Welcome to the summer term! We hope all of our families had a restful and enjoyable Easter Break.
Summer term is our favourite term at Hambrook with so many exciting activities and events for our community to be involved with. We hope to see you at some of our events soon. Once the weather warms up, please can you ensure your child has sunscreen applied before school and brings a sun hat and water bottle each day. We want to make the best use of our fantastic outdoor learning environment this term but need the right clothing to do this safely!
Thank you for your continued support
Holidays in term time
A polite reminder that we do not authorise any holidays in term time. We recommend all parents/carers read our Attendance Policy and are familiar with it. It is important that all parents/carers understand that if you choose to take your child/ren out of school for a holiday in term time you may be issued with a fine from the Local Authority. Our policy includes more details on this.
Please note we do not provide work for pupils who take holiday in term time.
Sports Day 2023
We are delighted to be hosting our annual Sports Day this year on Wednesday 14th June. Sports Day is a fantastic celebration of the sporting achievements of our children and thoroughly enjoyable for all involved.
EYFS/KS1 – The morning will be dedicated to a range of fun, physical activities for all our children in EYFS and KS1 including javelin, egg & spoon racing, basketball shooting and hockey dribbles. This will be followed by a series of track races where all children will have an opportunity to compete in their animal teams.
KS2 – In the afternoon, all children will be participating in a variety of track races including skipping, sack and egg & spoon. Our 500m race is also incredibly exciting to watch! For the first time ever, children will also be competing in a range of athletic field events involving javelin, long jump and shotput.
We hope you will be able to join us on the day for some fun, competitive races and amazing performances by the children. We have a reserve day of Wednesday 28th June in case the weather impacts us on the 14th June.
Assessment dates this term
Term 5 and and 6 is very busy with DfE statutory assessments. It is essential that all children are in school on time during these assessments. Thank you for your support with this.
Year 6 SATS
Tuesday 9th May - Friday 12th May
Year 2 SATS
Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May
Year 4 Times Table Check
Monday 12th June- Friday 16th June
Year 1 Phonics Check
Monday 12th June- Friday 16th June
If you have any questions regarding these assessments please speak to your child's class teacher.
The King's Coronation
On Friday 5th May we will be celebrating the King's Coronation. Children and staff are invited to come into school wearing red, white and blue clothing. At lunchtime the children will enjoy picnic on the common with a special lunch prepared by the kitchen team (or alternatively children may bring their own packed lunch). In the afternoon, we will be holding a school singing celebration with each class learning a British song and performing it to the whole school. We will be ending our celebration with God Save The King.
Follow us on our social media pages to see the day to see regular updates!
School Menu for Friday 5th May
Meat option= Ham baguette, sausage roll, cucumber and carrot sticks, special coronation biscuit.
Vegetarian option= Cheese baguette, vegetarian sausage roll, cucumber and carrot sticks, special coronation biscuit.
We have so many exciting clubs happening this term!
It has been wonderful seeing the children embrace some muddy play recently and we are seeing even more fantastic den building happening at lunchtimes. The digging area and mud kitchen have been big successes and children have loved the opportunity to get a bit messy! We have begun our composting project and are hopeful that soon we will be able to begin some planting and gardening at lunchtimes.
As we move into our first summer of OPAL we are looking forward to putting out some new resources and beginning some water play as well. Thank you to the family who have donated some guttering that we will be using to facilitate this. Children have already started wearing and playing in the new dressing up costumes that have been donated and these are contributing to some great imaginative play with both our older and younger children.
As the weather improves we are hoping to get some more den building going on and would love some softer furnishings to facilitate these. We are hoping these can be used to build some shade as the weather heats up over the next few months.
This term we are asking for:
Old sheets or bed linen
Any large water containers
And we are still hoping to receive:
Plastic bath toys e.g rubber ducks
Guttering or any similar plastic tubing through which water could flow
We have also now appointed a new play coordinator. We are delighted to welcome Mrs Dalton to the team who will be working closely with Mr Noone and the rest of the play team to continue to build and enhance our play provision at Hambrook.
As the weather heats up please ensure children have hats and waterbottles in school so they can use these at lunchtimes.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Meditation- an update from Mrs Bassett-Lowe
Mrs Bassett-Lowe has been continuing her Wednesday afternoon meditation teaching. This term she will be working with Year 5 and Year 6. Follow our social media accounts for updates!
Class Photographs will be taking place on 5th June 2023. Please ensure your child/ren are dress in correct school uniform on this day, if your child has PE on this day please send dressed in school uniform with their PE kit in their bag, thank you.
Teacher Strike Days
There are two more strike days coming up. The dates are 27th April and 2nd May. A letter regarding this was sent home yesterday, if you have not received this please contact the school office for a copy of the letter.
Science Fair 2023
On Tuesday 14th March, we held our annual Science Fair! A big thank you to all families who took part in the competition. This year the science projects were amazing, showing how talented both our children and parents are. We had a range of interesting, creative and innovative experiments. From making crystals and taking fingerprints to harnessing wind power and dancing magnets. It was a great showcase of all the fantastic scientists we have in the school.
Below, is a list of all children who won 1st place in their class/year group:
Sibling Winners – Elody and Pippa
Sibling Runner Up – Eddie and Jessica
Winner – Reuben
Runner up – Nina
Winner – Darcy
Runner up - Zeynab
Runner up – Eva
World Book Day
Thank you for all the wonderful entries for the World Book Day book cover competition. They were all fantastic! The winners of the competition are below:
In #Hambrook3 s last Forest School session today we learned about fire safety and 'what fires need to burn' before toasting marshmallows and eating s'mores! They even found time to play noughts and crosses, create charcoal art and make doorways using a pulley system! https://t.co/lfH8yMJzMU
Wishing all of our wonderful families and staff a fantastic Easter break!
Our school (and School Office) will be closed for two weeks. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 17th April 2023. https://t.co/84ouibfokT
Some fantastic work showcased in our final celebration assembly of Term 4. We wish all our families a wonderful break and happy Easter and will see you all on Monday 17th April for the start of Term 5. https://t.co/aRzzoP69qC
Some children have spent the last few days digging a moat and creating a drawbridge to get into the tower in our adventure playground. Just one of the many amazing creations we've seen as part of our play at lunchtimes this term! https://t.co/AqyeynJkLk
In RE this term #Hambrook5 have been discussing what Jesus taught about being generous and if we can still live by these values today. We decided to be generous with our time and help our local community and our planet by litter picking. Well done year 5! https://t.co/Dzivr1v0tv