surface. More ‘T’ markings have been painted and a new gravel pathway has been made. When parking cars next to this pathway please be extra mindful of the children using it. We are very pleased that St George’s Hall Committee have managed to do these jobs to support the school’s safe use of the car parking facilities.

Looking forward:

Height and weight measurements will take place for Reception and Year 6 pupils on Tuesday 10th October by the School Nurse Team. There will be a X-Country trial in school, on Wednesday 11th to select children for the Chipping Campden X-Country race which occurs on Tuesday 17th October. FOS is putting on a Spooky Disco for Key Stage 1 and 2 on Friday 13th October. Class 1 and 2 disco is between 5.30 – 6.15pm and Class 3, 4, 5 is between 6.30 – 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from the School Office during week beginning Monday 9th October. House football matches will take place in school on Wednesday 18th October. On Thursday 19th October individual and sibling photographs will be taken of all pupils during the school day.

FOS AGM:

On Wednesday 18th October at 6.30pm FOS will hold its AGM.  All parents/carers are warmly welcome.  FOS are a wonderful committed group of parents who help raise funds to support your children.  If you would like to be involved, do come along and find out more about what they do.

Catering:

We are pleased to announce that our latest Environmental Health inspection of the school Catering Department awarded the school a 5* rating.  This maintained our rating at the highest level.  

Thanks to the kitchen staff for maintaining their high standards.

Website:

Please can I remind all parents of our school website which contains lots of useful information regarding your child’s education whilst at Blockley Primary School.

www.blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Church Chat

All are most welcome to our Open Door Service, a service for all ages, where all are welcome to eat something, learn something, pray something and sing something.  These take place on the first Sunday of the Month at 9.30am and our next one is on Sunday 5th November when we will be making bells in preparation for the return of Blockley Church Bells.

Following this, on Friday 10th November, we have a service of thanksgiving and dedication for the bells.

On Sunday 12th November Blockley School Children are welcome to join us at 10am for the Church service of Remembrance which concludes at 10.45am at the War Memorial where the children will place crosses.

Revd Dana Delap

Dear Parents and Carers

We have now come to the end of another very busy academic year. It is good to reflect on some of the highlights of the year. Earlier in the year we had a Harvest service in the church and enjoyed a French day with crepes for everyone. Class 4 took part in the K’Nex challenge and FOS put on an exciting Spooky disco for everyone.

During term 2 we had a visit from PC Nick Westmacott who gave talks to pupils in KS1 and KS2 about Internet Safety. Following this there was a Remembrance Service in the church on Sunday 13th November which many of our children attended. Around this time children in years 3 to 6 represented the school at the Chipping Campden cross country event. Class 5 attended a fascinating discussion by a NASA astronaut at Chipping Campden and the whole school enjoyed a hilarious pantomime at Chipping Norton Theatre. After the success of the Christmas Fayre, which the children loved, the highlight was of course the brilliant performances by KS1 of the Nativity. All the children were pleased to have a visit from Santa and the Christmas meal was very special.

From term 3 onwards we have all been treated to an array of sharing assemblies from each class. In early February a group of year 5 and 6 pupils performed beautifully at the Bingham Hall for the Cirencester Dance Festival. In the final week of that term a group of girls and boys from year 5 & 6 attended the annual Fire College cross country race where several Blockley children qualified for the county finals.

In term 4 the children loved dressing up in character for World Book Day. Year 4’s spent an afternoon at St James’ school learning more about Internet safety whilst the Year 5’s spent the day at Kingham Secondary school engaged in a range of science activities and workshops. During this term the school put on a wonderful Marvellous Music evening where a number of children performed perfectly to a packed audience. Two year 6 pupils qualified to attend the Youth Speaks competition at the Baptist church in Chipping Campden with both of them speaking, in public, with great confidence and knowledge. In the run up to Easter all the children got to attend the ‘Experience Easter’ workshops which were organised by Rev Dana Delap at the church. Before we finished the term KS2 pupils put together an interesting Easter Service and everyone loved the Easter bonnet parade by KS1.

 

The month of May consisted of lots of tests which the children engaged well with. Following these a group of children in KS2 went on a fabulous residential trip to London to see the sights! During the final term this year we have enjoyed a range of activities including a visit from the Life Bus. The two main highlights this term were Sports Day and the performances of Joseph. Throughout the whole year children across the school have enjoyed getting involved with Musicate.

New Reception:

Just recently we were very pleased to welcome our September Reception pupils for two taster afternoons. They were all very inquisitive about their new environment and had the chance to meet all their new friends. We are all very much looking forward to receiving them properly again in September.

Sports Day

The decision to hold Sports Day this year at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham was a huge success. All of the staff were delighted by the way all the children embraced this new opportunity. The pupils recognised that this was a special place to hold a Sports Day and all of them rose to the challenge. They thoroughly enjoyed their House parade in front of their parents, waving their flags and displaying their House banners. Their ‘Olympic song’ was sung by all with plenty of gusto at both the start and finish of the event. Every child gave their very best in each event, scoring points for their House team and participating with friends. There were many highlights but one that remains most is that of the youngest pupils engaging in the bean bag races!

The whole day was a great staff team effort centred on the experience and enjoyment for all the children. I am extremely grateful to Mr Jones who, organised, set up and managed the running of the day. He was of course assisted by all the staff that also thoroughly enjoyed the day. I hope that through events such as this we can encourage as many of our young children as possible to take up sporting activities to help maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Finally I must say a big thank you to all the parents who were able to give up their time to come and support this event.

 

 

Joseph Production:

The summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was absolutely spectacular! The children in KS2 put on 3 magnificent performances; two for their parents and one to the whole school. Each performance was amazing with every single member giving their very best. The children’s singing, acting and speaking were brilliant – all were done with confidence and characterisation. Some of the children really did have a great deal of responsibility with large parts to learn and many solo’s to sing. We were all delighted with every single child as they all came together and supported each other to make the whole performance an immense success. At the heart of any show is great direction which Mrs Dodgson-Hatto did with great ease. Other staff that helped to make this work so well included; Miss Overton-Short, Mrs Davies, Miss Alcock, Mrs Dean, Mrs Petit, Mr Jones, Miss Riddle, Mrs Alymore and Mrs Siviter.

Thank you to all the parents for carefully putting costumes together and supporting your children through the rehearsals and the performances. A big thank you also goes to FOS for putting on the refreshments, the one hundred square and lucky dips on both evenings.

 

Fundraiser:

Last Thursday the school organised a fundraising event for all the children to participate in. The money raised was split equally between Diabetes UK, Water Aid and FOS. The fundraising activity was based around the children, organised in their House groups, to collect water from a water trough and then transfer and transport it, in a variety of different containers, to a House water butt in the appropriate colour. The children had to work as a team to manage and efficiently move a total of 320 litres of water. This activity enabled the children to realise that water is very heavy and difficult to transport and that using it sparingly is most important. The school managed to raise £214.22 which will now be split evenly between three very good causes. The House that managed to move the greatest amount of water was Dovedale – well done!

 

Bishop Jacob:

Just this week we were lucky enough to receive a visit from Bishop Jacob from Tamale, in Ghana. The children had prepared a range of questions for the Bishop when they met him on Monday during our school assembly. He was a big hit with all the children as he managed to get them all up singing and dancing!

FOS:

I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Bolam and Mrs Clark for co-Chairing FOS and organising and running events throughout the year to raise funds for the school. I would also like to thank the whole committee for supporting the co-Chairs during this academic year. I hope that FOS will continue to encourage new parents to join the committee when we return to school in September.

Parents:

On behalf of all the staff I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all parents for supporting your children, getting them to school every day on time and for helping them to learn to read at home. We all appreciate that being a parent is a tough job but at the same time it is immensely rewarding. We are all very grateful for the many offers of help that we have received throughout this academic year.

Year 6:

All the staff would like to wish our 25 year 6 children every success in their new secondary schools. I’m sure that they will use all the skills that they have acquired in Blockley to help them develop and go on to learn new and exciting things in the future.  Well done each and every one of you, we are all very proud of your achievements to date.

Website:

Please can I remind all parents of our school website which contains lots of useful information regarding your child’s education whilst at Blockley Primary School.

www.blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk

Summer Holidays:

I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and enjoyable summer holiday when families can be together and enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 5th September, starting at 8.50am, all dressed smartly in their full school uniforms.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

Summer has recently been truly upon us with temperatures soaring into the low 30’s. Thankfully this week the weather has cooled down to a level which is more usual for our country.  It is wonderful to see the crops ripening and the meadows full of wildflowers. That aside we have just 3 weeks left of the academic year with a diary full of events to look forward to.

Sharing Assemblies:

I would just like to mention just how ‘well-crafted’ all of the ‘sharing’ assemblies have been this year. Clearly the children have loved preparing for them and being totally engaged whilst presenting them. They are a wonderful opportunity for children to gain confidence in speaking and performing in front of an audience. This term we have enjoyed watching children in classes 1 and 2 sharing their topics including the seaside! We hope to continue to put these sharing events into next year’s calendar as well.

Life Bus:

We began the term by inviting all the children to attend a session in the Life Bus. The focus for the Bus is to encourage children to learn and understand more about Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) so that they are better equipped to cope with the wider world. The sessions included information about the brain, friendships, the human body, drugs and making informed decisions. The staff involved with the bus are very well trained in dealing with some of the more searching questions related to PSHE that children come up with. Having spoken with both children and staff it would appear that the children got an awful lot out of attending the sessions.

Welcome:

Since the start of this final term we have had two new pupils arrive and they are Dante and Leonardo in classes 3 and 4 respectively. They have both settled in very nicely to their new classes and we hope that they will establish new long lasting friendships as we progress through this term.

Longborough Opera:

We were very lucky to have Longborough Opera attend out school at the start of term to put on several workshops for some of the classes. We are very grateful to them as they brought a wealth of creative talents which they willingly shared with our children.

Oxford University:

Recently we were invited to send three year 6 pupils to a science event at Oxford University. Unfortunately we were not able to take everyone on this occasion but three lucky pupils, drawn from the hat, had the opportunity to spend the day engaged in a range of workshops related to Physics. The three children were Oliver Gill, Olivia Robinson and Seth Daley-Allan.

Phonics Screening:

Every year all year 1 children have to complete an individual Phonics Screening test to assess their knowledge and understanding of phonics. One of the primary ways of learning to read effectively is through a good understanding of Phonics. For most children once they have grasped the use of phonics they can then apply this decoding tool to help decipher most of the vocabulary that they are presented with. Well done to all of our year one pupils who tried so hard with this test.

Summer Production:

Rehearsals for Joseph are now in full swing with songs being practiced and lines being learnt. We are all very excited about the two evening performances for parents on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday the 12th July starting at 6.30pm.

Induction Days:

This week a number of our year 6 children have been to Induction Days in their new schools. This is often a time for these pupils to be both excited and anxious at the same time when they are beginning to get use to the inevitable changes that are coming upon them. I am certain that they will all cope very well with these changes and will before long be enjoying all that is on offer in the Secondary environment.

Musicate Update:

Rehearsals for the Showcase concert are going really well. Jess and Will are so pleased with the progress that all the children have made over the past year. We are looking forward to seeing children perform at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 8th July.

PE Kit:

Could all parents regularly check that their children’s PE bag is in school each week? We presently have a number of children who have no PE kit in school and we don’t have enough spare resources to kit them all out. It is really important that your child has the right clothing to fully participate in PE lessons.

Parent Support Advisor (PSA):

Our PSA is Tracey Baker and she works directly with parents and carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children by providing access to information for families. Tracey can help parents and carers by offering friendly, non-judgemental support for a range of issues such as: poor attendance, behaviour concerns, family issues such as bereavement, separation or lone parenting. Tracey is available most Thursday mornings in school. If you have not already spoken to her and would like to do so please make an appointment at the School Office.

Sports Day

We are all thoroughly looking forward to our Sports Day event at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. All children need to arrive in school a few minutes earlier than normal so that they can be properly registered before boarding the coach. The school gates will be open from 8.30am and the school bell will be rung at 8.45am. We anticipate arriving in Cheltenham shortly before 10.00am when we hope to begin the event. I do hope that many of you will be able to join us for the session which will finish at the stadium by 2.00pm so that we can return to school by 3.00pm.

Young Photograph Competition

Congratulations to Olivia R who won a Highly Commended Award in the Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year 2017.

New Reception afternoons:

Next week there will be two New Reception afternoons on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th July between 1.00 and 2.45pm. We hope that all of those who have accepted places for September 2017 will come along and join us for the afternoons in question.

Fundraiser:

On Thursday 13th July we intend to organise a fundraising event for all the children to participate in. The money raised will be split equally between Diabetes UK, Water Aid and FOS. As it is summer this will be an activity that will be water based and competitive between the four school Houses. The idea being that most of us take readily available clean water for granted, but we would like to get our children to appreciate that this is not the case for everyone across the world. We will set up an activity that encourages children to realise that water is very heavy and difficult to transport and that using it sparingly is very important.

This will also be a non – uniform day for everyone and FOS have offered to organise, from 3.10pm, a “Stay and Play on the Field” immediately after school finishes. They will be offering refreshments for both children and their parents so that children can enjoy their friends whilst in the company of their parents on the school field.

Parking:

We are now all familiar with our new markings to help support consistent parking. I am pleased that this is being helpful to everyone. You will also notice, like all organisations, we are committed to providing facilities to support those with disabilities by providing a wider ‘yellow designated’ parking space. Can I remind all parents that this space is only for the use of those with a blue designated disability sticker which is displayed in the window of their vehicle. Everyone’s cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Church Chat:

Tomorrow, Saturday 1 July, the church is holding a celebration.  We don’t have anything special to celebrate, we are just glad to be here, now, doing all the lovely things we can in Blockley.  So we are having a short service at 4pm with Bishop Rachel, followed by ice cream and French fizz at the Vicarage.  Everyone is invited, especially children.  On Sunday 6 August we are having breakfast at 9:30am in the church followed by our annual Pet Service.  Again, everyone is very welcome, especially pets!

Revd Canon Dana Delap

Dear Parents and Carers

Half term is fast approaching and it seems almost inconceivable that we are now at the end of term 5! With Easter falling late this year,  a term length of only 5 weeks, a Bank Holiday set within this and the formality of SATs in Years 2 and 6 the term just seems to have disappeared! It is of course great to be busy and to have plenty to look forward to in the coming term.

With the heating finally turned off for the summer, it is nice to be able to open the windows and allow the warmth of the sun to enter into our lives once again. The onset of summer brings a richness of colour to our countryside and the added bonus of extended days to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors. Our surrounding environment provides us all with a wealth of opportunities to explore our fascinating country.

Welcome:

I would like to extend a warm welcome to several new pupils who have recently started at Blockley School. They are; Lacie-Mai and Amelie in Class 1, Lilah in Class 2, and Edward , in Class 3. They are already settling in well and getting use to their new classroom environments. I’m sure that everyone will continue to help make these children feel included in all aspects of school life.

Giving their utmost:

During the second week in May, children across the school were given a range of assessments and tasks to complete so that we can gauge whether individuals and groups of pupils are making progress and gaining a good understanding in English and Mathematics.

At the same time the Year 2 and Year 6 pupils had to sit formal SATs assessments which are compiled by the DfE. The Year 2 SATs papers form one piece of evidence which helps teachers to make an accurate overall judgement of how your child is developing according to the 2014 National Curriculum. The Year 6 pupils have also had the opportunity to show the examiners what they have understood and to apply their learnt skills. The results of these National exams will not be available to schools until July 2017. As with all exams they are important but at the same time we must keep the results in perspective as testing children at a very young age is not always the most accurate reflection of an individual’s overall ability. Children at the very young age of 7 and 11 years old still have a lot of their educational career in front of them and we must always remember that children develop and respond in different ways and at varying times in the early life.

In school, we were all very proud of the way that they all managed to cope successfully with the added stresses that are often associated with these unusual situations. Now that they are complete I hope that they can all get back to fully appreciating their primary education.

Residential:

The trip to London was a huge success story and enjoyed by both staff and children alike. I would like to convey my immense gratitude to; Mrs Dodgson-Hatto, Miss Overton-Short, Mrs Miles, Mrs Pettit, Mr Jones and Miss Riddle, for their commitment and kindness towards all the children, their organisation to make this trip a very memorable experience, their ability to work closely as a team and still summon up a sense of humour first thing in the morning – thank you all so much.

The children had a wonderful time and we are very proud to say that the staff received many very positive comments about their good behaviour, courtesy and politeness.

New IT equipment:

During this academic year we have managed to purchase 5 new Interactive Touch Screens, one for each of the classrooms across the school. These make excellent teaching tools especially when used interactively with the children. These, along with the laptops last year, make for a substantial investment in our ICT facilities.

Musicate Day Wednesday 24th May 2017:

We held a whole school Musicate day to coincide with a visit from Jess our Musician. We spent the day as mixed aged groups, from Reception to Year 6 taking part in a variety of activities related to our Music Building Blocks. All the children were engaged and participated to the very best of their abilities. Jess was extremely impressed at how the children worked together as a team and at how respectful and thoughtful they were to each piece of music they listened to. A big thank you to all the staff and children who embraced Music for the day.

 

PE Kit:

Could all parents regularly check that their children’s PE bag is in school each week? We presently have a number of children who have no PE kit in school and we don’t have enough spare resources to kit them all out. It is really important that your child has the right clothing to fully participate in PE lessons.

Parent Support Advisor (PSA):

Our PSA is Tracey Baker and she works directly with parents and carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children by providing access to information for families. Tracey can help parents and carers by offering friendly, non-judgemental support for a range of issues such as: poor attendance, behaviour concerns, family issues such as bereavement, separation or lone parenting. Tracey is available most Thursday mornings in school. If you have not already spoken to her and would like to do so please make an appointment at the School Office.

Sharing Assemblies:

 Class 4’s  sharing assembly will take place on 26th May.  The final few will occur as follows:

9.00am   Friday 9th June      Class 1

9.00am   Friday 16th June    Class 2

Please note that class 5 will not be participating in a sharing assembly this term as they will be at the heart of the school performances on the 11th and 12th July.

Looking Forward:

During the first week back in June all classes will engage in a timetable of PSHE events when the Life Bus comes to visit Blockley Primary. Also during this first week of term 6 classes 1 and 3 will have the chance to participate in several workshops which are being put on at the school by Longborough Festival Opera. Later in the term we have our Sports Day at the Prince of Wales Stadium (Monday 3rd July) followed shortly afterwards by the School Production which this year will be ‘Joseph’.

Annual Reports:

As in the past we will be issuing a written report to parents and carers about your children’s progress and development throughout the 2016-17 academic year.  These will be sent home on Friday 14th July.

School Photographs:

The school photographer will be in school on Tuesday 6th June and Wednesday 7th June to take individual photographs of the Year 6 pupils and to take photographs of all the Class groups.

BEd Students:

I would like to welcome back our two teacher training students, Hannah Kelly and Abi Pearson to classes 2 and 4. They will both be in school up until 21st June next term.

And Finally:

A brief reminder to everyone that children start back to school on Tuesday 6th June as the staff have an In Service Training day on the Monday. May I take this opportunity therefore to wish everyone a happy, relaxing and safe half term holiday.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

The signs of spring and Easter are all around us. In the fields we can see new life beginning with the ‘greening up’ of the hedgerows, the yellow headed daffodils nodding in the breeze, not to mention the lambs leaping joyfully in the fields. And, I’m sure that many of us will indulge in a hot cross bun or two during the Easter weekend! If the weather is nice do take the opportunity to take your children out into the countryside and enjoy this celebration of new life emerging all around us.

SATs week:

Monday 8th May represents the start of the statutory tests at the end of Key Stage 2 in English and Maths. At the same time children in year 2 will also sit their end of Key Stage1 tests which forms one aspect of the overall judgements about attainment and progress for these pupils. This effectively means that we have one more week of this term and 2 weeks at the start of next term before the tests begin. During this time these groups of children will be working especially hard.

We want all children who are involved in these tests to have the very best opportunity to achieve what they are capable of. To do this we will continue to do revision work in school. Please can year 6 parents encourage their children to do the work that is offered to them at home as part of this preparation. It is also very important that all children, especially those sitting tests, get plenty of sleep and have opportunities to relax and enjoy their childhood too.

On-line Pupil Survey:

Last year 63 pupils, from years 4 to 6, took part in Gloucestershire’s Healthy Living and Learning survey. The results of this survey have now been analysed and issued to schools across the county. This is a detailed survey but it would seem appropriate to share a few of the highlights with you.

Importantly 94% of Blockley School children reported that they were ‘happy most of the time’ as compared to the county average of 82%. Also 90% of our children felt either ‘confident to extremely confident’ about their futures as compared to the county average of 79%. Equally 87% of our pupils surveyed did not worry about attending school as compared to 80% for the county average not worrying about school. Some 92% of the children surveyed felt that any bullying incidents were ‘well dealt with’. The county average for whether or not bullying incidents were ‘dealt with well’ was just 74%. In terms of safety 98% of Blockley pupils felt safe in school compared to the county average of 95%. I’m also very pleased to announce that 97% of the pupils surveyed in our school ate breakfast before attending school. The county average for this was 88%. It was pleasing to see that 94% of our pupils surveyed washed their hands after going to the toilet compared to 88% as the county average. However, only 75% of Blockley pupils surveyed remembered to wash their hands before eating a meal. The county average for this was only 66%. Clearly some work needs to be done around washing hands before eating!

Overall the health and wellbeing of our children, based on the survey results, makes for encouraging reading.

In Partnership with Parents and Carers

Below is a table showing the schedule of occasions when we communicate with parents regarding your children. Our communication has been via two main routes in the past, those being by reports (summary and annual) and parents ‘evenings’ (parent consultations, open afternoon and open mornings in class 1).

Through discussion with staff we would now like to add one additional opportunity for parents to come into school. This has now been timetabled in for Wednesday 26th April 2017. For this one morning, in term 5, we will be opening school to parents and their children, from 8.30 until 9.00am, to come in to class and have a look at your children’s books. This should be a lovely opportunity for children to share their school books with their parents and carer’s. To help reduce congestion can I ask that parents enter the school via one of your children’s external classroom doors. We look forward to seeing you all then.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

October

Parents Evenings

December

Report Summary

February

Parents Evenings

March

Report Summary

 

April

New Book Look

26th April 8.30 – 9.00am

 

July

Annual Reports &

Open afternoon afterwards

KS1 Maths Parents Evening:

Thank you to all those who made the effort to attend our Key Stage 1 Maths Information Evening. The support you offer with your children’s learning is invaluable.

Dinosaurs in the Early Years!

EYFS and Key Stage 1 recently enjoyed a ‘dino experience!’ We were visited by two rangers and their life-like dinosaurs, Chip and Ronnie.  The children enjoyed finding out new information, looking at fossils and artefacts and meeting the dinosaurs. Thank you to Friends of Blockley School for funding such a wonderful experience.

 

 

World Book Day:

On Thursday 2nd March Blockley School was full of Harry Potters, Mad Hatters, Horrid Henrys and other book characters…We were of course celebrating World Book Day!! We enjoyed dressing up, sharing our favourite books and taking part in some exciting English activities. We also used the experience to inspire some brilliant creative writing. Thank you so much to Parents and Carers for the support in helping your children to create their imaginative costumes!

In The Net:

On Friday 3rd March class 4 took a trip to St James and Ebrington to learn about how to stay safe online. It was an exciting performance which showed the dangers of a public social media presence. The children had a fun time and hopefully took away some important information to help them stay safe online.

Kingham Hill Secondary School Science Trip:

On Monday 13th March year 5’s from both Class 4 and 5 took a trip to Kingham Hill High School for a day full of exciting science practicals. Both children and staff were treated to a delicious lunch with the rest of the school before being shown their brilliant science labs. The children were split into different groups and completed different activities involving dissecting animal organs, burning different types of metal and making paper spinners.

Comic Relief

We all had a fun day wearing something ‘funny for money’.   Thank you for your support with ‘funny outfits’.  A fantastic £147.79  was raised for the charity.

Youth Speaks:

The annual Youth Speaks competition was held last week at the Baptist church in Chipping Campden. This year the children had to give a speech on “If I were……”. In total six schools, including Blockley, took part in the competition which is put on by the Rotary Club. Our two very well prepared representatives for this event was Amelie Cate and Oliver Gill. There was a very broad spectrum of topics chosen from; if I were a road sign to if I were a fruit bowl. Clearly all the children had done lots of research for their chosen speech. All the children did extremely well and it was difficult for the three judges to choose a winner. This year Blockley school was not the overall winner but we did come a very commendable second place with Amelie’s beautiful poem. I would like to say ‘well done’ to both Amelie and Oliver for working so hard and showing great confidence in speaking to a large audience.

Books for School;

If you are having a spring clean and find books your children no longer need then the school library would be grateful for donations of good quality, appropriate reading books for pupils from Year 1 upwards.

PE Kit:

Could all parents regularly check that their children’s PE bag is in school each week? We presently have a number of children who have no PE kit in school and we don’t have enough spare resources to kit them all out. It is really important that your child has the right clothing to fully participate in PE lessons.

Parking:

Some of you may have noticed that Blockley School staff has started to park adjacent to St George’s Hall. This is to allow parents to park safely on the side closest to the large grassy area. We have done this to try and make it as safe as possible for children and parents to exit their cars and walk safely towards the school on one side of the parking area only.

May I ask that parents and carer’s use all of the parking area and not to congest the entrance by parking in the first available spot. Please can everyone continue to use St George’s car park with the greatest of caution, as nobody wants to see anyone get hurt, least of all a child. Everyone’s continued careful driving is appreciated by all – thank you.

Parent Support Advisor (PSA):

Our PSA is Tracey Baker and she works directly with parents and carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children by providing access to information for families. Tracey can help parents and carers by offering friendly, non-judgemental support for a range of issues such as: poor attendance, behaviour concerns, family issues such as bereavement, separation or lone parenting. Tracey is available most Thursday mornings in school. If you have not already spoken to her and would like to do so please make an appointment at the School Office.

Sharing Assemblies:

The next sharing assembly will be in Term 5, on Friday 12th May. This assembly will be put on by class 3. This will be followed by class 4 on Friday 26th May 2017.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

 

Church Chat

Please join us for the next Open Door service on Sunday.  An all age service with breakfast! 9.30am—10:30am.  

The children have all been to Blockley Church for Experience Easter this week.  Each child had the opportunity to learn about Easter in a fun and interactive way. 

Please join us on Easter Day for a church service at 9.30am followed by an Egg Hunt in the churchyard for children at 10.30am.  The church notice board will display details of other services going on over Easter. 

 

Friends of Blockley School

1st April – Forest Area Spring Clear Up (volunteers please!)

1st April – Frog Racing at 7:30pm  CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF TICKET SALES

Sunday 23rd April—Freestyle360 5/10k Run  FOS providing coffee and cake

Quiz please look out for the latest Easter Quiz going home in pupils book bags.  £1 entry fee—please enter by Friday 7th April

 

 

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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