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Mrs Kirby's Weekly Words

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Kirby of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 11

    Published 04/12/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley

    The beginning of our seasonal festivities was off to a great start this week with lots of fun and excitement: decorating the Christmas tree, the elves arriving in style, pyjama day and making gingerbread. I think the photos say it all:






















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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 10

    Published 27/11/20, by Nicola Robinson

    We created our very own Cinderella ball today. We made regal crowns and learnt to dance the waltz.

    Kindness was also a running theme through the week. We thought about the behaviour of the ugly sisters and the stepmother, how we may have felt and how important it is to always be kind with our words.

    I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some important dates for your diary:

    • On Friday 4th December we will be having a pyjama day to raise money for Ronald McDonald House
    • On Friday 11th December, will be performing an array of Christmas songs and would like the children to wear a Christmas jumper
    • On Monday 14th December, we will be having our Nursery Christmas party and children will be able to wear their party clothes
    • Last day of term, Wednesday 16th December. 12pm for part-time children, 3pm for full-time children.  There will be no after school care on this day.
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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 9

    Published 20/11/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Colour has been the focus in our classroom this week with Science playing a part in it. The children explored what would happen when vinegar with food colouring was dripped onto icing sugar. Look at the results!


    The children have also been observing the changing colours of the season and then with a variety of media, creating beautiful pictures.

    Nursery are also on their second week of P.E with Miss Hudson, the Junior Girls’ P.E teacher. They have all eagerly anticipated her arrival and have all thoroughly enjoyed their new adventure.


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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 8

    Published 13/11/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley:

    I was immensely proud this week to be part of the remembrance day service which Nursery attended. Your children were amazing. They listened and showed great maturity whilst The Last Post was played by Mr Gravett, Daisy’s Dad, and then stood for the two minutes silence.

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 7

    Published 06/11/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley

    The children have had lots of fun exploring the theme of Halloween and bonfire night. Mrs Challis did some spooky dancing, pumpkins were explored in detail and firework pictures were created.

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 6

    Published 16/10/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley:

    Our story this week, the Snail and the Whale has taken us on a journey around the world. We have discovered the Arctic, volcanic islands and gone to the depths of the ocean. The snail, despite being small, was able to achieve great things and even save the whale.

    The children have loved creating scenes from the book and engaging in imaginative play with water, sand, and small world toys.












    Our filming was a success and I look forward to being able to show you the finished video.

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 5

    Published 09/10/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley:

    "I have just left the Nursery children munching their way through various green vegetables, just like the very hungry caterpillar. 

    They have loved reading the Eric Carle book and are really developing an understanding of the way stories are structured and being able to describe story settings, events and main characters."

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 4

    Published 02/10/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley

    "Acting with their peers has been the general theme this week. Our story has been the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' and with masks in hand they have reenacted the story with a great recall of language. Some trolls were very convincing!

    Outside this week, the children have explored, experimented and problem solved… even the rain didn’t stop play."



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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 3

    Published 25/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley:

    Look out, look out, there’s been tigers about! The children have loved reading and discussing our story of ‘The Tiger who came to Tea.’ We have roared like a tiger, prowled like a tiger and created tigers with various media.


    However, I think our favourite has been our tiger tea today. We made our sandwiches and then enjoyed eating them. Unlike the tiger though, we didn’t eat the whole plate of sandwiches or cakes!


    Next week:

    • The story of  ‘three billy goats gruff

    • The colour red

    • The letter ‘u’

    • The number three

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 2

    Published 18/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley:

    "We have had a world of purple this week as this has been our focus colour. There has been purple rice, purple beans and lots of mixing of colours to create purple. 

    Outside, the children have been enjoying the sunshine. We have been into the pond area to see what might be lurking in the pond or creepy crawlies which are living in our ‘bug hotel’. We discovered lots of seeds from the lilies which the children attempted to count, there were so many!

    Next week our focus will be:

    • The story of ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’

    • Orange

    • The number two

    • The letter ‘t’

    Have a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine."

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  • Mrs Kirby's Words Week 1

    Published 11/09/20, by Nicola Robinson

    From Mrs Ainsley

    "What a wonderful first week the children have had. Despite some of the children not being here for over six months, they have come back full of confidence, happiness and an eagerness to explore. We have also had lots of new children start with us and they have all settled well into their new classes.

    I would like to thank all the parents for adapting so well to the new drop off and pick up routine. It has run like clockwork, so thank you."


    • Please remember that lunches and snacks must be nut and kiwi free

    • If you send in grapes, please cut into quarters as they are a choking hazard if kept whole.

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  • Mr Spanswick's Words Summer 11

    Published 10/07/20, by Nicola Robinson

    Dear Parents and Guardians

    To close our final bulletin of the academic year, your children’s Headteacher has shared many words of wisdom, some lovely memories, and even the odd video! Please take some time to read them, and to also reflect on your child's final report of the year.

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