We had a brilliant week last week! The children made and decorated the most amazing Gingerbread Superheroes and wrote a set of instructions to go with it. They also wrote a brilliant invitation for their buddies who came and joined us for some of the wonderful 'Space and Superheroes' day on Friday.
Special Request: I'd love to make the classroom really Christmassy this week with lots of fabulous decorations for the children. It's fair to say that some of my decorations need a little TLC so if you have some that you no longer use and are happy to donate to Hippos class, it may go some way in preventing me looking a little 'Grinch-like'. Thank you in advance.
We have a really exciting build up to the end of term now; I will cover all the information you need to know (hopefully) right up to and including the last day of term (Wednesday 20th December)
This week is really busy. We have the Nativity dress rehearsal on Tuesday at 2.15pm. This performance is open to parents who can't make the 'official' performances on Thursday and Friday, or those who have preschool children that they will be bringing along. The performances on Thursday and Friday start at 2.15pm prompt. We will allow you to take your child home as soon as they have changed out of their costume but please understand that this can take some time. Please ensure all costumes are in no later than Monday 11th December.
On Wednesday the children have their school lunch. It is also Christmas jumper day so children may wear their school uniform but with a festive jumper for the duration of the day.
On Monday the 18th we will be taking the children to the pantomime (detailed information has been sent to you about this) Hippos children sit with their buddies for the duration of the performances, with adults dotted in between. We look out for any children that may be looking a little worried and ensure all is well.
On Tuesday 19th the children will have their Christmas Party in the afternoon. Children are invited to bring in a change of clothes so they can get in the party spirit (please send in the clothes in a labelled bag, children should wear school uniform in the morning) We have lots of fun and games in the hall with year 1 and year 2 as well as some light snacks provided by the PTFA. If the children are really good, there may even be a visit from a certain special person...shhh!
On Wednesday 20th it is the last day of term. We finish the term with a special Christmas service at St Mary's Church starting at 2pm. Once the service is finished you may take your child home from church should you wish to. If you are not there to take your child home, we will return the rest of the children back to school for the usual 3.15pm pick up. We ask that children bring nothing into school that day except for their coat. We do not take any belongings to the church so if you are collecting your child from church there should be no belongings that need collecting at all.
This last week and a half will be filled with Christmas crafts and Christmas fun; the children will make baubles, partake in some festive baking and make and write Christmas cards for the special big people in their lives. Any spare time will be for the children to indulge themselves in their own child initiated activities and they will certainly need that time after a very very busy couple of weeks.
We will change the children's reading books for the last time this year on Monday 18th. Please continue to read as ever with your children, but equally do spend the holidays having fun with your little people. Reading the label on a new toy, or helping read recipes for the Christmas dinner all makes for good reading practise for your child. Equally, for maths homework, involve your child with measuring ingredients for cooking, see if they can recognise any of the numbers they see on food labels when you do some Christmas shopping, make a repeating pattern using the peas, carrots and brussel sprouts (best use for them!) from your Christmas dinner.
Finally, I like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful new year. I'd also like to thank you for your support this term, the children have been a real credit to you, they have settled beautifully, created a wonderfully calm and caring dynamic, made lovely long lasting friendships and quite frankly have been an absolute joy to teach. I'm looking forward to seeing them and you all next term.