17 January 2020                                                                                                          Newsletter 17

Dear Parents and Carers

Weekly Achievements:

Star of Class 1: Austin

Star of Class 2: Ed

Star of the Playground: Tom

Top Table: Table 2

Sports Council Award: Will G and Cian

Collective Worship Award: Mrs Gilroy

Outside achievements: Theo – swimming

Y5/6 Sportshall Athletics:  A very big well done and thank you to the Y5’s and Y6’s who represented Pendock at the Cluster Sportshall Athletics Event which was held at Hanley Castle. The event saw the children take part in a variety of relay races over various distances and compete in the long jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump and javelin. We are very proud of them all for the way that they demonstrated the School Games values and for their fantastic behaviour. The Girls’ team came 6th and the Boys’ team came 4th. 

Moss – Reading Dog:  This week saw the launch of Moss coming into school to support the children with their reading. He visits the school on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and listens to a selection of children read out loud for 10 minutes each. The children have loved having him come into school and just his presence this week has helped to motivate some of our children to read more. He certainly brings a calming presence to our library area. 

James Carter – poet:  Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to join us for our showcase assembly on Monday where James Carter displayed and presented some of his poems and some of the poems that the children had crafted during the day. He gave an assembly to each class and worked with 3 groups throughout the day concentrating on creativity and language through our topics and his own material. We learnt a lot from his visit and the children enjoyed seeing a poet in real life.  James has been in touch to say how much he genuinely enjoyed his day working with the children at Pendock and to pass on his congratulations for their hard work.

If you would still like to order any of his poetry books, please return the order form to the office before next Wednesday.

Harriet Baldwin – MP:  Thank you to Harriet for giving up her time and coming into school to deliver an assembly and talk to the children about her career. It is always an eye opener when you have an insight into a different world. The children asked some very good questions.

​500 words:  If you are a regular listener then you may have heard that Radio 2 have launched this year’s 500 words competition. This is where children are invited to write a story, no longer than 500 words, and submit it to a panel of judges. A certain number of entries get chosen to go through to the finals, which are being held at Buckingham Palace this year, and each entry goes into a prize draw for 500 books for their school and their height in books for themselves. It’s a fabulous competition and well worth taking part in. Mrs Gilroy is more than happy to collate entries and send them off or look over any entries before they get submitted. The closing date is Thursday 27th February. Please follow the link for more information. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

Students from University of Worcester:  We welcome two students to Pendock next week. They will be joining the Class 2 team and supporting the teaching and learning across Class 2. They will be with us for 6 weeks whilst they undertake their teacher training.

Courage:  This is our value for the term. Over the last couple of weeks we have combined this value with our work on developing a Growth Mindset as we have been looking at ways to step out of our comfort zone – having the courage to have a go or to try something new. As teachers, we’ve been trying to reinforce that this applies to adults as well as children. We thought it’d be interesting to reflect more widely into our school community and ask When did you last step outside your comfort zone to try something new? If you would be willing to share, please jot your thoughts down or email school and we will proudly add them to the display in the hall. 

Curriculum News

Class 1: 

Class 1 loved sharing their poems with parents and carers after their workshop with James Carter. We have also made a start on our Space topic and have investigated space dough in science, whilst also thinking about our experiences of the weather on planet Earth. Growth Mindset is infiltrating our curriculum through cross-curricular learning and one of our challenges this week was to think about any mistakes we have made with the weather. We then thought about what we learnt from that mistake. One Class 1 child commented that she had once gone to a rainy day party in her sparkly shoes, got them wet and now “doesn’t attend a party without wellies” πŸ™‚ We are enjoying hearing the ideas of the children and look forward to more work in this area.

Trip to We The Curious Monday 27th January:  Please sign and return the attached permission slip sent out last week if you have not done so already.  Pupils will need to take a packed lunch, drinks, snacks and a small rucksack to carry them in.

Gym Festival at Hanley Castle Tuesday 28th January:  Reception and Year 1 pupils will be going to this, for the morning only.  Please sign and return the attached slip.  We are asking parents to drop children at Hanley Castle High School at 8.45 am where they will be met by a member of staff.  They will need to be in their PE kit and have an appropriate snack and drink for the morning.  We will return to school by coach in time for lunch.

Reception pupils have a new set of tricky words in their bookbags to look at at home. Please feel free to have a go at some of the games sent home at the start of the year if a good opportunity arises.

Class 1 are keen for anything glow in the dark for their black out zone. If you have anything that might enrich a darkened space, we would love to borrow it. Please send it in labelled so we can return it.

Class 2: 

This week Class 2 have really enjoyed discovering what sits in the earth beneath their feet, and how tectonic plate movements can result in earthquakes and the formation of volcanoes.   Using this information and their own research, pupils have been writing their own reports on different features of the earth. The work produced has been wonderfully creative and full of exciting facts. For many it was also a first opportunity to show off their handwriting with their new pens!

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Thank you for the chocolate and sweet inventions.  We all felt very hungry!  This week, please write your Beowulf book review in your Green Guided Reading books.  Due on Wednesday 22nd January.

Year 3 & 4 β€˜Do Something Different’ Event Tuesday 21st January:  Please return your slip if you have not done so already.  Remember that pupils in these years will need to be dropped at Hanley Castle High School 8.45 am on the day and we will return to school by coach in time for lunch.

After School Clubs:  These will start next week and are as follows:

Tuesday – Running – Years 2 -6

Wednesday – Board Games – all years

Thursday – Creative Chaos – all years

Please sign your child up on the attached sheet if interested.

Look At The Book:  Dates for this term are – 7th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Best wishes

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

FOPS Meeting – Tuesday 21st January 3.15 pm

Class 1 We The Curious Trip – Monday 27th January

Year R & Yr 1 Gym Festival Hanley Castle High School (morning only) – Tuesday 28th January

Half Term – Monday 17th – Friday 21st February

Star Gazing Evening – Friday 28th February 7.00 – 8.00 pm

Parents’ Meeting re Yr 5 & 6 Residential – Wednesday 4th March 6.00 pm at Castlemorton

Yr 5 & 6 Residential Trip – 23rd – 25th March

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

Term Ends – Friday 3rd April

Summer Term Begins – Monday 20th April

TED – Monday 20th July (so term effectively finishes for pupils on Friday 17th July)