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Junior News 4 October 2019

Dear Parents,

We are really building up momentum here at Northampton High Junior School as we reach the middle of a busy first half term. Hopefully the splashes of colour appearing around the entrance to the building in the form of hanging baskets and pumpkins are providing a little bit of autumnal warmth as the darker nights draw in.

This week around the school I have been building in the sand with Nursery students, learning 3D shape names and properties, and talking with Year 6 about their cushion designs. I have also had the privilege of talking to 18 applicants for House and Vice-House Captain positions. It was wonderful to hear how eloquent, thoughtful and forward-thinking the oldest students in our school are. One of the aims of the GDST is to send girls out into the wider world who can make a difference; this group certainly can! Do follow us on Twitter @NHSJuniorSchool to see some of the learning highlights.

We were treated to a wonderful Year 4 Class Assembly this week, where we learnt all about hygiene, diseases and how to stay healthy. The choral poetry performance was of the highest quality and shows that a strategic focus on oracy development really does build language competency and fluency. It was lovely to see so many smiling family members in the audience. The positive feedback we received was really uplifting.

Parent evenings will take place next week and staff are busy preparing their thoughts and feedback about how all our students have settled in. The evening will also provide opportunities for you to look through books, learn more about our new wellbeing program, ‘Girls on Board,’ and also for the first time to have optional drop-in conversations with Music, PE and French specialist teachers who will be on hand to talk generally about curriculum coverage and how you can help at home.

Our staff professional learning this week has been focused on refining our long term strategic plans for everything from Assessment to Premises Development. Weekly staff development sessions such as these ensure that our educational offer is the best it can be.

We are excited to have a really high turn-out for our whole school Open Day tomorrow. It is a real opportunity for us to show-case the educational offer here at Northampton High School. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our community, please do point them in our direction.

Thank you for all your support so far this term and have a relaxing weekend.

Chris Bailey
Head of Junior School


We want to inform you that we are aware of a number of pupils who have suffered with vomiting and /or diarrhoea symptoms over the last week. As you will understand, in a school environment these types of illnesses can spread quickly and be distressing for all. Therefore, I would like to remind you that if your daughter should suffer from either vomiting or diarrhoea she should be kept at home. Pupils should not return to school until 48 hours has elapsed since the last instance of either symptom. If a pupil becomes unwell with these symptoms whilst at school we will ask for her to be collected and taken home.

Car Park Safety

We are concerned that the safety of our pupils, staff and parents on site is being compromised by speeding cars on site. There has also been some inconsiderate parking which causes obstructions and reduces visibility (on double yellow lines for example). Please can we remind all parents to respect the 5 mph site speed limit, park in designated parking bays only, and give way to pupils and others using the pedestrian crossing points.

Thank you for your cooperation.

House News

Congratulations to our newly appointed House and Vice Captains!


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

Fern A – solo stage 3 distinction
Amy A – speaking and verse entry 3 distinction
Frankie B – solo stage 3 distinction
Safiya C – solo stage 2 distinction
Emily F – solo stage 2 distinction
Ayana F – solo stage 2 distinction
Schechinah F – acting entry solo merit
Emily G – solo stage 3 distinction
Sophie H – solo stage 1 distinction
Ellie J-M – solo stage 1 distinction
Eloise K – solo stage 3 distinction
Mollie M – solo stage 2 distinction
Tanya M – acting entry solo merit
Sophia P – solo stage 3 distinction
Sienna P – solo stage 3 distinction
Esme S – solo stage 2 distinction
Ahrianna S – acting entry solo merit
Verity S – solo stage 3 distinction
Zoe S – solo stage 1 distinction
Harini S – solo stage 1 distinction
Millie T – speaking verse entry 3 distinction
Beatrice Th – solo stage 3 distinction

Isla N – gold medal in tournament

Frankie B – 3rd in tournament

Sienna P – yellow belt
Leilana P – yellow belt

Shanaya P – most improved dancer of the camp



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

3N – Wednesday 16 October
6H – Wednesday 6 November
2N – Wednesday 13 November
5H – Wednesday 20 November
5N – Wednesday 27 November
1N – Wednesday 4 December

Dates for Diary


Wednesday 9 October – Year 3 India Day

Wednesday 9 October – Nursery Stay and Play

Wednesday 9 October – Reception Parents’ Evening, 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 9 October – Junior School Parents’ Evening, 6pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 10 October – Junior School Parents’ Evening and Swap Shop, 4pm – 6pm

Thursday 10 October – Year 4 trip to Piddington

Friday 11 October – 7.30am Swap Shop

Wednesday 16 October – Year 5 Hobbies Morning 9am – 11am

Friday 18 October – Year 3 to Year 6 Billionaire Boy trip

Monday 21 October to Friday 1 November – HALF TERM

Monday 4 November – Year 1 and 2 Milton Keynes museum trip

Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November – Year 5 residential trip

Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November – Book Fair

Saturday 16 November – EYFS Family Fun Morning

Friday 22 November – Reception to Year 6 Flu immunisation (more details to follow)

Tuesday 3 December – 2-3pm Nursery Nativity

Wednesday 4 December – 2-3pm Reception and KS1 play

Tuesday 10 December – Nursery Stay and Play

Tuesday 10 December – 7pm KS2 Christmas Celebration

Friday 13 December – Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 13 December – Preschool and Reception theatre trip

Tuesday 17 December – Christmas Parties

Tuesday 17 December – 3.35pm TERM ENDS

Monday 6 January – INSET DAY

Tuesday 7 January – SPRING TERM STARTS

Looking ahead:  Sports Day for KS2 and Senior School is Friday 5 June – normally all day.


There are no teacher-led clubs on Wednesday 9 October due to parents’ evening.


Uniform Swap Shop

Swap shop will take place in the Junior School Community Room on:

  • Thursday 10 October – 3pm – 6pm
  • Friday 11 October – 7.30pm – 8.30am

We sell second hand Junior and Senior school uniform at a fraction of the new price with a percentage going to school funds.

TO SELL: We can sell items of current uniform, they must be clean and in good condition. Items we cannot sell will either be returned to you or placed in the yellow clothes recycling bin. Complete and attach a label to each item with a safety pin and deliver it to Junior or Senior school reception before 10 October. (You should have received labels via school comms – they are also available from school reception along with safety pins). If any of your items sell, you will receive payment at the end of the school year.

TO BUY: We have a large selection of uniform available to buy at a fraction of the new price, but are short of new logo PE kit. We can accept cash/cheque/bank transfer but currently not card payments. For bank transfers the account details are:

  • Name: NHS Junior School Swap Shop
    Account: 80201636
    Sort code: 60-15-55



Congratulations to our newly elected Swimming Sports Captain Emily M who has moved to a higher training level at her swim club; City of Milton Keynes. This is a tremendous achievement and one she is ‘over the moon’ with. This will mean that Emily is training 5 times a week!! Lets congratulate Emily and wish her all the best for the season ahead.

Becky Littlewood – Director of Sport

Nursery Kipper Room and Elmer Room

Kipper Room:

It has been another busy week in the Kipper Room. We have enjoyed the outside areas as much as we could… we loved watching the rain pouring down on Tuesday! Thinking about Harvest Festival, we have learnt about different fruits and vegetables, listening to and reenacting “The Enormous Watermelon” during our library visit. We have also been learning about how and where pumpkins grow and using the pears that we picked on our walk out into the school grounds to make a delicious pear crumble.

What the girls have said:

“Look! It’s raining!” said Ella.
“That is heavy.” said Bonetta as she tried to pick up the watermelon.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • We will extend our exploration of fruits and vegetables.
  • We will be thinking about our families and sharing our family photos.

Elmer Room:

Highlights this week in Elmer Room have included talking about and looking at harvest. We took a walk in the School grounds to harvest pears from the tree, “Do it like this” Lily said. The girls then cut the pears up and made pear crumble to taste “cut cut,” said Zehra. During our trip to the library we read the ‘The Enormous Watermelon’ story and looked and felt a real Watermelon. The girls re-enacted the story by pulling the watermelon along together like the story. We have also looked at the growth cycle of a pumpkin starting from seed, turning into a plant, flowering and the pumpkin then forming. The girls had the opportunity to feel and look at a real pumpkin.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • We will be looking at how we celebrate similarities and differences.
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Nursery Pre-School


We have enjoyed lots of activities linked with harvest this week. Painting and tasting vegetables was great fun. The girls enjoyed tasting peppers, cucumber,celery, and carrots. They were also very interested in the pumpkin, investigating the seeds. They decided we needed to make soup, as our focus sound was ‘s’ for soup. On Thursday we tasted the soup for snack, it was yummy! We have also made scarecrows.

On Wednesday all of Nursery and Pre-school joined together for a harvest story and some singing.

What the girls have enjoyed:

“Playing with toys.” Ellah.
“Drawing my dad.” Amelia K.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • Our sound of the week will be ‘a’ and our number is 3.
  • Making ‘a’ ants.
  • Brushing teeth.
  • Using scissors safely.
  • Drawing ourselves, looking at photographs.
  • Tasting baby food.
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This week we have been investigating the square shape, the colour pink and the number ‘4’. The girls have been mixing different shades of pink to paint squares, looking at the number 4 formation and making sure that the sides on a square are all the same length. We have been finding out about one of our senses – our tongue for tasting. The girls experienced tasting something sour, salty and sweet. They then tasted four different flavours of crisps to really tantalise their taste buds!

Our phonics this week has focused on the letter sounds ‘t’, ‘i’, ‘n’ and ‘p’. Activities included, writing in sand, using chalk, threading an ‘nnn’ necklace, making a ‘iii’ instrument and ‘ppp’ purple paintings.

What the girls have said:

“I enjoyed making a necklace.”Caoimhe.
“I liked tasting the sugar because it was sweet.” Rhoda.
“The best thing was making squares.” Elouise.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • The number 5 formation, the colour blue and the pentagon shape.
  • Phonic letter sounds and formation.
  • Counting.
  • The sense ‘feeling’.
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Year 1


This week in English, we have read more of ‘Daisy Saves the Day’. We have been thinking about using adjectives to describe Daisy’s attic bedroom, written a letter as Daisy to her mum and thought about our favourite books. In Science we have been looking at the basic needs of humans and animals and thinking about how creatures underwater can survive. In DT, we have carried on designing and making our houses, specifically the furniture, and in computing we have become more familiar with Purple Mash and practised our typing skills.

What the girls have said:

I enjoyed learning about 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 10th.” Holly G-S.
“I liked learning about the different jobs a Victorian child might have had to do.” Holly H.
“It has been fun finding out more about Daisy in the book we are reading.” Leah.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • Science – we will be looking at the different animal groups.
  • Maths – we will be starting to look addition, including focusing on the symbol and thinking about number bonds.
  • History – we will be finding out about Florence Nightingale
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Year 2


In Maths we have practised ordering numbers and by the end of the week we had moved on to counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We’ve sung songs and played games to help us learn too! In English we have continued the story ‘Daisy Saves the Day’ and have thought a lot about Daisy’s situation carefully, considering her feelings and surroundings. We have also completed some great writing to match it, including writing a letter to her mum. In Forest School this week we had a lot of fun building dens and making pottery and masks from clay too!

What the girls have said:

“I loved playing games in Maths.” – Maya
“I have made a cup from clay.” – Eva

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – continuing the story, ‘Daisy Saves the Day.’
  • Maths – counting in 3s, addition and subtraction.
  • History – ‘Significant People:’ Florence Nightingale.
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Year 3


All the girls had a very exciting time at Forest School on Wednesday afternoon where they worked together to build dens, make smelly potions and create animals out of clay. In Maths we learnt about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and drew some educational posters to help others learn the facts.

What the girls have said:

“I am enjoying drawing my house in Art.” – Avleen.

“I liked doing the clay and building dens at Forest School.” – Shreya.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • Maths – We will be studying calendars and telling the time on analogue and digital clocks.
  • India Day – On Wednesday, remember to come dressed in a T-shirt and leggings ready to dress up in a sari and become immersed in Indian culture.
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On Wednesday 9 October we are going to have an India Day as part of our Humanities topic. We are going to immerse ourselves in the culture, tastes and atmosphere of India. Firstly, the girls will dress in Saris, so please can they come dressed in a T-shirt and leggings, which they will wear under the sari. If your daughter has her own then she is welcome to wear it but we do have enough for everyone and we will be doing a few messy activities during the day. We will also be making and tasting some spiced food, dancing and acting out some Indian folk tales and finding out about Hinduism and worship.

Year 4


In Maths this week we have been working on multiplying numbers and using doubling and halving as inverse operations. In English we have made notes about aspects of life in Roman times and used these to create an information text. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Forest School, making potions, creating clay sculptures and building dens.

What the girls have said:

“I like the Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday because there were lots of cakes to buy and the money all went to charity.” Matilda.
“I have enjoyed doing our sewing in DT. It was really fun because I was good at back stitch.” Diandra.
“I enjoyed doing sewing this week. We learnt how to do back stitch and running stitch.” Emily.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – We will be learning about the features of recount texts and how ideas are organised into paragraphs.
  • Maths – Work will focus on different strategies for division.
  • Thursday – We are looking forward to our trip to Piddington Roman Villa Museum.
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Year 5


This week in English we have worked on improving our writing for our Iron Man stories, looking at several techniques of figurative writing. In Maths we have been working on written methods for addition and subtraction. In Geography we completed our unit on Local and Global issues, with more discussion about climate change followed by creating posters showing what we have learnt. In Science we started another experiment, this time to determine the conditions needed for germination.

What the girls have said:

“This week I really enjoyed making posters about Climate Change in Humanities. I also enjoyed training for a match in Games”. Sophia

“I liked Science because we were setting up the seed experiment. We cut a circle out of tissue and put it in a petri dish, made it a bit damp and then put a few seeds in. We put the dishes all round school to see where they will germinate best.” Sienna

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – we will be preparing for Hobbies Morning, understanding modal verbs and practising comprehension questions.
  • Maths – we will be continuing our work on addition and subtraction, looking at mental strategies as well as written methods.
  • Science – moving on from plants, we will be looking at the life cycles of different animals.

Date for your diary: Hobbies Morning Wednesday 16 October 9am – 11am

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Year 6

Year 6 Newsletter – Week 4 – Two weeks until half term but who’s counting.
Hello everyone! Another busy week in school and apparently its only “83 days until Christmas” as a student told me the other day. Hopefully your children have not registered the creeping encroachment of Christmas products in the shops yet. Once again can we just say how impressed we have been with all our students’ efforts so far this term. We have had them outside with wiggling bugs chasing them in Science, a Hoplite shield-wall being constructed in Humanities and a flurry of applications for House Captain positions. Please join us in congratulating the Year 6 students chosen to be House and Vice Captains. Mr Bailey would like to commend all the students on their written applications and their calm presence during interviews. Further responsibilities will be allocated next week for all the students such as Eco Prefects, School Councillor, Librarians and School Magazine Editors.
There will be opportunities to catch up in person at the Open Day this Saturday 5 October and if your child needs a food taster for any of the edible Golden Snitches, both Mr Loveday and Mrs Fordham are on hand to assist. We also look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evening next week on the 9 and 10 October. Be sure to discuss your child’s Autumn term targets (located in their planners) beforehand and talk about how they are getting on with their reading records.
Looking ahead to next week, we hope to have the Year 6 outside again in Science to conduct outdoor observations to take a closer look at plants in their natural environment, so please ensure the girls bring appropriate waterproof coats and shoes to school for Monday and Tuesday. They will need their wet weather gear again on Wednesday 16 October when Year 6 have their turn at Forest School.
Thank you so much for your time and have a lovely weekend!
Karen Fordham and James Loveday

A selection of our student voices:
“In English, we have been creating our own mythical creature with special powers and an Achilles heel! We are all looking forward to sharing our ideas next week”
“6N really enjoyed dance this week because we got to make up part of routine”
“In Humanities we wrote a letter to the Spartans asking for help against the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. We are preparing our shields to be ready for battle! Charrggeee!”
“In Science we went on a Mini-Beast Hunt! We took photos of lots of different invertebrates and then drew and labelled a scientific diagram of our favourite beast.”
“This week in Maths we have been working with REALLY LARGE NUMBERS and really small numbers. We have also been rounding from millions to within one and two decimal places.”
“In Art we are finalising our cushion designs and cannot wait to start learning to do the stitches that we have chosen!”
“I really enjoyed hockey practice in Enrichment when we played a big game at the end”
“Oil pastels in Enrichment were great fun this week because we got to choose our own image to recreate using the techniques we have learnt.”
“In English we did a “Point Quote Comment” using an extract from a book and we analysed the text to find out how it affected the reader.”

Finally, the match reports Mr Loveday missed out on the last newsletter:
Under 11 “A-Team” Match Report
On Wednesday we played a match against Milton Keynes Prep. We sadly lost but the score doesn’t matter since we tried our hardest and we didn’t give up. I got voted best player but I think everyone else tried their best. This was our goal keeper’s first match and only 3 shots got past her which is really GOOD. Our Year 5s had never played a match with Year 6s and they played really well. Considering this was our first match of the season we gave a great performance. Well done Under 11As!!!
Charlotte Fordham, Junior School Hockey Captain.

Under 11 “the Best” Team Match Report
In our match on Wednesday we played Milton Keynes Prep. We played really well and started very strong going 1-0 up in the first half with Sophia scoring. In the second half we sadly went 1-2 down but we didn’t give up and managed to score via Fern ending 2-2. Well done everyone!
Lucy Nicholas, B Team Hockey Captain.

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GAP Club


On Monday the girls helped to sort out the pots outside GAP Club. We planted bulbs ready for spring and then added Violas on the top to add some colour. The girls have continued to add to the displays, creating Autumn leaves, bees and Tigger to our seasonal ‘Winnie the Pooh’ display. The girls have also created fairy doors using wooden lolly pop sticks and an assortment of media.

We would like to say a big thank you to Sophia in Year 5 for kindly donating her Frozen Disney Castle to GAP Club. The girls have really enjoyed playing with it.

What the girls have enjoyed:

“Eating sandwiches, because I like ham.” Caoimhe, Reception.
“Making Tigger for GAP Club.” Avani, Year 1.
“Making the fairy door because it looks pretty.” Emily, Reception.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • The girls will be participating in Autumn crafts.
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We can hardly believe a year has gone by since our very first STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics) day. The girls who joined us for the event absolutely loved this Saturday experience and there was a real buzz about the school. We are delighted to announce our next STEM event is now open for bookings and will take place on Saturday 16 November 2019.

If your daughter is aged 6-10 years, has a love of Science, a passion for Mathematics and an interest in Technology, this is the event for her. We will provide experiences to ignite all the girls’ excitement in learning, encourage them to follow their curiosity and delve into new ideas about the world around them.

On this day will be welcoming both our current girls and those from local schools. Please do sign your daughter up for the day and invite one of her friends from another school along too, it is a lovely opportunity for girls to see the fantastic facilities and wonderful teaching we have on offer for our pupils. To book a place please email Mrs Berry, Assistant Registrar, on

This is a drop off event 10am – 2.30pm. Lunch and refreshments are all provided and girls should come in their ‘home clothes’.

We look forward to seeing the girls there.


Term Dates

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