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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.

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.

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