What a great year it’s been at Whitby’s Airy Hill !

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Reception Class has enjoyed learning the names of dinosaurs and playing in swamps, we have talked about space and built models of rockets.

We loved our end of term trip to Playdale Farm where we got to hold chicks and play with our friends.

This term we have been fascinated to watch our vegetables and flowers growing in our outdoor area, we’ve grown courgettes, onions, beans, sunflowers, radishes, carrots and peas!

In glorious weather, Airy Hill had their annual sports days. KS1 took part in a range of activities, on Monday afternoon, and put many smiles on the faces of their families and friends. Y6 were extremely helpful and worked hard to make sure activities ran smoothly for the younger children.

The following afternoon was KS2’s turn to shine. Caedmon sent over some brilliant sports leaders and we took part in a variety of games. Towards the end of the afternoon, the competition really began with the group races. Each house team tried their hardest and put in unreal amounts of effort. Abbey walked away with the trophy.

Year 1 children joined the community in celebrating the Captain Cook Festival as part of their class topic. The children went to the harbour and welcomed in the tall ships and then enjoyed an outdoor lunch.

Using this as their inspiration, the children have then been writing their own story based on boating adventures and a recount of their visit.

Children have enjoyed their annual beach visit with games, rock pooling and picnics on the beach. Plenty of parents joined their children on the beach.

Year two have had a fantastic end to the Year with a visit to Flamingo Land Zoo. The children researched and identified African animals, watched the sea lion show and had a private tour of the zoo. It was a brilliant day out with an ice cream.

To support their visit the children have written animals fact files, thank you letters and their own African stories. In Science, pupils have been exploring habitats and used our meadow to explore where our local wildlife lives.

Year 3 have worked hard and had as much fun as possible, along the way. They have been a brilliant class and Miss Locker is more than proud of everything they have achieved.

It was a lovely day for our summer fair, lots of people joined us for a fun-filled afternoon. Giant inflatables, Soak the Staff, Name the Teddy and hair braiding were just a few of our attractions. We ended the afternoon with our Summer Draw where lots of amazing prizes were won. Thank you to all the local businesses that supported our event.

Year 4 were delighted to welcome Neil from the Whitby Falconers and a great variety of reptiles and birds of prey into class. We were able to see at close range their different features and feel the different textures of their scales or feathers. Thank you to The Friends of Airy Hill for funding this unforgettable experience.

The Year 4s have also celebrated all of their hard work in music with a brass band performance at school this week.

Each child has learnt a new instrument over the year.

Year 5 have had an exciting time putting on the Pirates of the Curry Bean production with Year 6. Over a number of weeks, children were involved in auditions, learning lines, rehearsals, making props and operating stage lighting.

We have lots of budding actors and actresses in the class, who had a great time ‘treading the boards’ in their debut performances. Thanks to parents for their help in putting costumes together and Jo Parlby, from Eskdale School, for loaning us the stage lighting.

Other highlights of the past few weeks include learning about life cycles in science, applying their understanding of decimals, fractions and percentages in measuring activities and weekly dance lessons.

Also, Year 5 had a lovely trip to the Scarborough Sea Life centre, where they had close encounters with marine creatures and a game of crazy golf.

The year 6’s have been celebrating all of their hard work with a number of class treats.

They had a fantastic time learning to surf on Whitby beach where they were catching big waves. They also had a day at Flamingo Land to test their nerve on some of the biggest rides. They had a visit to the TA army centre in Scarborough and learnt from the emergency services how to deal with a number of emergency services. They held the production of Pirates of the Currybean for the parents and did a fantastic job. There was lots of laughter and the parents did an excellent job of providing props and costumes. Recently, they spent a week at their new secondary schools. The school is extremely proud of the year 6’s SATs results and wish them all the best. Three of our sporting teams made it through to the Youth Games in York and represented the school. All of the children showed great team work and resilience throughout the whole day.