Our World War 1 Commemorations

Welcome back to a new half term. It has been lovely to see the children return to school and settle back to the routines very quickly.

This week we have had an art day to commemorate the centenary of WW1 and to celebrate the value of peace.Thank you Mrs Mason for organising the day.

Please see our special events page for lots of photographs of the work.

Our Year 5 and 6 football team have played in a tournament this week. They played well and improved throughout, conceding only one goal and finishing as runners up to Simon de Senlis. Congratulations go to them.  We are hoping that we may have qualified for the N-Power Cup but this is to be confirmed. Well done to all and thanks go to Mr Mason and Mr Jones.

Looking Back and Forward!

Foundation Stage.

Our new Reception and Nursery children have settled really well and I have been proud to see them making friends and working together as a team. I gave a tour to a visitor who comes in to advise the school and who also works as an inspector. She commented on how happy the children are, how well they have taken to new routines and making the most of the learning opportunities they have.

It is lovely to see the Nursery children starting out on their journey, learning their phonics and numbers. There is some lovely writing that the children have been working on already.
Reception have been working on Goldilocks and the Three Bears with the outside area being turned into a cottage. Last week the children were working on the story, The Bog Baby. It was lovely to see the children working on this together. One of the tasks they had was to build a bridge to cross the bog in the outdoor area. It was interesting to see the different ideas that the children came up with and the way they worked together so well.

This week they gave been going wild looking at Where The Wild Things Are.

Here is a Gallery of images to show you our workplaces!

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Key Stage 1

Year 1

I have been really pleased to see some of the fabulous work that Year 1 have been doing so far this year. They have astounded me with their knowledge of the continents and the work they have done in Geography. They have also been doing some wonderful work in their Big Writing.

Our Year 2 children have been very busy already. They have had a visit from a mobile planetarium as part of their topic work. I have been finding out about their computing work and one of the children has explained to me what an algorithm is!

We are working really hard on raising the profile of reading across the school. Each class has set up their own area. It is lovely to see the great variety across the school.

KS2

It is lovely to see our first group of 3 classes make their way into key stage 2. The children have been busy making the most of the new sporting opportunities provided to them at lunchtimes. Mr Jones, who joined us in September, also runs the Northampton Sports Federation and is running a variety of clubs for the children to take part in during the lunch hours. This includes rugby, football, netball and many more. We have already established extra teams who have been out representing our school.

Year 5 have been trained to be Young Leaders and they are leading games with the younger children at lunchtimes.

Our School and Class councillors have been elected and they are already planning many events for the school.

Sports

Year 5 and 6 football team beat Lings 11-0 in their first home match of the season. The second team played against St. James, the town champions and Millway. Although we lost both matches, team spirit was excellent and it was good to see the children enjoying themselves and representing our school with pride. Year 3 and 4 have also played in a football festival at the Goals centre and won all of their matches.

Some of our Year 5 children have been trained as Young Leaders and will take responsibility for teaching and playing games with our younger children at lunchtimes.

We have had lots of matches at various locations. We have played against Duston Eldean, our girls team played in tournament at Northampton Academy, losing in the semi finals on penalties and year 3 and 4 played at the Goals Centre winning all of their games.

The school choir performed in a concert at Moulton Parish Church and for our new members, this was the first time that they had taken part in a public performance. They sang beautifully under the direction of Mrs Peel and received rapturous applause from a large audience.

Year 4 are taking part in the Wider Opportunities music project run by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT). All of the children are learning to play a brass instrument. I look forward to hearing them when they perform to parents later in the term.

Harvest festival

Our harvest festival assembly took place on Friday (17th October). Children from Y1,3 and 5 entertained the parents with a variety of wonderful songs, drama, geography, art and Talk for Writing. Thank you very much for all of the produce that you sent In. It was very gratefully received by the Hope Centre.

Have a lovely half term. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4 November.

A Hive of Activity!

The last few weeks have been a hive of activity at school. We have had enjoyed our World Cup Day, Sports Days, Year 6 production and Fete to name but a few.

Sports Days

We were lucky to have three dry days in a row to complete all of our Sports Days. Thank you very much to all of you for coming along and supporting the children. It makes a real difference to the atmosphere and really encourages the children to strive that bit more. Many records were broken as the teams participated in a range of athletics activities. My thanks go to Miss Edwards and all of the staff for making the events a success.

Stay and Play

During this time we were also lucky enough to meet our new Reception children for September in our Stay and Play sessions. It was a lovely way to meet them and their families. It was good to see new families as well as welcoming younger brothers and sisters to the school. We look forward to seeing them again on Transfer Day.

Sporting success

We have had a number of teams in action over the last few weeks. Our Year 6 cricket team were runners up in the County Finals at the County ground. Year 3 took part in a mixed football tournament at the Goals centre and Year 4 won their tournament. We have had children taking part in tennis and athletics tournaments as well. My thanks go to all of the staff for taking the children along to these activities.

Year 6 Production

Over the last few weeks, our Year 6 children have been very busy rehearsing Bugsy Malone for their end of year production. This week they have performed to the school and to their families receiving a standing ovation after the final show. It was lovely to be able to welcome Mr and Mrs Buckle back to watch and so many parents and family members too. Bugsy is the most ambitious production that we put together and I was so proud of the children for all of the hard work that had been put in to make the show such a success. It was truly like being transported off to the West End. Thanks must go to our wonderful teaching assistants for all of their tireless work in creating an outstanding set of props and to the teaching staff for their clever scripting and direction.

Fete

Last Friday we had our annual school fete. We were lucky enough to have a dry afternoon and the school was very busy. The children from each year group had worked to create a variety of stalls which the Year 5 and 6 children ran. The face painting was very popular as was the 'Sponge the Teachers' stall! I am sure I wasn't supposed to be there quite so long! Thanks go to the Friends of Boothville Primary for all of their work to get raffle prizes and run a variety of stalls. The tombola was very popular. Thank you to everyone who sent in a bottle for mufti day and for everyone who was able to come along.

Our hero of the day had to be Mr Elyard. Not only did he coordinate the fete but he also had his hair shaved in assembly to raise extra money!

I will let you know the total raised for Cynthia Spencer and the school as soon as possible.