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It has been a very busy Spring term, probably more so than usual given its brevity. However, that has not stopped us participating in some exciting events.

• In January children in Years 4, 5 and 6 travelled to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena to participate in Young Voices - a national choir event, which included professional musicians, singers and dancers (an amazing experience);
• Class 1 had a fabulous time looking at the African animals at Flamingo Land which they had all to themselves!
• The whole school were treated to a Music for life concert with fiddler, flautist and clog dancer performing a variety of music and dances. All the children then were taught some clog dancing steps and learned about rhythm patterns.
• Children dressed as their favourite book character for World Book Day and brought the accompanying book to school with them to read. Some wonderful characters were evident; Harry Potter, Cat in the Hat, The Gruffalo, Bugsy Malone, The Boy in the Dress, Alice in Wonderland to name but a few.
• Y2 participated in cluster Multi-skills; Y5 and Y6 came 4th in the Cluster indoor athletics tournament and we won the Cluster quciksticks hockey tournament enabling us to represent the school at district finals at Thirsk.
• 26 Mothers, Aunties and Grandmas joined children for a special Mother's Day Lunch.
• The School Council met with Mrs Heward to organise Red Nose Day fund-raising activities (wacky non-uniform and face painting!).

Still to look forward to before the end of term is our Easter Service, an Easter Egg decorating competition, Y5/6 visit York Minster and Jayden Carter competing in the finals of the County Cross

Country Championships.
We are now offering Rising 3 sessions at our Nursery allowing children to start from the term before they turn 3 years of age. We are taking bookings for our Nursery class for September and there are some limited places still available. If you are interested (or know anyone else who is interested) in a Nursery place, please contact the school office for further details.

The first half term's whole school topic was based on Africa. Children learnt about the countries which form the African continent, its culture, and the geographical make-up. This topic culminated in an ‘Out of Africa' whole school activity day. Everyone enjoyed a fun-packed day of African activities which included each child from nursery to year 6 being given the chance to participate in an African Dance Workshop led by a professional dancer. Children also made African masks and shields, participated in food tasting based on the story of Handa's Surprise, story-telling and interpreting their own dance moves to African music. Mrs McCallum treated the children to a special African themed lunch.

The second half term topic has been based on inventors and inventions. So far children in Class 3 have researched different inventors and created an invention timeline ; Class 1 have been looking at the invention of transport including pictures of old cars and futuristic cars and Stephenson's Rocket; Class 2 have researched what an invention is and looked at placing transport inventions in chronological order.

Teaching and learning this term has covered a wide range of topics. Science in school has included Earth and space, exploring and understanding different materials in everyday life, baby animals and how they grow, evolution and genetics.

Literacy has included looking at works by Robert Louis Stevenson, Greek myths, visual poetry, persuasive writing and writing our own nursery rhymes as well as a focus on punctuation and grammar. In maths topics have included fractions, decimals and percentages, measurement and applying to real life situations, money - the different denominations and how to calculate change - addition and subtraction as well as practising times tables. Children in Y6 have continued to work with Miss Goodchild and Mrs Bainbridge in preparation for the SATs tests in May. 

Once again we have welcomed toddlers and their parents/carers to our ‘drop-in' toddler open mornings this term. Mrs Fowler and her team always ensure that there are lots of exciting activities on offer with lots of room to explore - the soft play is always hugely popular - as well as the opportunity to join in story-time. These are free sessions and everyone is welcome to come along - please see the school website for future dates.

Twice a year we raise funds for the school through ‘Bags2School'. If you have any unwanted items of clothes, handbags, shoes, belts and soft toys they can be brought to school in dustbin bags for collection by Bags2School. Items are then sold to importers and wholesalers in many countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia. A great recycling facility that raises funds for school and helps others in need. The collection will take place at school on 19th May at 9am so any items can be brought to school the day before or early on the morning of the collection.
Diary Dates:

Thu 26 March 9.45am - Easter Community Service at School followed by coffee morning and cake
stall
Fri 27 March 2.45pm - school closes for Easter holidays
Mon 13 April School closed - staff training day
Tue 14 April School opens to children for summer term
Fri 1 May Drop-in toddler morning 9-11 am
Tue 19 May Bags2School collection at 9am

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 www.husthwaite.n-yorks.sch.uk