Dear Parents,

I am certain that all the children and my colleagues would concur with me that last night’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ was a most memorable and festive experience for all!  Despite the limitations imposed upon us by Government guidelines, I am convinced that, for our children, this was the best Christmas ever!  My particular thanks to our Parents’ Association for their significant contribution to making our vision a magical reality.  I understand that we are the talk of the town as the children’s joyous singing resonated along Fordham Road and that Father Christmas, in his festive gator, raised many smiles from other drivers on the road!  What a wonderful occasion and my sincerest thanks to all of you who kindly lent us fire pits, lights, and Christmas reindeer!  This event was filmed and a link will be sent as soon as possible.

Cross Country & Tag Rugby

Our special Christmas week started with a KS2 Cross Country event on the Gallops.  All children approached this event extremely seriously and, I believe, a lot of practice and preparation had take place to ensure that everyone was at their very peak of fitness!  Huge congratulations to Charlie S. in Year 4 for his exemplary running and achievement, coming in with a lead of 30 seconds.  Well done, Charlie!

Tag Rugby House Matches were very much enjoyed by all KS2 children.  With their usual competitiveness, all children tried their hardest for their House and some wonderful rugby was played.  Taylor were victorious but well done to all children!

 

Reception

It has been a magical week in Reception leading up to the end of term.
There was much excitement in the forest when a letter was discovered alongside some special gifts. The children decided that someone very special must have visited. This was confirmed when chocolates and hot chocolate were discovered amongst the trees! The children had an amazing time.  On our return to school, we all enjoyed toasting marshmallows on our very own fire pit before our special evening,
Dancing and playing games at the Christmas Party, singing carols by candlelight, and seeing Father Christmas was a super way to end a fabulous first term in Reception. Well done, everyone, and Happy Christmas!

Year 1

Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed their last week of the Michaelmas term and are very much looking forward to their Christmas break. The children took great care when designing and decorating their party hats and they wore them proudly to Christmas lunch. The children all agree that the highlight of their week was this morning’s Christmas party where they enjoyed lots of party games and delicious food. Miss Drayton and Year 1 wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas!’

 

Year 2

Year 2 have enjoyed preparing for Christmas this week. We have completed our studies into Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts of the birth of Christ, combining the two versions into the Christmas story we know so well. We have read many versions of the Christmas Story from all sorts of points of view- even a donkey!
On Tuesday we made amazing Rudolph hats for Christmas Lunch, which was heartily enjoyed by all.
We have learned about the origins of Christingles and then followed a list of instructions to create our own. It was great fun and we even lit the candles for a wonderful photograph. We focused on imperative verbs and time connectives to complete our lesson. We have also been writing the Christmas story in our own words.
On Thursday we enjoyed a Christmas celebration afternoon. We voted for our favourite Christmas film, which we then snuggled in to watch, complete with popcorn and hot chocolate! We have also enjoyed rehearsing our carols and the magic of participating in ‘Carols by Candlelight’. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season!
Our week of celebrations concluded on Friday with a Christmas party in the classroom with Reception and Year 1.  What a wonderful term we have had! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Years 3 & 4

In Design and Technology this half term, Years 3 and 4 were challenged by three chocolate manufacturers; ‘Yummy, Crave and Indulgence’, to design wrappers for their new chocolate bars. They considered their success criteria and produced designs for their target consumers. Having analysed existing wrapper designs, the children knew which features to include on the front and back of their designs. Their completed product designs were very successful and would definitely ‘fly off the shelves’!
This week, the children finished off their ‘Ancient Maya and Cocoa’ topics with an exciting morning of chocolate making! The children worked in groups to make chocolate from scratch using the following ingredients: cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla essence, milk powder and icing sugar. Their team work was excellent and everyone participated fully in the activity, which also tied in nicely with Year 4’s Science topic on states of matter. When their chocolate was ready, the groups filled Christmas-shaped chocolate moulds before putting the chocolate in the fridge to set. At the end of the day, the children tried their chocolates, which proved a resounding success!

Year 5

As the term draws to a close, this is a wonderful time to reflect on the progress the children have made. When I look back at what we have covered and the skills they have developed, I can only be impressed by them. They have taken advice about how they can improve and have applied it, thus honing their skills. This has been seen in all subjects from Art through Humanities and ending in Science. I hope they are proud of their progress – they should be! I have shared, below, a picture of them at tennis and, even here, in a short space of time, there has been real progress. More balls are returned, position of shots is thought about and, as always from the class, consideration is always there.

The last week of any term is always full of activities and this has been even more so this term. House rugby, House cross country, Christmas Lunch, Carols by Candlelight, Christmas parties and all the rehearsals and preparations for Christmas.  I hope all have a wonderful break. They deserve it and have certainly worked hard for it.

Year 6

The final week of term is always exciting and, being the oldest in the school, Year 6 look forward to certain privileges…including the annual wrapping of pass-the-parcel gifts for house Christmas parties! The photos below show how busy they were on Monday morning! Mr Peace also gave Year 6 an activity booklet with a variety of tasks…write a newspaper article about the time that Santa got stuck up the chimney…write a diary entry from the point of view of your pet dog or cat on Christmas morning…write the lyrics for a new Christmas song…lots of fun all round! Well done to Darcey, Claudia, Perdie and Dylan who took up the challenge of composing the tune and lyrics for their soon-to-be-Number-One Christmas hit, ‘Little Charlie’! Chorus as
follows:

Reindeers prancing,
Santa’s dancing,
Elves are making
Everything!
Toys and Lego,
Christmas gifts,
All are fit for
Little kids!

If you see this talented Christmas quartet, ask them to sing the whole song to you…you never know…they could be famous one day!  Happy Christmas from Year 6!

 

Christmas House Parties

Christmas House Parties were deemed to be the ‘best ever’ by the children this year!  The children were set challenges and activities, and extra prizes were given to groups for creative use of resources and for showing excellent teamwork. First places for each House went to Finlay’s group in Taylor, Jos’ group in Wedgwood and Perdi’s group in Buckenham. Super Christmas creativity and collaboration!

Christmas Lunch

As usual, both staff and children looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas lunch this year!  Chef Charlie and her team outdid themselves and provided a magnificent Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.

Speech & Drama – January 2021 Onwards

A brief note to wish everyone the best for the holidays ahead and 2021 which I sincerely hope will be a year where I can attend live theatre and return to some form of civilisation!

Five spaces are still available for weekly lessons each Wednesday.

Lessons in acting, public speaking, interview technique, musical theatre, careers in theatre and the arts – lessons help build self confidence, communication, body language and so much more – lessons for everyone from Reception to Year 6 and beyond.

Just e mail me at the usual address – jwoolf2019@gmail.com

Jonathan Woolf

Covid-19

Under the latest Government guidelines, if, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that one of the children should test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) over the holidays, if they develop symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, we should not be contacted. Parents should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Lucy in Year 2 and Lottie in Year 4.  Well done, girls!

Birthdays

This week and over the Christmas break, we wish a happy birthday to Arthur, Harper, Maisie, Noah, Jasper, Lottie and Foxxy in the Nursery, Jacob and Cianán in Reception, Varoushka in Year 4 and Perdita in Year 6.

My colleagues join me in wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing your children for the start of term on Wednesday 6th January, refreshed and ready for an exciting term ahead.  With my best wishes for a lovely and restful Christmas break with your children,

Lynda Brereton