04 October 2019                                                                                                         Newsletter 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Another week has flown by and it has been a busy one in school! As the weather is starting to turn a little chillier please can we make sure that children have coats and jumpers as we endevour to get them out to play as much as possible.

Star of the Week

Class 1 – Alfie

Class 2 – Will G

Playground – Daisy W

After School Care Club – Evie

Well done to Summer for sharing her achievements from outside of school, too. 

3rd October saw us celebrate National Poetry Day and the theme this year was #speakyourtruth. There are some great poems on their website. 

One of them is entitled Magic – what’s your magic? https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poem/magic/ 

MAGIC – National Poetry Day A newborn baby in a cot that’s magic. A baked potato, piping hot that’s magic. A cartoon on a Saturday a muffin on a baker’s tray a tabby cat that wants to play that’s magic. A rainbow peeking through the rain that’s magic. A multicoloured candy cane that’s magic. A puppy learning how to bark… nationalpoetryday.co.uk

Canine Partners: We were very grateful to Angela from Canine Partners who came in this week to talk to the children about the work that she does and that Canine Partners do to help disabled people within the community. She bought with her Mallow, a 4 and a half month old puppy who is in training. The children learnt about the training process and explored the different jobs that a dog can do to help. The children reflected in the afternoon about how these dogs and Canine Partners are showing generosity. These are a few of the children’s thoughts: 

“I’m pleased that dogs can help disabled people with everyday things that we take for granted.” – Daisy M

“I felt amazed. I love the fact that dogs can help other people.” – Rowan

“I am very proud of dogs like Mallow.” – Ella

“I learnt that dogs can help humans use card machines. I think that it is nice that dogs can help other people.” – Will G

Harvest Celebration:  We would like to invite you to our Harvest Celebrations on Tuesday 22nd October at 9am in the school hall. The children will be leading the celebrations and will be preparing over the next few weeks. We would really like to show our generosity by donating food stuff and other essential items to the local food banks.  Currently their ‘wish list’ includes:  sugar (500G), rice (500G), pasta, curry sauce, tinned soup, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned tomatoes, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, tinned custard, instant coffee, cereals, jam, tomato ketchup, men’s deodorant, children’s toothpaste & toothbrushes and surface cleaner.  Members of the wider community are very welcome to join us

Twitter:  We are sharing lots more of our work on Twitter as it is a great way to link with the wider community and demonstrate the opportunities, experiences and learning that is taking place. If you would like to follow us then our twitter handle is @PendockPrimary We currently have 75 followers – let’s see if we can get 100. We will continue to include aspects of school life in the newsletter as we appreciate that not everyone is on social media. 

Wider Community: The Cheltenham Literature Festival starts tomorrow. This is the link which shows what fun there is for family for free! https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/about-the-festival/fun-for-all-the-family-/ There is always a nice atmosphere with plenty to see and do!

Fun for all the Family – Cheltenham Festivals The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival offers a whole host of free family activities and paid for events to keep children of all ages entertained. Our Family Programmer has brought together a world-class line up to thrill young book lovers. Putting fun first, the festival … www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Hand in Hand for Oscar:  Thank you to everyone who donated towards the hamper raffled at the Bingo Evening at Bromesberrow last week.  The event raised an impressive £1078.71.

Messy Church:  This will be run in our school hall 4.00 – 5.00 pm on Saturday 12th October and is open to everyone, not just Pendock pupils!  There will be family fun, games, songs, activities, crafts and food.  There is no charge but parents are required to stay with their children.

Pencil Cases:  We are starting to get more and more children bringing in pencil cases from home and they seem to be growing in size on a daily basis! We provide everything that the children need in school so can I politely request that pencil cases stay at home. This way, pencils/pens don’t get lost/borrowed and it will lessen the distress and distraction for the children. Thank you. 

Curriculum News

Class 1

Class 1 have had such a busy week! We started by making those much-needed improvements to the castle (only furniture to go now!). We then enjoyed gearing up for National Poetry Day with our slime-making efforts. Miss H also really enjoyed running Forest School Club on Thursday, where we established our Gathering Call and explored our environment. Thanks for everyone who came.

Reception Vision Screening:  Pupils in Year R will be offered vision screening – please see attached letter if your child is in this year.  You can, if you choose, opt out by completing and returning the slip.  Our appointment is scheduled for 25th November.

Class 2

This week, pupils in Class 2 have been learning about the ancient Egyptian belief in the afterlife and the mummification process. This involved removing organs from the deceased pharaoh and storing them in sculptured canopic jars. Using the containers brought from home (thank you!) and air-dry clay, the children have been creating their own canopic jars which will (eventually) store some mummified organs.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Thank you for your fantastic cartoon strips!  Some excellent hard work there, Year 6.  In Beowulf, and also in the extract from Kidnapped by R L Stevenson, we read atmospheric, descriptive writing which uses the geographical features of the landscape to create mood and tension.  This week, select an area of your home or garden and view it from an ant’s point of view.  Write a description (as if you were the ant) of you trying to return to the colony without being trodden on.  What obstacles do you face?  Where can you hide? Use lots of descriptive language and be adventurous!  Due in on Wednesday 9th October.

Year 5 & 6 Cross Country Tournament:  A reminder that all pupils in these years will be going by coach to this event in Malvern.  If you have not yet returned your slip sent out last week please do so as soon as possible.  Remember that pupils will need a packed lunch, drinks and snacks for the day, PE kit, running trainers and clothing appropriate to the weather to wear between races.

Look at the Book:  The next session will be on 11th October.  Advance warning that there will be no session on 15th November due to Parents’ Evening.

Cyber Security Event:  As many of you know we work closely with Countryside Day Nursery in Corse and they have invited any of our parents who are interested to a Cyber Security session at 4.00 – 5.00 pm on Friday 8th November.  There is a poster up at the Parent Information Point for more information.  Please let them know at info@countrysidedaynursery.co.uk if you would like to go.

Long Hair:  A reminder that long hair should be neatly tied back for safety in PE, DT and not least to discourage those little crawly visitors!

Waterproofs:  Please make sure all pupils have a waterproof coat in school with them each day.

Lost:  A pendant has been found on the playground.  Please check with the office if you think it might be yours.

FOPS Curry and Quiz Evening on Friday 11th October:  Please book your place via the office if you have not done so already.  We need to know how much curry to cook!!

A Very Big Thank You:  Finally, we would like to thank Steph and Allan Grainger for all their hard work this week giving up their time to transform the Library.  We are very excited to see what the finished room looks like!

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Yr 5 & 6 Cross Country at Malvern College – Friday 11th October

Look at the Book – 2.45 pm, Friday 11th November (all years)

FOPS Curry & Quiz Night – 6.00 pm Friday 11th October

Messy Church:  4.00 – 5.00 pmSaturday 12th October in the school hall

Open Morning – 10.00 – 12.00 Tuesday 15th October

Dressing Up Day for Class Topics – Friday 18th October

Harvest Festival – Tuesday 22nd October

Open Morning – 10.00 – 12.00 Wednesday 23rd October

Dress in Pink / Coffee Morning – Thursday 24th October

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.  Details to follow.

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 29th November

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!!