The Christmas story, by Cavell school

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Cavell First and Nursery School is a 275-pupil school in an area of Norwich where many people are out of work or on low incomes. Its teachers and children work hard but have few of the advantages of schools in more affluent areas. Since 1986 the s chool has produced a regular Christmas magazine for parents, in which the children tell the Christmas story in their own way.

This year about 100 of the six- and seven-year-olds have produced a collection of Christmas correspondence - postcards, letters, notes and birth announcements. Achievement shines out from every page, whether it is the hesitant words of a child who needs total concentration even to make a mark on the paper or the fluency of another to whom learning comes easily.

The collection is a testimony to the quality of teaching that goes on in Britain on every school day of the year.

The children of Cavell First and Nursery School report on the Christmas story ...