Autumn Term 2017
At Lees Hill Church of England Primary School, we started our new school year off with our ‘Great Outdoors’ topic, as well as welcoming our new temporary teacher Mrs Rooney, our new Sports Coach, Mr Bagnall and our new cook Mrs Davidson. We were also pleased with our new roof!
To start off our topic, we visited Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. We spent the day there with a Roman Soldier who showed us what life was like for Roman soldiers in the past. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their day and learned so much more about Romans in our local area.
Our PTA hosted a Partylite candle party which was well attended by parents, staff and members of the community. This was a nice relaxing evening which raised £120 for the PTA.
The children worked hard to prepare songs, readings, presentations and artwork for our ‘British Harvest Festival’, held in the village hall in Walton. Our musicians all played pieces taught to them by weekly music tutors. Local produce was the theme; especially that grown in our own school garden. The children shared their learning about various fruits and vegetables and welcomed friends from Little Acorns. Our harvest festival was followed by a sale of produce which raised £80.40 and a coffee morning for Macmillan which raised £175.
As part of a group of local church schools, we took part in RE week. The week this year had the theme of prayer and art. We welcomed Rachel Gleave into school who worked with each class and we visited Lanercost Priory to share our learning with friends from other schools. In the same week, the infant class enjoyed a visit to Tullie House with friends from Little Acorns, to participate in an owls and butterflies workshop.
Our topic for learning for the second half of the tem changed to ‘Lights of the World’. The PTA organised a fancy dress party to start off our topic. We invited little friends from the community and launched our new toddler group. This now runs on Tuesday mornings 9.30-11am, during term time. Please ring school if you are interested, 0169772577.
School hosted an open afternoon which gave children the opportunity to share their learning with each others, their parents, carers and members of the community. We ended the afternoon by singing a new song ‘The Candle Song’, to link with our topic.
The next day, children came to school in non-uniform to raise money for Children in Need. All children also took part in a sponsored run and a bake sale. A grand total of £450 was raised for Children in Need.
In the run up to Christmas we prepared Christmas shoe boxes to share the gift of Christmas with others.
We also raised £140 for our PTA by bringing in our old clothes to be weighed in.
All children in school worked extremely hard to prepare our Christmas performances of ‘The Christmas Stars’. The comments of feedback from friends and family members prove that the singing, acting and delivery of lines was outstanding and all children were shining stars.
After two Christmas show performances, the whole school attended a Christingle service at Lanercost Priory. They met with friends from local schools to learn more about the Christingle tradition and sing songs related to the theme of light and the world. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Priory.
At the time of writing, we still have our Christmas party, end of term carol service, Christmas lunch, carol singing in the community and a pantomime trip to look forward to.
It has been a very busy and successful term at Lees Hill Church of England Primary School.