Thursday, 28 November 2013

Year 5 Victorian Day

Year 5 pupils experienced a Victorian school day last week. Children and staff dressed in authentic outfits and teachers even carried canes. Strict discipline was maintained throughout the day. Any child who broke the rules had to stand in the corner and wear the dunce's hat - or worse!

"Walking into the classroom, shivering in fear, I was petrified. That wasn’t the scary part, the scary part was when the cane arrived to smack me 6 times!" (Ryan)

"I was not very scared when I went into the class until Jessica got told off for forgetting her spellings. We were not allowed to talk to the boys or the other year groups at playtime. There was only one boy called Ryan who got the cane because he was talking in the line and cheating but don’t worry Mrs Golding did not really hurt him." (Ntito)

"On Friday all of Year 5 had Victorian day. I was so scared I was shaking and Mrs Wiggins checked all of our nails to see if they were clean and if they weren’t you had to go in the corner with the dunce’s hat. I got the dunce’s hat for slouching. No-one was allowed to smile or laugh. Ryan got the cane for cheating in English." (Megan)

"Mrs Wiggins was very scary and strict." (Lewis)

"I was shaking and sweating as soon as we went into school. If I was at home, I would of burst into tears! By the end of the day I had got the hang of it. I was happy to go home!" (Taylor)

"Victorian day was hard for the whole class but towards the end we started to get used to it. When someone got the cane everyone was so scared but then Mrs Wiggins told us it was fake." (Abi)

"Victorian day is extremely scary. Before you go, be prepared - trust me you don’t want to get the cane! You have to be in a separate line to the boys otherwise you get shouted at. If you don’t sit up straight you’ll get the dunce's cap and stand in the corner." (Heidi)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Year 2 and the Imaginary Worlds of Year 4

Year 4 have been writing stories set in imaginary worlds. They have looked at well known tales such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Monsters Inc to inspire their own storytelling. Pupils wrote their terrific tales in booklets complete with impressive illustrations.

Year 2 met Year 4 in the hall for a very special reading session. The younger children clearly enjoyed being transported to the fantastical worlds conjured up by the creative minds of the older pupils and Year 4 learnt more about the power of imaginative storytelling.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Scintillating Science with 5AW

5AW had a fantastic science lesson at Sanders Draper school. They learnt how to light a Bunsen burner safely, wearing very fetching safety goggles! After they had lit their Bunsen burner 3 times, they carried out an experiment with different metals. The metals were heated in the blue flame of the Bunsen burner and the children closely observed what happened. They had to heat copper, wire wool and a strip of magnesium. Ask them which one had the most spectacular effect!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Reception Learn About People Who Help Us

In their topic work Reception have been looking at people who help us. They were very lucky to have a visit from Arron the paramedic who spoke to them about his job. Arron brought in some interesting equipment and the children were able to ask lots of questions. Some willing volunteers were even lucky enough to have bandages put on them. The children really enjoyed meeting Arron and they learnt a great deal about the important work carried out by paramedics. We would like to thank Arron very much for taking the time to visit our school.

Reggie painted a lovely picture of an ambulance that we are using on our thank you card.

Hacton 1-2 Engayne

Hacton girls narrowly lost out to Engayne in a dramatic home match played in front of another bumper home crowd. Displaying all the confidence gained from their previous outing, the Hacton girls attacked Engayne from the outset. Harlie and Katie forced good saves while Rebecca (on her debut) came close to scoring. The strategy eventually paid off as the Engayne defender crashed the ball into her own net under pressure from the Hacton attack. With the wind in their sails, Hacton pressed hard for another goal which just would not come. At the other end of the pitch, Hacton's goalkeeper had to be alert to race the line and smother the ball. Ciara and Sophie played with determination in the centre of defence with Ciara enjoying the better of several feisty challenges with the Engayne attack. At half time, Hacton felt slightly disappointed with their one nil lead, they faced tough opponents who grew in confidence. The game turned in the space of 3 secondhalf minutes with Engayne notching two quick goals. Hacton searched for an equaliser and came close through Emily and Harlie but, as the final whistle sounded, the girls were understandably upset at the narrow defeat. A first away match of the season against Langtons offers the chance for a quick reversal of fortune.

In a tight game like this, the girl of the game was Ciara who displayed excellent commitment and an astute reading of the match. Well played girls.

Year 6 Second World War Day

Year 6 have been learning about the lives of children in wartime Britain and they experienced it for themselves during Second World War Day. Pupils and staff dressed in authentic costumes as evacuees, army officers, land girls and other characters from the time. The children made gas masks, used rationed ingredients to bake surprisingly delicious carrot cookies and sang uplifting wartime songs. This was interrupted by the terrifying sound of air raid sirens which sent children scurrying under their desks for safety. The day really helped pupils gain a greater appreciation of the challenges faced by children during World War II.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Year 6 Visit the Globe Theatre

By Alfie - Year 6

On Tuesday 12th November 2013, the whole of Year 6 went to the 16 year old Globe Theatre, which is positioned on the south bank of the River Thames.

We have been studying the tragic play Macbeth in our literacy lessons: writing diaries, newspaper reports, letters, writing as characters from Macbeth and using drama to help us understand how a character changes and putting ourselves in the characters' shoes. We have also been re-enacting the savage murder of King Duncan, the banquet to celebrate Macbeth's accession to the throne and the battle of Great Burnam Wood.

Strolling across the Millenium bridge, we stopped to take a photograph in front of the Globe Theatre. The old style building stood out from all the modern establishments dotted up and down the Thames. The black and white figure with a thatched roof really resembled an old fashioned theatre. When we got inside, a woman named Lori took us in. My first word inside the theatre was 'Awesome!'. We had a tour of the magnificent circular building, found out facts (the old Globe caught fire by a cannon spark landing on the thatched roof) and got to stand on the stage.

After the tour, Lori took us to the studio rehearsal rooms where we got to portray a witch and re-enact the argument between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. We also said some lines tha sprung to mind when we thought of the play.

At the end of the day I thought I had learnt a lot. All in all I'd really like to go and see Macbeth performed at Shakespeare's Globe.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Year 3 Visit the Golden Hinde

It was all aboard the Golden Hinde as Year 3 sailed back in time to the Tudor era and became crew members of the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world. The children were shown the Poop Deck, the Captains Cabin, the Officers Quarters and the Gun Deck as they learnt about the nasty conditions that sailors faced in their efforts to find and explore new lands. None of the gory details were spared, especially when learning about the punishments received by thieves on board. For stealing a chicken, a man would have his hand nailed to a post on the ship for 4 hours whilst the boat tossed and turned in the waves. Needless to say, the children loved it and the adults were well and truly put off of their lunch!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Macbeth: The Final Scene

Year 6 enjoyed a fittingly dramatic end to their work on Macbeth as the curtain was brought down upon an epic tragedy. Macbeth, who had once been seen as a heroic character, faced his biggest challenge yet as his forces opposed the forces of the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland - Malcolm - supported by Macduff and Prince Donalbain. The Year 6 children lined up to face each other in battle and were given a rallying cry by Macbeth (I am your King!) and Macduff (Victory! Victory! Victory!). As rivals collided and swords clashed, all the action focused on two characters: Macbeth and Macduff. With the words of the witches ringing in his ears, Macbeth felt confident, certain even of victory. However, he was soon to learn that his confidence was misplaced as Macduff revealed that Macbeth had been tricked by the three witches. This seemed to sap the spirit of Macbeth as he saw all that he had fought for slip through his fingers. How could he have been so naive? With Macbeth slain by the sword of Macduff, Scotland had its rightful heir to the throne restored – Prince Malcolm.

Without a sequel to the drama, the Year 6s speculated as to what could happen next. Would Malcolm live long as King? Had the witches finished with their sorcery? What would happen to Macduff? So many unanswered questions! Although disappointed to have finished the play, Year 6 looked forward to their Globe Theatre trip.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Fundraising for Children in Need

You would be forgiven for thinking that pupils couldn't be bothered to get dressed today as smart Hacton uniforms were replaced with pyjamas and onesies. It was wonderful to see so many pupils enter into the fundraising spirit to support Children in Need and, much to their delight, staff dressed up too: Mr Pinkham looked particularly fetching in his Batman onesie and Mr Emes swapped his suit and tie for shorty pyjamas!

The School Council have worked hard all week selling raffle tickets to win a Build-A-Bear Pudsey teddy. The winning ticket was picked in assembly and Pudsey now has a new home with a very happy year 6 pupil. Through the charity events organised by the School Council and fundraising in the Nursery, over £560 has been raised so far for Children in Need. Thank you to parents and pupils for your donations and support. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Year 4 Visit the British Museum

Year 4 had the opportunity to explore a wide range of artefacts from Ancient Egypt when they visited the British Museum shortly before half term. They saw the famous Rosetta Stone that provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, many mummified Egyptian kings and queens, mummified animals and the tools used in the mummification process. The children were also fascinated by Ginger (a naturally preserved man from around 3400 BC) who they had studied in class.

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed this educational visit and will be producing leaflets detailing all they have learnt throughout this topic.

Year 5 Visit the Royal Observatory

Shortly before half term, Year 5 visited the Royal Observatory Greenwich for a day that was out of this world. In the space workshop pupils were able to show off their knowledge of the 'Earth, Sun and Moon' science topic and learn plenty of new facts too! The highlight of the day was a visit to the Peter Harrison Planetarium. The children got to 'Meet the Neighbours' in a fascinating journey around our solar system presented by Royal Observatory astronomers. It was a huge hit with Year 5:

Rachel: "I loved the way you zoomed into space and back to Greenwich again."

Emily: "I loved learning about all the different planets. Did you know that they are not sure how Saturn got its rings? One idea is that an asteroid smashed into it, making the rings bigger."

Max: "The planetarium was amazing!"

Monday, 11 November 2013

District Football Team's Latest Player

Congratulations to our talented Year 6 footballer who has been selected to play for the Havering district team. Here is the story of how he was chosen:

"I'm going to tell you how I got picked for the football district team. First I was put forward by Mr Grant to go and trial out for District. Every match we play we arrive wearing our school uniform to represent our school and we get changed into our football kit after that. On the first trial I got through to the second trial. So on the second trial I also got through to the third trial and the third trial was where they picked the team. On the day I played some mini football matches and I thought I'd played well. Thankfully, Roy - who was the district football manager - told me on the day that I'd got into the football team. I was absolutely stunned, I couldn't believe it!

"So far we've played two games and we've lost on 6-5 and won one 8-1. We were over the moon when we won but we still played well on the first game - the other team scored a lucky goal when it was close to the end of the game.

"Thank you for listening."