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Year 8 Computer Scientists create their own apps

Year 8 have been learning how to create their own apps as part of their online computer science lessons this term. The range of apps they have created include a virtual holiday app, a catching game and a colour knowledge test!
Click here to have a go on some of their newly created apps.

Year 6 create their own French comics

During their French lessons, the students have enjoyed discovering some of the most famous French-speaking comic books like Tintin, Boule et Bill, Gaston, Astérix et Obélix. They found out where the first comics originated and how to create one from scratch. They developed their very own comics using... a storyline, characters, onomatopoeia and a punchline. Here are some of the soon-to-be-famous French comics: “L’anniversaire”, “L’arrestation”, “Devenir chevalier”, “Le pouvoir du skateboard”.

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Year 7 Computer Science students create their own e-safety webpages

This year our year 7 students have been learning a lot about the internet and web and how to stay safe online. They’ve decided to share their knowledge of e-safety with the rest of our HCH community.
During this time of lockdown it has been more important than ever for the HCH community to be mindful... of the time being spend online and infront of a screen. The work Year 7 have completed covers a range of topics including identity theft, the use of cookies, GDPR and creating a digital footprint.

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‘A New Normal’ an original rap by George in Y7.

George in Year 7 is taking part in the Rose Theatre Endure project, where children were asked to write a monologue entitled “A New Normal”. George has used the stimulus to write an original, funny and beautifully honest rap about his time in the lockdown:

To my friends
... Lets talk about whats happening,


Without being too formal,
This new reality around us – is it a new normal?
I really do not like it – its restrictions and norms –
It causes frustration, rejection and rebellion of all forms!

You can’t go out , play games and hang out
No handshakes, embraces, kisses or messing around –
Sanitise, disinfect, sterilise and distance yourself
From friends, neighbours, town people and country elves,
Goblins , pirates and fellow teens – as all of them could be carriers of Covid 19!
Sounds like madness? Yes, you are right!
But we all have a choice – people rejoice,- and lets join the fight!
Staying at home is all we can do : I accept it, I get it
And hope you too. But….
Being stuck in the house feels totally pathetic,
Makes you feel useless, sulky and sometimes frenetic .
I can’t concentrate, read or write properly
I feel sleepy, slothy and quite often disorderly –
Neither can I jump with Joe Wicks every morning,
He is doing a great job, but sometimes I just find it boring.
Adult “ friends” will tell you to frame yourself and do your best-
Conversations help: even on zoom , face time or anywhere else.
I am really lucky to have “ meaningful relationship “ with my parents,
Some teachers, my dog Matilda – but , most importantly,
I cherish my friendships!
Old or new normal, with face masks or without ,
I am so lucky to have my friends , in and out!

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Y6 pupil uses time in lockdown to create allergy-free recipe blog

Khalil in Year 6 has always been a school champion of allergy awareness and ensuring that HCH is an inclusive and ‘allergy-friendly’ place to be. He is also a brilliant cook and baker. We are delighted that Khalil has been using his time since the national lockdown last month to create some amazing... recipes on his blog

KScooks. Khalil has tried out lots of his new ideas on his parents and two younger siblings who also attend HCH. Well done Khalil. We can’t wait to try some of these when we are all reunited at school!
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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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