HAGBOURNE C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL
Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9LR
Please remember to look at the Class Pages for topic webs and class letters
‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’
CARE - COURAGE - RESPECT - RESPONSIBILITY
NEWSLETTER 19 Monday 19th February 2018
Friday the 2nd February 2018
World Book Day
This year to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, we are having a character spoon competition. Children can decorate a wooden spoon (or cardboard cut out) with a book character of their choice. There will be a certificate and prize for the best from each class so don’t forget to label your spoon with the characters name and your own.
Brain Awareness Day - Friday 16th March
It is ‘Brain Awareness Week’ this year from the 12th to the 18th of March. We have planned a day to work with our Neuroscientist STEM ambassador again. This will be held on Friday 16th March and children will work with Dr Clare and her team throughout the day.
We would like to invite Reception Parents to come and work with their children to make a playdough brain and learn all about how it works. These sessions will run from 9.00 to 9.30 and 2.30 to 3.00 (a letter will go home separately). Please be aware these sessions will not be appropriate for any toddlers.
Helping at Home
Please see below for ideas of how to support your child at home. Please don’t forget the children have access to RM Easimaths, Phonics Bug (Bug Club) and Education City.
Reading to your child, and your child reading to you, is the most valuable thing to do. Discuss characters’ feelings, what they think will happen next and work out the definitions of any new words - either from the sentence or a dictionary if needed! Google is great for this! Look at different types of punctuation and discuss how and why they are used. All this will help with writing too!
For Maths, counting, addition, subtraction and times table practice will help children to become fluent with the basic skills needed for problem solving. As well as written practice, ‘chanting’, asking your children questions or using workbooks, you could do this through card games or apps to keep it ‘fun’. Activities such as cooking, measuring lengths and heights, telling the time, setting up shops and playing games like Snakes and Ladders are also all great, fun ways to support your children’s maths learning.
Please see Oxford Owl website it is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home and at school. It has great ideas for maths and reading activities.
The ‘Reading at Home’ opening paragraph says:
‘Time and time again, research shows that learning to read - and to love to read - is directly linked to children's success at school and beyond. So how can you best support your child at home? We can help, from explaining how children are taught to read using phonics to tips for encouraging reluctant readers, and book recommendations for every age group. And don't miss our free eBook library of eBooks for children aged 3 - 11!’
The ‘Maths at Home’ opening paragraph says:
‘Find out what you can do to help develop your child's maths skills, from the early years to KS2 SATs.’ Not as inspiring as the reading but some good tips nonetheless!
If would like any other ideas on how to support your child at home, please see your child’s class teacher who will happily give advice.
The current lunch menu can be found here.
Community News / Activities
Parenting Taster Session
Parenting is the most important, yet challenging and worthwhile role we have as we prepare our children to grow up to become independent and valued members of society. If you think you MIGHT like to join a group for a few weeks, come to a "taster" session to see what it's all about.
Thursday 1st March, 2pm - 3pm in the Beehive. As it's BOOK WEEK, bring a book that was your favourite as a child OR one you enjoy reading with your child now. There will be room for babies / preschool children to come on this occasion.
Thank you to Mrs Crewe for supporting this initiative
Revd Louise Butler; accredited parenting facilitator. If you are interested but can't come at this time, email Louise at email@example.com
Brookes Science Bazaar
This year, Oxford Brookes University is celebrating 10 years of the Brookes Science Bazaar, and we invite your students, their families/guardians and school staff to celebrate with us!
The Science Bazaar will take place at Headington Campus on Saturday 24 February from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
This free event will be packed with exciting activities offering something for everyone, from fitness to healthy foods, building the highest spaghetti marshmallow tower, and learning about your genes.
Examples of our activities are:
· Operation! Try some fun interactive activities with our Operating Department Practice team. Fake blood included!
· Looking through the eyes of a modern paramedic: A practical hands-on experience exploring the world of modern paramedics. Learn basic life support and other useful life-saving skills.
· Augmented Reality: The Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) demonstrates how past experience can be made visible again today.
· Oxford Brookes Racing Simulator: Race the OBR 2014 car around different tracks and set the fastest lap
· What coffee is in your cup? Find out about different types of coffee and how ethical choices around this everyday drink can help save wild animals and places.
· The Outbreak: Use glitter to see how viruses can spread from your hands.
· The Psych Booth: Come along to learn about your brain, and have fun with mirror tracing and optical illusions!
Brookes Science Bazaar is organised and run by staff and students at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (a network which coordinates clinical and academic excellence within Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford and two local NHS Trusts).
Our researchers are looking forward to meeting you and talking about their work. The activities will be engaging and hands-on, and while everyone is welcome to participate, they will be aimed at children aged 5-12 years old.
Dates for the Diary
Sunday 25th February
Café Church. An informal, discussion based all age service from 10.30am. Further details closer to the time.
Thursday 1st March
World Book Day
Thursday 1st March, 2pm - 3pm
Parenting Taster Session
Friday 16th March
Brain Awareness Day - Reception Parents invited from 9.00 to 9.30 or 2.30 to 3.00
Tuesday 20th March
Reception and Year One performance 9.30 and 2.00
Thursday 22nd March
School Disco - More information to follow
Thursday 29th March
End of Term - 1.30pm finish for the whole school and 4.30 finish for After School Club
Monday 16th April
Back to school for the summer term
Friday 27th April
Spring Fete 3 - 4.30 pm
Wednesday 2nd May
Year 4 to Youlbury (2 nights)
Monday 7th May
Monday 14th May
Start of SATs week
Monday 21st May
Year 6 to Yenworthy (4 nights)