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Hello Everyone,
Well Christmas is almost here.This is the last newsletter for 2017.
I've just opened my Micro:bit an early Christmas present and I am making Christmas tree display on it right now. Check out the VT Christmas Page below some great ideas, I love the Northern lights, some amazing artwork can be done using this as inspiration. The BTN Christmas video is fabulous.
This year I sorted out Christmas shopping online, fabulous. I still love the Santa stuff, I love the Norad site and actually do look at it on Christmas Eve. This Christmas promises to be the best one ever, whatever the weather, the best food, the best wine and the best company. I wish you all a fabulous Chrismahanukwanzakah, and an amazing New Year.
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Mind Candy

I have loved this greeting for years - And I have used it many times before. This is a multi-faith, no-faith not sure faith greeting that covers everyone.
"Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!"

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the
snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came
without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
Dr. Seuss

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

How did Santa Claus open the front door? — He used a tur-key
Conor age 4 and a half from New Zealand

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? – A Holly Davidson!
A Christmas cracker joke

What did the T-Rex say when it was Christmas Eve? —
Merry T-Rexmas

What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas Tree? – A pineapple!
Sent in by Charley aged 7 from Dublin

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? – Santa Jaws!
A Christmas cracker joke


17 Ways CHRISTMAS Is Very Different In Australia & America
Please double check this site before using in class to ensure you are happy with the contents
There are lots of Advent Calendars online - you can open the days from the 1st of December - I liked this Advent Calendar - a great idea for the Christmas countdown.
Also the Advent Calendar from NRich is a fabulous way to do some creative maths thinking.

Stage: 1 and 2
There are twenty-four activities, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
This year, the tasks focus on encouraging mathematical habits of mind: being curious, being thoughtful, being collaborative and being determined.
Stage: 3 and 4
Click on each number to find one of our favourite mathematical questions - a mixture of short and longer tasks. A challenge for each day during the run-up to Christmas. Enjoy!

What is a MICRO:BIT?

KROKOTAK is a fabulous art/craft site.
﷯I loved the 2D to 3D cats.
The pictures of the cat are here:
The pdf template for the cat is here
Also the rainy day is very clever and
has an accompanying video.
There are lots of great ideas throughout the site.
The micro:bit is a small programmable device that can do a wide range of things, from saying hi with the LED display to controlling a robot with the GPIO pins. It's easy to play around with and you can see the effects of the code pretty quickly.
It’s fully programmable from using five different programming languages; Code kingdoms’ JavaScript, The Microsoft block editor, Microsoft touch develop, Python and Microsoft BXT. It even has a Bluetooth smart antenna to connect to smartphones and tablets. Also, it’s equipped with lots of sensors like an accelerometer and a compass.


Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. Storybird curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.
It's a simple idea that has attracted millions of writers, readers, and artists to our platform. Families and friends, teachers and students, and amateurs and professionals have created more than 5 million stories—making Storybird one of the world's largest storytelling communities.
Once the books are written you can publish them or download them for a fee. However I just like to view them online, which is FREE.

A great StoryBird writer is Mr D


I had some great fun with Yahtzee last week from Stage 1 through to stage 3. Simplified Yahtzee for stage 1 involving multiple additions through to stage 3 playing the whole game. /students are introduced to multiplication without even realising they are doing it, and they love to play the game.

Yahtzee Score Sheet
Simplified Yahtzee Score Sheet Stage 1 and 2 (.docx file)
AMAZING Dice Rolls - Numberphile - Viewer supplied Yahtzee rolls
I do answer all emails so send them along with your questions ideas and great sites.

Hello Cathy,

On I noticed you are linking to a post about some of the best cities to visit for their architectural features. I'd like to get your opinion on an article I recently wrote which is my compilation of the most beautiful cities for architecture.

I was wondering if you would also like to link out to my article on your page I mentioned. If you are interested in that or perhaps you would like to republish my work please go ahead and let me know. I hope you enjoy.

Thank you,


Hi John,
Nice info pictures and video, I will include it in the next newsletter and also on the site.
Can you also promote my site. I don't accept links unless you subscribe to my newsletter, it's free, so I have subscribed you myself.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.



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