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Waiting for Christmas!

Who can believe it is December already? Before I begin this weeks blog I would like to tell you about our trip to St Albans Cathedral last Friday morning. We had such a lovely, creative and reflective morning and the weather was beautiful. As part of our morning after a guided tour we participated in sitting quietly designing and making clay tiles, which we have brought back with us. I have to say how proud I was of the children and how they were so respectful during the morning. The Abbey is such a spectacular place of worship and with new renovations is even more breath-taking. During our time in the shop the children were reflective purchasing some values stones, which they informed me were for SATs.

So now moving on to things from this week in school. A fitting title for this weeks blog as we begin our period of advent. In Collective Worship on Monday we were able to taste the delights of our Stir up Sunday worship and the traditional making of Mrs Peddies Christmas Pudding. I have to say this is one of the highlights of the school year for me. It tasted delicious!

We also looked at the meaning behind the first week of Advent and the candle of 'Hope'. We have a beautiful advent wreath on the altar made by Mrs Lewis and the children participated by sharing what they know about the wreath.

In English we have been studying the classic novella ' A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. I have to say we are really getting into the plot and the underlying strands that this book has to offer, alongside the marvellous range of vocabulary. We are currently looking at the Ghost of Christmas Present and next week shall see us looking to the future. The children have been comparing the auditory version of this book on the bbc radio website and then watching clips of the 1984 version. It is so beneficial at times to do both as not everyone is an auditory learner and the visuals can bring so many more ideas. I have loved reading the various pieces of writing that have been produced and a few Charles Dickens of the future I believe.

In Maths we have concentrated on Geometry more and the topic of co-ordinates. We have worked on translation, reading co-ordinates and reflections.

In Science we have been looking at what classification is and why we need to classify. We have looked at a brief history focusing on Aristotle and Carl Linneus.We also learnt a fun way of the 7 stages of classifcation. 'Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick' which translates to Kingdom, Phylum, Class,Order, Family, Genus and Species. We then had time to explore the roots of the diffferent animals, plants and minerals and get to know what each of these titles meant. It was very interesting.

In RE we have been finishing our powerpoint presentations on Religious Art and will be getting ready to share these in class giving a short presentation.A few children doing such amazing learning that they visited Mrs Peddie for a headteachers award.

On Tuesday not only did we continue with our learning of different subjects but the children also participated in an Inter House sports day, organised by our Sports Captain and Mr Smith and the wonderful sports ambassadors. The children all participated and today in Friday Fellowship found out that Bronte were the winning house.It was a great day. Also on a sporting front well done to those children in the  Netball team winning 10-2 on Thursday.

Thank you also for your donations today for the Christmas Fair. I'm sure it is going to be a Winter Wonderland not to forget, with the ice skating, which you can still book. Year 6 next week shall be busy getting this years games ready, so we hope you come along and try them out.

In Geography we started to look and explore facts about Scotland. We covered a range of geographical terminology and I even managed with the powers of technology share with the children where my home town is showing the the wonderful engineering of the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. My old high school and my primary school proving that I was once their age even if it is a long time ago now. We also explored the Scottish Parliament and how things are a little different in politics- quite fitting with the General Election on the horizon.  In the time remaining this term we shall be looking further north and exploring the landscape, tourism and landuse.

I do hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather is not to dreadful. While I sit typing this in my class, if I were to close my eyes, I would think I was back in Scotland.

See you all on Monday Class 6!

Mrs Stewart

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Autumn 2, Week 5

We have been getting VERY Christmassy in Class One over the last two weeks with lots of festive crafts and lessons! We have been making Christmas cards (these will come home at the end of term for you!), decorations for our class and of course have been very busy rehearsing for our nativity next week. We cannot wait for you to see it and have tried so hard to learn all of the words and actions. Our challenge at the moment is to use a big voice so that we can be heard so you may like to help us practice this over the weekend!

In other news, we have been learning about hot and cold places recently, including looking at the challenges which face our planet. We watched a short clip about polar ice melting and were very enthusiastic when writing our own ‘save the polar bears’ posters! We thought about ways we could help the environment and it was lovely to hear some of the children’s responses, they had lots to say on the issue!

Next week is a very busy week with Christingle making on Tuesday, a dress rehearsal to the school on Wednesday, our nativity to parents on Thursday at 2pm for parents and then a Christmas Fair on Friday; we can’t wait!


PARTY FOOD: At the end of Christmas term, each class holds a party for the children within class after lunchtime; this year’s will be on Thursday 19th December. At home-time today, there will be a ‘sign-up’ sheet hanging from our school gate, so that parents can decide which item of party food they would like to contribute to the party. In the older classes, the children are given the choice as to what they would like to bring, however in Class One we let the parents choose. Options include everything from providing a bottle of squash or pack of paper plates, to providing some cooked chicken nuggets! Be sure to get in quick as the sign-up sheet tends to fill up quickly! We ask that parents bring their food item in on the morning of Thurs 19th please. Cooked food options (e.g. mini party pizzas/ chicken nuggets etc) need to be cooked at home please and we will store them in the fridge in school until party time. A big thank you in advance!

NATIVITY TICKETS: We still have a few children in class who have not yet ordered tickets for ‘Whoops-a-Daisy Angel’ next Thursday. If you would like to watch your child perform in our nativity at 2pm, please book at the school office so that we know how many seats to provide.

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USA Road Trip

 Thank you to all those parents who came along to watch our class assembly this afternoon. The children worked incredibly hard to put this assembly together from planning it, learning their lines to performing it so brilliantly today. They did a fantastic job and I was immensely proud of them all.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 
Miss Abbott 
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Autumn 2 Week 4

Hi everyone

A lovely week in class 4! We have worked hard planning and writing adventure stories in our new big write books.

We have also been getting into the Christmas spirit by making our Christmas hoops. They are very creative and hanging up in the hall!

Have a nice weekend

Mrs Hoar


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Stir Up Sunday 2019

In Collective Worship today we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent. Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and every child in school took a turn to stir it. It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste next week if they would like to. This is the same recipe we have followed for several years now and it is always very popular! .(It is vegetarian and nut-free.)  There are some photos in the gallery.

3 oz plain flour

3oz vegetable suet

4oz dark brown sugar;

½ tsp baking powder with ½ tsp mixed spice

4oz raisins

4oz sultanas

6oz currants

2oz mixed peel

2 medium eggs

Juice from a fresh lemon, orange and lime

Did you know these Christmas Pudding traditions?

Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, the term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth

the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

It is traditional for all the family to participate in stirring the pudding on Stir-up Sunday, whilst making a wish at the same time.

The pudding should only be stirred clockwise, from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men making the journey to see baby Jesus.

The Christmas Pudding is said to have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples

The old tradition of putting coins in the pudding is said to bring wealth, health, happiness to anyone who finds one on Christmas Day.


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