Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 7 February

Dear Parents

We are very pleased to welcome Tom Reynolds as our new caretaker, who will be starting with us at the beginning of March.

School Musical Instrument Tuition

We are very fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of musical instruments for tuition in school. A large number of children are currently taking up this opportunity, which we wish to encourage. However, this does take place during school lesson time, meaning pupils miss out on teaching time in class.

Whilst the children in Key Stage 2 are able to return to class and join back in the lesson we are finding that the Key Stage 1 children find it harder returning to class part way through a lesson. They have missed the main teaching input and need a deeper explanation to be able to complete the task, which takes the teachers away from the children they were working with. We are also finding that the children are missing teaching of key literacy and maths basic skills which are vitally important for their progress.

We have therefore made a decision that we will no longer offer instrument tuition to Key Stage 1 children during the school day. We will continue to offer recorders as an instrument in an after school club to Year 2 children, which we believe is an ideal instrument for younger children to start playing. We suggest that parents who wish their children to learn another instrument at an earlier age make arrangements for lessons outside of school. (Those Year 2 children already receiving piano tuition in school will be able to continue).

Wanted! Empty boxes (smaller than cereal boxes) for a Design and Technology project – please hand to Year 2 as soon as possible.


Monday 10/2/14 – No Drama Club – To be re-scheduled at a later date.

Wednesday 12/2/14 – Year 5 Class Assembly, 9.10 am.

Friday 14/2/14 – FOHNS Valentine Cake Sale after school

No Piano Lessons next Tuesday with Karina Bell.  Today’s lessons (cancelled due to illness) have been rescheduled for next Friday.

Low carbon Hook Norton Special Offer:

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Attendance : Well done to Year 4 for Almost Full Attendance 27-31 January. That’s two weeks in a row!

Well Done!

This week we have said Well Done to:  All Y1 for brilliant behaviour at Banbury Museum, Sophia Humphries, Rosie May Straw, All of Year 3 for superb story writing and RE work, Ethan Parrott, Dani Hiatt, Oscar Hawthorne, Eleanor Bailey, Holly Evans, Lexie Harwood.

Activities:  Year 1 enjoyed their visit to Banbury Museum where they explored the differences between old and new toys and dressed up in Victorian clothes. The staff at the museum could not believe how well behaved and informed they were. A teacher from Kingham primary school visited our Y3 class to see how we teach English and maths. A group of talented artists from Year 4 and Year 5 enjoyed an Art workshop at Chipping Norton School with other partnership pupils.

Out of School Achievements:

Zoe Milne Stage 2 swimming award, Harriet Tomalin and Elinor Tomalin who both had winning posters in a competition to win a Raspberry Pi (a credit-card-sized single-board computer).

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher