Welcome back

Year 5 are settling back into the routines and making a good start to the new year. Mrs Arrol and Mrs Stone have enjoyed getting to know Year 5.

We have already started to immerse ourselves in our Glorious Greeks topics and are developing an understanding of how lots of aspects of Ancient Greece can still be seen in our society today.

Across this half term we are focusing on E-safety, as well as having an E-safety Day on Monday. The children have lots to share in relation to this. It is really important to talk to your child about what they are learning in school about E-safety and reinforce this message at home.

As mentioned in your whole school newsletter, our homework policy has been reviewed. In light of this, Year 5 now have an English/SPaG homework set on a Wednesday and due in on the following Wednesday. This is in addition to the usual maths homework, which will remain on a Friday. Each homework task should take the children around 20 minutes to complete. My Maths will continue to be set fortnightly and the children who complete this will receive an additional achievement point for their effort.

 

Many thanks,

Year 5 team

Happy New Year

We look forward to seeing the children back tomorrow and hearing all about their holiday. The children do need PE kits this week. Please ensure they have suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor PE. Thank you.

Year 2 Team

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Year 4 team. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

This is going to be a really busy half term for Year 4, with swimming and Planet Education coming in to help us develop our gymnastics. Therefore it is essential that all children bring in their PE kits on a Thursday and their swimming kits every Monday and some Wednesdays. The Wednesdays sessions are on the 17th Jan, 24th Jan and 7th Feb.

PE kits must include t-shirts, shorts (not trousers please due to health and safety on apparatus), hairbands for long hair and tape to cover earrings, along with trainers for Golden Mile. PE kits will need to be in from tomorrow as Planet Education starts for 4C and 4G tomorrow afternoon, and Friday afternoon for 4T.

Swimming kits should include swimsuit, one piece swimsuit for girls and fitted trunks for boys, not baggy swimming shorts style. They will also need a towel and goggles or swimming hats if they have them. Please remember no deodorant, sprays or talcum powder. Children are welcome to come into school with their swimming costume under their clothes on the day of lessons, however please remember to pack their underwear in their swimming bag.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing all about your holidays.

 

From the Year 4 team.

Merry Christmas Year 1

Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been in Year 1! The children sung beautifully in their Christmas play, ‘Behind the Stable Door’. Thank you all for coming along to support them. We have enjoyed learning about The Nativity Story and creating our own Nativity scene using paper collage. During the last week, the children have learnt about the story, The Snowman. They have retold the story and created some lovely artwork based on snowmen. In their maths learning, they have helped the Snowman count snowflakes and design patterns for baubles on his Christmas tree.

 

The Year 1 team would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a restful time with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.

Merry Christmas!

The staff have been so incredibly proud of the children performing in the Carol Concerts over the last 2 weeks. They have sung their hearts out and represented the school beautifully, recreating the true meaning of Christmas.

Mrs Poole would like to thank all the children for their hard work this term – she has thoroughly enjoyed working with them all, she will miss them terribly but is also looking forward to her new adventures to come. We welcome Mrs Stone and Mrs Arrol to 5P in the New Year.

All the children and staff from Year 5 would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!

7pm Carol Concert Information

We are looking forward to our final Christmas Carol Concert  tonight.

Children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom to be registered.

Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.

For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms at 7:40pm.

Many thanks,

Year 5 and 6 team

What a super performance Year 2!

We were so proud of all the children last week in their nativity play ‘Behind the Stable Door’. We hope you too enjoyed the show as much as the teachers and the children.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Mrs Boyle, Mrs Rosso and Miss Burgess

Christmas Carol Concert

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for helping the children learn the lyrics to the carols they will be performing over the coming days.

For those who wish to watch the performance tomorrow at 2pm (Thursday, 14th December) there are still plenty of tickets available.

On Monday, 18th December, children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom. Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.

For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms’ corridor entrance at 7:45pm please.

The final carol concert will take place on Tuesday, 19th December at 2pm and there are also plenty of tickets available should you wish to come along.

We are very much hoping the children will all get to enjoy the evening performance. However, if it is not possible for your child/children to attend, would you please let their class teacher know?

 

With many thanks,

The Year 3 Team

Appeal to all parents

Are you having a sort out of toys for Christmas? If you have good quality toys you no longer need, and would be happy to donate them to Year R then please bring them in anytime to the school office.

In particular we are looking for Happy Land, small world items such as cars, animals, trains, characters.

We are also looking for additional items to develop our outside area. Please can these items be dropped off at the Year R gate in the staff car park.

Guttering

Piping

Milk Crates

Pallets

Saucepans and lids (not glass lids)

Woks

Thank you very much!

Evacuation Day

What a success Evacuation day was; the children looked brilliant in their WW2 style clothing and their learning was enriched through various activities throughout the day.

 

 

We began the day with ‘Evacuation Lottery’ where the children chose numbers which correlated to details such as their first name, surname, home town and place of evacuation. The children took on this identify for the day and wrote their new details onto an identity tag.

Singing kept morale high during WW2. During the morning, all of year 6 gathered together to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. We also looked at the lyrics and considered what might be meant by phrases such as ‘till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away’. We also sang ‘Run Rabbit’ and learned about the alternative meaning to this song which took the mickey out of the Nazis.

To understand what evacuees must have felt like, the children took part in some freeze frames using pictures from WW2 as inspiration; the children had to say what they’d be thinking and feeling if they were in the shoes of an evacuee. This helped us to gather some ideas for postcards which they wrote ‘home’.

Entertainment in 1940 was very different from today. The children learned how to play a couple of different old-fashioned marble games; it was very enjoyable whilst also being rather competitive! Who’d have thought they could have so much fun without an X-box in sight!?

Children were evacuated to countryside locations which would have looked very different to the big cities they were used to. For some children, this was their first time seeing such lush fields and cattle. The children learned some watercolour painting techniques to create a picture inspired by countryside photos. We were so impressed by the children’s observational skills –it’s hard to tell apart the photos from the children’s paintings!

Other activites throughout the day also included reading a special WW2 edition of our ‘First News’ paper and answering some quiz questions.

At one point during the day, we sounded the air raid siren loudly. As an emergency procedure, we evacuated to the cloakrooms and turned off the lights just like they would have done during the Blackout. The children said it was quite scary knowing that the German airforce, the Luftwaffe, could be potentially dropping bombs!

To top off our learning, the following day we had some very special visitors in school – Mr and Mrs Hedgecock and Mr and Mrs Collier. They were evacuated during the war and answered lots of questions which the children had written; it was so interesting hearing about their first-hand experiences. Thank you so much for joining us for the afternoon.

We hope that the children have been sharing their learning about WW2 at home as they should have gained a wealth of knowledge in this thought-provoking topic.

 

 

 

 

 

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