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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 3 to 11
Number of Pupils : 33

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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.


Summer Term 2018

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

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

Summer Blessings from Revd Reid and St Hilda’s Church

Thank you for coming to the St Hilda’s Summer Fair.  We hope you have a great summer – lots of fun and play.  Please note the Family Service on Sunday 5th August at 11 am at St Hilda’s Church. It would be great you see you.  Our prayers especially for Kieran, Charlotte, and Thomas as they prepare to start a new school, and our prayers for the new children preparing to join St Hilda’s in September.  The Lord bless you all.

Friday 20th July - Goodbye Mrs Sprakes

Mrs Sprakes, our school cook, is leaving us at the end of term. We wish Mrs Sprakes a very happy retirement and would like to thank her for all her hard work in our school over more than three decades!

Tuesday 17th July - Circus Skills and Dance Workshop

The Circus Skills was a huge success with plate spinning, juggling and balancing.  The pupils then attended the Dance Workshop and learnt a variety of dance styles including ‘Street’, ‘Carnival’ and ‘Zumba’.  Thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills.

Sunday 8th July - Pet Blessing Service on Slingsby Village Green


Please note that the Pet Blessing Service which was due to take place on the Village Green at Slingsby on Sunday 8th July at 3pm has been cancelled. It is planned to rearrange the service for when the weather is cooler.

Thursday 5th July – Sports Day

Our Federation Sports Day will be the afternoon of Thursday 5th July at Hovingham, with Thursday 12th July as a reserve date if the weather is poor.  The format will be the same as last year which the children really enjoyed, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Friday 22nd June - Year 1/2 Rounders

A huge well done to Y1-Y2 for your efforts at the Rounders Event at Ryedale last Friday! Thank you to Mrs Wood and Mrs O’Donnell for accompanying and encouraging the children. We continue to strive to provide pupils from Y1-Y6 with a termly opportunity to take part in a sporting competition against other schools and see the benefits in sporting terms and also in self-confidence.  Such opportunities don’t occur everywhere.

Friday 15th June - Climbing Wall 

On the last day of term, the pupils from Hovingham School will be joining us at St. Hilda’s for the whole day.  A climbing wall has been organised for the children and everyone (R-Y6) will get a session on the wall at some point during the day.  The children will also be having a picnic lunch so let’s hope the weather remains sunny and warm.

Wednesday 23rd May - KS1 SATs 

This week I have been really proud of the way our Y2 pupils have completed their Key Stage 1 SATs papers. 

Mr Pynn

Thursday 17th May - Countryside Day at Duncombe Park

Reception & KS1 enjoyed a super day yesterday. 

We enjoyed a variety of activities; designing our own coat of arms, meeting working dog "Murphy", learning about Game keeping, planting beans, identifying pond-life and exploring a police car whilst eating ice cream."

Thursday 3rd May - Visiting Priests

We welcomed two visiting South African priests, Kulana and Jeannine from the partner to the York Diocese yesterday. They joined with us in school for morning worship.

May 2018 - Rowing Competition for all Primary Schools

It's almost time for the rowing competition to start again.  The rowing machines will arrive in school on Tuesday 1st May ready for the children to start the their rowing!  Key Stage 2 row for 3 minutes and Key Stage 1 row for 1 minute.

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 26th March - Easter Church Service

There will be an Easter Service on Monday 26th March at 10am at St Hilda’s Church to celebrate Easter.  Everyone welcome!

Friday 23rd March - RNLI Visit

All children in KS1 and KS2 had a visit from Josh from the RNLI and had a talk about how to keep safe when at the Coast.  Please talk with your child about what they have learnt.

17th - 23rd March - Sport Relief 2018

This year as part of the national Sport Relief fundraising activities we have decided to set each school a sponsored challenge. Between Monday 19th February and Friday 23rd March (Sport Relief night) we are challenging the pupils to collectively walk/run/cycle a total distance of 947 miles which is the equivalent of walking from their school to London, then Cardiff, then Dublin and finally Edinburgh. If every pupil could cover just 5 miles per week we can achieve it!

Our challenge is therefore called “Give Me 5!”.  We’re asking pupils to collect sponsor money to spur them on in their challenge and of course they don’t just have to walk, they can swim, run, cycle or whatever it is that keeps them active, and of course they can do as many miles a week as they like. There will be a prize for the child in each class who covers the greatest distance and every child will get a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

Everyone has brought home a sponsor form and a record sheet to record all their activity. They can then bring this sheet into school so their total travelled can be added to the school map to show the collective progress.

I hope parents will encourage pupils to take part and help them to record all their activity from walking to school to their weekly swimming lesson. Let’s see how far we can travel!

Sponsor Form

Give me 5 Record Book

Tuesday 13th March - Super Hero Day!

As we remembered our own superhero, Harry Flatt the children enjoyed taking part in a variety of superhero themed activities including a class book of superheroes.  We also decorated superhero biscuits and created instructions on how to be a superhero!  I am sure you will agree that there were many creative superhero designs - watch this space Avengers!  Thank you to all who came to support and contributed to the day.  It was a very special and memorable day in both of our schools - £311.13 was raised for the Candlelighters charity which supported Harry and his family.

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day 2018 

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day. As usual we’d love it if pupils came to school dressed as a favourite character, but additionally this year pupils need to find one really weird or fascinating fact about their character to share with everyone else!

£1 Book Token - Every pupil has now received a £1 Book Token so please check your child’s book bag. The vouchers are valid from Monday 26th February to Sunday 25th March (inclusive). Please click on the below link to see the £1 books for World Book Day 2018

Unwanted Books Plea - If you've finished the latest bestseller, have some books you'll never read again or it's just time for a clear out, please can send your unwanted books to school and we will donate them to a local charity to help spread the gift of reading.

World Book Day Selfie Challenge - To make World Book Day even more fun, we challenge pupils to bring in a photo of themselves reading to someone, be it younger siblings, older relatives, or even the family pet. There will be a prize for the best picture!

Science Selfie

Please can pupils bring in or email ( a selfie of themselves enjoying science outside of school by Friday 23rd February. Your selfies could include a visit or taking part in a science activity at home. Be as creative as you like and include captions if you wish. 

There has been a wonderful response to the Science Selfie challenge. Do keep sending them in and having scientific discussions at home! To see the photos please click here.

Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Safer Internet Day  

In both schools we frequently share with pupils the importance of accessing the internet safely. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. provides tips and advice for parents and carers.

Wednesday 31st January - Cosmodome Visit

The University of York brought their inflatable Cosmodrome to school.  All pupils from Reception to Year 6 had a session inside the inflatable Planetarium.

Acorn Class flew through the Solar System looking at the planets.  We watched the Sun move across the sky and discovered what happens to the stars during the day time.  We heard the stories behind some of the constellations.  We watched a short animation about space exploration.

It was a real ‘wow’ experience!

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. 

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