Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sports Days

Excitement was in the air as both Infant and Junior pupils got ready for the first two Sports Days on our new field, competing for either Ascot, Chepstow, Goodwood or Kempton house.

With more classes and more space, some brand new events joined old favourites this year. First up were the Infants, who circulated around ten events including new additions, the space hopper relay and vortex throw. At the half way point, Ascot were leading the way, with just 7 points separating first and fourth. After the second round, Ascot emerged the victors by just 1 point.

Two days later, our older pupils took to the field. After a carousel of events - in which the sun finally came out to play - Goodwood were leading the pack by 3 points. After some exciting mixed-age relays and a long-distance race to end the day, the final results were in: Goodwood were pipped to the post by Chepstow who, by just one point, are the 2018 champions.

As always, a big thank you to all of the parents and other family members who supported the children, and, most importantly, well done to all of our pupils for their effort, determination and sportsmanship.







Wednesday, 20 June 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.



Friday, 25 May 2018

Take One Picture: Class Activities

Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education. Our pupils looked at the techniques used to create some famous artworks, taking them as inspiration for their own paintings. Each year group chose a French artist and painting to focus on.


Nursery, Year 2 and Year 5 chose to look at Seurat’s ‘Bathers at Asnieres’. They investigated pointilism and the use of colour in Seurat’s work, but approached it in different ways: Nursery used finger painting to explore the dotty patterns; Year 2 used cotton buds to recreate his style; Year 5 used the end of the paintbrush to gain a similar effect but focused on French landscapes as their subject.


Year 1 and Year 3 chose Renoir’s ‘Umbrellas’ as a starting point. Year 1 looked at the canopy of umbrellas that Renoir had created and, exploring pattern and design, they created some fantastic designs for their own umbrellas.


Year 3 used the figures in the picture to create their own dioramas of the scene. Year 4 also looked at Renoir’s work to produce their fantastic dioramas.


Reception children looked at Monet’s ‘Water Lily Pond’ to explore colour mixing and using the brush to recreate the dappling light and colours of the water lily pond. They added lily pads and flowers with tissue and paper to complete the effect.



Well done to all of our budding artists for creating their very own magnificent masterpieces.

Friday, 18 May 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.


Monday, 14 May 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.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Boys' Football: Havering League final

An extremely successful football season ended with an unlucky defeat in the Havering Boys’ League final. After an intense and committed match, our Year 6 team came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 score line. Every child involved with the team and squad has worked incredibly hard this year and we have enjoyed some fantastic games as a result. Regardless of the score in the final, everyone should be really proud of a brilliant season. The school would also like to thank the parents of the boys for your enthusiasm and unwavering support throughout the year.


Monday, 30 April 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.


Friday, 27 April 2018

Year 2 Trip: Colchester Zoo

Year 2 had a fantastic trip to Colchester Zoo to support their understanding and appreciation of different wild animals. Our pupils were very lucky to be able to feed the giraffes and elephants.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Hacton's Marathon Challenge

Well done to our pupils and staff for taking part in Hacton Primary School’s Marathon Challenge. To support Mrs Norford’s London Marathon run, the children had great fun running a mile to raise money for Sense (a charity helping people with complex communication needs). Thanks to the generosity of parents and staff, our plucky pupils raised nearly £1000!

 

Monday, 23 April 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 during first week of the summer term.


Summer Term

With the sunshine making a welcome appearance, the summer term got off to a bright start. Despite the return of cooler weather and April showers, our pupils still have a lot to look forward to this term. As usual, we have plenty of inspiring activities planned: school trips, theatre visits, sports competitions and much more! Please check the regularly updated school calendar for an up-to-date list of events and activities.


Friday, 20 April 2018

Year 5 PE: Tennis

The sun was shining down on Year 5 as their tennis lessons commenced for this half term. Developing their hand eye coordination, the children began by throwing and catching with both hands, progressing on to using one hand before using their weakest hand to both throw and catch. It wasn’t long before the rackets came out and they had a ‘keepy-uppy’ competition. Finally, they combined hitting and catching skills to see which pair could achieve the highest number of ball deliveries, returns and catches without the ball hitting the ground. After a full Friday afternoon of sporting activity, Year 5 were well and truly ready for a relaxing weekend.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Literacy Week

Once upon a time, there was a school called Hacton Primary who celebrated Literacy Week with a fairy tale theme. This fantastic week in school explored spellbinding stories, their heroes and villains, monsters and maidens, magic and enchantments. After days filled with exciting activities, our pupils gathered together in assembly to share what they had learnt. Thank you to parents for dressing children in brilliant, colourful costumes which helped to provide a fairy tale ending to the week.



Friday, 23 March 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 this week.

Havering Infant Music Festival

Our Year 2 pupils had a fantastic morning at Branfil Primary School taking part in the Havering Infant Music Festival. Hacton joined children from Branfil, Langtons, Oakfields and Upminster Infant School to sing songs to each other and the Mayor of Havering. Following the music festival theme of 'on the move', our pupils very much enjoyed performing their energetic rendition of "Petrol Makes the Racing Car Go".



Thursday, 22 March 2018

Year 5: Orienteering Festival

Year 5 were invited to take part in an orienteering festival at Stubbers Adventure Centre. The excitement of a coach journey, a morning in the brisk spring air and mud was almost overwhelming, but the children managed to behave themselves beautifully and took part in the event with gusto. First came the briefing, followed by the warm up and then they were ready to go.

Armed with special orienteering electronic readers, the children had to find their way around a 1.3km course, with their team, as quickly as they could. Most returned with ruddy cheeks and with beaming grins; however, all of them returned considerably muddier than they set out!

At the end of the morning, the children were once again gathered together so that the podium finishing places could be announced. All was silent before the announcement was broadcast that out of 31 teams Hacton’s Compass Pointers claimed 3rd place whilst Hacton’s Ninja Navigators claimed the 2nd spot. Amazing!

Well done to all of our Year 5 pupils who not only displayed great orienteering skills, but who were also super representatives of our school.





Tuesday, 20 March 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.


Friday, 16 March 2018

Pupil Spotlight: A Traditional Irish Tune

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day, some of our marvellous musicians from Year 6 performed a traditional Irish tune in whole school assembly. They played with flair and confidence in front of the rest of the school and were rewarded with a big round of applause from their appreciative audience. Well done girls!

We hope you enjoy their performance as much as we did.

 

Year 1: Jungle Animals

As part of their Design and Technology work on sculptures, Year 1 have been making jungle animals from recyclables that were donated by parents. Sticky tape, glue and terrific teamwork were added to create their colourful creatures. The children were rightly proud as they posed with their super sculptures.




Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Year 3 Computing: Learning About Email

Year 3, have been learning about email. They have been emailing famous people using Purple Mash and replying by answering their questions and even adding attachments. They also received emails regarding online safety and chose the best reply possible. The children now know that if they receive an email with the subject ‘You’ve won £1000’ that it is spam that should be deleted. Year 3 were reminded that they should never enter personal information onto unknown websites and that they should not respond to an email received from a stranger, they should report the email to an adult.



Monday, 12 March 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.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Friday 2nd March: The School is Closed

We are sorry to inform you that we will be closed tomorrow. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

Although weather conditions for tomorrow are forecast to be no worse than today, when as you are aware we opened, snow is forecast for the afternoon and temperatures are unlikely to reach above freezing.

Taking into account the fact that over 120 children did not come to school today and numerous parents complained about the fact that we were open, we have taken the decision to close.

We appreciate that this is difficult for working parents; however, by making this decision this afternoon, we hope to have given you time to make arrangements.



Thursday 1st March: The School is Open

Without the snowfall that was forecast overnight, conditions around the school have improved. Please wrap up warm and take extra care when you come to school this morning. 
There will be no after school clubs today.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Wednesday 28th February: The School is Closed

The School is closed today.

With the overnight snowfall, the roads around the school are extremely dangerous. We hope you have fun with your children enjoying the 'snow day'.








Monday, 26 February 2018

How to check if school opening is affected by severe weather

With more snow forecast, it would seem a good time to remind you how to check if school opening is affected by bad weather. In the event of severe weather, we will make a decision about school opening by 8 am at the latest and post the information on our blog, social networks and the OpenCheck service. Please check online sources before trying to ring the school.

If you want news delivered to your Facebook or Twitter feed:
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If you have any comments or suggestions about ways we can further improve communications, please do not hesitate to contact us






Friday, 23 February 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 have made an extra effort this week.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Year 6 SATs Information

Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 6 SATs presentation last night. It was great to see so many faces: we really appreciate your support. We trust that you found the evening useful; however, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us. For anyone who was unable to attend the meeting, the presentation is available here »



Friday, 16 February 2018

Nursery: Chinese New Year

The children in Nursery celebrated Chinese New Year with a week of themed activities. They learnt about the monster Nian who stole food from villagers, so inspiring the use of red lanterns and firecrackers to scare him away. They also learnt about The Great Race and how the animals for the Chinese Zodiac were decided.

On Friday, the children enjoyed a day's worth of fun including learning the words 'hello' and 'Happy New Year' in Chinese. They all wore red, the colour of luck, and enjoyed tasting Chinese foods using chopsticks. The children finished the week by singing 'Chinese New Year is here again'.

Kung Hey Fat Choi!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Reception: Making Pancakes

As Pancake Day fell in half term, Reception decided to celebrate early! The children learnt about Shrove Tuesday during their topic afternoon then thought carefully about making their own pancakes. They worked together to follow a recipe and whisk the ingredients into a mixture before it was poured into a pan. After some great attempts at tossing their pancakes in the air, everyone was excited to put on their tasty toppings before tucking into their very own delicious feast. ​

Friday, 9 February 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 have made an extra effort this week.





Year 1: Visit to Valence House Museum

In History, Year 1 have been learning about old and new toys. They visited Valence House Museum and explored a range of toys, from clockwork to modern day toys. Children took a journey into the past and unveiled the history of teddy bears. Through the use of drama, children learned that teddy bears were named after President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt. After a lovely packed lunch, children had fun becoming designers and created their very own peg dolls!




Year 6 Inter-House Hockey

On Friday afternoon, to conclude their hockey half term, Year 6 competed in an inter-house hockey tournament. With sticks ready and tactics discussed, the 28 matches commenced. Dribbling, dodging and shooting led to an impressive 63 goals being scored.

Each team played superbly and should be proud of their performance; however, there had to be a winner. Kempton house were crowned as the Year 6 hockey champions.​


Year 1 Literacy: Lego Readers

Year 1 have a new reward scheme for children who have been reading at home. Every home read earns a sticker on the Lego chart. When the Lego man has been completed, our reliable readers are ready for their reward of a ‘jolly up’. So far the children have opted to spend some time in the Reception outside area.

Keep up the good work!


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hacton Performing Arts Club: Young Voices at the O2 Arena

Hacton Performing Arts club were given the opportunity to show their talent and sing their hearts out at the O2 Arena in London. After 4 months of committed rehearsals, our pupils boarded the train and set off on their adventure. Once at the arena, everyone found their seats and began the rehearsal. Our awestruck pupils looked around at the impressive sight of thousands of children from other schools who were singing alongside them. After rehearsals it was time for a packed lunch, toilet trips and a stretch. Butterflies filled our pupils' tummies as they watched the crowds of spectators pour into the arena.

At last it was time for the concert! The songs were broken up with performances from famous artists of different styles and genres, including a street dance team and an a cappella group! Finally, the show came to an end and the children from Performing Arts club made their way through the emptying arena to reunite with family and friends.

After such a busy and exciting day, our pupils slept soundly as they dreamt of their evening in the spotlight.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018

In order to reinforce our embedded Online Safety education, our school participated in the annual Safer Internet Day. In the morning, the Key Stage 2 assembly focussed on how comments online can affect people. Our pupils discussed various scenarios and reflected on the best ways to respond and react.

In the afternoon, each class was given a task to complete. Some participated in drama activities, where they acted out different issues, whilst others discussed and rated how online comments made them feel.

Although safer internet use forms part of our weekly Computing lessons, the day was an excellent opportunity for children to think about the various issues that might arise when communicating online.