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Rugby skills in Years 1 and 2 to mark the launch of the Rugby World Cup 2019

Years 1 and 2 took to the pitch this morning to learn new rugby skills ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup. It was the perfect introduction to the sport for some of our younger pupils and an opportunity to put the world cup into context. The pupils played ‘steal the egg from the nest’ to hone... their skills in ball control, they ran a slalom with the ball and scored a ‘try’ at the end to start to build their sense of how the game is played. The groups will continue to expand their knowledge of the sport as they work together over the next six weeks.

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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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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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Years 2 and 3 trip to Roald Dahl museum

On 11th June, Years 2 and 3 visited the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden. Upon arrival, we set off on the village trail, highlighting many of the places that inspired Dahl’s wonderful stories. We saw the bedroom window that Sophie peeked out of to see the BFG and we visited the library where Matilda... read all those books! The trail led us, with the help of the BFG’s footprints, to Roald Dahl’s grave and the beautiful bench dedicated to his children. Although it was raining, the children really enjoyed the walk through this rather special village.


After lunch, everybody took part in a workshop called ‘Unlocking Ideas’. Through talks and activities in the museum galleries, the children learned more about the author and his life. They gained an insight into how he gathered all his ideas together to create his famous books, and even got to sit in Roald’s old chair from his writing hut.

 

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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.