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.

Remembrance

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.

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!

Year 5 Autumn 2019

In October, Year 5 pupils visited Holt Hall for a three-day residential trip. The focus was on the environment and team-work with the children working towards NOLA (National Outdoor Learning Award.)  We visited Wells beach and pine woods to make sand sculptures and write poetry and based ourselves back at Holt to look at invertebrate lives under water and in the woodland. We explored personal survival by making dens, lighting fires, gutting and cooking fish.

Year 6 Autumn 2019

Year 6 have had a great start to the school year. They really enjoyed their Yoga sessions which gave them an opportunity to explore a range of stretches and balances. The children also practised some deep breathing exercises which might help at stressful times.

Year 6 have been studying ‘Light and Shadow’.  They have been using the Ipads to capture photos of different aspects of light and shade around the school. They were able to take some clever photos which will be used in their work.

Year 3 Autumn 2019

We began our Science in Year 3 with an exciting enquiry entitled “Are you attractive enough?” We had lots of fun investigating with magnets and learned about magnets in everyday life.

Volcanoes

Year 3 have been learning a great deal this half term about volcanoes. We found out what makes the Earth angry and learnt about how volcanoes erupt. We then made our own volcanoes and created a volcanic eruption using baking soda and vinegar.

We began the year as fashion designers! We read the book called ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Ann Fine and this made us think about the reasons why we wear different clothes. We then worked in groups to invent a new uniform for a particular group of people.

Year 2 Autumn 2019

In Year 2 this term we have been thinking about journeys and getting settled into our new year group. We went for a walk around the local area, looking for human and physical features. When we returned to the classroom we drew some super maps of our journeys.

We ended our enquiry with a fantastic home learning exhibition, where the children got to share their hard work with the parents.

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’