School Blog


Year 6 Yule Log Extravaganza 2018

This year’s Yule log event was a massive success with a fantastic turnout from families helping their children create some wonderful Yule log designs. The hall was filled with busy decorating and chocolate covered spatulas but the results as you can see show how some excellently creative ideas. The children from around the school were given a chance to feast their eyes on the finished designs and everyone had their favourite. Here are a selection of the wonderful log creations:               We hope you enjoyed the festive log decorating and Merry Christmas to all!  ... read more

MFL Countries Project Year 4

This term Year 4 have been learning all about Brazil. This week Miss Ramsey’s Class have been listening to Brazilian carnival music and writing a music appraisal. Annabelle said “The different instruments I could hear were Trumpet, Drum and Maracas. I liked it because it made me feel like I want to dance”.... read more


Autumn 2018- children in the Department of Excellence have been busy combining DT, English and Music. Year 3- Have created instruments and evaluated how successful they are. Year 4/5- Children had a class vote and selected their favourite song to appraise. Here are some excellent examples of what children can hear and what their opinions are of the... read more

Year 5 Bikeability

The Year 5 children received specialist training on how to ride their bikes safely. The first session took place on our school playground, then for the following sessions the groups moved to local streets to learn how to turn left and right at junctions.

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Vist from Jacob’s Well Charity

In line with the charitable donations collected by the school at Harvest, Year 3 and Year 4 were visited by The Jacob’s Well charity to find out more about where some of the charity donations will be going. They took part in some inspirational team building with the charity. Jacob’s Well VIsit Set up in 1982 by Dr Beryl Beynon  OBE, a doctor from Beverley, the charity aims to help people that are disadvantaged around the world. Their moto is ‘ Changing lives…One life at a time’ and the charity is currently raising funds for many projects including building a hospital in Burkina... read more

RE Day – The Big Frieze

As the RE curriculum changes, we have had the opportunity to delve into the new ‘ Understanding Christianity’ elements of the new forthcoming curriculum. To guide us through the big story of the Bible, Emma Yarlett was commissioned to create a large frieze to cover 7 of the core Christian concepts highlighted by the new documentation. The aim of the frieze is to give Biblical background to these concepts and hidden within the frieze are references to different Bible stories. Each year group was challenged to create a picture to represent one of these concepts, giving reference to key Bible stories. Deepening the understanding of the stories within the Bible, helps to give context and background to these key concepts which include: Creation, Salvation, God, People of God, Incarnation. For more information please... read more

Visits from Reverend Chris.

It feels as though Reverend Chris Van Straaten has been part of the school for a long time but in fact he has only joined us in the last couple of years. It has been wonderful to have him visit each year group throughout the year delivering class and year group worships both at school and our school church, St Andrew’s. We are very grateful for the vigour he delivers to the life of the school... read more

Year 3 Visit to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Year 3 Visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster Following on from the wonderful success of project Cecil and Project Genesis, the children in Year 3 visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get up and close with some of the wild creatures at the park. The park is part of a series of wildlife conservation projects which fuelled their interest and passion about the world we live... read more

Project Genesis

The Genesis Project is a school wide initiative that encourages children to see the beauty in the world around them and to remind them that it is theirs to share, respect and enjoy. The Project was split into two parts: Part 1 – Children were encouraged to share an idea that to help look after the world. In less than 30 words, children puts these ideas in many forms, letters, statements, poems. These ideas and creative suggestions have now been sent to embassies all over the world including: Russia, China, USA, and a selection of European and African countries worldwide. We look forward to hearing back from the officials at the Embassies. Here is a selection of the ideas: Part 2 – Design Project We asked each family to think about how they care for the world. Each family was challenged to create a design to logo similar to the ‘Keep Britain Tidy Logo’ that will reflect our aim to show how we can ‘Save our World’. Examples of some of the fantastic art work: The Christian belief that God has created a beautiful world for all to share and respect is important to the St Andrew’s School community. Our world is a place of diversity in all its many forms and we cherish it. We look forward in hearing back from the embassies who we contacted and will be taking part in more challenges to highlight our desire to improve and protect the wonderful world we live... read more

MFL Day Friday 14th September 2018

This term Reception have been learning all about Italy. During dazzle, the children enjoyed  making pizza and practising counting to ten in Italian. Over the next term, the children will be taking a tour of Italy making and trying different famous Italian dishes whilst learning about what it is like to live in... read more

Autumn 2018

It has been a lovely start to the Reception year. Children have been exploring the Reception classrooms and the wonderful natural outside areas within the school. Here are some of the learning activities children have been engaged in: Exploring the changes in in the seasons We looked at the changes to the season and sang songs to recall how the weather changes during the seasons. We explored the outdoor area collecting the different coloured leaves that the wind had blown to the floor. We listened to the sounds outside and the crunch that the dry leaves made. We also used our skills to hear initial sounds in words and match the objects to the letter on the sorting tray.             We collected them and compared size and colour. We ordered them by size, counting the amount we have and saying what one more than the amount would be.       We completed hand and fingerprint trees to represent the different seasons for our Art Day challenge: Can you guess which tree represents which season?  ... read more

PE Day Autumn 2018

During PE day we have been learning about how to control the ball in football. We looked at different parts of the body and how we could use the inside or outside of our feet to kick the ball and the bottom of the foot to stop it. We worked as individuals to weave the ball carefully through the coloured dots, negotiating space carefully. We also used team work to pass the ball back and forth to each other.... read more

Dazzle Delights!

Dazzle is a fun time at the end of the week when we try something new or practise something exciting. Here are some of the exciting Dazzle activities we have done so far: Balance beam PE problem Solving: Creating our own balance course. The children noticed that that the blocks could be moved to creating different letters and they worked together to build and test the different letter courses that they could make. They used their arms to keep balance. We are all special and unique! We have been looking at the story of Elmer the elephant. Elmer was a unique patchwork coloured elephant. We are also unique and we explored the different colours we created by mixing them to create our own unique sponge printed elephants. We talked about how we all have different likes and dislikes and that many of us have things that we are good at. Elmer’s super power was the ability to make people happy. We shared what we thought was our super powers and decorated super hero masks.         Pizza Making : The county we have been learning about this term is Italy. Children have been encouraged to use the reply Ciao! when replying to the register and we have made some super yummy pizza.  ... read more

World Book Day in Reception

WORLD BOOK DAY! In Reception, we have been celebrating World Book Day. We love to talk about our favourite characters and the area was full of excitement as we shared our favourite books with each other. Sharing a good story is where friendship begins… Creating pasta necklaces for our princess characters.                 Exploring pirate ships.             Exploring settings.                Tracing our favourite characters.   ” Zog is a book I love reading, what’s yours?”... read more

French Fantastic

In Reception, we have been exploring French through language and culture. For our medieval topic we compared the different styles of British and French castles. We found out about the different 3D shapes that were used and the features of castles. As an enterprise (den) project we created our very own castles using our enterprise skills of : Communication Teamwork Problem solving Creativity Here are some of the fantastic castles that we have made: Reception Castles... read more

Guided Draw – Castle Watercolours

To launch the den making project, we started with a guided draw. The children each had a piece of paper and were giving simple line instructions, copying the lines that were drawn on the board. Step by step we discussed each line using good maths vocabulary of position, direction and the shape that it created. As the lines progressed on the pages children started to guess what our new project was: Castles! The children compared their creations with their friends, looking at the differences and uniqueness of their castle. We then worked with the medium of watercolours to infill the castles. This task helped to look at scale as well as design. Here are some of the watercolour castle masterpieces: Watercolour castles... read more

Global Awareness – Project Cecil: Saving Endangered Animals

Project Cecil The whole school has taken part in a project to research endangered animals as part of a whole school homework.  The homework was completed by everyone and included some wonderful pieces of research and art, in the form of T-shirt designs. Project Cecil is a charity to promote understanding and the protection of endangered animals world wide and was started by Lorna Good (a teacher in Ohio, Columbus,USA.) Her children have been involved in some wonderful enterprise work including campaign adverts, rock painting and creating t-shirts for sale across the world.  At St Andrew’s School, we understand our responsibilities as global citizens to look after the world that God has loaned to us. We have joined forces with the Project Cecil Network and are looking forward to entering some of our t shirt designs into the competition, the winners of which will be made into T shirts. We have displayed a selection of outstanding work in the Lower School Hall. The runners up for each phase are: Phase 1 – Thomas Burton (Nursery) Sam Ulyatt (Year 1) Phase 2 – Harley Hobson (Year 2) Super Research by Alfie Brown. Year 3 Phase 3 – Jay Johnson (Year 5) Kieran Hildyard (Year 6) The Winners of the T Shirt Design Competition are: Phase 1 – Fletcher Nolan (Reception) Phase 2 – Holly Fieldsend (Year 3) Phase 3 – Oliver Barrass (Year 4)   Well done for the wonderful creations and research which really showed off the quality of our cross curricular skills. The RE and Geography Team will be working on this project further and will keep you... read more

Science Career Day

Our children had a fantastic time on Science Day, finding out about different science careers. Our aim was to promote STEM subjects in primary school.

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Friday 9th March 2018 Reception French Assembly

Today a selection of children from Reception presented what they have been learning about France this term. They told the rest of the school several French facts including the capital city, French food, traditions and greetings. They then showed off the chateau’s they have made as part of our Traditional Tales topic and sang the days of the week in... read more

Chinese New Year Friday 16th February

Today to celebrate Chinese New Year the children enjoyed a special lunch of Noodles and Chinese curry. Throughout the day each class enjoyed a range of activities including dragon dancing, counting in Mandarin to 10, learning basic greetings, making paper lanterns and decorations.... read more

Computing Day!

Across the school, classes have been developing and improving their computing skills through the various activities going on during our computing day.

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Reception Gold Problem Solving

Children in Reception have been keen to show off their problem solving skills October: Problem Solving at the Fair Children considered volume and the size of the container to make an estimate of how many balls the jar contained. They wrote their guess on the clipboard along with their names. At the end of the week we counted the actual amount and compared the estimates to find the closest value. We used lots of comparative language and terms ‘fewer’ and... read more

French Lunch Day Friday 17th October 2017

Today the canteen was turned into a French Cafe. The children all enjoyed practising their French greetings and sampling French food. ” I like the French desserts the best” Reception Child   ” Its been fun to try food we haven’t had before and to see the Dinner Ladies dressed up” Year 2... read more

MFL Day Friday 27th October 2017

Year 6 Tongan poster Every year group has been challenged to research a different country from around the world and learn how to sing happy birthday in their country’s national language. The children then presented their findings to Mr Huckstep and the MFL team. All of the year groups have found out some fantastic facts including names of capital cities, points of interest and solving problems such as the cheapest method of travel to that country. The children in Year 6 decided to write a letter to the Tongan embassy to find out more information. They have since received a letter and book from the embassy in return. Several year groups have also made links to schools in their chosen country. Each class has now been given the challenge to develop more links with schools  across the... read more

Reception French Club 21.11.17

In French club we located France on a map and coloured in a picture of the French flag. We then discussed what we know about France including what food they eat and what words and phrases we have learnt since starting school.  We then practised basic greetings in french and  learnt the words to the French version of the nursery rhyme head, shoulders, knees and toes.   French Dictionary hello- bonjour my name is – je m’appelle goodbye – au revoir head – tête shoulders – épaules knees- genoux feet- pieds eyes– deuz yeux ears-deux oreilles mouth- une bouche nose- nez... read more

Year 4s disembarking at Gold

The Year 4 children have had a busy time locating and studying different settlements in Britain. They then expanded on this by using their computing skills to research the physical features in the area and how they impacted on the lives of the settlers. Well done Year... read more

Landing at Gold with Shakespeare.

During their topic of Shakespeare, Year 5 have researched and located the counties and rivers surrounding Shakespeare’s place of birth. They have then provided a map and the grid reference of key places in Shakespeare’s life. So if you’re interested in visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it is worth checking with the Year 5. They know where to go! Joined up learning included geography, history, English and maths. Brilliant work Year... read more

Year 1 Arriving at Gold

Another Gold standard example of work from Year 1. The children have been expanding their knowledge of the British Isles and developing their higher level skills by locating all 4 countries, seas and also the capital cities. Brillaint work Year 1. read more

Destination: Gold

Here is an awesome and informative example of working towards gold from the Year 6s. This research topic is all about North America, our theme for the Geography Focus Day. Just like a professional travel brochure, it contains both human features (Disney Land) and physical features (The Rocky Mountains) that people may want to visit. There is also clearly labelled maps to show us where we can find North America. Brilliant research Year... read more

Learning Maths through PE

The children in Year one have been developing their Maths skills through PE.  The children had to count how many times their friend could bounce and catch a ball, hop, skip and jump. They then recorded their... read more

PE Day

The children In Year 5 designed and made their own sports games. They used a range of skills such as problem solving, teamwork, negotiating and creative thinking. The children in Year 1 completed Mini Olympic activities. This is a photograph of them trying out the shot put. The Children in Year 3 worked with our school’s sports coach completing a range of sporting activities. They linked in Maths to count their heart rate.   The Reception Children worked with our Dance coach, copying simple dance... read more

Problem Solving with History

Children took part in a fun problem solving treasure hunt linked to learning about Roman numerals in an outdoor maths lesson. They worked in teams to find as many answers as they could to the problems... read more

Gymnastics in Year 1

The children in Year 1 have been having lots of fun, learning how to balance using different body parts. They have used a variety of skills such as problem solving, self evaluation and... read more

Art Day ( 21/9/17)

Art Day The pupils throughout the school took part in a wide selection of Art activities. These included painting, collage, pastels, sketching and computing. Many activities were cross curricular and some had a defined skill based objective for example infilling, sketching and printing. Both outdoor and indoor areas were used as well as our new Art and Design room (The Creative Corner). Year 3 Pastel Art Year 3 Pastel Art Year 2 English and Art Year 5 Sketching Year 5 Sketching Year 1 Collage Computer... read more

Family Challenge DT Homework

Family Challenge (DT Homework) As always the DT Family Challenge homework was a huge success. The challenge was for each family to build a boat. The boat had to be able to float. The challenge also linked to Hull’s City of Culture celebrations. Each family used a range of DT/Science skills such as planning, measuring, calculating, testing and evaluating. Every child had the opportunity to float the boat that they had... read more

Magnificent Music Notation!

  As part of our exciting, music curriculum, the children have been exploring music notation. There have been an array of activities: the children in Year 5 and 6 participated in a Music Notation challenge and using the internet, completed their own research; Year 4 explored the notes G,A and B on the treble clef and displayed this on the stave accurately; Year 3 explored the duration of notes and Year 1/2 explored pulse and rhythm through different nursery rhymes. Year 5/6 Music Notation Challenge Poster Example Year 5/6 Music Notation Challenge Poster Example Year 6 Created their own composition Year 4 Looked at note values on the stave. Year 3 identified the duration of notes. Year 2 distinguished between pulse and... read more

Harvest Festival

At harvest time we are thankful for the gifts that we have been given and donate generously to charities who support those who are needy in our community. Our parents have once again been so very generous on our behalf with a wonderful selection of harvest gifts.

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Science Trips

Children across the school were involved in planning their own school trips linked to our Book Of Numbers Enterprise Project. This involved using skills to research possible locations, planning the journey, financial management (including value for money, costing up different options etc), debate and voting on their choice.

Nursery and Reception visited Piglet Farm

Year 1 and Year 4 visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Year 2 visited The Deep aquarium

Year 3 visited Tropical World

Year 6 visited Scarborough Sealife Centre and the beach

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Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival Display this year again showed the brilliant support from our fantastic parents and families. The “Family of St. Andrew’s ” shone through. We celebrated with a Year 6 class worship and the pupils learnt about why this festival is important. These gifts were distributed to local, regional an international... read more

Year 2 Cookery

Cooking is an integral part of the DT curriculum. In Year 2, the pupils have been learning how to prepare fruit and vegetables. The have learnt how to chop, slice, grate and peel. These are very important basic skills that need to be mastered before moving to the next... read more

Computing with Problem Solving

In year 2, the children have been using the bee-bots and ‘fake-bots’. They have been using the bee-bots to help with their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Through various challenges the children have been learning how to direct the bee-bots around a variety of routes, helping them to develop an understanding of the programming language. The children have then had to use their problem solving skills when making mistakes to debug their route and correct... read more

Problem Solving In Science

As well as developing our science skills we try to enhance our problem solving abilities too. Here Year 6 are using circuits to solve problems such as how can you make a motor spin more slowly? Can you make a buzzer louder?   Year 5 pupils were set the challenge of separating a mixture of water, sand, a marble and a paper clip. They were given a selection of equipment and had to work out for themselves how it could be done.... read more

Strawberry Milkshakes – Enterprise

After harvesting the strawberries from our school allotment, the children in Year 6 decided to make strawberry milkshakes. They washed and blended the strawberries, created an advertising leaflet and worked out their costings. The milkshakes were sold on the playground at home time and proved to be very popular. We then linked this to our science work by carrying out an investigation to find out how to preserve... read more

Going for Gold In Football

KS2 children in Football have been developing their technical, social, physical and psychological skills. They have also been learning rules and different roles in football such as linesmen and... read more