Weekly Newsletter

Friday 7th January 2022

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This week in school

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! It has been a whirlwind of a week for me coming into school as the new girl and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and children for helping me out, answering all my questions and being so welcoming. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone properly. I have spent some time in the classrooms this week and the children have settled back into their routines well and have been working hard.

Over this term we are trying to return to bringing the school closer again after all the challenges of last term. We have been together as a school for worship this week, and are going to tweak the arrangements for lunch and breaks too over the next couple of weeks. If we start seeing significant outbreaks of Covid we may need to swap back, but our aim is to build up gradually to support the well-being and social development of all the children.

Finally, thank you to all of you as families for your support in keeping us updated if your children have been waiting for test results, or there have been any close contacts within the home. This really helps us.

I know it may be a while before I get to see you all in person but we will get there! Take care and have a great weekend (building snowmen?!)

Thank you for your continued support.

Allyson Buckton- Proud Headteacher

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Whole School Attendance


Happy Birthdays!

Many many many many happy returns this week to.....

This week in classrooms

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Our school values

These are Compassion, Thankfulness, Fellowship, Hope, Humility, Justice and Service. We don't just believe in these values, we live by them every day in school. This week's class work is positively brimming with examples of all our school values - well done everyone!

Nursery - Stars

It has been a busy first week back in Stars, as we welcome our new starters and get settled back into the new term. The new children have all settled in really well and our existing children have welcomed them and shown them the ropes.

This week we have been enjoying the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' and joining in with the repeated refrains. The children have enjoyed making their own gingerbread men out of playdough and decorating gingerbread men using different materials in the creative area. We have acted out the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' in the small world area and counted gingerbread men in the maths area. We have also had fun mark making in flour.

In Phonics we have been singing lots of action songs and thinking about the sounds we can make using body percussion. In maths we have been practising selecting a smaller number of objects from a larger group and recognising numbers 1-3.

Our Star of the Week is Sienna Craft.

FS - Moon and Mercury

Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a fun-filled Christmas holiday. We have been looking forward to welcoming you and your children back into our school community this week.

We began by sharing our Christmas experiences and the children were so excited to talk and write about their family memories. The cold weather gave us a perfect opportunity to investigate and experiment with ice. We discussed how ice is frozen water and that liquid forms a solid when it gets very cold. They were intrigued to see how it returns to water as it gets warmer and that smaller objects thaw out faster. On Thursday one of the children informed us it was National Shortbread Day on their calendar at home. We discovered it was a classic Scottish treat enjoyed around the world. So of course, we had to bake some! Everyone is looking forward to starting our new theme next week and learning all about ‘Amazing Animals’.

Star of the week:

Moon - Jaxson Noble-Burns

Mercury - Reggie Booth

Y1 - Galaxy and Venus

Happy New Year! It has been fantastic to welcome the children back to school this week and we have been busy investigating the season of Winter. We shared the traditional tale, The Snow Queen, writing captions and a setting description using interesting adjectives to describe. In maths, we have recapped addition by counting on and using number bond knowledge to problem solve. We wrapped up in winter clothes to create our own personalised snow globes and in PSHE we discussed positive thinking.

Stars of the week:

Galaxy - Arthur Shipley

Venus - George Watson

Year 2 / 3 Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune

We are all very excited about our new Roman topic in Year 2 and 3. We have been watching, reading, sequencing and acting out the legend of how Rome was formed called Romulus and Remus ready to write our own versions next week. In maths we have been working on our multiplication skills by realising that multiplication is just repeated addition of equal amounts. In RE and PSHCE we have been thinking about who we can go to for help and how prayer can be something people do when they need help. We have been amazed at how well the children have settled straight back into their routines despite coming back mid-week and we look forward to a fun half term of learning together. Happy New Year from Year 2 and 3!

Neptune star of the week- Noah Smethurst

Jupiter star- Oliver Pearce

Saturn star- George

Year 4 Mars and Earth

What a lovely winter’s week to come back to school! This week, Year 4 enjoyed getting back into the routine of school and all the fun learning possibilities available to us. This week, we enjoyed learning about bulbs and the different parts of plants before planting our very own bulbs around the school grounds. There were over 200 bulbs so we were able to spend plenty of time in the lovely, fresh air. In English, we have been doing a bit of dusting up on our grammar knowledge by recapping our use of commas and learning about subordinate clauses and conjunctions.

Earth’s star - Daisy Bispham

Mars’ star - Amelia -Grace Jackson

Year 5 Asteroid and Pluto

Year 5 have clearly enjoyed being back with their friends at the start of 2022. We have created some busy and colourful mind maps sharing exciting news from the holidays. Spending time with family, trips out, new pets, not to mention some funny mishaps, it was great to catch up. The children are looking forward to our new space themed topic- Into the Unknown. We are beginning the term planning and writing some winter poetry full of figurative language- quite apt as the weather turns colder. In maths we will be working on our multiplication and division skills and keeping on top of our times tables knowledge. We are all looking forward to a busy, fun and healthy new term. Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Year 5.

Asteroid Star- Harry Wildon

Pluto Star - Jack Pearce

Year 6 Nebular and Constellation

The children of year 6 have arrived back in school, with gusto and willingness to learn, that we are thrilled to see! To complete the Design Technology project started before Christmas, the children added decoration and protective coatings to their Sundials. The resulting ‘products’ were fantastic and correctly used the Sun’s rays to give a shadow to tell the time. These were then evaluated for their effectiveness and whether the design brief was met. Year 6 have now begun to ‘dig up trouble’ with their new topic about Ancient Egypt. We began the sessions with a Treasure Hunt, translating hieroglyphics to find a hidden question which led us into the learning of Egyptian writing and the materials that they used for documenting important information. Our new class text has really created a buzz within class - who is the Sun King, and what is the curse? In maths, we have begun our unit to calculate the area and perimeter of shapes.

Constellation: Jack Hudson-Teeling

Nebular: Freya Chilvers

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Applications for primary school places.

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, applications are open for primary school places in the Reception year for September 2022. Applications should be made online at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/apply-place-primary-or-secondary-school and the deadline is 15 January 2022.

Extra bee points


This week's bee point winners


Hive with the most bee points so far this year


Who has the most hive points so far this year?

Millie Rowan from the green hive is still the child with the most hive points so far.
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