Police Visit Year 1

Year 1 children had a very interesting day when the Police came to visit them in Year 1. They thought about how their register time was similar to the Police morning briefing session and learnt about how we each have a unique finger print. The children were even allowed to use the Police radios and put on some of Police Officer Steve’s uniform!

PCSO Steve was particularly concerned about the reports about the missing robot from the Year 1 classroom. He took some statements about everything the children knew and asked for a photo fit to help him find it. He has been able to put a poster up in the Police Station and at the morning briefing the following day his fellow Police Officers were also briefed about its disappearance.

Sadly this hasn’t resulted in the robot’s safe return yet. If you see the robot, please let someone in Year 1 know where it is!

Reception visit Stockeld Park

Reception had another very exciting trip this week! This time we visited the Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park.

The weather was beautiful and we had a wonderful time exploring the forest to search for characters from some of our favourite stories.

In the words of Ollie in Acorn, “It was just such a great day!”

Reception Christingle

Reception would like to say a big thank you to Father David for teaching them all about the special meaning of a Christingle. The children listened really carefully as he explained the meaning of each part and then followed instructions extremely well to make their own. It was a lovely experience to light the candles altogether and say prayers to help us remember children less fortunate than us at Christmas. Reception would also like to thank William, the church organist who travelled all the way from Barnsley to play Christmas carols as we worked.

A Christingle consists of:
* an orange, which represents the earth;
* a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Christ;
* dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons; and
* a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.


‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”‘ Luke 2:13-14

Reception visit Nell Bank

Last week, Acorn and Catkin had a very exciting trip to Nell Bank. They explored the deep, dark wood in the hope of finding a Gruffalo!

On their journey, they met other characters from the story and learnt lots of interesting facts about owls, snakes, foxes and mice. The children also took part in other outdoor activities including hunting for minibeasts, pond dipping and collecting lots of natural things to make a Gruffalo crumble.

Everybody had a great time and would like to thank everybody at Nell Bank for such an enjoyable day.

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