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!

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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

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This week 7IHO and 7CCR have taken part in the Star Control computing project. In this ‘Star Wars’ themed project they have had the opportunity to program a range a different devices including BB-8, Sphero, Roamer and Big Track. They enjoyed programming the Blue-Bot robots to get Luke Skywalker safely to base and land a drone on the stage in Fellside Hall.

7NPA and 7JKW will take part in the next two weeks.

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, we will be opening the Orchard block at 8.15am so that our Year 6 pupils can come in and log on to 'I am learning'. This will be a good opportunity for our Year 6 pupils to boost their confidence in key areas of English and maths learning. If pupils arrive on a bus, they can join us when they're in school. The first session will be Tuesday 24 January 2017.

The next meeting of the Hexham Middle School PTA will be on Thursday 12 January 2017 at 7.00pm in the Fellside Building.  All welcome.