Category Archives: Special Days

Enjoying the Fruits of Labour

The school wants to sat a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came into school last Saturday to contribute to our Community Gardening Day.

It was great to see so many parents, children and members of the local community give up their time to improve the green areas of school, and it has made a huge impact already. The pond area particularly has had a wonderful facelift, and it has been a joy to spend lunchtimes in their spotting frogs and identifying plants.

The new bug hotel has an influx of new residents, and the mud kitchen is producing mud cakes galore.

Thank you to Mrs Campbell for publicising the event and to the amazing helpers who worked incredibly hard in the sun and rain to make a huge difference.

Prime Rhyme Time

The whole school enjoyed National Poetry Day today (with integrated delayed World Book Day) and the place was alive with some terrific dressing up and flowing prose.

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Class 1 took the opportunity of the Gruffalo’s anniversary and worked on some poems based on the tale.  Here are a few:

Class 2 took on the challenge of writing limericks – something I find very hard to do! They were fantastic, showing a superb handle of syllables and rhyming:

Class 3 explored the rather gruesome poetry in Macbeth – the witches’ “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” spell, and created their own evil potions:

There were some wonderful costumes on display, the school was alive with literary heroes old and new:

 

Christmas Dinner

We are always thankful at this time of year, but today we are especially thankful to Louise in the kitchen for serving up an incredible Christmas dinner for the whole school.

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The turkey was juicy, the pigs were in blankets, the potatoes were roasted and the sprouts were, well, you’ll have to ask the children as I don’t go anywhere near them!

The children were even treated to a little early gift from the kind elves.

A quality lunch with quality dinner guests.

Too Spooky for School

What an amazing effort by the PTA and helpers in putting on an incredible spooky walk and disco this evening.  I was rather scared myself as I followed the train of werewolves, ghosts, witches, vampires and other terrifying beasts as there were huge spiders, ominous signs and some very creepy characters leaping out of bushes and trees.

Also a huge thank you to Maddy and Millie for creating and delivering the story to accompany the hunt for the witch.  All of the ‘creatures’ seemed less scared of the witch once her chocolate hoard made an appearance, and it turned into a party atmosphere with some fantastic lights and sounds.  The journey back for hot dogs, sweets and dancing was a welcome downhill stroll back to school where the fun continued.

Take a look at our gallery of ghouls:

We Will Remember Them

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Class 3 put on their first performance this afternoon of Tin Hats and Telegrams – an armistice play.  It was great to see so many friends and family of the school, and also to welcome some new faces from the village.

The story focuses on Jack, a young poet, and how his disappearance from the trenches affects his family and friends.  The love of his life, Alice, volunteers as an ambulance driver, and we also get to see the important role they and other emergency services played at the Front.

The class performed superbly – some wonderful singing and acting brought events from 100 years ago to life.

We also got to hear the feature from this morning’s BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show – if you follow the link and skip straight to 35mins 50secs then you can hear it too!

Thank you to all who have helped with costumes and line-learning at home!

 

It was The Greatest Show, man

KS2 put on a couple of stunning performances of Robin and The Sherwood Hoodies this week.  The funny jokes were great, the groan-worthy jokes were great and the singing and dancing was first class.

A huge well done to all of the aspiring performers, you did yourselves proud.

As promised, a few shots for you to enjoy:

Royal Wedding Celebration Lunch

The school enjoyed a lovely afternoon lunch and play to celebrate this weekend’s Royal Wedding.

The bunting came out, the children came out, and even the sun came out, all combining to create a wonderful, fun atmosphere.  The picnic lunch in the warmth had a great family feel to it: the classes intermingled and everyone really enjoyed the British classics of sausage rolls, sandwiches and of course a little cake!


It was then off for a play, and many headed for the garden where wedding cake making was on the agenda.  There was one particularly spectacular effort that would suit the occasion:

Then there was yet another treat, as jelly, ice cream and strawberries appeared for all to enjoy.

I also had a treat too, I never thought I’d get to be a royal photographer!  By chance I happened upon the ceremony in the top playground and they graciously posed for me.

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World Book Day (+7)

There has been a slight delay due to the weather,  but World Book Day was celebrated in school today with all the classes doing some book-related activities (look out on their blogs later for more).

The theme was Wild Things for us this year, and there were plenty of wild, and wonderful, costumes and face painting on display.  Incredible effort – thank you 🙂

Every child has been given their token today, this can be exchanged for one of the World Book Day books especially published or used as a £1 token off any book.

Lucky for some

As part of our day-long celebration of Chinese New Year, we had a Grindleford version of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees tradition (you can read about it here if you can get over the crazy, but wonderful, background of the site).

Each member of the school wrote a secret wish and put in inside an orange – this is seen as a lucky fruit as the Chinese word for Mandarin sounds similar to the word for gold, so having Mandarin Oranges around the house is meant to bring riches.

They then took turns in throwing them into a tree in the trim trail, and if the orange got caught in the branches then the wish could come true!  There were some happy throwers, so if you are a parent of one of these lucky chuckers, you might need to check what their wish* was:

(* the management takes no responsibility for the cost of said wishes)

Pancakes Galore!

What a fun time we have had this morning in school.  The school hall was changed into a huge pancake making factory!

To celebrate the Christian custom of Lent we have been using up all our extra food ingredients for the feast day of Shrove Tuesday.  We have used eggs, flour, milk, water, salt and a bit of butter for cooking, alongside some oranges, lemons, honey and sugar for added tastiness.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday.  These are then placed on the heads of Christians to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Ash wednesday is also the start of Lent.  This is a season of reflection and preparation before the Christian celebrations of Easter.  By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.  Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

I wonder what the children will try to give up for Lent?