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Sisters Emma and Chloe celebrate Dia de Muertos with traditional festivities

As part of the end-of-term halloween celebrations we were delighted that sisters Emma and Chloe brought the traditions of Dia de Muertos to HCH includng festive party bags, brighly coloured dress and costumes. Hampton Court House has students and families from a variety of cultures and backgrounds and... Emma and Chloe were able to discuss Dia de Muertos with their friends and teachers as part of the school-wide celebrations on Friday.

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awaken and celebrate with them.

Emma was dressed as Catrina, a traditonal Mexican character based on the original drawings by Mexican illustrator, José Guadalupe Posada. Emma’s Catrina costume featured the recognisable ‘sugar skull’ makeup. Chloe brought beautiful, brightly coloured celebratory party bags for all her friends in Nursery which she had made with her parents at home.

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Year 4 compete in an action-packed running race…in slow motion

In year 4’s drama lesson this week they were asked to compete in an improvised running race which took place over a mere 3m distance. The twist was the children needed to complete the race in slow motion. “On your marks…Get set… GO!” but not too fast or you will be disqualified! If a pupil... crossed the finish line, they were asked to dramatically act as if it they had lost the race of their life. By focusing intently on stretching and extending every limb, the students will have felt a clear connection to their bodies and to where they were in the space in relation to their rivals. Having this high level of physical connection and spatial awareness is a vital skill for all performers so, out of what was a light-hearted and slightly ridiculous exercise, valuable insight is gained.

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Yoga in Year 1

Year 1 learned some basic yoga poses and breathing exercises in their movement/dance lesson today. The poses and movements Steph taught them are very beneficial for developing strength and flexibiity as well as giving the children some time to pause and focus on their breathing and thoughts in their... otherwise busy day! As we have a slightly adapted timetable at the moment, our lower years pupils are having sport and movement lessons every day.

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Year 2 celebrate the change of season with their own autumn trees

Pupils in Year 2 used their daily activity time to make a beautiful Autumn landscape. They learned how to curl paper in a variety of autumnal colours to make the leaves on their trees. The trees are now proudly on display in the Year 2 form room. What a lovely way to mark the change of season! Curling... the paper and using scissors to create their trees is also a fantastic way to develop their fine motor skills which will have enormous benefit when it comes to working on their cursive handwriting in English and in French.

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Year 3 create their own cave wall paintings

Year 3 have spent this week creating their own cave wall paintings. Each student made their own wall, scrunching up brown paper and building a lumpy bumpy rock face. They added a coating of sand to make a rough surface on which to experiment with charcoal and coloured chalk pastels and create stories... of woolly rhinocerous, buffalo herds and fierce cave lions.

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Year 4 “Mart” project this week

Mart: a word made-up by the Year 4 children for this week’s art lesson which also implements mathematical understanding.

The children worked on symmetry and discovered real-life symmetrical objects, road signs and animals. They worked on reproducing symmetrical patterns and identifying lines of symmetry... in different shapes. They completed their work this week by drawing the other half of an animal’s face. Well done Year 4 for your hard work and enthusiasm!

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Year 4 origami

Every Tuesday, in the year 4 Life Skills session, pupils learn how to make a piece of origami. Origami helps develop hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and mental concentration. On top of all of this, it is very fun to make and the children love it! Have a look at our first piece of origami from the school year.