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The Unexpected Christmas: A Nativity Play by Shap CE Infants

Our infant children performed a nativity play ‘An Unexpected Christmas’!

Adapted by Mrs Kelsall, the play told the story of the transformation of a bunch of grumpy animals, who on the birth of Baby Jesus became joyous and SMILEY!

Our children have enjoyed learning about the beginning of the Easter story: Shrove Tuesday.

The children learned that Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival celebrated in many countries across the globe. It falls on the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent – a period of around six weeks leading up to Easter. During Lent, Christians give up luxuries to remember when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and pray

Catbells children took part in pancake races in PE, and the children across school made and ate pancakes too... It has to be said that Catbells children were spoiled rotten with their choice of toppings!

Nativity 2021 - Whoops-a-Daisy Angels

Our Catbells and Kidsty Pike children wowed their audience this week with their performance of Whoop-a-Daisy Angels!


There was a star studded cast:


Whoops-a-Daisy Angels: Thomasina, Orlagh, Lucy and Molly

Narrators: Bea, Bella, Riley and Matthew

Smart Angels: Sophie, Ava, Penny G, Harper-Rose, Daisy and Harper

Star of Bethlehem: Erin

Stars: Jessica, Gisella, Olivia and Aster

Mary: Arianna

Joseph: Christopher

Donkeys: Bethany V and Isabella

Cows: Albie and Tommy

Shepherds: Logan, Tristan, Jayden and Oliver

Sheep: Bethany B, Alice, Penny H and Charlotte

Wise Men: Casey, Logie and Sonny

Camels: Hadley, Harry J and Harry H

Snowflakes: Brooke, Jessie, Alicia, Aleah-Rae, Jasmine and Grace


The film can be viewed here!

Fascinating Facts: Mince Pies

Did you know that mince pies were once known as Christmas pies or crib pies as the oblong shape resembles Jesus’ manger!

Year 6 Buddies helped our Catbells’ children make ‘mince pie mangers’ as part of their learning about the Christmas story!

Helvellyn Class - God Collages

Our Year 5s and 6s have been exploring what it means if God is loving and holy. 

They have explored different Bible verses and thought about which books of the Bible they are in to help them work out the messages about God they give. 

They have used their own thoughts and feelings along with the knowledge they have gained about God, from the Bible, to create a collage using the word God. They found pictures that represented their ideas about God and used them to create the collage.


Sophie said, "David describes God as loving, so I chose a picture of a heart to show this...the picture of people holding the cross Jesus dies on shows how Christians believe God is worth worshipping because he sacrificed his son for us".


Amber said, "I chose the picture of two people to show the friendship between Christians and God".


Harvest 2021

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Harvest has been an extra special celebration this year, thanks to Stacy and Shap Gardeners!
All of our classes went to the allotments to explore what is grown, how it is grown, and how it is harvested!

The children came back to school with very generous donations of vegetables and flowers too; they have handed the produce over to Teresa, our cook for her to work her magic and rustle up a harvest meal!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Stacy for coordinating this special experience, and to Shap Gardeners for allowing our children to visit!

People who help us: Our Clergy

We visited Rev. Fran at St. Michael’s to find out how the clergy helps us.

we learned all about how Fran supports Christian celebrations, how she cares for people, and how she shares the live of God in our Shap community.

People who help us: Firefighters

Sadly due to COVID restrictions we had to postpone our visit to the fire station!

Despite this we learned how firefighters help us!  We are proud thst one of our mummies and two of our daddies are firefighters!

We enjoyed role playing what we keratin RE!

We included firefighters in our thankful prayers!

People who help us: Our local police officers

PC Dean and PCSO Karen can into school to meet our younger children. The children asked them questions to find out ‘how they help us’.

The children dressed up and role played the role of police officers too!

We expressed our thanks through prayers. 

All of our classes took part in ‘caring for God’s acre’ in St. Michael’s churchyard!

Rev. Fran and Pauline Harron, our RE governor supported the children’s learning!

Helvellyn's Ascension Church Windows

Ascension Day

We celebrated Ascension Day across school!   Within classes, the children were learning about its significance, and Ruth Evans at NISCU rounded the day up for us with an Ascension Day Worship Time at the end of the day!

Helvellyn class approached their learning through drama, specifically exploring the feelings of the disciples as Jesus ascended to heaven.

‘Belonging’: Baptisms

Catbells children have been learning about ‘Belonging’!

The children have been exploring how they belong to 3 families...  their own family our school family and the church family!


The children were learning about the Christian celebration of baptism, following on from the Bible story about John the Baptist, and other naming ceremonies. Reverend Fran and Elizabeth Grose helped our Catbells children continue their learning up at Saint Michael’s Church.
The children found three fonts up at the church, one was over 700 years old, and one was made of Shap granite, and that was extra special as it was the one used to baptise Suzanne ‘?? Years’ ago!

Easter Celebrations 2021: Egg Rolling

Easter Celebrations 2021: Floral Cross

Easter Celebrations 2021: Why are there crosses on hot cross buns?

Easter Celebrations 2021: Easter Gardens:

We completed The Scripture Union’s treasure trail ‘ In Search of Christmas’! In Search of Christmas is a trail-based treasure hunt for children and families, using a series of videos to encourage conversation and help crack a code. Videos are accessed by scanning QR codes, as the groups explore the local area. This resource is fun, interactive and engages children in exploring, walking, and sharing their thoughts on the Christmas story.

We made rainbows using items from the environment. Can you guess which bible story we were learning about? It is one of our favourites!

June 2020: We made it into Carlisle Diocese' June Photo Album! See if you can see prayers by Billy and Cavan, work from Sonny and Harrison and photos of Bea and Ava!

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt - We collected items that we were grateful for on a Scavenger Hunt. We created prayers of thanks to accompany our treasures!

Catbells children and their buddies seemed with their ‘sticky sticks’ went on a ‘journey’ around the school environment, collecting materials on their sticky stick to allow them to recount their journeys when they returned to school.

The children have been learning about religious and Christian journeys such as the journey Jesus took to the temple with his parents, and the story of the Good Samaritan!

Our Governors Stacy and Pauline made Christingles with our children.  Reverend Dave led our Christingle Worship; he focused on valuing earth’s resources and minimising destruction!  He assured us that  Jesus’ love would last an eternity.

Ruth Evans (NISCU) and a team of ‘Open the Book’ members provided an amazing RE experience for our children from Nursery to Year 6 today!  Our children went on a journey at St Michael’s, The Christmas Journey! Ruth started with the creation story, and led us through the first Christmas and concluded with the ‘second beginning’. The children had the opportunity to meet Mary, baking bread, when an angel appeared! They visited a dark hillside where shepherds were tending their sheep! They listened to cows talking in the stable where Jesus lay in the manger. Finally they met a Wise Man, who shared his knowledge and gifts, allowing us to smell his frankincense and myrrh!

A wonderful experience, huge thanks to Ruth and team for making the bible come alive!

Diwali Celebrations: in family groups, the children made Diva Lamps and Rangoli Patterns; they learned the story of Rama and Sita, and took part in Diwali dance and drama

Joy, Sylvia and Deborah 'walked through the bible' with Helvellyn children.

Catbells explored bibles - big, small, old and new!

Catbells' children brought in their bibles from home.  Pauline (PCC Governor) brought in her bible from home and taught our children about the layout!  Suzanne brought in her very old family bible, which had lots of written additions within!  The children tended to prefer the picture bibles, and their favourite 'bible story' was Noah's ark!

An Easter treat from the Mothers' Union!

The Mothers' Union prepared a treat for our EYFS children!  The children were able to explain the significance of the cross on the hot-cross buns, and the chocolate eggs on the crispy cake!

New Life

In Early Years, we have been learning about 'New Life' within spring time!  We searched for plants, birds and nests, had a visit from Mrs Bindloss with her lamb, and also Bryony with her newborn baby.  We explored 'new beginnings' within the 'Easter story'.

How does Rev Alun help us?

Revered Alun taught us how 'he helps' us in the community including his roles linked to 'births, marriages and deaths'.  He taught us how he conducts his 'Worship Times' at church, and we explored how music is used in church services too!