Thursday, 30 April 2015

Sign Singing Club and Singing Assembly

A group of Year 3 and 4 children have been working extremely hard in Sign Singing Club. They meet every Tuesday lunchtime and have had great fun choosing and learning a song to sign. This term, they learned to sign the song 'Something Inside So Strong' which they performed with confidence in front of the whole school. This video features the wonderful voices of our Key Stage 2 pupils recorded during weekly singing assembly. Fantastic work everyone!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Music Curriculum: World Music

The National Curriculum for Music aims to make sure that all pupils, ‘perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.’

Each week, the children of Hacton listen to a different piece of music each week on their way into assembly and during their weekly singing assembly, they discuss the focus piece of music for that week.

This term’s focus is on World Music. From South Africa to China, Cuba to India, Greece to Argentina, we will take a musical journey around the world throughout the summer.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Year 6 Music: Beatboxing

In Music, Year 6 have been studying Hip Hop music. As part of the unit, they have been learning how to beatbox. Beatboxing is when you use your voice to imitate drum sounds. Year 6 created their own ostinato rhythms and used notation to help them record their beatbox compositions. Most of our pupils found it very difficult at first, but after lots of practice they performed some impressive percussive patterns. The children are now looking forward to the next step: writing their own Hip Hop song.

Friday, 24 April 2015

The Election: Democracy?

The 2015 General Election at Hacton. Click for more >>
In assembly, we looked closely at democracy and how in our country it is used so that everyone, who is eligible to vote, has a say in how our country is run. We looked at why democracy is often taken for granted and discussed what life would be like if we did not live in a democratic nation. It was interesting to discuss the ways in which we use democracy in school; voting for our house captains, choosing our school council representatives and even helping to make decisions in class all require democracy along with many other skills.

In the run up to the General Election, children have been challenged to think about other times in life when we use democracy.

We watched a video about democracy (LGfL login required)

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly.

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

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Election: What is a general election?

The 2015 General Election at Hacton. Click for more >>
Over the next few weeks in assemblies, we are learning about an important event which is about to take place in our country: the general election. To begin, we found out what an election is and looked at the different parties who are currently campaigning for votes.

Children have been challenged to look out for the ways different political parties persuade people to vote for them including: leaflets, television broadcasts and billboards.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Year 6 Science: Volcanoes

Year 6 have been studying reversible and irreversible changes in Science this term. They built volcanoes and, using a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and washing up liquid, they created an explosion. It was an opportunity for our pupils to see what happens when different substances are mixed together; they could clearly identify that the change in the substances was irreversible. Unfortunately, it was not so easy to reverse the strong smell of vinegar that lingered outside their classroom for some time afterwards!

SEND Coffee Morning

Our first SEND Coffee Morning provided an excellent opportunity for parents of children on the school SEN register to find out about the changes to Special Educational Needs provision and the new SEND Code of Practice. Parents were also able to share their concerns and experiences with Mrs Standen (SENCo) and each other which proved very beneficial for all. We also enjoyed the delicious cakes which were baked by the children!

Many thanks to those of you who were able to attend, it was lovely to see you and we look forward to seeing you at future SEND events.

A copy of the presentation is available on our SEND Page»

Consultation on the Draft Commission Plan for Education Provision

The London Borough of Havering has published its Draft Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2015/16-2019/20.

The draft plan provides current and projected data / information on school places and sets out what the data suggests is the need for additional school places in the next five years. It is intended that Governors and other stakeholders in the education community will, in conjunction with the local authority, put together proposals and suggestions regarding how this need can be met. Please read their full letter to stakeholders».

A copy of the draft commissioning plan document and further information is available on the Havering website »

Printed copies of the document will soon be available on request from our school office. A printable copy of the consultation questionnaire is available here»

The consultation will run for 8 weeks until the 22nd June 2015. The London Borough of Havering would welcome your views on the draft plan by sending  your comments through the online survey available below:

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Baking for SEND Coffee Morning

Children from Reception to Year 6 helped prepare for our SEND Coffee Morning by baking lots of lovely cakes and treats to be served to visiting parents.

Armed with spoons, forks and a lot of butter, eggs and elbow grease, the children followed the recipes, measured their ingredients and mixed them together vigorously to produce some wonderful tasty treats. The cakes included a beautiful Victoria Sponge, a lovely Lemon Drizzle, a Chocolate Fridge Cake and 3 different types of cupcakes.

Jessica said, “I’ve been so excited all day about making cakes!”

They looked and tasted superb - well done everyone!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Year 1: Junk Modelling

Year 1 children were asked to bring in boxes, cartons, bottle tops, sweet wrappers and any other old packaging they could find to use in their DT lessons. Demonstrating creativity and imagination, pupils worked in groups to design and make jolly jungle animals out of the available junk. Their project was a great success: the children displayed excellent team working skills and have constructed creations of which they can be proud. Good work Year 1!

Whole School Art: Daffodils

Daffodils have been the subject of recent Art lessons with children across the school completing amazing drawings based on observation. Our pupils looked closely at the flowers, paying particular attention to the shape, colour and shadows of the petals and stem. Some classes produced careful pencil drawings with superb detail while others used watercolour to paint the daffodils. Some children used pastels on a black background to create their striking springtime art. Whatever the medium used or the age of the artist, the results were fantastic. A selection of the children's amazing artworks are on display in the small hall.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Summer Term Begins

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break and that you are looking forward to the action-packed summer term as much as we are. Inspiring trips, themed days and curriculum weeks have already been organised, as we continue to work towards our school’s mission for every child to achieve personal excellence. It's time for our pupils to sharpen their pencils, get their thinking caps on and be prepared for the exciting challenges of the busy term ahead!

Year 3 Science: The Life Cycle of Plants

Before the Easter holiday, Year 3 planted tomato seeds in a propagator as a part of their next science topic – The Life Cycle of Plants. Over the Easter holiday the seeds geminated as they were warm, had water and a nutritious environment in which to grow. As these new plants became stronger and grew new leaves to enable them to create more food for themselves they needed to be transplanted into bigger pots.

Our Year 3 scientists diligently prepared the soil for the next stage of the plants life, gently uprooted them, taking care not to disturb the roots too much, watered them adequately and placed them back in their favourite position on our window sill to ensure continued warmth and sunlight. We can’t wait to prepare our pasta dish with a home grown tomato sauce later on in the year.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Literacy Week: The Hobgoblin Theatre Company

As Literacy week drew to a close, pupils gathered in the hall to show off their fantastic book character costumes and for a final Literacy treat. To conclude the week, Hobgoblin Theatre Company performed a production of ‘Once upon a time…’ where children helped to change the endings of well-known tales by eliminating mischievous behaviour. However, we soon discovered that all our favourite stories were not so exciting if the villains are removed!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Year 4 PE at The Albany

Year 5 children had the opportunity to go to The Albany secondary school for P.E. lessons in trampolining and badminton. All children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and spoke non stop about it when they returned, hoping for another visit in the near future!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Year 1 Music: Sounds of Spring

In Music Year 1 used percussion instruments to produce sounds of spring. The children decided that the sounds should include birds pecking and gathering materials for their nests. They also included chimes to represent rain showers.