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Husthwaite School and Apple Tree Nursery 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 Christmas events:The re-telling of the Christmas Story at the Church Carol Service was beautifully performed by Class 2.

Class 1 performed their nativity ‘I Spy' to packed audiences.

All the children were treated to a trip to the Pantomime to see Jack & Beanstalk. George Marshall & Matilda Armitage were chosen to perform on stage with the actors

The whole school topic for this term is India. Children will be finding out about the cultures of India, its geography and how it differs from our own.
Years 4/5/6 have once again been busy practising for the Young Voices concert which takes place in Sheffield Arena. A variety of songs and dance routines have been given to us to learn including a medley of Madness songs - a great trip down memory lane for some staff! The professional artist this year accompanying the children is classical singer Laura Wright.

Children in Year 6 have started 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 Y6 mastery maths work to have a go at!

Here is an equation: if r =4, s = 11 and t = -3 (answers at bottom of page)

a) 2s + √r = ?

b) t² + (2s +r)² = ?

Congratulations to the Y6 pupils who participated in the Youth Trust Awards - a great commitment and community spirit in learning Christian values and a willingness to help and support others, both in our own locality and further afield, and understanding the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves. They participated in various activities which has empowered them with the knowledge of understanding how small changes they make can make significant differences and improvements for others. This Award was devised by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and is organised by the York Diocese.

The school is busy working towards achieving the Silver Eco Schools Award. Pupils are meeting on a regular basis to discuss ways in which we can help meet all the criteria. This includes reducing energy usage and waste, recycling and reusing. The children took part in switch off fortnight when they learnt how small changes can make a bit difference in reducing energy consumption and thereby saving money. A survey taken at the start and end of the fortnight showed a huge reduction in the number of lights and computers left switched on unnecessarily. This term the children are revisiting their Eco Code and Eco Promise and are also hoping to participate in composting workshops which will link into gardening in the warmer weather.

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.

We are approaching that time of year when some of you will be looking at doing some spring cleaning. If that is you, please can we remind you that we will be having another Bags2School collection in May. So rather than just discarding those unwanted items of clothes, handbags, shoes, belts and soft toys. please keep them for the collection on 12th May. This is a successful and easy way for the school to raise money and we would appreciate your contributions to help.
Diary Dates:

Fri 5 Feb: Toddler Day 9-11 am - everyone welcome
Fri 12 Feb: School closes for half term holiday
Mon 22 Feb: School re-opens
Wed 9 Mar: Toddler Day 9-11 am - everyone welcome
Fri 24 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

Maths answers a) 24 b) 685