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Junior News 01 October 2021

Starting a new academic year in a school seems to me rather like getting a steam train going from a standing start. It takes a huge amount of effort and energy from pupils and staff alike. So much is new for our pupils in September –  learning spaces, teachers, classmates, curriculum, timetable, expectations, responsibilities… It feels to me though, like we are getting to that sweet spot where everything becomes familiar and normal, feelings of newness and the accompanying anxieties subside and learning begins to fly. The steam train is powering rhythmically along the track.

Re-establishing live Junior School assemblies has been a particular highlight. It has been a complete joy to listen to the pupils singing together again, to welcome parents into school for class assemblies, to celebrate the European Day of Languages, to have solo performances from our Junior School musicians and to award our new Year 6 Leadership Team with their certificates and badges, to name but a few.

Next week Year 5 are off to Grafham Water for their residential.  Looking at the programme, I know they are going to have a fantastic time and Year 6 will be putting in some hard work at allotments in town, supporting the local charity Re:store.

Do be sure to book your Parents’ Evening appointment for Wednesday 13 or Thursday 14 October, when we will be pleased to welcome you into school. During that week we will also have a Book Fair for the girls to visit.

We are inviting prospective families into school tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am for our whole school Open Morning. It is a great opportunity to showcase our school, and we are grateful to our Year 5 and 6 students for offering their services as student ambassadors. 

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Purvey-Tyrer
Assistant Head Junior School

Meet the DFO - Monday 4 October

We announced our series of Parent Talks and Forums for 2021/22 in our Headlines publication sent to you at the beginning of September. The first of these events will take place on Monday 4 October, 6pm to 7pm in the Senior School foyer.

‘Parent Talks – Meet the DFO’ – will be an informal event with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Mr Alex Hume, who joined us in the summer term, and to find out more about our new catering and transport initiatives, and to ask questions. This is also a super opportunity to meet with other parents and staff face-to-face, and to share in open conversations about this area of the school community.

Please would you express your interest in attending this event by booking here. Should you wish to see the full details of our Parent Talks programme, please click here. We look forward to welcoming you into school next Monday.

Mrs O’Doherty
Acting Head

Head's Commendations

This term, we have been delighted to honour the excellence of pupils by awarding them with a Head’s Commendation. Nominated by their teachers, pupils joined Mrs O’Doherty for a celebratory tea party ahead of recieving their certificates as a reward for their achievements.

Mrs O’Doherty looks forward to awarding more Commendation’s throughout the year. Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Commendations this time:

Mary A (pictured) For completing a stunning piece of work in English – a fantastic newspaper report
Ella D For being selected for the Football ID pathway
Kathryn J For showing tremendous empathy and resourcefulness in helping another student settle into life at school and in the UK
Risara S (pictured) For supporting Junior School pupils in the dining room without being asked
Ruby S For completing a wonderful, imaginative piece of Geography work about Australia

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Coffee Morning Update

Year 5 are delighted to announce the grand total raised at their coffee morning last week as a fantastic £585!

This money will be used by the charity to provide physical and emotional support to people suffering with cancer, and their families.

A massive thank you to everyone who helped us to help them.

Miss Brandon-Jones
Class 5 Teacher


Each week in our assembly, girls are invited to share their achievements in activities outside of school. They are listed below for this week:

Artemisia – Scout badges: 1-year scout, water sports, and raft building

Grace B – new level in swimming, yellow hat

Mya – filmed for an online advert

Risara – came 2nd in Group Tap competition and 1st in a Solo Tap competition

For our new Year 6 leadership roles please see Year 6 news.

Messages for parents

Parents’ Evening:

Please be reassured that appointments on Parents’ Evening will be 10 minutes. Once all appointments have been booked, class teachers will be in touch to confirm times.

Clubs information:

Computer Club at lunchtime on Monday 4 October is cancelled.

All after school teacher-led clubs will not be running on the 13 and 14 October due to Parents’ Evenings. Therefore, on Wednesday 13 October these are: Junior Art Club, Book Club, Current Affairs.

External Gymnastics will also be cancelled on Thursday 14 October.

Should you have any queries about clubs or any general questions for us, please contact in the first instance, and we will make sure that we respond to you with the information you need.

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 2 October Open Morning 10:00am until 1:00pm
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 October Year 5 Residential to Grafham Water
Monday 11 – Thursday 14 October Book Fair – Community Room
Wednesday 13 October Parents’ Evening – 6pm-8pm
Thursday 14 October Parents’ Evening – 3.50pm-5.50pm
Thursday 14 October Sports Team photographs
Friday 15 October End of half term
Monday 1 November Start of half term – Winter uniform should be worn by all pupils
Wednesday 10 November Individual school photographs


Just as a reminder, the GAP Club phone number is 07816 751456; please do keep this number handy, so that you have direct access to the GAP team should you need it.

Class Assemblies

We are pleased to welcome back parents and grandparents to our Wednesday Class Assemblies, 8.35am-8.55am. Refreshments will be served in the Community Room from 8.15am.

We do hope you will be able to join us.

Wednesday 6 October 2N
Wednesday 13 October 5N
Wednesday 17 November 4H
Wednesday 24 November 1N
Wednesday 1 December 3N

Nursery - Kipper Room and Elmer Room

This week in Nursery we have been focusing on the features of our faces. We have looked in mirrors and painted our own self portraits, looking closely at the colour of our eyes and hair. We have named the parts of our faces and talked about what each body part does.

The girls made pizza faces by adding vegetables onto their pizzas, which were cooked and enjoyed at snack time.

In PE this week we were using balls. We practised rolling the ball to our friends, kicking the ball and throwing and catching. These games involved lots of running around the hall to get our ball, which also linked to us practising looking which way we ran, and avoiding running into our friends.

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When we were at Forest School, we collected some conkers. We used the conkers in our creative area to roll them in paint. There were a lot of patterns made as the conkers rolled in all different directions around the tray.

This week, there are lots of a changes happening outside. When you are out and about, look at the changes in the trees, talk about the colours changing and how the weather has changed. Can you collect any interesting items to bring in to Nursery: Leaves, fir cones, conkers, etc.

Please ensure you send your child in with a warm coat every day; the children use the outside areas in all weathers.

Nursery - Pre School

This week in Pre School the girls have been very creative making some lovely patterns using the conker rolling technique. They really seemed to like this. Our book of the week has been ‘It’s your turn Roger’, this got us all talking about our families, who is in our families, how families can be different and how families in different cultures eat different things in different ways.

We have also talked about what we like doing with our families. The outdoor area has been a popular choice this week. The girls enjoyed spending their time outside and they have shown us they have very good lower body strength to ride the bikes around, with or without a friend on the back. They have also shown how their upper body strength is improving with their attempts to complete the climbing wall. Well done girls!

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Through their discussions the girls spoke about their family members:

“Mummy, Daddy, Hugo, Iris and Monty.” Iris
“Me, Daddy, James, Annabel, Rolo, Holly and Mummy.” Annabel
“My Daddy, my Mummy and Nana.” Anaya

Next week in our ‘All about me‘ topic our focus will be on our homes.


This week the class have been thinking about the special people in their family, drawing them, and talking about why they are special.

In Maths, we have been focussing on the language associated with comparisons and using practical tasks to show, big/little, more/fewer, taller than/shorter than, and longer than/shorter than. We have been learning some more letter sounds and practising letter formation, whilst linking this with practical tasks, such as making ‘iiii’ instruments and mixing ‘ppp’ pink paint to paint the letter ‘p’.

We enjoyed finding out about the taste buds on our tongue and using them to taste something sweet, salty, and sour.


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Year 1

It is lovely to watch Year 1 grow in confidence as they become familiar with their new classroom and routines. The expectations have stepped up and they are all responding so well to this.

Our week began with a mystery rucksack appearing in the classroom labelled ‘Astrid’s bag’ which contained, among other things, a space helmet, dried space food, and information and maps about the stars and space. The girls had great fun predicting what Astrid might be interested in and what the story ‘Astro girl’ might be about.

We all feel proud that we have finished our first unit in Maths ‘Place Value’ and have learnt so much already.

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What the girls have said:

“I enjoyed painting my fish in Art club.” Eloise
“I loved playing with my friends.” Aurelia

Looking ahead to next week:

Introducing part whole models in Maths
Writing commands and using question marks

Year 2

This week we have been reading different versions of ‘Goldilocks’ and planning our own stories.

We have also been practising our public speaking in preparation for our Class Assembly on Wednesday morning.

In Maths, we have started to look at addition and subtraction and how we can use the inverse operation to check our calculations.

During Science, we organised items into opaque, translucent, and transparent and discussed the meaning of each word.

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What the girls have said:

“I have enjoyed planning my Goldilocks.” Eve
“I like going to Maths club and doing Mathletics on an iPad.” Annie

Looking ahead to next week:

Year 2 warmly invite you to join us for our Class Assembly on Wednesday morning at 8:40am. There will be tea and coffee available in the Community Room before the assembly.

Maths – checking knowledge of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and adding and subtracting 1s and 10s
English – writing our own Goldilocks stories from plans and improving our joined up handwriting
Science – researching nocturnal animals

Year 3

This week in Maths we finished our work on Place Value. All the girls have worked so hard to understand and work with ‘hundreds’ numbers and we finished the week learning to count in 50s.

In English, we have applied all the writing skills we have been studying over the past few weeks to retell the story of ‘The First Drawing’.

In Science, we investigated the layers of the Earth and the layers of the different soils too. We had lots of fun making a ‘dirt pudding’ to show what we had learned.

In Art, we created some Stonehenge masterpieces which have turned out fantastically. We created the drawing step-by-step and then used watercolours to add some colour.

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What the girls have said:

“I liked writing our stories with all the work we have done.” Cristina
“We liked making the dirt pudding.”  Lucy and Kinara
“We liked drawing Stonehenge in Art.”  Leah, Holly and Eloise R

Looking ahead to next week:

Maths – addition and subtraction
Science – soil investigation
Humanities – Stonehenge

Year 4

In Maths, we finished off the last of our place value work with rounding to 1000, negative numbers, and Roman numerals.

In English, we edited and improved our writing and produced a piece of work to be published on our display boards. We used dictionaries to investigate and practise spelling words from Tar Beach and practised the join for the letter ‘a’ in handwriting.

In Science, we tested materials in our circuits and decided whether they were conductors or insulators.

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What the girls have said:

“I liked coming into school wearing mufti last week.” Eliza
“I enjoyed testing materials to make a light bulb go on and off. I learnt the words ‘conductor’ and ‘insulator’.” Cora
“I enjoyed creating our secret stories together as they were funny when we read them aloud to each other.” Annabelle
“I really enjoyed swimming last Friday. On Wednesday I loved studying electricity in Science and finding out which materials are conductors.” Varnikha

Looking ahead to next week:

English – writing a playscript
Maths – adding and subtracting up to 4-digit numbers, with and without an exchange
Science – recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 6 October – Forest School:
Girls can come into school in their Forest School clothes but they must please bring their uniform to change into. Forest School is in the morning so they do not want to be sitting in wet and muddy clothes for the rest of the day. Thank you.

Year 5

This was meant to be a ‘Rest, Recover and Get Ready’ week…but you know what it’s like!

There are just too many exciting things to get into a half term, and so Year 5 have been busily writing their 1 Page Profiles, debating whether 525 new homes should be built at Brackmills, setting up Science experiments, and enjoying themselves at Forest School.

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What the girls have said:

“I liked going to Forest School and I liked building the dens, and I also liked making sure the duck was safe and waterproof. We took Betty with us, and we made an obstacle course and it was really fun making her jump over the bamboo sticks.” Shreya

“I am really enjoying our Science lessons at the moment because we are learning about plants and how they reproduce. Last week we started an experiment to see if we get a leaf to grown roots in water. This week we were testing what seeds need to germinate. I have put my seeds outside on the window ledge because I think the seeds need sunlight to grow.” Zoe

Dates for you Diary:

Tuesday 5 October – swimming and PE kits needed
Wednesday 6-Friday 8 October – Year 5 to Grafham Water
Wednesday 13 October – Year 5 Class Assembly

Have a rest over the weekend because it’s Grafham next week!

Year 6

As always, we have had a busy week in Year 6, and although the girls have enjoyed a number of exciting and challenging activities, the highlight of the week for all was the announcement of the leadership roles.

We are really proud of all our girls and know that they will carry out their roles with enthusiasm and the determination to be the best role models that they can be.

Already, they are planning lots of exciting ways to involve the Junior School in planned events and they are also keen to forge links with the Senior School, a valuable part of their personal development and transition to Senior School.

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Leadership Roles:

Eco Captains
Sophia, Vivienne and Amelia

House and Vice Captains
Artemis – Lottie and Ellie, Demeter – Lucy and Romy, Hestia – Aiyana and Bethany, Selene – Evelyn and Esme

Learning Leaders
Florianne and Tendo

Alice and Lydia

Music Captains
Adn, Darcy, Emily, Rithika

Science Captains
Florence, Kara and Rianna

Sport Captains
Cross Country – Emily, Netball – Safiya, Hockey – Tilly, Summer Sport – Mollie, Swimming – Felicity

We would like to wish our girls every success in their new roles!

Next week we look forward to visiting the allotments, as part of our community project initiative, where the girls learn the importance of supporting a local charity. The charity the girls will be supporting is Re:store who seek to support vulnerable people in the borough of Northampton.

Wishing you all a good weekend.

GAP Club

The girls have continued keeping busy in GAP Club.

On Monday, they made their own sandwiches for a snack, with a choice of ham, cheese, tuna, cucumber, and lettuce for their filling.

They have created puppets and bracelets and had fun playing games, particularly Twister.

If you need to contact GAP Club after 4.30pm please call 07816 751456.

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What the girls have said:

“I liked making faces with puppets.” Emily T
“I liked playing puppets with E.” Ella Lois
“l liked playing with the puppies because they were fun.” Caoimhe

Medical Notices

Please can we remind parents/carers that all medication needs to be given to reception staff in either Junior School or Senior School, where they will be asked to sign a consent form for the specific medication to be administered. Medication will then be taken to the medical room and stored safely so students know where they can access their medication. Students are not allowed to carry their own medication unless emergency medication (or if discussed with the School Nurse) e.g. adrenaline and asthma medication. We also kindly remind parents/carers of new starters to please complete the medical health form.

Date for your diary: Covid vaccination – Thursday 14 October for 12-15 (letter to follow)

Any issues, please feel free to email me at and I would be happy to help.

Mrs Dunkley
School Nurse

Whole School Open Morning - Saturday 2 October 2021

Sincere thanks to all families who have offered the support of their daughters for our Open Morning on Saturday 2 October, from 10am to 1pm. The day promises to be a superb showcase of life at  Northampton High, our students, and our staff.

If you would like to come along, please do feel most welcome, and should you have family, friends, or neighbours keen to visit us, please encourage them to book their place here and join us!

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Book Fair

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