Wednesday 26th April 2017

Exciting events in the first couple of weeks………………report from Miss Clare

On Tuesday 27th April, 9 Year 6 children were invited to take part in the TSF (Thomas’s Schools Foundation) Reading Competition.

Miss Clare and her radical readers set off for Thomas’s Kensington Primary School for the afternoon. With a hop, skip and a jump, we joined the other three schools for some light refreshments before heading into the theatre and taking our seats. The competition started and Oxford Gardens took the lead in the the 1st round. The 2nd round was incredibly hard for all of the competitors but our team held their own and gave a good shot at the answers. With our brows sweating in excitement and anticipation, we powered through the 3rd and 4th rounds, ending our wonderful afternoon at 3rd place with 900 points (we were very close to the team who took second place at 1000 points).

It was a wonderful achievement for Oxford Gardens and we thoroughly recommend reading the books that we had to read to answers the questions (Ned’s Circus of Marvels, The House on Hummingbird Island and Fizzleburt Stump – The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus). Well done Jonah, Freya, Fatma, Nour, Daniel, Iona, Ahmed, Verity and Jaida for your commitment and confidence throughout the competition, you were a credit to our school!








Wednesday 19th April 2017

Welcome Back.

We hope that everyone enjoyed the two week break and that you are rested and ready for the busy Summer Term which is already packed with events and exciting learning opportunities.

To begin the final term of the year, we have a Book Fair visiting us next week which Miss Clare and Miss McCrindle our English Leaders have organised. Please see their message below with all the details.
We would like to invite you to our school travelling book fair next week, from Monday 24th April – Thursday 27th April 2017. The travelling book fair will be open from 3.15pm – 4.15pm each afternoon. The children will have had an opportunity to look around the book fair during the day and will be ready to tell you all about the wide variety of books that are on offer. If you would like to purchase any of the books at the fair, cash payments will be needed. Every book sold at the Book Fair will help us to earn ‘Rewards’ that the school can exchange for free books and resources for our classrooms and library.

If you have any questions, please see your child’s class teacher.
We look forward to seeing you next week.

Friday 31st March 2017

The last day of the Spring Term is here !

THANK YOU to everyone who came to support the children at our Annual Easter Bonnet Parade. The sun shone and the hats were all amazing. We are very grateful for all the support that you gave the children at home (with the sticking and gluing!) to make this event such a success. Click below for a detailed report.

Easter Bonnet Parade 2017

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RED NOSE UPDATE – The coin counting is nearly finished, so we can proudly announce an early estimate of £860.00 raised to support Comic Relief. Well Done to everyone.

Finally, we hope that everyone has a wonderful Spring/Easter holiday and enjoys plenty of family time. We look forward to welcoming you all on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 08:55 a.m for the start of the Summer Term.

Monday 27th March 2017

The final week of the Spring Term is here ! We hope that everyone has a great week and manages to squeeze in as much learning as possible before the two week break.

Firstly, we have posted a couple of videos showing the progress of our school choir under the expert management of Ms Sheppard. Please follow the link below to see their performances to Foundation Stage on Red Nose Day.

Secondly, please remember that on Thursday 30th March at 02:45 p.m., we have our Key Stage 1 / Foundation Stage Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Easter Bonnet Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Finally, please remember that school closes at 2:00 p.m on Friday 31st March.

Friday 24th March 2017


(something very special at the end of this post, so read to the end)

We’ve had a fabulous day. Thank you so much for all your support in preparing your children for this special fund raisiing day. We will let you know next week how much we raised.

A special Well Done must go to all the performers in our talent show. They all put so much effort into making their acts special and we loved every minute of the show.

A few Red Nose Day Facts……

  • The first ever Red Nose Day took place in 1988 on the BBC and was hosted by Lenny Henry. It raised £15 million.
  • In 2015, over 17,000 schools took part in Red Nose Day and raised over £7.1 million.

Since Comic relief began, all the money raised has helped:

  • to provide life-saving vaccines to over 2.4 million children.
  • more than 1.2 million people into formal and informal education.
  • over 8 million people living in urban slums to improve their living conditions.

And finally; our gift to you……….when everyone has gone home, this is what we get up to …….!

Have a great weekend and Happy Red Nose Day 2017


Monday 20th March 2017

Welcome to the penultimate week of the Spring Term, which we celebrated today with Year 2 taking part in the Westway Sports Centre Tennis Festival and our Foundation Stage Phonics Workshop which was very well attended. Thank you


A reminder about Red Nose Day on Friday, although, I am sure that you don’t need reminding as the children are so excited !

All the children have been asked to collect as many coins as possible in a special container that they have at home. This container and coins should be brought in on Friday 24th March. Remember….. how much each child contributes is NOT important. The aim is that everyone brings in something, and that by doing so, they will have given up a treat of some description.

Printed below are some of the activities for the day that have been agreed by all Staff and our School Council. If you find any of this confusing, then please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s class teacher for further clarification.

On the Day:

  • Everyone must wear something red.
  • An additional option (not compulsory):
  • Everyone is invited to dress up as a Nose.

DJ Boogie; Dr Nose; The Snorcerer; Nose-It All; Norse Nose; Snuffles; Sniffer; Snootankhamun; Sneezecake; Frankienose

Pictures and cut-outs are available on the Red Nose Website:

  • There will be a Talent Show exclusively featuring performances by children from our classes in Year 2 to Year 6. Classmates have voted for the top 2 acts to go through to the final on 24.03.17. All of our performers will receive a special RND certificate. Performers have all been rehearsing in their own free time, and thank you for all your support and encouragement.

Everyone will attend the Talent Show on Friday 24th March. Sadly, due to the size of our school, we are unable to invite parents to the Talent Show, as our lower hall cannot accommodate the whole school plus an audience. However, we will be recording the experience so that you can view snippets of all the action on our Website.

The children have been so receptive to the real life stories we have shared in assembly that I feel sure that
 they are very aware of the significance of RND and are looking forward to making their contribution to Comic Relief.

Did you know…

  • £3 could pay for a counselling session for a child who has lost of their parents to Ebola in Sierra Leone
  • In the UK, £10 could help a young person caught up in gang culture to turn their life around with professional mentoring

We are all looking forward to what will be a memorable day.

Friday 17th March 2017

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Thank you so much to everyone for getting involved by singing, donating and supporting our community to raise money for the East African Crisis Appeal. A special thank you must go to the wonderful group of parents and carers who organised this event. We are very grateful.

Attendance update

Congratulations to Griffin class for winning the Key Stage 2 attendance prize this week! An excellent achievement! A huge congratulations to Goblin class for winning the Key Stage 1 attendance prize for the second week in a row! These classes had the highest percentage of children with 100% attendance last week.

We are currently on 95.2% as a whole school. Our aim is to be in line with the national average of 96%. Please keep working alongside us to achieve this goal. Many thanks for your support.

Healthy schools update

As part of our commitment to a healthier school, we are always trying to promote physical activity. The ladies at MEND have provided some ideas for parents to play games with their children on the link below. They have also added some information about different beans and pulses that can be used as a source of protein and would be a fantastic option for a packed lunch snack!

Perhaps something to try at the weekend.

See you all on Monday

Ideas for games March 2017

Tuesday 14th March 2017



SATURDAY 8th JULY 12-4pm

More details to follow but please put the date in your diary as this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!!

Please let the FOGS committee, the class teacher or Mrs Silver know if you are able to help out (in the planning of it or on the day)

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Staffing News

As many of you will remember Mrs Jenner went on maternity leave last April, sadly she will not be returning to Oxford Gardens so she can work closer to home and spend more time with her family.  Mrs Jenner started at Oxford Gardens in September 2010 and has worked in both the Foundation Stage (FS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1), having a big impact on all the pupils in her classes.  Mrs Jenner also took on the role of FS and KS1 English Lead. In this position, she achieved a great deal, including the integration of the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme; introduction of the reading café and delivering several phonics workshops to parents.  Mrs Jenner also developed links with Mount Heritage Estate Agents and created school newsletters that were delivered to thousands of homes in the area.  We wish Mrs Jenner much happiness in her new school, she will be greatly missed.

Ms McCrindle, who is currently working in Year 5, has been appointed as the new FS and KS1 English lead, she will be working alongside our Consultant Deputy Head Mrs Gandhi to support English in the FS and also alongside our KS2 English Lead, Ms Clare.

Ms Truong is also currently on maternity leave and has since moved out of London so will no longer be able to work at Oxford Gardens. Ms Truong has been with us since September 2014 working in Years 2, 3 and 4 and will be greatly missed.  Ms Truong was the Global Community Development Lead and has been working towards achieving the Unicef Rights’ Respecting Schools Award.  Ms Winskill has taken over this role and will continue the fabulous work that Ms Truong began.

We wish Mrs Jenner and Ms Truong lots of luck for the future and hope they both continue ‘sailing to success.’

Celebrating our Attendance

Well done to Leprechaun class for having the highest percentage of children with 100% last week! This is the first time in a while that you have won the attendance prize! Well done to Goblin class for achieving the attendance award for Key Stage 1! Your attendance is excellent! 

 MEND Update

Here is an update from the ladies at MEND who support us to ensure that the children have healthy diets and lifestyle. They  are currently working with the Year 2 and Year 4 children to provide a lunchtime active lifestyle club. The information gives advice about what the correct portion size of fruit and vegetables is for children to count as one of their five a day. We hope that you find this useful.

week 7 Portion sizes of fruits and vegetables web update

Tuesday 7th March

Thank you to everyone who has attended our Parent/Carer Consultations. It has been wonderful to welcome you to discuss your child’s progress.

Also, this morning, was the first day of our Tuesday Morning Tea and Tales sessions, run between 08:30 and 08:55. It was so lovely to have both children and parents snuggled down with a book of their choice and a nice hot tea or coffee to accompany their tales. What better way could there be to start your Tuesday mornings. We hope to see more Parents and Carers next week. Please remember if you can’t make our Tuesday Tea and Tales, then please don’t forget that the library is open everyday after school from 15:30-16:30.


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