22 November 2019                                                                                                     Newsletter 11

Dear Parents and Carers

Well done to the following children who were recognised yesterday, in assembly, for their application and demonstration of the PRIDE values. 

Star of Class 1 – Delilah

Star of Class 2 – Tom 

Star of the Playground – Emily

Star of After School Care Club – Daisy W

School Council Star – Daisy M 

Collective Worship Stars – Autumn and Rosie

Mini Marines: Thanks to our Facebook presence we have been contacted by Mini Marines with the offer of a discounted session for our school. They were running a competition and although we didn’t win, the company wanted to recognise the amount of people who voted for Pendock. This will be taking place on the morning of December 4th. It will be a session of team work, communication and fire lighting! Children need to come into school in clothes that they don’t mind getting muddy and that are warm/waterproof as we will be outside! If they bring their school uniform to change into afterwards and a plastic bag to put their muddy clothes into!  We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child towards the cost.

Mad Science:  Next Thursday, Mad Science are joining us for the morning where they will be delivering a whole school assembly and then working with Class 2 on all things Science! 

Menus:  These are enclosed for the last three weeks of term.  Please look over them with your child and return them with payment, if appropriate, on Monday.  This period takes in our Christmas Dinner on 19th December and, in the anticipation that all pupils will take part in this, FOPS are kindly covering the cost once again.  Please also note that a picnic lunch is being offered on 12th December when Class 2 are going on their Oxford trip. Class 1 will have a picnic in school; the hall will be in use as a Polling Station.  If you had booked and paid for a meal on Thursday 14th November when we had to close early for the floods then a credit will be carried forward into this period for one meal.

Snacks in School:  We would like to remind you that pupils need a break time snack in school; Monday to Thursday this should be fruit or raw vegetable and on Friday it is ‘free choice.’  Recently, Wendy has frequently been having to give out fruit to children who have not brought a snack in.  As this comes out of the school’s catering budget we will not be able to continue to sustain this without charging for extra snacks.

Curriculum News

Class 1

Class 1 have really enjoyed learning about healthy eating this week. With Supertato as our focus, we have made our own vegetable superheroes and villains and are well on our way to producing Healthy Eating leaflets next week. We have also used this week to reflect on our learning so far and all chose different pieces of work that we are most proud of. Lovely to see everyone taking such pride in their work!

Reception have new tricky words coming home today, having secured the first set. Please carry on with everything you are doing at home to learn them – it’s working!

Thank you to Collective Worship Committee for such a lovely assembly on Noah’s Ark on Monday. We really enjoyed learning all about that story and taking part in your role play activity. Their next job will be to create a display in school so watch this space for that!

Class 2

Oxford Ashmolean Trip 12th December:  In support of our topic on the Egyptians, Class 2 will be going to a fantastic exhibition in Oxford, which will include a workshop on Egypt Detectives.  We will be leaving school by coach at 8.30 that morning and returning at approximately 4.00 pm.  Pupils will either need to book a school picnic lunch that day or bring their own packed lunch.  They will also need a small rucksack to carry their lunches and appropriate drinks and snacks.  We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £10 towards the coach transport and the museum workshop.  Please return the consent form attached.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Imagine you are with Captain Scott on his expedition to the Antarctic.  Write a letter to a friend describing the conditions in which you find yourself.  Use some fabulous vocabulary (you can steal from the biography we have been reading.)  Due for Wednesday 27th November.

Flu Immunisations:  Thank you to those who have returned their blue forms already.  If you have not done so, please let us have them back as soon as possible, even if you are opting not to have the immunisation.

Cashless School:  A reminder that from next term we will no longer be able to accept cash and cheques and all payments must be made via Payments4Schools website.  If you have misplaced your PIN for this or need the instructions please speak to Ms Curnow.

Nursery Pupils:  If you have a child in nursery with us already, or if your child may be joining us after Christmas, and you are using the ‘additional’ funded hours you must renew or apply for your 30 hour code at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk as soon as possible so that a valid one is issued to you by 31st December.

Forest School Request:  Does anyone have any small logs we can use as firewood?  If so, please speak to Miss Hayles. 

Karate Club:  We would like to thank Tony Johnson for a fabulous start to his Karate club here at Pendock Primary.  If anyone else, adult or child, would like to join in, classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 6.00 – 7.00 pm in the school hall and the cost is £7 per session.

FOPS Christmas Fayre:  We can’t believe that this is a week away!  Thank you all for your support so far.  We would really appreciate some cakes donations on the Friday itself and please bring any suitable Present Room items you may have at any time during the next week. Good quality, clean soft toys for the Teddy Tombola would also be very welcome. If you are able to donate something towards the Christmas Hamper (for example: Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, chocolate liqueurs, brandy sauce, gingerbread house, stollen, tin of chocolates) please sign against the item on the list on the back door. 

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

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

Community Breakfast – 9.30 am Monday 2nd December

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 but no Celebrations Assembly

Nativity Performance – Tuesday 17th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

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