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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 Early Years - Summer Term 2017/2018 Newsletter

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 & Miss Howitt

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!

Miss Howitt, who has been teaching Nursery and Reception since January, also leaves us at the end of term. We’d like to thank Miss Howitt for all her hard work with Early Years this year and wish her well for the future.

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.

Friday 13th July - Spiders & Snails

Our Nursery have been decorating spiders and snail.  Look how good they are!

Friday 13th July -  Funny Hats!

Pour water on our carrot hat and watch them grow!

Monday 9th July - Minibeasts

These are the Minibeasts Early Years have made.  We thought you would like to see them!


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 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.

Thursday 17th May - Countryside Day at Duncombe Park

Pupils (R-Y2) from both St Hilda's and Hovingham Schools will take part in a Countryside Day at Duncombe Park - more details to follow.

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 Early Years - Foundation Stage News

Thursday 29th March - Easter Nests

The children have been very busy exploring clay this week.  We made a very simple 'pinch pot' by rolling some clay into a smooth ball using the palms of our hands.  Then we poked a hole into the middle of it with our thumbs.  Finally we pinched out the clay to make it into the shape of a nest.

Happy Easter from the Early Years team!  

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.

Friday 9th February - Chinese Food Tasting

We had a great day tasting all different types of Chinese food - look at our list!

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.

Reception 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.  

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