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‘Tis the season to be jolly at Pilgrims

Posted on 12th of December 2023

We are feeling festive at Pilgrims! The children have been singing lots of carols, the school productions are in full swing, and we are looking forward to our Christmas lunch.

Here, our Headteacher Mrs Webster shares some of the fun and festive activities happening at Pilgrims and how you can keep the Christmas spirit going at home throughout the holidays.


Deck the halls with Christmas crafts

Our little artists at Pilgrims have been busy unleashing their creativity to transform the school into a winter wonderland!

Engaging in a variety of Christmas crafts, the children have been practicing their fine motor skills by cutting out snowflakes, creating Christmas tree collages – and even trying their hand at their own interpretations of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

The classrooms and corridors are now filled with their beautiful creations, spreading festive cheer throughout the school.

Spreading joy to the community

We believe in the spirit of giving back – and our children have been spreading joy beyond the school walls.

The Year 2 choir visited Airedale nursing home, treating the residents with enchanting Christmas carols. The joyous occasion included the creation of Christmas cards, leaving a lasting impression on both the children and the grateful residents.

The Year 1 choir also brought smiles to the faces of residents at Maydenbury retirement home, singing carols and creating personalised Christmas cards.

Bedford Christmas Tree Festival

Pilgrims took part in the Bedford Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s Church, showcasing a dazzlingly decorated tree under the theme ‘Kings and Queens’.

Visitors enjoyed the festive display from December 6 to December 10, with admission proceeds helping to raise funds for new equipment at Bedford Hospital as well as supporting the upkeep of St Paul’s Church.  Last year, an incredible £20,000 was raised so they are hoping for the same again this Christmas!


Christmas activities at home

There are so many festive activities for the children to do during the Christmas break that are just as fun as they are educational.

If you haven’t already put your tree up, why not decorate it together as a family? When it’s up, you can help your children to make their own tree decorations, such as lollipop stick snowflakes, twig reindeer ornaments or cinnamon stick trees. Or perhaps, ask your child to create their own artwork. For example, they could make a thumbprint Christmas tree using paint or ink, cut out and put together a handprint wreath or paint their feet to create a mistletoe keepsake.

Christmas is also the perfect time to do some cooking and baking at home. In addition to the traditional Christmas cake and Yule logs, why not try Mrs Bhogal’s Christmas shortbread recipe?


From everyone at Pilgrims we wish you a truly magical and heart-warming Christmas.

‘Tis the season to be jolly indeed!