Thursday, 14 December 2017

Early Years: Here We Go Round the Christmas Tree

On Monday and Tuesday, our Early Years children performed their Christmas play to a packed school hall. Nursery children in jolly jumpers sang Christmas songs with familiar nursery rhyme tunes, they  danced with enthusiasm and were clearly proud to be taking part in their first ever Christmas play. Some took to the limelight with ease whilst others were a little more timid, but they all performed brilliantly.

Reception children did a fantastic job of remembering their lines and holding the microphone as they narrated between songs. They sang about the fairy on top of the tree, the all-important Christmas presents and delicious chocolate shapes.

The play ended with a traditional nativity and an adorable rendition of Away in a Manger. There were big smiles all round when the children shook tambourines as they sang Jingle Bells.

The staff were very proud how confidently the children performed and all of the hard work that they put in to learning 12 songs.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for your continued support of our youngest children.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hacton Choir in the Community

On Monday morning, the Year 3 and 4 members of Hacton's choir braved the cold weather and had a short walk to sing Christmas carols to the elderly at Havering Christian Fellowship Church. The children loved having an opportunity to perform to an audience, who seemed to enjoy their angelic voices!

After the performance, the children socialised with the adults and spoke to them about Christmas and what they have been doing in school. This uplifting experience helped to build our pupils' confidence and clearly brightened the day of some elderly members of our local community.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Afternoon Christmas Concerts

We look forward to seeing you in school for the rest of our Christmas performances. So that you don't have to wait in the cold, please avoid arriving very early for afternoon concerts.

The school hall is used for school dinners daily until 1.05 pm. Unfortunately, as the hall then has to be cleared, cleaned and 160+ chairs put out, it will be 1.25 pm before parents will be allowed to come into school for afternoon Christmas concerts.

We will endeavour to get all parents seated as quickly as possible, children in to the hall and performances started as close to 1.30pm as possible. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Guidance for Parents Taking Photographs During School Productions

We're all excited about the Christmas plays that are being staged, your children have been working really hard learning their lines and practising their songs. We know that most family members would like to have a record of these important events in their child's school life and we are happy for you to take photographs and short videos during performances. However, when taking photographs, we must abide by certain rules to ensure the safety of all children in our school:
  • Parents are not permitted to take photographs or videos for anything other than their own personal use* 
  • Do not post images or videos on social networks (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc) as these may include children who must not have their image online
  • Please zoom in on your own child to minimise the number of other children who are included in your photos and videos
  • Please be considerate of other people in the audience: turn off the sound on your camera or phone; only take short videos; do not use large screen devices that may distract others
As you know, most parents signed a consent form giving permission for their children to be photographed by the school so we will, as usual, be posting pictures and videos from Christmas plays on our blog. We will also be videoing the Christmas plays for family members who could not attend the performances. A copy will be available in the school office for you to borrow.

*The Information Commissioner’s Office states photographs taken by parents at nativity plays do not breach the Data Protection Act so long as they are only for personal use. Digital video and images shared on Facebook, Youtube and other social networking sites need consent from the parents of children in the photos (source: ICO)

School is open as usual (Monday 11th December)

School is open as usual today.

However, we ask all Reception pupils to enter via the Nursery entrance due to the Reception outdoor safety area being very slippery.

As this area is unsafe we ask EYFS Parents with older children to walk across the Junior playground today rather than through the walkway gates which will be closed. The double gate across the Junior playground will be open for access.

The EYFS Christmas concert will go ahead as planned this afternoon at 2.00 pm.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

New Digital Leaders

After much deliberation, our Digital Leaders for 2017/18 have finally been selected. A large number of applications were handed in but only 9 could be chosen. These pupils showed a keen interest in Computing and displayed a great knowledge of ICT. They will be completing weekly tasks and jobs to support teachers and pupils in the delivery of Computing across the school. Our Digital Leaders will also host a club for Year 1 to help our younger pupils develop their Computing skills, training the Digital Leaders of the future.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Nursery: Posting Letters to Father Christmas

The children in Nursery have been busy writing letters to Father Christmas, choosing toys carefully and adding them to their lists. They have written their names at the bottom of their letters, popped them into envelopes with Father Christmas’ name and address on before walking to the red letter box to post them.

It was a chilly walk, but the children loved looking at the houses on the way, identifying Christmas trees in windows and wreaths on doors. Once they had posted letters and wished them on their way to the North Pole they set off back to the warm nursery for hot chocolate and biscuits!