Issue 33 - Friday 14th May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Tuesday many of our Parkfielders had one of the most memorable days that they'll have as a Parkfielder. I'm not talking about Manchester City winning the league but the trip our Year 3 class had to Murton Park in Yorkshire. On the day they experienced what life was like as a Roman and the slideshow found here demonstrates what a brilliant experience it was for all.
Year 6 have spent this past week working remotely due to their bubble being sent home last Friday as there was a positive case in their class. It is because of this that we have to remain vigilant as a school and will continue to ask anyone displaying the wider list of symptoms to get a coronavirus test. I appreciate the inconvenience this can cause but the safety of all is my number one priority. Thanks for your understanding on this matter.
I'd also like to take the opportunity to say Eid Mubarak to our families that celebrated earlier this week. I hope you enjoyed your celebrations.
Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to having a full school back in on Monday.
CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN SCHOOL
It was great news on Monday to hear about the wider easing of lockdown restrictions across the country. However, restrictions within school remain the same and there have been no changes to our risk assessment and the measures we have in place. This means that poorly children will be asked to get a Covid test, pupils will remain in their class bubbles, the cleaning regime within school will continue, a positive case within a class means the bubble is sent home, masks will be worn by staff in communal areas, restricted access to the school office continues and masks MUST BE WORN by all adults in the school playground when dropping off and picking up. We are looking forward to the next stage of lockdown easing where we hope some of these measures can be removed.
Y6 BLACKPOOL RESIDENTIAL
The news earlier this week about lockdown restrictions continuing to ease means that the Y6 residential will be able to go ahead as planned from the 23rd - 25th June. More information will be shared with parents, carers and pupils in a special meeting on Wednesday 26th May at 4pm via Zoom. Details will be sent out nearer the time.
We have some great news. Our recently purchased class set of ipads have arrived and are now being used regularly within the school. Part of the funding for these ipads has come from a number of fundraising events the PTA and school have put in place over the past 18 months so thank you again for all your support. At Parkfield, we use a number of different computing resources that support children with their learning in reading and mathematics and these additional ipads mean that more children can access this learning.
Weather permitting, all classes from Y1-6 will be taking part in some fun cricket lessons this Tuesday. This is a great opportunity being provided free of charge from Lancashire Cricket Club. Please can you send your child to school on Tuesday wearing their PE kit.
PARENT / CARER VIEWS
Thanks to those that completed the recent questionnaires. We use this information to help us make Parkfield an even better place for our pupils and your comments are always welcome. Please find the most recent questionnaire results and school responses on our website here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/school-community-views.html
Throughout the pandemic our pupils have unfortunately missed out on a number of opportunities. Our choir, that usually go to Rochdale Town Hall to take part in the annual Rochdale Music Festival, have this year entered the competition virtually! Click here to see their entries into the competition. We'll let you know how we do when we find out!
Y5 PARENTS EVENING
We will update you on the postponed Parent's Evening for Y5 parents and carers as soon as we have a new date for you.
Y6 BREAKFAST BOOSTER CLUB (RESUMES 17th MAY)
A reminder that Y6 can attend the FREE breakfast club. The club will start at 8.15am and will help prepare our Y6's fully for their transition into high school. All are invited and just have to turn up to breakfast club for 8.15am. We hope to see plenty there!
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
Our curriculum section of the website includes a range of information including what your child is learning over the year (https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home) . We've updated the half termly curriculum overviews for each class and they can be found on the links below:
Reception - Do cows drink milk? https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/reception-summer-1
Year 1 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/year-1-summer-1
Year 2 - Magnificent Monarchs https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/year-2-summer-1
Year 3 - Emperors and Empires https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/year-3-summer-1
Year 4 - I am Warrior https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/year-4-summer-1
Year 5 - Sow, Grow and Farm https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/curriculum-overviews/year-5-summer-1
LOVE TO READ
We've update the information on our website so that it is in line with our new Accelerated Reader initiative. There is information on there about the reading books that are sent home for pupils in years 2-6. Please familiarise yourself with the information as it will give you a deeper understanding about the books your child is brining home and the ZPD levels included on the front of the books. The information can be found here: https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/english/reading
Learning Logs for this half term's topics will have been sent out by the end of this week. There are a total of 4 tasks that children can choose to complete before the deadline on Monday 24th May. One of the tasks is linked to this half term's Parkfield characteristic of being confident. When they are brought back in, the children will be able to present their work to the rest of their class. The learning logs for each class and some helpful information can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/learning-logs/
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
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.