Friday, 5 October 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, 28 September 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.


Year 4: Perfect Papyruses

Year 4 began their autumn history and geography topic by making their very own papyrus-style works of art.

Our eager Egyptologists discovered that the Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to use a thin, paper-like canvas for writing in around 3000 BC. This was made from the papyrus plant which was found on the banks of the River Nile. Did you know that the word 'paper' comes from 'papyrus'?

To make their own papyrus-style paper, Year 4 ripped brown parcel paper in to long strips. This was dipped in a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water then laid out in rows, horizontally and vertically. After a couple of days, the paper dried, forming a canvas for drawing. Egyptian Gods, Goddess and Pharaohs were sketched onto the papyruses. Ancient Egyptian felt-tipped pens (!) were used to ensure that lines were bold, and colours were bright against the brown paper. The children thought carefully about the size and proportions of their drawings to ensure that their artwork looked authentic.

Year 4 gained a greater understanding of the hard work required by people in ancient civilisations to produce even simple things. Our pupils enjoyed making their own paper, but they think they'll stick to exercise books for their written work in future!







Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Year 3: Fraction Smarties

"This week, Year 3 have been learning all about fractions. They thought of a wonderful way to put their knowledge into practice: finding fractions of a packet of Smarties. The children thoroughly enjoyed, sorting, representing the Smarties as fractions and finally eating their resources."

Our marvellous mathematicians calculated the fractions of a group of objects by sorting the Smarties into colours. Then, they answered questions about the data they had collected. The children were able to apply their knowledge to a real life situation to prove they are Fraction Smarties!

Friday, 21 September 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, 20 September 2018

Year 6: Codebreakers

This week, Year 6 have been looking at the secret codes used during WW2. They learnt about Bletchley Park and its role during the war as well as Alan Turing and how he cracked the Enigma code using his 'Bombe' machine.

Our own crafty cryptographers created scramblers, which worked on the basis of the Caesar Cipher, and had a go at cracking codes themselves. The children developed their problem solving skills and gained an understanding of how codes can be used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

It was fascinating fun and Year 6 are looking forward to creating their own ciphers next week.



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Year 5: Visit to the Imperial War Museum

Year 5 enjoyed an exciting educational adventure to the Imperial War Museum in London. The children couldn’t hide their enthusiasm as they repeatedly counted the number of stops on the tube map.

Armed with an activity booklet to fill in, a clipboard and a pencil, our young historians marched on through the World War One exhibition to find out more about this influential historical period. The propaganda posters encouraged our young explorers to measure themselves up for uniforms, check out the weaponry that was available and chose which medals they would have liked to have pinned to their jackets. Having admired cannons, hidden in trenches and appreciated the role of the Home Front, we all stopped for lunch.

This fascinating learning environment helped the children to gain a deeper understanding of what soldiers and their families experienced during this four year period and how ‘The Great War’ has shaped the world we live in today.



Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Worldly Wise: Holi Festival

Powder paint, colourful decorations and fire: this week's Worldly Wise assembly looked at the excitement surrounding Holi festival. As well as learning about the fun that surrounds this festival, children were impressed by the acting of a number of our pupils who recreated the story of the festival's origin.

Remember to look through your Wordly Wise booklet to see what exciting festival we will be learning about next week.

Monday, 17 September 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, 14 September 2018

Reception: Settling In

We have had a great time in Reception this week getting to know each other. The Elephants, Lions and Giraffes have already settled in so well. Children have had a really busy week exploring their classrooms, picking up routines and learning the names of their new friends. It's been wonderful to see their confidence begin to grow. 




New House Captains

Congratulations to all the children in Year 6 who ran for election for the prestigious honour of House Captain and Vice Captain. Speeches worthy of a presidential election were delivered during Thursday's House Meetings, making voting a tough decision for the remaining KS2 children; however, the votes have now been counted and we are delighted to introduce you to this year's, newly elected captains.


Friday, 7 September 2018

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly.

To celebrate the excellent behaviour and attitude of our pupils as they settled into their new year groups, many teachers presented the cup to their entire class. Representatives from these classes, together with individual winners, appear in the photo below.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful pupils for such a great start to the new school year.


Places Available in Hacton Nursery

We have a few places available for children in our nursery. The morning session runs from 8.30am until 11.30am and the afternoon session runs from 12.30pm until 3.30pm. Find out more about our outstanding nursery here »

If you would like to visit our nursery or reserve a space for your child, please contact us on 01708 443991 or email contact@hacton.havering.sch.uk.





Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Open Days for Prospective Reception Parents

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2019 and you wish to visit our school, we would like to welcome you to one of our open days.

We will be holding 4 open morning / afternoons for prospective Reception parents.  Each session will be the same and will consist of a brief presentation by the Headteacher followed by a visit to the Reception classrooms / outdoor area, a tour of the school and an opportunity for parents to ask any questions.  Each open morning / afternoon will last just over an hour:

Tuesday 2nd October - 9.30 am
Thursday 11th October - 1.30 pm
Tuesday 6th November - 9.30 am
Thursday 10th January - 1.30 pm

If you wish to attend any of these sessions, please contact the school office on 01708 443991 or email us at contact@hacton.havering.sch.uk.

We very much look forward to seeing you.









Welcome Back

With impressive new pencil cases, smart uniforms and excited smiles our children began the new school year full of energy and enthusiasm. After what we hope was an enjoyable and restful summer, both staff and pupils are now looking forward to the jam-packed calendar of events that we have planned for the autumn term.

As the learning journey for 2018-2019 commences, children will this week be issued with their essential travel documentation: passports and boarding cards. Our year group passports outline the expectations in reading, writing and mathematics for the year ahead and the boarding cards list experiences and suggested texts along with authors which children can enjoy throughout the year.

To support our curriculum further, we have this year introduced The Knowledge to support your child’s learning. These booklets outline the essential facts that your child should be able to recall for each of our humanities and science units of work and will be given out at the beginning of each new topic. Furthermore, they outline the tests that will be used to monitor the progress your child has made in these areas. We hope that you will find these supportive and that they will give you a flavour of how we plan our curriculum.

We hope you have an easy time settling back into the school routine and enjoy the start of another fun-filled school year. Keep checking our school blog to find out more about what is going on at Hacton.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Another Outstanding School Year

It's been another fantastic school year at Hacton. There have been so many highlights: superb SATs results that were significantly above the national average in all areas; brilliant school trips; impressive fundraising for charity; spectacular school productions; and, most importantly, happy children who clearly love coming to school.

As the summer term came to a close, children and staff gathered in the hall for the final assembly of the year. Amongst laughter as we reminisced about life at Hacton there were tears of sadness and pride as our Year 6 leavers received certificates and awards in recognition of their achievements. We are so proud of the progress they have made both academically and socially and we feel confident that they are ready for the next exciting chapter of their school life. As well as saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, we also said a fond farewell to a few members of staff who are moving on to pastures new. We wish our Year 6 children every success as they venture on to secondary school and we look forward to welcoming back the rest of our pupils in September.

We hope you all enjoy a restful, fun-filled and sunny holiday.










100% Fabulous

Sometimes, adults forget that the things they say in passing are taken very seriously by children. Mr Coombes recently made a rash promise to one of our Year 6 pupils, not realising that he was setting himself up for humiliation.

“I’ve been going to Nail Art club and Mr Coombes said that if I got full marks on my Maths SATs paper, he would let me paint his nails. Guess what? I got full marks! Every answer right! And I got a scaled score of 120 out of 120 in every test. It was a fun reason to work extra hard for my SATs and Mr Coombes looked fabulous with his nails painted!”


Monday, 16 July 2018

SATs Success

Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for a fantastic set of SATs results. Despite the high expectations of the National Curriculum and the rigorous testing arrangements, our Hacton pupils rose to the challenge and gave it their all.

Determination to succeed and a motivation to learn has resulted in results where 88% of our pupils met the required standard in reading, 92% in writing, 100% in mathematics and 96% in SPaG. This compares very favourably with the national picture where 75% achieved the standard in Reading, 76% in Mathematics, 78% in writing and 78% in SPaG.

Overall 87% of our pupils achieved the expected standard in all 3 areas of Reading, Writing (teacher assessed) and Mathematics. This is 23% higher than the national average of 64%.

We are incredibly proud of all that our Year 6 pupils have achieved this year and these results are affirmation of the outstanding progress each child has made. Well done Year 6!​



Friday, 6 July 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, 29 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 this week.


Friday, 22 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 this week.


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.