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Hill Rolling

On Wednesday we found out what it was like to roll down a hill.

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Guinea Pigs weekend help wanted


If you have a free weekend and you would like to sign up to come into school and feed our guinea pigs (Sharkey and Nutbrown) please pick up the letter below from the school office and return to Mrs Ingle or Mrs Mellor. Many thanks







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Bear hunt, bird hides and bones!

We were really lucky to begin our week with a visit from Mr O'Neil who taught us lots of things about bones. 

The children have continued to use the 'Bear Hunt' story in their play. We've had lots of fun retelling the story inside and outside with props, painting and drawing.

We had a visiting toy parrot which inspired us to make a bird hide on the Woodlands so we can observe some real birds. 

Next week we are planning to explore the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. If you have any different versions of the story we would love to see them. Or if your child has any ideas of things we could do please send them into This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finally we have been learning a song to perform in the Harvest assembly next Thursday. Its called 'Big Red Combine Harvester'- ask your child to sing it and show you the actions.  

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Feeding the Guinea Pigs

If you are able to help with our weekend Guinea Pig rota the attached letter is available from the office.

Thank you



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Welly Wednesday

Thank you for sending in wellies for our weekly Welly Wednesday. The children are also getting really good at choosing to  their wellies during our daily Woodlands sessions.

Here's a peek at what we've been up to.

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Lovely Lunches

The children are getting used to their new lunch time routines and are enjoying lots of healthy food.

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Reception Superstars

The new  Reception class have made a super start to their life at Crossdale. In assembly they were introduced to the whole school (with a little help from siblings).

Thank you for all the hard work you have put into the All About Me books. The children have loved sharing these. 

If you still have any information packs for the office could you please pop these to the office asap.

Just a reminder to parents that we will be having a tea party at 1 O'clock on Wednesday 13th September. This is a nice chance for families to meet up over a cuppa and get to know each other. There will be  at least one member of the PTA available to chat to if you have any questions or were interested in helping out at school events. Mrs Shipman will also be attending so she can to get to know our new families and be available for any questions regarding uniform, milk, etc. 

At 6pm on Wednesday 13th there will also be a parents information evening. At this we will go into more detail about reading information books and routines at school. If you are unable to make this we will ensure this information is available via email or you are Welcome to call in and speak to us after school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ingle and Mrs Mellor. 



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Happy Holidays



Dear Parents

A big thank you to everyone for a fantastic year and for making the end of term so special. Thank you for all the lovely gifts, cards and kind words, we are  overwhelmed with your kindness. Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to seeing the children settle into Year One in September.

Your child has brought home a Holiday Book with a list of  activities to try and complete to keep them busy in the holidays. We've given you a helping hand by providing the popping corn and umbrella for challenges 28 and 45. Please bring these books back in September to show Miss Dibley and Mrs Neale. 

 Happy holidays

lots of love

Mrs Mellor and Mrs Ingle



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Forest School Update

We have had another year of fabulous Forest School/Welly Wednesdays in our wonderful Crossdale grounds.

Here are a few photos of activities that have taken place across school.

We will keep you posted on next weeks planned fire circle.



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A Peek at the Week in Reception

We've been finding out about fish this week. We've been practising our fish dances ready for the whole school production. We've read the story of the Rainbow Fish and talked about sharing and being a good friend. We also looked at some real fish from the Morrison's fish counter!

We have been practising adding and taking away using a number line to jump forwards and backwards.

There has also been lots of expectant mums in Reception this week! We've got lots of Crossdale families about to have babies so this was a real hot topic of conversation as well as opportunities to role play. 

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Nutbrown and Sharky

We have new Crossdale Pets who live under the shelter in the Reception classroom. They are two friendly girl Guinea Pigs who are called Nutbrown (she looks like a little nut!) and Sharky (not because she bites but because she has a fin of fur on her back!)

The Friends of Crossdale have kindly sponsored the purchase of the Guinea Pigs and their ongoing food and hay.

Thank you for the recent donation of Guinea Pig food from the Rhodes family. (sadly, no long needed by your Guinea Pig.).

If you would like to contribute any fresh food I will be putting a board out on a Friday in the hope that a couple of families a week may sign up to contribute some fresh food for the following week ( spinach, carrots, cauliflower, peppers.....) in exchange for Guinea Pig cuddles.

I will start this off on Friday of this week. If you don't pick up on a Friday but would like to donate please pop it into the office or with your child and I will add you to the list.

Many thanks

Mrs Ingle and Mrs Mellor

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Busy in our PJ's

We had a great time yesterday. Here's a peek at what we got up to......

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Cress Sandwich Instructions

We have had a great week planting more cress as the first crop didn't grow very well! We looked at what could have gone wrong (the children were such great problem solvers) and tried again. While were waiting for it to grow we bought some from the shops so we could go ahead and make our cress sandwiches. The children were fantastic and were very keen to taste the cress, some for the first time. They talked about the other vegetables they liked and showed off their knowledge about healthy eating. The children have all written their own instructions so they can have a go at making their family cress sandwiches. Enjoy!

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Halving and Doubling


We've been looking at halving and doubling objects, quantities and numbers this week. Keep your eyes open for good examples and please bring them into school or post them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Thank you for all the Jack and the Beanstalk stories, and different seeds that have been coming into school this week. the children are really enjoying learning about growing . if you have any seeds, cuttings or spare plants we could have to use in school it would be much apreciated. 

Finally thank you for all the continued support with reading. Those 10 minutes a night really do make the difference and give the children so much more confidence.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Mrs Ingle and Mrs Mellor :) 


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The children have all come back to school full of beans which has been very handy as we launched our week with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

We decided to grow our own Beanstalks too  Please feel free to come in at the end of the day to see how they are growing.

The children are keen to plant lots of different seeds and find out more about growing. 

After a wobbly start we are re-launching our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If your child has any ideas, questions or photos of things they have done please send us an email.  




We have also been following up our phonics sessions with a visit to Mr Thorne on Youtube! They are really useful clips that you can use at home to consolidate your child's learning.


Its a very busy term with lots going on. As always if you have any questions or queries we are always happy to help so please pop into see us.








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We are looking to purchase a hutch/run suitable for Guinea Pigs.  If you have one you no longer need and would like to donate or sell it to school we would be very interested. Please pop into see me or email details.

Many thanks 

Mrs Ingle

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Spring into book week!


It was lovely to have lots of parents in on our dress up day to come and share lots of activities. The children were able to show how we learn to tell/sing  (with our 3 Little Pigs song) familiar stories to help develop our reading and book skills.


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Every Little Voice Matters

Please find this in your child's book bag. We look forward to hearing about their ideas. 

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Churning Butter


We've had a lovely week reading lots of different versions of the story of the 3 Little Pigs. In one story, where the third little pig jumped on a butter churn, we had lots of children wanting to know what a butter churn was used for. 

This led to us making our own butter! it was amazing. We had to work really hard to shake the cream until it stopped sloshing, then keep on shaking until it started sloshing again. We drained off the butter milk and spread it on crackers. Every child tried it and said it was delicious!

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Next week

On Monday both Mrs Mellor and I will be out of school attending courses. Mrs Oliver will be working with Mr Ellis a supply teacher who will cover for the day.

On Thursday we will be having a come as a character day as part of our Book Week. On Thursday afternoon school is open for you to come in and see reading activities in action in your child's classroom. Please see the newsletter on the blog for details and times.


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