Friday 20th October 2017.

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

What a very busy term we have had and yet it has been such a lovely time. In the main the weather has been on our side with very few wet play days. I would ask you to remind the children to bring in coats and wellies as the weather will probably change dramatically after half term.

Thank you all for your kind wishes following the Ofsted, your wonderful children really impressed the HMI inspector. We still have a few things to finish off following our painting and decorating extravaganza in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Please bear with us we hope to finish these off during half term.

As we move towards Christmas please look on the website for calendar dates for nativity plays, Christmas dinners and all things seasonal.

I hope that all the children have a well-earned break and come back to us healthy and ready for the new term on Monday 30th October.

Best wishes

Mrs Maureen Thompson


Community Orchard Trip

Year 1 visited Langford Community Orchard as one of their Forest School sessions this autumn. We went four times in total with each group being extremely lucky with the weather. We talked a lot about the different plants we saw on the walk as well as in the orchard. At the orchard the children had great fun finding the different fruit trees. We also walked through the nuttery, 'hazel nut alley', and found that most of the nuts had already fallen onto the ground. We spotted several different types of apple tree, a pear tree, raspberry canes, bramble bushes, crab apple trees, crab pear trees, rhubarb plants and blackthorn bushes with sloe berries on them. The children collected crab apples and crab pears and Mrs Flear made them into jelly which we sampled during snack time in our next Forest School session. All in all these were delightful outings and I would like to say a big thank you to the parents who came with us and made these trips possible.

Mrs Flear (Forest School Leader)

Parents Evenings

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to invite all parents to a parent consultation. For Years 1 - 6 these will be held in the school hall and for Reception and Nursery the consultation will be in the Foundation Stage Unit. This is an opportunity to discuss your child's work so far and the plans for them over the coming year.

For Years 1-6

Monday 6th November (3.30pm - 6.50pm)

Tuesday 7th November (3.30pm - 5.30pm)

Reception & Nursery

Monday 6th November (3.45pm - 6.50pm)

Tuesday 7th November (3.45pm - 5.30pm)

In previous years notice boards were placed outside each teacher's classroom/cloakroom for you to sign up for your preferred appointment. This year it has changed and you will be able to book your appointment time with your child's teacher via the School Life system. Appointment slots will be available for you to select on line, there is no paper system in place.

Slots are allocated on a first come first served basis and if appointments are already booked out you will have to select another available time.

The School Life parents evening booking system will be available on Monday 30th October at 3.15pm and will close on Thursday 2nd November at 3.15pm. You can access this via the School Life app on your phone or by logging into the school's website.

Consultations will last up to a maximum of 10 minutes and we shall try to be prompt. If further discussion is needed your child's teacher will make an additional appointment with you so that other parents are not inconvenienced.

Sally Eccleston, our SNAST, will be available for 'drop in' consultations in her office on Monday 6th November (2.30pm - 5.00pm, please book via the School Life parents evening booking system) for parents whose children are on the SEN Register. Please remember that if you have concerns about your child and they are not already on the SEN Register then your first point of contact is the class teacher.

For Mrs Thompson's Bright Sparks groups please also use the School Life parents evening booking system to make an appointment if required.

If you wish to see your child's work then please arrive in time to look before your consultation begins. This work will be available to see in the shared area of your child's classroom. We look forward to seeing you on one of the above dates.

Kind Regards

Maureen Thompson


Cross Country Competition at 'The Bicester School'.

On Wednesday 4th October, 72 pupils represented the school at the local Cross Country competition. The standard of performance and behaviour was outstanding. All teams showed great perseverance and enjoyment and that is the important goal - to engage pupils in physical activity.

There were blistering individual performances. A gold medal was awarded to Eva O'Regan who came 1st in the Year 1 & 2 Girls Race. Bronze places on the podium went to Gorge Leach, Evie Petry and Lucy Willoughby who all finished in 3rd place in the Year 3 & 4 Boys race, Year 3 & 4 Girls race and the Year 5 & 6 Girls race.

We were thrilled with the results and delighted to have so many children qualifying for the next round in Sibford on 20th November. For full results and report, please visit the school website. Letters will be sent out to those children who have qualified

Year 3 & 4 Mini Football Competition reports

Year 4 Report by Mr Wilson

The Year 4 football team set out with victory in mind at the Cooper football competition on Wednesday, and they didn't have to wait long to taste success. Lucas Griffiths Brown got the side off to a blistering start as the side won 1-0, courtesy of some great build up play from Harley Gardner. This win was followed by three more on the bounce, to project Langford to the top of their group without conceding a goal. Credit has to go to the strong defence of Bea Farrow and Izzy Samples and the tireless efforts of Zuki Leonard, who provided a platform for Harley and Lucas to grab the goals to take us through. Up next was the Quarter-Final, where a strong Charlton side took the lead, as impressive goalkeeper Jack Green was beaten for the first time in the competition. However, the gritty determination of the team and some impressive passing allowed Langford to score 2 late goals and see us through to the Semi-Final.

After a nervous win, the team needed to respond if they were to go all the way. Harley Gardner showed no signs of nerves as he capped off his performance with a couple of goals, as more impressive goalkeeping from Jack Green managed to earn the side another clean sheet and an impressive 2-0 win.

Eventually, a final against Kings Meadow loomed. Langford looked eager to get off to a good start and Lucas Griffiths Brown poked home in the first 10 seconds to give us a 1-0 advantage. Kings Meadow pushed, but Bea Farrow and Izzy Samples stood firm. And then came the chances to put the final to bed, and Lucas and Harley tucked them away neatly for an impressive 3-0 scoreline. Kings Meadow did not give up, and the tired legs of Langford were now showing. The ever-fresh Zuki Leonard doing her best to stop wave after wave of attack. A goal did come in the last seconds to make it 3-1, but Langford held on to take the title. The side, who for some, were representing their school for the first time, did the whole school proud, and showed phenomenal teamwork and support for each other throughout. This was the key ingredient for finishing 1st out of 22 teams.

Year 3 Report by Mr Robinson

The Year 3 football team show-cased an exciting brand of football at the recent Cooper football competition in Bicester. For over half the team, this was their first foray into a competitive game of football but their performance portrayed a confident and happy bunch of players that were unafraid to give it their all.

The gritty attitude was evident in how each team member contributed invaluably to the game. The defensive rocks of Evie Petry and Poppie Naylor provided the industrious Harry Johnson enough ball to set off attacking passes to the equally hard working George Leach. George with five goals and Evie and Harry with one apiece showed we were always keen to take on the opposition. Sonny Whiting was an equally dazzling performer with persistent defensive work and never-ending chases of balls kicked long by Leo Barker who showed a lot of flair in taking the ball high up high the pitch when needed.

Despite playing three Year 4 teams in their pool, the team ended the tournament with three wins, one loss and a draw and can certainly take a lot of encouragement from how they were able to hold their ground on the pitch and show humility, politeness and sportsmanship off it. Well done Year 3, the school and your parents should be proud of what you were able to achieve.

Under 11 Tag Rugby Festival by Mr Robinson

The Langford Year 5 and 6 Tag rugby team showed off a wonderful array of skills at the latest Cooper Tag Rugby Festival that would have made the world rugby stars of past and present very envious. With a squad of nine, Langford set off on the 4th October eager to show off what they had learnt in their PE lessons and they certainly did not disappoint. Fearless attacking and bulldog defence enabled the team to win the tournament with a record of three wins and one exciting draw.

The boys and girls' passionate desire and they-who-dare-wins ethos shone as bright as a golden Web Ellis cup on a late Australian night and, from the off, the Langford All-stars were relentless. Despite it being their first outing as a team, the children carefully took on board the words by their super-coach, Mr Wilson. Straight defensive lines quickly turned into potent attacking opportunities that resulted in twenty three tries.

Desire to play as a team and do the small, unnoticed, nitty, gritty things on the field provided a platform for the Langford-Express, Jacob Neptune to shine with 15 tries. James Bridge and Harris Pearce Bates were the workhorses who typified the go-forward-until-we-are-stopped approach and won the team precious yardage. Gnarly, dogged defence by Katie Groves, Isabelle Webb and Jessica Garside frustrated the opposition to the point of outrage. James Durbin's ankle-breaking side steps flummoxed defenders, while Layla and Nicole Parker's twirling attacks and pace down the lines had their opposing numbers gasping at thin air. The amalgamation of individual skills, exceptional attitude, graceful sportsmanship and impeccable politeness made the Langford Year 5 and 6 Tag rugby team a force not only to be feared but also to be extremely proud of as they achieved their first ever rugby competition win.

Year 1 Grandparents Afternoon

On Monday 9th October, Year 1 welcomed our Grandparents to our classrooms for the afternoon to share their experiences of childhood and show their toys and games. We were delighted to see stuffed dolls with porcelain faces, Jacks and Spinning Tops and enjoyed seeing how they worked and having a go. We shared our 'Family Books' that we had written about members of our family and also acted out the story we had learnt, 'The Stickman' by Julia Donaldson.

After play, we took the Grandparents down to Woodlands so we could share our experiences of outdoor learning and the environment we work in. Some of the Grandads didn't want to leave, especially when they saw the den that had been built!

We came back and had Gingerbread men and squash and sang songs together.

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be with us from Tuesday 14th November to Tuesday 21st November. It will be open before school at 8.40am - 9.00am and after school from 3.30pm - 4.00pm every day. The school receives commission for all the books we sell so the more we sell the bigger commission we make. Please come and enjoy, there will be some great ideas for Christmas presents.

If you able to offer any of your time to help run the Book Fair, please pop and see Mrs Tomlin in Reception. Thank you.

FSU needs a little help!

FSU have recently had some work completed on the outdoor area and it looks amazing. We are now in need of approximately 3 tonnes of high quality play sand and are hoping that maybe you know of a company that could sponsor or discount the sand in return for advertising. If you have any useful contacts please see Mrs. Tomlin in FSU.

Diary Dates

Sunday 29th October 2017 FOLVS Fun Run.
Monday 30th October 2017 Back to School.
Wednesday 1st November 2017 Flu Immunisation. Reception - Year 4.
Tuesday 4th November-Tuesday 21st November 2017 Book Fair 8.40-9.00 and 3.30-4.00 each day.
Monday 6th November 2017. Parents Evening.
Tuesday 7th November 2017 Parents Evening.
Friday 17th November 2017 Year 2 Payment for Theatre trip.
Tuesday 14th November - Tuesday 21st November 2017 Book Fair 8.40-9.00 and 3.30-4.00 each day.
Thursday 16th November 2017 Year 3 Residential meeting for parents. Year 3 Class. 4pm.
Monday 20th November 2017 Cross Country at Sibford School.
Thursday 23rd November 2017 Eye Test for Reception class.
Friday 24th November 2017 Year 5 Kilvrough second instalment payment.
Friday 24th November 2017 Year 4 Stone Farm second instalment payment.
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