Thursday, 11 April 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Monday, 1 April 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Monday, 25 March 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Year 1 Maths: Understanding Fractions Using Smarties

Year 1 have been learning about halves and quarters in their Maths lessons. They talked about what a fraction is - splitting something into equal parts - and they practised finding halves and quarters of shapes. In pairs, the children then had to find halves and quarters of different amounts by sharing Smarties into two or four groups. The lesson finished with a much anticipated treat: Smarties!


Monday, 18 March 2019

Year 5 DT: Recyclable Materials

After learning about the damaging effect plastic can have on the world when it's not thrown away or recycled, Year 5 knew they had to do something. In DT, they discovered that plastic can get into our oceans and harm sea creatures so they decided to go around the school field and playground picking up litter to help prevent it from polluting our planet. When they investigated the situation around school they found that there was litter hiding all over the place. Our eager environmentalists collected a whole box and bin bag full.

Year 5 would like to encourage everyone in school and beyond to recycle whenever they can. If this isn't possible, please make sure that litter goes in a bin so that it can be disposed of properly. Spread the word to your family and friends!


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, 15 March 2019

Red Nose Day 2019

Red Nose Day was a brilliant 'fun raising' day at school with our pupils excited to be dressed in red to raise money for Comic Relief. Red noses, brightly coloured outfits, deely boppers and painted faces could be found in every classroom. Assembly had a Red Nose Day theme with children learning about the important work of Comic Relief. Thank you to parents, pupils and staff for your support. At the last count, we had raised over £450.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Year 4 Music: 'Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy'

In their music lessons this term, our year 4 pupils have been learning the recorder. Children have developed their confidence in how to follow notation and play in time.

Firstly, the tuneful children learnt to hold their recorders properly and play the notes B, A, G and E. Each week, they practised short songs that introduced a new note until they could play a song that combined all four notes. Year 4 were proud to perform and record the culmination of their hard work: 'Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy'.

   

 "It has been brilliant to learn a new skill and lots of different notes on the recorder"

"I have learnt a lot during the last term in Music lessons and all of these things I would have never been able to do without these lessons!"

"I found the notes G and E a challenge... and especially E because you need to use five fingers and both hands and cover all holes to stop the air coming out and make a horrible sound!"

Monday, 11 March 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Year 5 and 6: Understanding Crime

You and Me counselling service delivered an important assembly to pupils in years 5 and 6 to highlight issues related to crime. The talk centred around different types of crime and the age of criminal responsibility. Children were also made aware of online crimes such as malicious communication, different examples of knife crime and the punishments associated with these, as well as how to stay safe.

Reception: Pancake Day

Children in Reception discussed the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and why it is widely celebrated. To mark this significant day, each Reception class made pancakes throughout the week. Elephant class made pancakes on Tuesday, Lion class made pancakes on Wednesday and Giraffe class made pancakes on Thursday.

The children were very excited to head upstairs to the cookery room in small groups to make their own pancakes. Everyone had a go at mixing the ingredients and some children even managed to successfully flip a pancake or two, although some pancakes did end up on the floor - whoops!

The pancakes were carried carefully downstairs to Reception classrooms where the children discussed the difference between healthy and unhealthy toppings. They chose what to put on their pancakes and merrily wolfed them down. The children all agreed that food tastes so much better when you've made it yourself.




Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Singing Assembly: 'Greatest Day' (Sign2Sing)

Singing assemblies are a wonderful way to promote a feeling of unity and belonging, all of our pupils joining together in song. As a school with a provision for hearing impaired children, it was important for us to support Sign2Sing - an initiative by the Deaf health charity SignHealth. Our pupils learnt the lyrics and sign language to ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That and performed the song beautifully.


Monday, 4 March 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Reading at Home

In our latest video, our pupils explain how we can work together to help children develop a love of reading.


Monday, 25 February 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort in the week leading up to half term.




Monday, 18 February 2019

Year 2 Art: Daffodils

Every year our pupils take part in an activity to draw or paint daffodils. Each child's artwork is kept together throughout their time at school. When they are in Year 6 they can look back at daffodils from previous years to see how much progress they have made. Here are some lovely examples of daffodils draw by Year 2.


Friday, 15 February 2019

Road Safety with the StopWatch Theatre Company

The Stopwatch Theatre Company visited our school to perform their road safety production to Year 5 and 6. Some of our older pupils are now trusted to walk to and from school independently so this visit from a dynamic theatre group was a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of making sensible choices around roads. During the afternoon session, the children were treated to the production 'Chicken', which used humourous acting to deliver a serious message.

Road safety issues linked to both pedestrians and road users were addressed, as were issues relating to peer pressure, choices and consequences. This linked in perfectly with current discussions being held across both year groups about attitude, self-control, perseverance, independence, responsibility and excellence (ASPIRE) and the consequences linked to our behaviour choices.

The children were fully engaged and, as the tension in the story built, you could hear a pin drop!


Year 4 DT: DIY Musical Instruments

Year 4 have made some amazing musical instruments using recycled materials. The children had to apply knowledge gained from their science topic - sound - in order to create instruments which changed volume and pitch. This gave them the opportunity to make connections between science and Design and Technology.

The children increased their understanding of planning, creation and evaluation through the process of making their marvellous musical instruments.


Monday, 11 February 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Friday, 8 February 2019

Junior Travel Ambassadors: Safe and Sound

Our Junior Travel Ambassadors performed a play in assembly about the importance of being considerate to others when travelling on roads and pavements. Their story centred around the extra difficulties people with hearing impairment can face when trying to cross a busy and noisy road. Our Junior Travel Ambassadors were keen to produce a video of their play to share their message with a wider audience.

Year 1 History: Victorian Toys

As part of their History project studying toys from the past, Year 1 had a special Victorian visitor: the toy factory owner Mrs Pollock. Our pupils took part in activities to learn about the difficulties faced by young people in Victorian times. Mrs Pollock explained the jobs the children would have to do if they were employed in the factory. Wearing straw boaters and flat caps, Year 1 used drama and traditional songs to act out various jobs before being allowed to play with Victorian toys.

When the children left Mrs Pollock, they had the opportunity to make old peg dolls used by children over 100 years ago. Year 1 gained a rich understanding of old toys and what life was like for children in Victorian times.



Monday, 4 February 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

How to check if school opening is affected by severe weather


With colder weather forecast, and even the possibility of some snow, 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 LGfL 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

Monday, 28 January 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Year 6 Computing: Programming with Scratch

As part of their Computing lessons this term, Year 6 have been improving their programming skills using Scratch. They are working towards the design of their own Antarctica themed games.  Using a 'Boat Race' Scratch activity, our precocious programmers have reacquainted themselves with commands such as position, movement and 'if' commands (conditional statements).

Year 6 have regained their confidence in using Scratch and they are now very excited about taking the next step on their Computing journey: designing their own Antarctica themed games.



Provision for Hearing Impaired Children: Deaf National Primary Swimming Finals


Our Provision for Hearing Impaired Children were invited to enter a team for the Deaf National Primary Swimming Finals held at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park. The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 17,500 disabled young people each year. Over 1,000 schools across the country take part in ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions for secondary or primary school children, along with dedicated football, boccia and swimming programmes. Twelve schools took part in this event, entering fourteen teams in total.

Our enthusiastic team of eight children - from Year 3 to Year 6 - travelled by train to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On arrival they took a quick look at the London Stadium, home to West Ham United, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. They competed in a range of events including Freestyle individual 25m and 10m races, a freestyle relay race as well as some fun group races such as slam dunk/ball shuttle swim, a raft race and a treasure hunt.

Out of 14 teams, Hacton came 7th – a fabulous start to our Panathlon involvement. More details of this fantastic event are available on the Panathlon website

This day was a great opportunity for some of our pupils to compete with their deaf peers in a fabulous environment. All of the children enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to taking part in other events this year.


Hacton P-HIC Swimmers:

“I am grateful that I was able to take part because it’s was a national competition held in the actual Olympic and Paralympic swimming pool. The Olympic and Paralympic swimmers actually swam there.” (Year 6 pupil)

“I really liked the raft race because we worked as a team to get the raft to the other end of the pool. We didn’t stop laughing.” (Year 6 pupil)

“I really liked the first race I did as I came first in my heat. I felt so proud and I did not expect it. It was the best swimming pool. It was cool because we know the floor can be raised up.” (Year 6 pupil)

“I liked swimming because I started racing with a float but in my last race I did it without the float. I felt happy. I liked my dad and my nanny watching me because I felt proud.” (Year 3 pupil)

“I liked representing our school in a deaf competition because I like to challenge myself.” (Year 6 pupil)

“At the end we all sat down in rows so that we knew which school was which and then we had a medal presentation. Everyone received a medal. It was nice and shiny and I wore it at school the next day” (Year 5 pupil)

“I liked the slam dunk/ball shuttle swim because we had to pass the ball to each other and through it in the basket at the end and I liked the treasure hunt because they were fun races.” (Year 5 pupil) "

"I like swimming.” (Year 5 pupil)


Monday, 21 January 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.

Friday, 11 January 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 the wonderful children who made an extra effort during the first week of term; what a great start to 2019!