Last Post Ever

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Hi every one, hope you had a fun festive season and a great start to the new year!

This will be my last post to you and all  subscriptions will be deleted today.  This means you will no longer receive an email telling you I have added a post.

As I have retired this blog is also retiring.

Thank you for following our blog in 2016 and all the best for 2017.


A Teary Farewell…

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Dear Families,

Today is such a bitter sweet day …

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care in January.

I give them back bigger, taller, wiser, more responsible and more mature than when they began.

Although your child would have grown in-spite of me it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch them blossom, grow and learn day by day.

I give them back reluctantly, for having been on a learning journey with them all year, we have grown close, shared adventures, hopes and dreams, we have laughed, played, learned and enriched our lives together this year. Your child has taken a special place in my heart that will remain forever, they hold the title of my last class and I will cherish my memories of 2016 with them.

It’s been a privlage have taught so many children over 36 years to have played a tiny part in their lives so may great kids who have made me both laugh and cry and the wonderful families I’ve met along the way.

In the years that follow when I see them I will smile and remember and I hope that they will too. I have given very strict instructions that I need invitations to the next 7 graduations 😉

Please know that I  shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, where ever they go, whatever they do and whoever they become, if you see me around please stop and tell me how they are going I will love to hear.

And if you catch me crying today don’t be surprised it’s not because I’m sad but because for me being a teacher has always been a massively important part of my life and it is a little hard to let go of but I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends, travelling and reading a book or 2.

from a very teary Leanne


Reminder – Class Party tomorrow

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As posted earlier this term 😉

‘Wow we are nearly at the end of a fantastic year of growing, playing and learning together and we’d like to celebrate with a party. So… on Tuesday 13th December (last week of term) we’d like to have a party with Mrs.Graham’s class. The children can dress up in their favourite Christmas clothes. Mrs. Graham’s class will bring the sweets and Mrs. Crockford’s class will bring the savoury. We can heat things up in the oven at school if needed.’


End of Year Celebration

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Wow we are nearly at the end of a fantastic year of growing, playing and learning together and we’d like to celebrate with a party. So… on Tuesday 13th December (last week of term) we’d like to have a party with Mrs.Graham’s class. The children can dress up in their favourite Christmas clothes. Mrs. Graham’s class will bring the sweets and Mrs. Crockford’s class will bring the savoury. We can heat things up in the oven at school if needed.

It’s also that time of year when the library is doing the BIG stocktake. We need to start returning our resources to the library ( today we borrowed but will keep the books at school and I will keep library bags ready to pass onto next years teacher) This also includes our readers. Therefore, we will not be bringing readers home from school after the end of this week.

All library books and readers need to be returned. Look EVERYWHERE that books like to hide. Under beds, in toy boxes, back of the car, under the lounge, on your book shelves etc… if our class has 100% return of our books, we all get a surprise from Mrs. James but only if everyone returns their books. Don’t worry, we won’t stop reading! We will still be reading and writing in our classroom every day.



Christmas Card Frenzy

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Hi Families,

Every year I find that children want to give out Christmas cards. Most bring class sets, some just do a few, but there is always someone who is left out and all they really seem to be interested in is the candy cane attached to the card so… I have a plan …

In class, during writing we are going to talk about making cards for our friends then we will all  make a very  special Christmas card.  Each person will make  a card and every class mate will  sign each card, then every child will have one card from every one, you won’t have to help your child write out a class set of cards (that’s 26 by the way), your child won’t come home with 26 cards and 26 candy canes and I won’t have to manage  676 cards, candy canes, tears and rubbish of envelopes and cards they leave on the ground! I have done this for the last couple of yearsr and found it to be very successful. The children end up with 1 very special keepsake signed by every single person from their reception year.  If your family chooses to give out a class set of cards you will need to catch children outside 🙂

We truly think you for your support in this.

Leanne and Di