Issue 27 - Friday 19th March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we reach the end of our second week since the whole school returned from the national lockdown I can confirm that Parkfield is starting to look and feel much more normal. Children have settled back into lessons and teachers, thankful that the number of zoom lessons has been reduced, are delivering some great lessons to get children back into the school routine.
Although we have high expectations in the core subjects at Parkfield, I believe that children should leave school with plenty of wonderful memories and experiences. This week there have been a number of these opportunities . There was a wonderful 'experience day' in Y1 on Wednesday where pupils were learning in a wide variety of ways about Dinosaurs. The video showcasing the day can be seen here. Today, Year 5 have had a fabulous experience day where they have been learning all about famous explorers that have made discoveries across the globe.
In addition to their experience day, Y5 have also started whole class brass lessons that will last until the end of the year. My aim, before leaving us, is to ensure that every Parkfielder has the opportunity to play a musical instrument - you never know the inspiration it may provide to some of our potential musicians.
Again, I'd like to thank you for your vigiliance in relation to coronavirus. Please continue to: stay at home and get tested if anyone in the family shows symptoms of coronavirus; self isolate if you're identified as a close contact; wear your face masks on the school site and contact us via email or phone rather than come into the school office. A reminder that all coronavirus related information can be found here.
Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.
You may have noticed this past few weeks that KS2 children are bringing books home to read that aren't reading scheme books. This is part of our 'love to read' initiative where we want children to have the opportunity to read a wider range of books at an age appropriate level. Staff have been working tirelessly to label up thousands of books across the school with an ATOS readability level. This tells the children the difficulty of a book. The online quizzes children have been completing in school over the past few months give a result that indicates the range of levels they should be reading at (i.e. 2.5 - 3.8). We will send out further information in future but wanted to share with you this exciting update.
Y6 ST ANNE'S STUDENTS
For those Y6 pupils that are attending St. Anne's please be aware that the school have set up a transition website with lots of useful information: http://transition.stannesacademy.org.uk
RED NOSE DAY
Thank you to all for your support with today's event. We have certainly demonstrated our Parkfield value of being kind today and made over £200 for this wonderful Charity.
EASTER BONNETS AND DECORATED EGGS
Advanced warning that there are less than 2 weeks to prepare decorated eggs and bonnets for the competition on Wednesday 31st March. All pupils are welcome to take part in one or both competitions. Good luck with the desigining and everyone that takes part will recieve a small prize with the overall winners from each class winning a large Easter Egg!
HOUSE REWARD NON UNIFORM DAY - BAMFORD (YELLOW - FRIDAY 26TH MARCH)
Our next non uniform reward day for Bamford (Yellow) is now going to take place next Friday 26th March. Pupils in that house can come into school wearing non-uniform on that day. It is in place as Bamford won the most house points in Spring 1.
A reminder that our Covid-19 information page is being regularly updated and includes an up to date risk assessment. If you're unsure about the guidelines that are to be followed, the information will be on this page.
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
SCHOOL MEAL PATTERNS
Please be advised that your child must have a meal pattern that stays the same each week. If you need to change it please give the office a weeks notice. This helps to ensure our kitchen have the correct numbers of meals prepared.
HOME TESTING KITS
Home testing kits are now available for our families.
As part of the government’s roll out of regular testing to support the return to school for all pupils, testing packs for those in regular, sustained contact with school children are now available for collection from the following testing centre locations in the borough:
Rochdale - in the car park at Rochdale Leisure Centre, Entwisle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ.
Middleton - in the marquee on the Market Place Car Park next to Middleton Arena, Old Hall Street, Middleton M24 1AG.
Heywood - Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10 1LW.
They can be collected any day 13:30 – 19:00, no booking required. The intention is that more locations are going to be added and we will share details of this once they are known.
The packs contain 7 tests for use at home and it is recommended that you are tested at least twice a week.
Any individual who has sustained contact with school children is eligible for these packs, that includes:
Households of school children
Members of support bubbles
Those in related occupations where they come into sustained contact with school children
You can still attend regular FAST Testing at one of our many sites across the borough if you do not wish to take up the home testing offer. Find out more at rochdale.gov.uk/FastTesting
Regular testing is still really important as we continue to live with Covid-19 and the vaccine is being rolled out.
If anyone has symptoms they must book on to a PCR test by dialling 119 or visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Y5 ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL
Regretably, we have had to cancel the Y5 trip to Robinwood. We looked at postponing the trip until a date coronavirus restrictions were likely to be relaxed and allow residential trips but Robinwood unfortunately aren't able to fit us in. We are currently exploring alternative options where the Y5's will be able to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities later in the summer term or in the Autumn when the children are in Y6. We have booked and are expecting the Y6 residential trip to Blackpool to take place in June 2022. Any monies already paid towards Robinwood will be refunded.
Y6 BLACKPOOL TRIP
Fortunately, we have been able to alter the dates of the Blackpool Residential to the 23rd - 25th June when coronavirus restrictions, if lifted as planned, will mean the trip can go ahead. We do hope the trip will go ahead and we will send more information soon with further details about the cost and itineary.
SCHOOL CLOSURE - POLLING DAY - 6th May 2021
Advanced warning that the school will be closed to all pupils on Thursday 6th May due to polling. Due to coronavirus restrictions, including the use of bubbles and social distancing, it is not possible to have the children in the building whilst it is being used as a polling station. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS FOR SPRING 2
Visit our curriculum website to find out what children will be learning about this half-term. Here are the topic themes that will drive lots of their learning:
Reception - Will you Read me a Story?
Year 1 - The Enchanted Woodland
Year 2 - The Scented Garden
Year 3 - Through the Ages
Year 4 - Blue Abyss
Year 5 - Off with her Head!
Year 6 - Frozen Kingdoms
SPONSOR OUR WONDERFUL PARKFIELDER - RAISING FUNDS FOR SPRINGHILL HOSPICE
At Parkfield, we want or pupils to be kind and one of our Year 3's has set herself the challenge of cycling a total of 100 miles throughout March. In the process she is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Springhill Hospice. If you'd like more information and would like to donate please visit the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/romigully?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=romigully&utm_campaign=pfp-sms&utm_term=1fe206a46b8f4062b94aab67b11a45f6
PARKFIELD CHARACTER FOCUS - ENCOURAGING
This half term, the Parkfield character focus is going to be on being 'encouraging'. We will discuss what it is to be a positive and encouraging Parkfielder and how they can support others in the school community. Classroom activities will be planned so that the pupils are given plenty of opportunities to encourage one another with their learning and develop this important life characteristic.
We have decided to move Parents Evening to Wednesday 28th April between 3.30 and 7pm. This is much later than our usual parents evening but we feel by this date we'll be able to give you accurate assessment information and personalised targets for your child.
EASTER DECORATED EGG COMPETITION AND BONNET PARADE
Again, there will be no learning logs this half term but we will be asking all children for decorated bonnets and eggs for the annual Easter celebrations. All entries can be brought into school on Wednesday 31st March. We missed out on this last year and hope that this year's entries will be just as as creative as they usually are. All children entering will receive a small prize with the overall winners being voted on by the school staff.
PARKFIELD SCHOOL LOTTERY
If you'd like the opportunity to win £25,000 each week and support the school you can do so by joining the school lottery. There is a winner from our school each week that wins a smaller prize but there is always the chance of winning the national prize of £25,000. More details and how to join can be found here: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/parkfield-primary-school
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
Monday Assembly - 10:10am - link available on Showbie / Tapestry
Friday Achievement Assembly - 10:10am on Showbie / Tapestry
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.
As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.
Health and Safety
Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.