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Year 3 trip to Walton Firs Activity Centre

As an end of term treat, Year 3 took a trip to Walton Firs activity centre. After a disjointed year of lockdowns during the pandemic, it was wonderful for the class to come together and take part in team building activities and spend the day in the sunshine. The children climbed on the low ropes and... enouraged each other to complete the course without touching the ground. Then the class were put into pairs with one person blindfolded. They were led through one of the activity trails by their team mate who had to give them clear directions and support, this encouraged their communication and sense of team work. It was a lovely way to end the school year together as a group.

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Early and lower years sports day 2021

Early and lower years had an amazing sports day on Tuesday. All students participated with a smile on their face and the enthusiasm to do their best. We witnessed some amazing jumps and throws as well as photo finish races. It was a fun and exciting day for all. Lots of laugher and team cheering created... a great atmosphere which encouraged the competitors. All students received a participation certificate which they all should be proud of. Some years groups competed for their houses as well as the chance to win individual medals. At the end of sports day, Year 2, 3 and 4 performed their gymnastic routines, displaying all the skills they have learned throughout the year.

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Science week day 3: Year 2 make lava lamps

On Wednesday, Middle Years and Y9 continued with their biology and chemistry projects, doing dissections in biology and experimenting with plating and alloying in chemistry.

Year 2 was the final year to make their vitamin-c-fuelled lava lamps and discussed properties of solids liquids and gases, as... well as enjoying the surroundings of the laboratory.

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Science week 2021: Day 1

Today we began our annual celebration of science, technology, and engineering with half of year 7 and all of year 8 completing their coin plating chemistry activity and year 4 making beautiful lava lamps.

We launched a competition to produce a presentation on the challenges facing technology (deadline:... end of school on friday, entries to Neelu- nva@hchnet.co.uk )

Entries continued to come in for the science photography competition with Year 5 leading the way with some excellent photographs showcasing botany, metallurgy, and engineering. Further entries should be emailed to Thomas at tjmw@hchnet.co.uk by the end of school on Friday.

This afternoon, Years 1-4 had an outside assembly showcasing the power of chemistry with some dramatic demonstrations of how energy and gaseous products can be released rapidly during reactions. The assembly finished with an opportunity to meet one of the most beautiful and enigmatic creatures to live locally, the Barred Grass Snake (Natrix helvetica) – our specimen, “Gollum”, is a gorgeous 2-foot example with bright green sides and lots of personality!

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Francophonie Day at HCH

Students and staff came together to celebrate our annual Francophone Day on Wednesday.

The Early Years (Daycare to Nursery) were treated to a special French lesson. The children did really well and thoroughly enjoyed the activities brought to them, which definitely triggered their imagination and got...

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Year 1 welcome Celine Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau

During the most recent lockdown, Year 1 had a guest speaker in their English lessons, Celine Cousteau, the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau, inventor of SCUBA diving equipment.

Earlier in the term, our lower years English teacher, Jacqui read The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino... to the children and, as a result, one of our lovely Year 1 parents, organised the meeting for us as she knows Celine.

Céline S. Cousteau is a socio-environmental advocate and public figure. She is known for her work as a documentary film director, producer, explorer, artist, public speaker, brand ambassador and designer, and is a frequent panelist at the United Nations in New York.

During the lesson, Celine talked about her family and their work and told the children about her expeditions and film making in the Amazon. The children were able to ask her questions and see some of her photographs and video clips. Celine explained to the children that Indigenous tribes around the world make up just 5% of the world’s human population but are the guardians of 80% of the world’s biodiversity. It was a privilege to meet her and we await the release of her film ‘Tribes on the Edge’ in the UK with great excitement.

 

 

 

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Year 3 Poetry Recital

Before the Christmas holiday, Year 3 were given a special New Year poetry challenge: to practise and, if possible, learn by heart a New Year poem, to be read or recited in our first week back. Undeterred by lockdown, we held the recital over Zoom, and the children rose to the occasion magnificently! We... heard beautiful, sensitive readings of Tennyson’s magnificent “Ring Out, Wild Bells”, and several children even learned Matt Goodfellow’s lovely “Poem for a New Year” by heart – a real undertaking! Their recitations were sensitive and moving, and all the more impressive considering they were done from memory. Well done, Year 3 – and Happy New Year! The photograph shows the Head of English on a Zoom lesson with Year 3.

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