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Happy New Year! The children have kicked off 2018 excellently and have went straight back to working their socks off. We have introduced our new topic 'The Seven Natural Wonders of the World' and they are already full of questions with what they would like to learn more about. On a Wednesday afternoon now we have a cricket coach coming into school to work with the children so they will need a p.e. kit and trainers for this. They thoroughly enjoyed their first session and the coach was very impressed with their ability to throw and catch.
Mrs Nicholson's class have a student teacher, Miss Scott, who will be working in Year 2 until February half term. Also a reminder that we will be holding a parent information meeting Thursday 18th January at 3:30. There will be a parents evening in March, a letter will sent out with more information about this. Please can you make sure you read with your child as often as you can and write a comment in their reading record. Thank you! Year 2 Team.
Last month Mrs Gentles attended training with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. As usual, the RSC worked to the very highest standards with a group of teachers from across England. Mrs Gentles gave a presentation to teachers about the work of our cluster of Durham and Sunderland schools led by Crook Primary School.
The rest of the time was spent planning and organising for the second year of our Associate Schools Programme. This programme has followed on from our very successful involvement in the RSC's Learning Performance Network, which we joined in 2009. We have another exciting year of Shakespeare ahead of us.
Earlier this month the RSC's director, James Farrell, came to Crook Primary to train our cluster of teachers who are working hard with their children to produce some innovative performances of Macbeth for our Shakespeare Festival at King James 1 Academy next March. He was very inspirational and all teachers left school that day feeling they had learned a lot and excited and prepared to tackle this wonderful play with their pupils.
In February they RSC's actors will arrive in Crook Primary to perform a children's version of 'Julius Caesar' for us. Tickets will go on sale in the New Year, so look out for information about this exciting event which will take place on Wednesday 28th February 2018. The actors have visited us twice before and always produce an amazing performance for the whole family.
Just a reminder that any items for the shoebox appeal need to be in as soon as possible so boxes can be packed up ready to be collected by Mrs Kyle.
Also, golden time groups are changing and Mrs Nicholson's class will be starting football on Friday so please can you ensure your child has adequate kit for them to take part. Miss Greaves class will be starting computing.
This week the children experienced school life during World War 1. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the school lesson and soon realised how different life was like. We went to the town and talked to the staff and learned lots of interesting facts. We even had time for a quick stop to visit the reindeer. It was a wonderful day and all the children were so well behaved, they made us proud!
This week we went on a Christmas Journey to the local church. The children had a wonderful time experiencing the Christmas Journey and asked lots of interesting questions. They made a beautiful angel and a place mat to take home.
Just a reminder that Year 2 parents evening is on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November if you would like to come and make an appointment.