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Gawthorpe Hall

On Monday 6th of December, a very excited Class 1 arrived at Gawthorpe Hall for a Victorian Christmas experience.

As we approached the grand old entrance, we realised that a full and exciting afternoon awaited.

First we made wonderful cornucopia Christmas decorations using card and wrapping paper. They look so beautiful and we can’t wait to hang them on our Christmas trees!

We met a lovely Victorian lady called Gillian who taught us some songs and games (see video). Our favourite was Kim’s game where we had to spot which item had been removed from a tray. There were lots of objects on the tray including a thimble, a clock winder, a metal toy soldier, a button, a spoon and lots more! It was very tricky to work out what was missing each time!

After this we visited Father Christmas who told us about five special objects that were in a stocking. These were an apple to wish people health, an orange as a special treat, a penny for wealth, coal for warmth and a little bag of salt for good luck. He then read us the special poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. It was truly magical!

Next we visited the Victorian kitchen where we looked at the range and found out about the ingredients for Christmas puddings and where in the world they might come from. We all stirred the Christmas pudding mix and made a wish. Finally, we all sang ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ together next to the Christmas tree before we returned to school.

What a fabulously festive afternoon!

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Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead