Stoke Goldington CE First School November update

School life has been a hive of activity for children at Stoke Goldington CE First School with many fun and new experiences for the children to enjoy.

An Open Morning at School provided an ideal chance for parents of children starting School in September 2014 to see the setting in action. Many parents are often surprised at the richness of resources a village School can offer, with fully interactive whiteboard learning, several IT stations plus individual tablets for children. In addition, there are extensive outdoor learning and play areas along with a range of both in-school and after-school extra curricular opportunities throughout the year.

All 27 children were very excited (and proud of themselves!) for keeping a big secret when they organised a surprise 70th birthday party for their village vicar, who they affectionately know as Reverend Janet. They all made bunting to decorate their playground, baked two wonderful birthday cakes and designed a huge birthday card for their special guest. Parents and School Governors joined all the teaching staff and children to surprise Revd. Janet with an afternoon tea party, presenting her with gifts of vouchers, chocolates and flowers along with a celebratory rendition of ‘Happy Birthday!’

The children have also been out and about enjoying trips to Salcey Forest. Fifteen ‘Learning Ladybirds’ from Years 1 and 2 had a fantastic day at the Tall Oaks Forest School learning all sorts of woodland crafts. The children, assisted by special Forest Leaders, made small dens for gnomes and fairies before moving on to building bigger dens which they could all fit in themselves. They then constructed forest school stars, bows and arrows and amazing catapults, working together to design each item before collecting their supplies and building them.

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The Busy Bees in Early Years Foundation Stage also visited Salcey Forest for a special Autumn walk with the Busy Bees from their partner school, North Crawley CE First School.

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All the pupils loved exploring the renowned Treetop Walk in Salcey Forest and reached the very top of the treetop tower to admire the fantastic view! They had great fun collecting items from the forest floor which they later used to create Autumn artwork in class.

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Before a well-deserved HalfTerm, we wished a very fond farewell to our Year 1 & 2 Teacher & Literacy Specialist Mrs. Sarah Bannerman and we welcome Mrs. Samantha Williams to this role. Mrs. Williams is looking forward to getting to know all the children during our especially busy and vibrant run-up to Christmas!

* For details about Stoke Goldington CE First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit the School website at www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.