Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New House Captains

Last week, children in Year 6 bravely stood up in front of their houses to deliver persuasive presentations explaining why they would make a good house captains. Pupils throughout the school listened to the speeches and had the opportunity to vote for their chosen candidate. All pupils spoke with confidence and maturity and the decision for their houses was a tough one. After counting the votes, the results were announced in assembly.

Friday, 15 September 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.

Friday, 8 September 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 in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly.

This week, many teachers awarded the cup to their entire class for settling into their new year groups brilliantly. Other teachers awarded the cup to the individual pupils pictured below.

Congratulations to all the wonderful children who made an extra effort this week - what a great start to the year!

Open Days for Prospective Reception Parents

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2018 and you want to visit our school, we would like to welcome you to one of our open days:

Wednesday 4th October at 9.30
Thursday 12th October at 1.30
Wednesday 18th October at 9.30
Thursday 16th November at 1.30

If you wish to attend any of these sessions please contact the school office on 01708 443991 or email us at

Visits will last approximately one hour and will consist of a presentation by Headteacher, Mr Nigel Emes, and a visit to the Early Years Foundation Stage area led by our school's EYFS leader, Mrs Michelle Stephenson.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Welcome Back

As children arrived ready for the start of the new school year, they were as excited as our staff by all the projects which have been completed inside our new school building over the summer holidays: multiplication tables have been attached to each of our staircases to support all pupils in their mental recall of these key mathematical facts along with shiny new photographs to brighten up our corridors.

With impressive new pencil cases, smart uniforms and eager smiles our children began the school year full of energy and enthusiasm. After a hopefully enjoyable and restful summer, both staff and pupils are now looking forward to the jam-packed calendar of events that we have planned for the autumn term. As the learning journey for 2017-2018 commences, children will this week be issued with their essential travel documentation: passports and boarding cards. Our year group passports outline the expectations for the year ahead and the boarding cards list experiences and suggested texts along with authors which children can enjoy throughout the year.

We would like to warmly welcome our new members of staff. These include Miss Blunt (Year 1), Mrs Wray (Year 2), Miss Bull (Year 3) all of whom report that they had a fantastic first day at Hacton.

We hope you have an easy time settling back into the school routine and enjoy the start of another fun-filled school year.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Access Arrangements from the beginning of the Autumn Term

Following meetings with the Education Funding Agency, Galliford Try and Councillors, it has been agreed to increase the number of pupil entrances to the new school from one to three.

All Nursery and Reception pupils are asked to enter via the Goodwood Avenue gates only. If children have siblings in KS1 or KS2 parents can take the elder siblings through the walkway to the KS1 playground / KS2 entrances. Pupils attending Abacus Breakfast and After School Club should also enter and leave via Goodwood Avenue gates.

All other pupils in KS1 and KS2 are asked to enter and leave via either the main Chepstow Avenue or Plumpton Avenue gates.

These 3 pedestrian entrances will allow a much safer and less congested entrance and exit from our school.

On 9th and 10th September a fence will be installed from the Nursery across the new Junior playground to make this area safe and secure for pupils and to ensure no KS1 or KS2 pupils or parents can enter or leave via this entrance.

Contractors have been working incredibly hard over the summer holiday and I am very pleased to say that our new school and grounds are now complete and look absolutely stunning.

My staff and I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, 5th September for the start of the new school year.

N P L Emes


Friday, 21 July 2017

Another Outstanding School Year

It's been another fantastic school year at Hacton. There have been so many highlights: the outstanding progress of our pupils; brilliant school trips; impressive fundraising for charity; spectacular school productions; happy children who clearly love coming to school and, most excitingly, the move into our brand new school.

As the summer term came to a close, children and staff gathered in the hall for the final assembly of the year. Amongst laughter as we reminisced about life at Hacton there were tears of sadness and pride as our Year 6 leavers received certificates and awards in recognition of their achievements. We are very proud of the progress they have made both academically and socially and we feel confident that they are ready for the next exciting chapter of their school life. As well as saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, we also said a fond farewell to some members of staff who are retiring or moving on to pastures new. We wish our Year 6 children every success as they venture on to secondary school and we look forward to welcoming back the rest of our pupils in September. We hope you all enjoy a restful, fun-filled and sunny holiday.

Thursday, 20 July 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 a whole school assembly.

Congratulations to all the wonderful children who received the last E for Effort awards of the school year.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Annual Caring and Achievement Awards

Proud parents and teachers joined our pupils in the hall for Hacton's annual Caring and Achievement assembly. Carefully chosen children were presented with awards for their academic achievement, their handwriting and their kindness throughout the year. At Hacton, we are incredibly proud of each and every one of our pupils and the way in which they represent the values of our school in the classroom, around the school and in our local community. It was an almost impossible task to select the winners, but all of the children chosen have displayed outstanding kindness or impressive progress throughout the year. Congratulations to the wonderful children who were presented with this year's caring, achievement and handwriting awards.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Year 3 Music: Mamma Mia

Year 3 have listened to and appraised many songs by Abba over the last half term. They have thoroughly enjoyed singing in cannon, using 'call and answer' and playing instruments to accompany the music. Mamma Mia was one of Year 3's favourites. One pupil summed up how their class felt about this classic tune: "it is a pop song that really makes me smile and dance around!"


Year 2: Visit to Colchester Zoo

Year 2 had a great trip to Colchester Zoo in order to support our understanding of different animals and their habitats. Our pupils were very lucky to be able to feed the giraffes and elephants.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Year 3: Fidget Spinner Mystery

After a long few days of testing, Mrs Neville's maths set were excited to become detectives and solve the fidget spinner mystery of Maryvale Primary School. The supersleuths solved 5 clues to discover the prime suspect. Some detectives fell at the first hurdle and thought that the suspect was a boy instead of a girl. Well done to those children who discovered that Poppy Peel was guilty of the heinous crime of muddling the fidget spinners.

Monday, 10 July 2017

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 afternoon assembly.

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

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Year 1: Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy

As part of their healthy eating topic in DT, Year 1 created a recipe and made their very own fruit salad. The children all agreed that it was yummy yummy!

"I had a big fruit salad. It was yummy in my tummy."

"My fruit salad party was delicious and I had so much fun."

"I liked the apple because it was juicy. The grapes are so squishy."

"Banana, banana, banana!"

Friday, 30 June 2017

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 afternoon assembly.

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

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

P-HIC: Hearing Impaired Community Day

Recently, children from our school made their way to Warren Primary School for a Hearing Impaired Community Day. Two trains and a short walk later, our excited pupils arrived at Warren Primary where they met Hearing impaired children from across the region, all ready to make friends and have fun!

The children were split into three groups and got stuck into various activities. One of our lucky pupils was chosen by ‘Magic Frostie’ to be his trusted magician’s assistant. Lots of magic and laughter followed, including Mrs Norford having a shocking trick played on her! ‘Fun Sports’ brought out everyone’s competitive spirit as the children ran, jumped and hurdled their way to the finish line. Luckily, they were all winners in the end and were each awarded a winner’s medal. Finally, ‘Mad Science’ involved careful preparations as ingredients and compounds were measured and added to ensure a tubful of top grade slime ready for use!

At the end of the fun packed day, our pupils made their way back to Hacton tired but happy.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sealyham 2017: Mrs Leslie Reflects on a Wonderful Week

With my clothes washed, sleep caught up on and normality resumed, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the week which has just passed. We were privileged to take away 35 excited children, ready to take on new challenges and push themselves to the limits and they certainly did not let anyone down. As the coach pulled up outside the Queen's Theatre, I looked down the aisle and saw 35 brave, increasingly independent young people (albeit tired and muddy ones!) who had conquered their fears and had made memories which I know will stay with them forever. As always, they made our school incredibly proud: beautiful manners, teamwork and determination to do what we do best at Hacton, achieving personal excellence.

Thank you for a great week Year 6; Sealyham 2017 was certainly full of #hactonadventures!

Mrs Leslie

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sealyham 2017: Day 6

As the morning wake up call got harder, our sleepy students arose from their beds for a final jam-packed day of activities.

For Group 1, the morning began with a raft building challenge where they had to design and build a boat to transport them across open water. Both rafts floated well across the lake; however, the children were less successful at staying on their boats - capsizing was too much fun! In the afternoon, Group 1 were mini Mowglis as they glided through the trees on the adrenaline pumping high ropes course! Despite the fear that gripped many children, our brave adventurers soldiered on and did not let anxieties win the battle: fears were conquered and everybody completed the whole circuit.

Group 2 gained a fascinating insight into survival in the unruly wilderness... bushcraft! Amazingly, our future survivalists were so impressive at building shelters and starting fires that we considered setting up camp for the rest of the trip - the teachers, though, were too drawn to the idea of a proper bed! In the afternoon, Group 2 headed to the water to traverse the coastal path and battle against the choppy waves.

Group 3 encountered the challenge of the wetsuit for their morning activity as they rode the waves at Newgale Beach, even having the opportunity to hold a number of jellyfish. In true Robin Hood styles, Group 3 spent the afternoon taking on a series of tasks at the archery range.

With hair washed and styled, party clothes donned and cologne dabbed, the evening was spent celebrating the children's achievements and throwing some shapes at the disco. The party ended with a giant conga... to bed!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Year 1: A Visit from Elizabeth I

Year 1 stepped back in time with a visit from Elizabeth I. The children had been writing and rehearsing questions that we wanted to ask her. 

Airlie asked "Can you remember the night before you were taken to the tower?"
Jake asked "Can you describe your favourite dress?"

Our pupils knew that if they made Elizabeth cross that she would throw her shoes at them!

Sealyham 2017: Day 5

Our normal morning sunshine was hidden behind the clouds today; however, our Hacton adventurers were raring to go.

Group 1 cruised around the lake for a kayaking session enjoying the challenges of balancing their boats - most children ended up very wet! Group 2 were on the other side of the lake, building rafts.  Despite their carefully designed sailing vessels, manoeuvring around the water was surprisingly challenging! Group 3 had their turn at St David's Head today, abseiling, rock climbing and even spotting porpoises! Every child conquered their fears and successfully scrambled both up and down the rocks.

In the afternoon, Group 1 grabbed their bows and arrows to become master archers at the Sealyham range whilst Group 2 headed back to the water for an afternoon of kayaking.

In the evening, all the groups gathered around the campfire to toast marshmallows, barbeque sausages and share jokes. The children had a wonderful time. As darkness began to consume the light, they returned to the comfort of the Sealyham Mansion.