Autumn Term 2 – November & December 2021
The second half of our Autumn Term did see us having to review our groupings but working together with parents, pupils and staff has enabled us to remain open and carry on.
Highlights from this half term have included:
- Our 140th Anniversary celebrations with Mr Surman, some of our former pupils and Mrs James (who attended the school in the 80’s) featuring on BBC South Today and BBC Radio Oxford.
- Recording of our Christmas Performance. A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Simpson (Ginger Cat Productions) who are busy editing all of the footage to produce a video that will be available to view in the Spring Term.
- Our Christmas Dinner attended by pupils from Nursery through to Year 6. What an amazing selection of Christmas jumpers were on view.
- Yesterday, Thursday 16th December, we paid our second visit to Saint Giles’s Church in the village. Peter Waterson complimented the children on their singing and all of the work that was shared as part of our Christmas Service.
COVID 19 INFECTION CONTROLS
If your child should prove positive over the following 3 days December 18th – December 20th 2021 then please email me using: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will enable us to send out our ‘warn and inform letters’ to parents.
Like all schools we are constantly checking and where needed updating our risk assessments in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the Government, Public Health and the County. The decision to close a group/the school will only will only be taken as a last resort.
At the present time we do not intend to make any changes to our start of day/end of day routines. We do ask you to wear masks whenever you are on site and to maintain a 2 metre distance from those outside of your household and /or childcare bubble.
Please do not send pupils into school if they are unwell.
Below is the latest DfE guidance in relation to pupils and adults identified as close contacts of anyone testing positive for Covid 19.
Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19
From 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 has been introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an LFD test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.
Once notified by Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students are strongly recommended to take a LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the online reporting system and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting. Outside of the education setting, they should continue to follow national guidance. This approach should also be adopted over the Christmas holiday and on return in January.
All staff and secondary aged pupils and students should have access to a box of 7 LFD test kits from their education setting. For primary aged children LFD test kits are available through the usual routes community test sites, local pharmacies or order COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests online.
A reminder that anyone – adults and pupils – who has symptoms must book a PCR test and not rely on a Lateral Flow Test result. Anyone who gets a positive result using a Lateral Flow Test must also have this confirmed by a PCR Test.
AUTUMN TERM 2
The children have enjoyed keeping a diary of the elf’s journey around our school and are looking forward to sharing it with Miss Braund on her return.
They are working hard recognising and using the sounds learnt in our phonic sessions when they are writing independently. We have had lots of fun this end of the term exploring a range of Christmas crafts. Please ask them about the Snowman Advent Calendar that we have made and how we have used it to practice counting down from a given number.
Year 1/Year 2
In literacy this term we have been looking at the features of newspaper reports. From this we have written our own newspaper reports detailing the events in the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children particularly enjoyed creating snappy headlines! During mathematic lessons we have been focusing on different methods for addition, with many of the children becoming very confident using number bonds and other known facts to aid their work. In the afternoons we have been exploring the nativity story, which included rewriting the story in their own words and creating images to match certain parts of the story.
Year 3/Year 4
In Science, we have been learning about ‘All Living Things’ and have enjoyed two outdoor sessions, looking for invertebrates on the trim trail and visiting the green to look at local animal habitats.
We have written instructions for monster pizzas in English, creating some really revolting recipes and questionable cooking instructions (cooking the pizza until it is burnt and serving it in the bin)!
This week, we have enjoyed writing using our knowledge of speech punctuation to a dialogue between Father and Mother Christmas.
Having successfully completed our class recognition board (promoting positive behaviours and team work), the class enjoyed a movie afternoon with popcorn and hot chocolate!
Year 4/Year 5/Year 6
The Literacy focus this term for pupils in Years Five and Six has been the World War One book War Horse. They were able to study the text and then watch and compare it with the film of the same name.
Years 4/5/6 have studied World War Two in Humanities. As part of this topic they were able to visit Ufton Court and have a World War Two experience day. In addition they paid their respects to the Halifax Bomber who crashed at Cowleaze Wood on Christmas Common. These pupils also helped to raise £195 for the Poppy Appeal by selling poppies and holding a cake sale.
In Science Years Five and Six have been learning about Earth and Space and have created their own planets using a balloon and papier-mache. Thank you to Mrs Mann for supporting this somewhat messy D.T. experience.
Mrs Bacon has decided not to return to teaching at the present time so will not be joining us in the Spring Term. We are very fortunate in that Miss Hutton has been able to extend her contract. The post will be advertised in the New Year to find a permanent replacement.
Mrs Sefton will be teaching in Class 1 on a Thursday during the Spring Term to provide non-contact time for Miss Braund. Mrs Sefton has spent time with us this term so is known to pupils and staff. We hope that she will enjoy her time with us.
This term, the highlight has been the Boys’ Year 5/6 Football Team winning their Oxford School’s F.A. Manor Cup 1st Round Match against Tyndale Primary 2 – 0 with goals from Oliver Burbidge-Russell and Otto Marriott. The team will travel to St. Joseph’s in Headington for the 2nd Round Match in January.
The village of Tetsworth raised £862 for this year’s Poppy Appeal, of which £195 (nearly 23%) came from Tetsworth Primary School.
Children in Need raised £78.30.
REMINDER RE SPORTS KITS
Please note: that unless wearing a kit given out by Mr Surman, children are expected to wear the correct school sports kit to school on a Friday.
Nursery and Reception pupils will not require sports clothes initially.
Children must still look smart and tidy.
Your child will need:
Shorts (blue or black)
T-shirt (white, school PE t shirt)
Plimsolls or trainers for outdoor use
Plain navy or black tracksuit/ jogging bottoms and sweatshirt for cold weather.
Miss Braund will continue to work with Mrs Watson and Mrs Mann to co-ordinate our SEND provision. Her non-contact day will be a Thursday. Mrs Watson will have Tetsworth as her focus on alternative Tuesdays. Do please make an appointment (via the office) to speak to Miss Braund if you would like to discuss any SEND issues on a day-to day basis.
Staff training this term has included work on how to complete Pupil Profiles, changes to our School Provision map, areas we are developing within individual classes to consolidate our work on Quality First Teaching.
Next term Mrs Watson will be delivering a session across the Federated JHS and TPS Schools on Zones of Regulation.
PARENTING Smart (Place2Be)
The children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.
Advice can be found on over forty topics including:
- Understanding sibling rivalry
- My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
- My child has trouble going to sleep
- My child says ‘I hate you!’
- Cultural identity: who am I?
The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
- Thames Valley Police – non emergency 101
- If you have a safeguarding concern then please contact: Children’s and Adults Social Care – 0345 050 7666
- Non- emergency – visit Oxfordshire County Council’s Raising a Safeguarding Concern page. This form will ask you a number of questions about the person you are concerned about, whether it’s yourself, a friend or neighbour. Once you have completed the form, someone from the Adult Safeguarding Team should contact you within three working days to discuss your concerns.
This is the DfE’s latest Guidance for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and keeping children safe online
The Children’s Commissioner is today launching a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
“The things I wish my parents had known” draws together advice from 16 to 21 year olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content, including pornography.
The Commissioner’s office began a programme of work focussing on peer-on-peer abuse following the avalanche of testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited website, which laid bare an epidemic of sexual violence among teens. This was picked up in Ofsted’s June 2021 review of sexual harassment in schools and colleges.
A surprising but overriding message from young people is that parents should start these challenging conversations early. They suggest broaching topics before a child is given a phone or a social media account, which is often around the age of 9 or 10.
The Children’s Commissioner would be grateful for the support of schools and colleges in disseminating this guide to as many parents and carers as possible. She hopes that her guide will serve as a useful starting point to raise awareness and understanding of online harassment, and to complement key messages on the new relationships and sex education curriculum
A reminder, that two of our parents are representatives on our Federated Governing Body, Mr R.James and Mrs B.Fulton. Do please contact them via the office if you have anything you would like to discuss with them in relation to the school.
On behalf of all of our staff I would like to wish you a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.
Head of Teaching and Learning