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Oak Farm Infant School
Newsletter
Issue 3
23/03/16
Spring Term 2016
www.oakfarm-inf.hillingdon.sch.uk
[email protected]
VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (VLE) IS CHANGING TO DB PRIMARY
We have used Fronter as our VLE for a number of years and have posted many photos of children’s learning for parents
to see. Fronter is a personalised area on the internet for pupils, teachers, parents and carers. It is an online space where
pupils can access a wide range of learning resources anytime and anywhere.
We have recently decided to move away from Fronter and have introduced DB Primary to the children as our new VLE.
You will receive a leaflet about DB Primary and we would like you to access it during the holiday and give us feedback. If
you have been using Fronter regularly to see photos of your child’s class and access activities I am sure you will find DB
Primary easier to use and it has more games and activities to support your child’s learning.
Your child will be bringing home a copy of their password, please ensure you keep these login details in a secure place.
Please do not share this information with anyone else in order to keep our school information secure. Access to DB primary will be via the new look school website. Parents will also be able to login to DB Primary via a shared class login. Details of this login are currently available on your child’s class page on DB Primary .
The leaflet will also explain how you can access DB Primary and how your child can use it at home.
OFSTED AND ATTENDANCE
Each year Ofsted look at our school remotely and see our attainment and attendance data. We are always pleased our academic results are above those nationally and the progress the children make is excellent. Ofsted have recently produced a new Inspection
Dashboard which they analyse before deciding if it is necessary to visit a school. We are really pleased Ofsted have highlighted our
school as one with outstanding attainment for most pupils. We are disappointed that we now have an attendance issue in
“Weaknesses” where previously we had no weaknesses identified. Although the majority of our children do attend school regularly
there are a number with low attendance. It is expected that all children have over 95% attendance. Please see the findings below.
Inspection Dashboard Oak Farm Infant School
Inspection dashboard validated 2015, 18 February 2016
Strengths in 2015
Disadvantaged KS1 pupils had an average point score equal to or above the national score for other pupils in reading & mathematics.
The proportion of disadvantaged KS1 pupils that attained at least Level 3 was equal to or above the national figure for other pupils
in reading & mathematics.
The proportion of Year 1 pupils that met the expected standard in phonics was above the national figure.
The proportion of children that achieved a good level of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile was above the
national figure.
Attendance was above average.
Persistent absence was below average.
Weaknesses in 2015
Attendance was low for the group(s): SEN with EHC/statement (in the lowest 10% of all mainstream schools nationally).
Please send your child to school every day. Any pupil with less than 95% attendance is already highlighted as having an area of concern and if attendance drops below 90% for any child the school has to show we have been doing the best we can to improve that
child’s attendance.
LIVING DUCK EGGS
We are pleased to have had living eggs in school and the children saw the progress as they hatched out and developed. We hope the children talked to you
about their experiences and what they have seen.
ACADEMY STATUS
As you will no doubt be aware the government have said they would like all schools to become academies by 2020. Our
governors discussed this issue at a recent meeting and I would like to assure you we are looking into the best options for
Oak Farm Infant School. We will not rush into anything but will research the options fully and then consult with parents.
Upcoming Events at Oak Farm Library
A Day at the Zoo
Friday 1st April 11.30-12.30
Come with us on an exciting visit to the zoo! Write a letter to the zoo
to send you a pet and create your own zoo.
Suitable for ages 5 to 7
Booking is required. Call 01895 556242 to book a place or speak to a
member of staff
Every Picture Tells a Story
Monday 4th April 2.30-3.30
What story does your picture tell? Choose a Picture, write about it
and then design your own Picture Frame.
Creative writing session for 7 - 11 years old
Booking required. Call 01895 556242 to book a place or speak to a
member of staff
FRIENDS OF OAK FARM - NEW FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Friends of Oak Farm? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, Next, John Lewis, Aviva,
the trainline, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury's who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Friends of
Oak Farm (PTA) to say thank you for shopping with them.
It's really simple, and doesn't cost you anything. There are no catches or hidden charges either.
All you have to do is:
1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/oakfarmprimary
2. Sign up for free
3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Friends of Oak Farm (PTA)
- Uxbridge. It couldn't be easier!
Or if you shop on your mobile or tablet, get the free easyfundraising app and you'll never miss a donation.
To get it, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for 'easyfundraising' or find out more here:
www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/easyfundraising-app
CHANGE OF MENU FOR THE LAST DAY OF TERM
Please note a change in the published menu on Thursday 24th March to;
Battered Fish and Chips or Veggie Yorkshire Pudding Pie
Jacket Potatoes,
Peas and Baked Beans,
Rosemary and Garlic bread,
Strawberry Mousse Crunch,
Yogurts and fresh fruit platters
The new menu for next term has been handed out today to all of the children.
After 8 years of working in the school Kitchen, Mrs Natasha Tarrant is leaving us to work in another school
local to where she lives. We would like to thank her for all her hard work and we wish her all the best for
the future.
LAST WEEK OF TERM
During this last week of term we will have a presentation for children with 100% attendance since January 2016. We do this each term so if your child has not been able to attend every day there is another
opportunity next term.
Please remember that on Thursday 24th March 2016 school closes at 2:30pm and will reopen on Tuesday
12th April 2016 at 8:50am.
BIRTHDAY ASSEMBLY
HEALTHY WEEK
This is held for children (in
years 1 & 2), with a birthday
in April and is on Friday 15th
April 2016 at 9.00am.
Our annual Healthy Week will be from Tuesday
12th to Friday 15th April 2016.
The children will all have the opportunity to visit
the Life Bus and explore different ways to keep
our bodies healthy.
YEAR 2 STANDARD ASSESSMENT TASKS 2016
We will be holding an information session about the end of Key Stage 1 assessments for parents of children
in Year 2, on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 7.00pm. Please note that this meeting is not suitable for children.
SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL ASPECT OF LEARNING - GOOD TO BE ME!
We would like to congratulate all the children who shared their “hidden
talents” with their classmates. We had a lovely celebration assembly at
the end of our SEAL topic “Good to be Me”, and feel proud to have such a
wide range of talent in our school.
SAINSBURY’S ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS
We are still collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers. Many thanks for the vouchers
which you have sent in so far. Please continue to send the vouchers in your child’s class
or hand them in to Mrs Head at front reception until further notice. We will send these
vouchers off and in exchange we will receive valuable sports equipment for the school.

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