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Friday October 27th

We’ve come to the end of our first half term of the year and it’s been a pleasure to come to school and be around our superstar children every day. The children have settled really well into their new classes and the school has been full of learning and laughter. As always, a big thanks to all the staff for continuing to put the needs of the children as their number one priority and thanks to all our parents and families for their support as we work together to make ‘Our School’ the best place possible. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our first ‘Community Day’ due to the weather. Plans centred around painting on the yards and the wet conditions made this impossible. We will rearrange the day at the earliest opportunity after half term. Thanks to those that were coming to support, we hope you can make it next time. Also, a big thanks to those that have donated to the ‘Shoebox appeal’. They have been collected and are on their way.

A massive thanks to all those involved in making the school discos such a huge success. These events don’t happen overnight and are testament to the hours of hard work put in by the volunteers within our PTA. The message we want to portray is that this is ‘OUR’ school and the efforts of the ever-growing PTA certainly support this ethos. There are exciting plans ahead and if you feel you could support in any way, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school or a member of the PTA. A reminder that the PTA Chair is Lara Sturgess and Vice-Chair Claire Burnes. This week’s discos raised the astonishing amount of £1017.80, all of which will go directly to the benefits of our amazing children. After half term, we will be outlining exactly how funds raised have been spent and action planning for future spends. Diolch pawb!

The Nursery had a very exciting end to D week with the annual Nursery dog show. They had great fun with their dogs, including an obstacle course in the hall. When the children went to have their snack, all the dogs were naughty and went to hide around the classroom! Mr Evans came to judge the dog show and everyone won a certificate. On Friday, the children from Reception came to tell them the story of The Three Little Pigs that they had been learning. It was lovely to see our Reception friends .This week in Reception we have been learning through the story of the 3 Little Pigs. We retold the story and then innovated on the story by thinking of new characters and settings, we had some super ideas like ‘The 3 Little Turtles and the Big Bad Crocodile!’  We have used egg shakers to keep a steady beat whilst singing a song about the 3 little pigs and learned how to tell the story using ‘Pie Corbett’ actions – to end the week we performed our story for the nursery and Mr Evans! 

Year 1 have been using their creative skills when listening and responding to music and re-enacting scenes from the Great Fire of London. They have also made amazing 3d models of the houses. They have discussed what is special to them and how the people must have felt when the fire destroyed their belongings. Fantastic explanations were made when they predicted and tested what materials would be waterproof. There has been a lot of creativity in year 2 this week with some amazing Fire of London printing. The children have also enjoyed learning how to send an email, while they were brilliant when learning about perseverance, empathy and thinking of others. This week Year 3 have enjoyed designing and making their own pumpkin decorations as well as using See Saw to explore images and adjectives associated with the Great Fire of London.

Year 4 have loved learning about WWII this term with particular highlights this week being Anderson Shelter model building and their amazing Blitz art. Year 5 have loved creating Blitz art, multiplying and dividing in maths, writing diary entries and looking at key events building Anderson shelters and looking at key events of the blitz. Year 6 are loving their ‘Discovery time’ and building air raid shelters has been a highlight this week, with lots of co-operation and innovation on show. The children have also thoroughly enjoyed finishing their class read ‘Carrie’s War’ and showed incredible progress during their swimming session. Da iawn!

Events in the Community

**We can now confirm that Friday 22nd December and Monday January 8th are INSET days. Children will break up for Christmas on Thursday 21st December and return in the Spring term on Tuesday 9th January.**

Dates for the Diary

(**Events involving specific classes will be sent out separately**)

Friday 10th November – Remembrance Day in school

WB 13th November – Anti Bullying Week

Friday 17th November – Children in Need

Thursday 7th December – Christmas Fair

Friday 8th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Tuesday 12th December – Nursery and Reception Concert (morning), Year 1, 2 and 3 concert (afternoon)

Wednesday 13th December – Year 4, 5, 6 Concert (afternoon), Year 1, 2, 3 Concert (evening)

Thursday 14th December – Year 4, 5, 6 Concert (evening)

Friday December 22nd – INSET DAY

Monday January 8th – INSET DAY

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, don’t hesitate in making contact!

Have a great half term!

Mr Jamie Evans


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