Issue 5 - 25th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
A couple of weeks ago the whole staff had a training day on our new phonics scheme, which teachers use to teach children how to read and write. The positive impact this training has had in just a short space of time has been wonderful to see across the school and I do hope you can see and hear at home the rapid progress children, particularly in KS1, are already making.
Closures of a large number of schools and 'bubbles' across the country and local authority prove what a critical time it is and that we all have a duty to look after one another. As a result, I am asking for your continued co-operation in the wearing of facemasks on the school site. Feedback from our most recent questionnaire indicates that there are many members of our school community that feel we're doing a great job in keeping everyone safe but believe we should be enforcing the use of face masks on the school site. Although we're not going to question every adult entering the site about the use of a face covering I do hope that those able to wear a covering do so. It's our social responsibility to keep each other safe and if we do have a positive case at the school we need to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.
Have a wonderful weekend,
To continue our love of reading initiative and to raise more funds for school books we sent home sponsor forms earlier this week and information about a sponsored read (y2-6) or a sponsored listen (Rec and Y1). The event runs from next Monday 28th - Sunday 4th October. All monies, and an additional 60% of what is raised will be spent on books for the school. Thank you in advance for your support.
PROSPECTIVE PARENTS - VIRTUAL OPEN DAY
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we're not holding any face-face meetings with prospective parents this Autumn term. We understand that open days do provide many parents and carers with a great opportunity to see what life is like at school and as a result we've created some video resources for a 'Virtual Open Day'. If you are or know of any prospective parents for September 2021 please share the following link with them: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/admissions.html
FIRST FULL WEEK AS PARKFIELDERS
Our new Reception pupils have settled in wonderfully over the past few weeks and have enjoyed their first full week as Parkfielders. Please keep an eye on Tapestry and Twitter for some great examples of what they have been learning.
Thanks to those parents and carers that have already completed the recent questionnaire sent out about how your child has settled at school. If you haven't already done so, please complete the questionnaire on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3Je3eZOYGo_lp4DODknyZpGb671bKoKY_nGupfnegRxo6rQ/viewform
A summary and school responses to the questionnaire are now available here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/parents-views.html
For those pupils self isolating at home work is being set on Showbie and Tapestry (Reception) so that they can access work that is being delivered in the classroom. Please note, there may be some delay in class teachers uploading work when your child is initially isolating.
Due to a lack of uptake, we're no longer going to offer the daily video call for pupils self isolating at home but will expect contact with pupils via Showbie or a phone call.
INSET DAY REMINDER FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER - SCHOOL CLOSED
The 2nd day of our whole school phonics training takes place on Friday 9th October. As a result, school will be closed to all pupils.
Thanks to those that joined us this morning via zoom for our Virtual Coffee morning and to those that donated money towards the event. A range of prizes were won and you'll have received an email or text telling you if you have won and how you can collect your prize. We made a grand total of £121.59 which goes towards a fantastic charity. A huge thanks to 'The Really Nice Stuff' for their fantastic donations.
Early Birds and Busy Bees
A limited number of spaces are still available. Please contact the school office to book a place.
7.30am - 8.45am = £2.50, 8.15am - 8.45am = £1.50, 3.15 - 5.30pm = £8.00
CORONAVIRUS INFO https://newsletters.parkfieldprimary.com/covid-19-information
A reminder that if anyone in your household displays symptoms of coronavirus, the whole household must self isolate and not come into school until that person has been tested and recieved a negative result. At school, self-isolation will not be classed as an absence and work will be provided for those that are at home. If you are unsure, please contact school.
MEET THE TEACHER
Presentations from the meet the teacher event can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/presentations-for-parents/
LATE ARRIVALS - AFTER 9am
Children arriving after 9am are to come through the main entrance.
NO SHARING OF PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FROM TAPESTRY
For safeguarding purposes, please can we ask you not to share any of the photographs from Tapestry on social media.
LEARNING LOGS Y1-6
You can find links to resources to help your child complete learning log homework tasks for this half-term here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/2020/09/learning-log-resources-autumn-1-2020.html. Online Mathletics tasks are also set each week for children to complete for homework.
SCHOOL CURRICULUM https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home
If you would like to know what your child is learning this half term please visit our curriculum website. The site provides you with all the information you need to support your child at home. Parkfield staff have worked incredibly hard over the past few months to complete as it includes comprehensive information about what each class is learning each term across every subject. Our long term plans pages (https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/long-term-plans) have links to each classes half termly curriculum overview. We do hope you find the information useful.
Y5 ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL
We have been told that the residential planned later this term will now be re-arranged for the Spring term for our Y5 pupils. We hope that by then the government guidelines have changes and we're allowed overnight residentials. As soon as we know more information, we will let you know.
Y6 BLACKPOOL TRIP
The Y6 residential to Blackpool is planned for June 2021 and will go ahead as long as government guidelines allow it. A separate email will be sent with further information.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
A reminder that to help reduce congestion we are asking:
Parents and children to stand in allocated areas
Only one parent/carer to enter the school grounds, where possible
Those that are happy for their child to walk onto the school site and wait on their own may do so (likely to be Y6 and 5 children)
PROSPECTIVE PARENT SIGN UP
Prospective parents can now apply for their child to join us in September 2021 by clicking here: http://rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/primary-admissions/Pages/apply-for-a-primary-school-place.aspx The application deadline is January 15th 2021.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGN UP
Y6 parents can also apply for a high school place by clicking here: http://rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/secondary-admissions/Pages/how-to-apply-for-a-secondary-school-place.aspx The application deadline is the 2nd November 2020.
HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KS2 CHILDREN
A reminder that children are welcome to bring in healthy snacks for morning break because we currently have no tuck shop up and running. Children in KS1 recieve free fruit and milk. There is also no toast available for KS1 and KS2 on a Friday.
Unfortunately, children will not be able to bring in any sweets/cake to share with their classmates for their birthday. As an alternative, we would be extremely grateful if they want to donate a book to their class library.
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their full outdoor PE kit.
Monday: Year 3 and 4
Tuesday: Year 5 and 6
Thursday: Year 1 and 2
Please note: Reception do not require an outdoor PE kit. More information can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/uniform.html
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.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.