Welcome to our newsletter page. Here you will find the latest information about what is happening in our school. You will find the most recent information just after this paragraph, for older news, please scroll down. For dates please look at our diary listing in the News tab.
Red Nose Day
Today we had our Red Nose Day at school. Children wore their own clothes and bought red noses to raise money for Comic Relief. They also took part in a sponsored 'Big Walk' where they walked the distance of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. All together, the children and families of Oxford Road Community School have raised nearly £800! This is an incredible amount that will help support many children in the UK and across Africa. Thank you to all of our amazing families who helped our children raise this fantastic amount of money.
We have also been given Red Nose Day Super School status! This means we have been recognised by Comic Relief for all the hard work and support with fundraising over the past years. Another fantastic achievement. Thank you. You are all incredible!
Investigating Our Local Environment
Today, our Chair of Governors came to school with a mission for some of our school councillors. Dani talked to us about the importance of looking after our world, as well as caring for our local environment. We were really intrigued about an investigation that she had brought along with her. Dani asked us to help with selecting two different locations where we could attach specially made test tubes at the front of our school. The test tubes will collect particles we cannot see to test the amount of pollution that our local community face right on our door step.
The test tubes will be left for two weeks, when they will be collected by the school councillors and sent away for analysing in a real science lab! We are excited to find out what we can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our local area.
World Book Day
Our children and staff have embraced World Book Day. We have have had a celebration of reading where children and adults have shared their favourite stories, talked about the characters and plots and shared books together. As well as dressing up as their much-loved characters, children also had lots of fun creating their favourites out of potatoes! We had some very worthy winners who were able to choose a book from a fabulous selection.
KS2 Abbeyfield Nursing Home Visit
On Wednesday 30th January, some KS2 children were invited to visit Abbeyfield for our second trip to see the residents. They took some of their books and even sang to the older people. The children really enjoyed meeting the residents and we hope to take another group of children very soon.
KS2 Carol Singing at the Salvation Army
On Wednesday 19th December, KS2 walked to the Salvation Army in Reading to share some songs with the residents. Children were greeted by a chorus of singing from the older people, which was a wonderful welcome.
We enjoyed a magic trick that wowed us and then we sang our favourite carols. Feliz Navidad was a popular one from the audience so we sang that twice!
Some of the children were dancing and were invited to the front to show off their moves - we were even joined by one of our audience! It was a lovely afternoon, and we wish everyone at the Salvation Army a peaceful Christmas.
Last night, Thursday 13th December, we had our annual Christingle. KS2 children led the singing with some beautiful songs. Our Steel Pan band played some amazing tunes, blowing the audience away. The highlight of the night, as always, was the sharing of the Christingles themselves. Thank you to all our families who joined us to celebrate Christmas, and share some of our favourite songs. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in our community.
KS2 Abbeyfield nursing home visit
On Wednesday 5th December, 10 lucky children were invited to visit Abbeyfield nursing home. They took some learning, their favourite books and shared stories with the residents. Some of the children learned some amazing magic tricks from the older people. The children even sang their favourite Christmas song - Christmas Gold.
We hope to have many more visits to Abbeyfield.
Tuesday 13th November
Our Global Cafe opened it's doors for our families this afternoon to offer them a taste of our delicious school meals. We had fantastic attendance, with everyone invited to leave feedback about the meals they had tasted. It was lovely to see so many of our families sharing food together. Thank you to everyone who attended.
School Council Menu Tasting!
Thursday 15th November
Today our School Council representatives had a very important job. They were taste testing some of the new additions to our school meals menu. Meals they tried were a delicious BBQ slider burger, tasty Texan meatballs, a pear upside down cake and a delightful apple and carrot cake.
Look out for these new options in the summer!
Children from across the school made poppies out of plastic bottles to create our Armistice Day display in the playground. What a wonderful way to remember the sacrifices that were made for us to live our lives today.
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for our parents evening this term. We had really great attendance across the school. Teachers enjoyed sharing information about our children's learning.
University of Monsters
Year 6 enjoyed their first visit from the students at the University of Reading on Friday 2nd November. They met the 'monsters' and gave them names. They were also given their own book with lots of interesting activities to complete. Birch 1 are looking forward to visiting the University next week and Birch 2 the week after.
Thank you to all of the many parents who joined us for our Harvest Festival this year. We enjoyed some songs, poems and even a harvest rap! Your kind donations were given to Berkshire Women's Aid who will help get them to those in need.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
On Monday 15th October, we had our Macmillan coffee afternoon. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and who came and bought them too! We raised over £30 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Every year we give year 5 and 6 children to develop their cycling proficiency by taking part in bikeability. Already this year, 24 children have successfully completed either their level 1 or 2 bikeability.
Wise Moves Dance Workshop
As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we invited a dance teacher, Dee, from Wise Moves to come and give each KS2 class a lesson in Caribbean Carnival dancing! Although Dee had traveled all the way from Manchester, she was full of energy and all the children loved the workshop! Dee said she would love to come back anytime as our children were so enthusiastic. Great fun was had by all!
On Friday 28th September, KS2 voted for their new school council representatives. The children who put their names forward wrote applications and presented a manifesto. On Monday 1st October we announced the successful candidates in assembly. We are very proud of all of the children who applied to be a school councilor, over 60 children! Congratulations to those who are now school councilors. You will notice these children as they have a school council badge to wear. Their first meeting is on Thursday 18th October.
Your child might have mentioned to you their class page on our website. Every other week we reveal the new winner of the schools 'Website Award'. This award is given to the class page which has the most exciting information, photos and news about the learning that has been happening the class.
The winners so far have been: Year 5, Year 4, Year 1 and Nursery.
Please look regularly at your child's class page, as you will find lots of useful information there.
Year 6 Bake Sale
A group of children from our year 6 classes organised, baked and sold cakes in order to raise money for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). They spoke to classes, created posters and manned the stall during break time on the 28th September. The cakes were a sellout! The children raised £18.39 for the WWF. A fantastic effort, we think you'll agree.
Already children across the school have been enjoying trips. Year 6 have visited the Natural History Museum, Year 5 have visited the Abbey Ruins in Reading and Year 4 have become chefs at Pizza Express. We also have trips booked for Year 3, Reception and another for Year 4! What a busy year!