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11/01/2018

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Welcome to the first blog of the New Year!

We have been back for a whole week now and the children have happily settled back into the school routines.

On the last day of term, before Christmas, we had an early present from Santa in the form of new playground markings. Now that the weather has improved a little the children are enjoying using them.

The games and activities include: hop scotch, mirror me, a 12/24 hr clock, an exercise trail, a maths maze, a bleep test and many more! Mrs Murphy and I took on one of our foundation governors (Mrs Catherall) at the bleep test. Well, it nearly killed me! It’s supposed to be a standardised assessment of a person's fitness and if that’s the case I’m pretty unfit - so more exercise for me. Seriously though, we hope that the children will enjoy playing these games and keep fit at the same time.

Class notices

Monet Class

P.E. will now be on Monday p.m. and Wednesday p.m.

Klee Class

Holdenby House trip on Monday the 15th (next Monday). Remember to dress up as a Victorian servant in some old trousers / skirts, shirts / tops as you might end up doing some dirty jobs! Bring your packed lunches in a disposable bag. We will return to school by 3.15 p.m.

Kandinsky Class

We are visiting the Living Rainforest near Oxford for a Marvellous Middle for the Amazing Amazon topic. The trip will be on Tuesday the 30th of January, leaving at 8.20 a.m. and returning by 4.15 p.m. Children will need to wear school uniform and as usual take a disposable lunch. The trip requires a voluntary contribution of £8.50.

Other notices

Ukulele club recommences this Thursday.

Safety notice

It has come to our attention that some nursery children, at pick up time, are playing with the automatic doors at the front entrance. Could parents / carers please keep the children away from the doors as we don’t want any accidents! Thank you.

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14/12/2017

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Christmas is coming!

We know Christmas is getting closer as we enjoy the carol concerts, nativity plays and Christmas fairs in our community.

 

A great big thank you to all the parents and children that braved the icy conditions on Tuesday to take part in, and watch, our Key Stage 2 Christingle and carol concert. It’s always a spellbinding moment when the Christingles are lit and the church lights are turned off. The children’s faces are a picture of wonderment as the warming glow of the candles light up their rosy cheeks. We enjoyed the mixture of traditional and contemporary carols and songs and especially the dancing in the aisles. Well done all of you!

 

I was privileged enough to see the final dress rehearsal for the Early Years & Foundation Stage nativity. The performance was stunning with the actors delivering their lines confidently, the narrators were crystal clear and the chorus sang beautifully. A real treat in store for the parents. The actual performance is tomorrow morning Friday the 15th of December at 9.30 a.m..

 

I must also mention that Dali class are presenting their take on The Tempest at 2.45 p.m. this afternoon. We wish all the young actors all the very best as they tackle Shakespeare’s famous play.

 

Finally, another mention that Kandinsky class are lucky enough to be going to see a production of ‘Wind in the Willows’ at Corby theatre tomorrow afternoon in school time. We are all looking forward to it.

 

This Friday is CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY. Children may wear mufti and a Christmas jumper for a donation of £1 which will go to Save the Children.

 

I can also report that we have raised £275 at the school council jumble sale, £35 for the annual Poppy appeal and £80 for Children in Need. Thank you for your support and charitable giving.

 

Looking forward to the new term Monet class are doing a topic on Pirates so the first day back will be Pirates dress up day. Ahoy, Me Hearties!

 

This is my last blog before Christmas so may I wish all a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

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06/12/2017

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Awesome Experience!

I had the privilege of accompanying Kandinsky class this week to Flag Fen near Peterborough as part of their Stone Age topic. We had a wonderful day culminating in sitting around the fire-pit in a reconstructed stone age roundhouse listening to epic tales being told by our guide. An awesome experience that the children will remember for many years to come.

 

I’m sure that equally epic will be our Christmas productions that are coming up next week:

 

Tuesday 12th Dec

6.00 p.m.

Christingle and KS2 concert at St. Mary the Virgin.

Friday 15th Dec

9.30 a.m.

EYFS & KS1 (Monet and Klee class) Christmas nativity.

Also epic will be our charitable jumble and cake sale tomorrow Thursday the 7th of December at 3.00 p.m. and of course this weekend is the Woodford CE Primary School PTA WINTER FETE from 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. The PTA work extremely hard preparing for this event which promises to be exceptional. Your support for both these events is very much welcomed.

 

Other forthcoming events are:

Monday 11th Dec

11.30 a.m.

Monet Class ‘Fabulous Finish’.

Thursday 14th Dec

2.45 p.m.

Dali Class production of The Tempest.

Friday 15th Dec

afternoon

Kandinsky class see production of “Wind in the Willows”

Monday 15th Jan

All day

Klee Class visit to Holdenby House.

 

The school hall has been brightened up by the appearance of a lovely Christmas tree.

We thank our school governor Louise Evans who supplied the tree and an advent wreath. We lit the first candle today (this is to remind us of Abraham) and the children are looking forward to lighting the other candles as we count down to the Christmas holidays and Christmas Day.

For more information on this tradition follow this link:

http://www.barnabasinchurches.org.uk/advent-candles/

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30/11/2017

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Countdown to Christmas!

As you can imagine our preparations for Christmas are slowly ramping up

This Sunday the 3rd of December is the 1st Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday closest to St Andrew’s Day. This date marks the start of the liturgical or church year. Although our shops have been promoting Christmas at least since October (!), for me this Sunday really does mark the beginning of preparations for Christmas.

So now we can legitimately start writing Christmas cards (does anybody still do that anymore?), decorate our houses (do you remember making paper chains when you were a child?), practice Christmas carols and stir the Christmas pudding!

The following Christmas events are happening in our community:

Sunday 3rd Dec

4.30 – 5.00 p.m.

Christmas lights switch on and carols around the tree at Woodford Village Green.

Saturday 9th Dec

12 noon – 4.00 p.m.

Woodford CE Primary School PTA
WINTER FETE.

Tuesday 12th Dec

6.00 p.m.

Christingle and KS2 concert at St. Mary the Virgin.

Friday 15th Dec

9.30 a.m.

EYFS & KS1 (Monet and Klee class) Christmas performance.

 

Other school events

Tuesday 5th Dec

All day

Kandinsky Class visit to Flag Fen.

Monday 11th Dec

11.30 a.m.

Monet Class ‘Fabulous Finish’.

Thursday 14th Dec

2.45 p.m.

Dali Class production of The Tempest.

Monday 15th Jan

All day

Klee Class visit to Holdenby House.

 

Other news

Start of the school day

A reminder that the school day starts with registration and starter activities at 9.00 a.m..

This means that children need to be in school by 8.55 a.m. ready to put their coats and bags away and start the school day. The school gate will close at 9.00 a.m. prompt.

Children in Need appeal

I’m pleased to say that the above appeal raised £91.55. Thank you for your generosity towards this worthwhile cause.

Monet Class

Monet class will be sending out a reminder about costume required for the Christmas performance in the next few days.

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09/11/2017

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This Sunday the 12th of November is of course Remembrance Sunday, a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Kandinsky Class have been learning about this anniversary and have visited the war memorial in the village.
Poppies are on sale at the school. Pupils are invited to make a suggested donation of a £1 to buy a poppy and help this worthy cause.
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

 

 

The Children in Need appeal is on the television next Friday the 17th of November. This will be a MUFTI day and again children are invited to make a contribution of a £1 to this cause if they would like to wear MUFTI.

The Klee Class trip to Milton Keynes museum on the 16th of November has been cancelled as we have not received sufficient voluntary contributions to make the trip viable. We hope to organise another trip later in the year instead.

Dali class are visiting the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Wellingborough) on Thursday the 16th of November in the morning.

Advanced Notice

Monet Class are having a ‘Fabulous Finish’ assembly to share their learning on Monday the 11th of December at 11.30 a.m.. All parents / carers welcome!

EYFS & KS1 Christmas performance will be on Friday the 15th of December at 9.30 a.m.. All welcome!

 

 

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Well done to all the dancers that took part in the dance showcase at Huxlow Science College this week, you were all fantastic!

Well done to dance showcase award winners.

Year 1 and 2 at their gymnastics competition.

Year 4 and 5 basketball competition.

Great balancing skills at the multi skills competition!
Great balancing skills at the multi skills competition!

Archery Champions

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