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Husthwaite CE Primary School & Nursery -News


Another busy end to the school year! The glorious weather has enabled us to enjoy lots of outdoor activities and learning.

Forest Schools has started at Husthwaite this term and will continue during the next academic year to support and further develop our broad and balanced curriculum. Forest Schools is an innovative educational approach to outdoor learning and play for all ages. We have the most fantastic school grounds and we are now using them to their full potential to support children's learning in all areas of the curriculum. The children have enjoyed building shelters, making stick people and building habitats for them as well as blindfold games which build children's trust in each other and encourages teamwork.

Sports week was a huge success this year, helped by the sunshine. This year we also focussed on the importance of wellbeing and keeping healthy. It was lovely to be joined by so many family and friends who enjoyed a picnic with the children at our traditional sports day. We also held a sponsored fancy dress obstacle challenge raising more than £500 for outdoor learning resources which was great fun. The week was rounded off with a mobile climbing wall with all children having the opportunity to challenge themselves in climbing to the top – a huge achievement for those who did! We also joined up with our Federation School, Sessay, for football/netball matches which were very much enjoyed by all.

This time of year is always busy for our Year 6 pupils who are not only preparing themselves for the transition to secondary school, but are also busy rehearsing their leaver’s service and end of year production. This year the production was ‘Hubble, Bubble, Pirate Trouble’ –with some very catchy songs and talented actors/actresses. Year 6 pupils from both Husthwaite and Sessay enjoyed a ‘camp out’ as an end of school treat. Mr Chapman, Miss Wilkie, Mr Houghton and Mrs Day braved the overnight camp where water fights and toasted marshmallows on an open fire were highlights of the evening.


A definite highlight of the term has been inviting Sessay School to join us for a ‘Federation Day’ at Husthwaite. This is the first time all children and staff from both schools have come together for a full day of learning. There will be more Federation Days and opportunities in the future for both schools to join together for various events.


A school choir has been established this term by one of our classroom assistants, Mrs Price. On 11th July, together with our school musicians, they performed a mini concert to parents. Parents commented that it was “a fabulous concert” and “clearly some real talent”. “A real success and asset to the school, well done!”


From September we shall now be offering both a before school club and an after-school club allowing children to be dropped off at school from 8.00am and being able to stay until 5.15pm. Full details are available at the school office.


We are delighted to welcome Mrs Bucknole to the staff team. Mrs Bucknole has taken on the role of school cook and will also be our playleader for our new after school club which starts in September. Mrs Bucknole has previously led a successful after school club and has lots of exciting activities planned.


There are still some vacant places for nursery from September offering full and part day care from 3 to 30 hours per week. Please enquire at the school office.


We have continued to hold weekly stay and play toddler sessions on a Friday morning from 9-10am. It is lovely being able to welcome younger members of our community to come along and join our nursery children in a different activity each week. Children have enjoyed participating in a range of craft activities, being able to experience different musical instruments and enjoy time on the soft play and PE apparatus. The session tends to end with a quiet story-time – always welcomed by parents/carers who stay for a coffee and chat. Everyone is welcome to come along to our play and stay toddler sessions which will start again after our summer break on Friday 7th September.


The application process for children starting school in September 2019 opens in early October. We shall be holding an open morning on Saturday 6th October – everyone is welcome to come along to take a look around our school and talk to the staff. There will be activities/books on display including a Forest School demonstration. If you are unable to make the open day but are interested in viewing our school, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office to arrange a suitable date/time.


Thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted clothing for our bags2school collection which raised £76.00 for our school funds. Another bags2school collection will take place at 9am on Friday 19th November 2018.

Visits to the school are always welcome, or if you would like more information please feel free to contact us - 01347 868371 /