Thursday, 30 July 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Every year, The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries across the UK. The Challenge encourages primary aged children to continue reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as preventing the summer slump. 

This year, the Summer Reading Challenge is online only. You will need to visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/​ to sign up. It's a very easy process: just enter your child's name, date of birth, then add a username and password.

So sign up today, become a member of the Silly Squad and celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter over the summer.​


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Rewarding Reading

In school, every week in our Friday assembly, children would be celebrated for their reading achievements. We want to make sure that everyone still has the opportunity to earn their bronze, silver and gold certificates for reading books by their year group authors. 

Continue to write down the books you read by these authors and record them on your boarding pass. In the new school year, we will give out your certificates and celebrate your achievements before starting on the authors for our new year groups.

Who are your year group authors?

Reception: Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and traditional tales
Year 1: Jill Murphy, Allan Ahlberg and Oliver Jeffers
Year 2: Alex T Smith, Lauren Child and Dick King-Smith
Year 3: David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Andy Stanton
Year 4: Kate DiCamillo, Cressida Cowell and Louis Sacher
Year 5: J.K Rowling, Anne Fine and Lemony Snicket
Year 6: Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Micheal Morpurgo​




Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Junk Modelling Challenge

Calling all pupils who are up for a creative challenge! In school, we love our junk modelling, so why not give it a go at home?
  1. Collect old cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, lids, toilet roll tubes and scraps of coloured paper. 
  2. Stick them together, decorate them and make a fantastic model of anything you want. 
Please take a photo of your model and send it to art@hacton.havering.sch.uk.

We look forward to sharing your captivating creations on our blog. Before the end of the term, our Art and Design coordinator, Mrs Murphy, will decide who is the Hacton junk modelling champion. It's time to get creative!



Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Back in the New Routine

​Well done to our Team A pupils who completed their first 'week' back at school. You have amazed us all by how quickly you have adapted to a new school routine, new classrooms and new teachers. Thank you also to our Team A parents who have followed the exact guidance regarding drop off and pick up arrangements and for your kind words and positivity over the past 2 days. What a fantastic school community we have.

We look forward to welcoming our Team B pupils back into school on Thursday.

Any parents who have indicated that they wish to send their child back to school will receive a letter outlining arrangements for a next week start tomorrow morning. Please remember that the deadline each week for for your child returning to school the following week is Tuesday 3.20pm.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Spelling Shed Weekly Winners

We were pleased to see that many of our pupils continued to use Spelling Shed from home this week. Well done to all of our Spelling Shed users, but particularly those classes who accumulated the most points:

2MS, 3PP and 6MS

We also have individual winners. Log in to GSuite to see them: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0AMqdBeK-KAm8Uk9PVA



Through My Window

Over the May half term break, for those of you who are loving having the time to explore your creative side, Mrs Mason has set you a project called ‘Through My Window’. As we are all spending a lot more time at home, you are probably spending a lot more time looking out of your windows!

What can you see through your window?

For this creative project, you could do a drawing, a painting, take a photograph, or make a model of what you can see through your window. Or maybe write a poem about what you see through your window; describe what is outside your window; write a diary as if you are a bird that visits your garden every day. The possibilities are endless!

What do you wish you could see through your window?

You could do a piece of artwork showing what you wish you could see through your window – it could be a place that you wish you could go to because you miss it or a made up place that only exists in your imagination. You could write a story about an imaginative world, make an advert to persuade others to visit somewhere that you love, design and write a postcard to a friend as if you are in an out-of-this-world location, draw a map of an imaginary land.

You can be as creative and as wild as you wish for this project. There is a PDF in our Hacton at Home G Suite in the All Pupils folder called 'Through My Window'. Have a look to get some inspiration »

Share your work with us: take a photograph of it and email it to mywindow@hacton.havering.sch.uk

We look forward to seeing your creations.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Headteacher's Update

Dear all,

I am sure that after the Prime Minister's statement last night, you have many questions. I also have lots of questions that need clarification too!

At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance: we will continue to provide care for those pupils of key worker children who are critical to the COVID-19 response and only those who cannot be safely cared for at home. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.

We have not yet received any information to support us with this new plan to start the phased reopening of some year groups in school. We expect we will receive this information from the DFE shortly, hopefully with some clarification! As soon as we do, we will of course be in touch with you.

As you will no doubt appreciate, we will need clear guidance from the government to plan how it is possible to social distance in schools and keep our children, teachers and families safe; how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this will look like. Please be assured that when Hacton reopens, we will have done everything in our power to ensure that the necessary plans are in place to keep our children and staff as safe as possible.

As always, we will keep you fully informed but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan is to continue to provide Hacton at Home learning resources, to maintain contact with you, our families, and to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.

Please also note that when your teachers contact you this week, they will have no further information on the future openings so please refrain from bringing this up in discussion. If you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope that you and your family are keeping well and staying safe.

Kind Regards,

Emily Leslie
Headteacher