Newsletter 10th February 2017

Dear Parents,

Open Afternoon

It was good to see some of you yesterday during the open afternoon.  I hope it gave a flavour of how the school operates.  In the parent meeting, I spoke (amongst other things) about the curriculum we offer.  It is too complicated to write down in detail in this newsletter, but do take a look at our website where you can see what your child is learning:  If you click right through you can access overview plans for different topics – these are updated frequently.  Most mornings we focus on English (including phonics) and maths, but there is a rich afternoon curriculum which includes block sessions of art, design and sport (one week in six in addition to regular PE lessons), along with specialist tuition in computing (termly blocks).  Some children also get to go to Forest School (half term blocks), and there are also morning cookery sessions (13 week rota).  Science, history, geography, music and RE are taught on an ongoing basis.

We are very fortunate to access extra funding (in the form of the Lin Cooper Teaching Bursaries) which make many of these possible.  We simply could not afford the 3 to 15 ratios for Forest School otherwise, or the 1 to 7 for cookery.


Speaking of money, you may be interested in the National Funding Formula (formerly the Fairer Funding Formula) consultation currently underway.  Oxfordshire is currently one of the lowest funded authorities is the UK, but if the proposed arrangements are implemented, Dr South’s will still lose significant funding in addition to having to find an additional 8% for increased costs (eg pensions).  If you have a view on whether the school’s funding should decrease year on year (fortunately we are capped for the amount we can lose in any one year), do make it known to your MP.

World Book Day

This annual event is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday 2nd March and we are inviting the children to dress as a book character.  There will be a prize for each class for the most imaginative costume.  There will also be book themed events on the day.

Parents Consultations

These will take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February.  Booking sheets are up in the classrooms.


Next week is half-term.  I hope you have an enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you all again at 8.50am on Monday 20th February.

Textile collection

We are having a textile collection on Thursday 23rd February.  If you have any used clothes or fabrics that can go for recycling, please leave them in the lobby by the office in a bin liner.  We get money for each sack we send why not use the holiday as a chance for a clear out?




Future events (w/b Monday 20th February)

  • Cookery – Beech Class
  • Art – Year 6
  • Sport – Year 5


  • Forest School – Year 3


  • Forest School – Year 5


  • Parent consultations


  • Textile collection
  • Parent consultations
  • Swimming – Oak Class


Useful dates for the year

  • 20/02/17          8.50am          Start of Spring Term 2
  • 22/02/17                                  Parent consultations
  • 23/02/17                                  Parent consultations
  • 01/03/17                                  Oak Class charity event
  • 02/03/17                                  World Book Day
  •                    2.45pm, 7.00pm   Phonic explanation meetings
  • 24/03/17                                  Red Nose Day
  • 27/03/17          am                  Year 5 trip to Gosford Hill School production
  • 07/04/17          2.00pm          Church service led by Oak Class
  •                                                    End of Spring Term 2
  • 24/04/17          8.50am          Start of Summer Term 1
  • 01/05/17                                  May Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 07/05/17                                  Islip Big Bike Ride
  • 08/05/17                                  Year 6 assessment week (SATS)
  • 19/05/17          2.30pm          Oak Class sharing assembly
  • 26/05/17                                  May Day
  •                                                    End of Summer Term 1
  • 06/06/17          8.50am           Start of Summer Term 2
  • 12/06/17                                  Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 14/06/17                                  Ash and Willow Class Charity event
  • 16/06/17          2.30pm           Willow Class sharing assembly
  • 26/06/17                                  Beech Class residential
  • 05/07/17          1.30pm           Ash and Willow Class production
  • 13/07/17          1.30pm           Oak and Beech production
  • 14/03/17          2.30pm           Ash Class sharing assembly
  • 18/07/17          9.30am           Sport morning
  • 20/07/17          9.30am           Sport morning reserve
  • 21/07/17          2.00pm           Leavers’ service
  •                                                     End of Summer Term 2


Best wishes

Huw Morgan



Our Christian value for the term is Truthfulness.  This term we have thought about Adam and Eve, Jacob and Esau, Moses and the burning bush, Saint Lucia and the Romans, Elijah the prophet, the Four Sights of Buddhism, God and the witch in Hinduism and the boy who cried wolf.