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Reception assembly – the pictures!

Yesterday’s class assembly by our confident little Reception pupils was a delight, as already reported. Here, now, are some more pictures from the performance. You can also see some of their colourful artwork, including brightly painted Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired giants! Thank you once again to all the parents, grandparents and family members who came – we hope you all enjoyed the opportunity to see the children working together and share in some of their achievements. It is great to see their growing confidence in performing and learning lines!


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Reception show us how beans grow!

What makes a little bean grow into a big, healthy plant? Our Reception pupils know – and they told us all about it in a wonderful assembly this morning. Look out for more photos and a report coming soon. Meanwhile, here is a lovely picture of the children on stage, showing how their confidence is growing, and showing off the giant paintings they had done!

Thank you to all the parents who came – we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see the children working together and showcasing some of their achievements. Well done everyone!


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Fairies and Elves in Reception!

There are hundreds of opportunities for creative and imaginative play at HOHS. This week we spotted some of our Reception children enjoying a recently-acquired fairy and elf house, complete with miniature furniture and little characters. Perfect for all kinds of role-play adventures! The children were also keen to show off the beans they have started to grow. They have planted them in jam jars so that they can keep an eye on how well they grow. We will have another look, too, later in the term…




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Noah’s Ark floats off in Reception’s assembly!

Our Reception pupils have been learning all about things that float and sink, including the story of Noah’s Ark.  Jake and Chloe have even made their own boats at home  and in one of the pictures here you can see Chloe holding hers, made from drinks bottles and pipe cleaners covered in a waterproof plastic bag.

Yesterday, in an enchanting Noah’s Ark-themed assembly, the children told us all about what they had been learning and doing on this topic.  They all spoke very clearly and sang beautifully – well done, everyone!  A big thank you to all the parents and family members for coming to watch and for helping to provide some amazing animal costumes, too!





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Reception show us how beans grow!

What makes a little bean grow into a big, healthy plant? Our Reception pupils know – they have been experimenting and discovering that the magic ingredients are light and water. The children told us all about it in a wonderful assembly this morning, with Jasper the cat’s story helping to get the message across!  As always,  the class assembly is also a lovely, family occasion, as these pictures show.

Thank you to all the parents who came – we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see the children working together and showcasing some of their achievements. Well done everyone!

 

 

 

 


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Noah’s Ark is afloat in Reception!

Our reception class have been learning the story of Noah’s Ark,  playing games and learning songs around the theme, painting colourful fish, building Lego arks and starting to create their own story books.
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Reading Adventures

Miss Hopwood’s Year 5 pupils, like all our Upper Prep classes, will be doing plenty of reading this term. In class, they will be exploring The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Whilst the characters may be familiar to pupils because of the Disney film, the actual story is far more complex.

At home, we expect the children to read every evening and, to get Year 5 off to a good start, they have made these colourful bookmarks to use in their reading adventures.

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Recommended reads for the summer

spy-who-loved-school-dinnersRecommended for 6-8 year-olds:

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
by Pamela Butchart

Izzy is really excited to be picked to look after the new girl, Mathilde, but the new girl isn’t quite what Izzy and her friends were expecting. Firstly, she’s tall. Very tall. And her hair is short. Very short. But stranger still, she LOVES school dinners. No one likes school dinners. There’s only one explanation… the new girl is a SPY!

 

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by William Grill

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger – ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. This is the true story of how Shackleton and his companions endured the hardships they faced, and ultimately managed to survive their perilous adventure.

 

Recommended for 9-11 year-olds:

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by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Rory Rooney is unremarkable in almost everything, apart from his capacity to attract the attention of the school bully. But when he suddenly and spectacularly turns green, he becomes a superhero! With an enhanced, 200% brain and an ability to slightly teleport, what other explanation could there be for his greenness?

Rory and two other mysteriously green children are confined to a hospital isolation unit, but they know that they must escape to start the business of righting wrongs and fighting injustice.

 

The Imaginary  the-imaginary
by A F Harrold

Larger than life Amanda is loud and a little bit bossy so no one is surprised when she announces she’s found an imaginary friend in her wardrobe to order about. Rudger turns out to be a perfect playmate and together they lose themselves in their own imagined play-space. It doesn’t really matter that no one else can see Rudger but when a suspicious stranger arrives with his own imaginary friend, Rudger and Amanda are suddenly in very un-imaginary danger! A wonderfully atmospheric sequence of chills and thrills sees Rudger and Amanda’s adventures take a turn for the terrifying but the power of friendship, creativity and imagination prevails in this magical and memorable tale.

 

As recommended by The Book Trust www.booktrust.org.uk


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Owls that AREN’T afraid of the dark

This term, as part of their Light and Dark theme, Year 1 have been reading the ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’They have also had great fun making their own owls – none of whom are afraid of the dark!Year-1-owls


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Reception pupils publish their first book

Some wonderful books recently published by our Reception class, following the creation of their very own ark. (see their work)

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