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2018 - 2019

Friday 21st September 2018 - Spirit Of The Wild (report by Keira, Chloe and Millie in Year 6)

On Friday 21st September 2018, the whole school took part in the spirit of the wild workshop. An animal expert came in to show us some exotic animals from all over the world!

First, we saw a rare golden eagle, two lucky year 6 pupils got to hold this fascinating bird of prey. They have impeccable eyesight that allows them to read a newspaper from the length of a football pitch.

Next, from the arctic circle, a snowy owl was introduced to us.  we heard a lot about what types of features it had and it has a remarkable skill to camouflage it’s self beneath the snow.

Afterwards, we came across the colour-changing chameleon. This extraordinary reptile has a reinforced tail that can wrap around anything.

Finally, we saw an adorable baby fruit bat and its habit of spitting out the bits of food that it doesn’t need is disgusting.

2017 - 2018

Thursday 1st March 2018 - World Book Day

Today we were joined in school by lots of wonderful characters from all sorts of books, both pupils and staff looked fantastic. Children completed book related activities within classes as well.

At the end of the day Mrs Shenston 'shared a story' (Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg)  in our whole school assembly and she was joined at the front by all the characters we had in school that we came across in the story: Cinderella, the Three Bears (or any bears and Goldilocks as well), our wicked witches and Robin Hood.

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Friday 2nd February 2018

On Friday Year 6 made the exciting trip to The O2 Arena in London to take part in the Young Voices Choir, the largest school choir concert in the world. They have been practicing in class for months to prepare for this concert and had to learn several songs and dance moves to join in with the other 7705 pupils from other primary schools. They performed songs by Ed Sheeran, Toto, Stevie Wonder and Rag'n' Bone Man and more alongside artists such as jazz singer Natalie Williams, vocal harmony stars the M4gnets, and Alfie Sheard.

The children (and adults) had an amazing day and enjoyed the unique experience singing together and performing in one of the world’s greatest arenas alongside professional artists brings.

Details about the Young Voices choir can be found here: http://www.youngvoices.co.uk/about/young-voices/

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Monday 8th January 2018

Today Years 2 - 6 were serenaded into a special 'Music for Schools' assembly. The children listened to variety of instruments being played and learnt some fascinating facts about different families of musical instruments. Some children even got the chance to play the Trumpet and the Saxophone for contributing some impressive answers.

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Wednesday 6th December 2017 - Christmas Lunch

Today the whole school enjoyed Christmas lunch together. Our wonderful LSAs prepared the Hall and Dining Hall brilliantly for the event, our kitchen staff worked hard to cook us a wonderful meal and the teachers and LSAs were super waiters and waitresses.

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Friday 17th November 2017

 

Today we re-started our Free Range Friday afternoons and split into our house teams. We spent the afternoon together getting to know each other and busy colouring a zentangle house team leaf to contribute to our new Hillmead House Team Tree.

 

Here are some pictures of us hard at work:

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Tuesday 3rd October 2017

 

Hillmead Primary School was transformed into a fantasy world on Tuesday, 3rd October, when children's author Jack Trelawney visited the school to read to the children from his adventure books Kernowland and Thirteen Things.

 

The children met  Tizzie and Louis, two children who get tangled up in adventures in a fantasy world of the kingdom of Kernowland with characters such as  Princess Kea, Mr Sand, Clevercloggs, and Misty the little blue mouse. Jack also presented his "Edutainment" slideshow which is all about writing stories.

 

After the talk, there was a "Meet the Author book signing event where the children could meet Jack and have their books dedicated and signed by the author.

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Monday 26th September 2017 - Hertfordshire Developing Well Athlete Mentor Visit

Our athlete mentor (Mike Mullen, a BMX Professional) made his second visit to our school today. He worked with our Change for Life group (Children from Years 3 - 5) and our Year 6 class. Mike led an inspiring and exciting workshop that aimed to help increase self-confidence. The children all had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
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2016 - 2017

Friday 23rd June 2017 - Free Range Friday

During the third week of this half term's Free Range Friday activities, each house team made their careful designs a reality. Each child created a rock fish that they felt represented themselves. This came after discussions around the book 'Only One Me' and how respecting each others individuality makes our school a brilliant place to be.

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Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Sports Day

Today the weather was kind to us and Hillmead School was awash with house colours.

 

The morning saw EYFS and KS1 completed a series of events that challenged their co-ordination and sporting skills. The children rotated around the activities in their house teams and worked together to earn as many points for their team as possible. The SSOC, House Captains and members of Year 6 helped support EYFS and KS1 during each activity. It was a fantastic morning! The overall winners were ELM TEAM

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In the afternoon it was the turn of KS2. Each house team took their place under the gazebos and different team members took part in several events: sprints, javelin, hurdles, long jump, bean bag race and the relays. The overall winners were ASH TEAM

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Monday 19th June 2017 - K'nex Challenge (Year 5 and 6)

Please see the Bluebell and Violet's Class pages for more information.

Tuesday 13th June 2017 - Birds of Prey Visit

After EYFS had their visit from the birds as part of their topic, the rest of the school got the chance to join in too. Tuesday afternoon saw children taking part in a talk and handling session followed by a flight demonstration at the end of the day.

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Monday 12th June 2017 - Mad Science Assembly

We were visited in assembly by Mad Science who delivered an assembly around water. We learnt how the aquifers are emptied by different uses and thought about ways we could help them to refill. We also learnt about the water we waste when brushing our teeth and having a bath or shower. 

The assembly was A LOT of fun and we all learnt how to help save water.

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