Here we are in the hottest of weeks saying goodbye to the strangest of years. It is hopefully one that won't be repeated.
We really appreciate the support we have received from our school community as we have faced disruption and change together.
There is no doubt amongst our staff that being in school and seeing our resilient children learn is something never to be taken for granted. The children have lifted us when our spirits were low and have inspired us to face each day with strength and positivity.
We cannot believe that it is time for our EYFS children to move onto their next class. We have had a wonderful year with them even if it has been another strange one. They have never ceased to amaze us with their smiles, positivity and resilience and even though we didn't spend as long with them as we would have wished, we have made so many fabulous memories. We have loved seeing each and everyone of them grow in confidence and shine!
All Reception children and Nursery children have received their personalised induction timetable via Evidence Me as they do not return to school the same day as KS1 and KS2. This is to enable us to bring them back in smaller groups and help them to settle into their new classrooms. Please stick to the timings of their timetable and get in touch via Evidence Me if you have any further questions. Thank you for taking part in the virtual transition photo challenge, it has been lovely for all the EYFS team to begin to get to know them before September.
If you have got a child turning three anytime soon please email firstname.lastname@example.org with their details.
We would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support this year, your kind words and gifts and to wish you all a lovely, safe summer.
Mrs George and the EYFS Team.
If you require Breakfast and After School Club in September between the 2nd September and the 9th September 21, the window for booking and payment will be open from the 26th July and throughout the whole of the summer holidays until 31/8/21. If you have any queries regarding this, staff ONLY will be in school on the 1st September 2021 and can reply to you then. Children return to school on the 2nd September 2021.
Polite reminder current Year 2 children who will be Year 3 in September:
Previously your child qualified for a universal free school meal. However from September 2021 when your child moves to Year 3, you will need to pay for school dinners, unless your child is entitled to free school meals.
The charge for a school dinner is £2.20 per day (£11.00 per week) this is paid via the school Arbor app.
Please ensure that payment is in your child's meal account by 9am each day, for a dinner to be ordered in your child's name.
For further information about free school meal entitlement please contact 0151 443 4042 or email email@example.com
Throughout the year, we have erred on the side of caution and kept visitors and visits to a minimum. However, when we could, we have planned in some exciting experiences that have brought learning to life.
One of these was the visiting aquarium. Children from across school had the opportunity to see sea creatures up close. They could hold them, observe how they move and learn about their life in the ocean. Being able to do this when so many visitor centres are closed was a real joy. Thank you to the team at Aqualease for offering a great in-house experience.
This was a long-awaited trip for our Y6 Wolves that almost didn't happen... but we are so glad it did.
Time spent away from home in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, with friends, is so good for developing independence and resilience and is also really good fun! Our Wolves spent four days climbing, zip-wiring, orienteering, rafting, walking, singing and playing and our staff loved watching them enjoy the experience all the more for almost losing out due to restrictions. We can never express enough how much benefit our children get from a residential experience and how much we are looking forward to taking our Unicorns in September.
It is also exciting to be taking our Dragons to Colomendy, North Wales for the day in October.
We love to encourage our children to be creative with photography, especially since they carry an iPad camera around with them each day!
Y6 recently spent two days with a professional photographer, completing a project to showcase the problem of plastics in the ocean. They used green screen technology and layering to create some amaing posters.
Y3 also studied the artist Mandy Barker and used her photography to inspire their work. They used all of the lids collected to create some fabulous ocean images.
We have been lucky in many ways not to suffer from too many bubbles closures across the year but obviously, attendance has suffered unavoidably.
In September, the biggest change to attendance procedures will be our return to our usual start time. Our 'Early doors' routine will start again, with the gates opening at 8.30am and closing at 8.50am. This is to allow us to return to our usual finishing times of 3.10pm for KS1 and 3.15pm for KS2.
Children must be in school before 8.50am or incur a late mark. Being on time is crucial for your child to access the start of their first lesson.
For safeguarding reasons, please do not arrive before 8.30am as staff are arriving and the car park may be busy.
There are some reminders that we feel are important:
Please contact school by email or phone as soon as you know that your child is unwell and will not be attending school. This will reduce the calls our 'first response' team make each morning.
Please avoid picking up your child early, unless for unavoidable medical appointments. We have seen an increase in occurrence of this, and it does, again, impact negatively on your child's day.
We thought it would be interesting for you to see what we have learned about our children's reading habits. We can monitor every pupil in KS2 closely and in turn the children own their own reading and the progress they make.
Here's what we know...
This year, our children have read 15,995 books, which is 68,961,744 words! Of these books, 79% were fiction, and 21% non-fiction.
16 of them have become Word Millionaires, and another 4 have achieved Double Word Millionaire status.
Our children quiz with an average accuracy of 82%, and read on average 25 minutes per day.
Our children spent 3794 hours reading on myON. They read 25, 232 books on their iPads. 32% of this reading was done outside of school. Our children show a strong preference for longer books when reading on their iPads: 47% of their digital reading is on longer books.
75% of their myON reading material is done either at or above their ZPD, so our children are not choosing to read short or simple texts. 23,000 minutes were spent reading projects set by teachers, which is 16% of their digital reading time.
All of this would be impressive during an ordinary year. To have these successes this year is amazing!
Ocean Heroes 2021
We are so very proud of the young agents of change that we have in our school. Our annual conservation projects are helping to grow future protectors of this earth we share. Some of our older children have now completed three rich projects with authentic outcomes that build a feeling of 'botheredness' amongst the next generation.
Children across school have worked hard to learn more about the plight of an endangered sea creature alongside learning more about the impact of plastic in the ocean. Our school protest march was an energetic show of feeling that will be remembered for a long time to come.
Thank you for all of the art competition entries. Well done to Finlay in Nursery, Penelope, Evangeline & Harry (siblings), James in Y2, Finlay & Harrison (siblings) and Abbie for winning their categories. It was a difficult choice!
Thank you for donating to the 'Plastic Oceans' charity. We raised £43.25.
Who knows what next year's conservation project will be? It will soon come around again!
As always, when a school holiday is imminent, we would like to remind you of the importance of online safety, especially when your children may spend more time on-screen during their holiday.
Whilst we cover many aspects of online safety in school, we would like to point you in the direction of some quality websites where you can find useful information and guidance. Our own website now has a stock of online newsletters that could prove useful too:
Please do get in touch if you have any worries about your child's online activity. We must work in teams to protect our children from any dangers that the online world may present.
It is with heavy hearts that we are saying goodbye to two much-loved teachers.
Mrs Collins from Y5 will leave us to join her new school from September. Thank you for looking after our Unicorns so well during this difficult year. We wish you every happiness in your new school.
Mrs Watts, our Y4 teacher and energetic PE Lead will leave us after 20 years in the PCP family. She will begin her retirement with a September family holiday, a rarity in a teacher's life! Mrs Watts has played a huge part in many school events over the years and is a dedicated cheer-leader for our children, our school and our community. We are grateful that she will continue to be part of the team in her role as governor.
And to our Y6 Wolves ... we can't believe it is your turn to leave us. From being very small, you have been a complete joy. We have watched you grow into wonderful people. You look out for each other, take pride in what you do and share smiles every day. We all wish you all the luck in the world as you continue your learning journeys elsewhere.
You will always be PCP Wolves.
Whilst this year has been hard, it has also reaffirmed our belief that we are better together. We are looking forward to a full year together next year!
See Y1 to Y6 on Thursday 2nd September.
Nursery & Reception, you have had your individual start dates, we look forward to welcoming you and your families into our lovely school.