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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 4 to 11
Number of Pupils :38

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October 2017

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March 2017


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Class 1 (Key Stage 1) - Homepage

We are constantly seeking to develop the early years ‘choosing’ provision. We are striving to provide enough challenges for the children and present them with meaningful opportunities for them to practice their reading, writing and number skills.

Summer Term 2016

Class 1's Summer Term Newsletter       Class 1's Summer Term Planning Document


20th July 2016 - Play in a Day Workshop

I was really impressed with the way Class 2 worked so hard to rehearse and share their very informative play all about the Olympics – Mr Pynn Please click here to view the photographs




20th July 2016 - Carnival

Thank you to all who were able to come and share in the Class 1 Carnival. The floats and costumes were wonderful. - Mr Pynn Please click here to view the photographs


14th July 2016 - Carnival 

Class one have been very busy during their topic on Brazil and the Olympics. They have researched their countries and secured their learning about moving vehicles by producing floats. We would like to invite all Class One parents to our short carnival at 1:30 - 2:15 on Wed 20th July. This is an opportunity for you to not only see our floats for yourselves but also to visit the classroom and talk to class teachers. After our parade we will be walking Class 1 over to the village hall to watch the play that Class 2 have produced. Class One parents are more than welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.


12th July 2016 - Mini Sports Day

On Tuesday 12th July, because our Sports Day was cancelled due to the weather, all the children took part in team and individual races. The team competition was very close and we can reveal the winning team was ‘Fire’. Well done to all for entering into the sporting spirit! – Mrs Caddy and Mrs Martindale  Please click here to view the photographs


7th July 2016 - Cake Sale

Thank you for all of your support for the Cake Sale (baking and buying!) on Thursday. We raised an amazing £90. This will make 6 wells providing clean water for villages in Africa.  From Kate, Hannah, Amelia, Evie T, Lydia, Imogen, Maddy and Bea. Click here to view photographs

That's great news! Well done to all those involved, especially Kate for the initial idea. It was all so well organised and for a very worthwhile cause. – Mr Gee

I am very sorry I could not attend due to the inspection at St Hilda's. I am immensely proud of Kate's achievement and the support that grew to make this such a success. – Mr Pynn


24th June 2016 - Year 1 and 2 Rounders at Ryedale School 

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21st June 2016 - Respect Poems

Class 1 have been thinking about our Christian value of Respect. They have developed their IT skills by transferring their written work into a word document which they then altered to improve the presentation of their work.




9th June 2016 - Tesco Farm to Fork Trail 

During our visit to Tesco, we looked around the store and were allowed into parts that are usually for staff only. In the bakery we saw bread rolls being made and later we got to try some delicious bread and cheese. Not everyone liked the ginger flavoured cheese though! At the fish counter we learnt about different kinds of fish, even one with a hidden spiky fin. At the fruit and vegetable section, we worked together to think of fruit and vegetables for each colour of the rainbow. Green was easy but we had to think hard about blue and purple. When we went through the 'staff only' door we saw the warehouse and the chiller rooms (we didn't go inside but we felt the very cold air coming out - brrrr). We even saw the Tesco workers having lunch in their canteen. The lady who led the session had got muddled up and instead of the Sustainability Trail she did the Explore the Store trail for us. It wasn't quite what we were expecting but we enjoyed it and learnt a lot anyway.

As usual the children were polite, listened well and asked lots of questions. We would like to say a big “thank you” to Mrs Quarton for volunteering to come along with us - your help was very much appreciated. Please click here to view the photographs.


9th June 2016 - A Very Special Visitor!

On Thursday, Mrs Harland and her husband came into school with Alfie! The children and staff were all so thrilled and excited to meet the handsome little man who was showered with love and affection. The pupils took these great photographs too which Mrs Harland is more than happy to share with everybody at home. 




9th June 2016

Mrs Harland has worked with pupils from both schools to write a federation prayer which we intend using within each school and at joint services.

                                                        Dear Lord, 

                                                        Thank you for bringing St Hilda’s and Hovingham Schools

                                                        together to create one. Thank you for our friendships

                                                        across the schools and for keeping us safe and happy.

                                                        Help us to persevere in all we do; learning new things

                                                        together, sharing experiences and respecting each other.



Friday 27th May 2016 - Mrs Wood

We will be saying a sad farewell to Mrs Wood at St. Hilda's School at the end of the summer term as she moves out of the area. I'm sure all pupils, parents, staff and Governors will join with me in thanking Mrs Wood for all her hard work in our school.  I know Mrs Wood will miss everyone, but I’m sure that she will keep in touch.  Miss Kirk will continue to teach Class 1 at St. Hilda's School from September. 


Friday 27th May 2016 - Climbing Wall

On the last day of term, the pupils from Hovingham School joined the pupils at St. Hilda’s for the whole day. A climbing wall had been organised for the children and everyone (R-Y6) got a session on the wall at some point during the day. The children had a fantastic time and we were very proud of them all. Please see below a note from justClimb praising the children. To view all the photographs from the day, please click here.

"Many thanks for the opportunity to bring the climbing wall to your school today. It was great to see all the children giving the wall a go, even if they initially had reservations. Their enthusiasm and support for their classmates also had to be admired, as too were their great manners - all the children were a real credit to your school. Great to see several of the staff trying out their skills on the climbing wall too!!"  - justClimb


Friday 27th May 2016 - Hannah is a cut above the rest! 

Hannah and her parents would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who kindly sponsored Hannah’s charity haircut. Your donations have helped Hannah to raise a whopping £381 for the Little Princess Trust which means Hannah has beaten her target of £350!! A huge well done from all the staff and pupils at Hovingham and St. Hilda’s School.


24th May 2016 - Cooking in Class 1

We finished looking at Ghana by cooking and eating some traditional Ghanaian food. To start the Year 1 and 2 children made joffo rice which involved them preparing vegetables and measuring quantities. For pudding, reception children made toffee peanut sweets. There was much fun moulding the sticky mixture into circles then they checked there were enough sweets for everyone in class. Click here to view the photographs.


Hannah is a year 4 pupil in Class 2 and is having her long hair cut off to raise funds for a children's cancer charity. Hannah has been growing her waist-length hair for three years and has been toying with the idea of getting it cut for a while but didn't just want her hair throwing in the bin. After some research, Hannah and her mum found the Little Princess Trust and Hannah fell in love with the idea immediately and has talked of little else since. So far Hannah has raised £231 but she would love to raise £350 as this is what it costs the charity to provide a wig. Claire from 'Scissors to go' is kindly donating her fee for the haircut to the cause. If anyone would like to sponsor Hannah to help her reach her target then please go to her page or email Please click here to view the Gazette and Herald article


20th May 2016 - Puppets

Class 1 were so proud of their completed puppets that they created as part of our topic! Lots of effort went into designing, marking out, cutting, sewing and finishing and the results were fantastic! Well done class one.



 13th May 2016 - Class 1 Fun!

Thank you for sending your children to school with their soft toys. They really helped the children to think descriptively when they were writing. Also a huge thank you to Mrs Willoughby and Mrs O'Donnell for their contribution to our work on cocoa beans. The children (and staff!) had the opportunity to compare more familiar chocolate treats with 100% Peruvian chocolate and a cocoa bean covered in cocoa powder - yum! Thanks so much.



Spring Term 2016

Class 1's Spring 2016 Planning Document lease click here to view Class 1's Spring 2016 newsletter


24th March 2016 - Dalby Forest 'Stick Man' Trail 

On Thursday 24th March the Class 1 children took part in a trail at Dalby Forest linked to 'Stick Man' to enhance the children's growing knowledge of the books of Julia Donaldson. They met other Julia Donaldson characters and participated in lots of activities along the way. The trail really helped to bring some of her wonderful stories to life. This was a great opportunity for the children to 'jump into' the forest setting that Julia Donaldson so often uses. The trip to Dalby Forest also contributed to the children's current learning of Forest Schools.

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24th March 2016 - Congratulations

The winning team for the Spring term was Fire! They all received a smarties-filled Easter bunny and congratulations from the school in assembly on Wednesday. They have all worked hard this term, both independently and collaboratively, so a huge well done to the whole team who are: Charlie, Imogen, Ruby, Jake, Evie T, Ella, Barney, Oscar, Lara and Violet.


24th March 2016 - Federation Prayer competition

Thank you to all those children who entered the competition; there were some great entries and the final decision was tough! However, Amelia Forrester was the winner from Hovingham and Annie Mae was chosen from the St Hilda's entries. Well done to both girls who received an Easter treat for their hard work and beautiful presentation. Mrs Harland will work with the winners to combine their ideas and wonderful phrases into a single Federation prayer that will celebrate the special relationship between the two schools.


22nd March 2016 - Easter Celebration

As part of our RE work this half term we have been exploring symbols associated with Easter and the Easter story. The children enjoyed this topic so much they asked if they could organise an Easter party. As a result, the children made Easter decorations of palm leaves and eggs for the classroom. They also made Easter crowns, and followed instructions to make delicious Easter nests! On Tuesday they had an Easter egg hunt storing their eggs in baskets they had made earlier. We counted all our eggs and made sure that everyone had the same amount. Click here to view the photographs


3rd March 2016 - World Book Day

For this year's World Book Day the children came to school dressed as a vile villain from their favourite book. 

As part of our celebrations around World Book Day, the children in Class 1 were asked to bring in their favourite book to share. 

There has been a celebration of books and reading throughout the week and the children have all received a book token to take home and spend.  If you want more information about the day, please look at the website link given here.

Click here to view more photographs from World Book Day


5th February 2016 - NSPCC Number Day 

We are delighted to say we raised £31.00 last Friday for the NSPCC. Well done to all the children who came to school dressed in maths clothes. We had patterns in the form of stripes, shapes and spots and lots of clothes with numbers on. A special mention goes to Ellie, Charlie and Annie who made some excellent costumes for the day. We spent the morning doing number challenges and had great fun!



28th January 2016 - Phonics Workshop

Many thanks to those parents who came to the phonics workshop held by Mrs Carter on Wednesday 27th; this was a really informal but informative meeting about how phonics is taught to your children both in Class 1 and how this continues in Class 2. We hope those who attended found it useful in supporting their children to read at home. Phonics teaching is vital to give your child the best start in their reading life and support at home using the methods used in school is really important for consistency and clear learning progression. If you missed it and would like to talk with Mrs Carter or Mrs Harland about your child's reading, please contact school and we will make sure you have all the information you need to fully support phonics teaching and your child's learning. 


25th January 2016 - Space Themed Lunch

Our amazing cook visited Class 1 today to help the children prepare a space themed lunch! This ties in with the book we have been reading "Toys in Space".

Class 1 contributed to the creation of a fantastic space themed lunch which enabled them to apply and develop so many important skills, from communicating with others, to applying the concept of halving and quartering.  We would like to say a huge "thank you" to Miss Martin for helping the children have such an enjoyable experience.  

We decided to have a small writing competition for the Year 2s, who would write the winning recount of what they did to prepare for lunch? For great use of descriptive language and commas within a list it was Molly Tuke, well done!

"We helped Miss Martin make fruity juicy kebabs.  We had chips, pizza and juicy sweetcorn and peas.  For pudding we had chocolate custard with the fruit kebabs."

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15th January 2016 - Ice Planet Sculptures and Rockets

Following on from their visit to the Planetarium this morning, the Reception children used colourful 2D shapes to make rocket pictures. They were out of this world!

The Hovingham children then had a fantastic time unveiling their 3D ice planet sculptures to the St. Hilda's children. They worked in house teams to create a fantasy planet sculpture for their house teams. They loved the results and they have learnt so much about floating and sinking, materials and changes of state. Click here to view the photographs