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.

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Thank you to all parents/carers who attended last week's SATs Information Evening.  The presentation from the evening along with informative documents regarding English and Maths can be found on the Year 6 SATs Information Evening page.

On Tuesday 7 February 2017, Year 6 will be taking part in STEM Day. The day will see our Year 6 pupils enjoying an action-packed schedule of learning focused on promoting science, technology, engineering and maths. Sessions will include working with Newcastle University studying 'Amazing Adaptations' and thinking about why 'Waste Matters'. Pupils will also take part in a food technology session, a scientific investigation and a maths themed STEM session. More news and photos to follow!

The HMS newsletter contains school news, information about upcoming events in and outside of school, general notices for parents/carers and dates for your diary.

An electronic copy of the latest edition (20 January 2017) is available on the Publications page.

This week, we'll be launching our 'Big Times Table Challenge' for Key Stage 2. We hope this challenge will encourage our Key Stage 2 pupils to learn their key number facts. Each week, form classes will have a mini challenge in a form time and the leader board will be updated. Every pupil needs to work hard to do well as the class percentage will be calculated. After four weeks, we will have our 'BIG CHALLENGE' with the winning class enjoying an ice-cream and film treat! Use 'Hit the Button', challenge grids and learn songs, dances and raps to memorise your tables!

Mr Watters