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Summer Music Concert 2019 a Huge Success!
Wednesday 10th July 2019
What a fantastic fanalé to the end of the summer term!
The Pebworth children did themselves proud in all their performances, making the Summer Music Concert 2019 a huge success with the Friends and staff working tirelessly, and families coming together to watch our wonderfully talented children sing and play.
The first half showcased our fabulous choir, singing a collection of pieces covering ‘togetherness,’ followed by encouraged, audience participation, in a 3-part spiritual medley. Our recorder ensembles, from beginners to seniors, gave their absolute best to wow the audience, who were comfortably seated enjoying their picnic refreshments, kindly supplied by the Friends and Mrs Tomes.
The second half started with two thrilling handbell arrangements swiftly followed by the entrance of the Pebworth First School Brass Band. The audience were greatly impressed by the dancing skills of the conductor Luca Whittle, as the band made their way to their seats! The brass band, wearing their purple embroidered uniform for the first time (thanks to Todd at Valesports), started with a fanfare and continued to entertain the audience with pieces with a summer theme. There was also the opportunity for the audience to listen to a couple of small brass ensembles where some our children could show off their musical skills. During the interval the audience were able to view and purchase the children’s beautiful artwork, as well as choose from a great selection plants and of course purchase raffle and tombola tickets, organised by the Friends.
The whole concert was extremely well received with lots of positive feedback and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends, all the staff and everyone who went the extra mile, including the children, to help make this concert such a fantastic success. We would also like to thank Nigel Smith from the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, for the loan of a marquee and of course all the audience, for their most generous donations, gratefully received, which will help support the band and music department in purchasing new equipment and instruments. Thank you all very, very much for supporting the school and of course the children.



Congratulations Pebworth!
Thursday 18th July 2019
Congratulations, Pebworth!
On 18th July 2019, Pebworth First School achieved our fourth Green Flag award. It’s already been two years since our last Eco Flag renewal.

Thank you to Mrs Lamb who gives up her spare time voluntarily to help lead gardening club, grow food in our school gardens, cook and share with the local community… as well as keep our school looking pretty.
Thank you to our eco and school councillors who represented the school eloquently and passionately. They spoke about how we recycle, try to save energy (such as our non-electricity day), have solar panels, discuss ideas about how to tackle plastic pollution… amongst many other eco aspects. We even had a pupil timely recycle the use of a plastic poly pocket wallet in front of the assessor – it wasn’t staged, honestly!
Thank you to Vanessa Whittle and her family for getting the walking bus up and running again. May it long continue and receive support.
Thank you to all our pupils – we hope you will continue to develop to be mighty eco warriors and help look after our future world.
Last, but certainly not least, to Mrs Hay (and her dog, Birdie), for organising and collating all the pupils’ work and eco school council.

Birdie!
Tuesday 16th July 2019
On Tuesday 16th July 2017, Class 3 enjoyed an end of year of forest school.
Activities included den-building, painting, toasting marshmallows over a fire and bug-hunting.
We were accompanied by Birdie our therapy dog who will be coming into school in the new academic year as part of a new project to help children read.
Butterflies and minibeasts surveys were also taken where tallies and maths skills were applied.
The Wellesbourne Elm tree was also measured and its size compared to what it was 2 years ago. There was a bit of debate as to whether a bird singing was a robin but we definitely heard pigeons and magpies.
We also discussed which aspects of nature we would like to ensure a safe future, wrote the aspect on a piece of wood and hanged them on the branches of a wishing tree which is of the lime variety (but not the green citrus type). Some children chose bees, ladybirds and even spiders!
Thank you Mrs Hay for organising the outdoor learning and Birdie for accompanying us.



Wonderful Wildlife
Monday 15th July 2019
On Monday 15th July 2017, the whole of Pebworth First School went to Cotswold Wildlife Park for our end of year school trip.
Sam and Orla expressed that their favourite animals were the wolves. Orla said that they were “cute” while Sam described them as “majestic”. The children even managed to stay quiet for a few minutes while we respected the wolves’ peace as we went through their enclosure!
There was such a wide range of animals from different parts of the world ranging from flamingos, giraffes, camels and of course, monkeys and even a sloth.
Another highlight for most of the children was the ice cream they bought en route around the park. Some were so excited, they forgot to take their change. It might be worth practising money skills!
A great day enjoyed by all!


Brassit! Schools unite with a passion for BRASS!
Friday 5th July 2019
On Friday July 5th, the ‘Pebworth First School Brass Band’ travelled to Bretforton Village School, to participate in their first ever joint brass band workshop!
The Bretforton children were feeling excited for they had only been learning to play brass instruments for 18 weeks. This month marks the first year anniversary for the Pebworth school brass band, which was formed in July 2018. Together both schools formed a massive brass band of 38 players, which included 8 trombones, 4 baritones, 4 Eb horns, 2 euphoniums, 2 Eb basses, 17 cornets and 1 conductor!
Everyone had a go at playing various pieces such as Sunset Orange, and Drunken Sailor, as well as listening to a couple of ensembles, where the Pebworth cornets and horn player played “Oh When the Saints” and “Love Me Tender”. The whole workshop finished with the very popular “The Blues”, which everyone loved to play.
The children were then given the opportunity to make new friends outside and we hope this will be the start of a very special friendship between the two schools.
The Bretforton children thoroughly enjoyed their first ever brass band experienced and both schools agreed that we should definitely do it again.
A big thank you too to all the adult helpers whose support made this event happen.




Symphony Hall Visit to hear the CBSO play Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’!
Thursday 27th June 2019
On Thursday 27th June Class 3 travelled to the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to listen to the world famous ‘City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’ play extracts from Stravinsky’s ballet called ‘The Firebird’.
Once the lights dimmed we were introduced to all the main characters of the ballet such as the Firebird, Prince and Princess and the sinister wizard. The performance was interactive where the children responded to images on the screen, shouting “pause”, commanding the orchestra to stop playing throughout the event. We listened to the ‘Dance of the Princesses’ and the famous “Infernal Dance” where all the evil characters danced a crazy dance due to the magic powers of the firebird.
As well as learning about the story of the ballet, we were also introduced to each section of the orchestra such as the strings, woodwind, percussion and brass and they all wore colour coded polo shirts. Each section took it in turns to play and the audience cheered loudly. We naturally cheered extra loud for the brass section as most of our children are brass players themselves! This was a fantastic event enjoyed by everyone!



Diary Dates
Friday 28th June 2019
Transition Day (Year 5 pupils also visit Blackminster Middle School) - Wednesday 3rd July.

Friday 5th July - brass band to play with other pupils at Bretforton School (please see letter sent out).

Summer concert pm - Wednesday 10th July -(see letter sent).

Sports Day 1 pm - Thursday 11th July.

Thursday 11th July 3:30 pm - Optional parents evening (following reports being sent out).

End of year school trip - whole school at Cotswold Wildlife Park on Monday 15th July.

Leavers Party - 18th July 5 pm to 7 pm.

Leavers Assembly - Friday 19th July starting at 11:15 am - children may leave afterwards.

Other dates may be added at a later date once events are confirmed.

Thank you
Friday 28th June 2019
We would like to say "thank you" to everyone who has supported the recent Film Night on Wednesday evening and the cake sale today.

It was the best supported Film Night that we've had raising a brilliant £84.50.

The cake sale today also raised a great amount of £42.

THANK YOU most of all to all the members of Friends - we appreciate that your hard work help pay for valuable things like the transport costs of our end of year trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and that you organise important events like the upcoming leavers party on 18th July.

Children Treated To A Special Musical Visitor!
Thursday 20th June 2019
On Thursday 20th June, Pebworth children were privileged to receive an exciting musical demonstration by Mr Ted Watson, composer and musician. Mr Watson brought with him many interesting woodwind instruments from the clarinet family, such as the bass clarinet and Eb clarinet as well as a soprano saxophone. He also demonstrated some unusual wooden instruments such as a 'Deedar', which made a strange bagpipe type of sound.
It was a magical afternoon as Mr Watson demonstrated all of his wonderful instruments, much to the delight of the children and we had opportunities to listen to some of his chamber music compositions. He also talked about his life as a musician at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as his admiration for the genius of both Mozart and Shakespeare. The children enjoyed asking lots of questions particularly about past composers and the music Mr Watson played.
We were very grateful to Mr Watson for giving us his time so freely and for bringing such an amazing range of different instruments for us to hear.



Big Sing Event at Worcester University Arena
Tuesday 18th June 2019
On Tuesday 18th June, Class 3 went to the Worcester University Arena, to join 1500 other children across the county, to participate in the Big Sing Event, run by Severn arts. Every school had spent many weeks learning four great songs and were eager to sing together with the live band. David Lawrence sang and led the workshop and this was a huge successful for everyone.



Football Tournament
Tuesday 25th June 2019
On the 21st June 2019, Class 3 were ready in their new kits to play football at Blackminster Middle School on pitch four. After lunch and after the first game, it was our turn to play.
In our first match, the following played: Luca, Cody, Taylor, Harlow, Holly with Sam as goalkeeper wearing luminous green top with black shorts and socks. The others were dressed in light and dark blue.

The other team straight away put on an attack, Taylor blocked the cross, so it was a corner for the other team. They took a shot from the edge of the penalty area and put it in the top corner. Unfortunately, Sam had no chance of saving it! Two minutes later, they put in another cross and scored another goal. Sadly, the other team won 2-0.


In total, we played four matches. Other players from Pebworth were Orla, George, Angel and Finlay. The final outcome was we won just the final game which was against Littletons. We won: 4 - 0! Everyone played really well. It was a good experience and we are up for the challenge of rematches.

By Sam and Finlay

Trip to Fibrex Nurseries
Wednesday 19th June 2019

On Wednesday Class One went to Fibrex Nurseries in Pebworth to look at flowering and non-flowering plants. We walked the route looking at plants and learned that Fibrex Nurseries is like a factory for plants. They grow and look after a lot of plants in particular Pelargoniums.
We walked around the greenhouses and saw the ferns that grew there. We were told how ferns lived in Jurassic times which made them very old indeed. We drew a fern and labelled it before going on.
On our way we saw a bottlebrush plant that attracted a lot of bees. Some of us were not keen on the bees but we know they are good for plants because they help them to pollinate. We then went to the Pelargonium greenhouse where we saw a huge variety of colours and shapes. All the plants looked beautiful and all had funny names. We tried to find a plant with each of our names and most of us did!
We stayed a while but it was very hot. We drew our favourite Pelargonium and wrote down names of plants we could find. It was fun looking at all the plants and names. Before we could go back to school we had to remember the name of the plants and write PELARGONIUM on our work.
On the way back we bumped into 2 ducks called George and Mildred who were having a feed outside. We learned that the male duck is the pretty one whilst the female is the brown one.
We all had such a lovely time looking at plants and walking around the village.


The Walking Bus
Tuesday 18th June 2019
We are very grateful to Vanessa Whittle for volunteering to lead the Walking Bus on Fridays. If anyone would like more info please ask in the office or speak to Vanessa directly.

Happy Birthday Prince Philip!
Thursday 13th June 2019
It was Prince Philip's birthday on 10th June.

Pebworth First School made a birthday card to send him birthday wishes.

Look what we received in response:


Diary Dates
Tuesday 11th June 2019
Transition Day (Year 5 pupils also visit Blackminster Middle School) - Wednesday 3rd July.

Friday 5th July - brass band to play with other pupils at Bretforton School (please see letter sent out).

Summer concert pm - Wednesday 10th July -(further details to follow).

Sports Day 1 pm - Thursday 11th July.

Thursday 11th July 3:30 pm - Optional parents evening (following reports being sent out).

End of year school trip - whole school at Cotswold Wildlife Park on Monday 15th July.

Leavers Assembly - Friday 19th July starting at 11:15 am - children may leave afterwards.

Other dates may be added at a later date once events are confirmed.

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Monday 10th June 2019
On 10th June 2019, Class 3 went to Envirosort – a recycling plant near Worcester. They learnt about the different materials that can be recycled in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, how they are sorted, the importance of recycling and the different types of pollution that damage our environment.
Our pupils had the opportunity to observe first-hand how the contents of recycle collection trucks are sorted in the various stages of sorting glass, paper/card, metal and aluminium then plastic.
There were practical activities including one that involved designing and making some form of clothing or accessory by recycling used clothes. This was then followed by our very own fashion parade with serious posing from members of the class.
Did you know that second only to the oil industry, the fashion industry is one of the main polluters on our planet? It takes a phenomenal 15,000 litres of water to grow enough cotton to make just one pair of jeans. On top of this, the toxic chemicals in the use of dyes to colour textiles adversely affect jobs, health and habitats.
Important lessons were learnt that educate how we can try to consciously think about how to sustain the natural resources of our planet. Collectively, we can make a difference to save our planet and help the future of our younger generations.


Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust Revisit
Friday 7th June 2019
On 7th June 2019, Class 3 made their return visit to the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust.
They drew the changes they observed on the plum and apple trees in the orchard. They also linked these observations with learning on life cycles: more specifically pollination and fertilisation covered in the science curriculum. They learnt that due to a cold spell in May, the blossoms on the plum trees were damaged which means there will be a reduction in the plum crop this year.

Although it rained that morning, the children were able to complete their drawings in the on-site classroom. They were able to further explore the wild flowers identifying species, such as Dog Rose flowers and Moon Daisies. By looking at the stamen and pistil parts of these flowers under a microscope, they developed their understanding of the parts of a flower by looking at real flowers rather than just diagrams. They even had an unexpected scrutiny of an aphid under magnification.
En route, they observed the Blue Lias stone surrounding ponds (the stone used in the construction of local buildings).
To end the visit, they helped wire up the wooden blocks they had designed and decorated at school to aid the identification of the fruit trees in the orchard.

News Alert!
Sunday 2nd June 2019
Exciting news! The video of the Brass Band Concert May 10th is now available to view in the 'About Us' section under Brass Band. Or click here




Beware conductors meeting!
Sunday 2nd June 2019
The Conductor of Pebworth First School Brass Band meets the Conductor of Bretforton Silver Band!

On Sunday 26th May 2019, Luca and his family attended the famous Asparagus Auction in Bretforton, at the Fleece Inn. Whilst there, Luca, conductor of the Pebworth First School Brass Band, met John Wood, the conductor of the Bretforton Silver Band and the band. Shortly after receiving some handy conducting tips, John introduced Luca to the audience and Luca raised his baton and started, for the first time ever, to conduct Bretforton Silver Band! He did a tremendous job, having never seen the music before and John even commented that he may be out of a job!



May 10th 2019: PFS Brass Band Concert helps raise money for the repair of St Peter’s porch roof
Tuesday 21st May 2019
The village hall was packed on the evening of Friday 10th May and everyone was excited to hear the brass band play.

Surprisingly the concert started not with the brass band, but with ‘Morning has Broken’ and ‘All Things Bright & Beautiful’, played smoothly by the PFS hand-bells. Then, as if by magic, the hand-bells became the fabulous brass band and under the supreme leadership of conductor Luca Whittle, the band struck up their first piece : ‘A Day in the Park’.
The audience were also delighted to hear an arrangement of ‘Love Me Tender’, performed by cornet players: George Hirst, Finlay Parkins, Jessica Morgan, Felicity Gillet, Harlow Harrison and Rachel Scott on Eb bass.
The first half of the concert naturally concluded with another hand-bell piece called ‘Pirates’ which enthralled the audience.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and performed fabulously and they even impressed the members of Bretforton Silver Band who had come along to support the event!
The second half of the concert continued with a brass ensemble playing a variety of pieces including ‘Sunnyside of the Street’ and ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, as well as three solos on trombone, tenor horn and cornet accompanied by Marcel Zidani on the piano. Many children stayed to listen and were totally blown away by what they heard, asking parents if they could go to brass band concerts in the future!
A tremendous evening for everyone and Liz Spencer was pleased to announce that a grand total of £359.28 had been raised to help repair the church porch roof. Well done to everyone and a big thank you to all the helpers involved in supporting this event.

Diary Dates
Wednesday 5th June 2019
Whole school swimming 5 sessions: Thursday 9th May, 16th May, 23rd May, 6th June and 13th June .

Celebration Assembly WEDNESDAY 26th June
Symphony Hall at Birmingham - Class 3 on Thursday 27th June.

Transition Day (Year 5 pupils also visit Blackminster Middle School) - Wednesday 3rd July.

Summer concert pm - Wednesday 10th July -(further details to follow).

Sports Day 1 pm - Thursday 11th July.

Thursday 11th July 3:30 pm - Optional parents evening (following reports being sent out).

End of year school trip - whole school at Cotswold Wildlife Park on Monday 15th July.

Leavers Assembly - Friday 19th July starting at 11:15 am - children may leave afterwards.

Other dates may be added at a later date once events are confirmed.

Residential 2019
Friday 3rd May 2019
From Wednesday 1st May to Friday 3rd May 2019, pupils from Class 3 went on a residential at Culmington Manor at Craven Arms.

It was a busy time packed with 9 activities that included climbing, abseiling, obstacle course, rifle-shooting and fencing. We also learnt how to use a compass and had fun exploring the site during an orienteering activity.

The food was tasty and plentiful and it was a great experience sleeping in bunk beds in dormitories. There was much excitement, after a restless first night, thankfully, we enjoyed a much more peaceful second night’s sleep.

Children overcame personal challenges such as staying away from home for the first time and facing their fears of heights. There was great team work developed as well as other skills, such as communication and trust which were required to undertake activities like lo-ropes effectively.





Class One Easter Craft Afternoon
Friday 12th April 2019
Today we all had a wonderful time together with parents and families for the whole afternoon. We shared our afternoon exercises before all going on an egg hunt. Everyone helped to find eggs which were really hard to find.
We had previously baked biscuits and today we decorated them with icing and Easter treats.




We also decorated eggs with sequins and ribbon and coloured pictures with everyone. Once we had finished we played games together such as hide and seek and pass the sound around the circle.

The mums and dads were really good at hiding and we all had fun finding them. Happy Easter from Class One.





Our Federation Needs you!
Thursday 11th April 2019
Our Federation Needs you!!


Our federation needs you!
Thursday 11th April 2019
We have vacancies on our governing body for enthusiastic and committed individuals who want to join our two GOOD schools on the journey to Outstanding.

No experience necessary - full training will be given for this volunteer role.

Please contact the Head via the school office for more information: office@blackminster.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone 01386 830311

Diary Dates
Friday 5th April 2019
Easter service - Tuesday 9th April at St Peter's Church at 11 am - all welcome.

Bikeability - Class 3 on Friday 12th April - please remember to bring bikes, helmets and a waterproof coat.

Easter holidays - Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April.

Residential - Class 3 from Wednesday 1st May to Friday 3rd May.

School photograph - Wednesday 8th May.

Whole school swimming 5 sessions: Thursday 9th May, 16th May, 23rd May, 6th June and 13th June (further details to follow).

Music Spring Concert at village hall starting at 7 pm (further details to follow).

Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust - Class 3 return visit looking at seasonal change - rescheduled to June.

Celebration Assembly 9 am WEDNESDAY 22nd May.

Half term: May 27th to 31st.

Envirosort recycling plant -Class 3 Monday 10th June.

Big Sing at Worcester - Class 3 on Tuesday 18th June.

Symphony Hall at Birmingham - Class 3 on Thursday 27th June.

Transition Day (Year 5 pupils also visit Blackminster Middle School) - Wednesday 3rd July.

End of year school trip - whole school at Cotswold Wildlife Park on Monday 15th July.

Leavers Assembly - Friday 19th July starting at 11:15 am - children may leave afterwards.

Other dates may be added at a later date once events are confirmed.


Friends Cake Sale
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Thank you to everybody who supported the Friends cake sale on Friday 29th March - £37.55 was raised!

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Wednesday 27th March 2019
Well done, Pebworth School, we raised £69.10 in the Rags to Riches Collection on 27th March 2019.
Recycling for a good cause!

Lambing at Little Meadows Farm
Friday 22nd March 2019
Class 1 had a fantastic time on Friday going to watch the lambs at Little Meadows Farm. We walked through the village and across the fields. Mrs Hay fed some sheep and lambs in the fields and we watched them eat.






Little Meadows Farm had many animals. We saw cows and calves which all had names. Some of them were really big. We learned that some of the cows were going in a show and that all their names began with the same letter each year. This year they all began with ‘r’. We all thought of names for next year’s calves.


Finally, we saw the sheep and lambs. There were so many. We saw small lambs that were only a few days old and many ewes who had yet to give birth. We were so lucky that whilst we were there a ewe gave birth to twins.

This ewe had a boy first then a girl. They were all wet and they started to stand up within a few minutes. Most of the ewes have 2 lambs but some only had 1 and a few had 3. We found out that each lamb has the same number as the ewe so they never get lost.
We had such a great time and the weather was lovely. We also saw some farm machinery, our favourite was the big tractor.




Little Meadows Farm
Friday 22nd March 2019
On 22nd March 2019, Pebworth First School went on our annual lambing visit to Little Meadows Farm owned by Nick and Lucy Holdsworth.
It was a great learning experience where the children had opportunity to ask lots of questions on what life is like on a farm and watch lambs being born if they wish.
Amongst the many things we did or learnt were: the children observed the differences between the two different breeds of sheep, learnt that the colour markings on the ewes indicated whether they were expecting one or two lambs and learnt about the Herefordshire cattle on the farm.
There were even some descriptive acrostic poems written on-site applying their literacy skills to describe what they observed. Before we left, we had the joy of seeing two lambs born to one ewe.
They left with the task of thinking up names for the cattle beginning with “T” as this is the next letter in the alphabet that will be used for next year’s Herefordshire cattle. Can you think of some good names beginning with “T”?
Thank you so much Nick and Lucy for inviting us to your farm – we really enjoyed it!



Making Pancakes
Friday 8th March 2019
Today we made pancakes. We had written the recipe in our lessons and talked about the equipment we would need.

Mrs Perry brought in the ingredients and we all had a go making them.

Mrs Nicholson helped us to cook them on a stove in the classroom. She showed us how to toss them too.

We used traditional toppings of lemon and sugar and ate them whilst they were hot.

Happy Pancake Day!




Red Nose Day!
Friday 15th March 2019
On Friday 15th March 2019, Pebworth School celebrated Red Nose Day; we came in non-uniform to raise money for Comic Relief.

We also learnt about how Comic Relief started and what it raised funds for.

Did you know that the red nose wasn’t introduced 1988 which was 3 years after Comic Relief which started in 1985?

Well done, Pebworth, we raised £45.50!

Thank you!
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Pebworth First School would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have donated and sponsored the school's brass band.

Cate Knight (mentor and sponsor of the PFS Brass Band)

Goodflex Rubber: Mark Dufty, Mike Tinklin, Molly Osborne, Natile Benwell, Tom Gilchrist, Stuart Smith, Stuart Bearcroft.

Emslie Bird Ltd: Paul Bird

Neal Services: Hannah and Paul Neal

Rick & Vanessa Whittle, Lynn Parker, Elizabeth Sinclair, Amanda & Jill Haynes, Deana & Ben Jinks, Darina Jones & family, Claire Brown & family, Aiison Pheasey & family, Maria Jan & family, Cheryl & Russel Hirst, Sonia Gillett, Sheila & David Smith, Alister & Hazel Morgan, Robin Bowen, Samantha & James Parkins, Karma & Chantelle Hawkins, Steven Allen, Simon Shears, Taylor & Kacey Key

Thank you.

Fairtrade Foundation 2019
Thursday 28th February 2019
On 27th February 2019, Class 3 baked buns and cakes to raise funds for the Fairtrade Foundation as it was the annual Fairtrade Fortnight starting Monday 25th February. At the end of the day, Year 5 pupils sold the buns and cakes baked by the class which raised £23.13 that will be sent to the Fairtrade Foundation. /Well done, Pebworth!

Earlier in the week, the children looked at video clips of how the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries have been positively affected by organisations such as Fairtrade. We discussed how this knowledge can help people make decisions in their buying to support workers obtain a fair wage and a decent standard of living.
They also enjoyed making powerpoints on Fairtrade, especially the applying animation effects part.

Pebworth First School has taken another step for internet safety!
Tuesday 26th February 2019
Hope you liked the title - George made it up!

There is an increasing amount of online apps and platforms that target children; some even instruct children to not inform parents what they are doing online and there are even sites that could be considered a danger to our children's mental and physical health! It is therefore important that all parents and carers are aware of the growing dangers to our children online. While we encourage learning using the vast and invaluable resources online, we need to monitor what our children are doing online and put in some form of parental controls. Even if your child does not intend to find out what are on dubious sites, they can easily be baited to click on pop-ups for example from common sites such as Youtube. Please also encourage your child not to make friends online that they don't know without at least informing you first.


The school has recently received a weblink that helps us stay aware of current trends targeting our children:

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There are numerous other websites that help inform parents and carers of online safety issues, such as, https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/.

Together, we can help educate and help keep our children safe!



Safer Internet Day 2019
Wednesday 6th February 2019
As it was Safer Internet Day on 5th February 2019, we did some work on staying safe online. Class 3 pupils were aware that they had to tell a trusted adult if they were ever worried or concerned if someone contacted them online that they didn’t know. They clearly knew that they should not meet up with a stranger they had met online especially not without a trusted adult.
We also looked at a Hector’s World episode that revised passwords and not to click pop-ups. We furthermore looked at the icons of different social media apps and their age restrictions. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of social media and a few pupils informed that their devices have parental controls.
If you get opportunity, it is good to discuss how to stay safe online with your child/ren.
Stay safe online!



Who is Jesus?
Wednesday 6th February 2019
Amy, who is a church youth worker, visited Class 3 at school on Wednesday 30th January to share about who Jesus is. Together, the children and Amy, ordered a sequence of images into a timeline to briefly outline the life of Jesus.
This is in preparation for Easter and hopefully to develop the children’s understanding of the connection between the Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter.



Times tables link
Thursday 31st January 2019
Please click link below to practise your times tables:

https://www.timestables.co.uk/

You can check with your teacher which times tables your child is working on.

DIARY DATES
Thursday 17th January 2019
Tuesday 9th April 11 am at St Peter's Church - Easter Service - all welcome.
No celebration assembly in April due to Easter service and Easter holidays.
12th April - Bikeability (Class 3 only)
15th to 26th April EASTER BREAK

1st - 3rd May Residential trip (Class 3 only)
9th May - swimming restarts (more info to follow)
27th-31st May HALF TERM


19th July - Last day of school year.

Santa’s Visit – 21st December 2018
Saturday 21st December 2019
Today Oak Class had a magical visit from Santa.

Each child at school was given a present and had a chance to ask Santa what they would like for Christmas.

It was a wonderful afternoon full of treats and games.

The Friends of Pebworth School put on a fantastic Christmas lunch with jelly and ice cream for dessert. We look forward to the New Year and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.







The Pebworth First Brass Band bring joy to all at Christmas!
Monday 7th January 2019
The Pebworth First School Brass Band played triumphantly at their first ever Christmas carol concert at the village hall on the 19th & 20th December. The whole school took part and the school choir were pleased to be joined by the Pebworth village choir led by Peter Harrison.
The evening started with a warm welcome from the conductor of the brass band, Mr Luca Whittle where everyone was encouraged to join in with the singing and participate in the fund raising activities organised by the Friends, where fantastic prizes could be won.

The first half of the concert consisted of three carols with a mini-nativity performance by the younger children, followed by a well-executed performance of The Coventry Carol in 3-parts, by the recorder ensemble. This was followed by a warmly received performance of ‘Deck the Halls’ by the hand-bells.

The interval provided the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and tombola prizes, as well as refreshments, all provided by the Friends.
The second half got off to a flying start with another mini-nativity to ‘We Three Kings’, followed by more carols and a 4-part arrangement of ‘O Christmas Tree’ played by the recorders.

The audience were also given the opportunity to listen to several children from the brass band talk about why they like playing a brass instrument and what it means to them to be a member of the brass band.

The hand-bells concluded the concert with an arrangement of ‘Jingle Bells’ which was going well until page 2 where it fell apart and the children pointed out “It’s turned into ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ Mrs Taylor, you’ve set the wrong music!”, much to the amusement of the audience. After the false start and some quick music shuffling, they resumed and played magnificently and everyone joined in singing with the hand-bells as they played “We wish you a merry Christmas”.

The concert was a very well received and a great success for raising funds for the brass band and the school. Many financial donations were gratefully received as well as several gifts such as a wonderful hamper from the WI. The school would firstly like to say a big thank you to Sue Peace and the Parish Council who kindly paid for the hire of the village hall and Peter Harrison and the Pebworth Choir who joined us for both performances and with whom we hope to strengthen our friendship in the future. We would also like to thank Mr Ted Watson for supporting the brass band and giving Luca some excellent conducting tips and of course all the other brass band helpers such as Reverend Scott. A huge thank you goes to the staff who helped with the costumes and running of the concert and of course the Friends who did a tremendous job fund raising and keeping us all refreshed. Lastly an enormous round of applause must go to the children who performed and sang beautifully.




THANK YOU!
Friday 21st December 2018
On 19th and 20th December 2018, the whole school were involved in our Christmas Carol concert. Children were involved in at least one of the following: playing in the brass band, choir, mimes, playing recorders and hand bells. They all did remarkably well, including any minor bloopers, (deliberate of course), which all added to the festive fun and laughter.
We were blessed to be joined by the Pebworth choir, as well as BMS staff and our ex-pupils, plus other members of the Pebworth community.
The concert was not only successful musically but also financially – a tremendous sum of £660.31 was raised by Friends from the raffle, tombola and refreshments! We have a terrific PTA in our Friends of Pebworth who organised and served us for our Christmas lunch celebration on Friday 21st December!
Thank you too for everyone’s generosity in donating / sponsoring the brass band fund – this amount will be put on the website in the new year when it’s been finalised. We are still getting more money in to support the brass band for which we are extremely grateful.
Also, there will be further details shared in the new year regarding thanks when all sponsors’ and donors’ names have been finalised.
Last, but certainly not least, a big “thank you” must go to Mrs Taylor who is the reason why Pebworth First School is an exciting forerunner in having our own brass band.
Merry Christmas, everyone and see you all back on Monday 7th January 2019!

Smart Trees School Trip
Tuesday 18th December 2018
Our day at Smart Tree's started with an orienteering activity where the children had to map read to find 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Having found three of the twelve, it was our turn to go and see Santa. The children were all excited to see his reindeer grazing outside the grotto. Once inside, we sang with Santa and his elf and received a present. After lunch, we went back out into the trees to search for the other days of Christmas. Before heading home we visited the other reindeer and had a quick run around the park. It was an eventful day but before heading back to school Santa's helpers kindly gave us a tree for us to decorate.










It's Aerodynamic ... or is it?
Monday 17th December 2018
On 17th December 2018, Year 5 pupils went to Blackminster for a science taster lesson. They were joined by pupils from Bretforton First School and Blackminster Year 8 students (some of whom were ex-Pebworth pupils). They had opportunity to work with pupils from other schools.
They were studying air resistance: how the shape of cars and how it affects aerodynamics and fuel consumption in cars. They constructed models of toy cars to experiment
They had to apply maths skills to work out that distance divided by time = speed.
They also looked at spectacular chemical reactions.
Our Y5 pupils reported, “It was fun and good” and “We loved learning in science”

It's Pebbles!
Friday 14th December 2018
On 14th December, we all had the opportunity to name the teddy who is replacing our oselot, Brian Cheesepuff. It was 20p a go at choosing a name; we raised a terrific £9! Well done again, Pebworth!
Harlow pulled out the name. The lucky winner was Chantelle who chose “Pebbles”.

Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 14th December 2018
On 14th December, we came to school dressed in festive clothes/ Christmas jumpers to raise funds towards Friends’ funds for school. We raised £13.70!

Well done and thank you, everyone!

Musical Maestro
Wednesday 12th December 2018
On Wednesday 12th December, we were privileged to have Edward (known as Ted) Watson join our brass band rehearsal practising for our Christmas Carol concert ready for next week. He is a musician, composer, and music arranger for brass bands, such as, the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band as well as many others.
Luca, a Year 5 pupil, who is our conductor, was greatly helped by Mr Watson in learning how to conduct the carols. Other brass players also benefitted from his help in terms of timing.
We are really grateful to have been receiving a lot of other support from our village community: Parish Council and Mrs Peace for paying for the hire of the village hall for our concert; Mr and Mrs Morley who are professional illustrator and writer respectively; Mrs Spencer for involving us in voting for the options on how the village hall is to be refurbished; Reverend Scott helping with our brass band rehearsals to name just a few examples …

Guess the Teddy
Wednesday 12th December 2018
A great big “thank you” to Harlow’s auntie who has cleverly made a fabulous teddy using material from school uniform. Can you spot what type of uniform garment has been used for each part of teddy?
She has donated it to school to help raise funds for school and to also give the children the opportunity to choose a name for the teddy who will replace Brian Cheesepuff, our oselot.
So, each week, the class with the best attendance, will have the teddy for the week.
Don’t worry, Brian Cheesepuff will have a safe home in Oak Class where he will be in good company with the other animals in the class.

Forest school
Thursday 6th December 2018
Oak class had a fantastic morning in Pebworth Forest with Mrs Hay this week. We walked through fields and spotted wildlife and signs of seasonal changes. Once there we found clues to find all of Father Christmas’s reindeer. Each clue led us nearer to Rudolph. After a refreshing hot chocolate and a biscuit or two we spotted well-hidden reindeer which we could then take home.
We had plenty of time for bug hunting and den building before walking back to school. Happy seasonal smiles all round!



Oak Class Christmas Activity Afternoon
Friday 7th December 2018
Parents, family and friends had a wonderful time with the children of Oak Class making Christmas decorations for the afternoon. It was a lovely opportunity to get together and have some fun and parents enjoyed tea and biscuits whilst spending time with their children. The children made paper plate Santa’s, snowflakes, tree hanging ornaments and they decorated their biscuits they made earlier in the week.




Kind artistic donations by local talent
Thursday 6th December 2018
Pebworth First School have recently been donated a fiction book called, ‘The Unravellers’ by local writer, Mrs Tracey Morley, and her husband, Mr Kevin Morley who is a talented illustrator and artist. We have also been donated a beautiful ink drawing of our school which was drawn by Mr Morley. Both items have been kindly donated so that we can raise much needed funds for our school.
We are hoping to invite Mr and Mrs Morley into school to inspire children in their writing and illustrating efforts; what a fabulous opportunity to enhance our children’s learning!
A big “thank you” from everyone at Pebworth First School.

A Big Thank You to our Friends!
Thursday 6th December 2018
We have such a fantastic PTA called 'Friends of Pebworth'. As last year, they have kindly donated another large hamper of edible goodies for staff as a Christmas gift.

Please support Friends as they work tirelessly to raise funds to enhance the education of our children either by giving your time and/or resources/donations.

Oak Class visit by PC Lee
Wednesday 14th November 2018
PC Lee came and visited Oak Class to talk about his life as a police officer. The children asked questions about what he did and what he was wearing. They all tried on his hat and sat in his car.
Most of the children were interested in his radio and handcuffs. They liked to flashing lights bright colours on his car but some were surprised at how loud his siren was.
It was a lovely visit with lots of learning.




Our Village Hall
Tuesday 4th December 2018
On Tuesday 4th December, Mrs Spencer came to Pebworth School to gather ideas as to how the children at Pebworth would like to see our village hall developed. Ideas ranged from making it an eco-friendly venue to using it for a wider range of functions like fund-raising and also further musical events.br
>A vote was conducted on the different options on how the village hall can be developed. It was a tie between developing the stage and performance facilities and improving the meeting room to include wi-fi and a terrace.

We discussed the meaning of "legacy" and how the changes could affect the children at school and future generations.

There will a survey conducted whereby all people in the village can vote to share their view and parents/carers are encouraged to complete this survey.

Resounding Success!
Sunday 2nd December 2018
On Sunday 2nd December 2018, Pebworth hand-bell players performed two pieces: Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells at the village hall. We were invited to the Pebworth Village Choir concert “Winter Warmers”. Our performances were met with rapturous applause and even better, we were given sweet treats as a “thank you”.

Maths Chase Link
Tuesday 4th December 2018
https://www.mathschase.com/

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Thursday 29th November 2018
On Thursday 29th November 2018, the whole of Pebworth School dressed up as “the professional we would like to be when we grow up”. The photo shows just some of the children from Birch Class.
Professions ranged from hairdresser, vet, doctor, footballers, singers, wood turner, solicitor … oh and teachers of course, just to name a few. Reasons ranged from wanting to help others to making lots of money! It sounds like we’ve certainly made a good start on preparing our children for future life.
Donations were made in return for the privilege of dressing up which raised much needed funds to help with our upcoming panto trips and Christmas resources. Thank you to Friends of Pebworth for all your hard work in raising funds to support our children’s education.

Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust Information
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Further to our recent visit to the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust which Birch Class thoroughly enjoyed, please see below further information about the trust which is a valuable part of our local community:

Local traditional orchards and the 18thC Lias stone threshing barn - Field Barn, has been managed by Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust since 1997. As a fragment of local Agricultural History it has become increasingly important over the years. Our Educational Visits programme is possible thanks to sponsorship from Natural England.
Visitors can:-
Explore its history – the war veterans who worked here, the Growers, the crops and how produce got to market.
Find out about the Orchards and how apple juice and cider are made, how we maintain and develop the orchards.
Learn about the life cycles of trees, bugs and fungi which all play their part.
Explore the secret wood!!!
It is a great learning environment.


Please click on the link below to see their website.







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Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust
Monday 15th October 2018
On Thursday 15th November, Birch Class went to the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust. Before we went, we had carried out map work looking at co-ordinates and compared it with Google maps where we explored different routes from Pebworth First School to Cleeve Prior. Working out the scale was a little tricky but we applied our maths skills purposefully to work out how many kilometres each route covered. Impressively, TJ was able to remember directions based on the routes studied on the maps.
We also decorated wooden plaques with the names of apple and pear trees, such as Discovery, Charles Ross and Prolific, then on arrival, we used a plan to locate and label our chosen tree. We learnt some differences between an apple and pear tree by looking at the bark and the distance between the buds. We also learnt that rabbits can eat the barks of apple trees, saw how ivy can damage a tree and found out why fruit trees are planted in straight lines in an orchard. Furthermore, we made observational drawings of our trees in order to look at seasonal changes when we return in the spring or summer to draw the same trees. As it was a clear, sunny day, we were able to spot “Dover’s Hill” in the distance when stood on higher ground up some wooden steps.
In the “secret” wood, we located squirrel dreys and there was also a lot of excited, or was it nervous, screeching when spiders were spotted in our bug-hunting!
Thank your Mr Taylor and Mrs Carr for inviting us and for your help. Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust - we will be back!








Diary Dates
Thursday 17th January 2019
Friday 15th February TED day - school closed for children.
Monday 18th Feb- Fri 22nd Feb - HALF TERM
25th March Rags to Riches bags to school (more info to follow)
12th April - Bikeability (Birch Class only)
15th to 26th April EASTER BREAK
1st - 3rd May Residential trip (Birch Class only)
9th May - swimming restarts (more info to follow)
27th-31st May HALF TERM
19th July - Last day of school year.

Great Pudding Feast!
Friday 26th October 2018
Pupils at Pebworth First School have been busy harvesting and cooking the fruit that they've grown in their school garden. Birch Class picked over 100 apples from the 'Elstar' tree and 120 pears from the 'Conference' tree, along with a range of other cultivars. Now these apples and pears have been baked into a mouth-watering selection of 8 different puddings, as part of the school's Harvest Festival celebrations.

All the pupils were involved in baking on Thursday, making Pear and Chocolate Cake, Spiced Apple Tray Bake, Pear Upside-down Cake and Apple, Lemon and Honey Tart, to a name a few. Then on Friday these were served to 18 invited guests. The children sang 'Food glorious food', before the puddings were processed into the school hall. These were then served to the guests, who came from the village and who have some voluntary role within the community. Mary and Peter Harrison, who were guests at the Pudding Feast said, ' It's always a joy to come into the school and see the enthusiasm the children have and the taste their wonderful culinary skills.’

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Hello, Betty!
Friday 19th October 2018
On 19th October 2018, Hilary and Sue visited us with Betty who is a German Shepherd dog. They were raising awareness and funds to support the cost of training guide dogs. Betty is not a guide dog but will be mother to puppies who will be selected to be potential guide dogs.
Did you know that before Labradors, German Shepherds were used as guide dogs? At school, we reinforced that children are not to approach dogs they don’t know and to always ask the owner permission before patting a dog.
The children were so excited to meet a real dog and Betty enjoyed the attention and affection.
Sue is taking up the challenge of walking 100 miles blindfolded, doing 5 miles each day even though she has a lung conditions which can create breathing difficulties. She has already walked 60 miles and has set herself the target of raising £2500 so that she has the opportunity to name a future guide dog “Megan” after a beloved family member. Please support her, Sue lives in Pebworth and welcomes every penny that can be donated. She can be contacted on 07787827457.
Well done, Pebworth in raising about £40 to help towards the costs of guide dog training by taking part in our non-uniform day today.






The Harvest Cycle
Friday 19th October 2018
On 18th October 2018, we held our Harvest Celebration assembly where the whole school were involved in a performance which the children entitled “The Harvest Cycle”. They performed it beautifully and smoothly before parents (to the delight of Mrs Taylor who was the inspiration behind it all.) It is hard to understand what a feat it is to execute such an ambitious project.

KS1 acted out a mime depicting the cycle of sowing, growing and harvesting and changes in weather while KS2 children played instruments they had made from recycled materials to convey the sun, rain, growing, storm and harvesting.

Reverend Scott also visited to share thoughts on being thankful for the food and for all that we have.

Thank you to Mrs Taylor for all her hard work for this harvest creation.

Thank you too to the children who brought in harvest produce; this was donated to the Home Farm Trust at Bidford which supports young adults with learning disabilities.

Vote for Me!
Wednesday 17th October 2018
Elections took place in each class for a school and eco councillor.

On 17th October 2018, members of Birch Class delivered our “Vote for me” school council speeches. This put our persuasive writing to real life purpose as well as develop confidence and clarity in our presentation skills. We reviewed British Values discussing democracy and secret ballot. We subsequently talked about being anonymous and that we shouldn’t write our names under the name of the person we voted for.
There were some fantastic ideas suggested that could be put to good use to discuss in school council to help improve life at school and the children displayed great enthusiasm in getting involved in class elections.

One school councillor was elected for each class. They were:
Birch Class: Taylor, Maple Class: Bella and Oak Class: Rose

Manor House Gardens
Saturday 6th October 2018
On Friday 5th October, the whole school went to Manor House in Pebworth; a big “thank you” to John and Annie for opening their garden and grounds to us… and for the confectionery treat.
The afternoon was spent collecting conkers, enjoying the peaceful view of the Malverns and Ragley Hall, identifying evergreen trees, holes made by woodpeckers and we even spotted an “elephant” hiding in the Wellingtonia tree.
Thank you too to Mrs Hay for organising our visit.





Oh no, no technology day!
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Wednesday 3rd October was our third eco day. We considered what life would be like without technology which also included reducing our use of electricity to save energy. We got used to being plunged into darkness as unnecessary lights were switched off and even explored what it was like trying to work in the dark.
How did children play before ipads, x-boxes, i-phones, and other electronic were invented? Children played active games outdoors and indoors, engaged in board and other games which required more social interaction instead of sitting in front of a screen. It certainly developed some children’s skills in taking turns! Some children even made their own games creating jigsaw puzzles using drawings they had made.
However, the question still remains, “Is technology all bad?”

Diary Dates
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Friday 5th October - afternoon - Forest School

Thursday 18th October at 9:10 am - Harvest assembly with Rev Scott - parents and families welcome. (Please note this assembly will now be instead of October's celebration assembly) Children will be asked to bring in produce which will be donated to a local charity.

Monday 22nd October - parents evening - appointment letter to follow (3:30 pm to 6:00 pm)

Last after-school games club in the Autumn term will be on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th November.
Last after-school gardening club will be on Thursday 13th December.

Thursday 20th December - Whole school Christmas panto trip to Redditch to see Aladdin.

No Paper Allowed!
Monday 1st October 2018
On Monday 1st October, we held our eco “no paper” day. We learnt the importance of not wasting paper and how we could learn without using paper.
Birch Class learnt about what other materials and media were used before paper was invented. Did you know that paper was invented by Cai Lun in China in 105 AD and he started with bamboo rather than wood from trees? We also learnt that we can conserve so much energy and trees by recycling paper too.
We had fun playing with different material and media: acrylic paint on shells was great fun, as well as getting messy with charcoal and chalk. It wasn’t quite so much fun tidying up though!
It was sometimes quite tricky not being able to use paper – the children were keeping their beady eyes on the teachers to check they didn’t use any paper either.
How many trees do you think we could save if every school had a “no paper” day?
The printer and photocopier were very quiet and our recycle bins were left alone today.

Eco Matters!
Monday 1st October 2018
On Friday 28th September, we started some work on eco matters. We split into family groups of mixed year groups and rotated during the afternoon to complete different activities focussed on healthy eating and even healthy minds.
In one session, the children had opportunities to practise mindfulness where they were learning that if they felt worried, anxious, sad, or stressed, they could stop and focus on their breathing to help calm down. We had cuddly “tummy chums” to help us focus on our breathing. It was so relaxing, we nearly fell asleep... the children nearly had to wake one of the teachers up!

Attendance w/e 21/09/18 and Golden Tea Time
Monday 24th September 2018
Well done, Oak Class for achieving the highest attendance %.

Golden tea time: Well done too to Jack, Katy-May and TJ!

We are Internet Legends!
Thursday 20th September 2018
On 20th September, the whole of Pebworth First School were taught how to stay safe on-line by visitors, Jo and Jenny, who are part of the ‘Google Internet Awareness’ initiative.
They learnt how to think before sharing any information online, how to look out for suspicious websites, how to create more secure passwords and how we need to show respect and be kind online. There was also the important message of being ready to discuss any online issues, such as cyberbullying, with a trusted adult.
At the end of the session, they became fully fledged ‘Internet Legends’ who know more about how to stay safe online.

Attendance to 14/09/18
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Welcome back at the start of our new school year!

Well done to those who achieved Golden Tea Time treats: Poppy, Amy and Holly.

Attendance from start of year to 14/09/18: Oak / Class 1 - 89.3%, Maple / Class 2 - 97.7% and Birch / Class 3 - 97.7%
Joint winners: Maple and Birch Classes - Brian Cheesepuff to be shared.

Whole school attendance: 95.2%

A good start to the new year. Let's see if we can keep improving on our attendance!

Komodo Maths Summer Challenge
Wednesday 18th July 2018
Dear Parents

Reminder as to our school's code to set up an account for your child to take part in the Komodo Maths Summer Challenge which is completely free of charge.

The challenge is to complete 15 short maths practice sessions which are based on the National Curriculum for the school year your child has just completed. These ‘little and often’ sessions are perfectly crafted to sharpen maths skills without getting in the way of summer relaxation - and without keeping children at the screen for too long.

Our school's unique code to enter onto komodomath.com/summer so that you can access these practice sessions is
SLPEBWORTH

All you have to do is visit https://komodomath.com/summer-learning-parent-signup and scroll down to the bottom of the page, then enter this code in the ‘voucher code’ field when you sign up on the page.


It’s quick, it’s free, it won’t take too much time and we really believe that participating in this initiative will have tangible benefits for our pupils.

Those who have signed up, expressed that it's fun!

Sensational Summer Music Concert
Monday 16th July 2018
Summer Music Concert Friday 13th 2018

What a fantastic end to the summer term! The Summer Music Concert was a huge success with the Friends working tirelessly, families coming together, staff giving their all and of course our wonderful, talented children singing and playing their hearts out. The first half showcased our superb choir, singing a wide range of pieces covering the Vikings, Tudors and a modern self-empowerment song with a swinging beat. Our recorder ensembles showed off their expertise together with a Tudor-style rendition of Greensleeves with ukulele and drum. The second half started with an exciting arrangement of ‘He’s a Pirate’ on hand-bells followed by the debut performance of the Pebworth First School Brass Band, led by our young conductor Luca. All was extremely well received by the audience, particularly the announcement that our school is now officially recognised as “Good” by Ofsted.
Also available was the opportunity to view and purchase items from the excellent art exhibition, where the high standard of art work by the children was clear to see, led by our own talented artist Mrs Redgewell. The Friends provided the back-bone of the event, starting early in the morning erecting gazebos, sorting refreshments and food, as well as other stalls with items for sale. Mrs Tomes kindly took charge of providing hot dogs and the children, together with all the staff made pizza, crafty items and beautiful bunting which added the finishing touches to our wonderful summer concert.
Everyone went the extra mile, including the children, to make this a most enjoyable and successful event. At the latest count, we have raised a massive £300 towards our music fund. We would like to say a big heart felt thank you to all. The feedback we received was excellent and we hope to open up future events to the village, thus strengthening our community ties.
We would also like to say a tremendous "thank you" to Mrs Taylor whose idea it was to do and take on the mammoth task of organising the summer music concert .

If you would like to support the school why not join the ‘Friends’, who are a most welcoming, friendly group, open to new ideas for fund raising and who are also pleased to say, they are now experts at erecting gazebos!






Celebrating after "good" Ofsted rating!
Saturday 14th July 2018
We're in the Evesham Journal dated 5th July. See the link:
http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/16335325.pebworth-first-school-celebrating-after-good-ofsted-rating/

Well done to the all the children and staff at Pebworth; also thank you to the support of parents/carers, helpers and our PTA/Friends! We achieved our "good" judgement together!

Attendance w/e 13/07/18
Friday 13th July 2018
Whole school year to date: 93.9%

This week:
Class 1: 90%
Class 2: 94.3%
Class 3: 98.7%

Well done, Class 3!

Attendance w/e 6th July
Friday 6th July 2018
Class 1 :92.9%
Class 2: 98.2%
Class 3: 100% Well done!
Whole school year to date: 93.9%

Golden Tea Time: Orla, TJ, Karma, Nasir, Bella-Rose, Mia.



Thank you to Pebworth in the Park committee
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
The development of the school vegetable and fruit garden commenced in autumn 2006, following the completion of the EYE (Early Years Extension). Initially we used the old Pre-School slabs to create 4 vegetable beds and planted apple and pear trees. Over the next 3 years we added a raised bed and tool shed, followed in 2013 by the polytunnel. However the ground surrounding these structures was just covered in old carpets to stop weed growth. Over time they became worn and very slippery during wet conditions, creating a safety hazard to the children. We are therefore very grateful to the Party in the Park committee in supporting our application for some funding to lay slabs around the rest of this area, the donation of slabs by Chris Burnett and a donation from Councillor Adams Council Funds, to enable Nick Holdsworth to carry out this work for the school. It is now easy for the children to push a wheel barrow around the beds and most importantly it will be safe in wet conditions. Thank you.

Young Person
Friday 29th June 2018
As part of our music studies, Class 3 went to Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 29th June 2018. We were wowed watching the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra play live in the splendid setting of the hall.
This Benjamin Britten’s ‘Young Person Guide to the Orchestra’ event enriched our experience of orchestral music and deepened our understanding of families of instruments in an orchestra. Imitating the movements of the conductor also helped us understand how a conductor guides the orchestra, particularly in terms of expression and dynamics.
Furthermore, we were entertained with renditions. such as John William’s Harry Potter’s Quidditch composition or an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.



Attendance w/e 22 June
Monday 25th June 2018
Class 1 - 100%
Class 2 - 100%
Class 3 - 98%

Whole school from September attendance to date: 93.7%

Golden tea time: Rose, Chloe, Kieran.

First Brass Band Rehearsal
Thursday 21st June 2018
Yesterday, on 20th June, we had our first whole brass band rehearsal. It was amazing how the different sections of of the band came together! With the mighty taps of his baton, our conductor, Luca, made sure they were kept together.

Big Sing
Thursday 21st June 2018
On 18th June, Class 3 attended the Big Sing Event.

They joined 1,500 other children from across the county in this exciting singing event at Worcester University.
Members of Pebworth First School Brass Band played with the professional band in front of everybody for the piece “Viking Warrior”. We are immensely proud of our Year 5 students and well done to everybody who took part.

Attendance w/e 15th June
Friday 15th June 2018
Class 1 won Brian Cheesepuff with 100% attendance this week! Well done, Class 1!
Class 2 - 87.1%
Class 3 - 93.3%

Whole school attendance ytd: 93.5%

Golden Tea Time: Kamran, Rupert, Chantelle, TJ.

This is a GOOD school - Ofsted May 2018
Thursday 14th June 2018
We are delighted with the latest Ofsted judgement. To read the full report please click on the link below.

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BMS Refurbishment
Thursday 14th June 2018
We are becoming increasingly excited about the refurbishment of the science and technology areas, which is on schedule to start in the summer holidays. Team Blackminster is really looking forward to teaching your children in state of the art facilities, unrivalled by any other school in the town. It is especially positive for pupils joining us in year 6 as they really benefit from a more grown up style of education in specialist teaching areas, taught by experts. This just doesn't happen in primary schools. We are privileged to have a three tier system in this town and very grateful to our local authority for supporting it through this massive investment in our middle school!




Diary Dates
Monday 11th June 2018
Thursday 14th June - Whole school swimming 4th session.
Monday 18th June - Class 3 Big Sing at Worcester.
Tuesday 19th June - Art Day 1 (wear non-uniform).
Thursday 21st June - Last swimming session.

Tuesday 26th June - Sports Day 1 pm start - parents welcome.
Thursday 28th June - Celebration assembly 9 am.
Friday 29th June - Class 3 at Symphony Hall, Birmngham (need take packed lunch).

Monday 2nd July - Art Day 2 (non-uniform)
Tuesday 3rd July - Transition to new classes and Induction Day for Year 5 at BMS.
Friday 6th July - reports to parents/carers.

Monday 9th July - Art Day 3 (non-uniform).
Friday 13th July - Pebworth School Summer concert 6pm start.

Wednesday 18th July - Whole school end of year - Warwick Castle Trip.
Friday 20th July - Leavers Assembly start 11:30 am - children may leave (with parents or carers!) after assembly.


Attendance w/e 8th June
Friday 8th June 2018
Class 1: 100% Well done!
Class 2: 94.3%
Class 3: 88%

Whole School year to date attendance: 93.6%

Golden tea time: Luca, Holly, Mia, Felicity, Poppy.

Blue Cross - Woof, woof, don't step in it!
Friday 8th June 2018
On 8th June 2018, Jason from Blue Cross returned to Pebworth First School to discuss how to look after our pets by first looking at what we need to keep us happy, healthy and safe.
We looked at five headings: diet, environment, company, behaviour and protection.
Dooby Dog – appropriate diets for dogs? Did you know horses have a digestive system that means they need to have access to a continual supply of hay?
Sunflower seeds used for birds are toxic to dogs and cats?
Cats always need meat but dogs don’t need to have as much meat.
Why is not a good idea to use sticks for dogs to play with?
It was impressive to see how our pupils could correctly identify which of the 5 headings/needs related to the points shared.
There was plenty of information learnt: a dog should be groomed regularly – how to check all over the dog’s body: teeth, paws. Ticks and fleas can be found on a dog. Ticks can be found in tall grass; they can pierce the skin in a corkscrew manner and so it needs a special extraction tool to extract unlike fleas which can be removed more simply using a flea comb. Don’t forget to check your dog’s ears for mites.
Other interesting facts learnt:
Did you know that the best place for guinea pig to live in is something like a Wendy house where they have plenty of space to exercise and it facilitates comfortable human/animal interaction.
Cats need a scratch post to scratch because their claws grow and they need to scratch the old ones off; they also have scents under their nails to help mark territories. Did you know they enjoy playing hunting games?
Do you know which animals need company and which don’t?
Class 3 even got the opportunity to play a “Poo” game which required communication and teamwork. Jack successfully communicated to Phoebe to navigate her out of the field of poo so she didn’t step on any! There were gasps from the rest of the class when there were close calls!
Although there are 5 generic needs, it’s important to learn about specific needs too of our particular type of pet. We have been researching this information to help us in our non-fiction report writing in Literacy.







Attendance w/e 25th May
Saturday 26th May 2018
Class 1: 82.9%
Class 2: 89.3%
Class 3: 97.3%

Well done, Class 3 - you get Brian Cheesepuff!

Order, Order!
Monday 21st May 2018
On 18th May 2018, our local MP Nigel Huddleston and his assistant Ms Julia Luff came to visit us at Pebworth First School. We believe that Ms Luff is Mr Huddleston’s secret bodyguard!


The children had been learning about Parliament and researched information on Nigel Huddleston’s website to learn what is involved in the job of an MP.


They also drew up a wide lots of questions to ask Mr Huddleston ranging from what his favourite car was to why different political parties wear different colours such as, blue, red, yellow or green. He was furthermore asked about extra funding for schools.


Next week, we will be doing some persuasive writing to Mr Huddleston as to why we should have extra funding for Pebworth First School, especially as next Wednesday, he will be able to ask the Prime Minister, Theresa May, a question.


We have lots of ideas on how we can spend extra money… and it’s not all on sweets!






Conkers
Monday 9th April 2018
On 4th May, Class 3 visited Conkers, near Swadlincote, as part of their science learning looking at food webs, energy and the environment. Karma stated, “The best part for me was the 4D cinema because it looked so realistic that I wanted to touch images coming towards me.” This short clip featured bugs being pursued by predators.




Online Safety - Snapchat
Wednesday 25th April 2018
National Online Safety Guide has been released for parents regarding the dangers of social media platforms for children.

Please Click on the link for a guide to snapchat for parents and carers

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FortniteBattleRoyale Sweeping the nation
Thursday 19th April 2018
National Online Safety Guide has been released for parents regarding the Online game FortniteBattleRoyale.

Our guide informs parents about the dangers associated with the viral game and how they can reduce the associated risks, including, but not limited to; restriction of payment methods, preventing children talking to strangers, making a report, avoiding scams and using strong passwords.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter!
Wednesday 28th March 2018
Today Class 2 were waiting for the Easter Bunny, so to make our time most productive, we made Easter Nests. We had to apply all of our maths learning to be able to weigh carefully and make a brilliant nest. We left our nests to set in the fridge and before we knew it, the Easter Bunny had been to leave is a magical surprise… They were full of eggs. Chocolate Eggs obviously, the best kind of egg.

It’s a Tuitti Fruitti Fruit Salad!
Tuesday 27th March 2018
In Class 2 our topic has been all about fruit from around the world, farm shops and healthy eating. To finish our topic and apply all of our maths learning on measurement and fractions, we weighed fruit in grams and kilograms and measured fruit juice in ml. After that we chopped up the fruit into halves and quarters.
The best part was definitely eating it, after all of our hard work.

Lambs say Baa, Cows say Moo.
Friday 23rd March 2018
On Friday 23rd March Pebworth First School were lucky to see the spring lambs entering the world. We timed it perfectly to watch the birth of a new lamb and we were able to see another lamb adopted over to a new mum.
The children asked lots of lovely questions and found out the lambs are only kept inside for 2 days after they are born, before they roam the fields for grass.
While we were at Little Meadows Farm we also saw the cows and their calves, they were very excited and clearly had a spring in their step.
What a lovely start to Spring!

Spring Chicken
Tuesday 27th March 2018
On 27th March, the whole school went up to St Peter’s Church at Pebworth. Class 3 led the service as usual performing songs on recorders, ukulele and hand bells while we all sang songs including our favourite: Spring Chicken.

Rev Scott
Monday 26th March 2018
On 26th March 2018, Rev Scott came to visit Pebworth First School to lead an assembly on Easter and being thankful.
Some of the things the children said that they were thankful for were when others are helpful (linking this to care which is one of our school values), for their parents, of course, for the great teachers, and for God’s love.

“Thank you, Reverend Scott for coming to visit us.”

Attendance w/e 23rd March
Friday 23rd March 2018
Class 1 - 83.3%, Class 2 - 96.2% Class 3 - 92% Well done, Class 2, you have Brian Cheesepuff this week!

Whole school attendance year to date: 94.1%

Onesies and PJ Day
Thursday 22nd March 2018
Yesterday, we wore onesies and pyjamas to school so that we could raise funds to buy an euphonium to add to our school brass band. Thank you everyone for your support; we raised an amazing £62 with a generous donation of £15 from one family.

Attendance w/e 16th March
Friday 16th March 2018
Class 1 - 72.2%
Class 2 - 91.5%
Class 3 - 94%

Whole school year to date: 94.2%

Golden tea time: Poppy, Chloe and Luca.

As-Salaam-Alaikum
Wednesday 14th March 2018
On 14th March 2018, pupils from Class 3 went to the Redditch Central Mosque as part of their studies on Islam.

They were wowed by the huge chandelier under the dome roof where it echoed if you spoke. The different parts of the mosque (like the qiblah which is the wall facing Mecca that they pray towards) were made so much more real by actually seeing them, especially during the prayer time observed. The floors and walls were made of marble imported from China and Turkey. We took our shoes off when we entered the building; some children noticed that in certain places the tiled floor was heated.

The children were able to ask the Imam (Muslim spiritual leader) questions and also impressed him on the facts they had learnt about Islam like the five pillars. We also had opportunity to ask two ladies who teach children at the mosque Arabic and the Quran (holy book) questions. Unlike the men, the ladies do not have to pray at the mosque and this is why the ladies’ prayer hall was smaller than the men’s.

Zakat is one of the five pillars where Muslims believe you should give to charity. We certainly enjoyed their hospitality: crisps, chocolate and drinks they gave us!

As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be unto you.)

Attendance figures w/e 09/03/18
Friday 9th March 2018
Class 1 93.2%
Class 2 98.5%
Class 3 100% Brian Cheesepuff goes to Class 3 - well done, Class 3!

Whole school attendance since September 2017 94.6%

It's Shocking!
Wednesday 7th March 2018
On Wednesday 7th March, engineers from Western Power came to talk to Class 3 about safety regarding electricity. They explained that they were responsible for electricity getting safely to sub-stations and then to our homes.
We revised some of the information we learnt from our science lessons on electricity. We knew that we could get electric shocks and get burnt. Electricity tries to reach the ground. Did you know that electricity can pass through a person to make a circuit?
They explained that voltage could be the potential energy in a socket. George knew that there are 240 or 230 volts in an electric plug. Did you know it only takes 50 volts to potentially to kill you? We also developed our awareness of electricity safety in different scenarios in the environment. For example, if a metal column has been knocked down, we should not touch it.
Did you know a substation transforms 11,000 volts into lower voltage before electricity goes in to our homes? The high voltage can be put in cables underground or on wooden poles. Karma remembered that wood does not generally conduct electricity but when you have very high voltage, even a wooden stick could be conductive.
Class 3 enjoyed spotting the dangers in a picture as well as looked at PPE (personal protective equipment) like insulating wellies. If you are in a car, don’t get out if a power line has fallen but if you have to, you need to do so without making a circuit by jumping out with both feet together and shuffling away in tiny steps, otherwise there may be enough distance so that the electricity travels up one leg and down the other.
We learnt that if a ball goes into a substation, we need to phone Western Power by dialling 105 to retrieve the ball. If we can’t remember 105, we could phone 999.
There are yellow danger of death warning signs on electricity poles to deter people from climbing them. Sometimes, there is still electrical charge left in derelict buildings which could cause it to catch fire. So, we shouldn’t play in abandoned buildings.
We can call Western Power if there is a power cut. How can birds perch on power lines without getting electrocuted?

There was so much to learn!
Holly is wearing a helmet with a visor to protect her from burns from an explosion. Very fetching or is it shocking?!





Persuasive Big Write
Monday 5th March 2018
On March 5th, we held our whole school Big Write based on persuasive writing. We had to convince people to buy a robot using persuasive language and persuasive techniques. "To buy or not to buy" was the question. Most of the children were happy to buy the robot but we're not sure whether parents would agree given the expensive price!

We also celebrated a belated World Book Day whereby pupils and staff came dress up as characters from books.


Who are you?
Monday 5th March 2018
Today Class 2 enjoyed dressing up as some marvellous book characters for our World Book Day. Can you see some famous faces? While we were immerced in the land of books we enjoyed writing for our Big Write on the theme of robots. The children had to decide whether it would be better to have a robot teacher, luckily they said a real teacher is always better! Although, they soon realised they could have switched a robot teacher off!​




Diary Dates
Monday 5th March 2018
Wednesday 7th March - Western Power visit to speak to Class 3 regarding electricity safety.

Wednesday 14th March - Class 3 visit to Redditch mosque.

Thursday 22nd March - celebration assembly.

Friday 23rd March Whole school visit to Meadow Farm.

Monday 26th March - Rev Scott's Easter assembly to whole school.

Tuesday 27th March 11 am - Whole school visit to St Peter's church for Easter service led by Class 3.

Wednesday 28th March - last day before we break up for Easter. School starts back on Monday 16th April.



Fairtrade Fortnight
Monday 5th March 2018
On Thursday 1st March, Class 3 went to Blackminster to bake cakes to raise funds for the Fairtrade Foundation. We learnt about the importance of supporting farmers to get a fair wage so that they and their families can be helped out of poverty. We managed to sell some of our cakes that Thursday lunch time before the heavy snowfall and will sell the remainder of the cakes this coming Thursday 8th.

It was the first time that our Year 3 pupils had baked at Blackminster. They enjoyed using the cooking facilities and travelling in the minibus

Thank you very much Mrs Lamb for organising the cooking session for us and to Mr Anderson at Blackminster for allowing us to use his food technology room.


Fair

Well done, Pebworth, we raised £20 to donate to the Fairtrade Foundation to help make other people's lives better!

Fruit Frenzy!
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Today Class 2 visited Hillers Farm Shop. We looked at all of the different things sold in the Farm Shop, like fruit and vegetables, cheese, fish, meat and even cake!

While we were there we were learning about all the different places that fruit comes from. It was fantastic to find out that some fruits, like apples, are grown by Hillers in England. We were really interested in Honeydew Melons, because they come from Brazil, South America, which is our focus this term.




Attendance figures w/e 16/02/18
Friday 16th February 2018
Class 1: 75.3% Class 2: 81.4% Class 3: 97.3% Well done, Class 3!

Whole school year to date: 94.8%



Golden tea time: Nasir, Bella-Rose, Jack and TJ.

"Xin Nian Kuai Le!"
Friday 16th February 2018
On 16th February, Class 1 made red packets which contains (made up) money as this is what many Chinese children receive at Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year follows a lunar calendar; this year it fell on 15th February and it is the year of the Dog.
The children made and decorated a dog then wrote about the favourite part of the animal race story. They also role played in the Chinese Take Away scene in the classroom practising their social interaction skills and some basic money/maths skills. Chopsticks understandably proved to be a challenge!

Also, as part of the Chinese New Year studies, Class 3 learnt about the Red Lantern Festival. Did you know that these lanterns often hold riddles? They also practised singing a song in Mandarin. Although people traditionally wish each other good luck (Gung Hei Fat Choi), to say “Happy New Year”, it’s actually “Xin Nian Kuai Le”,


newyear

That's Not Fair!
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Today Class 2 made yummy fraction pizzas. This term we have been learning all about halves and quarters, so we applied our knowledge to making pizzas. First we covered the WHOLE base with tomato sauce, then we sprinkled cheese on the WHOLE pizza. After that, we chose a topping to put on HALF of our pizza and then we had to choose 2 toppings to put on each leftover QUARTER of the pizza. We had to be really careful to stay within each fractional part of the pizza. At last, we chopped up our yummy pizzas equally to show our friends and family that we can share our fractions fairly!




"Thank you for the music".. and brass instruments, Friends of Pebworth!
Sunday 11th February 2018
We would like to say a very, very, big thank you to the Friends, who have raised money to help the school purchase two E flat tenor horns for the 'Pebworth First School Brass Band'.

Pebworth First school want to give every child in KS2 the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument and form a brass band, which hopefully will be up and running by the end of the summer term. However, we are a little way off this yet, as we do not have enough instruments for everyone and so the children have to share. As I'm sure you are probably aware, the cost of just one instrument is hundreds of pounds, so we are very grateful to the Friends for our latest purchases, as this brings us a step closer towards our goal. Look out for future fund raising events, where you can have the opportunity to help create the very first "Pebworth First School Brass Band". Many thanks for your kind support, Mrs Taylor.

Horns

Attendance figures w/e 09/02/18
Friday 9th February 2018
Class 1: 92.9%
Class 2: 91.4%
Class 3: 94.7%

Whole school attendance from 1st September: 95.3%

Golden tea time achievers: Hettie, Chloe, Orla and Finlay.

Diary Dates
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Thursday 15th February - Celebration Assembly 9:00 am
Wednesday 28th February - Class 2's visit to Hillers Farmshop
Thursday 1st March - Class 3 Fairtrade Baking at Blackminster then later the same day, cake sale with tea/coffee 3:00 pm to raise funds for the Fairtrade Foundation
Tuesday 6th March - Parents evening Class 1 from 3:30 pm to 5:15 pm, Class 2 and Class 3 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Attendance figures w/e 02/02/18
Friday 2nd February 2018
Class 1 : 95.3%
Class 2 : 95.7%
Class 3: 100% Brian Cheesepuff goes to Class 3! Well done, Class 3!

Whole school attendance since 1st Sept: 95.4%. Well done, Pebworth, let's keep improving!

Golden Time Achievers: Class 1 - Kamran, Class 2 - Chantelle, Class 3 - Cody and Karma!

Arts and Crafts
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Arts and Crafts

Attendance figures w/e 26/01/18
Friday 26th January 2018
Class 1: 94% Class 2 : 95.2 % Class 3: 96.1 %

Whole school year to date: 95.3% A slight improvement from last week. We appreciate your support in getting your child/ren to school.

Well done to all 100% attendance children this week who will be coming home with their stickers today.

Celebration assembly awards went to: Kamran, Willow and George, Holly, Orla and Amelia.

Golden Tea Time: Abigail, Rupert and Kieran.


HELP!
Friday 26th January 2018
Today, all the children at Pebworth School, had first aid training; a valuable life skill that could help save someone's life.

"HELP! is the magic word and "999" is the magic number but we learnt that 999 not only calls the usual emergency services but also the water service," related Karma

"I learnt how to do cpr," reported Luca.

Other skills learnt cover what do to stop a nose bleed, how to check if someone is breathing and how long you should hold a burnt finger under a cold tap.




ATTENDANCE MATTERS!
Friday 19th January 2018
Attendance matters a lot as a child's attendance has a direct impact on the progress of your child's learning. So, we have a target to improve our school's attendance levels. Each week, we will be giving out 100% stickers for children who haven't missed any time from school that week.

We will also put the weekly attendance percentage for each class and for the school on our website to update parents. This means that Brian Cheesepuff, our beloved toy oselot, who is awarded to the class with the best attendance, will be much more mobile moving between classes.


% attendance to date from beginning of term 4th January:
Class 1 - 92%, Class 2 - 95.5%, Class 3 - 94.4%. Well done, Class 2!

Whole School Attendance: 94.3%

Our current whole school attendance target is to exceed 95%

We appreciate parents/carers' support to help encourage your child to come to school. Please send them into school if they are not too poorly, we will contact you if they take a turn for the worst.


Starting next week, there will be a weekly attendance update at the end of each week.

Au Revoir Mrs Hay
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
At the end of the autumn term, we said a fond farewell to Mrs Hay after 28 years of valuable service at Pebworth First School. Among her many talents, she has been our eco champion and forest school expert. The children sang a farewell song in which Mrs Taylor ably adapted words to review Mrs Hay’s time and contribution at Pebworth. It repeatedly brought tears to our eyes as we will miss her at school.

However, we don’t have to worry for it’s not a final goodbye; using the famous words, Mrs Hay can say, “I’ll be back” as she will be helping us still with forest school.

Enjoy your retirement, Mrs Hay but we’re glad we’ll still be seeing you.

A Bizarre Christmas Show
Monday 18th December 2017
On Wednesday 13th December 2017, Pebworth First School presented our Christmas production: “A Bizarre Christmas Show”. It was bizarre as we had items ranging from traditional pieces like ‘Good King Wenceslas’ , ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ to pop songs like ‘Step into Christmas’.
Besides writing our own dialogue, performing our own choreography dressed as reindeers or snowflakes, we also played brass instruments and recorders. It was quite a feat too ensuring we did our speedy costume changes in time for our next scenes.
Mrs Hay, Mrs Tomes together with one of our parents, Claire Brown, did a sterling job making costumes so that we could really enter into the spirit of the play while Mrs Taylor was the imaginative mastermind behind the whole production.
Our Friends of Pebworth worked hard organising raffles, tombolas and refreshments which raised an outstanding £472.70! They have been providing invaluable funds to support our trips and educational resources.
Last, but not least, the children were fantastic in rising to the challenge of performing this complex and original show. Well done, Pebworth!

Smart Trees
Monday 4th December 2017
On the 4th December, Class One went to Smart Trees. The children read maps to find the 12 Days of Christmas and at each station there was an activity to take part in, focusing on various aspects of the EYFS curriculum. Afterwards, the children went to see the reindeer and Santa. Santa gave the children a lovely present. The children had lunch in a big barn and then had fun playing in the park and in the maze. It was a very tiring day, walking through the mud, in a big field and playing in the park.

PC Lee visits
Tuesday 7th November 2017
On the 7th November, PC Lee visited Class One to talk about the role of a police officer. The children asked him lots of questions and got to try on hats and clothes. One child was even in handcuffs! As an extra special treat, PC Lee showed the children his police car and he even put on the flashing blue lights and the siren. Hold those ears. They are very LOUD!

Useful Online Learning Websites
Tuesday 5th December 2017
Thank you to the parents who came into school last Friday to observe and learn how your child/ren log on to the learning websites we use at school. Below are the web addresses so that you can bookmark them for your children to use at home:

Education City https://ec1.educationcity.com/ (covers maths, literacy, science and French)

Bug Club https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 (covers literacy: a range of ebooks and phonics). You need to type in "pefi" in the third box.

Each child has their own logon which they should already have, if unsure, please ask their class teacher for logon details.



Fun Fund-Raising!
Sunday 19th November 2017
On Friday 17th November 2017, Pebworth celebrated Children in Need by coming to school in non-uniform, holding a bake sale and enjoying an afternoon of games.
We also developed literacy skills writing about Children in Need and enjoyed helping children who are less fortunate than ourselves.
We raised a whopping £128.55! Well done, Pebworth!


Children in Need on Friday 17th November
Friday 10th November 2017
Non-uniform day (50p to £1) wear something spotty or something "Pudseyish" for Children in Need day. It will be a fund-raising day: please save your pennies (or old pound coins) to cover Pudsey and other Pudsey related games. So please allow your children to bring in spending money for games. Parents and families are invited to come in after school to buy cakes and a cup of tea or coffee.

Mrs Tomes is running a duck sweepstake for the Children in Need at £1 each - lucky winner wins £5.

Community Lunch
Friday 10th November 2017
Over a period of three days (Wed 8th to Friday 10th November), all classes at Pebworth School cooked in preparation for the community lunch on Friday 10th. We invited members of the Pebworth in Bloom Committee to say thank you for their support. Some of the things they helped us with included getting our poly tunnel which enables us to grow food even when the weather is not good.

Class 3 used tomatoes, peppers, onions and chilli peppers grown in our school garden. Mrs Lamb explained how hot the chilli peppers, were as well as reminded us of hygiene and safe cutting skills.

Other items on the menu were beetroot bread and spiced apple cake (using beetroot and apples from our school garden).

A huge thank you to Mrs Lamb for helping us grow and cook food at school.

Blue Cross - animal charity
Thursday 9th November 2017
On 9th November, Jason from Blue Cross charity to chat about animals they look after: dogs, cats, horses, mice and hamsters.
He taught us about how to keep our pets happy, healthy and safe.
We learnt about the right types of food for dogs. Did you know cat food is too high in meat and salt content for dogs? Did you know that sunflower seeds can be toxic to dogs?
We learnt the difference between hay and straw. Do you know? The first is nutritious for animals like horses.
What would happen to a dog’s teeth and tummy if he has too many treats?
Did you know rabbits would like a sandpit to dig in?
We played charades; it was amusing to see Kieran imitating a dog peeing on our visitor!
Did you know cats shed their nails and so they need to scratch?
We were able to ask lots of questions about our pets.

Diary Dates
Friday 3rd November 2017
Monday 6th November - Parents evening

Friday 17th November - Children in Need.

Friday 24th November - TED - no school for children.

Monday 11th December - Christmas play dress rehearsal (time tbc)

Tuesday 12th December - School Carol Service at 11 am at St Peter's Church, Pebworth.

Wednesday 13th December - afternoon and evening Christmas play performances. (times tbc)

Thursday 14th December - Christmas panto at Redditch.


Making Sounds
Friday 3rd November 2017
On Friday 3rd November 2017, Class 3 went to Blackminster to enjoy a science lesson on the topic of sound led by Mrs Button.
We enjoyed a range of practical investigations which explored pitch and volume, as well as blew vuvuzelas to read the decibel readings on data loggers. The highest reading was around 110 dB!

Vicar Visit
Monday 30th October 2017
On Monday 30th October 2017, Reverend Scott Watts visited Pebworth School.
The children asked interesting questions such as why Rev Scott chose to become a vicar. They learnt that some of the duties a vicar performs are conduct marriages and christenings, prays, and in Rev Scott’s case, looks after 6 local churches!

Harvest Festival Celebration
Friday 20th October 2017
On Tuesday 17th October 2017, Pebworth First School celebrated our Harvest Festival. We enjoyed a range of musical performances including an impressive soundscape of sounds heard at the sea. One parent commented that the quality was so high that it could have been a musical piece heard on the television!Thank you to all parents and children who generously brought in tinned food, fruit and vegetables. The food was donated to the HFT at Bidford-upon-Avon which is an organisation that supports people with learning disabilities.

Harvest

Spanish Delight?
Friday 20th October 2017
On Friday 13th October 2017, Class 3 went to explore different types of food that come from Spain which included: tomatoes, peppers, salami, lemons, oranges, limes and pomegranates.

As you can see, some of the citrus fruit was rather sour!


Harvest

Eco School Council
Friday 6th October 2017
Today, the school held an Eco School Council assembly. Next week, children will be preparing speeches to be elected as councillors for their classes.

Commended for our third Green Flag and for achieving gold in the Heart of England in Bloom Schools Award.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
On Saturday 30th September 2017, we were commended for the achievement of our third Green Eco Flag. We furthermore achieved a gold level for our Heart of England in Bloom Schools Award which was presented by Robin Russell.

Thank you to Mrs Hay and Mrs Lamb for their tremendous hard work in helping us get this award.

Comments given included: "The welcome and enthusiasm of the children was mirrored by the planting which is well maintained and a riot of colour. The children's workbooks were on display to show how the grounds are used to the full in the curriculum."



Grand Opening Defibrillator and Piper
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
On Saturday 30th September 2017, Pebworth First School joined the village at the grand opening of the defibrillator in the red phone kiosk and the garden/bench area (which has been named “Piper’s Corner”) by our local MP, Nigel Huddleston.

Opening

Manor House Outdoor Learning
Friday 29th September 2017
On Friday 29th September 2017, the whole school went to the Manor House in Pebworth.
Some of the activities we did were: collect conkers and pine cones, looked at a rookery and the older children also did some map-reading. Kieran and Finlay measured the circumference of the Wellingtonia tree at 25 foot 10 inches. We used this measurement to estimate its age. We also used pictures taken to develop descriptive writing.

Pebworth in the Park
Thursday 21st September 2017
On Sunday 10th September, Pebworth School took part in the Pebworth in the Park at the village park. We sang a couple songs, performed on the recorders in harmony parts and a pupil performed as part of a brass trio.

The children enjoyed performing in front of a different audience.

Congratulations - Green Flag Award
Friday 21st July 2017
Great news! On 18th July, we were very proud to have been awarded our third Eco Green Flag award.

We are one of 51,000 eco-schools across 64 countries. This is not only the largest environmental programme in the world but also the largest educational programme in the world too.


Thank you to Mrs Hay for co-ordinating all the information needed and well done to everyone at school because we have all played an important part in getting our Eco Green Flag award.

Musical Delight!
Thursday 20th July 2017
On 19th July 2017, Class 3 went to our federation middle school at Blackminster. They performed to an audience of about 250 people. Some of the children expressed they were nervous at first but then enjoyed it.
They performed recorders pieces in part harmony, a couple of brass quartet pieces and ended with a wonderful rendition of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme tune on hand bells.The older students at Blackminster, along with the staff, were wowed by their performance. Well done, Class 3 – we are so proud of you all!

Forest School Camp Fire
Thursday 20th July 2017
On 19th July, the whole of Pebworth First School went to forest school to have our annual end of year camp fire forest school. Several parents joined us and engaged in den-building, bug-hunting and toasting marshmallows and tea cakes over the fire. We listened to a story about a stickman and then made our own stickmen (or stickwoman). Everyone enjoyed it!

Delicious!
Thursday 20th July 2017
On 11th July, Class 3 harvested the produce they had sown and grown in our school garden. They practised their weighing, following instructions and working together skills. The food was delicious, as usual: the menu included garlic bread, blackcurrant coulis, lavender biscuits, broad bean pasta salad, potato, spinach and cheddar frittata.

Thanks to Mrs Tracey Lamb for organising all the gardening and cooking learning.

The best skill practised was our eating skills!

Newsletter
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Our latest newsletter is now available to download. Please click the link below to download it.

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“Roll up, roll up the circus is in town!”
Wednesday 5th July 2017
On Wednesday 5th July, Reception and Year 1 attended the Early Years Music Festival at Badsey First School.Dressed for the occasion (including Mrs Redgewell (mime artist) and Mrs Taylor (clown)), the children were excited and thrilled to join in with circus antics and music making with six other first schools. There they met Mrs Snickers (who’d lost her knickers) and Smarty, who joyfully led the proceedings with songs such as ‘Nellie the elephant’ and ‘I went to the Animal Fair’. Lots of fun was had by all!


Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Friday 7th July 2017
On 7th July, Class 3 visited Envirosort which is a recycling plant near Worcester. We enjoyed some fun activities, such as sorting recycled materials into paper, steel, aluminium, cardboard and glass piles using a range of tools: magnet, electrical circuit set, hand shaped fly swats instead of using our hands. This demonstrated how hard it was to separate different materials cleanly into different piles at the recycling plant.
We particularly enjoyed making our own sheet of paper from recycled paper.
It was fun problem-solving activities which involved working together skills and applying science and eco knowledge & understanding.
Did you know that black plastic lids have usually been recycled many times before which make them really difficult to recycle again?
Did you know that you can't recycle plastic carrier bags in your green bins at home but you can take it, as well as plastic bread bags, to your local supermarket for recycling?
If you scrunch a plastic wrapper (like crisps or chocolate wrappers) and it crinkles, then you can't recycle it.
We learnt lots of new recycling facts even though we are already pretty good at recycling at Pebworth School.

Happy Eating!
Thursday 6th July 2017
On 6th July, Classes 1 and 3 went to Tesco as part of the Farm to Fork trail project. They looked at where different fruit came from and looked at the countries on a world map. They also compared the prices of tinned, fresh and frozen raspberries and mangoes, then sampled them. Even the teachers couldn’t tell which was the fresh and which was the frozen mango!
Visiting the chilled and frozen storage areas behind the shop floor was quite a “chilly” experience! They asked questions like where the Tesco depot was from which the Evesham store got their food and spotted the cornetto ice cream in frozen storage. So at least they didn’t get ‘brain freeze’, even if a few pairs of glasses got misted over in the cold! Claire from Tesco commented that Pebworth were the most enthusiastic school that visit their store; our children just love eating!


Tesco
Tesco

Eco Day
Friday 23rd June 2017
On Friday 23rd June, we had an “Eco Day” at school where we engaged in activities that did not involve the use of electricity. We enjoyed art, pond dipping, weeding, baking (without electricity of course) and bug hunting. We also had a picnic lunch outside in our school field. One of the best parts was the eating of the cakes we baked at the end of the day!

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Big Write Dragonory
Tuesday 27th June 2017
On Monday 26th June, we had another whole school Big Write. This time it was about a dragon who is unusually small but demands money from anyone who tries to cross his bridge! Follow up writing included descriptive language, alliteration and poetry writing using prepositional phrases.

Eco Day
Tuesday 27th June 2017
On 23rd June, we had an “Eco Day” at school where we engaged in activities that did not involve the use of electricity. We enjoyed art, pond dipping, weeding, baking (without electricity of course) and bug hunting. We also had a picnic lunch outside in our school field. One of the best parts was the eating of the cakes we baked at the end of the day!

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Big Sing 2017
Tuesday 13th June 2017
On Monday 12th June 2017, Class 3 went to Worcester University to take part in a Big Sing event. They joined about 1,500 children from schools across the county to sing songs which included ones from musicals: ‘Chim, Chiminey’ from Mary Poppins, ‘We Go Together’ from Grease, ‘Tale As Old as Time’ from Beauty and the Beast as well as ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ from Song of the South.
We learnt how to refine our singing in terms of breathing, phrasing, and to recognise hand signals, such as when to stop singing a word collectively. We also sang in parts and performed accompanying fun actions like ‘dabbing’.

Music Alive!
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Pupils from Class 3 went to Symphony Hall today to hear the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra play live. They performed music from different parts of the British Isles and from different ages: Water Music by George Frederick Handel to modern popular tunes like Hedwig's theme from Harry Potter or the theme tune for Mr Bean and Wallace & Gromit. Our children could identify not just the four families of orchestra instruments but also particular instruments such as the trombone or cello. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as the event enriched their musical learning and experience.

Food Groups and Plants
Monday 5th June 2017
Last term classes One and Two have had great fun learning all about healthy eating and the different types of food groups. This term they enjoyed making chocolate covered apples in design and technology by melting chocolate and sprinkling them with treats.

In science this term class Two are learning to identify and name a variety of common, wild, garden and flowering plants. They have been describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and investigating how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


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Pond dipping
Friday 26th May 2017
Pebworth First School had a great day pond-dipping today. There was plenty of fun learning: eco - looking at elm trees and the disease that has affected so many of them; science - identifying a wide range of plants and discussing seeds and life cycle of plants; maths with estimation of height then measuring heights and spans as well as converting between m and cm, art in careful observational drawing of plants and literacy skills in writing up our outdoor learning whilst out in the meadow.

Bell-boating
Friday 19th May 2017
Class 3 went bell-boating today to develop their paddling and teamwork skills. It was fun watching the water move in the lock to enable us to flow up and down stream. While waiting in the lock, Dylan asked us to estimate the height of an extremely tall fir tree in the distance. While Mrs Iliffe estimated in feet, Dylan estimated in metres - perhaps this illustrates how people from different generations see things, as well as Dylan's attentiveness in maths lessons. It was also Dylan who spotted a rare kingfisher - good observational skills. Well done Dylan, you made Mrs Tomes' day!

Creative song writing
Thursday 18th May 2017
Today, at music club, GH and KH were working together to compose a song. They used the keyboard to compose the melody exploring the elements of pitch and rhythm.

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Chatterbooks Library Visit
Friday 29th January 2016
Great idea to take children to Evesham Library and lovely that some of them bought along their application forms to join the library. Those children with library cards were able to choose books to take home.
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Rocket Science
Friday 29th January 2016
We are signed up to take part in a national plant investigation project. Read on!

Rocket Science is centred around a UK wide practical schools’ experiment. This experiment is a fun interactive way to get students thinking about how plants might grow in space. It will help them understand the difficulties of living, growing and eating in space.

Two kilograms of rocket seed travelled from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on the Soyuz 44S Rocket to the ISS. The seeds will be stored on the ISS for six months before returning to Earth in Spring 2016. The seeds will be sent to 10,000 UK schools and grown alongside seeds that have not been to space to see if there are any differences in growth. Schools will not know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth. The experiment will run for a period of 35 days, during which time students will collect and record data from the seedlings’ growth. At the conclusion of the experiment, schools will enter their results into a database and the results will be published.

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Our Site Manager gives up his time to help a worthy cause
Thursday 10th December 2015
Last weekend, the federation’s site manager, Rob and two of his sons volunteered their time and skills to work on the BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build. The project was to build an extension and renovate the home of a family with a sick child in Bidford-on Avon. There were approximately 100 volunteers including skilled tradesmen, willing amateurs and local residents who provided refreshments. Rob and his sons worked on the facsia boards and guttering.

Rob says ‘What a great atmosphere there was with everyone ‘mucking in’. I was happy to be able to give something back to the local community and this is a very worthy cause’.

Everyone in school is very proud of Rob. Be sure to watch when the programme is broadcast in February 2016












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Pebworth First School Friends Update
Thursday 26th November 2015
After a well attended Parent Voice/Friends meeting yesterday, we have changed our end of term dates to enable our Friends to continue.

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Pebworth does the Double!
Tuesday 6th October 2015
So proud that we have been awarded a Gold in the RHS Schools in Bloom as well as having our Eco Green Flag and status renewed.

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Special Guests at Merit Assembly
Friday 2nd October 2015
Exciting news being announced today at 2.45 during our celebration Merit Assembly.
Children will also find out....What is in the Box?
Join us to share and help celebrate all our successes!

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Back to school at Pebworth.
Sunday 6th September 2015
Hope to see you all back in school on September 7th at 8.55am.

Celebrating our talented children!
Saturday 1st August 2015
Following a week of creating art, pupils of Pebworth First School put their creations on display for their parents, and anyone else with an interest in art, to cast their eyes over.


There was an array of different artistic styles on display including ceramics, clay models, canvas paintings, acrylic created art, mosaics, photography, still-life sketching and more. More than 50 people visited the exhibition, and parents even took up the offer of buying their children's work.

School leader, Zoe Nosworthy, said: "It was a great success, we are so lucky to have such a talented lead teacher in Art who planned and enabled all staff to offer ambitious projects for the children to participate in. Parents were blown away by the quality and standard of work, from our youngest children upwards."

The exhibition was the culmination of a week's work, in which two artists, one also an art teacher at our sister school, Blackminster, visited the children to teach them the techniques. The results are stunning!

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Help for parents with Social Media
Thursday 30th July 2015
New website http://www.net-aware.org.uk/#.VbdzvBig3q0.twitter
that allows parents and carers to learn more about the social media sites their children are interested in using.
Interesting and incredibly useful stuff!

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Pebworth winning flags a-flutter in the run up to Evesham
Saturday 25th July 2015
Next time you visit Evesham, remember to look up! Winning flags from Battle of Evesham's competition to design a flag that represents Evesham's character, culture or heritage, are now flying above the streets in the run up to the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham. Caitlin's (Y3) and Alex's (Y5) winning designs are two of seven selected from youngsters of participating schools across the Vale. Both children were proud and delighted to see their flags duplicated around the town. It's believed there are up to eight copies of each design; how many can you find?

Flags will be on show above the town for the duration of the August Battle Festival which begins on 1st August with a memorial event in the Abbey Park at the place believed to be Simon de Montfort's grave. The main events take place over the weekend of 8th-9th August with re-enactments and displays of Medieval battle prowess throughout the weekend.

Don't forget to look for Caitlin's and Alex's fab designs!

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Pebworth proud of our former students - success at Blackminster!
Monday 20th July 2015
Students’ talents and achievements were recognised across the curriculum in each year group, with Year 8 students receiving school cups for their contribution to all aspects of their school life.

Parents were also entertained by the musical talents of Liam Clear, Amy Grove, Blackminster’s Show Choir and the Blackminster Brass Band.

Executive headteacher, Lorna Button, spoke to students about the importance of middle schools, citing their role in preparing young people for their next steps towards GCSEs and A levels as an important stage between their smaller village schools and high schools or secondary comprehensive education.

She said: “Children come to us with a great grounding from their village school but ready to experience a wider range of experiences and teaching.


"Opportunities to take on leadership roles, participate in school sports teams and take part in a wide range of school community activities are all part of the middle school experience. Certainly offering far more than just end of keystage SATs. We see our students grow into broad, balanced people, participating to the rich school life with enthusiasm and confidence and a willingness to take on responsibilities. I don’t think secondary schools can offer so much, so early.”

Blackminster is federated with Pebworth First School, one of seven feeder village schools.

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Federation takes delivery of new minibus
Wednesday 15th April 2015
There was great excitement in school today when our brand new minibus was delivered. The minibus will be well used by the Federation to transport pupils from Pebworth and other first schools to take part in activities at Blackminster as well as enabling students from both schools to participate in extra-curricular and enrichment activities.

Community spirit at the heart of Pebworth school
Friday 27th March 2015
THE village school of Pebworth has hosted a special community lunch this week welcoming people from the village to enjoy food prepared and served by the pupils.

People from Pebworth, who support the school, past and present came along to the lunch where the Year 5 pupils served up the food the school children had created.

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Sun Shines on a Solar Future
Sunday 28th September 2014
Solar panels were installed on the roof of the Nursery at the end of July. Cheap electricity from panels paid for by the money they are saving. Children are learning from the easy to understand screens that show how much electricity is being generated and how much money has been made from selling back to the National Grid. Another great example of why we are a successful Eco-school.

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Heart of England in Bloom School Grounds Awards
Sunday 28th September 2014
Pebworth First School has been awarded Silver Gilt for our first entry into this prestigious competition.
This means we scored 75-84%.
This is given to an entrant who has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout, and has in one or more areas been exceptionally thorough. This award is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future.
Our feedback from the Judge included these words:
"The judge was particularly impressed by:
* We were shown through the School being shown the work connected with the gardening displayed on the walls.
* The little ones garden with over flowing beds full of vibrate colour.
* The Food growing area where the children explained what had been grown and saw the well used compost bins.
* The pond and wildlife area used to teach the children now much we need to work with nature to benefit us all.
Well done for a good all round School."
We are all delighted that our first entry has been so successful. Congratulations and thanks go to all the children who have worked so hard; to Mrs Lamb, Mrs Hay and their team of parents who made sure that we were well prepared and ready when the judges arrived.