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Remembrance Day 2020

Remeberance Day (no class 1).mp4

Kirk Hammerton children participated in Remembrance Day by creating art, poetry and music.  

Science Day

On Wednesday 11th March we celebrated 'Science Day' through carrying out various STEM activities planned by the teachers. Year 3 to 6 from Staveley school came and joined us where we took part in a number of brillant science experiements and had so much fun learning with friends. 

Activity 1 - 'Build your Body Clock': we learnt all about the chemical messengers called hormones that decide when to do things by builiding our own body clocks!

Activity 2 - Identity: in this task we looked closely at our fingerprints.

Acitivity 3 - Microorganisms: we tested the productivity of various handwashes and used bread to see the microorganisms grow!

Activity 4 - 'Don't Tip the Ship': in this task we built boats and investigated how much weight can be added to the boats before they sink. 

If you would like to do your own science learning at home, the link below is full of amazing ideas. 

World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March we all came to school dressed up as our favourite characters from a book to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and the love of reading! We took part in a whole-school read in the hall; each member of staff shared a section from their favourite book. The children made book marks and joined in with lots of other exciting activities to do with reading in our classes. It was a brillant day! 

Dance Festival

On Friday 28th February the whole school went to Great Ouseburn village hall to take part in a dance festival. We had so much fun applying our skills that we had learnt this term in our PE lessons. Every school was fantatsic and the children really enjoyed watching everyones dances, we won the award for 'Musicality' (keeping in time with the music, producing a great routine and showing professionalism).

The judge, a dance specialist said teh following about each class:

Class 1 - I loved the partner work, you were all in time and kept formation. I especially liked the formation of the circle where you turned into a chimney. You kept your arms extended and looked like real dancers!

Class 2 - WOW, what a performance boys and girls. You had such a range of styles in your dance and what fantatsic gymnasts you have. You all kept in character and did an amazing job! Well done.

Class 3 - Again, what a fantatsic performance. There were so many styles in your dance and every style you performed you changed the way you behaved which is what a great dancer should do. Very professional and an excellent performace.  

We will be perfoming our dances in the next celebration assembly. But if you can't wait until then see below class 2 and class 3's dance video and some pictures from class 1. 

TIG Federation Science Day – 14th March 2019

Children from the Kirk Hammerton and Staveley took part in a joint Science investigation day. Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 children joined together at Kirk Hammerton for the day and Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children joined together at Staveley. Children had access to activities ranging from learning about how far a sneeze can travel, mixing ingredients together to make perfume and learning about the 80 million neurons in our brains.

The children thoroughly enjoyed our joint learning in Science but also benefitted from time with children from ‘the other school’ to develop deeper friendships and learn about another school environment.

Sports Day

We kick started sports day off with each team performing a 'Hacker' that they had choreographed within their teams, they all look FEIRCE! We then went straight into the morning activities where the children had to work as a team to succeed in their tasks. In the afternoon the activities consisted of javelin, shot put, standing long jump, relays and competitive races, we then wrapped up our sports day with a medal ceremony and some well deserved ice lollies bought by 'Friends Of'.

"I loved sports day because it was challenging, fun and competitive. I particularly enjoyed the caterpillar race because you really had to work together, perservere and use our communication skills." Sophia (Year 5)

"I thought sports day was FANTASTIC because we developed our team work skills, had lots of fun and I really loved the build up to sports day where we got to create flags, come up with our countries and practise our hackers." Joe (Year 6)


Orienteering with Sporting Influence 25th March 2019

Our orienteering morning was a huge success! Boroughbridge Primary School and Staveley Primary joined us at Kirk Hammerton for an orienteering and challenge morning. Enjoyment and fun was had by everyone, with all children involved requesting for another day of the same! We were certainly blessed with the weather…

Celebrating the Royal Wedding

On Friday 18th May 2018, we invited pupils, staff, parents, grandparents, carers and Governors to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children loved doing research beforehand about who was invited to the wedding and created some wonderful crowns and hats to wear on the day. 

We invited members of the royal family and were graced with the presence of the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Prince William so we needed a good team of Security Guards for the occasion. A fantastic time was had by all during the ceremony and we were delighted to be able to able to hold a wedding breakfast outside during the lovely sunny afternoon.

World Book Day

After a delayed World Book Day due to snow, we celebrated our reading and books on Monday 5th March.  Everyone joined in, with children making an amazing effort to come to school dressed as their favourite characters! We had Mr Wolf, Fantastic Mr Fox, Little Riding Hood and Hermione Granger to name but a few. In the afternoon we all sat down for a whole school reading session to celebrate everyone's love of reading.  Thank you to everyone for all the effort that was made with costumes and the contributions to buy extra books for the school. We raised £120 to help buy high interest books which the children at school will benefit greatly from.



Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Scholastic Book Fair last Summer. We have recently taken delivery of an amazing 62 books for the children.


Wear Red Day

On Friday 19th January 2018 we held a 'Wear Red Day' to raise money for the Childrens Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary. Thank you for all the generous donations towards this great cause! The School Council did a fantatsic job of organising the bake sale and we raised almost £250 as a school.

Parents' Maths Morning

On Wednesday 31st January 2018, pupils invited parents, grandparents and carers into school to share in their learning around problem solving and reasoning. It was great to see everyone challenged!

"I liked the maths morning because there was somebody different there to help us with all of the challenges." Charlotte, Year 4 pupil.

"It was AMAZING! I actually completed the Mega Challenge with Cassius!" Charlie, Year 3 pupil.

"I really enjoyed the Fire of London number picture challenge because it was really challenging. It was also great to work with my mum!" Luca, Year 1 pupil.

Zoo Lab Visit

Today we were visited by Zoo Lab where the whole school had the opportunity to see and handle a variety of insects and animals. Some of these animals were linked to the Chinese Zodiac Calender (Chinese New Year is celebrated on the 16th February 2018, and this year is the year of the Dog). 

We enjoyed meeting:

  • Barry the cockroach 
  • Shaun the scorpion
  • Prince  the snake
  • Freckle the gecko
  • Bobby the frog
  • Milo the tenrec

If you wish to see what else Zoo Lab offers, please visit the link below;


A huge thank you to 'Friends Of' for funding this fantastic hands on experience! 

Open The Book

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 we had our half termly visit from our friends from 'Open the Book'. The children love the interactive elements that Open the Book bring to our collective worships. We enjoyed joining in with the story about Jesus as a young boy growing up. The part of Jesus as a young boy was played by Jack in Year 6 and Mary was played by Charlotte in Year 4.

"'Open the Book' make our collective worships very exciting as they bring props, get dressed up and choose children to join in." Joesph, Year 5

"I really enjoy taking part in the collective worships that 'Open the Book' do." Nicole, Year 2

"I look forward to our visit from 'Open the Book', I like how they tell the story by using actions." Merlin, Year 1

We thoroughly enjoyed the song at the end when one of the members of the 'Open the Book' team played the ukulele and we all sang 'If your happy and you know it'.

Please see the video and pictures below.



Community and Grandparents' afternoon

We had a lovely afternoon in school on Monday 11th December, where St John's Care Home and Grandparents were invited to join us and share in our Christmas songs. The children took pride in offering their handmade Christmas tree hangings to our visitor to take as a keepsake.

Our school council did an amazing job welcoming our visitors and offering cakes and biscuits.

A big 'thank you' to Friends of, who kindly organised hot drinks for our visitors.

Thank you to all of our visitors; it was lovely to see everyone and thank you for your kind words. The whole school appreciated it.

Boroughbridge High School Students

Four students from Boroughbridge High school visited Kirk Hammerton on Friday 8th December to hear our pupils read. They also shared their reading with the pupils. This acitivity was enjoyed by those pupils who took part in the pair-share reading acitivity. It was lovely to see such enthusiasm from the students and our pupils. 

Thank you to Boroughbridge High School. We can't wait to do this again! 

Jewish visitor

On the 18th December, the children were greeted by Michelle, a Jewish lady, who visited our school to speak with the chidlren about being a Jew and practising Judaism. Michelle led in an assembly around Hannukkah and gave the children opportunities to ask their own questions to further and deepen their learning and understanding of this faith.  

Through this Q&A assembly, the children were able to take part in and hold various traditional Jewish items.

We all learnt a great deal from Michelle's visit. Thank you!  

Russian Visitor

On the 20th December, we were very lucky to have one of our parents come in and speak to us about a traditional Russian christmas. The children found this very interesting and we would like to say a huge thank you to Ana and we wish you a S Rozhdestvom, S Novym Godom! (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year). 

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