Friday, 17 November 2017

Fundraising for Children in Need

Pupils entered into the fundraising spirit with a non-uniform day to support Children in Need. In today's whole school assembly, Mrs Leslie spoke about the work of this important charity and the ways in which our small donations will make a big difference to the lives of disadvantaged children living in the UK. Thank you to parents and pupils for helping our school raise over £450!

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 this week.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Year 5 Literacy: World War One

This term, in Literacy, Year 5 are reading a very exciting book called War Horse. This book is themed around World War One. We started to read this book so we could appreciate how the soldiers who fought during the war would have felt in the most appalling conditions.

This war topic is also linked to our History and so our half term homework was to complete one of three activities, either to: build a trench, create a poster or produce a presentation. However, each needed to identify a parapet, duckboards, barbed wire and an ammunition store.

Written by Luke (Year 5)

I made a WW1 trench and it was fun making it.  I used: brown icing for the sandbags, Lego for the beds, lolly sticks for the ladders and for the wood on the walls.  Also, I used wire wool which feels just like barbed wire and brown paint, to paint the box.

'To build my trench I used the facts I learnt at school.  I made it out of cardboard and used paper to construct sandbags; I used lolly sticks and pop sticks for the duckboards.'

Year 1: Jam Sandwiches

In Literacy, Year 1 have been making jam sandwiches. They have learnt about ‘bossy verbs’ and they now know their real name too - imperative verbs. The children gave instructions to each other and made a delicious sandwich; they even made some extra for the Office Staff!

Year 4: Gamelan

Year 4 enjoyed a morning of immersing themselves in Gamelan, the music of Indonesia. To begin, the headteacher of a school for music and dance from the island of Java taught our pupils a song called 'Jaranan'. They then learnt the dance moves, which made it clear that the song was about a horse.

The tuneful children then used a range of Gamelan instruments to play a melody that occurs between the verses of song. Instruments, they were told, were to be respected and Gamelan players are always very careful to walk around their instruments, instead of stepping over them, as a sign of respect.

By the end of the session the whole class could play a variety of instruments and sing the Gamelan song with it. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Remembrance at Hacton

Our pupils have been thinking about the effects of war on people’s lives, both now and in the past.

Reception children have painted some lovely poppies that they have added to their remembrance displays.

In Year 6, the children read some famous war poems and then, after taking time to reflect, they wrote their own poems from the point of view of children affected by war. We are sure you will agree that their poems stir many emotions which are associated with this time of remembrance.

Lest we forget.​

The Havering Cross Country Championships

On a chilly but (thankfully!) dry November morning, 24 of our pupils descended on Stubbers Adventure Centre to race in the Havering Cross Country Championships. With 25 schools from across the borough competing in the four races, an incredible 600 junior children were in attendance.

On a chilly but (thankfully!) dry November morning, 24 of our pupils descended on Stubbers Adventure Centre to race in the Havering Cross Country Championships. With 25 schools from across the borough competing in the four races, an incredible 600 junior children were in attendance. With many of our team having practised in the weeks leading up to the event, we felt prepared, excited and ready to race.

After a warm up and final talk about starting and finishing strategies, the first race - Year 3 and 4 girls - got underway. I didn't have to wait long to see our first runner appear at the end of the 1,200m course. Our Year 4 pupil made light work of a hill at the very end, finishing an incredible 6th in a field of around 150 runners. Her team mates soon followed; it seemed like a solid team performance, but we'd have to wait to find out the team results.

Next up were the Year 3 and 4 boys. Three runners from last year were joined by three new pupils, making an impressive team. The boys set off like rockets! Soon, finishers began to emerge; I couldn't believe it when four of our boys - closely followed by their team mates - emerged together then sprinted for the line, all finishing in the top 20! Again, we'd have to wait to find out our team placing.
Soon the Year 5 and 6 girls began. Showing no sign of their pre-race nerves, the team, four of whom raced last year, did absolutely brilliantly on the longer 2,000m course. Again, I didn't have to wait long to see a Hacton pupil powering towards the finish; our Year 5 pupil finished in an amazing 9th place. Her team mates also finished highly, all of them showing that they had a little left in the tank for a quick finish!

Finally, the last race of the day - the Year 5 and 6 boys. After a long wait in which they gave plenty of encouragement to our younger pupils, our boys were off. Soon, they came speeding towards the finish, with another of our talented Year 5 athletes leading the way in a fantastic 8th place. One of our Year 6 pupils also achieved an impressive top-20 finish, with his team mates coming in just seconds behind to bring the team home.

Later that day, we discovered our team scores; Year 5 and 6 boys finished in an excellent 8th place, Year 5 and 6 girls finished in a brilliant 4th place, and our Year 3 and 4 girls and boys teams finished in a quite fantastic 2nd place!  I am incredibly proud of the effort that the whole team put in, and can't wait to see many of you compete again next year. Keep on running!

Miss Claridge (P.E. Coordinator)

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 this week.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Year 3: Layer Marney Tower Trip

Year 3 had a fantastic day at Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the country. The children were excited to learn about the Tudors in this historic building, which once housed Lord Marney, Henry VIII closest friend. They walked the corridors and explored the rooms of the 500 year old gatehouse and saw the tombs of the owners from 1555.

Year 3 enjoyed playing archery, eating Tudor food and attending a Tudor-style school where they learnt Latin and used a quill to write their names.

"Archery was my favourite part of the day. I felt like Robin Hood," said one excited pupil.

Monday, 6 November 2017

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.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Fantastic Fireworks

Thank you to everyone who made the first Hacton fireworks display such a huge success. Our hard-working parents' association did a fantastic job of organising a fun family event that was clearly enjoyed by children and adults alike. The spectacular evening went off with a bang... a whoosh.... a pop!


Friday, 3 November 2017

Reception: Bonfire

This week Reception have been thinking about Bonfire Night and discussing ways to keep safe. Everyone created their own firework pictures using black paper and lots of bright colours. After such a busy week, children enjoyed a cup of warm, chocolate milk after carefully toasting their delicious marshmallows over a fire pit.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Nursery: Fireworks

Nursery have celebrated fireworks in many different ways. The children began by drawing fireworks on a large roll of paper whilst listening to ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ by George Handel. They have also used shapes, wooden bricks and glitter and glue to create their own firework models and pictures. The children have enjoyed using words to describe fireworks such as Bang! Pop! and Whoosh!

The children absolutely loved splatter painting outside. They got dressed up in their welly boots and waterproof coats and listened to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ whilst splatting paint at the wall! This proved great fun to do and to watch! They all had a marvellous, messy time!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Year 6: Tag Rugby Tournament and Festival

On Wednesday 1st November, 19 of our Year 6 pupils took part in a tag rugby tournament and festival at May and Baker Rugby Club. There were two different teams, one competing in a festival and the other in a tournament.

Tag Rugby Tournament 

Our tournament team competed against seven other schools. The first game against Branfil started off with a bang: Hacton won 2-0. Yippee! Our next game was against Parsonage Farm and we were beaten 2-1. We were unlucky to lose but despite an injury, the team’s spirits were still high.

After we had a little break and time to build up more energy, we played our second match against Upminster Junior School. Hacton won 1-0 with a brilliant try; everybody was happy! Not long after, we played James Oglethorpe school but unfortunately we lost 1-2.

Lunchtime was over so it was on to our next game. We played Harrow Lodge but sadly we lost. Despite a great try from our team, they scored two more than us. 1-2. Our next game was brilliant against Scargill. With perfect formations and an excellent attack, we won by 1-0. Finally, our last game had come against Rainham Village Primary and we won again! We were so happy to win our last game by 2-0.

Overall, even though we didn’t get through to the quarter finals we had a really good time. Each and every one of us showed determination, perseverance, team work and excellent sportsmanship. We must thank May and Baker Rugby Club and all of the adults involved in the expert coaching!

By the Year 6 Tag Rugby Tournament Team

Tag Rugby Festival

The battle began with the screech of a whistle. Only one team could win. Each team was fighting for a chance to prove themselves. Who would win this battle of tags: Hacton or Harold Court? We fought so hard, yet the first try was scored by Harold Court. Then, another try was scored by our opponents leaving the score 2-0. Sadly, we lost. Despite the tiny bump in the road, our hope was still high.

After that, we were determined more than ever to win. However, despite a sterling effort, we yet again lost 2-0, this time to Branfil.

Game three: this was the one, we were going to win or at the least score! It was a brilliant match against Ardleigh Green and in the end we scored 3 tries! However, they were one step ahead of us and, unfortunately, we lost 4-3.

Even though we had lost every game, that didn’t weaken our resolve. We continued to play with enthusiasm and, in an epic battle, we drew 1-1 with St Josephs.

Finally, it was all over. So who had got into the quarter finals? Sadly, we had not made it through this time but we did win the 'Respect Award'; a very high honour that we were very happy to receive.

Overall, we were proud of what had achieved that day and left with a smile on our faces and a real enthusiasm for Tag Rugby.

By the Year 6 Tag Rugby Festival Team

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Reception: Room on the Broom

Children in Reception were asked to investigate the clues that had been discovered in the gazebo. They all went to have a careful look and make notes on their clipboards. In Literacy, the children read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and decided that the witch must have crash landed her broomstick at Hacton!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Year 6 Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club consists of a small group of Year 6 pupils who meet up after school on a Tuesday to have fun with words. The club has been running for half a term in which the willing wordsmiths have designed dragons to inspire their creative writing. The children have used a technique called DADWAVERS! It is a mnemonic which stands for:

Estimation of time
Rhetorical Question
Simile or Metaphor
! Exclamation or onomatopoeia

Each of these are sentence starters and, when using the mnemonic, they force the writer to change the sentence opening. Writing in this way often alters the whole sentence structure. Here are Creative Writing Club's short DADWAVERS! about dragons:

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Reception RE: Diwali

Reception children had a great time celebrating Diwali. They had lots of fun taking part in a range of exciting activities such as drawing large rangoli patterns from chalk, creating diva lamps from clay and making greeting cards.

The children enjoyed learning about the festival of light and were lucky to have a special visitor in to speak about how Diwali is celebrated.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Year 2: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale paid a visit to Year 2. The children were taken back in time to experience what Florence's nursing school lessons were like, how she travelled to Scutari and how she transformed hospitals for injured soldiers. Florence approved of Year 2's amazing nursing and bandaging skills!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Multiplication Monday

Our pupils had a wonderful time on Hacton’s very first Multiplication Monday. To inspire the children to learn their times tables and get a real thirst for multiplication, each teacher designed a special activity to show that learning your times tables can be easy and, most importantly, fun! Children moved around classes in their phase groups and completed a series of challenges and tasks.

Times table tricks, multiplication treasure hunts, bowling, sticking arrays, card games and fitness challenges were just some of the activities that our pupils completed during the day. All of the children loved the opportunity to experience times tables in different ways and were surprised how much fun they could have learning their times tables. Equipped with their colourful times table pencils, the children are now ready to relish the challenge of their Times Table Journey as they travel confidently towards becoming multiplication masters.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Year 6: World War II Day

Evacuation tags - check! Gas masks - check! Authentic costumes - check!

Dressed as evacuees, army officers, land girls and other characters, our World War II Day saw our Year 6 pupils transported back in time to experience life during the war.

In the morning, the children were taken back to 1939 with a lively and engaging workshop from the Rainbow Theatre Company. With gas masks in hand, the children lined up outside the hall waiting for their headmistress to accompany them to the countryside. After a long, uncomfortable journey, they finally arrived and were greeted by their billeting officer. The children imagined how challenging life would have been for evacuees during the Second World War. Our Hacton historians performed alongside Rainbow Theatre actors in a range of wartime scenes about the Blitz, rationing, black outs and air raids. The children's acting and enthusiasm were extremely impressive.

Following the workshop, children went outside to play a variety of wartime playground games and were amazed by how much fun you could have with a piece of chalk and a playground!

In the afternoon, children returned to their classrooms to take part in a range of Second World War themed activities that included making carrot cookies (using only rationed ingredients of course) and singing wartime songs.

The day was a great success, helping our pupils to develop a greater understanding of life as a child during World War II. Thank you to parents for your support with costumes.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Reception: Maths Monday

Our Reception classrooms were extremely busy on Maths Monday with children and parents taking part in lots of fun maths activities. This was a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their children helping them develop their maths skills. We would like to thank all of the parents who attended; we hope you had a useful and enjoyable time with your child.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Reception RE: Harvest Festival

Reception children have been very busy learning about the harvest. The have discussed how and why some people celebrate the harvest festival. They have learnt that Christians believe that this is a time to thank God for the food that they eat and that this is the time of year that farmers harvest the crops from their fields before the winter.

The children have brought in tinned food to be distributed to members of the local community (thank you parents for your kind donations). They have really enjoyed learning about the harvest festival and  they have had great fun singing their harvest song.

Nursery: The Owl Babies

The children in Nursery have been enjoying listening to the story of The Owl Babies, and learnt that a baby owl is called an owlet.

We have also been learning about the season of autumn, so we took the children in their welly boots on a walk to our woods to experience the signs of autumn first hand.

The children found lots of interesting things: a spider's web, some colourful leaves, some crab apples and then most amazingly an owl in the tree! He was watching the children and sat looking at them from his perch. The awe and wonder was wonderful to witness on their faces. Where did it come from?

We then explored our woods and listened to the wind in the trees and the birds singing to each other before having running races up and down the field.

We then all settling down in the gazebo for a biscuit and a drink before enjoying the story of The Owl Babies.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Reception: An Autumn Walk for Giraffes

This week, the children in Giraffe class enjoyed turning into nature detectives during our Autumn walk. They had lots of fun looking for the signs of autumn and collecting leaves and acorns. They especially enjoyed playing with the large parachute.

The children then went on to making some beautiful leaf printing pictures with the pieces that they had collected.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New School Council

With their shiny green badges, our new school council met for the first time. After discussing how each year group had settled into the new school year, councillors shared ideas as to how they thought the timetable for playtime activities should be organised. We look forward to seeing the fantastic impact our enthusiastic new school council are going to have on life at Hacton.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Year 6 Music: Elements of Hip Hop

This half term, Year 6 have been studying elements of hip hop music. All of the children have learned how to read music on a stave, investigating different notes and the duration of each note. After some practise, they did a great job of reading a piece of music to play on the glockenspiel. The result was brilliant and the children were, rightly, extremely proud of themselves. They have built their confidence and they are now looking forward to their next piece: the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Friday, 6 October 2017

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 this week.

Year 3: Alice In Wonderland Tea Party

We have had an exciting week in Year 3. After looking at instructions and discussing the key features, we wrote a variety of instructions from brushing our teeth, to making a disgusting sandwich for our teachers. We used our skills to make decorations and followed instructions to make party food for the big finale: an Alice In Wonderland tea party. It was very exciting when we arrived in class to see our homemade sandwiches, jam tarts and fruit kebabs ready with all of our decorations displayed around the room.

The Great Nursery Bake Off

On Thursday, the children in Nursery took part in a ‘bake off’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. They made some delicious cupcakes, adding, mixing and stirring the ingredients before baking them in the oven. They decorated them with green icing and added 1, 2 or 3 sweets counting them out carefully. The children brought in 50p each to buy four cakes to share with their family, making £31 for the deserving charity. Well done everybody!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Once again, a big THANK YOU for supporting this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning, helping raise our biggest total so far: £609.30. Amazing!

Thank you very much to everyone who baked fantastic cakes, bought cakes, enjoyed a cup of tea whilst eating cake or kindly made cash donations. Thank you also to Hornchurch Electrical and its generous customers who topped up our total with a donation of over £90 (included in our final amount). Finally, thank you to everyone who helped on the day - it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

All the money raised has been paid directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thanks again,
(Hacton Parents' Association)

Year 1: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

In Literacy, Year 1 have been studying “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. They have used the story to describe a setting and sequence events. Children chose to alter the story and go on a ‘Bug Hunt’, ‘Alien Hunt’ or a ‘Gem Hunt’. To complete their unit of work, the children went on their own bear hunt. They followed clues that took them around the school grounds to experience different stages of the story. As the children moved to the mud they chanted:
Uh-uh! Mud!
Thick oozy mud.
We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.
Oh no!
We’ve got to go through it!
Squelch squelch!
Squelch squelch!
Squelch squelch!
This took them through Miss Blunt’s classroom that had mud all over the tables. As the children discovered, it was in fact chocolate mousse and they enjoyed dipping their fingers in it. The bear hunt finished in the hall where the children discovered lots of teddies waiting for them to join a wonderful picnic.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Reception: Owl Babies

Reception children have been very busy reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell in Literacy. They listened carefully and really enjoyed the story and were all very pleased when Sarah, Percy and Bill’s mummy came back at the end. Inspired by the book, the children completed some fantastic owl paintings using a new stippling technique which they have been taught. They worked hard and were all very proud of their pictures. Look at their amazing artwork!


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Reception: Maths

Reception classes have been busy counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond. The children have worked very hard to complete lots of different activities in small focus groups with an adult or independently during their self-initiated learning. Well done, Reception!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Year 1 Maths Club: Triangles

Year 1 Maths Club focused on triangles this week. We had great fun discovering what happened when we placed them together. Our favourite was the hexagon wheel.