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At Deanshanger Primary school we would like to keep you all informed about all  the breaking news here at our school. From school trips to what goes on everyday as your children are learning and experiencing so many different adventures.  

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  • Year 6 SATs

    Published 06/05/22

    The Year 6 children will be sitting their Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) next week on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th May. It is essential that the children attend school every day and that they are in school on time.  The Y6 classes will be invited into class from the regular time of 8.50am, to enjoy healthy snacks and help prepare and relax them. The Year 6 team will be there to make sure that the children feel ready for the day ahead.

    This weekend, please support your child to relax as much as possible. Make sure that they have an early night and feel fully rested for the week ahead. Please remind them that they are well-prepared for the tests and that all we want is for them to try their hardest.

    The SATs are a snapshot of what your child has learned in primary school and the results depend on how well they perform on the day.  As the team that works with your children, we can honestly say that each and every child has made fantastic progress this academic year in multiple ways, and not just academically. We are very proud of the hard work and resilience they have shown in preparing for the tests despite the challenges of the last couple of years and lockdown etc. The SATs are important and are almost a 'rite of passage into secondary education, but they do not define your children; we know the plethora of additional skills and talents that they hold and the personal attributes and school values that they consistently display. 

    Monday 9th May  English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

    Tuesday 10th May  English reading

    Wednesday 11th May  Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

    Thursday 12th May   Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

    On Friday 13th May, we will have a trip out to the Pocket Park. 


    Test Results
    You will receive test results for your child in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling (SPaG), and mathematics. There is no test for English writing; this will be reported using teacher assessment. You will be given your child’s scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved).

    The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded) and 120 (the highest scaled score). 

    • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
    • 80-99- working below the national expected standard
    • 100- 110 working at the expected standard
    • 111-120 suggests working at a greater depth

    The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.


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  • School Attendance - 05-05-22

    Published 05/05/22

    School attendance has improved incredibly over the past few months - we are grateful for all your efforts to support this. You may have noticed that Mrs. Hodge is now looking after attendance alongside Mr. Peel in the school office. As you can imagine, this job has been more difficult through the pandemic with higher absences than in previous years, but we are now getting back to 'normal'.

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  • Development in Deanshanger

    Published 22/04/22

    You are probably aware that early proposals are in place for several development projects in the village. Most recently, I have been visited by strategic land managers regarding potential plans for the land behind the school. 

    Feel free to look at their virtual public consultation document plans here. 

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  • Attendance

    Published 28/03/22

    There is no denying that the lock-down and COVID has made school attendance trickier over the last couple of years. There have been times when children have not been allowed into school or have been unwell and have been asked to remain at home. This has clearly had an impact on attendance and, in turn, learning and progress.

    We are keen to support all families to maximise attendance and reduce absence wherever possible. We aim for all children to have a minimum attendance of 95% and where attendance drops below this, we will be in touch. 

    Please expect a letter/phone call or meeting when your child's absence concerns us and/or drops below 95%. It is our role to follow up and support attendance and whilst we appreciate that illness can not be helped, we will work with you to minimise absence and therefore, improve learning outcomes. 

    We will work with the local authority and issue fines when attendance figures continue to be of a concern.


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  • Northampton Active

    Published 24/03/22

    We have some fantastic activities happening for both adults & children over half term! 

    Why not come and enjoy some experiences!

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  • Sunflowers on World Poetry Day

    Published 23/03/22

    Poetry by Georgia in Y1


    The Parish Council have very kindly donated 400 sunflower seeds to our school and Ollie Southgate (Y1) has kindly donated hundreds too! We will be sharing these with the children and very much hope you will encourage your child/ren to grow these! This is to inspire us to participate in a community event as a reminder of the people of Ukraine. The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and has become a symbol of resistance and hope! Help us to create a village display of sunflowers this summer. We are very much looking forward to receiving updates! 

    As you all know, sunflowers are extremely important to us as they remind us of our dearly loved and cherished Mrs Annette Robson. It will be lovely to see Deanshanger awash with sunflowers in the months to come. 

    As part of ‘World Poetry Day’ we all wrote poems about sunflowers. We hope you enjoy some of our poetry.



    Oh Sunflower by Y3 Kingfishers

    Oh beautiful sunflower, 

    You are bright and yellow like the sun, 

    Your long, pointed petals reach out like fingers, 

    And small, brown seeds fill your gigantic, circular centre, 

    You stand proud in the fields on your green, fuzzy stalk, 

    Which is long and slender like the neck of a giraffe. 


    Oh wonderful sunflower, 

    Buzzy bees adore you, 

    Your delicious, sweet nectar is so tempting and tasty, 

    Beautiful birds flock to you, 

    Your life-giving, zebra-striped seeds are cherished and beloved, 

    Your scrumptious seeds add texture to salads and meals. 


    Oh perfect sunflower, 

    Your delightful, brightness makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, 

    You erase my sadness with your sunny glow, 

    And replace it with a heart full of joy, 

    Walking through a field of sunflowers reminds me, 

    That I’m never alone and that I’m loved by my family, 


    Dear sunflower, 

    As you follow the sun through the day, 

    Continue to spread your love, 

    You are the national flower of Ukraine, 

    And soon all the fields there will be yellow and gold, 

    Bringing hope, love and strength to all. 


    Sunflowers by Year 3 Robin class

    Sunflowers, sunflowers are bright and yellow like the sun,

    Under the cold, damp soil sunflower seeds are waiting silently to sprout,

    New sunflowers are blooming under the beautiful, blue sky,

    Fields of sunflowers like a sea of yellow that never loses its glow,

    Lasting memories of sunflowers swaying in the cool, summer breeze,

    Outstanding nature outside your window for all to see,

    What a wonderful flower you are!

    Everyone should aspire to have and show the qualities of a sunflower,

    Robin class love sunflowers, so sweet, so golden, so warm,

    Sunflowers, sunflowers will come and go but will always be in your heart.


    An extended Haiku from Y5 Rockhopper Penguins

    Standing on its stem

    In the graceful summer’s day

    Shining in the sky


    Looking at the sun

    Guarantee to bloom brightly

    Standing strong and proud


    Sunflowers blooming

    With vibrant yellow petals

    Gleaming like the sun


    Lovely sunflowers

    Always shining very bright

    Smiling at the sky



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  • Zen Garden - Sakura Cherry Tree Project

    Published 21/03/22

    This tree commemorates the long-standing friendship between the people of the UK and Japan, including that of the Royal family and Japanese Imperial Household. Our Zen garden is starting to take shape, and we'd like to share this news with parents and carers in this article. 

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  • Boccia Tournament - School Games KS2 PAN Boccia County Finals on 28th February at Benham Arena

    Published 14/03/22

    On the 28th of February Deanshanger visited the School Games KS2 PAN Boccia County Finals. In a very tough group the team managed to make their way to the final. 

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  • Northampton PAW Patrol Trail

    Published 11/03/22

    We wanted to make you aware of an exciting project - the PAW Patrol brick trail in Northampton.

    PAW Patrol fans will be able to meet their favourite characters as Northampton town centre hosts an amazing ‘trail’ of sculptures from the hit show.

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  • World Book Day - 2022

    Published 11/03/22

    We all enjoyed a fantastic world with some amazing characters. We had many Harry Potters, Super Heroes and Footballers. It was so lovely to see all the parents back on school grounds to watch the parade.

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  • World Book Day and Half Term Preparation ​​​​​​​

    Published 11/02/22

    World Book Day this year is on Thursday 3rd March. This year is a very special celebration as it marks 25 years of World Book Day! Please read below as we have lots of exciting things to share! 

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  • Social media and how to handle conflict

    Published 09/02/22

    The increasingly complex world of social media platforms, require digital competences from parents/carers and our children alike. Whilst children have grown up with social media, parents have more difficulties with them, leading to uncertainties regarding their child's social media mediation. Parents are encouraged to use active mediation focusing on risks and safety on social media. 

    A little disclaimer... It's important to remember that Facebook and Twitter require everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. WhatsApp terms require your child be over the age of 16. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13.

    These terms are set out because the world of social media can be emotionally difficult for some children under these age ranges. We would encourage you to really consider whether allowing your child to post on these platforms is the best way for them to interact with their friends. If you do allow your child to sign up to these sites against the terms, then it's important that you take full responsibility for monitoring your child's posts and what they are reading online very closely. 

    As a primary school we would always advise children to stay clear of all social media as we feel it requires a higher level of emotional maturity to handle some negative aspects of these sites, however we do understand the pressures parents are under to allow their children to access social media. 

    If you decide you would like to allow your child to use these platforms, despite the age restrictions, please see some tips on how to keep them safe and mediate any conflict that may occur. 

    • Be a positive role model – children learn about resolving conflict by observing others.
    • Create a safe environment – Allow them to express themselves openly and honestly with you first, without fear of a negative or emotional reaction. Once you are happy, make posts together at first, always setting a good example by being considerate in the language being used. 
    • Teach them strategies to calm down such as deep breathing, relaxation, exercise, writing, drawing, painting or other expressive activities.
    • Work out how they feel – Talk it over to help them identify and process their feelings.
    • Help them manage their feelings – Help your child find ways to manage their feelings at the moment such as counting to 10, walking away or blocking anyone you feel isn't a good match for your child. 
    • Work out what they want – Help them to understand their own needs or motivations. Why they need to post and again, write out posts together before sending. 
    • Encourage empathy – Help them to figure out what the other child wants and how they might be feeling.
    • Monitor posts closely - Ensure you remove anything you feel is inappropriate from your child. 
    • Walk away from conflict - Don't respond to negative posts in any way and ensure children report anything to you straight away. Rather than engaging in a negative post, block the user immediately and only interact with friends that can be trusted to post kind, sensible posts.  


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