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School News

Term 6

5 June 2017

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome back to term 6, the last of this academic year.  I hope you have all had a lovely break and the children are refreshed and ready to learn.

The topics for this term are:

Class 1 – The Seaside

Class 2 – Oceans

Class 3 – Medicine through the ages

The clubs available this term are:

Jewellery club – Tuesday lunchtime (for Year 2 – Year 6)
Sewing club – Wednesday lunchtime (for Year 3 – Year 6)
Hockey – Wednesday (3.15-4.15pm) for class 2 & 3 starting 11 Jan
Netball – Thursday lunchtimes for everyone
Football - Thursday for class 2 & 3 after school (3.15-4.15pm)
Choir – Friday 3.15-3.45pm


As you will already know we will not be visiting Thornbury Leisure Centre this term to go swimming but instead there will be an extra PE lesson on Wednesday afternoons.  Please can I remind you to send your child into school with their PE kits on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the rest of this academic year.


We have 2 INSET days coming up in term 6.  The first of these will be our annual ‘Parents’ Consultation Day’ on Fri 7 July, when you are welcome to come into school, look at your child’s books and folders and talk to your child’s teachers (no appointments necessary).  We’ll send more details about this nearer the time.  The second INSET day will be on the Friday of the last week of term

(Fri 21 July).  Therefore the last day at school for the children will be Thurs 20 July.  Please note there will be no after school club on Thurs 20 July but there will be normal after school club provision Mon 17 July – Wed 19 July.  Term 1 will start on Monday 4th September.

Sports Day

At the end of term 5 we held a lovely sports day in glorious sunshine!  I’m pleased to announce that the Jaguars were the winning team and will have their team name engraved on the Sports Day Trophy.  Congratulations to Seb, Lois, Charlie W, Tristan, Junior, Bobby, Max, Heidi, Sunny, Molly, Amalie and Dominic!  May I also say a huge ‘well done’ to the rest of the children who all completed admirably and a big thank you to parents and Friends of our school for supporting this event.  We made £57 from the plant sale and £75 from selling refreshments.

Finally, I’m very sad to announce that Mrs Jo Goodwin our TA in Class 1 will be leaving us at the end of this term, we wish Jo all the very best for the future.

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Dix

Head teacher



Oldbury on Severn CE VC Primary School

Reception Entry Dates and Times September 2017

Week 1 Mon 4 – Fri 8 Sept Morning sessions only. 

Arrive in classroom at 8.55am.  Collect at 11.50am from school gate.

Week 2 Mon 11 – Fri 15 Sept Afternoon sessions only. 

Arrive in classroom at 12.50pm.  Collect at 3.15pm from school gate.

Week 3 Mon 18 – Fri 22 Sept Morning session and Dinner

Arrive in classroom at 8.55am.  Collect after dinner at 12.50pm from school gate.

Week 4 Mon 25 – Fri 29 Sept Dinner and afternoon session

Arrive in classroom at 11.50am.  Collect at 3.15pm from school gate.

From Monday 2 October in School full time

How to support your child

We Encourage you to read every day with your child.  Educational research shows that children with good reading levels have better access to all areas of the curriculum and therefore, better chances of success.  We use the phonic alphabet when teaching reading, sounding out e.g. ‘aah’ ‘buh’ and ‘cuh’.  Which helps children to ‘sound out’ unfamiliar words.  We will be holding an information evening for Reception parents in the Autumn term to give you more detailed information on how to support your child’s reading and maths at home.


If you have already been helping your child with letters at home, please use lower case not capitals, especially if they are already recognising or even writing their name.

We try to encourage independence whenever possible at school.  We would appreciate your support with encouraging this at home too.  Allow your child to practice taking off a jumper and doing up their coat.  Also, if you choose shoes with laces please make sure they are able to do the laces up themselves.

By the end of term 2, we expect all Reception children to be able to bring themselves into the school building and hang their coat on their peg.  This encourages the necessary skills of independence that we try to develop with your child.

If you ever have any concerns about your child, you are welcome to write a note in your child’s reading log or have a quick word with us before or after school.  Anything that needs a longer discussion may require a separate appointment time to be made.

Class Routines

Your child will be doing PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays, on these days they should wear PE kit to school.  Please make sure long hair is tied back.  Earrings should be taken out or you can send in some micro-pore tape to cover the earrings.

In Class 1 we have a behaviour system using clouds and sunshine.  All children start the day on the white cloud in the middle.  They get praised and moved up to the sunny cloud and then the full sunshine if they show positive behaviour and have worked hard.  If they go on the full sunshine they will be presented with a certificate in Friday’s assembly.  If they choose inappropriate behaviour they will go down to the rain cloud or even the thunder cloud.  If they end the day on the thunder cloud then we will speak to you about your child after school.

We change reading books every morning when you child comes into the classroom.  Please try to read with your child every day and make sure you indicate which books they have read in their reading log.

At 10.15am every morning the children have fruit and milk and then the option to have toast outside during morning play time.

There will also be a Star of the Week chosen each week.  This will be based on who has been trying hard with their learning following our class rules of behavior.  This will be announced in assembly on Friday.  The Star of the Week will then be asked to bring in items for their Show and Tell on the Monday.

Forest Fridays

Every Friday morning (regardless of the weather) the Reception children will be in the school forest area.  Please send in a pair of wellies, substantial waterproof trousers and a warm, lightweight waterproof coat with a hood and in the winter hat and gloves that you are happy to leave in school.  They will get wet and muddy so please feel free to leave a spare set of clothes in school.  They can wear their jogging bottoms on Forest Friday as this will make it easier for changing and also more comfortable.



Wellies are kept at school to be used at playtimes to enable the children to access the school field in all weathers.

School uniform



Grey trousers, red sweatshirt, red or white t-shirt, grey socks, black shoes


Grey skirt/pinafore or grey/black trousers, red sweatshirt/cardigan, red or white t-shirt, black shoes, white socks or black tights




Grey shorts, red sweatshirt, red or white t-shirt, grey socks, black shoes


Grey skirt or red & white check dress, red sweatshirt/cardigan, red or white t-shirt, black shoes, white socks


PE Uniform

All the infants do PE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Trainers, black/navy shorts or red (or navy) jogging bottoms and red/white T-shirt.  They should wear their PE kit all day on a Wednesday.

All school uniform can be ordered online from School Trends.  To search for the school either enter Oldbury on Severn Primary School or the postcode, BS35 1QG.

Additional Important Information

Please ensure that all items belonging to your child are clearly labelled with their name.  This is especially important on PE days when the children are most likely to get their clothes mixed up.

Schools meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are free, for all other primary school children the cost is £2.10 per meal.  Dinner money should be paid weekly, either cash or cheque.  Please make cheques payable to South Gloucestershire Council.

Lots of useful information, up-to-date events, news, photos etc. on the school website www.oldburyschool.org.uk

We also have a Friends of Oldbury School Facebook page where parents can discuss/share information.

We have an after school club which is Mon – Thus 3.15-5.15pm, term time only, please see separate sheet for more info.