Friday, 20 October 2017

Multiplication Monday

Our pupils had a wonderful time on Hacton’s very first Multiplication Monday. To inspire the children to learn their times tables and get a real thirst for multiplication, each teacher designed a special activity to show that learning your times tables can be easy and, most importantly, fun! Children moved around classes in their phase groups and completed a series of challenges and tasks.

Times table tricks, multiplication treasure hunts, bowling, sticking arrays, card games and fitness challenges were just some of the activities that our pupils completed during the day. All of the children loved the opportunity to experience times tables in different ways and were surprised how much fun they could have learning their times tables. Equipped with their colourful times table pencils, the children are now ready to relish the challenge of their Times Table Journey as they travel confidently towards becoming multiplication masters.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Year 6: World War II Day

Evacuation tags - check! Gas masks - check! Authentic costumes - check!

Dressed as evacuees, army officers, land girls and other characters, our World War II Day saw our Year 6 pupils transported back in time to experience life during the war.

In the morning, the children were taken back to 1939 with a lively and engaging workshop from the Rainbow Theatre Company. With gas masks in hand, the children lined up outside the hall waiting for their headmistress to accompany them to the countryside. After a long, uncomfortable journey, they finally arrived and were greeted by their billeting officer. The children imagined how challenging life would have been for evacuees during the Second World War. Our Hacton historians performed alongside Rainbow Theatre actors in a range of wartime scenes about the Blitz, rationing, black outs and air raids. The children's acting and enthusiasm were extremely impressive.

Following the workshop, children went outside to play a variety of wartime playground games and were amazed by how much fun you could have with a piece of chalk and a playground!

In the afternoon, children returned to their classrooms to take part in a range of Second World War themed activities that included making carrot cookies (using only rationed ingredients of course) and singing wartime songs.

The day was a great success, helping our pupils to develop a greater understanding of life as a child during World War II. Thank you to parents for your support with costumes.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New School Council

With their shiny green badges, our new school council met for the first time. After discussing how each year group had settled into the new school year, councillors shared ideas as to how they thought the timetable for playtime activities should be organised. We look forward to seeing the fantastic impact our enthusiastic new school council are going to have on life at Hacton.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Year 6 Music: Elements of Hip Hop

This half term, Year 6 have been studying elements of hip hop music. All of the children have learned how to read music on a stave, investigating different notes and the duration of each note. After some practise, they did a great job of reading a piece of music to play on the glockenspiel. The result was brilliant and the children were, rightly, extremely proud of themselves. They have built their confidence and they are now looking forward to their next piece: the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Friday, 6 October 2017

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are presented with the E for Effort cup during our whole school assembly.

Congratulations to all the wonderful children who made an extra effort this week.

Year 3: Alice In Wonderland Tea Party

We have had an exciting week in Year 3. After looking at instructions and discussing the key features, we wrote a variety of instructions from brushing our teeth, to making a disgusting sandwich for our teachers. We used our skills to make decorations and followed instructions to make party food for the big finale: an Alice In Wonderland tea party. It was very exciting when we arrived in class to see our homemade sandwiches, jam tarts and fruit kebabs ready with all of our decorations displayed around the room.

The Great Nursery Bake Off

On Thursday, the children in Nursery took part in a ‘bake off’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. They made some delicious cupcakes, adding, mixing and stirring the ingredients before baking them in the oven. They decorated them with green icing and added 1, 2 or 3 sweets counting them out carefully. The children brought in 50p each to buy four cakes to share with their family, making £31 for the deserving charity. Well done everybody!