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HCH Maths Advent Calendar 2019

It is the season to be jolly and you have reason to be even more jolly as the HCH maths advent calendar is back!
Children from Reception Class to Year 13 are being given a different maths class each day to discuss and explore with their parents. For each correct entry a child’s name is entered into... a prize draw which will take place on the last day of the term


The maths department wishes everyone a harmonious, calm and jolly lead up to Christmas.

Examples of tasks:
Reception and Lower Years:
Find something in your kitchen that weighs less than 400 grams.

Ideas for parents (choose the appropriate level for your child):
– explain that we use grams and kilograms as units
– explain 1000g = 1kg and ask what they could use to weigh an ant, a dog, a pig…..
– let them estimate the weight of various items and then weigh them
– have a discussion about Santa’s weight
( any observations from exploring this topic are welcome on the answer sheet)

Middle/Upper Years and Sixth Form:
Sue is orienteering. She goes 1 km North, then 2 km East, then 3 km South, then 4 km West. In what direction must she go to return to the start?

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Nursery class enjoy a Christmas story by the Christmas tree

Nursery class took their daily storytelling time out of the classroom this morning and into the Main Hall to read a special Christmas story next to the Christmas tree. The pupils were full of festive spirit as they sat and listened to their English teacher Sage, all while wearing their festive red Father... Christmas Hats! Sage read the children two Christmas themed stories, one about a hedgehog who has realised he is a little under-prepared for Christmas and the other about a rabbit who sets off on an adventure to find Father Christmas and encounters many other animals on his way, all of whom help make his Christmas wishes come true.

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Big Draw Festival 2019

We have been absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of creativity that this year’s Big Draw Festival has inspired in our students and staff. We challenged every member of our school community to produce a self portrait that would express facets of their characters and give insight in to their inner... worlds.


The variety of approaches and techniques has produced a rich visual tapestry of the interests, emotions and the expressiveness of the participants. From delicately observed pencil sketches to bold and colourful ink studies to unexpected interpretations of the self.

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Reception class Activities Day 2019

For Activities Day the Reception children enjoyed travelling to Kingston by public bus and delighted in walking through the town looking at the rich and varied architecture. They loved making their own lunch at Pizza Express, learning about the ingredients needed to make a pizza and of course eating it! They made a more lesiurely return by boat, observing the beautiful houses and house boats along the river.

Maths for the mind and body in Nursery class

Nursery class made the most of the beautiful school grounds and warm weather this morning by taking their daily maths lesson outside. The group of 3 and 4 year olds are currently working on identifying patterns of numbers and were overjoyed to run from one number to the next when instructed by their... teacher. The grounds of Hampton Court House always provide wonderful opportunities for unrestricted outdoor learning, often with several year groups working side by side to take their new found knowledge out of the classroom.


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Early and Lower Years Sports Day 2019

Pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 4 took part in the Early and Lower Years Sports Day this morning cheered on and supported by their parents and families. Track and field events included football and tennis ball throwing, javelin, long jump and various sprint races. For the first time children from Pre-Nursery,... Nursery and Reception classes took part in an obstacle race as well as a 40m sprint. Pupils from Year 3 and Year 4 demonstrated the relay skills they have been learning this term with seamless baton changes in the 4x100m relay races. For the first time the pupils were competing in inter-house events as a flavour of the competitions they can look forward to further up the school. Points were awarded for participation as well as technique and teams were given accumulative scores for their relay races. The final race of the morning was of course the much-anticipated parents and teachers’ 60m sprint which was a nail biting competition for first, second, and third place. Well done to Sam Dykes, Year 5 form tutor for winning the parents and teachers’ race.

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Summer Music Recitals 2019

Pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 1 performed in their Summer Recital on Monday 1st July. Soloists from the Early years sang and performed pieces on the recorder, violin and piano, demonstrating weeks of hard work and practise in the lead up to the concert itself. Each year group came together to sing... one piece in French and one in English which had been rehearsed and developed in their music lessons with their music teacher Aleksandra, their form tutors and their French teachers. The theme of the concert was ‘Animals in the jungle’ with pupils dressed as different animals and a colourful jungle-themed set.

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019 our pupils from Year 2 to Year 13 performed in their end-of-year recitals. Recital one was for younger years with groups from Year 2 to Year 6 singing songs as a group in both English and French. Soloists and groups performed pieces from a variety of genres with performers from different year groups coming together to create memorable performances such as the duet by Byron in Year 8 and Dorian in Year 4. The highlight of the first recital was the stirring rendition of Bjork’s famous piece ‘Joga’ by Year 5 who performed the song alongside a video that had been especially created by our Head of Art, Eve. In recital two it was the turn of our older students who each performed a solo which had been meticulously rehearsed and developed during hours of rehearsals at home and in their music lessons at school.

It was a lovely way to end the year with all our families and teachers.

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