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Autumn 2, Week 5

Hello from Class One, we've had another jam packed week full of learning, adventures and fun!

The children have been doing so well learning their nativity lines and songs this week! We are now in full swing gearing up for the big event. The children are making us so proud with their acting skills. 

If we could ask for you to continue learning lines and songs that would be great. Also please check book bags as some children may need to bring in a plain t-shirt/ tights for the dress rehearsals next week.  If this is the case, your child will have a named letter in their book-bags.

We've had lots of arts and crafts going on this week and have incorporated maths.

The children have made paper chains and were put into groups. The competition was on to see which team could make the longest paper chain!  We have also been making our Christmas hoops so make sure you have a look in the school hall, to spot some of our work. 


Wishing you another wonderful weekend and a great time at the Christmas fair tonight!  Enjoy your weekends and we hope that all of the children have one last try at saying their nativity lines in a big, clear voice!

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Christmas holidays - activities

Details of local activities for the Christmas holidays are now listed in the newsletters section. 





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From the PTA!

We can't believe we are here already, Christmas Fair week!  Only a day to go until the big event of the season.  Father Christmas has informed me he is very excited to see all the children again this year and has had his suit dry clean especially.
There is lots of fun to be had at this years Christmas Fair, make sure to visit as many stalls as you can, enjoy the singing from the choir and have yourself a mince pie from the refreshment stand in the school hall.  This year, to leave you hands free whilst browsing the games and stalls, we have introduced a cloak room!  This can be found at the end of the corridor to the library.
Next week will see the first of our PTA Social Evenings.  We have had a great response with lots of parents wanting to get together for dinner and a drink.  You still have time to sign up, just return your yellow slip to reception by Friday.  
We are very grateful for all the donations and time that parents give to the PTA for these events, we really could not do it without your kind generosity.  If anyone else is able to spare an hour or so at the fair to man a stall, please do let us know.
If you have any questions about anything PTA related, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or flag me down at the school gate!
We hope you enjoy the Christmas Fair,
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An amazing Book Fair - THANK YOU!

An enormous thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair this week. 

Thanks to your wonderful generosity we have an incredible £729 worth of new

books for our school library and classrooms - a record total! 


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A massive thank you to all those who supported the book fair this week! We broke the record for the amount raised!

You spent £729 and took your books home with you, but in doing so you actually gave £729 to the school to spend on books! That is because through Scholastic Ltd (who provide the book fair) we effectively get two books for the price of one, one for the buyer and one for the school. This is a great deal as many of the books are no more expensive than the amount you would pay in local bookstores. This book fair, the arrangement was 100% like for like.  So thank you so much everyone who came.
Thank you also for those people who helped myself (Jessica Skeggs) and Giselle Hayes at specific times, namely Eric Hughes and Carl Watson. Currently only two of us are running the fair as a whole, but there are so many more things we could do if we had a couple more people on the team, such as a book group and phone sales. If you think you may be able to help us in March, please let me know. If you can't help on the team, then please continue to support by buying books as that clearly works too! 
Thank you
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Stir Up Sunday 2017

Stir Up Sunday


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.)


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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