Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th December – Autumn 12

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED THIS WEEK AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Winter has well and truly arrived this week and temperatures have begun to reflect the season! It is incredibly important that you send your child in to school with a warm coat. Please make sure that their name is easily identifiable on the on the inside lining. The annual Christmas performance will take place next week and will be very different from our usual productions. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 will put on a shortened version of the nativity story and a Christmas themed production. Children in Year 3 and 4 are busy rehearsing a range of Christmas songs and carols which will also be filmed. All of the productions will be embedded on to the school website in the last week of term for everyone to enjoy. The cold weather is set to be with us over the next few weeks so please stay warm and safe and observe the guidance we all have to follow in the continued fight against the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

The word of the week is – CULF – The loose feathers that come out of a mattress or cushion—and which “adhere to the clothes of any one who has lain upon it,” (Cornwall)

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER  (SECOND WEEK) –  Last week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES – This year’s Christmas performances take place next week. They will all be filmed and embedded on the school’s website for everyone to enjoy. We are very sorry that you won’t be able to join us this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic but we hope that by sharing the films of the children singing and acting this will go some way in bringing some much needed Christmas cheer.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS (SECOND WEEK)– The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. WE ARE STILL WAITING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE.

If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP (SECOND WEEK) – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 22 occasion where children came to school late this week. Whilst we understand that the cold mornings are very challenging and difficult please make every effort to bring your child to school on time.

This week’s attendance – ATTENDANCE FOR NOVEMBER – 93%
ATTENDANCE FOR THE TERM TO DATE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Riyaad, Bobby, Georgey, Kayden, Logan, Alex and Brigitta who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYQi6h7qBnghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eopufSMODLo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFqwwpAXQdI

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 27th November 2020 – Autumn 11

THERE HAS BEEN 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

After a very challenging couple of weeks we welcome the children and staff in Nursery, Reception and Year 6 back to school on Monday. We have managed to remain open despite the many difficulties we have had to face which goes to show how resilient we are as a school. I would like to thank the staff for the tireless efforts they have gone to to ensure that certain year groups managed to stay open. As the Christmas period starts once again we have good reason to enjoy a special time of year. Tomorrow sees the delivery of our annual Christmas tree and we ask that you send in your hand crafted decorations so that they can be hung on the tree. The children are working hard to learn their lines for their forthcoming Christmas concerts which always means the end of term is looming. All concerts and carol services will be filmed this year and embedded on the school website for everyone to enjoy. Please remember to send your child to school in a warm coat as the cold weather draws in.

 

 

The word of the week is – ZWODDER – A drowsy state of body or mind.

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER – This week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHIDLREN’S WORK

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE – The good folk at Aylett’s Nursery in St Albans have donated this year’s Christmas tree. As you can see from the picture below it’s a lovely size and will go well in the main corridor that leads from the school hall to the staffroom. Please send in your decorations over the next couple of weeks so that the children can really begin to enjoy the tree.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS – The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. Further information about this very important initiative will be sent out next early next week. If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

WORK FOR YEAR 2 WILL CONTINUE TO BE SET ON LINE FOR THE NEXT WEEK. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE WORK PACKS OF WORK CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE 

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Children are welcome to write Christmas cards for their friends but they will go in to  a 72 hour ‘quarantine period’ before they are distributed in accordance with government and county guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE – ALL CHRISTMAS CARDS MUST BE BROUGHT IN TO SCHOOL BY
FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON TUESDAY 15th AND WEDNESDAY 16th OF DECEMBER

 

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job of keeping the school community up to date with the latest happenings at Parkside. Click on the link for the latest updates on the school’s Twitter page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @headparkside – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

The school also has a Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Michael, Dea, Sky, Thomas, Fernanda, and Runiya who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

McKenzie, Wiktoria, Zakariah and Rut all enjoyed a lovely cup of hot chocolate with myself on Friday afternoon. It was a lovely experience and I learnt a great deal about their learning which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF TERM – Please click on the link for the dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/diary-dates-autumn-term-2019/

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1XSOzDPik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXk1LBvIqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGGFpm65d5Q&list=OLAK5uy_n3AXeuKcHjA9a7916caa7UnCTnqsnDPtk&index=2

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE

Year 6 Home Leaning (Final day) 27.11.20

Good Morning Year 6, we are nearly at the weekend, so keep going, we look forward to seeing all your work today.

PE: Mountain Bike Challenge but without a bike!  This an energetic and enjoyable journey down the mountain, encouraging you to get your hearts racing and minds stimulated.  https://imoves.com/home-learning/723

English: Punctuation work : To explore the functions of a colon

In this lesson, we will practise using parentheses in the three forms (brackets, dashes and commas). Then we will explore why we use colons in writing and its uses. Each use will be looked at in more detail and then children will get to put their knowledge of the different uses into practice.

Record all your answers on a piece of paper to share with us.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-the-functions-of-a-colon-c5hkjd

Maths: Long Division – Part 4 https://vimeo.com/464216730

History: Lesson 6 – Assessment

In this lesson, the aim for you is to understand the significance of Baghdad in 900 AD and recall facts about what the city was like.

PSHE – Images in the media

You are perfect! Did you know that? Well, if you didn’t, this lesson will remind you and show you that you are perfect just the way you are! To begin the lesson, we will really break down what the term ‘images in the media’ means and then visit a photographer who will show us how photos are edited and explain why companies use photoshopped pictures to sell their product. We will finish the lesson by creating an uplifting postcard which we can give to someone we know and put a smile on their face. Good Luck!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/images-in-the-media-cdk32r?activity=video&step=1

Reading: Last 2 chapters of ‘The Dark Castle’ (Ch5 and Ch6) and quiz questions to be answered. https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/serialmash/serialmash_saphires/the_dark_castle_mystery_live_new

Thank You Year 6 for working so hard over the past two weeks, we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Year 6 Home Learning 26.11.20

Good Morning Year 6,

We hope you are all well and taking care of yourselves.

PE: Pumped up Pilates – Have a go at this, it will target coordination skills and body strength https://platform5.imoves.com/lesson/1270

English: Day 2 – For anyone who needs an extra day to finish:

We are going to continue with retelling the animation ‘Soar’

Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/148198462

Use your sequencing grid you completed yesterday as a plan to help you with your writing.

Retell the story, from the girl’s point of view. We are looking for:

– Use of first person (you are writing as the girl)
– A range of punctuation
– Exciting vocabulary
– Different sentence lengths
– Writing that implies how the characters are feeling rather than just telling the reader e.g. Mara held her breath as the plane took flight.
– Correct spellings

Here is an example written by another Year 6 child to help you: Soar Example

Reading: Read Chapter 4 and answer the quiz questions for ‘The Dark Castle’ https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/serialmash/serialmash_saphires/the_dark_castle_mystery_live_new

Maths: Long Division 3 – https://vimeo.com/463003911

History: Lesson 5: The Mongol Attack on Baghdad

Today you will start to learn about the Mongol attack on Baghdad in 1258 and how it destroyed the city

Below is a link to the clip –  Mongols: Zenith of Empire – Siege of Baghdad 1258 and Battle of Ain Jalut 1260 DOCUMENTARY

It gives you a little bit more detail about who the Mongols were and what they did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3MPE2BWmBo&t=711s

Art: An introduction in Islamic Art – I have attached a short presentation and also an instruction worksheet which guides you through an example of a geometric repeating pattern. This is something we will be focusing on once we return to school.

 

Have a great day,

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

 

 

 

Year 6 Home Learning 25.11.20

Happy Wednesday Year 6, hope you are having a good week!

PE: Fitness circuit (Part 3): Designing a fitness circuit

In this lesson we learn about the different ways we can keep healthy and design our own fitness circuit.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/physical-development/access-points/applying-learning/lessons/fitness-circuit-part-3-designing-a-fitness-circuit-71jkjd

English: We are going be doing some writing based on the film ‘Soar’.

Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/148198462

First, we would like you to sequence the key events in the story:

Sequencing activity

Once you have all the events in the correct order, this will become a plan to help you rewrite the story.

We are going to give you 2 days to retell the story, from the girl’s point of view. We are looking for:

– For you to write in first person (as the girl)
– A range of punctuation
– Exciting vocabulary
– Different sentence lengths
– For you to imply how the characters are feeling rather than just tell the reader e.g. Mara held her breath as the plane took flight.
– Correct spellings

Here is an example written by another Year 6 child to help you: Soar Example

Maths: Long Division 2 – https://vimeo.com/463003643

History: Today we are on Lesson 4: Baghdad – A Centre for Learning

Hopefully after today’s session you will start to understand why many people came to Baghdad from around the world to trade, teach and learn.

Clips below to take a look at – ** You do not have to do any of the tasks from the clips, its more for extra research and understanding.

  1. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-islamic-golden-age-68vk2e?step=2&activity=video
  2. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/baghdad-and-the-silk-road-cgwkgr?step=2&activity=video

** If you would like to answer any of the comprehension questions from the clips, please do.

Reading: Read Chapter 3 of ‘The Dark Castle’ and answer the quiz questions. https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/serialmash/serialmash_saphires/the_dark_castle_mystery_live_new

Take care,

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Year 6 Home Learning 24.11.20

Good Morning everyone, thank you all for the wonderful pieces of work yesterday.

PE:  Fitness circuit Part 2 – strength and power

https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/physical-development/access-points/applying-learning/lessons/fitness-circuit-part-2-strength-and-power-cmvpad

English: We are going to do some work based on the film ‘Soar’ which you watched yesterday.

Watch the film again here: https://vimeo.com/148198462

Throughout the film, the 2 main characters experience many different thoughts and emotions. We are able to infer the character’s feelings, thoughts and motivations without there being any dialogue (talking between characters).

Think about the answers to these questions:
– How do we know the girl is devastated after watching her plane crash at the beginning?
– How do we know that her overall aim is to build an aircraft that flies?
– How do we know that the small boy is afraid of the girl when they meet?
– How do we know that he is desperate to get back to his mission/people?
– How do we know that the girl almost gave up at the end?

Complete the chart below to show each character’s feelings as different events happen. Make sure you explain HOW you know they are feeling like that, based on facial expressions, body language and actions.

Viewpoints of Characters

You can either print the sheet out, or draw your own chart out on a sheet of paper.

Maths: Long Division lesson 1: https://vimeo.com/461800078

Spelling Work: Learn your spellings for the week, and create some anagrams for each word.

Reading: Read Chapter 2 of ‘The Dark Castle Mystery’ and complete the quiz questions. https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/serialmash/serialmash_saphires/the_dark_castle_mystery_live_new

Fun Art: Follow the steps on this website to create an amazing piece of Perspective Art work

https://leahnewtonart.com/2018/07/25/aquarium-perspective-art-lesson-project-for-kids/ 

We are looking forward to seeing how well you get on,

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

Review of Home Learning WB 16.11.20 (Year 6)

Good Morning everyone,

We hope you had a lovely weekend, just a quick message of thanks to all the children and parents for their support over the past week. Miss Wood and myself were thrilled with the work we were sent back, as the children made a good start with their Home Learning. It was great to see the children’s learning develop as they recapped division, explored a clip called Rock, Paper, Scissors for literacy and started to learn all about the importance of Baghdad for their new History unit.

This week we are taking steps to learn how to do long division, while in Literacy we are going to use a clip called ‘Soar’ to mould their writing and thoughts while in History, we will continue to learn about Baghdad and the impact the Mongols had. During the week, I have also scheduled time for active learning, as it’s important to stay fit and healthy, as well as being able to give yourself time to have some fun! On Purple Mash, I have added a reading ‘to do’ based on the mystery story, ‘The Dark Castle.’ Each day, you will need to read a chapter and then answer the quiz questions.  Finally, keep an eye out for some of the art based tasks, we are both excited to see how you get on.

Many thanks for all your efforts and remember to keep going, we will be back in our classrooms very soon!

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

 

 

Year 6 Home Learning 23.11.20

Good Morning Year 6, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know about you but I have already started the count down till we can be back in the classroom again.

Right, lets get our Monday going:

PE: It is so important to stay active right now, so here is a short work out to keep you going this morning.

Fitness circuit Part 1 Dynamic movements

https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/physical-development/access-points/applying-learning/lessons/fitness-circuit-part-1-dynamic-movements-6cuk4c

English: Today we are going to watch the animation ‘Soar’ and answer some questions about the clip.

We would like you to answer the comprehension questions as you watch the clip for the first time.  It is important that you stop the film at the time the question asks you to as some of the questions may ask you to make predictions – you won’t be able to do this is if you have already watched the whole clip!

Take time to read through the instructions and questions now so you know what to do when watching the clip. You can print the questions out if you are able to or you can have the questions and film up on your screen at the same time and write your answers on a sheet of paper.

Comprehension Questions Soar

Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/148198462

Maths: This week we are going to continue with our focus of division, today with remainders while the rest of the week will focus on long division.

Division with Factors – First watch the clip found here:https://vimeo.com/461398665

Next complete the worksheet, I have also attached the answers for you to check through.

Reading: Log on to Purple Mash and read Chapter 1 of the Mystery Story…. The Dark Castle. After Reading, please complete the quiz questions.  https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/serialmash/serialmash_saphires/the_dark_castle_mystery_live_new

Fun Art task: How to draw a Waterfall Landscape https://youtu.be/lIOjk00njxM

Have a great day,

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 20th November 2020 – Autumn 10

THERE WAS 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

I want to start this week’s newsletter by offering you an apology. The unprecendented challenges the school has faced this week that led to the closure of five year groups and the subsequent challenges and demands it has placed on you all as families has been huge. The inconvenience the closure has caused in terms of child care arrangements and changes to work patterns has also been another hurdle that was placed in your way. And for this I am very sorry. Meetings with parents / carers will now take place on line and face to face meetings kept to a minimum. We have to mitigate risk as much as possible and by keeping face to face contact to a minimum we are in a far stronger position to combat the fight against the virus. Thank you to everyone who managed to keep two year groups open. I look forward to returning to school next week and seeing you all.

 

 

The word of the week is – SPINKIE-DEN – A woodland clearing full of flowers. (Scots)

 

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS – We are currently in the process of organising a food pack to be delivered to your home address through Morrisons PLC. These packs would be sent out as a replacement to your child receiving a free school meal at school and would be ordered during periods of Covid related school closure lasting a week or more or if your child is required to self isolate due to bubble closures. The food packs replace the current provision of collecting a lunch from school each day and do not extend to school holiday times. If you would like to receive a food pack for your child during covid related school closures or periods of self isolation please use the link below to fill out the consent form.
https://forms.gle/HNPexrN4MzEqKFzW8

PLEASE NOTE YOU SHOULD ONLY APPLY FOR THIS INITIATIVE IF YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF BENEFIT FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you think that you are entitled to a free school meal please click the link to complete the application form.
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS – Over the past two years the children have really enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree that lives on the main corridor from the hall that leads to the Year 2 classes. We will buy a tree in the next week and look forward to the children sending in their decorations.

 

 

 

WORK ON LINE – Teachers in the Nursery, Reception and Year 6 will continue to put work on line for the children over the next week. Please check your child’s class page for the daily activities.

 

 

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job of keeping the school community up to date with the latest happenings at Parkside. Click on the link for the latest updates on the school’s Twitter page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @headparkside – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

The school also has a Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFOKc4Ppe9M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6lvSlnd4JI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmStlUk8dKE

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE REMEMBER YEARS 1 2 3 4 & 5 RETURN TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 

Year 5 Home Learning 20.11.20

Happy Friday Year 5!

It’s Friday! Here are your activities to complete at home today. We hope you all restful weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday.

Spellings:

Spellings for this week: (they are same as last week, practise makes perfect!)

aggressive, exaggerate, sufficient, marvellous, attached, immediate, occupy, according, opportunity

Find your spelling words in this word search.

Maths:

Dividing by 10, 100, and 1000

Use a die to create a three digit number by rolling it 3 times.

Then divide your three digit number by 10, 100, and 1000.

If you don’t have a die at home you can use this virtual die: https://nrich.maths.org/6717

Record you’re the calculations you do on paper, like this:

346 ÷ 10 = 34.6

346 ÷ 100 = 3.46

346 ÷ 1000 = 0.346

English:

For English today you will be doing a comprehension activity. Read the story attached called ‘Listen to the Moon’. Then has a go at answering the questions we have set for you about the story. All the answers can be found in the text!

ICT:

Create a poster about against bullying as it is antibullying week this week. A 2Do has been set for you on purple mash to complete this activity.

Keep in touch – remember any work you have completed can be emailed to us to be marked. This can be typed work or a photo.

Stay safe.

Mrs Parmar and Miss Castell

finella.parmar@parkside.herts.sch.uk

edurne.castell@parkside.herts.sch.uk