Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Reception Fundraising

A big thank you to everyone who has ordered Christmas decorations and completed the autumn treasure hunt. We were so impressed with the amount of autumn treasures the children found! In total, we have raised over £500 which we are going to use to buy resources to enhance our outdoor area for your children to enjoy in the spring and summer term. 

Thank you once again - you are amazing!



Year 2: Forest School

It was a session of two halves for 2JD - the first half of the afternoon was cold but dry but the second half was very wet! It was not a passing shower as we first thought so an emergency shelter was built to protect us all from the elements. It didn't stop us having fun though! The children used the drill to make a hole in a wooden disc which they then turned into fabulous, sparkly Christmas decorations. They also played in the mud kitchen, climbed the tree and had fun on the rope swing. 

Next stop, the celebratory campfire on the 12th!



Monday, 28 November 2022

Year 3: Maths

Last week in maths, the children in Year 3 learnt all about position and direction. To consolidate their knowledge at the end of the topic, the children created their very own treasure maps guiding someone to a chest of treasure. Using key words learnt over the week, the children had to create their own written instructions for their partner to follow to avoid any obstacles and reach the treasure chest successfully! 

Well done, Year 3!



Thursday, 24 November 2022

Awesome Attendance Winners (w/c 21st November)

At Hacton, we have introduced a celebration of our attendance. Each week, as part of our assembly, we will announce who the Awesome Attendance winners are. They will get to have our Attendance cup for the week and will be rewarded with a treat in recognition of their fabulous attendance. 

See below for last week’s figures:   






Autumn Term Readers' Treat

The Autumn term Readers' Treat arrived at Hacton this week and after the big build up of revealing the clues in our weekly E for Effort assembly, the children were bouncing with excitement! 

Well done to everyone who completed the challenge and participated in this term's treat! There are already lots of exciting possibilities for the Spring term so let the planning begin! 




Achievements of the Week (w/c 21st November)

Congratulations to our Times Table winners this week! These pupils have hopped aboard the Times Table train to continue their journey to becoming a Times Table Champion. They have worked exceptionally hard to learn and master their multiplication and division facts. 

Congratulations to our Reading and Poetry Superstrs this week! To achieve this award, all of these children have either read poems or books by their year group authors (Bronze is 5, Silver is 10 and Gold is 15). A big well done to this week's winners who have demonstrated great commitment and dedication to reading. 

Our Achievements of the Week winners should be very proud of their success!  


E for Effort and WOW! Winners (w/c 21st November)

In order to reward our pupils who have gone above and beyond in their learning each week and put in extra effort, each class teacher chooses one pupil to receive the E for Effort cup and certificate. 

Here are this week's winners. Well done - we are very proud of you all! 



Year 5: Computing

Year 5 have been learning about cryptography and how coded messages can be sent in different ways. They have explored using semaphores, morse code and cyphers to relay secret messages and actions. 





Year 5: Science

In Science, our Year 5 children have been learning about water resistance. Through practical investigations, they have learned how the shape of a boat can affect its ability to be streamlined. 



Year 2: PSHE

This year's theme for Anti-bullying Week was 'Reach Out.' Our Year 2 children spent time discussing what makes them all unique and how they can reach out to help others. To convey this message, the children designed odd socks posters to share with our school community. 



Monday, 21 November 2022

Year 2: Forest School

This week, the children in 2JD braved the rain to spend an afternoon at a very wet Forest School. After spending some time in a giant shelter, we braved the elements to learn about the different trees we have in the woodland and around the school field. 



Awesome Attendance Winners (w/c 14th November)

At Hacton, we have introduced a celebration of our attendance. Each week, as part of our assembly, we will announce who the Awesome Attendance winners are. They will get to have our Attendance cup for the week and will be rewarded with a treat in recognition of their fabulous attendance. 

See below for last week’s figures:  






Friday, 18 November 2022

Achievements of the Week (w/c 14th November)

Congratulations to our Times Table winners this week! These pupils have hopped aboard the Times Table train to continue their journey to becoming a Times Table Champion. They have worked exceptionally hard to learn and master their multiplication and division facts. 

Congratulations to our Reading and Poetry Superstrs this week! To achieve this award, all of these children have either read poems or books by their year group authors (Bronze is 5, Silver is 10 and Gold is 15). A big well done to this week's winners who have demonstrated great commitment and dedication to reading. 

Our Achievements of the Week winners should be very proud of their success!  


E for Effort and WOW! Winners (w/c 14th November)

In order to reward our pupils who have gone above and beyond in their learning each week and put in extra effort, each class teacher chooses one pupil to receive the E for Effort cup and certificate. 

Here are this week's winners. Well done - we are very proud of you all! 



Year 6: Havering Netball League

This week, our netball squad played against four local schools in the Havering league. The team displayed some very impressive netball; accurate passing, super defending and brilliant teamwork led to an amazing 51 goals scored against the opposition! We won three games and lost one by a single goal - well done, Team Hacton! 



Thursday, 17 November 2022

Forest School Club

This week, the children enjoyed taking part in a colourful treasure hunt at our Forest School Club. They were given the challenge of finding things in the woodland for every colour of the rainbow...and they succeeded! Some colours were harder to find than others but by looking carefully and working as a team at least one object was found for each colour. 

At the end of the session, we talked about the different things that had been found including leaves, funghi and plastic. To celebrate a successful treasure hunt, the children had fun climbing the tree and playing on the rope swing!



Year 2: Forest School

This week, the children took part in a range of activities which included exploring the woodland to find spiders! After a misty and damp start to the day, the children found lots of glistening spider webs hidden in the trees and on the grass. Luckily, we only found one spider! The children also had fun playing with the clay and natural resources to create autumnal arrangements and woodland animals such as hedgehogs. Potions and pancakes were created in the mud kitchen and the children enjoyed den building, climbing the tree and playing on the rope swing. 

Well done, 2JD - another fun week at Forest School!



Monday, 14 November 2022

Awesome Attendance Winners (w/c 7th November)

At Hacton, we have introduced a celebration of our attendance. Each week, as part of our assembly, we will announce who the Awesome Attendance winners are. They will get to have our Attendance cup for the week and will be rewarded with a treat in recognition of their fabulous attendance. 

See below for last week’s figures:  






Friday, 11 November 2022

Remembrance Day 2022

Today, on the 11th day, of the 11th month and at the 11th hour, we joined with people around the world to stand in silent contemplation. We stopped. We thought. We remembered. 

With our poppy memorial in sight, we remembered those who have sacrificed so much for our country. To mark the end of our reflection, three of our Year 6 children read the poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Despite the chaos and destruction, these resilient flowers grew and flourished and are now a symbol of remembrance and hope. 


Autumn Art Exhibition

This week, Hacton held its first Art Exhibition around the theme of Autumn. Over the last few weeks, our pupils have been putting their photography skills to the test in order to capture one photograph which to them, symbolises Autumn. Over 150 entries later, we were able to display the incredible talents of our pupils and invite our school community in to view our exhibition. 

Thank you to our photographers who took part in the competition and to our school community for supporting this event. 







Achievements of the Week (w/c 7th November)

Congratulations to our Times Table winners this week! These pupils have hopped aboard the Times Table train to continue their journey to becoming a Times Table Champion. They have worked exceptionally hard to learn and master their multiplication and division facts. 

Congratulations to our Reading and Poetry Superstrs this week! To achieve this award, all of these children have either read poems or books by their year group authors (Bronze is 5, Silver is 10 and Gold is 15). A big well done to this week's winners who have demonstrated great commitment and dedication to reading. 

Our Achievements of the Week winners should be very proud of their success!  






E for Effort and WOW! Winners (w/c 7th November)

In order to reward our pupils who have gone above and beyond in their learning each week and put in extra effort, each class teacher chooses one pupil to receive the E for Effort cup and certificate. 

Here are this week's winners. Well done - we are very proud of you all!  




Year 5 and 6: Football Competition

This week, some of our Year 5 and 6 footballers attended the Havering Football Tournament. Not only did they demonstrate amazing teamwork and impressive football skills but they were fantastic representatives of our school. The final results aren't in yet but we're already incredibly proud of our Hacton Team. 



Nursery: Owl Babies

Our Nursery children had a very special visitor this week - Grendel the owl!  They were fascinated to meet him and enjoyed learning lots of interesting facts about owls. Inspired by their special visitor, the children visited our Forest School site to listen to the 'Owl Babies' story. 



Year 6: RAF Heritage Museum

Last week, Year 6 were lucky enough to be shown around the RAF Heritage Museum in Hornchurch by some of our local historians. The children were shown around 6 different rooms: the WWI room, the Officers' mess, the Homefront room, Battle of Britain room, Bomber command room and the map room. Every room had a different focus and were full of stories, artefacts, pictures and mannequins. A very special visitor even spoke to one class: a veteran from the war who was evacuated as a child. 

The children had the opportunity to try on flying hats and goggles, as well as a pilot jacket. They touched aircraft wheels, sat in a 1939 horsehair armchair and saw how washing used to be done! 

It really was an eye-opening experience and the children loved hearing personal stories told by our local historians.  






Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Year 2: Forest School

2JD enjoyed their first Forest School session this week. 

Luckily, the rain held off so the children could explore the site and try out some of the activities that will be offered each week. The children all chose a Forest School name and were keen to use the rope swing and climb the tree. We have already seen some fantastic den building skills and culinary delights being prepared in the mud kitchen. 

We can't wait to see what next week holds!



Forest School Club

This week we had our very first session of Forest School club with children from Years 1 to 4. The children have started to build our bug hotel thinking about the different habitats of the creatures that would live in the woodland. We found lots of different things for our ground floor including leaves, sticks, bark and bricks. There was even time to hold a worm and for a quick swing and climb on the tree! 



Tuesday, 8 November 2022

NSPCC Assembly

Yesterday, we participated in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online assembly. 

The assemblies are delivered in a fun and interactive way and feature Ant and Dec. The assemblies aim to support children to feel empowered in knowing how they can speak out and stay safe. With the help of the NSPCC mascot, Buddy the speech bubble, children know they have the right to:

· Speak out and be heard

· Be safe

· Get help when they need it



Provision: Literacy

Miss Meade’s P-HIC Literacy group had a spooky return to school last week! 

The class made mummy biscuits and then wrote a guide on how to make them using all the features of instructions: headings, subheadings, time fronted adverbials and imperative verbs. 

The biscuits tasted fa-boo-lous! 



Nursery: Pumpkin Hunt

This week in Nursery, we have been very busy looking for pumpkins on our pumpkin hunt. After searching high and low, we used a wheelbarrow to carry our pumpkins as they were very heavy!

The children then had lots of fun exploring the inside of the pumpkins and used them to make some delicious soup.