Falconer's Hill Academy OUR CHILDREN, THEIR FUTURE, OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Principal's Message

The whole school has been engaged in a House Day celebrating the Euros 2024. The teachers have designed a range of activities from PE, DT, PSHE, Art and Geography. House days are valued at Falconer’s Hill as a way of developing friendships and relationships across year groups and with different adults. Children have worked well together showing a great deal of respect towards each other and working well in teams. The miserable weather did not put a dampener on their enthusiasm for this event.

National Gallery Take One Picture Project

'Surprised' and School Gallery

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that a collection of our children's art will be included in the National Gallery's Summer Exhibition in Trafalgar Square, London. Over 300 schools took part in the project, submitting work inspired by the painting 'Surprised' by Henri Rousseau. Last year, the whole school participated in this project with creative writing, drama and art opportunities galore. Our work was displayed in our own school gallery and submitted to the National Gallery for consideration. We are so excited that the clay eye sculptures (created by current year 6 pupils ) and the mixed media animal eye pictures (created by our previous year 6 pupils) will be included in the exhibition. This is a huge achievement and we are extremely proud of the children's creativity The exhibition is open for the month of August and is free to enter. You can read more about this exhibition and book free tickets to visit by following this link:

Take One Picture 2024 | Exhibitions | National Gallery, London

You can read more about our whole school project by following this link:

Take One Picture Surprised! Falconers Hill Academy.pdf

8 Reasons why you should take a water bottle to school

Please encourage your children to bring in a labelled water bottle.

  1. Encourages Water consumption. Having a reusable water bottle with you will encourage you to drink more water throughout the day.
  2. Health Benefits: Drinking plenty of water will improve digestion, regulate body temperature, stabilize heartbeat, regulate blood pressure, cushion joints, and much more.
  3. To Reduce Plastic Waste. Billions of single-use plastic bottles are produced every year and only a small percentage of them are recycled. Even plastic waste that is recycled can only be reused a certain number of times as the fibres degrade. Therefore, most of the world's plastic waste ends up in landfill sites or in the oceans where it leaches chemicals, pollutes soil and harms wildlife. In the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup, over 1.9 million plastic bottles were collected from coastal areas worldwide, making plastic bottles one of the most common everyday items that pollute the oceans.
  4. It boosts learning. Pupils concentrate better because they are not distracted by the effects of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and irritability. Children will achieve more when both their health and learning needs are met.
  5. Prevent Headaches: Staying hydrated can reduce the occurrence of headaches.
  6. Boost Mood: Hydration contributes to a positive mood and reduces irritability.
  7. Healthy Growth: Hydration supports proper growth and development.
  8. Promote Healthy Habits: Kids with kids water bottles for school develop healthy hydration habits.
We were completely blown away by the amount of work done by schools to reduce bullying and improve wellbeing for pupils and I’m delighted to announce that we’re awarding you United Against Bullying BRONZE School status - congratulations! This is not an easy award programme and you should be incredibly proud of what you have achieved!

Learning Round-up

Maple: In Maple this week the children have been working incredible hard with their assessments, I am very proud of all of them. In PE this we have been practising our jumping techniques, in writing we gave been looking at character description, in reading we have been summarising our model text “Leon and the place between”. Well done Maple, keep up the hard work.

Silver Birch: What another great week in Silver Birch class! The children have worked hard at their assessments and they’ve made the adults in school very proud! Well done! In Geography, they have been learning how bays and headlands are made (ready for our trip to Hunstanton next week) and in Science, we have begun our new unit about the states of matter! Well done, Silver Birch class!

Year 4: Another busy week in Year 4. This week we have been text mapping in Talk for Writing and written some amazing sentences using superlatives. In PE we have been enhancing our tennis skills. In DT we had lots of fun making the nets of 3D shapes ready to design on a computer for a package. We finished the week with a great House Day playing and completing activities around the Euros. Well done Year 4.

Sequoia: What a fabulous week Sequoia, we had a great Science session looking at how to reduce water wastage as part of our Environmental Science unit. The children also had a great time as part of our House Day linked to The Euros, we had a great time during our football tournament and Parks had an especially great time during the orienteering activity. In Geography, we looked at the effect of climate change on different countries and in History we compared modern houses to Viking houses, thinking about both the structure and the items inside. Keep up the hard work Sequoia.

Willow: Another great week Willow! We had an exciting day celebrating the beginning of The Euros, they really enjoyed the DT activities and the football tournament. This week we have begun our text map of our Talk for Writing unit, Kidnapped. They have really enjoyed creating images that represent the words in our text.

Year 6: Another busy week in Year 6! The children worked ever so hard writing recommendations for the position of ‘a new school buddy’ at Beecher Prep School in our novel, Wonder. We created our text maps for the new story titled ‘Should Gold E. Locks Be Gaoled? In maths, the children investigated solving problems using variety of calculations. In the afternoons, we planned our local field study to answer our enquiry question: How eco-friendly is Daventry? We discussed the importance of civil rights and created a classification key for the animals of Amazon Rainforest. Well done, Year 6!

Governor Positions

Are you interested to being one of our Governors?

Would you be interested in finding out about pupil outcomes?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at governance@dret.co.uk. Please contact office@falconershillacademy.co.uk if you would like to meet a governor to find out more.

Family Learning

Family Learning courses offer free, fun opportunities for parents, carers and children to learn together. All courses are taught by experienced, qualified teachings who will help to identify learning aims for you and your children in a safe, friendly environment.

Parents and carers can attend courses in local libraries throughout Northamptonshire.

Find more info about courses starting in September and book at Family Learning courses

‘ NEXT – Support your child’s transitions from primary to secondary’ For parents with children who are moving to secondary school in September - a popular, free, online evening discussion course with Family Learning. More information and book your place: Next Transition Course

Dates for your diary 2024

  • Y6 Residential: Frontier Centre Mon 17th June – Weds 19th June 2024
  • Y3 Seaside visit to Hunstanton: Thurs 20th June
  • Flourishing @Falconers event: Fri 21st June
  • House Day (Euro Launch): Mon 24th June
  • Y6 Prom: Tues 25th June 5pm-7pm
  • Re- Solve Y5 & Y6: Weds 3rd July
  • Annual Reports: W/C 8th July
  • DRET Summer Cup: Tues 9th July
  • Sport’s day: Thurs 11th July
  • Y6 Leaver’s Assembly: Weds 10th July - 9.30am and 13.30pm.
  • Y3, 4, 5 – Summer Disco: Tues 16th July 3.30pm -5pm - Tickets pending.
  • Transition week – Move Up, Stay Up (MUSU): Week commencing Mon 15th July
  • Meet the teacher:
  • (Current Y3->New Y4) - Tues 16th July
  • (Current Y4 ->New Y5) - Weds 17th July
  • (Current Y5 ->New Y6) - Thurs 18th July
  • Summer Concert Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5: Fri 19th July
  • House Day (Olympic Launch): Mon 22nd July
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Artsmark award. Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people. We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award for our commitment to the arts.
Bike Appeal - If you have any children in need of a bicycle, please contact Steve at Delapre Abbey via steve.adamstri@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your help with this. Outspoken Training 01223 473820. The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL. Follow us @OutspokenTrain

NHS School Nurse

Did you know that every school has an NHS School Nurse team? We are a team of Qualified School Nurses, Community Staff Nurses, Healthy Child Practitioners and School Nurse Assistants. We work all year-round Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). We are happy to provide information, advice, and guidance on a range of health needs from reception to Year 13

We can be contacted:

You can also contact us for any school aged immunisation queries.

Spelling Class of the Week

We are changing our weekly spelling awards. We will now be awarding the spelling trophy to the highest scoring class each week. These means it will be a team effort for pupils to work together and individual scores will be combined with their classmates.

14/06/2024 - Congratulations to Acer class. Well Done!

Reading

Your child should have come in with their Accelerated Reader book and reading journal. Please remember to record when your child is reading at home. A target of 3 times a week or more is great.

Shakespeare Gold School Status

We are delighted to announce that we have been named as a 'Shakespeare Gold School' for our continued work with the Shakespeare Schools Foundation. This year our amazing Shakespeare club (made up of pupils from Years 5 and 6) performed a stunning (and scary) version of MacBeth at the Deco Theatre, Northampton. The children worked incredibly hard to rehearse after school, learn lines and push themselves out of their comfort zones. The group were praised for their creative interpretation, their sense of team spirit and their commitment.

Attendance

Is my Child too ill for School? - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

How to improve your child’s school attendance and where to get support - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)

03/06/24 to 07/06/24 - Overall Attendance: 90.2%

Maple: 88.3%

Silver Birch: 92.7%

Elder: 96.3% - 1st Place

Pine: 92.6%

Sequoia: 92.2%

Willow: 95.3% - 2nd Place

Acer: 95.1% - 3rd Place

Oak: 94.8%

National College - Resources for Parents

We are delighted to let you know that Falconers Hill Academy has become a member of the National College - a multi-award-winning online training provider for parents and staff.

What does this mean to you?

As part of our membership, The National College provides dedicated training and resources for parents and carers - particularly, around online safety and keeping children safe online.

Online safety advice on any topic

Of course, staff will continue to teach children about the risks online. But with the internet so readily accessible, the most effective approach to online safety needs everyone involved, including parents and carers.

That's why you've now got access to hundreds of courses, explainer videos and online safety guides to support your awareness of the online world. Topics range from understanding apps like TikTok and Instagram to recognising the signs of self harm and what you can do to help.

Sign up is easy

Signing up to the platform is simple, just follow

National College - Falconers Hill Academy

and complete your details. Once you're set up, you'll be able to choose 'parent/Carer' as your user type and get instant access to all training and resources. Download the app for free Another fantastic benefit of the National College is it's National Online Safety app, which you can download for free. It gives you access to all their parent and carer resources on the go, whenever you want.

You can download the National Safety app using the links below:

They're always here to help

The national College has a brilliant support team if you have any questions. Their help centre provides a comprehensive bank of answers to most FAQs, but if you can't find the answers you're looking for, you can always get in touch with them. I hope you'll sign up and make the most of the resources.

House Points

1st Place to KING with a total of 13916 points

King: 366

Gandhi: 323

Pankhurst: 291

Parks: 297

Extra Curricular Activities

Football - Erin went to the nationals with her team this weekend and they came 3rd!!!! Massive achievement and Erin's goal performance was super
Remember to get involved. Path to Paris will run to October 2024. We are currently in the top 10 in our region.

After School Clubs - Term 6

  • Mondays: Football Club
  • Wednesdays: Multi Sports
  • Thursdays: Tag Rugby
  • Fridays: Elite Football (Invitation Only), Art Club (Year 5 and Year 6 only)

Healthy Eating and Well Being

We are working hard to promote healthy eating in school. Caterlink provide a wide range of salads to accompany our school meal offer. Their meals are nutritional and well balanced. Below is a link to the Better Health website where you can find guides to healthy meals and lunchboxes.

Healthy Eating Award

We are working towards out Healthy Schools Award. Please take a look at our draft Healthy Food and Physical Activity policies. Please remember to send your child in with water in their water bottle and a healthy packed lunch. Don't forget to consider the fresh cooked balanced meals from Caterlink.

Reminder - snacks at playtime must be healthy e.g. fruit, low sugar/salt bars. This should not be crisps. Water bottles need to contain water and not squash OR fizzy drinks.

Allergy awareness - we are a nut-free school. Please ensure Nutella sandwiches and Celebrations and other sweets containing nuts are not brought into school.

Notice Board

We use My Family Coach to help our parents and carers understand their children’s behaviour. My Family Coach is a free website written by behaviour experts with 20 years’ experience working with over 5,000 schools. My Family Coach will support you through the tough times, inspire you with new ideas, free online classes and share practical tips to make parenting that little bit easier.

My Family Journal App - Find patterns and triggers to make sense of your child’s behaviour and find helpful ideas to try with our free journal app. Your journal is completely confidential to you. We don’t offer prescriptions, just more ideas to consider to help you understand the reasons behind the behaviours you’re seeing. Enjoy the benefits of journaling with all the advantages of our free app. Using the power of the My Family Journal, we can help you find and tackle the reasons behind the behaviour. https://www.myfamilycoach.com/journal/

https://www.myfamilycoach.com/quick-reads/

9 Ways to keep your child safe on Social Media - 5 min read

How to stop your child shouting - 3 min read

www.myfamilycoach.com

There are free online classes that you can attend.

Reducing Arguments and Building Stronger Communication - Free Class: Thursday, 3rd October 2024 at 7.30pm

Our Vision

To ensure all our children are engaged in the present and prepared for the future. Our children will leave us motivated to take on new challenges and with the confidence to persevere in all they do. Through a world class education, all our children will develop the ability to become lifelong learners. Our exciting, engaging and innovative curriculum will ignite a passion for learning in all of us.

Our children are members of a diverse community that is kind, responsible and respectful to all. Everyone is valued and celebrated. Everyone is encouraged to be ambitious and aspirational. Through our active collaboration between home and school, we develop resilient, confident and independent learners.

Keep in touch

Office@falconershillacademy.co.uk

01327 703132

http://www.falconershillacademy.co.uk

Twitter: @FalconersHill

Facebook: Falconer's Hill Academy

Term Dates 2023-2024

Term 1

Training Day 1st September & 4th September 2023

Term starts 5th September 2023

Term Ends 20th October 2023

Term 2

Term starts 6th November 2023

Term ends 20th December 2023

Term 3

Training Day 3rd January 2024

Term starts 4th January 2024

Term ends 16th February 2024

Term 4

Term starts 26th February 2024

Term ends 28th March 2024

Term 5

Term starts 15th April 2024

Term ends 24th May 2024

Term 6

Term starts 3rd June 2024

Term ends 22nd July 2024

Training Day 23rd July 2024 & 24th July 2024

Term Dates 2024-2025

Term 1

Training Day - Friday 30th August 2024

Training Day - Monday 2nd September 2024

Term 1 Starts - Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Term Ends - Friday 18th October 2024

Half-Term (Monday 21st October 2024 - Friday 1st November 2024)

Term 2

Term 2 Starts - Monday 4th November 2024

Term Ends - Friday 20th December 2024

Christmas Holidays (Monday 23rd December 2024 - Friday 3rd January 2025)

Term 3

Training Day - Monday 6th January 2025

Term 3 Starts - Tuesday 7th January 2025

Term Ends - Friday 14th February 2025

Half Term (Monday 17th February 2025 - Friday 21st February 2025)

Term 4

Term 4 Starts - Monday 24th February 2025

Term Ends - Friday 4th April 2025

Easter Holidays (Monday 7th April 2025 - Friday 18th April 2025)

Term 5

Bank Holiday - Monday 21st April 2025

Term 5 Starts - Tuesday 22nd April 2025

Bank Holiday - Monday 5th May 2025

Term Ends - Friday 23rd May 2025

Half Term (Monday 26th May 2025 - Friday 30th May 2025)

Term 6

Term 6 Starts - Monday 2nd June 2025

Term Ends - Tuesday 22nd July 2025

Training Day - Wednesday 23rd July 2025

Training Day - Thursday 24th July 2025

*The usual term times will apply at term ends. All dates are inclusive.