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Christmas activities - 19th December

We rounded off all the Christmas activities with our annual Carol Sing Along. We all really enjoy this opportunity to join with parents/carers in the Hall and sing our hearts out! Charlie, Lucy and Keira did the words and the CD’s, Mrs Porter-Robinson played the piano and Mrs Hurrell directed everyone. This year the Staff Choir sang as well! They were fantastic and we all felt very proud of them. They had matching button holes which were very Christmassy. Reception sang one of their Nursery Rhyme Carols – in fact we all sang a song from our Plays and everyone clapped like mad. Apart from the special four-part round we learned as a new carol, our favourite song was The Twelve Days of Christmas. It gets faster and faster and there are so many words to fit in – we all burst into laughter and applauded ourselves with joy at the end! When we sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas we had to do it three times because it took Mrs Hurrell so long to find Santa Claus…..but she did and he had a huge sack of presents for each teacher to take to their classroom for us! But we’re not telling you what he bought us….it’s a secret between him and us!

Happy Christmas everyone!

From Year 6

Winter Wonderland Competition - Friday, 15th December

Year 3 were all over the moon to hear that Isla’s creation made pupils’ dreams come true! Isla only went and won the ‘Winter Wonderland’ designing and colouring competition. Not only did she win £70 worth of ‘Love2Shop’ vouchers for herself, but she also won sponsorship for the school from the Alford branch of Lovelle Estate Agents. As a school we’ve decided we would like to use the money to extend our tyre park on the field. Our dream can now finally come true thanks to Isla!

Christmas Lunch with Bobby Bear - Thursday, 14th December

Everyone in Year 3 was so excited to be having Christmas lunch in the classroom with Miss Lawrence, Mrs Smalley and Mrs Larthwell. However, we weren’t aware we would be having a special visit from Bobby Bear! We all had to sing a Christmas Carold as loud as we could to make Bobby dance. As a class we chose to sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The first time we sang it Bobby Bear was upset because it wasn’t loud enough. The second time we sung it Bobby Bear was a little bit happier……but the third time we sung he danced and showed us some moves! When Bobby Bear left the room he did the Conga, this was really funny! We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas lunch and seeing Bobby Bear, we look forward to seeing him again in the future!

It's Christmas!

This week we've been designing and making our own decorations - we've even had them glazed! To finish them off we are going to thread them with seasonal ribbon. Your childs is available to purchase from the office for just £5!

Y6 Visit to Alford Day Centre - Thursday, 2nd November 2017

We really enjoyed going to the Alford Day Centre. It was exciting doing our performances of our talents and hobbies and we know they were pleased with them because they clapped and gave us some sweets! Everybody was really friendly and welcoming. They encouraged us to keep going too, with their smiles and words of praise. After that we sang one of our favourite rounds ‘If you Dance’. We did it once in unison and then in four parts. Somebody said, “That’s really difficult!” They’re right – it is, but we did it and Mrs Hurrell was really pleased because we stayed in tune and in time! The song was the highlight of my morning because I could see it made our audience happy.

We ended our special morning with interviews. We all asked a group of the people the set of questions we had prepared in school. The questions were about their school days, their homes, where they lived as a child and what job they wanted to do when they grew up. It surprised us that most of the ladies didn’t expect to have a job when they grew up. Another person told us what it was like for them growing up during World War II.

We hope to visit everyone again soon! Here’s our acrostic poem written when we got back to school:

  • All we did was full of fun and laughs
  • Little mistakes didn’t matter at all
  • Fortunately it all went so very well
  • Over to the corner to sing a song
  • Round the room for questions
  • Down to the floor to bow and wave our goodbyes

Y6 Geography Field Trip to Snipe Dales - 18th October 2017

When we got to Snipe Dales, we walked down a huge slope which I liked. Then at the bottom, we stopped and Mrs Hurrell asked us questions about the stream beside us and we answered them. She told us some facts about the stream after which we all started walking again. When we’d been over a bridge we got asked why there was steel on it and we said to stop us slipping. We started walking again and stopped at another bridge – this time we were asked where the water was coming from. We noticed a pipe showing under the bridge and then we had a look at where the pipe was coming from. We found it and guessed it was from the field above as it was a lot higher up than we were. We started walking again and found lots of beech nuts on the ground, a few acorns, lots of rosehips and some seeding rosebay willow herb. That was good because I had never seen that plant before. We talked about dispersal of seeds then – how some blow in the wind, some drop to the ground and some get buried by animals. Then we walked back up the slope which was the side of a valley and went back to school. I really enjoyed that day.

Y5 Geography Field Trip to Gibraltar Point - October 2017

Gibraltar Point is a very educational place as we discovered on our glorious Geography field trip. In the brilliant blue October sky, we saw Canadian geese, different gulls and heard the song of the skylark. We learnt about the landscape, habitats and even saw evidence of defences from both World Wars.

The sand dunes are growing each year providing a vast area for wildlife – all kinds of plants and creatures. We were careful not to tread on embryo dunes as we explored the foreshore and from the viewpoint on the ridge, we could see across The Wash to Norfolk. It was fascinating to see the lagoons and creeks amongst the saltmarshes – Archie spotted an avocet! All too soon it was time to return to school. We’d had a great morning at Gibraltar Point and left nothing behind to spoil the environment – just our footsteps on the sand!

Summer Fayre - Friday, 30th June

The Summer Fayre was a great success! All of Year 6 could tell that everyone had enjoyed it. We thank you all for contributing towards this event.

Isabel says that the burgers and the cakes were the best! Charlie A says that it was fun because the younger children got involved in the games, and we raised money for the school.

Rose says that it was amusing because all of the stalls were different. The Year 6’s and the Friends of Huttoft School have a very creative imagination.

Y5 Residential trip to Shropshire - 26th/27th June, 2017

Our trip to Shropshire was sensational! The journey was great because we were all eager and excited and there was so much to see on the way. Quarry Bank Mill was our first destination and we discovered lots about the jobs children did such as scavenging under the cotton mill machines. This was a very dangerous task – lots of children were crushed or hurt if they got caught in the machinery.

Next stop: Chester Zoo! In the bat enclosure the bats were actually flying over our heads! It’s a good thing they were only fruit bats. We saw giraffes, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, elephants, warthogs and zebra. It’s a shame the monorail wasn’t working but instead we had a boat ride and met a moody duck!

The youth hostel was quite isolated and some of us thought it looked a bit creepy! Our meal was delicious though; there was plenty to eat and it gave us energy for our late night game of rounders! Alfie was up early on Day 2 to do his hair before our pre-breakfast walk and after a yummy breakfast we had time to play in the park.

At Ironbridge we visited the Toll House on our way to the Victorian village where we dressed up as Victorian school children. In the Victorian school room the teacher was very strict; she even inspected our hands! We saw an old fashioned laundry and even the shops were Victorian.

All too soon it was time to come home...We give the trip a definite ‘thumbs up’ – Jake said it was the ‘best sleepover ever!’ It was great to be with our friends and our favourite bit was: ‘All of it’!

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Year 5 Curriculum Day at John Spendluffe Technology College - 19th June

We loved visiting John Spendluffe for the Year 5 Day when all Year 5’s in the area go to see what it is like at secondary school. The theme was Harry Potter as it is 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published. We were the Huttoft Hedwigs! Our first lesson was English, writing spells based on Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth…..Double, double, toil and trouble…… In the ‘Opening Minds’ lesson we made sorting hat plaques from card, string and foil. Lunchtime was very noisy in the canteen but we didn’t mind too much because the food was really tasty – especially the very cheesy pizza! In Potions (AKA Science), we did magic…..well, science really as we practised spells to make things grow and explode! Some of us earned snitches for making our containers hit the ceiling! Kickball rounders was great fun and we were relieved to be in the Sports Hall because it was boiling outside! Maths was our final lesson and we collected Hogwarts Stars by solving maths problems. At the end of the day we counted up our snitches and Gemma had accumulated five, making her the winner! It was a magical day at JSTC – we thought it was wizard!

Boston United FC - 14th June

This was the day Year 6 went to the incredible football stadium belonging to Boston United! When we first got there we went to a cricket field and started doing some drills. After a couple of games we were doing one on one and it was really fun. Then we did some dribbling and then shooting. It was a very fun time there! Next we went to the stadium. At the beginning we ate our food in the Club Room and then we went to view the pitch. The guide said that it was not in good condition because it was end of season and repairs were underway. At the back of the stadium we started to chant a Boston United chant that went “BUFC”. Towards the end of the tour we got medals for being well behaved and a little booklet to read about Boston United. I really enjoyed our day and I was sad to leave. Come on Boston let’s see you promoted next season!

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Southwell Workhouse - April

Year 6 and Year 5 went to Southwell Workhouse. Everyone was very excited. We were split up into boys and girls on arrival and our tours took us in. The house was like a mansion on the boys side and the girls side was exactly the same. We were dressed up as Victorian children who had just come from the streets. Our guide told us our story and we had real workhouse names – my name was Charlotte Percin and we had stories. We were told a fact that this was one of the kindest workhouses. We were registered by our teacher. She wanted to know our names, our story and if we had brothers or sisters that had come or fathers and mothers. There were two maids outside and they were our tours for the day, they told and taught us to pump the water and loads of secrets!

It was all very much fun but at first I thought it wouldn’t be like it was. Before lunch we met matron’s husband – The Master. We could tell he was very strict because when we were being registered, he was shouting at the boys and their tours who were also actors. He told us a very old saying “children should be seen and not heard” until spoken to and he gave us a set of rules. On our way round we were told how to iron with the old iron. They spat on it and if it sizzled and burnt in then that would be the right temperature. They would iron matron’s clothes first and put brown paper on. It was the best school trip.

Play Activity Training for Year 5 - 15th March

We Year 5’s - Darcey, Jessica, Emily, Charlie, Charlie and Zack - all enjoyed our afternoon with Mrs Fieldman learning to be play activity leaders. It was fun demonstrating the games that we were given and playing the activities that each group had made. There were many different games to play such as: Zip and Zap; head, shoulders, knees and toes; River Cross; Star Thrower etc. In the end, Mrs Fieldman taught us how to play elephant football which was great fun! We are honoured to be chosen to run the ‘Energy Club’ and we are definitely looking forward to helping our younger school friends to get active and play these games!

Hockey Tournament, Skegness Grammar School - 8th March

This was the day a group of excited Year 3 and Year 4 hockey players went to Skegness Grammar School with Mr Irving and Miss Warsap to take part in their first hockey tournament. When we arrived, we saw lots of other primary schools there so there were lots of children around. Mr Irving put us into 2 teams of mixed Year 3’s and Year 4’s. I was in group B and league 1. Then someone said we needed hockey sticks – it seemed to take ages for somebody to get some for us! Finally, they came with some sticks and we were ready. Our first match was against a team wearing blue and yellow tops. Unfortunately, we lost 2-1. The next game I found myself playing against my football team mate, we had more luck in that game and the score was 1-1, and I got the equaliser! Altogether we played 10 games and we saved the best until last as we won 6-1! The match I was looking forward to most was our second to last game as I was playing another football team mate. I really enjoyed the day and playing a team sport with my friends. We all played well and supported and encouraged each other in true Huttoft primary style.

Athletics at Skegness Academy - 10th February

I really enjoyed doing indoor athletics at Skegness Academy. I was really excited. There were many other schools competing and they were all very good. That made me nervous. Towards the end of the morning, the scores were close…..very close they kept telling us…. On the last activity (4 x 1 relay) the scores were finalised. We had won. Everyone in the Huttoft team was overjoyed. It was one of the best days of my life. So I would like to say thank you to everyone at Skegness Academy for that amazing morning.

Big Breakfast - 9th February

We were all excited when we walked through the gate because we could smell the bacon cooking! Wow….what a start to our day!

Some of us liked the taste of the bacon with scrambled eggs and some people liked the cereal best. After eating it all we couldn’t even eat our snacks at playtime because we were so full up.

We had hockey after playtime and felt we played better than usual…..was that down to the happy feeling of full tummies I wonder?

Later in the day we got to explore Mr Casey’s HUGE tractor which was parked outside school all day. We had measurements to take, patterns to look out for, art work and word searches to complete – all connected with food in Lincolnshire.

It was a great day all round.

Geography Field Trip to Gibraltar Point - 11th October

Our Geography Field Trip to Gibraltar Point was amazing! We were all wrapped up for Winter with coats and thick jumpers but when we got there the sun was beaming down on us making us all hot!

The lagoons were shimmering under the brilliant blue sky as we walked along the salt marsh path to the beach. We all stopped and listened to a skylark singing. Then we saw a flock of geese overhead flying in triangle formation. It was really interesting to learn about how sand dunes are made and the different stages – embryo, yellow then grey dunes and all the different grasses like couch and marram grass. When we were on the beach we could see Norfolk in the distance….and lots of wind turbines!

On the way back to the bus we saw the biggest caterpillar! It was brown and hairy and would probably become a massive moth! All too soon we were back on the coach heading back to school, just in time to avoid the rain!

Non-Competitive Sports Afternoon - 27th September

I was very excited in the morning because it was the day for NC Sports Afternoon. Finally it was time to be in the Hall joining our teams. In my team, among others, were Charlie, Skyla and Alyssa with Mrs Peet, as our teacher. I was asked to help look after Alyssa – she was very excited (like me), even though I’ve done NC Sports every year!

When we got on the field and playground it was very warm. When we were doing the stacking cups I taught Alyssa how to do it and she was amazing at it! After that we did running through the floor hurdles. Everyone was enjoying themselves and there were lots of our parents there enjoying themselves too. When we started or finished an activity, Mrs Hurrell blew a whistle to indicate it. Alyssa did very well at all the activities on this, her first time ever! She ran really fast in the relay race. Afterwards we were all exhausted and happy at the same time. I enjoyed it a lot as well. The good thing about NC Sports is that it is just like doing lots of ‘warm up’ activities.

Year 6 Learning the haka!

Year 6 have really enjoyed learning the moves for the haka!

Year 5 Shropshire Trip – 4th-5th July

Our Year 5 school trip was the best! Although the travelling took a while, we had games and bags full of sweets to keep us entertained! First we went to Styal Quarry Bank Mill, the first cotton producing mill in Britain. The monorail at Chester Zoo was a great sight-seeing moment. The zoo was amazing especially the gift shop and despite getting wet we loved seeing the animals.

Our next stop was our hostel, it was a unique Tudor style building and some of us thought it was haunted! On arrival we had the chance to make apple crumble for our pudding. We had all different varieties of food for our meal and then it was outside for a game of soft ball rounders. Finally we enjoyed our yummy crumble fresh from the oven.

Next morning after a little walk we had a nicely served breakfast – cereals, bacon, eggs, toast and lots more! The coach picked us up and off we went to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. In one flood, the iron bridge was the only one to stay standing! Next stop: the Blist Hill Victorian town. We all bought sweets from the Victorian tuck shop and Mrs Hurrell treated us to a ride on the swinging chairs, an old fashioned fairground ride, which was great. Then we stepped into the shoes of Victorian pupils – the teacher was very strict and even had a cane. You weren’t allowed to put your elbows on the desks! It was wonderful two days and we would love to do it again!

Year 6 Cycling Ability - 23rd June

We were all excited. We had our bikes coded by the PCSO first. We had to fill in a booklet had told us how to be safe on our bike and on the road. Then Mrs Smalley taught us the basics of being on the road on a bike. There were cones on the playground that we had to go round, arrows to follow and lots of riding holding the handle bars with one hand and signalling clearly with the other.

We learned how to set off on a bike with the pedals in the correct positions and how to stop safely. Mrs Smalley did it with Layla’s bike. WE all had great fun that day and we all hope that in the future we will be safe and happy on the road and will not have any worries on the road. Thank you Mrs Smalley for helping us with our bike ability. It was a great help to everyone.

New IT Equipment

Wow! We were so excited to use the new laptops - the trolley was jam packed! We all had a laptop each - it was amazing! We were surprised how quickly we could log on and get started with our work. Lots of us said it was easier to type because the keyboards are smooth to use.

When it came to load programmes, everything came up really quickly and there was no waiting at all! The new Windows version seems easy to use and it has more features. It's brilliant to have the latest systems and updated technology - thank you, Mrs Hurrell!

Summer Term Activity Club for Year 2’s

In our homework we had to write a letter to Mrs Hurrell and convince her to let us run a Club of our choice for Year 2’s with help from our friends. We have put on athletics, singing, drama, gym, ball skills, IT and a few others! We ran the skills ourselves with Mrs Ayres-Smith there just for supervision. Before we ran our Clubs we were all a bit nervous but also we were really excited to have this opportunity. We split the Year 2’s into groups to teach them the skills we wanted them to learn. The year 6’s all got the chance to do the Club we planned. Once each had had a turn we felt very proud because we had just ran a Club by ourselves! The Year 2’s gave us lots of feedback – “that was amazing”, “I love your Clubs,” “Can we do this next week?”. Well, we Year 2’s all wish we could do it again too!

Year 5 Curriculum Day at John Spendluffe Technical College - 20th June

Everyone in Year 5 was excited about our visit to JSTC to attend a Curriculum Day. Even the torrential rain couldn’t stop us from enjoying all the interesting activities. One of our favourite sessions was Science because we each got to use a Bunsen burner to test the energy content of snack foods by burning them. Art was great fun – trying to draw a minion on a small paper plate…. That’s easy you might say, but not when the plate is on the top of your head! It was a brilliant day – it went so quickly and we came back to school soaked but happy!

Year 3 trip to Belton House - 17th June

It is a very old house which has lots of cobwebs! It’s very rich and fancy on one half but the other half is dark and the floor is rock hard.

There may have been cobwebs on the outside, but when we went inside there were no cobwebs anywhere. We learned how servants lived their lives at Belton House. All the boys were called ‘Tom’ and all girls were called ‘Mary’. We had to dress and do jobs like the servants. We had to pretend to carry wood to the fire and the girls had to wash the dishes and scrub the floor! It was very hard work!

When we had done that we went into the rich half of Belton House where we learned how to do fancy writing like the children did in the olden days. Then we played with the toys that the children that lived in Belton House would have played with. My favourite part was dressing up and doing fancy writing. I loved going on our trip it was incredibly fabulous!

Year 3 Assembly - 20 May

Our Class Assembly was all about light. We had multiple feelings inside……nervous, but pleased because we were all well prepared. Daisy introduced the Assembly, then we sang ‘Silvery Moon’ starring Rossi. It was really funny! We all had canes and moved from side to side.

Isabelle was a police lady telling Rossi the moon isn’t a light source, she was quite fierce! I said the moon reflects light from the sun. I loved the part where Rossi sang Man in the Mirror and so did the audience! Just before the play of Diwali we all got in lines and sang Here Comes the Sun. I had the first line in the play of Rama and Sita. Me, Alfie, Erin and Lacey were narrators telling the story then we got in lines and held candles to let Rama and Sita walk down the aisle while I said my last line. Then we got ready in our positions for the dance – a traditional Hindu dance. Finally Daisy said the prayer. Then as we all left the Hall, we all felt warm and very proud.