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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November

Dates to remember:  

Year 5 Swimming        Wednesdays and Thursdays from 24 November

Choir-Hessle Lights     Friday 26 November

Christmas Fair              Wednesday 1 December

Productions   FS1        13 December 2.15pm and 14 December 10.30-11.00am

                        FS2        25 November 1.30-2.00pm and 26 November 10.00-11.00am

                        Y1          8 December 2.00-2.45pm and  9 December 9.30-10.00am

                        Y2/3      Wednesday 1 Dec 1.15-2.00pm, Thursday 2 Dec 2.00-3.00pm 

                                       and Friday 3 December 10.00-11.00am

                         Y4-6      Tuesday 14 December 1.30-2.15pm at Hessle All Saints Church

Flu immunisation        Wednesday 15 December (changed date by provider) 

At Penshurst our curriculum is built upon a love of reading and we have been working really hard this week to ensure that the children understand the importance of reading. As a senior leadership team we have been watching reading lessons, enjoying the 10 minute pledge where teachers read the lead text to the class and talking to the children about their home reading books. On Monday and Friday the children access their lead text for the half term and on Tuesday to Thursday they access our own school scheme with a different text every day. When watching the Tuesday Reading lessons across the school, it was brilliant to see the varied texts that children are exposed to from a biography of Diego Maradona (Y6) to Jessie J song lyrics (Y4) to a beautifully illustrated picture book in Year 3.

In EYFS to year 2 we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme which teaches children how to read using their phonic ability. In EYFS and year 1, the books they bring home are matched to their phonic ability and the sounds they are learning in school but we would also like to send home books for you to enjoy reading with them as well. On that subject, if you have a stack of picture books that your child has outgrown we would be very grateful for them. I have reluctantly parted with close to 50 picture books as my children are now in their teens and I feel I no longer have an excuse to keep them!

We are trying to think of new ways to encourage children to read more at home as well and have invested heavily in new shiny books for the library which is certainly enticing the year 6 pupils. We are currently having discussions about whether or not to bring back reading records so we can see what the children are reading at home and reward them for their hard work but we are happy to take on any suggestions about home reading that you might have. The 10 minute pledge was introduced pre COVID and was intended to be a promise between parents and staff to increase the reading we do with the children-the idea being that we read every day for 10 minutes with them and you do the same at home. We hold our part of the 10 minute pledge every day after lunch which is above and beyond the Reading lesson; it is my most favourite part of the day as the entire school just reads for pure enjoyment. Please make sure you bring books back on a Friday to allow them to be changed and to ensure books are returned for others to enjoy. The message of the week is….keep reading!

A final uniform reminder: headbands/hair accessories must be of school colours and have no writing/logos/branding please. The trend for ‘football’ style headbands has definitely arrived at Penshurst and while I have no problem with boys using them to keep long hair off their faces, they must follow the school uniform guidance.

As a couple of outside providers have changed dates and times for their events, we have had to slightly change some of the Christmas production times by 15 minutes either way so please double check the time of your show below. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs J Spencer

Head of School