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

Principal's Message

Well done to all the children at FHA who are demonstrating our school values of respect, courage, aspiration and ambition. Every Friday is Celebration assembly. It is so wonderful to hear of how pupils are working hard, overcoming barriers, setting themselves challenges and being good friends! I must thank Poppy N (Deputy Head Girl) for helping out and running the show. I must also thank the Parents and Carers who make time to celebrate their children’s successes. Some children have been star of the week more than once this year; they get a special prize.

House points – We have been having a few technical issues with Bromcom. Some of the information was carried over from last year, some had points reduced and some had different points depending on what screen we were looking at. Hopefully, we will get this sorted soon without having to check every record individually. Certificates will be sent out by the end of this term.

100 points – Bronze

250 points – Silver

400 Point – Gold

500 points – Platinum

We would like to invite parents to attend a homework information session taking place next week. This session will focus on homework expectations and how to log in to the different platforms at home. There are two sessions available for each year group and parents can choose which one to attend.

Year 3 parents:

Monday 5th February from 2:45pm – 3:30pm

or

Wednesday 7th February from 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Year 4 parents:

Tuesday 6th February from 2:45pm – 3:30pm

or

Wednesday 7th February from 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Year 5 parents:

Wednesday 7th February from 3:30pm – 4:15pm

or

Thursday 8th February from 2:45pm – 3:30pm

Year 6 parents;

Wednesday 7th February from 3:30pm – 4:15pm

or

Friday 9th February from 2:45pm – 3:30pm

We hope you will be able to join us for one of the sessions.

On the day, please enter school via the office to sign in. Children are welcome to stay with you for this information session.

Star of The Week

Maple: Jacob

Silver Birch: Joseph

Elder: Ivy

Pine: Sofia

Sequoia: Kallie

Willow: Ashlie

Acer: Trixie

Oak: Violet

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.

Learning Round-up

Silver Birch and Maple: What another wonderful week of learning in Silver Birch class. In Maths, we have been finishing off our geometry learning and have moved onto learning about money. In Writing, we have completed our journey tales ready for editing next week. In Science, we have been learning about habitats and linking this learning to our Geography topic where we have identified different climate zones. And in History, we have been learning the gruesome steps of mummification. Great work this week, Silver Birch!

Elder: What a week we have had in Elder! In Art we have been practising our observational drawing skills. In Science, we investigated the presence of carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks. In Geography we have been planning a walk to Daventry Town Centre to look at the impact of migration. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week!

Pine: Another fantastic week in Pine class! In Talk for Writing, we have completed our Amber Write. Everyone has a fascinating explanation text that explains why astronauts wear spacesuits when they leave their spacecraft. In history, we have been exploring how and why Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans. During PE, we were practising our skills from previous weeks, perfecting our shoulder stands, cat leaps and backwards rolls. Well done!

Willow: Another fantastic week. Willow have been making great progress in swimming and their swim teachers are very proud of them. In history, we have been comparing life as an Anglo-Saxon to our own, which they have found interesting. In writing they have completed their amber writes and have focused on editing skills.

Sequoia: We have had another productive week in Sequoia!

In maths, we have learnt how to construct triangles to meet specific criteria and in Talk 4 Writing, we have been completing our amber writes about ‘How to thrive at FHA’. In science, we have looked at how electromagnets work and how they are used to help us in everyday life.

The children particularly enjoyed our PE lessons this week. In our orienteering session, the children had to work in teams to locate and then put together a puzzle of a women’s football player (Miss Randall was definitely not biased in which players she picked). They had great fun working together and then trying to arrange all of their puzzle pieces to form the picture. In our gymnastics session, the children learnt how to do a ‘bridge’ and everyone had a good go at using their upper body and core strength to get themselves off of the floor, we had a few successful attempts! Great work this week, Sequoia!

Acer: We’ve had another busy week in Acer!

In maths, we practised calculating vertically opposite angles and angles in triangles. In writing, we composed and edited our own warning tales, and in reading we enjoyed working together to create prediction trees.

During afternoon lessons, we learnt about the life cycle of an insect, compared two natural disasters, found out how World War 2 started and had another great swimming lesson!

Oak: Another busy week in Oak class! In reading we enjoyed making prediction trees about ‘What happened next to Anne Frank?’. Writing was focused on completing our Amber Writes and in maths we practised calculating vertically opposite angles and angles in triangles. In the afternoon lessons, we extended our knowledge about WW2 by discussing what events led to the war and how it started. Also, we learnt about the life cycle of an insect, and we had a go at comparing two natural disasters based on case studies of Honshu in Japan and Christchurch in New Zealand.

Speller Of The Week

Maple: Edward

Silver Birch: Jake

Elder: David

Pine: Andy

Sequoia: Sathushan

Willow: Aronas

Acer: Patrick

Oak: Clara

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

Dates for your diary

Class Photographs: Tuesday 12th March 9am

Parents Evening: Monday 25th March and Tuesday 26th March

Extra-Curricular Activities

Harry took part in his first fencing tournament on Sunday. He started lesson in July and his confidence has grown. This was a new experience for him and overall he finshed 10th.

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.

Attendance

Overall Attendance: 96.1%

Maple: 93.2%

Silver Birch: 96.2%

Elder: 98.5% - 2nd Place

Pine: 96%

Sequoia: 93.8%

Willow: 98.6% - 1st Place

Acer: 98.5% - 2nd Place

Oak: 94.4%

House Points

King: 320

Gandhi: 230

Pankhurst: 216

Parks: 242

After School Clubs - Term 3

  • Tuesdays: Football Club, Choir
  • Wednesdays: Multi Sports
  • Thursdays: Tag Rugby
  • Fridays: Shakespeare Club (Y5 and Y6 Only), Elite Football (Invitation 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

Daventry Junior Park Run

When is it? It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.

Where is it? The event takes place at Daventry Country Park, Northern Way, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 2JB

What does it cost to join in? It's free! but please register before you first come along by visiting Junior Park run Only ever register with parkrun once and don't forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won't get a time.

For more information please visit home | Daventry Country Park junior parkrun | Daventry Country Park junior parkrun

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/

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There are free online classes that you can attend.

https://www.myfamilycoach.com/supporting-my-anxious-child-free-class/

https://www.myfamilycoach.com/parent-class-calming-down-communication-conversations-dysregulation-child-feels-angry/

https://www.myfamilycoach.com/parent-class-reducing-arguments-building-stronger-communication-with-your-child/

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

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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.