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Clay Workshop - Wednesday 3rd November 2021

At the beginning of this half term we welcomed Mrs Houghton, the clay teacher back into school. We were so happy to see her again and had an amazing afternoon. She taught us how to use the clay with special glue called slip to make our own sculpture.

Our clay sculptures were our interpretation of the famous Sutton Hoo mask. This learning was linked to our History topic the Anglo Saxons and was a great way to end our learning. Thank you to Mrs Houghton who always makes our learning so much fun. Please see the Gallery section of the website for photos of our experience.

St Albans Cathedral visit - 1st November 2021

Travelling There:

We left school and got on a big blue Marshalls Coach. My partner was Keavy and we were being very loud! It did not take long because there was no traffic so it took about 30 minutes.

When We Got There: When we got there, we stood outside for a minute or two. When we went inside, we went downstairs and into a room that was named after a king named King Offa. We put our coats and lunchboxes away.

In the Cathedral:

In the Offa room, we were greeted by Steve, Michael and Claire. There were two groups there were the year 3 group in a group but two of them were in the group with year 4. My group went with Claire and I was looking up at the beautiful stained-glass windows. (By Mia Year 4). Claire took us around the cathedral and told us the story of Alban and we dressed up. Then she told us the story of King Offa.


At lunchtime, everyone went down to the Offa room. For lunch I had pasta and sausages. Everyone sat on the seats that were around the walls.


After lunch we went up to the monastery kitchen. We made butter from double cream and herbs. It was lots of fun making butter. Next, we made apricot jam. This was my favourite part of the trip, especially eating it!

I learned that poor people ate differently to rich people and in my opinion, I think that was quite unfair. It was also unfair that men were more important than girls. (By Keavy, Jasmine and Sienna - Year 4)

It was a great trip! Please see the gallery section of the website for photos of our trip

Christmas Memories and the First Christmas We all love music, singing, playing instruments and acting especially at Christmas. This year it was not possible to do an indoor play but not to be daunted we chose to move our performance outside. We chose our favourite songs from Christmas shows past, the Maple Class Orchestra added instruments and over 4 days the children gave a concert to bubbles of parents on the playground. Willow class performed a beautiful Nativity supported by the Rowan Class Choir. Luckily the sun shone for all the performances and whilst it was different there were lots of smiles and the concerts were enjoyed by everyone

Santa Dash

Christmas Jumpers are on, Christmas music is playing and we're of on the school Santa Dash!

An Outdoor Christmas

This year at Hockliffe we decided to decorate the outside of the school so that everyone could share the joy of Christmas with us. In class children created 'bird friendly' tree decorations seed stars and animals, peanut tinsel and cranberry wreaths which they hung on the tree; we think there are going to be some fat birds around school this winter! All around the playground were fantastic outdoor decorations made from natural and recycled materials that families had made together as a shared project; wooden trees, presents and reindeers, pine cone, holly and feather wreaths and snowmen made from cups and tubs brightens the school grounds. Thank you every one for such a brilliant effort

More pictures of our outdoor Christmas can be seen in the gallery.

London's Burning

The children of Maple class excitedly gathered outside around a fantastic paper model they had made of London in 1666. The houses were packed tightly together in the narrow streets that led down to the river Thames. Then smoke began to rise from one of the houses in Pudding lane and it gradually tilted to one side. Suddenly orange flames leapt into the sky and began licking around the other buildings until all of London was on fire. Eventually all that was left of the city was a smouldering pile of grey ashes, except for 3 houses that remained on the far banks of the Thames saved by the waters of the river.

What an amazing way to end the children's learning about The Great Fire of London!

For more pictures of the Great Fire of London please look in the gallery.

We will remember them

On 11th November we all gathered outside by our Memory Garden to remember those people who had given their lives for others and died in wars across the world. We listened as Mr Benger played the Last Post and then stood in silence for two minutes to remember.

Here are some remembrance poems written by the children.

Remember Who Fought

Remember the people who fought for us.
Never forget what they did.
A rose is a sign of the love in your heart for them and for loved ones.
Let Us Remember.
A daffodil in Spring is a sign of life.
Life of the people who put our lives before theirs.
An olive plant is a sign of peace – peace at the end of the war.
Remember the people who fought for us.
Remember what they did.
by Ella

Prayers to all soldiers

Once you remember, you never forget
People who fought for ours instead of theirs
Peace for us all
Yes you must remember
by Monty


Remember the people who went to war.
Remember the people who defend your door.
They tried, but sadly they died.
You remember the 11th November because war ended and the world was mended.
by Ryan

We Can Work Together

You don't have to climb a step alone.
Never forget the loved ones, they have saved lives and used up theirs for us.
We can all work together for World peace.
by Ilsa


Walk my green river, remember those who died.
Remember where courage grows.
Poppies will grow and so will you.
Arms fight for your freedom.
When the war stopped, the trees grew and the poppy never failed to bloom.
by Izzie

Back Into the Past

Rowan Class made a visit to Celtic Harmony an outdoor centre to learn about life in the Stone Age which was thousands of years ago.

Esus was our stone age guide, he was wearing a bone necklace, brown belt and heavy bear skin as a cape over his shoulder. Esus took us into a Stone Age round house and we settled in to a day in the past.

Esus demonstrated how stone age men made fire . He used a cylinder of wood that he turned with a rope bow so that he did not burn his hands. The friction made a spark and he carefully moved this across to a bundle of hay. He cradled the hay like a baby, blew on it and rocked it until the hay started to smoke and burn.

Stone Age people were hunter gatherers and Esus taught us how to walk stealthily through the forest in search of food. At the entry to the hunting ground there were white scary animal skulls to scare us. We tried to learn how to hunt, hunting the huge woolly mammoth was quite a challenge!

Stone Age men made shelters in the woods because they were constantly moving from place to place. We co-operated and worked together to make a shelter in the wood.

Stone Age people made their tools from stone; Esus showed us how he made different tools. Esus picked up a large flint, and hit it hard with the hammer stone he used the small sharp flakes of the flint that came off to make axes, spear and arrow heads.

Artists in the Stone Age wrote stories with their pictures using mushed berries and other things they collected with colour for paints. We were able to go inside a cold, dark stone age cave where we saw examples of ancient paintings on the wall.

The Stone Age people did not have money, they traded goods to get what they needed. We were excited to try out trading with wood, seashells, furry animal skin, knotted rope, smooth horn and hammer stones that Esus gave us to trade with.

Finally it was time to leave and come back to modern day; we had a fantastic day going back to the Stone Age at Celtic Harmony!

You can see more pictures of our day at Celtic Harmony in the Gallery

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