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Junior News – 27 January 2023

Let’s face it: No one likes to wait — least of all young children who haven’t yet learned why patience matters. Nor have they developed the coping skills to be able to wait successfully.

Still, teaching our children patience is of a high importance.

As adults we can appreciate that they will need it to be successful in their education and in lives.

It isn’t straightforward to say how patient one should expect a child to be at each stage of their development. Some children are simply more naturally patient than others. 


“That said, there is undoubtedly a difference between what you can expect from a three year old and what you can expect from a five year old,” says Roni Leiderman (Ph.D., associate dean of the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). “As your child’s language skills develop and they gain more experience with waiting, you can expect them to be more patient.”

We often expect children to be patient – waiting their turn in a queue, allowing time for a skill to develop, waiting for the result of an experiment and waiting their turn to speak. Claire Lerner, LCSW, a child development specialist at the nonprofit organisation Zero to Three encourages us to develop our children’s patience by resisting the temptation of jumping in and resolving an issue when our children face a challenge. “Her joy at figuring it out will give her confidence that she can draw from for future challenges.” Ironically, this can be a test of our own patience as adults especially when we are in a rush but I would urge you to resist and let the girls instead work more independently with your support in close proximity. 

More Ways to Teach Patience

Learning to wait and to take turns are important elements of learning patience. Try these skill-building strategies:

  • Model patience. Our children are always learning from us, so be conscious of the words and body language you use when you have to wait for something. 
  • Use reflective listening. Young children can struggle to find the words to express what they’re feeling, but you can help verbalise those emotions. In a queue, you might say, “I know it’s hard to wait. This is taking a long time, but you’re doing a great job waiting.” Says Leiderman, “If you acknowledge your child’s struggle, they will naturally try harder.”
  • Help her develop strategies for waiting. 
  • Use a timer to help your child visualise the wait. For younger children this can help them develop their sense of time. Saying “In 5 minutes” is too abstract but explaining that in 5 minutes the timer will go off and then they will be able to do what they’ve been waiting for can be supportive. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of patience and positivity. 

Miss Hair 
Head of Junior School 

Dates For Your Diary

KS2 Outdoor Learning 

Monday 30 January – Year 5
Monday 6 February – Year 4
Monday 20 February – Year 3
Monday 27 February – Year 5
Monday 6 March – Year 6
Monday 13 March – Year 4
Monday 20 March – Year 3
Monday 27 March – Year 6

Class Assemblies – Please join us from 8.20am for your child’s assembly 

Wednesday 1 February – Year 5N
Wednesday 8 February – Year 4
Wednesday 1 March – Year 2
Wednesday 8 March – Year 1
Wednesday 15 March – Year 6
Wednesday 22 March – Year 3

Cinema Event  – Monday 30 January 3.30-5pm
Mental Health Week – Monday 6 to 10 February
Open Classroom – Wednesday 8 February
Games Night  – Monday 27 February 3.30-5pm
World Book Day – Thursday 2 March-In pyjamas (bedtime story theme)
Hatching Experience – Monday 6 to 17 March
Mothers Day Afternoon Tea – Friday 17 March
Easter Craft Workshop – Monday 27 March 3.30-5pm
Easter raffle tickets will be sold over the term and raffle drawn at the end of term

Forest School open sessions for parents/family members to attend

Nursery – 9 March 10-11.30am
Pre-school and Reception – 10 March 1.45-3.15pm
Year 1 – 16 March 1.45-3.15pm
Year 2 – 7 March 10.15-11.45am
Year 3 – 20 March 1.45-3.15pm
Year 4 – 13 March 1.45-3.15pm
Year 5 – 27 Feb 1.45-3.15pm
Year 6 – 6 March 1.45-3.15pm

Young Enterprise Programme with Year 5 and 6

This month, we have been delighted to begin our Young Enterprise programme in the Junior School, for students in Years 5 and 6, led by our Head of Business Studies, Mr Jain, and Head of Junior School, Miss Hair. Businesses have been formed, case studies learnt and initial product designs are taking shape – look out Alan Sugar!

We know from the GDST Futures report that girls want a greater awareness of financial matters – our girls are reinforcing this and will be well equipped for the future.

As part of this process, we have invited students from the club to write blog entry-style updates on what takes place each week, and we are delighted to share the first entries with you below:

Entry One: “In the past two weeks of our Enterprise Club, we have discussed some ideas for all our groups and most recently, we have decided on a CEO for our group. We then began to add up the costs of the possible ideas. We studied young enterprise groups in our case files and looked at what they asked for loan, and some of their products that were most successful and what made people want to buy them.

After doing that, we analysed a form that showed our strengths and weaknesses, and based our CEO from that information by doing an anonymous vote.” Aurelia

Entry Two: “In our session on Thursday 19 January, in our three different groups, we each have decided on a group name, and description of the beginnings of our businesses. We have begun to discuss what things we would need to create our products and are thinking about what things are good value for the loan we will be given.

Soon, based on that, we will look at what we should be charging for our products, considering what we buy, the cost of it and all the extras. We are also thinking about whether our shops should be online, (for example, Etsy), or in a local communal area such as Waitrose or Dobbies near the school.

We have chosen hats by way of roles amongst our groups, having decided on a CEO, we based each other’s roles on who we think would be best at something. We are coming back to the session this Tuesday, with more ideas and hopefully some plans of what the costing could be.” Ellie

Mr Jain
Head of Business Studies

Times Table Rock Star GDST Competition

This week Years 4 and 5 took part in the Times Table Rock Star GDST competition. We would like to share these fantastic results and statistics:

Northampton High School came 11th out of 23 GDST schools for the Average Correct and we came 15th out of 23 for the Total Correct with a result of 61,065. Angelie B came 31st out of 1,623 pupils with 11,278 correct.

Year 4: 1. Constance H, 2. Kinara B, 3. Annabel P

Year 5: 1. Angelie B, 2. Varnikha K, 3. Avelyn C

Junior Sports News: Netball vs Bedford Modern

U10A Team: As the captain of the A Team, I think that our match went really well. I have to say I think the defending was really good and I loved how we scored lots of goals! In our first match we had a tie, with the score being 2-2. In our second match we won by 8 goals! Overall,  I think we played amazingly well and hope to get some more goals in the future. Zara J, Year 5

U10B Team: Our team did really well in this match. We played two teams, and in the first match we won 2-0 with great shooting from Amelie and Cora. The second match was better because our shooting was brilliant and we won 7-1! I think this match went really well and we hope to do even better in the future! Amelie N, Year 5

News from our classrooms: Nursery and Pre School

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year in Nursery this week, tasting some Chinese snacks and making our home corner even more popular, (if that’s possible) by adding chopsticks and real food. The girls have also used Chinese dragons to think about size and have been looking at long and short dragons, as well as trying out a dragon dance in PE.

Our story sack this week has been ‘Supertato’. To extend our story we have planted our own super potatoes at Forest School and we did some mark making, showing fantastic pencil control and we were able to copy the patterns in the coloured sand.

Celebrations in Pre School this week have been Chinese New Year, Burns night and Birthdays.

It has been wonderful for the girls to learn about different cultures and experience some of the traditions each country participate in. Creating their own flags for Burns Night brought out their creative thinking skills and the girls made some wonderful designs.

When food tasting for Chinese New Year some food was enjoyed more than others, the prawn crackers particularly went down well with requests of ‘Can we have some more please?’

A morning of interaction with the Reception girls to extend the celebration brought lots of interaction and team work. We also have a new member of the class, a dragon called ‘Hamie’ where teamwork and lots of thinking created our own unique member of the class. A sense of excitement has filled the air with talks about birthday parties past and present.

In three weeks the confidence of the girls in the water for our Swimming lessons has been amazing. They have come on leaps and bounds. Each and everyone of them should be so proud of what they have accomplished so far, the teachers certainly are! Fantastic girls!


This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year.  The class enjoyed performing a dragon dance and learning a song.

On Thursday morning we joined with Pre-school to undertake a selection of Chinese New Year activities and taste a special Chinese snack.

The material focus this week was fabric and having a go at weaving with fabric strips.

In Literacy we have continued with sentence writing and captions for ‘The ‘Three Little Pigs’ story.

In phonics we have been focusing on the sounds ‘ai’ ‘ee’ and ‘igh’.

In our Maths investigations around the composition of the numbers 6,7 and 8 have got the class really thinking about how numbers can be made up and in many different ways.

Year 1 Maths Focus

This week we have started learning about place value up to 20. We have learnt to fill in missing numbers in number tracks to 20, read and write number words, count larger groups of objects accurately using subitising and begin to understand about tens and ones in a teens number. 

We even found time to play a quick game of dominoes with Miss Page to practise our subitising skills. 

We have worked very hard and enjoyed using bead strings, our class Reckenrec and a knowledge organiser to support our learning.

Year 2 Maths Focus

This week Year 2 have started their topic on money. The girls have been recognising different coins, notes and their values.

We have also spent some time looking for 3p and 6p coins and discovering that they do not exist! Then they found a variety of ways to make different amounts of pounds and pence with actual coins and notes.

Year 3 Maths Focus

Year 3 have been using Base Ten to help work out division problems by partitioning and exchanging.

Year 4 Maths Focus

Year 4 have been working very hard with their multiplications this week in their Maths lessons.

They have been taking part in taking part in the GDST TT Rockstars competition for their prep, as well as time in school.

During the lessons we have looked at multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit using informal methods: place value counters; number line and the part whole, before moving onto the formal column method.

We have all tried different methods and spoke about which one we prefer and why.

Year 5 Maths Focus

Year 5 have just started a new ‘Fractions’ unit and are busy learning how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers by an integer.

Bar models and number lines are helping us to understand the concepts involved and we are putting our times tables knowledge to good use!

Year 6 Maths Focus

In Year 6, we have been enjoying working with algebra using one and two step function machines, forming expressions and formulae and substituting values into algebraic expressions.

Awards for this week

Star Learners of the Week – Amelia C-L, Aleya L, Evie I, Rosie B, Annie T, Evette B, Angelie B, Diya B, Grace P

Linguist of the Week – Mayura G
Ballet Dancer of the Week – Lily C
Swimmer of the Week – Isabel S-R

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

Marine A – achieved an Animal Lover Rainbows badge and was Star Dancer of the week in her Tap/Ballet class
Siéna-Louise – awarded a Grade 1 in her Modern Exam and passed with a Distinction
Amelia K – achieved a Rainbows Bronze Award
Millicent S – achieved a Know Myself Rainbows badge
Elouise S – competed in a Class 1 Horse Jumping Competition at 35cm, 9 jumps and a clear round
Mayura G – awarded Second place in the David Lloyd Tennis Competition
Caoimhe H-T – completed a park run
Rhoda J – awarded star of the week in Gymnastics for the 3rd week in a row
Shanaya S – moved up to Orange Level in tennis
Leah W – achieved Gymnast of the week
Maya A – achieved Gymnast of the week
Eliza A – achieved Gymnast of the week and gained her Level 6 Proficiency award.
Aurelia T – auditioned and succeeded in getting a place in a choir

Birthdays for this week

This week, we wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Junior School family:

Harriet S, Asmi S, Amelia C-L

Turning 'can we?' into 'we can!' - Spring Open Mornings at Northampton High

We look forward to welcoming so many lovely families to our upcoming Spring Open Mornings on Friday 3 March and Friday 28 April. The events promise to be a superb showcase of life at Northampton High School.

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!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

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New look for parent FireFly dashboard!

The school’s FireFly dashboard for parents has recently undergone a revamp and an upgrade! We hope that our parents will find the information platform to be user-friendly and accessible.

If you have any questions or have any feedback on the upgraded portal, please do get in touch.

Mr Rittler
IT Operations Manager

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