Hockliffe Lower School

Grafham Water residential May 2022

This year we returned to Grafham Water Centre for another fantastic residential trip! Over three days and two nights we took part in raft building, funboat sailing, bushcraft, the Grafham challenge, climbing, archery and high ropes! We pushed ourselves to be our BEST while we were there; be Brave, be Encouraging, be Safeand be a Team. We all had a great adventure experiencing new things, overcoming new challenges and making amazing memories along the way!

9th – 13th May Whole School Science Week

This week was a whole school science week. We linked our learning to English and chose stories on which to base our scientific learning.

Willow Class have been learning about the environment and the importance of trees in our world. Using lots of books with a tree theme, including ‘Because of an Acorn, ‘It Starts with a Seed’, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ and ‘The Things I love About Trees’. Learning focussed on why we need trees, what things are made from wood and what happens to the wood when it is no longer needed. We investigated what creatures live in trees and looked closely at leaves in our art lessons.

Maple Class used the book ‘The Darkest Dark’ by astronaut Chris Hadfield, exploring his story from being a small boy who was afraid of the dark to his inspiring experience watching the 1969 moon landing and eventually becoming the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS). From this starting point we explored the history of space exploration and what it is like to live and work aboard the ISS. During the week we kept checking back to the livestream cameras on the ISS for views of earth from space. We saw lots of different shaped clouds over the ocean and the occasional twinkling of city lights at night. We also used science fiction planetscapes as inspiration to create our own pastel planetscapes using bold colours and patterns to design planets of our own imagination!

Rowan Class read ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ by Amy MacDonald and used it as a stimulus for their learning about ‘Sound’. They carried out lots of investigations to:

We had lots of fun during our science learning.

Clay Workshop

At the beginning of this half term we welcomed Mrs Houghton, the clay teacher back into school. We were so happy to see her again and had an amazing afternoon. She taught us how to use the clay with special glue called slip to make our own sculpture.

Our clay sculptures were our interpretation of the famous Sutton Hoo mask. This learning was linked to our History topic the Anglo Saxons and was a great way to end our learning. Thank you to Mrs Houghton who always makes our learning so much fun.

St Albans Cathedral visit

Travelling There:

We left school and got on a big blue Marshalls Coach. My partner was Keavy and we were being very loud! It did not take long because there was no traffic so it took about 30 minutes.

When We Got There:

When we got there, we stood outside for a minute or two. When we went inside, we went downstairs and into a room that was named after a king named King Offa. We put our coats and lunchboxes away.

In the Cathedral:

In the Offa room, we were greeted by Steve, Michael and Claire. There were two groups there were the year 3 group in a group but two of them were in the group with year 4. My group went with Claire and I was looking up at the beautiful stained-glass windows. (By Mia Year 4). Claire took us around the cathedral and told us the story of Alban and we dressed up. Then she told us the story of King Offa.


At lunchtime, everyone went down to the Offa room. For lunch I had pasta and sausages. Everyone sat on the seats that were around the walls.


After lunch we went up to the monastery kitchen. We made butter from double cream and herbs. It was lots of fun making butter. Next, we made apricot jam. This was my favourite part of the trip, especially eating it!

I learned that poor people ate differently to rich people and in my opinion, I think that was quite unfair. It was also unfair that men were more important than girls. (By Keavy, Jasmine and Sienna – Year 4)

It was a great trip!