Year 5s at Little Canada

The Year 5s have settled in really well and are enjoying their first full day of activities. After an early start (a very early start for some!!) the children have been quad biking and problem solving. This replaced our original plan to kayak and canoe as unfortunately the wind is too strong. This afternoon we are looking forward to Aqua fun, the giant swing and the zip wire. Keep checking the blog for more pics and news and you can follow us on Twitter @Y5LittleCanada.

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Upper Juniors World War II Entry Point

This morning, the Upper Junior children arrived in school dressed as World War II evacuees with their satchels and suitcases of essential items, name labels and gas mask boxes.  They looked amazing!

The evacuees were gathered in the school hall where they were chosen by hosts who took them away to their new home.  For some this was a very pleasant experience – those evacuated to North Wales played games and drank homemade lemonade!  However, many of the children found themselves having to work hard for their keep by peeling potatoes, polishing brass (with homemade ‘polish’ made from flour and vinegar!) and darning socks.  Some of the boys were made to do exhausting army drills on the school field while others helped out in the garden, weeding and digging.

After returning to class they wrote letters to their families:

Dear Mother

The train journey was very bumpy and noisy, children Maisie’s age were crying.  I looked after Maisie, she was crying too.  Sorry I couldn’t wave, I tried, I just couldn’t.  When we got off the train me, Maisie and form 6 went to a hall of the church and slept there for the night.  It was quite frightening, the loud noises, you know.  In the morning we lined up ready to get chosen.  Maisie went off to live on a farm.  Have you got her letter?  She sent one to me.  I miss her.  I got chosen by the housekeeper of Morton House.  We got sent to work brass polishing.  It was hard work but it helped me through my home sickness.  My host family I haven’t seen, just the housekeeper she is nice, but strict.  I polished an egg cup with my friend.  We did not do very well and we nearly got separated!

I miss you.  Will you come and visit please.  Are you OK?  Is nanny OK?  I heard from Maisie that her house was bombed.  I’m in the countryside though I don’t see it.  Is Daddy alright?  Has he written?  Have you seen him?

I love you.  Please visit.  From your loving daughter, Jessica xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

P.S.  Please reply so I know you’re alright.  Love you.

Dear Mother and Father,

I’m writing to you to say that I am okay.  I quite enjoyed our first few days on the farm, that is until I discovered how strict Mrs Whales really was.  She beats them mother, she’s so cruel and I wished I could have been assigned to someone nicer.  Mrs Whales has been forcing us to pull up weeds with our bare hands!  My fingers are so red and blistered that I’m shaking as I write this.  But enough about me mother, how are you?  I feel awfully uncomfortable with you being in London and all.  Please write back and tell me how you are, please, please, PLEASE!  How is Nan and Grandad, Aunty Jean, please write!

Love Joshua xxx

Dear Mum and Dad

I have been having the most wonderful time here in Yorkshire.  The train journey was fine with me and my friend (playing some games helped the journey quicken up). My host family is lovely and we are always going out for walks or going to different places with their dog Whisper.  Also my host family is not as poor as I would of thought.  Me and my friends are normally helping make the dinner if not we are playing some games upstairs or outside.  I think that tomorrow we are going to see their horse Misty and maybe even have a ride on him/her.  Currently Mrs Honey is a tutor teacher so every day we get up, have our breakfast and she would give us some things to learn for the day.  Then when she would come home she would check if we had learnt anything.  I hope you are OK and well.  Hopefully I will see you soon.

Your loving daughter, Sophie xxxxxxx and more kisses and cuddles.  I love you loads.

P.S. Mrs Honey isn’t that strict and we always learn!

P.P.S. Please thank granny and grandpa for the sweets!

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Team Cooper Dragon Writer of the Week

This week, in our Big Write lesson, we watched a short film called ‘The Lighthouse’ we had to think about how the man in the lighthouse would feel and Team Cooper told the story of the light going off, from the Lighthouse Keeper’s point of view.

Enjoy reading Jack’s piece, he has been a risk taker with his vocabulary choices! My favourite line is ‘As the light began to dim, so did their voices…’ very intriguing! Well done Jack- you are a super star.

Miss Cooper 🙂


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Hordle Primary School wins the ‘London 2012 Legacy’ award!

Hordle Primary School and the HSA are absolutely delighted to announce that they have been awarded the ‘London 2012 Legacy Award’ at the 2015 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards!

This was rewarded as a marker for the school’s outstanding commitment to keeping the Olympic legacy alive and in recognition of all the sport that happens throughout the school.  Mrs Adams, Mrs Way, Mrs Phillips and Mr Slattery were thrilled to be invited to the 2015 Sport Awards Ceremony at Southampton Football Club and were overjoyed to have walked away with the trophy!  As you’ll see from the file below, they all had a terrific evening!

However, perhaps the most exciting part was getting to share the news with the children.  The whole school were called into the hall for an early assembly to share the fantastic news and look at our new trophy!  What a great team effort from everyone, go Team Hordle!

Our Evening at the Hampshire and IOW Sports

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Art in the Style of Pete Gilbert

Two weeks ago, an artist from the New Forest came to talk to us about his art work, including the techniques he uses. We were even lucky enough to see a live demonstration.

Look at the wonderful examples of Team Hazel’s New Forest artwork. We have used Pete Gilbert’s style when using the pastels and paints.

These lovely examples are by Ella, Poppy, Grace, Freddie and Julia.

Miss Cooper

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Y6 Football Season so far…

When reaching the first game, the team was anxious with nerves which could’ve affected the final result but we never let our heads drop until the final whistle. Although we kept going, the oppositions’ skill and experience overcame us. However, our next game was very different as we played strategically and confidently which allowed us to win with a brilliant score of 8-2! Somewhat affected by our complacency, the next game was against last year’s rivals – Lymington. During this match, we had our doubts and unfortunately lost but kept our spirits alive to the very end. On Gary’s debut (a Year 5), we played  Ashley. Although James did score first, our small arrogance led to defeat but with a positive attitude. Most recently, our dreaded game against Milford on red nose day was most disappointing as we lost 6-0 but we tried our best as we had a different team than usual. Overall, we’ve had an indifferent start to the season but the main thing is that we never let our heads down which is the main thing for Hordle’s future and we still love playing the game.

James A and Gary P

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KS1 Science Link

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Upper Junior Childline Workshops

Earlier this term, the Upper Juniors were visited by Michelle from Childline who ran an assembly with the Year 5 & 6 pupils as well as a follow-up workshop in class. Pupils learnt about how to stay safe and the importance of speaking to trusted adults if they felt something was not right.

They also met Buddy the Childline mascot who helped them to remember the important messages from the sessions!

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Mr Slattery’s Magic Maths Link

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Team Hawkhill Storytelling

Before half term, Team Hawkhill tried incredibly hard to learn the story ‘Warhorse’ off by heart to perform at our Storytelling event. The Upper Juniors had been studying War Horse and had been fully immersed in the text before writing their own recounts as Joey, inspired by the Michael Morpurgo text!

This story was particularly tricky and the team showed great resilience in learning it! Since learning it, phrases have begun to pop up in our writing – particularly Josh’s biography where he quoted, “Came news that would change their lives forever: War had been declared!”

We all enjoyed the storytelling afternoon and hearing other performances – especially Badger’s retelling of Alice in Wonderland and team Oak’s Rainforest Adventure!

Why not watch our short clip and find out what happened to Joey in this incredible story.

Hawkhill Storytelling

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