Hook Norton C. of E. Primary School
Behind the Scenes July 2017
An occasional update on the work of the school
We reach the end of a busy school year and it has flown by. The new classrooms feel like they have always been part of the school and we have enjoyed the additional spaces they have released. The new outdoor area for Foundation Stage is wonderful, giving younger children the opportunity to ‘cook’ in the mud kitchen, climb, explore, make believe, act on the stage, compose their own tunes on the giant musical instruments, read a book in a shady spot, bug hunt and generally enjoy being a child.
The children have worked hard and enjoyed lots of different activities and experiences- from squealing on the Giant Swing at Liddington (me!) and surfing at Yenworthy to scaling the ramparts at Kenilworth Castle and riding on a donkey at Weston-Super-Mare. They have joined the choir to sing their hearts out at Young Voices in Birmingham, played recorders at our Christmas tea for the community, hopped on a plane to Sweden, gained distinctions in LAMDA exams, attended gifted and talented workshops, taken cycling proficiency tests and learnt to swim.
The partnership sports programme allowed every child to take part in a sporting event and to enjoy expert coaching in a range of sports. We have been awarded the Silver Games mark this year in recognition of our commitment to school sports and PE. We also enjoyed dance and drama workshops and a Year 4 languages festival. Our sports grant has enabled us to participate in inter-schools tournaments as well as employ dedicated sports coaches. We have had lots of sporting success this year with U11 Boys football and U10 Rugby teams winning the partnership competitions and we won the first Virtual Marathon with our 26 winning 1 mile times being the fastest overall. Our Y6 and KS2 children have trained as sports leaders and led games for the younger children at break times, which has been popular. We have also run 19 different sports clubs this year with an average of 87 attendees per week!
And, in between all that, the children have also been excelling in the three Rs! This year, our children achieved results beyond our expectations; we are very proud of them! Both Y2 and Y6 Sats results improved on last year (and they were good then). We have done much better than the national averages across the board with many children attaining the higher levels in the new, much more challenging tests.
After school clubs continue to thrive with LAMDA, Art, Sport, Sports’ Leaders Music, Dance, JAM, Film, Board Games, Choir and Sewing.
Owl Club has been a welcome addition to our childcare provision with children enjoying various activities (and toast!) in comfortable surroundings, led by our trained support staff.
The Friends of the School have worked hard to organise a successful calendar of events to raise much needed funds for school projects. This year FOHNS have raised a record amount of money for new chairs and tables for the classrooms.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the school and helped to ensure our children are happy, safe and thriving.
Have a lovely summer holiday.