News from Nook Lane 2018/19

Spanish Visit!

As part of our Spanish language learning in school we have established a link with a school in Gran Canaria, CEIP El Tablero. Felisa Bernal Consejo, a teacher from El Tablero, visited Nook Lane last week and took part in our Spanish lessons.

The children had lots of questions for her and enjoyed practising their Spanish. They made booklets, postcards and superhero bunting in Spanish for her to take back to her pupils.

We are very excited about this link and are looking forward to finding out all about life in another country and practising our Spanish in a real-life context. The website of the school is: www.ceipeltablero.org if you would like to have a look at it yourself.

Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 14th December, the whole school will be took part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. Everyone got the chance to show off their silly side by wearing their favourite festive knits for the day.

The money raised will help Save the Children give the world's forgotten children a brighter future. It could help bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.

Thank you to everyone who took part and supported our woolly great day!

Christ Church's Baby Group Nativity

Some of the Year 6 children were invited to sing at Christ Church's Baby Group Nativity.

They did a wonderful job singing a variety of carols and songs in between the nativity story being told. They also had a a great time entertaining the babies before the nativity began.

Christmas Service

In the last week of term the whole school and parents attended our annual Christmas Service at Christ Church, Stannington.

The theme was Peace and the children read sections of the Nativity Story from the Bible. There were also prayers, offerings and hopes from other faiths for a peaceful year ahead, including this Christian Prayer for Peace from St Francis of Assisi :

Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy.

 

Have a merry, peaceful Christmas!

Santa Hat Fun Run

On Friday 7th December, the first Nook Lane Santa Hat Fun Run was a great success despite the typically English winter weather! All the children had lots of festive fun, there were lots of sweaty, muddy Santas by the end and everyone was full of Christmassy cheer.

We would like to thank the overwhelming number of parents, carers and grandparents who came out in their numbers to support the event and hope to hold similar events later in the year!

Christmas Tree Walk

On Thursday children from all classes walked to Cow Gap Farm in Dungworth to select our Christmas trees. We have been getting our trees from their since they opened in 2016, as we support local businesses as much as we can and as part of our desire to cut down on the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of Christmas trees from all over the world.

The children enjoyed some hot chocolate and a bouncy castle, as well as searching for the perfect trees. All the children were a credit to themselves and the school and set a new record time: they completed the walk there in 47 minutes and took 50 minutes to get back.

Thank you to all the children, Mrs James and the parents for supporting this great annual event!

Nook Lane Guitarists Perform

Paul Hawksworth's budding guitarists and ukulele players have been working hard in their lessons learning their chords, playing full songs and developing their skills whilst performing in a group. Paul has been keen to provide regular opportunities for the children to perform organically without the use of backing tracks.

Recently, he led his Nook Lane guitarists in another entertaining assembly for the whole-school and in an extremely well-attended performance for parents, carers and families. This time the performances showcased the children playing several parts in one song, in George Ezra's "Shotgun". Our fledgling house band (a group of Year 6 boys) provided impressive musical accompaniment between the changeovers. The children's progress, especially with strumming and rhythm is really pleasing.

We look forward to further concerts in the spring and summer terms. Well done to everyone concerned and to Paul for his inspirational work with the children.

Armistice 100

What a fabulous week we all had - remembering and learning about World War 1 and Armistice day. To commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1, the children of Nook Lane created a special poppy art display. Each year group designed poppies using different art media and they all look stunning.

Also, during this special focus week, the children completed special reading lessons where they read a series of fictional diary entries written from a young boy called John Taylor whose father fought in WW1. Through these texts, the children were able to imagine what life was like during the war and each class had lots of interesting and heart-warming discussions.

As well as this, during the week, the children practised some special WW1 related songs which they performed in a special armistice singing assembly. Such special focus weeks are hugely important and add to our rich and exciting school curriculum.

Harvest Festival for the Homeless

We have been busy collecting tins for our Harvest Festival for the Homeless. A few weeks ago Tim, Matt and Josh from the Cathedral Archer Project came to speak about what life was like for the homeless in Sheffield.

They told us about how hard it was for people without a home to survive on the street, but that many homeless people go on to survive and sometimes thrive when they are given food, a shower and a friendly, caring environment, such as is offered at the Archer Project! The children asked many mature, sensitive and thoughtful questions of the visitors.

We thought it would be good if we offered some practical support to the Archer Project and appealed for food tins to stock up at the Project. We would like to thank you for all your generosity - we collected nearly 350 tins and bags of warm clothes! Tim and Josh gratefully accepted them at our assembly this week.

If you would like any information about the Project, or to support it in any way, pop in to see Mr Walsh at school or contact them via their website: www.archerproject.org.uk

New Look for School Railings

Some friends of Miss Bagnall, who work for British Gas, kindly offered their volunteering services at Nook Lane for a project to paint the school railings on the playground.

The volunteers kindly gave up some time during the summer holidays to do the tricky but important preparation work and to start the paint work and then they came back during the half term holidays recently to finish painting the railing a lovely Nook Lane green.

The school is extremely grateful for the volunteers for giving up their time to do such an impressive job.

Halloween Fun Run

What a spooktacular first Halloween family fun run on Friday!

It was fantastic to see so many children and parents getting involved and all the creepy costumes. There were lots of red faces and happy smiles by the last lap. All finished off with some Halloween treats.

A big thank you to our fabulous parent organisers.

Look out for more details about the next run. We would love to see you all there!

Y3 Benchball Festival

On Monday 15th October, two teams of Y3 pupils took part in a Benchball Festival at Bradfield School, competing against other teams of Y3 pupils from our family of schools.

All the children taking part performed extremely well, showing great teamwork skills, fantastic sportsmanship and represented Nook Lane incredibly well. One team even took the third place title!

It was a fantastic event and all of the children went home with red faces and huge smiles! Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all of the parents who came along to support!