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Crazy Contraptions

Science is a subject that provides great scope for invention and creativity. As part of their ‘Forces’ topic, Year 6 have been studying ‘Levers, Gears and Pulleys.’ In a very practical lesson they made their own K’Nex models and then went on to design their own Rube Goldberg inspired Crazy Contraptions. These ingenious machines will perform a variety of household tasks, from feeding dogs and hamsters to juicing fruit and boiling eggs!

Romshed Farm Visit

Year 4 spent an enriching morning at Romshed Farm to learn all about life on an organic farm, bringing their latest Geography topic to life. The hands-on experience was really enjoyable and gave them a deeper understanding of how our food is produced. They particularly loved seeing the calves and lambs!

Music Theory Exam Success

Congratulations to the children who recently took Associated Board theory exams. They gained a clean sweep of distinctions, from Grade 1 to Grade 3, an even more impressive result given that they achieved this through online classes.

Transformation of ‘The Humps’

‘The Humps’ have been transformed into a wonderful play and relaxation area. This afternoon it was lovely to see Year 1 enjoying an outdoor lesson in the new environment. A huge thank you must go to the HGA who provided the funding for this project and who support the school in so many invaluable ways.

Earth Day Celebrations

On 22nd April the whole school joined people around the world to celebrate Earth Day.  Special assemblies held by Mrs Bleakley in the Prep School and Miss Young in the Pre-Prep introduced the thinking behind this year’s theme of ‘Restore our Earth’ and how this links with the charity we are supporting, Just One Tree, which will plant a tree for every pound that is donated.  Supporting the charity was the idea of Rachel in Year 6, a member of the Green Team, who have been busy planting trees themselves recently.

The children were encouraged to reflect and celebrate earth by spotting something that they had never noticed before  – and then each class were challenged to come up with ten ways that they could help restore our earth.

In the Pre-Prep the children were eager to learn about Earth Day and 2B were so inspired by Miss Young’s assembly and the idea that it takes years for things to decompose that they decided to organize their rubbish into items that could be reused or recycled.  Some children decided that they would swap their crisps for fruit in the future.  The Nursery was full of budding marine conservationists as they learnt about pollution in the ocean, and came up with ideas for how this could be tackled.

We were delighted to see so many children wearing green and we have raised over £500, which translates into over 500 new trees being planted!

Fruity Art in the Early Years

The EYFS children have been enjoying this week’s topic of ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’. With Guiseppe Arcrimbo as inspiration, we have made some incredible fruit faces. The leftover fruit was put to good use for fruit salads lovingly prepared by the children.

 The sunny weather arrived and has enabled us to get started on the Early Years flower beds. We are hoping to put Chelsea to shame this year!

Tree planting

Since our return to school, the Green Team has planted 16 trees – a mixture of rowan, birch and crab apple. We planted some near the pond and some along the fence of our new field, Streetons. We are looking forward to watching them grow, as we grow ourselves. We are steadily building a path to a more nature friendly environment.

Many thanks to Tonbridge School for kindly providing the saplings,  to Mrs Bleakley and Mrs Tait for helping us plant them and to Mr Morris for making us a plaque.

By Harriet and Else, Green Team Representatives

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Hilden Grange is 'Excellent'

We have been rated ‘Excellent’ in all categories by the ISI.

This is the highest grade possible and covers two areas: ‘The Quality of Pupils’ Academic and other Achievements’ and ‘The Quality of Pupil’s Personal Development.’

Read the full report here