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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 7 - Friday 22 October 2021

Dates to remember:         

Monster Pyjama Party     Monday 1 November

                                             FS2 and Year 1 - 4:30-5:30pm

                                             Year 2, 3 and 4 - 5:45-6:45pm

                                             Year 5 and 6 - 7pm-8pm 

Non Uniform Day              Friday 5 November

Parents Evening                Monday 8 and Wednesday 10 November

Year 5 Swimming              Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 24 

Flu immunisation              Thursday 2 December

It has been the first half term in a while when we have not had to send classes home or teach online and I must say it has been refreshing to return to near normality. Classrooms are buzzing with children sitting in groups again, discussing their work and sharing ideas. It has been a pleasure to walk around the school and see children helping each other with their learning as we all know two heads can be better than one!

We are really focusing on times tables next term in every spare minute that we have as this appears to be a real issue in most classes from Year 3 upwards. It is incredibly hard to access any new maths concept if you do not have a sound understanding of times tables. From Year 4, children are expected to know by heart all of the times tables up to 12 x12 and be able to both recite them in order and answer random questions. Therefore we really need your help to embed times tables at home either using Purple Mash, Times Table Rock Stars or by simply chanting them in order.

As you will see above in the date’s section, Year 5 are due to start the swimming lessons that they missed in Year 4 due to school closures. As the local swimming pools are struggling to fit in all of the year groups, they have changed the schedule and we will be taking our pupils on a Wednesday and Thursday morning for four weeks which will replace the PE sessions they have in school.  A Google Form for your permission will be sent out during the first week back.

The non-uniform day on Friday 5 November is the day that we ask all of you to bring a piece of chocolate for the Christmas Fair prizes. Teachers will collect the chocolate in their room and Mrs Smith will make them into amazing Christmas arrangements to sell to raise funds.

We have also had contact from the immunisation team who will be coming into school to dispense flu vaccinations to pupils. All arrangements for the vaccinations are done by the immunisations team and we will send you their link following this blog for you to give permission if you wish your child to receive the vaccination. We do not keep any lists at all in school as they collate the information centrally and tell us on the day which children are to be vaccinated.

After half term, we will let you know the Christmas production dates and details of ticket sales –we begin with FS2 at the end of November in order to fit all year groups in before Christmas. The process will be the same as previously with two tickets allocated to each child and then a general sale if any additional tickets are available.

I hope you have a peaceful half term and the children are rested and ready for the very busy term to come.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School