HCH at London Zoo

Students in Year 7 very much enjoyed a trip to the oldest Zoo in the world. London Zoo was established in 1828 and houses 698 species and more than 20,000 creatures.

Year 7 really enjoyed touching animals in the petting zoo and absolutely loved the aquarium and the penguin pool. Overall, we saw a lot of species and great discussions came to life while wandering around.

HCH Maths Day

How long is the theatre? How many grams of sugar are in a can of coke? How much change do I get for £1 if I need to pay 70p? How much of a ruler can be pushed over the table edge until it tilts and how does that change when I put one, two, three rubbers on it? How many moves does it take to all swap... places? What does the number 13 look like? How many butterflies can you find in the picture? What is flag semaphore? Will it just be a line graph?

If questions like these can be heard in the theatre throughout the day it can only mean one thing: it’s HCH Maths Day! Once again different activities encouraged all students from Nursery to Year 11 to use their mathematical skills and analytical thinking.

A big thank you to the Sixth Formers who came in especially early to help out and to the Friends of HCH for lending us the penguin tumble game, which made the Fun Fair even more exciting.

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Children in Reception make Carrot Muffins

Reception discussed healthy food, talking about the vegetables they like and which ones they would try. The children also thought about how to incorporate more vegetables in their diet, and made their own gluten free carrot muffins.

They took in turns to measure out ingredients, tasting along the way and stirring the mixture. They enjoyed their cooked cupcakes at afternoon break and took some home to share with family and friends.

Shape Exploration in Reception

Reception have been exploring 3D shapes, using their sense of touch to identify shapes in feel bags and to discover which shapes can roll and which can stack.

Making Lava Lamps in Science Week

As part of Science Week students learnt how to make lava lamps out of water, oil and an effervescing tablet. They saw that polar and non-polar solutions do not mix and that water would sink to the bottom of a bottle containing oil and water. The water could be dyed using food colouring without affecting... the non-polar oil at the top of the bottle.

Dropping an alka seltzer tablet into the bottle would then cause bubbles of carbon dioxide to rise through the liquid, surrounded by the coloured water and creating a mesmerising lava lamp effect. A little glitter added an extra bit of glamour to their homemade lava lamps.

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