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From farmyard visits, though to trips and roadshows, there is never a dull moment at Glenesk.

 

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Exploding Volcanoes

The playground was turned into an island of volcanoes this morning as Year 1 with the help of their parents set off eruptions in volcanoes they had crafted themselves. They learnt about the chemical reaction required, added the ingredients and boom! Lots of lovely red lava.


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Rainforest Roadshow

We had a fascinating visit from Dave and his rainforest roadshow yesterday – he taught us all about the sights and sounds of the amazon rainforest – and even let us hold some of the creatures he had brought with him – the children were much braver than the teachers!


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Resilience

This term in our school assemblies we are learning about Resilience. Each week, we cover a different aspect. In Mrs Smyth’s Assembly this week, the children learnt how to develop their resilience skills so they can learn to overcome difficulties. After listening to a story about a little girl who showed great resilience, the children were invited to volunteer to engage in a range of


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Year 2 make Bird Boxes

It was Year 2’s turn to make Bird Boxes and Mrs Bradley’s husband kindly came in to help them. We were very impressed by the children (and parents) construction skills. The children were very proud of the finished results and can’t wait to see who comes to nest!


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Caribbean Storytelling

Today we all enjoyed a magical morning travelling to Jamaica and other countries with Winston Nzinga. He wowed the children with his stories from the Caribbean, and they loved joining in and learning some Jamaican Patois, singing songs and playing instruments whilst Winston accompanied them on the guitar.


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Inspiring art

Year 2 got into the swing of things and painted their own Piet Mondrian pictures. Mondrian listened to swing music while he painted, so they did too! They were inspired by the music to paint their own pictures.  


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Reception Grandparents visit

Reception were very excited to invite their Grandparents in to have a look at their favourite toy from when they grew up. They were very surprised and pleased to find out that, even though it was a little while ago, lots of their favourite activities like playing with puzzles, kites and jack in the boxes, reading, sailing and fishing are still some of the Reception


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Making bird boxes

Year 1 and their parents had a productive morning today making bird boxes – there was lots of hammering and sawing and they are now looking forward to taking them home tonight and welcoming birds into their gardens


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Football skills

All the children from Nursery to Year 2 have been enjoying learning new football skills in PE this week


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Christmas jumpers and goodbyes

There was much excitement today seeing which jumpers everyone had worn! Year 2 added to the fun by dressing up their friends as snowmen using only toilet roll! We also said a very fond farewell to Mrs Pain in Assembly today.  She has done a sterling job covering maternity leave in Rising Reception.  The children and everyone will miss her very much and we wish


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Year 1 & 2 perform The Landlord’s Cat

Years 1 and 2 delighted the audience with their joyous christmas performance of  ‘The Landlord’s Cat’. Well done Year 1 and 2. Lovely clear voices, lines well learnt, beautiful solos and confident performers


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Christmas lunch

Christmas hats, crackers and clean plates all round today! A delicious christmas lunch with all the trimmings was enjoyed by the staff and children altogether today – special thanks to Nonie and Christine for all their hard work preparing it for us


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Santa stops by….

Ho Ho Ho—We were thrilled to welcome Father Christmas to Glenesk on Wednesday. The children were enthralled when he popped in to their lessons and gave them all a little present seeing as they have all been so good.  


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Christingle assembly

Following making their Christingle oranges last Friday, the children enjoyed a Christingle service this week with Reverend Pittarides from St Martins and Ed Cope, the  Children’s Minister from St Mary’s.  There was a magical atmosphere when the lights  were turned off and the children enjoyed singing by candlelight accompanied by Reverend Pittarides on the guitar. Mrs Tod even gave us a real life demo!


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Nursery, Rising Reception, Reception Christmas Show

What a wonderful Christmas show—a big well done to Nursery, Rising Reception and Reception. We were so impressed how confidently everyone performed on stage and how well everyone had learnt their lines. Such beautiful singing voices and every line could be heard so clearly. A lovely start to Christmas for all of us in the audience. Thank you very much to all parents for the


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Room of Surprises

Thanks to our lovely parents in FOGS, the children enjoyed a magical trip to the Room of Surprises where they chose and wrapped a present for a loved one – learning that Christmas is about giving as well as receiving  


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Glenesk Choir

We were very proud of our Glenesk Choir as they performed at a local Christmas Fair in support of Cherry Trees respite care home for children. They were described as ‘angels’ spreading Christmas cheer.


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Bauble Painting

A big thank you to Mrs Dunleavy and her team of FOGS merry helpers for all their wonderful work in helping not only the Glenesk children, but also siblings and staff decorate their Christmas baubles. What a lovely start to Christmas.


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Year 2 bring the past back to life

Year 2 travelled back in time this week to bring Florence Nightingale back to life with the help of the Perform Theatre Company. They had a hands-on recreation of the Crimean War re-enacting scenes between injured soldiers and nurses, and learnt about Britain’s most famous carer, her methods and her impact on modern day care.     .  


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Ballet watching week

Our families came to watch our ballet lessons today – and we had such fun showing off all the new skills we had learnt


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Dinosaur Bones

As part of Year One’s dinosaur topic, the children enjoyed becoming palaeontologists and there was much excitement when they discovered samples of dinosaur bones in the classroom that they had made from salt dough. They have also been using the bones as part of our Maths lesson to  measure and sort the dinosaur bones according to their size.  


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Reception’s first school trip

The Reception children were very excited about their first school trip. They went to the British Wildlife Centre to support their learning of British Animals and their habitats. They got to see a whole variety of animals including red deer, fallow deer, otters, hedgehog, foxes, voles ,polecats and owls.  Flo the fox was a particular favourite. They enjoyed every minute of the trip, including the


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Animal Hospital

Reception let their imaginations run wild this week and set up an animal hospital in their outdoor area. They made a list of all the things they would need and Miss Thomas made an impressive new door to their animal hospital classroom. Their first patient was brought in by Judith—her poorly Lion had fallen off the shelf and needing looking after!


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Friendship Circle

It is National Anti Bullying week so at Glenesk we have been celebrating friendships. As one of our activities all the children have helped to plant a circle of daffodil bulbs in the school garden that will grow and blossom into a friendship maze for the children to enjoy with their friends


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Sports Lesson open morning

Parents and families were invited in today to watch our younger year groups sports lessons – they loved showing off their skills in running, throwing and catching!


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Friendship Week

This week is national Anti-Bullying week, and because our children are only small we have celebrated this week as friendship week. We have had a friendship assembly, discussing all the ingredients that go into being a good friend, we stuck friendship leaves on a tree, we planted daffodil bulbs to make a friendship circle and Year 2 made friendship cake for the whole school.  


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Father’s Reading Week

A huge thank you to all the Fathers who kindly came in to school to read to their child’s class. Each child collected their father from the office and escorted him to their classroom so he could read to the children. Well done to all the brave volunteers!  


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A walk on the wild side

The whole school enjoyed a visit from Graham Cornick and his amazing woodland animals. He explained to us all how he had rescued the injured animals and helped them recover. Some of the stars of the show were Aggie the Barn Owl and Charles Chinchilla! The children also learnt about not dropping letter to help the wildlife.        


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Spooktacular!

A big thank you to our very special FOGS mums for transforming our Stay and Play room into a Spooktacular Spider and Pumpkin cavern where each class took part in a creative activity. There were other seasonal activities in the classrooms. In Rising Reception they practised their fine motor skills in exciting ways with foam, jelly and pumpkins


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