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  • Learning Through Curiosity

    Published 17/05/18

    I always admire those groups that you see on Britain’s Got Talent where lots of dancers or gymnasts all work together to produce a polished, engaging performance where everyone has a role and they perform it to the best of their ability. This is very similar to the every day life of Huntingtower.

    This week in particular, I have been immensely proud of how our children have approached their learning as well the understanding others have demonstrated for those who are more in the limelight. As you know, there are points in a child’s life where their abilities in certain subjects are measured. With this Year 2 and Year 6 cohorts, we have been particularly impressed with their positive attitude towards these statutory assessments. The Year 6 pupils even greeted me with a cheer when I said it was the Maths papers that day! We encourage our children to be the best that they can be but also work hard to ensure that they understand that in all things, there needs to be balance – this brings me back to my original comment. This week, our timetables and routines have been altered and yet, the opportunities to explore and learn have been the same, with the same effort, whether it has been inside or out.

    Well done to our pupils for all of their hard work and effort. I hope that they enjoy the weekend and maybe take part in the up and coming historical events on Saturday – the Royal Wedding or the FA Cup!

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  • Hard Work + Enjoyment = Success!

    Published 10/05/18

    Who ever thought that a 4 day week could be so busy and productive? The children tell me that they enjoyed their extra day in the sunshire and we have been fortunate that this weather has mostly continued since we have returned. As a result, the children have been able to continue their learning into our school grounds. Making good use of the different areas, it has not just been PE and clubs accessing this area but also active maths and English.

    Mrs Kightley, who leads our singing assembly, is passionate about music and in particular children singing. This week, the children have begun to learn “How far I’ll go” from the film, Moana. Such an inspirational song, it really was a joy to hear our pupils sing it. It is really a catchy tune so we apologise in advance if you catch yourself humming along to your child singing it at home!

    With just 2 weeks until the end of term 5, the children continue to work very hard. In the warmer weather, they do have a tendency to remove jumpers and cardigans. We seem to have gained small piles of jumpers and cardigans throughout the academy that they children have removed and cannot be returned as there is either no name evident or it has faded in the wash. Please could you check that your child’s clothes are clearly named and if a jumper has gone missing that you check with your child’s teacher.

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  • Hard Work Brings Great Rewards!

    Published 03/05/18

    Its amazing how much the weather can change at this time of year. One minute, we are basking in beautiful sunshine, making the most of our fantastic grounds and the next we are sheltering from thunderous rain! With all of this turbulence caused by the ever changing weather, it commendable that the children are still constant in their behaviour and attitude towards their learning; Our ‘Work Hard’ personal development theme is very much in evidence.

    In a little over a week’s time, our Year 6 and Year 2 children will be participating in the end of Key Stage assessments (also known as SATs). These assessments provide an understanding of our children’s skills and knowledge of the maths and English curriculums for each Key Stage. This can be an anxious time, particularly for Year 6 who are not only about to finish their primary phase of education but also start their secondary one. Our children are so keen to achieve that they are sometimes hard on themselves and I have taken time to talk to them. Hopefully, I have be able to reassure them and have again made clear that we are incredibly proud of them and all that they have achieved in their time at Huntingtower and that trying their best is all that we wish for. As we finish for the week and look forward to hopefully a sunny Bank Holiday weekend, we hope they will all take the time to rest and recouperate so that they are ready for a busy couple of weeks ahead.

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  • The Secret to our Success - Work Hard!

    Published 26/04/18

    Only 2 weeks into the term and so much has happened. Within our first week, some of our older pupils competed in a hockey team and we welcomed several visitors to the academy including a children’s author. Last Friday, we hosted Inspire+’s celebration of their Sports Apprenticeship program. Over 40 visitors came including Head Teachers, P.E specialists, representatives from Further Education Colleges and the Council. We even had our MP, Mr Nick Boles join us. Some of our Y6 pupils took part in the practical activity and they made us very proud.

    This week has been even busier with even more visitors who are keen to find out what makes Huntingtower unique. All of our visitors tell me that they are impressed with how purposeful and engaged our pupils are. This is not a surprise to us as we know how focused our children are upon their learning. We have been working really hard on our personal development. We call it the Steps to Success and this term, our focus is ‘Work Hard’. Already, the children understand that when you are successful, you don’t consider fun and hard work as separate aspects! An example of this is our Tag Rugby Team who worked extremely hard on Thursday afternoon, played match after match until they ended up in the final. Achieving a distinguished second place (our highest place in Rugby in recent years), they demonstrated a determination to do well as well as enjoying every moment! Well done to all involved.

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  • An Inspiring Start To The Term!

    Published 19/04/18

    Welcome to Term 5! This term is full of promise and we can't wait to get started! This video also contains the events of the last week of Term 4. We make the most of each day and experience that we have. We can't wait for the days to be sunny and warm so we can explore our learning not only within the buildings of the academy but also within our wonderful grounds.

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  • The Science of Learning¬†

    Published 22/03/18

    Welcome to the final news item of the Spring Term. For such a short term, it has definitely been full of experiences! Our children continue to work hard in all aspects of their learning and have really embraced this term’s personal development focus of Trying New Things! Our 31 extra curricular clubs have been well attended and Mrs Duxbury-Mead is already rallying the staff for ideas for next term. I have even had several requests from the children not only of clubs they would love to attend but also offers of clubs that the older children might run. Letters containing the club offer will be sent out at the start of the Summer Term.

    There have been several incredible experiences since the last Tower Times. Year 5/6 visited Beth Shalom, the Holocaust Memorial Centre whilst Y/2 visited the Space Centre. Our children were, as expected, wonderfully well behaved and a credit to us. They also gained valuable experiences and understanding that they will take with them for many years. In addition to these experiences, pupils from Years 3,4, 5 and 6 took part in the Rock Challenge. Performing with both Primary and Secondary schools, our pupils showcased their hard work and commitment in their dance. It was a truly spectacular event and we deservedly earning several awards for excellence. Well done to all who took part and many thanks goes to Mrs Bensley, Mrs Dilloway, Mrs E Smith and Mrs Kightley who have worked so hard on the project. Thanks also goes to the parents who attended the event and cheered very loudly for our wonderful Rock Challenge team.

    We wish you a very happy Easter holidays full of warm Spring weather and sunshine! We look forward to seeing everybody refreshed and back at school on Monday, 16th April 2018

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  • Be Curious!

    Published 15/03/18

    We have been a really busy school, this week. They children were keen to participate in British Science Week activities that we had planned including trying to win the STEM challenges (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) set by Miss Widdison, our science leader. Working with others, we were impressed by their ingenuity with their designs as well as their resilience when testing their ideas. Please watch the weekly video to find our more!

    Amazingly, next week is the last full week of term 4 and it’s another really busy week; Throughout the week, we will be thinking about Sport Relief, starting with a whole school assembly on Monday morning and culminating in a busy sports activity day on Friday. For a small voluntary contribution, children can wear their favourite sports wear as well as take part in a range of activities. Sports bands will be on sale from Monday and children from Y5 will be visiting the classes to allow children to purchase bands if they wish. Please look out for a letter on Parent Hub to find out more.

    Well done goes to the academy’s Gymnasts as well as our KS2 Choir. Both groups have represented the academy brilliantly and the adjudicator of the Music Festival described them as “the pride of our school”!

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  • A Busy Few Weeks!

    Published 09/03/18

    It has been great to be back at school after the challenges that we faced from last week. We would like to thank you for your understanding when we had to close due to extreme weather conditions. This lead to several disappointments including our planned for World Book Day. However, we have enjoyed spending the day this week with the majority of our World Book Day activies taking place. Thank you for supporting the raffle and quiz, we raised £239 which goes towards replenishing our book stocks. The enforced closures also meant that we didn’t get to say goodbye (albeit temporarily) to Mrs Dewhurst and Mrs Maxwell who have now begun their maternity leaves. Unbelievably, we are pleased to announce that Mrs Dewhurst has already had her baby, a healthy baby boy! In addition to this, we are also pleased to announce that Miss Anderton has also had her baby – another boy! We will keep you posted as to when our final baby of the trio arrives!

    Hopefully with the colder weather behind us, we are beginning to get excited about all of the possibilities that come with longer, warmer days. We are aware that with 3 weeks until the end of term, there are many events yet to happen including trips for Years 1,2, 5 and 6, the music festival, Rock Challenge and Sports Relief. Please keep an eye on your Parent Hub for the latest updates as well as in the Tower Times newsletter, FaceBook and Twitter.

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  • Learning Leading to Leadership!

    Published 08/02/18

    As I have mentioned before, our focus for our personal development this term has been to Try New Things. Over the last few weeks, we have been able to observe many examples of children embracing the spirit of endeavour and we were impressed by the number of children who took part in the Grantham Rotary Swimarathon who hadn’t done it before as well as the number of children who represented the academy in the gymnastics competition. The children’s enthusiasm is overwhelming and they can’t wait to share it with others. Increasingly, our young leaders are keen to share their learning with the younger pupils and a special thank you has to go to the children who have run clubs this terms as well as our Sports Ambassadors and Gymnasts who not only looked after our younger gymnasts during the competition on Tuesday, they also looked after other schools’ pupils too!

    As we reach the end of Term 3, we have say goodbye to Miss Anderton for a while. With her baby due in March, Miss Anderton is looking forward to spending time with her family before welcoming their new baby in a few weeks. We can’t wait to meet the addition to her family and I know she’ll be watching the videos every week to find out what we’re doing at school. During her absence, Miss Lamb will be teaching the Year 5 Gazelles. We wish you all a very happy half term break and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, 19th February 2018.

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  • Be Curious, Explore More!

    Published 01/02/18

    As you are aware, we have challenged our pupils to try new things this term. Whilst this could be that they try a new club or choose a lunch they’ve never had before, it could be something more subtle such as working with someone new or making choices about how they would like to demonstrate their learning. We are pleased to report that the children have risen to this challenge brilliantly and we have been really impressed with their resilience and creativity as a result. Thank you for your continued support at home as it seems as if recently and more than ever, their learning is overflowing into continued research and practice beyond the school day!

    Next week is the last week of term before half term and one of our favourite weeks – Spring Term Parents’ Evening. Having met with you in the Autumn Term, we look forward to catching up with you on Wednesday and Thursday evenings to discuss your child’s progress. You will also be able to look at their learning in their various books. We encourage KS2 pupils (Years 3-6) to attend the meetings with their parents and younger children are welcome to stay  with staff in the studio where they can either watch a film or look at the books in the book fair. Mrs Cradduck, our SENDCo will also be available on Wednesday evening.

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