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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 4 to 11
Number of Pupils :33

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October 2017

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March 2017


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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 2018

Please click here to view Howard Class - Summer Term 2017/2018 Newsletter

Please click here to view Howard Class - Summer Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Tuesday 17th July - Circus Skills and Dance Workshop

We had a fantastic day on Tuesday, enjoying a Dance Workshop and also a Circus Skills Workshop.  We had a great deal of fun.  We were active and energetic, learning new skills and the importance of practise and perseverance.

Sunday 8th July - Pet Blessing Service on Slingsby Village Green


Please note that the Pet Blessing Service which was due to take place on the Village Green at Slingsby on Sunday 8th July at 3pm has been cancelled. It is planned to rearrange the service for when the weather is cooler.

Thursday 5th July – Sports Day

Our Federation Sports Day will be the afternoon of Thursday 5th July at Hovingham, with Thursday 12th July as a reserve date if the weather is poor.  The format will be the same as last year which the children really enjoyed, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Friday 15th June - Climbing Wall 

On the last day of term, the pupils from Hovingham School will be joining us at St. Hilda’s for the whole day.  A climbing wall has been organised for the children and everyone (R-Y6) will get a session on the wall at some point during the day.  The children will also be having a picnic lunch so let’s hope the weather remains sunny and warm.

Wednesday 23rd May - KS1 SATs 

This week I have been really proud of the way our Y2 pupils have completed their Key Stage 1 SATs papers. 

Mr Pynn

Thursday 17th May - Countryside Day at Duncombe Park

Reception & KS1 enjoyed a super day yesterday. 

We enjoyed a variety of activities; designing our own coat of arms, meeting working dog "Murphy", learning about Game keeping, planting beans, identifying pond-life and exploring a police car whilst eating ice cream."

Spring Term 2018

Please click here to view Howard Class - Spring Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Please click here to view Howard Class - Spring Term 2017/2018 Newsletter

Friday 23rd March - RNLI Visit

All children in KS1 and KS2 had a visit from Josh from the RNLI and had a talk about how to keep safe when at the Coast.  Please talk with your child about what they have learnt.


17th - 23rd March - Sport Relief 2018

This year as part of the national Sport Relief fundraising activities we have decided to set each school a sponsored challenge. Between Monday 19th February and Friday 23rd March (Sport Relief night) we are challenging the pupils to collectively walk/run/cycle a total distance of 947 miles which is the equivalent of walking from their school to London, then Cardiff, then Dublin and finally Edinburgh. If every pupil could cover just 5 miles per week we can achieve it!

Our challenge is therefore called “Give Me 5!”.  We’re asking pupils to collect sponsor money to spur them on in their challenge and of course they don’t just have to walk, they can swim, run, cycle or whatever it is that keeps them active, and of course they can do as many miles a week as they like. There will be a prize for the child in each class who covers the greatest distance and every child will get a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

Everyone has brought home a sponsor form and a record sheet to record all their activity. They can then bring this sheet into school so their total travelled can be added to the school map to show the collective progress.

I hope parents will encourage pupils to take part and help them to record all their activity from walking to school to their weekly swimming lesson. Let’s see how far we can travel!

Sponsor Form

Give me 5 Record Book


Friday 16th March - World Book Day 2018 

As we were unable to have World Book Day on 1st March due to school closure, we have re-arranged the day for Friday 16th March. We’d love it if pupils came to school dressed as a favourite character with one really weird or fascinating fact about their character to share with everyone else! Please can pupils in Howard Class bring in a (named) copy of their favourite book to talk about.

£1 Book TokenEvery pupil has now received a £1 Book Token so please check your child’s book bag. The vouchers are valid from Monday 26th February to Sunday 25th March (inclusive). Please click on the below link to see the £1 books for World Book Day 2018

Unwanted Books PleaIf you've finished the latest bestseller, have some books you'll never read again or it's just time for a clear out, please can send your unwanted books to school and we will donate them to a local charity to help spread the gift of reading.

World Book Day Selfie ChallengeTo make World Book Day even more fun, we challenge pupils to bring in a photo of themselves reading to someone, be it younger siblings, older relatives, or even the family pet. There will be a prize for the best picture!


Tuesday 13th March - Super Hero Day!

On Tuesday 13th March, we had a Superhero Day in memory of our own superhero, Harry Flatt, on his birthday. Hovingham School’s family feel was prevalent on Tuesday as both classes joined together for this special day. As we remembered our own superhero, Harry Flatt the children enjoyed taking part in a variety of superhero themed activities including superhero dancing and superhero themed PE. Even lunch had a superhero twist! The children spent the day working together in mixed aged groups to design a superhero of their own and present it to the rest of the school. I am sure you will agree that there were many creative superhero designs - watch this space Avengers! Thank you to all who came to support and contributed to the day. It was a very special and memorable day in both of our schools and across the two schools £311.13 was raised for the Candlelighters charity which supported Harry and his family. 


Science Selfie Challenge

Please can pupils bring in or email ( a selfie of themselves enjoying science outside of school by Friday 23rd February. Your selfies could include a visit or taking part in a science activity at home. Be as creative as you like and include captions if you wish. 

There has been a wonderful response to the Science Selfie challenge. Do keep sending them in and having scientific discussions at home! To see the photos please click here.


Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Safer Internet Day  

In both schools we frequently share with pupils the importance of accessing the internet safely. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. provides tips and advice for parents and carers.


Wednesday 31st January 2018 - Cosmodrome Visit 

The University of York brought their inflatable Cosmodrome to school. All pupils from Reception to Year 6 had a session inside the inflatable Planetarium.

Howard Class flew through the Solar System looking at the planets. We watched the Sun move across the sky and discovered what happens to the stars during the day time. We heard the stories behind some of the constellations. We watched a short animation about space exploration.

It was a real ‘wow’ experience!


Monday 16th January - Easyfundraising               

Help us to raise funds from the comfort of your own home.  If you use online shopping then please make sure you register for - it's free for you and doesn't cost Hovingham School or Friends of Hovingham School (FOHS) a penny.  Simply navigate to your chosen retailer's website through and we will automatically receive a donation every time you shop, costing you absolutely nothing!  

To register simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the ‘Support a good cause’
  3. Enter Hovingham School Friends
  4. Click ‘support this cause’
  5. Create an account
  6. Activate the donation reminder (this will then remind you every time you shop online to use Easy Fundraising)
  7. Start shopping and raising money!

Don't forget to tell your family, friends and neighbours about!


Thursday 18th January 2018 - Phonics Workshop 

We are very aware that the teaching of reading through phonics has changed dramatically over the years and so the aim of the workshop is to help you as parents to understand how we teach phonics in school so that you feel confident with supporting your child with reading, phonics and spelling at home. We will provide you with the background information surrounding the phonics scheme, demonstrate the way we teach it, through discussion and practical activities, and provide you with some activity ideas and websites that can be used to support your child at home. We would strongly encourage the parents of children in Class 1 to come along but all parents are welcome. 

"Thank you to all those parents who attended the Phonics Workshop at Hovingham School. Your feedback was exceedingly positive about how useful the session was. Huge thanks to Mrs Carter for such a polished and engaging workshop! If you would like any help in understanding or supporting your child with Phonics please speak with your child’s class teacher. If there are any future workshops that you’d find useful, please ask." 


Autumn Term 2017

Please click here to view Howard Class - Autumn Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Please click here to view Howard Class - Autumn Term 2017/2018 Newsletter


December 2017 - Shoe Box Appeal 

Please see attached a couple of photos of Father Christmas delivering shoe boxes to children in Romania. The shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts that families kindly donated have made their way to disadvantaged children in poverty stricken countries all over the world. The shoe boxes were given to children who would not usually receive any gifts this Christmas so it is wonderful that so many people donated to the shoe box appeal. Thank you. 



Friday 22nd December 2017 - Christingle Service

The Christingle service at St Hilda’s Church on Friday 22nd December at 2:30pm will be led by Revd. Catherine Reid.  The children will be singing some songs, there will be a short talk and every child gets their own Christingle.  



Thursday 21st December 2017 - Christmas Party!

The school Christmas Party will be on Thursday afternoon on 21st December. If children would like to come to school dressed in party/Christmas clothes that is fine but it is not compulsory.



Tuesday 19th December 2017 - Christmas Lunch

Miss Martin prepared her usual delicious Christmas Dinner for us on Tuesday. 




Thursday 14th December 2017 - Pantomime Trip 

The children really enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk on Thursday and we were very proud of their good behaviour and the way they really got involved. This has really got us into the Christmas spirit!


Tuesday 12th December 2017 - Christmas Production

Our ‘Shine Star, Shine’ Christmas production took place in Hovingham Village Hall on Tuesday. Thank you for all your kind comments following our Christmas performance. The staff and I are all really proud of the way the pupils sang, acted and read. We’re very grateful for parental help with learning words. Huge thanks to the donation from Friends of Hovingham School which provided costumes and also thanks for providing refreshments too. I’d also like to thank Mr Wilson and Mr Boothroyd for their help with the sound system. 


29th November 2017 - Gazette & Herald Article 

Hovingham School praised for its 'good' effort by Ofsted inspectors.





Monday 27th November - Open Day for 2018 & 2019 New Starters - 9:30am-11:30am

We would like to invite those with children who will be starting nursery or school in either 2018 or 2019 to attend our Open Day on Monday 27th November. This will be a chance for you to see what we do, as the school will be at work as usual.  To aid organisation it would be good if you could contact the office and arrange a time slot. This will ensure that you have a personal guided tour and any questions can be answered. Please feel free to bring the potential new starter with you! If this date is not convenient please do contact school to make an alternative appointment. Do please share this invitation with those you know may be considering our school.


Friday 17th November - Children in Need

The children all looked fantastic in their spotacular outfits. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to Children in Need. We raised £75.40!  


Saturday 11th November  - Armistice Day 

This Saturday is Armistice Day and millions of Britons will observe the two-minute silence. Armistice Day - or Remembrance Day - is a very special part of British culture. It is a day when Britons remember the fallen, and the values that those who gave their lives helped to defend.

To download the Armistice Day worksheet to help your child/ren understand more about this very special day please click here.

To download a copy of In Flanders Fields, the famous World War 1 poem, which describes the sight of poppies on the battle fields please click here.


Friday 10th November 2017 - Jolly Postman Visit

The children in Class 1 are looking forward to a very special visit from a real life 'Jolly Postman' on Friday. This is to round off our learning using the text 'The Jolly Postman'. The children will learn about what is involved in the work of a postman including his daily routine and postal route. The children are writing questions in literacy in preparation for this visit. 


Thursday 9th November 2017 - Maths Workshop for Parents/Carers

Mrs Martindale will be holding a Maths Workshop for parents on Thursday 9th November from 4-5pm. By the end of the workshop, parents/carers will hopefully have an understanding of key mathematical terms, expectations for each year group and to give parents the opportunity to look at KS1and KS2 SATs problems so they can see what their children will be facing in May.

"Thought last evening’s workshop was excellent Carla - many thanks for all the effort you put into it."

"Mrs Martindale's maths class yesterday was excellent."

"My thanks too for the brilliant maths workshop last week. It was excellent, please pass feedback onto Mrs Martindale. She made it all very clear, it was hugely helpful, fun and very much appreciated."

Please find attached some useful resources:

Progression in Written Calculations Guidance 09 16 

Times Tables Sorted

Useful Links


Tuesday 10th October - Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal

Thank you to all those families who have contributed. These gifts will be so greatly appreciated by the recipients.



Tuesday 31st October - Parents' Evening

Thank you to all who attended parents’ evening this week to further cement the partnership designed to support your child. I am grateful for your understanding where appointments ran late. If you were unable to attend parents’ evening please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. I want to reaffirm our open-door policy, please don’t wait until parents evening to raise concerns or celebrate achievements!


Tuesday 31st October - OFSTED

We were very pleased that the report recognised the hard work of everyone connected with the school. This continues to be a rapidly improving school where the staff team are already addressing the action areas identified in the report. The report was circulated earlier this week via Parenthub. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the report please contact Miss Hope in the School Office.


Wednesday 18th October - NSPCC 

We are working with the NSPCC in the Autumn Term as part of our ongoing work to keep children safe. Details of assemblies and workshops, including one for parents 4pm-5pm at Hovingham on 18th October, will follow in due course. Part of the learning includes keeping safe online. For advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more, visit or call 0808 800 5002. 


Tuesday 10th October - Shoe Box Appeal

With your help the school has once again decided to accept the invitation to support the ‘Operation Christmas Child - Shoe Box Appeal’.  A letter has gone home with all the details needed to either fill or contribute to a Shoe Box. Packed shoe boxes, items for the school box and donations can be brought to school anytime, but at the latest by Wednesday 1st November to ensure boxes get to their destination for Christmas. Many, many thanks for your support. 


Sunday 15th & Monday 16th October - Hovingham Harvest Service

It is Hovingham Methodist Chapel's Harvest services on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, the gifts will be gathered in for the service at 10.30am led by Rev Mark Hayne. On Monday, there will be another short service conducted by Robin Jackson, beginning at 6.30pm, followed by a fun auction and then supper.


Wednesday 4th October - Harvest Service

Our Harvest Service will take place in Hovingham All Saints Church on Wednesday 4th October at 2:45pm. Parents/Grandparents are welcome to attend the service. Churches are encouraging donations at Harvest Festival to help stock food banks in their areas, please see the link below to Malton Food bank with a list of items they require. They really need sponge puddings, tinned vegetable, UHT milk and UHT fruit juices. They have plenty of rice pudding Many thanks for your help.


Monday 2nd October - Pentathlon GB

On Monday 2nd October, we are lucky enough to have 2 coaches from Pentathlon GB coming into school to work with the children. The Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic event and comprises of 5 events – pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running. Howard Class will just be doing fencing (due to the weight of the laser pistol). The activities will all take part in the village hall using age appropriate safe/soft equipment. The children will all get to have a go with the equipment and take part in some mini events. We hope this will be a great opportunity for them to try something completely new and perhaps fire some ambition! 


Friday 22nd September - Ryedale Book Festival – Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 will be going to see Theatre Fideri Fidera and their play, Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at the Milton Rooms in Malton. 

"Fun-loving Oskar has to run down a mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again?"

This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry music, song and even close up magic to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps


Wednesday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day

The children all looked fantastic in their outfits and enjoyed a fun filled day.  Thank you for your continued support.

Please click here to view the class photograph.



Acorn and Howard Class PE lessons will continue to be supported by Mr Mulholland in both schools.  We will continue to enter the Ryedale Federation Sports fixtures with the expectation that each Y1-Y6 pupil will take part in a tournament each term. 



From September, Howard Class pupils’ music will be taught by our existing staff who will continue to follow the North Yorkshire Music Scheme of Work.


Weekly French

Mrs Cordingley, a native French speaker, will continue to teach Reception to Year 6 pupils French. This will, from September, take place each Friday in both schools.


In the Autumn and Spring Terms, pupils from the two schools will continue to meet up for a variety of joint events rather than coming together each Friday. 

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