Friday, 28 September 2018

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 4: Perfect Papyruses

Year 4 began their autumn history and geography topic by making their very own papyrus-style works of art.

Our eager Egyptologists discovered that the Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to use a thin, paper-like canvas for writing in around 3000 BC. This was made from the papyrus plant which was found on the banks of the River Nile. Did you know that the word 'paper' comes from 'papyrus'?

To make their own papyrus-style paper, Year 4 ripped brown parcel paper in to long strips. This was dipped in a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water then laid out in rows, horizontally and vertically. After a couple of days, the paper dried, forming a canvas for drawing. Egyptian Gods, Goddess and Pharaohs were sketched onto the papyruses. Ancient Egyptian felt-tipped pens (!) were used to ensure that lines were bold, and colours were bright against the brown paper. The children thought carefully about the size and proportions of their drawings to ensure that their artwork looked authentic.

Year 4 gained a greater understanding of the hard work required by people in ancient civilisations to produce even simple things. Our pupils enjoyed making their own paper, but they think they'll stick to exercise books for their written work in future!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Provision for Hearing Impaired Children: Update

The Provision for Hearing Impaired Children at Hacton Primary School were successful in securing a grant from The Breyer Foundation to run a number of activity days which have taken place the year. The events were hosted for our pupils and children from other provisions in Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham. A greater number of hearing impaired children were able to benefit from the workshops and interact with their peers, to develop their own social awareness and extend their friendship groups.

This is Me

Hacton PHIC children in Years 2 to 3 enjoyed a ‘This is Me' day led by Deafax where they learnt about themselves and how they are both the same and different from each other. They explored their Deaf Identity through creating pieces of artwork and made new friends from Five Elms Primary School in Dagenham.

According to Five Elms Primary School this was an “excellent inclusive day which was accessible to all children”. They enjoyed “creating their own portraits and taking these home to share with their families”.

Sherlock Gnomes

Hacton PHIC children and their siblings from Nursery to Year 5 enjoyed getting the bus to Romford and watching a subtitled version of the film Sherlock Gnomes. Hearing impaired children joined us from Warren Primary School and Five Elms Primary School. Over 60 children enjoyed this day. A big thank you to Premier Cinema for arranging the subtitles and looking after us all.

According to Five Elms Primary School, this trip was good for “making links with other schools and making friends, seeing other deaf children and adults, improving children’s confidence especially with signing”.

Visual Music

PHIC children in years 4 to 6 enjoyed a ‘Visual Music’ day. This was organised by Deafax and led by Ruth Montgomery, a professional musician who is deaf. Children enjoyed playing and writing their own music. They were presented with a recorder each to take home, which we hope parents will enjoy. Over 30 children from Hacton, Warren, Five Elms and Eastbury Primary School attended the day. The children had amazing opportunities to meet new friends and work with a range of deaf role models, explore their identity, experience music in a deaf friendly way and enjoy an accessible film.

According to Warren Primary School, the best thing about the Visual Music workshop was “the children being given their own musical instrument to take home”. The children “learnt how to read and write music and used a wide variety of instruments”. This was a new experience for some children. Eastbury Primary School enjoyed “creating music” as well as “allowing deaf children to play together”. 

Thank You

Thank you to The Breyer Foundation for fully funding the costs of these events.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Year 3: Fraction Smarties

"This week, Year 3 have been learning all about fractions. They thought of a wonderful way to put their knowledge into practice: finding fractions of a packet of Smarties. The children thoroughly enjoyed, sorting, representing the Smarties as fractions and finally eating their resources."

Our marvellous mathematicians calculated the fractions of a group of objects by sorting the Smarties into colours. Then, they answered questions about the data they had collected. The children were able to apply their knowledge to a real life situation to prove they are Fraction Smarties!

Friday, 21 September 2018

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.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Year 6: Codebreakers

This week, Year 6 have been looking at the secret codes used during WW2. They learnt about Bletchley Park and its role during the war as well as Alan Turing and how he cracked the Enigma code using his 'Bombe' machine.

Our own crafty cryptographers created scramblers, which worked on the basis of the Caesar Cipher, and had a go at cracking codes themselves. The children developed their problem solving skills and gained an understanding of how codes can be used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages.

It was fascinating fun and Year 6 are looking forward to creating their own ciphers next week.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Year 5: Visit to the Imperial War Museum

Year 5 enjoyed an exciting educational adventure to the Imperial War Museum in London. The children couldn’t hide their enthusiasm as they repeatedly counted the number of stops on the tube map.

Armed with an activity booklet to fill in, a clipboard and a pencil, our young historians marched on through the World War One exhibition to find out more about this influential historical period. The propaganda posters encouraged our young explorers to measure themselves up for uniforms, check out the weaponry that was available and chose which medals they would have liked to have pinned to their jackets. Having admired cannons, hidden in trenches and appreciated the role of the Home Front, we all stopped for lunch.

This fascinating learning environment helped the children to gain a deeper understanding of what soldiers and their families experienced during this four year period and how ‘The Great War’ has shaped the world we live in today.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Worldly Wise: Holi Festival

Powder paint, colourful decorations and fire: this week's Worldly Wise assembly looked at the excitement surrounding Holi festival. As well as learning about the fun that surrounds this festival, children were impressed by the acting of a number of our pupils who recreated the story of the festival's origin.

Remember to look through your Wordly Wise booklet to see what exciting festival we will be learning about next week.

Monday, 17 September 2018

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, 14 September 2018

Reception: Settling In

We have had a great time in Reception this week getting to know each other. The Elephants, Lions and Giraffes have already settled in so well. Children have had a really busy week exploring their classrooms, picking up routines and learning the names of their new friends. It's been wonderful to see their confidence begin to grow. 

New House Captains

Congratulations to all the children in Year 6 who ran for election for the prestigious honour of House Captain and Vice Captain. Speeches worthy of a presidential election were delivered during Thursday's House Meetings, making voting a tough decision for the remaining KS2 children; however, the votes have now been counted and we are delighted to introduce you to this year's, newly elected captains.

Friday, 7 September 2018

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.

To celebrate the excellent behaviour and attitude of our pupils as they settled into their new year groups, many teachers presented the cup to their entire class. Representatives from these classes, together with individual winners, appear in the photo below.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful pupils for such a great start to the new school year.

Music: Inspirational Sounds from Randolph Matthews

Earlier in the term, our pupils experienced the incredible and unique sounds of ‘vocal voyager’, Randolph Matthews. Following a brilliant visit over two years ago, the excited children got to experience the looping and layering of beats and voice. Randolph inspired children from Year 1 to Year 6 with his phenomenal talent.

A superb whole school assembly began with Randolph entertaining our pupils with his unique vocal acrobatics and sense of humour. Throughout the day, Key Stage 1 and 2 participated in group workshops where they discovered the endless possibilities of their voices. Randolph delighted the children using sounds to great comic effect.

The superb vocals, energy and fun of the sessions left a lasting impression on our pupils: inspirational!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Welcome Back

With impressive new pencil cases, smart uniforms and excited smiles our children began the new school year full of energy and enthusiasm. After what we hope was an enjoyable and restful summer, both staff and pupils are now looking forward to the jam-packed calendar of events that we have planned for the autumn term.

As the learning journey for 2018-2019 commences, children will this week be issued with their essential travel documentation: passports and boarding cards. Our year group passports outline the expectations in reading, writing and mathematics for the year ahead and the boarding cards list experiences and suggested texts along with authors which children can enjoy throughout the year.

To support our curriculum further, we have this year introduced The Knowledge to support your child’s learning. These booklets outline the essential facts that your child should be able to recall for each of our humanities and science units of work and will be given out at the beginning of each new topic. Furthermore, they outline the tests that will be used to monitor the progress your child has made in these areas. We hope that you will find these supportive and that they will give you a flavour of how we plan our curriculum.

We hope you have an easy time settling back into the school routine and enjoy the start of another fun-filled school year. Keep checking our school blog to find out more about what is going on at Hacton.