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Science Week Day 4- Bath bombs, Genomes and The Science Week Fair

Pupils in Years 5 to 8 made some beautiful smelling, fizzy bath bombs today by mixing together some weak acids and bases. They flavoured their bath bombs with their chosen flavours and colours to make lovely gifts to take home.

Matthew Brown, a software developer from Genomics England led an assembly... for Middle and Upper Years pupils to discuss how advances in sequencing the genome have the potential to revolutionise drug treatment and early disease diagnosis. For further information about Genomics England, visit https://www.genomicsengland.co.uk/about-genomics-england/

And finally, in the school theatre we held the first Science Fair at HCH. Students contributed work and projects that they felt had scientific underpinning. Works included models, research projects, and creative work inspired by science. Students, parents and teachers attended the science fair and were certainly impressed by the variety of displays and projects, from songs to mechanical models and large-scale poster presentations!

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Science Week Day 3- Personality tests, DNA and sustainable energy

As Science Week continues, our students are full of enthusiasm for the variety of activities on offer. Each talk, workshop or demonstration is providing an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their Science curriculum and the world around them.

Our Psychology teacher, Laraib Saeed provided an... opportunity for students to assess their own personality traits using the Big Five Personality test. The test is often used to help determine career paths based on how an individual would react in different situations.

Middle and Upper years pupils attended a Science Week assembly on Sustainability led by Yasmina Mikhael. Yasmina is Head of Sustainability at Long and Partners and has a wealth of expertise in renewables and the built environment.

And finally, Head of Science Abi Howard ran a workshop for Middle and Upper years pupils, explaining how DNA can be extracted from cells. Students had the opportunity to extract cells and DNA from kiwi fruit as part of the practical workshop!

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Year 7 and 8 trip to Westminster Abbey

On Friday Years 7 and 8 spent the day at Westminster Abbey, a site of significant historical and religious importance in London. Contextualising 1000 years of history, the students could walk past the tombs of kings and queens that shaped the nation, look at the chair that was used in the coronation... of monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II, as well as reciting the beginning of The Canterbury Tales near the remains of Geoffrey Chaucer. Despite the rain, the group really enjoyed their excursion and the chance to deepen their knowledge from their Perspectives and History lessons.

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Mardi Gras Carnival 2020

Middle and Upper Years pupils celebrated Mardi Gras at last night’s carnival, organised by the Friends of Hampton Court House. The children got into the party spirit by wearing fancy dress and taking part in a dance workshop followed by a dance competition as well as a costume competition, photo booth... and delicious mocktails and food served by our very generous Friends.

The originality and effort put into the carnival costumes was wonderful and our team of teacher volunteers came together to judge the fancy dress competition with categories including ‘most original’ and ‘most amusing’.

The weeks of planning and preparation came together to provide a vibrant event which the pupils will remember for many years to come!

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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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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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