24 October 2019                                                                                                         Newsletter 8

Dear Parents and Carers

Stars of the Week

Well done to the children who received the weekly awards:

Class 1 – Margot

Class 2 – Brooke

Playground – Rowan

After School Care Club – William M

Well done also to the children who received the termly PRIDE certificates – these have been awarded by staff members to children who have consistently shown the PRIDE values all term:




Oli G

Will G


Well done to Class 1 who have collected the most PRIDE marks over the term; they enjoyed hot chocolate (or alternatives) with Mrs Gilroy just before lunch. 

Curriculum News

Class 1

Class 1 have got seriously stuck into Pumpkin Week. The children were so keen to work with pumpkins that we focused on this in terms of harvesting, vegetables, healthy eating and cookery skills. Reception even wrote on pumpkins for phonics! Our pumpkin pie was also second to none!

Bonfire Night Forest School:  On Tuesday 5th November 1.45 – 3.15 pm there will be a special themed Forest School for Class 1.  Parents and other visitors, especially pre-school families who may be interested in applying to Pendock, are very welcome to join us.  So don’t be shy about mentioning it to your friends!

Class 2

Class 2 have been working hard on their character descriptions this week. We have been writing shared pieces of work and developing sentences together. Here are a couple of examples!

Year 3 / 4: “Unfortunately, Grandad Ezra is extremely ill at the moment. His normal muddy brown cheeks are as pale as a sheet; his normal shoulder length healthy hair is dishevelled and greasy; the normal smile that greets everyone is missing, replaced by sadness from behind his bluey-grey sunken eyes.”  

Year 5 / 6: “The decrepit old man proudly gathered his smooth salmon on his aged rusty boat. Clear eyes of sapphire sparkled in the morning sun and under his eyes, deep tired wrinkles rippled like a calm ocean.  With skin of rusty old metal, he blended into his boat, facial features hidden beneath a beard of winter white.”

Year 6 Guided Reading:  We have read about the philosopher Diogenes who believed mankind needed very little to live.  Please answer the following questions:

  • What is materialism?
  • What non-material things are important to you?

Due for Wednesday after half term, please.

Year 6 Maths Homework:  Please complete the attached questions on column multiplication. Use the formal method or a mixture of your learning to reach your answers. The squared paper can be used for any additional workings. Check your answers with a calculator as you go!

Year 5 and 6 English Homework: Choose a member of your family and write a character description. This can include their appearance, personality, background and any other information you would like to include to help the reader to paint a vivid picture in their mind. Remember to use powerful adjectives/adverbs, interesting verbs and vary your sentence starters.

Blue Peter Badge – Y2-Y6:  If you returned the form, we have taken pictures today of the children playing their instrument and we will send these off shortly.  If you have not returned the form and still want to submit these yourself, you can use the form that was sent home on 11th October or download one from https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-music-badge.

Look at the Book: The next session will be on Friday 22nd November at 2.45 pm for all years.

Open Morning:  Our final Open Morning of the term will be on Thursday 7th November from 10.00 – 12.00.  If you know anyone who might interested please let them know.

Tempest Photography:  Our annual school photos will be taken on Monday 4th November so please be extra neat that morning.  Photos will be back in plenty of time for Christmas and make great presents.  The photographer will take sibling groups together as well as individual ones and pre-school siblings can be included; please bring them to the White Room just before school.

Parents’ Evenings:  Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for a slot.  If you have not already done so, the sheets are at the Parent Information Point.  Please contact the relevant teacher if you need to make alternative arrangements.

Wider Community:  Thank you to everyone who came and supported, helped or made cakes for our coffee morning for Worcester Breast Unit Haven today.  We raised over £130 for this charity, so very well done!

We now have a Poppy Appeal box in the office if you would like to buy your poppies after half term.

Have a good half term.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

TED – Friday 25th October

Half Term – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

Tempest Photography – Monday 4th November

Open Morning – 10.00 – 12.00 Thursday 7th November

Parents’ Evenings – Class 2 on 11th November, Class 1 on 15th November

Year 1 &2 Gym Festival, Hanley Castle – Tuesday 19th November (morning) details TBA

Look at the Book – Friday 22nd November 2.45 pm all years

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 29th November 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Class 2 Visit Ashmolean Museum – Thursday 12th December

Nativity Performances – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Save the Date!!