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.

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:
You can also check the following websites:
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.





Nursery: Teddy Bears' Picnic

The children in Nursery celebrated the end of a two-week topic on bears by having their own Teddy Bears' Picnic. They each wrote their bear an invitation and brought it to school. The children had to make their own sandwiches, choosing from white or wholemeal bread and fillings of chocolate spread, cheese spread or jam. Once they had carefully spread their filling, they used a teddy shaped cutter to make their sandwich more fun! The children sat in a circle with their teddies and enjoyed a drink and the sandwiches they had made while they listened to some teddy bear rhymes and songs.

All of the children enjoyed their picnic and they absolutely loved bringing their teddies to school.

Year 5 Science: Reversible and Irreversible Changes

Oooohhhhhhs, yucks and wows were all audible from the Year 5 classroom as they explored and experimented with reversible and irreversible changes. Milk and vinegar (the reactants) were combined to create a plastic like substance (the product) … and also a rather nasty smell. The less offensive water and flour reactants produced a potentially delicious pizza dough. However, the most surprising product was the gas that was created when vinegar and bicarbonate of soda reacted together; enough carbon dioxide was made to inflate a balloon! The experiments sparked much discussion about whether these changes were reversible or irreversible.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Year 3: Stone Age Day

Year 3 had a super Stone Age Day wearing imaginative and authentic costumes. They began by looking at real animal skins and artefacts from over 15,000 years ago. They also tried their hand at archaeology with a dig in sand to find a real mammoth tooth, leg bone and tusk.

In the afternoon, the children made a clay pot and beaded bracelet. A number of survival games based around hunting and gathering followed, before the challenge of building a Stone Age bivy (tent).

Year 3 had a fantastic day of learning and fun, gaining a greater insight into life in the Stone Age.




Friday, 2 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.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Early Years: Reception Read Together

Thank you to all of the parents/carers who were able to attend the first Reception Read Together on Friday. The children loved sharing some of their favourite books with you! Read Together is every Friday morning 8:45 - 9:10 and is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your child and develop their reading and comprehension skills.


Friday, 26 January 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.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Reception: Giraffe's Reading Area

Giraffe class are really excited about their newly developed reading area. This has certainly helped to promote reading in the class: the children have enjoyed settling down in the comfy space to share some of their favourite stories with their friends.

When asked about their favourite books and characters, Giraffe class had a lot to say!

"I like Elmer because he makes other elephants laugh."
"My favourite book is the Gingerbread Man because I like it when he jumps out of the oven."
"The Gruffalo because the mouse scares him away."
"I like the Apple because everyone tries to get it down and then Floppy eats it."
"I like Penguin because he is funny."
"I like the Baby Owls because the mummy comes back at the end."
"I like it when Jack climbs up the beanstalk and finds the giant."







Years 5 and 6: Road Safety Workshop

On Wednesday, our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in a road safety workshop where they had to decide who was responsible for a terrible, road traffic accident which had resulted in a school child losing his life. After observing the scene and taking notes about the evidence before them, children battled between the guilt of the driver, the victim and the victim's sister; however, after an accurate recount of events was given, it was clear that there was no one to blame apart from the victim himself. With his hood up, earphones on and phone in hand, our unsuspecting child stepped out onto a zebra crossing without checking for oncoming traffic. As a result, one careless step, everything ended for him and his family were left without a brother and son.

Our pupils talked about their experiences of crossing roads and were left incredibly moved by the events they had observed. A clear message was delivered by the theatre group: stop, look, listen and you will live.


Monday, 22 January 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: Maths Detectives

In maths, Year 6 pupils became detectives using their knowledge of ratio and proportion to solve a terrible crime: a multi-million pound bank robbery. After working out how much each criminal had stolen, an adequate sentence had to be determined based on the proportion of money they had acquired. Methodical and accurate working were key along with plenty of patience. Watch out Sherlock Holmes!

Year 3: Stone Age Houses

In preparation for their upcoming writing task, Year 3 made their very own Stone Age houses. Firstly, they designed and made the base for their houses, thinking about the things that were important to the people of this era. Then they made a house out of plasticine to represent animal skin that would have been used some 15,000 years ago. Year 3 were rightly proud of their final designs. Would you like to live in one of these houses?


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Reception Science: The Gingerbread Man

Reception children have been thinking about the tale of the Gingerbread Man. The children listened to the story and became particularly interested in discussing their ideas about why the Gingerbread Man could not swim across the river. They were very curious to find out what would happen if he got wet so they conducted a science experiment to find out why.

The children put gingerbread men into different liquids - water, milk, oil, vinegar and washing up liquid - and observed the changes that took place. They soon discovered that in many of the liquids the gingerbread men became soggy and broken. However, they were excited to find that the gingerbread men in oil and washing up liquid stayed in one piece. Our Reception pupils clearly enjoyed finding out for themselves why the Gingerbread Man could not swim across the river.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Nursery PE: Exploring the Apparatus

Last week, Nursery children began their PE apparatus lessons in the school hall. Firstly, they had to take off their shoes and socks before they began to explore the different PE equipment. They climbed, balanced, slithered, crawled and jumped from a range of PE benches. The children were thrilled to have a go on the climbing frame and conquered their fears as they ascended to great heights: some children were able to climb up so high they were taller than Mrs Stephenson!


Friday, 12 January 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.

Friday, 5 January 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 such a great start to 2018.



Year 3 History: Archaeological Dig

In History, Year 3 became Archaeologists for the day. They learnt about the job of an Archaeologist and began to do some of their own digging for artefacts. They used their hands, brushes and magnifying glasses to excavate objects and explore them in detail. They used their detective skills to identify the owners of the objects and were able to discuss why they might have been found in the sand. It was great fun and the children thoroughly enjoyed using their inference skills to make conclusions and predictions.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy Birthday Hacton!

Pupils and staff had a lot to celebrate on the first school day of 2018. They not only caught up with friends and colleagues to talk about the holidays and their New Year's resolutions, but joined together to celebrate the one year anniversary of the move into our new building. Cheers erupted around the hall as the birthday cake candle was blown to celebrate Hacton's first birthday.

The year has flown by: it feels like only yesterday that staff were moving boxes and furniture into the brand new premises. A year on, we are still very grateful for the fantastic building that is home to Hacton Primary.