Monday, 16 December 2013

Last week began with James and Cat, our head boy and girl, accompanying me down to St. Nicholas' Church to decorate our Christmas tree- year 6 had made some amazing salt dough creations, miniature crackers and a variety of paper chains with which to festoon our tree. A photo appeared in last week's news letter and I hope that some of you were able to visit the tree and see for yourself their efforts alongside all the other 70 trees as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Tuesday saw the whole school participating in our Christmas Celebration- The Magical Christmas Jigsaw. Year 6 took some leading roles within the celebration and there were many wonderful comments from parents on their performances. Certainly a last Christmas at Crabtree to remember.

This week sees the final week of the Autumn term and still plenty going on in year 6.

We await with anticipation the Christmas dinner on Wednesday and the imaginative Christmas hats that the children create prior to lunch time. Don't forget- if you ordered a school Christmas lunch you won't need your usual packed lunch on Wednesday.

Thursday is the now regular Christmas gym/ dance assembly to the school. This year it will be just years 5 and 6 competing with their Christmas displays to amaze us with their talent and again, their creativity- the children have choreographed their own class dances. A brilliant example of how well prepared they are by Miss Thomas for team challenges.

Following this extravaganza is the year 6 Christmas party.
Children should come in uniform as usual and may bring a change of clothes for  the afternoon if they wish. Please make sure that any outfits are in clearly named carrier bags and if you collect your child at the end of the day do ask them if they have got all their uniform including their shoes!!

Friday- our last day children may bring in appropriately rated DVDs to share in the class and games to play at some point during the day. Nothing electrical please- phones i pads etc are too valuable to be brought in to school as toys.

Here's to the last few days of term.

The year 6 team.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas has begun!

Christmas has certainly begun at Crabtree this week.  The children have been very busy making Christmas decorations for the hall and their classrooms.  The result is very festive.  Elm must have broken a record for the number of paper chain links in one room (1132 at the last count) and in Elder the line of dancing santas is a sight to behold!

The children have also been working hard to learn the lines for all of the songs in the Christmas Celebration.  Some children have speaking parts in the celebration and we are keen that they know their lines by heart by Monday.  So, if you find yourself with a quiet moment (!) over the weekend please do encourage the children to learn their lines.

As you are probably aware the school is hosting the Christmas Fayre on Saturday and as a result the children have been asked to bring their PE kits home for a much needed wash.  Please could you ensure that the children have their PE kits back in school on Monday.

Finally, in literacy the children have started a new unit of work on journalistic writing.  This week the children spent some time looking at newspaper articles (many taken from the very popular children's newspaper First News).  Next week we will continue this work by looking at news broadcasts.  We will focus on those aimed at children and so will spend some part of the week watching and analysing Newsround.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend and find some time to relax in this very busy season!

Thank you for your support.

The Year 6 Team.