Towcester Church of England Primary School

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Islington Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6AU

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April 2020 - A message from us to you 

April 2020 - Easter Garden Competition

I have been absolutely amazed by the Easter Garden entries that I have received while you have been learning from home. So many of you took your time to enter and have worked really hard in many different ways to create your gardens. They are all brilliant so I have decided to put them all on the website for others to see. Winners will be announced on Tapestry shortly.

March 2020 - World Book Day 

We celebrated World Book Day in school on March 5th. Children and staff were invited to dress up as a character from their favourite book. As part of our celebrations: 

  • We all visited Towcester library and paraded through the town in our costumes
  • We took part in a book sharing and swapping event in school and around Towcester
  • We shared books with our friends and teachers 
  • We went on a treasure hunt to find ourselves a new book  

March 2020 - Book Sharing and Swapping in Towcester 

The books have been in hidden around Towcester, can you find them? Check out the event page on Facebook! 

February 2020 - Maths Investigation Morning 

On Wednesday 12th February, Miss Brady organised an investigation morning for the whole school. The morning started with Miss Brady reading 'The Greedy Triangle' to children and they thought about the properties of a triangle and how we can prove a triangle, is a triangle! 

Children returned to their classes to investigate shapes, their properties and the relationships between these. Some of use created 3D shapes, the Year 6 children had to relate the diameter of a circle to its circumference

At the end of the morning, we returned to the hall to share our learning and award one child from each class the award of 'Magical Mathematician'. 

February 2020 - Bertie Butterfly 

On Monday 3rd February, PC Kev came to talk to all the children in school. He reminded the children of their 'trusted adults' and how to keep themselves safe at home, in the community and online. The children were all told that if they have 'butterflies in their tummy', they need to talk to a 'trusted adult'. PC Kev explained that the adults they can trust would understand what they mean if they said, 'I want to talk about Bertie.' The children reflected on this back in and revised what they had learnt. 

January 2020 - Reflective Readers Morning 

'Building the Gist' 

 

On Tuesday 28th January, we launched our first ‘Reflective Reading’ assembly in school. Children learnt about and used the skills needed to be an ‘effective reader’. They then used all of these skills to ‘build the gist’. As part of their morning lessons, children were challenged to read a new book and then created the ‘gist’ on parcel paper. Wrapping their book in it. All of the classes returned to the hall to reward the ‘Reading Champions’ who were spotted for using a range of reading skills. Classes then swapped books and read another new book. We will be continuing this in school until World Book Day. Happy reading everyone!

December 2019 - Science Club

The Year Ones enjoyed another week of science club. This time they were making lots of mess creating slime. 

December 2019 - Lights, Camera, Action 

Years 2 and 3 have been very busy preparing for their Christmas performance of 'Lights, Camera, Action'. The performance was full of dancing angels, shepherds and even a tango! The whole school watched the dress rehearsal on Monday 2nd December and children will be performing for family and friends on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December. 

November 2019 - Science Club

 

 On Wednesday 20th November,  some of the children from Year 1 enjoyed their first science club with the Year 6 science leaders. They learned all about bubbles whilst experimenting with making the biggest bubble and making a bubble inside a bubble. They are looking forward to their next few sessions on Wednesday lunchtimes. 

November 2019 - Bulb Planting at The Sawpits Centre

Our University 'Muddy Clubbers' were invited to The Sawpits Centre by the volunteers from the local Women's Institute.  Sue had arranged for her team of volunteers to begin the work and so when the children arrived, much of the weed-clearing had been done and the children were tasked with planting over 50 daffodil bulbs!  We had muddy hands and aching backs, but all the bulbs were successfully planted, hopefully all the right way up!  We look forward to seeing them flowering in the Spring.

November 2019 - The Lord Mayor's Show 

On Saturday 9th November, Mrs Griffin and Miss White took seven children from school to watch The Lord Mayor's Show in London. Mr Mullins, a volunteer in school, supported the trip by providing the transport through his company. The show was a real celebration of the Mayor's inauguration and the children really enjoyed watching the procession. Afterwards, we were treated to a two-course dinner in the Pewterer's Hall organised by Mr Mullins. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Mullins for his company on the day and organising the trip. 

November 2019 - 'Beat the Bugs' Week 

On Monday 11th November we started 'Beat the Bugs' week in school. We focused on  personal hygiene to minimise the chances of us spreading germs that make us poorly over the winter months. As part of this, we introduced the 'Rainbow Challenge' to help the children with looking after their health ‘from the inside'. We had two representatives from ‘Cooking-Good’ who talked to the children about trying to eat fruit and vegetables of different colours and what their role is in keeping us healthy. We wish everyone well with their challenge and look forward to hearing about the results. 

November 2019 - School Remembrance Service 

On Friday 8th November, we were pleased to welcome back our friends from the British Legion in Towcester and Greens Norton. Members led the whole school and its community in a remembrance service. The service included:  'The Last Post', the citations, the silence, 'Reveille' and our Remembrance song, 'We Will Remember'.

All the children then left the hall in respectful silence and paraded past the standard bearers. It is always such a powerful event to take place in school and we are so proud of how the children behaved and respected the occasion.

Thank you to our annual visitors from the British Legion for helping us mark Remembrance Day in school.  

October 2019 - Harvest Celebrations 

During October, children have been learning about Harvest in their classrooms and what it means to be thankful in collective worship. On Thursday 10th October we had our Harvest service at St Lawrence Church. Each year group shared their thoughts and reflections on Harvest learnt across the curriculm - spelling out the word itself!

  • H is for Harvest FS (Music and Dance) Song – Hooray for Harvest with Foundation Stage 
  • A is for Apple Year 1 (Literacy)
  • R is for Roots Year 4 – The Sower and the Seed Mark 4:3-9 (Religious Education)
  • V is for Victorian Harvest Year 6 (History)
  • E is for Earth Year 2 (Science)
  • S is for Sharing Year 3 (Maths)
  • T is for Thankfulness Year 5 (Values)

After our celebrations, we moved all the food donations from the school entrance area to the Towcester Food Bank store. We created a human food chain to move each item, with children passing each item from the hall, out of the main entrance, through the car park, along Islington Road and into the Food Bank store! 

This is now an annual tradition and everyone enjoys working together to pass the items down the 'chain'. The children loved it!

Thank you to everyone who made a food donation this year. The collection gets bigger and bigger each year.

October 2019 - Friendship Lunch 

On Thursday 3rd October, we held our annual 'Friendship Lunch'. Children ate their lunch with teachers and friends in their year groups. We all enjoyed socialising with each other, over a lovely meal. All of the children who took part in the lunch were given a friendship bracelet to celebrate the event. 

Thank you to the ABM team for preparing such a delicious meal. 

Ready, Steady, Cook

Ready, Steady, Cook has restarted already this year. Towcester Food Bank is supporting us with small donations of food that can be used to scaffold a tasty, healthy meal. Two of our Year 5 pupils are currently working with Claire Reetz from St Lawrence for the weekly creations.

School Games PLATINUM Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games PLATINUM Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. This is the highest accolade in school sports and we will hold it for two academic years before needing to apply again.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

We had many tremendous sporting achievements during the year, especially with two of our teams progressing to the Level 3 County Finals at the School Games! 

 
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including the Sports Crew who help to make some of our lunchtime competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded in this way.

Welcoming our new Foundation Stage

Our new Foundation Stage were welcomed to our school on Friday 13th September in our Celebration Assembly. Their year 6 reading buddies presented them with a welcome certificate and a friendly smile.

 

July 2019 - Final Celebration Assembly 

On Friday 19th July we celebrated our final celebration assembly of the year. As well as our usual awards, we handed out some very special annual awards. David Reed from Towcester Rotary handed out four Rotary Star awards, the Andrew Paige award for Writing was handed out and the Mavis Noble award for caring and supporting others was also given out. The Bishops prize for RE was won by a pupil in Year 6 and  new award for showing values was handed to a pupil in Year 4. Congratulations to all the winners.  

July 2019 - Science Investigation morning

On Tuesday 16th July, the whole school enjoyed the Science morning based on the theme of survivors. It all started with an assembly where Mrs Barnes introduced the theme, had a penguin race to see who could keep their egg safe and also looked at how to protect a balloon when it is exposed to heat. Each class then carried out their activities in their classrooms. These included protecting an egg from breaking, building storm proof structures and designing a seed dispersal machine. 

July 2019 - Year 5 and 6 Residential 

On Monday 1st July some of our Year 6 staff and pupils from Year 5 and 6 headed to Brancaster for a week. Check out our Brancaster page to discover more!

June 2019 - Science Leader Interviews

Lots of children in Year 5 applied for the science leader jobs next year. They had to prepare a short investigation to give to Year 1 children. There was a huge variety of experiments including coke and mentos, a water rocket, skittles experiment and looking at density liquids. The standard was incredibly high and Mrs Barnes struggled to choose just 8 science leaders for Year 6. Thank you to all the Year Fives who took part.

June 2019- Sports Day

Our annual sports day was held on Friday 21st June and luckily, the sun decided to put his hat on and came out to play!

The children had the opportunity to compete against others in their class in traditional races such as: sprint, sack, skipping and egg and spoon. They also participated in a circuit of activities, including: football slalom, hockey dribbling and crazy catch.

"I kept trying and didn't give up- in the end I won my sprint race!" Keira.

"Although I didn't win any races, I had great fun!" Kristian.

"The event was exhilarating and couldn't have happened without the time and effort of the teacher and students from Sponne School." Harley

Ten Young Leaders from Sponne School helped to run some of the activities throughout the day- they were great!

Points earned from the races and activities were counted up throughout the day by Mrs Godwin and Mr Mullins.  

The winning house was....

 

WHITE HOUSE! 

 

Congratulations!

June 2019 - Happy 10th Birthday Towcester Primary 

On Friday 14th June, we celebrated our 10th birthday. To mark the occasion, children worked in Houses to prepare party food and make banners to display our new school vision.

As part of the celebration, we reflected on the history of our school, with speeches from our governors at the time the school opened, Mr Camp (the previous Head), our current chair of governors and Mrs Griffin (our Head). The different speeches reflected on the journey of the school. 

We also marked the first decade at Towcester Primary by launching our new school vision. 

We will send the children out, as Noah did the dove (Genesis 8:8- 12), having nurtured and prepared them for life. Knowing that they are valued they can fly and take the values of the school out into the world.

’If we live by the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit.’ (Galatians 5:25)

 

June 2019 - Summer Music Concert 

On Thursday 6th June, we held our annual Summer Music Concert. The whole school, with parents and friends supporting, had the opportunity to see our musicians share their learning and hard work. We were truly surprised and wonderfully entertained by their talents. A very big thank you to the teachers who supported their pupils by attending and helping them prepare for their performance. 

We have an extensive list of teachers who visit the school now, teaching; singing, drumming, guitars, keyboard, brass, woodwind and strings. Well done to all the children who performed. 

April 2019 - End of Term Attendance Prize 

Over 200 children took part in our 100% attendance reward at the end of the Spring Term. Children are rewarded with a prize if they attend school every day in a term. 

The reward this term was to plant a sunflower: to take home and grow. Children enjoyed taking part in the attendance prize and are looking forward to watching their plants grow.   

March 2018 - Bring a Man Morning 

On Thursday 21st March we were joined by over 100 men in school. Dads, grandads, uncles and even big brothers joined us in school to take part in our lessons and support our learning.  

As always, the aim of the event is for all of our children to see more male role models in school as often there is a lack of men in primary education.

We had many positive comments from our visitors and the children really enjoyed having them in school. 

March 2019 - World Book Day 

On Thursday 7th March we celebrated World Book Day in school. Children and staff dressed up as a book character and took part in sharing stories.

The day started with friends and family joining us to share and read stories with us. Miss White then led the 'Towcester Primary Sharing Stories' quiz, where the: adults, KS1 and KS2 children challenged themselves to be the quiz champions!  The KS1 children were the winners, correctly answering all of their questions.

The day continued with children sharing their favourite stories with each other and taking part in book themed activities. 

What an exciting day we all had! 

March 2019 - Ash Wednesday Service

On Wednesday 6th March, year 5 and 6 children attended the Ash Wednesday service at St Lawrence Church, which was led by Reverend Lulu. During the service, we considered our sins and asked for forgiveness.  Some of us chose to have an ash cross drawn onto our forehead (to symbolise the repentance of our sins) whilst Lulu said “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

 

February 2019 - Maths Investigation Morning 

February 2019 - Staff Panto

On Friday 1st February, the staff surprised the children with our annual school panto! Everyone was shocked when their teachers, teaching assistants and even Mrs Griffin took to the stage to perform their own version of Panto Pandemonium! And it really was pandemonium ... only at Towcester Primary School! 

January 2019 - Science Investigation Morning 

This term, our Science investigation morning focused on making the best paper aeroplane. Children had to investigate in their  classes and choose one winning design to compete in the final celebration to win the super scientist prize. Children had to compete against each other to find out which paper plane went furthest and review why. 

January 2019 - Kindness Week 

The week beginning Monday 14th January was our annual Kindness Week. The week was focused on how we can be kind to others, especially those in our community. In assembly on Monday, Mrs Thomas read the book, The Smartest Giant in Town. This book tells the story of a giant who gives his smart clothes away to animals in his community who need them. 

During the week, the children produced a response to the story in written form. In addition, the children have been writing prayers about our school values and reviewing the school's anti-bullying advice. All the children also visited the Life Education Van and learnt how to keep themselves safe and how to look after their bodies. 

At home, children have been colouring and labeling their own Smartest Giant to represent every act of kindness completed in the week.  

December 2018 - Pedal Power 

On Monday 17th December we held our Pedal Power event to raise money for school and Reverend Ben's chosen charity - Greenpeace. The event was held to thank Reverend Ben for his help and support in school. We will all miss him when he leaves Towcester at the start of January. 

As part of the sponsored event, children had to complete as many laps as they could on their bike or scooter in 10 minutes. Children enjoyed completing the challenge and riding on the school playground! 

December 2018 - Christmas Dinner 

On Friday 14th December, all the children in school took part in our Christmas Dinner. Our lovely lunchtime supervisors, decorated the hall and tables which gave the lunch hall a really Christmasy feel. Children pulled their crackers as staff served them with a traditional roast turkey meal. The food was excellent, our ABM staff did a great job, as always.

We all enjoyed chocolate pudding for dessert.

December 2018 - Science Club

The children in Year One have been having lots of fun during their lunchtime science club run by the Year Six science leaders. So far, they have been making rocket mice, learning how to make the biggest bubbles and discovering dissolving whilst putting water onto skittles. 

November 2018 - School Remembrance Service 

On Friday 9th November, we were pleased to welcome back our friends from the British Legion in Towcester and Greens Norton. Members led the whole school and its community in a remembrance service. The service included:  'The Last Post', the citations, the silence, 'Reveille' and our Remembrance song, 'We Will Remember'.

All the children then left the hall in respectful silence and paraded past the standard bearers. It is always such a powerful event to take place in school and we are so proud of how the children behaved and respected the occasion.

November 2018 - Welcoming our friends from Catalan

On Monday 5th November our friends from Catalan arrived in School. We welcomed our visitors in assembly on Tuesday 6th November. As part of their time with us, they will be learning about Guy Fawkes and exploring key traditions involved in celebrating Bonfire Night.

Two teachers and ten students are staying with our staff and children to experience family life in Great Britain. The children were welcomed with Towcester Primary School t-shirts and have toured the school with their hosts. 

Our children have been answering the register in Catalan this week and have enjoyed learning about another country and their culture. Next year, children from Year 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to visit their friends in their town of Torremdembarra. 

November 2018 - Year 5 and 6 visit the Garden of Remembrance 

Our Year 5 and 6 children were invited to St Lawrence Church to view the Garden of Remembrance with the dedicated WI team, who organised the making of the vast array of poppies. The children were moved by the displays inside and outside the church and spent time reflecting on the art work. 

Last year, volunteers from the WI worked with children in school to make different poppies for the garden. Everybody enjoyed seeing how our work in school had contributed to this grand community display. 

A huge thank you and well done to the WI ladies. 

 

October 2018 - Restart a Heart Day

On Tuesday 16th October, all the children from Year 3 to Year 6 learnt CPR as part of the National Restart a Heart Day.

Children were taught what to do if someones heart stops beating, how to assess the situation and identity the needs of the casualty. Everybody practiced CPR, including the adults! 

A huge thank you to our two volunteers, who shared their expertise.  

October 2018 - Harvest Celebrations 

During the first week of October children have been learning about Harvest and what it means to be generous. On Thursday 4th October we had our Harvest service at St Lawrence Church. Each year group shared their thoughts and reflections on generosity. Year One taught us about sharing our toys and the Year Twos explored sharing our time with others. In Year Three, the children reflected on charity in our local community and the Year Four children taught us about the importance of charity. The older children, in Years Five and Six, reflected on world-wide generosity and generosity of spirit. 

At lunch time, as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations we held a 'Friendship Lunch'. Children ate their lunch with their teachers, in class groups, to develop class relationships. We all enjoyed eating with each other, over a lovely meal.

After our celebrations, we moved all the food donations from the school hall to the Towcester Food Bank store. We created a human food chain to move each item, with children passing each item from the hall, out of the main entrance, through the car park, along Islington Road and into the Food Bank store! 

Most of the classes in school, worked together to pass the items down the 'chain'. The children loved it and we are sure they will remember taking part for time to come.

Thank you to everyone who made a food donation this year. The collection gets bigger and bigger each year.

September 2018- GOLD School Games Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the GOLD School Games Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year!

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With a large amount of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers and leaders who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to our staff that have used their own time to accompany teams to competitions, parents who have transported children to and from events and to Sponne School for organising an officiating the majority of our competitions.

September 2018 - Towcester Community Kitchen 

On Friday 21st September, the Community Kitchen was open for friends, families and the local community. We now have new staff for the Autumn openings, who applied for their positions and attended an interview with our Directors and members of the Employment team. 

The Cafe has been a huge success - the Enrich children have learnt lots of new skills from developing and opening the business, the older children in school want to be employed by the business and many children and families enjoy visiting and eating in the cafe. 

A huge thank you to everyone for their help and support. Keep your eyes open for future events! 

September 2018 - School Council Election and Introducing our new School Council 

Check out our School Council part of the website to find more information on our election and learn more about our School Council for 2018 - 19!

School Council

September 2018 - Welcome to our new Foundation Stage pupils 

It's that time of year again when we welcome our youngest pupils into the school! We always enjoy welcoming new pupils to Towcester Primary School and it's always lovely to introduce so many at once!

The children in Foundation Stage are paired up with a 'buddy' from Year 6. Buddies meet weekly to read together and the older children support the younger children in various school activities. It's a great responsibility for our Year Sixes to present and welcome their buddy in a Community Collective Worship- one they look forward to as much as our new pupils! 

At the end of the year, our Foundation Stage pupils will present a certificate to their 'buddy' as they leave and the cycle continues...

Transition - July 2018

For Transition, the whole school took part in a performing arts project. All of the children learnt a dance routine for a large group performance of 'This is Me' and took part in performing songs and creating a circus style performance. The two day project ended with our 'Greatest Show' with a special performance from the staff as the grand finale! The event was very well supported by family and friends. Another successful event for everyone to enjoy and learn from. And now everyone is ready and raring to go for September!

Year Six visit Peterborough Cathedral - July 2018

The children in Year Six visited our 'Mother Church' in a day organised by PDET (our academy trust). Children took part in different activities reflected on transition, how to make their mark in the World, trusting in God and the support this can bring and the importance of each milestone of their pilgrimage.

The day ended with a service, our children joined with other Year Six children in the academy trust. Reflecting on how much they've learnt and what exciting times are still to come. 

Maths Investigation Morning – June 2018

 

We had another exciting maths investigation morning. The children were set challenges to investigate and explore how to use bar model images to help solve and represent maths problems.

The children used resources, made bars with craft materials and they were even spotted drawing on the playground! We all had great fun and it was fantastic to see the children engaged and challenging themselves. We had some amazing explanations from the children who could confidently teach the rest of us what they had learnt.  

Well done everyone!

Miss Brady 

 

 

Let's Play Clarinet - June 2018 

The children in Year Three have been learning to play the Clarinet this term. All of the children have had the opportunity to learn how to read music, how to play an instrument and how to perform to an audience. The children shared their talents in a special concert to their parents on Friday 22nd June. We are very proud of what they have achieved. 

House University and Graduation - June 2018 

Take a look at our project for House University this year...

Summer Music Concert - June 2018 

What a fantastic afternoon we had! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves singing and listening to our friends perform. The whole school, with parents and friends supporting, had the opportunity to see our musicians share their learning and hard work. We were truly surprised and wonderfully entertained by their talents. A very big thank you to the teachers who supported their pupils by attending and helping them prepare for their performance. We have an extensive list of teachers who visit the school now, teaching; singing, drumming, guitars, keyboard, brass, woodwind, strings - with some of them joining the school orchestra too. 

Share a Pencil Day – May 2018

 

On Wednesday 23rd May, Towcester Primary participated in Share a Pencil Day. Share a Pencil Day is part of the World's Largest Lesson, introducing the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and uniting them in action.   During the day, teachers and pupils were able to explore the reasons why millions of children across the world are not as fortunate as themselves and unable to attend school or lack the basic tools that they require for learning. The children were asked to share one pencil between two or in a group to complete a lesson so that they could begin to appreciate the difficulties that some children face when they learn with limited resources. Pencils are resources that we take for granted in our school yet sometimes large groups of children have to share exercise books, paper, pencils and pens.

Royal Wedding Street Party - May 2018 

To celebrate the Royal Wedding we held a classic street party at lunchtime on Thursday 17th May. Children enjoyed traditional party food and sang patriotic British anthems. Staff and pupils had a wonderful time celebrating together. A special thank you to Sam and her team for preparing the feast. 

Google Be Internet Legends Assembly  - May 2018 

We had a very exciting assembly on Wednesday 2nd May! We were visited by Danny and Jenny from Google, who explained how to be internet legends. The children joined in the interactive assembly, using their plastic hands to vote and answer questions. Children learnt how to use the internet safely; creating secure passwords, being kind to others online and protecting their information.  

Bring a Man to School - April 2018

Over 100 men - dads, grandads, uncles and brothers - joined us at school for the morning. They were involved in a wide variety of lessons and activities including design technology,  reading, science, art and more. 

The aim of the morning was for all of our children to see more male role models in school as often there is a lack of men in primary education.

It was a very enjoyable morning with many being surprised by how much they enjoyed returning to school and getting involved with the learning of our pupils. 

Easter Church Service - March 2018 

As part of our Holy Week celebrations, the children worked together to bring the Easter Story to life in our Easter Church Service. Our Foundation Children started the story by presenting the 'Journey to Jerusalem'. Then the children from Year Three explained how Judas betrayed Jesus and the Year Four pupils told us about The Last Supper. Children from Anholt and Ahlberg showed us what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and Rowling class reflected on the 'Betrayal'. Pupils in Year Five explored The Crucifixion and Shakespeare Class explored what happened in The Tomb. Our story was concluded by our Year One pupils explaining that 'He's Alive!'  

 

Spring Term University Graduation - March 2018

Take a look at our University Page to find out more out! 

Happy Mother's Day - March 2018

One of our favourite school traditions is singing the 'My Mum' song to all our visiting mums in assembly on the Friday before Mother's Day. The hall was packed with mums and, whilst being presented with a daffodil, stood up to listen to our singing. We think they enjoyed it very much. 

World Book Day - March 2018 

A class of Hogwarts' students, Gangster Grannies and several tigers arrived at school today! It must be Word Book Day! There was great excitement as children showed off their costumes as we all dressed up as book characters.  Ms Thomas and Mrs Punter made us think about our characters - and the books they come from - in a special assembly. Classes carried out interesting Book Day activities, pupils in Year Three had a visit from the author Sue Bentley and Pullman class visited Towcester Library to show off their costumes. 

World Book Week Begins - 26th February 2018 

Our 2018 Book Week has begun and we have a week of book related activities planned. The focus this year is 'Share a Story'. Children will be sharing a story with their teacher, classmates and their Reading Buddy. Ms Thomas and Mrs Punter launched the week with an assembly  - children took part in a quiz in Houses and thought about all the places they could 'share a story'.

Miss White will lead a Maths Investigation Morning on Tuesday - sharing the story and exploring the pattern in 'One is a Snail and Ten is a Crab'.

We will be dressing up on Thursday as book characters. Listen out for all the exciting news and learning from school!

Staff Panto - February 2018 

 

The third staff panto was met with great enthusiasm on the last afternoon of term! No one had quite realised how much the children were going to enjoy seeing their teachers, teaching assistants and Head Teacher dress up and perform on stage. Staff performed 'Aladdin' with a solo from Miss Tillen and lots of audience participation throughout.   

Everyone had a great time!

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day - February 2018 

As part of Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day pupils took part in a Bubblethon at midday on the 9th of February. Schools across the county participated in the day to spread the word about mental health. The day followed on from the 'Challenge Tessa' appeal the school took part in earlier in the term. 

Multicultural Week Review - February 2018 

What did we learn? 

On the last day of our Multicultural Week, classes presented their learning to the school. Children had learnt conversational Chinese, how to count in Chinese, different Chinese stories from their culture and religious beliefs. The Year One children had even celebrated Chinese New Year by creating decorations including a dragon! 

Multicultural Week - February 2018 

On Monday 5th February, Miss Lawrence launched Multicultural Week in school. This year the week will focus on Chinese New Year with all the children learning about the Chinese culture, traditions and beliefs and comparing this to our cultures and traditions. 

Our week started with Miss Lawrence explaining that this year will be the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. Children also learnt about the Chinese zodiac calendar and where the names of the years came from. Staff acted out 'The Great Race' story for children to support their understanding of where the names of the years came from.  

Classes will share their learning as part of the Celebration Assembly on Friday 9th February. 

Special Birthday - February 2018

We celebrate special birthdays in a number of ways at school for members of staff, but this month we really enjoyed celebrating Mrs Doy's birthday with a disco on the playground with the whole school. It was great fun and a super way to remember her birthday. Mrs Doy loved it!

Pennies in the Pram - February 2018 

The School Council launched our traditional Fundraising February on the first day of the month. The children in school wanted to support a charity that supports babies and small children. School Council members voted to fund raise for the Brainwave Charity as they believed in their mission and supported the idea of 'supporting all children to reach their full potential'.  

The first part of the fundraising is underway - the pram is in the front entrance and over the month of February pennies will be collected in this. The School Council have also organised three film nights over the month to raise money. 

We would like to thank all the parents and children for their support with our fundraising.  

Chairman's Tea - January 2018 

On Friday 26th of January, two children from all the surrounding schools were invited to attend 'The Chair's Tea' at the Forum. Two of our pupils enjoyed copious amounts of sandwiches, cake and trifle before watching a magician. The Chair, Councillor Fiona Baker, welcomed the children and helped serve the food and drink with her colleagues and other Councillors.

(Mrs Griffin loved the cake too!)

Tessa's School Marathon - January 2018

On Thursday 18th January we took part in Tessa Parkinson's school marathon challenge! Tessa was trying to visit as many schools as she could in 24 hours to raise the profile of mental health by collecting school stamps. We greeted Tessa by the bus and reflected on our own wellbeing and learning from our recent Kindness Week. 

Kindness Week - January 2018 

We held our annual Kindness week in our first full week back after Christmas. On Monday 8th January, Mrs Clarke read us the book 'Worries go away!' We talked about developing techniques and strategies to help us with our wellbeing.

Across the school, children have been taking part in mindfulness activities, reflecting on our school values and sharing ideas to ensure they are kind to themselves. Children created and linked paper chains using these to express their kindness acts towards themselves. The week ended with all year groups sharing their learning with parents in our celebration assembly and Mrs Clarke led a whole school relaxation session. 

All the children have promised to use their learning from this week; to ensure they continue to be kind to themselves. Classes have enjoyed having a daily mindfulness activity and this will continue across the school.    

Christmas Dinner - December 2017

On Friday 15th December, all the children in school took part in our Christmas Dinner. Our lovely lunchtime supervisors, decorated the hall and tables while children pulled their crackers staff served them with a traditional roast turkey meal. The food was excellent, our ABM staff did a great job, as always. We all enjoyed chocolate pudding for dessert. 

Magical Measuring Investigation Morning - December 2017

On Thursday the 14th December, Miss Brady set all the children a challenge to use their measuring skills in different practical contexts; designing Christmas cards or even a Christmas forest!

The children in Foundation Stage ordered objects by size, Year One measured the height of a snowman on their Christmas card and Year Two measured strips of paper with different lengths. The Year Three classes made snowball catapults and measured how far they travelled. The children in Pullman and Dahl measured the length of shapes and calculated there perimeter and our Year Five children calculated the area and perimeter of a Christmas Tree forest. The Year Six children created Christmas Shape pictures, with a set area, including circles, rectangles and triangles. 

Fun in the snow!

With our school field covered in a blanket of beautiful white snow on Tuesday the whole school had a great time together building snowmen and making snow angels!

 

Key Stage 2 perform 'Aladdin Trouble!' - December 2017

Our second Christmas performance took place this week. It was Key Stage 2's turn to 'wow' their parents and friends with their singing and acting ... not to mention staging, scenery, lights and costumes! Watching the performance it was hard to believe that all the children were 11 or younger! Thank you to parents for supporting with costumes and learning of lines!

Science Club

Year one and two are continuing to enjoy the lunchtime science club run by the year six science leaders. It is almost coming to an end and they will be ready for a new group after Christmas. Recently they have made slime and lava lamps. 

Science Investigation morning - November 2017

On Tuesday 14th November we had a science investigation morning led by Mrs Barnes and the science leaders. The theme this time was water. It all began with an assembly to introduce the activities and to show a couple of 'magic' tricks with water. The children then went back to their classes to investigate a scientific question all about water. We came back at the end of the morning to share what the children had learned and to choose the super scientists from each class. 

 

NSPCC Assembly - November 2017

On Monday 13th November we were visited by Deborah from The NSPCC and their mascot Buddy. The children were reminded of the 'Stay Safe ... Speak Out' campaign.

All of the children learnt a method to remember the Childline phone number and they listened to the NSPCC stories, exploring what to do if they or someone they know feels unsafe.

The children followed up the assembly in their class PSHE lesson, focusing on the key learning for their age group. Later in the month, we will hold a longer workshop session with the NSPCC for our Year 5 and 6 children. 

 

University Graduation - November 2017 

Take a look at our University Page on the website to learn more about this terms University Graduation. 

 School Remembrance Service - November 2017

On Friday 10th November, we were pleased to welcome back our friends from the British Legion in Towcester and Greens Norton. Members led the whole school and its community in a remembrance service. The service included:  'The Last Post', the citations, the silence, 'Reveille' and our Remembrance song, 'We Will Remember'. All the children then left the hall in respectful silence and paraded past the standard bearers. It is always such a powerful event to take place in school and we were so proud of how the children behaved and respected the occasion.

Welcoming our Catalan Friends - November 2017

We welcomed our Catalan visitors in assembly on Wednesday 8th November. Three teachers and twelve students are staying with our staff and children to experience family life in Great Britain. The children were welcomed with Towcester Primary School t-shirts and have toured the local area with their hosts, learning more about the traditions and culture in the UK. 

Our children have been answering the register in Catalan this week and have enjoyed learning about another county and their culture. Next year, children from Year 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to visit their friends in their town of Torremdembarra. 

Water Safety Talk - November 2017

On Wednesday 1st November, Jayne (the swimming coordinator for Towcester and Brackley leisure centres) came to assembly to talk to us about water safety.

Jayne taught the children how to stay safe around open water as well as tips for swimming in a pool environment too. 

Diwali Parade in Northampton - October 2017

Following on from a willow workshop with Festive Road a few days before, 12 representatives from Year 5 joined the parade in Northampton with their families on the Saturday night. The children carried their lanterns alongside 6 other schools from Northamptonshire through the streets of Northampton, finishing in the Market Square. VIPs from Northampton made speeches thanking the event organisers and the children for making the event so successful. They reminded everyone of how important it is to be a united community. There was a great atmosphere and everyone enjoyed taking part in this festival of light.

October 2017- Science club

The year one and two children are having great fun in the lunchtime science clubs led by our year six science leaders. So far, we have made rocket mice and explored what happens when we add water to skittles. 

October 2017 - Our Harvest Human Food Chain 

After our Harvest Festival celebrations we moved all the food donations from the school hall to the Towcester Food Bank store. We created a human food chain to move each item, with children passing each item from the hall, out of the main entrance, through the car park, along Islington Road and into the Food Bank store! 

Most of the classes in school, worked together to pass the items down the 'chain'. The children loved it and we are sure they will remember taking part for time to come.

Thank you to everyone who made a food donation this year. The collection gets bigger and bigger each year.

October 2017 - Friendship Lunch 

As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations we held a 'Friendship Lunch' on Thursday 5th October. Children ate their lunch with their teachers, in class groups, to develop class relationships. We all enjoyed socialising with each other, over a lovely meal. 

October 2017 - Experience Harvest 

Our Harvest Festival took place on Thursday 5th October 2017. Our theme this year was 'Experiencing Harvest', which linked to an exhibition our KS1 classes attended at St Lawrence Church. 

Each year group explored a different aspect of the Harvest Experience:

Year 1 helped us to think about the Harvest of the garden and Year 2 spoke about Harvest of the sea. Year 3 explored Harvest of the flock by sharing the story of 'The Lost Sheep'. Then Year 4 dramatised the 'Feeding of the 5000' with a fanfare, to teach us about Harvest of the grain. Year 5 and 6 tackled the subject of Harvest of the Earth and Harvest Thanksgiving. Alongside our singing and a Church packed with family and friends, it was a truly fabulous occasion. The children's contributions were excellent and we are very proud of them all. 

September 2017 - Online Safety Week Sharing Assembly 

Week beginning the 25th September, we had an 'Online Safety Week'. The aim of the week was to raise awareness about on-line safety. 

The children in Years 1 and 2 focused on developing rules for keeping safe online. 

Years 3 and 4 considered if they could believe everything they saw and read online. 

Our older children in Years 5 and 6 learnt about developing healthy relationships online; considering how others should make us feel and the impact the media has this. 

The children had a variety of activities to carry out at home to make themselves more informed and to share this with their parents. 

September 2017 - Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Charity

Last year, our School Council selected the Alzheimer's Charity as their National Charity for the year. The children in the council decided to hold a sponsored memory walk with their grandparents to raise money. So on Thursday 21st September all the children in Year 1 to Year 6 walked for 45 minutes to raise money. 

Our KS1 children walked around Towcester in the morning and our KS2 children walked up to and around Towcester Racecourse in the wet, soggy afternoon! It was a great day and we want to send a massive thank you to all the grandparents who attended one or both of the walks! 

Sponsorship money is now being collected and we look forward to announcing the total soon. 

School Council Election - September 2017

On Wednesday 20th September all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 visited the polling station in our school hall. The children voted for the two candidates they wanted to represent them on the school council. 

The children discussed the rules in a polling station and different elections. All children were handed a voting slip, they voted in secret and placed their votes in the ballot box. 

Votes are now being counted, and we look forward to revealing our new School Council very soon. 

September 2017 - Foundation Stage Shoe Shop Role Play

A huge 'Thank You' to Jenny from Zap and Toes in Towcester who generously volunteered to come into school with lots of resources to create a 'Shoe Shop' in our Foundation Stage outdoor area.  The shop is full of shoes, boxes, feet measurers, posters, stands and many more treasures that Jenny has donated to the children.  They are enjoying measuring feet, selling shoes and being customers with their friends.  Thank you Jenny!

 

September 2017 - Welcome to our new Foundation Stage pupils 

We always enjoy welcoming new pupils to Towcester Primary School and it's always lovely to introduce so many at once!

The children in Foundation Stage are paired up with a 'buddy' from Year 6. Buddies meet weekly to read together and the older children support the younger children in various school activities. It's a privileged and great responsibility for our Year Sixes to present and welcome their buddy in a Community Collective Worship.

At the end of the year, our Foundation Stage pupils will present a certificate to their 'buddy' as they leave and the cycle continues...  

September 2017 - Introducing our new School Council Candidates 

Children hoping to be on the School Council this year, made a short presentation to the rest of the school to win their vote for the election taking place next week. They explained their skills, qualities and pledges for the school. 

Candidates will adorn the school with posters promoting their values, names and faces. In order to secure votes in the election!

Our children have a strong sense of democracy and understand the importance of using their vote to represent their 'pupil voice'. Good luck to all the candidates. 

University Graduation - June 2017 

During their Friday university sessions, the children have been exploring the new school values. The aim of this term's university was for children to explore the new school values and develop a greater understanding of the ‘deeply Christian’ aspects of these. 

Purple House - The children in Purple House explored our relationships with the church and our local community. They learnt about the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand'.

Black House - Everyone in Black House learnt about the importance of our International Community.  Children shared the story of 'The Good Samaritan', explaining what this teaches us about helping others and working together. 

Yellow House - The Yellow team reflected on the statement 'Valued by God'. They thought about what this means, how God shows this and how we know we are loved and valued by him.

Pink House- The children in Pink House thought about the value of Resilience. Children shared a dance and sang a song based on the story of 'Joseph and his Brothers.' 

Green House - All the children in Green House researched the value of Caring. They learnt about 'The Good Samaritan' and St Francis of Assisi, children reflected on his life and his key teachings. 

White House - The White House thought about the value of Enthusiasm. They shared the importance of moving through life with energy and and excitement.

Blue House- The children in Blue House explored the value of Respect. They explored the symbol of the rainbow, which was sent by God in the book of Genesis as a sign of his promise.  

Orange House - All the children in Orange House reflected on the value of Equality. They told us the story of 'The Last Supper' when Jesus washed the disciples' feet. 

Red House - The Red House explored the value of Ambition by learning about 'The Parable of the Talents.' 

For more information, please have a look at the Values page on our school website. 

Prayer Space -  June 2017

Reverend Paula and her great team of volunteers have provided the children of Towcester C of E Primary School with a special place for prayer. And for this, they have used our double-decker bus. They have developed a variety of activities that have provoked the children into thinking more carefully about prayer - the purpose, the need and the fulfillment it gives.

Musicianship Group Concert - June 2017

Mrs Duck has been volunteering in our school since September, working with the Musicianship Group. With the support of Reverend Ben and Reverend Paula, we have a group of children who have been working towards their first Musicianship award. As part of their achievement, the children had to perform to an audience and so Mums and Dads came along to hear what the children had been learning. Their development of music skills has included reading music, following parts and holding their own singing part. The concert was a lighthearted exhibition of their work - enjoyed by all. For only 8 children, they made a fantastic sound in the school hall. A new group will be starting in September for those who are interested and our current group will start their next award.

Enrich Upcycling Day - June 2017

The Enrich group were challenged to make tables for Foundation Stage and bird boxes for the school ground, using only recycled materials! 

The day involved working with Mr Camp and Miss Crouch to plan, design, measure and create the furniture!

The children had to use their logic, practical skills and ability to work with others to produce their products. 

Science Investigation morning - May 2017 - Changes

The theme for our whole school investigations was 'Changes'. Mrs Barnes demonstrated a few investigations/changes to start us thinking and then we went off in our classes to find out more. We came together at the end of the morning to share with the rest of the school what we found out. Some children were chosen as Super Scientists and gained a prize.

Year 5 carried out various investigations to see what would happen if an ingredient was left out of a bread recipe and watched to see what combinations of ingredients were needed to make the most carbon dioxide.

Year 2 made slime and Year 1 collected natural materials that made changes.

Our Rescued hedgehog has been returned by Brackley Hogwatch.

See Eco-club pages for more (found in Year Groups folder)

 

A winning team at Sponne's Key Stage 1 Festival

May 4th 2017

Two teams of children from Year 2 took part in and one team won this annual festival, run and organised brilliantly by pupils at Sponne School.  It's our second win in a row!  

Well done, children!

Punch and Judy visit Year 1 - April 2017

As part of their 'Buckets and Spades' topic, Year 1 invited Punch and Judy in to school to see them. Whybrow and Donaldson found out about how Mr Punch and his wife, Judy, made their way to the English seaside from Italy. There was much laughter coming from the hall during their visit!

We are off to Spain again! - April 2017

Mr Camp and Mrs Booth have taken some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils to Spain as part of our on-going exchange with a school in Torremdembarra. Please have a look at our School Trips section of the website to find out more about what they are doing whilst they are there.

Rotary Young Writers - April 2017

Two of our pupils, Leo and Lillie, were winners in the local Young Writers competition organised by The Rotary. They were presented with their prizes at Towcester Library to recognise thier fabulous pieces based on the theme of 'reflections'. Both pupils were awarded with books to reward their achievemnents. Well done.

Redrow Donation - March 2017

We are delighted to have been donated some beautiful pieces of wood sculpture for our school grounds.

Redrow have once again supported the school as a community project to make a difference to the resources and opportunities for our children. They donated the 'Forest Barn' to us last year and we are now going to enjoy some benches and ornaments for our super school grounds.

We are very grateful to the company for their continued support.