Galley Hill Primary School Newsletter 22nd November 2019

Trips out, sporting events and the sign of frost, there have been lots of things happening this week:

House points

This weeks running total for house points:

School Life

This half term the whole school is studying the Local Area through History, Geography, Art and DT.

Year 3 and Year 4 went on a school trip to the Transporter bridge to coincide with their work in Topic on the Local Area. They have been looking at bridges as well at the work of McKenzie Thorpe. They have produced some amazing Art work as a result of their trip.

Year 4 Art Work based on McKenzie Thorpe

Reception have had a visit from the Fire Service as well as visiting the local area and sending letters.

Reception Class this week

Y5 and Y6 were shocked to learn that a theme park has been planned for Guisborough Woods. After careful thought, the children discussed the potential impact this may have on our local area.

Year 3 and Year 4 had a wonderful time at the Transporter Bridge sketching from first hand observation, with Art work recreating a Mackenzie Thorpe picture using paint and being able to mix colours.

Year 3/4 Trip and Year 3 Art Work

Assembly Theme for Next Week

On Monday we will be looking at Confidence - 'good to be me'.

We will discuss the importance of believing in ourselves. If we BELIEVE we can learn, then we will learn BETTER than we would have otherwise. The power of 'Yet', how we can change our own sayings from 'I can not do it' to, 'I can not do it yet'.


Gardening club have asked if anyone has any spare compost as they are in need of some. If you do, and it could be brought in to school, it would be greatly received.

FOGH have also asked for good quality soft toys for the Christmas Fayre

Year 3 would like to put a request in for old Newspapers that could be used to stop paint going onto tables during Art and DT lessons

Thank you in advance!

Parent curriculum update meeting

As we continue to review the curriculum at Galley Hill, to ensure it is challenging, aspirational and supportive where needed, I would like to share with you where we are and how we are currently teaching English, Maths and the wider curriculum.

I will be holding a Curriculum Information Evening from 4:30 till 6:00 on Monday 2nd December. We will look at:

  • Phonics, through the use of Sounds Write.
  • Reading at Galley Hill. How we are trying to promote a love of reading, ensuring that children understand the books they are reading at both word level and comprehension level.
  • Writing at Galley Hill.
  • Maths and the 'Mastery' approach that we have at Galley Hill.
  • The wider curriculum.

I look forward to sharing with you our approaches to teaching and learning, as well as the curriculum covered.

Sports hall athletics

Year 5 and Year 6 had a great time at the Sports hall athletics and finished in 2nd place. They did extremely well and should be very proud. Thank you to Mrs lax and Mrs Cooper as well.

Year 5 and 6 Sports Hall athletics team

Road safety week

This week has been road safety week. In assembly on Monday we discussed the importance of staying safe on the pavement, the importance of wearing helmets on our bikes and wearing bright reflective clothing on the now dark evenings.

The Road Safety theme for the week is 'Step Up' -

We can all step up and play a part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future:

Individuals can step up by pledging to use roads safely, minimise vehicle use and shout out for safe system solutions.

Schools can help young people step up and learn how to create a safe and healthy future and shout out for change.

Organisations can step up their policies and procedures to ensure they choose safe systems solutions.

Emergency service professionals can step up to highlight their vital role in helping keep us safe.

Policy-makers can step up by developing and mandating safe systems solutions.

Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and each one is preventable. Step up for Safe Streets and do your bit for a safe and healthy future.

dates for your diary

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

Friday 29th November - School Closed - CPD Day

Monday 2nd December - Parent Curriculum Information Evening 4:30pm - 6pm

Nursery Christmas Performance : Friday 13th December 2019 10am

Reception Christmas Performance: Wednesday 11th December 2019 9:30am

KS1 Christmas Performance: Monday 16th December at 1.30pm and Tuesday 17th December at 5:30pm

KS2 Christmas Carols in the community: Thursday 19th December 5:00pm

Tickets for Nursery, Reception and KS1 are all available through Parentmail. If you are having issues, please let us know and we can put your name down on our list. Thank you as we trial it this way, hopefully it means that there is less backwards and forwards for tickets. We will be holding a collection at the end of each performance for charity.

Christmas Fayre: 12th December 4pm till 6pm

We will also be holding another Topic afternoon on Friday 13th December. You are all warmly invited in again to help create something with your children, as well as see the work they have been producing from 1pm.

Spring term Topic afternoon dates: Friday 15th February from 1pm and Thursday 28th March from 1pm

Parent Forum: Thursday 17th January 2:00pm, Tuesday March 31st 5pm

SEN Forum: Wednesday 16th January 2:00pm, Wednesday 1st April 5pm

Book fair

On Tuesday 26th November, we will be holding a book fair where children will be able to make a donation and take a book that is no longer required in the school library home. The books will be split into KS1 and KS2 accordingly.

School librarians will be carrying out a class survey to ask the children which authors they would like to see on the bookshelves; all funds raised will then be spent restocking the library with the children’s choice of literature.

The fair will take place in the school hall from 3.15 – 4.15pm. Please collect your children from their respective playground before entering through the main reception.


Have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week.

Mr McGeeney