Author: Claire Oaten

This week, children in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Greenfylde First School were proud to receive their Physical Activity mark accreditation from Stuart Kennard at SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) to show their commitment to developing physical activity for the children aged 2 to 5. The mark, developed by SASP aims to support the knowledge that active children 
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Learning how to look after ourselves socially, emotionally and physically turned into a fun learning opportunity recently when children at Greenfylde First School and their pre-schools Cygnets and Sunny-Ile benefitted from another visit from the Coram Life Education team with Helen and Harold the Giraffe. The developmental programme is followed weekly by children throughout the year to support their PSHE 
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We have had to share our Nativity stories virtually this year but that hasn’t stopped us acting and singing all the way to Bethlehem!
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Golden class were very honoured when the Ilminster Town Council asked them to design Christmas cards for the Mayor of Ilminster, Cllr Phil Burton. The children came up with six designs and were thrilled when they received copies of their finished cards which they hope bring some Christmas cheer to all who receive them.
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Sharing with the Minster Congregation we lit up a window as part of the Advent trail around our town.
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There were reindeers, snowflakes and even Christmas unicorns everywhere as children and staff wore their Christmas jumpers to support Save the Children. Thank you to all who supported and we raised over £100.
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Look who popped in to our Forest School log cabin this week! Everyone had huge smiles as they met a very special visitor to school and found a present for their class. Thanks to Father Christmas and the Chief Elf for making a very magical morning and for the support of FrOGS.
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Well done to all our school groups who took part in the Christmas Tree festival and went along to help Rev Jo light the trees. Our groups raised funds for a range of organisations including Save the Children, Fairtrade and Royal British Legion.
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Thank you to the Ilminster Christmas Lights Committee for inviting our children to come and sing in the Market Square. We combined this with our Victorian History day and Year 3s helped by some Year 4s sung beautifully to share in the joy of Christmas. Many families came to support and thanks to Angie from Cottage Flowers for the chocolates 
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Do go and have a look at the shop window in what was McColls where staff and children have created some festive cheer with their display.
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