I hope you are all safe and well and managing to enjoy your days as much as possible in these strange times.
Hopefully, you are still able to contact your families and friends using the wonders of modern technology. I have always used Skype and Facetime to chat with friends and family who don’t live close by but have recently been introduced to Zoom and who knew Facebook messenger includes video calls too! We are all learning new things every day!
I thought this might also be a great time to remind you about Reading Force. It 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 email@example.com
Army Families Federation 'Excellence for Service Children Award' Winners 2015
Our dedicated Service Families Key Worker is Tess Brooker who is here to assist our current or 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 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, e mails & 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 provided as 1-1 support within their classroom setting.
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 e mail firstname.lastname@example.org