Author Julia Edwards visits

We were delighted to welcome author Julia Edwards to speak to Key Stage 2 children about her books in the Scar Gatherer series. Julia gave a fascinating overview of British history linked to each of the 7 titles in her book series, read an excerpt from her first book, and answered children’s questions. She explained how she got her initial idea for time-travel from her own memories visiting places as a child, when she used to imagine what life would have been like for those in the castle or palace she was visiting.

When asked about what makes a good writer, as well as imagination, creativity and research, Julia told us that perseverance is the most important characteristic.

Some children have been busy writing thier own fiction books, and asked Julia for advice on what to write next. She replied “Think of the ending of the story you’ve written. What is there in that which could give you a clue to start your next story?” Asked about ideas, Julia replied “Think of your favourite thing, for example a time in history, that you know a lot about. Then make up a story about that.”

The children were captivated by Julia’s presentation and many bought her signed books afterwards. Children on our school Reading Forum have asked that we get a set for the school library too.

Listen below to Julia reading from her book “Leopard in the Golden Cage”.

Orchestra concert

Our school orchestra performed for the school – it was a fantastic end-of-term concert. Watch the video to hear an extract from their performance.

Anti-bullying week

A whole-school focus on anti-bullying themed around ‘change starts with us’ and everyone wore odd socks for ‘odd socks day’. The message of this was that we are all different and all valued. During the anti-bullying week we focused on messages including speaking out against bullying, sharing a smile, including others, looking out for those who are struggling, saying kind words and thinking how others feel.

Children in Need 2019

Children in Need day came to school with great fun and excitement! Dressed in own clothes, spots and Pudsey and Blush items, children across the school enjoyed games and activities in the hall during playtime and learned about Children in Need through the class assembly by 6P and in their classes throughout the day. Well done for raising a huge total of over £800 for the charity.

Zoo visit

Our Year 1 children had a real treat when the zoo came into school! The children were able to handle all kinds of animals, and meerkats were a certain favourite. The children have gone on to exlpore animals’ needs and habitats as part of their Enquiry learning following the zoo visit.

Book Fair

We had lots of visitors to our book fair, with plenty of exciting books and authors to find. It was great to see children enjoying browsing the range of books on offer and so many delighted faces eager to delve into their newly purchased books! Thank you for your support!


On 11th November, we gathered as a whole school for an act of remembrance. We thought of those who strive to make the world a safer place and considered the importance of remembering the past and giving thanks for those who suffered and gave their lives for our peace and freedom. Thank you to everyone who supported the Royal British Legion by purchasing poppies and items from the stationery shop.

Hillside Harvest

We had a wonderful Harvest Festival on 15th October. All children from Reception to Year 6 came together in the school hall to take part in singing and celebrating Harvest. Father James led us in giving thanks for our food and thinking of the importance of sharing with one another. Many thanks for the generous donations for food – we collected over 300 items, all of which have been donated to the Norwich Foodbank.Well done everyone!

Have a listen to a short clip of our singing of ‘Harvest Samba’ from our Harvest Festival.

Hillside School singing ‘Harvest Samba’