Friday, 20 December 2019

Merry Christmas

Children and staff gathered together in the hall this morning for a joyful Christmas celebration. We shared our favourite songs from each of our concerts and reminded ourselves of the real reason for the season by rearranging the letters of CHRISTMAS. 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support over the past term. On behalf of all of my staff, I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at the start of our spring term on Wednesday 8th January. 

Mrs Leslie

Christmas Dinner

Turkey... check; roast potatoes... check; sausages... check. It must be Christmas dinner time!

Pupils and staff enjoyed a festive lunch today as they sung along to Christmas songs and chatted excitedly about plans for the holiday. The lunch was enjoyed by all in what will probably be the first of many turkey dinners over the coming weeks.

Thursday, 19 December 2019


Last week, our pupils were allowed to make a Christingle at lunchtime. The children learnt about each part of the Christingle and what it represents to Christians.

The orange represents the world, the sweets represent the seasons and things created by God, the red ribbon represents Gods love for the world.

The candle represents Jesus as Christians believe he is the light of the world. The children had lots of fun making their very own Christingles.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Year 2 and 3 Choir: Silent Night

This term, the Year 2 and 3 choir have learnt a range of songs from different genres including 'Rockin' All Over the World', 'When the Saints Go Marching In' and 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'. As we neared Christmas, the choir were keen to learn some Christmas songs. The children learnt a range of vocal warm-ups and sang in a range of genres. They learnt Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and, the biggest memory challenge of all, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. 25 choir members also performed Silent Night beautifully at the Winter Fair in November.

Year 2 RE: The First Christmas

Following their Christmas performance, Year 2 recalled the story and characters of the first Christmas. They read the story in Guided Reading and then discussed the part played by each character. The children used their knowledge and understanding to create a model of the stable where Jesus was born. The Year 2 children then worked with a partner to retell the story in their own words.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Christmas Jumper Day

Children from Hacton joined with people across the country to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day. With the support of parents and pupils, we are pleased to report that our school raised nearly £400 for charity.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Year 2: A Present from Father Christmas

Year 2 have been writing stories about how a sneaky wolf plans to eat Father Christmas for his Christmas dinner. After all, it isn't his fault that all of the woodland animals have gone into hibernation and he hasn't eaten for days!

Year 2 have been working so hard that Father Christmas has found out. As a little treat for everyone, he has sent sacks full of Christmas hats (and North Pole magic) to wear while writing about his adventures with the hungry, miserable wolf. Let's hope Father Christmas can save the day.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Gold Reading Superst★r

Congratulations to our first Gold Reading Superst★r. Reading 15 books by our three Year 5 focus authors by this time in the year takes real commitment. "We are very impressed by the dedication she has shown to reading", said Mrs Layzell (English Coordinator). "It was gratifying to hear that reading the books has been a pleasure, not a chore; that's the way it should be. She is an inspiration to all of our other avid readers."

Our Reading Superst★r should be very proud of her achievement: "I've read all 7 of the Harry Potters. I like it when a story has more than one book. I was quite excited to be the first one to read 15 books. When I told Mum that I got a certificate and a prize, she said, 'wow!'"

We would encourage all of our pupils to put some time aside to read for pleasure. Who will be our next Gold Reading Superst★r?

School Council: Recycled Fun

After a lengthy and enthusiastic discussion, our School Council decided on a Recycled Fun stall for the Hacton Christmas fete.

Council members bought in their pre-loved books, toys, games and DVDs. They had a few busy lunchtimes organising, sorting and pricing up. Selling and negotiating came naturally to the children and they even had a Black Friday sale to sell off the last remaining stock. "I’m the best seller in the world!", exclaimed one pupil. We may have found some future stars of The Apprentice!

The School Council made a very impressive £84.00 for future school projects.

"It’s nice to know people don’t just want new things."
"I’m amazed at how much we made and how much we sold."

Year 6: Imperial War Museum

Year 6 explored the Imperial War Museum in London as part of learning about World War Two. They focussed on the 'Turning Points: 1934-1945' display where they learnt about events before and during the war. They explored many fascinating artefacts, which helped to deepen their understanding of this period of history. They also visited a very engaging temporary exhibition called ‘Art in exile'. Here, they learnt about the Imperial War Museum’s plan for evacuating their art collection during World War Two.

Year 6: Miles the Mole Workshop

With environmental issues high on the list of concerns about the future, Year 6 were thoroughly engaged by Miles the Mole Workshop. The children were captivated by our visitors' energetic performance, which was not only lively but also interactive and informative.

Learning about the impact of traffic pollution, the children understood how emissions affect the quality of the air that they breathe. Children are more vulnerable to traffic fumes due to their height.

They were shocked to hear about the effects of pollution. Year 6 were pleased to learn that, with more thoughtful behaviour, we can all make a difference.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Year 1 DT: moving pictures

Across the half term, Year 1 have been creating moving pictures for their DT unit on simple machines. They made a moving frog using split pins and a pivot mechanism, as well as a picture of an ice-skating snowman using a sliding mechanism.

For their DT task in the run-up to Christmas, Year 1 had to make a Christmas-themed moving picture that appealed to children. The children evaluated their work to assess where they could make improvements.

Some reflections included:

“Last time I cut through the snowman’s scarf, so I need to be more careful when cutting.”

“Last time I put too much glue on, so I was more careful this time.”

The children then had to choose whether to use a slider mechanism or a pivot mechanism before they made their final product. The children explained why they had chosen their designs:

“I chose a pivot because it’s really fun to play with.”

“I did a pivot because it’s really fun to slide it round in circles and you can move it more up and down.”

“I chose a slider to make it on a tall slider stick.”

Monday, 2 December 2019

Havering Netball

Eight super netballers from Year 6 played in their first ever matches against two local schools. Miss Claridge was very impressed with the determination and effort shown in the games. The final results may not have gone Hacton's way, but the team's netball improved hugely throughout the afternoon. A big well done to all of you!

Sportshall Athletics

36 talented athletes from Years 3 to 6 represented the school in two exciting mornings of Sportshall athletics at Hornchurch Sports Centre. The children demonstrated some superb sprinting, hurdling, throwing and jumping. The event, which was attended each day by around 350 athletes from 18 Havering schools, required each team member to compete in two relays on the track and two field events.

Experienced pupils were joined by new team members, with everyone giving 100% and showing a wonderful team spirit. The performances were fantastic: Team Hacton kept the baton safe and won their heat in many of the relays.

At the end of each day, the results were out. Our younger pupils - most of whom were competing for the first time - came an excellent sixth. Our Year 5/6 team were runners up, just missing out on the top spot. Congratulations to our amazing athletes for a super morning's work.