Welcome back and we hope you all had a good break


This half term, our theme is “Happily Ever After…!” based around traditional tales and fairy stories. We have a role-play castle with banqueting table and magnificent costumes to go with it.

Our small world area has a castle, fairy tale palace and a pirate ship. We have pirates, princesses, kings, queens, princes and even a dragon and a couple of unicorns, but only two knights to defend them all! If you have any redundant knights gathering dust, we’d be happy to put them to service again!

The three bears have moved into the book corner but Goldilocks has still managed to find them and the children are already enjoying re-enacting the story.

Just another reminder about our Foundation Stage Open Week from June 23rd to June 27th . You are welcome to come in and visit and join in with the children , and don’t forget to tell your friends as we still have places available in both nursery and reception for September.

Knowsley safari park 9th May
At last the day of our trip to Knowsley Safari Park arrived. The children arrived at school very excited, as the staff and parent helpers made sure they all went to the toilet and had the correct badge pinned to their jumper! The children waved “goodbye” from the coach and we were off!
It wasn’t long before we realised that being on a coach going through Cragg Vale on windy, bumpy roads was not the best idea, but fortunately we had enough buckets with us and there were no major incidents!
When we arrived at the safari park our wonderful coach driver drove very slowly and stopped at all the good places long enough to make sure that all the children had a chance to see the animals. The lions were a big hit! We saw lots of young lion cubs too!
At first we were disappointed that the driver could not take us through the baboon enclosure because of the damage they could cause, but we were able to park up by the fence and watch the mischievous baboons as they climbed on the cars- pulling at windscreen wipers and jumping on roofs. It probably was a good decision to stay our side of the fence!
The weather was good for us as it was not too hot, but we were able to eat our picnic outside and then we had a short time to explore the “bug house” and the farm and buy an ice-cream before it was time to get back on the coach to go home.

The coach was certainly quieter on the way back as the tired children fell asleep. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day and we were very proud of their attitude and behaviour. Thank you to the parents who came along to help. We hope you enjoyed the day too!

After our visit to Knowsley Safari Park the children in the Foundation Unit were inspired by what they saw. They talked enthusiastically about the different animals they had seen and discussed their favourites. Here are a few examples painted by the Nursery aged children.

Lots of children liked the tigers even though they were fast asleep when we saw them.
They liked the stripey fur. They looked cuddly but we knew they were fierce!

We saw the elephants near the end of our journey
but we didn’t see any that looked like Elmer!

The gentle giraffes had very long necks!

The lions were a definite hit with the children. The daddy lion had a huge furry mane just like this one!

The Reception children decided to write about their safari park experiences. We looked at the photos on the website and thought about what we might write. The children talked to their friends to help compose their sentences. Then it was off to the mark-making table for some of them to begin their work.


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A big thank you to all the children, parents and teachers who made the effort to dress up for Mytholmroyd Gala last Saturday. As last year, we ran away with most of the prizes in the fancy dress competitions.

Maya Tidswell, Lana Elliot Charlie Myers, Poppy Ogden, Jake Steele, Alex Myers, Ruby Owers, Molly Blacker, Lauren Best, Rhona Adams, Penny Brown, Jack Woodhead, Jenny Timson, Olivia Foster, Amy Ingram and Alice Timson all won prizes in the children’s categories. Tracy Hunt won a prize and the Burnley Road School teachers came first in the group competition. We also won first prize in the procession winning the best float.

Sports Day
Unfortunately last Friday the inclement weather meant the Foundation Stage had to hold their Sports Day in the hall. Despite this they had a wonderful time and had lots of fun.
The rain kept away for the Key Stages 1 & 2 Sports Day and we had a wonderful time with group events and finishing off with races at the end. Congratulations to the Tigers who were the overall winners and thanks for the gifts from www.valentinesgiftideas.co.uk who provided the prizes for the children.
Thank you to parents and friends who came to watch and support the children.

House Point Treat
The winning house, the Leopards, had an afternoon of baking. The younger children in baked flapjacks in school and the older children baked buns at Calder High School. We all had a wonderful time.