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HMS children doing 'lockdown' creatively!

Adam Guillain Workshops

Adam Guillain delivered some fantastic workshops to the children with different themes for different year groups on Thursday 6 February.

Engineer Talk

The children had the opportunity to listen to a civil engineer, Emma Wood, talk about her profession, launching our in-school competition "If you were an engineer what would you do?". The children will be given more information about this in school soon. The children had a chance to pose questions for the engineer. The children came up with some great questions including 'Should we make roads/bridges out of renewable resources or plastic?', 'How do you train to be a civil engineer?' and 'What did you study at university?'.

Year 6 – Play Leaders

Some of the Year 6 children have volunteered to become Play Leaders after half term. This will involve leading lunch time games and activities for the KS1 children.

Year 6 – Researching the Maya Civilisation

Year 6 have been researching the Maya Civilisation during Computing and later writing historical narratives based on their research.

Year 5 Mayan Mask Making

Year 5 have been making brilliant masks inspired by the Maya Civilisation! They also tasted some Mayan hot chocolate (hot chocolate with a pinch of chilli powder) and corn tortillas!

Year 4 – Tag Rugby at Bartholomew on Monday 10 February

Year 4 had lots of fun and fresh air at the tag rugby event!

Year 3 – Viking and Anglo Saxon Period Timeline

Year 3 have been busy finding out all about the Viking and Anglo Saxon Period.

Year 2 – African Tie Dye

Year 2 have also been learning about Africa and have prepared detailed instructions and made African tie dye

Year 1 – A Taste of Africa

Year 1 have been learning all about Africa and have been looking at artefacts, making African necklaces, dancing to African Music and tasting African food!

Celebrate Music 2020 – Wednesday 5th February

Celebrate Music was a fantastic evening, showcasing the children’s talent with singing, piano solos, guitar groups and year 5 performing with their violins. Well done to all of the KS2 performers!

We are so proud of you!

Thank you to the staff that gave up their evening, including the peripatetic music teacher, Mr Bettell and the piano teacher, Miss Belfield.

The staff loved joining in too with Mr Boardman and Mr Woodward performing a duet of ‘Friday I’m in Love’ by the Cure, a staff group performance of ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King and a joyous version of ‘Yellow Submarine’ by The Beatles to end the evening.

Year 4 – Fight on Food Waste

Year 4 have been looking at ways to reduce the food waste and packaging during lunch times.

They went to the hall and found that people are still using individually wrapped items, cartons, cling film and tin foil.

They have come up with a few ideas about how to reduce packaging and plastic waste during lunch times.

Year 5 and 6 Showcase

Year 5 and 6 had a great evening on Wednesday 4th December 2019, showcasing all their hard work from the past term.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to celebrate with us.

The children invited us “down the rabbit hole” as they performed their dance piece, retelling the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. They then enthralled us with their performance of Lewis Carrol’s ‘The Jabberwocky’ alongside some brilliant actions.

We hope you enjoyed the fantastic work on show in the classrooms, from teapots and cups to fresh handmade sandwiches!

RE Displays

Y4 visit to the Elderberry Group
This week, Year 4 visited the Elderberries. The children had a great time singing and socialising with the group. The Elderberries really look forward to the visits from the children.

School Council and the Sensory Garden

Mrs Miller and the school council started work in the sensory garden this week and are hoping that the area will reopen later next term. The council also decided to buy bird feeding stations, to encourage more birds into the garden, some planters and a garden clock. These were bought with the gift voucher that Mrs Juler kindly gave the council when she retired.

Oxford United Visit
Malachi Napa and Nico Jones from Oxford United FC came to visit Years 1-6 last week along with the club’s Communication Officer, Chris Williams.
The footballers talked about their commitment to the club and the importance of self- belief when it comes to achieving your goals.
We hope you enjoyed yourselves if you secured free tickets to OUFC’s match against Doncaster!

Y4 visit to the Elderberry Group
Last week, Year 4 visited the Elderberries.
The children sang some of their Easter songs and performed their rain orchestra before joining in with St George’s Day colouring, anagrams and word searches with the members.
The children had a great time and the Elderberries really look forward to the visits from the children. We hope to visit once more before the end of the school year.

Y4 Isle of Wight Residential
Year 4 had a fantastic time on their Isle of Wight adventure! Mrs Woodward was very proud of the children throughout their stay. Behaviour was fantastic and pupils set themselves their own challenges.
“I'm not sure what the best part was, but we certainly had an amazing time travelling on a ferry, lots of exciting outdoor activities, trying new food and sleeping on bunk beds.”

Find more photos on the Year 4 Class Page.



World Book Day – Potato Book Characters
Part of the World Book Day celebrations involved all of the children creating brilliant book characters using craft materials and a humble potato. The class winners were:
Year 1 – Harvey (Pinocchio)
Year 2 – Kalina – Winnie the Witch
Year 3 – Josh (Captain Underpants)
Year 4 – Scarlett (Robot Cat)
Year 5 – Flora (Dumbledore)
Year 6 – Sophie (Mog the Cat)

Bags2school Collection- 14/03/2019

Extreme reading
Miss Young led an assembly last week introducing a fun new challenge called ‘Extreme Reading’.
The idea is to simply have the children appear in a photograph, reading a book in a very interesting way. For example some of the staff had taken photos of themselves reading a book whilst trampolining, visiting London, sitting in a tree and even reading to chickens! Miss Potter even used her Photoshop skills to cheekily appear to be reading on the moon and with the royal family!
Check out the staff photos on the school website:
Ultimately the main reason for the challenge is to instill a deeper love of reading!
Please note that this activity is not essential, it is only for fun and only if you and your child want to take part. (Parents are most welcome to join the challenge too!)
It should go without saying that the children's safety is paramount... Please do not let them come up with scenarios or pose for photographs that are hazardous to their health!
Photos can be printed out and given to the class teachers or emailed to the office:
By issuing a photograph we can assume that you give your permission for us to display the photo on our website in the gallery, unless you tell us otherwise.

Extreme Reading (Staff) 2019

World Book Day – Potato Book Characters
Part of the World Book Day celebrations involved all of the children creating brilliant book characters using craft materials and a humble potato. The class winners will be announced during Monday’s assembly. Continuing with the book theme; look out for an exciting new reading challenge being issued on Monday!

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2019. Thank you all so much for wearing your amazing costumes and making it such a fun day!

Art Workshop at Oxford Brookes 14.02.19