There will be an opportunity to see your child’s work as they have progressed through the academic year on Thursday 9 March 2017 from 4.00-6.00pm.

Staff will be delighted to welcome you and your child to your child’s individual subject classrooms.

As part of our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 2 March 2017, the school is holding a photography competition for any pupil who wishes to take a photo of themselves reading during the half-term holiday in an unusual or amusing place (such as under their bed or to their pet!) The photos will be used in school to form a display entitled "HMS pupils love reading so much, we even read..." Please email entries to the school and these will be judged as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We look forward to receiving your creative responses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that pupils should only take pictures where it is safe to do so and must get their parents' permission/approval for the picture. They should also only submit a photograph if they are happy for it to be displayed around school, on the website or in publications.

Written by Niamh R, Year 6.

On the 7th February 2017, Year 6 had a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) day, run by students from Newcastle University. In our classes, we rotated round five different workshops including: designing our own animals; creating inventions to save waste; building a bridge with a steady structure; making honeycomb and creating a boat out of plasticine and marbles. The workshops helped us to learn how things work and why they may go wrong.

The first workshop was about learning about the different characteristics of animals and why they needed these features for surviving in their habitats. Using this knowledge allowed us to design an animal of the future. The second workshop was about designing and engineering an invention from recyclable waste, to help reuse the waste and reduce environmental pollution. The next workshop required some good teamworking. We had to build a bridge to cross a river, out of construction equipment. We learned that triangles are the strongest shape for building sturdy structures.

The results are in from our first Year 5 challenge. Our pupils have calculated the percentage of correct answers in each form class for week one:

  • 5MJE 58%
  • 5FHA 61%
  • 5LWA 63%
  • 5SPH 66%

The more you learn; the more chance your class will have of winning the special treat! Keep going! Next challenge for Year 5: Tuesday 7 February 2017; Year 6: Thursday 9 February 2017.

Mr Watters

Next week (week beginning 6 February 2017), pupils in Year 5 will be working in different maths group and could be taught by a different teacher. The aim of the week will be to further develop mastery skills, including: group work and communication; mathematical reasoning and problem solving. The week will be focused on developing key age-related expectations such as: using the four operations; solving complex problems involving money and developing mental maths skills. Learning will feature a focus on maths from other cultures and the development of number systems (Roman numerals). We hope it will be an exciting and challenging week!

Mr Watters.

Mr Gaines has sent through some photos of the KS3 Ski Trip, featuring the hotel, getting kitted up for skiing, pupils ready to hit the piste, Mrs Barnett running a warm-up session before morning skiing, apres-ski activities, and the skiing sessions.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the photos: