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Choir Concert at the Millings Nursing Home

Choir Concert at the Millings Nursing Home

Dear All,
The excitement level has understandably been building in the Pre-Prep this week.  Assemblies have been focussed on the meaning of Advent and the preparations we make for Christmas.  Furthermore the children and teachers have already been working very hard on their preparations.
The Nursery and Reception children will be taking part in a  traditional Nativity tableaux and we are delighted that such young children will be on stage in front of parents and guests.
There is nothing traditional about the PP1-PP3 Nativity play however.  Mrs Barlow tells me that we can expect an all singing and all dancing spectacular!  We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to the show.
Full details of the forthcoming events are listed below.  Next week’s edition of the Acorn will be delayed to afford us the opportunity to include the pictures of our aforementioned Nativity Plays.

With all best wishes,
Rob and Lottie Morse


Christmas Arrangements

Bedale Hunt Meet at Aysgarth—Wednesday 7th December

Drama Club Performance—Thursday 8th December

Nativity Play—Friday 9th December

Tea and coffee will be served to adults in the Prep School dining room from 8.45am.  All children are taking part in the play which will start at 9.30am in the Reynolds Hall.  Families and friends are invited to watch the show.

Decorating a Tree for Patrick Brompton Church—9th December

Christmas Jumper Day—Monday 12th December

Children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper (or a bright coloured/sparkly jumper) with their normal school uniform.  Donations for the NSPCC will be collected as children come into school to pay for the privilege of wearing a festive jumper.

Monday 12th December will also be the day the children enjoy their school Christmas lunch.

‘Dick Wittington’ - Tuesday 13th December

Children in Reception, PP1, PP2 and PP3 will travel to Harrogate to watch the pantomime.  They will be leaving school  promptly at 8.45, so please ensure everyone is here on time.  They will return to school for a ‘party’ style lunch.

Nursery Christmas Party—Tuesday 13th December

All Nursery children are invited to the Christmas party at 10.45am .  There will be some games and a party lunch.  Children going home should be collected at 12.30pm.

Carol Service—Wednesday 14th December

Tea and coffee will be served to adults in the Prep School dining room from 8.45am.  All are invited to join the service which will start at 9.30am in the Chapel.  

End of Term—Wednesday 14th December

Term will finish at 12.30pm. (Lunch is not served on the last day of term.)



3D Christmas Preparations

This week in PP3B and PP3R we have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties. The children investigated a range of 3D shapes and found them in real life around school. We then moved on to looking at the nets of shapes and identified where we could see a range of 2D shapes in the faces of 3D shapes. The children became really good at identifying which nets matched different 3D shapes.

The children then made their own nets of cubes, cuboids and tetrahedrons out of different coloured cards to make this super 3D advent calendar.

The children filled their 3D shapes with a nativity character and a little treat and look forward to opening them in the days ahead.



Researching Facts about the Isle of Coll

PP2 have been using ipads to fact find about the Isle of Coll as they  create tourist brochures.  This is linked with our Geography work and the class have enjoyed the stories of Katie Morag who lives on the Isle of Stray, an imaginary island based on the Isle of Coll.





Last week’s certificates were presented to: 

Rose Wyvill for being kind.

Serena Hudson for her wonderful reading skills.

Georgie Bell for fantastic science investigation.

Hector Pearce for perseverance.


PP1 have been  retelling the Christmas story whilst practising their handwriting.  They have been working especially hard on the lead in stroke for each letter and then joining the letters to produce cursive script.


Early Years News

We have been very excited by numbers in Early Years this week and there has been some fantastic maths taking place!  
We have also made Advent Calendars and Christmas tree decorations.  Our decorations were made from salt dough in the shape of Numicon pieces.  
The Reception Class have used the Numicon to help think about some ‘big’ numbers—right up to double digits.
We have worked together to sort the numbers into the correct order to make our own number line.  Zoe made a number line by writing all the numbers down all by herself.
Sadie created a beautiful painting and learnt how the ’2’ represented the number of faces in the picture.