14 February 2020                                                                                                       Newsletter 21

Dear Parents and Carers


Well done to the following children who all received a PRIDE certificate for consistent demonstration of the PRIDE values – positive attitude, respect, individuality, determination and excellence. We are proud of all the children’s achievements and would like to celebrate these children in particular:






Will M


Also, congratulations to Summer Hill who have collected the most PRIDE merits over the half term. 493 is no mean feat and they should be very proud of themselves. The other houses were hot on their tails so plenty to work for next half term. 

Summer Hill – 493

North Hill – 475

West Beacon – 482

Table Hill – 479

Thank you to William B for sharing with us his achievements in dance that he took part in outside of school and well done to all the children who have been reading to Moss this half term. I hope you treasure your Moss medal. 

British Values – Democracy:  As part of our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum, we have been focusing on the British Value of democracy this term. Earlier in the term we had a visit from Harriet Baldwin MP who led and assembly and this week we welcomed our District Councillor Bronwen Behan into school. She talked to Class 2 about her job and what she does and then allowed the children to form their own parties, decide on 3 things that they wanted to change/do and then had a class vote. The children were fantastic throughout and listened well – asking some thoughtful questions whilst the votes were being counted. 

Next term, we will be focusing on the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance. 

Values of Pendock:  Collective Worship this term has been based around the value of Courage. We’ve explored what it means to have courage, how you can show courage, when you may need to show courage and linked this value to #FindYourBrave which was the theme during Children’s Mental Health Week . 

The Value for next half term is Forgiveness. 

Playground at the end of the day:  Please be aware that we will be closing the gate at 3.30pm to ensure the safety of After School Care Club attendees and any clubs that may want to use the outside space. Please continue to allow your children to play sensibly in the grounds after school but we will ask parents and children to leave just before 3.30pm as we lock the gate. Thank you for your understanding in advance. 

Table Cloth and material plea:  Many of you may have noticed that the colour of the table cloth in the hall changes colours. This is to reflect the time of year and what is happening within the Church calendar. We would like to make a tablecloth that would be a permanent fixture all year around with the colours that are included in this process. It will also have pictures which depict 5 bible stories which link to our PRIDE values. We thought it would be lovely to include material from the children – old unstained clothes etc… in the colours of green, purple, gold, white and red. If you have any garments which you think would be suitable, please do bring them in and we will endeavour to use as many of the childrens’ materials as we can. 

Curriculum News

Class 1: 

This week, our studies popped back down to planet Earth from space when we enjoyed a visit from the Environment Department of Malvern Hills District Council, who taught us all about the dangers of littering and not picking up after pets. We hope you also enjoyed our pizza earlier on in the week – we have nearly finished writing the recipes into our space stories for a bit of genre smudging. A lovely challenge for Year 1 and 2 while Reception and pre-school concentrated on securing and ordering instructions verbally. 

Coming home this week is some information on how reading is taught in Class 1 and some top tips on enhancing reading opportunities at home. We would love the children to read some school and home books over half term and have a go at some of the comprehension questions on there 🙂

Show and Tell:  Now numbers have grown, we will be working off an alternate week rota for Show and Tell on Wednesday afternoons. This pattern will repeat until the end of the year.

Week 1: pre-school,  reception and year 1
Week 2: year 2

Class 2: 

We are very proud of the children for finishing their explanation texts this week on how to get to the centre of the Earth.  They have been extremely creative in designing a machine and then explaining how one could use it to complete that mission. The work done by Years 5 and 6 will be turned into a book for display.

Year 6 Guided Reading: It’s poetry time! Write a Rhyming Couplet, a Haiku and a Cinquain.

Rhyming Couplet: two rows with a rhyme pattern of AA

Haiku: 17 syllables over 3 lines – 5,7,5.

Cinquain@ Syllable pattern of 2,4,6,8,2 spread over 5 lines

If you are feeling creative – write some more J. Due for Wednesday 19th Feb.

Year 5 and 6 Residential:  We are sending home a kit list if you want to get ahead of the game over half term.  Further information will be given at the Information Evening at Castlemorton on 4th March.

FAME:  Our half-year FAME project has finished now.  Please make sure all clarinets are back in school for Monday 24th February as they are being collected by Severn Arts.

Invitation for Pupils and Year 4 and 5:  Kings School in Gloucester would like to invite you to their Open Days.  Please see attached flyer for details.

Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate Competition:  Worcestershire’s poetry competition to find our next Young Poet Laureate is back for 2020. The competition which aims to inspire a new generation to enjoy, discover and share all things poetry, is open for entries from now until 8 March.

New for 2020, the competition now accepts entries from 8 to 18 year-olds in three age categories, 8-11, 12-15 and 16-18. All entrants are asked to send in two poems; one on the subject of ‘Identity,’ and another on a subject of their choice. A winner from each age category and an overall winner crowned Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate will chosen at a live final, on 29March at The Hive in Worcester. On the day of the final there will be performance coaching with the host and well- known poet, Spoz.

Poems can be sent by email, text or video. For more information see www.worcestershire.gov.uk/youngpoet.  Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate competition is run jointly by Worcestershire County Council’s libraries service and Severn Arts.

After School Care Statements / Reminder for Other Items:  Statements are enclosed for ASCC for Autumn 2019.  If you have a balance to pay, please do so via Payments4Schools.  Also enclosed are reminders if you owe money for Breakfast Club, Meals and Music Tuition for previous periods.  We would appreciate it if you could pay any balances owing online as soon as possible.  If you think you have made payments for the periods concerned, please check this with Ms Curnow.  We make every effort to reconcile payments made to the school with amounts owing but if these have been paid against the incorrect category online, for example, it can be more difficult to match these.  Invoices for Breakfast Club and After School Care for the first half of this term will be sent out directly after half term.

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March:  Please find attached a ÂŁ1 token which can be used against books from qualifying outlets.  Remember we will be dressing in pyjamas and doing bedtime story themed activities!

Look At The Book:  Next dates for this term are – 6th March and 20th March.

Star Gazing:  A reminder that Miss Hayles will be hosting this event 7.00 – 8.00 pm on Friday 28th February.  Please let us know if you are planning to come!

Road Works on School Lane:  We appreciate there have been timing problems with temporary traffic lights on the School Lane bridge and that this is frustrating but we have been asked to remind everyone that if you jump the red lights you risk being photographed and fined.

Friends’ News:  If you can help with the Spring Chicken (either on the day or beforehand) please sign up on the lists at the back door.  A reminder that we will be having non uniform days on 13th March for egg donations and 20th March for cake donations.  The next FOPS meeting will be at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd March for Summer Fayre planning.  Anyone with ideas or enthusiasm is welcome!

Best wishes

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Half Term – Monday 17th – Friday 21st February

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

Parents’ Meetings – 2.00 – 7.00 pm 2nd March

FOPS Meeting – 2.00 pm Tuesday 3rd March (Summer Fayre planning)

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

Parents’ Meetings – 2.00 – 7.00 pm 5th March

World Book Day Activities – Thursday 5th March – (NO SWIMMING)

Year R & Yr 6 Hearing and Height & Weight Checks – Wednesday 11th March (morning)

Class 2 Science Trip to The Hive, Worcester – Wednesday 11th March, pm only – details to follow

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

Year 6 Trip to Made in Dagenham at HCHS – Wednesday 18th March, pm only

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020

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

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)