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Zany Zoo- Year 4 Farewell Show

Chimpanzees that like to clean; a fish that cannot swim; a dancing elephant, a llama that cooks pizza not to mention a tiger that is a rock star! All these animals belong in the Zany Zoo and made an appearance in the final farewell show performed by Class 3, ably supported by the combined Class 2 and 1 choir. It was a brilliant show that provided lots of laughs, and tears for the parents whose children are moving on.
As the final song in the show says “Although we are different, we’re family.’ So goodbye to the Year 4 members of our Hockliffe School family, thank you for all you have contributed to the school in your time as pupils here and good luck as you move on to your different middle schools in September.

More pictures of Zany Zoo can be seen in the gallery
We did raft building; we had to put giant barrels together and tie them in a figure of eight. Each raft fell apart and some of us had to swim back though most of us got on the surf boat.
By Amelie

We had fun doing bushcraft- it’s like building dens outside with logs and creating fire to toast gooey marshmallows!            
By Molly

One of the activities was fun boats where I got to steer on the way back to the beach and I pulled the rope on the way there.
By Kayleigh

My favourite part of Grafham Water was the crate stacking because we were pushed of the tower!
By Phoenix

Grafham 17

Children from Class 3 spent two nights at Grafham Water- here are a few of their thoughts about their adventure.

At Grafham water you had to make your own bed when you arrived which wasn’t easy! We had to keep our rooms tidy and there was a prize for the best room. By David
There are more pictures of the children at Grafham Water in the gallery.

Wear It Wild Day. On the last day of half term we all came to school dressed as wild animals and collected money to support the World Wildlife Fund. The school was full of tigers, leopards, panthers, giraffes, polar bears and snow leopards. We found out information about the wild animals and discovered that many of them are endangered.
Harvest Assembly.  We had our harvest assembly this week and lots of our parents came. We wrote poems about autumn and fruit and vegetables. Class 3 told everyone about harvest and farming in Anglo Saxon times. We sang our harvest songs beautifully. The food we collected is being donated to help the homeless people in Leighton Buzzard.
Punch and Judy. Year 1 and 2’s learning topic has been ‘The Seaside’ and in October we had a big surprise when a Punch and Judy Show came to the school.  The show booth was very colourful and Mr Punch spoke with a really funny voice. We loved joining in with the show and there was lots of loud shouting and laughing.
Cookery lessons. This week a chef came from Kiddi-cook to help us learn about food nutrition and show us how to cook healthy meals. We cooked a spinach and chickpea curry which used wonderful herbs and spices; they smelt amazing! We chopped the ingredients and mixed them to create a really tasty dish that we took home for tea.

The Christmas Recipe

This year our Christmas play told the story of two Chefs who worked together to find all the ingredients to make up the recipe for a perfect Christmas. Of course Father Christmas, presents snowflakes, stars and a band of rocking robins were on the list, alongside some very bouncy, baaing sheep and a clip clopping donkey. However they discovered that the vital ingredient was the baby Jesus who each Christmas brings us the gift of love.

The singing, dancing and acting was just amazing so well done to the whole school.

Pictures of the Christmas Recipe can be seen in the gallery


A snowy Sunday meant that the Christingle  service at St Nicholas Church had to be cancelled. However not to be beaten Father Noel arrived in school on Thursday with oranges, candles, cocktail sticks, fruits and sweets to help the children learn about the Christingle and what each element represents. The children enjoyed making their own Christingle and proudly took them home to light the candle and share what they had learnt with their parents.

More pictures of the Christingle and our winter art work can be seen in the gallery

Bedford Castle

Yr1 and 2 spent a day in Bedford learning about the castle that was there many years ago, they also went into the museum and were able to handle artefacts that had been found when the castle site was excavated. The guide at the museum was really impressed with the questions that children asked and the knowledge that they already had about castles.

Pictures of the visit can be seen in the gallery

Firemen in the Rain

Yr 1 and 2 had some very exciting visitors when firemen came to talk to them all about fire safety. The children were very excited when they had a competition to see who could be the quickest to put on the fire officers’ safety clothing.

Later, even though the wind was blowing and the rain pouring down, the children went out to see the fire engine and everyone had a chance to use the fire hose to make the playground just a bit wetter!

Snowy World Book Day

The snow and blizzard conditions that came on this year’s World Book Day certainly did not put a stop to the fun at school. The children all looked fantastic in their book character costumes and had lots to share with  friends about their character and what they did.During the week the children also found some really unusual places to read a book, a wheelie bin, a skip, the boot of a car, in the barn with the cows and upside down in a fridge to name but a few!
The children made scenes from their favourite book in  a box, how colourful and creative they were, so well done to everyone.Many thanks to the parents who trudged through the snow to share a book with groups of children on World Book Day everyone enjoyed sharing so many wonderful stories.

Pictures of the day can be seen in the gallery

School Hall Theatre

Our school hall was transformed into a theatre by the Full House Theatre Company who performed a play called ‘In the Light of the Moon’. We enjoyed watching the actors as they told us the story of a little cat that was afraid of the dark.
They sang some lovely songs and made us all laugh and sometimes be a bit sad. 

Year R are looking forward to going to a real theatre in Leighton Buzzard to see the actors perform another play called ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ in the summer.

Scoot to School for Sport Relief

We decided that we would raise money for the Sports Relief Charity by riding our scooters to school and challenging ourselves to scoot around the playground as many times as we could in 10 minutes. It rained nearly all day but we still went outside and had great fun getting fit, wet and dirty all at the same time!  We raised £44.50 for Sports Relief.

Easter Experience at All Saints Church

Class 3 visited All Saints Church to learn about the Easter Story. Thank you to Father Grant and all the other adults in the church who helped the children understand the importance of the Easter Festival to those who follow the Christian faith.

Blue and Green Day

May was Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month so we had a special Blue and Green day to help raise money for the Childhood Tumour Trust charity which helps children who have this condition. We has an assembly and found out how MF1 can effect children and how they can be supported and helped in school. Thank you to the parents who made the delicious blue and green cakes which we enjoyed buying and eating!  We raised £147 for the charity so very well done everyone.

Dell Farm Adventure

Dell Farm Adventure Children from year 3 and 4 had an amazing 2 night stay at Dell Farm that was filled with new experiences and learning opportunities. They shared the visit with children from Totternhoe and Kensworth Lower Schools and soon made new friends. The children walked to the woods where they climbed trees, made dens and played hide and seek. Then after a picnic on Dunstable Downs they had great fun flying a kite!

During the stay they were able to be farmers feeding the animals and grooming the donkeys and Shetland ponies. They learnt about Anglo-Saxons and re-enacted a battle! One of their favourite activities was caving, it was very dark in the tunnels but everyone was brave and had a go. On the final morning there was a survival challenge, the children worked in groups to make a shelter and then build a fire that they had to keep alight for 5 minutes.
Everyone showed excellent teamwork and co-operation through the visit and had a wonderful time.

See more photos of the children at Dell farm in the Gallery

Maths in Science Week -

a report by Robert
On Day 1 we had a visit from teachers at Vandyke Upper School. They taught us science in a fun way! I especially liked the cars rolling down the ramp.

On Day 2 we had a competition and what you had to do was make a pyramid with newspaper and tape and it had to have the correct properties of a pyramid. I won the competition!

Day 3 we were making bridges - my bridge was made using an old ruler and it could hold a lot of weight. In the afternoon we had to explore with dominoes and make an interesting run - but the dominoes never did get finished because they kept being knocked down!
The other thing we did was count invertebrates in the soil for a survey. More photos of children learning during Maths in Science Week can be seen in the  Gallery

The Owl and the Pussy Cat - 

a report  By Class 1

We listened to the poem The Owl and the Pussycat.  We mixed blue with yellow and white to make paintings of the sea.  We used stencils to draw then cut out the owl, the cat and the boat from patterned paper and we used them to make collages. We went to the theatre to watch the story of Owlie-cat finding out about her ancestors.  We learnt the poem and performed it in our assembly.

Egyptian Day -

a report by Annabelle
On Monday, 11th June, we had an Ancient Egyptian Day. I dressed up as Cleopatra and so did Kayleigh and Ruby.  Everyone looked really good in their costumes. When school started, we wrote number hieroglyphs and used them in maths to solve calculations. At snack time we tried some Egyptian foods. On our plates were: flat bread, honey cake, 2 dates and pomegranates. My favourite was the flat bread. Instead of speaking English we spoke in Arabic. In the afternoon we made Falcon neck collars and mummy cases.
See more photos in the Gallery

Fathers' Fun Afternoon

This year we invited the Dads in on the Friday before Fathers’ Day to take part in a number of sports challenges with their children. Our coach from Future Games organised the different sports including hockey, tennis, golf, cricket, basketball, throwing and a speed radar competition. Many dads, grandads and children commented on how much they enjoyed the afternoon - there was definitely a sense of competition around the playground!

You can find more pictures in the Gallery

Ukulele Magic

Class 3 pupils gave an amazing performance as part of a combined schools choir at the Grove Theatre. They were also chosen to perform as a school a selection of the tunes they had learnt to play on the ukulele. There were a few nerves and stage fright as the time for the show got nearer but once the curtains went up they all sang and played with great enthusiasm. The school and all the parents who came to watch were very proud of their performance and it was an incredible experience for them. Thanks you to the Inspiring Music staff who worked with them at the school and provided the opportunity for them to perform. I am sure it is an occasion the children will never forget. 

Ancient  Egyptian Adventure

Cutting out organs, putting them in jars, smashing up brains and hooking them out through the nose- the customs of Ancient Egypt were certainly disgusting! Year 3 and 4 provided their parents and the other children in the school with a fantastic performance sharing these customs through acting and singing. It was a brilliant end of year show which everyone and enjoyed - they will certainly remember the songs for a long time to come. Well done to all the actors and dancers.

Goodbye as well to our wonderful year 4 children who are off to middle schools in September; thank you for all your hard work and smiles, we wish you all good luck in the future.

Colours of Autumn

At this time of year our school grounds look beautiful in the autumn sunshine. Look at the wonderful pictures Year 3 and 4 created to represent autumn using the leaves they collected around the school.

Celebrating the Harvest

We ended this half term with our Harvest assembly, all week we learnt about bread; we tasted different breads from around the world, we wrote poems about bread, we found out how wheat is grown to make the flour for our bread and we made our own bread which was really delicious!  We think it is always important that people should think about reducing their carbon footprint so we explained to the parents how they could use their L.O.A.F  by buying food that is…
Year R told us the story of the Little Red Hen, they spoke their parts really well even though it was their first big school assembly.

We collected £86 which we are going to send to the Save the Children charity to help feed children across the world who are hungry and suffering from malnutrition.
Judo  Experience

A lady came into our school on Wednesday to give us a judo taster session. First we did a warm up where we needed to try and pull each other’s belts off. Next we had to kneel on the floor and it was called turning the corner, we had to flip each other over. After that we did a game where we had to play rock, paper, scissors.  Whoever lost had to lie on the floor and the other person lay on top of them, the person under them had to get out by the count of 10, if they did they won. After she gave out the medal; I won the medal!                     

By Austin