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Worsbrough common primary Friday 11th September

Welcome back to WCPS and what a wonderful place it is to be right now! Children, staff and families are back and it feels like home again! Yes it is different but we seem to be getting used to our new normal and we quite like it!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our return and for following our expectations when on school premises. Can I please remind everyone that the measures that have been put in place are there to keep EVERYONE safe. We have a number of parents and staff who are vulnerable and we do ask that we appreciate this and support everyone by keeping to the one way system and keep 2 metres apart; this includes when waiting outside classrooms and at the bottom of the drive.

It has been a busy 8 days but it's great to have seen so many people return. Attendance has been the best we have ever had in school with 1 day getting to 98%! Our attendance initiatives continue as we move into term and Cash for Class is proving popular...I think I need to start buying a lottery ticket to cover the cost! I hope you are all planning on what your class might spend their money on!

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new starters! We have a handful of children who have started throughout school including those who have started their WCPS learning journey in Nursery and FS2! You have all settled in brilliantly and the only tears we have seen are from teachers when you go home!

It seems so early but application packs for Primary and Secondary school have been sent home with Nursery and Year 6 pupils.

New lunchtime menus are now on the website.

SCHOOL MEAL CHOICES

Reading for Pleasure

This term we have a HUGE focus on fostering a love of reading for pleasure amongst our pupils. We are passionate that our children develop a life long love of reading and have access to a range of texts, both fiction and non fiction, and are exposed to the work of a variety of significant children's authors.

Vending Machine

Our Book Vending Machine has been re-stocked and is back up and running! All staff in school are able to choose a child who has really impressed them to receive a token for the machine each week. Children can use their token to choose a book of their choice to take home and keep.

Our library has also been reorganised and children will be able to access this on a dedicated day each week.

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to read them bedtime stories. We are currently in the process of setting up bedtime reading packs to be sent home for EYFS and Year 1.

If we want our children to read for pleasure then our teachers must too! Mrs Ainley set all teachers a summer reading challenge in which they had to read 6 children's books which will be available in their reading areas. Here are reviews of their favourite one!

Mrs Ainley's Favourite...

Meesha makes friends is another fantastic story by Tom Percival one of my favourite authors. Meesha loves making things … but there's one thing she finds difficult to make – friends. She doesn't know quite what to do, what to say or when to say it, and she struggles reading and responding to social cues.

This books look at the difficulties of making and keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world all from a child's point of view. My own 2 children ( aged 5 and 8) loved this story and it was definitely our most read book of the summer!

Oh my goodness, I squealed with delight when I spotted ‘We’re All Wonders’ by R.J. Palacio in my summer reading challenge pack! The novel ‘Wonder’ is one of my absolute favourites, as is the film of the same name, so knowing there is a picture book which is age-appropriate for younger children is wonderful! This book has such an important message - “I can’t change the way I look, but maybe others can change the way they see.” It really makes me reflect on how we should all treat each other, and why it is so important to be kind, caring and a good friend to everyone. I hope this book helps the children in Class 5 to recognise that - even though they are all different - they are all wonderful.

Mrs Wigglesworth Class 5

The children have been enjoying listening to stories about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ this week. They had lots of fun and were really absorbed in the ‘True Story About the Three Little Pigs’. They thought about the wolf in jail and came up with some brilliant questions that they wanted to ask him. 😊

Mrs Wellings CIRP

Miss Guest class 3
Miss Wiggan class 7

Over the summer, my love for reading came flooding back when I read 5 books from our reading corner (and then began to read more and more when I realised how much I had missed it!). My favourite book that I read was “The Boy in The Tower” by Polly Ho-Yen. It really encapsulates the challenges that we have all faced this year- a change in routine, schools closing and having to stay inside for safety. The story, written in the role of a boy- Ade- describes the challenges he faces when a bug destroys all of the buildings around his tower block and life as he knows it. This was my favourite book that I couldn’t wait to share with my class and put in our reading corner!

Miss Creamer

Miss Rodgers Class 11

One of the books I really enjoyed reading over the summer was The Goldfish Boy. I was excited to start reading this straight away because I’ve read other books by Lisa Thompson, and I’ve loved each one!

It tells the story of a young boy who struggles with his OCD, and has been watching the world pass him by for a long time through his window. But one day, something sinister happens in his neighbourhood, and he might be the only person who can crack the case, and possibly, save a life!

It’s a beautiful story of mystery, bravery and friendship, and I think it carries an important message of choosing kindness and acceptance. I would recommend to mystery fans and those who enjoy books with a twist!

Miss Kershaw

Over the summer holidays, I enjoyed my summer reading challenge, reading books for my reading corner. My favourite story was ‘The Star Outside My Window.’ by Onjali Q.Ruaf. The story follows a girl - Aniyah - in foster care with the dream of being an astronomer. When she sees, on the tv, that a star has been discovered, she seeks an adventure accompanied by friends to name the star after her mum. This story was so gripping and had me in tears at the end. A sensitive topic that I think my year 6s would love.

Miss Douglas

Miss Voyse

Mr Ogden Class 12

Mrs Bell class 13

Miss Houghton Class 10

Colds, ‘Bugs’ and Coronavirus:

As we move into the winter months we will start to see lots of children presenting with runny noses, sore throat and other minor symptoms of colds or similar ‘bugs’. I would like to remind you to look for the three main symptoms of coronavirus as detailed on the NHS website, with regards to any advice for a child to go home, isolate and get tested:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

Unwell individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, should not attend school.

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Key Dates

  • Friday 18th September- Individual School Photos
  • Friday 25th September- TT Rock Stars Day
  • Week Commencing 28th September & 5th October- Parents Evening- Telephone appointments
  • Friday 23rd October Wear pink in aid of cancer day
  • Friday 23rd October- LAST DAY OF TERM
  • Friday 13th November- Children in Need
  • Week Commencing 16th November- Anti Bullying week-
  • Monday 16th November Odd Socks day
  • Friday 20th November Online Arts Workshop for families
  • Monday 7th December Whole School Arts week
  • Friday 11th December Online Arts Workshop for families
  • Wednesday 16th December Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Dinner
  • Friday 18th December Christmas Parties and LAST DAY OF TERM

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