28 February 2020                                                                                                       Newsletter 22

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to another term as the weeks seem to be flying past. I hope that you all had a good half term and weren’t caught up too much in the flooding. 

Congratulations to the following children who received the Star of the Week certificates this week:

Star of Class 1: Evie

Star of Class 2: Isabel

Star of the Playground: Alfie

Top Table: Evie, Summer, Jack, Ella, Chloe and Isla

Thank you also to Evie T and Jen for sharing about their latest badge in Brownies and to Emily for telling us all about her mermaid training. Fascinating!

The classes continue with their topics Space Crusaders and Angry Earth and we look forward to sharing their work and progress with you next week during parents evening. If you haven’t signed up, there are still times available and we’d love to get 100% turnout from parents. 

Just a reminder that the value for Collective Worship this term is Forgiveness and through the curriculum and wider curriculum we will be looking at the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance. 

Menus:  These are enclosed for the final 4 weeks of term.  Please complete these and return them on Monday.  We have had some problems accessing the Payments4Schools website (see below) so we might not be able to put up the category ‘Lunches 3 April’ before the end of the day.  Please pay the £2.30 per meal per Key Stage 2 child or £2 per meal per Nursery child as soon as this is resolved.

Payments4Schools Website:  This week the school has switched over broadband provider, which is great news as it will save money long term and provide a faster and more reliable connection.  However, there have been a few teething troubles with the filtering, including the office being temporarily unable to access our part of the Payments4Schools website.  There should be no difference for parents using it.  However, we have not been able to view payments made or add any new categories for the past few days.  If you had a query over payments made previously, we will look at this as soon as possible.

Curriculum News

Class 1: 

Class 1 have had such a varied week, with new children and taster children popping by! We have felt so lucky to have made so many lovely new friends. Throw in pancake day activities and a lovely RE session where we thought wrote our own prayers and it’s been a truly lovely, thought-provoking week. Thanks, everyone!

Class 1 are also after some metal coat hangers for an art project so if you have any spare please could you donate them?

Class 2:  This week, Class 2 have been working on characterisation and making their characters more believable through carefully added detail. It has been wonderful to see imaginations coming to life on the page as creations are given relatable feelings, actions and attire. In just a few short sentences, KS2 have made us care about their protagonists. Here are a few examples:

                “Elliott, clothed in rags and bottomless shoes, hobbled along the road.” – Brooke

                “The civilian, disguised as a policeman, hid in the alley.” – Brandon

                “Gerennia, clothed in an exquisite suit and top hat, won the vote.” – Robin

                “The chef, testing his food, was looking through the cookbook.”  – Rosie

                “Mané, sitting in his royal robe, was waiting for his manager.” – Cian

In the next few weeks, Class 2 will be building their Volcanoes for our ‘Angry Earth’ topic. If you have any old newspapers or large pieces of cardboard, please bring them in and we will re-use them. Thank you!

Research Project: Natalie Williamson is one of the University of Worcester students training at Pendock and you may have seen her around. As part of her PGCE course she is required to carry out a research project to aid in her subject specialism. We are asking if you would consent to your Class 2 child being a participant in this study. We have attached an information sheet for you as well as a consent form. Please read these over the weekend / next week and return them by Friday 6th March so that we may collect data the following Friday.

Your child’s participation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions feel free to email Natalie via office@pendockpri.worcs.sch.uk or to ask her any questions at school.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  There were some lovely poems written last week – thank you!  This week please do the ‘Cuckoo’ poem reading comprehension for Wednesday.

Year 5 and 6 Residential:  We hope the lists sent home before half term have been helping you accumulate all the necessary kit!  On Wednesday 4th March at 6.00 pm there will be a Parents’ Information Evening at Castlemorton Primary School.  Please make every effort to come along, even if your child went on the trip last year, as we will be visiting a different venue this time so arrangements will be different.  The final instalment of £50 for this trip is due by 15th March.  Please pay this online and, if you have not already paid the previous instalments, please bring any payments up to date.

Cricket Coaching:  From next week Class 2 will have cricket coaching on a Wednesday afternoon.

High 5 Netball Tournament:  We will be sending a team to this after school next Tuesday 3rd March.  If your child has been chosen for the team a slip will be attached.  Please make arrangements for them to be transported to Hanley Castle High School for 3.45 pm ready for a 4.00 pm start, and collected again at 6.00 pm.  Mrs Gilroy and Miss Wadley will be at the tournament.  Pupils will need their PE kit in school, and have a drink with them and appropriate warmer clothing for in between matches.

Breakfast Club Invoices:  These are attached for the first half of Spring term.  If your child only attended one session in this period, this will be carried forward and invoiced with the second half of term.  This category is available to pay at the moment on the Payments4School website.

After School Care Club:  If you would like to book any sessions for the second half of term please return the attached sheet.  There is no need to complete it for any sessions that your child is already signed up for the teacher-led activity clubs.

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

Star Gazing:  A reminder that, unfortunately due to the weather forecast, we will not be going ahead with this tonight.  We hope to reschedule soon.

Junior Bake Off:  A researcher for this Channel 4 programme has contacted us to see if any of our older Key Stage 2 pupils would be interested in taking part. We are sure there must be some keen bakers! They are looking for applicants between 9 -15 years old. Filming would take place from July 2020, but applications close on Sunday 5th April. Interested bakers can apply online at – WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK.

Best wishes

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

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

Non Uniform Day – Friday 13th March, in return for eggs for Spring Chicken Run

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

Last Week of Activity Clubs – Week commencing 16th March

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

Non Uniform Day – Friday 20th March, in return for cakes for Spring Chicken Run

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020

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

Last Swimming Session – Thursday 26th March

Easter Service – Friday 3rd April, 2pm at Pendock Cross Church. Parents and carers welcome

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)