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Newsletter – 07 February 2020

This Term’s Virtues

This term we are trying hard to be
Loving and Compassionate.

From Our Headteacher

Dear Parents & Carers,

You may already be aware that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has designated 2020 the Year of the Word. The aim is to re-centre ourselves upon the Scriptures. At school we now have a special Bible on display in each classroom’s prayer corner and the entrance hall.  Next time you are in the school do take a look.

Kind Regards, Tom Walker

From the Director of Public Health

There has been much coverage in the media about the ongoing Coronavirus situation in China. Naturally, while this coverage will be cause for concern, there is no need for alarm.

The World Health Organization have declared this is a public health emergency of international concern, and the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk from low to moderate.  This enables the government to plan and prepare for any outcomes and maintain the safety of the public.  To date, there are two people in the UK tested positive for Coronavirus and no confirmed cases in Oxfordshire.  This is an evolving situation and Public Health England are keeping a close watch on the situation.

The Government and the NHS are fully prepared to deal with this virus and all necessary control measures have been put in place.

To receive up to date and reliable information about the evolving situation and advice please visit the following website:

You can also help yourself by taking the usual precautionary measures that would help slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus:

  • Always carry tissues to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap


We are currently recruiting a temporary Teaching Assistant to join our EYFS team between March and July this year.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please speak to Jo in the office.  Please click here to see the Oxfordshire County Council website advert.

Other News

Smartie Tubes – At the end of this term all the children will come home with a tube of Smarties. Enjoy the sweets but please keep the tube and fill it with as many 20p (or even £1) coins as you can. Then return the (hopefully full) tube to the School Office on Monday 24th February. All the money raised will go towards an IT development project for the school.  Thanks for your support.

Support for Refugee Children Arriving in Rhodes – Carol Forde-Johnston, a parent from Bay Class, is collecting donations for Fr John Luke OFM and his Catholic parish in Rhodes. Fr John Luke is supporting refugee children and teenagers arriving from Syria. They receive no government funding and the children are currently living in an old abattoir. We are aiming to fill a pallet for Rhodes full of art materials and things for children/teenagers to do that takes their mind off the traumas they have experienced. Fr John Luke felt that such items would be very helpful currently. There will be a box outside the school office for you to drop off art materials that will be collected each Friday until 1st April; the pallet will be sent soon after.  Any art materials, colouring books, felt tip pens, paint, craft packs/materials for a range of ages will be gratefully received. The children will be fully supervised by ladies from the church with the materials sent. See video links below that explain the charity and there is also a Just Giving page that directly supports the parish, set up by Theresa Lunniss who trained as a nurse with Fr John Luke.  Thank you for your support.

This Term’s House Point Totals





Sheldonian were the Autumn Term House Point winners!

Dates For Your Diary – 2020

February 2020

Tuesday 11th February – Year 3 Football Tournament
Wednesday 12th February – Year 4 Ashmolean Trip
Friday 14th February – 3.05pm End of Spring Term Pt 1
Monday 24th February – 8.35am, Start of Spring Term Pt 2
Tuesday 25th February – Pancake Day Lunch
Wednesday 26th February – 10.00am, Ash Wednesday Mass at The Oratory

March 2020

Tuesday 3rd March – Willow Class IMPS Visit to JR
2.00pm Bay Class Confessions @ The Oratory
Thursday 5th March – WORLD BOOK DAY (children can come to
school dressed as their favourite book character)
Tuesday 10th March – Scholastic Book Fair Opens!
2.00pm Willow Class Confessions @ The Oratory
Monday 16th March – Scholastic Book Fair – Last chance to
Tuesday 17th March – 2.00pm Ash Class Confessions
@ The Oratory
Wednesday 18th March – 8.00pm Meeting for FHC Parents
@ The Oratory (refreshments at 7.30pm)
Friday 20th March – 8.00am Mother’s Day Breakfast
Saturday 21st March – 9.00am FHC Confessions @ The Oratory

Some Future Dates

KS1 & 2 2020 SATs – click here for more information

Change of date for Summer Fair to Saturday 18th July

St. Aloysius Breakfast & After School Club

Breakfast Club – there is no need to book, just turn up! From 7.45am the cost is £4.00 and from 8.00am the cost is £3.50.

After School Club – please remember to book your After School Club sessions online via the Schoolgateway app. No bookings after 2.30pm. Dates are available for the whole of this academic year.

If you would like any further information about either Breakfast or After School Club, please speak to Jo or Chris in the school office.

Paying For School Meals

School meals must be pre-booked and paid for in advance preferably by term. The cost of a school meal is £2.40 per day, so next term will be £69.60 (29 days @ £2.40). Please make cheques payable to “Oxfordshire County Council”. Money should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and class and then posted in the blue box outside the office. If you had an outstanding balance (or credit) from last term it will be carried forward. You can also check your child’s balance and make payments via the Schoolgateway app.

From January, if you want your child to have a school meal and you do not have any credit in your account, you will receive a telephone call from the office asking you to provide a packed lunch for your child.

If you have any queries regarding school dinner money or require a statement, please speak to Mrs. McIntyre in the School Office.

The current School Dinners Menu is available via the school website information page.


Acorn Nursery Class

It has been a busy couple of weeks in Acorns. Amongst the increasingly varied role play games that are unfolding as friendships develop, we celebrated Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat and looked at the different ways in which it is celebrated. The children learned the story of why each year is named after an animal and enjoyed making Chinese lanterns. We have also been reading the book Supertato and creating some wonderful masks and Supertatoes of our own! This week we have been focussing on feelings and being brave, linking this to how all Acorns have superhero qualities!

Acorns have been learning the ‘n’ sound and playing phonics games to help solidify their existing knowledge as well as tuning into rhyming words and sounds. In Maths, we have visited Ten Town’s Eric Eight the Snowman and will begin to use our growing number knowledge to play group games to deepen understanding.

Tigger Reception Class

Tiggers have been looking closely at traditional stories, we have been focussing on the Three Little Pigs, talking in detail about characters, setting, plots and endings. We also looked at different versions of the story reading the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, comparing them and looking at the similarities and differences between the two stories. We also applied these skills to writing our own story maps and stories.

In RE we have been continuing to look at Baptism and are looking forward to a visit to the church to meet Father Oliver who will show us around the church and baptise one of our “babies”.

In Maths, we are looking closely at numbers, focussing on numbers 9 and 10. Understanding ways we can make the numbers that come before and after.

The children have especially enjoyed doing their cooking activities and are becoming really competent at handling kitchen tools safely and understanding the ingredients they are using. This week they have applied their phonic knowledge to write a shopping list.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Fir Year 1 Class

Fir Class have had a busy couple of weeks. The children have learnt more Fire of London facts and done some lovely writing as well as creating great silhouette pictures of The Fire. In Maths, we have spent two weeks looking at place value in depth using lots of different equipment to solve problems. In RE the children have begun to think about forgiveness and how important it is, they thought about it in the context of their friends to begin with and now we are looking at stories from The Bible. The children have carried on reading and re-telling various fairy stories in our English lessons as well as doing lots of work on reading and phonics.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Fig Year 2 Class

In Fig Class we have enjoyed continuing to read The Iron Man, discussing how the author, Ted Hughes, makes the story exciting for the reader. We have also continued to develop our comprehension skills by answering questions on the text both verbally and with written answers. Alongside this we have been developing our editing skills by up levelling Miss Duncan’s descriptive sentences.

In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and division and have used our knowledge of the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables to help us with this. This is something that we have continued to practise. Perhaps you could test us on our rapid recall of these times tables at home, particularly out of sequence.

In RE, we have looked at the sacrament of marriage, looking at symbolism that represents everlasting love and listening to vows that the bride and groom make. This week, we became the RE teachers and in groups read about a miracle that Jesus has performed and shared our knowledge with the rest of the class. We then listened as different groups performed and talked about what we had learnt about Jesus’s miracles from other children in the class.

In topic lessons, we have been learning about William Caxton who invented the first printing press in the UK and have created a fact file about him. Last Friday, we took the paper planes that we made as part of our previous learning this term about early flight and tested them on the playground. We set up metre sticks and a start line and measured the distance that our planes flew. Some of us even attempted to convert between metres and centimetres.

In Science, I know that the children have been very busy planting with Mrs Montes, discussing the early stages of seed growth and watching bulbs grow in glass jars. I look forward to seeing and discussing the progress of their seeds with the pupils as the term goes on.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Oak Year 3 Class

In Oak Class, the children have been finding out about St. Francis of Assisi, the way he changed his indulgent life style to one of poverty, how he was known for his care of animals and why he is accredited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. We learnt that he did this so that we could see, with our own eyes, the humble way Jesus was born.  In Science, we carried out an investigation to find out which rocks are permeable and which are impermeable. The children thought about how this affects the way rocks weather and what happens when the water freezes and expands in rocks. With this knowledge, the children understood why the properties of rocks affect how we use them in our lives. In Maths, the children have been interpreting data in tally charts, pictograms and bar charts and then drawing their own.

In English, we have been planning poems based on the rainforest. First the class created a list of powerful adjectives and verbs, then they began to write their poems using this vocabulary, considering word order, use of repetition, similes and rhythm. The children have discovered how hard it can be to write a poem that expresses what you want to say.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Ash Year 4 Class

This week Ash Class have been very busy. We are exploring the Stone Age and the children have been working hard at home and in class to create some fantastic presentations, models and information posters. We are looking forward to visiting the Ashmolean Museum on 12th February to explore artefacts and learn more about this period in prehistory. Our numeracy work has focussed on division, exploring both mental and written strategies. We have created some fantastic mythical legends in our creative writing and hope to convert these into interesting story presentations for our Year 2 audience. We have completed our celebration of the Catholic Christmas season and now reflect upon Jesus as a light and guide in our own lives through his work and teachings in the Bible. This allows us to think about the talents that we have and the skills that we can use to share God’s love through the choices we make. This has helped us to reflect with confidence as we all strive to “find our brave” this week, in support of children’s mental health week. We have explored the difficulties in dealing with change and challenged ourselves to reach new goals.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Bay Year 5 Class

This week in Bay Class we have been working on ‘Find Your Brave Week.’ We designed our own superheroes which help to tackle all our fears! Within this, we incorporated some grammar (naturally) and learned all about modal verbs and subjunctive mood. This has really helped the class put our knowledge in context for our grammar Top Trumps Tournament which will be taking place after half term. In Maths, we have moved on to learning about fractions and have been converting improper to mixed number fractions. Finally, our class participated in the county sports hall athletics event where we had a great time and received the award for determination! Well done Bay Class!

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser. 

Willow Year 6 Class

Willow Class have now selected a story from a newspaper that they would like to write about. They had to carefully select and decide what makes a newsworthy report. So far, they have researched their chosen report and have put down the key information needed so they can produce their own article. Over the next week, they will be writing their own story. It would be good if you could get your children to carry on looking at newspapers to see how these are structured as this will help with their writing.

In Maths, we are converting fractions, decimals and percentages. They have grasped this quickly, although I would say that they still need support when the denominator does not go into a hundred. For example, 3/5 written as a decimal and percentage.

In RE, we are starting a new unit, focusing on baptism, confirmation and the celebration of the Holy Spirit. This week we looked at the Baptism of Christ and why this was such a significant event. If you would like to, you could look at baptism and confirmation videos to help with their understanding. In Art, we have been drawing tornados and have used shading to give their pictures a 3D effect. Finally, I have given the children some PE homework. This involves them balancing on one leg while trying to squat 5 times. They should be able to show you this and you could also see who can do the most.

Click here for this term’s Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser.