Class 1 are enjoying investigating different ways to sort a range of classroom equipment items! Lots of variation!
Class 1 are enjoying investigating different ways to sort a range of classroom equipment items! Lots of variation!
What a glorious day for our Year 6 pupils to be taking part in their Level 2 Bikeability training, where they get taught about making safe decisions when cycling out on the road.
Class 3 are enjoying their Level 1 Bikeability today!
The Brown Clee Buddies headed across to Ditton Priors Care Centre for their weekly visit, but this week with a difference! Nathan had suggested taking his guitar and singing a few songs for the residents!
We are really excited to share that FOBCS are planning to organise a special Silver Jubilee Summer Fete on Saturday 15th June form Noon to 4pm on the school field.
The FOBCS committee are hoping to organise a fun-filled event with a variety of stalls, bouncy castle, games, activities, refreshments and entertainment for all member of the community. They will be seeking helpers to help run certain stalls or activities – so watch this space!
We really want to make this event a great success, not only as a fundraiser, but more as an opportunity for the community to get together on a social basis.
Regarding fundraising, so far this year, you have helped to raise £2500 towards the target of purchasing 15 laptops to allow for all class provision of computing teaching – which is a fantastic achievement! We would love to be able to match this by the end of the academic year – but we do need your help!
Last night the Curriculum Committee had their termly meeting, where items concerning school such as pupil achievement and progress, the School Development Plan, School Policies. One of the items discussed at last night’s meeting was Parent Engagement as it is a priority on the School Development Plan, as we want to ensure that we are working in a strong partnership with all our parents, which can be challenging with our geographic location and the number of children that travel on school buses.
One discussion point was that it would be useful to have helpful guidance for parents to support their child with maths at home, so as a result we will be publishing each class’ Calculation Policy on the relevant Class Information Page on the website. These will show parents how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Please do check these pages, as your child’s teacher will often publish useful information regarding spellings, timetables, topics on these pages, as well as the news pages.
Here are some links to help:-
Another year and another successful Safer School Group meeting at Brown Clee C. E. Primary School. This was an update meeting following the schools ‘Safer School’ accreditation in 2012. It was a really positive meeting and it clearly indicated the school’s commitment to the ‘Safer Schools’ initiative. An essential element of this initiative involves communicating with governors, staff, pupils, parents/carers, Police, Council and this is reflected by the school holding an annual meeting, parent/carer surveys and newsletters. At the Safer School Group meeting, we reviewed security/safety, reflected on any issues and planned for the future. Since the previous Safer School Group meeting in 2018, Miss Relph and governors have made improvements to the school with a new visitor signing-in system and improved boundaries. These improvements were reviewed during the meeting and they have been a success. Excellent work and a future meeting is planned for Spring 2020.
Crime Prevention Officer
Our new team of Brown Clee Buddies managed to dodge the downpours and headed off to Ditton Priors Care Home this afternoon to share some time together reading stories and playing games. There was some serious competition going on with the Connect 4!
Hi all hope you had a wonderful Easter break!
There will be a FOBCS meeting on Thursday 9th May at 2pm at school to discuss and brainstorm ideas for the summer fair in June.
Everyone is welcome! If you are unable to attend and have any ideas or ways you could possibly help let either the school or one of us know and we will ensure they are put forward during the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there 😊
What an active day it has been! We had a whole class mile, and then this afternoon FOBCS held their sponsored bounce, when each class had the chance to bounce across an inflatable obstacle course as quickly as they can, racing against each other! It was so much fun!!!! The other good news is that everyone has raised £362.30 – so a MASSIVE thank you to everyone for supporting the school!
Fastest bouncers were:-
Year 1: Finn
Year 2: Ben W
Year 3: Oliver Ho
Year 4: Leia
Year 5: Chloe
Year 6: Phoebe
Have a lovely Easter!
We all enjoyed a brisk Easter Whole School Mile to wake us all up on the last day of term!!
This afternoon our Brown Clee Buddies headed up to Ditton Priors Care Home to share stories, games and laughs with the residents.
This term our Brown Clee Buddies continue to be Owen and Luca, with Mia and Hetty joining them as new buddies. Due to Tag-Rugby, Luca and Mia couldn’t attend, so Ellowyne and Chloe kindly volunteered to take their places this week. They also took along Winnie the Pooh and a friend! The residents were delighted to see the children again after the half term break!
A reminder that we are a ‘nut-free’ school so please do not send any nuts into school as part of your child’s packed lunch. Nuts are one of the food allergens most often linked to anaphylaxis — a serious, rapid-onset allergic reaction that may be fatal.
The School Council and Miss Relph have decided to organise a Pyjama Day on Friday the 15th of February. You can wear your PJs all day with some clothes underneath so you won’t get cold.
Please bring donations, the max amount of money is £10. You can bring your slippers with you but come in your school shoes or trainers for outside. We are doing it to raise money for an outside reading area.
The School Council
We have now received the letter following the recent Ofsted Inspection. As it was a Short Inspection we receive a letter instead of a full report. We are really pleased with some of the observations that the Inspector made about the children and the school.
He noted that ‘the school is well led’, there is a ‘strong team ethic’, that ‘expectations are high’ and that ‘pupils enjoy school’ and ‘have good attitudes to learning. They are well motivated and keen to do well.’
Safeguarding was highlighted as a strength with the Inspector noting that ‘Keeping pupils safe has a high profile in the school’ and that ‘pupils feel safe and well cared for in school.’
The recommended next steps were ‘Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that the curriculum in all subjects is as well planned and sequenced as it is in English and mathematics, so that pupils’ learning and knowledge build logically and
systematically as they move through the school.’ This is an area that we had already identified as an area of development on our 2018-19 School Improvement Plan, where we had set target one to be to ‘Evaluate and develop curriculum planning further to ensure all subjects are taught with depth and progression and that all staff have a deep knowledge and understanding of all subjects.’
The full letter can be read here:-
We have been monitoring the weather forecast and with heavy snow forecast from 3pm we have decided to cancel this afternoon’s Care Club and Top Hat Theatre Arts. We apologise for any inconvenience but we want to minimise any risk of children and parents being caught in any rapid build up of snow. Please share.
The weather forecast suggests a chance of snow this week, so we thought it would be helpful to remind you of our school closure procedures in the event of severe weather conditions.
We have to weigh up many different risks regarding travelling to school, site safety and pupil supervision on site. Maintaining the level of learning is extremely important, but we have to balance that against the risks to our pupils and staff. Closing the school is the very last option for us. We know that for working parents when the school has to close this presents problems with regard to childcare, so the decision will not be taken lightly.
We keep up-to-date with forecasts and weather warnings, however some snow and ice conditions can be quite localised, especially in the Ditton Priors local area.
In the event of overnight snow, we endeavour to make an early decision regarding opening the school. If the decision is made to close the school, parents will be notified on:-
When the weather forecast suggests that there is snow arriving during the school day, the decision to close or not, is much trickier and we can’t always get it right!
In the event of the school having to close after the start of the school day, parents will be notified by phone/social media and the school’s website, requesting parents to collect their child as soon as possible. We strongly advise that, if snow is forecast during the day, you monitor the above sources of information as the snow situation can change quite quickly in Ditton Priors. The safety of all children, staff and parents is our key priority.
Please do not ring school – we need to keep the lines clear for emergencies.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT CLOSING A SCHOOL IS NEVER A DECISION THAT IS TAKEN LIGHTLY; WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STAY OPEN.
Following our Curriculum Committee Meeting last night, where we reviewed progress on the School’s Development Plan, we thought it would be helpful to share the presentation given to parents to help offer strategies and guidance with helping your child read. This includes information on the teaching and pronunciation of phonics, as well as ideas to help engage children with the content of the text including questioning and prompts for working out tricky words.
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our survey on reading at home. We have also carried out a survey with pupils in school, as we want to find out if there is anything that we can do to help encourage children to read more, and to allow us to help support families in promoting comprehension skills.
Here are the results of the survey:-
We have been investigating longer than and shorter than this afternoon, ensuring we use longer instead of bigger, and shorter instead of smaller, as we want to use proper maths words. We found lots of comparisons.
Class 1 and 4 are enjoying their first buddy read of 2019! There are lots of good questions and heaps of encouragement, as well as mountains of enjoyment!
Enjoy singing? Come and join our lovely community choir – all ages, any ability, families welcome. We rehearse every Tuesday in term time 6 -6.45pm at Brown Clee Primary school – no audition just turn up. For more information contact Karen Kirkland by email email@example.com
The local choir recently had a very successful Xmas Concert performing with OfOne Accord and Stompers, and they would love to have more involvement, from children, adults or both! See if you can spot Hetty in the performance – she would love it if more of her classmates joined!
We recently held a workshop to provide guidance on how to help your child read, aimed at parents of infant children. We thought, in light of our drive to help raise the profile of the importance of quality reading, we would share some feedback from a parent that attended. Thank you to Mr Hurst for taking the time to send the feedback in, and if any parents can think of any other areas that they would like support with please do let us know!