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Year 1 complete French book project

The Y1 children have been working on a project about ‘how to make a book’ which began in January. They took part in a number of writing workshops, during which they invented and wrote their own story and illustrated it. This was a project that we ran with the help of some sixth-form students. During... the project we also welcomed the French illustrator Marianne Barcilon who delivered workshops to Y1, Y2 and Y3 in February, thanks to the support of the HCH Friends. The book is in French, but it is also translated in English for the whole school to read.

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Y1 Trip to Hobbledown Farm

To celebrate the end of the academic year, Year 1 enjoyed a day out together visiting Hobbledown Farm. The pupils had the opportunity to take part in a story time session. They also enjoyed seeing and handling small animals, and learning more about them during a workshop. At the end of the visit the pupils got the chance to play on the large adventure playground together.

Giant Bubble Assembly for Lower Years Pupils

On the first day back after half-term, the Lower Years children enjoyed making giant bubbles during an assembly organised by Jonah and Helen, our science technicians. Everyone had a go at shaping different sized-bubbles using various wands: it was mesmerizing to see all these colourful bubbles floating... around. Jonah explained the science behind bubble making and the different solutions he had made to see which one would work best. He shared the magic receipe with the children so they can experiment at home!

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Music Making from Around the World in the Lower Years

Children in the Lower Years had a fantastic opportunity to learn about musical instruments originating from the far corners of the globe. Starting with Africa, travelling through India, China, Japan and Australia, the pupils explored a vaiety of new, exotic sounds by playing the instruments, dancing and taking part in games. It was an unforgettable day of music making at HCH.

Year 4 Trip to the Natural History Museum

On Wednesday 15th May, Year 4 enjoyed a trip on the train and underground to South Kensington to visit the Natural History Museum. The group attended two workshops in the morning, the first was an interactive show about volcanoes and earthquakes while the second sesion gave the pupils the opportunity... to become a scientist for an hour. The students were able to touch, measure, draw, smell and study a collection of different species with a range of specialist equipment. After a picnic on the grass at the front of the museum in the beautiful sunshine, the pupils went back to visit the life floors and look at the various exhibits about volcanoes and earthquakes.


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Early and Lower Years Sponsored Run for Refugee Children

Children from Pre-Nursery to Year 4 took part in the sponsored run on Wednesday 22nd May to raise money for the first school in France to be set up within a refugee shelter, in Ivry-sue-Seine. This camp has welcomed families since 2015 and the school helps the children to learn French and adapt to French... culture. The children generally stay between two weeks and two months in this school before finding a more permanent place to stay and integrating into a public school. Unfortunately, the children’s shoes are usually in very poor condition when they arrive at the refugee shelter, having travelled far from Africa or the Middle East to escape war and famine.

Some Year 9 children from HCH gave a presentation on this school in an assembly and are raising money through an online platform as well as through the bake sale that was held on Monday 13th May. We are now adding to their efforts by contributing proceeds from the Run for Refugee Children. The Year 9 pupils will use the donations to buy shoes and will send them directly to the refugee shelter.
It was a joy to watch our youngest pupils take part in the sponsored run with such a firm understanding of the cause they are fundraising for. The pupils rose to the challenge and even our youngest students in Nursery and Reception class managed to run in excess of 20 laps of the field.

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Year 2 visit to the British Museum

On Friday 10th May Year 2 visited the British Museum for a storytelling workshop. The children listened to an African folk story, before visiting the galleries to look at some artefacts from the continent. They then wrote individual mini books, featuring the beautiful objects seen. Back at school the children have been very busy editing and improving their stories and they are now on display in the Year 2 Classroom.