Issue 26 - Friday 12th March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been wonderful to have all Parkfielders back this week. Understandably, there were a few anxious children on Monday but as the week has progressed all our pupils have settled back into the daily routine that school provides. In addition, all Parkfield staff have been fantastic this week supporting our pupils back into school, delivering some great lessons and ensuring that all are settling in well.
Today's 'World Book Day' has been a huge success with many children dressing up and taking part in reading and writing activities throughout the day. It has certainly been a memorable day that all Parkfielders have been able to enjoy.
I'd like to also make you aware that across Middleton schools this week there have been a number of bubble closures meaning whole classes are having to self isolate. This proves that the virus, although reduced, is still very much in the community and I ask you to continue to follow the rules set out to ensure our school community is as safe as possible. A reminder that all coronavirus related information can be found here.
Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.
RED NOSE DAY
Next Friday 19th March we're inviting all pupils to come in non-uniform for a suggested donation of £1. All monies raised will go towards this wonderful charity.
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.
EASTER BONNETS AND DECORATED EGGS
Advanced warning that there are less than 3 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.
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.
Music lessons start back next week. Keyboard on a Monday and guitar & violin on Tuesday.
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
HOUSE REWARD NON UNIFORM DAYS
Our next non uniform reward day for Bamford (Yellow) is now going to take place on 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
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
Please may we remind all parents and children that we provide a 'Parkfield Water Bottle' for use in school. If your child loses it then another can be purchased for £1 from the school office. Please take it home and rinse it daily, then return it the next day containing water only. Children may only drink something other than water for medical reasons. As a good will gesture, we will re-issue any missing water bottles after half term. This has been a school rule for quite a while now and we are sorry for any confusion or mis-understanding. Thank you for your continued support.
PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Please can we remind parents and carers to not park outside the school gates at the beggining or the end of the day. The yellow gridded area is in place for everyone's safety and parking in that area increases the risk of an accident.
HOMELEARNING EXPECTATIONS REMINDER
For those at home we do understand how difficult it can be to access lessons from home and complete any work set. All we ask from yourselves and your children is to do your best. We understand that not all children will be able to access all lessons but we do want children to have a go at completing any work set on Showbie (or Tapestry). If you're finding that the work is too difficult, please message the class teacher or contact school and we'll see how we can better support your child.
In addition, if you are struggling to access lessons from home on a suitable device please contact the school office. We do have a limited number of laptops to help our families during the lockdown. Also if you're struggling with anything technical, Mr Haughton will be happy to support and you can email him directly here: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and links on our home learning you can visit our dedicated web page here: https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home-learning
myON ONLINE READING SCHEME
Since being introduced a few weeks ago children in Year 2-6 have completed a total of 102 hours of reading with a wonderful 662 books read. This is an incredible start to the scheme and we hope more and more children log on over the next few weeks to make sure these numbers continue to rise. Following each book, children are able to answer comprehension questions on the book to demonstrate their understanding. Please continue to promote the use of myON and Accelerated Reader to your child which can be accessed via the school home page.
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
Monday Assembly - 10:10am
Meeting ID: 939 3529 2371
Friday Achievement Assembly - 10:10am
Meeting ID: 980 4562 5355
During this lockdown we want to bring the school community as much as possible. However, we're aware that too many zoom assemblies for those at home can be an added pressure. As a result, achievement assembly will be on a Friday at 2.30pm. There will be no Monday assembly. The assembly can be accessed on the links below and the link is also available on Showbie.
Friday Achievement Assembly at 2.30pm https://zoom.us/j/98045625355?pwd=SW9vVStTNFc4N1NhRDliNWxMY1Z0dz09
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.