The Hungate Echo

Sherburn Hungate Weekly News - Issue 21

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A word from Mr Broom

It's been a fantastic final week of the half term at Sherburn Hungate. Over the past few weeks I've been meeting prospective candidates for the EYFS teacher post. By Thursday's deadline we had no less than 36 applications and we've shortlisted four outstanding candidates for interview. These will take place in school on Friday 28th February.

I also attended the Teddy Bear Picnic on Thursday morning with our wonderful Nursery children. It was great to chat with so many parents while listening to the children perform some super talking stories.

When we come back after the break we've a very busy 6 weeks to Easter and Miss Mackay returns from maternity leave on 16th March.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Oops, that reminds me; flowers and chocolates needed on my way home to avoid 'the dog house!'

Afternoon Nursery Place Availability

It's looking like for the first time in a while, we are able to offer an afternoon nursery provision for the summer term. The afternoon sessions are primarily for those children who don't currently attend the morning sessions. We would therefore like to request that those interested in this option contact the school office and let us know. Thank you.

Plans for September in the Early Years

As you've probably realised we're recruiting an additional Reception class teacher for September 2020. This is because we are expanding our places to a maximum of 60. At present we have a record 41 first choices, together with several children from other schools who will need places at our school. We're expecting numbers to be around the 50 mark, meaning we'll have two Reception classes of 24/25s.

I'm aware that our current Nursery parents are beginning to wonder what the plans are with regard to allocation of places and hopefully I can shed some light on this. The 27 children currently in our Nursery class know our practices and routines very well. It makes sense to split them equally between two classes to aid those currently not in our school nursery who will be joining us.

Going forward, we will not be separating the children where there are two classes in a year group by age or ability. The experienced team will make informed professional decisions each year as they progress through school thinking carefully about class dynamic and relationships. Introducing children to new friends and classes helps to build resilience; a key life skill. Having had a great deal of experience in two form entry schools, this is most certainly the best strategy to follow.

I'll be posting more information nearer the time and there will be an opportunity for parents/carers to come and talk to us about the next steps we will need to take. One thing's for sure, your child will always be an individual to us and never a number. Our team are very keen to keep the small friendly community feel as we expand.

Shining Stars of the Week

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PE Kit Reminder

A quick reminder on our procedures for PE kit. As we do lots of physical activity during the week, we advise that children bring their PE kit to school on Mondays and take it home for washing on Fridays. We seem to have a small number of children who are disturbing other classes to ask for spare PE kit to wear when they don’t have their own. Thank you.

School Meals Information for Spring Term 2

The following changes to the lunch menu will occur next half term:

Week 2 Fridays - 2nd March will be fish fingers

- 23rd March will be battered fish

The amount for meals every day next half term is £66.70. Remember that meals must be paid for in advance by 9am on Mondays for meals required for that week. eg. £11.50 for the week or £2.30 per day.

Educational Needs Support for Parents

North Yorkshire County Council are hosting a series of drop-ins for supporting parents who have children with communication needs or parents who suspect their child to have communication needs.
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Use of Class Dojo

While we really enjoy sharing your child’s achievements and learning through Class Dojo, we kindly ask that for absences and pick up messages that you call the school office. Class teachers don’t have constant access to Class Dojo and sometimes miss the messages.

Thank you.

Important SATs Meeting for Y6

Miss Sowden will be hosting an important meeting re Year 6 SATs on Tuesday 3rd March at 6pm in the school hall.

All Y6 children and parents are invited to attend this important meeting which should last about 40 minutes.

Attendance almost at National

With an average of 95.8%, our attendance this week is very close to the national average.

Well done to those children with great attendance and congratulations to Reception who are our attendance champions this week with 98.5%

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Clubs for the Spring Term

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Mobile Phone Use by Pupils - TIK TOK WARNING

A reminder that pupils who bring phones to school (for travel to and from school) should not use them on the school premises. Thank you.

We are also aware that children in school are using an App called TikTok to communicate with each other and the wider world. I've included a parent information sheet regarding the dangers of this app, intended for use by those over 12. To access the App, your child has to have fabricated their age (to appear over 12) or has been granted permission by an adult.

Buddies Half Term Availability

For those of you requiring child care during the half term holiday, Kelly has spaces available at Buddies. Please contact her at or 07930481772.

World Book Day - 5th March

We will be hosting a whole school Non-Uniform Day on 5th March for World Book Day and the children can come to school dressed as a character from a book. During the day, the children will be taking part in a range of book themed activities. It should be a blast!

Staff Shout Outs - If our team do a great job, let us know.

Dates for Your Diary

*** Please note there has been a change to the bank holiday from Monday 4th May 2020 to Friday 8th May 2020 ***

24 February

Back to school after half term break

25 February

Y1/Y2 History Workshop

27 February

Y5 visit to Sherburn Library

2 March

1300 - 1500 Nursery Stay and Play

3 March

Y5/Y6 Skype a Viking!

1800 - 1840 Y6 SATS Presentation to Y6 parents and children

4 March

1430 Y5 drama presentation to parents / carers

5 March

World Book Day - Dress Up as a Character From a Book Day

Reception visit to Sherburn Library

9 March

Parent Consultation Sessions - more details later

10 March

Parent Consultation Sessions - more details later

12 March

Nursery visit to Sherburn Library

19 March

Y3 visit to Sherburn Library

26 March

Y4 visit to Sherburn Library

27 March

Staff Training Day - school closed to pupils

1 April

1445 Y1 Drama Performance - parents / carers welcome

1505 Y1 / Y2 Open Classrooms

2 April

1430 - 1510 Y3 and Y4 Open Classrooms

3 April

School closes for Easter holidays

20 April

School reopens after Easter holidays

1300 - 1500 Nursery Stay and Play

27 April - 29 April

Y4 residential to Kingswood

Spring Term Learning Journeys

At Sherburn Hungate Primary School, we plan our learning through what is known as a Learning Journey. This typically starts with a 'big bang' event (something to spark imagination and enthusiasm for the topics covered) and ends with a 'showcase' (a celebration of the children's work to an audience).

Community Events Information

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GDPR Data Protection Information

Our school takes Data Protection very seriously and complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations introduced in May 2018. For further information please visit: