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SATs results

We are so pleased to let you know of the outstanding SATs results we have had in Key Stage 1 and 2. In Key Stage 2, 91.3% of our pupils achieved the expected standards in all 3 subjects with very high percentages of greater depth – this is an incredible set of results and one our Year 6 and all the staff are very proud of.

In Key Stage 1, SATs our scores are well above the national picture at between 77.3% and 86.4% of our children achieving the expected standard – another amazing result.

In the multiplication times tables check the Year 4’s were fantastic and our average is above the national average – well done Year 4’s.

Lastly our Phonics Screening results are again very impressive with 72% of our pupils passing.

This is a fantastic set of data and shows the hard work of our pupils and teaching team. We are so proud of all we have achieved this year.

Mrs Billings

At the end of this term we will be very sad to say goodbye to Mrs Billings – we have had a wonderful year in Class 2 and Mrs Billings has added so much to our team. We want to thank her for her amazing hard work and enthusiasm this year – our Year 2’s have benefitted so much from her  teaching. Mrs Billings is moving onto a full time post in a local school. She will be missed a great deal but we wish her all the best as she takes this new, exciting step in her career.
Miss Hebden and Ms Overton-Short will share the teaching of the Year 2’s in the mornings from September.

Payments

Can all parents ensure that they pay for school meals and wrap around care in advance.  Although the sessions/meals are placed onto the ParentPay site the week after they have been taken, as this is completed manually, payment can be made in advance/on the day and money will be automatically deducted when the sessions/meals taken are added onto ParentPay.  It is vital to the smooth running of the school that parents/carers do not run up debts on ParentPay.  

If you are struggling to pay, please contact the school office for help and support with a payment plan.  If you think that you may be eligible for Free School Meal status please follow this link https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals/apply-for-free-school-meals/

Governor in School week

Governors in our school play an important role in the smooth running of the academy.

They focus on core functions

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance

In order to fulfil this role they spend some time in school visiting classrooms and seeing the school functioning.  They were able to spend time in various classrooms this term, seeing pupils at work learning various subjects.

Bikeability

The year 5 pupils were given the opportunity to take a Bikeability course during the school day in June.  Pupils are required to bring a roadworthy bike into school and a cycle helmet.  The bikes are checked to ensure they are safe to ride on the road.  The pupils have to pass the level one course onsite before progressing to level two on the road.  The Department for Transport supports Bikeability training.

Pupils in year 5 next year will also get the opportunity to take this course. 

Leavers service Gloucester

Our year 6 pupils were able to attend the Leavers Service at Gloucestershire Cathedral.  We travelled with year 6 pupils from Temple Guiting School and joined year 6 pupils from all over the county for a celebration of their time at primary school and the transition to secondary.

Ghana Day

Pupils enjoyed a day of activities centred around the country of Ghana.  We are lucky to be able to have links with the Tigushu School in Ghana and benefited from the sharing of information about our different settings.  Pupils were able to learn more about the geography and culture of the county during the day and the products of their work will make a wonderful display for the start of the new year.  Pupils moved around the school to participate in all the activities.  Pupils looked amazingly colourful in the Ghanaian flag colours and also enjoyed a taste of Jollof rice at lunch time.

 

Transition day year 6 vicarage

Pupils from Temple Guiting and Blockley spent time at Blockley Church and Vicarage with packed lunches, taking part in transition workshops and discussions.  Despite the weather, fun was had by all!

Year 6 visit CCS and other local schools

As part of the transition process to secondary school pupils had the opportunity to visit Chipping Campden Secondary School for two days in preparation for their start in September.  Teachers also visited students in their primary setting and discussed starting at secondary.  Pupils moving onto other schools were also given opportunity to spend time in their new school.

New Reception

We have also spent time at Blockley welcoming our new reception pupils, with a meeting for new parents and various stay and play sessions in school.  We are looking forward to welcoming a lovely group of pupils to the school in September

Work Experience

Ex Blockley School pupils in year 10 from Chipping Campden were able to return to primary school for their work experience.  We also welcomed a student from Stratford Girls Grammar School.  All worked very hard and are a credit to their respective schools.

Sports Day

We are sure that you will agree, this was a wonderful day.  The weather was favourable and the pupils performed their best – showing skills of teamwork, leadership and individual competitive spirit.  Thank you to FOS for supporting the day and for all who were able to come and support their children.

In the Net year 4

Year 4 pupils, along with year 4 pupils from other schools, were able to watch a performance of In the Net.  This age appropriate play tackles some of the issues around safe internet use, cyber bullying and prevention of exploitation.  This is part of a programme of work around raising and tackling the complex nature of Internet use supported by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership and is a memorable way to help the pupils stay safe online.  

Class 4 bags

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen printing carried out by Class 4 pupils – from design to creation – the bags speak for themselves!  Well done class 4 for your creative artwork.

Music

We have had many musical celebrations this term as a culmination of the musical opportunities that have taken place this academic year.

Cakes and Company – choir club and recorder club were able to show off their talents to this village society who provide opportunity for local residents to get together for cake and company.  Pupils were treated to some cake afterwards – the chocolate cake being a favourite!  The audience were very appreciative of their musical talents and look forward to future visits.

Marvellous Music – groups and individual students were able to show off their talents to a full audience at an event held jointly with the Blockley Educational Trust (who support young people in the local area with their education) and the school.  A full programme of events took place over the evening with performances from the school choir, recorder club, class 3 rap stars, pianist, vocalists, clarinet player, flutist and guest performances – trombone, viola and piano.  A really fabulous musical event.  Thanks, and congratulations to all involved.

Drumming Workshop – The whole school was treated to a drumming workshop last week.  Classes 1 and 2 Sammy the Spider – using instruments throughout the children met Sammy (puppet) and helped to tell the story of the day he made some rather special friends – it was a great introduction to playing controlled rhythm.

Classes 3 and 4 Drum Circle – participants improvised their own rhythms – a real teamwork exercise.

Class 5 African Celebration – pupils learnt techniques and rhythms to accompany a traditional African song, as well as how rhythm fits into African culture. 

                                                                               

Music Tuition

If your child is interested in staring to play a musical instrument next year, we do have woodwind (eg flute, clarinet), brass (eg trumpet, baritone) and piano teachers visiting school during the school day.  Lessons are organised and paid for by parents directly with the teachers.  Please contact the teachers directly if you are interested.

Woodwind: rosycrocker.woodwind@gmail.com

Brass: andyfarrington@hotmail.co.uk

Piano: tom.painting@yahoo.co.uk

If your child is interested in another instrument eg violin/guitar we can look at getting teachers of these instruments into school but this will depend on level of interest and teacher capacity. 

Class 5 and year 6 leavers

Class 5 have had great fun rehearsing a take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – A Leavers’ Chorus – which includes songs from Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, and Black-Eyed Peas, to celebrate their end of primary education.

Favourite topics of learning this term have been electricity and learning about the part that Stow-on-the-Wold took in the first Civil War.

Residential

For the year 6 pupils, the year has been rounded off with a residential trip to Boundless Outdoors in Malvern.  Activities have included low ropes, zip wire, abseiling, night line, tunnels and a camp fire.

Class 2 beach

Class 2 have been learning about coastal environments and have finished their topic off with a visit to Cotswold Country Park and Beach.  They had fun paddling in the lake and making sandcastles as well as an ice cream and a play in the park!

September Start

Can we remind all parents that we are a nut free school to protect those on our site with a severe nut allergy.  Please no lunch items or snacks containing nuts on the school site. 

We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Wednesday 6th September 8.40am – 3.15pm.  Reception pupils will complete their staggered start programme.

Have a wonderful summer.

 

Value

Trust

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

Thought of the Day

Trust

Trust is a really important value.  It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them.
Talk together about:
• people who you know that are trustworthy
• practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy
• why it is important to be able to trust others when working together as a team