Next Week…


YR Trip to Beale Park, PTA Funded.
Y2 Trip to QMC

12:30 – 13:00 : Liguatastic French Club Y1-Y2
13:00 – 15:00 : Guitar lesson
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:20 – 16:30 : GOL Football
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare


13:00 – 15:00 :  Guitar Lessons
13:15 – 14:30 : Athletics team training – PE for the team please.
15:15 – 16:15 : Drumming Lessons
15:20 – 16:20 : Tag Rugby
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:30 – 16:15 : Fun Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare


Y6 – STEM Fair
12:30 – 16:00 Basingstoke Area Netball finals 

10:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
10:00 – 14:00 : Flute Lessons
12:00 – 12:30 :  Percussion Club Y6
14:15 – 15:00: Tag Rugby Training with Zack
15:30 – 16:30 : Drumming lessons
15:30 – 16:30 : Netball / Basketball Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare


08.30 – 11.30 : Maths on the Move
11:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
15:20 – 16:30 : Hockey Club
15:20 – 16:20 : Drama Club
15:30 – 16:15 : Y6 SATs Club with Mr Walsh
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare


Y3 – Egyptians Trip, Ufton Court, PTA funded
Y5 – Kingdom of Benin Workshop, PTA funded

08:30 – 10:00 : Rocksteady band club
13:00 – 15:00 KS1 Football Festival
14:40 – 15:15 : Star of Wonder Assembly
15:15 – 16:20 : Dodgeball Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Lunch Menu…


Tomato & basil pasta


Fish cakes and sauteed potatoes


served with sweetcorn and peas.

Flapjack, ice cream or fruit


Jacket potato with cheese and beans


Beef lasagne with garlic bread


served with green beans and sweetcorn.

Jelly, grapes, or fruit


Cheese & broccoli slice


Roast chicken and sage & onion stuffing


served with roast potatoes, carrots, and roast parsnips.

Apple crumble & custard, ice cream or fruit


Quorn sausages


Sherfield sausages


Roasted Butternut squash & spinach lasagne


served with broccoli, baked beans, and a roll or mash.

Cherry & sultana sponge, ice cream or fruit


Mexican bean wrap


Breaded fish


served with chips, sweetcorn, and peas.

Shortbread biscuits, or fruit

Dates for your Diary…

Tuesday 19th March

We’ll be on Easter holidays for the National Pyjama Day (6th April), so we thought we’d bring it forward! 

National Pyjama Day might just be the comfiest, coziest day of the year. 

We’re asking for a small donation of £1 to the school, for the pleasure of wearing your fave PJs for the day. 

Tuesday 21st March

As a school supported by Stepping Stones through the LETS Go! outreach service, we would like to invite children and staff to join us in celebrating  World Down Syndrome Day this year by wearing colourful and odd socks on the 21st March 2024

What is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and Why #LotsOfSocks?

WDSD is on the 21st of March, symbolising the triplication of the 21st chromosome associated with Down syndrome. To celebrate, people wear #LotsOfSocks – brightly coloured, mismatched socks representing the uniqueness of chromosomes under a microscope. People with Down syndrome have three of the 21st chromosome, making them extra special.  If you would like to donate, please head directly to their JustGiving page, by clicking here

Wednesday 27th March

KS1 Easter Performance: Rise & Shine

There will be 2 performances, one in the morning at 10.30am and one in the afternoon at 2.15pm

Tickets will be available to book on a google form, week commencing 11th March.  4 tickets will be available per family, to ensure family members of each child in both years, can attend.

Headteacher Update…

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Book Day

Thank you parents and pupils for making the effort with costumes to make World Book Day a big success at The Priory. Besides the parade in the morning, all classes were engaged in literature-related activities for the majority of the day, from re-enacting stories, to scavenger hunts, to rapping stories over famous songs, to writing mini stories. 

Thank you to the PTA for running the book sale. 

On a book related theme, we have a lovely school library, with stacks of excellent books.  The pupils do frequently visit the library to borrow books, but we could really do with someone to come and help get the library organised to help the children find and return books easily. 

If you are interested in helping (or know someone who might be interested), please get in touch with Georgia in the school office. 01256 850062 

Student Achievements

Well done to Darcy from Y5 who made a request to Mr Walsh that pupils get the chance to lead some assemblies.  Darcy then led an assembly about 3 inspirational women in aid of International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. 

Darcy taught the rest of the children about: 

Jane Austen – English author who wrote some books under a pseudonym that went on to be classic novels

Rosa Parks – American civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat to a white person led to a change in the law and increased rights for Black people in America

Ann Makosinski – A young Canadian woman who, at the age of 15, invented a torch that didn’t require batteries to help people who couldn’t afford batteries.

A great achievement Darcy!

House Points…




Sports News…

Cross Country Superstar!

Our very own Hetty (Year 5) represented Basingstoke (and of course our school!) in the Year 5/6 Cross Country County finals this week. She ran a brilliant race, competing against the best Hampshire runners to come an amazing 8th overall – WOW!     Unfortunately Hetty is too young to compete in the national competition despite qualifying with a top 10 place. Next year Hetty!  Well-done!

Priory commits to always #LetGirlsPlay

And play they did! All 87 girls in KS1 & 2 and at least half of the staff took to the field this sunny Friday afternoon for an hour of football fun.  We celebrated International Women’s day with a clear message to all about inclusion and equality in sport but also in our schools.  We saw some great skills from girls across every year group, with everyone trying their best and working cooperatively with their friends from across the school.  It was a lot of fun for everyone involved and a reminder to all our girls about their equal right to play any sport they choose at school, in clubs and beyond.

Netball Finals Next Week

Driving past school tomorrow morning, it may be a bit busier than is normal for a Saturday! Our committed and passionate netball team will be out on the back playground courts practising for the area finals of this year’s Basingstoke schools’ netball leagues. Hard work and team spirit for both pupils and coaches alike saw our brand new netball team qualify as 1 of twelve local teams competing for a coveted spot in the county final after Easter. Watch this space to find out how we get on. Good luck team!

Star of Wonder & Special Mentions

Star of Wonder Awards

YEAR R: Nieve, Tobias and Victoria

YEAR 1: Charlotte, Skye and Elin

YEAR 2: Alice, Charlotte Cl, Freddie and Evie-May

YEAR 3: Lewis, Leonie, Gracie

YEAR 4: Primrose and Alexander

YEAR 5: Harry B and Fearne

YEAR 6: Verity, Charlie E and Amelli

News from Year R…

What have we been learning about in Year R this week?

The children have enjoyed using the VR headsets this week, which has been a particular highlight of their week. The children became immersed with elephants bathing in water, giraffes in an enclosure and they even saw a cheetah walk past them in the African savannah grasslands. It was lovely to see their reactions when using the VR headsets.

The children have enjoyed making up their own patterns in Maths this week. They have been using their bodies to create repeating patterns such as clap, clap, jump, clap, clap, jump etc. They also listened to the story ‘Pattern Fish’ and then made their own drawings using simple patterns in their drawings. The children have also been exploring different patterns in the environment and using different materials to make their own patterns.

World Book Day was an exciting day for all. Everybody’s costumes were spectacular, and it was lovely to hear from all the children about the characters they were dressed up as.

Year R have also been busy making special items for their mummies for Mother’s Day. We do hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Next week:

On Monday, Year R will be off out on our first school trip to Beale Park. The children have been talking about their upcoming school trip and we do hope that they all have an enjoyable time. Please keep your fingers crossed for nice weather!

After seeing lots of animals on our trip we are going to be making animal sock puppets with the children. Please could you provide a sock for your child to use when making their sock puppet. If you have any spare socks please could you also bring these in to make sure that we have enough for all children. Please could you bring them in on Tuesday.

In Maths the children will be recapping number bonds to 5 and 10. Number bonds are a pair of numbers that add together to make a certain number e.g. 2+3=5, 4+1=5, 5+0=5 are all number bonds to 5.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year R team


Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Keeping Safe …… Vaping and Young Children

In PSHE our upper juniors in Years 5 and 6 have had lessons around keeping themselves safe in relation to drugs, smoking and vaping. The children were asked to discuss their existing understanding and knowledge about these topics in terms of health impacts and taking risks. They discussed and learnt how to feel confident to stand up to peers who may want them to take risks and dares. The children impressed with their maturity, knowledge and ability to come up with strategies to deal with the risks that they may face now and in the future. As parents, carers and professionals, who are responsible for our children’s safety and wellbeing, we also need to be as informed as possible about the risks our children face. Fortunately, there are a range of resources available to support parents and professionals to have the conversations.

Vaping is a very real and prevalent risk for our primary aged children. In recent years, more young people have been using e-cigarettes, known as vaping. Children are trying vaping younger than ever and the risks are less well known than with other substances. The Government are proposing a range of measures to protect children and young people from the promotion of and use of e-cigarettes following their public consultation in 2023

The websites below offer us a range of information, advice and guidance around the risks of vaping, how to have open conversation with our young people and what to do if we have concerns that our children and young people are accessing and using vapes.



Action for Children


Reporting concerns

Key actions to take if you have a concern that a child is in danger, may suffer harm and maltreatment…


  • If you fear that a child is in immediate danger CALL 999 and report the concern
  • IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS AND YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU SHOULD DO – report your concerns to the DSL and team at school

Alternative options – as a member of the public you can report a concern to Hampshire’s Child Protection Services directly – information about the services is available here – this site provides useful information and learning about a range of abuse as well as what will happen when concerns are reported –

If you are a member of the public and wish to report any welfare/safeguarding concerns DIRECTLY TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES:- you can complete Hampshire’s online form here: online enquiry form

You can report a concern over the telephone and via email –

Phone 0300 555 1384   
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Email     Please note: Emails are dealt with during normal office hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. At other times phone our out of hours number.      

Out of hours – Out of hours contact telephone number for Children’s Services Phone 0300 555 1373 


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