Newsletter – 16 October 2020

This Term’s Virtues

This term we are trying hard to be
Curious and Active.

 From Our Headteacher

Dear Parents & Carers,

Thank you for all your donations to the Community Emergency Foodbank. We will deliver them to the CEF warehouse during the half term holiday so there is still plenty of time to bring items in. This week in assembly, we have linked donating food to thinking about ‘Who is my neighbour?’ using the parable of the Good Samaritan. Sharing God’s gifts has also been a focus with classes watching a pre-recorded Harvest Mass celebrated by Fr. Dominic with singing by Miss Errington. Finally, have you ever wondered what happens to all those lovely apples and pears that usually litter the back playground? Well this year Miss Pablos arranged for Tiddly Pommes (click here for more details)  to come in and harvest the lot! The produce will be turned into juice, some of which the school will receive in return. A better result than letting them rot where they fell. Please see the attached photos.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind Regards, Tom Walker

PS on Friday 23rd October the school is closed for an INSET day. We will re-open after half term on Monday 2nd November.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

There is increasing coverage in the media about the ongoing Covid-19 situation around the World. At school we are contiuing to receive daily updates from Oxfordshire County Council, Public Health England and the DfE.

A copy of our full opening letter can be found here

Government Coronavirus Guidance

Latest guidance from the Government can be found here

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Latest Department for Education information:
https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

This Term’s House Point Totals

Ashmolean

Bodleian

Radcliffe

Sheldonian

Sheldonian were the Spring Term House Point winners!

Breakfast and After School Club

Sadly we are currently unable to re-open Breakfast Club due to timings, staffing restrictions, etc.

Just a quick After School Club update.

Thank you if you have booked sessions for After School Club – it restarted last week. 

As you know, the survey of our parents indicated that there is a strong demand for the After School Club provision.  Unfortunately, the number of children booked into ASC is very low – just a few children in each group and we hope that the numbers will pick up next week. 

If bookings do not increase, sadly, we will have to cancel the club as it needs to be self-funding and we cannot sustain running it at a loss. We will keep you informed, but if the attendee numbers do remain low next week, we will only stay open until the October half term.

Please can you spread the word that the ASC is now up and running and hopefully numbers / demand will increase.

Thank you.

Dates For Your Diary – 2020

Autumn Term

Tuesday 10th

Friday 23 October Inset Day

Half Term – Monday 26 to Friday 30 October

Autumn Term Restarts – Monday 02 November

Some Future Dates

Autumn Term Ends – Friday 18 December

KS1 & 2 2021 SATs – click here for more information

School Meals

UPDATE – AFTER OCTOBER HALF TERM JACKET POTATOES WILL BE AVAILABLE EVERY DAY WITH A VARIETY OF FILLINGS!

We have recently expanded our school lunch menu to include some hot lunches. If you wish, the school can provide a lunch for your child (all year groups with the exception of Acorn Nursery Class). Please note that Reception to Year 2 receive Universal Infant Free School Meals.

The new menu will still come in the form of a packed lunch delivered to your child’s classroom.  Please click here to see the new menu.

As usual, school meals must be paid for in advance preferably by term. The cost of a school meal is £2.40 per day. As we are no longer able to accept cash or cheques, all payments must be made via the Schoolgateway (for more information please follow this link). If you had an outstanding balance owing (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.

Please note, 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 email Mrs. McIntyre admin.3842@st-aloysius.oxon.sch.uk .

Other Information

Panto – Sadly, our annual trip to the panto has been cancelled this year. 

Residential Visits – We are hoping for some news soon regarding residential visits…

Swimming – We are hoping to restart swimming next year, just as soon as Ferry Pool start running class lessons again.

Payments to The School Office – PLEASE NOTE due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are no longer accepting cash or cheques as payment and have moved to a CASHLESS system. All payments should be made via the Schoolgateway (click here for further information). Permission slips can be either emailed or bought into school with your child and handed to the school office.

Tigger Class and Acorn Nursery – PLEASE NOTE parents do not need to provide a water bottle, water is given freely to children in class. Please also note, collection time is 3.00pm (Tigger Class) and 3.15pm (Acorn Nursery Class). Prompt collection would be appreciated.

CLASS NEWS

Acorn Nursery Class

Acorn Class have continued to settle in well and we have been discussing the changes of the seasons and the delights of Autumn! We have been looking for signs of Autumn when we’re outside whilst enjoying the last of the milder weather! Inside the children have been listening to Autumn stories such as Leaf Man, Storm and Pumpkin soup and the children have been learning how to make leaf rubbings and prints. They have also been creating the most wonderful Autumn coloured paintings to decorate the classroom as we learn how to mix colours! We have made some colourful hedgehogs to adorn the ceiling as well and we continue to concentrate on our PSED areas through stories and play such as role play shop keepers which has been very popular! We have also begun to look at numbers and shapes more closely with visits to Ten Town to meet King One, Tommy Two and Thelma Three as well as our Shape of the Week, circle, square and triangle. Keep up the good work Acorns!

Tigger Reception Class

Tiggers have been very busy during the last few weeks and we are nearly at the end of our first half term.

In Maths, we have been comparing weight and capacity. The children have been busy exploring the water and the balancing scales, looking to see what is the same, more and less. We have been exploring pattern in sound and actions and talking about repeating patterns with colours, shapes, pegs and natural objects. We have continued to look at the season of Autumn and change. We learnt the story of the Gruffalo. We attempted to order the pictures telling the story. We looked at what happens to apples as they decay. We have talked about our bodies and what our senses do. We looked at some interesting facts about other animal’s eyes, ears and mouths. We have been continuing with our phonics and now know m, a, s, d, t, i and n. We are continuing to blend them together to read words and use the sounds in our writing.  We have learnt how a letter to someone travels and have had our own Post Office inside the classroom. We took our first trip out of school, we visited the post box to post our letters to our parents. We had our very own “Squash” fairy tuff spot and we used the fairies to make up stories and play alongside our friends. The fairies visited us in the week leaving fairy dust and a magic fairy door. We wrote messages to them. We continue to use our fine motor skills and have learnt how to use the tools safely and that we have to wear goggles to protect our eyes . We hammered nails and screwed screws into a giant pumpkin.  I can see some budding builders who are very skilled at handling a screwdriver. We did some cooking making a delicious apple crumble, helping Mrs Christopher to read the instructions. In RE, we have learnt about Creation and that God has given us our gifts. We have talked about ways that we are similar to each other and also different. We have started to talk about people who care for us and the ways in which they care.

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

Fir Year 1 Class

During the past couple of weeks Fir Class have continued to work hard on their letter formation and sentence writing. The children are trying to write sentences from sections of The Gingerbread Man. Phonics lessons and reading continue to be an important part of every day. In RE we’ve completed work on Creation and also written prayers about Harvest. The children are beginning to learn The Hail Mary linking it to The Rosary.

In Maths, the children have worked hard completing the work in understanding number and are now learning about partitioning numbers using part whole models. In Art, the children have also made clay models of animals and done lots of colouring which helps their fine motor skills. It has been another busy couple of weeks in Fir Class.

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

Fig Year 2 Class

In Fig Class, the children have been working very hard on the way in which their work is presented across all subject areas. We are very pleased with the handwriting which is becoming neater, smaller and joined. We are also pleased with the way the children are presenting their Maths especially when using bar-models and whole/part whole diagrams to explain their thinking.  In Computing, the children understand how to make a folder and how to save their work to this folder, how to change the orientation of a document in word, insert a table and use cut and paste to insert an image from the internet. They have been using these skills to create a fact card about their dragon. In Maths, we have continued finding out how to split numbers(partitioning) and are now using this knowledge when working with addition calculations. We are learning about number families e.g. 17+5=22, 5+17=22, 22-5=17, 22-17=5. In RE we have been learning more about The Rosary and the prayers that are said. We have prayed a decade of the rosary during our class assemblies. It is lovely to see the children so excited and engaged in their learning.

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

Oak Year 3 Class

Over the past few weeks, the children have created some fantastic pieces of writing. They have written and illustrated some very emotive poems based on the wind and changing seasons. They have also continued to explore the experience of those passengers upon the Titanic, creating detailed accounts of the fateful night the boat crashed.

In our number work we are now developing our understanding of addition and subtraction. We are working together to reason practical problems and formally noting column addition. Our Art Deco work is progressing as we create our own stained-glass Art deco windows which we hope you will see on our class windows next week. Together the class have decided they wish to create their own class assemblies and we look forward to taking part in these next term as the children decide on the theme, stories and activities that we can build upon to strengthen the values of God’s love which are so important to us. On the first week returning from half term, the children will be asked to complete a book review as their homework task and I would ask that they continue to read at home to allow them to complete this task, develop their vocabulary and share their enthusiasm for reading and stories with you. We have a growing number of jumpers and cardigans in the cloakroom. I will bring these to the front door on Monday morning if you are missing one. Mrs Lavety.

In RE, we have begun our unit on Prayer. We have listened to scripture about what Jesus taught us about prayer and have considered what helps us to pray. As well as this, during the month of The Holy Rosary, we have been taking the opportunity to say decades of The Rosary and have thought carefully about the words of these well-known prayers. In Science, we have completed our work on healthy eating, creating healthy meals for Astronaut Duncan to take into space and have created information pages to share our knowledge. In Mental Maths lessons, we have been focusing on our times tables facts, recapping our knowledge of the 3x tables and starting to learn the 4x and 8x tables. Perhaps we can showcase some of our knowledge at home and show you what we have been learning! Miss Duncan.

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

Ash Year 4 Class

Ash Class has been working hard these past few weeks. We have begun exploring the Bronze Age in our topic.  In English we have been focused on grammar and becoming experts with the following: homonyms, synonyms antonyms and using colons. In Maths, we have worked on place value and are now working on telling time and the many ways there are to tell time. If your child is working towards becoming an expert at telling time you could use the many opportunities throughout the day to practise at home with them.   For a challenge, we have been working on word problems focused around time.  In RE, we have started exploring how Jesus teaches us how to pray and the importance Jesus attached to prayer. The children especially enjoyed our Science investigation this past week. We took a paper flower and folded in the petals. We then made a prediction about what would happen when they were immersed in water. We shared our results and thought about why the petals had opened up and what had caused this. We then wrote up our investigation.  Their conclusions were impressive and several children were able to link the cause and effect of water pressure.  Lastly, we learned about Wassily Kandinsky and made drawings inspired by his famous abstract art.




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Bay Year 5 Class

The children have shown great creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom. In Maths they have been looking at addition and subtraction, solving problems using the column method, estimating and exploring inverse operations. In English, the children continue to explore a range of Greek Myths including Perseus and Medusa and Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as creating fantastic drama performances based on Greek Mythology. They have begun to plan and write their own Greek Myths using their knowledge and creativity. In Science the children have been looking at the Sun, Earth and Moon, exploring their movements and the causes to life on Earth. The children have used chalk to create brilliant pictures of the moon, looking closely at the shape, texture and tone. In RE they have begun to look at Miracles of Jesus, exploring the stories and the importance of them. The children have painted Grecian Urns in Art, showing images of important events in Ancient Greece and key parts from Greek Myths.

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Willow Year 6 Class
Over the past few weeks in Willow class we have really enjoyed getting stuck into making masks of our ‘spirit animals’ in the style of the ancient Maya civilisation. The children have used mod-roc to create a solid base and will begin decorating them with feathers and paint this week. In literacy we have been creating persuasive texts advertising holidays to the various destinations described in our class book. The children are really enjoy “Middleworld” as a book and are keen to find out what happens – thank you to all of you who have bought a copy for your child to read along with in class. In Maths, we have been moving on from place value to revising written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – this has really helped refresh some forgotten skills.




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