06 March 2020                                                                                                           Newsletter 23

Dear Parents and Carers

Well – where did that week go! It has been super busy at school and it’s always nice to see and hear the children as they experience new activities, experiences and parts of their learning. Work in classrooms continue at a pace and we have been delighted to welcome a cricket coach to work with Class 2 over the coming weeks. 

World Book Day:   Thank you for supporting World Book Day in such a cosy fashion – it was a treat wearing our pyjamas to learn in. The children started off the day by choosing which story they wanted to listen to. Each member of staff chose a story to read and the children could choose who they wanted to listen to. When that story had finished they could then choose another. We repeated this so that the children could experience 4 different books. After listening to Newsround, the children worked in their classes. Y5/6 designed their own book covers and blurbs, Y3/4 read The Lion Inside and completed activities based around this book and Class 1 had a music lesson with Mrs Haroun (our Class 1 music whiz) based on her favourite story; they loved learning about all sorts of different instruments, including the violin, the drums and tambourines. After lunch, we all came together again and listened to Tom Hardy read Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph and then completed their own dog which is on display in the children’s entrance. To end the day, the children listened to The Bear. The concept behind World Book Day this year was to Share a Story and I think we achieved this at Pendock. Please take a look at our Twitter feed to see more pictures. 

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 – Betsy

Star of Class 2 – Evie

Star of the Playground – Kourtney

Collective Worship Award – Callum

School Council Award – Callum

Sports Crew Award – Tom

Top Table – Table 6 – Isla, Zak, Delilah, Oli H, George, Jen

Newsround:  The children in Class 1 have News Tuesday and in Class 2 we listen to / watch Newsround everyday whilst we eat our snacks. There has been lots recently about hygiene with respect to Coronavirus and this has really stuck with some of our children. We have the opportunity for Y3/4 to make a short film about how to wash hands properly and the importance of doing so, which can be shared with other local schools and / or via social media. The children will be involved in the whole process – writing the script, staging, filming. If you would prefer your child not to be involved or directly filmed please do let us know. We would like to film next Friday (13th). 

Y5/6 Netball:  On Tuesday, some members of Y5/6 went along to Hanley to take part in the Netball Festival. We played 5 games and I am delighted to say that we won 4/5 of them and came third overall in the tournament. The children represented the school brilliantly and certainly demonstrated the PRIDE in Pendock values. My thanks goes to Miss Wadley for getting them ready and practising with them and thank you to the parents for ferrying them to Hanley so promptly. 

Year 6 Residential Meeting: Thank you to those who were able to make the meeting regarding residential on Wednesday – I hope that you found it informative. If you do have any questions / queries please do let me know. If you were unable to attend, I have forms and a booklet for you so please do come to the office to collect them. 

Parents’ Evening: Thank you to all of you who have been able to make an appointment to see staff members. If you have been unable to attend this week, please do speak to your child’s class teacher and I am sure that we can find a time which would be mutually convenient. Working with parents is key in enabling each child to be the best that they can be.

Menus to 3rd April:  A few people have ordered meals for their Year 5 and 6 children on 23rd – 25th March when they will actually be away on the Residential trip.  If you have already paid for these, a credit will be carried forward to the beginning of Summer Term.  When returning menus, please do so promptly.  We have to plan our catering requirements and order ingredients in advance to avoid either wastage or under-provision and if we then have to change this several times it is an extra burden on catering and administrative staff.

Curriculum News

Class 1 

Aside from Thursdays excitement, we have also been learning about sharing and fractions in Pre-School, Reception and Year 2. We’ve used the playdough, 2D shapes and some artwork to help us along on our way. In Science, we combined our study of weather with that of Jonah, a biblical story we have read this week to support the current School value of Forgiveness. We tested materials for their  qualities to help Jonah when he fell into the sea and have started a collage of the waterproof materials on the wall. Super good fun!

Next week we are changing the organisation of our belongings the mornings. Please can you remind children to leave everything except water bottles on their pegs/in their tray underneath. Thank you for your support! 

Class 2 

Science Festival at The Hive Wednesday 11th March:  We are really excited to be going to this next week as part of British Science Week.  We will travel to and from The Hive in Worcester by coach during school time to see the show ‘Explosive Food’ which we are sure Class 2 will find amusing!  Please sign and return the attached slip.  We are asking for a Voluntary Contribution of £4 (which is half the actual cost of the trip) towards transport and the cost of the show; we still have a problem accessing Payments 4 Schools from our side but we will send out a text when this is fixed and the new categories have been added.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check:  Many of you will be aware from the news that these checks are coming in from June this year.  If you have a child in Year 4, a leaflet is attached giving further information. 

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Please complete the Reading Comprehension on the ‘Tudor Wedding’ diary for Wednesday.

Scholastic Book Club:  Leaflets are enclosed with book offers – you can even use your World Book Day token (distributed with 14th February newsletter) towards any purchases if you have not spent it already.   Please go tohttps://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/pendock to order and you could help us earn free books for the school.

Messy Church:  Please come along and support Messy Church on Saturday 14th March 4.00 – 5.00 pm in the school hall. 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.

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:

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

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)