This week at Hoyland Common Primary School….

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It has been another busy week at Hoyland Common, with the main event of the week being the Y5/6 performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ at the Lamproom Theatre on Tuesday. The cast performed to a full house and certainly did impress, it was an amazing performance and the children were a real credit to the school, we really do have some brilliantly talented actors and actresses.

The stars of the week this week have been selected for demonstrating ‘that little something extra’ in a wide variety of areas, from hard work in literacy and numeracy, to having improved attendance and having a fantastic attitude to everything they do.

This weeks attendance is 96.2%, again thank you for your continued efforts to ensure attendance is as high as it possibly can be. You should by now have all received your appointments for parents evening, if you have not arranged an appointment please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment.

As ever if you have anything you wish to discuss about your child’s education or any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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This week at HCPS……

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It has been another fantastic week for the pupils at Hoyland Common Primary. On Tuesday, all the pupils in Y5/6 visited Whitby to conduct market research on their planned seaside businesses. Even on a bit of a rainy day, the children were absolutely fantastic and a real credit to the school. There were so many positive comments from members of the public in relation to how polite and well-mannered the pupils were.

We also said our goodbyes to the Chicks in KS1; the children found it fascinating seeing them form eggs to chirping chicks. A big thank you to Debs from Eggucation for her support.

Today we have celebrated and raised funds for Sports Relief. Both staff and children have come dressed as sports men and women, walked or run the sports relief mile around the playground, and just to keep our energy levels up, we have been selling biscuits, cakes and buns. Thank you for all your contributions for this brilliant cause.

This week’s stars of the week have impressed for a wonderful range of reasons, including putting 100%, for fantastic problem solving in maths, for a great attitude in swimming lessons and for been a kind and helpful member of the class. It has been another good week for attendance this week at 97%, thank you and keep up the good work!

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At the beginning of next week you should receive confirmation of your parents evening appointments and also at this point I am sure you will all support me in wishing the cast of ‘Richard III’, all the best for their performance on Tuesday. Break a leg!

And as always, if you have any worries, concerns or anything you wish to discuss about your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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This week at Hoyland Common Primary School….

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It has been a great start to the second half of the spring term. This week has been as busy as ever, on Tuesday Hoyland Common Primary School celebrated ‘World Book Day’ and all the pupils and staff dressed up and did activities based around their favourite characters and books. Thursday and Friday this week saw Year 2 children visit Cannon Hall as part of their World War 2 topic, they completed a range of activities and chores as though they were World War 2 evacuees and all dressed up to play the part.

This week’s stars of the week were selected as ever for going above and beyond in various different aspects of school. This week it included for brilliant effort during Y6 residential, for fantastic writing during World Book day, for putting 100% effort into literacy and numeracy, and for trying hard at everything they do!

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Attendance this week was 95.8%, let’s try to get it back up to those 98% and 99% we were seeing in the first term. Next week is assessment week so please do support your child by making sure they have a good night’s sleep and attend school as children always do so much better in their assessment if they do them with the rest of their class.

As ever please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my members of staff if you need to discuss anything about school or your child’s education.

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This week at Hoyland Common….

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It has again been an amazing week of learning at Hoyland Common Primary School, the pinnacle of which being today and the HCPS Ice rink. This term pupils in foundation stage have been doing a topic about winter and linking this into the opening of the winter Olympics in Russia and today they have been trying out their skills at Ice Skating. It will also be great to see so many children trying their hand at it after school.

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The school council have also arranged a fund raising day today on behalf of the British Heart Foundation, all children have come to school wearing red and various different buns, cakes and biscuits are been sold to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Thank you to the school council for their efforts and continued fund raising for such a wide variety of causes.

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Attendance this week has been 95.4%, let’s hope we have now got past all the bugs and germs and are back up to those incredible levels of attendance we have seen in previous weeks.

Again we have our stars of the week, who have demonstrated that ‘little bit extra’ in their learning this week. From pushing themselves in literacy, working hard at division in maths and having a fantastic attitude towards all their learning to name but a few. Certificates will be given in Monday’s assembly.

We are always looking for more and more volunteers to support learning at Hoyland Common and are currently looking for a willing volunteer to help out to make the Hoyland Common Primary School Library even more accessible to parents and children, please do enquire if you are interested. As ever please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of staff if there is anything you wish to discuss about school or your child’s education.

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This week at Hoyland Common Primary School….

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It really has been an amazing week of learning at Hoyland Common Primary School this week, with an incredible range of activities and learning opportunities taking place.

This week the year 5 children have started their bike ability training. Looking at bike maintenance and riding safely and then moving on to riding bikes safely on the road, they have done incredibly well and learnt such a valuable life skill. Thank you to the Active Barnsley team for the fantastic delivery.

On Wednesday it was Young Voices and children right across Key Stage 2 spent the afternoon doing a final practice of the songs they have been learning over the past term with thousands of other children at Sheffield Arena ready for the concert that evening. Once again thank you to all the parents who attended and gave their support to all the children taking part.

Yesterday was a day of creativity in Y2, they built some strange and amazing Dens in the classroom out of a wide variety of material and are doing some amazing work to follow it up. Have a look at the Y2 class blogs to see their fantastic creations.

Yesterday and today pupil in Y3 and Y4 have visited the National Coaling Mining Museum to get a flavour of their own local heritage as part of their topic this term of ‘We are Barnsley’.

It has been incredible to hear feedback from all the visits and visitors in school just how fantastically well behaved they think the children of Hoyland Common Primary School are and are a real credit to the school! Well done to you all.

Attendance this week continues to be positive at 97.3%, again thank you for your continued support on this, it really does make such a fantastic difference to the progress children make.

Our stars of the week this week have really shone in a wide range of areas and this weeks “dining with the stars” was with Miss Hayward. This weeks stars have been given for reasons such as a fantastic performance of the ‘Highway Man’, hard work in literacy and numeracy and having fantastic manners! Well done to you all, keep up the hard work.

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As ever if you have anything you wish to discuss in relation to your child’s education please do not hesitate to contact me.

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This term at Hoyland Common Primary school…

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Well it has certainly been a long but enjoyable term at Hoyland Common Primary School. The year kicked off with lost treasure, archaeological digs and a found rucksack and by the end of the term there was a HCPS court hearing, a Egyptian museum and we’ve found out all about David the explorer and his adventures. Thrown in on top of all this there have been endless visits and trips, clubs and sporting events, family activities and fantastic Christmas performances.

It is with pleasure I can say that all your and our hard work in relation to attendance has paid off, this terms attendance is 97.2%, which is an absolutely fantastic effort, let’s keep it up next term. Even more pleasing is the fact that there are over 120 children who have still have 100% attendance, well done to you all!

Even in the final week of term we have continued working hard in literacy and numeracy but let our hair down with Christmas parties for all year groups throughout the week and had a fantastic Christmas dinner on Thursday. Stars of the week for the final week have been chosen for a range of brilliant reasons, including, much improved attendance, for continued hard work, effort and a fantastic attitude in everything! Excellent effort in Science, and working hard in literacy, another huge well done to you all!

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At the end of the term I would like to say a few thank you’s, firstly to the pupils of Hoyland Common Primary School, for as ever trying and working incredibly hard and showing fantastic attitudes towards their learning, secondly to all you parents for continuing to support your children and the school with the work you do with them at home and attending in such number at the events we hold. Finally to all the staff at Hoyland Common Primary School for their continued commitment and hard work. The current Ofsted framework is undoubtedly and rightly so the most challenging framework by a significant amount, and they have without out a doubt taken up the challenge to ensure the school continues to uphold its high standards and expectation, so thank you and well done. By all parties working together it can only result in a better and better education for the children who attend the School.

As ever if you do have any worries, concerns or even compliments please do not hesitate to contact me. To end I would like to wish you all the best for Christmas and New Year from Hoyland Common Primary School and here’s hoping I get a coat for Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you all on January 6th, enjoy the holidays!

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This Festive week at Hoyland Common…..

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It has been another incredibly busy week at Hoyland Common Primary School and a particularly festive one! On Tuesday and Wednesday KS1 pupils did their Christmas play, they were absolutely fantastic and thank you to all the parents who attended and really enjoyed it.

Thursday and Friday saw the Foundation Stage nativity, which again showed just how confident and amazing even our youngest children are, and once again a big thank you to all those parents for attending.

Thursday also saw the culmination of all the hard work of the children in Y3/4 with their fantastic Egyptian museum, the range of stalls, information and artefacts that was on display was amazing, I certainly enjoyed it and I am sure all those people who attended did too.

The stars of the weeks this week showed just how amazing they were for a wide range of reasons including, having fantastic attitudes to learning, finishing all the spelling snails, for working well as part of a group and for excellent persuasive writing.

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Today we were also fortunate enough to have a visit from out local MP, Michael Dugher, to present the school winners of his annual Christmas card competition, well done to Harrison, Max and Macy.

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And finally I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Joyce. It has now been 20 years to the day since she started work at Hoyland Common Primary School, thank you for her hard work and commitment during the time she has been here.

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As ever if you do have any issues or concerns about your child’s education please do not hesitate to contact me and once again thank you for the positive response on the parent questionnaire, the final outcome will be released just after Christmas.

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This week at Hoyland Common….

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Well the run up to Christmas has started and as ever it has been an unbelievably busy week at Hoyland Common Primary School. The manic practicing of nativities and Christmas play has begun and I am sure you will enjoy those performances next week. Monday and Tuesday saw the first parents evenings of the term and thank you for such a great turn out, pretty much every parent has been in to discuss their child’s progress so far this year. Even with the weather as crazy as it has been, attendance is still positive, this weeks attendance is 96% so let’s keep it up all the way to Christmas.

The Senior leadership team have just completed a round of observations of teaching and it showed a fantastically positive picture of the quality of teaching and learning at HCPS. Children were thoroughly engaged in their learning and lessons were fun and exciting, there were opportunities for children to be active and collaborative and children were proud of the work they were doing. There was a continued high expectation of all children no matter their ability. Well done to you all.

As you were aware the parent questionnaire went out on Wednesday and thank you for the positive response so far, once all the questionnaires are in and have been analysed, the information will be shared on the school website.

And finally, as ever the stars of the week have been chosen and as ever I am over whelmed by the range of fantastic things, again so many children have impressed with their hard work in literacy and numeracy, with lots of children this week in for brilliant writing. Improved attendance, working independently and having a fantastic attitude to learning are other reasons for this weeks stars of the week.

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Thank you again for your ongoing support in all aspects of school and as ever if you do have any worries or concerns about your child’s education or any aspect of school, please do not hesitate to come and see me.

Tom Banham

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Stars of the Week!

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It was great to have the pleasure of the company of this wonderful group of children on Thursday for ‘Dining with the Stars’. This weeks stars were on for a fantastic range of reasons including hard work in literacy and numeracy, for putting fantastic effort into all of their work, having perfect manners and for developing their confidence. Well done to you all and keep up the hard work.

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KS2 Parents Maths Meetings

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Thank you for such a great turn out at the KS2 Maths meeting, it was fantastic to see so many parents there to help support their children’s learning at home. Don’t forget all the resources are available on the website. Hope you all found it useful and it wasn’t too daunting been back in the classroom!

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