HPS News November 2016 2nd edition

Notes from the Head

Discussion Time

Thank you so much to all those parents who have been having really interesting and fascinating discussions with their children each week. We have been reading some great comments and you have obviously been sharing some good times together as a family which was the whole point of this homework. As it is a discussion task, we really don’t need children to be writing much in those boxes if they aren’t keen to! The discussion is the important bit, so even if you sometimes just write ‘We had a great discussion!’, that is fine, or if parents want to write instead of the child, that is great too. We don’t necessarily need you to record what every member of the family thought if you don’t want to – just one comment often gives a flavour of the discussion.

At Honiton Primary School, we really want to encourage all our children to be affluent with language, so we do a lot to support the development of a rich and full vocabulary: through our use of a wide variety of different texts, through encouraging children to answer questions in a full sentence answer and through our wonderful interactive ‘Magenta Principles’ activities that we are using to get children thinking and talking more deeply (more about Magenta Principles in the next newsletter!). This discussion homework is therefore linked to this work, so that home and school are working together really effectively on this crucial life skill.


Well done and thank you to all those parents who have got SumDog up and running at home. Some children are doing lots of great maths practise – a little each day which is what it was designed for. If you are having problems getting onto SumDog then do please let us know, or if there is any reluctance in your children to do this or any other homework, then once again, please do let us know as we are hoping to set up a weekly homework club next term where children can spend some time doing their homework after school, in school, if it is tricky to get them to do it at home. We do try and give only a small amount of homework for our children, but what we give are things that we have thought really hard about and we feel are really crucial to help them keep up and do their best in school. Thank you so much for all your support with this.

We have lots of events coming up for the end of term, a lot of which our fabulous PTFA organise and run for us, and for the good of our children and the school. We have lots and lots of wonderful parents in our school, but only a very small PTFA at the moment. Please do let the PTFA know if you would like to join them (please do!) or if you don’t feel you can quite commit to this, but you would be able to serve some teas and coffees at the Christmas concerts, then please do come forward as we really value our PTFA and they need some more support. They can be contacted now on their new email address so they are easy to get hold of, and you can be sure of a warm and appreciative response if you email them with your contact details! ptfa@honitonprimary.co.uk

Thank you.

Homework– home-made decorations

For homework this weekend, we would like all the children to make a home-made decoration to hang up in our school hall, so that it looks bright and festive ready for our end of term discos and concerts. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate and we wouldn’t want people to have to go out and buy loads of resources for this, something made with things like a bit of tinsel and glitter would be great! We are imagining snowflakes, robins, Santas, baubles, trees, stars, presents – although nothing too big please! Please could you put a hoop on the top of the decoration so that it can be hung up.

Please could you bring all decorations into school by Wednesday 30th November as we are going to hang them up in the hall that evening.

Thank you very much for your support with this homework and we hope that you enjoy gazing at all the decorations when you join us for some of the festive celebrations later this term.

Christmas Postbox

From December 1st we will have an exciting new addition to our school reception area... The Christmas postbox! This will be the main way to deliver Christmas cards across the school - how exciting! Please ensure all cards are labelled with the recipient's full name and class/year group if possible. The cards will be sorted and delivered daily, making for an

KS1 [Yrs 1 & 2] Book Bands

We will be collecting in all KS1 Book Band books week commencing Monday 5th December as we are having an overhaul of the books. We plan to replace outdated books with some exciting new ones. So please return any books you may have at home and hopefully the books will be ready to go home again on Friday 9th December. Thank you for your understanding.

Entertainingly Different presents Pantomonium!

F1 – Year 6 Tuesday 6th December

The date of the whole school pantomime has now changed to Tuesday 6th December. Please encourage your child to come into school in non-uniform on that day. We are asking for contributions of £1 from each child to help fund the event. The PTFA are also making a substantial contribution. Thank you for your support it should be a fantastic experience.


Children In Need

We raised £260.56 for Children In Need by selling all your lovely cakes last Friday. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and then came and purchased them at the end of the day! Cake tins are in the office.

Christmas Disco run by the PTFA - Thursday 8th December

Tickets are on sale in the office, priced at £1.50 for a disco ticket, which includes a drink and a packet of crisps PLUS £2.50 if your child wants to see Santa. We also have pocket money items and activities for your children to take part in, such as: Face Painting, glow sticks, tattoos, glow rings and sweets, all at 20p each, so if they want to bring an extra £1.00 they can choose up to 5 items.

PTFA Ambassadors

We are still recruiting for 2 people from each class to represent their teacher and children at the PTFA meetings, which take place once a month.

Please speak to your class teacher or email ptfa@honitonprimary.co.uk for more information.

Honiton Primary PTFA Facebook

To keep up to date with events & PTFA news, please like and share our posts on the Honiton Primary School PTFA Facebook page.

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Rights Respecting

Thank you all for your efforts last Friday supporting Children In Need. As a school community, through dressing-up, selling cakes and carrying our sponsored tasks, we raised a massive £635!!! This is our largest total to date! Hopefully, some of our money will find its way to the seven charities in Exeter that are supported directly by CIN (for more information on who these charities are and how they support the local community, please visit: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/whowehelp) and click on the South West tab.

Sports News

What a busy and energetic time for years 5 and 6 in their inter-school cluster competitions this week.

Y6 Sportshall Athletics:

First up was the Sportshall Athletics. This saw our team of 6 girls: Gamze, Millie, Amber W, Catie, Courtney & Izzy; and the squad of 6 boys: Fin F, Ethan, Luca, Thomas N, Ben T & Joseph compete in a variety of indoor track and field events. Not only was their running, jumping and throwing skills put to the test; but, with a place at the East Devon Finals at stake, they showed they had the drive and the passion to perform at the highest level and every member of the team came away knowing that they had given it everything. We now await the final placings with great anticipation!

*A special mention must go to Thomas N for his mature attitude and fantastic sportsmanship - team player of the afternoon, without a doubt - very well done Thomas!

Y5/6 High 5s Netball:

Last night saw the second of three meetings for the cluster's inter-school High 5s Netball Tournament for Years 5 and 6. Many layers, hats and gloves were needed as the teams played 12 matches in to fading light come the end. The after school club training was paying off and there were many improvements amongst the team of Evie, Ellie, Fay, Tori, Harry, Violet, Georgia, Lucas & Seyithan. The competition was fierce and frantic at times but Amber W, Amber S, Millie, Gamze, Ethan, Jess, Erin & Karolina kept their composure and played some great netball, scoring well and supporting one another brilliantly. One more meeting to go in January and then the final positions will dictate which school and which team will represent the Honiton Cluster at the East Devon Finals - time to get some more practice in! Train hard teams!

Around the School...


We would like to take this opportunity to give you the details of our 'Christmas Play' afternoon to celebrate a fantastic term of play, learning and socializing, we would like to invite all F1 and F2 parents to join us in the Unit on the afternoon of Thursday 15th December from 2pm until 3pm. This is an open invitation to all F1 parents, regardless of the sessions you attend during the week. Lets celebrate the end of a fantastic term by spending an hour letting your children show you what they love about the Unit!

You may have heard that, this Christmas, Channel 4 are showing an animated production of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. The Channel 4 website says...

'A half-hour Christmas treat on Channel 4, from the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, featuring the voices of Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams. Based on the hit bedtime book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and produced by the makers of the hugely-popular The Snowman and The Snowdog animation, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure in search of bears. Channel 4’s half hour film will expand the universe of the much-loved book for a truly festive family treat. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) will breathe life into the brand new characters of Mum, Grandma and Dad respectively. Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book, will play the Bear, plus a few other voice characters! Channel 4 will broadcast the one-off half hour special this Christmas, bringing to life the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the 25 year-old children’s classic. Made with exquisite, hand-drawn animation, the film is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.'

Year 1

Year 1 have had a super week, starting off with the visit from Steve the Firefighter who helped us with our non-fiction writing. We have been thinking about what it is to be a firefighter and have put all our fantastic ideas into a non-fiction book. These will be on display soon so do pop in for a look after school.

In Maths, we have been looking at counting on and counting back. We are still a bit rusty at counting backwards from 40, so any practise at home would be helpful.

Christmas production

Rehearsals are now under way, hopefully the children will soon be singing the songs at home. We are carol singers and the children will need a costume. Please send into school a red/ green top or Christmas jumper with jeans or trousers. A tinsel band for hair would look great too. We are collecting these in a named bag from Monday 5th December ready for our first performance on Friday 9th December.

On Monday 28th November, Year 1 are off on another visit. This time we will be visiting Honiton Post Office and hoping to see some familiar faces up there. Please talk to your child about their address before the visit so they can try and spot any post ready for delivery to their home.

Year 2

Year two have been so lucky to meet a real Scotsman. Last week Jock, who came dressed in his kilt and sporan, delivered some important information. He'd met Harmony Heritage on her journey around Scotland. We found out all about the Loch Ness Monster, the types of clothes that some Scottish people wear and even the different types of wildlife. Why don't you ask what your child learnt about Scotland. It's lucky he helped us, as we've been in the midst of writing instructions. Have you ever cleaned the Loch Ness Monster? We discovered that Harmony is in a bit of trouble and has lost the swallows. Where did they go? We have also been looking at bridging through ten when adding and subtracting one and two digit numbers. The children seem to be experts at partitioning numbers to help them with their equations. Fa la la, has been running around our heads this last week. Everyone is busy preparing our Christmas Show, learning songs and lines to share with you. We hope you can come to our show.

Year 3

We have had a very busy couple of weeks in Year 3... We have learned lots more about Volcanoes. Ask your child about different volcano types, about what causes a volcano to explosively erupt and ask them to tell you about how they are formed. We have also made some wonderful volcanic eruptions using silhouettes and oil pastels. Next time you head upstairs to the Year 3 area come and have a look!

We are beginning to plan our ideas in Storytelling to take Leon to our new Place Between, our adverbial phrase knowledge will help give our reader lots of clear detail. In Maths we have learned different methods for tackling subtraction equations, this has helped us to practise our mental and formal methods.

Thank you to everyone who has brought in any newspaper and plastic bottles, paper mache awaits us... Wish us luck!

It's the exciting time of year that we are beginning to practise our Christmas songs. All children have a copy of their Christmas Concert Lyrics, please help to support them by helping to learn them at home!

Please remember, home learning is due in on Tuesday to be taken home again on a Wednesday.

Year 4

The Paperbag Prince is a peculiar kind of prince. He doesn't like in a huge castle - he lives in an old, decrepit railway carriage. He isn't surrounded by jewels, crowns and gold - he's surrounded by rubbish. It isn't what we would think of as a palace, but it's perfect for him, surrounded by all of his own special treasures. We've really enjoyed immersing ourselves in the story, thinking about what is special for us. In maths, we've been using our knowledge of multiplication and division in maths this week. We've been thinking about missing number boxes where we multiply three numbers together! For example, 2 x 5 x 7 = 70. By using our knowledge of inverse we are even able to solve problems such as 3 x ? x 5 = 30. Perhaps you can test us on some! It's really important we get really quick at our times tables facts, so keep practising at home! In reading, we've been thinking as an author, getting into Roald Dahl's head and thinking about his word and sentence choice and the impact it has on us as a reader. We loved his adjectives to describe the witches: "cankered", "shrivelled", "looked like it had been pickled in vinegar". We really wouldn't want to meet them!!!

Year 5

Over the past two weeks Year 5 have been working their socks off on lots of challenging and exciting learning. In Storytelling, we have been writing some fantastic stories using our own characters who are able to take away and give emotions using a variety of different powers and equipment. Maths has seen us explore multiplication and division using different methods. To be really successful at this, we need to know our times tables really well; keep practising them at home! In Science we had a great afternoon exploring a 'mystery material' which turned out to be fake snow and we have been looking at different mixtures and solutions. Next week sees the start of creating our Christmas decorations. Watch this space...

Year 6

Over the last few weeks, year 6 have been doing lots of Science following on from our zoo visit! We have been looking at the evolution of animals and natural selection. We carried out an experiment to see which kind of bird beaks are most effective for retrieving different types of food! We have also gained lots of inspiration from BBC Planet Earth II, discussing the amazing sword-billed hummingbirds. In BBI we have been focusing on Islamic art and trying our hand at some patterns. In storytelling, we are integrating speech writing with an annual public speaking competition held in Sidmouth. We will be learning all about persuasive speeches and applying our skills to writing a speech about something we feel passionately about. Please talk to your children about any issues that could inspire them - discussion homework next week should help with this!

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