Dear Parents and Carers,

Wow! What an amazing end to this half term. Our Country Dancing Festival was the perfect finale! The children danced beautifully and the family dance at the end was fabulous. Thank you to all of the families who attended.

Although our Country Dancing Festival was a very English traditional event, the creeds and backgrounds of those who both took part and came to watch were very diverse. What a brilliant example of bringing a community together.


We are going to be saying ‘good-bye’ to Mrs Groves and Mrs Horrex at the end of this term. I would like to thank them for their commitment to our school and their contributions in particular to our Science and STEM curriculum and P.E and Sport curriculum which they have respectively led. They will be missed and we wish them every success in their new adventures.

Mrs Groves writes: It is with a strange mixture of sadness and excitement that I am writing to let you know that as of September I will no longer be teaching at Yapton School! I have absolutely loved my time here and I will miss your children and my friends and colleagues amongst the staff hugely. However, I have been given a fantastic opportunity to work as a science teacher at a secondary school, developing pupils’ transition between primary and secondary education. I know how important this time is for year 6 and 7 pupils and I believe I can make a real difference moving forward. I will make sure I stay in touch to find out all of the marvellous things you get up to at Yapton School!Mrs Horrex writes: “After 15 years of teaching at Yapton, it is time for me to find new adventures. I have loved working in this wonderful school and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I will miss my colleagues, the families I have worked with and, most of all, the children but I will take many happy memories with me as I move on to the next stage of my career.”

After a robust recruitment and interview process, I am delighted to inform you that Miss Johanna Weick and Mr Adam Kelly will be joining our teaching team here at Yapton in September. They have experience of teaching in local schools and have a lot to offer our children here at Yapton.

The Year Group arrangements for September will be:

  • 2 EYFS classes

  • 3 KS1 classes (Y1/Y2)

  • 3 Lower KS2 classes (Y3/Y4)

  • 3 Upper KS2 classes (Y5/Y6)

    More details will follow in the next half term regarding where individual teachers will be teaching.


    Well done to all the Year 4 children who have been putting in lots of effort making sure they know their time tables facts. They will be completing the statutory check in June. It is important they keep practicing to maintain their fluency. Attached are details of a challenge they have been set for the half term break. The link to the online practice materials the children have been using in school is here



    Don’t forget there is an INSET Day here at school after half term. On this day, the teachers are going to be carefully planning how our curriculum can be enhanced through educational visits or visitors coming into school as well as considering how we can have a positive impact on the local community. Before the end of term, we will be able to share with you an overview of next years’ learning, which will also provide details of when requests for voluntary contributions will be be made. We hope this will mean we will not have to cancel any planned opportunities which will provide that extra enrichment to the children’s learning.


    To clarify the arrangements for the family picnic on Sports Day, if you wish your child still to eat an ordered hot dinner, they will be able to do this at their normal time during the lunch hour.


    Although we are getting closer to the end of the academic year, there is still plenty of exciting learning planned for the next half term. I have attached the learning hooks for each of the classes.

    Have a lovely half term break. We look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 6th June.

    Take care

    Kim Huggett