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

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. 

Dear Parents/Carers,

The cold weather is upon us as we look forward to the Christmas activities planned in school.  Looking back over the past term the pupils have worked hard and been able to participate in a number of curriculum enhancing experiences.  Our value of compassion has been demonstrated throughout the term as pupils work together to support each other and develop a strong sense of school community where we can all feel encouraged and able to learn.

We began the month with our Open Morning on the 1st November where parents/carers had the opportunity to see the school in action while the pupils were in lessons.   It was lovely to welcome new families and thanks to all the pupils who were very welcoming and polite to the visitors.

We are grateful to all the parents who are supporting their children at home and school by ensuring they come to school on time, with the correct uniform and PE kit and are able to encourage reading, spellings and learning of times tables.

With Christmas around the corner, this is a very exciting time within school, with trips planned and Christmas events to take part in.

Operation Christmas Child:

We had an amazing response for our Shoebox appeal.  A total of 42 boxes were sent from Blockley School through the scheme ‘Operation Christmas Child’ run by Samaritans Purse.  They will be welcomed by a child elsewhere in the world who may be less fortunate than us.  Thank you for your generosity, enabling the pupils to demonstrate compassion for others.

 

 

Remembrance Service and Blockley Bells:

The whole school had the opportunity to remember those lost in conflicts around the world during a school remembrance service at Blockley Church.  As well as acknowledging past events the pupils were also able to look to the future and view the refurbished church bells, alongside two new additions.  When back in the bell tower they will form one of the largest peals in the North Cotswolds.

Sunday Remembrance service:

Thank you to all those pupils who came to the Remembrance Service at Blockley Church and represented the school on a chilly day.  Harry and Ellie provided the Young Voice during the service at the memorial and the following pupils laid wooden crosses to remember those who gave their lives for the county; Dominic, Alice, Poppy, Gracie, Joseph, Talullah, Alanah, Toby and Christopher.

Rags to Riches:

Thank you to the Friends of the School who organised a ‘Rags to Riches’ event to raise money for the school.  Many bags were collected which resulting in £129.60 being raised for Friends of the School.  A great way to dispose of unwanted items!

Choir:

On Tuesday 14th November five girls from the KS2 choir spent an hour after school entertaining the residents of Orchard Bank. They sang Christmas songs for 20 minutes and the residents then joined in singing with the girls. They were an absolute pleasure to take and a credit to the school!

Space Masterclass:

A group of Year 6 pupils had the opportunity for some extended Science work when they attended Chipping Campden School for a Space Masterclass.  These events are run in conjunction with the Ogden Trust and use the new Science facilities at the secondary school.

Children in Need:

Spots galore were visible for Children in Need.  Thank you for your support, we raised £163.82 for the charity.

Residential:

The Year 5 pupils, followed by Year 4 pupils, enjoyed a three day, two night experience away from home at Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre.  The centre in the Forest of Dean gave the pupils the chance to experience life away from home in a safe environment with adventurous and challenging experiences.   Pupils were able to work together as a team in a variety of activities. Staff commented on how well the pupils worked together to achieve the tasks, helping each other and offering encouraging advice.  It was an action packed few days and all were sound asleep quickly at the end of the day!  Hot hearty meals were consumed with relish after a day of fresh air; building bridges, tunnelling, hiking in the dark, making camp fires, completing a low rope course and doing rocket science among other activities.  Watch this space for the Year 6 summer residential.

Flu Vaccinations:

NHS staff came into school on Monday 27th November to administer Flu Vaccinations where consent was given by Parents/Carers.  If your child missed out on this opportunity and you would like them to have the vaccination, catch up clinics are available throughout the county.

Knex:

The pupils in Class 4 have enjoyed a day creating playground themed Knex creations.  The pair that worked best together and made the most inventive model will go forward to the next level in the competition.  This year the winners in school are Alice and Rhiannan.  Well done and Good Luck.

Harry Potter:

Class 4 and 5 have a theme of Harry Potter for this year.  The theme has inspired their learning from Maths and Literacy to Art and Science.  Fantastic writing of potions and stories intermingled with magical experiments and clay creatures have all been inspired by the book.  To further bring the theme to life they have visited Harry Potter World and arrived back with lots of material to feed into their work.

Emergency Closure:

If the school needs to close for any reason information regarding the closure will be placed on the closed school website: http://ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools/

Where possible this will also be displayed on the school website, a note sent via ParentPay and local radio stations informed.

Car Parking:

With many Parents/Carers needing to drive their children to school the car park can be very congested at certain times of the day especially when events are also taking place in the hall.  We all need to drive and park carefully to ensure the safety of everyone, especially young children who may not be so traffic aware.  Please also drive carefully along Park Road to get to school and be mindful of pedestrians crossing the road, who often have to cross between parked cars.  Thank you.

Afterschool Care:

Afterschool Care is available for all pupils until 5.30pm.  Crafts, games and activities are on offer alongside a healthy snack.  We ask please, that all pupils are booked into afterschool care by filling in the form at the office or telephoning school.  Emails may not be picked up in time as staff may be in meetings or on training courses.  Where possible, book your child in by 1.30pm to help with catering.

Absence:

All schools have a duty to ensure that all pupils in its care have acceptable and regular attendance.  It is important that your child attends so that they do not miss out on vital parts of their education.  If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please ensure that you telephone school to report your child as absent.  This needs to be done before 10am in the morning. 

Trips Payments:

As part of the broad and balanced education offered within school we offer a range of school trips and events.  Often these are partly funded by the Friends of the School but, in order for the trips to go ahead, we often need to ask for voluntary contributions from Parents/Carers.  Unfortunately if the school does not receive enough money in this way for a particular school trip it may have to be cancelled. 

School Councillors:

The pupils in each class have held elections to vote for who should represent their class in school council sessions.  The School Council then take the class ideas forward to meeting where suggestions are made by the pupils regarding school life.  In the past fundraising activities have been organised by the school council and suggestions made for new playground markings.

This year the councillors are as follows:

Class 5: Ebony, Max S 

Class 4:  Rosie, Jacob

Class 3:  Lily , Daniel

Class 2: Lilie, Nancy

Class 1: Grace, Mylo

Forest school:

We are very happy to introduce Forest School to Blockley School. The Class 1 children have begun weekly sessions on a Thursday afternoon. So far we have covered exploration, bug hunting and knots and lashings. We are currently using potato peelers to whittle our own marshmallow sticks in preparation for our first Forest School fire in two weeks time.  It is hoped that we will be able to offer Forest School to older children through after school clubs in the summer term.

Thanks:

Thanks to the pupils who gave up their time to bell ring during Parents Evening and remind everyone it was time for the next appointment.

Thank you also to the pupils who represented the school during New Reception Parents Evening and showed potential new parents around the school.

Staff Goodbye:

Thanks to David for all of his work in school from lunch time supervision to school cleaning.  His lunchtime supervisor position will be filled in January with a new member of staff.  Sarah has taken on the cleaning role after school in addition to her lunchtime duties.  We welcome her to this new role.

Chair of Governors:

Hilary Thornburgh is the Chair of Governors and Charlotte Crutchlow is the Vice-Chair for this academic year.

FOS AGM:

Following the FOS AGM our thanks go to those on the committee who have stepped down and have worked so hard over the years supporting the school.  The committee has welcomed new members and the new Chair of FOS is Clare Turner. 

Christmas Fair:

We look forward to welcoming Parents/Carers to the Christmas Fair.  Stalls will be run by each class and the pupils will have had an opportunity to visit the fair during the school day (please send your child to school with some change in a named purse if you wish them to purchase items).  Parents and Carers are welcome to browse the Fair in St George’s Hall from 3.10pm onwards.

Looking ahead:

The pupils are looking forward to seeing Sleeping Beauty at the pantomime on Wednesday 6th December.  Following this, on Thursday, a fun day of sport is planned entitled ‘Sports Hall Athletics’ so please ensure PE kit is in school.

The KS1 pupils are busy practising their nativity ‘A Midwife Crisis’ and are looking forward to performing it to family and friends.  Ticket numbers are limited per family due to hall regulations so please look out for the ticket ordering forms.  The performances will take place on Tuesday 12th December (afternoon) and Wednesday 13th December (6.30pm).  The KS2 pupils will have had chance to see the performance in school time earlier in the week.

Father Christmas is booked to visit school on Wednesday 13th December and children will be able to visit him in his grotto during the school day.

On Thursday 14th December (9.30am) the school Christmas Service will take place in Blockley Church.  Parent/Carers are welcome to join us.

School Christmas lunch will take place on Friday 15th December for all pupils and staff.  Please ensure your child has ordered their meal in advance and that KS2 pupils pay for this on ParentPay.  Pupils are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers on this day with normal school uniform.

Reports will be issued to parents at the end of term.

On Monday 18th December the pupils will enjoy a film in St George’s Hall put on by the Blockley Picture Playhouse.

Our term ends on Tuesday 19th December at 2pm.  Please note the earlier time.

Happy Christmas in advance and have a wonderful Christmas break.

School Begins for pupils on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Blockley School Staff.

Church News

We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Services.  All services listed are at St Peters and St Pauls Church Blockley unless otherwise stated.  The Christingle Service on Sunday is a wonderful service to bring children to and start the festive season.

Church Dates

3rd December    4pm       Christingle

16th December  11am     Blue Christmas for those who have been bereaved

17th December  6pm      Carol Service

19th December  7pm       Paxford Carol Service

24th December 4pm       Crib Service

25th December  9.30am Christmas Day Communion

 

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

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

Thought of the Day

• Who or what helps us find courage?
• Is there someone that we admire because of the courage that they have shown?

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Blockley C of E Primary School

Park Road
Blockley
Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 9BY

01386 700 567

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