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Hackforth & Hornby C of E Primary School


It is hard to believe that we are moving towards the end of a busy summer term.  Looking back to last term, our pupils enjoyed taking part in The Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech. Tazmin Bowes was awarded the Mary Palmer Cup for the highest mark in the junior section for Bible Reading and our junior choir enjoyed the experience of singing Only Remembered from War Horse unaccompanied, in the wonderful surroundings of the Tennants Gardens Room in Leyburn.

Linked to our studies of plants and living things, we enjoyed a visit from Zoolab and a whole school trip to Foxglove Covert. As part of this study, and as part of our application for the Eco (silver) Award, we are developing our grounds to provide deluxe hotels for mini beasts in the area! Juniors also had the chance to develop their studies further at the Countryside Day at Harrogate Show Ground. Their detailed model of a bee hive, explaining the importance of bees won the Yorkshire Bee Keepers’ Association Bee Competition; junior pupils are now looking forward to a day at The Great Yorkshire Show to receive their prize from the Bee Keepers Association. 

Following our visit to the Royal Shakespeare’s Company’s production in York, juniors are preparing for our end of term presentation based on The Tempest. Junior pupils worked with a professional actor from Konflux Theatre Company to produce a Play in a Day version of Shakespeare’s play.  Following this workshop, the actor commented on the maturity and commitment of our year 3 to year 6 pupils, stressing how pleased he was with their focused work and the quality of the performance. We are now preparing for our end of term production. 

Pupils from throughout the school enjoyed a variety of memorable experiences at The Armed Forces Day in Catterick Garrison, including a delicious military style lunch. This was a wonderful opportunity for our service pupils to learn more about their parents’ jobs and for their non-service peers to find out about the range of jobs in the army.  Thanks to all involved; particularly Nickie Young and Annabel Hall, for organising such an interesting day. 

The term continues with an infant visit to Big Sheep Little Cow, and a junior trip to the Deer Shed Festival Schools’ Day at the end of term.  We look forward to welcoming our new reception pupils for a series of taster visits, including our Sports’ Afternoon and Parent Support Group Fair on Tuesday 18th July, and Teddy Bears’ Picnic. School will be open for an Open Classroom Session on Friday 30th June from 3pm. Subsequent Open Classroom Sessions will be held on Friday 29th September, Friday 20th October,  Friday 1st December – please contact the office (01748 811698), if you would like to join us for our Sports’ Afternoon and Fair or the open sessions. 

Returning in September, we will be joining Hackforth Village Hall for our joint Village Show on Saturday 16th September. Please click on the link below, to see the schedule, which includes Children’s Classes; entries are welcome on the morning of the show.

Villages' Show Schedule 


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