Nursery

Age Appropriate Material

Dear Parents / Carers

I regret to advise that, despite many requests, children are still being allowed to access material which is not age appropriate at home.  By far the most common of these at present is Fortnite.  Fortnite has a Pegi rating of 12+ which is legally enforceable in the UK.

This content is then being discussed, acted out or shared around school.

Whilst we do everything we can to keep your children safe in school, we need you, as parents and carers, to fully support us in this.

Please can we, once again, ask you to ensure your child is only able to access age appropriate material.  There are some useful links on our website under the e-safety tab, but if you need any further help, please contact the school office.

Thank you for your understanding.

Mr Garner

FoB Happy School Bag

Happy School Bag Collection – 23rd & 24th May

Thinking of having a clear out ready for the summer? Well, save those bagged up items for our next clothing collection in May. This is a great fundraiser for the school and raises £300+ each time! Bags will be coming home today.

FoB Team

Weekly Reading Tip

Dear Parents,

This week, our reading tip is very simple.  One of the best ways to improve your child’s reading experience is to get involved with your child’s school about reading.  This term, there are three key ways that you can do this:

1.       OUR PARENT’S QUESTIONNAIRE

Mrs Andrews has prepared a short questionnaire for Burford parents to complete, which will give you a voice in how we plan for and promote reading in our school.  The questionnaire takes no more than 5 minutes to complete and the information we can gather from it is invaluable to us.  Please take time to complete the questionnaire.  The link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6HNJ5K8

2.       OUR DAD’S READING BREAKFAST – FRIDAY 24TH MAY 2019

As parents, our children will tend to read if they see us read and, research shows, it can be particularly powerful in engaging boys in reading to see their fathers or a male role model read.  We are holding a very special event next Friday, 24th May, inviting dads in for breakfast at school, whilst sharing a book with their child/children. If you would like to come, please email the office so we have an idea of how many pastries we need.

3.    SIGN UP TO OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT

We have a Burford Reading Twitter account which offers tips and shares information about reading at Burford.  Follow us on twitter@burfordreads for all book updates.  The link to the questionnaire is on there as well!

4.   VOLUNTEER TO READ AT SCHOOL

Many of our parents already volunteer to read with children in our school and we are very grateful for help from parents to ensure children read regularly and get the chance to discuss their reading books with someone.  As children progress through the school, we can occasionally see the amount of volunteer readers available to work with KS2 children can decrease at a time when they really need our continued support to progress their reading speeds and comprehension skills (shout out to Y4 parents this year, who have volunteered in their droves!).  If you can spare an hour or two on one or two mornings or afternoons a week, it can make a world of difference to the children in school.  If you think you could offer some time during summer term or from September, please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher.

Thank you to the parents who already involve themselves in their child’s reading journey at school. If you are reading this reading tip, you are already involving yourself.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Judy Puddephatt, Alex Andrews, Lauren Barton
Burford Reading Team

Wellbeing Tip

Dear Parents,

This week marks ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and in school we have been having further age-appropriate conversations about mental health through our circles and PSHE lessons whilst ensuring we stop each day for a meditation activity.

Whilst we have not made it our focus this week, the theme of the week for this year has been ‘Body Image’. We are pleased that through our PSHE programme, Jigsaw, that children in Year 5 and Year 6 have received lessons on body image, their views of ‘beauty’ and becoming increasingly literate when faced with an array of distorted images on social media platforms. The feedback from the children was overwhelmingly positive when interviewing them on their thoughts on these lessons last term.

The Mental Health Foundation has some brilliant resources and publications. There are a number of ‘How to…’ guides on the link below that are easy to read and offer some really useful advice. I also recommend following them on social media should you have it.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications

We are looking forward to welcoming you next week on Monday 20th (2-3pm) or Tuesday 21st (7.30-8.30) to share more of our wellbeing curriculum with you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Barnes

Wellbeing Presentation Reminder

Groundforce Day

Letter to Parents from Ofsted

Dear Parents/Carers

Please find attached a letter to parents from Ofsted together with a ‘School Inspections – guide for parents’.

Please could I also ask you to share the below with your children and if possible assist them with completing their survey at home.

Many thanks.

Mr Garner

Ofsted is inspecting your school, and would like to hear your views. You can do this by completing an online pupil questionnaire at the following link: https://ofsted.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Pupil/10088211

Your views are really important to us, and will help inspectors understand your experience of school. The questionnaire will close at 11am on 14 May 2019, to give the inspector time to look at the results. The questionnaires work in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 11, and on mobiles and tablets when you copy and paste the link into the browser.

We do not ask for your name, so you will not be identified from the responses you make.

Cakes!

Many thanks for all your kind donations for the summer fayre this week. We would very much appreciate more donations of cakes tomorrow. Mr Garner will be on site from 8:30am.

Thank you.

School Office

Lunchtime and Outside Development

Dear Parents/Carers

As some of you may be aware, following discussions I have had with many of the children on the slope and at playtimes I am in the process of reviewing our lunchtime arrangements. I have been working with another local Head Teacher and a Teacher from the Bucks Pupil Referral Unit (who offer behaviour support and guidance to schools) to review our current offer in order to improve the experience for the children at Burford School.

You may not be aware that Burford was built for 210 children and now houses 428 (not including the nursery) and whilst the internal structure of the building has been updated (kitchen removed and dining hall turned into classroom, the Year 2 block built and ‘art breakout’ rooms being converted into classrooms) the external space has been sadly neglected over the 47 year life of the school.

Whilst behaviour at Burford is generally of a very high standard, any issues we encounter usually happen at lunchtime, accounting for 5 hours a week. Resolving the issues can often transfer to learning time in the afternoon. As previously mentioned I would like to enhance the experience the children have during this social time and provide them with the resources and space they need to succeed.

The week before half term (weather permitting) will see the old and worn playground markings updated and over the next few weeks I am going to be gradually introducing new provision to the lunchtime offer, including more toys and games to play with, a quiet offering in the form of reading and colouring opportunities.

This is much more achievable in the spring and summer months when we can utilise our grass spaces. In the wet and winter months this is much more challenging and as a result I have recently met with the FoB committee and we have agreed that improving the outside space will be our big fundraising focus with a series of milestones to be confirmed. Current initial starting points for consideration include redeveloping the garden area in between Year 2 and the Music block into a new quiet area, utilising the hexagon as a space and even the potential to create a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on the top field, allowing for the current ball court to be removed and create more space for creative and imaginative play. Should anyone have suggestions for activities or areas of the site which could be developed to achieve this aim, please send me an email or speak to members of the FoB committee who will be looking at the scope of the project with me. I would once again like to thank FoB for the huge contributions they have made to improving our indoor space (music room, hall extension) and the revamping of the Reception garden which will take place over the summer holiday. FoB will support the school in working towards the delivery of the ‘big ticket’ items whilst also supporting smaller projects to enhance the school experience.

If you have any garden games or toys (e.g. Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Outdoor Twister, etc) or unused colouring books, pencils/felt pens please let me know but speak to me before dropping anything off; the generosity you show at our fayres indicate I may be inundated with offers!

I will continue to update you on the developments in the coming weeks.

Mr Garner

Charity Football Match