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Ellie and Leoni cake sale success

Ellie and Leoni (Year 6) worked very hard making and baking marshmallow snowmen and other delicious and pretty things to sell at their cake and Hama bead sale on Friday.  Their stall was so busy that they almost sold out of everything,  raising £46.66 for Wellchild. Ellie’s mum is training for the next London Marathon in aid of the charity, which helps get seriously ill children across the UK out of hospital and cared for at home.  Well done, girls!

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Sports results: Years 3- 6 swimming v Town Close School

Yesterday our pupils from Years 3-6 hosted Town Close School for a fantastic swimming gala. It was full of team spirit and support and a wonderful afternoon – I was so proud of every pupil as they all swam their hearts out – well done! The results were really close but the final score was Town Close 100, HOHS 96

Well done to all the swimmers and thanks to all the parents for your support. The pictures show Year 6 swimmers in their kit!

Mrs McEvoy.

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Year 6 all tied up!

Year 6 pupils discovered an ingenious way to  fasten the tricky ties on the back of their art overalls all together this week – Ms Mobbs thought that had to be worth a photo!




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Action-packed Year 6 assembly

Thank you to the parents who came to see Year 6 in an action-packed assembly yesterday – we hope you enjoyed their presentation of some of the exciting topics they have covered this term in history, science, maths and English. The children acted out a short scene from the book they have been working with in English,  ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman, gave us a ‘discovery’ scene based around the explorations of Victorian author John Lloyd Stephens and architecht/illustrator Frederick Catherwood in Central America and showed off some amazing models of Mayan temples they had made, which involved applying  mathematical principles. Finally, they shared some interesting information about light (including how a periscope works!).  Leoni brought a real periscope in to show – it is from an F4 Phantom UK and owned by her father. It would have been used to navigate and helped the aircraft crew to see forward.



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Year 6 impress with rainforest homework

Year 6 certainly impressed Mr Peace with the amount of homework that they completed over the Easter holiday! They were set four tasks, of which three were optional, and all were connected to the recent geography topic on ‘Rainforests’. The children had a choice of making a rainforest diorama in a box, a model of a rainforest home, or a decorated Kayapo headdress,  or  producing a short presentation of facts about the Kayapo people of the Amazon. Lots of merits were up for grabs and, following Year 6’s completion of seventeen projects in total, many certificates will be presented at the next Commendations Assembly! Well done, Year 6! See the full gallery of their work here.

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Year 5 Get a Bit Slimy!

Year 5 enjoyed a fun session in our science lab with Miss Mann and Miss Hopwood on Thursday making colourful, gloopy, stretchy slime from glue, water and Borax! More pictures are on the blog.

The children learned about the science involved and enjoyed the opportunity to use the well-equipped laboratory which is normally used by our senior girls.

See the gallery of photos here.


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Year 6 in the Rainforest

Year 6 have been learning all about the world’s rainforests, especially those in South America. They have found out how important and precious these amazing, diverse habitats are and what will happen to our world if they are destroyed.  This morning,  in a very enjoyable  and excellently-presented class assembly,  they explained some of their findings to an audience that included their families and the rest of the Prep Department. Afterwards, as the last picture shows, they practised doing the conga round the Barn!

Thank you, Year 6, and thank you to all the family members who came to watch!


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Year 6 take shelter

As part of their historical study on World War II, Year 6 are looking forward to using the Morrison shelter that Mr Peace has built in their classroom lobby. As well as finding out about the Blitz from the information and photographs on display, the children will use the Morrison shelter as a reading corner where they will also listen to ‘Blitz’, a wartime story by Robert Westall.

The bottom picture shows a real Morrison shelter from the 1940s.


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Year 6 camp out tonight

We hope Year 6 enjoy their annual ‘camp out’ in the school grounds this evening! Hopefully the rain stays away and the marshmallows are all toasted to perfection!

Above: Year 6 camp out 2014

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Years 5 and 6 head to Kingswood

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils recently went away on a residential trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre in Overstrand, North Norfolk.

Judging by these pictures Mrs Doughty sent us, they obviously had an exciting time, learning some new bushcraft skills and, no doubt, boosting their confidence, independence and teamwork as well as having fun!

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