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37 posts from December 2013


It's a cracker!

Hello everyone!  We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas so far.  

To start off the new year in good cheer, please post your favourite jokes so we can share them in class when we return to school.

A merit for your jokes - thank you :)

In the News!

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What a lovely sight to see our children in the


19th December 2013 edition of the Ilkeston Advertiser.


Well done everyone for your hard work - what a super show!


If you'd like copies of the photos please call the Newspaper's office on 0115 9446160 and quote NILA NATIVITY RICHARDSON SMALLEY 1 (Group photo)  and NILA NATIVITY RICHARDSON SMALLEY2 (Midwife, Mary & Joseph)


Fun at the Panto - Oh YES we did!


Thank you children for your enthusiasm and participation at our pantomime of Beauty & the Beast - we were all certainly dancing and laughing in the aisles as the story unfolded!  Thank you to Gerry Graham's Touring Pantomime company for the super show.  Please enjoy the slideshow and share the fun with your families.




Happy Christmas From Class 5


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Christmas Crafts

Over the weeks leading up to Christmas class 5 have been enjoying making a selection of Christmas crafts which we hope are being enjoyed at home now. Take a look at the fabulous creative work which has been taking place.


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Christmas Jumper Day in Class 1.

Class 1 looked very festive in their Christmas jumpers today! Merry Christmas to you all.

Christmas Jumper Day in Class 1.

What a fabulous day to end the year!

Our School Council organised a fabulous day for us to finish 2013.

We had a special assembly celebrating some wonderful achievements and then our staff performed a very special version of the 12 days of Smalley Christmas!! The children certainly enjoyed it!

Children and staff looked very festive in their Christmas Jumpers and the cake sale was amazing. A massive thank you to those who brought cakes into school. They were fabulous!

Mr Crawford and Mrs Armitage watched Nativity 2 in the afternoon on our amazing new screen. It was just like being at cinema de lux but slightly better as we had free cakes too!!

It was lovely to end 2013 at school with so many smiles. A massive thank you to all. Enjoy Christmas and the holiday season, get plenty of rest and come back ready for an even better year in 2014!

What a fabulous day to end the year!

What a fabulous day to end the year!

What a fabulous day to end the year!

What a fabulous day to end the year!


Class 3's Creative Homework

Hello budding creators,

Your homework over the holidays is to create some sort of pop-up. It can be a book, a card or simply something that comes off your page in your homework book. They're are so many different ways to make something pop out, if you need some inspiration make sure you have a little look at the websites below.




Have fun!

It's Christmas!

I have had a wonderful week this week. Christmas is my favourite time of year and it has been made even more special because of all the wonderful things the children have been doing this week...


Earlier in the week Miss Smith and I ran a Christmas card club at dinner time and it was such good fun! I'm definitely going to do it again next year. 



Then Class 3 organised their own Christmas party. They each had their own job, some people made decorations, some people laid out the classroom, some people made decorations and place settings, some people prepared the food and drinks, some people were in charge of the music. They did such a fabulous job, I was worn out after seeing them work so hard!



Inbetween all this business of party planning, we have also been making christmas pop up books, these are based on an adventure story the children wrote last week. After we made them we travelled down to reception to go and read to them. We might have to go down there again because it was so lovely seeing them together.


Have a fabulous holiday and make sure you get some well earned rest for the New Year! 

Newsletter - Issue 14

Our latest newsletter Issue 14 is available to download below. It contains a review of 2013.