Pendle 2022 - 2023

Mrs Swire



Let all that you do, be done in love.  

1 Corinthians 16:14


All about Class Pendle: 

This year, in our mixed EYFS/Year 1 class we have 18 Reception children and 10 Year 1 children. 


All about the staff: 

Our teacher is Mrs Swire and we are supported by Mrs Variyam, Mrs Hussain, Mrs Kinsella, Mrs Nazir and Mrs Romanska.

In addiiton, Mrs Barnes will teach our Year 1 Maths lessons, Mr Bowie will teach our Year 1 PE lessons and Miss Peel will teach our Year 1 RE lessons. 

We have five reading teachers: Mrs Hussain, Mrs Romanska, Mrs Mahmood, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Hanif.  We work in ability groups for phonics and the reading teacher changes each half term. 


Key Information:

PE: Year 1 have PE on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE Kit on this day.  The children in EYFS have PE on Wednesday alongside daily to access to gross and fine motor activities. 

Reading: Our reading books link in with our phonics groups. The frequency of when your child's book is changed depends on which group your child is in:

  • Set 1 letters - a daily letter sheet linked to the sound learnt that day 
  • Sound blending books - as and when set one sounds are learnt
  • Ditties - daily paper ditties are sent home
  • Red Ditties -  weekly books
  • Green, Purple, Pink & Orange Books - every three days (two books)
  • Yellow, Blue and Grey books - every five days (two/three books)

Library: Our Library day is Monday.  On this day, if you are ready to change your library book, then send it into school.  You can keep your library book for two weeks if you are really enjoying it. 


Outdoor Provision: We have free-flow access to out outdoor area and it is used in all weather types.  It is essential that your child comes to school in a coat every day (even if it is sunny in the morning).  We recommend that you send in a pair of wellies for your child to wear outdoors on rainy days. These will live on our wellie rack outside. 


Phonics in Pendle:

Click here to go to our phonics page where you will find ideas to support your child at home. 


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Friday 10th March 2023 9.00 - 9.30 'Let's Read' Cafe in the school hall - come and share a book with your child/dren

Tuesday 6th December 2.45 - 3.30 EYFS Maths workshop - come and find out what maths looks like in EYFS

Thursday 1st December 9.00 - 9.20 Whole School 'Let's Read' - stay and share a story with your child in our timetabled story slot

Wednesday 28th September 9.00 - 9.20 Whole School 'Let's Read' - stay and share a story with your child in our timetabled story slot

Wednesday 21st September 2.30 - 3.20 Key Stage 1 Reading workshop - come and find out what reading looks like in EYFS and KS1

Wednesday 14th September 2.30 - 3.20 EYFS phonics workshop - come and find out what phonics looks like in EYFS


Key Dates for Christmas Events: 


Thursday 15th December 10.00 - 10.30 Christingle Sevice at church 

Wednesday 14th December 1.00 - 3.00 Christmas Pantomime - Alice in Wonderland

Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th December 2.00 - 3.00 Christmas Production - get your tickets to watch this lovely retelling of the Christmas story

Monday 12th December 1.00 - 3.30 Christmas Party - bring your favourite clothes and enjoy lots of games and dancing with your class


Chinese New Year 23.01.2023

We have had great fun learning all about The Chinese New Year this week.  Some of us have tried some new types of food, created some Chinese latterns and set up a Chinese Restaurant in our home corner.  Our favourite task of the week was carrying out our very own Dragon Dance - this was so much fun! It has been wonderful learning about other cultures and their celebrations. Here's a snap shot but click here to see our full photo gallery. 

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Fun in the Snow! 16.01.2023

There has been so much learning this week in the snow.  We've investigated ice and water and how long it takes for ice to melt both inside and outside. We've investigated friction by creating our own sledge and we had a sneaky snowball fight, learning how to form snow balls and how to play safely whilst having lots of fun.  Some children created the cutest snowman (as we didn't have that much snow) and then we watched what happened to it as the temperature outside changed.  See the photos below.  There are lots more photos in our photo gallery so click here to see them. 

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Research 30th November 2022

The Year 1 children have been carrying out some research today.They were set a challenge to find out which animals lived in Antartica. 

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Children in Need 18th November 2022

We had a wonderful day dressed in our pyjamas and learning about the children our money will be helping.  Click to see more photos. 

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World Nursery Rhyme Week

This week, 14th November 2022, we are joining in with World Nursery Rhyme week. Here are the videos we will be using each day. 



Harvest 2022

A big thank you to all the children who brought food donations into school this week.  



We have had a wonderful week learning all about Harvest and it was wrapped up with a lovely service at church (Years 1-6), or a service in the school hall (Reception children).  Have a look in our photo gallery to see all the wonderful things we have been doing over the week. 

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Our Year 1 children were thinking about things they were thankful for. They wrote these wonderful prayers this week. You can see the rest in our picture gallery. 

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Operation clean up! 

Today, the children in Class Pendle helped the grown-ups to clean our very dirty gardening cage and trolley.  What super helpers they were and what a super job they did! 

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Parachute fun! 4.10.2022

The reception children had great fun this week whilst using the parachute.  See our gallery for more photos. 

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28th September 2022 

Today year 1 worked super hard when exploring mechanisms in DT.  Visit our gallery to see more photos. 

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26th September 2022

The children in reception enjoyed exploring paints using their fingers today.  They made some super creations. Check them out in our gallery. 

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September 2022 

Welcome to Class Pendle!

May I take this opportunity to welcome all our new children and parents to our wonderful little school.  I am so happy to be back in Class Pendle and cannot wait to see everyone learn and grow over the coming school year. 

We have had two super transition weeks, where the reception children have been slowly introduced to some of our school routines and we are all now ready to start our full time curriculum. 

Our Year 1 children have been in full time and I am super proud of how well they are adapting to the Year 1 curriculum. They have all been working very hard and trying their best in all lessons.  

I am currently completing the Government Baseline assessments on our new reception children and will soon commence a WellComm assessment on all the children in Pendle.  We will use this to support the planning of Communication and Language tasks. 

We will start our Read Write Inc phonics and Numberland Maths sessions next week (week commencing 20th September) and I will keep you up to date with the children's progress via email.  Year 1's have already started their phonics and maths journey. 

Please check your emails regularly, especially for phonics videos to support the learning that takes place each day.  

If you need to talk to an adult, our door is always open and you can also email me at 

Thank you for visiting our webpage!

Mrs Swire 

Here's a sneak peak at our indoor environment: 

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