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Lower Years Nature Trail

On Wednesday 19th June, the whole of Lower Years children went on a nature trail expedition in Bushy Park where they explored the different shades of the park and collected some natural samples of different colours. Two members of the Field Studies Council accompanied us on this adventure and took us... to the FSC centre in Hampton. There, we were split into groups and explored two different micro-habitats. Whilst one group did pond dipping and carefully identified the aquatic invertebrates evolving in this area; the other group were log rolling to find out about which living things developed in this particular habitat. We then came back to the centre to have a closer look at the specimens with the use of a camera and microscope. We talked about how these invertebrates are adapting to each micro habitat. It was a fantastic outdoor learning experience that enabled the children to open their eyes to the world surrounding them.

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Y8 Rube Goldberg Machine Project

After their 13+ exams, Year 8 have been undertaking a project across the sciences and art to make Rube Goldberg machines- intricately complicated machines that accomplish very simple tasks, named for American cartoonist Reuben Goldberg. British artist W Heath Robinson is also known for similar work.... Year 8 are working in small groups to make machines of their own, accomplishing a range of tasks such as squeezing a lemon, and icing a cake. Machine steps they have invented include a domino pushing a car carrying a lit candle to burn through a piece of rope, and a balista made from molly sticks launching a projectile to pop a baloon. Next week they will be videoing their machines in action and in the last week of term they will be presenting their work.

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Y10 pupils compete in annual NPL Schools Water Rocket Challenge

A team of 6 Y10 pupils: Max – team leader, Charles, Freddie, Solo, Ryan and Daniil, competed in the NPL annual school water rocket challenge. The event was held on the NPL Sports ground facility in Teddington.
More than 50 Schools from across the borough and from further afield (including Spain) all... competed to design three water/air pressure rockets and a launching mechanism. Points were awarded for time of flight and for landing in three designated zones.


The pupils had worked hard over the last 6 weeks designing and testing their prototype rockets. On the day, all three HCH rockets successfully launched in the rain, and our team came within a very respectable margin of the winning scores. The precision of the launches was spot on, but a few high cross winds just moved the team out of highest scoring range by a couple of metres.

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Y6 pupil selected for Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show

Marcus in Year 6 has been selected as one of only 139 young artists to have artwork exhibited in the 2019 Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Marcus’ work ‘Wandsworth Roofscape” was chosen from over 6200 artworks submitted for consideration f0r the show. The Young Artists’... Summer Show will recognise artworks made by talented young artists from ages 7-19 years. The selected artworks will be exhibited at the Royal Academy or online with special prizes also awarded.

The artworks will be judged in groups based on the age of the artist by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, curators and RA Schools students.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be online from 10th June-31st December 2019, and a selection of these artworks will be on display at the RA from 13th July to 4th August 2019.

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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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Family Picnic on Sunday 9th June

Hampton Court House hosted a family picnic on Sunday 9th June in the school grounds. The Friends of HCH organised free ice-cream and face painting as well as some incredible rowing and Olympic Lifting demonstrations from the team at Molesey Boat Club. Families and the local community were able to view... the whole-school art exhibition which was installed in the art rooms at the front of the school. The Year 6 entrepreneurs sold various produce and snacks as a culmination of their Stride Enterprise project this term.

The afternoon was brought to a close with the annual battle of the bands competition. The nail-biting final saw bands from Year 8 and Year 5 perform for a chance to win the final which was being judged by music industry professionals infront of a gathered crowd of pupils, their familes and the wider HCH community.

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