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UFFCULME PRIMARY SCHOOL
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2014
Reception Class Over the last half term the Reception class have enjoyed learning all about Space. We started off with cele-
brating fireworks night and creating some wonderful bonfire and firework themed artwork using paint, glitter
and chalks. We even used tissues to paint with and made some fantastic bonfire pictures. The children also
enjoyed creating a firework dance with scarves and exploring movement to music.
We turned our role-play area into our very own spaceship and made control panels out of recycled materials.
We thought carefully about what the different buttons and levers controlled and wrote labels next to them.
We decided to have our very own picnic on the moon and invited our favourite toys to join us. We wrote invita-
tions to our toys and together wrote a list of the ingredients we needed to make star shaped sandwiches. We
made a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwiches and enjoyed spreading the bread and using the
star shaped cutters. Much fun was had by all and the children particularly enjoyed bringing their toys to
school, introducing them to their friends and talking about how special they are.
Over the last two weeks we have been getting into the Christmas spirit and have been busy making decora-
tions and cards as well as playing the parts of stable animals in our Christmas play. The children all worked
really hard to learn the songs and actions and enjoyed wearing their costumes.
Well done, Reception!
RED – CULM
Natalie Churchward Connor Fisher Jo Davies Oliver Batten Ewan Harkness-Moore Megan Newman Jessica Churchward Blade Chidgey Daniel Harkness-Moore
30 Housepoints: Leland Tanner Seth Furness Jack Jones Christina Orchard Bethany Elston Evelyn Little Caitie Mitchell-Richards Eleanor Maddicks Iona Wilson Isabella Hart Freia Wilson Luke Greenhalgh
GREEN – LOWMAN
10 Housepoints: Poppy McDermid Joshua Long Chloe Oldham Dylan Smith Harley Welch Joe Penfold Henry Woodward Lucy Pryke Millie Lucas Makan Coulibaly Lucy Gardner Alan Adamus Mason Spowart Baylee Wood
30 Housepoints: Bethany Gray Karim Coulibaly Isabelle Margetts Jonah Thomas John Penfold Ryan Farrant Logan Hulatt Jack Middleton Luke Thomas Freya Gray
HOUSEPOINTS THIS TERM
BLUE – OTTER
10 Housepoints: Harry Tidball Leo Clench Ella Tonge Leo Clench Katie Fricker Harley Whitehead Violet Bennellick Cody Alford Caitlin Thompson Amy Tonge Freddie Martin
30 Housepoints: Reuben Tidball Adam Muzik Isabella Jackson Oliver Venn Harrison Hine Cara Broom Laila Howell Ruby Taylor Kaysie Hutchings Isabelle Hine Riley Watts
60 Housepoints: Jessica Swanston
YELLOW – EXE
Year 1 This half term, our topic has been Out and About. In our science lessons we have been learning about the weather and seasons. We learnt about the village of Uffculme in our geography and we have been making Christmas cards with moving parts for our design
and technology work. It has been a very busy half term because we have also been prac-tising for our Nativity Play! Well done year 1 - you all put on a wonderful performance!
Nativity We have enjoyed spending a lot of time practising for our nativity play, learning our words, actions and songs.
We especially loved dressing up in our costumes! Well done to all the children involved in the play for making
it so memorable. We know our teachers were very, very proud! Thank you to all the parents, relatives and
friends who helped us.
We have started to learn about The
Great Fire of London. So far we have
been looking at the diaries of Samuel
Pepys finding, out why the fire started
and how it eventually stopped. We have
also had a go at writing our own diaries.
In design and technology time we have
made a felt collage each using different
coloured flames. This involved lots of skills like cutting, sticking and design.
A big thank you to Ann and Tyler from Year 6 who came to help us with
these and for the whole week – we loved having you in to help!
In maths we have been learning
about shapes all around us. We can
now describe shapes by their prop-
erties, e.g. sides, faces, edges and vertices. We can spot
shapes around us in everyday life and we know a lot more
about 3D shapes. We have started to look at shape patterns
and some of us can talk a little about right angles now. We
have started to look at directions as well and are using bee-
bots to learn about left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise-
watch out for the latest back-seat drivers in your family!
Our new topic is
The Great Fire
We have been focussing on a range
of books in the Katie Morag series.
We have described Katie Morag
characters like Grannie Island and
Grannie Mainland and we have
worked in groups to create our own
Katie Morag story. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Katie Morag day that Mrs Wel-
don arranged as we learnt so much about the books and the setting as well as dress-
ing up as characters from the story. We think we all looked fantastic!
In Science we found out about what things are made of and the properties of objects in our
focus on Materials. We are now looking at
Living Things and their Habitats.
In Music we have enjoyed looking at rhythms used in different pieces of music. We have done really well at singing songs in Spanish and French. At the end of our work on rhythm and pulse we especially enjoyed performing all the songs of the Unit and entertaining Mrs Kerslake!
Monday 5th January– Term Begins
Monday 16th – Friday 20
th February – Half Term
Friday 27th March – Last Day of Term
Monday 13th April – Term Begins
Monday 4th May – Bank Holiday
Monday 25th – Friday 29
th May – Half Term
Friday 17th July – Last Day of Term
- Wednesday 22nd
July – INSET DAYS (no pupils)
Year 3 Year 3 have really enjoyed learning about the Tudors, particularly Henry VII and Henry VIII. We were all fascinated by the char-
acter of Henry VIII; we were particularly interested in learning about how horrible he was and what happened to his wives. We
have had a lot of discussions about whether he was the most powerful Tudor! Mrs Hayman has been very impressed with all
of the extra research that many of us have completed at home. She has really enjoyed listening to what we found out. As part
of our Tudor topic we will be completing portraits based on the Tudor Kings and Queens. Please look out for the display next
As part of our English work this term, we wrote our own class story based on ‘King of the Birds’ by Helen Ward. We called it
‘King of the Trees’. To help us think of adjectives and descriptive phrases we explored the woodland area behind the school.
We collected leaves of different shapes and colours.
We have also been writing our own poems based on ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. We found it really tricky to under-
stand to begin with as Clement Clarke Moore used lots of old fashioned words because he wrote it nearly 200 years ago! We
have really enjoyed our unit of work on poetry and lots of us have been writing poems in our spare time, either during wet
plays or at home. Mrs Hayman is very impressed.
What A Merry Christmas
What a Merry Christmas it is. The bells are jingling and the stockings are hung The tinsel is glimmering and the snowflakes are falling The lights are switched on and the children are asleep The decorations are hung on the Christmas Tree with care.
We had a very exciting week at school last week. We watched the Nativity play performed by KS1, had Christmas dinner and
had our nugget treat as we achieved 25 nuggets. We are now looking forward to making our Christmas cards and completing
other Christmassy activities.
We would like to thank all of our parents for all their help this term and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
The Christingle service at
St Mary’s Church on
was, as ever, a lovely
evening. Joe played
xylophone, and Cody and
Ewan played drums in
Molly wowed us with her
singing during assembly
last week. She performed
a song from Matilda and
captivated us with her
voice and actions. Molly
has lessons with Heidi
Our Literacy work for the last two weeks has focused
on poetry inspired by art work from the book, Paint
Me a Poem by Grace Nichols.
We are working on our own poems inspired by
Paint Me A Colour
Paint me blue, like the summer sky.
Paint me red, like strawberry jam.
Paint me black ,like the coal on a fire.
Paint me green, like the leaves on a tree.
Paint me white, like a dove in the sky.
Paint me pink, like strawberry ice cream.
Paint me yellow, like the bright shining sun.
Christmas card making
In Science we have been finding out
about solids, liquids and gasses. One
of our experiments was to predict
what would happen when salt, sugar
and tea leaves were added to cups of
water. We then tried it out—ask me
about what happened...
Our Topic for this half term has been
finding out about volcanoes.
Year 5 Christmas dinner! This year we had an excellent Christmas dinner. In the hall, everybody enjoyed pulling the Christmas crackers and getting little toys to play with. All of the children were
wearing brilliant jumpers and Christmas hats this year, it made it a whole lot more festive. Written by Savanna and Kaysie!
Dance club—Bollywood Comes to Uffculme!: By Rosie & Ava. The whole of Key Stage 2 dance club would like to give a big thank you to Karina Gracia our wonderful dance
teacher and hope she enjoyed working with us. We have also loved learning new moves and have put on a performance to show to adults and children. The songs we performed to were ‘Roar’, ‘Counting Stars’ and ‘Twist’.
THANK YOU! Water and canals: By Seth & Milly We all had fun going down to a meander past the fields over the river, we also enjoyed looking at the erosion in the river/meander. In topic we have been learning about canals. We found out lots of
interesting facts like why the Victorians built them in the first place. Water charities: By Karina Hayman and Daisy Lucas. We have been working extremely hard on our power
point presentations based on water charities. We had to collect information and pictures and put it on our power point presentations. We would like to thank Mrs Hansford for the lovely task that we have been given.
Choir The School Choir went to Tescos in Tiverton to sing Christmas carols this week and raised £57.22 for WaterAid. Well done eve-ryone!
Christingle On the 3rd of December 2014, we had our Christingle at St Mary’s
church. Well done everyone who played an instrument and the choir.
You all did really well! We all sang beautifully and everyone who took part
worked really hard. Megan, Sammy and Ben did some of the readings. All in all
we raised over £200 so children less fortunate than us can have a very Merry
Grenville House On the 8th December, we went to Grenville house in Brix-ham. We went orienteering in the afternoon at Berry Head, which is a 20 minute walk away. We split up into our groups and got a map. There was a point on the map which is where
we had to go and find the post and remember the colours on it.
Everyday each group had a certain activity that we did. The activities were: canoeing, high ropes, abseiling, raft building, caving and a coastal walk. The leaders were very encourag-ing and patient. Many people were nervous of the activities but conquered their fears and felt really proud of themselves afterwards. Most people enjoyed the high ropes the best.
On the last day, it was second chance Friday which meant that people could either have an-other go at abseiling or they could go on the coastal walk.
We will have an after school presentation in the New Year. By Alanah
Ambassador tea Year six ambassadors had a special event on the 5th De-
cember - they had tea, coffee and hot chocolate with
delicious cake. We had lots of fun. We thank Mrs.
Cheetham, Mrs. Mosdell and Mrs. Dentith for helping.
By Jacob and Ben.
Year 6 Assembly On the 4th of December, year 6 held a class assembly for parents and Key Stage 2 about World War Two. (We have been looking at the war in Topic, English and R.E.) There were many roles to act and three songs to learn. We did two scenes, one about an air raid
and one about evacuation. Although Miss Gibbs was unable to be with us, with the help of Mrs Cheetham and Mrs Mosdell, the show went on. We really en-joyed it and so did the audience.
By Isabella Patterson and Jessica Churchward
of Uffculme Primary School
wish our parents and friends
a very Happy Christmas
and New Year