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Easter weekend will bring the chicks out in Hook Norton!  Can you find where they’re hiding?  Spend the time off school (from Saturday 8th April up to and including Monday 24th April) walking through the village in search!   20 chicks will be waiting for you to discover them, each with their own name and number.  All you have to do is write their name next to their number on the sheet below and return to school after the holiday with a £2 donation.   It’s fun for all the family – and your Easter visitors too!! Please return the form with a donation of £2 by Wednesday 26th April: Easter Chick Hunt 2017
Erasmus Newsletter April 2017
Friday 7th April As many of you may know we have embarked on our ERASMUS+ project this year in collaboration with our Swedish friends at Vastra-Parkskolan. This term has been particularly busy and we would like to tell you about some of the things we have been doing so far. The project Our project with Vastra-Parkskolan is called Cre8. Our main aim is to develop children’s basic skills in Numeracy and Literacy through the use of entrepreneurial subprojects, which classes will be doing in collaboration with their Swedish counterparts. Our Owl Values are fundamental to our project aims; children will have the opportunity to develop respect, tolerance and teamwork while working with their international friends. They will develop a sense of belonging and feel part of a wider community. Children will set ambitious aims and show determination in achieving their project goals. They will think about environment preservation, social justice and healthy lifestyles when developing their ideas. In November, Mrs Nixon, Mrs Belgrove and Mrs Hope met with the head teacher and International Links co-ordinator of Vastra Parkskolan to plan how the project will run over the next two years. Here are some of the things we have already achieved: Swedish Exchange visit A group of 12 Year 6 students have been lucky enough to visit our friends in Sweden. They had a wonderful time finding out more about life in Sweden, learning some of the Swedish language and attending school with the Swedish children. As part of the project, children visited the Science Museum developing their entrepreneurial skills. Among many other skills, children learnt how to solve problems make decisions, work collaboratively, build structures and ask and answer their own questions. The children also learn how to be more independent and pick up many important life skills while staying so far away from home. “The benefits of this co-operative project cannot be overestimated.” – Nellie Crouch. Kidzania The Year 6 children who were unable to go to Sweden this year had the opportunity to visit Kidzania in London. At Kidzania, children were given 50 Kidzos (Kidzania currency) and were sent off into the ‘city’ to ‘fend for themselves’. Children could use their money to pay for activities or work to make more money. Jobs included being a fire fighter, a police officer, a pilot and a fashion designer. The children could complete a university course to get paid more at each of the activities. Cookery Reception children have each had the opportunity to develop their skills in numeracy, literacy and communication and language by taking part in cookery activities. What’s next? Mrs Crouch and Mrs Peters have been the first teachers to take part in a planning meeting for their classes. They are in the process of planning projects with their Swedish counterparts surrounding chocolate, using the new portable oven and induction hob we have bought with some of the ERASMUS+ funding. The children will be completing research, designing products, creating packaging, advertising, analysing possible costs and profits and selling their products. They will then be sharing and comparing their project results with their Swedish friends. The ERASMUS+ funding has also enabled children from Vastra Parkskolan to come for a visit to Hook Norton to take part in this project. We are expecting 13 children to come over in May to stay with host families from Year 6. The children will take part in the project work and have the opportunity to go on a visit. They will be able to use what they have learnt on their visit to inform their project work. Children in Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 will continue writing to their corresponding classes in Vara to talk about their entrepreneurial ideas. They will have the opportunity to take part in their own subprojects over the next 18 months too but this is still in the planning stage! Thank you for taking an interest in our ERASMUS+ project. Your views on our project work are welcome, please email us on office.3044@hook-norton.oxon.sch.uk .
Dear Parents The school always looks particularly lovely at this time of year with all the spring flowers in bloom and trees in blossom. Everyone has worked very hard this term and we are all ready for a break.  I wish you all a very Happy Easter. Harry Bartlett Cups:  These cups are awarded each term to the boy and the girl who has made an outstanding contribution to the school.  This term’s winners are Jacob Benham and Cecily Peacock.  Very well done indeed! House Points:  The winner of the House Point trophy this term is the Yellow Team – well done! Nursery:  We are delighted to be offering the new 30 hours funded entitlement for 3-4 year olds children of working parents from September.  Please let us know if you are interested and may be eligible to take up this offer. Hook Norton Library: Storytime, craft activities and egg hunt in the Reading Room, Wednesday 12 April at 2.30pm, ages 3-8 years.  Free event, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tel: 01608 737793 for more information. Sports Leaders: Well done to the following children who have successfully completed the KS2 Sports Leadership Award: Orla McArdle, Iris Fledderus, Olivia Knight, Cecily Peacock, Victoria Wilson, Abigail Nunneley, Charlotte Nunneley.  They have completed 10 hours volunteering helping sports activities with the younger children. Mobile Phones: Please can I remind you that mobile phone use is not permitted on school premises – please take any calls outside.  This is to ensure the safety and protection of the children in school. Goodbye and thank you to: Lynne McArdle who is stepping down from her role in Y5 and Sarah Stephens midday supervisor.  We will welcome Jane Chan, Alex Stanton, Hannah Belcher and Eva Nadasdy as new Midday Supervisors after Easter. Bag2School - Friday 5th May by 9am.  Time to have a good clear out! We make money from your unwanted adult and children’s clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. New Menus: the new school menus are now published. Latest research has demonstrated that children eating school meals make more progress academically.  Give them a try!  Meat is from Henry’s and fruit and vegetables are from a local supplier so you will be supporting local businesses as well. Term 4 Intra-school sports competition: Y1 Yellow, Y2 Yellow, Y3 Blue, Y4 Yellow, Y5 Yellow/Blue, Y6 Yellow.  Well done Yellows – they have now come from last place to first on the leader board in one term! FOHNS Auction of Promises:  A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially Sophie Kilmister who led the organisation.  The evening was extremely entertaining and we managed to smash our target and raise nearly £5000 – wow! FOHNS DIARY DATES: Friday 28 April, 4.45-6.30pm – Family Bingo in the School Hall Sunday 7 May: Garage, Bike, Bake & Boot sale.  Friday 19 May: Ladies Night in the Study Centre. Full details of these and other Summer Term activities to follow. Attendance: Well done to Year 2 for Full Attendance 27-31 March 2107. WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:- Y2, Y3, Y6, Tris Connor, Chay Casson, Ava Wilson, Emily Holdsworth, Ossie Knox, Alfie Simmonds, Ben Layton-Toye. Activities/Visits : Y2 and Y3 attended the CN Partnership Schoolympics Festival, children read beautifully at the Easter Service in school, led by Rev. John Acreman. Mrs Joyner, Mrs McQuail and I attended a course on updating procedures to support families in need. Out of School Achievements : Well done to Wade Gymnastics: Rosie Petre Yellow Award, Scarlett Marshall, Heath Marshall, Freya Rennie, James Rennie, Maisey Kelly, Ava Wilson, Rosie Brown,Violet Robey,Grace Mariner,Lexi Deller,Anna Horth,Joseph Fowler,Rosie Stowe,Sydney Maule,Imogen Hutchinson,Daisy Petre, Blue Award,Annie Spicer, Ava Bennett, Scarlett Marshall,Freya Rennie,Imogen Hutchinson, Green Award. Wade Gymnastics. Under 7s HN football team played their first matches and won all four matches: Charlie Mariner, Torin Hackland, Heath Marshall, Will Garrett, Lilla Jarvas, William Frere, Bailey Webb, Josh Stratford, Otto Thompson, James Rennie, Jack Reid, Reef Jurgens, Annie Spicer. Swimming: Catherine Monelle Personal Survival Level 2, Alex Lewis Stage 4. Emily Jessop Red Belt Karate, Poppy Driver Level 1 Classical Ballet, James Rennie Level 7 Gymnastics.   Owl Value of the month: Faith   We return to school Tuesday 25/4/17 due to Inset on 24/4/17. Nursery now returns on 26/4/17. Happy Easter! Yours sincerely   Stella Belgrove Head teacher
This Week: We have enjoyed learning about Easter. Inside we have been painting Easter patterns, making Easter baskets and telling the Easter story. This afternoon we are writing a class letter to our friends at Dominion School in Kenya about how we celebrate Easter. Outside we have been celebrating Easter by making Easter egg cards, looking at Spring flowers and continuing to observe our tadpoles and worms. The worms will be going back to their natural habitat over the holidays as we think they may have had enough of living life in the spotlight! The children attended our whole school Easter Service in the hall on Thursday morning organised by Miss Persaud. The children loved singing their Easter songs and listening to Rev. John Acreman deliver a wonderful talk. Ask your child about John’s magic trick with the wine! Phonics: Phonics is going well. We continually assess and review our groupings to ensure children are getting personalised provision. Maths: This week we have been learning to add together pairs of numbers to 5, 6 and 7. Can your child add together pairs of numbers? Notices: Please keep your child (and any younger children) with you before and after school. Easter holidays- school re-opens on Tuesday 25th April. The teachers are looking forward to attending an Early Years Inspiration Day on the Monday! Please enquire at the office if you are interested in finding out more information about our wrap around care (Owl Club). May Day celebrations will be taking place on Friday 28th April. Parents are invited to come and watch us do our country dancing and enjoy coffee and croissants on the playground from 9-10:30am. PE after half term may be outside. The PE kits will come home next week for the holidays, please could you add a pair of suitable trainers, tracksuit top and bottoms as well as the existing t-shirt and shorts. This is the perfect opportunity to check that all of these items are named. Forest School will resume in May (2nd week back). New Forest School groups have been set to include the oldest Nursery children- please check the Forest School board to see which group your child is and sign up for sessions you can help with. Over the holidays We have taken the books in but please continue reading with your child. It would be really helpful to keep practicing reading numbers too- which numbers can you spot on your FOHNs Easter Chick Hunt? Ms Kershaw is getting married tomorrow and will be Mrs Puttick when we return from the holidays. The children have made her a lovely gift and card. Happy Easter! Have a wonderful break. The Reception Team
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.  Don't forget the FOHNS Easter Chick Hunt around the village. We hope to get the designs underway for our new 'Incredible Edible' garden when we come back. Please remember to name all the new summer uniform if it's warm enough to wear!
  Here are some of the things we have been busy doing this week:
  • Completing a Learning Journey for Jack D. Please make an appointment with your child’s Key Person the week after their Learning Journey.
  • Attending the Whole School Easter Service.
  • Caring for our sunflower seeds and measuring how much they have grown. We have entrusted them to your care for the holidays. A nice sunny window sill and a little water should do the trick although the rate they are growing some may need a stick for support. We hope this year will see our tallest sunflowers yet. Please return them after the holiday and we shall plant them in the lovely planters Dan White has made for us. We will label them so that the children, all being well, can find their own sunflower when they return to school in September.
  • Making Easter cards, learning to use scissors and split pins, devising patterns and writing our names.
  • Getting very sticky making Easter nests with chocolate eggs.
  • Using oval cutters and clay tools to create patterns on dough eggs.
  • Painting repeating patterns.
  • Shape collages.
  • Practising country dancing for May Day Celebrations outside on the playground in the sunshine.
Next Week:              Easter Holiday We wish you all a very Happy Easter Good luck searching for the Easter Chicks in the FOHNS Hunt! Sunday 16th April St.Peter’s Church Easter Day Morning Worship Nursery children return on Wednesday 26th April Friday 28th April 9am   May Day Celebrations Please bring afternoon children to the Nursery at 9am to join the dancing. Girls in dresses (with cardigan & tights if chilly) and boys in school trousers and white shirts. All must have sensible shoes for dancing. No crocs or slip on shoes like ballet pumps which fall off. Thank you. Fingers crossed the sun shines! The Nursery Team
Dear Parents Red Nose Day: Red Nose Day raised £245.00, which includes £21.20 from HN Friday Toddler Group.  Thank you for your support. New Teacher;  I am delighted to welcome Miss Anna Quartermain to our teaching team; she  will be our new KS1 teacher from September. Miss Quartermain has a passion for History, is an accomplished piano player and is experienced in leading children’s choirs and I am sure we will soon put her many talents to good use! Reminders: End of Term on Friday 7/4/17 - 2pm finish. Summer term starts Tuesday 25 April for Reception to Y6, Nursery (part-time children) return Wednesday 26 April. Clubs finish this week apart from Yoga and Mrs Wood’s Recorder group.  There will be a new clubs letter out today to be returned by Tuesday 25 April (the first day back after Easter). Woodwind lessons with Mr Allen - Tuesday 4th April instead of Thursday 6th April. Flower Arranging Classes at HN School: 6 classes, starting Monday 24 April 7-9pm in the Study Centre.  Cost £50. Classes will include demonstrations and practical hands on sessions.  If you are interested in attending please contact Jane Orchard 01608 737634 Holiday dates for 2017/18: AUTUMN TERM 2017 Wednesday 6 September (Friday 8 September for Foundation Stage) – Friday 20 October October Half Term : Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October inclusive Monday 30 October – Tuesday 19 December Christmas Holiday : Wednesday 20 December – Wednesday 3 January 2018 inclusive SPRING TERM 2018 Thursday 4 January 2018 (Monday 8 January for Nursery) – Friday 9 February February Half Term : Monday 12 February – Friday 16 February Monday 19 February – Thursday 29 March April Holiday – Friday 30 March – Friday 13 April inclusive SUMMER TERM 2018 Monday 16 April (Wednesday 18 April for Nursery) – Friday 25 May May Day Holiday – School Closed : Monday 7 May May Half Term : Monday 28 May – Friday 1 June inclusive Monday 4 June – Friday 20 July School Meals: The cost of a school meal will increase in the Summer term to £2.20, therefore we need all outstanding balances (we are owed £246.20!) and payments for the last week of term to be paid by Monday 3 April before the price increase.  FOHNS Auction of Promises:  A huge thank you to everyone who has placed bids online and in writing or generously donated one of the wonderful range of lots. As at today, we have raised £3164.03 through the auction (over our original target of £3,000) and we still have the live event to go - we look forward to seeing you on Saturday night from 7:30pm. Kevin Hope’s Quiz raised £240 which has kindly been donated to the school. WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:- All Y1, Reef Jurgens, Evie Molmans, the Y6 children who went to Sweden, Cole Davies, the Y6 children who went to Kidzania, Will Cooper, Ellie Newby, Edie Cooper, Charlie Shorten, Emily Cutter, Scarlett Marshall. Activities/Visits : Y6 returned from Sweden having had a fantastic time, including a visit to an inspiring Science museum and skyping with their classmates back home. Out of School Achievements : Well done to Darcy Lambourne Player of the Match HN Football Club, Toby Luxton, Lani and Cavan Tanner Red Belt Karate, Swimming: Daisy Petre Bronze Award, Rosie Petre 1 mile, Ewen Rutherford 50 m, David Kirk Distinction Grade 2 Ukulele, Emily Carroll-Mayes Blue Peter Badge, Imogen Hutchinson and Scarlett Marshall Grade 1 Classical Ballet. Thank you from the Foundation Stage to Dan White of Whites Woodwork for our fantastic planters which we are looking forward to filling with sunflowers and vegetables very soon.   Owl Value of the month: Diversity Yours sincerely   Stella Belgrove Head teacher
A very big thank you to Dan White of Whites Woodwork for our fantastic planters which we are looking forward to filling with sunflowers and vegetables very soon. Here are some of the things we have been busy doing this week:
  • Completing Learning Journeys for Annabella and Arthur. Please make an appointment with your child’s Key Person the week after their Learning Journey.
  • Planting sunflower seeds and making name labels for them.
  • Finding out what our seeds would need to help them to grow and painting to create a display and individual paintings.
  • Printing with flower cutters to create flower pictures.
  • Observing the tadpoles which we shall hopefully see develop over the next few weeks.
  • Practising country dancing for May Day. Advance warning: Friday 28th April 9am (afternoon children can join us for the dancing with their parents. Girls will need dresses and boys trousers and white shirts. All must have sensible shoes for dancing. No crocs or slip on shoes like ballet pumps which fall off.
Next Week:              Tuesday  New children visiting. Thursday Whole school Easter Service in school children only. Friday   Finish at 2pm for the Easter Holiday Nursery children return on Wednesday 26th April Learning Journey for  Jack D The Nursery Team
This Week: We have enjoyed hearing about Mother’s Day and some children have been writing about their day. We have been learning about foxes inside this week making fox diagrams, 3d fox models and reading stories about foxes. We have also been learning about Easter and why we celebrate Easter. The children enjoyed sharing the Easter story and making collages of The Cross. Outside we have been celebrating Easter by designing our own Easter eggs, making Easter baskets and creating our own Easter bunny masks. We are continuing to observe how our tadpoles are growing and looking after our worms. Mrs Collins delivered a fantastic assembly about the different ways in which people think about Jesus around the world, touching on the life of Jesus and why we especially think about Him at Easter time to fit in with our Owl Value Diversity. Phonics: Phonics is going well. We are continually assessing children to ensure that they are getting personalised provision. Maths: This week we have been learning to tell the time on digital (12h) and analogue clocks. Can your child tell the time at o’clock times? Notices: Please keep your child (and any younger children) with you before and after school. FOHNS’s Auction of Promises Saturday 1st April. Check main school newsletter for details. Thank you to those who supported our link with St Peter’s Church by attending the Mothering Sunday Service on Sunday. Please enquire at the office if you are interested in finding out more information about our wrap around care (Owl Club). Please make sure your child has a spare clothes bag at school. May Day celebrations will be taking place on Friday 28th April. Parents are invited to come and watch us do our traditional country dances and enjoy coffee and croissants on the playground from 9-10:30am. PE after half term may be outside. The PE kits will come home next week for the holidays, please could you add a pair of suitable trainers, tracksuit top and bottoms as well as the existing t-shirt and shorts. This is the perfect opportunity to check that all of these items are named. Forest School will resume in May. There will now be 4 groups including the oldest nursery children. Up to date information will be kept on the Forest School board. Next Week We will be continuing to think about Easter. Forest School Group 2 – thank you to both parents who have signed up to help. We finish at 2pm on Friday 7th April for the Easter Break. School starts again on Tuesday 25th April. Have a lovely weekend. The Reception Team
Dear Parents Red Nose Day: Today has been a great success with the children wearing their red noses and enjoying the red Tuck Shop. Thank you for your very kind donations, with all proceeds going towards Comic Relief.  I will let you know next week how much we raised. Sue Wood's recorder group will run on Tuesday 4th April, and Tuesday 25th April (so they are ready for May Day!) which will be the last session.  Other than this, and the catch-up session for Yoga on Thursday 6 April, next week is the last week for clubs this term. Travelling Book Fair - Amount raised : £720.50 giving us £372.00 to spend on books.  Thank you for being such book worms! Headlice Alert: Parents have found nits in Nursery again - for two weeks in a row - please ensure you check children's hair thoroughly. Parent Survey – there is still time to complete the survey. Please complete the online NfER survey by the end of March at www.nfer.ac.uk/npps/prpa - using the school number 202340 and password HXHH - so that we can learn more about your views on different aspects of school life. It is completely confidential and anonymous.  Vacancies: Midday Supervisor Vacancy:  We are still looking for one Midday supervisor.  Please ask at the office if you are interested in this vital role. The School Lunch Company is seeking to recruit Catering Assistants for Hook Norton Primary School. Hours 11-2pm One day a week Wednesday term time only. £7.50 per hour School Meals: The cost of a school meal will increase in the Summer term to £2.20, therefore we need all outstanding balances and payments for the last week of term to be paid by Monday 3 April before the price increase.  FOHNS Auction of Promises:  Lots of amazing promises to tempt you! Go to: https://www.32auctions.com/FOHNSAuction2016 The live Auction is on Saturday 1 April – come along for a fun filled evening and grab a promise! Kevin Hope’s Quiz at the Sports & Social tonight 7.30 for 8pm start, funds to FOHNS. Attendance:  Well done to Y6 for Almost Full Attendance 13-17 March 2017 WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:- Jack Findlay, Cameron Crow, Ava Bennett, Otto Thompson, Emma Barnett, Alfie Hambidge, Isabella Harvey, Alma Richter-Mahr, Lani Tanner, Emily Carroll-Mayes, Lily Armstrong, all Y6. Activities/Visits : Mrs Crouch and Mrs Peters are leading a party of Y6 children on the exchange to Vara, Sweden.  The remaining Y6 children had an amazing time at Kidzania yesterday where they tried their hands at various different jobs, including the police force, estate agent, going to university, aviation academy, being a courier, dentistry, fire and rescue, chocolate manufacturing, presenting on a radio station, supermarket working and presenting the weather in a TV studio- phew! Year 2 gave us a very entertaining class assembly demonstrating their prowess on the glockenspiel as well as telling us about the queen as part of their topic on the 1950s. Mrs Tanner brought in her 7 puppies to the great delight of Y4 and Y6. Out of School Achievements : Well done to Ellis Holdsworth, Emily Cutter, Pippa McArdle, Freja Winhammar, Alma Richter-Mahr, Iris Fledderus, Lulu Housby, Freya White, David Kirk and Orla McArdle for their awards at the Chipping Norton Music Festival. Swimming: Orla McArdle Silver Award, Rosie Petre Gold Award and Stage 9. Otto Thompson Stage 5, Max Sampson 200m. REMINDERS:- Year 1 Class Assembly – Wednesday 29 March, 9.10am   Owl Value of the month: Diversity Yours sincerely   Stella Belgrove Head teacher