Escaping from ‘the pit’

Wychwood schoolawvpage17In the run up to Christmas the school was full of the sound of music. Two nativity plays: ‘We Three Kings’ by Foundation Stage and ‘Superstar!’ by Key Stage One were performed to the rest of the school and parents. The pupils were recorded by Radio Oxford to sing two carols, Winter Wonderland (our choir sang the harmony) and Little Town of Bethlehem (with soloist Alfie from Year 5). These went out on air on Christmas Eve and we hope some of you heard them. We finished the term with our carol service at Shipton church where we were joined by members of the Wychwood Community Choir for some uplifting carols, readings and prayers.
And now for that pit…

Learning heroes:– our recent heroes have been:

  • Amy in Year 6 who was chosen for her perseverance when in the ‘pit’. She has demonstrated a ‘can do’ attitude to her learning.
  • Edward in Year 3 for exceptional work across the curriculum and for helping others around him get out of the ‘pit’.
  • Monty in Year 4 was chosen for his excellent work and his enthusiasm in all subjects. Most importantly, he has helped others out of the ‘pit’.
  • Helena in Year 3 has been in the ‘pit’ when looking at time for maths, and has demonstrated a determination to get herself out and improve her knowledge of time. It has worked!

You may be wondering what the ‘pit’ is? We describe it as the time you are really challenged with a task or learning concept. At Wychwood we feel children should be in the ‘pit’ daily in order for them to learn perseverance, resilience and that amazing feeling of achievement.

We had visits from the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who delivered their ‘Speak out Stay safe’ programme with our children in Years 5 and 6. This is a nationwide programme for every primary school-aged child in the UK. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they presented an assembly and workshop to the children about staying safe online, something that is becoming an increasing worry for parents. If you have any concerns of your own go to nspcc.org.uk/o2 to find out more information.

Charity Support – thanks to the generosity of our families, nearly 100 shoe boxes were donated to the TEAMS4U charity and were sent to families in need via our local church. We also raised £245 for Children in Need; the children paid £1 to come dressed as a Super Hero.

February – March 2017