Upcoming Events

Monday 15th January

12:30 : Liguatastic French Club Y1-Y2
13:00 – 15:00 : Guitar lessons
After School…
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:20 – 16:30 : GOL Football
15:30 – 16:15 : Board Games Club  YR, Y1, Y2
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Tuesday 16th January

13:00 – 15:00 : Guitar Lessons with Adele
After School…
15:15 – 15:45 : Drumming Lessons
15:20 – 16:20 : Tag Rugby
15:20 – 16:20 : Gardening Club
15:30 – 16:15 : Art & Craft Club  Y3-6 (TBC on Monday)
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Wednesday 17th January

11:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
12:00 – 12:30 :  Percussion Club Y6
13:00 – 14:00 : Flute Lessons
14:15 – 15:00 : Sports Hall Athletics prep session with Coach Zack
After School…
15:30 – 16:30 : Drumming lessons
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Thursday 18th January


08:30 – 11:30 : Maths on the Move
09:30 – 11:45 : Fire Education Talk for Y2 + Y6
11:00 – 15:15 : Piano Lessons
After School…
15:20 – 16:30 : Hockey Club
15:20 – 16:20 : Drama Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Friday 19th January

08:30 – 10:00 : Rocksteady band rehearsals
14:30 – 15:00 : Netball Team – training
14:40 – 15:15 : Star of Wonder Assembly
After School…
15:15 – 16:20 : Dodgeball Club
15:15 – 18:00 : The Oaks childcare

Date for your Diary…

This Thursday, 18th Jan 


This is a special day for lunches as it is a school census day.  In order for our school government funding to be as high as possible, we need as many pupils to have a school lunch on this day please.  Lucky it’s the infamous “Quorn and Sherfield Sausages” day!

Date for your diary… 

Tuesday 23rd January @ 4pm

for Year R, Year 1 & Year 2 parents

Mrs Ewins, Phonics lead, has organised a Phonics workshop for parents on Tuesday 23rd January at 4pm.  It will give further support with helping your child at home with their Phonics and also give a deeper insight into the ELS Phonics scheme that we use in school.  This is for Year R, 1 and 2 parents only. More information will follow in a separate letter from Mrs Ewins.

Date for your Diary…

Thursday 1st Feb 


Details and sign up to follow

Dates for your Diary…

5th – 9th Feb

International Week

School Menu

15-Jan to 19-Jan


Vegetable pasta, or

Beef Bolognaise pasta, or

Jacket potato with tuna sweetcorn mayo

served with sweetcorn and peas.

Iced sponge or fruit


Priory pizza, or

Chicken Supreme and rice,

served with sweetcorn and peas



Cheese & chive swirls, or

Roast chicken and sage & onion stuffing,

served with roast potatoes, carrots, and roast parsnips.

Apple crumble & custard or fruit



Quorn sausages, or

Sherfield sausages, or

(V) Mushroom & herb rissoles and tomato sauce

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

Lemon spice slices or fruit


(V) Mixed bean & veg show Mein, or

Breaded fish and chips,

served with sweetcorn and peas.

Chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, or fruit

Headteacher Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Vision, Values and Aims

At The Priory Primary School, our vision and aims are as follows: 


At the Priory Primary School, our vision is to inspire our school community with a passion for learning, where all children achieve and thrive in an environment where positivity and well-being are at the heart of all that we do.




We aim to:

  • Create a vibrant and inspiring environment where children are proud to learn and grow.
  • Be uncompromising in our aspirations for our pupils’ success, by enacting strong foundations for development.
  • Continue to be recognised amongst the local and regional community as an outstanding rural academy school.
  • Provide our pupils with a well-rounded and inclusive curriculum that is fun, inspirational and engaging.
  • Promote opportunity, development and leadership at all levels for all of the Priory stakeholders.

We hope you can see these values and aims being realised in all that we do.  If you ever have any feedback about the school and our provision, please contact us at office@theprioryprimaryschool.org.uk.  We welcome any feedback in the pursuit of our vision and aims.

Front playground – Rain and ice

On mornings when it is particularly wet or icy, we will bring all children into the school and direct them to either the school hall or their classrooms to be supervised.

World Cuisine

International Week is coming up in the week commencing Monday 5th February.  On Friday 9th February, to add a nice flavour to the end of the week, we would like to give the children a chance to taste some food from around the world. 

If any parents have good recipes for international dishes and would be willing to cook (or buy and donate) enough of that dish for a class to have a small taster (not a whole portion), please contact the school office at office@priory.hants.sch.uk

Forthcoming dates

  • Film night – Thursday 1st Feb (details and sign-up will follow)
  • International Week 5th-9th February
  • Parent teacher meetings Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th February 2.30-6.30pm
  • Sponsored read-a-thon (linked with World Book Day) will happen on the week 4-8th March
  • Pyjama Day – Tuesday 19th March (last day of Winter so preparing to come out of hibernation!!). £1 donation to wear pyjamas. Proceeds will go towards new percussion instruments for the school.

House Points…





Safeguarding and Wellbeing

The fantastic PSHE resources that we use across the school from Coram life also provides information and support to parents. By accessing the website you can find a range of resources and activities to support you as a family that links to your child’s learning and development through the PSHE that we teach at school.


Find out how the SCARF values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship can help your child to be their best – both at school and at home.

New Year, New Digital Resolutions

As we enter 2024, it’s the perfect time to set new year’s resolutions. Why not start by creating some family resolutions? The article in the link provides valuable insights and suggestions for digital resolutions that you and your family can embrace, ranging from managing screen time to enhancing cyber security. Have a look to see what could work for you and your family…

Please click here to take you to the iNEQE safeguarding Group web page.

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 childrens.services@hants.gov.uk     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 


News from the Sports Desk…

January has started with a sporting bang with 30 of our children from Years 2-4 trialling our brand new Maths on the Move initiative. All the children (and adults!) involved enjoyed the session, which is aimed at boosting maths confidence and attainment through an energetic maths/PE combo. On leaving the hall, one child was overheard saying “that was the best maths lesson ever”, so success already with the children! In March, teachers and leaders from the delivering company ActiveMe360 will observe lessons and track progress of students over the first 8 weeks of the trial, so watch this space for more news then.

An Interview with Coach Zach…

Why did you become a coach?

When I was a child, I didn’t always like sport. I became a coach because I wanted all children to have a good experience of sport.  I wanted to make sport for everyone.

What do you do at the weekend?

On Saturday I coach toddler football.  During the rest of my weekend, I enjoy hiking in Wiltshire and Devon with my partner and my dog.

Why do you do hiking?

After a busy week it is good to clear your mind and relax.  Hiking helps me to do this.

What is your favourite sport?

Judo. It is something I really enjoy. I was in Year 3 when I started judo. Learning to get back up each time I was knocked down in judo really helped me to develop resilience.

What else to you like apart from sport?

Food. I was previously a chef in Amsterdam.

News from Year R…

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

This week the children enjoyed discussing the different features of The Gruffalo character. They collectively created a giant Gruffalo painting and painted their own Gruffalo paintings. The children also went on to discuss the different characters in the story of The Gruffalo and created the different characters using different craft materials. This was put together to form a display in the classroom, shown in the photo.

The children also learnt and sang a Gruffalo song which supported their understanding of the different features of the Gruffalo.

In Phonics the children have been continuing to practise to read and write CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words to enhance their confidence with their reading and writing.

In Maths the children have been practising their skills for 1 less than a number up to 8 and have been finding different ways they can make 6,7 or 8 e.g. 3+3, 4+2, 5+1 are all different ways you can make 6. The children have also begun to develop their understanding of doubling.

Next week:

The children will be writing down words/sentences to describe The Gruffalo character and they will be making their own Gruffalo masks/headbands.

Our PSHE will focus on ‘Staying Safe’. We will be focusing on ‘what we put on our body’ linked to different times of the day, for example, pyjamas at bedtime, plasters when you are hurt, washing hands with soap, scarf and gloves in the winter. We will be thinking about how all of these things are used to keep us safe.

In Maths we will be exploring ‘time’. The children will be developing their understanding of timings in a day and in the past/future. They will then move on to ordering and sequencing simple events e.g. using the words first, then, next to describe a sequence of events.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year R team

Star of Wonder & Special Mentions

Star of Wonder Awards


Hallie, Arlo, and Harley


Caleb, Tansy, Dylan and Oliver


Evie, Evie-May and Primrose


Louis, Sofia, Emelia and Dhyanam


Isla, Alex, Alyx and Eliza


Fearne and Joshua


Ella and Freya

An Interview with Coach Zack…

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