Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Nursery: Baby Dinosaurs

Nursery children discovered a frozen egg in their garden. They thought it was left by a dinosaur. The sunshine helped the egg to crack open and the ice gradually melted away revealing something very special: three baby dinosaurs!


Monday, 12 November 2018

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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.

Year 6: Macbeth

Year 6 began learning the story of Macbeth appropriately with Act 1 Scene 1, looking at the role of the witches at the beginning of the play. They took on the characters of the witches to create a disquieting atmosphere, suggesting that dark forces were at work. Our pupils discussed how they thought the witches would move and speak, adapting their body language and tone of voice to cast their sinister spell over Macbeth.


Monday, 5 November 2018

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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.




Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Year 6: World War II Day

Year 6 dressed as evacuees, army officers, land girls and other characters to learn about life during World War II.

Throughout the day the children took part in a carousel of activities which included wartime cookery, writing postcards home, drawing gas mask boxes and experiencing some 1940s tunes. Our whistle-stop journey through the era finished with a VE Day celebration where the children were able to sample wartime treats baked with their own fair hands - bread pudding, carrot cookies and cheese whirls - accompanied with a sing-song and signed performance of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again'.

Thank you parents for providing such fantastic costumes, helping our pupils gain a greater understanding of what life was like in wartime Britain.

Provision for Hearing Impaired Children: The Importance of Role Models

The Provision for Hearing Impaired Children at Hacton Primary School was delighted to welcome Paul Newbury. Paul is a deaf role model who is the chairman of The Essex Deaf Children’s Society. This organisation provides help for families with D/deaf children, promoting independence, creating positive images of D/deaf children and encouraging deaf awareness within the family and the community.

The presence of a role model for children is crucial for the wellbeing of a young person as they grow up; these people can inspire, provide a blueprint of how to behave and act as a source of valuable information. With this in mind, young deaf people need the presence of adults who are themselves deaf in their lives. Our children were given the the opportunity to meet a successful role model, who is profoundly deaf and whose first language is BSL.

Paul initially toured our school, briefly visiting the classes with deaf children in. He then spent time with Mrs Norford’s Literacy group where the children shared their current written work: ‘The day the BFG visited Hacton Primary School’.

Paul then meet with a group of children for 20 minutes and they had a chance to introduce themselves and discuss their hopes for Christmas presents. All children learnt some new signs and enjoyed Paul’s sense of humour.

Finally, Paul visited Mr Marshall’s Maths class and spent time working with different children in the room who were learning how to accurately measure angles. The children had the opportunity to meet a successful deaf role model and practise their communication skills, both spoken and sign language as well as lip reading.


Provision for Hearing Impaired Children said:

"It was nice to meet new deaf people, especially an adult so we can get help with our sign language. It was nice to show him what we’ve been doing."

"I liked meeting Paul because he was funny and kind. It was nice to sign with him."

"It was fabulous when he joined us in Maths. I felt shy but proud to have him in my lesson to help."

Year 1 Maths Club

1SB have started their Maths Club by joining triangles to make new shapes. They also had lots of fun looking at tens and units and they learnt how to partition using Numicon - a teaching resource designed to help children visualise numbers.