Spring Term


Welcome back. We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and have come back to school eager and ready to learn.

Our new topic this half term is the Gruffalo. We have chosen this book because of the children’s interest and fascination with the story and the characters.

Please keep looking at our class page for all the fun and exciting work to come.

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We have got our Spring term off to a flying start.

We have looked at ordinal numbers and made our own Gruffalo faces and we are learning how to think carefully about our work and think of ways to improve it each day. We added more detail to our work this week.


RE Newsletter Spring 1

Be the light to those around you!

Dear Parents,                                                                                      6th Jan – 14th Feb 2020

We begin this term full of the joy of the Christmas season which ends for us at the celebration of the Baptism of Jesus on 12th January. On the 2nd February we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) when Jesus is recognised as ‘The Light of the World’. We must also remember that each one of us is called to be a ‘light’, an inspiration to those around us.
In this issue of the newsletter you will find what your child is learning about in each year group. We hope you find this newsletter of interest and as always, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to support your children in their religious education.


Dates from the Church’s calendar:


5th January                   The Epiphany of the Lord     28th January     St. Thomas Aquinas

12th January                 The Baptism of Jesus             31st January     St. John Bosco

13th January                 St. Hilary                                 2nd February   Presentation of Jesus

17th January                 St. Anthony                              3rd February     St. Blaise

21st January                 St. Agnus                                 8th February     St. Josephine Bakhita

24th January                 St. Francis de Sales                 11th February   Our Lady of Lourdes

25th January                 Conversion of St. Paul             14th February   Ss. Cyril & Methodius


During the winter of Ordinary Time, i.e. up to Lent, we are asked to pray for these intentions: Peace on Earth; Christian Unity; The Sick and Those Who Care for Them; Victims of Trafficking and Those who Work to Combat it; The Unemployed.


Nursery and Reception – Getting to know Jesus
This half term, the children in the Nursery and the Reception classes will be getting to know Jesus. Throughout the topic, the children will be given opportunities to become aware that Jesus has a great love for each one of us and will think of ways in which we can show our love for Jesus. They will hear that Jesus cured people who were sick and think of ways we can show our love for sick people.

At home

You could help your children by:

  • saying or sharing prayers together
  • talk about people who help us e.g. nurses, doctors
  • talk about how we can help others
  • giving them jobs which help at home

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We have loved being at school this week. On Wednesday when we came to school we found mysterious footprints and smelly poop.

After lots of investigation we concluded that The Gruffalo and the fox had been to our class to rescue the mouse as he had been stuck in a saucepan in the Gruffalo cave. We used speech bubbles to say what we had thought had happened and made wanted posters to help us to try and find our little mouse.

We also learnt about John the Baptist and how he had baptized Jesus in the river Jordan, we took it in turns to role play the baptism of Jesus.


Another busy week in Reception. We are continuing our learning all about the Gruffalo.

We are very familiar with the story and we are enjoying retelling the story to each other.


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We decided that there was so much learning that surrounded Chinese New Year we are spending a week learning all about China.

Look how much we have learnt already and its only Tuesday.

We are looking forward to our Chinese Banquet tomorrow.

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Thank you to all the parents who helped us by bringing in noodles and rice. We really enjoyed our banquet yesterday, we also tried to develop our fine motor skills by eating our Chinese food with chopsticks.


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We are really impressed with our children this week. We are writing independently everywhere, Miss Eustace said we are amazing writers.

Our home writing books are beginning to look fabulous as well and we are all trying really hard with our new reading books.

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Well our final week of learning all about the Gruffalo, we will be very sad to see all the characters from the story go back to the woods.

We also celebrated the very special feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes and we have made cards and love hearts for the people we love.

In the outside area we were developing our physical skills by travelling over and through our obstacle course.




Welcome back to our new term. We have changed our topic and are going to be learning all about the story Farmer Duck.



We have had a very busy first week back. We celebrated Shrove Tuesday and had delicious pancakes. We took part in a beautiful Ash Wednesday service with the whole school and our parish family.

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We celebrated St David’s Day we know that he is the patron of Wales.  We have been busy making labels for our food so we can buy and sell it in our farm shop.

We have been comparing sizes this week and ask us to find objects that are tall and small and we can do it for you.

We are looking forward to seeing all your jungle costumes tomorrow for World Book Day.


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We have an amazing world book day, we looked amazing and we read amazing books.


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We loved our WOW recycling day.  We put on our gloves, picked up our bin bags and litter pickers and off we went around St James’ Church to clear all the rubbish. We felt very sad at the amount of rubbish that we were able to pick up and we all promised that in the future we not drop any litter and we would all work hard to start protecting our environment.

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We have been finding out about a man called Zacchaeus who was a tax collector.  He was a mean man, he took money off people even if they were poor. Zacchaeus did not have love in his heart and all he cared about was money. One day he heard that Jesus was in town and he climbed a tree to see him. Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down from the tree and make food for him.

After meeting Jesus Zacchaeus was a changed man and was very sorry for the wrong choices that he had made.

Zacchaeus now had love in his heart.

We enjoyed acting out the story.


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What an exciting St Patrick’s day. We were visited by a Leprechaun called Larry who had totally messed up our classroom.

He said that we would not be able to catch him so we plotted together the best way to catch the Leprechaun. Please talk to your children about the terrible things  he did in our classroom.