15 November 2019                                                                                                     Newsletter 10

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank goodness it’s a slightly less wet day today! Thank you to everyone for your understanding yesterday as we took the decision to close at lunchtime to ensure safe travel for both students and staff. The River Severn is meant to peak on Saturday afternoon so we will continue to monitor roads and travel conditions over the next few days. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to stay for celebration assembly. Although we were depleted in numbers, it was fabulous to share the achievements of the week. 

Well done to:

Star of Class 1 – Oli

Star of Class 2 – Bailey

Star of the Playground – Delilah

Star of After School Care Club – Chloe

Thank you to Cian who shared his achievements in football with the school. 

We will roll over top table celebrations and extra 5 minute playtime until next week so that everyone is able to take full advantage of the rewards for their lunchtime behaviour. 

It was lovely to welcome Tony to Pendock and enjoy his demonstrations and information about the Karate Club that he will be starting. It was really lovely to read his post on Facebook shortly after.

Tony’s classes will be starting in the school hall 6.00 – 7.00 pm from next Tuesday at £7 per session and a flyer is enclosed with this newsletter if you need to contact him for more information.

Parents Evening:  Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening – it is always valuable to have that allotted time with parents to discuss their child and their progress. If you missed this opportunity, please do speak to staff as I am sure we can find a time that is mutually convenient. 

Also, thank you to those parents who offered their input into school improvement by answering the two questions that were left out. It’s heartwarming to read your comments and your ideas for wider curriculum coverage will be fed into the curriculum over the Spring and Summer terms. To give you a flavour, a couple of examples of answers to both questions are: 

Sum up Pendock in 3 words: Among the suggestions were: Simply the best; Family, Inclusive, Community Minded; Caring, Friendly, Approachable; Relaxed, Empowering, Individual

What aspects do you consider to be important within the the wider curriculum? Teaching life skills – First Aid, Money Management; Mental Health; Children’s Well-Being; Resilience; Outdoor Learning; Relationships and emotions

Curriculum News

Class 1

We have had so much going on in Class 1  this week! It was great to collaborate with other primary schools’ Year 1 and 2 children on Tuesday for Hanley Castle’s Gym Fest. Early Years had a lovely quiet morning in School with Mrs Haroun making clocks and building dens. Thank you to Mrs Haroun for transforming the classroom into such a thriving and exciting learning environment for when we got back and needed a boost! We had a lovely story telling session with Liz, from Upton Library on Wednesday and learnt all about what you can find in a library. Early Years in particular deserve recognition for their keen attitude to learning this week – they begged to have a go at the Year 2 Maths activity involving Numicon Pegs today! We all know how many pegs it takes to create a dinosaur picture out of them now (14!). Thank you to everyone who helped to keep our little ones calm and relaxed in the midst of the flooding fiasco this week.

Please can all children bring in labelled, warm weather accessories now that the cold weather has set in. The children are likely to take part in outdoor learning wherever possible and beneficial, and gloves/mittens, hats and scarves are strongly encouraged.

Class 2

The ancient Egyptians were fascinated with internal organs – as are Class 2! Today we have been looking at the digestive system and how it helps us get energy from our food. We finished by creating our own 3D model of the body including all the organs that break down our food.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Research Captain Scott and write a fact sheet for display in the library.  Refer to the details given out last Wednesday.  Please see Ms White on Monday if you have any questions.  Due for Wednesday 20th November.

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

Flu Immunisations:  Letters are enclosed for pupils in all years other than Nursery.  Please read through these and return the blue form to school, whether or not you are opting for your child to receive the immunisation.  The school nurses will be coming in to school on 6th December to provide this.

Tempest Photography:  If you are ordering via school rather than online, we need your forms and payments back by first thing on Monday morning so that they can be collected.

Worcester Warriors Acorns Charity Shirt Competition:  The Warriors are inviting local Worcestershire pupils and Junior Warriors to enter a shirt design which could be used as inspiration for this year’s Acorns Charity Shirt.  The winning design will be worn by the first team players at the Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby match on the weekend of 14/15/16th February 2020, so we would  like the designs to be themed around Valentine’s Day and love.  The winning design will also be sold online and in the Sixways Store.​  The winner will also receive a family ticket to come and watch the match so that they can see the players wearing their shirt.

In order to enter a design, please use the template attached and instructions below. Entries close at 4pm on Friday 22nd November, with the winner being announced at the Sale Sharks match.

1.      Complete your design using the enclosed template

2.      Ask a parent/guardian to write the following details on the back of the piece of paper or within your email:

Name:

Age:

School (if applicable):

Junior Warriors Membership Number (if applicable):

Name of Parent/Guardian:

Contact details of Parent/Guardian:

3.      Email your design back to shirtcompetition@warriors.co.uk or send your design back to:

Acorns Charity Shirt Competition 2019, Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium

                          Worcester, WR3 8ZE

Wider Community:  We will be hosting a Community Breakfast in school on Monday 2nd December.  Further details TBA but please put the date in your diaries.

Non Uniform Days for Christmas Fayre Tombola Items:  Thank you very much to everyone who brought chocolate for the tombola today.  Don’t forget that next Friday we have another non uniform day in exchange for bottles full of something you wouldn’t mind winning yourself! 

There is also a sign up sheet on the back door if you are available to help with the Christmas Fayre itself.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Crochet & Coffee – 1.45 – 2.45 in school hall, £2 (postponed fro last Thursday!)

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

Year R vision checks – Monday 25th November

Mad Science Show / Workshop in school – Thursday 28th November (No Celebrations Assembly today)

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

Mini Marines Sessions (all years) – Wednesday 4th December

Last Swimming Lesson – Thursday 5th December

Flu Immunisations – Friday 6th December

Early Years’ Christmas Party – Friday 6th December (afternoon)

Class 2 Visit Ashmolean Museum – Thursday 12th December

Polling Day – Thursday 12th December: SCHOOL WILL REMAIN OPEN

Nativity Performance – Tuesday 17th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

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