Friday, 24 October 2014

Afternoon Places Available in Hacton Nursery

There are now afternoon places available in our nursery. This session runs from 12.30 pm until 3.30 pm. If you would like to visit our nursery or reserve a space for your child please contact us on 01708 443991 or email contact@hacton.havering.sch.uk.


Early Years Cake Sale Success

After two days of baking, Early Years children held their very own cake sale. Stalls were set up in both Nursery and Reception where the children took the roles of shopkeeper, cashier and assistant. Customers carefully counted out their pennies and chose their favourite cakes to take away. The correct money was taken by the cashier and cakes were packed in a bag by the assistant. The children had great fun shopping and being trusted with real money - just like grown ups! Thank you parents for your support.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Singing Assembly - Believe


With its inspiring lyrics and a soaring chorus, 'Believe' was the perfect song to motivate our pupils on a chilly October morning. Singing Assembly found the children in fine voice and they sang, as usual, with energy and enthusiasm. We hope you enjoy listening to Key Stage 2's version of this uplifting song.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt with Year 1

Year 1 have been reading ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Last week, a letter arrived on Mrs Burks’ desk telling Year 1 that they had to go on a bear hunt. Mrs Burks quickly gathered the children and walked hastily to Miss Robinson’s classroom. Miss Robinson reports:

"Well, all of a sudden, there was a knock on the door. It was Mrs Burks telling us that we were going on a bear hunt. The first clue led us to the field to find swishy swashy grass. We followed Mrs Burks’ class down the corridor and felt the grass outside. We found another clue that led to the mucky gardening club (we knew where to go because we had a map to help us). The next clue told us to find the cool water so we decided to go to the swimming pool. Mrs Burks bravely opened the swimming pool door and found our next clue. We needed to find some trees, so we went to the junior playground. As we were making our way to the playground, we stumbled onto the next clue that said we should find some snow. We looked in the infant playground but couldn’t see any. We thought it must have melted until somebody found it in the gazebo! The final clue told us to listen for the growls that could be heard near the hall. We tip-toed to the hall listening carefully as we didn’t want to scare off the bear. We slowly approached the hall where we discovered lots of teddies waiting for us to join them for a wonderful picnic."




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly. Listen to the reasons why pupils have been given the award:


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





Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Early Years Cake Sale for Money Awareness Week

Early Years joined in with Money Awareness Week by making delicious cakes! Nursery and Reception children baked cupcakes following a recipe. They measured out the ingredients and spooned the mixture into cases. The cakes were then decorated using number cutters and a matching number of sweets. There will be a special cake sale tomorrow run by the children. We have asked each child to bring in ten 1 penny coins so that they can buy a cake from their friends. They can then eat their cakes during our special snack time. Sorry parents and carers, none for you!



Hacton Haka


For the last few weeks, Year 5 have been learning how to do the haka. The haka is a traditional Māori dance that is meant to frighten opponents. Year 5 have practised their own version of the haka using energy, facial expressions, anger and powerful voices. At the end of their dances pupils were exhausted but it was amazing. Beware of the Hacton Haka Gang!

By Noah and Alex (5SM)



Secondary School Transfer Reminder

Have you completed an on-line application for your child to transfer to secondary school in September 2015?

If not you should apply online now, and no later than 31 October 2014 otherwise your application will be late which could result in you not being offered a school of your preference. You can apply via www.havering.gov.uk/eadmissions. Even if your child has a brother or sister that attends the school you will still need to apply for a place.

For more information please contact the School Admissions Team on 01708 434600 or visit the Public Advice & Service Centre (PASC) based in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning (09:30 – 12:30). Please note PASC is closed for training on wednesday 29.10.2014.

Governor Visit: ICT and the New Computing Curriculum

Richard Gray, our ICT Governor, recently visited school to look at current developments in the ICT and the New Computing Curriculum.

"I was recently able to spend an afternoon visiting the school in my capacity as ICT governor.

"To start, I met up with the ICT Technician, Mr Moore, and discussed a number of topics such as; budget considerations, how equipment is used across the curriculum, pupil safety and information security. Everything that we discussed helped to reaffirm my belief that the school's ICT needs are in very good hands. Whilst with Mr Moore, I was also able to observe the equipment being put to good use by some very well behaved year 5 pupils as they practised their maths skills in the ICT suite.

"As the school day ended, I was then able to meet the ICT co-ordinators Miss White and Mrs Burks. With the newly named 'Computing' now on the curriculum I was keen to understand how this was to be applied across the school and was very interested to see the topics that the pupils will now be working on as they progress up through the school. With modules such as cryptography, programming, networking and blogging, I'm sure the pupils, and staff alike, will be challenged. I'm equally sure that, thanks to the enthusiasm shown by Miss White and Mrs Burks along with the desire to learn that I know our pupils have, Hacton will rise to the challenge and succeed!"



Monday, 20 October 2014

“All hail Macbeth, King of Scotland!”

In their literacy work on Macbeth, Year 6 took on the role of crime scene investigators to solve the mystery of King Duncan’s untimely death. A battle had been won and the King’s loyal soldier, Macbeth, had been awarded the title Thane of Cawdor at a party hosted at Glamis Castle (the home of Macbeth and his ambitious wife). However, as Year 6 soon discovered, King Duncan (who had personally delivered Macbeth’s new title) did not survive the night!


With their feet covered, atmospheric music playing and a crime scene cordoned off, Hacton’s CSIs examined the evidence. After questioning potential suspects - Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Prince Malcolm, Prince Donnalbain, the guards and three witches - the agents explored motives and decided upon a prime suspect: Lady Macbeth!

Unfortunately, they were soon to discover that the perpetrator of the murder was actually Macbeth; no longer King Duncan’s loyal subject. Lady Macbeth was not altogether innocent though. Her devious plan had come to fruition. Fearing for their security, the rightful heirs to the throne - Prince Malcolm and Prince Donnalbain - fled to England and Ireland. This left a power vacuum which could only be filled by... King and Queen Macbeth.

The morning ended with a regal coronation ceremony amidst cries of “All hail Macbeth, King of Scotland!” The witches’ prophecy had come true!

Industrious Illustrator

One of our Year 6 pupils has been carrying a drawing pad around with her. We were intrigued and asked her to tell us more about it:

"I want to be an illustrator. I draw every single day so that I can get better at it. Drawing makes me happy and when I draw a good picture I feel proud of myself; and I like to show it to everyone."

Practice seems to be making perfect: your drawings are wonderful. We hope you remember us when you are a famous illustrator!


Saturday, 18 October 2014

EYFS Maths Hat Ideas

Next week is Money Awareness Week. We will be running various activities and competitions for all year groups themed around managing and learning the value of money. Nursery and Reception classes have been asked to create a 'maths hat' at home for their competition and below, as promised, are some examples to provide inspiration. We're looking forward to a particularly exciting and engaging week for pupils across the school.



Friday, 17 October 2014

Year 3 Maths: Right Angles

Year 3 had lots of fun making right-angle eaters. Our pupils enjoyed searching all around the classroom trying to find as many right-angles as possible. They did a fantastic job and soon realised that right-angles are everywhere!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Year 3 Literacy: Writing and Following Instructions

Year 3 had a wonderful week writing and following instructions. They decided to plan a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’. Our pupils then had to follow instructions very carefully to make decorations for the party.

Havering Half Term Activities

Havering have a range of activities available during the half term designed to keep children active and inspired. Their booklet is available here »

http://www.hacton.havering.sch.uk/documents/myhalfterm-October-2014.pdf

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly. Listen to the reasons why pupils have been given the award:


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




Monday, 13 October 2014

Reception Intake 2015

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011?

If so you must apply for them to start school online before the 15th January 2015. You can apply via www.havering.gov.uk/eadmissions. Even if your child has a brother or sister that attends the school or your child attends the nursery / playgroup attached to the school you will still need to apply for a place.

For more information please contact the School Admissions Team on 01708 434600 or visit the Public Advice & Service Centre (PASC) based in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning (09:30 – 12:30).

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pupil Song Choice: Lean On Me

In a pupil led assembly about kindness, a group of year 4 girls chose this classic song to finish their presentation. Busy staff stopped in the corridor to listen as our pupils sang with enthusiasm and joy.

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 Year 6 pupils began World War II Day with a lively and engaging Rainbow Theatre workshop. Transported back to 1939 and 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.

In the afternoon, Year 6 took part in a range of Second World War themed activities that included making carrot cookies (using only rationed ingredients of course) and making up their own uplifting 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.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Pupil Led Assembly: Cyprus

Each week in our Key Stage 2 assembly, groups of children take over proceedings and share with the juniors something that interests them. From a favourite hobby to a country that’s been visited, we can talk about almost anything! We believe that giving children the opportunity to prepare an assembly, present to an audience and answer questions on their chosen topic, makes them feel valued and equips them with the skills required to share their interests and opinions with confidence.

This week we talked about... Cyprus.

The Year 4 pupils who led assembly this week:

Their presentation:


Facts about Cyprus:

Maths Challenge Winner

Congratulations to the winner of last week's Maths Challenge: 'The answer is 24 what is the question?'. As usual, we had some great responses. Well done to our Year 4 pupil who came up with a great 3 step solution: '30 + 30 - 40 + 4 = 24'.

"I didn't think I would win the Maths Challenge and when my name was called I was really shocked! I felt nervous going up to the front in assembly but I was pleased to win. I won a certificate and some Haribo. I'm going to keep trying to win the Maths Challenge because you get a prize and it's fun!"




E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly. Listen to the reasons why pupils have been given the award:


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



Friday, 3 October 2014

Road Safety: Cat Ninelives in Deepest Trubble

Walking Forward theatre company visited our school to perform a fun and engaging road safety play. Cat Ninelives in Deepest Trubble told the story of a girl named Cat who received a brand new scooter for her birthday. Cat, along with our Year 1-4 pupils, went on a quest to find out how to be safe on the road. Only the correct answers to the road safety questions would get her back home. A mad professor chose children from the audience to assist in brain measuring and picked Mrs Standen to help. She was delighted to have been chosen. The professor also took quite a shine to Miss Vlasik and invited her for tea after school, much to the amusement of the children. She politely declined his kind offer claiming she had too much marking to do.

This colourful production educated children about cycle safety, pedestrian responsibility and, above all, using common sense. Funny and thoroughly engaging, the play delivered a serious road safety message that our pupils will remember.

"I learnt to always look left and right when crossing the road" (Jessica, Y4)
"You should wear a helmet and knee pads and elbow pads on a scooter" (Elliott, Y1)
"Good explaining of how to cross the road!" (Isobel, Y4)
"I liked everything about it" (Elista, Y4)






Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Singing Assembly - Mr Blue Sky


Key Stage 2 pupils had fun in Singing Assembly today. With grey clouds overhead, they brightened up the dreary morning by singing Mr Blue Sky at the tops of their voices. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as they enjoyed singing it!

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly. Listen to the reasons why pupils have been given the award:


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