Our School


Aims And Values Statement

Our Mission Statement “Loving Life, Loving Learning, Loving God” was selected from suggestions from our families. The Aims and Values are reviewed each year by staff and governors to ensure they are still relevant to our learning.

Our School Rules

In our school we:


Use our manners

Are kind and gentle

Respect others

Speak thoughtfully

Are helpful


Use our time well

Talk about our worries

Say sorry when we need to

Agreed by the children of Chapel Haddlesey Church of England Primary School, September 2015.

Class 1

Welcome to our Class 1 Explorers web page!

We have 23 children in Class 1, 8 in EYFS, 8 in Year 1 and 7 in Year 2.  Our teacher Mr Marshall teaches us every day of the school week.  We are very lucky to have four Teaching Assistants Mrs Hall, Mrs Lovewell, Mrs Turner & Mrs Smith to help us with our learning across the week.

Every term parents receive a curriculum newsletter which explains the focus for the term and a little bit more about how our families can support this at home.

Our school day starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.15pm. Mid-morning, we can help ourselves to a piece of fruit and a glass of milk.  A hot school lunch is served at 12 noon and this is free to children in Class One.


We love our weekly Cookery sessions with Mrs Smith and learn lots of new skills including rolling our pastry, kneading bread dough and trying new flavours from around the world.



We have our own EYFS outdoor area and you can see from the photos that we love building with the wooden blocks and making concoctions in the mud kitchen. We have a huge field to run around on, a school garden to nurture and wildlife garden to explore.


Our classroom environment always looks so colourful – have a look at our seaside themed display areas.


Class 2

Welcome to our Class 2 web page!

In Class 2 we have KS2 children from year 3 to 6 and our teacher is Mrs Lindley.  We also have teaching assistants Mrs J. Smith and Mrs Turner to help us with our learning. In addition to this for four mornings a week, Mrs S. Smith delivers focused maths and English teaching to our Year 6 children in a small group to fully prepare them for high school.  We also have Mrs Briggs who delivers key maths and English skills two mornings a week to groups of four children.

This term our topic is ‘Enterprise’ and this will form the focus of our learning.  Mrs Lindley has produced a class newsletter explaining a little more about it and the information is included below.

Much of our writing will be text based, meaning that we will use a book to support the development of our writing skills.  Linked to our topic, this term’s text is ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden.

We completed reading the book in the final week of last term and are going to focus on the main themes in the book.  We are also going to read Rose Blanche (written by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan) using it as the framework for our persuasive writing, diary entries, non-chronological reports and poetry.

They will develop the children’s grammar and punctuation by using the text, daily phonics sessions will enhance spellings and they will write in a range of genres including dairy entries as though they were evacuees, letters home, rations lists, character profiles, chronological reports, just to name a few.  Children are encouraged to refer to the Non-negotiables for their year groups (displayed in class) to further support their writing.

Spelling homework is set on a Thursday for Years 3 to 5, is based on the phonics patterns being looked at in class for that week, and is to be submitted the following week.


Changes made to how Guided Reading works in school last term have paid dividends.  Whole class reading sessions enable children to develop their reading skills, children are developing their ability to verbalise their ideas and it has had a clear impact on every other aspect of their academic development, emphasising the importance of reading as the foundation of learning.

We have a number of skilled volunteers who work with the children every week, listening to them read and helping them to develop their reading skills and strategies.  Children must have their Planners with them each day so that feedback can be recorded.

Last year we introduced the new Visual Calculation Policy and assessment system.  This has enabled clear and direct teaching of the key strategies with the children making good progress across the school.  This term we will begin by focussing on embedding children’s place value knowledge and then offer interactive and practical opportunities to develop their four calculation strategies.  There will be an opportunity for parents to attend a Maths night to look at the methods used in school and to ask questions.

Our mental calculation speeds are increasing due to regular practice and enthusiastic child-led participation. Children will continue to develop their four main calculations and understanding of place value as this is the firm foundation needed for them to apply further understanding.

Maths homework will continue to be handed out on a Tuesday. Lessons will provide opportunities for children to work on their Smirfs; support with this at home is always welcome. When children feel they have met the challenge they can come and tell us and we will look to move them on.


The children will be exploring the history of Europe, and the world, as part of their World War II topic.  They will look at the timeline of the war, key protagonists and what life was like during that period of time.  They will look at rationing, what life was like in different places during the war and how evacuee’s lives changed when having to leave their homes and families behind.  The children will also have opportunities to look at how the physicality of the areas involved played a role in how the war developed.

Building on their understanding of World War Two children are going to use the artefacts that have been generously shared by families.  They are going to look at the personal history of some aspects, linking them with key historical and geographical points.

The classroom will have its own Anderson Shelter provision area.  This will be designed and built by the children and they will also build their own models, experimenting with different materials and looking at their properties, linking this to materials that would be most suitable in a blackout situation.

We will also be looking at recipes from during the war, creating basic menus and experimenting with ingredients that came as part of the basic rations as well as creating simple circuits to transmit Morse Code signals.

The children constantly access technology as part of their day to day learning.  They word process, use the internet to research and check their work and they are adept at recording and editing images.  In light of this they will be focussing on programming, ranging from understanding how scripts run the most basic programmes to designing and developing their own basic coding.  They will also be looking at technological development over the years.

Our children also have the opportunity to take part in an hour’s Performing Arts Club each week with Cathy Nash, a local teacher of both singing and performance.  During this session, the children will be able to develop their skills in performing arts and singing and hopefully, increase their confidence in their own performance.

Mr Fessey, a peripatetic music teacher, visits school on Monday mornings to deliver private guitar lessons to small groups of children.  The leaflet below explains the charges from NYCC Music Service.

The children have created a reflective area in our reading corner.  This offers them a place they can visit to take some time out, think and share thoughts, ideas and worries.  There is a box in this area where children can put prayers that will be read out by Reverend Anna and shared with the congregation at Sunday services at church.

The children constantly discuss the world around them and celebrate the similarities and differences we discover.  This term they will be making links between different belief systems, identifying similarities in them and also comparing differences.  They will discuss and explore key protagonists and the role they played in religion throughout history.


After introducing and discussing the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Awards that the children are working towards, this term the children will start to actively find ways to support and enhance the wider community.  They have already thought of some insightful and sensitive links that they would like to make and, after being particularly impressed with their initial ideas I am looking forward to see what they achieve, as they told me, we can change the world!

Class 2 PE sessions are to take place on Mondays and Fridays.  Please could children ensure that their kits are left on their pegs to avoid them being left at home on days that they are needed.  If there is an instance where a PE kit has been left at home a phone call will be made to request that it is brought in prior to the session.  Children should not rely on spare kit being available in school.

As part of the focus on persuasive writing we will be designing our own propaganda posters.  We will also be using different techniques to create our own war themed designs.  In addition to this, we are lucky enough to welcome Mrs Walker back on Tuesday afternoons, the fine pencil observational art drawings she helps the children every week are amazing quality and this term will be compiled into a sketchbook to share with everyone.


Our school council

Run by the children for the children

We are extremely proud of our School Council at Chapel Haddlesey C of E Primary School. Our School Council continues to grow from strength to strength.

Our School Council Members

Our School Council members were voted in by their peers in a school council election.

What is the School Council?

Our School Council is a group of children who meet together with Mrs MacDonald, our Headteacher, to help improve our school. Members are voted in by their classmates and represent the views of the children from EYFS to Year 6.

A note from Henry

Our job is to make changes around the school and make our students happy, safe, active and proud. I love the School Council because it gives me another reason to come to school and I enjoy the responsibility of the role.

A note from Erin

I enjoy being a School Councillor because I like helping people by explaining to them what are good choices and bad choices in school.

A note from Hollie

I enjoy being on the School Council as I like to come up with ideas for competitions in school and being on the School Council means you are the judge!  I have a brilliant idea to raise money for school by having a Car Wash Saturday!

A note from Charlie

Being on the School Council is important as we are role models of good behaviour and at playtimes, we remind our friends about the school rules and making the right choice.  We organise non-uniform days for charity and the School Council can decide which charity will receive the money.

Our sports council

Sports Forum meetings take place every half-term and these are open to all children and staff, chaired by Mrs Hall. The children lead the agenda and can discuss equipment needed, after-school clubs they would like, sports they would like to develop during curriculum time and anything else sport-related. We have a Suggestion Box for any brilliant ideas between meetings.

Our worship group, 'Arise & Shine'

Our worship group, named ‘Arise & Shine’ meets regularly to discuss matters of a spiritual nature!

The school is proud of its strong links to the community, local church and the Diocese of York.

Rev Anna commented that at the last School Worship Group meeting we discussed how we could select three Christian Values for our school community to focus on. We began with 15 possible values and shared these with parents, governors, members of the church community and the children in the school. We asked everyone to consider the needs of our school at the moment and then consider which values would help us best meet our present needs. We then selected the three values we are now focusing on in our Collective Worship and across other areas of our school life.

These are
Trust, Friendship & Forgiveness.

The worship group

At our next meeting we will be thinking about our times of Collective Worship. How can the children develop their leadership of Collective Worship? What do the children enjoy about Collective Worship? How can we develop Collective Worship?

Our Prayer

Dear God,

Bless our school.
For us it is a special place.
Help us to show kindness and care as we build lasting friendships.
May kindness, respect, trust and love live here.
Love of life, love of learning and love of you, our God.

Please guide our school community as we flourish and learn.


Our prayer garden

The Bishop of Selby, Dr John Thompson, blessed and formally opened our new prayer garden.  Mrs Hall and the children had designed and prepared a new Prayer Garden with three individual areas.  The Remembrance Garden is designed in the shape of a cross with stones and slate.  The Easter Garden features Spring plants symbolising new life and the central feature is a gazebo for the children to sit and reflect.  The design includes a solar powered water feature urn and a planter dish symbolising the bread and wine of the Last Supper.  Many thanks to Miss Gardner for donating plants, and Mrs Russell and Mrs Westmoreland for painting the planters and the gazebo.


The photos show the Bishop’s visit below, a drawing by Lily which is an excellent likeness and two of the prayers below, by Henry and Phoebe.

Junior road safety officers

Every year two Year 5 children are selected to be Junior Road Safety Officers for the year. This year, Remy and Freja have been nominated by Mrs Lindley. They will be holding competitions each term on a theme linked to Road Safety and will be updating the Road Safety noticeboard with news and events.

North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances

We are very proud to be members of North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances. North Star and Polaris formed a unique partnership in 2016 to support school improvement across North Yorkshire and work with around 70 primary schools in the region. Our collective aim is to improve outcomes for all children through a self-sustaining, dynamic system of school improvement and support across North Yorkshire and beyond.

Train to be a Teacher in local schools

Chapel Haddlesey CE School, as part of North Star Teaching Alliance, is delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and Polaris TSA to offer early years and primary teacher-training places for 2017-18. Find out more about our School Direct programme here.