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Junior News 24 January 2020

Dear Parents,

What a lovely wintry week we have had, with clear blue skies and frosts enticing us to wrap up and take our learning outside. We are now half way through the term, and it is rather a relief to see the daylight coming back.

Our pre-schoolers had a visit from a local artist this week, who worked with the girls to develop clay leaves that will be installed to make a wonderful ‘learning tree’ in our pre-school/nursery dining area. Trees – a great analogy for growth and learning. Some of our pre-school girls also visited Richmond Village retirement home this week, reading with the residents and generally adding a splash of colour and youth to the community. What an important and rewarding initiative this is.

Mr Loveday’s Year 6 class presented a fascinating assembly on the power of maps, showing us how maps can be used to represent an incredibly diverse range of information. Year 6 also visited the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham this week, engaging in tasks related to coding, engineering and science. Feedback from the museum was that our Year 6 girls are brilliant role models and represented Northampton High School in the most positive light possible.

We have seen a number of competitive sports fixtures this week, as well as official sports team photos. Our girls are lucky to be offered such a range of sporting activities and to benefit from the quality of coaching they receive from our sports department.

On my learning walks this week I have seen our science room being used to test how to separate materials; our refreshed library space being used as a calm and relaxing reading zone; springtime bird watching; and heated debates about animal cruelty. As always, it is a pleasure to spend time in our classrooms, seeing how much Northampton High School girls love learning.

Have a restful weekend, and we look forward to yet another busy week ahead.

Warm wishes,

Chris Bailey
Head of Junior School


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

Risara S – best girl in Chess Tournament

Baton Twirling
Jemima S – effort in dance routine

Fern A – 5 County qualifying times
Sophia P – level 8

Fern A – earned 5 badges including: year badge; communication badge; ‘I have become a sixer’ badge.

Sienna P – level 2
Leilana P – level 4

Blue Peter Sports Badge
Angelie B

Tennis Tournament
Lydia M – came 2nd



Class Assemblies are held in the Junior School Hall at 8.35am on a Wednesday. Parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00am in the Community Room. Here are the dates for the Spring Term.

4N – Wednesday 29 January

5H – Wednesday 5 February

5N – Wednesday 26 February

2N – Wednesday 4 March

3N – Wednesday 11 March

Reception – Wednesday 18 March

1N – Wednesday 25 March



Dates for Diary

Monday 3 February – Year 5 and 6 Murder Most Unladylike party 3.45-5.30pm

Thursday 6 February – Reception and Year 6 Health Screening

Thursday 6 February – Year 4 walk to Hardingstone

Thursday 6 February – FoNHS Parent Forum 6 – 7.15pm

Friday 7 February  – Nursery Stay and Play

w/c Monday 10 February – Year 5 and 6 Play-in-a-week

Tuesday 11 February – UK Safer Internet Day

w/c Monday 17 February – Half Term

Tuesday 25 February – Pre-School visit to Richmond Village

Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 February – Year 3 and 4 Burwell Residential

Monday 2 March – Nursery Stay and Play

Wednesday 4 March – Joseph Big Sing at the Derngate

Thursday 5 March – Year 5 trip to Bletchley Park

Thursday 5 March – World Book Day

Thursday 5 March – Open Evening

Friday 6 March – Open Morning

Friday 6 March – International Women’s Day

w/c Monday 9 March – Science Week

Looking ahead: Sports Day for KS2 and Senior School is Friday 5 June


The following club has been cancelled:

  • Monday 10 February – Creative Board Games Year 5 and 6.


Under 10 Cross Country

On Saturday 18 January the Under 10 Cross Country team went to Abington Park to compete in a district cross country. Its was a very muddy day and after a lot of slipping, we finished with these places: Isla 51, Daisy 45, Lois 44, Georgia 28, and Bea 26. We were extremely pleased with the result and hope to compete there again.
Bea Year 5 Captain



Under 10 and 11 Netball matches


Wed 29 January Milton Keynes Prep School U11 A & B Home
Fri 31 January Tour weekend (selected) U10 & 11 Home
Wed 5 February Grove School U11A & B Home
Wed 12 February Winchester House U11 A Away
Wed 26 February Bedford Modern U10 A & B, U11 A & B Away
Wed 4 March Quinton House U11 A & B Away
Wed 11 March Bilton Grange School U10 A & B

U11 A & B

Wed 18 March Broughton Manor U11 A & B Home

Under 8 and 9 Netball Matches


Fri 31 January Quinton House U9 A Away
Fri 28 February Bedford Modern U8 A

U9 A

Fri 6 March Grove School U8 A & B


Fri 27 March Broughton Manor U9 A Away



Mon 27 January Stamford School U9, U10, U11 Home
Wed 25 March Kimbolton School U9, U10, U11 Away

Cross Country


Thur 12 March GDST Rally Year 5 & 6



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Nursery Kipper Room and Elmer Room

Kipper Room:

This week in Kipper Room we have been very busy doing lots of different activities, such as stick painting, playing with shredded paper, building a Peppa Pig house and being doctors and hairdressers. On Wednesday we went on a nature walk around the school grounds, we found lots of sticks and leaves on the floor. “Flowers!” said Yazmin. “A stick” said Annabel. Before lunch we have group time and we encourage the girls to choose which song they would like to sing; the most popular is ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’. In the classroom we have had lots of different toys to play with, for example we had big construction pieces which we made houses with, and lots of different characters with which the girls made up their own stories.  We have also liked the garage and a variation of different cars. We have also visited the library. Just a reminder that our library day is on a Tuesday.

Have a nice weekend.  We are looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Elmer Room:

This week we have continued to explore our senses and we did a taste test of four items (lemon, onion, honey and salty crisps). All the girls tried the foods then we made marks on the photos to represent if we liked or disliked the food. “I like fried onions” said Emily. “I don’t like honey,” said Yana. Amelia was very keen for a turn and asked “can I try?” We have also had the opportunity to explore clay this week and have all contributed to what will be a large display.

Next week we are going to continue exploring our senses and we will be doing a smelling activity, as well as many more tactile experiences.

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Nursery Pre-School


This week we have been thinking about the sense of sight. In PE the girls went over, under and through apparatus. They then had a go wearing a blindfold and leading one of their peers through the same course. They decided it wasn’t very easy. At Forest School they wore blind folds to feel the trees and then tried to work out which one they had been feeling.The girls enjoyed exploring the opticians, checking each other’s eyes and deciding which glasses they would like. We have also made ‘k’ king pictures.
We were very excited when Andy visited on Wednesday. We all made a leaf from clay, decorating it with lots of different textures. Andy is visiting again in two weeks so that we can paint our leaves. The leaves are going to be used as part of a tree which is going to be in our dining room.

What the girls have said:

“I liked playing in the opticians.” Amari.
“I like slime.” Senuli.
“I like the playground.” Siena-Louise.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • Our sound of the week is ‘u’.
  • Our sense is ‘touch’.
  • We will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Monday. We will be exploring activities different textures.
  • Exploring the textures of different foods, using describing words.
  • At Forest School we will be looking for different textures.
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This week we have been continuing our learning about addition, using spots on dominoes and numicon to find totals. The girls very much enjoyed the story ‘The Toys’ Party’ and recreating the cake with tomato sauce, cornflakes, milk, jam and baked beans! They have been hopefully re-telling this to you with the help of the story map. We have focused on the material ‘wood’ and have experienced hammering a nail into wood and looking for wooden objects around the classroom. Our words of the week were ‘he’ and ‘she’ to use in sentence writing. The week finished with taking part in the RSPB birdwatch.

What the girls have said:

“I liked doing the hammering, it was good fun.’ Elouise.
“I enjoyed making a model. It was a carrot machine.” Keziah.
“My favourite thing was making a model car.” Rhoda.
“I liked playing in the Toy Shop.” Grace.

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Year 1


This week, Year 1 have continued to explore our topic of ‘Space’. We have looked deeper at the story ‘The Way Back Home’ and have started to create our own version of the story, by changing a few elements from the book. We created our own story plans and have written the beginning and middle of our story which we will finish next week. We have continued to practise our number bonds to 20 and use these to help us with addition and subtraction within 20. In Science, we took part in our own investigation to find the most reflective material to design a bag and in Geography we have identified features of towns and villages.

What the girls have said:

“I liked practising sight words in Phonics.” Evette.
“I liked looking at the story ‘The Way Back Home’.” Eloise.
“I liked learning about the different countries in the UK.” Holly H.
“I liked testing the materials in Science.” Lucy and Amelia.
“I really enjoyed singing with Mr Bailey because I liked all the songs.” Holly GS.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – concluding our stories and looking at grammar (full stops, capital letters, nouns and adjectives).
  • Maths – subtraction crossing 10.
  • Geography – comparing England to the Arctic.
  • Art – Space Marble painting.
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Year 2


This week in Maths we have worked extremely hard to secure our understanding of division, working practically to make groups and share to solve problems including word problems. We’ve also refreshed our recognition of odd and even numbers by playing some different games together. In English we have used the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers to make a start on our own versions. We have added a lot of interesting vocabulary to help make our writing more exciting and detailed for the reader. In Science we carried out an experiment to identify the most reflective materials and we had fun in art exploring how to make different patterns in clay ready for our clay-lien model making next week. We also used marbles to create a special print effect on paper.

What the girls have said:

“I have enjoyed Maths and solving division problems.” Jemima.
“We liked making the mud and sand balls at Forest School.” Maya, Priscilla, Leilana and Anna.
“I enjoyed singing this week.” Eliza and Yilin.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – continuing our creative story writing.
  • Maths – statistics.
  • Art & Design – clay-lien model making.
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Year 3


This week in Maths we have been learning about angles and fractions of a turn as well as the properties of a 2D shape. In DT we tasted a variety of sandwiches so we can now start to design our own next week.

What the girls have said:

“I liked doing sandwich and tea tasting this week.” Shreya.
“I enjoyed learning in Maths about right angles and shapes.” Sophie.
“I liked going onto the playground and doing quarter turns in Maths to learn about right angles.” Dejonai.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • In English we will continue our work based on ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys.’ This will include prediction and exploring what the characters may be thinking and feeling.
  • In Maths we are learning how to calculate change when shopping.
  • In Science we are looking at how our muscles work.
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Year 4


In Maths this week we have been using practical and written methods for multiplication and division. In English we made models of characters and planned a story set in an imaginary world. We have also investigated the temperature in different parts of the classroom.

What the girls have said:

“I really liked doing the plan of our story.” Emily.
“In Maths, I enjoyed jumping in times tables on the number line.” Mollie.
“I liked making the plasticine figures in English because it was really fun and you could use your imagination.” Ellie.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – we will be using adjectives in a description of a picture and writing the opening of a story set in an imaginary world.
  • Maths – we will be rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Humanities – we will be using maps to find the locations of cities, hills and rivers in the UK.
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Year 5


This week in English we wrote a diary entry in the role of Bess from The Highwayman. We also revised how to use apostrophes. In Maths we continued to develop our understanding of subtraction as ‘find the difference between’ as well as ‘take away’. In Science we learned about reversible and irreversible changes by doing some rather interesting experiments… one of them smelled disgusting!

What the girls have said:

“This week I enjoyed Science. We warmed milk in a microwave and added vinegar. We mixed it and then it turned into casein which is a plastic that they used up until the second World War. It was fun!” Florence.
“The thing I liked the most about this week (so far) was Humanities because we are learning about Brazil. This week we compared differences and things that are the same between England and Brazil e.g. food and clothes.” Frankie.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning: 

  • English – Classic Literature – ‘Just So’ stories.
  • Science – more irreversible changes, but this time with a much nicer end result!
  • Maths – moving on to multiplication and division.

Please note that the class assembly dates are as follows:
5H (Mrs Shaw’s class) – Wednesday 5 February
5N (Miss Brandon-Jones’ class) – Wednesday 26 February
(There was an error in the dates given in Junior News last week)

Scheherazade performance – Thursday 13 February 6.30pm

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Year 6

Week 3 – Year 6 are amazing!

This week has been a particular highlight of the Spring Term so far – the girls were an absolute pleasure to take to The Think Tank: we were so proud to be complimented not only on their exemplary behavior but also their intelligent questioning, responses and excellent understanding of computer coding. 6H continued to impress with their fascinating assembly on maps – who knew we could learn so much from maps? We must also congratulate Hania and Himaya who have made it to the bonus round in the Primary Maths Challenge!

In Maths the girls have continued to show both creativity and logical thinking in their approach to representing data and worked hard to show what data might look like if the ‘World were a village of 100 people’. In Science the girls have continued to think carefully about how they can lead healthy lifestyles and in English they have further improved their analytical skills through the study of a variety of challenging poems focusing on the relationship between us and our attitude towards animals.

Next week we look forward to further exploring what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle, planning a weekend trip to Brighton in Maths, exploring our fascinating world in Geography, creating animations in DT and Computing and formulating an argument based on, ‘Are we cruel or kind to animals?’

Mrs Fordham and Mr Loveday

Student Voices

“The Think Tank trip was amazing! I really enjoyed using my imagination to build my own vehicle and code it!”
“I enjoyed doing gymnastics on Monday in PE and practicing for the Dance Extravaganza in the Summer term!”
“The poems we looked at in English this week were really challenging and made us think more deeply about the important messages that writers try to convey – we were really shocked by the strong environmental message in ‘We’re going to see the rabbit,’ and it made us think just how awful it would be if there was only one rabbit left in England! And only one useful patch of grass left!”
“My team created a ‘Party Car’ during the Lego Coding session at Think Tank – it was great fun!”
“In Enrichment we choreographed some Bollywood style dancing for our Play-In-A-Week – we can’t wait to share our ideas with you on 13th February!”
“The Planetarium at Think Tank was mind-blowing – our Solar System is amazing!”
“I love working with I-Stop motion and cannot wait to start filming once we have finished making our set and creating our sculptures from plasticine!”
“I am really proud of myself – I have learnt how to construct a pie chart using the data I collected on the activities I took part in during a 24-hour period!”
“It was fascinating finding out about paleontology and what is and is not a dinosaur at Think Tank. I even held fossilized dinosaur poo in my hands!”
“We had the best time ever at Think Tank. First, we went to a planetarium and learnt all about the constellations. Then we did lego! We did some little activities then we made a big spinning motor thing. My partner and I made a car that if you put your hand in front it would go backwards and the light would change colour and vice versa.”

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GAP Club


Our ski chalet is now really taking shape. The girls have been having a cosy time around the fireplace drinking hot chocolate and marshmallows. They also tried cheese fondue with hot buttered toast and crudities. The girls have also sewn puppets and started making book marks. We have made bunting, lolly stick chalets for our window display and celebrated Chinese New Year by creating fire-breathing dragons.

What the girls have enjoyed:

“Making.” Keziah, Reception.
“I like the food, because it was very tasty.” Amelie, Year 5.
“I have liked dressing up as Elsa, having a Princess Party and having the lights off with the fire on. I like the hot chocolate too.” Caoimhe, Reception.

Looking ahead:

  • The girls will be participating in a variety of craft activities.
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Dr Rachel Smith visits school for a Flute Master Class with students

We were delighted to welcome professional flute player, Dr Rachel Smith, into school this afternoon for Part I of a Flute Master Class for a group of Senior School Music students.

Dr Smith, who has many years’ experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, has performed at venues ranging from major concert halls, such as the Royal Albert Hall, to weddings and more intimate celebrations. Having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Holloway, University of London, Rachel has a Doctor of Medical Arts degree in Performance from Salford University.

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Concerto and recital performances have taken her around Europe and to Japan, Zimbabwe, Canada and the USA. In the UK she has given recitals at the Fairfield Halls, St John’s Smith Square, the National Theatre, the National Gallery, Kensington Palace and the Royal Pavilion Brighton to critical acclaim. Rachel has taught at Junior Trinity, St Helen’s School Northwood, Brighton College, East Sussex and East Sussex Music Services. She gives private lessons for beginners to postgraduate music college and University level and beyond. She has also coached Brighton Youth Orchestra Wind section, participated in workshops with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Education programme and given master classes in the UK and Japan.

Today’s workshop focused on our individual students’ skills sets and experiences. Dr Smith will coach the girls on specific music pieces in preparation for the Flute Master Class (Part II), which will be part of the Arts Festival season in the summer term. We are grateful to Dr Smith for her bespoke professional support for our musicians.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

The Kitchen adopts 'Piggy Power'!

As part of our continued efforts to minimise food waste, the kitchen are now adopting a new approach – Piggy Power!

Mrs Brockwell’s father owns pigs, so each day we collect our food waste in the kitchen to be given to the pigs to enjoy! It’s good to be able to reuse and recycle.

Mrs Jones
Senior Chef

Term Dates

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