Science week – the best bits!

At Hodnet school we celebrated science week in style this week from plant investigations to chemical reactions and lots of fun along the way.

  • We had a delightful visit from the activity buses team sponsored by Severn Trent Water. They taught us how to keep our seas and rivers clean and all about toilets and sewers – all the disgustingly exciting science involving poo – yes we said it and we were allowed to say it! We had a great giggle holding pretend cartoon poo’s!
  • Plant science including germination in Y2 and recording findings of experiments for a pretend TV company in Y3. Video link here
  • DNA extraction in Y6. They investigated the properties of DNA and were so fascinated by this topic that they continued to evolve their learning to find out more and more! They followed a step by step method and extracted DNA from bananas. Super exciting.
  • Outdoor learning in Reception Forest Schools, using their science skills to find possible solutions to their ‘I wonder’ questions. They even had a real scientist visit from Mrs O’Connor who put her Lab coat back on after all these years, to find that reception class were indeed scientists. They also created chemical reactions earlier in the week.
  • Disgusting digestion in Y4 who imitated the stomach and small intestine with a zip bag and pair of tights – fascinating. They also tested egg shells to investigate the effects of drinks on our teeth. Proving the reason that we don’t allow juice in school – well done class 4!
  • Time and space – in assemblies Mrs Lyall shared the evolvement of GMT and its importance in the world. She also shared photos of family visits to Observatories in Sydney and Kielder Forest, inspiring others to think about possibilities to look for beyond our world.
  • The science gadget shop encouraged children to buy small science based gadgets, with all profits going towards new science equipment.
  • Supertato Jelly experiments in Y1 proved interesting and magnetic investigations, thermal conductivity and heart rate testing in Y5 made for a very busy week.
  • The Xplore science show, a special treat paid for by our wonderful PTA, captivated all year groups and brought a fantastic week to a close.

There are many posts about some of this weeks science found on our science page, or on individual class pages, please take a look!

Science page         

General Election

Hodnet School is not used as a polling station, so we will be open as usual on 4th July.

Half term

A reminder that next week is half term. Enjoy the week, school reopens on Monday 3rd June.

Weekly House Points. 24.5.24

Weekly house point totals are:

Owls = 156

Badgers = 165

Squirrels = 149

Foxes = 157

Well done to the Badgers team.

Celebrating Success. Book Worm 24.5.24

Well done to everyone who received awards or shoutouts this week, we are very proud of you.

  • Class R – Robyn
  • Class 1 – Matilda
  • Class 2 – William
  • Class 3 – Ruby
  • Class 4 – Harrison H
  • Class 5 – Hettie
  • Class 6 – Elizabeth

Congratulations to all our chosen Book Worms, your reading at home and school was excellent this week.

Remember to keep up those good reading habits over the holidays.

Celebrating Success. Certificate of Achievement 24.5.24.

Well done to everyone who received awards or shout outs today. We are very proud of you.

  • Class R – Poppy B, for her amazing plant knowledge. A future botanist int he making.
  • Class 1 – Pippa, for excellent scientific thinking and predictions.
  • Class 2 – Isabelle, for outstanding engagement and positivity.
  • Class 3 – Gabriel, for amazing ‘plant expert’ role, very knowledgeable and informative.
  • Class 4 – Peter, for his great knowledge and always being keen to participate in scientific experiments.
  • Class 5 – Mackenzie, for being a super scientist and always demonstrating an eagerness to learn.
  • Class 6 – William, for his genuine interest, thoughtful questions and sharing of information this week.
  • Headteacher’s KS1 award – Emma in class 2, for her fantastic scientific explanations.
  • Headteacher’s KS2 award – Connor in class 6, for showcasing his strengths and resilience both in his class and when trying out his new secondary school.
  • Raffle ticket – Milly H in class 4
  • Lunchtime award – Robyn in class R for her excellent manners.

This week we put all our certificate winners into a hat and drew an overall winner to collect the science prize left to us by the gadget shop team. That winner was Isabelle from class 2. Well done.

PTA Thanks

The PTA have recently funded some fantastic resources and experiences for our pupils to enjoy. This week they funded the Xplore Science show which was enjoyed by all children. Thank you for providing this opportunity.

They have recently purchased:

  • 10 more ipads to add to our class sets, meaning that each class can have the latest technology and enough for all pupils.
  • A class group set of Bee-Bots, meaning that elements of the KS1 computing curriculum can be taught with more up to date technology. They are used most weeks and are proving to be a great success.
  • New dictionaries for all KS2 pupils. These will be be a gift to the children and will be theirs to keep when they leave us. This will be repeated every year to ensure that pupils have a usable, thoughtful gift to take away with them.
  • Reception new starter school bags. From next academic year onwards, pupils will have their book bags bought for them and these will be the only bags expected in school. These are the first gifts for the children and will prove really useful throughout their school life.

The PTA also contribute towards each school trip, the costs of the buses are heavily subsidised. In some cases this funding is the difference between trips going ahead or not as the cost of coaches at the moment is absolutely huge. It can be £200 for a return trip just to Market Drayton!

The PTA are a small team who always need extra support, if you could offer support, no matter how small please see one of the representatives, information on our website PTA page.

Safeguarding reminders May 2024.

A reminder once again of the age restrictions for some of the most popular apps, games or sites.

WhatsApp – age 13+

Fortnite – age 12+

Call of Duty – age 18+

Facebook, Instagram & TikToc – age 12+

Snapchat – age 13+

Roblox ranges from age 7+, age 10+ to age 12+ depending on the platform used, but does have chat rooms which can cause a specific danger to children if they are talking to unknown people.

Some of the above platforms or apps continue to cause unnecessary distress to our primary aged children and take up valuable school time dealing with issues that spill into school. We ask for parental support and encourage you to follow the age restriction guidance to safeguard all our children. 

Click here to visit our school website online safety page ,found within the Parents Area, with useful information about how to keep children safe online, up to date guidance and useful website links with important safeguarding advice.

Play equipment after school

A safety reminder that the play equipment including the barked area should not be used after school by our children or their siblings. There are signs to remind people of these rules, but recently as the weather has started to become brighter, quite a few people have been using the equipment. Also some families have been playing on the field or going into the forest school area. We don’t intend to stop people having fun, but these areas are only insured to be used by our children, within the school day, under the supervision of school staff. Please can this message be shared with other family members who may collect your children to ensure that we can all continue to adhere to the school rules in the interest of health and safety. Thank you for your support and cooperation with this matter.