Oxenhope CE Primary School

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Acting Headteacher Blog Welcome

Hello and welcome to the new school year.

It has been so lovely to see all the staff, children, parents and carers returning to school after the holidays and sharing their stories with each other. Each new year brings with it new expectations, hopes and fears and you can feel a real buzz around the school as we all get up and running with the rhythms of school life again. Read the rest of this entry »


Sapphire class news!

This week has been another busy week in Sapphire class!

The week started with our visit to the life caravan where Harold told us all about being happy and healthy.
We have found out more about being happy and healthy during the week.

On Wednesday Mrs Kinnaird helped Polly and Gabby to run a smoothie and milk shake cafe for the morning and we all enjoyed delicious fruit smoothies and milk shakes. Well done girls!

The children have also been trying out different ways of exercising outside including building their own obstacle courses and devising lots of different types of races. Mrs Nutting had to try out each race including the running with a bucket of water race-we had lots of fun!

Our pirate ship is still popular so next week we plan to make some treasure maps!

We have also had some special visitors this week!

On Monday and Tuesday Amelia brought Cuthbert the caterpillar to school so we looked at non fiction books to find out more about caterpillars and butterflies and some children did some writing and drawing.

On Friday Thomas brought us some frogspawn from his granddads pond to look at. We are excited about seeing the frogspawn turn into tadpoles.

Our maths (PSRN) focus this week was:
•Subtracting/taking away from groups of objects.

Our new phonemes were: ow, oi, ear, air.
Our new tricky word is her.


I’m sure next week will be just as busy and just as much fun!


What’s happening in Sapphire Class this week? (5.03.12)

Sapphire Class Blog 5.03.12- This week’s theme is exploring seas and oceans.

This theme has come from the children’s interests and our observations of their play. Some children suggested we explore under the sea, other children have been playing fishing games and there has been quite a lot of pirate role play going on.

We will be:

  • Reading fish themed stories.
  • Retelling and role playing the stories.
  • Writing our own stories.
  • Finding out about the sea by using non fiction books in the library and also the internet.
  • Exploring things found in the sea-shells, pebbles etc.

Our maths (PSRN) focus this week is:

  • Subtracting/taking away from groups of objects.

Phonics (phase 3 week 7):

  • New phonemes this week: cks (as in socks, the same as x in fox), tch (ch), nk (as in tank).
  • Our new tricky word is they.

You might like to have a look at www.phonicsplay.co.uk.  It is an excellent site with lots of games, printable resources and information for parents.

ALSO have a look at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. There are loads of games, activities and e books to share all of which support your child’s learning at school.

How you can help at home:

Talk about our theme. Help your child to do some research at home about the sea and sea creatures. Let us know what you find out!


Thank you

Mrs K Nutting, Mrs S Brooks, Mrs K Kinnaird, Mrs C Reynard.


World Book Day

As part of World Book Day we are going to write a story together using the blog. Each class will take it in turns to write a chapter for the book by clicking on ‘comments’. Number the chapters in order and include your class name and by the end of the day we should have written a story together as a school – fingers crossed! 🙂


First BLOG for Sapphire class!

Hello everyone, we plan to put a weekly blog on the website to inform parents about what is happening in class and so that you can talk to your children and also respond to us with comments or suggestions.

This week’s theme is exploring stories.

Last week we read the Runaway Pancake story and this week we are continuing with traditional stories and reading the Gingerbread Man story, the 3 Little Pigs and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

We will be:

  • Role playing the stories indoors and outdoors.
  • Retelling the stories in words and writing.
  • Making gingerbread men.
  • Building bridges for the goats and houses for the pigs.

Our maths (PSRN) focus this week is:

  • Adding and subtracting.
  • We will also talk about weight when we bake our gingerbread men.


  • New phonemes this week: le (l), dge (j), ve (v), wh (w).
  • These are already familiar phonemes but we are learning some alternative ways that we see them written.
  • Our new tricky word is you.


Thursday is world book day. We would like the children to come to school dressed as a favourite book character and also bring a favourite book to school.


We have some Scooby Doo mad boys in the class so we are trying to put together a box of resources for them. If you have any Scooby Doo toys, books, comics etc  that are not wanted anymore we would be grateful for them.

Thank you

Mrs Nutting, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Reynard and Mrs Kinnaird.


How To Blog Safely…

A blog can be very exciting, it allows people from all over the world to read our work and make comments. We need to remember to follow a few simple rules to stay safe and to get the most out of our blog.

  • Children are to only use their first name when commenting.
  • Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child. Or post comments as “Harry’s Mum” or “Megan’s Grandfather”.
  • All posts will be checked by school staff before they are published to the blog.
  • All comments are moderated by school staff before they appear on the blog.
  • Always be respectful for other people’s work – be positive if you are going to comment.
  • No text talk – write in full sentences and read your comments back carefully before submitting.

These rules should help to make the blog a safe and exciting home for our work.

Click on the picture above to go to the ThinkYouKnow website and meet Hector, Lee and Kim and play a whole host of e safety games with information about how to stay safe online for children, parents and teachers including where to go if you need help.


Year 6 to visit Elterwater in the Lake District.

Have a look at the following websites and see if you can research places to visit and activities that would be appropriate to do.

If you aren’t in Year 6 and you know some good places to visit please let us know.