IBM robotics challenge

This year, as you are aware, IBM and CLC have decided to run a girls only competition for robotics. It does mean that unfortunately, we cannot bring any of our boys to the competition.

I still think that there is a lot of learning and excitement which can take part in a robotics club so I will be running one on Tuesday after school until 4.30 and this club will be for girls AND boys. This way, boys can still help with our preparation and learning process before the big competition.

If you would like to take part in this club, please respond to this post, telling me why you want to join. I want to know anything you know or want to learn about robots and what qualities you have, that you will bring to our club.

The first club will be on the 29th January so responses will need to be done by the 23rd January (Wednesday) so we have time to make the final decision of who will be invited!

Merry Christmas Song

Merry Christmas To You

Christmas time is coming quickly,
Everybody getting ready,
Very busy, not much time to spare.
Nervous with anticipation,
Making all the preparations,
Feeling the excitement in the air.

Getting out the decorations,
Feeling all the expectation,
Putting up the angel on the tree.
Now we’re getting really jolly,
Hanging mistletoe and holly,
Twinkling lights outside for all to see.

It’s the best time of the year on the way
And we just can’t wait to wake up on that day,
And at last we’ll all be able to say
‘Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year’.

Choosing gifts for all the family,
(Mind you don’t forget the batteries!)
Thinking of how happy they will be.
Writing cards and wrapping presents,
Buying Dad a Christmas sweater,
Pile them all up underneath the tree.


Mixing up the Christmas pudding,
Thawing turkey, making stuffi ng,
Hoping that my favourite food is bought.
Peeling, chopping, roasting, baking,
Such delicious food we’re making,
Look, my mouth is watering at the thought!

It’s the best time of the year on the way
And we just can’t wait to wake up on that day,
And at last we’ll all be able to say
‘Merry Christmas to you, Merry Christmas to you,
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.’

Our Poem

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Year 3
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

Year 4
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Year 5
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

Year 6
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Class charters

This week we have written our class charter. We want our school to be a happy and safe place to be. We discussed and agreed what everybody should do in our classroom.

Below, you will see the four different class charters from KS2.

For home learning this week, please discuss the charter with your family. How are you going to try to follow the charter? How are you going to help others to follow it? What does it mean to you? What does a happy and safe classroom look like? What does respectful behaviour look like?

Have you seen anyone following the class charter? What were they doing?

Please comment below, and make sure you keep checking incase anybody replies to your comments. It might start a wonderful discussion 🙂