Thursday, 23 January 2020

Oxford Reading Buddy

We're introducing a new way to support and encourage children's reading: Oxford Reading Buddy.

This online service can be used at home to improve your child's enjoyment and understanding of the books they read. We will give login details to our pupils in the next couple of days.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about this exciting new addition to the range of resources used to support teaching and learning in our school.


Friday, 17 January 2020

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are presented with the E for Effort cup during our whole school assembly.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful children who made an extra effort this week.


Music: Composer of the Half Term

In singing assembly, we launched 'Composer of the Half Term'. Our composer this half-term is the Italian, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). He wrote over 500 concertos during the baroque period; a time when bananas were first introduced to Britain, the population was around 4 million and pianos were invented.

Our pupils listened to 'Spring' to try to spot the key features in Vivaldi's music: quick changes to the dynamics (loud and soft), a fast-slow-fast tempo and solo sections. Across this half-term, the children will listen to all of Vivaldi's four seasons. Pupils have been challenged to find out the most interesting fact they can about the composer to tell Miss Blunt before next week's assembly.

Our goal with 'Composer of the Half Term' is to help children appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality music from different traditions, great composers and respected musicians.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Year 6 Maths: Hey Diddle Diddle.

Mr Marshall and Mrs Standen's maths set have been learning about averages: calculating the mean, median, mode and range. Instead of using existing data, they created their own by counting the number of balls they could throw into a bin within 30 seconds. The marvellous mathematicians created a table that included a tally chart and the total for each person. This data was then used to analyse and create questions, for example, did the boys or girls have the highest average total?

To better understand averages, Year 6 have learnt a mnemonic that they have been chanting all week:

Hey diddle diddle, the Median's the middle;
you add and divide for the Mean.
The Mode is the one that appears the most,
and the Range is the difference between.

The children learned how to collect, organise and analyse data as well as learning how to calculate the mean, median, mode and range.


Friday, 10 January 2020

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are presented with the E for Effort cup during our whole school assembly.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful children who made a great start to 2020.


Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Welcome Back

Happy New Year to all our pupils, parents, staff and governors and welcome back to another exciting term at Hacton. We hope that you had a restful break and are looking forward to 2020 as much as we are. Another action-packed term is planned so please check the School Calendar for details of events and activities in our school. ​



Friday, 20 December 2019

Merry Christmas

Children and staff gathered together in the hall this morning for a joyful Christmas celebration. We shared our favourite songs from each of our concerts and reminded ourselves of the real reason for the season by rearranging the letters of CHRISTMAS. 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support over the past term. On behalf of all of my staff, I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at the start of our spring term on Wednesday 8th January. 

Mrs Leslie