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Our new topic this half term will be


Week beginning: 11/12/17 and 18/12/17

This week we shall be focusing on


Here are some areas we shall be looking at in class this week that you could try at home...

Christmas activities

This week, the children will be busy participating with a number of Christmas activities. First, the children will perform in their Christmas play and then visit Avondale to sing some festive songs to the residents later in the week. In between this, the children will start making some Christmas crafts such as Christmas cards, calendars, tree decorations and cooking Christmas cookies etc. We will also discuss the nativity story and read books around the Christmas theme. The children will also be able to explore the Christmas related activities in the environment.

Family tradition photos

Over the next week or so, we know that some families will be busy decorating their Christmas trees, if they haven’t already, making mince pies, going to watch a panto, visiting Santa in his grotto and even enjoying the snow we have had and we appreciate how much of a special time this can be for families. As part of the Early Years curriculum it is important that the children are involved with family traditions and customs and are able to recognise and talk about these special times. As part of your child’s learning journey and for evidence, we would really appreciate if you could please take photos of your child participating in these events and send them in to us or by email at so we are able to talk to your child about these times. Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning.

Rearranged date for Christmas play

Due to the adverse weather conditions over the weekend and the decision to close school on Monday 11th December, Reception and Nursery were unable to perform their Christmas play in the afternoon. Therefore, we have rearranged for the play to take place on Wednesday 13th December in the afternoon. Please note only those who requested tickets for the play on Monday will be able to attend the showing on Wednesday due to numbers.

Important Dates

Tuesday 12th December

Early Years Christmas Production (AM)

Wednesday 13th December

Early Years Christmas Production (PM) (Rearranged from Monday 11th December (PM))

Thursday 14th December

Reception visiting Avondale at 10:30am (originally at 10am) to sing festive songs.

Friday 15th December

Mufti day in exchange for cakes/PTA event at main school.

Monday 18th December

Early Years Christmas Party (During school hours, children to wear Christmas jumpers)

Tuesday 19th December

End of term