Tuesday, 31 January 2012

It's Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

The 2nd February is known as Candlemas Day for Christians.

How did this 2nd February come to be called Candlemas?

It was the day of the year when all the candles, that were used in the church during the coming year, were brought into church and a blessing was said over them - so it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles.

Candles were important in those days not only because there was no electric lights. Some people thought candles gave protection against plague and illness and famine. For Christians, they were (and still are) a reminder of something even more important.

Jokes of the week

Provided by Euan Adam (Year 4) who earns himself two red squares for these rib ticklers!

Why didn’t the safari animals invite the giraffe to their party?

Because he was a pain in the neck!

How do monsters like their eggs?

Terri – fried!

Why wouldn’t the ghost cross the road?

He didn’t have the guts!

What’s a snakes favourite subject?

Hiss – tory!

What do you do if you come face to face with an adder?

You subtract it!

What do ants take when they are sick?

Ant – ibiotics!

How do bees get to school?

On the school buzz!

What kind of insects live in clocks?


Monday, 23 January 2012

Week Beginning 23rd January

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey and the results help the RSPB to keep track of bird populations right across the UK. Just watch and count the birds in your garden or local park for an hour and submit your results.

These are the ten most common garden birds in the U.K


The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts.

Blue tit

A colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green makes the blue tit one of our most attractive and most recognisable garden visitors.


The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground.

Collared dove

Collared doves are a pale, pinky-brown grey colour, with a distinctive black neck collar (as the name suggests). They have deep red eyes and reddish feet.


A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call.

Great tit

The largest UK tit - green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks and a distinctive two-syllable song.

House sparrow

Noisy and gregarious, these cheerful exploiters of man's rubbish and wastefulness, have managed to colonise most of the world. The ultimate avian opportunist perhaps.


The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted.


Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.


The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable.

If you require a recording sheet, you can download one at http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
Jokes of the week
A duck walks into a chemist and buys a chapstick. The manager says, "Will that be cash or card?" The duck says, "Just put it on my bill!"

Two vultures were in the desert eating a dead clown. The first vulture asks the second vulture: "Does this taste funny to you?"

A Frenchman walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. The bartender asks, "Where did you get that from?" The parrot replies, "In France, there are millions of them!"

Puzzle of the week
If AK = 10, RV = 4 and JZ = 16,

what does MO = ?

Monday, 16 January 2012

Week Beginning 16th January

We had a special visitor from Barnados this morning.  The children will be taking part in an "eggciting" challenge and will hopefully raise a lot of money for Barnados.
As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 190,000 children, young people and their families every year. They run over 800 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

Puzzle of the week
The goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once.

Joke of the week

Provided by Joshua Barber (Year One)

Why is a chef cruel?
Because he whips cream and beats eggs!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Welcome Back

Happy New Year!

Help The Woodland Trust

With post-Christmas clean-ups underway, Marks & Spencer is calling on its customers to come into store this January and help the Woodland Trust turn festive waste into woodland by recycling old cards at stores UK-wide*.

From 2-31 January 2012, specially-marked Christmas card recycling bins will be placed in over 300 participating M&S stores. M&S is committed to planting one tree with the Woodland Trust for every 1,000 Christmas cards brought into store – with the aim of saving over 10 million cards from the rubbish bin this year, equating to 10,000 new native trees.

Puzzle of the week
The island of Elbonia have a rather eccentric postal system. Postage for an item can be anything from 1 dinar to 15 dinari, and you must use exact postage. Frustratingly, there is only space on the envelopes in Elbonia to attach a maximum of three stamps. What is more, they only have three different denominations of stamps, can you work out what they are?

Jokes of the week
Teacher: I see you missed the first day of school
Kid: Yes, but I didn't miss it much.

Teacher: Could you please pay a little attention?
Student: I'm paying as little attention as I can.

Teacher: James, where is your homework?
James: I ate it.
Teacher: Why?
James: You said it was a piece of cake!

Teacher: Why is your homework in your father’s handwriting?
Pupil: I used his pen!

Teacher: You’ve got your shoes on the wrong feet.
Pupil: But these are the only feet I’ve got!

What’s the difference between a teacher and a steam train?
The first goes “Spit out that chewing gum immediately!” and the second goes “chew chew”!

Today my teacher yelled at me for something I didn’t do.
What was that?
My homework!