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Karen Sanderson, a local author, visited Cliffedale on Monday 19th March to read from her children's book, 'Where's Dylan'? She also brought along the stars of her book - Dylan and Megan, her Border Collies, to say hello to the children. Karen talked to the children about how Dylan's anxieties, and how they overcame them, inspired her to write the book. She also offered advice to the children about how to deal with their own anxieties and worries.
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Snow Day Homework Challenge

....and once the children have gone home.....

Every family starts its own traditions and Carols in the Gazebo might be one of ours now! Such a beautiful way to finish....

Congratulations to our Cliffedale Concert group who played for the school on the last afternoon of 2017 - what a talented group!

Congratulations to our Cliffedale Concert group who played for the school on the last afternoon of 2017 - what a talented group! 1

Santa popped in and left the children an early treat!

Family photos around the tree....

Christingle-making workshop and our speciall assembly to follow

A lovely Christmas Dinner Day with crackers for every one!

Some of the choir sang at Morrisons to thank them for the produce they give to us during the year.

Some of the choir sang at Morrisons to thank them for the produce they give to us during the year. 1
Some of the choir sang at Morrisons to thank them for the produce they give to us during the year. 2
Some of the choir sang at Morrisons to thank them for the produce they give to us during the year. 3

The most beautiful Christmas Tree this year is, obviously, the one the children chose from Syston Park. They wanted it to be bushy but not too bushy, tall but not too tall and not too dense...and they found just what they were looking for! The children enjoyed pushing it through the giant tree wrapper and then went inside for hot chocolate. They also met Mrs Eade's Dad who had popped out for a brew! Thank you to Trish and her friends at the Fruit Farm for their kindness.

The Cliffedale Christmas Tree.

We have all decorated an owl and added a Christmas message. The owls have decorated our school tree at St Wulfram's Church.

St Wulfram's Church Christmas Tree Festival November 2017

Football tournament - 16.11.17.

We attended the Large Schools football tournament on the 16th November. 


We were in a group along with Isaac Newton, Gonerby Hill Foot and National B team. We won two of those games and only didn't get through to the next round on goal difference! It was the closest group at the event!


We then played National A team and won 3-0, a good way to end the day.


All the team enjoyed themselves and played extremely well.

A really lovely Autumn Disco - as always, huge thanks go to the PFA for their time, effort and care.

September 2017

Thank you to the PFA for our Summer Disco fun!!

Sports day 2017 Finally the sun shone and our Sports Days took place. It was an enjoyable day and it was lovely to see so many family and friends here to cheer the children on. Well done to Kingscliffe!

Cliffedale Gymnastics Club Awards Evening - an impressive display by our talented children who have been well rewarded for their effort. Congratulations to all and thanks for the wonderful support from coaches and families.

Thursday 25th May - Walk to Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss in glorious sunshine!

Wednesday 24th May

Today we visited Ingleton Water falls where we discovered that money really does grow on trees! After a lunch break and a stop for ice-cream, we made our way across the stepping stones to White Scar Caves. After evening dinner, our challenge was to build a football pitch out of natural things we could scavenge from around the village of Malham.


While Mr Murphy is enjoying sunny Malham, he has left his classroom unattended and some little foxes and squirrels have been visiting!!

Tuesday 23rd May 2017


Today started off with a delicious breakfast, then we headed on our to journey Pike Daw Hill which is 540m  . It was a long climb but we finally got there and took pictures of the sensational view. After that, we headed on to find somewhere to have our lunch provided by the friendly youth hostel which was very nice and we enjoyed it very much, before we knew it, we were heading down for Malham Tarn.


Surprisingly, we were at Malham tarn, The water was very cool and inviting, however there were cows all over the place followed by sheep nearby. Eventually, we arrived at Malham cove, everybody loved the limestone pavement, although, it had a lot of separated rocks.


The youth hostel is great. Some are playing on the field nearby, however some are staying behind and doing our log books which are also very fun. From our window the scenery is beautiful.

We arrived in Malham safely. Before then, we stopped off at the National Coalmining Museum. We went over 400 feet below the surface! An ex-miner gave us an amazing tour which gave us a chance to experience what it was like to be a miner! We got our faces dirty and learnt a lot of new things.


To give us a little a look around we had a stroll in the village. It was very peaceful and there were lots of nice views. Finally, we came back to the youth hostel. We went outside into the grounds and played a fun game of tig, weaving in and out of the bush of tunnels!


Now...time for bed! Shhhh, secret midnight feast....


We've got a picture of some of the children at the mines, more pictures will follow tomorrow! We promise!!

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...and off they go ...Malham 2017...have a wonderful time all of you!

Wednesday 3rd May

 This morning Rosemary from The Grantham Canal Society came into assembly to talk to us about the history of the canal and the lock restoration. Rosemary came in period dress and showed us some of the original bricks for the lock. Our photography club have been busy editing the photographs taken during the assembly.


Red Nose Day - we wore enough colours to make us smile - a lovely day with donations at the gate and cakes on sale in the sunshine! Thank you for your support.

Year 5 attended a free concert at St. Wulfram's Church on Tuesday 21st March. A collection of famous pieces of classical and popular music were put together by local students and entitled, 'Orbis Motus' (World Motion). They were performed by Manchester-based 'Camerata.' Beautiful sounds in a beautiful building and the children were a pleasure to be with.

Cliffedale in bloom! Our spring flower homework project has enabled our school to become a splash of colour. Thank you to all the families who have helped to create our beautiful display.

To celebrate World Book Day, pupils were entertained by Chip, a story-teller, who visited the school. Pupils (and staff) were mesmerised by the stories they heard and enthusiastically took part in some audience participation!
During February, a group of Year 5 Pupils attended a series of Art and Design sessions at Priory Ruskin Academy. They produced some amazing pottery and stunning textile work using Batik based on our topic 'The Maya.'

On Wednesday 8th February a group of Year 1 and 2 children attended the Bisi Badminton Festival at KGGS with eight other local primary schools. The festival involved children from 8 schools in the Grantham area taking part in a rotation of activities developing coordination skills. All those who took part earned a certificate.

“The Bisi was really good because it’s good to get your muscles going and badminton is fun.” Year 2 pupil

On Friday 3rd February 16 of our children took part in The Grantham Rotary Club Swimarathon. Our children swam an impressive combined total of 430 lengths. The children demonstrated amazing determination and team work.




On Friday 3rd February we took part in the NSPCC World Number Day. We had a non-uniform day with a number theme. There were lots super costumes. We started the day with an assembly and played Mathletics. Throughout the day we took part in a variety of maths activities. Year1 and 2 had a visit form Orchard Games, made their own games and then invited the adults into school at the end of the day to play the games. Our Foxes and Squirrels were busy measuring and making Jelly and our Key stage 2 children were busy solving maths logic problems. This even involved costing out money would be needed to create and build a theme park. The staff came as dominoes and before school they played a game of human dominoes in the hall.



World Maths Day 2017

Cliffedale Rock Sheffield!!

On Friday 13th January, members of the choir went to Sheffield Arena to take part in the Young Voices experience. It is hard to find the words to describe how spectacular it was to be part of a choir of 5011 children, so just enjoy the photographs, watch the film, listen to the singing and let your hair stand on end!!


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The winners of the Belvoir Lettings and Sales colouring competition visited the branch this afternoon to collect their prizes.There were over 100 entries and lots of friends and family called into the branch to vote for their favourite pictures.

After 67 get-ups, the Elves had a little sit-down on the bean bags and a Watkins Breakfast run on the last day of term!

A Christmas collection - dinner, carol singing in the gazebo, Sam Ruddock's visit and every class beside the tree ....

Wednesday 7th December. Panto time! LADA productions visited school today to perform "Puss in Boots". This Christmas treat was kindly organised by the PFA.

Saturday 3rd December - The PFA Christmas Fair - absolutely fantastic!

1st December, 2016

This morning a little group of children from across the school went to Syston Park Fruit Farm to choose a Christmas Tree. We were driven there in the mini bus from The Priory Ruskin Academy and had to wrap up warmly and wear our wellies.

We met Trish who showed us around and helped us find the perfect tree before watching Paul cut it down for us.

We helped pull our tree through the big wrapper and loaded it onto Mrs Kingston's truck to bring it back to school.

Thank you to The PRA and the Fruit Farm for helping us.

Young Americans workshop, November 2016

Congratulations to the children who took part in this amazing project and for learning the routines and words to a full production in two days before putting on a spectacular performance in front of a huge audience.

The workshop uses the Performing Arts to bring confidence and joy and to raise self esteem with an 'I believe I can' attitude. Over 300 children, working with 38 young American Arts students, came together, made new friends and discovered just what they are capable of.

Have a look at the photos and film clip below to gain a snap shot of the treat we enjoyed on Friday night.

Our sincere thanks go to all involved.

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This week's assembly theme has been Remembering and we finished the week with our own Service of Remembrance on Friday morning.

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Monday 3rd October, 2016

Dr Tim Williams, the musical director at St. Wulfram's Church, visited us again and brought some senior members of his choir to sing for us.

Lily, Elizabeth and Sophia stunned us all with the power and beauty of their voices. They also helped us to sing together in harmony which was a truly beautiful sound.

They are sitting an important exam in November - their Gold Medal. In achieving this award they would join a small number of elite choristers to be awarded this, the highest award in the country and we certainly wish them the very best of luck.

If anyone is interested in joining the children's choir at St. Wulfram's Church, a letter is available from Mr Jones. There are also leaflets at the office if you'd like to help yourselves.

You don't have to pass an audition and it sounds as though they have a lot of fun. Why not give it a try...


Friday 23rd September - Key Stage 2 find out about brass and wood wind instruments from music teacher, Mrs Atkinson, who would love to teach small groups of new players...

Earlier this week we all enjoyed the 'ROOTS to FOOD' experience. It was exciting, informative and great fun but very hard to put into words, so please take a look at the photographs and see for yourself...

Recorder summer performance.

Wow! What a fabulous performance by the recorder players of Cliffedale school.  The weather was even on our side and we managed to use the Gazebo as a bandstand. Congratulations to the children , it sounded magnificent.  Many thanks to Mrs Ridgeway and for all the parental support you show your children as they develop their musical skills.
We have all helped to create the Olympic rings using our handprints. Each hand holds a personal message wishing good luck to our champions from different nations. We have also made decorative bunting to explain each of the Olympic and Paralympic Values and we are thinking of ways in which we can follow these values at home and at school so that we, too, can 'Go for GOLD' in all we do.

Mini Olympics June 23rd 2016. What a fabulous day. Rio certainly came to Grantham!

Friday 20th May, 2016

Members of the Children’s Choir of St Wulfram’s Church came to school with their Choir Master, Dr. Tim Williams, today and told us all about what it means to be a member of the biggest children’s church choir in the country.

All 18 of the children attend National Junior School and we are very grateful to Mrs Sutherland, the Head Teacher, for allowing them time out of school to visit. We also thank the Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Watson, the Music Leader, Mrs Scatchard and several parents who accompanied the choir this morning.

Dr. Williams told us about the trips the choir has made – they have sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral, made a flash mob video of their singing at The Tate Modern (which went viral) and now they have reached Cliffedale!

The children told us about their love of singing and the fun they have; there seems to be a great deal of fun involved – we even saw photographs of snowball fights in full cassock and surplice!

We sang together, listened to the choir’s beautiful sound and then sang together again before it was time to thank them all for coming.

How lucky we are to have heard something so beautiful and to know that it is something we could be a part of if we wish.

If anyone is interested in joining the choir, a letter is available from the school office, containing contact details and useful information.

On Thursday 5th May, Mr Brown took some children from Years 3 and 4 to participate in the Cross Country Championship, at the Meres Leisure Centre. They did fantastically, with all children finishing the course with a beaming smile on their face!

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Wednesday 4th May, 2016 saw the sun shining down on marathon runner, Ben Smith, as he ran through our grounds as part of the Grantham leg of his latest marathon.

Our Sports Ambassadors met Ben at the gates and joined him for a jog as the whole school cheered them on. An entourage of approximately 60 other runners all helped Ben on his way to completing 401 marathons in as many days.

Running to raise funds and awareness in support of 2 anti-bullying charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, Ben is an inspiration to us all.

Friday 29th April, 2016. Today we announced the names of our first House Captains. Children in Year 6 were asked to indicate whether they were interested in the role and the staff had the opportunity to vote. As you know, our School Council members are elected by their peers so this is a different approach for a different role.

Being House Captain is a significant responsibility and we know our elected captains are delighted to have been chosen to represent their house.

Congratulations to all of you - we know you will enjoy the position and perform your duties beautifully.   

We are so proud of our Gymnastics team most of whom attended an informal photo-shoot today. They are a dedicated squad from across Key Stage 1 and 2 who train hard and support each other as a team. Their  determination, courage and sporting attitude have enabled them to enjoy plenty of success and they are an inspiration to us all.


Every class looked superb on our World Book Costume Day. Scroll down for some, 'Where's Wally?' fun.

Sarah Outen Inspires Year 6, Friday 26th February, 2016


Intrepid adventurer, Sarah Outen, who spent 4½ years travelling from London to London, via the World, talked to Year 6 this morning.

Explaining how she and her support team planned and prepared for the journey, Sarah talked about how she managed to achieve her dream of kayaking, cycling and rowing over 25,000 miles through storms, over oceans and across deserts.

Her story was truly inspirational as she spoke about not allowing nerves to stop us from accepting a challenge. She told us to prepare thoroughly, keep safe, embrace the support around us and tell the butterflies in our tummies to move to one side.

There was a little time to answer some very thoughtful questions but anyone wishing to find out more, about Sarah’s journey, can explore the following link:

Early mornings at Cliffedale

We were very lucky to have a visit from Dr. Tim Williams, the Musical Director at St. Wulfram's Church, this morning. Mrs Eade had invited him to come and sing with us and develop our skills. Dr. Williams had already been impressed by our choir when they performed in the church before Christmas and when he listened to the whole of Key Stage 2 sing he was equally impressed.

The children were taught how to relax, warm up and really prepare to sing before learning some very beautiful but simple songs which they sang in harmony.

Mr Lidbury popped in, to listen, and was amazed by the standard they had achieved in just half an hour! It was a thoroughly inspiring session and we look forward to working with Dr. Williams again soon when he returns to support our talented choir.

Dr. Williams directs the St. Wulfram's Church Choirs of adults and children and would be delighted to see some of our children attend a taster session to see if this is something they might wish to join. Some children have brought home a leaflet with further information and contact details - more leaflets are available in school. If you would like a letter with dates and times of any taster sessions at the Church with Dr. Williams please let the office or Mrs Eade know as soon as possible.

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The children have made our school look spectacular this Christmas, with their stunning Christmas Trees and delicate snowflakes filling it with colour, originality and variety. Thank you to all of them for their impressive efforts and to our families for their support from home. Enjoy a little tour and see for yourself ...

Wednesday 2nd December

Cliffedale Choir raise the roof!

We are so proud of our choir, who performed their version of 'Silent Night' at the Snowflake Carol Concert, this evening. They looked completely at home in St. Wulfram's Church and they sounded absolutely beautiful. It was a pleasure to share such a lovely occasion with you all.

Special thanks go to Mr Jones who has worked so hard, with Mrs Crossland's support, to prepare the choir.


Congratulations to every one of you .... we look forward to your next performance!

Enjoy the photographs of your big moment.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ....

Cliffedale Tree at Festival! 24th November 2015


Children, if you are lucky enough to be going to St. Wulfram's Church over the next 4 days to enjoy the Christmas Tree Festival and perhaps a whizz around the ice rink, make sure you look for the Cliffedale Tree.

There are over 100 trees to look at but ours is easy to spot being one of the few home made trees on display.

I was very proud to go and assemble it this morning; the beautiful messages and drawings, made by all of you, make it a very personal contribution to the Festival.

Have a look at the photographs and feel proud - from Mrs Eade.



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