Galley Hill Primary School Newsletter 10th January 2020

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that you all had a relaxing and festive Christmas. Welcome back.


School Life

Year 3 took part in pedestrian training this week. They were looking at how to safely cross the road, ensuring that they were aware of all of the dangers that, what can seem like a simple task of crossing the road, can be there.

Year 1 begun their new Talk for Writing unit this week, with a visit from a Fox! The Year One children were involved in a ‘Hot Seating’ activity, where they asked the fox lots of different questions about the Gingerbread Man Story. The children had lots of wonderful questions and were able to discuss the story in detail. Children then performed the Gingerbread Man, using lots of exciting story language and actions.

Year 5 and Year 6 begun their work on WWII this week. There have been some wonderful aeroplanes being created as part of their DT work.

Year 4 have been looking at circuits and how electricity makes things work. they had a wonderful investigation including Scalextric, an electronic dog and a fan.

Year 2 - Immersed in a tunnel to begin their T4W text

Year 2 Started their new Talk for Writing unit this week, by entering a tunnel. They have produced some wonderful story maps and have started to look at the comparisons of The Tunnel, by Anthony Browne, and stories that they already know and looked at last term. Some wonderful knowledge around the structure of stories beginning to appear.

Reception have started their story maps this week and have begun learning the story structure. For a few days of learning there are some wonderful story tellers in Reception.

NSPCC Number day

We’re taking part in NSPCC Number Day!

We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in their Number Day on Friday 7 February 2020.

We will be taking part in Dress up for Digits and pupils will be invited to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt or even a onesie!). To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £2, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event.

School Council update

Starting Friday 17th - The school council will be collecting food donations (Tins and packets) to send to a local foodbank. All donations greatly welcomed. This will happen and be collected every Friday from now till the end of the academic year. If you could send anything in it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance in your support - The School Council

Book fair

29th, 30th, 31st January

Every Book Fair is packed with hundreds of the best children’s books for all ages – from award-winners and the newest titles to pocket-money pick-ups and treasured classics.

The range includes picture books, early readers, chapter books, books for reluctant readers, older fiction, non-fiction, home learning and lots more.

The Book fair will take place in the hall after school till 4pm on 29th, 30th, 31st January 2020

Click on the link for Scholastic book fair reading list

Problem Solver

Ava in Year 6 felt that Guisborough could do with a few more family friendly places to eat, as well as an improvement to the infrastructure, with a train line stopping at Guisborough, being an alternative to all of the traffic in and around the local area. She thought of some solutions to her problems (one of the characteristics we have been looking at in Assemblies on a Monday) and wrote to the local MP Simon Clarke. Well done Ava. Here is his response:

Curriculum Booklets

As we start 2020, I've attached the learning for the year groups. If you have any questions please ask your child's class teacher, who will be more than happy to explain



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

dates for your diary and community news

I would like to share with you some dates and activities:

NSPCC Number Day: Friday 7 February 2020

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March 2020

Easter Service at St. Nicholas Church: 31st March 10:30am

Spring term Topic afternoon dates: Friday 14th February from 1pm and Thursday 26th March from 1pm

Parent Forum: Thursday 16th January 2:00pm, Tuesday March 31st 5pm

SEN Forum: Friday 17th January 2:00pm, Wednesday 1st April 5pm

End of Year Service St Nicholas Church: 7th July 10:30am


It has been a great first week back with lots happening in the classrooms, I look forward to seeing all the amazing things for next week as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr McGeeney