Issue 34 - Friday 21st May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our love for reading is certainly growing across Parkfield. It's wonderful to see so many children reading a wide range of exciting and engaging books at their ability level. Seeing pupils across KS2 reading books from authors such as David Walliams, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and JK Rowling to name just a few is a real pleasure to see. Please keep reminding your children to read a book at their ZPD level and then answer questions using Accelerated Reader to prove how well they've understood the book. More information about this initiative can be found here: https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/english/reading
On Tuesday pupils in Year 1-6 were able to enjoy a cricket coaching session from Lancashire Cricket Club. Thankfully, the weather was lovely and the children were able to practice their throwing, catching, bowling and batting skills.
Following an email sent earlier this week I want to reiterate the importance of not parking near school at the beginning and end of the day. There have been a number of incidents where children have almost been knocked over. Please park responsibly and where possible, park further away from school and walk. This small inconvenience will help keep our school community safe.
Thanks for your continued support and have a wonderful weekend.
CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN SCHOOL
A reminder that although lockdown restrictions have eased across the country, 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
For year 6 parents and carers, an invitation to next week's Blackpool residential meeting will arrive in your inbox shortly. The meeting will take place Wednesday 26th May at 4pm via Zoom and will include a presentation about the end of year residential and provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions.
Following the postponement a few weeks ago, pupils in Y1, 2, 5 and 6 will be having their photographs taken next Friday 28th June. Other children/siblings that didn't have their photo taken on the previous photograph day will also have their photo taken.
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
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 by boosting English and Maths. All are invited and just have to turn up to breakfast club for 8.15am. We hope to see plenty there!
Y5 BREAKFAST BOOSTER CLUB
After half term, we're increasing the capacity of our current booster club and inviting all Y5 pupils into a FREE breakfast club. Similar to the Y6 club, children can come into school at 8.15am where they will complete a range of mathematics and reading activities that will further prepare them for Year 6. Breakfast is included and we hope to see many of our year 5's take advantage of this fabulous opportunity.
Y2 'MAGNIFICENT MONARCHS' TOPIC BIG FINISH
A reminder for Y2 parents that for their history topic's 'big finish', Year 2 are organising a Kings and Queens Day for our Year 2 pupils on Tuesday 25th May. On this day we would like them to dress up as a King or Queen for the day. We look forward to seeing your creative side!!
A reminder that this half-term's learning log homework tasks for Years 1-6 are due in on Monday. You can find links to help complete them here - https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/learning-logs/.
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
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!
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.
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.