31 January 2020                                                                                                         Newsletter 19

Dear Parents and Carers

Congratulations to the following children for their achievements this week:

Class 1 Star of the Week – Betsy

Class 2 Star of the Week – Lucie

Playground Star of the Week – Callum 

Collective Worship Star of the Week – Alfie

School Council Star of the Week – Erin

Top Table – Ella, Evie, Loveleen, Jack, Summer, Isla

Also, thank you to Isla and Freya for sharing their achievements from outside of school.

Children’s Mental Health Week:  One of the areas that the ‘parent group’ fed back on through the questions at Parents Evening as being an important aspect of the wider curriculum was Mental Health of children. Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week, set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Find your Brave. This theme links really well with our theme for the term – COURAGE. On Monday, we welcome NSPCC into school to deliver an assembly and lead workshops and on Tuesday, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Jo Powell from Powell Mindfulness who will lead some mindfulness sessions with the children.  Please could each child in Class 1 bring a teddy in on Tuesday for this workshop. We will also be doing other activities throughout the week. Here are a couple of links which you may find useful:



National Storytelling Week:  This is also taking place next week.  Mrs Gilroy will be doing Story Sessions in the hall at 8.30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Parents are very welcome to attend, too!  Miss H is opening up her classroom at lunchtimes for anyone else who wants to write stories – this would be the perfect opportunity to start your 500 word story!

Parents Meetings:  Parents Meetings will take place on Monday March 2nd and Thursday 5th March running from 2pm to 7pm. Miss Hayles and Mr Greenbank will be available, via appointments, on both those days, Mrs Evans will be available on the Monday and Mrs Gilroy on Thursday. Please sign up on the clipboards at the Parent Information Point. 

Curriculum News

Class 1: 

Gosh, what a busy week! Our trip to We The Curious was tremendous. The children have scrap-booked photos from this trip and commented on their favourite bits. It was almost unanimous that the planetarium was a highlight – we travelled all the way to Saturn and even learnt about nebulas!  Reception and Year 1 then attended the Hanley Castle High School Gym Festival on Tuesday. Their behaviour and effort was second to none, and Miss H was extremely proud of everyone. The balloon activity was particularly popular.

Forest School was also great fun this week, where we learned about primary, secondary and tertiary colours in nature. We had post from a really friendly Martian, too. We’d love to receive more post from him again soon! 

In the Classroom, Year 2 have had a go at a few low pressure quizzes to check our knowledge in Literacy and Maths at this stage in the year. If anyone raises any worries or niggles about this at home, please do get in touch with Miss H who will support you as a family. Thank you!

If you still have not paid your voluntary contribution for We The Curious, we would really appreciate you doing so via the Payments4Schools website as we went ahead and booked this trip as a result of parental responses to the initial consultation on the costs.

Tapestry: For Pre-School and Reception parents who have signed up to Tapestry, please do feel free to interact us through journal entries, commenting on progress or uploading things from home. We love working collaboratively with you and encourage use of this software to build a holistic picture of each child’s individual journey.  Remember to check your account this weekend – the children have filmed a postcard home just for you J.

Class 2: 

This week Class 2 have been looking at explanation texts. We started by discussing what might have happened to the dragons and then wrote a piece together, making sure we used time and causal conjunctions to explain why they are now extinct. Every pupil shared their ideas and the writing produced was wonderfully creative. Well done, Class 2!

Year 6 Guided Reading: Complete your reading comprehension on The Owls for Wednesday.

Year 3 & 4 Dance Festival Tuesday 4th February:  If you have not already returned your slip for this, one is attached.  Please sign and return on Monday.  Remember that pupils need to be dropped at Hanley Castle High School at 8.45 am and we will return to Pendock by coach in time for lunch.

Swimming Lessons:  We would like to remind parents that swimming lessons are a part of the National Curriculum and there is an expectation that if a child is well enough to attend school they will come swimming with us unless there is a medical reason that has been discussed with teaching staff beforehand.

School Opening Times: Breakfast Club is available from 8.00 am each morning.  Please do not drop your children off before this time or leave them unattended outside school. 

If your child arrives before 8.30 am they will be sent through to Breakfast Club and this will be chargeable.  Teaching staff may be in the classrooms before 8.30 am but this does not mean they are available to supervise early arrivals as they will be planning and preparing lessons.

Some Reminders About Uniform:  On swimming days, please avoid tights in favour of something that is quick and easy to change in and out of, as this saves time.  On PE days, if your child is wearing tights please make sure they also have a pair of socks to change into for the lesson.  If your child has had to change into clothes supplied by the school at any point during the day and goes home wearing them, please return them as soon as possible as our supplies are running low!

Pothole Reporting:  No one can have failed to notice the state of the roads around school recently!  We are aware that some of you have already reported incidents but for anyone else who would like to the link is:


The Children’s Society:  The Christingle candles that you filled before Christmas raised £44 for the Children’s Society and they would like to pass on their gratitude to all families.

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

World Book Day:  This falls on Thursday 5th March but we will be celebrating it on Friday 6th March at Pendock, as imaginative costumes and changing for swimming don’t always go well together!  Further details to follow, as School Council are taking a lead on this.

Friends’ News:  A reminder about the Jumble Sale on Saturday 8th February at 2.00 – 4.00 pm.  If you can help, please sign up on the sheet at the back door.  Donations of jumble and cakes will be welcome after school on Friday 7th February.

Plans are also underway for the Pendock Spring Chicken Run on Sunday 22nd March.  Places are going quickly especially on the 10k so if you or someone you know is still planning to enter, tell them not to miss out!  We are doing leaflet drops in the local area on 28th February and 13th March and there will be a litter pick of the route on 17th March.  We would really appreciate some volunteers for these dates so if you can help please let Steph Grainger know.  There will be non uniform days on 13th March in exchange for eggs (chocolate or hens) and on 20th March for cake donations.

Best wishes

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

FOPS Jumble Sale – Saturday 8th Feb 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Half Term – Monday 17th – Friday 21st February

Class 1 Visit Countryside Day Nursery – Friday 14th February, morning only, Valentine activities

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

World Book Day Activities – Friday 6th March

Messy Church – Saturday 14th March 4.00 – 5.00 pm in the school hall

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

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020

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)