January Reopening Update

Dear Parents,

As you may have seen in the Government announcement this evening, schools will now be closed immediately until further notice. This means that East Hoathly school will be closed to ALL pupils on Tuesday 5th January.

Online learning (as specified in the letter sent today) will start tomorrow morning.

We will be in contact tomorrow regarding in-school provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers to begin later in the week. In the meantime, please fill out the critical worker google form if it applies to you, by 12noon tomorrow (Tuesday 5th Jan).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Christmas Colours

We have had great fun this term with our ‘Fun Friday’ dress codes!

This week’s theme was ‘Christmas’. We saw lots of tinsel, glitter, sparkles and Christmas jumpers—it couldn’t have been any more perfect!

It was great to see the children joining in with the themes this term and it definitely added a little bit of magic and pizzazz for the last day of term!

Well done everybody!


This Thursday, East Hoathly school was joined by some Governors as we celebrated Christingle.

Each class sang a song from their Nativity and Reverend Phil led everyone in prayer. There were some Owl children who read prayers too. Christingle is a time for us all to reflect upon the life of Jesus and what his birth means for us.

The children enjoyed making their Christingle for the service and it was lovely to see Owl children helping their buddies in Hedgehog class!

It was lovely to see everybody on the screen for the service! Merry Christmas, all!



This week, we began filming for the school’s Nativity. The children have been amazing at rehearsing their lines and practising their songs. We hope to be able to show you the final product soon! Thank you to Mrs Thatcher for filming and editing the play.

As we are now finishing the term on Thursday 17th December, the Christingle service will take place on Thursday morning at 9.30am—we look forward to be able to share photos of our service with you.

Christmas Dinner

This week, we were delighted to tuck into Christmas dinner. The children made Christmas hats for the feast and had crackers to pull with their friends, along with a treat of orange or blackcurrant juice to wash it down. Thank you Bev and Claire for the incredible dinner!

Hedgehog’s Christmas Cards & Post Office Trip

All the children within school have created Christmas cards for the residents of Lydfords care home, helping to spread a bit of Christmas cheer to others.

Hedgehogs also created cards for the residents at Freshfield Nursing home in Seaford, where Miss Denney’s Mum is a nurse. The residents loved their cards with one resident being moved to happy tears!

On Thursday, Hedgehog class put on their coats and hi-vis jackets to take a walk down to Lydfords Care Home to deliver Christmas cards to the residents. Once the cards were delivered, the Hedgehogs continued their walk to the Post Office to post their letters to Santa.

Thank you to the parents who joined us for our first trip! Hedgehogs were very sensible walking along the road and were very excited to post their letters!

Fun Fridays

The children and staff enjoyed the ‘Fun Fridays’ throughout November so much, that we have decided to continue it on for the rest of the term.

Something will be different on each Friday this month (taking part is completely optional).

This Friday’s dress code was ‘Characters’ and we were not disappointed! Everyone had great fun spotting different characters throughout the day. From footballers to Peter Rabbit to the Mad Hatter and Elsa, there was a very impressive range of dress up going on! The staff enjoyed dressing up too! Thank you everybody for taking part!

As we are now breaking up on Thursday 17th December, the theme is ‘Christmas’, the children can dress up in Christmas colours, the more glitter and festivity, the better!

We cannot wait to see how the children dress up!

Christmas Lights

This week, Miss Lewis took a photo of the church with its Christmas lights and it has been featured on Rev Phil’s Church page!

Open the Book have delivered new videos for the children to enjoy—the children can’t wait to see them! Thank you, Open the Book!

Fun Fridays

The children and staff enjoyed the ‘Fun Fridays’ throughout November so much, that we have decided to continue it on for the rest of the term.

Something will be different on each Friday this month (taking part is completely optional):

This Friday’s dress code was ‘Spots and Stripes’. The children wore a range of spots and stripes and the staff joined in too!

On Friday 11th December, the dress up theme is ‘Characters’ - children can dress up a character from a film, book or tv series.

On Friday 18th December, the theme is ‘Christmas’, the children can dress up in Christmas colours, the more glitter and festivity, the better!

We cannot wait to see how the children dress up!


Fun Fridays

To bring a little bit of joy during this difficult second lockdown, we are going to introduce ‘Fun Fridays’ for the month of November!

Something will be different on each Friday this month (taking part is completely optional):

This Friday’s dress code was Funky T-Shirt  Friday!

The children—and staff— have enjoyed the various dress codes over the last month!

East Hoathly Vision 2020

East Hoathly Vision Song

In all that we do, show respect for all.
In our community, be kind to all.
Resilient and strong, show bravery
Aim to be the best we can be.

At East Hoathly, love others, be true.
At East Hoathly, show your strength in all you do.
At East Hoathly, let your wisdom shine through.
Pray to God in all you do.

We aim high in all our learning.
Creative and fun, while enjoying.
Be honest and true, keep positive.
By God’s example we live.

Owls’ Victorian Day

Year 5 and 6 had a great day. We started the day in role – Mrs Healy ordered us to write lines on black paper with chalk and we had to write out our times tables again and again! Two children experienced wearing the Dunce hat as well!!! The children went into groups to make Victoria sponge and Gruel. Meanwhile, the children shared their Great Exhibition projects which included a lamp post, post box, ice cream maker and camera! They then made an advert for an exhibit. After play, they made peg dolls. In the afternoon we did some Alice in Wonderland art and they created a mini play. We also tasted the delicious Victoria sponge!

“It was very much fun learning about the Victorians and what school was like.” Abigail

“I liked sharing projects and seeing what others had made!!” Joshua

Anti-Bullying Week


This week, the Hedgehogs learnt about Chrysanthemum, a character in a story who was having a difficult time at school because others were being unkind to her. The children learnt that unkind words and sad feelings have an affect on others, so they came up with lots of ideas to make others happy!


For anti-bullying we discussed what it meant to be a good friend.

Lily was a good friend to Delilah by helping her to tie her shoelaces.

Harry said he is a good friend to others by helping them when they need support.

Matilda said she was a good friend as she always shares with other people.

Theo said he is a good friend as sometimes he lets his sister use some of his craft materials.


In Fox class we learnt about the different types of bullying that can occur.

First, we discussed how unkind words can impact on others’ wellbeing and what we must do if we witness it happening.

Next, the children created some drama sequences around why it is important to stand united against bullying in all its forms.


Jessica made a PowerPoint and Jack C made a poster about Anti Bullying online as they are digital leaders.

We did a session about the theme of this year and wore odd socks on Friday to show that we are all equal but different.

Our new Anti Bullying display will be put up in the corridor.

Forest School Update 20th November

This week, Fox Class journeyed down to the woods to have a go at working together to solve problems, build dens and take part in some archaeological digging! The children also had a go at whittling—the children’s skills are coming on very nicely with how much they have been practising!

A huge thank you goes to Mrs Gibbons, Mrs Thatcher, Mr Allen, Ms Mellor, Mrs Sibanda, Mrs Campbell-Stephen, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Magner and Mrs Mackmin for volunteering their time to be part of our adventures. We are still able to accept volunteers for forest school, which takes place on Wednesdays from 1:15pm. Please speak to Mrs Smith, Mr Lulham or the school office if you’d like to join us.

Children in Need

Last Friday, the children learnt all about how their donations can help other children. The children also enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to school—what a novelty! Each class had to decorate their class animal in coins.

With the donations from the children and staff, we managed to raise a very impressive £157! Well done everyone!

Open the Book Assembly

This week, we watched the first open the book assembly today and Owls really enjoyed it - lovely to see the costumes and backdrops and especially the appearance of a dog and a cat!

They also really enjoyed seeing Esther doing a dance! The children said they had learnt from the story that 'God loves us whatever we do so we can be forgiven.'

Fun Fridays

To bring a little bit of joy during this difficult second lockdown, we are going to introduce ‘Fun Fridays’ for the month of November!

Something will be different on each Friday this month (taking part is completely optional):

This week was PJ Week—which tied in nicely with Children in Need. Children and staff came to school in their pyjamas in exchange for a small contribution towards the charity. We had a lot of fun being in our PJs!

Once again, we thank Freya in Year 5 for her suggestion! What an amazing idea!

Friday 20th November: Wear odd socks to school to mark Anti-Bullying Week.

Friday 27th November: Wear a funky T-shirt to school to replace your school shirt/polo.

Forest School Update 13th November

Fox class were extremely excited to begin their forest school adventure in the woods this week. Dens were built, games were played and puddles were jumped in.

Due to a very generous donation from Mrs Frizzell of 20 pairs of gloves we were able to set up a whittling station which proved very popular – with Ashton proving to have a particular flair for the craft!

It was so lovely to see the children enjoying the freedom of the woods and engaging their creative and thinking brains to solve problems and create some fabulous memories.

A huge thank you goes to Mrs Gibbons, Mr Allen, Mrs Becvar and Mrs Mackmin for volunteering their time to be part of our adventures. We are still able to accept volunteers for forest school, which takes place on Wednesdays from 1:15pm. Please speak to Mrs Smith, Mr Lulham or the school office if you’d like to join us.

School Vision and Values

On Thursday morning, we had some special lessons in our classrooms. We learnt all about our new school vision and values and heard some stories from the Bible which helped us to understand the values in more detail.

Nursery and Hedgehogs Classes were learning about the value of Love. They read the story of The Good Samaritan. Corey told us that in the story, God teaches us to love our neighbour and that ‘neighbour’ means everybody. Edith told us that ‘the Good Samaritan man showed love, care and kindness’ in the story.

Squirrels class were learning about Truth. They read the story of the Annunciation which is when the Angel came to visit Mary to tell her she was going to have a baby and he would be the son of God. Oscar told us that this story showed truth in action because what the Angel had said came true. We talked about how Jesus teaches about truth throughout the Bible and that his birth is the beginning of his time on Earth.

Foxes class were learning about Wisdom through the story of Solomon. Beatrice told us that Solomon’s people benefitted from his wisdom as he spread joy and peace by sharing God’s word. Beatrice also told us that Catherine had shown and shared her Wisdom because she had helped children in the class with their times tables.

Owls class learned about the value of Strength through the story of Ruth. They used drama to explore the story and then reflected on how they have shown strength and resilience in different areas of their own lives.

We all learnt that by using our values in different areas of our lives, we can follow the teaching of God and make good choices.
We finished our morning by coming together to share our learning and hearing our new vision song for the first time! Here are the words:

New School Values

This week, the children looked into the Bible stories associated with our new school values.

Hedgehog Class learnt about the value of love through The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Squirrels learnt about the value of truth through The Annunciation—where the angel brought a ‘true’ message to Mary of events that would happen in the future.

Fox Class learnt about the value of wisdom through the story of Solomon asking God for wisdom.

The Owls learnt about the value of strength through the story of Ruth—who showed great strength in character when helping others.

Poppy Appeal

On Sunday 8th November, Spencer and Mrs Thompson, along with other members of their family took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the poppy appeal. They walked 5k from the Chiddingly War memorial all the way to East Hoathly War memorial.

Spencer and his family have very strong ties to the poppy appeal, as they had family who were in the Royal British Legion—who helped raise money for the poppy appeal—and they had relatives who fought in the war.

With the current pandemic, raising money has been a challenge, however, Spencer and his family have certainly risen to the occasion. The family hoped to raise around £100, like they would have done if they were selling their poppies, but they have completely smashed their target and have raised an incredible £590 from their walk! We will be able to give a final total once the proceeds from the poppy boxes have been counted. Well done Spencer and Mrs Thompson!


This term, our collective worship theme is generosity.

Also this week, Miss Lewis spent some time in Nursery talking to the children about our school value of Love. She read the parable of The Good Samaritan from the Bible and the children could see how the Samaritan showed Love in the  story. The children thought about how they could show Love in Nursery and at home.

Jack said “I show love to my baby sister so she can grow up.”

Edith said “If Paige hurts herself, I will help her.”

Lucas said “If Leo falls over in the garden, I will help him.”

Paige said “If someone is crying at Nursery, I will give them a cuddle.”

Our Values stories – where do our values come from and how can we use the Bible to help us to understand how these should shape our choices?

Luke 10.25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

An illustration by Jesus about what love for others looks like with an instruction to 'be like' the Samaritan

Ruth 1.1 - 4.22
The story of Ruth

Ruth showed great strength of character in supporting her aged mother-in-law: leaving her own people; making the promise 'your people will be my people and your God will be my God' and then working as a gleaner in the fields to ensure they both survived. She was 'rewarded' by marriage, a family, and being an ancestor of Jesus.

1Kings 3.1-15
Solomon asks God for Wisdom

Solomon asked for wisdom and not riches and honour - because he did not ask for them he is given riches and honour as well as wisdom.

Luke 1.26-56
The Annunciation

The Angel brought a 'true' message to Mary - the events promised came to pass. A deeper 'truth' is announced - The Son of God coming into the world [who was the 'Way the Truth and the Life' John 14] Mary believed in this truth and lived her life accordingly

Forest School Update 23rd October

This week was a soggy, final session of Owl Class’ forest school adventures.

The Owls are a resilient bunch and chose to embrace the wet weather by jumping in really deep puddles—one puddle even became a woodland hot tub!

Some of the children chose to develop their tool-use skills with some whittling, while others used their observation skills to find some fungi and insects.

It has been a joy to share forest school with Owl class this term.

Thank you to Mrs Gibbons and Mrs Mackmin for their time volunteering.


We reviewed friendship as our theme and discussed how ‘love thy neighbour’ means caring for everyone around us and always trying to be a good friend.

The theme of friendship links to our new vision value to ‘LOVE’.

Miss Lewis’ Wonder Wall

This year, Miss Lewis has created a space in her office which enables the school to celebrate the children’s hard work in the classroom. There has been a school-wide emphasis on handwriting and the children have worked hard and risen to the challenge to improve their handwriting and feature on Miss Lewis’ Wonder Wall.

Well done to:

  • Aaron in Year 4
  • Louis in Reception
  • Lorenzo in Year 3
  • Logan in Year 5
  • Freddy in Year 2
  • Ewan in Year 6
  • William in Year 5

Next term, staff will be looking for super handwriting across the curriculum.
We can’t wait to see who will feature on the Wonder Wall next term!

Wellbeing Day


We have been thinking about ‘wellbeing’.

We learnt in an emergency you call 999. We also explored first aid, and made our own doctors roleplay area. We explored feelings and emotions and thought about the ‘Zones of Regulation’, making our own feelings cards and thinking about what events make us feel.

Star Fish Malawi Project

We thought about the importance of handwashing, and watched some videos about Malawi where they are working hard to have running water to do this.

We talked about why it is important to wash our hands and did a hand washing yoga story!


On Wellbeing day Squirrel class did some first aid. Jacob S said ‘I put a bandage onto my friend’ and Harry said ‘I like to put a sling onto my friend’.
Also, we learnt about the importance of handwashing. Lily said ‘if we do not wash our hands we might spread germs and make people sick’. Also, we learnt about the Zones of regulation. Ralph said ‘If I am happy, I would be in the green zone’.


Foxes class had a busy wellbeing day. First, we made a ‘which zone are you in?’ chart to help the children be more aware of their feelings. If they were not feeling so good, they could think about anything that might get them back to a happy place. Next, the children learnt about first aid and what to do in an emergency. Miss Roberts showed the class how to make a sling and how to bandage a head injury. Lastly, we looked at how a charity called Starfish Malawi ensures people have access to clean water. We also learnt about how they are promoting the importance of washing your hands properly. The children designed a poster for Wash Your Hands Day to promote this message.


Owls class learnt some basic first aid, including what to do if someone has possibly broken their arm, what to do if someone bumps their head and what to do if someone gets a cut or graze.

They explored the zones of regulation and different feelings they experience in school, learnt about the importance of handwashing around the world and thought of tips to help them with wellbeing.

PALs Assembly

On Thursday, we held our termly PALs assembly. During this time, we reflected on the term, considering the impact of our worship theme and the learning that has taken place across the school.

To begin with, we discussed our theme of ‘Friendship’. We thought about how the theme links to our school values and rules. Grace (Y2) told us that Friendship links with our value of Love. We thought about how we have been good friends and how others have been good friends to us:

Emily (R) said ‘Albie is a good friend because he shares with me’

Scarlett (2) said ‘I’m a good friend if someone falls over’

Myla (3) said ‘I’m a good friend to Lexi and she is to me – we help each other’

Logan (5) said ‘Charlie was a good friend to me when I joined the school. I was really nervous and he introduced me to everyone.’

Following that, we separated into classes and shared our RE and other learning with our buddies. When we came back together, there was lots to celebrate:

Koko and Albie told us all about their number learning – using number blocks to help them to count.

Ollie, Scarlett and Theo told us all about their RE learning – Ollie had learnt all about parts of a church, Scarlett had celebrated Harvest by printing using fruit and Theo had completed a beautiful painting all about the 6th day of Creation.

In Foxes Class, Alexandra impressed us with her science learning – she told us about magnets and that she has learned that 2 north poles will repel each other but a north and south pole attract and come together. Jake told us about his history learning and interesting facts about Thomas Edison.

In Owls class, Lotte shared Jess’ fantastic writing where she had used lots of description. Jess had been impressed by Lotte’s self-directed research about Crime and Punishment in the Victorian times.

We finished the session by reflecting on Wellbeing day and looking at a checklist to make sure we leave each day feeling positive. Well done everyone for a fantastic term of learning!

End of Term Celebrations

Throughout the week, each class has taken to the playground stage at 2.45pm and performed a song they have learnt over the term. The videos from each performance will be on the website under the ‘curriculum events’ tab.

On Monday, Owl Class kicked the week off by transporting us back to the Victorian era with a rather hearty rendition of ‘Oom-Pah-Pah’ from Oliver

On Tuesday, the Hedgehogs treated us to a range of different songs, singing the classics such as ‘Old MacDonald’ and ‘Five Little Ducks’.

On Wednesday, the Ducklings and Rabbits sang ‘The Bear went over the Mountain’, complete with actions and gusto!

On Thursday, Fox Class were a singing sensation! They performed ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘A Million Dreams’ – songs they had been practising with Miss Lewis and they completely blew everyone away!

On Friday, the Squirrels sang ‘Shotgun’ and they sang and signed Toy Story’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’. The children performed this incredibly well and you could tell they had practised this to perfection!

About the FPTA

The Comittee

Our FPTA committee are a group of parents who meet regularly to arrange events, which bring our school and community together. These events support and raise funds for our school.

Who is in the committee?

  • Co-chairs – Dee Gibbons & Michelle Mackmin
  • Secretary – Danni Thatcher
  • Treasurer – Cathy Collins
  • Teacher Link – Miss Denney

Whilst there is an elected committee of volunteers we are also lucky to welcome other parents and family members to join the meetings, share ideas and be part of our events.

What have our FPTA funded this academic year?

  • Funding towards an Olympic Athlete for Sports Week.
  • New monkey bars for the outdoor trim trail.
  • Christmas Pantomime for all pupils.
  • Prizes for British Values cake sales
  • Prizes for Road Safety Competition

The FPTA have supported and provided refreshments at the following events:

  • Harvest Festival
  • Christmas Productions
  • New parents open evenings.

Our regular events include:

  • Christmas Fairs
  • Christmas Cards, Tea towels and aprons.
  • Termly cake and healthy alternative sales – Including snacks made by each class.
  • Alternate termly Disco’s and Movie Nights.

Please see the dates list for our upcoming events including the Spring Fete and Family Fun Run!

FPTA Meeting Minutes


To celebrate the end of term, we are sharing our music learning from the term by performing to parents on the playground! Owls kicked off our week of singing performances by taking us back in time to the Victorian era with a rousing version of ‘Oom Pah Pah’ from Oliver!


On Tuesday, the Hedgehogs were treated to a story from the Bible, read by Reverend Phil.

Ezra said “In the story, the man couldn’t walk and they had to dig a hole to help Jesus get to him and help him.”

Reverend Phil and the children talked about the theme of friendship—which is our topic for the term!

Albie said “Friends help each other.”

Chloe said “Everybody is important, we should help them.”

Sorrel said “God wants us to be safe and good to our friends.”

What incredible lessons to take away from such a lovely story!

Thank you for sharing

Forest School Update 9th October

At forest school this week Owls class had lots of fun in the woods.

We found slow worms and beetles, noticed bat boxes on the trees and wondered whether bats make nests. We worked as teams during an epic game of capture the flag.

Lottie and Daisy put their creative minds to work and created some beautiful natural art representing our new school values of Love, Trust, Strength and Wisdom.

Thank you to Mrs Gibbons and Mrs Mackmin for joining us, as always if you want to join us for an afternoon connecting with the natural world, please contact the school office.

Adam and Eve

This week, Miss Lewis popped into the Nursery to read the children a story from the bible. On Friday, Miss Lewis read the story of Adam and Eve.

The children enjoyed listening to the story and talking about the characters. When asked about the characters and who was in the story. Leo said “Adam and Eve,” and
Jack said “God.”

When we asked the children what the book was called that Miss Lewis was reading from, Sami said “It’s the bible.”

School Values

In Forest School this week, children in Year 5 and 6 chose to re-create the school’s 4 new values on the Forest floor. They recalled the 4 values – Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth – and created designs using the symbols we associate with them.

It was great to see the children engaging with the new school values in such a creative way!

Vision and Values

Achievement for all, Learning together, Learning for life, Under God's Rule

On Friday 2nd October, Miss Lewis met with each class bubble to talk to the children about the new school vision and values. We used the quotes from the Bible to help us understand each value and talked about what these would look like in practice in our daily lives. We tried to think about how the vision and values could be used to create our new school rules and had a go at creating actions to help us to remember them.

Here are some of the things the children had to say:


Sophie Y2 ‘the vision of school tells us how we should behave’


Catherine Y4 ‘being part of a team’
Myla Y3 ‘being kind and respectful’
Orlaith Y4 ‘showing respect for all’
Lily Y2 ‘caring for and helping other people’
Scarlett Y2 ‘helping people if they are hurt’
Emily YR ‘Sharing with my friends’
Ezra YR ‘I give hugs to people I love’
Lotte Y6 ‘always showing respect’
Jess Y5 ‘love yourself’
Jack Y5 ‘having caring friendships’
Paige, Nursery: 'I say Daddy I love you'
Jack, Nursery: 'I like to play with my best friend really much'


Jake Y4 ‘being brave and standing up to people’
Sara Y4 ‘using our 6Bs’
Sophie Y3 ‘trying our hardest at all times’
Delilah Y2 ‘being confident’
Matilda Y1 ‘being brave’
Jacob Y1 ‘never give up’
Koko YR ‘thinking lots’
India Y5 ‘believing in yourself’
Darcy Y6 ‘be the best that you can be’


Samuel Y4 ‘Making good choices’
Hugo Y4 ‘wise friends help each other’
Grace Y2 ‘You are clever’
Matilda Y1 ‘learning new things’
Louis YR ‘my granny is wise – she helps people’
Emily YR ‘I am wise at playing’
Koko YR ‘I am clever at thinking’
Alfie Y6 ‘having faith in your abilities’
Abbie Y6 ‘setting yourself targets and goals’
Leo, Nursery: 'I use my brain to be clever'
Riley, Nursery: 'I’m clever at playing'
Leo, Nursery: 'I’m clever at doing the harvest festival'


Max Y3 ‘Not telling lies
Jake Y4 ‘Honesty’
Orlaith Y4 ‘not holding on to secrets’
Oliver Y1 ‘don’t tell lies’
Sophie Y2 ‘telling people what you think’
Koko YR ‘not being a liar’
Freya Y5 ‘being true to yourself’
Jess Y5 ‘treating others as you would like to be treated’
Paige, Nursery: 'mums and dads will be happy if we tell the truth'

We look forward to using some stories from the Bible to help us to explore the vision and values further later in the term.

Vision and Values Update

September 2020: We are currently renewing and revising our school vision and the values that lead and support policy and ethos within the school.

On 12th September 2020, our school Ethos Committee met to discuss the vision and values and how we can ensure they are clear, succinct and fully endorse the ethos of East Hoathly school. Our Ethos Committee consist of Miss Lewis (Head of School), Mrs Healy (RE Lead and Assistant Head), Reverend Phil, Lindsay Wiggens (Governor), Jan Gough (Governor and experienced SIAMs inspector), Mandy Watson (Governor and Senior School Improvement Advisor for the Diocese of Chichester) and the role of the committee is to promote the Ethos vision and values of the school.

During the meeting, the committee agreed on the teaching from the Bible that we wanted to capture in order to create new values for the school, and then defined these using quotes from the Bible:

From this point, SLT within the school began to consider the wording of the federation. For this, we considered what was most important for us to ensure is clear about the vision for our school. We used some wording from the current vision and took inspiration from the Church of England’s vision for education. The vision for East Hoathly then became:

In our Church school, we learn through our values of Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth. We aim for the highest standards and believe that by building a strong community, we can take care of everyone’s wellbeing, achieving fullness of life.

“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26

On Tuesday 29th September 2020, Mrs Healy introduced the new draft vision and values to the parents. Parents were invited to comment on how well the vision and values support the ethos of the school, how they thought the vision and values could be introduced to children, and how they thought links to the Bible could be further explored.

Harvest Festival

This week we all did our bit to create a Harvest festival video - each class did a song and Nursery talked about the Harvest and shared their paintings as well as doing some acting. There were prayers and readings too. Reverend Phil's story was about a son who had a car on the condition he shared his car. He forgot about this so the story was about remembering to share. Thank you for all of your donations for Uckfield Food Bank!


Forest School Update 25th September

It was a rather soggy forest school session this week but that didn’t stop Owls class having fun.

Work continued on the bug hotels with Freya and Daisy creating the Woodland Ritz. Florence constructed a fabulous hedgehog house and Spencer worked tirelessly to make spider web starters. We also took a closer look at our pond and were delighted to spot some pondskaters!

Thank you to Mrs Gibbons for joining us and supervising the apple picking – the children will be enjoying school grown apples at snack time this week.

We are welcoming parent/carer volunteers at our forest school sessions, so if you are interested and available on Wednesday afternoons from 1:15pm please contact the school office.

Friendship – A Favourite Son Becomes a Slave

This week, some children in Owl Class performed in their own ‘Open the Book’ assembly for their class mates!

Before the pandemic, all of the children in the school looked forward to Wednesday assemblies as they were invited to watch and take part in a dramatised Bible story every week. It is lovely to see the children still taking part in acting out the stories for each other—even if the circumstances are a little different!

The children acted out the story of ‘‘A Favourite Son becomes a slave’ while focussing on the theme of friendship. The children discussed who was a friend to Joseph in the story. Owl Class said “We’ve learnt from the story to be kind and try and be happy for people around you and support them, rather than be jealous.” The children then discussed how the story could impact their lives and how the story could help them to be better friends.

Forest School Update 18th September

Owl Class took on a challenge this week in forest school. After such a long time away, our field forest school area was in need of attention. The fire circle began its revamp and lots of old wood was repurposed into the most creative bug hotels, it was lovely to watch the sharing of ideas, creativity and team work. We are also planning another repurposing project involving wellies. Before we get started on it, we need to be sure that we only use old wellies. So, if you know that your child has wellies in school, please speak to their class teacher so we can ensure they don’t end up as Welly planters!


This term we are learning about the Christian Value of ‘Friendship’. We had a virtual assembly welcoming everyone back to school and have added to our spiritual journals by reflecting on what makes a good friend. Some of the ideas included supportive, kind, caring, understanding, fun and helpful!

Wellbeing Award for Schools

We are pleased to confirm that East Hoathly school has achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This award celebrates all that the school does to promote positive mental health and support the wellbeing of everyone in the school community. The report demonstrates some of the school’s specific strengths, including support for staff, development of the Thrive Approach, the ethos of care within the school and the teaching of mental health and wellbeing within the school.

The award is valid for three years and we will be looking to continue to develop the work being done in school during that period.

Government abandons plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Gavin Williamson has abandoned government plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Instead, the education secretary said schools will be asked to take in whatever children they can while sticking to the rules on maximum class sizes of 15 pupils and social distancing.

I will be working with the leadership team and Governors to look at best and fairest way of organising the remaining weeks of this year for our pupils, whilst still keeping everyone safe.

We will research any new guidance, adapt our action plans/risk assessments and will be in contact with our plans as soon as possible.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support and patience.

James Procter

New AMAZE Support for Parents

Amaze has a brand new section on our website all about Coronavirus and children and young people with SEND in Sussex.

The Amaze SENDIASS team worked closely with the local authorities in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove to get accurate information about the way services are running during the pandemic and give advice about some of the complex questions and decisions that parents and carers may need to face. The sections include education, health and wellbeing, social care and safety, money and essentials and getting support from Amaze. We’ve also got a section just for young people that focuses on their needs and worries.

The new SEND Coronavirus advice section is here: amazesussex.org.uk/coronavirus-advice

Safe Reopening Arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are all well. Thank you for your patience & understanding whilst we have been working on the arrangements for how we will potentially reopen the school.

Please refer to this letter detailing the measures being taken at East Hoathly School to ensure, ​as much as possible, a safe reopening could occur from June 1st 2020, provided the government confirm their 5 tests have been met.

We appreciate that this letter contains a great deal of information, but please do read this carefully so that you are aware of the measures being taken in school to keep pupils, parents, staff and the wider community safe.

The detail in this letter is applicable for the first phase of the reopening, only. Subsequent information about any changes that we need to make following further government guidance will be sent out in the same format, with changes clearly highlighted. You will see the letter is called ‘Version 1’ and any subsequent letters will be numbered so it is clear for you to see changes or updates. Click here for the full action plan.

Also available is a guide for children aimed at preparing them for the changes they will see in school, allowing them to be part of the risk assessment for opening and ensuring they are clear on boundaries before they come into school. If you are choosing to send your children to school, please share this with them to help them understand what school will be like. In addition, there are a number of stories and animations that are great for helping children to understand the pandemic which you may find useful to share:

We ask that you email the school office by Monday 25th May to let us know if you are planning to send your child to school in the week beginning 1st June so that we can prepare for numbers and registers.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or concerns about the potential reopening of the school and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you have a lovely half term,

Mr Procter and Miss Lewis

School Reopening Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you and all your families are keeping well and staying safe during these challenging times.

The Government have said that schools may reopen as early as the 1st June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children if we are able to do so.

I just wanted to reassure you that although we all want your children back in school as soon as possible, we only want this if it is safe for your children, your families and our staff. Yesterday we received more guidance from the government and we are in the process of planning how we can open safely to those year groups in the coming weeks.

I also wanted to let you know that when we do open to those year groups, it will be up to you to decide whether you wish to send your children in or not. You know your family situation best and if you decide to keep your children at home, we will support that decision. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible so that you can make an informed decision.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your children to learn from home. I hope you all continue to remain safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all back when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

Possible Reopening in June

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am sure many of you will have seen or heard the Prime Minister’s message to the nation yesterday, encouraging people to return to essential work if they are not able to work from home.

In the same speech, Boris Johnson suggested that primary schools could potentially reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 1st June, after the half term break.

We will need more detail from the government about how it plans for schools to operate during any phased return and we plan to communicate this to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

What Key Workers’ Children Did at School

The sun shone and there were Key Workers children at Chiddingly School this week.

The children started their Thursday with breakfast club and the spent an hour on online work on the laptops.

All the staff and children then took  half an hour with a workout in the hall following ‘Joe Wicks’ with his daily online PE session. It was tiring, but a great start to the day. Everyone then worked hard for over an hour with their set work from their class teachers.

We then all went painting and drawing. Easter cards, dinosaurs, birds and portraits. We explored paint and chalk pastels before heading out to the sunshine for lunch.

After lunch there was time to explore the trim trail and then explore the garden. The children started by weeding and cutting back dead herb growth from the flower beds. We collected the dried herb stalks to be good kindling for fire lighting for future forest School sessions.

The children tried tasting a few of the herbs growing. The gardening escalated and by the end of the day they had weeded a whole flower bed, dug up roots, shrieked at massive spiders, spotted tiny snails, made muddy holes and replanted lots of plants which were kindly donated to the school in January.

It was a great afternoon of engagement, learning and fun.

Children with Speech & Language Needs

Dear Parents of children with speech and language needs,

To support your children’s speech, language and communication needs, Speech Link and Language LInk have fast tracked the launch of their new Parent Portal to help with this. The site will be live from Friday 20th March and will provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.

Parents can be reassured that the support for their children, who have SLCN, doesn’t have to stop once their school closes.

The site can be found at https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Education for Children of Key Workers

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have now received further guidance from the government around which children will still have education provided for them.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

The first question that must be considered when making a decision about where your child should be as of Monday 23rd March

is outlined by the government. They are recommending that:

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should beWe ask that you consider this carefully so that no child, adult or family is put at risk.

The list of ‘Key Workers’, as defined by the government, is as follows:

Health and social care: This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare: This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services: This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government: This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods: This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security: This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport: This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services: This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

We appreciate that this is a concerning and rapidly changing landscape and so will aim to keep you as updated with school arrangements as we can. Please inform your child’s school office if you are not receiving emails. Updates will also be posted on all schools’ websites.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals (not including the Key Stage 1 provision), please contact your school to indicate whether you would like this service to continue throughout this closure period. We are liaising with Chartwells (our catering provider) about their plans to be able to provide food packages which can be delivered to you.

The arrangements for Chiddingly and East Hoathly are: If your child currently attends one of these schools and you require provision for them, these children will all be based at Chiddingly School. Please ensure they arrive at school for 8:50am and are picked up no later than 3:15pm. There will be a catering team on site if your child requires a hot meal and you should inform staff as soon as possible if this is the case. School uniform is optional during this closure period.

The arrangements for St Mary the Virgin are: From Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March, the children who require provision should attend the school from 8:50am and should be picked up no later than 3:15pm. Please note, there will be no catering team on site so your child will need a packed lunch. The continunation of this arrangement very much depends on the advice we receive from Local Authority. The likelihood is that, over the coming weeks, children from smaller local schools will be asked to attend another larger school in the locality and we will keep you as up to date as we can with details of this. School uniform is optional during this closure period.

We would ask that you continue to refer to the government’s advice that children should be at home where it is at all possible, and that you regularly review your situation regarding your child(ren).

Staff across the Federation are working extremely hard to ensure that we play our part in fighting COVID-19 and it is a difficult time for all. Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience at this time.

 Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school soon.

School to Close after 20th March

We are writing to inform you that we have been instructed to close the school due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the majority of pupils. The school will be closed at the end of Friday 20th March and most pupils should not attend school until further notice. We will let you know when the school is fully reopen via a message through ParentMail and on the school websites.

The pupils who the government have said could attend school are listed here:

  • Children of ‘Key Workers’ who need to be at work to support the country’s fight to tackle the Coronavirus – please note we are awaiting a full list from the Government but this is the information we have so far:
    • NHS staff
    • Police officers
    • Supermarket delivery drivers
  • Vulnerable children – please note we are awaiting a full list from the Government but this is the information we have so far:
    • Those with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP)
    • Those who have a Social Worker

If you, or your child, are in one of the listed categories, please could you inform us as soon as possible and by 9am on Friday 20th March whether you will be sending your child into school so we can plan ahead for this.

Please refer to the letter sent out on Wednesday 18th March regarding pupils’ activities and work set over the closure period.

Staff emails have been set up specifically for the closure so that you and children can contact staff during this time. Staff will be accessing their emails during school hours. These email accounts will be deleted when the school reopens.

The staff email addresses for the closure period are as follows:

Reception Miss Denney and Mrs Smith eh-reception@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Year 1/2 Miss Williams, Mrs Pattenden and Miss Hillier eh-year12@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Year 3/4 Mr Lulham, Mrs Pattenden and Miss Roberts eh-year34@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Year 5/6 Mrs Healy and Mrs Thompson eh-year56@pioneerfederation.co.uk
Inclusion Manager Mrs Levey senco@easthoathly.e-sussex.sch.uk
Thrive Mrs Smith eh-thrive@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Wellbeing and Support

Safeguarding continues to be a priority, especially when the school is not open to pupils. If you have any worries related to welfare or safeguarding issues, please contact us using the email addresses above.

There are a number of organsiations that can support families in a variety of ways:

We appreciate that a closure is going to have an impact on you and your family and it’s a far from an ideal scenario. We will keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. Please continue to check the Coronavirus tabs on each website. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the Office email, as usual.

Please use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels unwell and you want to know what to do next.  For government updates: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school soon.

Possible School Closure

Dear Parents/Carers,

If we need to close the school due to the Coronavirus, we would like to provide clarity now about how we plan to support pupils in their education during the closure period.

Your child’s learning is important to us, so, during the closure, we’ll continue to support pupils as follows:

  • You will find work set for them on the class pages on the school websites. See specific details below for each class.
  • There will be staff emails set up specifically for the closure so that you and children can contact teachers during this time. These email addresses will be sent out soon. Staff will be accessing their emails during school hours. These email accounts will be deleted after the closure. If we don’t hear back from you, we will assume that you are giving your consent for email correspondence during the closure period.
  • Leahy & Mrs. Levey (the Federation Inclusion Managers/SENDCOs) will also be available to contact through their emails: sleahy@pioneerfederation.co.uk & senco@easthoathly.e-sussex.sch.uk
  • Each child will receive an exercise book to be used to record work in.


There will be a weekly updates for activity ideas and websites on the Nursery website.


  • Each week, the Reception teams will upload a weekly planner of activities to the website for you to complete with your child. This planner will be updated on a Friday for the following week. We have suggested a timetable with daily activities, however these can be carried out in any order and whenever you have time to complete them.
  • We have tried to include activities using resources that you are likely to have at home. We will also supply each child with a small home learning kit to support these. There are a range of activities to include daily household resources and clips of short learning, and all of these activities are designed to be short and manageable.
  • Please use your home learning book to record any written tasks. We look forward to seeing these as soon as we can. Feel free to email us photos or messages to the class email address and we will respond between 8.40-3.15, Monday to Friday. It would be great to receive a weekly update from the children so we can share their home experiences!

Year 1-2

There will be weekly PDF files to cover learning in Maths and English which will be put on the class pages on the website. From these, daily tasks will be set which will be linked to Purple Mash or work to be completed in their exercise books. The tasks will be across the both Year 1 and 2 grouped in challenges from cool to spicy for the children to access.

There will be ‘2Do’ challenges on Purple Mash and a home learning task sheet which will cover other subjects.

Year 1: Phonics tasks will be sent home alongside the sound mat and common exception words which the children are working on daily. You will find these in their exercise books and they will also be on the website. Please have a go at a section a day and practice reading and spelling a few common exception words each day.

Year 2: SATs question sheets will be sent home in their exercise books which help the children to revise all the learning they have covered so far and keep their new knowledge fresh in their heads. The children can do 10 mins a day on these sheets; please remember the children can use objects to count and draw their learning if they are stuck. They will also have a common exception word sheet for them to continue spelling and reading the words.

Year 3-4

  • A document with suggested activities for curriculum areas will be uploaded to the class page on the school website. Children should choose 2 activities for each area of the curriculum to complete at home over a three week period. These can be brought back into school (once the school reopens) for sharing with their teachers and other children.
  • Maths will continue to be set through MyMaths with a task being uploaded daily. There are also plenty of ‘lessons’ that can be accessed for assistance if the children are finding a task difficult to complete at home. Children should continue to practise times tables regularly (at least 3x weekly) and the times table challenge that the children use in class will be uploaded to the class page on the website.
  • For the first two days of a school closure, Literacy will be set through ‘2Dos’ on PurpleMash and extension tasks will be uploaded onto the class pages. After this, a weekly powerpoint will be uploaded detailing grammar and a writing task to be completed over a week. All Literacy work completed should be put into the exercise book that we have sent home with the children, or they can be emailed into the class teacher for some feedback.
  • Spellings patterns that would be the whole class focus are already on the website for the rest of Term 4 and children should continue to learn their weekly spellings. There are a variety of resources on PurpleMash under English – Spelling Resources and these are then listed by year group.

 Year 5-6

  • A suggested daily timetable will be provided on the website class page.
  • A document with suggested activities for curriculum areas will be uploaded to the class page on the school website. Children should choose 2 activities for each area of the curriculum to complete at home over a three-week period. These can be brought back into school once the school reopens for sharing with their teachers and other children.
  • Maths will be set via MyMaths the expectation is to do a daily lesson and the task and aim to achieve a green percentage score before moving on. Pupils should also complete arithmetic practise on MyMaths – this is on the home screen.
  • Literacy will be set via a weekly PowerPoint uploaded to the website class page detailing a writing task to be completed over a week. All Literacy work completed should be put into the exercise book that we have sent home with the children. There is also a separate grammar & punctuation PowerPoint on the website class page, of which children should use to complete one of the activities a day.
  • Daily reading tasks will be based on ‘The Explorer’ – on the website class page you can find PDF of each chapter and accompanying questions.
  • Pupils should also continue working their way through the Year 5&6 statutory spelling list – recognising patterns, understanding definitions and using them within a context.
  • Pupils can also use the back of the exercise book provided to keep a journal, giving them the opportunity to share how they are feeling, how they are keeping healthy, what you have achieved each day, what are you grateful for, what problems have you solved today etc.
  • Year 6 – continue working through their CGP books regularly and you can also find a link to previous SATs papers and answers on the website class page.

If you need reminding about the logins for any of the programmes mentioned, please see your child’s Class Teacher as soon as possible.

The links below also have a range of free resources:

We appreciate that a closure will have an impact on you and your family and it’s a far from an ideal scenario. We will keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. Please continue to check the Coronavirus tabs on each website. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the Office email, as usual.

Please use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels unwell and you want to know what to do next.  For government updates: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter
Executive Headteacher

World Book Day

On Thursday 5th March, East Hoathly celebrated World Book Day. There was an incredible range of characters in the school and it was lovely to see Elsa chatting with the Cat in the Hat, Woody playing with Spiderman and Tracy Beaker working with Horrid Henry and the Fantastic Mrs Fox.

The children took part in different activities linked to World Book Day. Reception created a finger puppet version of their characters after making bookmarks and role playing as their characters.

Year 1 and 2 had fun roleplaying as their characters and create a character profile of who they were dressed up as. The children searched different themes in stories, for example which stories had witches in them. The children also used their character’s names to come up with an acrostic poem.

Year 3 and 4 designed bookmarks and enjoyed creating character profiles for who they dressed up as. The children also had fun playing ‘Guess Who?’ by putting a book character’s name on their head and asking yes or no questions to find out who they were.

Year 5 and 6 analysed their character’s stories and talked about the art and themes of their books. They took turns hot-seating as their character and answered questions about the story they came from. In science, the children learnt about Marie Curies and looked into the biographies of scientists.

The staff even joined in with the theme of ‘Women Who Changed the World’ and it was really interesting to learn about Anne Frank, Coco Chanel, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Jane Austen and Amelia Earhart and how they changed the world.

PALs Assembly

On Thursday, all children from East Hoathly gathered for a PALs assembly in the church. They took their work books, sat next to a learning partner from a different year group and shared pieces of learning they were really proud of.

Darcy reflected on her work from the start of the year, “At the start of my book, it wasn’t  neat but towards the end I have worked really hard to improve that.”

Delilah in Year 2 said “my answers have longer and more information.”

Sara in Year 2 and Alfie in Year 5 were looking through Alfie’s topic book and Sara commented “I like Alife’s Australian picture because of the colours and patterns.”

Alongside sharing work, the children also discussed the term’s collective worship theme; justice.

Holly L in Year 5 talked about how justice can link to Fairtrade. “We learn about fairtrade and how it means items are fairly sourced.”

Charlie in Year 2 spoke about how he can show justice when playing football with his friends. “I can show justice by making sure the teams are fair.”

International Day 2020 – Australia

On Tuesday 11th February, the entire school came together dressed in green and yellow to celebrate Australia for their International Day. Throughout the day, the children worked in groups trying different activities.

Reception and Year 5 and 6 made their own Lemington cake (a traditional Australian dessert), created boomerangs and listened to traditional aboriginal music made with digeridoos. Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 worked together and created some beautiful aboriginal art, made rain sticks and triagramas to show the different habitats of Australia.

After an Australian themed lunch, the children celebrated their learning in the church with each other and their parents. Thank you to all who joined us for this celebration!

e-Safety Day

On Wednesday 12th February, East Hoathly celebrated National e-Safety Day! We had an assembly dedicated to Online Safety then the children, in their individual classes, had a workshop from Andrew Gunn, an ICT and e-Safety expert.

Mr Gunn said that there are good things about being online but sometimes very dangerous things, some apps like Whatsapp and Snapchat have age restrictions to keep you safe online. Mr Gunn also said that it isn’t good to be on the internet before you got to bed because of the blue light—it can be a struggle to get to sleep. – Holly L in Year 5

Year 5 and 6, additionally, had e-Safety Ambassadors from Kings Academy Ringmer come to talk to them about Online Safety. They showed the children a video to allow them to    understand the importance of being safe online.

Forest School Update 7th February

Year 1 and 2 have been doing forest school this term with Mrs Smith. They have had the most amazing time, and have got extremely muddy at times! During their time in the woods they have been making dens, playing in what they called a dinosaur toilet and exploring all things nature. There learning during their time in the woods has been great linking to their topic plants, with Dennis in Year 1 saying ‘I have found a root’ and Delilah Rose in Year 1 clearing leaves to discover new stems coming through, we think they might be bluebells!

Though they have also linked their learning in the forest to their English work Max M in Year 2 wrote:

“Once there was a mole who went on a food hunt. He first went to holey berries. Next he went on a twig, a rasbre-leef and he also ate blackberries and pomegranate seeds. The he went pop and anuver mole then the same thing happended!”

Thank you so much to the adult helpers who have with us to forest school in all weathers, without you this amazing learning would not have been possible!

Reception’s Fire Station Visit

On Wednesday, Reception from East Hoathly and Oak class from Chiddingly hopped onto the coach for a trip to Uckfield Fire Station.

The children were very excited for their first trip on a coach and the children had great fun spotting different objects from their windows.

When the children arrived, the first thing they noticed was that the fire station was covered in foam and quickly found out that the firefighters had been training that morning. The children went inside to the special firefighter cloakroom and learnt all about what firefighters do.

The most exciting part of the morning was when the children got to go into the fire engine and spray the hose!

Reception were brilliantly behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their experience! Well done! Thank you to all of the adults who came along and supported the trip!

Wellbeing Week

Reception watched a clip of Moana and talked about how brave she was to go sailing. Then we talked about worries that sometimes stop us from being brave and  trying new things, so we made worry monsters that we could tell our worries to and once we did, we could then do something brave!

We also learnt a song about five brave fighters and thought about our visit to the fire station yesterday.

We talked about how we are brave in Year 1 and 2 with children saying they show bravery when they go to the doctors, once they held a snake and also when they down the big red slide at Drusillas! Miss Williams said she was too scared to go down that. Then when we went to Forest School the class then showed bravery, as a class we celebrated Sara's achievements as she tried new things which you can see if the photos!

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 3 and 4 children talked about being brave for Mental Health week.

They watched a video about Joseph Wang who had moved to England from China. He explained that even though he didn’t know the language, he built his confidence by being brave and making new friends. He also learnt the violin and tried other things that took courage and resilience.

The children then identified hobbies or skills they would like to try, like Joseph.

Next, the children designed a superhero who would inspire others with a positive motto.


Year 5 and 6 are very brave! They were able to talk about what they are good at and what they need to work on. They reflected on how to find their ‘brave’. They gave top tips to each other about how to be brave. They then drew or write in a box about how they find their brave. Mrs Healy was proud of how honest they were and what great  ideas they have to help each other.

Well done Year 5 and 6! If we talk about our problems then we can help each other to solve them.

Gymnastics Workshop

All the children took part in a gymnastics workshop run by Gymnasts from Fun Abounds Gymnastic centre in Uckfield. The children learnt and practiced a range of skills and     movements singularly and in groups and pairs. They also watched videos of the types of movements and routines that competing gymnasts often complete.

Kallie in Reception said, “I got really good at doing a rolypoly – you had to really tuck your head in your legs.”


We have a developed a dedicated reading time during our school day. From 1.05-1.20pm each day, all children across the school (and lots of the grown ups!) will be spending time enjoying a book. This time allows the children to have a calm and peaceful start to the afternoon and also provides opportunity to develop their love of reading. Some children might be sharing a book with a partner, some might be reading with an adult and some will be reading independently.


Reception’s Motorbike Visitor

Reception started their new topic with a very noisy visitor! On Tuesday they were greeted with a loud horn and the revving engine of a motorbike!

The children looked at and even got to try on all of the safety equipment and clothes that bike    riders wear, including a helmet and jacket and talked about the safety features such as padding and non-slip sections.

Then, was the best bit of the whole morning, they got to inspect the motorbike, we counted the number of lights, looked at the numbers and letters on the number plate and then found the warning horn! Some of the children were brave enough to sit on the motorbike and make the engine roar.

Kallie says “I liked going on the bike and the noisy beeping, the jacket has got special pads in to keep Mitchell safe and stop him from getting hurt.”

Forest School Update 10th January

During the last week of Term 2, the whole school took part in a festive forest school session on the school field over 2 days.

All of the children, staff and parent volunteers had a great time making Christmas decorations and wreaths from natural materials, exploring our creativity, developing new skills and using our growth mindsets to overcome the challenges that learning something new presents us with.

It was a wonderful opportunity for us to connect as a group and fully embrace the outdoors as a learning environment. Having the whole school on the field in December meant the we had to develop our resilience in terms of the weather; it was cold, wet and very very muddy, which meant lots and lots of fun, jumping, splashing, slipping, sliding and painting ourselves in mud!


Thank you for coming along to the Christingle service!  It was a delight to hear the children sing and read the prayers with such confidence! It was a beautiful service as always! Miss Lewis commented that “it is the best Christingle we’ve done yet!”

Thank you for your donations, the money will be counted and sent to the Children’s Society in the New Year.

Well done and thank you to the adults who organised the service and a special thank you to Mrs Dobbs, who organised the Year 4 children to sing in Latin.

Gingers Dance Workshops

As part of our journey to enrich our curriculum with more physical activity experiences and further develops links with our local community, on Friday we were joined by Jade from Gingers Dance.

The morning started with a performance in the church from pupils who attend the dance after school club on Thursdays, a huge well done to Daisy, Bella and Myla for your fantastic performance.

Following the performance, each class had a session with Jade where they learnt a festive dance routine, explored different dance moves and were getting active and in the Christmas spirit.

"We learnt a new dance routine, I really enjoyed it because I learnt some new dance moves." Sara, Year 2.

If you would like anymore information regarding 'Gingers Dance' after school club, please contact Jade on 07595 363578 or see Miss Dutton in the office for the after-school clubs list.

Reception & Year 5 & 6’s Carol Service at Lydfords

On Monday 16th, both Reception and Year 5 and 6 classes walked to Lydfords Care Home to sing some carols to the residents.

The children sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Away in a Manger’. The residents enjoyed listening to the children singing and they enjoyed seeing the teachers joining in too.

This is an example of how the children are developing their knowledge of their local community and increasing their knowledge about cultural capital. We hope to visit Lydfords again later in the academic year!

Sports Crew and Play Leaders

8 children – mainly Year 5s have recently been trained to deliver games at break times & lunchtimes in a fun, safe and enjoyable manner for all children. They have all demonstrated a Growth Mindset to enable them to challenge themselves and support each other throughout their training (often referring to the 6Bs) to help them to succeed.

Mr D says that they could be the best group of Play Leaders that he has trained over the past 12 years and was full of positivity about the children. They were polite, respectful,  focused, keen to learn and were great ambassadors and role models for the school.

In fact he said they were ‘Outstanding’ – a huge accolade.


Santa Visit!

Santa took time out of his very busy schedule to pop into East Hoathly school and Nursery and give them some yummy treats!

The children were very excited to see Santa and were incredibly thankful for the treats he gave them.  Some of the staff were quite excited as well!

Thank you Santa for coming down from the North Pole to see us before your busy night! Thank you to our FPTA for supplying those lovely selection boxes and for supplying the Christmas crackers for the school’s Christmas dinner!

Chiddingly Christingle Service

Thank you and well done to the  children from East Hoathly and Chiddingly schools who read Bible readings and prayers at the Christingle service at Chiddingly Church on Sunday evening. Sienna, Jesse, Jake, Dylan, Jake and Freya did a fantastic job. So many of the congregation commented on how brilliant they were.

It was lovely to see a number of other children from the schools attending the service too. What a lovely way to start the Festive season!

Uckfield Late Night Shopping

A huge thank you to all of the children who attended the Federation Choir’s late night shopping performance in Uckfield on Friday. We took the biggest choir of the night and had the audience joining in and clapping along!

Miss Lewis was extremely proud of all the children! Thank you, too, to the many staff members who came to support the choir.

The performance was broadcast live onto Uckfield FM and you can listen back here:


We received the following message from the organisers of the event:

“Thank you all for the tremendous amount of time and commitment from the staff and pupils both prior to and on the evening.

From my experience, over many years, it was also the highest number of children on stage and also the number of people who were standing in Post Office Square, at least 2500 and more over the evening.

Fortunately, the rain mostly stayed away and it was a relatively warm evening for December. Thank you once again for making Friday night so special.”

Year 3 and 4’s Trip to Hever Castle

Year 3 and 4 from East Hoathly and Willow class from Chiddingly went on a trip to Hever Castle, as a part of our topic – the Tudors.

After a very excitable coach journey, we set off and explored the castle. We looked at all its features including: silver armor, sculptures (some of the sculptures were dogs). There were tapestries and paintings, there was also a moat with swans and there was a big maze that we completed. Also there were swords and other weapons and we even got our photo taken with Anne Boleyn.

Later, we had lunch in the Think Tank. Then there was this Tudor house that you could play inside. It had lots of fun games and challenges. It had the biggest slide I’ve ever seen! In the garden there was a zip line and swings it was so fun.

Written by Jack Calpaldi, Year 4.

Big Sing

Year 5 and 6 travelled to Eastbourne to take part in the Big Sing.

It is an event the children look forward to every year. They love practicing and performing the songs and every year, there is always something different! Unfortunately, we were unable to take photos of the children on stage, but we managed to get one of the children exploring backstage.

This year the children sang some traditional songs, like ‘silent night’ and ‘white Christmas’. A firm class favourite this year was ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ We have not worked out how Santa would fit one in his sleigh yet, but we will let you know what we come up with!

Well done everyone! You sang beautifully and you looked incredible on the stage!


Wellbeing Day

We held a ‘Wellbeing Day’, which involved a variety of activities and learning about the brain, how we react in different situations and how we can explore our mental health.

During the morning, Mrs Leahy from Chiddingly and St Mary’s led an assembly about the different parts of our brain and linked them to animals to help us think about their reactions. In the afternoon, each class had a visit from Jason Rhodes an author who wrote the Mindfulness Book ‘Imagine Eating Lemons’.


Reception made their own model of their animal brains, using hand prints and animal stickers.

They then explored colours linked to different emotions. Jacob suggested calm could be a blue colour, like water.

Year 1 & 2

Year 1 and 2 did some Lego therapy, played Jenga with emotions and made hands of support thinking about the people who give us support. They also talked about the characters from Winnie the Pooh and their personalities.

Year 3 & 4

Year 3 and 4 learnt about different parts of the human brain: the thinking brain; the emotional brain and the instinctive brain. They also reflected on how they  feel a range of emotions in their day to day lives. They produced some thoughtful pictures called ‘Hand of Support’, where they drew around their hand on paper and on each  finger, wrote a name of someone who has supported them.

Year 5 & 6

After the Thrive assembly, Year 5 and 6 read the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and discussed the different emotions in the story and how they linked to colours. The children then linked their own emotions to different colours and designed and created their own versions of the crayons.

Wellbeing Posters

FPTA Christmas Fair

The East Hoathly FPTA held their annual Christmas Fair in the village hall and what a fair it was!

There were a range of activities for children and adults to have a go at, like ‘drop the penny on Rudolph’s nose’, Christmas arts and crafts and ‘Christmas Pong’ – where you had to throw ping pong balls into cups to win a marshmallow snowman.

The children got to sign up to read a story with Santa and they could have their faces painted.

The highlights of the evening were the Christmas sing along and the announcing of the raffle winners! It was incredible to see so many prizes being won! Thank you to those businesses who donated prizes to the FPTA.

It was a really successful evening and it was great to see everybody working together to ensure the event ran smoothly, whilst still having fun, of course!

In total, the Christmas Fair made just under £1800, which is the most the FPTA have   ever made at the Christmas Fair. Well done everyone who took part in such an incredible evening!

What a lovely way to start the Christmas season!

Reception’s Owl Day

On Wednesday, Reception visited Chiddingly for the day. They spent the morning with Oak Class, exploring different Owl themed provision, making woodland animals, nests and meeting new friends.

In the afternoon, we had a special visitor called Rusty. Rusty is a Tawny Owl, who was rescued after falling from a tree. The children got to feel how fluffy Rusty was and ask his handlers, Ben and Sophie, lots of questions.

All of the children loved having a picnic lunch and spotting all of the things in Chiddingly’s playground that were the same as East Hoathly’s. Miss Denney and Mrs Smith were very proud of how confident and well behaved the children were.

Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Last week was Anti-Bullying Week. Have a look at what each class got up to!


Reception explored the theme of odd socks linked to ‘Odd Sock Day’. They designed their own odd socks and then celebrated how they were all different.

Following our whole school assembly looking at how change starts with us, Reception were passing on compliments to each other and spotting children who were helping each other out.

We talked as school about how we can help bring people up rather than bringing people down. We linked this to our work on wellbeing and how we all impact on each other so its important to consider how we treat others.

Year 1 & 2

Year 1 and 2 at East Hoathly discussed what we can do to make a change to reducing bullying in our school. One theme that the children came up with was being a good friend. We then read the story ‘Little Beauty’ by Anthony Browne and discussed how each of the characters felt when they were not being a good friend. The children then came up with ways they could be a good friend, in the playground and in the classroom.

Year 3 & 4

During Anti-Bullying Week, Year 3 and 4 class worked very hard on a number of learning activities, around the theme of “Change Starts with Us”.

In order for the children to understand different forms of bullying and how bullying impacts others, the first activity was to create a poster that celebrates the idea of difference.

The class also produced some storyboards, and we also discussed some key features of ‘difference’ and how we should all celebrate our own unique characteristics.

Year 5 & 6

Year 5 and 6 took part in a range of activities for Anti-Bullying Week and they particularly enjoyed designing odd socks for Odd Sock Day.

The children really understood the theme: ‘Change Starts with Us’ and one child said “Change starts with us means that we can help prevent bullying by telling a trusted adult or simply just being friendly and saying that someone can play or talk with you.”


Year 1 & 2 Armitage Visit

On Wednesday the 20th of November Ronda and David Armitage visited Year 1 and 2. Before their visit, we made a beach scene with things that you would typically find on the beach. Ronda and David brought along things that they have found on beaches which you would not typically find. For example: rope, plastic bags, plastic water bottles and used crisp packets. We discussed how these things are bad for the animals that use our beaches and seas.

Ronda then read their new Lighthouse Keepers Lunch story which is being released in May next year about Mr Grinling and plastics on our beaches. Also while they were with us David showed us how he illustrates and as a class we created a picture for Mr Grinling’s Birthday.

We had a great time, thank you to Ronda and David for visiting us!

Sports Crew

Meet this year’s sports and play leaders!

On Friday, they joined the team from Chiddingly to take part in a training day with Mr Dolton from St Mary’s. They completed lots of tasks, learnt new games and began to think about how to lead these with younger children.

They will be having one more session with Mr Dolton and they will be leading activities at lunch and playtimes. They will also be working with Miss Denney to develop a sporting competition calendar for the year.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Odd Sock Day

On Tuesday 12th November, the children took part in ‘Odd Sock Day’. This event was created to be celebrated during Anti Bullying Week and is a very creative way to show how unique everyone is and how it is okay that we are all different. The children clearly had a fun time choosing which socks they would wear. There are some very interesting pairings!

In total, we managed to raise £33 for the Anti Bullying Alliance. Well done everyone and thank you for donating!


Harvest Festival

The East Hoathly school choir had its first outing at the Harvest Festival. We performed The Carpenters’ classic ‘Top of the World’ to rapturous applause. Well done to Freya for being brave and singing a 2 line solo on a microphone for the final chorus.


Events coming up this year
Term 2 Uckfield Late Night Shopping
School Christmas Fair
Christingle Service
Term 3 Celebration Assembly Performance
Term 4 Easter Service
Term 5 Celebration Assembly Performance
Term 6 Leavers Service Performance
Production Performance

Reception’s Bonfire Walk

Reception have been exploring different celebrations and events. With Bonfire and Remembrance being a big part of our village community, visiting the bonfire is an important learning opportunity. Before visiting we read the story ‘Where the poppies now grow’, to help the children think about the reasons behind our village bonfire event and its foundations in remembrance.

On Wednesday afternoon the children in Reception visited the local bonfire site. There was great excitement when they realised the bonfire was in the shape of a phoenix and that there was lots of muddy puddles for splashing in.  They spent time looking at the  different parts and talked about how long it would take to build. The children also had fun posing like birds. Molly used her hands to make a very sharp beak and Buster used his coat to make the wings!


Harvest Festival

On Friday 25th October, East Hoathly School and Nursery came together to lead the Harvest Service. Each class had a prayer to read out to show their thanks for the harvest, along with some art work and poetry to share with their grown-ups in the audience.

What was really lovely this year was seeing the children leading the service and just how seriously the Year 5 and 6 children take their jobs as role models for the younger children by supporting them.

Thank you to everyone who came and thank you for the donations for Uckfield Foodbank. We look forward to telling you how much was donated next half term!

British Values Day 2019

On Friday 18th October 2019, Pioneer Schools took part in a fun and enriching British Values Day as a way to celebrate and learn about the British Values. The children took full advantage of the opportunity to come into school dressed in red, blue and white to represent the British flag and the staff joined in too!

The children were organised into groups so that Reception and Year 1 and 2 worked together and Key Stage 2 joined up so that they could all take part in the different activities planned for the day.

To learn about the ‘Rule of Law’, the children explored the idea of rules and how they are there to ensure everyone is treated fairly. By looking at different fairytales, like ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’; the children could pick out characters who were not following the rules and discussed what happened to others’ feelings as a result. The children designed wanted posters for these rule-breaker characters and could  explain why they were on the wanted posters.

Joseph in Year 2 said “The wolf is wanted for breaking into Granny’s house and not looking    after people’s property.”

The children were also excited to receive a visit from two PCSOs. The children asked a lot of questions about what the PCSOs have to do to keep safe on their job and what they like most about their jobs. Samuel in Year 3 asked about what different types of police work there was. He learnt that there were different divisions that deal with different crimes, along with forensics and animals.

Using Google Earth, we looked at the location of ‘Great Britain’ and how it is a collection of islands. It was also interesting to see that the Union Jack is made up of all of the flags of the British Isles. Some of the children created their own maps, locating England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We then found where East Hoathly was within the British Isles and zoomed in on the school from above and could spot the playground and trim trail.

Theo in Reception said “The flag is white, blue and red.”

The children read the story of ‘It’s OK to be different’ by Todd Parr, which opened up lots of discussion about what creates our own personal identities, whether this be our eye colour, a    favourite hobby or a belief. The children looked into ’Mutual Respect’, ’Tolerance’ and ’Individual Liberty’ further when they compared their differences and spoke about how having differences doesn’t stop them from being friends with and caring for one another. The children created pictures about how different people can look and later shared them with one another.

Delilah in Year 2 said “It’s important to be kind to others because you might hurt their feelings.”

The children had an opportunity to be a politician for the session as they learnt about and practiced ‘Democracy’. The children were posed with the question “Should Key Stage 2 children be provided with free school meals?”. After huddling up and discussing their ideas, the children began to debate backwards and forwards with well constructed arguments in a really respectful way. They thought carefully about children who might need a hot meal and on the opposing arguments, where the money should be spent. It was incredible to see the children so passionate with their ideas, every child contributed to the debate and Jack C, the chairman, kept good records of the votes.

Sophia in Year 4 said “Democracy is about having your own opinion. We voted about if Key Stage 2 children should have free school dinners. We need to listen to others, even if we don’t agree.”

As a result of learning about the British Values, we have already seen the children demonstrating and applying their new knowledge in their classrooms and on the playground. The children really enjoyed learning about what helps create their identity and they now have a renewed respect for themselves as individuals, as well as for their peers and adults both in and out of school.

P.A.Ls Assembly

On Monday, we held our termly PALs assembly (Progress and Learning) where we celebrated all of the fantastic learning which has taken place in Term 1. The children really enjoyed sitting with their friends in other classes and sharing their achievements. One of the wonderful things about this assembly is seeing children beam with pride when one of their peers recognised how their learning and skills had moved forward. It was great to listen in to the conversations that the children were having. We also recognised that the hundreds of books that began the term with empty pages, were now filled with a vast amount of learning experiences.

Jess in Year 4 said “Max M in Year 2 learnt about the Creation story in RE.”

Maxym in Year 5 said “Maisy in Year 2 has been learning about parts of the body, which is    helpful if she wanted to be a doctor.”

Spencer in Year 3 saw that Hector in Year 5 had been learning about the story of Jesus in his RE sessions.

Well done everyone!

Year 5 and 6’s Visitor

Mr Rattray visited East Hoathly on Friday 18th October and spoke to Year 5 and 6 about his Uncle Alexander, which tied in with both their World War 2 topic and British Values Day.

He explained to the children that everyone has it within them to be courageous. Alexander volunteered for the Army when Hitler was expanding his empire. He was studying medicine at the time at Edinburgh University. He started working in the North African Desert when a shell struck his tank. He prayed to God and summoned the strength to push the door and get out the tank. He was badly burnt but was treated in hospital and ended up as an officer. He was a very courageous and brave man. Perhaps we can be inspired to be courageous in our own lives!

Thank you Mr Rattray for coming in and sharing this incredible story!

World Mental Health Day 2019


In Reception, we read the story of ‘The Mood Hoover’ and we talked about our different feelings.

We then used different materials to create feeling faces to help us think about how we should be feeling.

Year 1 and 2 

In Year 1 and 2, after the assembly about Mental Health day, we read the story ‘This is our House’ by Micheal Rosen.
We discussed how the characters in story were feeling because of the actions of others. Then we discussed respect and if we showed other people respect then they would not be made to feel this way.

Year 3 and 4

On World Mental Health Day, the year 3 and 4 class read a poem together called “Healthy inside and out with Unique the Unicorn”. The poem is about two best friends, Unique the Unicorn and Rarity the rabbit, who enjoy spending lots of time together.

In the poem however, Rarity is feeling a little down so she turns to her best friend for some help. Unique offered lots of advice to Rarity as to how she can look after herself better.

At the end of the day, the class were asked to think about how they can both help themselves and others to make everyone’s lives happier. The children wrote their thoughts on ‘Helpful Hearts’ to help them remember how important it is to take care of ourselves and those around us.

Year 5 and 6

In assembly, we talked about what happens when feelings of sadness, anxiety and anger get too big. The children came up with ideas to help when someone is finding things too hard. They came up with lots of ideas including exercise, talking to someone, eating healthily, mindful breathing, reading a book, thinking of a happy place. The peer mediators and playground pals stood up to remind the children they can help when needed.
In Year 5 and 6, we watched a really interesting film made by other Year 6 children about sharing our worries when they get too big:

Eco Warriors Update 11th October

The new eco group has been assembled and the eco boards updated!

Now the hard work begins.

The children will be encouraging recycling and saving energy plus looking after garden area.

Please remember our crisp packet recycling scheme – if your child has packed lunch please encourage them to pop their crisp packet in and also please bring them in from home. The crisp packet box is in the hall but you are welcome to also drop them off in to the office.

Year 1 and 2’s Visitor

On Thursday 10th of October, Mental World Health Day, Year 1 and 2 had a visit from Nurse Suzy. She spoke to us about keeping our bodies healthy and also about what the parts of the body do.

She was very impressed by the knowledge we have gained this term about the body during our topic ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’. She showed us a gown that a patient would wear in hospital. We also had a go at bandaging each others arms. Thank you for visiting us!


At East Hoathly and Chiddingly Primary schools, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of our environment and encourage sustainability. We encourage all our children to be eco-friendly and leading them are our fabulous Eco-Warriors. These children applied for the job and children who submitted thoughtful and interesting applications were appointed. Their responsibilities include making sure lights are turned off, recycling, litter picking, gardening and saving resources wherever possible. Both schools have won a number of awards for our work, including Ashden, Woodland Trust and Eco-Schools. We look forwards to this year’s groups taking on the challenge.

Year 3 and 4’s Terrible Tudors Trip

On Friday 4th October, we went on a school trip to a theatre and watched a show about the Tudors, it was very good.

First, we got into our seats and watched a shadow of an axe go across a big screen. When it started three people said that we were going to learn about the Tudors but in a fun way. We all got ready for some fun.

Some stuff was scary, the most scary was when the picture of Mary Queen of Scots painting came out of the wall and her face turned into a skeleton there was also a song about King Henry the eighth and a frying pan and food. After that, we had lunch and then went back to school on a coach.

Write up by Jack C, Year 4

Choir Update

The individual school choirs have begun rehearsing some new songs – one of which will be performed at the Harvest Festival. We are currently learning ‘Top of the World’ by the Carpenters and ‘Fields of Gold’ by Eva Cassidy. We rehearse one lunchtime each week and welcome children from Year 1-6. After half term, we will begin to practice songs ready for the annual Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event – a joint event between the East Hoathly and Chiddingly choirs which is always a great start to the festive season!

Mystery at Magpie Manor

On Thursday 11th July, the whole school took part in the performance of the ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’. There were a lot of great costumes! The children all sang and danced incredibly and I think it was the best production yet!

The children enjoyed performing it and I think it is safe to say that the adults enjoyed watching it!

Well done to all of the children for such a successful show! We can not wait for next year!

Thank you to the parents for your support —whether it was listening to the children practise their lines and songs or by sourcing a costume. Thank you to the FPTA for serving refreshments and hosting a raffle.

Poppy’s Super Swimming

Poppy has recently competed in the Beacon Club Championships. There were many different races and Poppy raced the 200m front crawl, 100m front crawl, 50m front crawl, 50m metre backstroke and 100m backstroke.

Poppy raced against children in the 10 and under group and after some tense competition and a lot of perseverance, Poppy won 2 bronze medals and 3 ribbons, two for 5th place and one for fourth. Well done Poppy, we are so proud of what you have achieved! We look forward to seeing you in the Olympics!

Reception’s Trip to Hastings!

On Monday 8th July, the Reception classes from East Hoathly and Chiddingly visited Hastings. The morning started with a long coach journey which the children filled with their own renditions of ‘Shot Gun’ and ‘Let it Go’ and there was a buzz of conversation, as the children talked excitedly about eating their picnics on the beach.

Upon arriving in Hastings, the children were particularly excited for our visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium, where they were able to explore the various tanks filled with clown fish, upside down jelly fish and a tank full of sharks and sting rays. Whilst there, we were lucky enough to talk to one of the aquarium staff who told us all about puffer fish and then let us witness the feeding of the fish in the big ocean tank! Both classes had their clipboards and pencils ready and drew some great pictures of the sealife they could see around them.

We then took a walk along the seafront to visit the fishermen’s museum and ‘life boat station’ where we were told how the life boat was pushed into the water, when it was needed. After a busy morning of sight seeing, the children ate their lunch on the beach, enjoyed playing by the water’s edge, threw stones into the water, all whilst trying not to get too wet or have their lunch nabbed by seagulls!

Finall, we all enjoyed an ice cream before jumping on the coach back to school. All the children and adults had a lovely day exploring and finding out lots of information, the children came up with some great recounts of their day!

Thank you to the parent volunteers who accompanied us on our trip!

P.A.Ls Assembly

This Thursday, the children gathered in the Church for the last P.A.Ls assembly of the year. The children sit with another child (not from their class( and go through their books together, discuss how they have improved and shown progress over the term.

Jessica said “Sophie has improved her writing and is more creative with her topic.”

Grace says “Max has learnt to write instructions.”

Lotte says “Delilah has learnt how to make graphs.”

Evelyn says “Logan is writing in more detail than before.”

Maxym “Beatrice has got more confident with her times tables.”

Spencer “Ben has improved his writing by using conjunctions.”

Catherine “Archie has used lots of describing words in his writing.”

As the Christian value of the term is perseverance, we asked the children to tell us if they could see the value of perseverance in their work over the term.

Holly “We have learnt to not give up with the times tables challenges.”

Jess “I keep trying with my writing.”

Miss Purcell “Everyone showed resilience in learning the lines and songs for the summer production.”

Enrichment Day


This term we decided to have enrichment morning in our own classes.

Reception enjoyed learning how to make icing and then decorated biscuits. They also made some fruity smoothies! Willow said “They were yummy, it was like full of loads of bits of fruit and I drinked loads of it”.

Year 1 & 2

During Enrichment morning, Year 1/2 did sewing. The children were all given some aida, a needle and some wool and were able to create their own designs.

“It was really fun, I made a pillow to put on my bed,” Catherine.

“It was nice to do, I made a personalised book mark,” Kitty.

Year 3 & 4

Year 3/4 had a wonderful time in the forest for our Term 6 Enrichment morning. We began by setting the boundary and making sure everyone was clear on what the rules were. Then we played 2 games of Deer & Predator using our senses and hiding skills. After that, we were allowed to explore the forest ourselves. Some of us made dens, some of us made bug hotels and some of us simply played amongst the trees. We had a lovely time and enjoyed spending time in nature!

Forest School Update 5th July

This week, Reception and Year 1 and 2 enjoyed another session of Forest School. They made dens out of sticks, ferns, string and tarpaulin. They also got creative making pictures by using fabric, leaves and a mallet.

As well as going foraging, they found mushrooms and also made art work by only using the resources they could find in the forest; sticks and the ground!

Thank you to all the parents that helped as the children and the staff had a great morning!

Year 6 Dictionaries and Bibles

Year 6 were presented with illustrated dictionaries from the Rotary Club in Eastbourne. They gave one to each child in Year 6 to help them at secondary school. Mr and Mrs Cheeseman presented them and the children loved them!

Year 6 were presented with Bibles from Open the Book as a moving on present.

We also presented a card and flowers to Mrs Wright. We thanked her for all her hard work with the children doing Open the Book.

Year 3 and 4 Greek Day

On Monday 24th June, Year 3 and 4 travelled over to Chiddingly dressed up as Greeks to work with their Federation counterparts for a whole day of 'Hands on History'.

In mixed school groups, the children rotated around three brilliant activities which gave them the opportunity to show off what they already knew, and build on their understanding of how the Ancient Greeks lived.

It's safe to say that the shield and sword activity outside was a firm favourite - although not so much for the adults who got chased around by an angry mob of Spartan warriors! The children also got the chance to see some artefacts up close, compared Greek and Roman Gods and tried out some Ancient Greek writing. They also spent some time learning about life at home and the Ancient Greek's rather 'original' approach to medicine!

It was so lovely to have all three schools together - with the staff and parent helpers sometimes finding it difficult to know which child was from which school as they all mixed together so well! A huge thank you to our parent helpers and to all the parents for their efforts in the costumes; the children looked so fantastic and it really added to our day!

Forest School Update 21st June

This week, Reception and Year 1 and 2 had their first joint forest school session. They spent time together as part of transition and getting to know each other.

They had a fantastic time making magical potions and perfumes using natural objects from across the field. Then, they made their own paint brushes with leaves, grass and sticks and used chalk, leaves, sticks and water to make their own paint by crushing, pulping and then adding water. Other children chose to use beads and wood slices to make headbands and jewellery.

Hockey Tournament

A few days ago, there was a hockey tournament for Year 5 and 6 organised by Mr Lawrence. It was set on the playground and unfortunately, the weather was really cloudy! I played on a team with Zach, Sophia and Lucy. We nearly won!
It was really fun and we had good teamwork—which made it all the more fun!

There were many things to do, like scoring goals and dribbling the ball around the cones. After that, there was a relay and that was quite tense because it was really hard. The whole tournament ended with shaking hands and saying well done.

Write up by Matilda in Year 5.

Football Tournament

Earlier this week, Mr Lawrence set up a football tournament for Key Stage 2. It was played on the field before lunchtime. I was on the orange team with Danny, Pearl, Poppy, Archie and Jessica.

In the final, the orange team played the pink team. The game was really fun and it went by really quickly! We ended in a draw, which meant in order to find the winner of the tournament, we had to take part in the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

I took the first penalty and scored. In total the orange team scored three out of three on penalties and the pink team scored two—which meant the orange team won the tournament!

Write up by William in Year 6

Year 1/2 Term 6– ‘Rolling Through the Stone Age’

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I hope everybody had a great half term break. Thank you for all being so welcoming in my first week! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic – Rolling Through the Stone Age! We will learn history skills and will be using these to find out about past lives and compare them with how we live now. Alongside this we will be enjoying the natural environment through our science enquiries and our art and design projects.

Some of the key texts we will be using for our learning are:

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work we will be doing in teacher focussed activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on continuing to learn times tables through maths sessions and at home.


During this term, we will be spending lots of time talking about our transitions to new classes in September and making relationships with peers and staff.

Home Learning

Home learning task: create your own piece of Stone Age art using any resources you would like, you could use pencils, charcoal, paints or coffee. We look forward to seeing your creative pieces! Please return then to school by the end of term!



Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes. When reading with your child, please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions about what they are reading. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books can be changed at the trolley in the learning zone at any time.

Don’t forget that every child who reads three times in a week gets a special entry into the prize draw to win a book in the Friday Celebration Assemblies.


Spellings and homework

Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.

Spellings will be given out each week – Please practise these words with your child at home in their spelling book. These will then be tested on a Thursday in school and scores will be written in the book at the end of the week for you to see.



Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home.

Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables

When secure with the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, children should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

Purple Mash Times Tables Games

Search for ‘speed tests’ and then choose the one that you would like to practise.

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites to Support Learning


  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day. Please no rucksacks as these are taking up room on the pegs.
  • Can the children please always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and every fourth Friday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Wellington Boots – Please can all children have a set of wellies in school at all times, this is so we can use the field and outside areas when it is wet and muddy. We will be doing Forest School for the whole of Term 6..

Key Questions

  • Can you recite your x2, x5, x10 times tables?
  • How did people get food in the Stone Age?
  • Where did they live?
  • How did they keep warm?

We hope you all have lovely term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if you have any questions,

Thank you for your support,

Miss Williams

Learning Map

Golden Mile Challenge

As you know over term 5 we asked you get out and active and record how many miles of exercise you completed. Thank you to all the   children who took part in recording their activity and sending in their golden mile record sheets. We have totalled up the miles from the cards we  received and have completed a total of 78.4 recorded miles across Term 5.

The year group with the most miles was Year 2, with an impressive 52.7miles!

We would like to give a special mention to Jake in Year 2 who recorded all his journeys to and from school for the entire 5 weeks! What great perseverance!

A big thank you to all that took part, we hope you enjoyed getting out and active, keep up the good work!

Reception Term 6 – “Splash!”

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable half term and are ready for the last term in Reception, before moving to Year 1!

This term, we are going to enjoy a water-filled fun learning journey. We will be enjoying finding out about how essential water is, where it comes from, what we need it for and how we can look after our water sources. Our journey will begin with some pirate fun, including a pirate day!

Our key texts this term will be

Areas of Learning:

Literacy – We will be continuing to focus on using high frequency words in our writing as well as spelling words with more than one syllable. Also, we will be writing our own stories based on the texts we are reading, as well as looking closely at the characters, settings and events of the stories we are sharing. Another skill we will develop is giving opinions and views about stories we have shared.

Maths – In maths, we will be solving problems that apply all of the skills we have learnt so far. As well as this, we will be continuing to develop our knowledge of number, practising doubling and halving as well as recognising and ordering 2 digit numbers, learning about money and time, comparing and estimating. We will begin learning about multiples and using 2s, 5s and 10s through money.

In other areas of the EYFS, we will be making links with our water theme, such as learning about things that float and sink and why this happens. Our Personal, Social and Emotional Development will begin to focus on our transition to Year 1 and we will be taking part in lots of activities which make us more familiar with the children in the class already, as well as exploring our new surroundings and routines, ready for September. The key to a successful transition to Year 1 is when children feel that this will be a positive experience and we aim to fully support them in this process. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last term’s home learning tasks, including reading with your children.

Reading -Letters and Sounds

Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. Also, encourage your child to predict the ending of the story and give their opinion of the texts that they read. Please record their ideas either in their reading record or their home learning books.


We have our home learning books which the children can use to complete the home learning challenges. In addition to this they can practice their writing skills by writing their own pirate or sea character themed stories.

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged your children with this. Keep it up!

Splashing Home Challenges!

If you want to further your learning at home, you might like to try one or more of these challenges:

  • Paint a picture or make a collage of an under the sea image. What can you see under the sea?
  • Design your own pirate ship or pirate flag.
  • Create your own amazing lunch and design a menu for your family. Take photos of your meal to share with your friends.
  • Use Lego or another construction kit to build an amazing ship or boat.
  • With an adult’s help, find some objects around your house and test to see whether they float or sink when you put them in water. See if you can predict first what you think will happen and then see if you were right!

Trips and Events

During this term we are planning a visit to a seaside location with our friends from Chiddingly and St Mary’s. We will also be having a Pirate day, where we dress up and take part in fun activities. More details to follow very shortly.

Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Wednesday but PE kits should be in all week.
  • Sunhats are essential in the warmer weather when we are outside for longer periods of time. We are not permitted to apply sun cream to any child, so children must have it applied before they come to school.

We hope you all have a lovely final term supporting the children in their Early Years learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney


Write the names of as many different boats as you can and bring these in to share with your friends. Here are a few examples to help you!

Good Luck!

Year 3/4 Term 6 – ‘Ancient Greece’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fabulous half-term holiday and are ready for the final term! Although we’ve learnt a lot already we will be furthering our learning about the Ancient Greeks this term.  We will be continuing to read ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan, and finding out more about the myths and legends of that time. We will be creating some persuasive writing about Pandora’s Box and finishing off the term by writing our own myths!  Our topic sessions will focus on the Olympics and the differences between the Athenians and the Spartans. Our D.T. will involve getting messy with some clay! In maths, we are revisiting a lot of the areas we have already learnt about to consolidate and deepen the children’s understanding. The MyMaths homework will be based around the week’s learning.

We are really looking forward to our trip to Chiddingly where we will experience hands-on learning and deepen our understanding of a whole range of Ancient Greek information. If you haven’t yet returned your permission slip, please do this ASAP.

Our PE days are Monday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and in sunnier weather ensure your child has a hat and sunscreen where possible.

Reading Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and Spelling workbooks are taken in on Thursday and returned on Friday. This term’s spellings are focused on the Year 3&4 common exception words list. Additional spelling patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions and this term we will be focussing on words with contractions and possessive apostrophes.
Maths Maths homework will be on MyMaths and should consist of 30 minutes per fortnight. We will also be continuing with Times Table Rock-stars to help support your child’s recall of the tables. . If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Riddall

Useful Websites

Vocabulary We Will Learn This Term

Pandora prediction results conclusion
Athenian Spartan tenth hundredth
Olympics tradition algorithm sequence
prefix suffix clause subordinate

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Which of the words below have you learnt the meaning of?
  • What is the decimal equivalent to ½, ¼ and ¾?
  • What is your prediction for the tooth experiment?
  • What happened in Pandora’s Box?
  • Who are the Spartans and Athenians?
  • Do you know any differences between Spartans and Athenians?
  • Which prefixes have you learnt the meanings of?

Learning Map



This term’s Christian Value is perseverance and through collective worship and RE lessons, we ask the children how they have shown these values throughout the week.

Abigail in Year 4 said “we showed perseverance at the Tennis competition by never giving up and by showing good sportsmanship to the other teams. We shook their hands and said well done.”

Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament

This week, several children from Year 3 and 4 went to the Tennis final, after their win in Term 5. They played very well—despite the rain! They all showed incredible perseverance and great sportsmanship.  Well done Year 3 and 4!

Thank you to all of the adults who organised the event and helped support it!


This term’s Christian Value was courage and through collective worship and RE lessons, we ask the children how they have shown these values throughout the week.

Sara-Maria in Year 1 said “I will be brave doing the running race.”

Forest School Update 24th May

Reception enjoyed a fire and toasting marshmallows in the final Forest School session of the term.

Mrs Smith lead the children in their first fire safety session, teaching them about the rules of the Red and Green dragon!

Harry said “Toasting marshmallows was cool and yummy, I had 2! We had to sit in a special way and use long sticks to not get burned.”

Sports Day

Sports Day this year was a fantastic sunny day filled bean bags, hoops, dribbling, hurdles and races.

We would like to thank all the parents, friends and family who joined us for a lovely picnic and for supporting the children throughout the afternoon. There was a real buzz of enjoyment in the air.

The children all worked incredibly hard in the lead up by practising the different sporting skills and they showed these off on the day.

The winning team was Red Team with a total score 1,415 points!

Well done to all the adults who took part in the adult races, the children loved watching these.

Year 5 & 6 Football Tournament

The ‘Alfriston Primary School Football Tournament’ is in its second year and was set up as a ‘post SATs’ event for Year 6 students. East Hoathly were invited to take part and as we are obviously a small school Year 5 children were also invited to take part.

Ten teams were invited and were divided into two pools of five. East Hoathly started well, winning our first match 1-0.

The team were tested early on in the second match as they went down 0-1 to an early goal but they fought back and won 2-1.

They continued to play well for the next two games winning 3-0 and 4-1 which meant that they finished top of their pool and were through to the semi-finals.

They faced Lewes Old Grammar.

Obviously as the team had now progressed through to this stage the opposition was becoming tougher and they went 0-2 down. However, once again they all kept their heads up, encouraged each other and worked as a team to come back and win 3-2.

We had made it to the final!

We faced the hosts, Alfriston. The game, between the two best teams on the day, was always going to be tight and this certainly was the case with the score 0-0 at full time. With no extra time at this level of the game, it was straight to the (dreaded) penalties.

A nerve racking end to the game for both teams and, of course, for the goalkeepers and the penalty takers.

It was a proud moment for them all, including Mr Lawrence (the new Gareth Southgate) and Miss Purcell (who I thought was going to faint under the pressure of a penalty shoot out) as we won 4-3.

There were, obviously, some amazing individual performances on the pitch but it would not be right to highlight them because this was a team effort and all in the spirit of East Hoathly School ‘Vision’.

Reported by Mr Skelton (Matthew and Harry’s Grandad).

Using the Prayer Spaces

It is lovely to see the children using the prayer spaces to reflect on their week.

Matthew in Year 5 said “It’s nice to use the prayer space to pray to God and to have some quiet time.”

Abbie in Year 4 said ”I have shown courage this week by going to the tennis tournament. The tasks we had to do were really tricky but I had a go and we did quite well.”

Reception’s Bug Day

On Friday 10th May, the children in Reception were joined by Chiddingly Reception class for the day.

They had a fantastic bug themed day, which started with a morning in the forest.

The children were bug hunting, collecting different species and making big bug dens. They also used various resources to create art work that represented what they had been learning.

After a lunch time picnic together, they spent the afternoon creating bug crafts and playing together in the Reception outside area. It was really nice to see the children playing and working together.

Chiddingly children also shared song bug inspired songs they have been learning. Ask your child if they can remember bug heads, shoulders knees and antlers!

Sophie said ” Bug Day was great, we did painting of the trees and the bluebells in the forest.”

Freddy said ” I liked learning songs from Chiddingly all about bugs.”

Delilah said ” I really liked having a picnic on the field.”

Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament

There was fantastic displays of sportsmanship and teamwork during the games. We can see you worked really hard—well done!

Those medals go very well with those victorious smiles! We are already looking forward to the final and to seeing how you get on there!

Well done Year 3 and 4, we are all very proud of you!

Reception Term 5 – “It’s a Bug’s Life!”

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Half Term. Our topic for Term 5 is ‘It’s a Bug’s Life!’ Our learning journey will begin with a special delivery of some tiny creatures for us to care for! We will be able to watch them grow and change.

Our key texts this term are:

Areas of Learning


Our focus in literacy this term is using our phonic knowledge to write stories using narrative language, adjectives, nouns and verbs.  In reading, our phonics knowledge, high frequency and tricky words will develop further and we will be talking about the events in the books we read and predicting what will happen next.


In maths, we are going to secure our knowledge of addition and subtraction with the support of objects. We will be using insects to help us learn more about doubles and halves.

We are going to be exploring 3D shapes through junk modelling and linking this to our music sessions. In addition to this, we will be beginning to estimate and count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Alongside this, we will be exploring shapes and measures around the school.

Understanding the World

The children will be making lots of observations and predictions about mini-beasts. We will be taking a trip to the forest to look at natural habitats of different mini-beasts and creating our own mini-beast houses.

Home Learning

We would like to thank you all for your effort with last term’s home learning tasks including reading with your children.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is a home or library book. At this stage, it is really helpful to discuss the stories that you read and use story language such as, character, setting, beginning, middle and end. The more experiences that children have of sharing books at home, the quicker they progress in all areas of the curriculum as it develops their creativity, vocabulary and imagination, as well as furthering their reading and writing skills.

Don’t forget for every 3 reads a week the children get a reading raffle ticket.

Letters and Sounds Your child will be bringing home a new home learning book which will contain new learning challenges linked to their focus sounds and high frequency words.

Please can they practice writing these in sentences, finding the words and sounds in their story books.

Home Challenges!

Please choose one or more of the following activities to enjoy at home and bring in before the end of term; these can be recorded in your home learning book:

  • Make a mini-beast out of junk modelling and share with your class.
  • Take a camera around your garden or the park and take photos of any mini-beasts you can find.
  • Write a list of mini-beasts that you find in your garden.
  • Paint or draw a picture of an imaginary mini-beast!

  Websites and Links

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle, hat and their book bag each day.
  • If you would like your child to wear sun cream, they need to be able to apply it themselves and bring it in to school in a named individual bottle.
  • Our PE days are Tuesday & Wednesday but PE kits should be in all week.

We hope you all have a lovely term supporting the children in their learning. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Denney and Mrs Smith


To help your child win 5 extra house points, find out the names of these creatures and bring them into your teacher!

School Visions

Last Friday, the children  presented the work they had done in class about the School’s Visions.

Catherine in Year 2 has shown courage this week by “trying my best in running races, even though it might be hard.”