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HadlowPrimary School

Happiness, Progress, Success

Term 4

Hello everyone 


Well, this will probably be my last email update and I just wanted to say what a privilege it has been to teach your children this year. We've seen them develop so much over the past 4 terms, educationally and in themselves. Such a lovely class. I shall miss them so much.


We were particularly proud of them this week when we watched a BBC children's programme about Ukranian refugees. They were so thoughtful in their comments and clearly in awe of the Ukranian children’s lives over the past year.  Miss Hooper popped in during her leadership day to see us whilst we were watching it and she was also impressed by their respectful response to the programme. Link below as it is part of series about lives of other children in Britain and around the World.


The children invited Miss Hawkins to our maths lesson this week to share their new fractions learning. They have picked up the new terminology so quickly, I’m sure they will be fraction fans! Some useful recap resources if they'd like to learn more at home.


I wanted to say, as some children have been asking me some 'strange' questions this week, please don't feel you need to get leaving gifts - if they want to, a homemade card or note from the children will be more than enough. I will make sure they get a photo with me if they really want one!  ( I will be leaving signed birthday cards for those children yet to have their birthdays this year which I hope will be a nice surprise for them.)


On Monday, it's our Stone Age day so children to please come in home clothes. Several layers plus a waterproof coat and waterproof shoes or wellies. Also a change of clothes for coming back inside (if their PE kit is in school this will be fine) and shoes. Clean dry socks are always a good idea too! 


Re the Talent show - auditions are Monday - Thursday next week during lunchtime Hadlow Primary School 17.03.23 ( We gave them some time to rehearse the group performances this afternoon. 


The next School trip for Oak will be on Thursday 4th May - the Living land event at Kent Showground. It is free entry. Mrs Austin has been to the event briefing this week and is very excited about what the day will offer the children. More details about the event here:


Library books borrowed on the school library card in book week - if you want me to return them for you do send them in next week otherwise they need to be returned by 25thApril.

Wishing you a lovely Easter. Thank you for your support. 


Kind regards.


Miss Leigh

How did they move Stonehenge’s Saracen & Blue stones?

Week 3

10th March 2022


Hello everyone, 

Thank you so much to the adults helpers on our trip to Hever yesterday. Couldn’t have done it without you. A link to the photos has been emailed.

Next week is assessment week 1. We will do as many of the assessments as we can in the first week so the children can relax the week after.

On the last week of term, we will have our Stone Age day on Monday 27th March - home clothes (that they won’t mind getting muddy) and wrap up warm and in something that will keep them dry.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Oak Class team

Week 2

3rd March 2023


Hello everyone


What a Book week! The children’s costumes were amazing and they did some lovely creative writing.


Next week, on Thursday,  is the school trip to Hever Castle


We must leave school at 9.15am so please get the children to school in good time to help us to help them be relaxed and enjoy the day.


It looks like the cold snap may still be with us so please have the children wrap up warm! Gloves, hats and warm socks, school uniform and I’d rather they had their most comfy trainers/shoes/boots on than they be exactly regulation as there will be quite a bit of walking. You’ll be pleased to hear the water maze is not open this time of year so no changes of clothes required! 


Packed lunches for those entitled to FSM - do please let us know by Monday if you need them on Thursday and if you want vegetarian.


All asthma pumps should be in school now but if for any reason children don’t have one in school please send it.


Finally, you will receive some news today to share with the children and I can only apologise to you, and them, for the timing. If I could have avoided this I would but sometimes life shows us an alternative way forward that needs embracing. But I am sure Mrs Austin & Mrs Chimmalagi will be, as always, amazing and carry the mantel. 


We will of course talk to the children on Monday but I expect they will take it in their stride. I’ve been reading them ‘Mary Poppins opens the door’ to help ready them.


Wishing you a peaceful weekend.


Kind regards.


Oak Class team

Week 2 - Well done our amazing Spelling bees!

Week 1

25th February 2023


Hello everyone,


We hope you had a lovely half term break.


We've had a busy week back but the children seem to have enjoyed themselves.


Our history subject this term is prehistoric history - and the children took a look inside Miss Leigh's huge artefact box/trolley. 


We also watched some excellent BBC teach films about life in prehistoric times 


We plan to have a home clothes Stone Age daythe last week of term - we will confirm the actual day nearer the time once we know the weather forecast. 


In English (and guided reading) this term, we are learning about Myths & legends - and we all wrote our own potions for Merlin this week. They are also enjoying the BBC Merlin series.


We have been learning about money in Maths which the children have clearly enjoyed, and they will get the opportunity to set up their own shops next week.


On Friday afternoon, we finally got to do our DT wind powered cars - well done for their persistence as it was much harder to make than it looked on the video! Especial thanks goes to Mrs Noon for all the bottle tops! And for Mrs Chimmalagi's patience.


Home learning has been sent home and if your child would like to take part in the 100 books to read before you leave primary school reading challenge- details on the website here. 


Next week, is, as I'm sure you know, Book week! To clarify costumes DO NOT need to be animal related - animals is just our theme for the learning. 


Key Book week activities: 

  • Tuesday - we will go to the village library in the afternoon - thank you Mrs Bennett for helping out!
  • Wednesday  - after school the children can come back in their PJs and have the unenviable task of seeing Miss Leigh in hers!
  • Thursday - children come to school in their book week costumes and then take part in the costume parade. And PTA book stall after school.


We have spaces for parent storytime readers on Thursday and Friday at 3pm. Just come to reception with or without a book (one can be supplied by us - or pick one from our book corner when you get here). 


The school trip to Hever is just 11 days away - thank you to the two parent helpers who have offered to come and make up the adult ratio numbers. Payments by 6th March please!


Have a lovely rest of the weekend. (And Happy Birthday Mrs Austin for today/this Saturday!)


Best wishes. 


Oak Class teaching team

Prehistoric Britain - exploring Miss Leigh’s box of artefacts

Maths - Money!

DT - Balloon wind powered car

Prehistoric Britain 

Myths & Legends

Hadlow Primary School

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0EH