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School Archive

Path Building - Posted 9th April 2017

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We are very lucky to have off-road parking adjacent to the school provided by the village playing fields. However this has meant that, to access the school while avoiding wet grass, it has been necessary to walk through the Kirk Hammerton Nursery School area. The solution was to build a path to skirt around their outdoor play area. Friends of KHS organisied some timber and stone to be delivered and, to get the job done, asked parents to step in and give up their Saturday 1st April. A sizeable workforce turned up armed with spades, levels, a digger, tractors and trailers and a very rewarding day for all resulted in the path being finished by mid-afternoon. Mention must be made of the continuous supply of refreshments that arrived during the day to keep the team going. A big "Thank you" to all who took part.

Red Nose Day - Posted 27th March 2017

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We had a fantastic and funny day during our Comic Relief celebrations on Friday 24th March. We all busted some moves along the catwalk in the school hall to show off our outfits and we certainly have some budding stars in this area. The children took it in turns to tell a joke, most of which were hilarious and clean! Children and staff looked amazing in their crazy outfits and the school raised £80.

Willy Wonka Visit - Posted 27th March 2017

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The children have been learning about persuasive language in Class 2 and presented their ideas for a new exciting sweet directly to Mr Wonka on Thursday 23rd March. The courage shown by the children in speaking in front of an audience to Mr Wonka made us very proud and they certainly persuaded him to introduce new varieties into his factory as well as persuading Mr Wonka to perform a forward roll in the classroom!

Zoolab - Posted 7th February 2017

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Zoolab came to the school to show us some animals which are connected to the Chinese Zodiac. We saw an albino rat, a snake, a tarantula spider, a lizard, a giant snail and others. The children were allowed to touch and stroke some of them.

Sports Council - Posted 28th January 2017

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Our three Primary School Sports Council Members.
As a young leader, our members have the opportunity to:
Learn new sports including how to umpire and record results.
Take part in team building challenges.
Work towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Help to organise a Cluster Sporting Day.
(This scheme is run by Sporting Start)

Tree Planting - Posted 12th December 2016

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To mark National Tree Week, the School was visited by Jonathan Whittemore from Johnsons of Whixley who gave a talk about the importance of trees in our landscape. He very kindly donated a tree and pot which was planted by the school entrance. Johnsons also donated a bulb for each pupil to plant themselves. After the visit the pupils made a tour of the school grounds to observe and appreciate the trees that are already growing here.

Hockey Tournament - Posted 21st November 2016

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On the 14th of November we sent a group of Year 3s and 4s to Boroughbridge High School to take part in a Quicksticks Hockey Tournament. This 4-a-side version of the game is fast and, with end to end action, everyone is involved all the time. There were 13 teams competing and we came a very creditable third after losing narrowly in the semi-final.

Wind in the Willows - Posted 28th June 2016

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Pupils in all classes were treated to a visit from artist Ray Mutimer (in Mr Toad's classic car!), who has prepared some stunning artwork using Knaresborough as the setting for key scenes in "Wind in the Willows". The paintings tie in with a community-based performance of "Wind in the Willows" to be held in Knaresborough in August. Ray explained how he prepared the artwork through sketches and redrafting; children asked a range of questions about being an artist and which was the most difficult artwork to prepare.

Class 2 Visit to Beningbrough Hall - Posted 13th April 2016

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Class 2 recently went on a trip to Beningbrough Hall to experience life a servant in Victorian times. Here are pupils from Staveley and Kirk Hammerton dressed up in Victorian-style clothes.

School Bookday - Posted 15th March 2016

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For our World Book Day celebrations, all the children in the school took part in activities related to the Julia Donaldson book, Snail and the Whale. Here are some children showing some of the books we donated for a school near Holmfirth which has been affected by flooding.

Fire Service Visit - Posted 3rd February 2016

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On Wednesday the 3rd of February the school had an enjoyable visit from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Pupils from Class 1 had a terrific talk from Julie about keeping safe, while pupils in all classes got to see inside the fire engine and learn about the most important parts of the vehicle. A huge thanks to our North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service for making the learning real!

Much Ado About Nothing - Posted 7th December 2015

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Budding thespians from Staveley Community and Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary Schools joined forces for a very special performance of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" recently. Thirty children aged 9 - 11 rehearsed for eight weeks before staging the performance at York's Joseph Rowntree Theatre as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Although the abridged playscript was provided by Shakespeare Schools Festival, the staging and setting of the play was left to the schools' own interpretations. Director and Class 4 teacher, Mr Rich Howson, said, "The modern adaptation of the staging was the pupils' idea, including the upbeat and eclectic array of music that was chosen. Shakespeare and Gloria Estefan proved to be a hilarious match." Gabriel, a Year 6 pupil from Staveley who played Benedict, said: "The audience seemed to love it. They got a romantic comedy with some very funny moments thrown in. My favourite bit was when I have to hide in a bush and react to what other characters are saying with some comedy acting." Alison, parent of a year 5 pupil, said, "Didn't they do really well? Clearly there's been a lot of hard work put in by pupils and staff alike - who would have thought that Shakespeare could be so modern?" Their performance is one of 1,000 performances (involving 35,000 children) taking place across the country this year as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Olympic Swimmer Talk - Posted 23rd November 2015

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On Wednesday the 18th of November Class 3 really enjoyed a visit from Olympic Swimmer, Joseph Roebuck. He ran a question and answer session at Staveley Primary School to which Class 3 were invited. Thanks to Sporting Start for organising this terrific opportunity!

Remembrance - Posted 16th November 2015

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The School held a 1 minute silence at 11 o'clock on the 11th of November as an act of remembrance for those who have died in war. Mr Cooper played The Last Post on the trumpet afterwards.

40 Year Celebration - Posted 12th October 2015

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This year we celebrate 40 years of the school at the St John's Grove site. To mark the event we had a 1970's day on the 9th of October in which everyone could turn up to school in 70's clothes and hair styles. The staff really entered in to the spirit with a spectacular hair display.

Our New Prayer Garden Wall - Posted 7th September 2015

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This is the school's tagline now painted on the wall of our Prayer Garden.

Sports Day 2015 - Posted 6th July 2015

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Sports Day on the 2nd of July provided a brilliant afternoon of races including some terrific individual performances despite tricky atmospheric conditions. Every pupil scored points by participating and, after a close run contest, the red team emerged victorious with 150 points. Thank you to all our spectators who cheered everyone on - a great turnout and a lovely day for all who were involved.

Bewerley Park Trip - Posted 29th June 2015

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Years 5 and 6 went to Bewerley Park on the 22nd of June to experience some outdoor adventure. Activities included raft building, traversing on a high wire and scrambling. The weather wasn't brilliant but everyone got wet on the rafts anyway, so huge fun was had by all.

Polling Station Visit - Posted 12th May 2015

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In the run up to the elections, pupils in Year 2 - 6 have been learning about democracy. On Thursday the 7th of May we went to see the Kirk Hammerton polling station at the village hall in action - although it was very quiet!

Football Matches against Staveley - Posted 23rd March 2015

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After the previous 5-0 loss at Staveley's Minskip Lane stadium, Kirk Hammerton's Key Stage 2 team redeemed themselves very well with a storming second half performance to get the score to 7-2. Barnie and Timmy registered on the scoresheet with typically energetic goals past Staveley's talented goalkeeper, Ben. It was lovely to see so many spectators cheering the pupils on while the half-time oranges and spring weather gave the occasion a real friendly feel. Thanks to Staveley parents (and Kirk parents last week) for supporting our sport by providing transport.

Making our own Balance Scales - Posted 8th February 2015

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Olivia and Archie look closely to see whether or not their weighing scale is balanced. Class 2 and 3 worked together to answer the question "How much does a raisin weigh?" Their eventual answer was even more accurate than the digital scales that Mr Cooper brought in - 0.403g

Flat Stanley - Posted 20th January 2015

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In December 2014 Class Two had a very important delivery, we were very excited to welcome our very own Flat Stanley. The children have been busy making their own "Stanleys" to post away and we hope that our Flat Stanleys will travel around the world and send back letters, enabling us to have a "hands on" and personal way of exploring the world.

Show and Tell - Posted 24th November 2014

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Class 1 take it in turns to bring something in for show and tell. This week it was Jess's turn; she showed us some treasures from her holiday in Portugal. She explained all about the shells she had managed to collect and was even kind enough to share them with everyone in the class.

Shakespeare Festival - Posted 16th October 2014

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Budding thespians from Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary School and Staveley Community Primary School joined forces for a very special performance of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Wednesday the 15th of October. As part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, 30 children aged 8 - 11 spent the last 6 weeks bringing the play together and getting first-hand experience of the theatrical process. Their performance was one of 1,000 performances (involving 35,000 children) taking place nationwide to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Cave Painting - Posted 21st September 2014

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Miss Lee and Class 2 travelled back in time and created Stone Age art telling a range of ancient stories.

New Pupils - Posted 4th September 2014

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Our thirteen new reception starters being welcomed into the school by Miss Miller and the rest of our school family.

Car Maintenance - Posted 17th July 2014

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Class 1 had a terrific visit from PSN services in July. Phil and Ben brought in two cars, a host of tools, a model engine and lots of answers to tricky questions for our little enquiring minds. A huge thanks to our visitors for sharing their expertise with us and helping make our learning fun. And a special thanks to two practically-minded young business women who ably helped the effort (Jess and Leah).

Hog Roast and Family Day - Posted 3rd July 2014

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A huge "Thank you" Friends of KHS for organising the Hog Roast and family day at the school on Saturday the 28th of June. Despite the drizzle we all managed to stay outside and, while children were entertained with Crazy Golf and other activities, our local band (which includes 2 parents), The Moor Monkees, played a collection of songs in a hastily erected marquee. The food was delicious and there was a good supply of ale and soft drinks. The event raised over £1000 which will be used to update the school dining furniture.

Whixley Festival - Posted 24th June 2014

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Thank you to those of you who came down to Whixley fair on Saturday the 21st of June for a World War I-themed singalong. The children wowed the crowds with renditions of Princess Pat, Daisy Daisy, Beside the Seaside and even got the audience joining in with the song partnership of Pack up your Troubles and It's a Long Way to Tipperary. A good crowd of Kirk Hammerton children were joined by a hardy few from Staveley and a terrific time was had by all. A special thanks to Sharon Gill for being a brilliant busker with her guitar and keeping Mr Cooper in check.

Buddhist Centre Trip - Posted 23rd June 2014

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The whole school visited Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre in Pocklington on Wednesday 18th of June. The older children have been learning about Buddhism this term while our younger children got to experience some of the important practices of the religion. Here we all are learning about prostration - a Buddhist way to show respect and help us consider our actions.

York Theatre Royal - Posted 8th May 2014

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Class 1 would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Friends of Kirk Hammerton School for funding the most fantastic school trip ever!!! We had a truly wonderful time exploring every inch of York Theatre Royal from the dizzy heights of the gallery, to experiencing an actor's life in the dressing rooms and even taking a bow on the stage! The show itself, Monday's Child, was brilliantly acted, funny, warm and moving in equal measure. The children and grown ups were spellbound and we would fully recommend it to young and old.

Easter Egg Rolling - Posted 18th April 2014

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The inaugural hard-boiled egg roll was a highlight of the Easter preparation at Kirk Hammerton in the final week of the Spring Term. Winners were the egg-cellent Timmy (spot the fine ten-pin bowling stance in the top picture) and Joe G.
Thanks to Sally Newman for organising a fantastic spread of cakes and raising money on behalf of Friends of Kirk Hammerton School.

Rangoli Patterns - Posted 3rd March 2014

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Recently Class 2 and Class 3 have been looking at the Hindu festival Diwali. We researched what Diwali meant and the various traditions that Hindus follow during the festival. One of the traditions is to draw Rangoli patterns on the outside of buildings to bring good luck! We had lots of fun creating out own colourful Rangoli patterns in Class 2's outdoor area.

School Banner at Kirk Hammerton Station - Posted 3rd February 2014

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We all walked down to the station on the morning of the 30th of January to see where the banner celebrating Kirk Hammerton and created by the pupils of the school will be positioned at the weekend. The banner charts the history of the village in glorious technicolour and was completed in the summer but needed some touching up and finishing before being attached to the fence by the station platform.

Dee Spice, Sri Lanka and Food - Posted 29th January 2014

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We had a fantastic visit on the 20th of January from Mrs Deidree Morrow, owner of Dee Spice Foods. Throughout the day, she taught the whole school in small workshops about Sri Lanka (where she was born), spices, vegetables and how cooking can bring families together. The children asked lots of questions and were very keen to try the Sri Lankan dhal curry flavoured with cardamom and turmeric.

English Institute of Sport, Sheffield - Posted 16th January 2014

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On Tuesday the 14th of January 2014 Years 1 to 6 travelled to Sheffield to visit the English Institute of Sport. The children experienced some boxing and badminton coaching before going into the indoor athletics arena where they had a go at long jump, hurdles and a relay race around the 200m international standard track. This was a fantastic day for everyone and will hopefully inspire some athletes of the future.

Christmas Singalong - Posted 10th December 2013

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With Christmas fast approaching children from Kirk Hammerton and Staveley Primary Schools turned up to perform a selection of popular and festive songs. The concert finished with a rendition of 'Fairytale of Yorkshire' - copies of the song can be ordered from Mr Cooper (via Mrs Collins at Staveley or Mrs Kirkwood at Staveley). CDs are priced at £4 a copy and all proceeds go to Martin House's Good Night's Sleep Appeal.
You can also listen to 'Fairytale of Yorkshire' where it was broadcast on Radio York on the 10th December 2013. Listen at 1hr20min44s and 2hr28min05s. The relevant excerpts are also available on YouTube.
Class 3 also made a video to accompany the song.

Energy Saving Ideas - Posted 5th November 2013

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On Tuesday the 5th of November the whole school enjoyed a visit from "Power Down Pete". He gave us plenty of energy saving ideas for both home and school. The photo shows some members of Class 2 and 3 playing a giant game of snakes and ladders to help reinforce the ideas.

Crazy Hair Day - Posted 29th October 2013

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We held a "Crazy Hair Day" on Friday the 25th of October to raise money for St. Leonard's Hospice. Pupils and Staff came to school with some really silly hair styles ranging from Mohican to a pink frizz. We all had a lot of fun and collected £40 for a worthy cause.

MacMillan Coffee Morning - Posted 30th September 2013

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Class 2 and 3 went along to the MacMillan coffee morning at Kirk Hammerton's village hall on Friday the 27th of September. All the children brought in their 50p and practised their maths by choosing from the 5p, 25p and 40p cakes on offer. Lots of us entered the 'guess the amount of beans' competition and chatted to the local residents. The photo shows Lily, Amilia and Olivia trying their luck with the raffle.

Safety Walk - Posted 23rd September 2013

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Earlier this term we went on a 'safe walk' around the school to help us discuss safe and unsafe places around school and what we can do to stay safe. Please see our new display in the entrance hall all about it! The photo shows the children spreading out to look for safety features around the school.

King Henry the Three Eighths (Key Stage 2 Play) - Posted 18th July 2013

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On Tuesday the 9th of July the pupils in Key Stage 2 presented two performances of their play "The Six Wives Guides of Henry VIII". The play was written by Mr Lewis with much input from the pupils and included music spanning 6 centuries, 3 Henry the Eighths, 3 languages, 2 ghosts and 1 sword fight (see photo above with Prince Henry (Guy Jenkins) fighting John de Vere (Igraine Graham)). The story focused on the time before Henry became king and how he gained the qualities necessary to become a good ruler. It was a very enjoyable show combining drama, history, music and excellent horse shoe sound effects (coconut shells of course).

Friends of KHS Summer Barbecue - Posted 12th July 2013

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A very big thank you to everyone who contributed and came to the Summer Barbeque on Saturday the 6th of July. It was a very well attended and enjoyable social event with a relaxed atmosphere, superb food, great fun and games on the football pitch and a world class performance from the New Hammertones!!!! We have received some great feedback about the event from the parents, friends and our extended village community who attended, and along the way surpassed our expectations by raising £1200 which will go towards improving the Class 2 outside area at school. Thank you.

Whixley Medieval Fayre - Posted 5th July 2013

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Continuing our community singing theme this summer, members of the school appeared at the Whixley Medieval Fayre on Saturday the 29th of June. Mr Cooper was on hand wearing his "pixie" hat (it may have been Robin Hood's hat actually) to lead the singing in which we were accompanied by pupils from Great Ouseburn and Marton-cum-Grafton schools. Many of the singers were in medieval costume, dressed as knights in armour or maidens. After the singing there was the chance to try your arm at a coconut shy and archery. Further entertainment was provided by a bird of prey display and a minstrel show.

Kirk Hammerton Church Fair - Posted 27th June 2013

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On Saturday the 15th of June 20 pupils of the school stood up on stage at the Kirk Hammerton Church Fair. Led by Mr Cooper with his guitar in the Village Hall, the group sang a collection of traditional songs that brought out the sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. Special mention goes to Natalia and Guy who sang solos.

Ray of Sunshine - Posted 11th June 2013

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The week after the half term break gave us some glorious sunshine and Mr Cooper was able to catch this snapshot of a ray of sunshine as it hit the centre of our new outdoor area. We took full advantage of the good weather: Mrs Lanzillotti made much use of the outdoor area, Mr Cooper and Mr Lewis took their literacy and maths outside and the sun shone for Mr Mason's cricket skills in the afternoon. Long live the summer!

Under Canvas - Posted 8th May 2013

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April 25th - 27th saw the visit of Under Canvas: two separate camps at Kirk Hammerton CE and Staveley CP schools were hugely enjoyed by pupils from Year 2 - 6. After erecting the tents, pupils learned valuable bushcraft skills such as fire lighting and shelter building before enjoying a sing-a-long round the campfire and getting some much-needed rest.

Archaeology Day - Posted 18th April 2013

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Pupils had the chance to dig up a bit of the school grounds when we were visited by Bramble Archaeology on Monday the 15th of April. Everyone was involved in the excavation of four 1 meter square test pits. The list of finds included various pieces of pottery, a few animal bones and lots of charcoal from the railway line.

Red Nose Day - Posted 15th March 2013

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Kirk Hammerton School celebrated Comic Relief on Friday the 15th of March 2013 with a Crazy Hair Day. Pupils (and staff) were invited to come to school with an outrageous hairstyle. Much hair gel was used, not to mention the hair dye.

Year 6 Trip to The Crucial Crew, Ripon - Posted 14th March 2013

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On Monday the 11th of March, children from Year 6 joined pupils from Staveley at Ripon Barracks for the perennially popular NYCC event: Crucial Crew. The children learned about fire safety, wearing seatbelts, alcohol and drug abuse, online safety and other subjects through hard-hitting workshops run by experts from the emergency services and charity organisations. This photo shows the children learning the dangers of water rescue and vital first aid.

Visit by Warburtons - Posted 14th March 2013

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Warburtons, the bakers, came to Kirk Hammerton on Tuesday the 5th of March to show us how to make bread. Once hairnets and aprons had been put on, the children had a go at baking their own loaves which they were then able to take home with them.

Class 1 Trip to Holgate Windmill, York - Posted 14th March 2013

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Class 1 went in a trip to Holgate windmill Thursday the 28th of February. The windmill has recently been restored and is now a fully working windmill. We carefully climbed the ladders to explore all 4 floors of the windmill and saw how the grain is milled by different pieces of machinery on each floor until it ends up as flour on the bottom floor. We found the millers "cat" who scares away all the "mice" even though they were all pretend. We then had a go at milling grain using stones, bricks and finally wheels - just like people used to do a long time ago. We were given a bag of flour to take back with us and now have to decide what to make with it, any suggestions???

Class 2 and 3 Trip to Newcastle Megastructures - Posted 5th March 2013

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Children from Kirk Hammerton C of E and Staveley Community Primary Schools took part in a landmark trip studying "mega-structures" in and around Gateshead and Newcastle on Wednesday 27th February. The pupils from Years 2 to 6 were blessed with stunning weather for their educational experience which included visiting the Angel of the North, sketching bridges from the fifth floor of the Baltic Centre and a special tour of the workings of Gateshead's Millennium Bridge. The pictures show the group in the Millennium Bridge control room and Timmy Gordon pressing the button to tilt the bridge (Igraine Graham had helpfully warned users of the bridge over the public announcement system that this was about to happen).

MacMillan Coffee Morning - Posted 11th October 2012

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On Friday the 5th of October the whole school walked to the Kirk Hammerton Village Hall to attend a MacMillan Coffee Morning. Everyone had baked buns the day before and these were sold at the event. Judging by the smiles all the pupils and staff had a great time.

Opening of the new Outdoor Area - Posted 29th June 2012

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On a rather windy day with threatening grey clouds but thankfully no rain the school community came together to celebrate the opening of the new outdoor area. We enjoyed a fun-packed morning with the help of some owls courtesy of the World of Owls and the musical talents of Mr Cooper (and Mr Lanzillotti). The school was delighted that Reverend Clive Sedgewick came to cut the ribbon and officially open the area. Simon Crossley the builder worked so hard to ensure the area was completed for the day which was a mammoth job as the bad weather was not very helpful. Thanks to everyone, staff, pupils, parents, local community and the creators for succeeding in providing us with a great resource.

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