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.







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.