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Hey Ewe!

Friday, 15 December, 2017

Infants' Nativity

On Monday, the Infants finally got the opportunity to perform their Nativity show, 'Hey Ewe'.  They were supported by the choir, which contained all of the Junior school children.  Hence, the show involved all of the Primary School children and was performed at The Temple in front of a full house of family and friends.

Everyone has been practising it for many weeks, but no matter the success of previous productions, hearts are always a little in mouths before the show begins! Will the children remember their lines? Will everyone have the right costume? Will they all remember to sing nice and clearly?

Needless to say, we need not have worried. The children were magnificent and performed beautifully. They have really enjoyed the process of rehearsing and getting ready for the production, and this was a chance to show you all of their hard work. We hope you enjoyed the results as much as we did!

Christmas Fair December 2017

Friday, 15 December, 2017

Amazing £1100 raised for 'Tom's Trust' charity


Sunday 10th December was the day planned for the 'Friends of CIS' Christmas Fair.  Weeks of planning, by both the school and a committee of parent volunteers, were to culminate in a celebration of Christmas from around the world and provide the whole school community the opportunity to come together and share festive greetings, which also having a lot of fun and raising money for the school’s chosen charity, 'Tom’s Trust'. 

However, Sunday the 10th arrived and it snowed and snowed and snowed and it soon became apparent that the roads to The Temple, were treacherous and it would not be safe for the event to go ahead.

Not to be beaten, and to prevent everyone’s hard work going to waste, a reduced fair was run at The Temple after the Nativity Play on Monday and it was fantastic.  The true community spirt of CIS was demonstrated by everyone just lending a hand, taking part in the fun and raising an amazing amount for Tom’s Trust, the school total is now over £1,100!!!  Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Christmas Fun

Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Nursery party, Years 1 to 4 trip to see 'Rapunzel' and Years 5 and 6 at Frankie and Benny's and Bowling


On Tuesday, the Year 5 and 6 children ventured out into a cold and frosty Cambridge for their end of year Christmas Treat.  It started with a very yummy lunch at lunch at Frankie and Benny's followed by ten pin bowling. Everyone had a fantastic time.  It was nice to have some fun at the end of term, as everyone has been working so hard. A few comments from the children include:

'The bowling was fun but it was very hard',  

 'I had sticky pork ribs and they were delicious', 

 'Sometimes bowling can be very tricky but it gets easier if you don't give up'


Coral and Caribbean classes also had a Christmas trip on Tuesday.  They went to the Junction to watch the Christmas show, Rapunzel. The story was a twist on the traditional tale, with Rapunzel the wild child locked up in a tower by her wicked aunt, who runs a beauty salon. She wants to create a world where everyone is perfect, but Rapunzel and her Prince have other ideas!

The children really enjoyed the show, and joined in very enthusiastically when it was time to boo the wicked aunt!


Years 3 & 4 had their trip on Wednesday and also went to The Junction to see Rapunzel and agreed with Coral and Caribbean that it was a great show.


Caspian and Seahorses enjoyed their last morning together on Thursday having a special sharing snack and playing musical statues.   We sang our favourite Christmas songs and hoped that Santa does not get stuck up the chimney!  Merry Christmas from all of The Early Years Team.

Wild day for Early Years

Friday, 01 December, 2017

Seahorse and Caspian Classes had a great visit to Shepreth Wildlife park for the start of their animal topic.





On Thursday 30th November, Seahorses and Caspian classes headed out for a day trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park. This was the children’s first trip of the year and there was excitement in the air!  After a short bus ride, the children arrived at the park ready for a whole day of looking at and interacting with the different animals. We explored the park and took part in a ‘meet the animals’ experience.  Next term our topic will be ‘animals’ and the visit was a great introduction to the areas we will learning about in more detail. Despite the cold conditions we had a fantastic day and saw plenty of weird and wonderful creatures and enjoyed the train ride home!

All Change!

Friday, 17 November, 2017

Nursery enjoy the changing of seasons

We love autumn here at Cherry Hinton Hall.  It’s such a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience the change in season in our woodland from searching and collecting conkers and sticks and watching the leaves change colour and fall. We have been watching the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter and have really enjoyed collecting fallen leaves and creating leaf storms!    

Pop Goes the Corn

Friday, 17 November, 2017

Coral and Caribbean classes learn how to make a fire and make popcorn




At Forest School on Friday, Coral and Caribbean classes had an amazing time learning how to build a fire. First they collected kindling, dry small twigs and brush which catch fire very easily. On top of this they put some small twigs and sticks, and then bigger sticks and logs. The kindling was lit and despite some of the damp conditions, the fire started up and burnt very nicely. The science part came next as children then looked at popcorn kernels and saw what happened when they were heated. A fantastic learning experience was rounded off when they were able to eat the finished product!

Wolf Wanted!

Friday, 10 November, 2017

We're not afraid!



Today, Coral and Caribbean had an unexpected visitor. A little pig came in, to ask Coral and Caribbean to help her find a villainous wolf, who had blown her house down! The children listened to her sad story, then created ‘wanted posters’ to put up, so we can find and catch the Big Bad Wolf!

Spooky Science

Thursday, 02 November, 2017

Nursery and Reception have fun with Halloween themes


The children in Nursery and Reception class have had lots of Halloween fun this week! We enjoyed scooping the inside of a pumpkin and making Halloween biscuits. Then we read spooky stories by pumpkin light.

At Forest School, we pretended to be witches and made broomsticks. One of the children’s favourite activities this week was making an erupting Pumpkin. Children made careful observations of what happened when they added some baking soda, food colouring, and vinegar. We encouraged children to think about why these reactions occurred. They came up with some interesting ideas! Marie Ransome

Harvest Donations

Friday, 20 October, 2017

Giving donations for the homeless

The Primary School have been learning about 'Harvest around the World', and a representative from the Cambridge charity 'Wintercomfort' came into assembly on Monday to talk to the children.  They were given information about homelessness and how 'Harvest' donations of food, toiletries and some clothes are used to help support homeless people in Cambridge.
Thank you for all your donations that have come into school this week.  A representative from Wintercomfort will collect them after half term.

Infants trip to sukkah

Friday, 13 October, 2017

Coral and Caribbean learn about the Festival of Sukkot


On Tuesday, Coral and Caribbean classes visited a sukkah as part of their learning on Judaism and Jewish festivals. Laila is Jewish and her mother, Helen, very kindly invited the Infants to come and look at a real one! In class the children learned that Jewish people celebrate a festival called Sukkot at this time of year. Sukkot is a time for Jews to remember the years after they escaped from Egypt, when they had to build shelters in the wilderness, called sukkahs, to keep out the fierce sun and keep them warm at night.

The children looked at photos of real sukkahs and have begun to design their own. It was exciting for them to see a real one, particularly one as beautifully decorated as Helen's! 

After looking around the sukkah and asking lots of questions, the children ate a delicious fruit and biscuit snack in the sukkah, just like Jewish people, who eat all their meals outside in the sukkah during the Sukkot festival. Mr Orwin