Monday, 30 November 2015

Digital Leaders: Programming with Hopscotch

A group of our Year 5 Digital Leaders have been using their extra Computing time to explore the Hopscotch iPad app. This introduces programming in a user friendly way, helping develop a greater understanding of some key computing concepts. Our Digital Leaders have worked together to program the steps necessary to write the name of our school on their screens. We have been very impressed with the initiative they have shown to develop their programming skills in their break and lunch times.

"We wanted to show that, when you put your mind to it, programming is quite easy."

"The most difficult thing was deciding the angles."

"We showed Mr Emes. He thought it was great and gave us the Headteacher's Award."

"Next, we have been challenged to program a simple game. We are confident we can do it!"

Friday, 27 November 2015

Key Stage 2 Maths Challenge Winner

Congratulations to the winner of last week's Maths Challenge. We had a record number of entries that resulted in 15 correct answers. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Well done to the marvellous mathematician from Year 5 who counted the number of triangles correctly. The answer was 20.

"You had to count the number of triangles; it was pretty easy. I do the Maths Challenge sometimes. I gave it a go in case I would win: it's better to fail that not try! I didn't think I would win, but Miss Muskett called out my name in class. I was very exuberant that I'd won. I got a certificate and a bag of Jelly Tots. I opened them at break time and shared them with my friend."

Monday, 23 November 2015

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.

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

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Hacton 7 - 0 Oakfields

The first girls' football match of the season was a great one for Hacton. We started playing down the field, giving us an advantage against Oakfields. It wasn't long before we were 1-0 up thanks to Megan. After her lovely celebration, we kept the ball in their half. 2-0! Another great shot from Megan. What an advantage for us; however, the game wasn't over yet. Within the next five minutes, Poppy came off and on Alice went. Continuing our winning streak, Brooke ran up the field with the ball. Pass, pass again and another amazing goal, this time by Brooke. Kick off was taken and passes were passed. Boom! An absolutely gobsmacking goal by Maddie. We were now 4-0 up. Half Time. Now we had to get the ball up the field; however, we still managed to score. In it goes and that's 5-0 to us. Megan then managed to flick the ball into the goal. 6-0! With about 7 minutes to go, Brooke ran up the field, despite there being 3 defenders at the ready. She kicked the ball backwards quickly, and in it went. The whistle blew with the final score 7-0 to Hacton. Amazing work girls!

By Alice (Year 6)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Fundraising for Children in Need

Pupils entered into the fundraising spirit today and dressed up for this year’s Children in Need campaign. In addition to the superhero themed non uniform day, School Council representatives worked hard all week selling raffle tickets to win Build-A-Bear Pudsey and Blush teddies. The winning tickets were picked in assembly and the cuddly characters now have new homes with delighted Year 2 pupils. As a result of these fundraising activities, our school has collected £475 for Children in Need. Thank you to parents and pupils for your support.

Singing Assembly: "No One Quite Like Me"

The powerful sound of our pupils' voices echoed through the school corridors this week during a joyful Key Stage 2 singing assembly. The children were clearly inspired by the empowering lyrics and soaring chorus of "No One Quite Like Me". We hope you enjoy listening to this song as much as our pupils 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.

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

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Remembrance at Hacton

Today at Hacton, we joined with people around the world to stand in silent contemplation. We stopped. We thought. We remembered.

In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies this week we have discussed the reasons why we wear poppies and about the importance of remembrance. We have not forgotten the people who sacrificed so much for our country. Our pupils learnt that Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Children in Reception made their own poppies to hold during the silence at eleven o'clock. Later in the day they painted pictures and added their poppies to classroom displays.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Children are using technology and the internet more than ever. Online Safety is embedded in our Computing curriculum and whenever children use online resources at school they are reminded about how to stay safe. However, with children learning, playing and conducting their social lives on the internet, it is also important for them to receive support and guidance at home. Thankfully, plenty of information exists for parents so they can help children remain safe online at all times.

Havering School Improvement Services have recently shared some useful links:
  • » is a portal dedicated to making sure all parents are only a click away from advice, tips and support about online safety for children. The information is divided into age-appropriate sections to help you talk to your child about the issues and technologies they'll come across as they grow up online. From setting your parental controls to teaching your child how to be a good friend online, you'll find a wealth of information so that you can spend less time researching and more time having fun with your family.
  • » is a site for schools and parents. The Parent Zone's work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. They provide information and resources for parents and those who work with them.
  • » has resources, support and tips for parents of children of all ages and it includes information on what children are doing online and the associated risks.
Privacy checklists from highlight issues and give advice about how to more safely use SnapchatInstagramFacebook and Twitter. Please note that the age restrictions for these sites mean that they are intended for ages 13 and over:

Friday, 6 November 2015

Fireworks: Have Fun and Be Safe

Our pupils have enjoyed a range of firework themed activities this week: learning the fireworks code in class; producing poems; singing songs and painting pictures. We hope that, whether you are going to an organised display at the weekend or you are having your own party, you enjoy the whoosh, bang and crackle of the fireworks. Please think about the safety of children at all times and remember the fireworks code:
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors
More information about fireworks safety is available on the RoSPA website

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Parking Outside Schools - Guidance from the Local Authority

Most of our parents are careful, considerate drivers when they drop off and pick up their children from school. However, some people forget the importance of following the rules of the road, particularly near school where safety is paramount. This is a common issue across the borough so the local authority have produced guidance documents and a helpline to improve the safety of our children at drop off and pick up times.

The Council’s Traffic & Parking Control Department can be contacted on 01708 432787 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or via email:

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Weekly Objectives Available on Our Phase Group Blogs

Firstly, thank you to everyone that attended parents' evening before half term. It was great to see so many proud parents finding out about how their children have settled into their new classes and the progress they have already made. We really appreciate your ongoing support in helping to make Hacton the super school that it is.

As a result of your feedback from our recent assessment meetings, each year group is now uploading weekly posts to inform you of the objectives in each class so you can further support your child's learning. Also, teachers are now blogging more frequently to keep you up to date with news directly from their classes. You can find their posts, including information about weekly objectives, on our phase group blogs»

Monday, 2 November 2015

Why Britain is Great: A Week Celebrating our Nation

After a jam packed week of learning about our nation, children gathered in the hall to share their personal highlights of 'Why Britain is Great' week: learning the national anthem; exploring fashion through the years; mixing up ingredients in our own British bake off; perfecting precision in cricket, learning the etiquette required for a traditional afternoon tea and much more. It was fantastic to see our pupils so engaged in learning about what makes Britain great.

We put together a video to capture some of the exciting activities that the children enjoyed during the week.

Why Britain is Great - Celebrating Our Nation