Big Times Table Challenge
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!
Year 6 'Early Birds'
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.
Star Control Computing Project
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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.
HMS PTA Meeting
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.
HMS Newsletter: 14/12/16
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 (14 December 2016) is available on the Publications page.
Carol Service and Christmas Holidays
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our carol service at Hexham Abbey on Monday evening and to families and friends who have supported the school throughout the Autumn Term.
On behalf of the staff of Hexham Middle School, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
School will close for Christmas on Friday 16 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
Newcastle University Outreach
Year 7 and 8 have been treated to an excellent programme of workshops with student ambassadors from Newcastle University.
Both year groups took part in ‘Universi-tree’ which encourages pupils to consider career flight plans that can be undertaken to achieve their goals and aspirations. A key message was that students do not necessarily have to go to University to reach their potential, but in some careers it is a necessary pre-requisite to have a degree. Students looked at how different combinations of GCSEs and 'A' Levels, or their equivalent, can help inform potential subject choices in high school and courses beyond Key Stage 5.
Year 7 also took part, as part of the Humanities programme, in a workshop in Urban Planning. This was a cross-curricular task getting students to consider what is important in our urban environment, how people value different things and how these groups use our urban environments. Students also had to consider how Town Planners influenced the way our urban environments have evolved.
Year 8 participated in the 'I have a dream' workshop, in which they developed their speech writing skills. Inspired by Martin Luther King's famous speech, students were allowed to explore their hopes and dreams and how they would like to influence the world around them.
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