13 March 2020                                                                                                           Newsletter 24

Dear Parents and Carers

Coronavirus Advice:  In line withDepartment of Health & Social Care guidelines, we are ensuring that when in school children wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, use and then discard tissues when blowing noses or sneezing and cough into the crook of their elbows.  If your child should develop a new, persistent cough or a temperature please keep them off school for 7 days.  In line with the latest Department of Education guidelines, the Residential trip for Year 5 & 6 is currently scheduled to go ahead with our Risk Assessment having already been adapted to take Coronavirus precautions into account.  That situation will be monitored continuously in the light of any new Government advice being issued. We would appeal to everybody to be conscientious about hygiene and mindful of everyone else’s health. 

Celebration Assembly: Thank you to all those who are able to join us for celebration assembly – it is always so nice to see it well supported. Congratulations to:

Star of Class 1 – Milly

Star of Class 2 – Sharry

Star of the Playground – Ella

Collective Worship Award – Will M

School Council Award – Milly

Sports Crew Award – Will M

Top Table – Table 6 – Ella, Brooke, Izzy, Rowan, Oli G, Freya.

Curriculum News

Class 1 

Class 1 have been busy mapping out the human and physical features of the school grounds just in case any extra-terrestrials fancy landing their spaceships here for a visit. The children worked really hard on this activity, which was tricky given the fact that they needed to think about things from a birds eye perspective. There was some excellent team work though! The children also performed their version of Jonah and The Whale as a class in their very own assembly today. Everyone was fantastic and the story was relayed with humour and zest. Thank you for your hard work on this!

Please can Class 1 pupils make sure they have wellies, trainers and pumps in school each day.

Class 1 have been practising an assembly and next Thursday they will be performing it in Celebrations Assembly.  Please do come and watch them!

Class 2 

This week Class 2 enjoyed a trip to The Hive in Worcester to see the Explosive Food show as part of British Science week.  It is always great to experience some learning outside the classroom!

Bikeability:  Pupils in Years 4, 5 & 6 will be doing this training during the week commencing 27th April.  Year 4 will be doing Level 1 (all in the playground) and Years 5 and 6 will be doing Level 2 (which will involve going on local roads).  Please see attached letters and forms if your child is in either of these years.  The cost for Level 1 is £5 per pupil and £10 per pupil for Level 2.  If your child in Year 6 did the training with us last year, the school will cover the cost for this to be repeated out of our Primary Sports Grant;otherwise, please make a payment online.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Write a fictional diary entry set in a mythical or historical setting.  It must be in the first person and think about the tense you will need to use.  Due in on Wednesday.

Instrumental Tuition:  Mrs Virgo has kindly arranged to swap her tuition on Tuesday morning to a Thursday morning on the week of the Residential so that her Year 5 and 6 pupils do not miss out.  Please make sure your child has their instrument in school on the correct day that week.

After School Clubs:  We would like to remind you that next week will be the last week of teacher-led activity clubs after school.  After School Care Club will continue as normal to the end of term.

Messy Church:  A reminder that Messy Church will be happening this Saturday, 14th March, 4.00 – 5.00 pm in the school hall.  Please come along and have fun! There will be games, refreshments and seasonal activities.  There is no charge but parents must stay with their children.

Look At The Book:  Final date for this term is 20th March.

Easter Club:   University of Worcester are running an exciting holiday club at Holt Fleet over the Easter break – Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bush craft and much much more. You can book online at https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/lakeside/booking/create

Ledbury Swifts:  They are looking for new Year 3 & 4 girl players to join their team.  Training is at the astro at JMHS Sports centre during the winter and at the Ross Road Playing Fields during the spring & summer on Tuesdays at 5.30pm. First training session is free! Find out more at www.ledburyswiftsfc.org.uk

Report on Children’s Services at Worcestershire County Council:  We have been asked to draw your attention to a letter to parents from WCC regarding inspection of Children’s Services.  This can be found at the front of the yellow folder at the Parent Information Point and invites parents’ input into the forthcoming inspection.  The background to this can be found at https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/1868/children_services_in_worcestershire_improving

This is an inspection by Ofsted and the Quality Care Commission into services provided at County level and not a report on individual schools.

Friends’ News:  We still need some keen volunteers to help on the day of the Spring Chicken Run (Sunday 22nd March in case it slipped your minds!) and setting up beforehand.  Please sign up on the list at the back door.  This is a very important fundraiser for us and we need plenty of people to make it a success, so please help if you can and ask anyone you know who might be willing.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

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

Last Week of Activity Clubs – Week commencing 16th March

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)