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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 3 to 11
Number of Pupils :35

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We are constantly seeking to develop the early years ‘choosing’ provision. We are striving to provide enough challenges for the children and present them with meaningful opportunities for them to practice their reading, writing and number skills.


Spring Term 2018

Please click here to view Acorn Class - Spring Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Please click here to view Acorn Class - Spring Term 2017/2018 Newsletter

Please click here to view Acorn Class - Summer Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Monday 16th January - Easyfundraising               

Help us to raise funds from the comfort of your own home.  If you use online shopping then please make sure you register for - it's free for you and doesn't cost St Hilda's CE Primary School a penny.  Simply navigate to your chosen retailer's website through and we will automatically receive a donation every time you shop, costing you absolutely nothing!  


To register simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the ‘Support a good cause’
  3. Enter St Hilda's CE Primary School
  4. Click ‘support this cause’
  5. Create an account
  6. Activate the donation reminder (this will then remind you every time you shop online to use Easy Fundraising)
  7. Start shopping and raising money!

Register now!  Please click here

Don't forget to tell your family, friends and neighbours about

Tuesday 9th January - Bags2School

As a fundraising event we have organised a Bags2School collection on Monday 22nd January. This should give you the opportunity to have a good clear out of unwanted clothing items and help raise much need funds for the school. All money raised will be used to subsidise future school trips, such as the bus for the pantomime trip which cost the school £240!

Every child should have brought home a bag, and more are available from the school office. Please spread the word to friends and family as the more bags we collect the more money we raise.

Please drop bags off at school by 9.00am on Monday 22nd January and leave them under the canopy at the front of the school building.  

Thursday 18th January - Phonics Workshop 

We would like to offer you the opportunity to go to Hovingham School and take part in a Phonics Workshop held by Mrs Carter on Thursday 18th January at 4pm. We are very aware that the teaching of reading through phonics has changed dramatically over the years and so the aim of the workshop is to help you as parents to understand how we teach phonics in school so that you feel confident with supporting your child with reading, phonics and spelling at home. We will provide you with the background information surrounding the phonics scheme, demonstrate the way we teach it, through discussion and practical activities, and provide you with some activity ideas and websites that can be used to support your child at home. We would strongly encourage the parents of children in Acorn Class to come along but all parents are welcome. 


Autumn Term 2017

Please click here to view Acorn Class - Autumn Term 2017/2018 Planning Document

Please click here to view Acorn Class - Autumn Term 2017/2018 Newsletter

From all the staff here at St. Hilda’s Primary School, we would like to wish you all a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas.

See you in 2018!

Friday 22nd December - Christingle Service

The Christingle service at St Hilda’s Church on Friday 22nd December at 2:30pm will be led by Revd. Catherine Reid.  The children will be singing some songs, there will be a short talk and every child gets their own Christingle. 

Please click here to view the making of the Christingles!

Wednesday 20th December - Christmas Party!

All children can come to school dressed in their party clothes as we will be having our party in the afternoon.

Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Nativity and Carols

Our Christmas production is fast approaching, so we wanted to confirm arrangements with you. The performance will take place in St Hilda’s Church at 6:30pm on Tuesday 19th December. Please can we ask that all children and families arrive by 6:10pm for a prompt start at 6:30pm.

Monday 18th December - Shoe Box Appeal

Please see attached a couple of photos of Father Christmas delivering shoe boxes to children in Romania. The shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts that families kindly donated have made their way to disadvantaged children in poverty stricken countries all over the world. The shoe boxes were given to children who would not usually receive any gifts this Christmas so it is wonderful that so many people donated to the shoe box appeal. Thank you. 


Thursday 14th December - Pantomime Trip

We have organised a trip to the Pantomime this term. We will be going to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Scarborough Spa on Thursday 14th December for a 10am performance. In order to give ourselves plenty of time to travel and get to our seats we need to leave at 8:30am. This is always an enjoyable trip, and really gets us into the Christmas spirit!

Wednesday 13th December - Christmas Lunch

A big thank you to Mrs Sprakes who pulled out all the stops and provided us with another fantastic Christmas Lunch.  Governors, Pupils and Teachers alike, sat down and enjoyed a lovely festive feast together. 

Please click here to view the photographs

Monday 20th November - Open Day for 2018 & 2019 New Starters - 9:30am-11:30am

We would like to invite those with children who will be starting nursery or school in either 2018 or 2019 to attend our Open Day on Monday 20th November.  This will be a chance for you to see what we do, as the school will be at work as usual.  To aid organisation it would be good if you could contact the office and arrange a time slot.  This will ensure that you have a personal guided tour and any questions can be answered.  Please feel free to bring the potential new starter with you!  If this date is not convenient please do contact school to make an alternative appointment.  Do please share this invitation with those you know may be considering our school.

Friday 17th November - Children in Need

This year BBC Children in Need’s Big Spotacular is back!  On Friday 17th November, we will be joining in the fun and invite children (and staff) to come to school wearing something spotty in exchange for a voluntary donation. If pupils don’t have anything spotty to wear then they can come in non-uniform.   


Tuesday 14th November - Macmillan Cancer Support

'Thank You' Certificate received from Macmillan Cancer Support.  A big thank you for your continued.

Saturday 11th November - Armistice Day

This Saturday is Armistice Day and millions of Britons will observe the two-minute silence. Armistice Day - or Remembrance Day - is a very special part of British culture. It is a day when Britons remember the fallen, and the values that those who gave their lives helped to defend.

To download the Armistice Day worksheet to help your child/ren understand more about this very special day please click here.

To download a copy of In Flanders Fields, the famous World War 1 poem, which describes the sight of poppies on the battle fields please click here.

Friday 10th November - Remembrance Service

Once again, our Remembrance Service with St. Benedicts’s was a very moving occasion.  The children’s behaviour was exemplary.

Thursday 9th November - Maths Workshop for Parents/Carers

Mrs Martindale will be holding a Maths Workshop for parents on Thursday 9th November from 4-5pm at Hovingham School. By the end of the workshop, parents/carers will hopefully have an understanding of key mathematical terms, expectations for each year group and to give parents the opportunity to look at KS1and KS2 SATs problems so they can see what their children will be facing in May.

"Thought last evening’s workshop was excellent Carla - many thanks for all the effort you put into it."

"Mrs Martindale's maths class yesterday was excellent."

"My thanks too for the brilliant maths workshop last week. It was excellent, please pass feedback onto Mrs Martindale. She made it all very clear, it was hugely helpful, fun and very much appreciated."

Please find attached some useful resources:

Progression in Written Calculations Guidance 09 16 

Times Tables Sorted

Useful Links


Tuesday 7th November - Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening takes place after half term.  This is an important part of our partnership with you.  Please book appointments now.  Please know that we have an open-door policy, so please continue to liaise with class teachers prior to Parents' Evening as and when you need to.

Friday 3rd November - Sainsbury's Active Kids

Thank you to everyone who donated their Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers to school. With the total number of vouchers received we were able to buy the following items.

Wednesday 1st November - Poppy Appeal

Poppies are now available in the school office.  Please send in a donation if you would like to support this worthy cause.  

Tuesday 31st October - Shoe Box Appeal

Thank you to all who have contributed. These gifts will be so greatly appreciated by the recipients.  Here are just a few of the many boxes you have donated. 

Monday 30th October - Fair Aware Award

We are delighted to announce that the school has achieved the Fair Aware award in recognition of our work raising the profile of Fair Trade in our school.

Wednesday 18th October - NSPCC 

We are working with the NSPCC in the Autumn Term as part of our ongoing work to keep children safe.  Details of assemblies and workshops, including one for parents 4pm-5pm at Hovingham on 18th October, will follow in due course.  Part of the learning includes keeping safe online.  For advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more, visit or call 0808 800 5002.



Wednesday 11th October - Shoe Box Appeal

With your help the school has once again decided to accept the invitation to support the ‘Operation Christmas Child - Shoe Box Appeal’.  A letter has gone home with all the details needed to either fill or contribute to a Shoe Box.  

Packed shoe boxes, items for the school box and donations can be brought to school anytime, but at the latest by Tuesday 31st October to ensure boxes get to their destination for Christmas.

Many, many thanks for your support. 

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Our Harvest Service will take place in the School hall on Tuesday 3rd October at 3pm.  Parents/ Grandparents are welcome to attend the service. Churches are encouraging donations at Harvest Festival to help stock food banks in their areas, please see the link below to Malton Food bank with a list of items they require.  They really need sponge puddings, tinned vegetable, UHT milk and UHT fruit juices.  They have plenty of rice pudding. Many thanks for your help.

Monday 2nd October - Macmillan Coffee Morning - Grand Total 

We raised a fantastic total of £210.82 for the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support do.  Again, a very BIG Thank You!

Friday 29th September - Marvellous Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you!  Our Macmillan Coffee Morning was incredibly successful and raised over £170 (and counting!) for the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support do.  The children did us proud and it was brilliant to see so many people in the School Hall.  Thank you so much for the cakes and for your generous donations.  Also a BIG thank you to all our parent helpers.  

Monday 25th September - Pentathlon GB

On Monday 25th September, we are lucky enough to have 2 coaches from Pentathlon GB coming into school to work with the children.  The Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic event and comprises 5 events – pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.  Oak Class will get to try laser shooting and fencing and Acorn Class just fencing (due to the weight of the laser pistol). The activities will all take part in the village hall using age appropriate safe/soft equipment.  The children will all get to have a go with the equipment and take part in some mini events.  We hope this will be a great opportunity for them to try something completely new and perhaps fire some ambition!

Please click here to view the photographs

Friday 22nd September - Ryedale Book Festival – Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 will be going to see Theatre Fideri Fidera and their play, Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at the Milton Rooms in Malton. 

"Fun-loving Oskar has to run down a mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again?"

This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry music, song and even close up magic to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps.

Wednesday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day

The children all looked fantastic in their outfits and enjoyed a fun filled day.  Thank you for your continued support.

Please click here to view the class photograph



Acorn and Howard Class PE lessons will continue to be supported by Mr Mulholland in both schools.  We will continue to enter the Ryedale Federation Sports fixtures with the expectation that each Y1-Y6 pupil will take part in a tournament each term. 



From September, Acorn and Howard Class pupils’ music will be taught by our existing staff who will continue to follow the North Yorkshire Music Scheme of Work.


Weekly French

Mrs Cordingley, a native French speaker, will continue to teach Year 1 to Year 6 pupils French.  This will, from September, take place each Friday in both schools.


In the Autumn and Spring Terms, pupils from the two schools will continue to meet up for a variety of joint events rather than coming together each Friday.