Monday, 18 November 2019

Year 3: Narrative Writing

Inspired by an animated film called 'Catch It', the children in 3PP have written some wonderful short stories. They produced detailed and imaginative tales to demonstrate their secure understanding of setting, character and plot. The impressive use of vocabulary, along with a range of descriptive techniques, resulted in some excellent narratives. Fantastic work 3PP!

Friday, 15 November 2019

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.

This week, the whole of Year 6 received the award for exemplary behaviour on their Imperial War Museum trip. Representatives of Year 6 classes appear in the E for Effort photo alongside individual winners.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful children who made an extra effort this week.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Fabulous Footballers

Hacton's Year 5/6 girls' and boys' football teams braved a cold and wet afternoon to attend a football tournament at Harrow Lodge Park. Each team played four matches against other local school teams. The gutsy girls won 2 and drew 2 games. The bold boys won two games, drew one game but lost their last. Our teams displayed super sporting conduct, spirit and determination; they were a credit to our school. Well done!

Monday, 11 November 2019

Remembrance at Hacton

Today at Hacton, on the 11th day, of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we joined with people around the world to stand in silent contemplation. We stopped. We thought. We remembered.

Children gathered around our poppy memorial to remember those who sacrificed so much for our country. Our assembly this week looked at the reasons why we wear poppies and about the importance of remembrance. Our pupils learnt that Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany. We looked at the words and signs to the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and thought about the sacrifices that were made.

Friday, 8 November 2019

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 of the wonderful children who made an extra effort this week.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Year 5/6: Tag Rugby Competition

10 children from Year 5 and 6 went to May and Baker RUFC in Dagenham to compete in a tag rugby tournament with 25 other schools. The children played valiantly, displaying all of the core values of rugby including discipline, teamwork and respect. Although our team didn't win the tournament - that title went to Nelmes Primary - we did earn a Respect award from the other coaches and referees. Only one other school in the competition earnt this, so our pupil should be very proud of themselves.

After only three training sessions with Mrs Stephenson, our team played like absolute superstars. A big thank you to the parents who came to support and cheer us on.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Year 6: World War Two Day

Year 6 World War 2 Day saw our pupils learning a greater appreciation of life in wartime Britain. They adopted the role of code breakers from Bletchley Park, using the Caesar cipher to crack encrypted messages. Theymade newspaper plant pots and sowed salad leaf seeds as part of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. To better understand the impact of rationing, all pupils baked wartime recipes including bread pudding and cheese whirls. They also experienced life as evacuees and wrote a postcard home to their parents. To end the day, Year 6 sampled the food they had baked and enjoyed a joyful VE Day celebration.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Our School Council

The School Council is the voice of our pupils. It aims to improve our school while ensuring all decision making is fair and democratic.

With elections completed and badges presented, the council had a very busy first meeting. Members' roles were decided and the school council code of conduct was agreed. Most years, we have about the same number of boys and girls in the school council. We were surprised to discover that, this year, our pupils had voted for boys in every class. The School Council is led by a female teacher to guide the children and ensure that all decisions made are fully inclusive.
School Council Code of Conduct
  1. Take care of each other e.g. older members can support the younger members.
  2. We don’t leave anybody out.
  3. Always put your hand up.
  4. We always support the majority decision.
  5. Don’t shout out.
  6. Always listen to the person speaking.
  7. Always give your class an update.
  8. Try our best to make the school better.
  9. Always attend school council meetings unless we are not at school.
  10. We must always report back to our classes and share their views (not just our own).
The council members are looking forward to an exciting year of discussion, decision-making and democracy.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Fantastic Fireworks

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Hacton fireworks display such a huge success. Our hard-working parents' association did a fantastic job of organising a fun family event and, with over 800 tickets sold, they raised lots of money for our school. The event was clearly enjoyed by children and adults alike. The spectacular evening went with a bang... a whoosh.... and a pop!

Early Years Diwali Celebrations

Early Years children enjoyed celebrating the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali. Some of our parents kindly gave up their time to share the story of Rama and Sita, one of the most important stories from Hinduism. They also explained how the festival of light is celebrated by millions of people around the world.

Children used clay to make diva lamps then painted them with lots of bright colours. Then, they added glitter and jewels to make them sparkle. Early Years children also enjoyed using chalk to create colourful Rangoli patterns on the playground. 

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 of the wonderful children who made an extra effort during the first week of this half term.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Year 1 RE: The Lost Sheep

Year 1 have been learning about Christian beliefs. As part of this topic, they have been reading some of the stories that Jesus told and discussed how these stories inspire Christians today. The children have been reading the parable of The Lost Sheep. They have learnt that this story shows how each person is precious to God. The children have been very creative and have enjoyed making their own fluffy sheep.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Outdoor Learning Week

Our dedicated staff are always looking for new ways to inspire and enthuse our pupils, to foster their love of learning. Research has shown that outdoor learning has many benefits: health, wellbeing, physical skills and connecting with nature, to name just a few.

This term, we had our first Outdoor Learning Week - and what a week it was! Our pupils loved getting their hands, faces and clothes dirty during a whole range of activities including bushcraft, orienteering, nature-based art, and even conker maths.

Click the links below to read year group reports of this outstanding week of learning at our school.

Havering Cross Country Competition

Before half term, twenty-four of our athletes took part in the Havering Cross Country competition at Stubbers Activity Centre, racing superbly over a challenging course against twelve other schools. In the first race, two of our speedy Year 4 girls finished a fantastic 2nd and 3rd place, with the rest of the team finishing close behind. Next up were the Year 3 and 4 boys, with an excellent 5th place from our Year 4 pupil leading the team home. Then it was the turn of our older teams. Again, a wonderful 2nd and 3rd place was achieved by two of our Year 5 children in the girls' race, followed by a brilliant 8th place from our Year 5 boy leading the final team home.

After the races, we found out the team results, where every competitor's result is combined to give a final placing. Every team did brilliantly! Our Year 3/4 boys and Year 5/6 girls both finished second, our Year 5/6 boys finished third, and our Year 3/4 girls team won! Well done, girls!

Overall, a superb team effort and a great morning's work. Well done to our amazing athletes.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Year 4 Science: Tooth Decay Investigation

Year 4 investigated liquids and the effect that they have on our teeth. They took a strictly scientific approach to their investigation using subheadings such as prediction, variables, method and conclusion.

Using eggshells as a realistic model of dental enamel, the children discovered that vinegar is not good for our teeth; it completely softened the outer shell of the egg. They discovered that water and milk are best for our teeth as there were no changes to the eggshells.

The children have presented their entire investigation beautifully in their science books, thinking carefully about underlining subheadings, using bullet points and numbered instructions. Great work!

Friday, 18 October 2019

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 6

Year 6 made the most of Outdoor Learning Week. They fully immersed themselves in a whole host of activities, developing skills that they don’t always get to put into practice. Come rain or shine, they were outside getting their hands dirty.

The majority of Year 6's time was spent creating a ‘Legacy Garden’. This was a challenging process, with a great deal of clearing, digging and planting to be done. Thankfully, some of Year 6's family members joined in with the outdoor fun!

Our nature-loving pupils spent an afternoon designing and building bird feeders out of lollipop sticks using a hot glue gun. To further develop their appreciation of the world around them, Year 6 spent time carrying out observational drawings of an autumnal scene. They also explored the school grounds, conducting a bug hunt to classify the insects in their local environment.

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 5 WW1 Experience

Year 5 were very lucky to receive a visit from Mr Weaver of the 10th Essex Living History Group. He brought along artefacts from WW1, including uniforms for the children to wear.

Mr Weaver joined our young historians by the trench on the school field. He explained the benefits and perils of the trenches and helped them gain a deeper understanding of life as a soldier during WW1.

Year 5 all had a go at throwing a heavy grenade out of the trench and used a periscope to see troops advancing towards them. Thank you so much to Mr Weaver for sharing his knowledge and helping to bring our WW1 topic to life.

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 5

Year 5 had a brilliant afternoon planning and creating bug hotels. They used found materials to create a home for nature with lots of nooks and crannies for bugs to hide in. They placed them around the school grounds to encourage wildlife to make a home at Hacton.

Mr and Mrs Manning, who are both Scout leaders, introduced Year 5 to the exciting world of bushcraft skills. The children learnt new outdoor skills, such as shelter building and fire lighting. The best part: roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire.

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 4

Throughout Outdoor Learning Week, Year 4 have taken part in exciting orienteering challenges. This developed children's map-reading and teamwork skills. The challenges also used knowledge and skills from across the curriculum, especially maths and geography.

Year 4 enjoyed searching the front and back school fields to collect their data to identify types of trees using a leaf key. They used their maths skills to present their information in two bar charts. They also used this data to compare the types of trees found in both school fields.

The sound of rain inspired the children during Outdoor Learning Week. They decided to use parts of the body to generate their own rainstorm sounds. The children watched a video of an orchestra and then, in groups, composed their own rainstorm symphonies.

One Year 4 pupil said, "I loved doing the jumping and actions because we were able to use our body effectively."

Another said, "I really liked this lesson because it was different being able to use our body for music rather than our voices or instruments."

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 3

Year 3 loved taking the classroom outside for Outdoor Learning Week. They enjoyed a wide range of activities including nature art, finding 2d shapes, orienteering and a bushcraft workshop, where the children learned how to build a fire and toast delicious marshmallows. The highlight of the week was the challenge to create their very own rainbow-coloured dream catchers.

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 2

Year 2 experienced a wide range of engaging experiences during Outdoor Learning Week.

Bushcraft: the children learnt how to climb into and out of a hammock. They also toasted marshmallows around the campfire and then enjoyed eating the warm, gooey treats.

Welly Wanging: Year 2 competed in small groups to see who could throw their wellies the furthest.

Orienteering: Teams raced to complete all of the numbered checkpoints around the school field. It was a very tight call between the winners.

Observational drawing: Our pencil-wielding pupils took some time out from the manic week to observe and sketch the trees around the school grounds.

Autumn walk: the children went for a walk through the park to collect natural objects for their Autumn Hacton logo.

Planting: Year 2 have planted thir very own vegetable patch in the KS1 playground planters. It is hoped that the broccoli, onions, chard, winter salad and broad beans will grow so that they can make vegetable soup in the spring term.

Hedgehog houses: the children worked in small groups to create hedgehog homes for the winter. Straw was put inside to make it nice and cosy and the outside was decorated with leaves. The desirable dwellings were placed around the school field to provide hedgehog homes over the winter months.

Outdoor Learning Week: Year 1

Outdoor Learning Week allowed Year 1 to get creative using natural materials from around the school grounds. The children worked in groups and individually to create wonderful life-sized leaf pictures.

They also read Stickman by Julia Donaldson and created the characters out of natural materials.

Time around the campfire was a highlight. Year 1 learnt campfire songs such as 'On Top of Old Smokey' and 'If You're Happy and You Know it'. Mr and Mrs Manning taught the children about fire safety, bushcraft and toasting marshmallows. After devouring their soft, warm marshmallows, the children spent time relaxing in a hammock.

Our Year 1 pupils had a fantastic week of outdoor learning: they got wet, muddy and smoky, but they always had smiles on their faces.