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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 2 - Friday 17 September 2021

Thank you for your continued cooperation with the ‘Safer Streets’ scheme on the Winthorpe Road side of school. It has certainly created a much calmer and safer environment for walkers on these roads. Please remember if you are a permit holder, to display your permit in your windscreen not leave it lying on your dashboard as the marshals can see it instantly and allow you through quickly.

This week we have been holding a number of sessions with the children and ‘Relax Kids’. This organisation focuses on the mental health and well being of children and how adults can support them. This organisation believes that “Learning about emotions and emotional skills is as important as learning core subjects as no matter what children do in life, their emotions will follow them” – Marneta Viegas, founder of Relax Kids. 

We have also had staff meetings with the organisation to help staff learn more about how we can support children effectively in school.

It has been amazing to see how well the children have slipped back into school life and every class I visit is calm and purposeful with children working really hard. The books that we purchased last year are being put to good use in Reading lessons with all children now having their own copy of the lead text. It is an absolute pleasure to walk around the school at 1pm (when we hold our ‘Pledge’ time) and see every child with their head in a book engrossed in their reading.

We are currently holding a review of our homework policy and will be trialling a few options over the Autumn term to ensure we make the right changes. We will be giving out spellings on Thursday on the Purple Mash site that you all have logins for.This site allows you to practice the spellings in a fun and interactive way. For those children who we know have issues with access to technology, we will provide a paper copy. Once we have introduced spellings, we will then offer Maths homework also on Purple Mash. Reading should be completed three times a week at home to ensure children become fluent. Our ‘pledge’ is that we will read at least 10 minutes extra, three times a week with the children to match your home reading. Fluency in reading is one of the best gifts you can give a child as everything we learn is dependent on being able to read well.

Finally, thank you for supporting our FS2 sports day. At least we have managed to get one event completed! Details of the Monster Pyjama party and Christmas events to follow in the coming weeks. Parents Evening will be virtual and will be held on 8 and 10 November booking details will be sent out to you in the coming weeks. We will aim to hold a more informal evening where you can look at books later in the year.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School