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Junior News 17 May 2019

Our week

Dear parents and girls

Walking down the corridor early on Tuesday morning, I overheard a young student exclaim to a peripatetic teacher “I DO know what the right answer is, I just don’t remember what the question was”. What a brilliant quote, and a perfect starter to my Years 3 and 4 group problem-solving lesson a couple of hours later as I announced: “the answer is 12, what was the question?”. Their responses were many and varied and included ‘The square root of 144’, ‘How old was Harry Potter in the second book?’, ‘How many legs do six aliens have?’ and ‘How many years will it be until people finally stop talking about Brexit?’. There were some inspired answers and a few, too, that slightly missed the mark, although the effort and intention were equal for all. This put me in mind of my message in the school birthday assembly at the start of term, when I explained that my love of teaching stems from the fact that every child is different: that although they may have a similar goal – a similar answer – in mind regarding their education, they all question it in a different way and that this is what makes them special, regardless of outcome.

Speaking of ‘special’, those of you who have been following the Year 6 Osmington Bay Twitter feed this week will know exactly what I mean. For those who haven’t, think blue skies, calm seas, pebble beaches, lush grass, a myriad of activities and twenty-six beaming faces. Too good to be true? It seems not: messages from colleagues assured me that the girls were ‘entering into everything with gusto’, ‘having such a good time’ and were ‘a credit to us all’. I never doubted the final point and they thoroughly deserve the week that they have had. I thank Mrs Fordham, Mrs Duck and Miss Page for accompanying the girls and look forward to hearing about their adventures next week.

Back in Northampton, we couldn’t claim the sea, beaches and many of the pursuits that the Year 6 students experienced this week, but we did have sand and water, our own outdoor space and a great number of activities. There were smiling faces and sunshine, too, and it looks as though it’s going to be even warmer next week. Please may I remind you, therefore that girls should come to school in all-day suncream and wear school caps when outdoors if possible. These caps, available from Schoolblazer, are compulsory for the upcoming Sports Days. A reminder, too, that summer uniform and white socks or tights are compulsory from Half Term and this is especially important for the class photographs which take place immediately on our return, Monday 3 June.

Have a lovely weekend.

Caroline Petryszak
Interim Head of Junior School


Mrs Petryszak's availability

Mrs Petryszak’s days on site will vary over the coming weeks in order to align with school activities and events:

  • w/c 20 May: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
  • w/c 3 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 10 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 17 June: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
  • w/c 24 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 1 July: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
  • w/c 8 July: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

She is, however, contactable on or via the school office on any day of the working week.


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

Lydia M – runner up in County Tour competition

Lydia D – global 6K run
Isla H – inflatable 5K run
Lucy N – Cynthia Spencer colour run & helped raise £260
Natalie S – Cynthia Spencer colour run
Beatrice T – Cynthia Spencer colour run

Maya A – Musical Theatre Performance distinction
Ayana F – Musical Theatre Performance exam grade 1 distinction

Horse Riding
Indiana R – showing 1st, 2nd & reserve championship

Fern A – team came 2nd in competition, PB front crawl
Emily S – club came 1st in a league gala

Anya R – competition 4th out of 33

Evie A – got into Milton Keynes team

Shanaya P – star of the week


Class Assemblies are held in the Junior School Hall at 8.35 am on Wednesdays and parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00 am. Here are the dates for the Summer Term:

Year Reception – 22 May

Year 2N – 5 June

Year 3N – 12 June

Year 4N – 19 June

Year 5H – 26 June

Year 5N – 3 July

Year 6N – Thursday 11 July afternoon Leavers’ Assembly

Dates for the Diary

Thurs 23 May – Year 4 Egyptian Day

Fri 24 May – WWF Charity Day (£1 donation to wear animal themed clothing – no face paints)

Fri 24 May – break up for half term

Mon 3 June – return to school

Mon 3 June – Class Photographs (Summer uniform)

Tues 4 June – no teacher-led clubs

Weds 12 June – Year 4 trip to Brixworth Country Park

Tues 18 June – 11:45 am Reception Open Ballet

Weds 19 June – Author visit Pippa Goodhart

Thurs 20 June – Year 5 trip to Everdon

Mon 1 July – LAMDA exams

Fri 5 July – Welcome Day

Fri 12 July – End of Term

(Open Ballet for remaining year groups will be notified next week).



Wednesday 26 June – 2 pm to 3 pm

Reception to Year 2 
Monday 24 June – 2 pm to 3 pm

Year 3 to Year 6
Thursday 6 June – All day


We would like to invite you to watch your daughter swim after half term; the dates and times for each year group are shown in the tables below.

For Reception, Years 1 and 2 this will take the form of a ‘watching week’, where family are able to attend and observe a typical lesson. For years 3 upwards the girls compete in a swimming gala with a variety of different races from the competitive strokes to the traditional High School float races. Each girl will take part in a number of races, representing her house in the hope of winning the swimming competition for her year group and overall in the Junior School. The viewing gallery will be open for spectators and there will be refreshments after each event.

We look forward to welcoming you next term.

Sonia Fraser
Head of Swimming


Year Date Start Time Approximate Finish Time
Three Monday 17 June 10.45 am 11.45 am
Four Monday 17 June 11.25 am 12:25 pm
Five Tuesday 18 June 9.10 am 10.15 am
Six Thursday 4 July 2:30 pm 3:10 pm



Year Date Start Time Approximate Finish Time
Rec Thursday 13 June 9.15 am 10.15 am
One Thursday 13 June 10.50 am 11.45 am
Two Thursday 13 June 11.30 am 12.25 pm



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Cancelled clubs:

Monday 20 May – Mandarin Club for Year 5 & 6

Tuesday 4 June –  teacher-led clubs due to a staff meeting

Tuesday 2 July – Recorder Club

w/c Monday 8 July – teacher-led clubs in the last week of term


Kipper Room
This week in Kipper Room we have been making flower soup in the sensory garden, using a mixture of mud, sand, herbs, and water. We also explored different ways of using balloons to play, filling them with water, air and watching them whiz around the room as they deflate. We have also enjoyed visiting the park in the beautiful weather.

Elmer Room
This week in Elmer Room we have been continuing to learn about different jobs for our theme ‘occupations’. The girls have had the option to participate in a range of different activities including counting different people from a larger group and developing their counting when participating in a poorly bear activity.  They have also been talking about what they would like to be when they are older and much more.

The girls have also enjoyed the glorious weather where they have been learning about different quantities when playing in the water tray, practising their physical ability on the wooden climbing equipment and playing on the bikes and scooters.

This week we have been busy looking at dentists. The girls have enjoyed looking at each other’s teeth, wearing special gloves and thinking about which foods are healthy and not so healthy to eat, giving the reasons for their choices. We have also balanced on beams carrying beanbags on bats and blowing bubbles for our sound ‘b’. We also went on a walk to investigate Senior School.

Next week your daughter may experience the following activities:

  • Consolidating letter sounds k, u, b
  • Looking at postmen and opticians
  • Being zoologists


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General news

  • Next Friday wear mufti as an animal for the Year 4 charity WWF event for £1 (no face paints).
  • Please make sure your daughter has a school sun hat, available from School Blazer.
  • Monday 3 June class photographs: please make sure you daughter arrives by 8.30 am wearing her Summer uniform.
  • We are arranging a trip for the nursery girls on Tuesday 11 June 9.30 am -11.45 am and need several parent helpers.  If you would be willing to help please see the sign up sheet on the notice board, just outside Nursery.
  • Open Ballet dates for Pre-School and Elmer Room are also on the same noticeboard.


Great excitement is in the air, in anticipation of our Class Assembly next Wednesday! The girls have been working hard learning words, singing and performing.

We have continued with our planting this week and now have a good variety of vegetables and flowers growing in our garden area, which the girls are eagerly watering and watching. The girls are learning that ‘patience is a virtue’, as some decided that two days of the carrots growing was long enough and pulled up a plant to look for the carrot! We will be also revisiting the concept of time.

In Maths we have been mastering ‘take away’ sums, ordering numbers and counting in groups of 2. We have also been thinking about how a holiday location is different from Northampton.


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Open Ballet will be on Tuesday 18 June at 11.45 am in the Junior School Hall.  We would like to invite you to come along and see what your daughter has been learning in her Ballet lesson.

Year 1

This week all the girls in Year 1 demonstrated amazing oracy skills when they delivered a tremendous Class Assembly based on three of our favourite Fairy Tales. They are definitely getting braver in front of an audience and learning to project their voices effectively. We have also created a pattern for a hand puppet, then carefully cut around our patterns in felt, ready for sewing next week. In Maths, we have practised arrays, which has been a very challenging step for most of us, so we have used lots of different resources to help us get the hang of using an array to represent a multiplication fact. In Science we found out about fair testing when we accidentally over-watered the cress in a growing experiment!

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Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have continued learning how to tell the time in Maths. We can all now tell the time to the hour, half past, quarter to and quarter past and some of us can even tell the time to five minutes! We’ve played games to help us learn such as Bingo and used some interactive games on the whiteboard, too. In Science, we looked closely at the trees we have in our playground. We observed them closely and completed some labelled drawings. We used tape measures to measure the trunk size and rulers to measure the trees’ leaves; we even had a go at estimating the height of the trees. We’ve also checked on our comparative experiment and it would seem that some of our predictions were correct – this has confirmed to us exactly what plants need to stay healthy. In DT, we designed our puppets using the computer. They’ve turned out really well and we have started the making process already!

“I have enjoyed learning to tell the time.”  Jessica

“I liked Science this week and drawing and measuring the trees.”  Harini

“I enjoyed Computing and designing our puppets.”  Sophie

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Year 3

“I liked setting up our plant experiment and look forward to seeing how Derek in the Dark, Sid in the Sunlight and Colin the Control grow.” Emily

“I liked planning our story and starting to write it. We gave each other ideas to help improve our stories.” Ellie

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Year 4

“My highlight of the week was learning about all the jobs that the Ancient Egyptians had. I found out that being a Pharaoh was actually a job and not just a title.” Eloise

“I really enjoyed making the string telephone because it was really fun having a conversation with a friend.” Emily G

“I enjoyed doing string telephones outside with my desk partner. We also made a star telephone with lots of people.” Isla

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Year 5

“In Science I enjoyed using the force meters to see how much things weigh. We had to find different objects to put in a bag hooked onto the force meter and read the measurements… the mass was in grams and the weight was in newtons. The mass of an object can never change but the weight can change if you are on different planets.” Amy

“I had a great time in our Art Enrichment and we worked in our Houses. We were doing sea-themed fence weaving with tissue paper. My group made a group of jelly fish – it was really hard not to break the paper, but it was also really fun choosing our design, working as a team and being outside in the sun!” Indi

“In enrichment we did weaving in our house groups. Weaving is where something goes in and out of something. We used tissue paper and we did it on the fences in the back playground. It was sea themed and our house did a fish.” Rose

“This week in English we have been doing persuasive writing. We have talked about modal verbs and finding them in famous speeches and also looked at adverts.” Lucy

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Year 6

Watch this space for our news from Osmington Bay next week!

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GAP Club

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