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Husthwaite School News


Children arrived back into school for the Spring Term full of enthusiasm having enjoyed a well-earned rest over Christmas.

Although it's a long time since Christmas here are a few pictures of our nativity, ‘Prickly Hay'.

The whole school topic for this term is Africa. Children will be looking at the continent as a whole and the countries that form part of Africa; its geographical aspects, the different oceans that surround Africa and learning about the different cultures within it. Children in Class 1 are going to Flamingo Land where they will take part in a guided tour to look at the African animals. The whole school will participate in an African Activity Day which will also include an African Dance workshop. Mrs McCallum will also serve a school meal based on a African menu.

A big event for this first half term is the school participating in Young Voices. This is a national event staged at four national arenas. Children in Years 4/5/6 have been busy practising lots of songs and will travel to the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena to perform in a concert alongside lots of other schools. They will be performing alongside professional musicians and singers. An exciting musical opportunity for pupils to experience being part of a professional concert.

In recognition of our commitment to increasing competitive sport opportunities for pupils at the school, through the Sainsbury's School Games, the school has received a Silver Mark Award, one of only 10 schools in the Thirsk and Hambleton area to achieve this level. The children are very proud of what their efforts in PE and Competitive Sport have achieved.
Over the last year Husthwaite Primary School has taken part in a range of competitive sporting opportunities at L1 (Intra-competition) and L2 (Inter-competition) and has encouraged its eldest pupils to take a strong role in helping to lead sport within school.

This term Years 2, 5 and 6 will participate in cluster multi-sports events. One pupil, Jayden Carter, will represent the school at the County Cross Country Final in March staged at Catterick.

Our Monthly drop-in Toddler Days continue to be popular with pre-school age children (including babies) and their parents/carers. Please do feel free to come along and take part - everyone is more than welcome and it is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to meet other people. If you would like a list of all the toddler day dates, please contact the school for a copy of the dates.

Children in Year 6 will start their booster lessons in preparation for their SATs tests in May. This practice will help pupils to become confident in both their knowledge and expectations of the tests themselves. Here is an example of some of our maths work to have a go at!

(a) Work out the answer.
2 + (16 ÷ 2) + 6 = ....................

(b) Put brackets in the calculation below to make it correct.
2 + 16 ÷ 2 + 6 = 4

The School Council (consisting of 1 or 2 representatives for each year group) have already held their spring term meeting. They will be arranging a fund-raising event for Red Nose Day as well as organising a cake stall to raise funds for school. They have also put forward their own ideas to contribute to our school improvement plans.

Diary Dates:

Wed 11 Feb: Toddler Day 9-11 am - everyone welcome
Fri 13 Feb: School closes for half term holiday
Mon 23 Feb: School re-opens
Tue 10 Mar: Toddler Day 9-11 am - everyone welcome
Thu 26 Mar: School Easter Service
Fri 27 Mar: School closes for Easter holidays.

Visits to the school are always welcome, or if you would like more information please feel free to contact us (01347 868371) or visit our website on


Answers (a) 16

(b) 2 + 16 ÷ (2 + 6) = 4