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Hackforth & Hornby

Yet another busy end of year! Pupils have enjoyed performing in Giant Slayer, the Cluster Music Presentation at the Northallerton Forum, and in their own challenging presentation of Macbeth.

Y6 pupils joined other Y6 pupils from the Bedale Cluster for an Activity Day, kindly organised by Leeming and Londonderry and Pickhill Primary Schools. Pupils took part in archery, fencing and street dancing workshops. Other sporting activities during this half term have included cycling skills for the whole school, culminating in Bikeability Awards for our older pupils. All pupils now work with a sports coach during two lunchtimes a week: this will be extended to three lunchtimes in September. We have continued to run our Daily Mile each day; this has had a visible impact on pupils’ skills and confidence: achievement (and enjoyment) was high during the recent Cluster Sports’ Day.

We prepared for our own performance of Macbeth by visiting the Rose Theatre production in York. Pupils experienced the true flavour of a Tudor performance and took ideas away for our own production on 19th July. As ever, we used an edited version of Shakespeare’s text for our memorable performance, featuring actors from Y2 to Y6; reception and Y1 sang in the choir. Pupils worked extremely hard to prepare for and perform a memorable version of the play to a packed audience in the village hall.

Other trips included Thorpe Perrow (Infants) and The Great Yorkshire Show (juniors). We enjoyed a Teddy Bears Picnic and School Sports Afternoon with our September starters; we are grateful to our PTA for organising the now traditional summer fair after the sports afternoon.

Finally, congratulations and warm best wishes to our Y6 leavers. We celebrated all their achievements, including excellent SATs results, at a highly emotional Leavers’ Service at St Mary’s Church, Hornby. Most importantly, our talented Y6 pupils leave us as extremely pleasant juniors who, we know, will embrace all the challenges of KS3 and beyond.