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Year 4 trip to the British Museum

To complement their work in humanities on ancient Greece, Year 4 went on a trip to the British Museum on Wednesday 29th January. They very much enjoyed using augmented reality technology on tablets supplied by the British Museum to explore the Parthenon Gallery. They learned about ancient Greek religion... and how the Parthenon’s architecture celebrated Athena’s greatness and communicated the power of Athens. The Year 4 pupils had a great day exploring the museum!

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Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year celebrations

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Reception class, Y5 and Y6 led a special Chinese New Year assembly. Y5 gave us a great display of the famous Chinese dragon dance, whilst other Y5 students provided the musical accompaniment.

Y6 performed a Chinese zodiac story: ‘The Great Race’ which explored... an origin story of the Zodiac. This was accompanied by a slide show which introduced some cultural knowledge about Chinese New Year to the students, for example the symbolic meanings of the dragon and other Spring festival customs. One of the highlights of the assembly was the beautiful Dragon Dance, performed by Reception Class.

Pupils in Years 5 to 9 have also been set the task of finding all the hidden Chinese rats in the school and grounds. Drawings of rats have been hidden throughout the school and each pupil has been given a score sheet to see who can find the most by the end of this week.

In the Lower Years, Year 4 led a wonderful assembly about Chinese Mythology and specifically ‘Nian’, the beast who lives under the sea and visits villages at New Year. The pupils in the lower years learned about different customs to scare away Nian, specifically loud noises like fireworks and wearing red or decorating your house in red.

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Year 2 pupils get to grips with solids, liquids and gasses

Year 2 have been learning about solids, liquids, and gases as part of their Science curriculum this term. Today they donned lab-coats and encountered a non-Newtonian fluid which acts as a solid when you move fast but switches to liquid behaviour when you move slowly. They then saw that vibrations could... make it “come alive” and dance like a snake.

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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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Year 1 Art Project

Pupils in Year 1 have been learning about different styles of art from around the world. To start their project the children made a map of the world which they split into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They discussed which countires have deserts, jungle and snow in order to decide which colours... they would use to paint land masses. Finally the children painted the sea and added some amazing sea creatures in the world’s oceans.

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Y2 science problem-solving challenge

In science, Year 2 have been studying materials and their properties. Last week we discussed what materials would be good for building different things and so this week we tried building towers out of wood. Students demonstrated excellent problem-solving skills and learned that triangles are the strongest... shape because they can’t be pushed over into other shapes. We related the structures we made to real-world architecture like Gothic cathedrals and the Eiffel Tower.


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Hampton Court House shortlisted for Senior School of the Year in TES Independent School Awards 2020


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 TES Independent School Awards.

Hampton Court House, which has been hurtling up the rankings in recent years, picking up two Good Schools Guide awards for some... of the best GCSE results in the UK, and topping the Independent Schools Council league table for ‘small independent schools’, has been shortlisted this year by the TES for the title of Senior School of the Year.

TES editor Ann Mroz said, “we received an unparalleled number of entries this year. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement In reaching the shortlist”. TES judges took into account not only HCH’s excellent examination results but also the School’s innovative approach to Sixth Form education in pioneering a ‘later start’ to accommodate adolescent circadian rhythms, as well as the school’s commitment to providing daycare provision for the babies and toddlers of teachers.

Guy Holloway said: “Hampton Court House is both traditional and forward-looking; our exam results and ‘value added’ are amongst the best in the country and we have achieved this by making a number of small incremental improvements in every aspect of school life. It is wonderful for our pupils and staff and to have this hard work recognised by the Times Education Supplement in our shortlisting for Senior School of the Year. “

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 7 February 2020

To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s TES, or click here

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