Newsletter September 2017 

September 2017 

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Upcoming Events

Dear Parent/Carer

Friday 14th July

This Friday will be an optional dress down day in aid of The Bradley Lowery Foundation. Children are invited to come to school dressed in either a football shirt or colours of their favourite football team for a donation of £1 towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Ice Pops will also be on sale to all children this Friday for 20p at playtime.

All next week (Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July)

This is non uniform week if children want to wear non uniform and donate their old uniform – which must be in good condition and old school shoes – must be in pairs to the Sal’s Shoes and other charities. Please bring old uniform and shoes into school and we will collect them all.

Friday 21st July

Ice Creams will be on sale to all children as an end of term treat at playtime for 50p

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs C Dean


Hunningley Primary School Building Works

Dear Parents and Carers,

Hunningley Primary School Hunningley Lane

Barnsley South Yorkshire S703DT Tuesday 28th February 2017

Hunningley Primary School will be undergoing further building works and refurbishment. The work will include 2 new classrooms and new toilet facilities in KS2, the refurbishment of the existing KS2 classrooms and a revamped library area. When the work is complete we will also have new playgrounds at the rear of school, with all staff car parking at the front.

Work at the front of school will begin on Monday 13th March.

The main site compound and work will be on the existing KS2 playground. There will be a path around the site to provide access for parents and children at the start and end of the day. KS2 children will line up in the area outside the KS2 exit door at the rear. Please ask your children to stay away from staff cars whilst waiting for the whistle to be blown. All KS2 classes will leave by the same door. UKS2 will finish at 3.10pm and LKS2 at 3.15pm. We hope this will ease some of the anticipated congestion, but please be patient whilst we get all the children out.

As the KS2 playground is now out of bounds, there will be no vehicle access to the school site for Breakfast Club or for collecting from after school clubs without a disabled pass. The staff car park at the front will be coned off for safety to allow children to cross at these times. Also for safety, contractors’ vehicles will not access the driveway between 8.15-9.15am and 3-3.30pm.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience to you whilst the works are being carried out. However, we are very excited about the work being done and the improvement it will make for our children. We look forward to sharing it all with you in September.

We want you to know that we are here for you should you feel that there are issues during the build. You can contact us in a number of ways:

  1. By ringing the main school number and asking to make an appointment 01226 284867
  2. By calling into the main school office and asking to make an appointment
  3. By emailing the Headteacher on
  4. By emailing the Executive Headteacher should you feel concerned that you have not been listened toby the school on

We thank you for your continued support.


Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of the Bank End and Hunningley Primary School Governors, I would like to inform you that both schools will close two days earlier than initially planned at the end of the summer term. The schools will close on Friday 21st July. The decision to close has not been taken lightly and made for the following reasons:

  1. Both Horizon and Barnsley Academy will be closed and therefore all Y6 children are expected to return to their primaries. Last year this was the case and only two children returned meaning that 70 children had unauthorised absences for two days.
  2. To support building and maintenance work being done in both schools.
  3. To give staff additional training

In order to give you advance notice of school closure dates for 2017/2018 on the reverse of this letter there are the dates for the Barnsley School Holidays. Additional school closure days for staff training will be:

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017
Monday 4th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018

Please put these in your diary or on your calendar.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe
Executive Headteacher-The Bank End and Hunningley Partnership

Beastly Diaries!

The pupils have really enjoyed using the opening clip of Fantastic Beasts this week to help them develop ideas to write a diary entry as Newt. They have worked hard to write reflective thoughts and show how the character feels.

Class 11 Stars Are Born!

This week Class 11 have been working extra hard to make a good impression for the start of their Year 5/6 journey! They have been challenging themselves and each other to be the first to be nominated as our first set of class stars! Here you can see our first group of sport, writing, maths, art and class star! Well done everyone – I wonder who will get them next week?

Class 1 & 2 – The Happy Hazels & The Cheeful Cherry Trees

All the children have settled in brilliantly. They have been their very best selves, learning about and following all the new expectations, rules and routines. All the grown ups in school have been impressed with how ready the children are for this next stage in their learning. We have been very busy getting to know the children and it’s great to see just what they already know and can do. Keep up this wonderful start boys and girls. We are so excited and looking forward to the year ahead.

Class 3 have had a very exciting week!

‘Real History Alive’ production company came to visit us on our hook day. We went back in time to 1666 and explore the Great Fire of London with Daisy. The children were also visited by the Plague Doctor who was able to successfully cure Miss Sheldrake, after carrying out several remedies. Each child also tried their hands at baking and each made a bread roll from scratch.

Class 8 have had a lovely return to school…

…with a super new classroom!  We are quickly adapting to our new surroundings and our new year groups.  This term, we are looking forward to finding out about the ‘Revolutionary Romans’.  We are also loving our Literacy work about ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.’

In Nursery …

…our week started with going for a hedgehog hunt after some of the Early Years Team found a family of hedgehogs nestling in the leaves.  We looked all over for them but they must have moved house!  Some of the children decided to make some houses for the hedgehogs and set about their task.   The children were so focused on making these and we all had a lovely discussion about where hedgehogs might like to live.   Our finished houses are proudly on display in school.

Thank you to everyone who have returned their family values stones.  We were delighted with the lovely words which are of importance to you.  We will be echoing these values within nursery and will be talking about their meanings in the coming week.

Thank you to those families who drop off and collect on time, it really does allow us to make the most of our nursery session.

Everyone should have received their school application form.  Please let us know if you would like any support in completing them.

Have a lovely weekend


This week, we have been working on throwing and catching skills in P.E.. We learnt how to make a great throw by aiming and stepping, and how to catch well by watching the ball carefully, holding our arms/hands out and trapping the ball against our bodies to stop it escaping. Some of us were able to catch with one hand, and throw a ball accurately over a longer distance. We had lots of fun practising our skills!