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 - University Graduation
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....
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 - University Graduation
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
Blue Cross Assembly and Workshop - March 2017
We welcomed Chris back to school - he has been our school with his dogs annually for years! Last time he spoke to use about keeping our pets safe and happy around Bonfire night. This time he reminded us about the needs of dogs and other animals considering love, exercise, a bed, food and water. He then spoke to our older children about keeping themselves safe around dogs making sure they respond to dogs appropriately and observe their body language for signs of their feelings. It was a very useful and informative workshop and the children listened and contributed well.
School Council Assembly - Monday 6th March
We were really pleased when David Reed came to our assembly today to present the school with a £150 cheque. This money was donated to the school for the litter posters children designed in February. These posters were used to advertise the Towcester Town Council litter pick-up weekend. As a thank you we presented the children who created the posters with a small prize.
We ended the assembly with a review of on-line safety. We led a quiz and reminded children of the key rules to stay safe on-line.
World Book Day - 2nd March 2017
There was great excitement today as we all dressed up as book characters. It may not look like it from some of the teachers above but that is because they were all listening intently during the assembly! Miss 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 and we all had that opportunity to consider the importance of authors, illustrators and books for our entertainment. We couldn't imagine a world without books! Don't forget to use your book token towards a new book!
Arts Week - February 2017
Ms King organised a creative 'Arts Week' titled 'Up Close'. All year groups had to produce a masterpiece by the end of the week exploring a certain medium or skill.
Our week started off with a quiz in assembly reminding us of some famous painters and pictures - not to mention how to look after your paintbrush properly!
Classes had a creative week planning and producing their pieces.
Rotary Competition Winner - February 2017
Emily, winner of the Rotary Young Musician Solo Category, was presented with a trophy in assembly by David Reed. For more information, please look at our 'Music in School' page.
Whole School Trip to the Space Centre - February 2017
360 of us travelled on 7 coaches to the Space Centre in Leicester to find out more about space exploration. We had good journeys there and back, and enjoyed the opportunity to see space suits, rockets , space food and lots more. And of course, one of the most important points for discussion between the children was what you had in your packed lunch!
We learnt a lot and enjoyed the trip altogether - we feel it is important to share a trip or experience together at least once a year. Made possible by the support of parents, staff, volunteers, Governors,admin staff and ABM. Thank you everyone! Our children will remember their trip for many years to come.
Bring a Man to School - February 2017
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, computer programming, reading, writing, 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. A memorable event which we look forward to repeating next year.
Fund Raising February - February 2017
The School Council launched their national charity fund raising this month. Their aim is to raise money for 'Water Aid' with the help of all our children, staff and parents, so that we can fund clean water taps in third world countries. Lots of children came to school wearing blue clothing on the 1st and the School Council served refreshments at break and lunch. We have a toilet in the school entrance where you can literally 'spend a penny' for charity! Refreshments will continue to be served each Wednesday throughout February and the School Council are confident to meet the target they have set the school.
Science Investigation Morning - January 2017
Mrs Barnes planned a whole school Science Investigation morning for us all around the concept of... BUBBLES! After an introductory assembly, classes went away and explored how many different ways they could make bubbles and which ingredients and shapes were needed to make the biggest bubbles! The children had great fun and made their conclusions to share with the rest of the school at the end of the morning. It was great success!
Young Voices - January 2017
On Friday 27th January, 41 children and 7 members of staff took part in the Young Voices concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Our Young Voices choir have been learning the songs since September with Mrs Ash. Before the concert, everyone took part in a three hour rehearsal! It was amazing to hear all the different choirs brought together by one conductor. The evening performance was electric with over seven thousand school children singing in harmony. Thank you to all of our supporters who travelled up to Birmingham to watch. We can't wait to go again next year!
Rotakids - January 2017
David Reed from the Rotary came into school to present our School Council members with Rotakid caps. Their duties will be to promote the school charities - Water Aid and Alzheimer Charity - to raise money and awareness. This is another great joint project that The Rotary have shared with us, emphasising to the children the importance of community.
Kindness Week - January 2017
Our annual Kindness Week took place and Miss Brady inspired us with a story called 'The Kindness Quilt' by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. The children collected patches from friends and family to make their own 'quilts' that became posters to share with the school at the end of the week. The children had revealed to them this week what our new school values are going to be from now on and tried their best to show how they met these values in their behaviour towards others and their own actions. We are very proud of the children's positive attitude towards each other and recognising the importance of our values. We are looking forward to the publication of the new school prayer book which we will use in our collective worship.
We ended the Autumn Term with a 'new-old-tradition' - December 2016
On the last day of the Autumn term we traditionally sing informal Christmas songs round the Christmas Tree. However, due to its growing popularity, this year, it took place outside on the playground - which was just as well as over 100 parents and friends joined us for the occasion! Mr Cartwright made his annual return visit and played the piano for us and our very own school orchestra played at the beginning and the end. Whilst the singing wasn't always together all of the time, that's what makes it a fun and informal singing occasion! Thank you to everyone who joined us and we wish you all a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
Whoever heard of a 'Cornflake Christmas Craft Day'? - December 2016
Days like these are not uncommon at Towcester Primary. Having been donated a bulk of cornflakes from Kelloggs, the staff decided to use them in as many different creative ways as possible. The children used them for edible and non-edible Christmas crafts.
Magical Mathematicians - December 2016
Miss Brady organised a Maths Investigation morning based on 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Her assembly challenged us to consider different maths skills and to use our independent investigative skills to show our mathematical thinking and reasoning! As always, the children shared their work with the school and each class had a chosen 'Magical Mathemetician' who showed extra thought, care and effort in their work.
Here are the chosen 'Magical Mathematicians'
These photos show the children sharing their work with the rest of the school.
Carol Singing in the Community - December 2016
Each year we go out into the Towcester community to do some carol singing. The children really enjoy singing for other people and have been richly rewarded with chocolate and sweets by their grateful audiences. All year groups (except Foundation stage) are given a venue; Meadow Court, Leeson Court, Ridegway House, Tesco, and (new to our programme this year) Sponne Shopping Parade where they helped raise nearly £30 for 'Children are Butterflies'. Thank you to parents who have gone along to support some of these events and a big thank you to the children who have done so well at entertaining others - in addition to their own Christmas performances.
Years 1, 2 and 3 perform 'A Little Bird Told Me!' - December 2016
The children in Whybrow, Donaldson, Anholt, Ahlberg, Morpurgo and Potter performed their Christmas play this week. The Year 3 choir sang beautifully, the Year 1 sheep and star dancers amazed parents and our Year 2 actors retold the Christmas story with confidence. The staff team and pupils put on a magnificent show and the performance was enjoyed by all. Thank you to parents for supporting with costumes and learning of lines!
Christmas Lunch 2016
Our Foundation Stage pupils enjoyed their first Christmas lunch at our school. The ABM team served up a delicious freshly cooked roast dinner, followed by chocolate yule log. As they do every year, our Lunchtime Supervisors made the lunch hall look very festive with table decorations and crackers. Supported by school staff, the children, and Lunchtime Supervisors, were served their meals and enjoyed the occasion.
On-Line Safety Parent Session - Wednesday 23rd November
Thank you to everyone who attended the session. We had over 100 adults in the hall learning about on-line safety.
Please see below the resources suggested by Simon for keeping children safe on the internet.
We will be holding another session in January - look out for more details soon!
On-Line Safety Week Sharing Assembly - November 2016
Week beginning the 14th of November, we had an 'On-Line Safety Week'. The aim of the week was to raise awareness about on-line safety - in particular, 'if you don't know them - they are strangers and not your friend'.
The children had a variety of activities to carry out in class and at home to make themselves more informed and to share this with their parents. As we know, technology is changing all the time and so are the dangers and so it is important for us all to be kept up to date.
So many families have embraced this opportunity and it will ensure their children remain as safe as possible on-line. The time spent is invaluable. Even Foundation Stage pupils need to know that whilst computers and tablet are fun, they still need the support of an adult at times.
An on-line meeting for parents and the local community is available next week - Wednesday 23rd November at 3.45pm. Please come and hear about the strategies we can use to keep our children safe.
University Graduation - November 2016
Please look at our University page of the website to see the photos from our latest University Graduation highlighting the achievements of the children in their different courses.
Remembrance Service in School - November 2016
We were delighted to welcome back our friends from the British Legion, who conducted a remembrance service for the whole school and visiting parents. The children experienced 'The Last Post', the citations, the silence, 'Reveille' and then contributed with our Remembrance song, 'We Will Remember'. The children, over 300 of them, 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.
Our New Spanish Friends are presented with our School T-Shirt
As part of our friendship with a school in Spain, we welcomed three teachers and 10 children to our school this week. They saw a Shakespeare play, performed by ourselves at 'The Royal' and took a visit to Stratford to see Shakespeare's birthplace. As is part of our tradition, we presented them with one of our school t-shirts. They also presented the school with a model of a traditional character recognised in a local festival. Our children enjoy and benefit from having visitors in school and soon learn that we are all people from different cultures and with different languages but it doesn't make any difference to friendship.
What is a Democracy?
An American Presidential Election Took Place at Towcester Primary
This term, Miss White has helped us to think a lot more about what democracy is and how and why it works. We have had our own election for School Council members and then this week we discussed the Presidential Election in class. We learnt how the delegates and point system works and we all made our own vote.
It was a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton with all classes voting for her. We wonder what the real result will be?
Wind in the Willows - November 2016
On Friday we had a small theatre group come in and perform 'Wind in the Willows'. There was a little bit of preparation, with some learning or songs and dressing up of volunteers, and then a full hour of entertainment. The aim of the performance was to remind children about the importance of presentation, projection and characterisation ahead of their Christmas performances next month. The children enjoyed the performance - and I think the staff did too!
Our Human Food Chain - October 2016
Another Towcester Primary First!!
This year, with Towcester Food Bank being so close, we decided to try a human food chain to deliver our Harvest contributions. Combined with the contributions from Tiny Tows and Towcester Tots, we managed to achieve 212kg of goods to help people in the local community.
Many classes in school, including Foundation Stage and some parents, 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.
Harvest Festival - October 2016
Our Harvest Festival took place on Thursday 20th October 2016. Our theme this year was 'Sharing'.
Each year group looked at a different aspect:
Foundation Stage told us the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' which made us think about teamwork, Year 1 helped us to think about the celebration of Harvest produce and Year 2 spoke about teams work together to help us get the food we need. Year 3 spoke to use about sharing and then Years, 4 , 5 and 6 tackled the subjects of waste, greed and famine. All contributions gave us food for thought! Alongside our singing and a Church packed with family and friends, it was a truly fabulous occasion.
Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Game - October 2016
About 250 children,
Multi-Cultural Week - October 2016
We have had a fantastic week looking at lots of different cultures within our society. At the start of the week we launched our writing competition and heard a moral story from Islam. Over the course of the week Foundation Stage visited and looked at all the different features in St Lawrence church. Year 1 visited the Peace Pagoda and considered Buddhism. Year 2 have visited All Saints Church in Northampton to consider the town community and history of Northampton. Years 3, 4 and 5 are explored the Hindu culture and all took part in a workshop. Year 6 explored the different Christian communities within Towcester.
School Council Election - September 2016
All the children from Year 1 to Year 5 visited the polling station today to vote 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. Year 6 sent in postal votes as they were not available on the day of the election.
Lots of children were very excited as it was the first time they had voted.
Thank you to Mr Cullen (our official vote counter)who supervised the polling station.
Year 6 visit the Houses of Parliament - September 2016
Year 6 took the train down to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. There, they had a tour of the building visiting the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, the House of Lords, the House of Commons and Westminster Hall. They had two guides who were brilliant at explaining all the different rituals and processes that make our society democratic. The children enjoyed looking at the ornate rooms and paintings and finding out about the history of the building and parliament itself. After the tour, the children took part in a workshop where the children explored statements and made a stand for what they believed and why. The motto of the education centre was 'Parliament is relevant, Parliament is yours and Parliament is evolving'. These elements were clear to us on our visit. It was a truly fantastic and memorable experience and the children enjoyed the opportunity.
The weather was great which meant we could enjoy a picnic in the park afterwards and a short walk to Jubilee Gardens.
The children were congratulated by members of the public for their excellent conduct when travelling and moving round together. We are very proud of them.
Reading Photo Competition Winners - September 2016
So many of our children love reading and over the summer holidays, many took up and completed the Library Reading Challenge - so many, in fact, we achieved the 'Top Performing School' Certificate! Well done everyone.
In addition to this, we wanted to see just where the children are reading and so a photo competition was launched. It was great to see photos of children reading on boats, in watermelon fields, when fishing and even on a trampoline mid-air!
Our winners have had their photo printed onto canvas which will go on display in the school community area.
Thank you to everyone who entered and look out for the competition again next summer.
FOTOPs Fund Raising Announcement - September 2016
The FOTOPs team joined us in assembly to tell us about the summer fete fund raiser and how well we are progressing to raise money for musical instruments to support our teaching of Music through the use of 'Charanga'. Well, as you can see... the target has been well and truly met and exceeded! Thank you to the FOTOPs team and to everyone who has supported their fundraising events. The money is really helping to provide extra opportunities to all our children.
Ice Hockey Assembly - September 2016
We have a fantastic opportunity to attend a Hockey Match in Milton Keynes on Saturday 8th October. The MK Lightning team will be playing the Telford Tigers and we can buy family tickets (2+2) for just £10! And even better, a donation from ticket sales will be made to the school. Look out for the letter and don't miss this opportunity for a family night out.
Bertie Butterfly Assembly - September 2016
Charlotte and Jen, our local PCSO's came in to school to let everyone know that if they see anyone wearing a 'Bertie Butterfly' badge it means that they are a good person to talk to about any concerns they may have about bullying - whether it is them or someone else. The Year 5 and 6 pupils then took part in workshops to train them for this very important job and now all have a badge.
Introducing our new School Council candidates - September 2016
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. Now they will adorn the school with posters promoting their names and faces. Year 6 will be visiting the Houses of Parliament on election day, but will be making a postal vote the day before. We have a strong sense of democracy taking place in our school and a clear sharing of the values we hold as important to our school!
Welcome to our new Foundation Stage pupils -
And so began the logistical nightmare!
57 Foundation Pupils receiving their 'welcome' certificate from members of Year 6 in our Friday celebration assembly. It is quite daunting to stand up in front of so many children, staff and parents, but the children took it in their stride and stood up, proudly showing their certificates.
In July it will be the turn of the Foundation Stage pupils to give the 'Leavers Certificates' to Year 6.
Mad Science - September 2016
We welcomed Jules back to school to tell us all about science - in particular she taught us, and showed us, how fast air can cause a lift. There was a very funny moment when she used BABs (an air system) to blow her fringe up in the air! We also saw the hover board in action! She told us about the new Science Club starting in school. This will be open to pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. Please look out for the flyer.
Magical Maths - September 2016
Today our children had a very special visitor in assembly. Professor Poopenshtinken told them about a new Magical Maths Club that will be starting very soon in our school. The Professor demonstrated how to multiply large numbers by themselves and promises to teach those who attend the club how to do it. Please look out for a letter soon.
Library Reading Challenge Medal Holders - September 2016
During our first Celebration Assembly, we recognised the pupils who had completed the Towcester Library's 'Dahl Reading Challenge' this summer. We still have some more children to bring in their certificates and complete their challenge before the deadline, but we think this might be our most successful year of children completing the challenge.
The school has also held a photo competition to see the different places where we can enjoy a book. Winners will be announced next week.
So many of our children enjoy reading and it's great to see them taking such pleasure from it and challenging themselves further.
A new catering company at Towcester Primary - September 2016
'abm' are our new catering company providing our hot dinners. Already the week has been a great success. The huge benefit of our new provider is that all meals are freshly cooked on site by a trained chef and there are more options available to the children. There is the choice of meat and vegetarian mains, jacket potatoes and a sandwich lunch. In addition there is a dessert and the option of fresh salad as an accompaniment.
If you haven't looked at the menu yet then please do and give the meals a go. Information can be obtained from the school office.
Staff Training - September 2016
As you are dashing around, collecting your last bits of uniform, having your haircut and queuing up in shoe shops, the staff have stared the school year and are busy preparing your classrooms and the school for the new year ahead.
They have to spend some of the time making decisions, having some training and working together on different ideas.
This year, Mr Camp asked the staff to think about what makes our school different - we believe it is an amazing school - so why is that? The staff thought about different aspects of school life and presented their ideas through dressing up, singing, playing musical instruments and diagrams on the floor!
Here is the song written by the 'Learning' group:
Learning at Towcester Primary School
We are amazing learners
Here at Towcester School
Inside, outside, even on a bus
Anywhere is cool.
We are amazing learners,
Travelling on a plane,
Germany, France and Wales
We’ve even learnt in Spain.
We are amazing learners,
Thinking for ourselves,
We know what we need to do –
We do not need no bells!
We are amazing learners,
Drama, music, sport.
We learn in the community
And remember what we’re taught.
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2016 - 2017
Year 6 Leavers Assembly - July 2016
And so it was their final performance at Towcester C of E Primary School. Our Year 6 pupils put on a medley of dance and song to entertain the school and their families. It was a confident display that many couldn't resist joining in with in some way whether it was singing, dancing from seated or tapping of feet! They did themselves proud and went out a great feeling of celebration and confidence.
As is a tradition at Towcester C of E Primary, the Year 6 pupils gave our Foundation Stage pupils a welcome certificate when they joined us in September and so it was the turn of the Foundation Stage pupils to give a leavers certificate to the Year 6 children as they say goodbye to us. This ceremony has been a tradition for many years and a real opportunity for us to reflect on the exciting cyclic process. The Foundation Stage pupils took on their role in a mature manner and it was great to see the relation ship between our older and younger pupils. Later in the morning the Year 6 and Foundation Stage pupils got together to have a final sing of 'Power in Me'. The sound was amazing!
League 2 Winners - July 2016
We were visited by two members of the Northampton Cobblers crew with the winner's trophy in assembly today. They told us how the players had won it and how there were many more team members behind the scenes that help to make it all happen. The children asked questions about the team and the trophy before the school sports ambassadors had their photo taken with it.
Year 1 and 2 Pupils leave for Everdon - July 2016
Our residential trip opportunity for Year 1 and 2 pupils is a one night stay at Everdon. This is an environmental centre where the children will learn more about the world around them... and how to make their own bed!
Rotary Stars - July 2016
Angela, Oliver and Liam in Year 6 were the winners of the Rotary Stars awards this year. These are pupils who have been recognised for the 'extra' that they give to an aspect of school and community life. Angela has been noted for her contribution to the international community, Oliver for the school community and his participation in school and community events and Liam for his commitment to sports, both in and out of school, but his ability to support and coach others younger than him. Three well-deserving winners! Thank you to the Rotary Club and David Reed for making these awards happen and for attending the assembly.
Tear Drop Award - July 2016
Each year we nominate a pupil to receive the 'Tear Drop Award', donated to the school by Mavis, one of our volunteers. It is an award to recognise the achievements of a pupil who goes that extra mile to make the lives of others even better. This year the award went to Cerys in Year 5. Well done Cerys.
Attendance - July 2016
25 of our pupils received the 100% attendance award this year. this is nearly 10% of the school which is a great achievement. Each received a certificate and prize. Let's hope we can have even more next year!
Creative Writing Award - July 2016
Congratulations goes to Rafael in Year 2 for being the winner of the Creative Writing Award this year. This is an award that was donated by a family of the school in memory of a past pupil. Rafael in Year 2 won the award for his creativity and talent in writing at such a young age.
RE Trophy Winner - July 2016
The Peterborough Diocese and the Bishop have donated an RE Trophy to all Church of England schools to be awarded each year to a pupil who has shown exceptional talent or interest in their RE work. The first pupil at Towcester C of E Primary to receive this is Libby in Year 4. The trophy is quite beautiful and will be on display in school with Libby's photo next to it for the next year. Well done Libby.
Mile- A-Day Raffle - July 2016
As you know, since half term the children have been running their way to fitness every day on a special designed circuit round the school. The children have been recording their achievements on their score card and these were all entered into a raffle. Winners one a piece of sports equipment. In addition to this, teachers each chose a pupil from their class who had shown excellent determination, progress or sportsmanship. These pupils won a 'mile-a-day champion' t-shirt. Well done everybody. We look forward to restarting the challenge in September. maybe some of you will keep your running going over the summer...?
Transition Days - July 2016
As our Year 6 pupils ventured on their two days transition at Sponne, the rest of the school also took the opportunity to get a flavour of school life from September.
Mrs Barnes organised a science themed whole school focus and Jupiter Jules launched our project with a 'Mad Science' assembly. All classes had a science workshop to attend to find out more about an aspect of Science.
On the second day, we were all very creative and arrived in school dressed with a 'space' theme in mind. It's not every day that you get taught by aliens, NASA scientists, planets and night skies!
Sports Day - July 2016
We had a brilliant sports day! The weather was perfect and all children enjoyed a circuit of different sports skills. Parents joined us in the afternoon to support and encourage their children to do the best for themselves and for their House Teams.
Spanish Assembly - June 2016
Pupils who recently went to Spain on a Spanish exchange shared their news and experiences with the rest of the school in assembly.
In May, 9 of our Year 5/6 pupils went to Spain to stay with Spanish families. We have a partnership with a school near Barcelona. The children went with Mrs Booth and Mr Camp, taking part in many different activities to find out about the area, it's history, food and schooling. They had a super time and it was great for the rest of the school to see their photos and watch their video clips from the trip.
Whole School Maths Investigation Morning - June 2016
Miss White and Miss Brady organised our final 'Maths Investigation Morning' of the year. This is a termly event when the whole school is set a topic of maths to explore further. Each class studies it at their level and then we all come back together to share what we have found out. It is a real opportunity for all year groups to share their thinking and application of maths skills. A 'Magical Mathematician' is chosen and rewarded from each class. It is always interesting to see the different ways pupils choose to record and share their thinking.
Our discussion point this time was 'reasoning'. This made us think about the facts we know - and if we know these facts then what other facts do we know?
Here are the 'Magical mathematicians:
Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration - June 2016
What an amazing day we had?
For the past term we have been working in our Houses to research a decade of the Queen's life. Each House had to consider the events of the era, music, dress and food. Some even did dance!
Our project was supported by 'School for Life' which enabled us to throw a party for the school and local community.
On the day, the children arrived dressed in costume from their decade. Parents had surpassed themselves with their creativity! The children then spent the morning preparing food for the party and decorating their table.
The afternoon was a presentation of song, dance and dress for our parents to see and then move around trying all the different foods. The sunshine arrived and there were family picnics on the school field. It was a very memorable day which we hope the children will always remember.
All over now, our rocket seed experiment, fronted by Tim Peake has now finished. We have collated our data and sent it off for analysis.
Which packet went into space? Was it the red one or the blue one? There was very little difference between our seedlings, but we are only one of many schools that took part.
We don't yet know which was which , but will post the result when it arrives.
Wicked Writers - June 2016
We regularly have 'Wicked Writers' lessons whereby the whole school considers the same book or film clip and writes for pleasure. Too often our work is assessed or written with a certain objective so it makes a nice change to write for fun - with some fantastic results. Our writing is collated into class books for others to read and our 'Wicked Writers' get nominated by the Teacher for a prize and certificate.
Reading Buddy Assembly - June 2016
Mrs Booth, with support from Mrs Punter, our School Librarian, have been running a reading buddy scheme since January. Today the children shared their experience of reading with another pupil to develop their reading and reading confidence with the rest of the school. The reading tutors have formed a friendship with their buddy, asked about their likes and dislikes and used this information to select books that they might enjoy reading. All of the tutors felt that their buddy had improved their reading or love of reading.
German Visitors in School - June 2016
Please go to our German Trips section of the website to find out about their visit to Towcester
We launch our 'Mile-a-Day' - June 2016
Miss Letts launched our new approach to healthy living and greater fitness for the children in our school. After an informative assembly, the Year 6 pupils modelled the circuit that all children will be using every day to complete their running distance. Year 5 and 6 pupils will carry out a mile a day, Years 3 and 4 will complete half a mile and then Year 2 and below will complete a quarter of a mile. The children will complete their own tracking card to monitor their progress and watch the miles add up!
A Music Winner - May 2016
Justin, in Year 6, was awarded first place in the Northampton Music Festival. This is the first time we have had one of our pupils win a prize and we are delighted for him. He won best piano recital in the age 11 and under category. We are looking forward to him sharing his rendition with the school in the near future. Well done Justin.
Humanities Week - May 2016
For the first time in recent years, we had a 'Humanities Week'. Mrs Tagg asked us to consider a specific country from Great Britain and all classes based their whole curriculum around this learning. The week finished with a sharing assembly to see what everyone had been up to. The topic really caught the imagination of the teachers and inspired the children to develop their independent research skills at home. In school, there was making of traditional foods, trying on of traditional clothing and understanding the history and geography of the countries. Skills such as map work, coordinate reading and much more went on to develop ourselves as historians and geographers.
Years 5 and 6 go to Stackpole - May 2016
Please go to our school trips section of the website to find out about the adventures in Stackpole
South Northants Council - Waste and Recycling - visit us in assembly - May 2016
Dave from South Northants Council returned to visit us to give us information and support about reducing our waste - especially at lunchtimes. Just like our school Eco-Club have been doing, he showed us lots of ideas about how to reduce our waste from packed lunches and informed us about what happens to our waste and environment if we don't. Miss King has asked the children to design posters to promote 'Waste-free Wednesdays' which will be starting next term.
Towcester Primary go to Stackpole - May 2016
24 of our Year 5 and 6 pupils have gone to Stackpole, Wales, for outdoor adventures. Please see the school trips part of the website to see what they are doing with their time there.
Summer Music Concert - May 2016
What a fantastic afternoon?! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
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. The rest of the school shared their talent of singing as well!
A very big thank you to the teachers who supported their pupils by attending and helping them be confident to perform to such a large audience.
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.
Please let the school know if your child is interested in learning a musical skill/instrument.
Towcester Primary go to Spain - May 2017
If you haven't seen them all ready, please take a look at our photos and films from the children who are on an exchange in Spain. Please go to our 'School Trips' section.
Maths Investigation morning - May 2016
We all came together in a whole school assembly to find out about the topic for our maths investigation morning. The topic was based on the books 'How big is a million?'
Miss Brady and Miss White asked all the classes to consider the importance of the number 10 and set each year group a challenge to further their understanding of using 10 and making it ten times bigger, and bigger, and bigger!
At the end of the morning, we had a whole school sharing assembly to see what all the year groups have been investigating. Miss White and Miss Brady were very impressed by the mathematical explanations. The 'Magical Mathematicians' were presented with their special stickers and chose a prize from the prize table.
And here are the Magical Mathematicians!
It's all over now! - May 2016
Punch and Judy Show for Year 1 - May 2016
As part of their 'Buckets and Spades' topic, Year 1 had a Punch and Judy Show visit them. There was super audience participation including laughing and shouting. The children were entertained by Mr Punch, his friends and a few magic tricks too. A memorable afternoon for everyone.
We are trying our best - May 2016
Our Year 6 children are half way through their SATs week... and are still standing!
The Key Stage 2 SATs week is taking place in all primary schools across the country, (week beginning the 9th May,) where all Year 6 pupils are sitting the Government tests. Many changes have taken place to the tests this year that make them more in line with the higher requirements of the National Curriculum.
The week started with a very challenging reading test, then they went on to have their spelling and grammar test and maths tests, including arithmetic and reasoning papers.
Our Year 6 pupils have been getting into school earlier and had breakfast together to help them be prepared for the morning of tests ahead. The rest of the school have been supporting them by making the school calm and relaxed to give the Year 6 children the opportunity to perform at their very best. The pupils are remaining very positive and all hope that the test results reflect what they are capable of.
Good luck everyone!
Rocket Seeds Update......
Our Rocket Scientists have been busy monitoring the seeds sown in April.
And seeds from both packs have germinated and are growing well. The Scientists have been busy watering fairly and rotating the trays randomly as instructed. At the moment there is no obvious difference between the seedlings that have been into space and those that have not.
We are now monitoring them for the first pair of proper leaves to appear.
More as it happens...... (slowly!)
An assembly from our Governor, Mr Fewtrell - May 2016
Last time Mr Fewtrell came to our assembly, he talked about working with money. This time he helped us to think about how important it is to work as a team - whichever team that might be; family, sports, school, work, community. This fitted perfectly well with our recent thinking about being independent thinkers because you still have to think about gathering information, making decisions and then making things happen. He helped us to realise that we can't be good at everything and so we have to use the strengths in our team.
We would like to thank Mr Fewtrell for his time and for visiting us in school.
An assembly of two halves - April 2016
Our Sports Crew and School Council shared an assembly to tell us about the events going on in school. It is quite evident that the children watch and learn from the teachers as they are very confident in giving out certificates, giving the children instructions, starting the singing and dismissing the children with no support from staff whatsoever. In fact, it is quite eerie to see and hear yourself through young children at the front of the hall!
Our Sports Crew told us about the lunchtime clubs going on this term and the events we are taking part in over the next term.
Our school council told us about a competition they are launching across the school. The children are asked to design a poster to remind others about the expectations for good manners in the lunch hall.
Well done children - a very professional job!
Eco-Club Assembly about Waste Week - April 2016
Please have a look at our 'Eco Club' page to see the photos from the Waste Week assembly. The team have given us lots of ideas about how we can reduce our waste in packed lunch boxes.
Our Rocket Scientists this week have been starting to set up an experiment set jointly by the European Space Agency, the UK Space Agency, the Royal Horticultural Society and its RHS Campaign for School Gardening. They have had to plant two packets of Rocket Salad leaves - one packet of which has been up on the Space Station with Tim Peake for three months. However, we don't know which packet this is!
Our Rocket Scientists have had to follow directions to plant 200 seeds into 200 plug planters with 200 labels! That took them several lunch times to complete. The trays of seeds have to be strictly rotated, watered and monitored in order to find out if there are any differences in the growth of the seeds that have been to the Space Station.
Our findings will be reported as they occur.
Holy Week Writing Competition Winners - April 2016
During Holy Week, Mrs Booth organised a writing competition for Years 4, 5 and 6. They were invited to use their experience at the 'Easter Exhibition' at St Lawrence Church to consider the feelings and values of Jesus and all those involved at the time of the Easter story. Our winners won a remote controlled car donated to the school by one of the Church parishioners. Our runners up received a chocolate bar to acknowledge their great pieces of writing too. Their work will published in school and on the website. Well done everyone and thank you for taking part.
Towcester Studio Band - April 2016
We were invited to sing at Towcester's Studio Band Concert on Saturday 16th April.
Ms Brown was delighted that 39 pupils from Key Stage 2 signed up for this event and they all practised hard with Mrs Ash in preparation for the concert.
They sang 6 songs from our repertoire in school but mostly chose those with harmony parts, such as 'Sun Arise', and group parts such as 'Count your Blessings', 'We Are One' and 'Power in Me'.
The children received many compliments from the audience and looked to be enjoying themselves throughout. We are very proud of them. The children all got to see, hear and experience the rest of the concert which was a fabulous opportunity to hear live music being played in Church.
We are very appreciative of parents that supported their child's desire to be involved and who attended the concert - without their support we can not take part in such events that take place out of school.
Independent Thinkers Week - April 2016
At school this week, we have had 'Independent Thinkers Week'. We have been following a new motto 'I. T. A' - which means two things: Independent Thinkers Achieve and in order to do that you need to consider the Information you have, Think about it and then put it into Action - Information Think Action.
Each class was set a challenge, some by Mr Camp to help him with important decisions, to solve and they had to work together to achieve it with none or little support from their teacher. We had a sharing assembly at the end of the week to present our ideas.
Examples of the challenges were;
Foundation Stage had to count tables and chairs in Foundation Stage and tell Mr Camp if he needed anymore for next September.
Year 1 had to collect information about the variety of display boards across the school and see if we had all subjects covered.
Year 2 had to consider the most important information that a new pupil would need to know when starting their first day in our school.
Year 3 had to decide if lines were the best method for organising pupils at the end of breaktimes or entering assembly - or not.
Year 4 had to consider use of rooms for classes next year.
Year 5 planned how many cars could be parked in the school grounds if we had a car boot sale.
Year 6 explored how they would be independent when solving problems when starting secondary school.
It was very interesting to hear their ideas and Mr Camp will take some of these into consideration.
Teachers have compiled a helpful 'Independence Pathway Guide for Parents' to help them understand what the children do for themselves at school and how this might be useful to know so that they can use and develop these skills at home. But also what might be useful to ensure your child can do at each year group. This will be published and sent out in the near future.
Enrich Day - April 2016
Enrich Day was a day set aside for some of our pupils to think at a greater depth.
The day involved working with Mr Camp and Mr Parker to make box carts!
The children designed their carts and then set to work in teams. They had to use their logic, practical skills and ability to work with others to produce their carts.
Holy Week - March 2016
It is not often that we are at school during Holy Week, but this year we were able to immerse ourselves in exploring the Easter story. Reverend Ben and his team of volunteers provided our Year 4, 5 and 6 pupil with an Easter Exhibition in Church. The children moved around the different 'stations' to find out more about the events leading up to the resurrection of Christ. The children then used this information and their own thoughts to present the Easter story to the school in our Church service on the last day of term. Meanwhile, back in school, our Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils made Easter gardens in the school grounds with some amazing results.
We really enjoyed our Holy week and enjoyed working together to improve our understanding and celebrate together.
University Graduation - March 2016
The children who attended all the different University courses on Friday afternoons, had the opportunity to share what they had been doing for the past 6 weeks with the rest of the school and parents. Please visit our University page to see some photos and find out more!
Rota-Kids - March 2016
David and Adrian from the Rotary, Towcester, visited us in assembly to present our School Council members with caps as part of a new initiative launched by the Rotary called 'Rota-Kids'. Following the same vow of helping others and serving the community, the Rota-Kids will work with the Rotary and their teachers to consider their roles as good citizens and set an example to others.
Official Bus Opening - March 2016
It has been a year since we bought our yellow double decker bus from Hunters in Daventry. This was the start of a long learning project which has involved support from the whole community.
The bus was transformed from being a school run bus into a mobile classroom that is literally ‘a mobile classroom’. The top deck has been converted to accommodate 30 pupils with tables installed between the seats. The bottom deck is now a science and technology area and a useful space for practical work.
The project has had wide ranging support from the local community including flooring donated by Buckingham Floors and funding from the school’s Parents Association for equipment and books. Porsche became heavily involved with the project from the start and to date have raised money through a sponsored climb up Snowdon to enable the bus to be rewired and connected to the school mains. They also produced and applied new transfers to the sides of the bus based on pupil’s designs.
Since the bus arrived in school it has been used by classes on a daily basis. However, today was the official opening, with the children singing to invited guests, parents and dignitaries and waving balloons to celebrate this occasion. The bus was also blessed by Reverend Ben and officially opened by Emma Watkins from Porsche.
Mrs Malagon - March 2016
Following on from Mr Chadwick's assembly last week, another parent from school, Mrs Malagon, spoke to the children about her career development towards engineering. Since moving from Spain to work at Silverstone, Mrs Malagon has been surprised at the low numbers of female engineers in this country. She explained to the children what engineering was and all the different forms. Again, we have been able to show the children opportunities for them in the future and inspire them to think about what they want to do and where they want to go. A big thank you to Mrs Malagon for her time and work on her presentation... and apologies that Ms Brown forgot to take her photo!
Mr Chadwick Assembly - March 2016
One of our parents, Mr Chadwick, bravely volunteered to do an assembly in school to talk to the children about his career and the pathway he followed to get there. Over the last term, many teachers have shared with the children how they got to be where they are today and why they wanted to teach. This term we are welcoming two parents and Reverend Ben to do the same. Mr Chadwick trains builders to build houses better. He showed us photographs of the process from a patch of land to an area of houses. He also showed us the safety clothing that needed to be worn when working on site. The children answered lots of questions and learnt more about eco-friendly houses and the aim of grass roofs! We are grateful for the time Mr Chadwick has given us to maybe inspire builders of the future. Thank you Mr Chadwick!
Year 3 attend Family Service at St Lawrence - March 2016
10 Year 3 pupils attended the family service on Mothering Sunday and were praised for their positive contribution to the delivery of content. Our Year 3 pupils had also attended the Women's Day service on the Friday as well.
Each month, a year group is asked to join the family service at St Lawrence. They help with readings, activities, singing and little jobs that help the service run smoothly. They are representing the school, but more importantly, representing themselves as members of the community.
Mother's Day Song in Celebration Assembly - March 2016
It has now become a school tradition for us to sing the 'My Mum' song to all our visiting mums in assembly on the Friday before Mother's Day. The hall was packed with mums of all ages and, after being presented with a daffodil, stood up to listen to our singing. We think they enjoyed it very much and wish them a very happy Mother's Day.
And so Book week continues... with a dressing up day! March 2016
A big thank you to parents for the effort and support they went to to make our 'World Book Day' a super occasion. The staff and children were all dressed up as book characters and brought much colour and fun to school. We had a sharing assembly and managed to find many groups: a group of 'Wallies', Red Riding Hoods and wolves, Dennis the Menaces', David Walliams characters, Harry Potter characters and many more! We found out from different children what their favourite part of the week has been.
The day continued with the whole school making a trip to Towcester Library to visit Kate and her team who were also dressed up. Many passers by waved as the children walked there and back.
There has been a book review competition and Mrs Punter is looking forward to having more entries soon.
Academy School Status - March 2016
As of the 1st March, Towcester C of E Primary School has academy status. It has joined the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET). Already working with the Diocese as a 'Church of England School', joining the Trust will give the school greater flexibility and the opportunity to share good practice with other schools. Our valued partnership with Cluster Schools and local community will remain exactly the same. We are looking forward to the future as we grow in size and strength. You will notice no obvious change; our name, uniform, staff and school ethos will remain exactly the same - but behind the scenes of our school there will be a positive impact on joining a Trust that has the same value attributed to children and their education.
Book Week begins 29th February 2016
Our Book Week has begun and there is a week of book related activities planned. The bus is now a book bus and the Key Stage 1 children will all visit it and enjoy reading some new books with their peers. They can sit comfortably, take in the decor and wear a hat if they wish! Most classes will visit Towcester Library and there is also a treasure hunt round school. Book crossing stations have been set up for children to swap and recycle books they no longer read. We will be dressing up on Thursday as book characters. Listen out for all the exciting news and learning from school!
Author Visit - February 2016
On Thursday 25th February, we had a very exciting visit from award winning author Megan Rix. Megan writes books about animals showing courage and loyalty in challenging situations, often set in World War One or Two. Megan's latest book is called 'Echo Come Home' and is about an assistance dog.
Megan brought one of her own dogs, Bella, with her and Bella demonstrated for the first time her new skill, picking up items dropped on the floor to show just one of the ways that assistance dogs can help someone in a wheelchair.
Megan talked to Key Stage 2 about her different books and her advice on how to get writing. She also spent a long time answering lots of questions from the children and finally signed copies of her books for school.
We had a fantastic time with Megan and Bella and it was a great way to get inspired for our Book Week.
Parents join in with 'Power in Me' - February 2016
Our Young Voices 2016 choir led the school, staff and parents in singing 'Power in Me'. Complete with actions, there was a super atmosphere in the hall during our weekly celebration assembly.
Parent Learning Morning - February 2016
We were delighted to welcome 67 parents to our learning morning. They joined their children in class and supported them with a range of practical activities enhancing their understanding of maths, science, English, cooking and much more. Some parents even had their lessons on the school bus or in the Bungalow. Our parents left with a greater understanding of how the children learn in school, their routines and how their child works and interacts in the classroom.
German Assembly - January 2016
The ten children who went to Germany in December shared their experience with the school in assembly. They explained the photos using their own words, explaining what they did, what they saw and what the whole experience had meant to them. Many parents and family attended. The rest of the school had the opportunity to ask questions, and with the German children returning in June, many will be inspired to host.
Staff Panto - January 2016
And a surprise it was!
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. As each character made it's debut on stage the children laughed hysterically and then tried to guess who it was. The performance was an hour and a half long with a 15 minute interval for a treat snack supplied by Miss White to continue raising funds for her marathon run and chosen charity.Thank you parents for sending your child in Mufti and paying a £1.
Everyone had a great time!
A Head Teacher as a wasp? Only at Towcester Primary!
Young Voices in Assembly - January 2016
And we are STILL talking about it!
The Young Voices group performed one of their songs to the rest of the school in our celebration assembly. Wearing their t-shirts over the top of their mufti, they performed 'Power in Me' to the children and parents. Mr Camp tried to convey just what the evening was like ... but to really know what it was like, you will have to take part next year!
Life Education Van - January 2016
The Life Education Van has made its annual appearance in the school grounds, and all classes have been attending workshops suitable to their curriculum and age range. Pamela leads the children in interactive discussions and activities and uses lighting, film and sound to enhance their learning experience. We feel that the Life Ed Van is a very valuable resource for the children's learning and so glad it has been back for another year. Here are some photos from the Year 1 visit where they learnt about their 'Wonderful Body'. Pamela revised the food groups, what the body needs, basic hygiene, good manners and parts of the body.
Young Voices - January 2016
And we are still talking about it....!
This year was our first time taking part in the Young Voices. This year is the 20th Anniversary of Young Voices and thousands have children have formed huge choirs in arenas performing alongside other professionals over the years. 39 of our children have been learning the songs since September with Mrs Ash and on Friday the 15th it was their turn to travel to Birmingham Genting Arena wearing their YV t-shirts and waving their YV torches. After a three hour rehearsal and bit of tea, they took to the stand to perform in front of family and friends who had travelled up to see them. The atmosphere was electric and the sound was immense. Mr Camp can't wait to go again next year!
Kindness Week - January 2016
Miss Brady launched our annual 'Kindness Week' by reading us the story 'If you Plant a Seed'. It was all about how team work and being kind to one another can lead to bigger and better things!
This week we are going to explore our school values further, write new school prayers and identify moments when we are being kind to others or others are being kind to us. Over the week we will write these occasions on flower heads and add them to our stalk to create a class vase of beautiful flowers.
During the week our teachers will also remind us about what bullying is, the different types of bullying that exist and what we do if someone is bullying us.
Key Stage 2 perform Scrooge - December 2015
Our final Christmas performance took place this week. It was Key Stage 2's turn to 'wow' parents and friends with their singing and acting ... not to mention staging, scenery, lights and special effects! The staff team and pupils really went to town this year and the performance was enjoyed by all. Thank you to parents for supporting with costumes and learning of lines!
Santa parked his grotto on our bus! - December 2015
Father Christmas had a gift for all our classes! The children went onto the school bus where he had based his grotto. With only an hour to spare at this very busy time of year, the children enjoyed saying hello to him and hope he will be back on the night of the 24th!
Syd from Mud visits our school - December 2015
It was when Ms Brown had decided to focus our assembly music on Christmas Number Ones this term, that Abbie in Year 6 mentioned that her Grandad played in Mud! We welcomed Syd to school, having only just finished his 25 gig tour of the UK, to come in and speak to us about his music career and to sing 'Lonely this Christmas'. The children (and staff ... and volunteers... and Site Supervisor ...and office staff... and governors - they appeared from everywhere!) joined in with the chorus making it a very memorable 'rock and pop' moment in the school!
We would like to thank Syd and his family for their time today.
Christmas Dinner - December 2015
Thanks to our Nourish team, Lunchtime Supervisors, Chair of Governors and the staff at our school, all of the children enjoyed a festive lunch with crackers, hats and jokes! We enjoyed serving lunch to our Lunchtime Supervisors for a change!
Andrea Leadsom MP visits school - December 2015
We had a visit from Andrea Leadsom MP on Friday. It was in June when Mr Camp and Ms Brown last saw her at the Houses of Parliament following his Silver Award for Primary Head Teacher of the Year 2015. Andrea’s tour of the school included a visit on the famous yellow double decker bus, soon to be decorated and painted by Porsche. Andrea spoke about the changes and improvements the school had made since her last visit and spoke highly of the two confident pupils who had taken her on the tour. After a short refreshment break with members of staff, Andrea addressed some questions posed by the Year 5 and 6 pupils. The children really enjoyed the visit and it was great for the school to have an opportunity to share all the good work that is going on in it!
Christingle - December 2015
Reverend Ben visited school to tell us about Christingle. All the children then had the opportunity to make their own Christingle back in class. We learnt about the symbolic representation of the orange, candle, red ribbon and sweets.
Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance - December 2015
Years 1 and 2 put on two Christmas performances for family and friends; retelling the Christmas story through acting and singing. The children worked very hard playing their parts and looked great in their costumes. Christmas has arrived!
Year 3 Brass Performance
This term, children from Potter and Morpurgo class have been learning brass instruments once a week and recently they performed in front of parents and visitors. They have been working really hard to learn a variety of songs and all of them performed amazingly on the day. For some children this was the first time learning a musical instrument so well done year 3, it was a fantastic performance!
Our School Council did their Second Whole School Assembly
This time, our School Council helped us to think about friendships and what you should do in different situations. It was great to see our pupils always making the right choices. The School Council were very professional in their presentation and doing all the little routines that make up our collective worship. Maybe they are teachers in the making...?
If you haven't already, please take a look at our Trips section of the school website to find out about our Trip to Hannover. We had a super time!
Magical Mathematicians - November 2015
The whole school enjoyed a maths investigation morning based around counting - that may sound simple but the children were asked to explore different ways of counting that led to greater accuracy. Some counted individually, others in groups and older children used arrays. The differentiated task was undertaken by all year groups using sweets as a stimulus. In fact, the children learnt that there were in excess of 12000 sweets in school on that very morning! Our morning ended in a sharing assembly whereby our Magical Mathematicians were chosen and rewarded with a prize. Thank you to Miss White and Miss Brady for their hard work in organising this whole school event.
University Graduation - November 2015
We finished off our University courses with a graduation ceremony. The different courses shared their work from over the past 10 weeks. We had arts and crafts groups, running, sports crew, drama, forest schools, construction, pom-poms and finally, the Young Voices group. Here they are performing one of their pieces. They are looking forward to performing with hundreds of other school children in January at the Birmingham Arena. Please see more photos from the event in our University section.
Drumming Performance - November 2015
Our small group of drummers performed for the rest of the school in assembly. They warmed up by putting musical beats to movement and then went on to play different pieces. Each child introduced a piece using a clear and professional voice and their playing was super! With a bit of audience participation thrown in, we all enjoyed and appreciated them sharing their work.
Anyone who is interested in joining the group should let me Ms Brown know and she will get a letter with more information to them.
Fundraising for Children in Need - November 2015
Dressed in yellow all spots, we worked collectively to produce a picture of Pudsey on the hall floor using coins - copper for his body, silver for the outline and gold for his spots!
We have raised £345.66 today! Well done everyone!
Gold Sports Mark Award - November 2015
Miss Letts and Mr Camp were invited to attend the Northamptonshire Sports Awards at Sywell Aerodrome. This is because we received the Gold Sports Mark Award for the sports provision offered at our school. It is a fantastic achievement and one we are very proud of.
Sports Crew Assembly - November 2015
Our Sports Crew led their first school assembly and they did a fantastic job! Their clear voices told us all about what their favourite sports are and why they were keen to be part of the crew. Using their developing leadership skills, they are now offering a wide range of clubs and sports activities for the children of the school to access at lunchtimes. They showed us the equipment they would be using and told us the kit we would need. A very informative assembly indeed! Well done Sports Crew!
Diwali Parade - November 2015
Following on from the Diwali workshop a few weeks ago, pupils from the school met in Northampton for the Diwali parade. With 5 other schools, we paraded our lanterns from All Saints Church up through Abington Street, along Fish Street and back down to the Church and into the market square. The Town was celebrating Diwali with food stalls and a stage hosting dance and music. It was a lovely occasion and great to see the pupils taking part.
'The nature of a light/flame gives it significance to the world's major religions. Whether it symbolises the hope of mankind, its flickering light is an inspiration to many who behold its glow.'
Remembrance Service in School - November 2015
With fantastic support from Greens Norton Royal British Legion, we held our own remembrance service in school. The children respectfully listened and were silent as we gave time to think about the soldiers and the wars. We sang, as is tradition, 'We Will Remember'. The children then all paraded past the standard bearers.
Diwali Assembly - November 2015
Mrs Patel very kindly came into school to tell the children how she and her family celebrate Diwali each year. She shared with us music, costumes, diva lamps, rangoli and henna patterns and, of course, the story of Rama and Sita. The children asked some thoughtful questions at the end too. We really enjoyed listening to her and finding out lots of information. Some pupils are taking part in the Diwali parade in Northampton on Saturday - why not come and join in?
Blue Cross Assembly - November 2015
We were delighted to welcome back Chris Yates to school, a Blue Cross volunteer, who regularly visits the school to help the children understand how to care for their dogs and how to keep safe. His visit this time focussed on what we need to do to keep our dogs, and other pets, safe and happy on Bonfire Night. With the support of Flash and Gypsy, we learnt about keeping routines the same, giving them a place to hide and not over-fussing them but keeping calm ourselves. Foundation Stage pupils enjoyed meeting the dogs after assembly. Thank you Chris, Flash and Gypsy.
Towcester Food Bank - October 2015
Thank you to all our school community including Towcester Tots and Tiny Tows Pre-School, for their kind donation towards our chosen local charity. Our Harvest Festival donation was mammoth yet again this year and we know it will help many families in our town.
Harvest Festival Service - October 2015
We had our Harvest Service at the end of term 1 when we considered ‘Our Daily Bread’ in different ways. Our Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils shared ‘The Little Red Hen Story’ whilst pupils from Year 2 considered the importance and symbolic use of yeast. Year 3 children shared the parable of the unleavened bread and Year 4 talked about the loaves and fishes. Years 5 and 6 spoke about The Last Supper and Holy Communion. We sang some of our favourite Harvest and Autumn songs (Hooray for Harvest and Food Chain Blues) whilst also thinking about the world God created (All Things Bright and Beautiful) and how Jesus leads us (Follow Me). The Church was full! Thank you to everyone who joined us and to Reverend Lulu for leading our service.
Our Spanish Visitors go to Towcester Museum - October 2015
With super support from 'Towcester and District Local History Society', our visiting Spanish pupils and teachers went to Towcester Museum. Their school is very close to Tarragona, the second largest Roman City after Rome. Whilst Towcester's Roman remains are very modest in comparison, it was a great opportunity for our international friends to find out more about our local history.
Diwali Lantern Workshop - October 2015
We are very lucky to be part of the Diwali Parade taking place on Saturday November 7th in Northampton. Our Year 5 children had a whole day with two members of the project to make their own Diwali lanterns to use for the parade. The children learnt lots of new skills and were commended for their 'gluing skills'!
The lanterns will be used at the parade, which, if you haven't been before, is a really fantastic occasion. Details of times etc will follow. Participating in the event will count towards your 'Community Ambassador Badge'!
Singing for Towcester Blind Club - October 2015
Pullman class went to Moorfields to sing for members of Towcester Blind Club. This is an annual event which both parties enjoy very much. The children sang some of our Harvest/Autumn songs, including a firm favourite 'Conkers'. The children enjoyed a treat after their singing and enjoyed talking to members of the group. The children really enjoy sharing their singing and it is great for us to sing for other people in the community. Carol singing next!
Bible Story Winners - October 2015
Alongside our RE Activity Week, Mrs Booth ran a Bible Story Writing competition. All classes had a go at writing a Bible Story in their own way and chosen genre. We had poems, raps, stories and storyboards. A winner was chosen from each class and we were delighted to see so many successful boy writers! Each winner won a large chocolate bar and will have their story sent off to a national competition run by the Bible Society. We will also be displaying stories in school and in Church.
RE Activity Week - October 2015
We hired three mini-buses for the week and successfully managed to get all classes out of school to visit another place of worship. This is the second time we have run this activity week and, again, the children have had first hand practice of seeing the special buildings and meeting the people we talk about in our RE lessons and assemblies ( and other curriculum areas too.)
Foundation Stage had a closer explore of St Lawrence Church following their brief visit at the New Year Celebration service. Year 1 went to the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake. Year 2 went to All Saints Church in Northampton to compare with St Lawrence Church. Year 3 went to the Gurdwara in Northampton. Year 4 went to the Synagogue. Year 5 went to the Gurdwara in Milton Keynes and Year 6 went to the Mosque in Wellingborough. We were supported and welcomed by the different communities and the children had lots of opportunities to ask questions.
400 marathons in one year! - October 2015
Mark has currently run 95 marathons in 94 days, as part of his '400 Marathons in a Year' challenge! Yesterday, Mark ran 72 miles from Birmingham and stayed in Towcester over night. As he was so close to us, key stage two children were lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet him today! He came into school and explained about his marathon running and the two charities which he is raising money for. The children were provided with time to ask him questions about long distance running, which he provided insightful answers to.
We wish Mark luck with the 53 miles that he will be running today to get to London and hope he meets his target, whilst raising money for two worthy causes.
Tony has inspired us - September 2015
Tony McMurray came to talk to us in assembly about his amazing adventure. Tony has raised over £80,000 for various charities but, in his recent challenge, on behalf of the Alzheimer Society, he had a truly horrifying adventure.
As he reached base camp on Everest, he then found himself experiencing a high intensity earthquake. Despite being thrown to the ground and with nearby rock falls, it still wasn't until they returned to the first settlement that he and other climbers realised how lucky they had been.
Tony shared with the children how his life has been inspired by others and his own sports achievements to try new things and help others along the way. He truly was an inspiration!
First Access Brass - September 2015
Our Year 3 pupils all have the opportunity to learn an instrument for a term as part of their music education and to give everyone the opportunity and experience to learn a classical instrument. For the past 4 or 5 years we have learnt a string instrument, but this year we are going for brass! Each week our Year 3 pupils will have Mr Fleming come in and teach them for 45 minutes. Even on lesson one the children looked very professional!
Mad Science - September 2015
We welcomed Jupiter Jules back to our school to share with us her exciting science experiments. We learnt about an air vortex and slush powder! We also measured the lung capacity of a younger and older pupil - or did we? We look forward to Mad Science Club restarting on Mondays after half term. Please see the flyers coming out.
Spelling Bee- September 2015
Miss Thomas launched our new Spelling Bee Challenge across the school. There are 7 colour levels for the children to work through, plus a bronze, silver and gold level at the end. Children will be told by their class teachers where they should start learning and practising from. They will be tested on ten spellings from their list to see if they have completed the level.
And so we have come full circle... September 2015
As our group of Year 6s leave, it is now time for us to welcome our new Foundation Stage pupils as another academic year at Towcester Primary begins.
In our first Friday Celebration Assembly of the school year, our new Year 6 pupils welcomed our new pupils with a certificate. The ceremony resembled 'herding cats' as our new pupils experienced their first assembly, but they soon got the hang of it and stood still as parents watched proudly from the back of the hall. 47 parents in total!
Some new parents then returned to school at lunchtime to take part in a 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' with their child as they conclude their part-time schooling and return on Monday as fully-fledged, full-time pupils! We look forward to making their first year at school a happy one full of learning opportunities and experiences.
Leavers Assembly - July 2015
The Year 6 pupils, Leavers of 2015, did themselves proud on the last day of term as they performed a unique version of Macbeth. Whilst the group sang some very powerful songs with more than one part, the gaps in-between were filled with a performance of Macbeth recorded in scenes round the school with some unexpected guests. As the spirit of Banquo makes an appearance at dinner, Mrs Doy is not happy to see him standing on one of the dining tables in the lunch hall and very quickly tells him to get down. And Mr Parker wasn't too happy to see the three witches in the peace garden scattering their crisp packets!! It was a fabulous performance and the year group have been notoriously good singers throughout their years at our school. The assembly finished with our annual ritual of the Foundation Stage pupils presenting them with a leavers certificate just as the Year 6 pupils gave them a welcome certificate back in September. It was a super, but emotional send off.
Congratulations Year 6! - July 2015
The governing body would like to congratulate all of the Year 6 for their participation in helping improve the school over the recent years. From the preliminary results, the indication is that it has been a very good year again, with the official results being published in the autumn term of next year. So, before they go off to pastures new, well done for the hard work and commitment to achieve the following progress:
Key Stage 2 Progress (preliminary)
(since Key Stage 1)
2+ levels (the national expectation)
(above national expectation)
Excellent progress well done!
The percentage attaining a Level 4+ for all three core subjects is 88%. This is the expected level for individual subjects and is above last year's national average of 79% (2013/14).
Congratulations and good luck in your future.
The School Governors
Towcester-by-the-Sea - July 2015
It was a very exciting day! All pupils had been asked to come to school in Mufti for a surprise day - and when they arrived at school they could sense from the objects in the school grounds that a fun day was ahead. 2 tonnes of sand was in the Key Stage 2 playground and a crazy golf course was in Key Stage 1. This was just a sample of what was to come. After registration our pupils enjoyed a morning with their friends (in the rain) choosing the different activities being put on by the staff. The children were very grown up, being independent and sensible as they moved around the activities, including; face paints in the quiet area, craft activities on the bus, giant games, kite making, sandcastle building, archery, French cricket, football and a quiet area for a rest. In addition they could go along to 'pop sing' in the hall or enter the 'Towcester's got Talent' competition. The day finished with the sun coming out, an ice pop from the bandstand and a go on the water slide before watching the finalists in the Talent Show. It was another memorable day at Towcester Primary School and the children proved yet again how they can be sensible and appreciative of the opportunities given to them. It was great to see all ages of pupils working and enjoying themselves together. Thank you to all the staff for their creativity and hard work.
Mobile Classroom from Arla - July 2015
Following the visit that we made with our German visitors to the Arla milk processing factory near Aylesbury, Arla brought their large, mobile classroom to our school to help educate our Key Stage 2 pupils about milk and the process it goes through to get to our fridge. The classes had 45 minutes each, circulating through the different learning activities. The Arla team were impressed with what the children could remember by the end of their session. We are very grateful to them for their time and hard work. The children enjoyed their learning!
German Exchange Visit - July 2015
Please visit our 'German Trips' page to find out about our recent visit from staff and pupils from G S Wettbergen in Hannover, Germany.
Transition Carnival - July 2015
For Transition, the whole school took part in a Carnival project. All of the children learnt a dance routine for a large group performance of carnival/samba dance which parents were able to enjoy at the end of both days. The two day project ended with a carnival parade of colour, music and costumes round the school field and Towcester Rec. 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!
Mr Camp goes to the House of Commons - July 2015
Last month Mr Camp was presented with his silver award for the National Head Teacher Awards. As a silver finalist, he was given an invitation to have tea at the House of Commons. Both he and Ms Brown travelled to London to meet other finalists and have tea on the terrace. Our local MP, Andrea Leadsom, met up with Mr Camp to congratulate him on his achievement and discuss the current developments at Towcester C of E Primary.
Year 6 Macbeth Performance to the School - June 2015
Our Year 6 pupils shared their recent music work with the rest of the school in assembly. They have been studying Shakespeare's Macbeth this term and have been learning some songs alongside this. With added actions and musical instruments the group made their performance very dramatic and atmospheric. Our Year 6's are a super group of singers - we shall miss them and their voices next year.
House University Graduation - June 2015
We celebrated the end of our 'House University' with a sharing assembly all about our creations.
Our University courses are normally chosen by the children, but as we were approaching the summer and to help children with their transition to new year groups, the houses grouped together with their lead Teacher and TA to work on a project together - with both young and old pupils together.
The objective was to use art or sculpture as a medium and for the finished product to be displayed somewhere in the school grounds.
Each house shared their work and explained the processes they went through to get there.
It has been a brilliant project and the results have surpassed our expectations! The children have really worked together to contribute something to our learning environment.
Please go to our 'University' page to see other photos of the event.
French Trip Assembly - June 2015
Mrs Westgarth organised the pupils who attended the trip to France in March to share their news and experience with the whole school. All pupils who went on the trip contributed in some way; explaining what they did and how much they enjoyed it. The assembly finished with a super presentation of photos. If you would like to see these they are on the 'School Trips' part of our website. There is lots to see and read about what they did ... including eating snails. The children's speaking of French and confidence has increased significantly as a consequence of this trip.
Head Teacher Award - 12th June 2015
He's done it!
After the judges visited the school in April, we have waited to find out if Mr Camp has gone through to the next round of finalists. He was presented his silver award trophy in assembly today - a complete surprise to himself, staff, parents and pupils. Mr Camp was presented with the files of comments written by the children, staff, governors and community as a long-lasting reminder of why he was nominated in the first place. Following the assembly, the whole school made two circles of pupils to form a track for Mr Camp to do two laps of honour. It was a super occasion and one which Mr Camp will treasure and the children will remember for years to come.
Mr Camp has been invited to tea at the House of Commons in July and then will attend the televised award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in October. He is now one of ten Primary Head Teacher finalists going through to the final round.
We are so excited for him and so proud. Congratulations Mr Camp!
Porsche Design Competition - June 2015
Emma, from Porsche in Towcester, visited us in assembly to launch the design competition for the school bus!
All of our pupils have the opportunity to think of a design for the bus and the winner will be able to see it transform our yellow bus into something more personal to the school.
Porsche have been incredibly kind in donating resources, time and funding to help us turn our bus into a mobile classroom with workshops and tables. Thank you Porsche!
The project is very exciting - so watch out for updates.
Paraguay Update - June 2015
Mr Barratt and Phil came in to school to share with us how the money we raised for the girls orphanage had been spent. We raised about a thousand pounds to help make improvements to the school and provide the girls with resources to help them learn and improve their quality of life. It was very rewarding to see the transformation of the buildings and equipment - and see how happy the girls were in the photos. The school was presented with a framed photo of all of the girls to say thank you and this is displayed in our Reception area. A big thank you to all the friends and families who have supported our fund raising and you can be assured that every penny went towards making positive changes to the lives of others.
Magical Mathematicians - June 2015
Another term sees another Whole School Maths Investigation morning! Miss White planned a whole school task based on 'Hidden Maths'. The morning started with an assembly that got all of the children thinking about maths they use in the 'real world'. We were then set tasks based around the school bus. The younger children calculated the number of seats available by counting in twos and fives, Year 3 and 4 thought about which method of transport would be the most cost effective for a school trip, with the older children thinking about discount ticket prices and scale modelling from real measuring. We came back together at the end of the morning to share what we had all achieved and congratulate the 'Magical Mathematicians' who each chose a game or activity that involves hidden maths! Well done everyone - a truly amazing morning of hard work and mathematical thinking!
House University - May 2015
We are nearing the end of our term as 'House University'. The theme has been to work together as a house to create a piece of art or sculpture work. There has been a wide variety of projects including stain glass windows, photography, hop scotch, weaving and more. Please have a look at the photos below to see what has been going on. This art project will finish in a few weeks time and there will be a sharing assembly on Friday 19th June at 2.30pm so friends and family can see or hear about the work. Our next University project is on the theme of sports in preparation for our sports days in July. It's really great to see the older and younger children working collaboratively and enjoying themselves.
Key Stage 1 Sports Festival at Sponne - May 2015
Year 2 children went to Sponne for a sports festival. The children were bubbling with excitement on the walk up to the 'big school' in the sunshine.
We were greeted by the pupils at Sponne and commenced our warm-up games in our teams.
By now, grey clouds had covered the sun but the children remained enthusiastic.
Unfortunately, it wasn't long before the rain began to fall. But still the children carried on with smiles on their faces.
Mrs Coleman and Miss Brady were not quite so happy about being in the rain...
Mrs Westgarth didn't get wet because she wore her waterproofs. I think the photograph below shows what Candy thought about that!
It was great to hear the Sponne staff praising our children for their enthusiasm and effort. They all did so well and one of our teams came 6th out of the 15 schools that took part. Well done everyone!
First Place in Local Archery Arrows Competition - April 2015
We are delighted to announce our first place position in a recent Arrows Archery competition held at Sponne School this week. A group of our Year 4 and 5 pupils competed in a wide variety of aiming activities against primary schools from other areas of South Northamptonshire and Daventry. Our team secured their win with 143 points. This was 41 points ahead of second place. Our Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to take part in an Archery Club with Mr Camp, so it's great that our Year 4 and 5 pupils are having the opportunity too. Thank you to Miss Letts for training and organising our attendance to this event. Well done children!
Have we mentioned the National Head Teacher Award yet...? - April 2015
It has now been a week since we heard the news and told Mr Camp that his name had been put forward for the 'Primary Head Teacher of 2015' - a National Award organised by Pearson. Since then, the news has spread through social media and 'word of mouth' at an incredible speed! Mr Camp has spoken on the radio and articles have appeared in the local press. We are so pleased and proud that Mr Camp has received the recognition for the way he has developed our school and makes it such a happy environment for learning and bringing out the best in individuals. This has been echoed by all of the community and parent comments that have appeared in all their different forms. A big thank you to you all for supporting him in this application and we hope that when the judges meet him next week, they will see what we see every day. Good luck Mr Camp!
Governor assembly - Mr Fewtrell - April 2015
We were delighted to welcome Mr Neil Fewtrell to our whole school assembly on Thursday. Mr Fewtrell is our newest member to the Governing Body and volunteered to speak to the children about his career in banking. He talked to us about how he got to be in the role that he is and what we might need to do to get there in the future if that is something we wanted to do as a job. He shared with us how money is saved and spent, and used 'Frozen' as an idea to show how money is 'made'! We would like to thank him very much for his time and work in putting the presentation together. Here is a photo of him taken by his son, Zac, sitting on the front row!
Year 3 String Concert - March 2015
During this ten week spring term, our Year 3 pupils have been learning to play a stringed instrument. As a school, we like to give all children the opportunity to learn an instrument and this year, for the fifth year in a row, we have been able to fund our Year 3s having the First Access course offered by NMPAT. Mr Thom has worked with the children each week and taught them how to clap rhythms, pluck, bow - and even perform lifts and tremelos! Supported by our current Year 6 cello and double bass players, the Year 3 pupils performed to friends and family in a final concert. Everyone joined in with the warm-up and then listened as the children played a variety of pieces on their violins or cellos. We are delighted that some of our Year 3 pupils are choosing to continue with their lessons in the summer term. There are places still available if any other Year 3 pupil still wishes to continue.
University Graduation - March 2015
Our Spring Term University was rounded off with our usual 'Graduation Ceremony'. All groups had the opportunity to share with the school the work they had been doing and to talk about what they achieved and how they benefitted from the experience. It was great to see such a range of outcomes. Next term, we will be having University in House Teams with a focus on collaborative 'Art or Artefact'!
Solar Eclipse - March 2015
Mr Camp carried out his fastest Celebration assembly ever, so that we could all go outside and experience the solar eclipse. For some of us who had difficulty in getting their pinhole viewing camera to be effective, we had the experience of the change in light and temperature. Hopefully, many of our children will remember the experience as its a long time until the next one!
Very egg-citing news! March 2015
Foundation Stage have been host to an egg incubator and have had the fantastic opportunity to see chicks hatch. This has really enhanced their understanding of life cycles. Parents have joined their children after school to see their progress. Children from other classes have also been to see the new life.
Governor Assembly - Fiona Mann - March 2015
Fiona came into school to talk to the children about Martin Luther King and his famous 'I have a Dream' speech. With the help of colourful sweets and bowls, we considered the different divides in the past and how the speech changed the opinions and behaviours of many. Fortunately, we now live in a very different world
Congratulations from Northamptonshire County Council - March 2015
A member of the NCC Energy and Recycling team came into assembly to present the school with an excellent energy rating certificate. We are very pleased that we are in the green band for energy consumption and use less than the vast majority of schools. The children were congratulated for their efforts in turning off lights and other devices. We were all reminded that 'if it is bright, turn off the light'. Well done to our School Council who have helped the children to think about what they can do to help.
Blue Cross Assembly - March 2015
We were delighted to welcome back Chris from 'Blue Cross' to come and speak to us in assembly. Accompanied by Dennis and Gypsy, he reminded us all how to care for our dogs and how to keep them fit and healthy. In addition, we were reminded about how never to touch a dog when sleeping and ensure that we keep ourselves and others safe by always picking up and disposing of their poo appropriately. Chris, Dennis and Gypsy then went to Foundation Stage so the children could ask lots of questions and find out more information. We are delighted to hear that Blue Cross have been nominated for an award for the presentations they do in schools and we fully endorse this. Chris has visited our school three times now and the children's knowledge and understanding about caring for dogs/pets is excellent.
School Council join the Governors - March 2015
Our School Council members joined the Governors for the start of their meeting to explain the role of the School Council and the work that they do in school. They taught the Governors about the different types of bullying and involved them in a quiz and a couple of practical activities to illustrate the effects of bullying. The Council then answered questions, which they did so in a very reflective and grown up manner. This was a fantastic opportunity for these pupils to experience a formal meeting situation and they adapted extremely well. The Governors were very impressed!
International Days - March 2015
For two days, each Year group chose a country to find out about. Their learning involved finding out; where the country was, about the culture, popular food and dishes, simple words and phrases, currency, capitals, climate and flags. In addition to this, our Wicked Writer assembly prepared us for writing a letter to a potential pen-pal through our links with other schools. For example, Miss Nichols worked in a school in Colombia for a year and so Year 3 pupils have written to these children and Mrs Booth taught in Australia and so Foundation Stage are writing to them. We are all looking forward to getting a reply. The couple of days project work finished with a sharing assembly whereby the whole school got to see and hear about the learning that had taken place. Well done everyone.
La Colombe - February 2015
Whilst twenty of our Year 5 and 6 pupils spent the week in Northern France on a residential trip, the remaining pupils created their own French café in school – ‘La Colombe Cafe’ meaning ‘The Dove Café’.
The pupils worked together to decide on the name, presentation and menu items for the café. They had the opportunity to taste different French foods with the generosity and support of Tesco in Towcester in order to help them make their decisions about what to sell. Tesco also kindly donated most of the ingredients to allow the children to create their own dishes. They considered the ambience of the café, including use of both recorded and live music and images of France being displayed. The children were dressed appropriately in chef’s hats, with a range of red, white and blue t-shirts being worn as part of their uniform.
The children have learnt about taking bookings, food preparation and presentation, customer service and of course, how to speak French so that their customers had the full experience. In addition, they used their maths skills to calculate costs and prices and English skills for letter writing, advertising and menu making. But above all, the children learnt how to listen to each other and work together towards a common goal.
In addition to this, high achieving pupils from Years 3 and 4 created their own French themed stalls selling bonbons, decorated candles, French cheese and macaroons.
The café has been open for two days; once for pupils and then to members of the school and local community. Money raised from this event is going towards our ‘Fundraising February’ appeal to raise money for a girl’s orphanage in Paraguay who need to equip a new school building.
France Trip - February 2015
20 pupils have left for a week in France. please go to the 'School trip' part of our website to find out how they are getting on.
Key Stage 1 Visit Stoke Bruerne - February 2015
Year 1 and 2 went by mini-bus to Stoke Bruerne. This was to enhance their topic about transport. The children took part in three workshops:
- finding out about life on the canal in Victorian times including dressing up in Victorian costumes
- opening and closing a lock, learning how the gates work
- looking round the museum at artefacts and pictures including finding out how the canals were made
This was a super trip supported by the Canal Trust and Stoke Bruerne Museum. The volunteers there made sure all of the children understood how to be safe near a canal and learnt about his history and value as a waterway.
Dragster from Santa Pod - February 2015
As a stimulus for many pieces of writing and topic work across the school, Miss Brady organised for a dragster from Santa Pod to visit Towcester Primary. All classes had the opportunity to look at the vehicle close up and find out about how it works and why it looks the way it does. This was a very exciting visit and our thanks go to the staff from Santa Pod who took the time to visit us.
School praised for work improving pupil performance! - February 2015
County council cabinet member for learning, skills and education Cllr Matt Golby has offered his congratulations to three schools for their work with disadvantaged pupils:
Congratulations FOTOPs and THANK YOU TO SYSMEX! - January 2015
In our celebration assembly the FOTOPs were able to tell us they had reached the £2500 target for buying new science equipment for school. This is such fantastic news as Miss Letts is working with the teachers to raise the profile of science in school and increase our attainment levels to be as good as our reading and maths.
The FOTOPs work very hard to organise events and fund raising activities, and, as mentioned before, have raised over £20,000 for the school in the last few years. Their fund raising is invaluable in helping the school to stay up to date with resources and give the children of our school the extras that enhance their learning or life opportunities. We are very grateful to the team.
Their fund raising was significantly enhanced this time by 'Sysmex', a health care company in Milton Keynes who very, very kindly donated £1250 to support the science work in the school. One of our parents, Emma Ligt, approached her company explaining the cause and was delighted to hand over the cheque in front of the school. Again, we are very grateful for the generous donation and support of our community. Thank you very much.
The Bus has Moved! - January 2015
Our new mobile classroom (a work in progress) has now made its way from the car park to the playground. Soon to be put into its winter space, it will then be converted to a science and DT workshop on the bottom and a classroom at the top. Already the Foundation Pupils have had an explore and Mrs Clarke was the bus driver! Already it is providing some exciting role play opportunities! All children and teachers are looking forward to using the bus in different ways for all different lessons to enhance the children's learning.
See the Foundation Stage page for more information about their 'journey' on the bus.
See the University page for more information about how the bus is being used
Zoons Presentation to the School - January 2015
The Zoons after school club shared one of their dances with the school. With a wide range of ages taking part, it was great to see them work as a team and put on a performance that showed how much they enjoy themselves when dancing. The school joined in with some singing to their accompaniment too! Well done girls! If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the school office for information.
Governor Assembly - January 2015
Peter Light, one of our parents Governors, bravely volunteered to do a whole school assembly. As an engineer, he talked to the children about what an engineer is and why it interested him as a career. At school he had been inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings and innovative ideas. Mr Light told us about maths concepts that help him and others to do their engineering work today, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. Thank you very much for your time Mr Light and for your very interesting presentation.
Almost a Whole School Trip - January 2015
In two groups, the pupils at Towcester Primary went to see Robin Hood in Banbury at the Mill Arts centre. The performance was very good and enjoyed by all. It had all the essential ingredients to make it a funny and enjoyable occasion including singing, shouting, dancing and raining chocolate!
Year 3 start String Lessons - January 2015
As in the previous four years, our Year 3 pupils are given the opportunity to learn a classical instrument during their lesson time. These are provided in partnership between school and NMPAS. In their first lesson the children learned the names of the different parts of the violin and cello and learnt to hold the instrument properly. Mr Thom will be running a term of lessons for both Potter groups. We also hope that many children will go on to learn a musical instrument following these lessons.
Life Education Van - January 2015
All classes are visiting the Life Education Van to find out more about 'the wonder of their bodies, how to care for them and how drugs can affect them'. This is an annual visit made to the school helping to keep our children aware and up to date with issues important to them and their health. Please ask you child about what they have learnt from their visit.
Carol singing in the Community - December 2014
Nearly all of our year groups have been out in the community singing Christmas songs and carols. Older children have been to Meadow Court, Leeson Court and Ridgeway House, and will be supporting Riverside with their Christmas service on the last day of term. Years 1 and 2 walked to Tesco to sing in the entrance to passing trade and family and friends. As well as sharing their singing, it is a great opportunity for the children to give something back to their local community who so often support our school events or assemblies. The children also learn that their hard work and effort can often be rewarded with a small drink and treat!
Aladdin - December 2014
Performance Number Three! It was the turn of our Key Stage 2 pupils to perform their Christmas show - 'Aladdin'. With bright costumes and scenery, the children lit the room up even further with their singing and acting to perform the comedy play. The staff and children have worked extremely hard to produce the hour long show. Well done everyone!
Christmas Lunch - December 2014
We had our Christmas Lunch and, every year, The Lunchtime Supervisors come in early and ensure that the hall is beautifully decorated to make the occasion as nice as possible for the children. This year, to say 'Thank you' for all their hard work, we surprised them by asking them to sit down first and Mr Camp served them their surprise Christmas Dinner.
All of the staff helped the lunch hall to run smoothly by delivering dinners and desserts, pouring drinks, gravy and custard and making sure the children enjoyed themselves.
A big thank you to the Nourish team for cooking the dinners and making sure we had everything we needed.
Maths Investigation Morning - December 2014
Miss White planned another whole school maths investigation morning for us. This time, her challenge was to make a gift box. Different year groups were using different nets or even measuring out their own! Fortunately, Father Christmas came to visit us and gave us all a treat to measure and put in our carefully made boxes. Each class had a 'Magical Mathematician' who received a very special maths sticker and could choose a prize from the special maths prize table. Calculators and colouring sets were very popular, but no one seemed to want the 'Telling the Time game'...
It was really great to walk round the school and see the children all focussed on the same idea. The children were very motivated to try and carefully make a gift box and decorate it. Well done everyone!
Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance - December 2014
With Foundation Stage performances finished, it was then the turn of Key Stage 1 to perform their Christmas play. On the set of a television show we were introduced to the different characters from the Nativity and they are interviewed about the role they played. With singing, movement and costumes, the children worked hard to put on a fabulous show!
Foundation Stage Christmas Performance - December 2014
And so it was the turn of our Foundation Stage pupils to start off the Christmas Performances..
And they did it in style! Super singing with actions - not to mention a lot of travelling! All of our Foundation Stage pupils dressed up and took part, performing in front of their mums, dads, friends and family.
Well done Inkpen and Rosen. You were superstars.
Tesco Assembly - December 2014
As part of the 'Farm to Fork' programme, Diane and Janet from Tesco in Towcester, visited the children to talk about how the wheat grown in the fields is processed to become the flour used in breads and other products. The children learnt about the process of threshing and grinding. All of the children got to sample a piece of bread back in their classes. It's always great to see Janet and Diane and the children enjoyed listening to our visitors and seeing all the different foods they had to show us. In our prayer we thought about 'community' and 'partnerships' around us.
Pupils Leave for Hannover, Germany for a family exchange visit - December 2014
Five pupils from Year 6 left with Mr Camp and Ms Brown to start a three night stay with a German family. The project is based around 'Healthy eating' and during the visit they will be learning about bread and potatoes. Please take a look at the 'School Trips' section of the website for more photos.
Switch Off Fortnight - November 2014
Our School Council launched 'Switch Off Fortnight' in assembly and reminded the children how we can reduce our carbon footprint in school ... and at home! During the assembly the children learnt about renewable energy sources and about how it is so important that we all do our bit.
In school we are going to try and remember to always turn off lights and projectors when they are not in use and close doors during break times to keep the heat in.
At home, we are also going to turn off lights, not use standby and not leave chargers plugged in.
We are also reminding ourselves about what can be recycled from our lunchboxes and other materials used around school.
Foundation Stage - Open Learning Morning for Parents - November 2014
Parents joined their child in Foundation Stage class for a morning to see how the children learn and experience a typical morning including break time and a phonics lesson. The children enjoyed learning with their parents and we were really pleased to see so many parents take part. Sometimes it is hard to understand how children learn through play but by experiencing it, our parents now have a much better idea when their child comes home and says 'I played'.
Wicked Writers - November 2014
Each term we have a 'Wicked Writers Assembly' whereby the children listen to a story or watch a film shared by Miss Thomas. Then the whole school produces a piece of writing based on that stimulus. Each class chooses a 'wicked writer' and this is celebrated in the next assembly and their work is put on the 'Wicked Writers' display near the school entrance. The best thing about the writing is that the children are writing purely for pleasure and their teacher doesn't even have to mark it!
Mad Science Assembly - November 2014
We welcomed Jupiter Jules to school this week to share with us some Mad Science experiments. We thought about the difference between science and magic and made sure we understood all the safety rules when carrying out scientific experiemnts. There was a competition between a group of boys and girls to see which team could get some water from one bottle into another the quickest.
University Graduation - November 2014
Our Autumn Term University came to a close with a celebration of all our achievements. Each 'course' shared what they did and any work that they produced before receiving a certificate. It was great to see such a range of activities. This can only happen because of the ideas from all of our staff and the time given by our volunteers for which we are very grateful. Mrs Malik ran an arts and craft group and Mrs Thomas had a filming group. Thank you. If you are not sure which courses took place this term, then please go to our 'University' section of the website. Well done everyone.
Our next University courses start in the spring term once all the Christmas performances have finished.