Year 6 - P.E.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

In P.E this week Year 6 have been learning about balances and created some impressive gymnastic sequences. Working with a partner the children performed with control and quality, persevering when faced with any challenge. We also discussed why physical activity is good for our health and well-being.

Welcome to Year 3!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Since their return to Hilldene a few weeks ago the new Year 3 have settled in very well in all of their classes and have been enjoying all the activities and work that they have been doing so far. Keep up the good work Year 3!

Welcome to Year 6!

Friday, 15 September 2017

After completing their first few days back to Hilldene last week the children have now come to the end of their first full week of being Year 6 pupils at the school.

They have each settled in well to their new sets and have been learning about Place Value in Maths, Goodnight Mr Tom in English, light in Science and also about Rivers in topic.

Good luck for your final year at Hilldene, Year 6!

Mindfulness in Y1

After an extremely busy week of learning in Year One,  we decided that we needed some time to refresh our bodies and minds by taking part in some mindfulness. Together, we journeyed on an underwater adventure, balancing on the back of a graceful dolphin! Feeling tranquil and refreshed, we were then eager to continue  with our learning.

Baby News!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Congratulations to Miss Skelton on the safe arrival of her beautiful daughter, Phoebe, who was born on Friday 4th August - 11 days overdue!

Nappy days!

Learning Languages

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Since the children have returned to school they have been learning about other countries and languages around the world as well as Spanish speaking countries. They also managed to greet each other in Spanish by saying Hola (Hello).

Report on Livestreaming

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The internet has evolved so much since its creation that combined with new technology many things have become much more easier in life. If you are lost then you can look at Google maps, if you are hungry you can now order by tapping a button on Just Eat and if you want to speak to someone abroad you can do it for free via Skype.
However, the internet can also be a dangerous place, especially to children, who may not understand how certain parts of the internet work, just like the ever-increasing world of livestreaming.
A report by the child charity, Childnet, has produced a report following their survey from children aged 8-17 years old about livestreaming. Livestreaming is when a user can 'Go live' to just their friends or can make it open to public viewing. 33% percent of 8-17 year old said that they had livestreamed before, whilst 1 in 10 of the children told Childnet that they had livestreamed in the last day.

Here are some of the key findings that Childnet has from their survey:
  • Watching Livestreams: YouTube Live is the most popular service for watching others livestream, with 44% of 8-17 year olds using this. 

  • Going Live: Instagram Live is the most popular service that children use to ‘go live’ themselves, with 11% of 8-17 year olds saying they had done this on Instagram, with the second most popular service - Facebook Live - being used by 9% of 8-17 year olds. 

  • Teens more prolific users: Almost half of teens aged 13-17 years have watched livestreams on YouTube (47%), compared to around a third (32%) of 8-12 year olds. Meanwhile, 1 in 8 teens have broadcast live on Instagram (12%), and 1 in 10 have done so on Facebook (10%). In comparison around 1 in 15 children aged 8-12 years have used Instagram (7%) and Facebook (7%) to go live.
If you're going to watch a livestream then remember that you won't know exactly what will happen in the stream as it is live and therefore there won't be any filters on the video, such as foul language that could be used.

Secondly, if you decide to livestream then make sure you don't disclose personal information if your video is public and make sure that you choose who you share your stream to carefully.

More pieces of advice can be found about online safety by clicking here.

Reception First Intake

Whilst the rest of Hilldene Primary started the new school year last Wednesday, this week saw the first intake of children into reception.

All of the children were very excited to come in for their first day of school and meet all of their new classmates throughout the day. Everyone settled in very well on what is a very exciting day for the children. They all played with a variety of toys in their classrooms to kick start their Hilldene Primary journey and they couldn't wait to come back to school the next day to have more fun.

Well done to all parents and guardians for the smooth transition into Reception as there were lots of smiley faces when saying goodbye.