ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-23
We held the first of our planned cake sales this week. Thank you to everyone who brought and bought cakes; there was a fantastic selection, including lots of home-made goodies. We raised a fantastic £74.10!
Cakes sales for other houses will be held on:
Caxton – Tuesday 28th February
Newton – Tuesday 21st March
Shakespeare – Tuesday 18th April
We hope that they are as well supported as our first one so that we are able to purchase some new games and equipment for the playground.
This term, we invited parents to attend our pupil premium workshop which was based around promoting reading at home. During the workshop, we looked at why reading was so important and we discussed different ways to motivate children to read. After, the children were invited in to work with their parents to make some yummy Rice Krispie cakes. A massive thank you to the parents that attended. It was so lovely to see so many of you!
This half-term, the Eco Council have started their Huish Energy competition. They introduced this by speaking at an assembly to KS2. They explained that they would be looking around the school at break-times and lunchtimes to check whether classes and teachers are turning off their devices and lights when their rooms are empty. Classes can then earn badges which get stuck to their doors, as well as points towards this term's eco-competition. The winning class will get to choose a plant or tree, and decide where in the school grounds to plant it. The competition is already hotting up, and the current standings are going to be announced by the council at an assembly soon.
As part of our drive to promote mental health and wellbeing in our school, we had a glass artist come in to work with some children from each year group. The children were asked to create a glass panel based around a word that they choose linking to mental health or wellbeing. These glass panels were then attached together to form a finished piece, which has been displayed proudly in our school corridor for all to see!
This year at Huish our International Day focused on India. Children from every year group spent the day researching facts and creating some wonderful art work. The range of activities included Bangra dancing, Mandana wall and floor paintings, elephant decoration, Mehndi hand art and trying on traditional Indian clothing. Children at Huish certainly enjoyed learning about a different culture and enhancing their art, dance and geography skills.
‘A massive thank you to everyone who purchased a book from the book fair this year! Thanks to your efforts, the school has received £756 worth of free books, which have been been split between the classes to benefit your children.’
After receiving the ‘Building Positive Relationships Award’ at the end of the last term, we are very proud to announce that we have received the ‘Belonging Award’ this term from Public Health. This builds upon the school’s drive to ensure that we provide the very best Health and Relationships curriculum for our children. Public Health has also asked us for our input and to be a pilot school for the new ‘Community Award’ that they are developing, which we look forward to helping with.
Candy, who is the Minister for Children and Youth at St. John’s church, visited to deliver an assembly to our KS2 classes. She called upon some of our Y6 children to do some acting, while telling us a story - with an element of surprise! She talked about forgiveness and finished with a prayer, which some of us chose to join in with. We are looking forward to seeing Candy again in the new year.
Congratulations to our newly appointed house and vice house captains
(C) Jacob, Millie,
(V) Lacie and Lily-Rose
(C) Ruby, Filip (V) Miles, Evelyn
(C) Fareeha, Augustina
(V) Maria, Iyla-Rose
(C) Lola, Holly (V) Rose, Matilda
This term, the new school Eco Council met for the first time. They took part in a webinar run by the WWF, which discussed climate change and the steps that communities, nations and schools can take to help mitigate their carbon footprint. They discussed many ideas, and have decided on a course of action to take during the Autumn term to encourage each classroom to save electricity. This year’s members are: - Teddie, Imogen Thomas, Frederica, Evangeline, Bella W, Isobel C, Lexi , Mali, and Finley.
Congratulations to our newly appointed School Council. The children were voted for by their peers within their classes. School Council members are Y3 Rylee, Meredith; Y4 Luca, Tabatha and Harmony; Y5 Noah and Gabriella; Y6 Ruby and Holly.
Recently, Huish Primary School were awarded the Primary Geography Quality Mark (Silver). This award acknowledges the high quality teaching and learning in Geography throughout the school. Children's’ work, along with photos of trips and visitors, was used as evidence. The award praised staff and children for the fantastic Geography experience provided at Huish.
On Tuesday 27th September, we were very lucky to welcome the ‘queen of historical fiction’, Emma Carroll, to Huish. Emma spent the afternoon with children in key stage two, telling them about her new novel, ‘The Little Match Girl Strikes Back’. Emma also inspired the children by explaining her writing process and sharing snippets from her life as an author. She was then able to answer lots of questions that the children had. At the end of the afternoon, Emma signed copies of her book for children (and adults!) at Huish. When she left, Emma thanked us for welcoming her and commented on how lovely the children were and what great questions they asked.
On Friday 15th July, Huish hosted a House Geography Quiz. Earlier this year, each class held their own quiz and the winners were selected for the House Quiz. Caxton, Newton, Scott and Shakespeare each consisted of a child from Year 1 to Year 6 and answered 30 questions based on the topics we cover at Huish. This year’s winners were Caxton with an impressive 29/30! A huge well done goes to all those who represented their teams.
This month we celebrated National Schools Science Week 2022. The theme was ‘Growth’ and we enjoyed a full week investigating this diverse area of Science. As a school we mapped out our week exploring animals, plants and Eco friendly behaviors. This included food choices, packaging, recycling and renewable energy supplies.
We were fortunate to have several visitors including two Entomologist from Bournemouth Science Society share their fascinating collection of insects. Brimsmore and Palmers Garden Centre also leant us an amazing array of plants to share. The whole school enjoyed ‘Bring a plant to school day’ and visiting our ‘Huish Hall of Horticulture’ where we learnt lots, including finding out about carnivorous plants! What an amazing plant the Venous Fly Trap is! To top it all off we concluded our week with a visit from a Scientist who shared their love of Chemistry with us. Her name was ‘Curious Cress’ and she taught us lots about Chemical reactions and gasses.
We thought about Science beyond the classroom and were set a home learning challenge to think of ourselves as Scientists of the future. There are literally hundreds of different ways of being a scientist. What type of Science interest you most? We have learnt we already have many transferable skills that people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers need. Let’s keep being curious, open-minded, hard-working and creative!
Year R Science week
Our focus was plant growth. We spent plenty of time in the school garden. We planted flowers kindly donated by our families. We planted sunflowers seeds. We did an experiment to show how plants take up water. We learned to identify the parts of a plant correctly. We even set up our own Garden centre in our outdoor classroom! A highlight was getting to see some real life insects up close. We used our careful skills of observation to talk about these back in class. We have loved looking at animals and plants and being outdoors!
Year 1 Science week
Year 1 enjoyed a fun filled Science week with lots of hands on exploration and investigating. We began the week by trying to answer the questions “What is Science?” “Why is it so important?” We thought lots about how it influences our everyday life and how so much of the world around us can be explained by Science. We spent our Science week trying to behave like Scientist: being curious, observing, asking question, communicating in groups and being resilient. Science skills are so important! We loved meeting some real scientist too, including an ‘Entomologist’ who studies insects and a ‘Chemistry’ expert! We continued our learning about our senses through an exploratory walk and got up close with plants, even bringing one to school for the day! Fair testing, predicting, measuring, recording, working collaboratively! We crammed so much into our Science week!
Year 2 Science week
This week we celebrated Science Week! This year’s theme was ‘growth’. We started by defining science and exploring some famous scientists worldwide. We were lucky to conduct lots of different investigations during the week which included exploring how to escape the ice, the growth of Spring Onions and how to test for different types of plastic using a flow chart! Throughout the week we also took part in other exciting activities such as watching and exploring different types of bugs, a virtual fieldtrip all about our green planet, sharing and categorising plants and taking part in a fun science show! We had so much fun!
Year 3 Science week
This week, the children took part in a range of activities to promote science! At the beginning of the week, the children were allowed to bring in a plant and observe each part of the plant. They loved the range of plants that were brought in including a plant that breathed underwater! The children did a taste experiment around the topic of plant based foods. The children had to decide whether the food was plant based or meat. They were surprised that all of the food was plant based! Later in the week, the children did the sneeze test where they looked at how far a sneeze could go. They observed how their hands and elbows could help to shorten the distance. Furthermore, they took part in a science experiment around creating a circuit that challenged their cardio fitness. They designed them and then created them outside for the children to take part. Near the end of the week, the children were lucky to experience a visit from Chemical Cress who showed us how fun science could be! We were inspired to do science in the future. The children went on a walk to Ninesprings where the children observed closely the wildlife and plants that lived there. We used some of the scientific drawing skills that they had practised earlier in the week to make careful sketches. We had a fantastic time and saw some very interesting animals.
Year 4 Science week
During science week, Year 4 have been learning about living things and their habitats. They started the week by learning about the 7 life processes and why they are important for all living things to survive. Later in the week, the children learnt how to use classification keys and had a go at using them to classify vertebrates. They also had the chance to classify creatures found during an invertebrate hunt within the school grounds. They considered both human and natural changes to the environment and made posters to promote ways to protect local habitats.
Year 5 Science week
Science Week 2022 started with a lot of squeals and shrieks in Year 5, as we headed straight into an Insects Show presented by Steve and Mark (an Entomologist) from the Bournemouth Natural Science Society. We learnt lots of interesting facts and in the afternoon, we investigated whether height was an indicator of age as is the case with sharks. On Tuesday, we started the morning by grouping and classifying our plants, before some observational drawing and creating our own botanical garden with all the amazing plants we brought in. Linking with our Earth Day, we investigated how to live more sustainably and tried a range of plant-based burgers before we designed our own, paying close attention to the amount of air miles our ingredients may have to travel. The final day of the week, saw us getting messy as we looked back at our previous knowledge of the 3 states of matter. We posed our own scientific questions, experimented before participating in an amazing slime workshop and science show – it was amazing!
Year 6 Science week
This week was Science Week and the theme was growth. We came into school dressed in green, and we bought in plants to make a wonderful display in the hall – we had fun looking at and learning about the different varieties of plants.
We also spent our afternoons investigating ‘How old are the trees at Huish?’ We looked at what scientists can tell from looking at a cross-section of a tree stump, including how they work out the age of the tree. We then measured the circumference of some trees, and then divided that by 2.5 (assuming that each inch is equal to one year’s growth) to arrive at an estimated age for each.
We discovered that the oldest tree in our school grounds was 99 years old!
‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.’
On Thursday the 3rd March, Huish Primary School was delighted to take part in World Book Day dressed as their favourite book character! During this day, the children took part in a variety of different activities based around promoting reading for pleasure! These activities included watching live author book reading events, watching author workshops and having a go at the activities set and recommending their favourite books to each other. The children really enjoyed using their book vouchers to get their free book and these books can be seen throughout the school.
Children’s Mental Health weeks ran from the 7th February to the 13th February. At Huish Primary School, we celebrated this event on Friday 11th February. During the day, the children learnt about mental health and how they could support their own mental health. Each year group did a range of activities linked to well-being including mindfulness. The children really enjoyed finding out about a book written by Charles Mackesy called the Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. It was lovely to see the children innovate their own pages. Feedback from the children expressed that they really enjoyed the activities and they looked amazing with their scarfs on!
On Tuesday 8th February, Huish celebrated Safer Internet Day.
Safer Internet Day is a global event which takes place every year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Its inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe
The theme of the day this year was 'All Fun and Games? Exploring Respect and Relationships Online.'
Each class watched the Safer Internet Day video which introduced the topic, and used that to prompt discussion about how we can talk to people kindly online. They then chose from a range of activities, including quizzes and fortune tellers, which helped children to discuss online behaviour further.
To finish the day, pupils created a poster that provided tips, key-words and advice for people to help make the internet a better place. Some of these are being taken and turned into a mosaic of pictures to display in school.
Class 1 & 2 enjoyed learning all about Spain. They found Spain on a world map, and compare the size to the UK. They discussed the different landscapes, climates, languages and animals. They looked at the Spanish artist Joan Miro and created some art work based on the skills he used. They then enjoyed the flamenco dance workshop.
Class 4 made paella plates using rice like a real paella would have! They added prawns and vegetables made from paper and pipe cleaners. They learnt that Spain in a very hot country, so many Spanish people carry a fan to help them stay cool in the sunshine. Class 3 made Spanish flags coloured red and yellow, and then used these colours to decorate the paper plate castanets they made. They really enjoyed the flamenco lesson with Jodie.
Year 2 started by learning facts about Spain’s history, geography and population! They then created a Spain fact file which they shared and compared with their peers. Later in the afternoon they were lucky enough to participate in a Flamenco dance workshop…it was so much fun! They finished by selecting and carefully colouring in pictures related to Spain, and used what they had learnt in the morning to describe their pictures.
Year 3 tasted some Spanish puddings in the afternoon, and learned about Spain using Spanish words (thanks to the expertise of Mrs. Hodgson). We then took part in the Flamenco dance workshop.
To celebrate International Day, Year 4 have been learning about Spanish artists and how they have influenced the architecture in Spain. They began by looking closely at some of Gaudi’s work and his creations in Park Güell in Barcelona. They then used a combination of collaging and chalk pastels to replicate the Spanish skyline in their own pieces of art work.
Year 5, have been learning and revisiting keys facts about Spain. In Year 4, they could remember what they had learnt about Catalonia and Barcelona. They used a map to plot key places across Spain. They compared the lengths of different rivers across Spain. They thoroughly enjoyed the Flamenco dance workshop.
Year 6 tried some traditional Spanish foods such as a Spanish omelette, Manchego cheese, green olives and chorizo. For all of them, at least one of the foods was one they’d never tried before. They enjoyed the chorizo, the omelette and the cheese, but there were definitely some mixed reactions to the olives! They learned about the Spanish word ‘tapas’ and the tradition of ordering lots of little mini dishes to eat.
Year 6 also took part in a Flamenco dancing workshop which they thoroughly enjoyed. They learned a sequence of moves involving stomping, clapping and free-styling! They then put them to some Spanish music and performed a final dance. It was brilliant!
Please click on the videos below to view our christmas performances.
On Wednesday 24th November, all children at Huish engaged in ‘Earth Day’ learning. The purpose of this day was to ensure the children are aware of how human life impacts on the planet, and to think about how we can work to reduce the damage we cause.
In Reception, the children discussed recycling and sorted materials that can be recycled and those that can’t. Then, they learned about the importance of trees for the wildlife and, in particular, birds. They made their own bird feeders and placed them around the school.
Year 1 were lucky enough to have a visitor from ‘Monkey World’ to teach them how deforestation impacts wildlife and their habitats. They discussed the orangutans that they had seen on their recent trip. They then produced some lovely drawings of orangutans. You can see some of their work in the images attached.
Year 2 learned about David Attenborough and how he has educated people all over the world. They learned that one of the issues he has highlighted is plastic pollution. The children produced letters to the local community to persuade them to change their use of plastic in the interests of the planet.
Year 3 also spoke to the visitor from Monkey World, who taught them about how the different wildlife came to be at the zoo. Many of the reasons were due to environmental issues and poaching. They then watched part of the David Attenborough documentary ‘Life on our Planet’, which demonstrated the extent of the damage caused by human life, and read some of the book ‘Old Enough To Save The Planet.’ They spent the afternoon thinking of what they could do to help the crisis, and each child made a piece of art which included five environmental pledges.
Year 4 learned about young activists who have made positive environmental changes. They shared the book ‘Old Enough to Save the Planet’ which taught them what other children around the world had done. Then, the children worked in groups to form short presentations including their ideas to save the planet.
Year 5 discussed the recent COP26 agreements and debated whether they would have enough of a positive impact. In connection with their ‘Rivers’ topic, they also discussed flooding locally. Then, they wrote letters to local MP, Marcus Fysh, to ask what he thought of COP26, and how he plans to ensure Yeovil improves its environmental impact. Lastly, they produced some art to express how they felt about climate change.
Year 6 had a class debate about how successful COP26 was and whether it had achieved what it set out to. As part of this debate, they discussed the frustrations of protestors. They then made Agamographs and added their own pledges that they will aim to implement to their own lives.
We all enjoyed learning about the importance of remember day and why this day is so important to remember those who lost their life to save our country.
Year 1 enjoyed painting a sunrise, crosses and poppies.
In reception the children made poppies and put them together to create a class wreath. They laid their wreath next to the Huish flag pole to show their respects.
At 11 o’ clock on 11th November we all respected the 2-minute silence and thought of all those that had sacrificed their lives.
Earlier in the year, the school entered the Somerset Literacy Network Poetry competition, which had a focus around faces. Children in the school were instructed to create poems based on a face. This could be their face, a famous human’s face or an animal’s face? Both KS1 and KS2 classes participated and we are very proud to announce that we were recognised for some excellent poetry created by the children at the school. Please see the results below.
Joint second place for upper KS2 in Somerset receiving both a frame of his poem, certificate and poem book – Toby
ighly Commended poems receiving certificates – Isiah (y4), Lorna (y6) and Maisie (Y6)
Commended poems receiving certificates – Amelia (y1), Mia (y3), Evie (y4), Maja (y5), Isabella, Rebekah, Alfie and Jacob (y6)
We look forward to participating again in the poetry competition next year and continuing to be recognised for our children’s wonderful work!
Last week at Huish we celebrated British Science Week 2021. This is a ten-day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our aims for the week were:
• To broaden children’s understanding of what Science is and how diverse this can be.
• Encourage children to find out more about Scientist who have shaped our world.
• Engage children in working scientifically to develop their own Science skill set.
What a fantastic week we all had! Not only did we challenge children’s perceptions of what Scientists do… we researched and discovered amazing facts about Scientists who contributed to our understanding of the World around us.
Each class enjoyed a great week of ‘Hands on Science’, with the focus for activities taking an enquiry, practical approach. All children worked hard to develop their Science Skills set through;
• Observing changes
• Noticing patterns
• Grouping and classifying
• Fair testing
Reception and Year 1 incorporated these skills into their unit on Plants, involving them growing cress, runner beans and planting sunflower seeds in the outdoor classroom.
Year 2 spent the week learning about Materials and investigating which materials acted as the best thermal insulators. They learnt about Charles Macintosh and the invention of the waterproof coat.
Year 3 completed a range of investigations based around some interesting questions. How is water transported around a plant? Where are the highest concentrations of germs round the school? How can you make heavy objects float? They researched a range of famous Scientists including Alexander Fleming, Jane Colden and Archimedes.
Year 4 spent the week thinking about solids, liquids and gasses. They investigated a range of questions such as “Can materials reverse their change in states a matter?” & “Can all liquids freeze and if so, do they freeze at the same temperature?” They also researched Alexander Bell and the way that he revolutionized the way in which we communicate.
Year 5 developed their Science skills set through their unit on Space. They investigated which material would make the best heat shield for a rocket and made a pocket solar system. There were so many big questions to answer! “Is there a pattern between the size of a planet and the time it takes to travel around the sun?” “Who was Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and how has she contributed to space science.”
Year 6 have been investigating Electricity. They made simple circuits to light a bulb and then drew their circuits using accurate scientific symbols. They found out about Michael Faraday who used Volta’s work to create an electric motor. They were then given an enquiry question “How can you make a fairground ride move?” and in teams children worked with construction materials to design and build a fairground ride powered by a motor.
To conclude our Science week children shared their Science learning with their grown ups at home and took part in some ‘Pick and Mix” Science homework. It has been so lovely to share the wonderful investigations you have engaged in and a real treat to see other members of your family getting involved too, so well done to you all! Keep being curious! Keep asking questions! As Albert Einstein famously said “The important thing is never to stop questioning.”
Before half-term, we launched the Huish 2K21 Gaming Competition which challenged pupils to design and create their own maze-style games on PurpleMash. Each day, the children completed a particular element of their game and embedded this within their theme. Older year groups even added a multi-level feature to their games and thought carefully about how each level became more challenging to complete. In total, we received over 150 entries from children across a range of year groups and all the staff were blown away by the fantastic efforts created. Well done to all the pupils who entered and congratulations to our winners!
On Tuesday 8th February, Huish took part in Safer Internet Day 2021. The day focused on deciding how we can decide what and who to trust online. As part of the day, we looked at an assembly that reminded us of some of the ways we can stay safe online. KS1 looked at some stories that explored different aspects of trust online. These included the story of Digiduck.
KS2 completed a range of activities, including exploring different scenarios online, and completing a ’bingo’ card based around a research task. Children also took part in a Guinness World Record attempt – the most people to take part in an online safety event! In order to play their part in the attempt, children across the school made an online pledge to make the internet a better place.
Many children will be spending more time with technology during lockdown, and that can be a source of worry for parents. London Grid for Learning (LGfL) suggest these six top tips for keeping children safe in these circumstances:
If you aren’t sure, ASK!
For more details about each of these tips, download the full size version of the LGfL poster at:
This term, we were delighted to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week with the theme of ‘Express Yourself’ and the children at Huish certainly did ‘express themselves!’ During this tricky time, children’s mental health has never been more important and it was delightful to see that all of the classes took part in many of the activities that were put forward during the week.
Monday – Watching an assembly, drawing your very own happy place and having a go at some mindfulness.
Tuesday – Children watching a video of turning mistakes into something beautiful, the squiggle activity where they turned a squiggle into an actual animal and having a go at painting with their favourtie colours.
Wednesday – Guessing the emotions of a clip from ‘Inside Out’, drawing things that make you happy and drawing what emotions might look like on paper.
Thursday – Watching ‘Inside Out’ and how sadness can help to make someone feel better, spending time with family members and discussing favourite things and helping mum and dad with an activity.
Friday – Watching The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse and creating their own pages from the book and taking a picture of something they feel is beautiful.
Below, you can see some of the wonderful work that our children created! It was a joy to see so many children participating in the event.
A massive well done to everyone that took part!
Mental health doesn’t just affect children, it can affect adults as well. 1 in 6 school aged children in the UK now has a diagnoseable mental health disorder, which is an increase from 1 in 9 in 2017 (Place2Be). 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England (MIND). As always, the school is always here for support for both children and parents. There are a number of charity organisations for adults should you wish for support, one of them is listed below.
CALM – CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health helpline and webchat.—0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight) - www.thecalm.net
Children at Huish have been working in partnership with Yeovil District Hospital to celebrate National Storytelling Week (30th January - 6th February) and the fantastic work of the NHS. The children worked hard to create their own story, which celebrates figures through history who we remember for their valuable contribution to medicine, and highlights the amazing work currently being undertaken by the NHS, and the scientists creating vaccines, in the fight against Covid-19. One day, it is these people who will be remembered in history for their great commitment, sacrifice and trailblazing steps during this pandemic.
We hope you enjoy the important story the children tell in their video.
Huish Primary school enjoyed a fun filled International Celebration Day focusing this year on Australia. This annual event forms part of the British Council’s International School Award and is part of a whole school approach to international teaching and learning.
It has been very different for us this year, as most of the children have been learning from home due to the current pandemic. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring Australia through a wide range of cross curricular activities including art, music, geography history and maths. They have been very creative developing different pieces of art work, baking Anzac biscuits and producing interesting research posters and PowerPoints.
This action packed day was a great opportunity for Huish children to have a break from their normal home schooling daily routine and learn new skills and gain the cultural understanding and skills from another part of the world.
Our Christmas performances are available to view by clicking below. We hope you enjoy them.
This term the children have been working on some winter pictures and poems for their winter displays.
Thank you to all the parents and staff for their generous donations for this years Harvest Festival. With more families struggling during the current situation donations have been appreciated more than ever.
So far Yeovil’s Lords Larder has supported 247 adults and 158 children with food parcels in September! With our support they have given food parcels to 5,500 people this year!
Critical keyworker children who are attending the provision at Huish Primary School created this fantastic banner to support our NHS keyworkers during the Easter holidays. They also took part in many other activities during this time.
Children and staff were very excited when the poet Joseph Coelho visited our school on 16th March! Joseph is a performance poet and a playwright. He has won numerous awards and has been a guest on Cbeebies Rhyme Rock and Radio 4’s Poetry Playtime. Joseph delivered a whole school assembly, followed by workshops in Years 5 and 6. Some amazing poems were created throughout the day, poems about sport, sweets, technology, emotions and even cheese!
Some of our Year 1 children entered a national Young Writers’ Acrostic Animal Adventures competition. Nationally, there were over 15,000 entries! We were delighted to hear that some of the poems had been chosen for publication in ‘My First Acrostic: Animal Adventures – Poetry Gems book! Well done everyone!
On Thursday 16th January, six able writers from years 5 and 6 took part in an exciting, author-led, workshop: Magic Spark to Manuscript. Published author, Kathryn Evans certainly sparked the imaginations of every child present. Throughout the day, Kathryn encouraged children to share and develop their ideas through a number of ‘hands-on’, verbal and written tasks. By the end of the day, every child had a plan for an entire novel! Kathryn’s great enthusiasm for writing and the fun ways she taught during the session resulted in a great day for all. The only thing she asked in return was an acknowledgement in the back of their first book! At the end of the day, Kathryn kindly gave all children a signed copy of one of her poems.
Please see our Online Safety News page for details of the activities the children undertook throughout the week and to view all the videos the children made and performed.
As part of Huish International Celebration Day, this year we focussed on the amazing continent of Africa. Throughout the school, children took part in a variety of cross curricular activities from catching a plane to Africa, learning lots of new geographical facts and of course lots of art. All year groups took part in a very energetic African dance workshop and each class performed to each other. Lots of teaching and learning took place in this fun filled, action packed day!
With the Carol Service behind us and the Nativity performances well under way we are all feeling the festive spirit.
Our Carol Concert was held at St John’s Church on Monday 9th December. Our year 5 and 6 students retold the story 'Christmas for Ominous Ruckus' by James Cary. The Rev Dudley-Smith told us the traditional Christmas story with a ‘crisp’ twist.
The collection at the end of the service raised £258.12 for our chosen charity this year SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.
Thank you to all Rev Dudley-Smith for his hospitality again this year, the children who all took part and to the family that came along and supported the service.
Tuesday 10th December – What can we say? With the arrival of storm Atiyah we were convinced that our planned visit from Yeovilton’s Wildcat helicopter would have been postposed!
But despite the wet and windy weather they didn’t disappoint. All wrapped up, off we went and stood out in the rain to greet the pilots (and santa’s elves) from 815 Naval Air Squadron.
A massive thank you to all the crew at Yeovilton for giving the children (and staff) an experience they wont forget any time soon!
A huge thank you to all the Chartwell’s staff for making the Christmas Dinner a success.
DON’T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR LUNCHES for the Spring term on the ParentPay system before the end of December.
Well done to this half term’s star readers
Class 3—Tristan Class 4—Ela
Class 5—Maisie Class 6– Freddy
Class 7—Iyla-Rose Class 8—Jake
Class 9—Toby Class 10—Abigail
Class 11—Leo Class 12—Lily
Class 13—Ffion Class 14—Nerys
Well done to Abigail who has also achieved millionaire status!
Thank you for all your donations for our harvest collection.
Already this year, agency workers have helped 1700 adults and 880 children in need covering towns and villages in South Somerset and North West Dorset. With the donations received Lords Larder can continue to meet the demands for food parcels now and into 2020.
On Tuesday Mrs Briggs and Mr Mustafic came in to school armed with a variety of robots and other technical equipment. A group of children from years 4, 5, and 6 spent a morning at the Robot Workshop, learning how to code the different types of robotic equipment, such as the Code-a-Pillars (changing the segments to perform different functions, change direction,etc), the Micro-bits (program to show messages on led displays) and the Ohbot (could be programmed to move and speak). Mrs Allen showed the children how to use the Lego Mindstorms software and download it onto the Mindstorm bots.
Later in the session the children worked in groups and together produced a “Strictly” display of synchronised dancing Code-a-Pillars and Mindstorms, complete with scores recorded by the judges on their micro-bits and introductions from Ohbot.
As part of our international learning, we have lots of exciting activities planned throughout the year to enhance children’s global awareness. This term, Year 2 children have been learning the seven continents of the world. Every child has made a papier mache globe, painted and added the continents. To aid learning, wild animals from each continent have been researched and food from each continent has been tasted. Surprisingly, coffee was very popular!
On Friday, five of the Highly Commended poets (Nerys, Jacob, Poppy, Oliver and Wilbur) went to a poetry slam with the poet Rachel Rooney at the beautiful Dillington House. Here they were presented with their certificates before performing a poem called The Sound Collector by Roger McGough to an audience of adults & children from other schools. They then enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake before playing in the bubble zone. The afternoon was rounded up with a talk by the poet, Rachel Rooney who performed some of her poems and gave them tips for writing poetry. They all had a fantastic afternoon and represented Huish brilliantly. Well done!
We are very proud of the children in KS2 who entered the SOMERSET LITERACY NETWORK POETRY COMPETITION 2019: TIP TOP TREES. We received some exciting news this week when we were notified of the children who had been recognised for their writing - Well done! What a fantastic achievement! Here is the email we received:
'Thank you for entering the Tip Top Trees Competition. We had over 1300 entries and the standard was very high. Congratulations to all entrants, particularly the prize-winners, highly commended, commended and shortlisted poets! Your school’s results are given below.
Nerys (Upper KS2)
Jacob (Upper KS2)
Wilbur (Lower KS2)
Oliver (Lower KS2)
Poppy (Lower KS2)
Those who have been commended have been invited to attend the Poetry Slam at Dillington House in July where their certificate will be presented to them by guest poet Rachel Rooney and will take part in a poetry workshop during their half day visit.
Ralph (Lower KS2)
Lena (Lower KS2)
Lucas (Lower KS2)'
As a school, we have been working towards achieving the Somerset Wellbeing award to recognise the positive work that we do towards ensuring that children leave our school healthy and positive! The Somerset Wellbeing award asks participating schools to collect evidence about how they are integrating health and wellbeing within the ethos and culture of their school.
We are very pleased to announce that we will be one of the first schools to be awarded a Wellbeing Award having passed the first part of the specifications. Furthermore, we are one of only five schools who have been asked by the Public Health Association to give a presentation at their awards event in front of many schools to put forward the great work that we are doing! This is a great achievement and we are pleased that our efforts in school have been recognised.
This year’s focus for Waste Week was on Plastics. To encourage a reduction in the use of single use plastics, Huish held a ‘Plastic Free Week’. During this week Miss Major delivered an assembly to the Key Stage 2 children, stressing the impact of plastics on our planet and the small steps we can make as individuals to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. Children also took part in workshops and class activities throughout the week. Year groups and classes also carried out a survey before and after the week of the single use plastics in their lunch boxes. As a school we counted 632 before the focus and 460 after. A BIG WELL DONE goes to Class 12, who managed to reduce their single use plastic count by 54 pieces on their day of recounting.
A BIG WELL DONE also goes to Class 3 who collected the most milk bottle tops (1963) As a school we collected 8372 altogether, which have all been taken to a collection point and will aid the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance charity.
As a result of the week, we look forward to you and your children’s support in trying to reduce the amount of single use plastics used and in recycling plastics at home.
We are continuing to collect milk bottle tops in classes for charity, but stress that these need to be washed before handing in, due to time restraints in school. Thank you.
To help us celebrate World Book Day, the children at Huish investigated the brilliant book, ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.
The book contains poems about nature and consists of words that are fading from the English language as children are spending less time outdoors discovering the wonders of nature around them.
The children explored the nature that is around the school grounds, collected word banks, listened to and performed poetry throughout the week. Furthermore, they made observational sketches, used pastels and watercolours of some of our British endangered species
Over two days, each year group spent time with Pete The Poet who discussed the beauty of ‘The Lost Words’ and reassured them that it is ok not to understand every part of a poem, but to enjoy it for the way it makes you feel.
Sharing assemblies were held to celebrate the work and achievements created over the week.
December 2018 Star Readers were:- Class 3—Frankie; Class 4— Nikita Sky; Class 5 —Isiah; Class 6—Augustine; Class 7—Toby; Class 8— Daisy; Class 9—Poppy; Class 10—Archie; Class 11– Ffion; Class 12—Jacob; Class 13—Fiona; Class 14—Arabella
February 2019 Star Readers are: -Class 3—Elsa; Class 4—Julia; Class 5—Holly; Class 6—Ruby; Class 7—Jacob; Class 8—Jaxon; Class 9—Chloe; Class 10—Ellis; Class 11—Grace; Class 12—Aimee; Class 13—Isla; Class 14—Finley
Our Millionaire Readers and Reading Challenge Awards were awarded to:-
Millionaire Readers—Toby, Poppy, Michael, Nathan, Isla, Florence and Arabella.
Huish Primary School celebrated Chinese New Year in style! Now an annual cultural event, pupils celebrated their strong link with their partner school in China, Dongcheng Primary.
All year groups took part in a Chinese dance workshop, learning how to perform the ancient dragon dance and Tai Chi exercises. A variety of cross curricular activities took place in every classroom to celebrate the Year of the Pig, from origami to baking pig biscuits!
Head of School, Vaughan Hillier-Nickels said, “It’s been an incredibly enjoyable day for children to experience Chinese culture. As part of our International School Award, this annual event is a wonderful opportunity for children at Huish to engage and flourish in their cultural and global learning.”
The whole school marked World Religions Day on 21st January. The purpose of World Religions Day is to highlight the idea that the principles underlying the world's religions are harmonious. Each class looked at similarities between the world religions such as the importance of love, kindness and caring for one another. Some classes focused on symbolism in world religions and researched or designed their own symbols. Some of the work produced during the day has been displayed in the Hall.
We have been fortunate to receive a donation from the Royal Naval Lodge of £250. This money will be used to provide resources for our Learning Centre.
Huish choirs have been busy over the past 2 weeks, singing at a number of Residential homes. The KS2 choir have visited Ivelhurst, Cool Runnings Too, and Grovelands care homes —the residents really enjoyed their singing and asked them to come back soon. The Year 2 and 3 choir also visited Tyndale Nursing Home and were brilliant representatives of Huish!
We now look forward to a rest over Christmas and then the choirs start back on the first week of term.
The children of KS2 attended the Christingle service led by Mr Rodd. The Rev Dudley-Smith shared the meaning of each element of the Christingle orange as part of the Christian Story.
Our annual Carol Concert was held at St John’s Church on Monday 3rd December. Our House Captains told the story “Refuge” by Anne Boath and Sam Usher. Our school choirs performed an array of songs accompanied by our very talented musicians, and the congregation sang brilliantly too. The Rev Dudley-Smith told us the story of how Jelly Babies were rebranded as Peace Babies after WWI and that each colour represented a country who fought in the conflict. The collection at the end of the service raised £260.10 for the Charity ‘War Child’.
This year each of our year groups performed their own plays to their parents. The title of Year 2’s play was “The Meaning of Christmas”, Year 1 ‘s was Christmas Night with Reception performing the “The First Christmas”. A fantastic amount of talent was on display which captivated their audiences.
Year 4 went up to Westfield to learn French, Italian and Russian, as well as to show off their Spanish skills. The children were taught by GCSE pupils from Westfield and Preston, who were very impressed by the children’s knowledge.
On November 23rd we celebrated Fibonacci Day. Throughout the school we spent the day completing maths activities based on the works of Fibonacci – A famous mathematician who discovered a pattern called the Fibonacci sequence. Lots of children worked on patterns and recognising the Fibonacci sequence in nature. Alongside some excellent mathematical work throughout the day, many of the children produced some beautiful art and pattern work.
The school showed its respect for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 with some fantastic art displays around the school. The school held their two minute silence in the grounds on Friday 9th November and collections were held on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.
Congratulations to Newton House who have secured the most house points this term and were awarded the House Cup. The house captains are pictured with the Trophy.
Well done to this half term’s Star Readers. Class 3- Daniel; Class 4 - Mia; Class 5 - Millie; Class 6 - Caleb; Class 7 - Isabella Class 8 - Abigail; Class 9 - Michael; Class 10 - Nathan; Class 11 - Grace; Class 12 - Morgan; Class 13 - Ruby; Class 14 - Callum;
Huish has got lots planned this year to enhance our international learning throughout the school. Every year group will be learning about different continents and countries and the many diverse cultures around the globe. China Day will be in February, and pen pals writing to partner schools in Spain and China will continue to flourish.
Congratulations to last year’s Year 5 and 6 pupils and Mrs Millard for achieving fantastic results in the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) awards. This year at Huish, Mrs Price will lead our LAMDA classes. The aim of LAMDA classes is to provide the opportunity for pupils to develop important life skills. Developing pupils’ self-confidence and promoting good communication skills are important attributes to achieving success in life. Achieving an award in LAMDA will also provide pupils with a great sense of achievement.
Thank you for all your donations for our harvest collection. Already this year, working agency workers have helped 1700 adults and 880 children in need covering towns and villages in South Somerset and North West Dorset. With the donations received Lords Larder can continue to meet the demands for food parcels now and into 2019. Thank you.
Classes 1 and 2 have settled really well into school life. Children enter the classroom independently and confidently. The children have enjoyed making friends and getting to know the adults. They have started to recognise and write their names and are learning letter sounds and numbers. Mrs Ireland and Miss Edmonds would like to thank parents for their support in making the transition into school successful.