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Tapas, por favor…

Year 6 reckon that language lessons should be fun, and have a practical – and if possible, tasty – purpose.   So, since they had been learning the names of different Spanish food items and putting them into sentences,  Mrs Barber thought it would be a good idea to try out ‘la gastronomia Espanola’ .  Judging by the facial expressions, some items were apparently tastier than others!

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Paella, por favor!

Year 6 have been studying the topic of food in their Spanish lessons this term, and looking at conversations in restaurants. Recently they made up their own role plays, ordering food and drink and asking for the bill, which they performed in front of the class. Some of the dishes they ordered were paella, calamares (squid) gambas a la plancha ( grilled prawns) and ensalada mixta (mixed salad.) They are now looking forward to a Spanish food-tasting session with the real thing next half term!

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Year 6 go back to the 1930s

Year 6 treated the rest of the Prep School and some of their own family members to an excellent, informative and entertaining 1930s-themed assembly this morning. Look out for a report and lots more pictures coming soon on the blog – and meanwhile, enjoy these two of the group demonstrating gas masks.

  • Did you know…?

Gas masks were issued in 1938, and over 44 million had been distributed by the outbreak of war in September 1939. It was thought that poison gas might be used against civilians as well as the widely-expected and feared bombing raids.



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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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