Staff

Y5 Bread Tasting

Y5 Chiltern Open Air Museum Trip

Y5 GMS Bread Making

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

Y3 Yoga

Dear Parents, 

Our apologies that a note did not go out in regards to yoga. 

Please could you ensure that your child has a towel (no exercises mats please) each Tuesday afternoon between now and the end of the year as Miss Barnes will be teaching yoga to both classes. 

There may be some Tuesdays where we will not do yoga and do sports day practice instead but please ensure a towel is in on a Tuesday anyway. These could be left in the children’s PE bags. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch. 

Best wishes,

Miss Barnes and Mr Farina 

Y4 Helping Parents

Due to a staff Maths Meeting during Hymn Practice next Tuesday (21st), we will not require our usual morning helping parents in Year 4.

Thank you.

Year 4 Team

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

May Half Term Holiday Camp