Christmas carols bring great cheer … and tears! The annual Carol service at St Nicholas Church was a celebration of the children’s enthusiastic renditions of the traditional story of Christmas through carols. There were lots of dewy eyes from the families who attended, and our hearts melted when we heard the reception children singing ‘Away in a manger’. With a joyful trumpet playing of Jingle Bells to set us off, and some highly creative contemporary poetry interspersed throughout (written by our very own skilled Year 6 authors), we were given a real treat!
Remember your ticket for Christmas lunches next week! Last week we were delighted to welcome Asda’s community coordinator Jackie who came to present us with our first prize cheque of £500 after winning the local community green token award. The greenhouse for forest school – with specially strengthened safety glass (!) has already been ordered and Luke’s amazing ground plans have been printed and framed to remind us what we are aiming for. We can’t wait to grow more
vegetables next week!
Book Look raises £265.19 for Children in Need – thank you! A huge thank you to the families who attended the book look on Friday last week, the children were so proud to be able to share what they have been doing in their books, and the learning they have enjoyed so far this year. The icing on the cake was genuinely for them to eat cakes while book looking! Throughout the week each class had been baking or bringing in cakes to sell, creating cake-selling merchandise with a Pudsey theme. So we were delighted when it was all added up that we raised such a significant sum to send away. Thank you. The photos show how much the children enjoyed the making of the cakes as well as the eating of them!
Thanks to oracy we’re so much better at speaking already!
Our half termly lesson observations in class have been taking place this week and our school leaders have been delighted at the oracy initiative we introduced just in September and its impact on the children’s confidence and articulation across classes. For those of you who can come into classes today to look at books, remember to ask the children to explain the oracy posters around classrooms, the oracy class rules and the oracy non-negotiables. Our children
are becoming more and more adept at using stem sentences and agreeing and even disagreeing politely.
Welcome back to new babies, and exciting plans. We have enjoyed hearing the children’s holiday news and getting back into the swing of things this week. Please remember school starts at 8.30 when classes are registered – not 8.40 when the gate closes!
Welcome to the autumn harvest 2019! We always enjoy our visit to St Nicholas Church in Cramlington Village to celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving as part of our annual events. And this year was no exception – as we enjoyed hearing what the children had learned all about harvest from both a Christian and world perspective. Thank you so much for all your
contributions for harvest which we are donating to the local food bank at The Hope Centre in Cramlington. We are really grateful for such a positive turnout from families and the children were so excited to see you all, despite a few nerves!
All sorts of successes around school in writing! This week teachers have been assessing a final piece of writing to take as a ‘polished piece’ which we judge against the age related expectations. Across school staff spent Wednesday’s usual staff meeting reviewing other class teacher’s work, and what a lovely time it was! Reviewing the books allowed us to share and celebrate some fabulous progress and enjoy the children’s writing!
We won! A huge thank you to all our school community who have helped collect the ASDA tokens this past month! We just received an email this morning to say that it was very very close, but our school just managed to win the first prize for the community awards! We really appreciate the support that families have given to our quest to seek extra funding for forest school!
Perfect presentation progress provides pupils with pens! Last week’s Forest school basked under the sunshine while they gardened, cooked 3 course meals on the fire, and crafted clocks measuring with protractors (yes really!) to get the right number of degrees between the notches!
Oracy training talks about talk … ooh and listening too! This week we welcomed Luke Arend in to Thursday’s Forest School to start working in the garden outdoor area with pupils from Y6. Luke will be coming in to work with us in the future on our Forest School garden area. He has lots of exciting plans, and has come highly recommended having just qualified from the Royal Horticultural Society. We are looking into applying for a gardening competition next
year – more news soon!