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!

Democracy in Action!

As parents and visitors left our Christmas Nativity performances they were asked to contribute to our silver collection. We raised an impressive £440!
As part of our assembly theme this week, we have been learning about inspirational Christians. Today we learnt about Martin Luther-King and the changes he helped to bring in America. We read through one of the prayers he shared with his congregation.

As a result, we learnt about the importance of a democracy and linked this to our own School Council. As the children left assembly, they each placed a counter into a ballot box to decide whether we should donate the money to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Leeds Children’s Hospital or to buy a defibrillator for our school. The counters were counted:

Leeds Children’s Hospital – 84 counters
Defibrillator for school – 123 counters
Marie Curie Cancer Care – 152 counters

Democracy in action!

Here is the prayer we shared in assembly, written by Martin Luther-King himself:

‘God, grant that we take on the struggle with dignity and discipline. May all who suffer in this world reject violence and choose the method that seeks to redeem.

Grant that we will follow you and become so committed to your way and your kingdom that we will be able to establish in our lives and in this world a kingdom of understanding, where men and women will live together respecting the dignity and worth of every human being. In the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.’

Christmas Story Competition Winners

The last day of Autumn 2 was certainly a very busy one! As well as a visit from Santa, a magic show and lots of party food we had our annual ‘Carols Around the Tree’ assembly. What better time to announce the winners of the Christmas story writing competition than during the service!

Miss Lang was very impressed with entries from across the school and thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. It was an incredibly hard task to pick the winners but here they are….

Key Stage 1 – Zain (Willow)

On a snowy Christmas eve I woke up because I heard a bang. I got out of bed and climbed onto the roof. I was so upset to see Santa’s sleigh crashed. I went to help Santa and he told me the reindeer were hungry and couldn’t fly the sleigh. I went to the shop and bought some carrots. Then I gave the carrots to the reindeer. Then the reindeer could fly. Santa said “Thank you, please don’t tell anyone about this secret. You have saved Christmas!” Santa gave me a special present for saving Christmas.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 – Patrick (Rowan)

As Santa walked into the workshop of the elves, he noticed the elves were acting suspiciously. Santa said, in his booming voice “What are you up to you sneaky little elves?” From under a table, an elf with a good badge with the words ‘Area Chief’ upon it. Santa recognised the elf as Gilbert. Santa questioned Gilbert “What is going on here Mr Gilbert? What is all this sneaking around?” He could hear the other elves muttering amongst themselves/ Gilbert adjusted his hat nervously and started to stutter “It’s… a Christmas secret for you!” A grateful smile slowly appeared on Santa’s face.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 – Billie-Jean (Maple)

“Shhh, you’ll get us caught,” said the small mince pie to the big one. They were trying to get into the crisp drawer to be safe. Father Christmas knew they were moving but Nathan would eat them if he knew. On the roof above, the mince pies could hear Rudolph and the other reindeers’ feet clattering on the stone. Then it all went dark. Santa came down the chimney and into the kitchen. Are the carrots for the reindeers? he thought. Yes. He looked around for his pies. Where were they? “Mmmmm,” he loudly spoke, “that Nathan!”

 

The Overall Winner was…….. Michael (Elm)

Little Penguin met Santa on an icy day. Little Penguin slid on his tummy on the slippy ice. He crashed into Santa and they slid into an iceberg. “Sorry,” said Little Penguin. Santa told him a secret. Little Penguin was shivering so Santa took him to his workshop to warm up. It was great. Little Penguin helped Santa and Santa was proud of him for getting ready for Christmas. Little Penguin forgot the secret. Little Penguin was tired. Santa said “Remember I will give you a warm igloo for all your help!”

The winners were presented with a special Christmas gift for all their hard work! Well done to all those children who entered the story writing competition.

 

 

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!”

Nativities

The Nursery and Foundation Show ‘Angel Express’ told the story of a group of angels reading about Mary and Joseph who then practiced their song about the wonderful news.

The Key Stage One Show Mary’s Midwife Crisis told the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem whilst their very ‘helpful’ midwife and donkey tried to prepare for the arrival of the new baby to be born.

Our silver collection at the end of each performance raised over £440. The School Council are very grateful for all of the donations given; they will decide which charity to donate the money to in the New Year.