According to the online dictionary, solstice refers to "...either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere, or about December 22, when it reaches its southernmost point." Here is Nafferton Primary School summer solstice in full action. Great fun had by all on an afternoon where the children were spoilt for choice on activities, food and entertainment.
Here is the gallery for the Key Stage 2 sports day. A great effort all around from Yellow, Red, Blue and Green teams. After the points had been counted the winners for the Year 2016-2017 were...BLUE TEAM! Well done all those who took part and thank you to those who helped make the day a success.
Due to poor weather conditions on the scheduled diary date, the Key Stage 1 Sports day had to be postponed. Here are the pictures of Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 on their rearranged Sports Day. Take a look at the gallery now to see just how sporty our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are. A massive thank you to all those who helped such as the PTFA, the Year 6 children and other volunteers!
The Year 3/4 classes visited Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough in an 'above' (cliffs) and 'below' (Flamborough) themed trip. The children learnt about the various seabirds and were even treated to a special viewing of baby pufflings. The rock pooling adventure was a great experience for the children as Anna, Sean and the rest of the team showed us sea creatures close up. The red-eyed, velvet crab was certainly not pleased with being picked up by Anna! Once again, commendable behaviour from the children as ambassadors of Nafferton Primary School.
Here are a few snaps of the Year 6's dressed in their attire and ready to perform Peter Pan. The performances were very well received by parents and children in school.
The Friends of Nafferton held a very successful ‘breakfast morning’ offering bacon, sausage and vegetarian sandwiches to the children. The sun shone and fun was had by all – a great way to start the day and raise funds!
On Friday 28th April the Tour de Yorkshire went past our village. The whole school walked through Nafferton, taking our packed lunches with us, so that we could have a picnic before watching the riders pass by at great speed. What a brilliant and exciting adventure.
Look at our egg-stra-ordinary creations! What egg-cellent ideas! Winners in each year were: Foundation William L, Runners-up: Joseph C, Hayden, Noah F Year 1 Chloe, Runners-up: George C, Christopher F, Oliver T Year 2 Joseph B, Runners-up: Ben A, Henry W, Rhys H Year 3 Harry J, Runners-up+ Emilie S, Rose, Daniel C Year 4 Amber S, Runners-up: Izzy G, Kaitlyn, Nina Year 5 Jake, Runners-up Eve B, Charlie & Harry Year 6 Imogen, Runners-up Jessica H, Ruby H-B
The whole school went to church and our Church Wardens were on duty at the Easter Celebrations with Rev Rob. We sang our favourite Easter songs and we learned that God's gifts are plentiful and that Jesus is one of those gifts and we can open that gift if we want to.
On Friday the 3rd March, the school council's Eco-Sub Committee participated in The Great British Spring Clean. The eight children picked litter along the length of Middle Street and all round the play park. School Council Co-ordinator, Miss Guild, said: "We often take part in the events organised by The Keep Britain Tidy group and the children really enjoy doing it. They feel proud that they have helped to keep our village clean. The children know that is important that we all take responsibility for our local environment and make sure it stays safe for the people and animals that live in it." Although the children did collect quite a lot of litter the amount found was definitely less than in the past, especially in the park. Things the children found the most of were little bits of plastic and cigarette ends. The most unusual find was a pair of broken spectacles!
As part of our African project, Key Stage 1 boarded an aeroplane in the hall to fly to our Kenyan Safari.
On the first Sunday in December the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, held a special service of thanksgiving and rededication at All Saints Church, Nafferton. Mr Johnson and Mrs Burtenshaw took the school choir who sang at the service.
These images were created by Nafferton School Art Club for the Royal Horticultural Society Christmas card competition. This project involved several stages; we sourced flower images online then re-created the flowers using markers and spirit onto ceramic tiles. This process transformed our pictures into abstract art. We then took prints of the tiles for the final stage of the project. We used the print for a 'garden background' and used aquarelle crayons to create a winter flower. This was arranged along with a robin image (made from old dictionary pages) to create the final design. The finished designs will be available on the website from 9th December.
On Sunday 20th November, forty children, aged 6-13, from all over the East Riding, Hull and beyond attended the Nafferton School Chess Day. The event was a partnership between Nafferton School and Hull & District Chess Club. It was the first time such an event has been held outside of Hull but this did not prevent it becoming the best attended junior event the Hull Chess Club has organised. It is hoped that other schools in the area will hold similar events in the future. Over the course of the day the children played five games of chess each. Children from Nafferton School were well represented with ten pupils attending. For the majority of the children this was their first ever chess event. Alfie and Riley, who had attended an event earlier in the year, both improved upon their previous positions securing themselves top ten places. Amber, who had never previously entered a chess event, joined the boys in a top ten finish. The other children all played well and did themselves credit with their performances. A chess cafe was run during the course of the day and £50 was raised towards the Nafferton defibrillator appeal. Nafferton School Chess Club would like to extend their thanks to the members of Hull & District Chess Club who ran the event, Sarah Murray who ran the chess cafe, and all the parents who gave up their Sunday to support their children in having a wonderful experience.
Nafferton Primary School has been crowned winner of the UK Water Explorer awards which took place in London's Canary Wharf on 28th September 2016. A school and youth group based environmental education project, Water Explorer is delivered by UK charity Global Action Plan (GAP) and supported by the HSBC Water Programme and aims to highlight the importance of water conservation on a global level. Water Explorer is a free, fully-resourced online programme for schools and youth groups and sets a range of water-based challenges for 8-14 year olds. It offers innovative and energising learning opportunities for young people, helping them to understand how to reduce their own water footprint and help others to do the same. Our award winning entry activity saw us complete a raft of Challenges including creating raps, a play and conducting a fresh water watch. We also hosted a Water Festival assembly showcasing all that they had done which attracted over 100 parents and family members and held an exciting recycled fashion catwalk show. The position at the top of the UK leaders points board has now secured us a place in the international competition to be held on October 25th. Miss Guild said: "The children have really taken the key water saving message of the Water Explorer programme to heart. It has been lovely to see how enthusiastically they thought of exciting new ways to reduce their own water use and spread the message throughout the community." Nafferton Primary School competed against 317 other teams to gain their place in the UK finals, where on Wednesday 28th September they presented their project to a panel of expert judges including those from GAP, Eco-schools, STEM Learning and HSBC. The other four UK finalists in this year’s Water Explorer Awards were: Netherseal St. Peter’s Primary School – East Midlands Applemore Technology College - Hampshire St Bishops Stopford - Hertfordshire Calthorpe Park - Hampshire "The best thing about water explorer is learning how precious water is." said Niamh, Nafferton pupil on the day. Luke Wynne, Global Action Plan Head of Schools, said: "The judges were so impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and commitment of the five finalist schools this year that it made deciding on a winner a really difficult job. However, in the end Nafferton won out thanks to the variety and quality of their activities that so clearly embodied the values and teachings of Water Explorer."
To celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, Nafferton School decided to devote the half term to finding out about this man and his books. Each class chose a different book and some exciting activities were planned to extend the children's learning and enjoyment. Mr Johnson, the new headteacher, presented each class with their books and, on Tuesday 13th September, everyone dressed up as a Roald Dahl character. The children paraded in assembly, sang songs and took part in a quiz about - what else - Roald Dahl's books. Fantastic Mr Fox (a.k.a. Mr Johnson) was the Grand Quizmaster and he had a job to control the panel - Miss Trunchball and Matilda. He decided to put Mrs Fox between them to keep control! The school cook, Mrs Blackburn, made the children a chocolate bun to take home. Little did they know that the Grand High Wizard had added "Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse Maker" to them. Oh Dear! Whatever next at Nafferton!
As part of our work on British Values and Investors in Pupils the children were asked to put themselves forward for the role of House Captain. In assembly, the children were introduced to the concept of democracy. Two children were selected as Returning Election Officers, voting cards were designed, a polling station was set up and the Year 5 and Year 6 children were invited to vote. Voting was very popular (over an 80% turnout) and our very first elected House Captains were appointed.