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Jeremiah 29v11 “For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”

The Saltmine Theatre Company.

Learning takes place through lots of different ways. Today the whole school welcomed a travelling Theatre Company who entertained, danced, sang and performed. With an exciting Bible theme linking to our work in Religious Education, it was a fun way to remind us of these important times and celebration of God’s work.

Drama Workshop.

Dan, Tom, Elspeth and Suzie stayed on after their Saltmine Theatre performance to work with all of KS2 on drama, mime and movement. It was wonderful to see our pupils enjoying themselves whilst also performing and having fun.

Mrs Totty visited Class 2 today to talk about Islam. It was wonderful to learn more about the religion and the Arabic language. The children had a go at writing their names in Arabic.

Class 2 Nativity 2021

Class 2 enjoyed the ‘Christmas in a Box’ workshop with Jane Webber.

Exploring PARABLES with The Springs Dance Company

Class One - what does a church look like?

The Easter Story by Class One

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We learned the Easter Story and used Talk for Writing to learn it. Here is our video!

A stunning gift from one of our creative Governors in celebration of our value COURAGE. This has been created by cutting paper, what can you create to celebrate our value?

We love an interesting question! We have been reading Noah’s Ark in Class One Hub today and this young man posed an extraordinary question afterwards. “Did the other dove stay on the Ark with Noah?” He knew the animals went on two by two, so is a very logical question to ask! Especially for a five year old!.

The Worship Team and Ambassadors have been talking to our Christian Distinctiveness Advisor this afternoon about RE and spiritual development in school. We love hearing what our children have to say, their ideas help us to shape our school.

Christian Library Loan.

The first Thursday of every month is an exciting time. Class 3 and class 4 pupils meet and greet Mr. Catton who allows us to choose a new book to borrow and enjoy reading over the month. Books are such great fun but what makes these books extra special is their emphasis on Christian Values. 

Christmas is a very important time in school. Together we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus. We spend time together as a school family, visit church and celebrate with food and festivities. Jesus came to restore the relationship with God and man and therefore cultivating positive relationships within our community is an important way to show the love of Christ at Christmas.

Taking time to remember those who have fought for our freedom and for those who continue to fight for justice today. Pupils have been writing in class and leading our worship.  This is a special time together as a school family. 

Psalm 145 v 4 ‘One generation commends your works to another, they tell of your mighty acts’ We prayed for those who gave their lives and those who have been injured in war.



What a wonderful performance of the last post on the flute by our year four pupil. It is great when children step up and challenge themselves.

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Family & Friendship 

It is great to come together this September for Collective Worship.  Special school family time which helps us explore our school values.  This term our theme is Friendship.  Today we talked about how friendships can break, but if we make time to listen to one another, sharpen our thoughts and work through the problem we will be stronger and better in the end; we can even go on to help others. ‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother’ Proverbs 18 v 24

Jane Webber came to visit.

Today we were delighted to welcome our Christian Schools Worker, Jane who met with us for collective worship. Jane helped us to understand more about Jesus and the value of trust. It was great fun meeting Oscar too, who shared the story of Jesus in the boat and a great storm. 

This week in collective worship we focused on the words of Jesus to the disciples from John 14v 27 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'  Sometime in the busy world we live in we can struggle to find peace.  We have set up a peace room this week in response to the children asking for a quiet space, during lunch time.  This is a space where children can come, be still and relax and ultimately enhance their well-being.  Do you have a calm space in your life?

Peace and Quiet

Ben Mayho has been very busy enhancing our grounds today with a new reflection willow. Somewhere for a little time to think.

Light of the World! - A beautiful evening together celebrating the birth of Jesus.

This afternoon (13th December), we all came together to celebrate the meaning of Christmas over a delicious lunch! The Criftins annual tradition of singing 'The 12 Days of Christmas' was, as ever, brilliantly done!!

Criftins Remembers: our children salute the fallen.

Lucy from Class 4 gave a stunning and heart-rending performance of The Last Post.

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Class 4 recited the deeply moving poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, and explained the history and meaning of the poppy.

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For Class 3’s beautiful Remembrance video, click here:

For the Remembrance Service, Class 1 said thank you to those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

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Harvest Charity Lunch 2018


Thank you to all who joined us for our charity lunch - soup, bread, cheese, tea, coffee and cake galore. 


We raised £200 for the local food bank and many people also brought food to donate. Thank you all for doing you but to make a difference. 


The New Testament says: 

 Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few' (Matthew 9:37).


We are glad to say that the children are always learning that we all have to do our part to make a difference in the world. 


The children had had a wonderful time baking bread, cakes, entertaining guests and singing for you all. 





Class 2 sang this beautiful song about peace as their part of Remembrance.

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We are delighted that the Mothers' Union have decided to support our school this year in equipping us with resources to promote 'Faith in Action'. I visited Welshampton Church to meet the local group today at their  annual service with two of our wonderful Year 5 pupils. 


We enjoyed learning about the history of the Mothers' Union and the impact of the organisation world wide. We also enjoyed the after service refreshments, meeting some new faces and spending time with some members of the Criftins Community. They are certainly making a difference.

We received a letter of thanks from Bishop Michael after his visit to school. It was great to have the Bishop of Lichfield visit the school in November. It gave the children a chance to see that people care about them from other parts of the Diocese. Thank you Bishop Michael.