Tackley Church of England Primary School

News and Views

Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies:

We are busily underway with our rehearsals for the production next week (Thursday 6th July). Yesterday afternoon, the singing from the hall sounded magnificent – the photocopier repair man even commented that it sounded like a backing track not our children singing!!

Don’t forget – next week all costumes are due in on MONDAY 3rd JULY- in a named plastic bag.

We look forward to entertaining you next week!

Our visit to Sulgrave Manor:

On Thursday, Rousham class visited Sulgrave Manor, a Tudor House, near Banbury. The children had a wonderful time: dressing up in Tudor costumes, playing Tudor games, visiting the Manor house and learning how ‘maids’ and ‘fellows’ greeted one another . With particularly sunny weather working in our favour- we were able to eat our lunch outside and explore the beautiful grounds once owned by Lawrence Washington. The staff at the Manor house commented on how ‘marvellous’ the children were – they were especially impressed with their level of questioning and engagement. A wonderful (if not hot!) day was had by all.

Rousham’s new class book: Who let the Gods Out!


We are very excited to have started our new class book, by up and coming Author Maz Evans- Our book this term is: Who let the Gods out and we are already finding it very funny as we learn more about the main character Elliot and what happens when he wishes on a star.

Swimming gala success!

Mrs Tester and Mrs Roberts were extremely proud to take nine Year 6 children along to the Woodstock partnership swimming gala. The children rose to the occasion and swam their hearts out- even in the freezing cold outdoor pool! Well done to all the children who took part.

Much ado about the Tudors!

Welcome back after what I hope was a restful Easter break! The children have returned full of enthusiasm for the busy and important term which is ahead of us.

From SATs week (in 8 school days time!) to May Day celebrations, swimming galas to end of year productions- we will be certainly kept busy!

Our topic this term is – ‘Much ado about the Tudors!’ where we will be delving into this exciting and important aspect of our British history.

Also, watch this space for news on our end of year production, which was chosen by the class, and looks to be a hit!

Year 5 & 6 Tag Rugby Competition

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of 17 mixed Year 5 & 6 children represented the school at the annual Marlborough Tag-Rugby Competition. We entered two teams of enthusiastic rugby players who were keen to show off their skills on the pitch.

The teams played a total of 7 matches – winning a number of them across the two teams.

Team A came 5th overall in Section 1 and Team B came 7th overall.

Mrs Tester, Mrs Rolfe and Mrs Roberts were extremely proud of the sportsmanship and teamwork that all of the children displayed!

Lulu the Amazonian Parrot:

Rousham loved their new addition to the classroom – Lulu the Blue Headed Amazonian Parrot. Mrs Roberts spoke to the class and answered lots of questions about her! The class then drew some beautiful pictures of Lulu- as you can see some of them are shown above!

Animal Antics: Rainforest style!

Today, Rousham class welcomed visitors from the Natural World Experience into their classrooms. They were able to handle and view a range of amazing animals including: stick insects, hissing cockroaches, millipedes, tarantulas, scorpions, an African bullfrog, salamanders, bearded dragons and snakes – to name just a few!

Paul and Lesley taught us all about the animals: their diet, personality and habitats. The children were engrossed and enthralled by the amazing animals on display. Even the teachers got up close to some of the weird and wonderful animals.

We were also delighted to welcome Lulu, a blue headed Amazon parrot belonging to Mrs Robert’s Father. She spent the day in Rousham class. She was particularly vocal and enjoyed saying ‘Hello!’ and ‘Goodbye’ to everyone who entered the classroom. The children in Rousham class sketched some beautiful pictures of Lulu in the afternoon- which you can find on their class pages.

Next week, Rousham will be completing work based on the animals visit- so watch this space for some super work!

World Book Day 2017


Today Rousham celebrated ‘World Book Day’ in style! The day started with a visit from Woodstock Bookshop, where the children were able to spend their £1.00 book tokens. The rest of the day was spent engaging in creative activities- including writing a story, decorating classroom doors and designing eye-catching book marks.

A huge thank you to everyone who dressed up (and looked magnificent!) made donations towards Book Aid, sent in books from home and visited our book sale.

Indoor Athletics Competition:


Last Thursday, 18 children from Rousham Class represented the school at the Indoor Athletics Competition held at the Marlborough. The children competed in a number of track and field events including: relay, speed bounce, standing long jump and obstacle course to name a few.

All the children demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship- encouraging their team mates to do their best. Mrs Tester, Mrs Rolfe and Mrs Roberts were very proud of all the children’s achievements

Marvellous Marble Maze Science Day

On Friday we were delighted to share in a whole school science day! The challenge was set for the children to design a ‘Marvellous Marble Maze’ which aimed to ensure that a marble would take the longest time to complete the maze from start to finish!

Mrs Tester was very impressed with the enthusiasm displayed by all the children in Rousham, the resources and ideas that were collected from home and most notably the number of parents who visited in the afternoon to see our completed mazes! So thank you to everyone for getting involved!

A huge thank you also to Mrs Skinner who organised the day!

Year 6: Junior Citizens Award

Last Thursday, the Year 6 children from Rousham class visited the Rewley Road Fire station in Oxford to attend their Junior Citizens Award session. They were put through their paces during the afternoon – looking into real life situations. The children were very well behaved and had a great time!

Marlborough Sports Leaders:

Last Wednesday, a group of sports leaders from the Marlborough school visited for the afternoon. They ran an afternoon sports session teaching the class the skills of rugby. We had a great afternoon!

Henry Rousseau Inspired Art:

In our Art lessons we created our own class version of the famous Henry Rousseau painting titled ‘ Tiger’. Using a range of colours in pastel, we each took a section of the picture to sketch. Once combined together we were able to represent the whole piece of artwork. We were very proud of the result!

Ola Floresta!

Welcome back! This week (well the past 3 days) we have launched our new topic for the term – Ola Floresta (meaning hello rainforest!) We will be exploring rainforests around the world- the animals who inhabit them, the plant life that have adapted to survive in them and the people who have lived and worked in these beautiful yet dangerous surroundings.

‘Christmas Card’ artwork:

Even though we are still in November, we have been designing our own Nativity themed Christmas cards. Rev. Marcus will be selecting a winner to be turned into St Nicholas’ Church festive cards this year! Here are some pictures of us completing our art work:


Tasting Astronaut Food:

This week we tasted ‘Astronaut’ food in class- with mixed responses. We tried: strawberries, peaches, banana and ice-cream! As you can probably guess, the ice-cream was the most popular!


Children in Need: PJ day at Tackley:

As voted for by the school council, today we wore our PJs to school to raise money for Children in Need. The children (and teachers!) spent the day dressed up in a colourful array of PJs- with everyone staying awake for the whole day. In the afternoon, we attended the ‘Tackley Cinema’ as part of our fundraising challenge. The whole school has raised over £300! Well done everyone!

National Space Centre Trip:

On Thursday, Rousham class visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. We had a brilliant day crammed full of exciting and hands on activities. Firstly, we visited the Patrick Moore Planetarium and watched a 360 degree presentation about ‘Astronauts!’ Afterwards, we went into the learning centre to take part in a hands on ‘Life in Space’ workshop where we conducted science experiments, watched clips of people in space and even had a play with an infrared heat camera.

In the afternoon, we split up into groups and explored the exhibits around the centre. We visited the different planets, looked at information about life on other planets and impressively trekked up 144 steps to the stop of the centre to view one of the rockets. All in all a great day. A huge thank you to all of the adults who helped us on the trip!

Astronomer Visits Rousham:

On Wednesday afternoon, Mary Spicer (a local Astronomer) visited Rousham Class to deliver a workshop based on ‘Stars!’

The children were engaged and enthused by the topic- asking a range of interesting questions which Mary was able to answer for us!

We designed our own constellation characters, saw images of the stars in space and made our own planispheres! We had a great afternoon and are very thankful to Mary for spending the afternoon with us!

Remembrance Blackout Poetry:

This week, in line with our remembrance activities in school, we have created our own blackout poetry in the style of the poet Austin Kleon.

We had to take a text, select exciting words to combine together to create our poem and then blacked out the rest of the words to create our poems. Here are some examples:

Diwali Day Celebrations:

On Wednesday 2nd November, all children took part in Diwali Day celebrations. The children were invited to wear bright colours to school to kick off our celebrations.

We were delighted to welcome ‘King G’ – an experienced and enthusiastic Indian Drummer- into school. He ran a workshop with us in the afternoon- teaching us interesting drumming techniques.

In the morning we designed henna, made an I-books re-telling the Diwali story with puppets & listened to traditional Indian music. We had a great day!

Studying the moon:

In our art lessons this week we have been testing the different grades of sketching pencils and seeing what we could achieve when using a range of different techniques. We then closely observed images of the earths moon and used the sketching pencils to carefully draw the features.

Below are a few examples of us hard at work and some of our amazing art:


 Rousham homework is ‘out of this world!’

Mrs Tester has been delighted with the homework that has been handed in so far this week. From ‘Space Cake’ to a delightful Astronaut Hummus snack- the homework has certainly kept Mrs Tester free from hunger! The children have risen to the occasion for the new format for homework which has been lovely to see!

Below are some examples of our homework so far:

Parents Information Evening:

Thank you to those who were able to attend last nights Parents Information Evening- it was lovely to meet you and see some familiar faces.

Below I have attached the PowerPoint that was shared:

Roald Dahl Day – 2016

We have had a wonderful day in school- celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Mrs Tester was delighted to see so many of the children from Rousham class dressing up for occasion. Thank you to everyone who took part!

We started the morning with a whole school assembly- sharing our costumes and reminding ourselves about the talented author himself!

Afterwards, in class we thought about what would be our ‘perfect’ dream. We wrote imaginative descriptions about them. We then went on to make dream jars- which are on display in our classroom and some pictures can be found below!


Busy first week back…

Wow, what a busy and exciting first week back we have had! Mrs Tester is extremely pleased with how the children in Rousham class have conducted themselves- setting the bar high for the year ahead.

This week have completed team building activities, maths games, started work on our Literacy focus book Flotsam, investigated old cameras and thought up targets for the year ahead!



Last Years Highlights:


Shakespeare Rocked!

Oh yes, we lived up to the productions name and rocked the Village hall this week with our summer rehearsal. The teachers we immensely proud of us as we had never rehearsed in the village hall but pulled off a spectacular performance!

A huge thank you to all of the staff for helping us stage such a wonderful production!


Club Energy Sessions:

Oak class enjoyed their ‘Club Energy’ taster session with Bradley yesterday where they sampled games and activities they will be playing next year during PE sessions. We look forward to welcoming ‘Club Energy’ back in September!

‘Yenworthy Lodge’ residential- 14th March – 18th 2016 March!


What a week away we had! The sun was shining for the whole week which meant that we were able to experience- surfing, coasteering, rock climbing, beach scrambling, kite flying, fire lighting and much much more!

The staff at the centre (and from school) were amazed by how well be behaved and also how hard we pushed ourselves when we found things tough!










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