At Oxford Grove the impeccable behaviour of our children makes us so proud!
Recently we have been focussing on improving our behaviour on the playground (even though it’s fabulous already, we believe we can always get better).
Mrs Moore, Mrs Day and Miss Harvey were really impressed with us at the end of last week when we showed perfect behaviour on the playground. The most important part of this is lining up properly at the end of play to ensure we are ready for the afternoon lessons.
Can you remember any rules for lining up at Oxford Grove?
At Oxford Grove our school aims are at the heart of everything we do.
‘to create for all children an inclusive, happy, safe, nurturing and supportive learning environment’
We have a strong anti-bullying policy which shows we have ZERO tolerance towards any sort of bullying at our school. The children have been involved in creating this policy themselves and are involved in many of the decisions made here.
We have a supportive mentoring system where children who may be struggling with their feelings are assigned a trusted adult to talk to on a weekly basis. All of our teachers are happy to give up their time to help children with any issue, big or small.
Can you think of any ways in which we try to meet our other school aims?
At the beginning of this week, Muslim children and their families were celebrating Eid. This is a special celebration where Muslims give thanks to their god, Allah. It comes after a month of fasting where Muslims are only allowed to eat or drink after sunset. This is done to show respect towards people who don’t always have enough food to eat, or water to drink.
At Oxford Grove we are tolerant and respectful towards all faiths. We would love to know more about Eid – what did you do to celebrate Eid? Who with?
Year 5 had a very interesting day with visitors who work for Healthy Schools. We each had three workshops on the dangers of smoking, looking after our teeth, and choosing the right foods.
Here are some of the things we learned:
- We need to brush our teeth 3 times a day, for 3 minutes each time – Paige
- We need to spit toothpaste out, but not rinse. We need to leave the fluoride on our teeth for as long as possible – Mujtaba
- Try to find a small-headed toothbrush to be able to get in between your teeth and the corners of your mouth – Jay
- When you smoke, small droplets of tar make their way onto your lungs turning them black – Ella
- To stay healthy, you need to eat AT LEAST 5 portions of fruit and veg a day – Muhammad-Farid
- Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when brushing your teeth – Tosin
- Using a shisha pipe for one hour is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes! – Lewis
- Juice is good for you, but you need to be careful not to drink too much as it can wear away the enamel on your teeth – Priya
- Use mouthwash BEFORE you brush your teeth – Freya
What did you learn?
Today I really wanted to show everyone this example of outstanding progress from 5L! This young lady has improved her handwriting, spelling and has started to work much more independently. She is now writing in paragraphs and can write for a longer period of time without support.
Is there anything supportive you could say to your class mate to make sure she keeps making this amazing progress?
July 2016 March 2017
We are currently due for an Ofsted inspection! Every day we are waiting for a special phone call to tell us that the inspectors at Ofsted have decided that they want to come and have a look at our school.
We are so excited to show off Oxford Grove to people who have never seen us before!
What lovely things would you be able to tell the inspectors about our school?
Today we were visited by two ladies who work for the NSPCC (The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). KS2 went into the hall together for a special assembly.
We talked about the different kinds of worries children can have and how all this worrying can make them feel sad and even tired.
We focussed on what to do if you are worried about something. We came up with loads of ideas for people we can talk to when we are worried, for example: teachers and parents. Our visitors also mentioned Childline, which is a free telephone service for children. When you call Childline or chat to them online, they can offer FREE and excellent advice.
Year 5L had an extra workshop with the ladies from the NSPCC and I would love them to comment to tell me what else they learned!
Last week, we started our transition process at Oxford Grove. Each Monday and Tuesday is now spent with our new classes and class teachers. Some children are even spending time in the classroom they will be using in September.
So far in transition in 5L we have focussed on classroom rules and expectations, handwriting and presentation, and getting to know each other.
Can you remember your new classroom rules?
What have you been doing so far in your transition sessions?