Saturday, 25 April 2020

Spelling Shed Weekly Winners

We were pleased to see that many of our pupils continued to use Spelling Shed from home last week. Well done to all of our Spelling Shed users, but particularly those classes who accumulated the most points:

4CV, 3PP and 5JL

We also have individual winners. Log in to GSuite to see them:

Hacton at Home: Headteacher's Update

Another week is done! If your household is anything like mine, the great plans we have for each new day are out the window by 10 o’clock and the chaos of isolation once again commences! And do you know what? I think that’s ok! We are living through unprecedented times which we will one day look back on and wonder why we put so much pressure on ourselves to get it right. I don’t doubt that as we come to the end of another week of home learning, you are finding the strain far greater than at the beginning as there is no substitute for face to face teaching or communication. We are however so very grateful for the way you are encouraging your children to engage with the ‘Hacton at Home’ learning materials we are providing.

Your teachers have loved being able to speak to you and catch up about your Easter break this week and we continue to look forward to your picture updates showing off your great work. Please do remember that there is always someone available in school if you need to contact a member of school staff, need some additional support or simply just a rant!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC)

The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:

Stay safe, stay well

Mrs Leslie​

Friday, 17 April 2020

Learning with Hacton at Home

I hope you had a great Easter break and overindulged on chocolate but are now ready to start back with your Hacton at Home learning on Monday. Your work will be available as before in your year group GSuite folder and your teachers will be calling to catch up and hear about how you are getting on.

Following yesterday's announcement regarding the lockdown extension, it is even more important to get back into the routine of home learning alongside all the family time you are having. The school continues to open for the children of our key worker families so if you need us for anything, pick up the phone and call the school office where someone will always be available to help and listen. Let's keep hold of hope, Hacton: we are in this together.

I've loved seeing the pictures of your Charlie and the Chocolate factory project work and of the impressive Easter gardens you have been busy making over the holidays but am now so looking forward to seeing more pictures of your diving into your work again, even though I really wish I could be seeing it with my own eyes here in school.

I hope you and your extended families are well and keeping safe indoors.

Sending lots of love,

Mrs Leslie

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A Message from Willy Wonka

Welcome my friends, welcome to my chocolate factory!

Thank you so much for your creative front cover designs and for showing me how to you have immersed yourselves in the wonderful world of my chocolate factory! I am very impressed with the ideas you have come up with. Keep sending your designs to me at!

Good day to you,

Mr Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

Easter Gardens

Miss Riley has been so impressed with all of the lovely Easter gardens she has seen so far. She is looking forward to seeing some more this week. Remember to submit your entries by this Friday so she can judge the winner.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

What parents need to know about Zoom

Many of our pupils are using Zoom to communicate with their friends. Like any online service, there are privacy and safeguarding concerns that parents should be aware of.

National Online Safety produces simple guides to help parents understand the risks associated with many of the most popular online services. Every Wednesday, they share a new guide on their Facebook page as part of #wakeupwednesday. We recommend that parents subscribe to the National Online Safety page to stay informed about the online services that their children are using.

Please read the National Online Safety guide to Zoom to make sure that your children remain safe at this time of increased use of social media and messaging.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Spelling Shed Weekly Winners

We were very impressed to see so many of our pupils continuing to use Spelling Shed from home last week. Well done to all of our Spelling Shed users, but particularly those classes who accumulated the most points:

4LC, 3PP and 4NZ

We also have individual winners. Log in to GSuite to see them:

Monday, 6 April 2020

Easter Garden Challenge

Over the Easter break, Miss Riley (our RE coordinator) would like to challenge you to make a miniature garden that represents the Easter story. To enter the competition, you should create your own garden, take a photograph with it and send your pictures to

Miss Riley will judge the gardens and the winner will get a prize.

Some things you might like to include:
  • A flower pot or similar to represent Jesus' tomb. 
  • A cross (can be made by overlapping two sticks). 
  • Soil, stones, grass, moss, flowers, pebbles or whatever you can find. 
  • A larger stone to represent the boulder at the entrance to the tomb. 
Have fun!

Have a wonderful Easter break everyone

Messages from your teachers 💚 #hactonathome

Friday, 3 April 2020

Celebrating Literacy Week

It has been so wonderful to see children from across the school celebrating our Literacy Week theme of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by dressing up at home. Although this year's Literacy Week will be celebrated a little differently than usual, we hope that children enjoy immersing themselves in Roald Dahl's magical world through the online resources we have created. These can be found in All Pupils > Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We would also love to see how you have taken on your Easter challenge, so please send your related photographs and work to

“We are all a great deal luckier than we realise,
we usually get what we want - or near enough.” 

(Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).