Stratford Literary Festival’s Sharing Stories Project 2018
We are joining forces again with the Stratford Literary Festival to promote a love of stories and reading.
Classes 1 and 2 had a visit from Annie Ashworth who explained the exciting Bedtime Story Event Project.
Parents are invited to write a bedtime story with their child. It doesn’t have to be long and teachers will prompt the children with ideas. The children could illustrate the story.
The stories need to be in School by March 12th.
Talking to your child about their ideas will be a perfect way to encourage storytelling and imagination – write down their stories if you can.
Maybe, instead of reading a bedtime story, you could make up your own.
Bedtime Story Party – Thursday March 22nd 3.30 – 4.30
After Half Term you will be invited to join your child at the Bedtime Story Party!
We will share some of your stories and the writer, Joseph Coelho, will read some of his work and inspire the children to write and tell more stories.
Dressing up is optional but it would be fun for the children (and their grown-ups) to wear pyjamas etc!
Snacks and drinks will be provided.
On the morning of Thursday March 22nd, Class 3 and 4 will have a visit from the author, Lucy Coates, sharing ideas, tips and inspiration to encourage the children to write their own amazing stories.
Safeguarding - The Digital World
Following recent training by the Warwickshire Safeguarding Team, it is clear that as we live in an ever changing and demanding digital world, that brings both excitement and challenges, our safeguarding protocols must protect our children.
We have been asked to advise you of the following links for your information:
Internet Matters— www.internetmatters.org/Online_Safety
Warwickshire County Council Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WarwickshireCountyCouncil/
Looking for a Nursery Place for September 2018
Year 5 & 6 Schools Football Competition
Warm up time at the football tournament just before half term.
Class 2 Visit to the National Space Centre
Class 2 had a wonderful visit to the Space Centre to support our topic. We explored the various galleries: finding out what it was like to be an astronaut in space, made a rocket and launched it and watched a 3D space movie. The trip inspired us with our learning back at school: making rockets, papier mache planets and a guide for the space centre for other schools.
Children from KS1 recently took part in an Agility competition organised by Year 7 pupils at Kineton High School. The children had the opportunity to show off their skills in 6 activities, in throwing, jumping and running. Hampton Lucy competed against 3 other local schools and came second in the competition.
A Musical Delight - The Navarra Quartet
On Thursday 5th October the children enjoyed a wonderful musical experience listening to the world famous Navarra Quartet as part of their music lessons.
They are an Anglo-Dutch string quartet who have returned to Warwickshire for the first time since 2010.
They have also performed at the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa as part of the season of music promoted by Leamington Music.
All the children enjoyed it and some of them were asked to help with conducting.
On Sunday 8th October 2017 we will be celebrating our harvest festival at the Family Service at 9.30 am at The Church of Saint Peter ad Vincula in Hampton Lucy.
Our children will led the service with the Rev Rachel Saum and Anne Richardson.
The Hampton Lucy School Orchestra will be led by Mrs Sue Appleyard and our children led the readings and prayers.
There was also a display of our children’s work - ‘Our Harvest’.
Donations of food will be sent to The Fosse Deanery Food Bank.
We would like to warmly welcome
prospective children and their parents
to join us at our
9.15 am to 10.30 am
in our Nursery and Reception Class
Wednesday18th October 2017
Thursday 9th November 2017
Tuesday 5th December 2017
We also offer individual and personal visits.
Please contact our School Business Manager for further details
Mrs Sue Alldred
Telephone - 01789 840398
Email - email@example.com
Password Security - Ransomware Attack on Computers Around the World
Following the recent ransomware attack on computers around the world, we have this week revisited the issue of password security with the older children as part of our Collective Worship programme. The ongoing issue serves as a timely reminder to us all to be vigilant when monitoring our internet accounts and to think before we click on anything that does not come from a trusted source.
If you would like to find out whether your security details have been comprised, you might find the following link useful.
As usual, there is a wealth of information about privacy and how to keep your child’s identity safe online at internetmatters.org
Olympians Visit - 3rd May 2017
On Wednesday 3rd May 2017 we were visited by two Olympians Richard Buck and Mandip Sehmi.
Richard Buck was part of the 4 × 400 meter relay team at the 2012 London Olympic and Mandip Sehmi was part of the wheelchair rugby squad at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The Olympians spent the day in school talking to the children about what inspired them to get into sport and the benefits for adopting a healthy lifestyle. They worked with each class on various training drills and finished the day with relay races and a version of wheelchair rugby.
A Year 5 parent quote: "just wanted to send thanks to whomever organised the visit from the athletes today. It sounds like a really fantastic and inspiring visit, my child is clearly enthused anyway! It was great to hear the children all chattering about it at the end of the day. A great success, and thanks due to everyone involved".
Easter Service - 7th April 2017
The Easter Service was led by Year 6 with reading and prayers.
Ofsted Report - 1st February 2017 - Final Judgement
Following our recent Ofsted Inspection the final judgement has now been published. Please see download file below and the latest Governor Newsletter.
The following is an extract from the final judgement of - "The school Continues to be Good"
“Good-quality teaching ensures that pupils in all classes make good progress from their respective starting points. Teachers and adults cater well for the needs of pupils with different abilities, including those who are the most and least able. Pupils enjoy and benefit from the wide range of activities offered, including learning to play musical instruments, participating in sports clubs, and carrying out individual roles and responsibilities. As a result, pupils develop their wider talents and become mature and well-rounded learners. Parents and pupils have very positive views of the school. Parent comments include, ‘A fantastic school where children are well cared for and taught excellent life-skills.’ Pupil comments include, ‘Everyone in school is really friendly.’ Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning.”
E-Safety Day - Tuesday 7th February
The children of Hampton Lucy CofE Primary School and Nursery took part in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2017.
In addition to discussing how they can stay safe online during their Collective Worship, the children in Key Stage 2 spent time designing posters and making films to advise people about how they can keep themselves safe, particularly when taking part in social media activities.
By taking part in a series of practical activities, the children also learnt that things you see on the internet are not always what they seem and then looked at strategies to help them know what to do should they encounter something which made them feel uncomfortable.
Through stories, the children in Key Stage 1 learnt how they can keep themselves safe when playing online games. They made their own masks to act out a version of the story “Digiduck’s Big Decision.”
All children were reminded to seek the advice of a trusted grown up and to make sure that they are only communicating with people they know.
Class 2 - Africa Day
As part of our Animals topic Class 2 have been learning about Africa and African animals. We had an African workshop where Father Clement from Nigeria who is based at St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic church in Stratford shared his experiences. Two parents who have lived in South Africa also helped the children sharing African games and food. We made masks, a collage of Africa and rain makers.
Ofsted Inspection - 1st February 2017
HMI Inspector Heather Simpson made a one day, short inspection visit to the school to monitor the school’s quality of provision against the Ofsted Framework. Heather spent the day meeting with myself, the school business manager, senior leaders, staff and pupils and representatives from the Governing Body. In addition she undertook learning walks accompanied with me around each classroom looking through pupils’ books and talking to them. Heather also took part in Wednesday Worship lead by three Year 5 pupils and this highlighted the children being independent learners and showcased the excellent behaviour of the children in the school.
I was very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of all the staff during the day, they were incredibly supportive throughout the process and proved what a fantastic team they are. The children were also great and demonstrated a fantastic work ethic and were keen to share their learning and ideas with the inspector.
We are now waiting a final letter confirming the final grading within the next two weeks. This letter will outline all the key strengths of the school and progress since the last inspection in 2011. The letter will also indicate targets for future improvement.
We look forward to sharing the outcomes and hope you understand that in the meantime we are unable to give you any indication of the final judgement.
Thank you for your support.
My Author Project - in partnership with The Stratford Literacy Festival
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in an exciting project being organised by The Stratford Literary Festival.
On Tuesday 28th February 2017, children’s author Sarah McIntyre will be in School to speak to the children about her engaging and funny books, and to share stories and ideas.
Sarah’s visit will be followed by three workshops (each lasting two hours) that will focus on the theme “funfairs”.
Monday 6th March at 9.15 am – The Playbox Theatre will work with Classes 1 and 2 on drama activities.
Thursday 16th March at 9.15 am – Escape Arts will work with Class 3 on arts activities.
Tuesday 21st March at 9.15 am – Helen Watts (local children’s author) will work with Class 4 developing their creative writing.
Wednesday 29th March at 10 am – Sarah will return to view and celebrate the children’s work.
The Choir - Charlecote Garden Store
The Choir were asked, by popular demand, to sing again at the Charlecote Garden Store in the run up to Christmas. Our thanks to Mrs Honey for her support at this event.
Keeping Children Safe Online
Please use the link below to access the information from Warwickshire County Council - Keeping Children Safe Online.
Official Opening of New Classroom and Kitchen
Margaret Lunnon Headteacher and Dave Holland Chair of Governors, warmly welcomed Nadhim Zahawi MP for Stratford Upon Avon and Canon Linda Wainscot Director of the Board of Education Coventry Diocese to officially open our new classroom and kitchen. Other guests included Governors, neighbours, The Friends and representatives from the wider community. Nadhim and Canon Linda thanked pupils and staff for being invited to an 'outstanding school'.
Our guests listened to music played by the school orchestra led by Sue Appleyard and festive singing from all the children.
Refreshments were provided by Warwickshire County Caterers who will be providing hot meals from our new kitchen for all our children from January 2017.
The Elias String Quartet
It was a huge pleasure to welcome the Elias String Quartet on Thursday 24th November during our Music time. The Elias String Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of their generation. Known for their intense and vibrant performances, the quartet has travelled the globe collaborating with some of the finest musicians and playing in the world’s great halls.
The Quartet performed pieces by Haydn, Britten and Beethoven including a piece demonstrating the technique of Pizzicato.
The Elias Quartet gave a concert last Friday at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa which was recorded by BBC Radio 3. The announcer talks about the three days the Elias Quartet spend in the area and mentions Hampton Lucy in his preamble to the second half. The programme was broadcast on Tuesday 29th at 7.30 pm on BBC Radio 3 and is now available on the BBC IPlayer Radio.
Quotes from class 4
“I really enjoyed the string quartet. I liked how all of the musicians came from different places.”
“My favourite instrument was the violins played by Donald and Sara, and I liked it when Donald did Scottish singing. It was amazing!”
“I enjoyed the string quartet. My favourite piece was the Scottish folk because Donald sang and we did some clapping. It was very fun and the Scottish folk music made me feel happy.”
“The players were very nice and friendly. I liked the Dvorak piece. I also liked the cello. I also learnt about the viola and how you can slide on the strings. I loved Donald’s Scottish singing.”
'Plugged in Parents' - Design and Technology Presentation
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the recent Parents Information Evening. For those parents/carers who were unable to attend the Design and Technology Presentation can be found as a download file below.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists Schools (SIAMS) Report
A Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists Schools (SIAMS) report took place on Thursday 29th September 2016.
"The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners - ... It makes a very positive impact on their academic and personal development. This means that pupils are working a nationally expected levels with some exceeding these. It also results in a strongly shared view of the school as a family, 'living out the love of Jesus'." ...
A copy of the full report is available as a download file.
It is great that all children who have peripatetic lessons in and outside of school are able to share their skills at the musician’s concert.
A range of instruments including piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, recorders and saxophone performed various pieces of music from different genres ranging from ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ to ‘Das Schaukelpferd’.
It was wonderful to have so many parents/carers and grandparents to celebrate music at Hampton Lucy.
Maypole Squad at Hill Close Gardens
On Saturday 30th April the Hampton Lucy C of E Primary School Maypole Squad returned for the second year running to the Hill Close Gardens, Warwick as part of their Celebration of May Day and Springtime with a selection of traditional dancing set amongst spring flowers and displays.
Our thanks go everyone who was able to join us during the afternoon, to Mrs Richardson, Music Teacher, for organising the event and Mrs Allerton for the fabulous maypole crown flowers.
A thank you from the organisers:
Dear Mrs Lunnon,
Once again a very big thank you for bringing the children last Saturday. Their maypole dancing was excellent and enjoyed by many people. They were all really well-behaved and polite too: a real pleasure to have in the gardens and a real credit to the school. We also had good takings in the café that weekend!
Many, many thanks again to you, Mrs Richardson and the children.
Theme week goes off with a bang
The children have recently taken part in a theme week as part of a drive to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum.
On Monday all children took part in a Science Day. Children from Reception through to Year 6 worked together on a carousel of activities with the aim of having fun whilst gaining a greater appreciation of how Science can be used practically as a part of everyday life.
On Tuesday, the school hall was transformed into a French café to give the children an opportunity to use their conversational French in a practical context. Patrons to the café were able to sample various French pastries and cheeses specific to different regions of France.
The school raised money for Sport Relief on Wednesday. All children completed the Sport Relief Mile and the children were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite sporting hero for the day. They were joined by some familiar faces from the world of sport as the teachers joined in the fun by dressing up as their favourite sporting heroes – Laura Davies, Princess Anne and Björn Borg were all spotted taking part in the run!
Shakespeare Week was celebrated on Thursday as the children took part in planned activities to celebrate the 400th birthday of Stratford’s most famous son. As well as looking at some of the works of Shakespeare the children were also asked to reflect upon what life would have been like in Shakespeare’s time.
The week concluded with a whole school art project reflecting upon the Easter Story. As a part of the project, all children were invited to weave their own prayer into a banner that has since gone on display in St Peter’s Church in Hampton Lucy.
The children enjoyed the varied experiences and are already looking forward to the next planned theme week in the Summer term!
World Book Day
Head Teacher Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Wizards with characters from many famous books etc ....
The video we made about "our voice" is based on who we learn from and what learning means to us. We worked together as a team and had a lot of fun making it.
Click on the following link to view the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns448tu4Zn4
KS2 PE Spring Term 2016 - Street Dance and Disco
This half-term children in KS2 have been shaking their tail feather and learning some dance routines. Over 6 weeks the pupils have been put through their paces in street dance and disco, two very differenct styles of dance, both allowing them to express their creative side in an alternative way. The children have worked hard, and picked up the routines quickly, allowing more complex moves to be added challenging those with natural rhythm. It is clear from the photographs that everyone has tried their best and enjoyed this part of the PE Curriculum. Please use the link below to view video of street dance and disco.
New Opportunities for Learning Outside the Classroom
Hampton Lucy School has an exciting new resource thanks to the generosity of local company Valefresco. The school’s garden now contains a magnificent poly tunnel, bought and built with a donation from Nick Mauro and his team at Valefresco. The children are looking forward to growing a wider range of produce and using this new learning space all year round. The company also bought tools and a wheel barrow which have already been put to good use.
We will bring you further up-dates on planting and growing at Hampton Lucy School in the Spring!
Visit to The Forest Hermitage (Sherbourne Monastery)
On the afternoon of Tuesday 9th June, Years 2, 4 and 6 visited The Forest Hermitage in Sherbourne.
This was an opportunity for the children to experience another religion and broaden their understanding of other cultures and beliefs. The children shared their experiences with the rest of the school. Please see download file below.
Kern Baby Project - Compton Verney
On June 5th, Year 6 returned to Compton Verney for the final stage of their work with photographer Faye Claridge.
Their task was to curate an exhibition to tell the story of their involvement with the Kern Baby Project. The children were privileged to spend time in the Canaletto exhibition, viewing the amazing masterpieces. They also looked at a series of photographs taken between 1975 and 1980 documenting everyday life in Yorkshire. They were guided through the exhibitions by one of the curators at the Gallery. Having picked up lots of ideas, the children began to organise their own display.
Firstly they had to decide which of their photographs should go into the final show – not an easy task as space was limited, they had taken loads of photographs and everyone had to agree!
They then decided where to position the photographs, what size they should be, whether to mount the photographs or not and the background colours. The children worked well together, often taking decisions by voting, and at last the final choices were made.
The staff at Compton Verney will now mount the exhibition which will stand alongside Faye Claridge’s work. The Year 6 children, their buddies in Reception and their parents will be invited to a private viewing of their work before the end of the Summer Term.
The children have had a wonderful experience during this project, working with professional artists in a world-renowned Art Gallery. They have had a glimpse behind the public face of the Gallery and had the opportunity to work towards their Art Awards.
Class 4’s Insect hotel is on the way!
This year, Class 4’s project is to build an Insect hotel and a Bee and Butterfly garden. The Insect hotel was started on the 19th of May 2015. Hopefully the hotel will encourage many different species of insects.
The hotel is made of wooden pallets and bricks. The children carried the pallets over to a corner near the pond where the ground had been flattened. The pallets were stacked on top of each other and the hotel gradually came together. There are 7 layers and they will be filled with cane sticks, grass, hay, leaves, sticks and pine cones to make a cosy home for insects. For even more luxury, it will have a tiled roof!
The Bee and Butterfly garden will be in front of the Insect hotel where there is buddleia growing and pots of lavender will be placed to attract butterflies. We are planning to sow wild flower seeds too. Hopefully we’ll be seeing different varieties of butterflies and bees very soon!
Thank you to the people who have already kindly donated to the building of our hotel, we hope to keep you updated on any new residents!
By Elena and Lucy-Mae.
On behalf of Class 4
Kern Baby Project at Compton Verney
On Friday 15th May, Faye Claridge and Alice Kirk came into School to present Year 6 and Reception with photographs to commemorate their work with Faye on the Kern Baby Project at Compton Verney.
Following the presentation, the children made Corn Dollies, with Year 6 helping their buddies with this traditional craft.
Next month, Year 6 will return to Compton Verney to curate an exhibition of their photographs and other creative work inspired by the Project.Visitors will be able to view the children’s work alongside the photograph of our children and the Kern Baby which is the main focus of Faye’s Project.
All the children have been working towards their Art Awards and their work is being scrutinised before the final presentations later this Term.
Hampton Lucy Children enjoy trip to the Hindu Mandir
On Wednesday 22nd April, Years 1, 3 and 5 from Hampton Lucy Primary School were fortunate to visit to the Shree Krishna Mandir in Leamington. As a school we have been learning about the Hindu faith and this was a valuable chance for many of the children to understand their practices and lifestyles as well as seeing different beliefs and teachings.
When we arrived we washed our hands and removed our shoes before entering the Mandir. We had a very knowledgeable guide in Mr Tara, who shared with us the basics of the Hindu faith. For the first part of this talk we sat in front of closed curtains, intrigued as to what was hidden. When they were opened we were presented with the most amazing sight of the deities. We were all surprised by how colourful, ornate, and beautiful the Mandir is.
We listened to many of the stories about the deities, learning why they might have the appearance of many arms, many heads, blue faces, animal features etc. Yet most importantly we understood more about how these are not separate Gods, but are in reality the many different sides of the one God, Brahman.
We were lucky to see many people attending the Mandir. This gave us the chance to observe the many practices people follow, such as turning on the spot, pouring of water, donating money and bowing of the head. We also had a chance to go very close to the deities and see the level of care and attention that is given to each one.
The Mandir greeted us with warmth and generosity. The children asked a lot of questions, really trying to understand more about this fascinating religion. Finally as a parting gift, all of the children were given a wide range of fruits as a sign of their kindness.
When we returned to school the children have been leading the learning throughout the rest of the school, so that they can share all that they have learnt. This provided a child friendly interpretation of the Hindu Mandir and showed how valuable an experience this was.
The constituency of Hampton Lucy held an election today with 6 parties contesting the seat.
Class 4 presented their party election manifestoes and addressed the voters (the rest of the school) during Collective Worship.
A secret ballot was then held with each child putting their X on the ballot paper.
The votes were counted and The Heart of the World Party – Philippa, Anwen, Daniel VT, Emily L and Emily H were duly elected.
Fabulous!! I'm manning a real polling station and will be counting on Friday and Saturday. I love the whole election buzz.
It's great to see the youngsters getting involved and interested in voting. Thanks for organising this.
Shakespeare Week - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Puppets - Mary Arden's Farm
Nicola from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has contacted us to say:
'It was lovely at Mary Arden’s Farm at the weekend (21st and 22nd March) because lots of children from Hampton Lucy C of E Primary School came to see their art work in situation. They were so proud of their work, it really was special to see' ....... 'Everyone at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said how welcome all the staff at Hampton Lucy made them feel and how great it was to work with you all. Thank you very much for all your support and enthusiasm for the project'
The following photograph is of the work completed by our children which was on show at Mary Arden's Farm.
Plugged In Parents!
Plugged in Parents! - Workshops
Parents/Carers were invited to a duo of workshops to help stay abreast of current trends in Education on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2015.
Mrs Jackson hosted a workshop to demonstrate how you can best support your child’s learning in Mathematics. Mrs Jackson took parents/carers through our revised Calculations Policy and offered practical suggestions to help with home learning.
Mr Degg hosted a workshop on how parents/carers can ensure that children remain safe whilst online. Mr Degg went through the current E-safety guidance and offered practical suggestions on how you can set up a secure home online environment.
Please find below 'handouts' from the presentations for your information.
We have received an influenza factsheet from the Consultant in Public Health for Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council for your information.
We have been asked to encourage parents of children in at risk groups (with a chronic condition), and all parents of 2-4 year olds and of children in Years 7 and 8 at school to make sure they have their children vaccinated. For more information please see www.warwickshire.gov.uk/flu or www.coventry.gov.uk/flujab.
We have also been asked to let you know that GPs are continuing to provide free flu vaccinations to those who are entitled until the end of January and participating pharmacies will be vaccinating until the end of March 2015. Furthermore we would like to highlight the importance of good hand hygiene in reducing the spread of respiratory viruses this winter.
Where to go for information on a school closure in the event of adverse weather conditions or an emergency
Warwickshire County Council – School Closures - www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures
- View the list of schools which are currently closed
- Text message alerts
Sign up to receive free text messages when your school closes
Local radio stations play an important part in communications between schools and parents/carers. For information about school closures listen to your local station.
- Your local stations include:
- BBC Coventry & Warwickshire 94.8FM, 103.7 FM, 104
- Free Radio 97 & 102.9 FM
- Free Radio Birmingham 96.4FM & Capital Gold 1152 AM
- Heart FM 100.7
- FMTouch FM 102.0 FM
- Rugby FM 107.1 FM
- Touch Radio FM 107.3 FM
Hampton Lucy C of E School and Nursery Website
- www.hamptonlucyschool.org.uk/news/newsandevents/news/ - every effort will be made to update the website.
In the unlikely event of internet access not being available, school staff will try to contact parents/carers by telephone. If you are able to ‘pass the word on’ please feel free to do so.
A very useful website which parents/carers may find beneficial when helping their children have a good understanding of internet safety, social media etc. There are both primary and secondary areas. www.childnet.com