Golden Book Winners!

Friday, 31 January 2020

Every week, teachers identify 2 outstanding pupils in their class who have had a fantastic week either academically or socially or both! These pupils are entered into the Golden Book and are announced during our Friday morning celebration assembly. Our fabulous winners in the infants receive a
certificate in assembly and parents of the 'golden' children in the juniors receive a letter home, informing parents of their child's fantastic achievement.

Congratulations to our winners:

Reception - Aimee, Jack, Bertie, Louie, Mishel, Rosie-Leigh
Y1 - Oskaras, Harrison, Arooba, Stanley. Joey, Bella
Y2 - Daisy, Kymarni, Kaizer, Bethany, Grace, Archie
Y3 - Daniella, Sam, Melin, Edgar, Charlie, Darcie
Y4 - Alanda, Alex, Vansh, Abrianna, Taylor, Denas
Y5 - Esme, Issac, Tatum, Martim, Simrah, Freya
Y6 - Zarrah, Freya, Ellie, Nathan, Yazmin, Hussain

Busy Days For Our JTAs!

Wednesday 29th January was definitively a hectic day for all of our Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs). Not only were they all involved in the Junior Road Watch Scheme with the Police in Straight Road at 9.30am, but that had separate meetings afterwards with Havering’s Road Safety officer, Elaine Keeler.

First, Elaine met with the Year 6 JTAs (from last year) to present them with a gift as a thank you for all of their hard work during their time in Year 5, including their involvement with editing Taking Steps magazine. As you can see, the pupils were very pleased with their JTA paperweights, and they definitely deserved them after working so tirelessly in their roles as JTAs last year.

Next, Elaine met with our current crop of JTAs, spoke about their role in school and some of the things that may be able to achieve with the support of the rest of the school and local community. These pupils also received some gifts from Elaine (including pencil cases, pens, pencil sharpeners) to help them in their role. They too were very pleased with their ‘welcome gifts’, particularly their gold accredited JTA badges that they all said they will now wear with great pride. Keep up the good work!

Junior Road Watch returns to Straight Road

Thursday, 30 January 2020

On Tuesday 26th November last year, Hilldene Primary School became the first school in the whole of Havering to take part in the Junior Community Road Watch Scheme organised by the Metropolitan Police. This scheme gives primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in speed awareness programmes in their local community.
On Wednesday 29th January 2020, members of the Metropolitan Police, as well as Local Community Police Officers and Havering’s Road Safety Officer, returned to Straight Road to carry out a second Junior Road Watch Scheme with our current Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) in Year 5 and our previous JTAs from Year 6.
Once again, after any speeding motorists had been identified by the Police, they were initially stopped and spoken to by the officers. The officers then decided whether or not each motorist was suitable to speak to the children. At this point, they would call over the Road Safety Officer and 2 or 3 children to deliver a combined educational road safety message to the driver.
Similar questions were asked again by the children, including:
  • Why were you speeding right next to our school?
  • Do you know how many children go to the 2 schools on this road?
  • Are you aware of the consequences of speeding?
On the last occasion, 5 motorists were stopped in under 20 minutes for speeding and had to face questions from our JTAs. This time, 6 motorists were caught for speeding, again in under 20 minutes, and were asked to answer questions relating to the dangers of exceeding 30mph in areas including local schools.
We are still the only school in Havering to organise any Junior Road Watch initiatives, but hopefully after the success of our pilot scheme, many other schools in the local area and Havering will start to become involved.

Year 5 - Maths

In Year 5, we have been working incredibly hard with division. We have taken the lessons slow where we do a practical session before the written work. This has benefitted the children as more children were able to explain the reason the method was used.

They were even able to explain in sentences what the question is asking them to do. When it came to the written work, all the Year 5 team were amazed with the children's independence and understanding of the question.

Excellent work Year 5, we are extremely proud of you!

Reception - Chinese New Year

To celebrate Chinese New Year we tasted a variety of Chinese food including noodles, rice, prawn crackers and spring rolls. We used chop sticks.  We then spoke about our favourite Chinese food. 

Hilldene Minecraft Club Quickbuild Winner

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Thank you to everyone that has been voting for Hilldene each week.
We are currently number one on the Leaderboard, out of all the schools with clubs!

This week's Quickbuild winner is Finley with his octopus. Congratulations Finley!

Please continue voting for Hilldene every week at
​Thank you for your continued support!

2A - The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

2A have enjoyed writing the story of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We used the talk 4 writing technique to form sentences and structure the story. We can’t wait to think of our own solutions to stop the naughty seagulls!

2A - Division

In Year 2, we are learning about division. This morning, we have been dividing by 2 and finding related number facts. For example; we know that 12 ÷​ 2 = 6 so therefore 2 x 6 = 12. The children are aware of the commutative law and can use this knowledge to create different number facts. 2A enjoyed using different resources around the classroom to help them solve the division facts. Great work 2A, well done!