Friday, 26 February 2021

Reception Half Term Maths Challenge

Well done to the children who took part in the Reception half term Maths challenge where pupils were challenged to order the number cards 1 - 20 against the clock! There were some super speedy times! 

Here are some of the fastest children who entered:

Here are there times:

1: Less than 2 minutes

2: 1 minute 26 seconds

3: 2 minutes 19 seconds

4: 1 minute 33 seconds

A fantastic effort from all who took part!

Monday, 22 February 2021

TTRS: The Results are in!

Over half term we organised a year group battle on Times Tables Rockstars. Well done to everybody who took the time to take part and practise their times tables knowledge.

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Drum roll please...

Here are the Most Valuable Players from each class - all of whom will receive a certificate. Congratulations!

Friday, 12 February 2021

#hactonathome Week 6

Here are some fantastic pictures from your Hacton at Home learning this week (with a few snowy fun ones thrown in too). As your teachers, we have loved seeing the engagement with your work this half term and are really proud of each and every one of you. Have a restful week off! 


Year 6: Pancake Bonanza

Year 6 have shown their fantastic culinary skills this week - taking  part in our Year 6 pancake competition. 

There have been stacks of American style pancakes,  plates full of crepe style pancakes and a whole host of toppings shown on them too including: maple syrup, Nutella, berries and lemon and sugar - the list is positively endless. We even had a fabulous pancake flipper: this really impressed us! They have also focused on their presentation skills and have really put Miss Emes, Mrs Batty and Mrs Marriner to shame! 

The winner is yet to be announced...we will keep you guessing and let you know on the Monday that we return to Hacton at Home. 

Well done Year 6 - we look forward to seeing more of these skills being shown off in the coming weeks.  Have a fabulous half term!


Year 2: Art

Year 2 have been looking at the work of the 16th Century Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo – a painter best known for creating some incredibly imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. Year 2 took on the challenge of creating a portrait in the style of Arcimboldo, making it entirely from food, and I think you will agree that their works of art are just as imaginative and incredible as the man’s himself. Well done Year 2!​

Year 2: Baking Club

Our Year 2 children have continued to amaze us this half term with their talents and another talent to add to their ever-growing list is that of ‘Baker’. Whilst we have been schooling at home, Year 2 have been planning ‘Time Out’ into their weekly routine to focus on things that they enjoy doing and we have found some very skilled chefs. From biscuits to cupcakes to more elaborate large cakes; from pizzas to sausage rolls; from healthy snacks to vegan tarts: our team of cooks have made it all and our Baking Club is going from strength to strength! 

Our next challenge is the pancake challenge where children will be sharing their Shrove Tuesday pancake feasts with us. How do you have yours? Lemon and sugar? American style in a stack? Covered in chocolate spread? We are really looking forward to seeing the pancake creations after half term. 

Have a wonderful half term break… and BAKE!

Hacton at Home Plus: Nature Detectives Competition

In the Hacton at Home Plus folder on Google Drive there is a brand new Nature Detectives competition for you to go and take part in. There is a fantastic prize to be won of a brand new nature book. Everybody who takes part will also receive a certificate. We can't wait to see your entries. Have a fantastic half term! 

Mrs Caston and Mrs Redwood

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Hacton Art Update


Havering's Para Arts Exhibition

I would like to congratulate the P-HIC on having their group work exhibited in Havering’s Para Arts Exhibition. It is a colourful painting inspired by Kandinsky’s circles.  The painting can be found at 4 minutes and 45 seconds on the online gallery.

The link is below:

Half Term Art with the Tate

I would also like to encourage everyone to get arty over the half term holiday. The Tate has lots of fun, arty activities for kids to take part in online over the break. Follow the link below:                                                


Hacton at Home Plus Art Challenge

Finally, I would like to thank pupils for their art work in response to the Art Lockdown Challenge on Hacton at Home Plus.

Please keep sending in fantastic art work of shoes that tell you something about the owner.

Have a great break! 

Mrs Murphy

Year 4: Our Happy Places & Non-Chronological Reports

In Art, Year 4 had the opportunity to create a diorama of their 'Happy Place' in celebration of Mental Health Week. This activity allowed children to use their imagination and their artistic skills, such as creating textures with different materials. Here are some examples of the fantastic work that we have received:

Having started our new geography topic, our latest literacy task was to produce our own non-chronological report on a North American country of our choice.  After learning how to structure a topic paragraph, pupils researched their information, wrote their content, and chose a interesting way to present their finished report using features such as photos, captions, headings and sub-headings. Here are some examples of the fantastic work that we have received:

Your teachers are delighted with how these two pieces of work turned out - well done, Year 4! 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Year 6: Wonderful Writers

Year 6 put their knowledge and understanding of the situation we are currently living in to good use last week when they wrote their own balanced arguments where they identified reasons for and against schools reopening after half term. They focused on the facts that we are all aware of- infection rates being high, children wanting to get back to school, teachers wanting to get back to school, the fact that vaccines are now being given and the impact lockdown is having on child, parent and teacher relationships to write wonderful balanced arguments. They were all well structured pieces with a whole array of appropriate openers used.

Well done Year 6 for being wonderful writers!

Reception: Maths Challenges

This week in Maths, our Reception children have been learning how to estimate. They have been making sensible guesses about how many objects they can see and have then checked the amount by counting. Lots of Children have taken part in the daily challenge of estimating different things and have enjoyed sending in their estimate to the teachers. 

Monday Challenge: how many sweets are in the jar?

Here are some of the guesses that have been sent in:

Child T: Maybe 13
Child M: 16
Child P: 16
Child A: 20

Challenge 2: how many bears are in the cup?

Let us know your estimates. How many do you think are in the cup? 

Send your guesses to .

Reception Half Term Challenge

Write out the numbers 0-20 onto some paper/ card, cut them up and then ask a grown up or somebody in your house to mix them up- no peeking!

Ask somebody to time you to see how quickly you can put them into the correct order.  Send in a photo of you with the cards in the correct order and with your fastest time to .

 Who can order the numbers the quickest?

 Get ready! GO!!



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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Your class needs you!

Good Afternoon Hacton, it’s that time again! Following the success of our last battle, we have decided to organise another over half term 💪 

Will the current champions’ reign continue or will they be knocked off of the top spot?

Year 2: Dress to Express

Last Friday, as part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Year 2 decided to ‘Dress to Express’ - to wear a colourful outfit to express yourself. Some even chose costumes! 

Monday, 8 February 2021

#hactonathome Week 5


Wow! Look at all of your Hacton at Home learning that you are all doing remotely. It is so fantastic to see you all engaging with your work as well as the additional activities that so many of you are taking part in such as The School of Life. Please keep sending in your pictures - it really makes us smile 😃 

Wednesday, 3 February 2021



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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Year 2: Materials Investigation

The pupils in Year 2 have been learning about Materials and their properties whilst at home. They have taken part in different investigations throughout the topic, and this was one of their favourites. They were given the task to test four different materials to find the most suitable for a tent for their teddy. They had to test absorbency, water resistance and strength against the wind and rain. The children had obvious fun using hoses in the garden, bath taps and hairdryers to test for these things. They then had to complete a table of results giving their reasons why materials were suitable or not. 

We are so proud of our Year 2 children and their families for fully embracing practical, engaging Science at home. Thank you!

#hactonathome Week 4


Here are some more fantastic pictures from our Hacton at Home learning last week. It is great to see how hard you are all working and for sending us in so many pictures - please keep them coming!