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Our best Book Fair ever!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our Book Fair this week.  Thanks to your generosity we have an INCREDIBLE £805 worth of new books for our library and classrooms - our best fair ever!  The children will have so much fun reading them!

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Stir Up Sunday 2018

In Collective Worship on Monday 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.)

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 and orange

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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Autumn 2 Week 3

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the parents who attended Thursday's parents evening, it was lovely to meet some of you properly. We are looking forward to seeing more parents on Tuesday for round 2!

In Maths this week we revised our knowledge of place value and learned how to use the column method to add two 2 digit numbers. 

In Literacy we wrote a recount about our fantastic trip to the Roald Dahl Museum. In our writing we focused on conjunctions such as because, so, if, that etc. as well as time connectives.

In History we learned about Walter Tull and his role during World War 1.

In Science the children researched their favourite fruits and then drew a tally chart and pictograph to show their results.

In PSHE&C the children designed a healthy packed lunch which included a delicious sandwich, healthy snacks and a healthy drink.

Have a great weekend! 

Mrs Weston & Mrs Pateman

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Autumn 2 Week 2

Dear Parents,

Another week in Class 3 has flown by! The highlight this week was our brilliant trip to the Roald Dahl Museum. The children really enjoyed finding out more about Roald Dahl's life and work. The museum itself was beautiful and the workshop where the children had to make up their own words and edit some of Roald Dahl's work was a lot of fun! The children came up with some brilliant sentences and we will certainly be using their ideas in our writing in the weeks to come! 

This week the children also got to enjoy a very moving theatre show called 'Lest we forget' as part of our learning about World War 1 and Remembrance Day. We also finished our assessments and practised reading and writing the analogue time to the nearest quarter of an hour!

Please note that the children have all been given a slip with your allocated time slot for the upcoming parents evening.

We hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Mrs Weston & Mrs Pateman


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We Will Remember Them

It has been a busy but wonderful time over the last two weeks. I'm sure the children will have lasting memories of how much we have learnt about WW1. We feel passionate at St Ippolyts about ensuring that the children do not forget the importance of the past. This blog will combine what has happened over the last two weeks so that parents can keep up to date with things.

I was extremely proud, even on the first day back after half term, the choir visited Princess Helena for a wonderful singing workshop with Rufus Frowde. It is such a fun packed day and we were delighted to be able to perform two songs at the concert at the end of the event. It was lovely to have the support from parents and thought the children were so smart and behaved beautifully and sounded amazing.

I know the first week back was quite a shock as we were straight into assessmemnt week. I have to say though Class 6 were brilliant and can see that already how much effort is going into to be ready for their SATs. Well done to those who are even going the extra mile by putting in the hours on SAM learning. I have news that the study guides, which I spoke about at the SATs evening, have arrived and I shall be handing these out on Monday.

The end of the first week finished with such a moving day of reflection. Such a calm day after a busy week. You will be able to see how much of an impact it had on the children with the fabulous display that Mrs Peddie has put up in the main exhibition foyer. Alongside this we have our prayer display, with the prayer chair.I'm sure I'll be heading up to there to try and take time to reflect.

So moving on to this week.

We have been reading more of 'Private Peaceful' and working on tasks linked to this. I also let the children listen to someone else read this. You will find all the chapters on the BBC website. We discussed how the story was brought to life with the atmospheric background music and sound effects. This will also be enhanced and we can compare versions when we get the chance to go and see the theatre performance on Wednesday 21st November. 

Speaking of the power of theatre we, were amazed by the wonderful and very moving drama ' Lest we Forget ' that visited our school on Tuesday. The children were totally engaged and from this were inspired to use their learning powers to create some great work on what they have learnt about WW1. As we had launched into a project of making our own model trenches with Mrs Archer, we found it only fitting to write letters from the trenches as well.

Alongside this children in class have been out representing the school at a number of sporting fixtures. I have heard such good things about their dedication and resilence, which just supports why we were awarded Primary School of the Year in sports.  A huge well done to you all and thanks to Mr Jefferies, Mr Smith and all the other adults who have helped.

In RE we have been trying to answer the Big Question - What is the most important value to you and why? Not as easy at first but I'm really pleased with the way in which Class 6 have responded.

You are all probably at home getting ready to watch Pudsey on TV. We ended the week supporting a great cause-supporting Children in Need. We were delighted with all the kind and generous contributions that the children brought in and hopefully the children were pleased with their purchases. Lots of shopping.  We shall let you know the total amount raised as soon as possible, and look out for the photos soon.  THANK YOU EVERYBODY!

 Please check with your child that they received their parent appointment times, any problems do get in touch. I hope you all have a fab weekend and see you next week.


Year 6 out on 21st PM - Private Peaceful

Book Fair competition entries in by Wednesday 21st

Swimming kits for Monday

Parent Consultations on Thursday - No cookery club

Class 5 Cake Day on Friday

Book Fair before and after school on Friday




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