We’ve had a busy week at Pedmore this week, not least because it’s been SATs week for our Year 6 children. They all have worked incredibly hard over the past few weeks and months and they all did their absolute best – we are very proud of them all! I hope you all have a good weekend – see you next week.
Here is this week’s Pedmore Thrive, focusing on how we can help improve children’s mental health.
Walk to School Week
Next week is Walk to School Week, promoting walking to school with children rather than arriving by car.
Dudley’s road safety team support Walk to School Week by providing resources to every primary school in the borough.
“We’ve noticed during transition training with Year 6 that recognition of the Green Cross Code (Stop, Look & Listen) has dropped, and we’d like to focus on this key life skill, as well as the main theme of Health and Wellbeing.
As an incentive to try and encourage active travel, we have provided for schools a record sheet to copy or print for KS1 and KS2 pupils to record days that children have walked to (or at) school as well as a teachers stamp per class. We have also included Green Cross Code bookmarks, so at the end of the week each pupil can take one home to remind them how to safely cross the road and encourage them to continue travelling in a safe, active way.”
Let’s see if we can do some more walking next week!
If you’d like any further information about road safety and active travel in the Borough, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Road Safety and Travel Awareness Team
Jewellery in School
Another reminder about jewellery in school. Watches are permitted, but no necklaces or other jewellery for safety reasons. Also, children need to be able to remove their own earrings for PE, or come to school without earrings in. Staff are not allowed to remove earrings nor can we allow taped-up earrings for PE. If your child cannot take their earrings out the unfortunately they will be unable to participate in PE sessions. This is a borough-wide expectation as directed by Dudley LA. Thank you.
PTA Summer Fayre
July 2nd – book it in the diary now! That’s the date of our summer fayre, the first one for years! PTA really need some volunteers to help throughout the day – please offer your services to help out at what are great occasions for everyone!
Summer Half Term Tennis
Details of tennis clubs during half term can be found here. They are being run by Stourbridge Tennis and Squash Club.
Forest School Update by Mrs Hill
Reception and Year 4 have been enjoying forest school over the last few weeks.
Reception finished their block of 6 weeks with the whole class coming out into the woods together. They enjoyed playing together, creating with clay, building with the loose parts, leading their own learning and of course enjoying s’mores on the fire.
In forest school the children learn about the importance of connecting to nature and how that affects their own wellbeing but also how we can influence the ecological impact on our environment.
Year 3 embraced the inclement weather on Wednesday and are an amazing group of children. They created the best den, working together with imaginative play in abundance. They made slingshots, bows and arrows, axes and elaborate feasts made in the mud kitchen.
Some children mastered the skill of using the flint and steel and lit the cotton wool. It was great to see the children teach each other on how best to achieve it.
For regular updates of forest school follow my social media accounts.
There is some more information about helping your child with online difficulties here. This focuses on loneliness that can be experienced online and what can be done to make you feel better.