Christmas preparations are well underway in school and it even snowed (briefly) on the first day of December! It was lovely to see so many Year 1 and 2 parents at the church on Monday for Reverend Tony’s Advent assembly. We hope you enjoyed the preview of the Christmas performance which is not long away, didn’t the children sing beautifully? Thanks to Reverend Tony for the Advent calendars which are now being used in each class, the children were very excited to add their first sticker today! You may have also seen a familiar face in the audience as Mrs Castell attended the service! It was lovely to catch up with her and she hopes to return for the Year 1 and 2 performance later this month.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your first reading book at home this week! Please remember to sign your child’s reading record and return their record and reading book to school. We will collect books on a Thursday, so they absolutely must be in on this day please! Can we also ask you to take extra care of our precious (and expensive) books, we have had a few mishaps with water bottles this week and are already seeking replacements. Dolphins class visited the library this week and are looking forward to taking part in the Winter Reading Challenge, we hope that all children will do this over the Christmas break. Parrots will have their turn next Thursday. We are very much looking forward to the Christmas storytime session this afternoon, the children are excited to see you.
This morning we celebrated our Great Geographers throughout the school as our Foxes and Squirrels are now joining us every Friday for assembly. This week’s theme fits in with our entry (joint with Writtle Junior School) for the Christmas Tree Festival - Children Celebrating Christmas Across the Continents - where each year group from Reception to Year 6 have chosen a continent to represent in Christmas decorations! Please make sure you come and see our fabulous double entry at the church this weekend. Thanks to all of the children for making such beautiful decorations and to Mrs Fisk, Mrs Barber and Mrs Prentice from WJS for putting together such a stunning pair of trees! The children are now very well versed in the 7 continents and 5 oceans - you can follow the links to the wonderful songs which we shared in assembly this morning as the children are dying to sing them to you!
We celebrate 100 years of Disney with our decorated Christmas hoops, which are now hanging from the ceiling hall. Hopefully you will see them at the children's performances which begin next week with EYFS on Thursday. It’s always a very special treat and we look forward to seeing you there.
Next Friday sees the opening of the Elfridges store and WISPA’s Christmas movie night. We understand tickets have sold more quickly than the Glastonbury festival. 😉
We had another lovely session at Messy Church on Sunday. The next one is on Christmas Eve when the plan is to share hot chocolates around a fire! Do come along if you can.
Have a great weekend. Keep warm!
Highlights of the week
We've had a fun and busy week visiting the Writtle library, singing at the Advent service and creating lots of Christmas crafts!
We read the story of Pattan's Pumpkin and found links to other flood stories including Noah's Ark.
We've been rehearsing for our Christmas performance and can't wait to perform for you next Thursday!