Monday, 8 July 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 time, alongside individual winners, the whole of Year 6 were awarded the cup for rising to the challenges of Sealyham and Activity Week.

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

Friday, 5 July 2019

Sealyham 2019: Day 5

With the early mornings getting tougher, our sleepy students dragged themselves from their slumber ready for another busy day.

Group 1 stayed on target with a morning session of archery.  In the afternoon, they proved their skill at both building and sailing during their rafting activity.  Group 2 also enjoyed picking up a bow and arrow in the morning before balancing on the low ropes later in the day. After applying sun cream, having a drink of water and triple checking their safety equipment, Groups 3 and 4 enjoyed the stunning views as they climbed and abseiled down the rocks of the rugged Welsh coastline.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Activity Week: Day 3

Year 6 pupils were bowled over by day 3 of activity week. Venturing into sunny Romford, the fun began at Namco Bowling where the children encouraged each other to topple as many pins as possible. The main focus was fun, rather than high scores, but there were still lots of 'spares' and even a 'strike'. After bowling, it was time for another treat: lunch at McDonald's.

"The bowling was amazing!"
"We won loads of tickets and did really well."
"It didn't matter when we missed because we had lots of fun."

Sealyham 2019: Day 4

Another exciting day dawned for our Sealyham adventurers with plenty of challenges still to face.

Group 1 had a cold wake up call with Coasteering. They clambered over rocks, jumped the cliffs and enjoyed a swim. In the afternoon, teamwork skills were tested in a range of activities including the Trim Trail.

Group 2 also found themselves caked in mud as they took part in their own Trim Trail. Coasteering in the afternoon also saw the group face the rugged coastline.

Group 3 absolutely aced raft building. They learnt how to make a compression raft, row in time (mostly) and battle windy conditions. The group's raft stayed together and only had a couple of rowers fell in; who then became very handy outboard motors. During bushcraft, Group 3 learnt how to build a shelter, start a fire, filter water and make nettle tea. They are now prepared for anything!

Group 4 joined in the muddy fun with their own experience of the notorious Trim Trail.

The day was rounded off beautifully with a get together on the glorious Broadhaven beach. Sun, sand, beach games and large ice creams made for a perfect evening, as everyone basked in the glow of an amazing sunset. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Year 5: Greek Day

Year 5 enjoyed travelling back in time to learn more about the Ancient Greeks. Dressed in authentic outfits, they began the day by creating their own Greek pots. They then made regal wreaths to wear on their heads before learning the Greek alphabet. During the afternoon, the children went outside to indulge in a Greek feast featuring homemade hummus, pitta bread, salad and feta. For dessert, they devoured traditional honey biscuits that they had baked earlier in the day. Year 5 also learnt to dance to 'Zorba', with much success!

Sealyham 2019: Day 3

Waking from their well-deserved sleep, our Hacton thrill-seekers prepared for another action-packed day of activities.

Group 1 began the day with a lesson in bushcraft, learning the skills needed to survive in the wild. These included building a den and lighting a fire. In the afternoon, the young adventurers kayaked in the beautiful, natural environment.

Group 2 also took to the water but they didn't have the luxury of a boat made for them... they had to build it themselves. Thank goodness for wet suits!

Group 3 started their day riding the waves. The sun shone and the sea was perfect for surfing. Many members of the group even managed to stand up on their board. After lunch, it was time for challenging team games and the infamous Trim Trail. Let's just say that everyone enjoyed a natural mud spa for free! Even after a dip in a river, a hose down and a nice long, hot shower we are still finding mud everywhere.

Group 4 had their share of challenges as they braved the high ropes before building and sailing their own rafts in the idyllic surroundings of a sunny Pembrokeshire.

Activity Week: Day 2

Our Activity Week pupils had a brilliant day of activities in Romford. After a straight-forward journey on the bus, the children arrived at KidScape for a very active morning. Year 6 were presented with a number of challenges designed to test their mettle and build a sense of personal pride. Some children bravely faced their fears by conquering the sky course and indoor rock climbing wall.

Other activities were more focussed on pure fun: go-karting, an indoor adventure playground, a rocket ball launching area and a computer dance zone. The accompanying adults couldn't resist joining in. Mrs Norford, Mrs Boyle and Mr Bell whizzing down the slides was a sight to behold!

After such a busy morning, lunch was very welcome and the children devoured pizza, chips, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, crisps and grapes. By the time the group returned to school they were exhausted.

It's wonderful to witness how, through shared experiences, the children are developing closer friendships with each other.

"It was really fun and the food was delectable!"

"I enjoyed going on the sky obstacle course."

"I feel proud of myself for facing my fears and finishing the sky course."

"I enjoyed going through the slides and the delicious pizza."

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Sealyham 2019: Day 2

Our eager pupils were up bright and early ready for the first of many hearty Sealyham breakfasts. Fuelled for the day ahead, the thrill-seeking children set off for their activities:

Group 1 had an energetic start to the day with a trip to the beach for surfing. Luckily, the warm winds provided great conditions and everyone thoroughly enjoyed riding the waves. After a few tumbles into the sea, most of the group were able to stand up on their surfboards; not an easy thing to do. The afternoon ended on a high as the children tackled the high ropes through the trees, crossing the wobbly bridge, balancing on the ropes and confronting fears.

Groups 3 and 4 had their fair share of challenges: they braved the Pembrokeshire coastline as they jumped, climbed and swam against the open waves (coasteering is not for the faint-hearted!); they took to the range to test their archery skills; they worked hard on the low ropes, using clear instructions, spotting each other and working as a team to get everyone from start to end without touching the floor. In the evening, groups 3 and 4 displayed their expertise... at throwing wellies!

Monday, 1 July 2019

Activity Week 2019: Day 1

Activity Week began with a fantastic trip to Adventure Island. A group of Year 6 pupils took the fast train to Southend on a glorious Monday morning. When they had arrived, the children sat on the beach for a little while before the main attraction: the rides.

Favourites included: the Claw - which spun our young thrill-seekers upside down, sideways and all over the place; Axis - a huge pendulum that swung, spun and twisted upside-down over 100ft in the air; Vortex - a ride that spun around; Pharoah's Fury - that twisted and turned around and around. After waiting for their tummies to stop churning, our Year 6 pupils relaxed in the sun with a delicious ice cream. As they headed home, the children talked happily about their brilliant day filled with fun.

Sealyham 2019: Day 1

As they waved goodbye to their families, our Year 6 pupils set off on the adventure of a lifetime: Sealyham 2019! The journey seemed to fly by and before they knew it the waiting was over -  they had arrived. The children had a lovely meal and quickly organised their rooms (some better than others) before the real challenges began.

Groups 3 and 4 took part in their assault course. Good clean fun quickly turned into a muddy mess as each group worked so well as a team to get every member across the finish line. Groups 1 and 2 ventured into the woods. After hunting for logs and playing games, they enjoyed tucking into hot dogs cooked on their crackling campfire.

The children returned to the grandeur of the Sealyham mansion and eventually settled down for what we hope was a great first night's sleep.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Year 4 Art: Dragon Eyes

Year 4's reading of 'How to Train Your Dragon' has inspired them to produce some stunning clay dragon eyes. First, the children examined and sketched human eyes, thinking about the detail around the eye and how to use fine lines and shading for a realistic result. Then, they learnt about the 'slip and score' technique, which is used to bond pieces of clay so that they dry as one solid product.

Our amazing artists made their dragon's eyes by forming a base before bonding small clay pieces around a central eyeball. Finally, Year 4 painted the dragon eyes using a fine brush and added a layer of PVA glue to create a glossy top coat. 

The children really enjoyed the creative process and the unique qualities of their dazzling dragon designs.

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 1 Visit Barnards Farm

Year 1 spent a sunny day at Barnards Farm discovering over 100 different sculptures of all shapes and sizes. The children enjoyed exploring the gardens and developed their understanding of sculpture, materials, trees and flowers. Year 1 did a good job of identifying the different materials used to create the sculptures, which tied in well with their current science topic. Barnards Farm is only open to the public on specific days so our pupils were lucky to have had the run of the grounds. It was an amazing trip and the children clearly had a wonderful time.

Year 6: Keeping Safe Talk

Year 6 had a visit from Tina and Kelly from Havering’s admission and exclusions team to talk to our pupils about how to keep safe as they transition to secondary school. The children discussed what items they might carry if they were going out with friends and the possible risks that these may create. They looked at different scenarios and how to deal with these. Children learnt how to keep safe when they're out with friends or on their own.    
The important session made our pupils think about steps they can take to improve their own safety:

"We were told to imagine a younger person who was travelling to the town centre and what they would carry with them. We then used a Venn diagram to analyse what is safe and what is risky."

"We learnt that carrying a weapon of any kind could not, in any way, keep you safe but can put you in even more danger. A website you can use to report crimes but remain unknown is called"

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Year 6 Science: The Journey of a Red Blood Cell

As part of their current Science topic, Year 6 have been learning about the human body. A recent focus has been about the vital job red blood cells play in helping our body to function and how a red blood cell delivers oxygen to different parts of the body. The children created fantastic stop-frame animations to demonstrate their understanding of the journey of a red blood cell.

Year 6 Science: The Circulatory System

Year 6 explored first hand what a real heart looks like. A lambs heart was dissected for them so that they could observe how it worked. Through a sequence of lessons, Year 6 have been identifying and naming key parts of the human circulatory system and describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Key Stage 2: Quad Kids

This half term, thirty-two of our Junior pupils represented Hacton at the Havering Quad Kids competitions held at Hornchurch Stadium. Each team member competed in four events: a sprint, standing jump, vortex throw and long run. They competed against around 40 local schools, scoring points towards a team total. Some experienced children were joined by new team members, and everyone in the team performed brilliantly throughout the two mornings.

First up were Years 5 and 6. There were around 150 children competing in each field (Year 5 girls, Year 5 boys, Year 6 girls and Year 6 boys) and our school achieved many top-20 finishes in the individual events. Well done to our highest individual competitor who was placed 3rd overall. Congratulations also to our Year 6 team who, with a score of 1732 points, finished in 3rd position just 45 points behind winners St. Edwards. Fantastic!

A fortnight later, it was the turn of our Year 3 and 4 pupils. Again, the competitors rotated around the events, finishing with some excellent 400m runs. Congratulations to our children for their impressive performances: many finished in the top-20; our highest placed individual pupil finished 9th in a field of 150; our Year 4 team finished 9th out of 40 schools. Brilliant!

Well done to all involved, you represented Hacton superbly.

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.

Sports Days

Anticipation was in the air as our KS1 and KS2 pupils prepared for our annual Sports Days. The field turned green (Ascot), yellow (Chepstow), blue (Goodwood) and red (Kempton) as the children took to the field, playground and MUGA to represent their house in a carousel of running, throwing, aiming and jumping.

First up were the Infants with six classes competing for the first time. The children took part in eight events, including the vortex throw, orange and spoon race, as well as teachers’ face-splashing favourite ‘Get Ready for School’. The winners were Ascot with 127 points, followed by Kempton 122, Chepstow 119 then Goodwood 113.

Later in the week, it was the turn of the Junior pupils. First up was the carousel of races including the hurdle, football relay, hockey relay, and vortex throw. At the halfway point, Goodwood lead by just 2 points. This year, our oldest cohort raced over two laps in a new event, ‘Leavers’ Laps’. Every finisher chalked up another point for their house. Finally, the house relays, where a pupil from each year group joined forces to make a house team. The races could not have been closer - what an exciting end to Sports Day! After another extremely close competition, the victors of 2019 were Goodwood with 176, just 1 point ahead of Chepstow with 175, Ascot with 171 then Kempton with 168.

Well done to all our super competitors and, as always, thank you to parents and family members who came along to support the children.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Performing Arts Club: Pantastic

The children of Performing Arts Club put on an outstanding performance of their end of year show, Pantastic. Every single child worked so hard during limited rehearsal time to learn their lines and bring their characters to life. They used their creative flair to deliver dramatic dances, scintillating scenes and marvellous melodies.

I am so proud of every single child who took part; their confidence, enthusiasm and talent amazed me. I can't wait to see where their next magical, musical adventure takes them.

Mrs Layzell

Friday, 14 June 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 this week.

Worldly Wise: The Labours of Hacton

During our Worldly Wise assembly about the Greek Myth of Hercules, some of our pupils had to complete 'The Labours of Hacton' set by Mr Marshall and Miss Hornsby. The children understood the challenges of Hercules' labours - which were considered to be impossible - but just like Hercules, with patience and effort, our pupils managed to complete them.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Assemblies: Knowledge Quiz

In our whole school assembly, six children (one from each year group) took part in a game of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’... with a Humanities twist! They were asked 15 challenging questions based on historical and geographical knowledge. Each question was worth 5 house points but the children only had 4 lifelines: 50:50, phone a teacher, ask their host Miss Birk or ask the audience. They used all lifelines, including phoning Mr Emes for a quick bit of advice, but managed to win 75 house points for each house as they correctly answered all the questions. The six contestants did a fantastic job and the pupils in the audience learned lots of fascinating facts.