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Spring Term 2016

On this page you can see some of the activities and work that we

have shared and enjoyed in school during the Spring 2016 term .


The biggest event during the Spring term was in February.

Work began on the construction of our new school. Take a look HERE.

You can see the very start of our new school journey HERE.


Congratulations to Miss Mary McCormack

and Mr Andrew Bebbington on the birth of

Alexander Idris on 31st December 2015.


We can't wait to meet him!


Our final whole school activity

of the term was our Easter Egg

Decorating Eggstravaganza!

You can see some of the Cracking Creations

in our Eggxhibition HERE.

Take a look at the Tu-Tu Funky Dancers HERE.

We enjoyed an Easter Assembly that YoYo came in to present.

We were visited by Roman soldiers who shared the events of the first Easter from their persective.

We were trained as part of the Roman Army, learning the soldiers drill, and we had to think hard to answer some questions in a quiz. We finished the assembly off with an Easter song.  There were lots of air guitars but unfortunately there is no evidence of the camera shy Mr Richards who was in his element!


It was Early Years class assembly.  They showed us lots of things they had been learning about – from the Story of the Gingerbread Man (including a scientific investigation to see what happened when he got wet), to a maths demonstration using giant Numicon. 

The assembly finished with two very enthusiastic Maths songs.


Year 4 have continued their

topic work in the forest.

We made our own ‘Stickhenges’, after learning about Stonehenge, and also made our own miniature prehistoric roundhouses. This house is even held together with wattle and daub!


Sport Relief

Our aim was to cover a 6 mile run over lunch time using a relay.

To cover one mile we needed to run 46 laps.


Year 6 ran: 57

Year 5 ran: 91 (Y5 had slightly longer!)

Year 4 ran: 57

Year 3 ran: 43

Years 1&2 ran: 51

EYFS ran: 38

Total run =  337 laps = 7.33 miles!

Well done everybody, what a great achievement!

In total we raised £158 for Sport Relief.


A big THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the Easter Bake Off and to all those who purchased the yummy cakes at the end of the day.

The PTA raised a fantastic £227.91 with this event.

Many thanks to all who helped in the organisation.


Year 5 spent a whole day learning about volcanoes. First, they worked in groups to research different focus areas and present their information to the class – this group are demonstrating plate tectonics. After that, the groups worked together to build a volcano outside and then they made it erupt!


This week some of our Year 5 and 6 children have taken part in training to become Junior Sports Leaders. As you can see they had a great time!

During the summer term they will be running their very own multi-skills club at lunchtimes. Watch this space!

See where Year 2 went HERE.

Find out where Year 1 are HERE.



Here are Year 1 visiting Heslington Church to find out what happens at a baptism. Father Jan showed the class the baptism register, the oil he uses for christenings and the candle he gives.

After christening our baby doll, Isabella Sarah, Year 1 celebrated with juice and cake!


Mr Gareth Dyer came to school to help Year 5&6 understand a little more about space travel. First we all made a rocket, using a safe fuel, and blasted off to see who got the highest. Then, having a strict budget, we had to create an ablative shield to protect our egg-stronaut. As you can see, we had to do a good job or there would have been an egg-splosion!


PCSO Barge has been in school recently to talk to Y5&6 about Internet safety.


The Year 1children enjoyed performing their Jack and the Beanstalk story for everyone. They sang, told a story with actions and showed their fantastic art work. They left everyone wondering if another beanstalk grew - would you climb it? We’re still deciding!


At the weekend, four of our KS2 children took part in the ‘Hold Back the River’ concert held in the Barbican Centre.  The concert was to raise money for the flood victims of York and the children were part of the York Civic Youth Choir.  They performed two songs, Take Me on a Journey and Skyfall, with children from several other primary and secondary schools in York.  The evening raised over £8000 for the flood victims of York. 


Year 1 have been busy estimating , measuring and comparing lengths.

They became very accurate estimators.


World Book Day was great fun!

See some of our fantastic costumes HERE

and find out who the contestants were in

'Lord Deramore's Got Book Talent' HERE.

Year 3 whittled sticks to make Stone Age style hunting spears. They had a competition to see who could knock the markers down. Well done to Millie & Matthew - fantastic aiming!
Years 3 & 4 are enjoying rugby sessions with York City Knights. They have been practising throwing, catching and movement skills.

Year 2 had great fun playing outside in the snow.

They think they made the world’s smallest snowman!

See Years 5 & 6 at the National Media Museum HERE.

Year 2 have been working on reading comprehension. We checked our own work with a teacher. One group acted out a play.


Here are the Year 1 children busy

designing their own beanstalks.

Can you see Jack climbing up?


Year 1 used natural materials to construct giants in the forest.

Look how big they are!


Members of the York Rescue Boat team came to talk to us about the important service they provide in the city.

We found out how to throw a

line to perform a rescue.

You can see some of our Chinese New Year activities HERE.

The Year 5 class assembly this term was all about our topic of Earth and Space. We sent a message to Tim Peake and taught everybody the ‘Planet rap’.

We also showed off our impressive dance moves and extensive knowledge!


Year 5 had a visit to Archbishop Holgate’s School this week to take part in some RE based activities. They learnt about the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and how aspects of this story can be found within the values of Archbishop’s school.


Where are the Early Years children?

Find out HERE.


Y5&6 Gym skills.

In Year 6 the children have been learning about counter balance and tension.  Year 5 have been building bridges and building up their core strength.


What do the Digital Leaders do in school?


Take a look HERE.


Thank you to the parents who joined us for Story telling Week.  They brought some super stories.

In drama the children enjoyed acting out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


In the forest Year 2 were calculating the value of sticks by putting them in HTU columns or U columns.

Their challenge was to use ten sticks

and make different numbers.

Find out what - and who - caused this explosion HERE.

Year 6 class assembly was based on

the work they have been doing on Macbeth.  The audience was treated to spells, prophecies, intrigue and some amazing creative writing.

Find out who has built a fire in the forest HERE.

Year 2 are Mad About Maths! Look at some of the

different types of maths work the children have been doing.


What are these children warming up for?

Take a look HERE.


What are the Early Years children writing?

You can read their work HERE.


Year 3 and 4 have been learning how to cross the road safely with the

City of York Pedestrian Training team.

The important message was to stop, look and listen before crossing the road.

We practised crossing roads near school including from between parked cars.


Well done to this amazing swimmer in Early Years for getting his stage 2.

Take a look at Year 3 outdoors HERE.
Find out what Year 4 have been making HERE.

Year 5 have created this video with questions for astronaut Tim Peake, who is currently serving aboard ISS for the next few months.

Having watched his launch and spacewalk the children

had lots of questions and had to choose their final 5.

We hope you enjoying watching it.


Year 1 have been finding different ways to sort materials. They found rough and smooth, hard and soft, shiny and dull.


Year 4's class assembly about reading was a big success. We played a game of 'Take Me Out . . . the Library' and found out more about Stig of the Dump by Clive King and Stone Age Boy

by Satoshi Kitamura.


To get ready for their assembly, Year 4 took part in some 'Extreme Reading'.


Year 1 went on a materials hunt to find things made

from plastic, wood, metal and fabric in the classroom.


In PE, Year 4  have been working on pairs

balances using different parts of our bodies.


Each child in Year 1 made a collage bear using as many different materials as possible. Some were hard, some soft and some were bendy.

Year 1 have begun learning about materials in science. They played Kim’s game and had to name the material of the object that was taken away.

Poor Year 1. Their new toy dog Dan went missing! The children decided that it would be a good idea to make some posters so that everyone could look out for Dan. Luckily Mrs King read the excellent descriptions and recognised Dan when she saw him in the library.

He’s now back safe and well.


Stanley Gene came in to talk to us about his journey from Papua New Guinea to York. Stan was a professional rugby league player who has played for Bradford Bulls, Hull Kingston Rovers and the Papua New Guinea national team. He played at three World Cups and is now a coach at the York City Knights.