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Month of the Military Child - April


During the month of April, CPS celebrated our military children with lots of exciting activities! We ran a number of clubs for our service children where they were able to share their military lives and experiences and take part in a variety of games and activities to develop friendships and teamwork.


We were very lucky to be able to take some service children to RAF Brize Norton to see the fantastic RAF Falcons display - and what a display it was! (See photos below)


On Friday 29th April we celebrated our military children by wearing a purple accessory for 'Purple Up Day' It was so lovely to see the colour purple all around the school to show our support for our military children. During 'Purple Up Day' all children took part in class assemblies/circle times where the service children were able to share their military lives and experiences with their classmates. More lunchtime groups were also set up on this day providing our service children with more talking time activities and games.


Although we are now in May, we are finishing off our Month of the Military Child with a Songwriting Workshop for all service children in Years 4, 5 & 6. We are extremely lucky to have a professional music practitioner come into our school to lead this workshop where we will create a song which will be entered into the Never Such Innocence Charity Competition! Please watch this space for photos, videos and more of this fantastic opportunity!


Trip to RAF Brize Norton to see the RAF Falcons!

Army Families Federation 'Excellence for Service Children Award' winners

Support for Service Children and their Families

Our dedicated Service Families Key Worker is Naomi Russell, who is here to assist our current and future families with any questions they might have. Currently 30% of our pupils are from a Service Family. In 2015 (the last time it was awarded) we won the Army Families Federation 'Excellence for Forces Children' Award, after being runners up in 2014. This award is given in recognition of the excellent way the school supports service children.


The main role of the Service Families Key Worker is to provide support to pupils and families in periods of transition (moving into and out of Carterton Primary School) and deployment.


1-1 support is provided for all of our new service children, this takes place out of the classroom and is designed to help the child gain confidence by getting to know our school, sharing information about themselves and chatting through their thoughts and worries about moving to a new school. If a child has to leave us to move on to a school in a different area 1-1 support is also given. Together we find out as much information as possible about the new school and area, memory photographs are taken and transition information is collated to pass onto the new class teacher.


We run a Keeping in Touch (KiT) club to support those children who have a family member away from home - this could be due to deployment, detachment, training or just in the normal course of their job role. Activities include sending letters, emails & blueys, creating artwork and using resources provided by Service charities to allow children to share their thoughts and feelings. For our youngest children this is always provided as 1-1 support within their classroom setting.  If you would like to let me know about any upcoming time away please complete the form below and either e mail back to me or hand in to your class teacher. 


In addition we keep up to date with all of the Community Support organisations based at RAF Brize Norton and provide parents with relevant information.


If you would like to visit our school please contact the school office.


If you would like to let the Service Families Support Worker know about a deployment or posting or if you would like to make an appointment with her please email:


Reading Force is designed to be used when a parent is away from home but is equally brilliant for involving relatives who don’t live nearby. You do need to be part of a military family to sign up but cadets, reservists and veterans families count too. If you are not part of a military family you can still form a 'virtual' reading group, why not give it a go?


The basic idea is that you read a book at home – you might read it yourself or your parent might read it to you. You could use a real book, a kindle version or an audiobook (we have some of these on our website). Any relatives or friends you want to join in also read the same book. You then discuss the book with them. You might decide you will read the first 2 chapters then the next time you speak you can chat about it. You might talk about the characters, which ones you like or don’t like and why, you might predict what will happen in the next few pages… Reading Force will send you a scrapbook if you click the link below and fill in the form. They will also send you a free book to read but you can choose a different one if you like. Use the scrapbook to draw pictures or write things about the book. You could stick in photos of you reading and ask your friends or relatives to send you pictures of them reading too! 


If you want to, when you have completed the scrapbook you can send it in to Reading Force and they will enter it into a competition to win a prize. They will always send you your scrapbook back too. 


Here is a link to sign up and get a scrapbook and a free book


I’d love to see your photos or pictures of what you have been reading and hear who is in your reading group. E mail me at