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Yum, Yum, Christmas Dinner!

 

Everyone had a lovely time in the hall pulling Christmas crackers, sticking stickers on their party hats and eating lots of yummy Christmas treats.

The children have all come dressed in their finest Christmas jumpers today ready for Christmas dinner.  Thank you for your kind £1 donations which will go school's PTA for equipment and toys for the children.

  Oh Christmas Tree!

Today the children planted out our real Christmas Tree which was kindly donated to the allotment by Mrs Ahmed. Thank you Mrs Ahmed!

Yule Book Flood - Jolabokaflod

(pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot)

This year we have decided to do things a little differently!  We are joining in with the Icelandic tradition of choosing then wrapping our own books to be opened and enjoyed on Christmas Eve.  

Star and Courtesy of the Week

 

Congratulations to Sacha and Alora this week for achieving these awards respectively.  Sacha has blown us away with her amazing phonics knowledge this week and has been awarded Star and Alora has received our Courtesy award for being an all round good egg!  Well done ladies.

Santa Dash!

 

The weather was horrid but spirits were high as we went to do our Santa Dash around the juniors playground.  Everyone had their festive head gear on and looked amazing.

Craft Activity Day

 

Today we had craft activity day.  This is always such a treat.  The children can sit with their friends and chat and make lovely Christmas crafts together.  Mrs Parkes put Christmas music on and we chatted and laughed and got creative.  We made elves, angels, salt dough tree decorations, Christmas trees, candy canes and glittery pine cones.  It was a really lovely day.

It's snowing!!!

 

We couldn't resist a quick run around in the snow.  Everyone was trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

Courtesy of the Week award

 

Congratulations Myla on getting this award this week.  You are always kind and helpful and look after everyone when they need a good friend.

Star of the Week award

 

Congratulations Mingchak.  Your letter to Father Christmas was wonderful.

 

Welcome Ibrahim!  Ibrahim is new to Year 2 and Mrs Parkes's class.  The children have been wonderful in making him feel at home and like a part of the class. 

Thank you everyone for being so kind.

Star and Courtesy of the Week

Congratulations to Zach and Amber for receiving these awards this week, well done.

  Star and Courtesy of the Week

Congratulations to our wonderful winners this week.  Kenji is such a kind and caring friend and Zach is our Star for being "simply perfect!"  Well done boys.

Anti-Bullying Week

Today some of the children came into school wearing odd socks in support of Anti-Bullying Week.  We will be reading stories and discussing how to celebrate being unique!  The Aldwyn family embraces everyone and this week we will be exploring what makes us different and how that is something to be proud of.   

 

Here are some of our Pudsey/Blush creations and a fabulous lego creation from Kenji (we think he is a designer of the future).

  Children in Need   

 

We have had such an exciting start to the morning!  Today the children had the opportunity to dress up in their own clothes and make a donation on line to Children in Need.  We put Joe Wicks on the big whiteboard and got super sporty copying his moves in the classroom.  This afternoon we will be making Pudsey and Blush masks, colouring and making split pin Pudsey too.  Thank you to all our grown ups for your support. 

     Better Reading Partnership    

Huge congratulations for your success in the Better Reading Partnership programme to Vass, Esme and Myla.  You have worked incredibly hard and have made great progress.  Don't forget though, Mrs Eastwood will be watching (and listening) closely to your reading with Mrs Gresty to make sure that you are continuing to practise at home!  Well done you three, you are superstars!

Star of the Week Award

This week's Star of the Week has been awarded to Leonie for her outstanding efforts in her reading.  Well done Leonie and keep it up!

Courtesy of the Week Award

 

Lola has won our Courtesy award this week for being such a kind and caring friend.  Thank you Lola and it's wonderful having you in our class.

    Remembrance Day     

 

We could not visit the memorial in Rycroft Park this year so we made our own.  The children took their poppies and after a perfect two minutes silence, they placed their poppies in the ground as a mark of respect for our fallen men, women and animals.

  Star of the Week award

This week the award goes to a mathematician!  William has blown Mrs Parkes's socks off with his wonderful work and its presentation.  Well done William.  Keep up the good work.

  Courtesy of the Week award

 

No one would be surprised at the winner of this award this week.  Mrs Parkes described him as "oozing" kindness and being a lovely member of the class with his caring nature.  Well done Zachary!

  BonfirNight

The children have been watching a Welephant safety clip about what to wear and how to keep safe on bonfight night.  With lots of families hosting their own firework displays this year, Welephant reminded us how to keep safe and look after each other.  Here are a few of our fire safety posters for you to enjoy.

Apple Bobbing and Pin the Face on the Pumpkin

We have had such good fun this afternoon.  We have been trying to pin the face on the pumpkin which everyone assured me was really easy!  Well take a look at our pictures to see how "easy" it was.  We also bobbed for apples.  Water was changed each time and the children had an apple each.  Amber had the surprise of her life when not only did she come up with an apple but she also came up with a tooth!  Vass nearly swallowed most of the water in his tub but at least he got his apple.  Well done everyone.   It has been such great fun.  Have a lovely week off and see you all soon rested and refreshed.

  Horrible Halloween Activities

We have made lots of things this morning.  Scary spider hats, spooky windows, mummies, masks and all sorts of weird and wonderful things.  

Boo!  

What a grisly sight!  Zombies, witches, ghost brides and everything else ghoulish and spooky!  We are having a spooktacular day at school today with lots of crafts and fun games to play.  Thank you all for joining in.  The costumes look amazing. 

   Happy Halloween!   

 

 Spooky Star and Courtesy Winners  

Congratulations Willow, Ashar and Vass.  Willow has been given our Courtesy award this week for being a kind and caring friend, Ashar has been awarded the Star award for blowing Mrs Parkes's socks off in English and Vass has been working hard with his martial arts.  Well done everyone.

Cursive script handwriting

Congratulations William.  Mrs Parkes has been so impressed with your hard work perfecting your cursive script.  It is really tricky and you have been paying close attention to your handwriting this week.  Well done.

Courtesy of the Week award

 

Congratulations Theo.  You are such a kind, caring friend with a smiley face and a great attitude.  Thank you for making our class a great place to be.

  Reading Super Star!

 

Because Mrs Parkes is so impressed with Mohammad's reading, she has given him a certificate to say thank you and well done for all his hard work. 

Star of the Week 

Congratulations this week to Vass who has excelled himself with his knowledge of the 5 and 10 times tables.  Well done Vass on producing some fantastic work this week. 

Allotment News  

 

We have an exciting new addition to the allotment - a wildflower patch!  During lockdown some of the junior children were helping with a bio-diversity action plan for the school.  This entailed looking at what school was already offering wildlife and how we could improve upon it.  They agreed that they would love to see a wildflower meadow to encourage the smaller bugs and beasties which then in turn would encourage the birds.  We set to work and the foundations have been laid.  All we need now are lots of children with lots of native British wildflower seeds to sprinkle and work their magic!

Cursive Script

 

We do love to show off beautiful work and here are three perfect examples.  The children are trying their best to perfect their cursive script and we think you will agree that they are doing a great job.  Well done.

 

Our reading superhero is Mohammad who has made great strides in his reading.  Your continuing practise has paid off and you should be very proud of yourself, well done!

Welcome to the family!

Welcome to our team Mrs Gresty.  The children love reading with you every afternoon and we are so pleased you are our reading TA.

  Handwriting Heroes   

We have not one but three fantastic handwriting heroes today!  You really have to work hard to impress Mrs  Parkes and that is precisely what you three have done to get one of her Handwriting Certificates.  Give yourselves a pat on the back and keep it up.

   Aldwyn Allotment 

The weather was beautiful at breaktime and so a team of gardeners set off to the shed to do some potting up.  We are hoping to have our flower sale again next year and so we busied ourselves getting ready.  The children used the donated pots and bulbs that were stored in the shed and got to work!  Thank you boys and girls it is a great to be able to go outside in the sunshine and work in the fresh air.

Courtesy of the Week

 

Congratulations Gabriella.  You are always kind and look after your friends.  We are very lucky to have you in our class.

 Star of the Week

Congratulations Luca.  You always give 100% with your work and it's fitting that you have won the award this week.  Well done.

    Did they sink or did they float?

 

Of course they floated!  We took our ships outside to our specially designed sea tray and one by one set sail for the open sea.  They were amazing! Well done everyone you have worked really hard on these and it certainly paid off.

Ahoy Ship Mateys!

 

WOW! What amazing ship builders.  Today the children brought in their own special equipment to make their pirate ship.  We had some truly ingenious ideas.  Everyone worked really hard to ensure their ship was "sea worthy" as we would be testing them out once everyone was finished.  We had some gorgeous pirate treasure on some ships too.  Nora would be proud of our efforts!