Summer Term 2017
Monday 5th June 2017 was the 50th birthday of New Oscott Primary School in Markham Road Sutton School.
The school opened with 3 classes and 116 pupils on Monday 5th June 1967. Today, as New Oscott Primary School we have 684 pupils!
We had great fun at our 50th birthday celebrations. Pupils and staff came to school dressed in different outfits for the different decades from 1967 to the present day and took part in special assemblies and a celebration picnic to mark the important milestone in the school’s history.
Everyone in school has also undertaken a sponsored ’50 Challenge’ – 50 of ‘something’ which is a personal challenge. Head Teacher, Alison Walklett, walked 50 miles of the Cotswold Way and Deputy Head Teacher, Karl Holmes ran 50 km (including the Edinburgh Marathon).
Other challenges have included pupil Toby Newman who has taken up bee-keeping and produced 50 jars of honey; Abbie Guy who collected 50 letters containing birthday wishes to our school from around the UK (including members of the Royal Family) and 50 from different countries around the world. In addition, Maia Hussey and her mum contacted 50 sewing groups around the country who sent embroidered squares which Maia then sewed into a wonderful panel for the back of the piano. The squares include the name of the town/area from where they were sent and include York, Jersey, Canvey Island and Edinburgh.
The celebrations continued as our ‘Big Sleuth Bear’ was revealed for the first time. Our bear, Oscar, is decorated with the children’s designs inspired by the 1960s – the decade when our school first opened. We are looking forward to seeing Oscar displayed in Boldmere High Street as part of ‘The Big Sleuth’ display.
Spring Term 2017
What a busy and exciting Spring Term 2017 at New Oscott Primary School!
During the term we took part in a number of charity fundraising events, including Pinky Purple Day to raise funds for the Rotary Association’s campaign to eradicate Polio, as well as Comic Relief and an ASC Coffee Morning during National Autism Week.
These raised over £1200 – a great achievement!
Years 5 and 6 both enjoyed their residential visits, Year 5 at Laches Wood Centre and Year 6 at
Pioneer Centre near Cleobury Mortimer. All the pupils participated with great enthusiasm and
behaviour was excellent. Pupils took part in various activities including high ropes, abseiling,
canoeing and assault courses. Lots of individual challenges and great support for each other.
In addition, Year 5 visited Warwick Castle, Reception made class bears at Build-A-Bear in Solihull and Nursery had a trip to the Snowdome and we had ever-popular visits from Professor McGinty who always brings History to life in a humorous way.
Parents have enjoyed a number of class assemblies this term and there was a particular treat for our Nursery parents who were invited to join us for the Easter Hat parade.
We continue to offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities including music and speech tuition; computer games programming club, cross country, football, netball, cricket, sports ambassadors’ training, elite sports training, choir, art and craft, recorder club, French, Spanish and tennis. Some of these are run by external providers; however, a high number are also run by staff or run by Year 6 pupils at lunchtimes and supervised by staff.
Aston Villa coaches continue to run training for Years 3 to 6 after school on Thursdays and Years 1 & 2 on Wednesdays. In the summer term we will be working with Warwickshire cricket coaching. In March, Aspire coaches led Balanceability sessions for Reception and Year 1 which proved very popular.
Impact sessions for Reception (Maths), Year 1 (maths) and Years 2 (writing) were held last half
term and at all of these attendance was excellent. We also held a Year 6 SATs information
meeting at the start of February (and re-run a few weeks later) and Year 2 at the start of March.
A meeting for Year 5 parents prior to the Sex and Relationships programme of lessons will be held at the start of the summer term.
NOSPA (our Parents’ Association) continues to work hard to support fundraising and provide additional resources for school. The new initiative ‘Ssssh Room’ was very successful; NOSPA also organised an Easter Egg and Easter discos. NOSPA members are currently busy planning our Summer Fun Day which this year will be held on Friday 7th July at 6.00 p.m.
We had a very positive mid-point Quality Mark review in January which recognised excellent practice throughout the school.
“high quality provision is observed consistently across all year groups and classes. During my learning walk there was clear evidence of high quality classroom practice with children engaged and enthusiastic in their learning.”
“The school works hard to involve parents and carers in their child’s learning journey and to feel part of the school family. There is a strong feeling of community and everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to enable all children to make progress and achieve their potential. I was able to watch a regular parent workshop in action – the strong relationships between home and school reflects in the workshops being very well attended.”
Year 6 pupils are working hard to achieve their Rotary Award. This year, we have 60 pupils taking part. 35 of these undertook St John’s Ambulance First Aid training (6 hours in total) to achieve a First Aid qualification. Well done to everyone involved!
At the beginning of March, we all thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book charactersfor World Book Day. Year 5 had a Hogwarts day – including the sorting hat ceremony at the start of the day.
In January 57 pupils and a number of staff took part in the Young Voices concert at the Genting
Arena in Birmingham with 6000 other pupils from around the Midlands and beyond.
What an experience!
In addition to all the above, we have held our inter-house fun run for all 360 pupils in Juniors; participated in Sutton Coldfield Schools’ swimming gala, cross country races, netball, football, multi skills and basketball competitions; taken part in; ’The Big Pedal’ in which children were encouraged to cycle of scoot to school for two weeks; held e-safety day and hosted a visit by 30 PGCE students from Birmingham University who came to observe teaching in Phonics and writing throughout the Infants and Nursery!
Such a busy term!
Autumn Term 2016
It has been a very busy Autumn first half term at New Oscott Primary School. We are delighted with all our new Reception and Nursery pupils who started this September. All our pupils settled back into school really well and made an excellent start to the new school year. At our whole school assembly on the first day, we discussed our September value: ‘feeling proud. We were all every proud of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes – and very proud of our school, too. Mrs Walklett and Mr Holmes invited everyone to set themselves a ‘proud to be me’ challenge and talked about our high expectations of work, presentation and behaviour.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Year Group Information meeting over the first week and a half. This was a good opportunity to meet staff and ear about the curriculum and expectations for the year group, as well as find out how parents can support with their children’s learning. (If you were unable to attend, please find the slides on the Year Group pages on our website).
Year 3 pupils enjoyed their swimming lessons at Wyndley swimming baths throughout the first half term – and all our extra-curricular clubs and activities are well underway. This term we have Speech, instrument tuition, French, Spanish, multi skills, netball, football, karate, tennis, elite sport, cross country and choir – as well as all our lunchtime PSE groups.
On 4th October we welcomed Rev Skelton to our Harvest Assemblies.
This year, we chose to support a project to raise funds for the building of a well at an orphanage in Tanzania. Our families gave generously, raising £909.97.
School Council also organised our non-uniform day on 23rd September. We all came to school wearing bronze, silver and gold to celebrate the Paralympics and raise money for ‘British Blind Sport. Well done to School Council for raising £507.90’.
Finally, our MacMillan coffee morning on 30th September received tremendous support from our parents and staff. We raised £415!
At the end of September we held our Phonics Impact sessions for all Reception parents. This was an opportunity for parents to come into school to work alongside their child and find out how we teach Phonics at New Oscott Primary School. Thank you to all parents and carers who attended these sessions – support was excellent.
At our Summer Reading Challenge presentation assembly on Thursday 6th October we presented certificates, medals and book tokens to 128 pupils who read at least 6 books and written book reviews over the summer to complete the challenge. Boldmere Head Librarian, Helen Sharp, joined us to help with the presentation which was attended by all the children’s parents. Well done everyone!
Our newspaper team worked hard to create our new Oscott News for the first half term. The ‘New Oscott News’ is on sale now for 20p a copy.
All classes held elections to choose this year’s School Councillors. Well done to everyone who was elected. Mrs Walklett invited the whole School Council for ‘Tea With Me’ – a cup of tea and piece of cake and a chat about our school – ‘what’s good about our school?’, ‘what would make it even better?’, ‘Do you feel safe?’, ‘what do you think about behaviour at our school?’ Some of their responses are displayed in the main entrance to our school.
Please have a look when you are visiting.
On 11th October we had a Learning Review. Head and Deputy Head Teachers from 3 local primary schools led a review of teaching and learning in Maths in our school. They observed lessons, carried out book scrutinies, met with pupils and interviewed senior leaders in school. At the end of the day, the team fed back to staff, Chair of Governors and our SEN Governor. The report was highly positive and there was much to celebrate – as well as some ideas for further development in school. The report included the following points:
- Effective use of the marking policy, alongside high expectations of all pupils, ensure exceptional standards of presentation across both key stages including PP and SEN support children.
- Creative timetabling and established communication systems ensure teaching assistants are highly effective in supporting children’s learning - taking into account their different starting points.
- Children demonstrate outstanding learning behaviours. They are enthusiastic about their learning and are able to articulate their learning journey both orally and through their writing.
The full report is available in the main entrance to our school.
What a busy and exciting start to the new school year!
Our Open Day sessions for prospective Reception parents will be held on Tuesday 8th November at 9.15 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Please contact Mrs Callaghan, Admissions Secretary, for more information on 0121 675 3658.
Summer Term 2016
What a busy and exciting summer term at New Oscott Primary School!
Many year groups enjoyed trips to support and enhance their learning. Year 6 visited London and spent the morning in the Houses of Parliament, learning about democracy and watching debates in action. In the afternoon, they enjoyed a river trip along the Thames followed by a visit to the Natural History Museum.
Other visits include Reception’s trip to Stratford-Upon Avon (including a trip on the river);
Year 2 to Twycross Zoo to support their learning about different animals; Year 4 to
Dudley Castle to learn about crime and punishment and Nursery’s visit to Umberslade Farm.
We were extremely proud of all 53 pupils who took LAMDA speech examinations in May. In July we received their result – every pupil had passed with a merit or distinction! What an amazing achievement. Well done, everyone!
Year 2 pupils staged a wonderful ‘Move on Up’ Concert at the end of the summer term, suitably titled ‘The Wizard of NOS’. This was followed the following day by our Year 6’s Leavers’ Concert. Well done to all pupils involved in these excellent and entertaining performances.
Congratulations to all 50 pupils who successfully completed the Year 6 Rotary Community Award. The pupils were represented with their certificates and medals in a presentation ceremony at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall in July. This award, similar in design to the Duke of Edinburgh Award includes elements of community service, skill development and learning about different aspects of our community including democracy, different faiths and celebrations.
Unfortunately, the weather was against us and despite several attempts we were unable to have an Infant Sports Day this year. However, our Junior and Nursery Sports Days were a big success. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all the parents who came along to support. The overall winning house was Ash. A huge thank you to our Sports Leaders who helped to organise the events and were great ambassadors for sport and for our school.
We were very proud of our Year 2 and Year 6 pupils who worked so hard for their SATs assessments. We were delighted that our results were above national for ‘Age-related’ in all subjects. Well done, everyone!
Our School newspaper team worked extremely hard to create, publish and sell copies of our school newspaper, New Oscott News. The issue included interviews with Mrs Walklett, Mr Wood and Miss McKiernan. Our editorial team is made up of pupils from Years 2 to 6, supported by Miss Coleman. We are already looking forward to our Autumn Term issue!
Our Junior choir performed with the Staffordshire Band at Streetly Academy in July. This was a wonderful summer concert; the standard of singing was extremely high and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
It was very exciting to welcome Olympic athlete, Non Stanford (Triathlete) and
Paralympic athlete, Dean Miller, to spend the day with us in school in the summer term. They were such an inspiration and we were all very excited to cheer them on in Rio.
What an amazing day we had in June to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
We all dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed a Royal picnic on long trestle tables in the playground. Every pup and member of staff was present to enjoy the picnic and sing the National Anthem. The afternoon ended with a procession around the field in the sunshine. A day to remember!
In our final assembly of the year we congratulated all 135 pupils with 100% attendance, including Katie in Year 6 who did not miss a single day during her whole time at New Oscott Primary school from Reception to Year 6. Mr Holmes congratulated everyone on the 4000 Mathletics certificates awarded over the year and Mrs Walklett set a challenge to all pupils to try and beat the record 144 pupils who achieved last year’s Summer Reading Challenge at our local libraries.
Finally, we said goodbye to our amazing Year 6 pupils and wished them every success and happiness in their new secondary schools. Thank you everyone for all you brought to our school. We will miss you!