27th January

 Strike Day – Wednesday 1st February

At Hornby, the majority of teaching staff are members of the NEU.

The union has called for strikes over the issue of pay as well as recruitment and retention of staff. There are further issues around recent unfunded pay rises which have taken money away from our school budget and made it more difficult to provide for your children in both resourcing and staffing.

On this occasion, the staff have informed me that they will be taking strike action on 1st February and thus, school will be closed on that day. In making this decision I have taken into consideration guidelines from the Department for Education, the different trade unions and the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions as well as compiling a Risk Assessment and reviewing the situation with our Chair of Governors.

I understand that this may cause a great deal of frustration and inconvenience for parents and carers; however, I am hopeful that you will understand the reasons for this decision. I take the opportunity to thank staff for the work that they continue to do in the face of increasing difficulties alongside other public sector workers and hope that a resolution in this dispute is reached soon.

I will keep you informed of the decision regarding the other planned strike days as we move forward.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.



Meet our new Lower Juniors teacher Mrs Baxter

Now that Mrs Baxter has had a few weeks to settle in, we thought we had better introduce her!


“I love being a teacher and am very excited to be teaching the Year 3 and 4s! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being part of my local church, exploring the great outdoors with my cocker spaniel, Oti, and going climbing with my friends. Reading for pleasure is one of my favourite things and I love finding out what the children are enjoying reading too.


Mrs Baxter works Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday all day, please pop in and introduce yourselves to her, she would love to know who belongs to who!



Infant Trip – Wildlife Oasis

We had a lovely day at the Wildlife Oasis. Dan helped us to learn to classify animals – learning the six main types. We were also allowed to hold a cockroach, stick insect and a snake if we wanted to! We looked closely at a tenrec and a chameleon! We also had a fantastic time touring the zoo and found animals from all around the world. We even found some Arctic creatures such as Arctic Owls and Snow Leopards! We learnt about animals we had not seen before such as Crowned Cranes, Wallabies and Fossa Cats. 

We took photos on our school camera which are on display in the classroom window, have a look and see what we got up to!


Junior Trip – Blackburn museum

We are going to take the Juniors to Blackburn museum on Friday 3rd February, where our pupils will get the opportunity to find out all about Ancient Egypt by talking to a real Egyptologist! The children will use and handle items from the collection and take part in a craft activity. The PTA have helped to subsidise this trip along with school funds, so the cost of the trip will be £5.00 and this can be paid on School Money.


PTA News

Thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the PTA disco, it was a great success and the children seemed to have lots of fun! Great moves were seen in the dance offs, well done everyone!

We will be holding the PTA AGM on Thursday 9th February at 6:30pm in the school hall followed by a drink in the Royal Oak afterwards for anyone who wishes. We will be electing the committee and planning our activities for the rest of the academic year. Please come along and share your thoughts and ideas, we would love to hear from you.



Proposal to Federate

You should have all received an email last Monday detailing the Schools proposal to Federate with Leck. Please spare a few minutes to complete the feedback questionnaire (link sent in the email) before 27th February.



Dance ASC

We have Dance ASC starting on Monday 27th February after the half term break, sessions will run from 3.30pm – 4.30pm for 5 weeks. There will be NO CHARGE for this club. Please let Hannah in the office know before half term if your child would like a place.



Healthy lunches and snacks

We have noticed that the children’s lunchboxes are looking a little unhealthy, please try and include

• A good portion of starchy food, for example wholemeal roll or bread, wraps, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad.

• Plenty of fruit and vegetables, for example an apple, satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini-can of fruit chunks in natural juice or a small box of raisins.

• A portion of dairy food, for example individual cheese portion or pot of yogurt.

• A portion of lean meat, fish, eggs or beans, for example ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg or hummus.

• A drink, for example unsweetened fruit juice or water.


Foods that should be limited include foods that are high in fat and sugar such as sweets, chocolate or savoury snacks such as crisps, treats can be included at lunch time; however, plain or lower sugar varieties should be encouraged. Please do not send fizzy or energy drinks with your child, cordial or water is the ideal option for school.  


Lower Juniors

Upper Juniors


For great recognition of the phonic sounds we have been learning and applying them in writing. 


For settling back into school really well and using his words more to express his feelings.


for clear and confident reading of ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ during our guided reading session this week





Our value this term is

Self- Control






For focus and concentration during independent work, showing self-control by not getting distracted. 







For conscientiously getting his homework done early and producing an excellent Science poster about local habitats








For showing self-control during our science experiment on forces and working sensibly with his partner. 



This week…


Monday 30th January

Library Day – please return reading books

Tuesday 31st January

Upper Juniors- Young Leader Awards –Sport training- Day 2 – PE kit will be needed

Rugby ASC  3.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 1st February


Thursday 2nd February

KS2 Swimming Gala – AM

Y3,4,5 Swimming lessons

Friday 3rd February

Junior trip to Blackburn museum

This term…


Tuesday 7th February

Meet the teacher – for Lower Junior parents 3.30pm – 4pm

Friday 17th February

End of term, School closes 3.30pm

Monday 27th February

Dance ASC starts 3.30pm – 4.30pm -please see Hannah to book a place.

Tuesday 28th February

Malham Residential Instalment 2 deadline (£35)

Friday 3rd March

World Book Day

Tuesday 14th March

Parents Evening