Tuesday, 27 September 2016

An Autumnal day in Nursery

We started the day by watching a clip about Autumn and talking about the things we could see, particularly focusing on the colours, red, yellow, gold, orange and brown. 
We looked at some other photographs too and then talked about some Autumn words to describe the leaves: rustling, crunchy, tumbling, dropping, spinning, turning, swirling, falling, whirling and golden. We then went to visit our field. While we were there we were looking for Autumn things so that we could use our Autumn words and colours. 
We soon found leaves of all shades and blackberries that Mrs Eyles carefully picked so we could take them back for snack. We spotted ash keys, a snail, apples, mistletoe growing on the tree, red berries, black berries and even a dragonfly! We found twisted leaves too. We felt the wind on our faces, and listened to the leaves rustling in the trees before pretending to be leaves, swirling and twirling and whirling and dropping. We realised that we had used all our Autumn words while we were out. We played with the sycamore seeds, spotted ants and walked through the crunchy leaves on the way back too. What a lovely outing together.

Gardening Club

Gardening club had a busy week clearing and tidying up the vegetables beds.  The beetroot were harvested – and some were huge!  You will see from the photos what a great team effort was made to clear the beds from the before and after photos below.


Everyone was involved in pulling up the weeds carefully around the squashes to allow them to grow a little bit more over the coming weeks.  Many caterpillars, spiders and other bugs were found during the tidy up and we carefully placed them in other parts of the garden so that they could carry on thriving in their habitats.
Great team effort everyone! Well done.

Monday, 26 September 2016

School Council 2016-2017

The new School Councillors had their first meeting today with Mrs Colchester.
Pupils get the chance to put forward their views on a whole range of things that are integral to school life. It is an ideal opportunity to introduce pupils from Reception to Year 6 to the idea that they can make a difference - and a very positive one. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

First Week Head Chef Competition

Hitcham’s Head Chef competition got off to a flying start this Friday with a range of savoury dishes being cooked by our Year 6 children. We were kindly joined by Mrs Aldred our Head of kitchen and Mr Hambling of Hambling Catering who had the unenviable task of trying to judge the amazing dishes. 
The children cooked Chicken stir fry with noodles, Moules Mariniere, Quorn chicken pies and Courgette plumps with dips. They completed their dishes independently and all were incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. We are looking forward to next week when the Y6 children will present their sweet dishes for us. I wonder how many staff will be popping along to see how things are going…”

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Class Ambassadors

The new class Ambassadors had their first meeting with Mrs Picton today.
Each class from Year 2 to Year 6 has two Class Learning Ambassadors  whose role is to meet with visitors to  the school.
 One of last year's Year 6 Ambassadors tell us what’s involved in their role:        
The main role for the Ambassadors is to represent the school when we have visitors.   
We explain what we are learning, show them around our classrooms and share some of our work.    
We meet regularly with Mrs Picton, our Headteacher, to discuss new ways to make our school even more special than it already is.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Nursery Autumn Walk

Today we decided to go for a wonderful Autumn walk. We looked carefully for all the signs of Autumn that we had been talking about in the classroom when Mrs Cooper had shared the coloured leaves, beech nuts, sycamore seeds and conkers that she had brought in. Look at all the different things we saw! The leaves were so many different colours. Some of them had gone crispy and broken into small pieces. We named the colours we saw: brown, red, yellow, orange, gold, purple, pink and green. Can you spot all the different colours in the photographs?
We searched for acorns under our big oak tree and then found more conkers under our horse chestnut tree. What a lovely time!

Monday, 19 September 2016

A sweet treat for gardening club

Gardening club this week restarted with a bonanza crop of sweetcorn being harvested, which Mr Duggen and Mr Seeley cooked for us on an open fire.  We all enjoyed the sweet succulent tastes – one child commented about the sweetcorn saying; “These are better than the ones from the coop!” And they were, they were delicious. 
This was followed with a variety of apples being cut up and shared from the trees in the orchard at the Community Gardens. We were able to compare the appearance on the inside of the apples and also their tastes.  

Thank you very much to Mr Seeley and Mr Duggen for organising the open fire for us to use and also for their continued commitment to our gardening club – the children had a real treat. 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Alchemy Island

As part of their topic ‘Alchemy Island’, class VW examined samples sent by the Island’s Chief Alchemist. The children used their science investigation skills to work out the properties of each sample and then had to group them by their unique characteristics. These included transparency, hardness, electrical conductivity, flexibility, permeability and magnetism. 
Everyone had lots of fun!

Thursday, 15 September 2016


We are excited to announce that the school has achieved the Bronze Linguamarque award for foreign languages. 
What does this mean? 
It means that we are committed to teaching languages to a high standard in this school. It’s an ongoing process and so we are working towards achieving the silver award over the next 12-18 months.


Year 1 and year 2 made a remarkable discovery of three large dinosaur eggs on Wednesday morning.   There were sightings of a dinosaur around Framlingham which were caught on camera and shown to the children.  It was spotted at the mere, the castle, the church and on the market hill.  It is understood that Mrs Picton scared the dinosaur away early when it appeared to be wandering around the playground looking for somewhere to lay its eggs.  Many children believe that they had heard strange noises in their gardens over the past few days!  Classes AB, JC and LH discovered the nest in the quiet area and examined footprints nearby.
Sunday evening she was spotted trying to find a safe place to lay her eggs
Tyrannosaurus in the playground early on Wednesday morning.
 The last remaining egg found in the nest and looking at footprints in ground


Monday, 12 September 2016

New Reception Class

What a lovely picture - one of the new Reception classes on their first day last week - 
"All-aboard" HMS Robert Hitcham!


Welcome to our school for the new academic year 2016-2017.
In the first week every child created a mini art image of themselves which we have displayed in the entrance corridor - do stop to take a look next time you pass through.  
Thank you to the school staff display team for pulling this together - it looks brilliant.
 KS1 & Foundation

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Day Old Chicks visit Foundation

The Children in Nursery, Reception and JC had a surprise visit just now from a shoe box of one day old chicks!! They have been chirping happily as the children held an stroked these fluffy little chicks.
Thank you to Mrs Kirk for bringing in this last minute treat for the children.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Home Grown Beans for Lunch

As you may have seen, class AB have been growing runner beans in their outside area. We have been lucky to get some beans before we break up from school. The class decided that they would like to try the beans and wanted to have them for their lunch, so we asked Mrs Aldred whether she would cook them for us. Here are some pictures of us enjoying our runner beans. Thank you Mrs Aldred for cooking our runner beans! We ALL enjoyed them and thought they were yummy!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Olympian Sculptures

As part of the current project on ancient Greece, clases JA & VW have been creating some fabulous sculptures of olympic athletes in action.  They used twisted newspaper to shape their design, then covered in foil to keep the shape then added layers of modrock to build up a solid figurine, finally standing on a clay display stand.  Just a few images below - can you spot the Olympic event they are taking part in?

SRH Firebirds - Wow the school with their singing

Our terrific boys choir, who have been coached this year by Drew Cantrell, the professional choirmaster from the Phoenix Singers, sang some spine tingling songs to the school in the assembly, this morning.  They performed some wonderful renditions from well know musicals including The Sound of Music and Oliver. Well done boys!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Why don't birds get wet when it rains?

Today class AB created an experiment to see why birds don’t get wet when it rains. We dripped water onto the feathers and observed what happened. We talked about how the feathers could be waterproof or water resistant. We also talked about what could happen if the feather were absorbent.

Cornets & Singing

The Year 4 pupils who've been learning the Cornet this year, gave a lovely concert today combining singing and playing to delight the audience with some well known songs.
Mr McDowell, our brass tutor from the County Music Service will be back with us in September to teach next year's Year 4 pupils and also some of these pupils who have decided to 'Play-On'.