Ben Parkinson Assembly

On Monday 16th July we had a truly inspirational assembly when Ben Parkinson visited us.  His bravery, determination, intelligence and sense of humour shone through as he talked about his recovery and progress as well as his fantastic Olympic Torch walk.  The children then asked Ben a range of questions and came away realising that you can’t judge a book by its cover and inspired by his bravery.  Ben’s final message was even if someone says you can’t do something, if you’re determined and don’t give up you can do it.  We would like to thank Ben and his supporters for making the visit possible and Mrs Local who organised the contact.



Thank you again for all your support at the Book Fair held during Parents’ Evenings.  Over the four book fairs we have held you have raised over £1000 for us to spend on books for the library and the classrooms.  The first boxes arrived today!

Calculation Policy

Following requests by some parents we have put the school calculation policy on the website in the policies section so you can see the methods that we use to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Although some methods may not look like they are the most efficent, the intention is to get the children to understand the thinking behind what they are doing rather than just learning a method.  Please feel free to come in and ask if you are unsure.

Reading Week

Our reading week starts on Monday 14th November with parents invited in from 8.45 to 9.15 am to read and do reading activities with their children.  We are also officially opening our new library on Monday at 9.30am with the Friends of Hatchell Wood who have kindly donated £2000 for new furniture to make it a space that all the children can enjoy.

School Disco

Remember the school disco is on Thursday 3rd November.  6.15-7.00 for Key Stage 1 children and 7.15-8.15pm for Key Stage 2 children.  Tickets are £1.50 and can be bought on the playground on 2nd and 3rd November from 8.30-9.00 or on the door.  The disco is only for children who attend Hatchell Wood Primary School.