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Junior News 8 November 2019

Dear Parents

Welcome back after what I hope has been a restful half term for you. We have been thrust full pelt back into delivering excellence this week, with external visitors galore – the girls have been a delight as always; polite, creative and conscientious.

Year 5 have been out on a residential visit to Grafham Water, engaging in a wide range of adventurous pursuits. The Twitter feed suggests they are going to come back exhausted. Thank you so much to the team for taking them, and for all the girls being such wonderful ambassadors for Northampton High School.

Assemblies this week have been packed full of learning. Mr. Loveday’s Year 6 class taught us expertly about the Ancient Greeks, complete with full scale military practice. Our Year 6 students are inspirational role models for the rest of the school.

Year 1 and 2 enjoyed their trip to Milton Keynes Museum where they learnt about the Victorians.  They were also excellent representatives of our school.

Other learning this week has included preparation for the Primary Maths Challenge, art work to celebrate Diwali and Bonfire Night as well as jelly-making and cushion design. It is never dull in primary education.

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you as always for your continued support,


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 – came 1st in tournament and best girl in under 8 category.

Ellie J-M – 20m badge and water skills 2.

Blue Peter badge

Ellie H – green badge for environmental work.
Matilda B – tried a new sport, golf.
Anna H – green badge for environment work caring about nature.

Poppy M – 6th out of 13 in ribbon group.
Anna H – level 8 proficiency award.

Tanya M – new golf handicap.

Phoebe S – silver medal in classical ballet solo at Arts Festival. Selected for ISTD ballet award.


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:

2N – Wednesday 13 November
5H – Wednesday 20 November
5N – Wednesday 27 November
1N – Wednesday 4 December

Dates for Diary

Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November – Book Fair

Friday 15 November – Children in Need; wear spots!

Saturday 16 November – EYFS Family Fun morning & STEM morning

Friday 22 November – Reception to Year 6 flu immunisation

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 – Pre-School 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.


Cancelled Clubs:

  • Monday 11 November – Mindful Mediation Club
  • Tuesday 12 November – Maths Games Club Years 3 & 4
  • Tuesday 19 November – Digital Leaders Club

Flu vaccine Reception to Year 6

A letter and consent form have been sent out this week.

If you would like your daughter to have the flu vaccine, can you please ensure that the consent form is returned to the Junior School office by Tuesday 12 November, as these are being collected by the School Nurse Team.

Thank you.

Book Fair

Come and visit the Book Fair next week!

in the Community Room

from Monday to Thursday

8am to 8.30am and 3.30pm to 4pm

Cash payments only please.

Children in Need

Children in Need Friday 15 November.


Wear spots for a £1 donation!

Name the Bear competition 50p




Hockey Match reports:

Hockey Under 11 A Team v Spratton Hall
On Wednesday the A team played Spratton Hall. We sadly lost but we tried our hardest and we played a lot better in the second half. In the first half we let two goals in but we did not let that bother us. Well done team! Keep up the good hockey! Thank you to Miss James for her umpiring and Year 6 for encouraging us.
Charlotte, Junior School Hockey Captain

Hockey Under 11 B Team v Spratton Hall
All of our team played really well against Spratton Hall although we lost 0 – 2 in the end. I hope that we continue to improve and win a match before the end of term.
Moriah , B Team Captain 

Hockey Under 11 C Team v Spratton Hall 
We played well against Spratton Hall. It’s quite unfortunate that we lost. The score was 0 – 2 to Spratton but there will be other matches in the future. We will keep working hard and playing our best.
Tanya, C Team Captain 

Hockey Under 11 D Team v Spratton Hall
Our team played really well against Spratton Hall and we improved as the game went along. Even though we lost I think we did really well and can’t wait for the next match.”
Leela, D Team Captain

Nursery Kipper Room and Elmer Room

Kipper Room:

The girls in Kipper Room have been very busy this week. We have had a range of different activities in the classroom and the exploration area, such as the play dough, painting with different kitchen utensils and small world toys. They have especially enjoyed the painting and the water tray; the girls had fun filling up the jugs and different containers to see how much water they could fit in.

We read the book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and visited the library, which was a first for some of our new girls. In the classroom we have used many different construction materials; such as Duplo and Sticklebricks – the Kipper girls have been making houses out of these materials. On Friday we used shaving foam and arctic animals in the exploration area. Yasmin said “it’s cold,” I also asked her what colour the shaving foam was. “It’s white,” she replied.

On Wednesday afternoon we went to Forest School where we searched for the Gruffalo and explored the Forest School area. We also enjoyed some hot chocolate to warm our tummies up. Some of the girls have had lots of fun on our interactive board drawing their family members; they enjoyed using the different colours and brush types.

Elmer Room:

We started our week reading about Diwali and made Diva lamps using lots of sparkly gems; the girls took great care in placing their gems onto their lamps. Miss Hillery was bringing in the tea lights for our lamps and Lily said “Miss Hillery is bringing us fireworks”. Our story this week was about a young girl’s first experience of fireworks which created lots of conversations about Elmer girls experiences. Yana said “I went to fireworks with my family”, Emily said “I saw fireworks with Mummy, Daddy and Harry”, Aadya repeated “flash” from the story and Jasmine joined in with the “flash, bang, whee”. We have also been busy outside kicking balls and being creative with the empty boxes.

Next week we are looking forward to sharing our family photos with our friends. Thank you to those who have already sent them in, we are still waiting for some family photos.

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Nursery Pre-School


This week we have been busy celebrating Diwali and Bonfire Night. We watched a DVD explaining Diwali, looked at books, sang songs, made coconut sweets and Rangoli patterns. For Bonfire Night we painted firework pictures, used the Clever Touch to make firework patterns and carefully followed firework patterns increasing our pencil control. We have also decorated pants and listened to ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ as part of the NSPCC PANTS campaign.

What the girls have enjoyed:

“I like painting. I painted ice-cream and cup.” Aurelia.
“I was doing playing, counting, bikes and sand.” Zara.
“I painted trees and flowers.” Eloise.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • Our sound of the week is ‘d’, our shape is square, our number is 6 and our colours are blue and green.
  • Making poppies for Remembrance.
  • Dotty letter ‘d’ and dinosaurs.
  • Celebrating Children in Need on Friday.
  • Square mobiles.
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What a busy first week back we have had. We started the week learning about the festival of Diwali and the girls had the opportunity to make a clay diva, find out how people prepare and celebrate this festival and join with the Pre-School to learn a new song. Our story focus has been ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and we have learnt to re-tell this by following a text map. We also found props from around the classroom and made our own teddy bear headdresses to act out the story. We really enjoyed getting our hands ready for writing by doing the ‘T-Rex’ stretch with elastic bands and the ‘Baby Crocodile’ with a clothes peg. Perhaps they can show you what to do. Our number work has focused around the concept of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ and counting groups of objects accurately.

What the girls have said:

“I have enjoyed learning about the new sound ‘f’.” Caoimhe.
“I like painting fireworks. I did three pictures!” Grace.
“I liked dressing up in the Diwali House and doing the finger gym.” Emily.

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Year 1


This week has been a very busy week for Year 1. We had a really exciting first day back on our KS1 trip to Milton Keynes Museum. This was a great chance for us to dress up like Victorians and go and experience what life might have been like for a Victorian person. We had the chance to look at what their gardens might have looked like, what a small Victorian cottage would have been like compared to a Victorian Manor house and even got a chance to take part in a lesson from the Victorian times, in their school classroom. We explored a typical Victorian street and looked at what their transport would have been like. We even got to sit on the biggest steam tram in the world!! Back at school, we have been writing recounts from our trip, looking at subtraction in Maths and started looking at algorithms, using BeeBots, in computing.

What the girls have said:

“We loved our school trip to experience Victorian Times!” Whole class.
“I really liked using the BeeBots and trying to get them to go where I wanted them to.” Amber.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • Maths – Continuing to look at subtraction and thinking about counting back and finding the difference.
  • English – Firework poetry and Remembrance Day writing.
  • DT- Victorian Toys
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Year 2


This week we ventured to Milton Keynes Museum to learn even more about the Victorians! We were shown many aspects of Victorian life including the differences between rich and poor. We were taken around the manor house and shown the parlour where rich Victorians would have spent their evenings entertaining their friends with different games and music. The poorer Victorians would have often worked at the manor and so we were shown some of the jobs they would have had to complete like doing the laundry and collecting the water from the outdoor pump. One of the main highlights of the trip was the Victorian school room where we were quickly thrown into the Victorian school way of life – our hands were checked for cleanliness and if we were fidgeting, we had to wear the finger stocks! It was a fantastic day out and the whole experience really brought our topic to life for all of the girls.

What the girls have said:

“My favourite part was seeing the Pianola being played.” Asmi.
“I liked using the water pump.” Atremisia.
“My favourite part was the Victorian garden and finding the different vegetables in it.” Anna.
“I liked acting in the schoolroom.” Varnikha, Leilana, Fatima.
“My favourite part was grating the soap for the laundry.” Priscilla.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

  • English – Assembly practise, firework poetry.
  • Maths – Addition and Subtraction.
  • DT – Victorian toys – peg dolls.
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Year 3


This week in Maths we have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 and subtracting by adding up. We have also joined forces with Year 4 to design, plan and make fruit jellies. This has helped us to learn to work together and get to know the Year 4 girls in preparation for our residential next term. This week in English we have written recounts of our Half Term holiday, putting events in time order, using time connectives and powerful verbs. Next week we will be thinking about the elements of a quest story and begin to plan our own based on our class book ‘ The Firework Maker’s daughter’.

What the girls have said:

“I liked doing DT and making the prototype for our chocolate box.” Sherpa.
“We liked making the jellies with Year 4, we learnt how to work well together to help us when we go on our residential.” Harini, Ellie and Risara.
“I enjoyed playing the Rocket Rounding program in Maths to help us understand how to round to the nearest 10 and 100.” Avleen.

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Year 4


In Maths this week we have been using weighing scales to weigh classroom objects.  We measured the capacity of different containers. We have continued to convert between different units of measure. In English we have looked for clues in our class book that it is set in Roman times and identified adjectives to describe the main character. We have also made jelly with Year 3 to improve our skills at working in a group.

What the girls have said:

“I liked it when Miss Taylor pretended to be Flavia from our class book.” Safiya.
“I liked making jelly. It was so fun cutting the lemon and mixing the jelly.” Ellie.
“I enjoyed going to the library because I found a fiction book called ‘Alien Storm’ and it is brilliant!” Matilda.

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Year 5

Watch this space for news of our adventures at Grafham Water!

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Year 6

Week 7 – Back in business
What a week!
We hope you’ve all had a lovely half term. The students have made a great start back and as always we have been immensely proud of their ability to impress visitors to our school. Well done particularly to 6H for their highly entertaining and thought-provoking Class Assembly on the Ancient Greek civilization and all those girls involved in interviews during the week.

On Wednesday afternoon it was great to see all of our girls playing hockey and we were particularly impressed by those girls who volunteered to play in their first match ever – a testament to the ‘get up and go’ attitude that shapes the High School girl.
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend and a chance to recharge batteries for next week’s adventures.

Karen Fordham and James Loveday

Student voice:

“This week 6H enjoyed practising for their amazing assembly. We loved rehearsing the song about Athenian philosophers but it was a bit tricky! Overall we thought the military drills were the best. We got to play with spears, shields, helmets, beards and masks to wear. It was awesome!”

“In English we recorded adverts to persuade people to buy our products. It was an enjoyable activity and took a few times to get the perfect advert.”

“In Science we learnt about food chains. We learnt that every food change begins with a producer and ends with a predator that gets decomposed fungi and bacteria – #circle of life”.

“In French we finished our topic about shapes, colours and learnt about Matisse who was a famous French artist who put strange colours on his paintings. Millie’s favourite is bleu, Anna’s is bleu and Charlotte’s favourite colour is OORRRAnjjje”.

“I really enjoyed playing badminton in PE on Monday, it was the first time we had done it and we practiced short and long serves and how to move the other person around the court.”

“I really enjoyed Maths yesterday; we had to add, subtract and multiply – it was so much hard work but fun.”

“I enjoyed the hockey match against Spratton. We worked hard together and everyone had the opportunity to play.”

“I liked learning about the ultimate question and what one is.”

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GAP Club


The girls created firework paintings, adding glitter for extra sparkle and made zooming rockets to celebrate Bonfire Night. Also this week, Varnikha and Rithika shared their Diwali knowledge; this is a cultural festival that the girls celebrate at home. The girls made rocking Divas, Rangoli patterns, wore traditional dresses worn in India and danced to Bollywood music. They have also had fun pretending to be hairdressers in our new role play area ‘Snip Snip Snips Hairdressers’. They have enjoyed washing and blow drying hair and creating amazing hair styles.

What the girls have enjoyed:

“Celebrating Diwali and dressing up.” Varnikha, Year 2.
“Dancing.” Rhoda, Reception.
“I liked it when we did the dancing in Diwali.” Rithika, Year 4.

Looking ahead to some of next week’s learning:

The girls will be participating in activities to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, Children in Need and transforming our Winnie the Pooh display for winter.

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