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Dear All,
It was hugely exciting to see the snow on Wednesday morning and it has been such a pleasure to see the children out playing and making the most of the early-season flurries. Whilst I take this opportunity to congratulate all who made the intrepid journey to school, I must also remind you of  Mrs Pinkney's email sent earlier this week which outlined the procedure should we encounter any further wintry weather this term.
As always, the teaching staff have been quick to react to any possible teaching opportunities and in addition to the lovely photos inside this edition there are also some beautiful snow poems for you to enjoy; well done to all in PP1.
Looking to the future, the children are already excited at the thought of welcoming their grandparents for tea next week and further details are included overleaf. Furthermore, the children have a treat in store for them on Thursday as they have been invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the Form 2  production of Fantastic Mr Fox; the boys have been rehearsing hard and we look forward to seeing them in action on the stage. Add in the usual smattering of matches, activities and, of course, academic lessons and once again we have a very exciting and action packed week ahead; we are lucky indeed!
With all best wishes,
Rob and Lottie Morse


Snow Poems

The snow inspired PP1 to think of some fantastic descriptions.  They shared their ideas and then wrote some beautiful poems.







by Jake Goodhart

Careful dropping snow,
Falling on the trees
Making snowmen, fun and games.
Trees like monsters.
Sledging, ski-ing down the hills.
Watching snowflakes,
Each one different.
Snow is squishy,
Snow is fun to play with.

by Penny Pybus

Snow, snow is falling
Let’s go out to play.
Watching snow is so much fun
It looks like diamonds on the trees.
Snow, snow is good to play in.
Wishing it would snow everyday.
Snow is fun.


PP3R Literacy
We have been learning about the story of Eric the Red, the Viking leader.  The children took part in some drama to help us to understand the story better.  These pictures show the children performing some ‘freeze frames’ of scenes in the story.  
The children also did some ‘hot-seating’ where they put themselves in to the character’s shoes and answered questions based on the story.  We are working towards writing a retell of the story.




PP3B foraged for materials to build their Viking houses this week.  Using soil, grass and sticks, we made authentic houses fit for the fussiest warrior!







In French PP3 have been learning how to describe their families and we have made our own family trees!









My Day

PP2 have been learning about time and have made plans of their day.

Here are Serena Hudson’s and Archie MacLelland’s charts.


Christmas Appeal


This year we are going to be supporting our local Salvation Army  Christmas Present Appeal.

In assembly on Monday 14th November Major Barrie and Major Maria Sampson from the Catterick Garrison Salvation Army will be speaking to the children about their appeal.  

If you wish to contribute to our collection for the Present Appeal please bring in a new, unwrapped gift to school by Wednesday 7th December. All the donations will be distributed in the North East region.

Suggestions from the Salvation Army include:

0-3 years:  dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles

3-5: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles

5-9: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, word searches, crosswords

9-12: games and toys, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats

13-16: CDs, DVDs, books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-Shirts, hair accessories

Over the years, millions of children and young people have benefited from gifts donated to The Salvation Army. By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone’s life at Christmas.   Give a gift and light up a life!


Last week's certificates were presented to:

  • Anna Lines for working hard.
  • George Marriott for being so sensible.
  • Bella Bland for working hard and staying focused.
  • Isobel Heagerty for maturity and level headedness.

Early Years News

This week we have gone from Autumn Pumpkins to Winter Snow.
The Reception Class enjoyed using their number skills to measure our pumpkins before they were cut up and carved.
The Nursery children helped to scoop out the flesh which was roasted, baked into pumpkin and ricotta tarts and cooked into delicious soup.  Even the seeds were used for counting.
All of Early Years then went to explore Mr McGregor’s garden and we enjoyed a story in the sunshine before sampling the soup.
Then the winter weather arrived and we had great fun playing in the snow, there was just enough to make some snow-angels. When we came back inside we practised our cutting and sticking to make some beautiful, sparkly snowflakes.



This week’s wow moments have been ...

Odette Bailey for wowing us by persevering with using scissors.
Ella McGrath for wowing us by writing her name for the first time.
Freddie Wood for wowing us by designing and making a mouse.

Home Challenge
(to share next week)

To make a firework in the bottle which will be sent home on Friday.