Latest News & Events
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Week 23rd-27th May 2022
26/5/22 After weeks of training and effort our Dance Club represented our school at a dance festival which was held at the Palace Theatre. They all looked the part in their costumes as they performed a Men In Black routine. They were absolutely amazing and Miss Gallimore said that she was incredibly proud watching them perform so confidently . Well done to everyone who took part and to Miss Gallimore for being such an inspirational dance teacher.
Well done to the HFJS Year 5 and 6 netball team who played in a netball tournament at Great Wakering yesterday. HFJS came 3rd! A special mention to Sam and Charlie who were chosen as the HFJS players of the tournament.
On Wednesday 27/4/22, 3 children took part in the County Cross Country event at Garons Park. This event was against other schools across Essex ranging from Shoebury to Brentwood, Sadie, Abigail and Rowan were selected because of previously finishing in the top 6 of the local schools event.
On Wednesday 27/4/22, Year 4 had a brilliant trip to Colchester Castle where they learnt more about the Romans.
Year 3 met some rescued ducklings this morning 22/4/22
6Bs Forest School
Today, Year 5 attended a Wow event at KES where they were able to experience a range of subjects from across the curriculum. Working in partnership with our feeder schools continues to be a priority for us.
Year 5 attended a virtual event with Dermot O’Leary on 15th March 2022 and was a great learning experience:
The fact that Dermot O'Leary uses cats in his books has made me want to read more - to discover more about the adventures that they go on. I like that he manages to merge mystery and funny books together.' (Lily 5N).
The Great Biscuit Bonanza! It is our intention to help every individual to develop essential scientific inquiry skills to help deepen their scientific knowledge. It is British Science week this week (w/b 14/3/22) , so the children have been involved in a whole school science experiment to find out which biscuit is the ultimate dunker! On Monday, Miss Bines will be leading an assembly to discuss their observations and conclusions.
District Cross Country 2022 at Garons Park-
FitzWimarc Cross Country Event
Year 3 - Egyptian Day
Homework to be proud of w/e/4/2/22
On Monday 17/1/22, we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr via our whole school assembly. Together we reflected on his life and considered why he is remembered through the celebration of a national holiday in America and around the world. Photographs and Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech was shared so that we could think about what life was like in the 1960s and why change was needed. At the end of the assembly each class were asked to reflect and share their ideas about other ways there should be equality in the world and how we encourage equality at HFJS. Alongside eradicating racism the following areas were shared- prejudice because of: religious beliefs, where you live, what you look like, gender and who you love. At HFJS, we reinforce the value of being respectful and celebrate difference.
This week 14/1/22, we re launched our drama and Philosophy for Children sessions. Philosophy for Children, or P4C, is an approach to teaching and learning, in which children take part in philosophical inquiry. It enhances thinking and communication skills, boosts confidence and self-esteem, and improves behaviour and well-being. More information can be found here.
December 2021 - Please refer to our Christmas recordings - we hope you enjoy them!
Nativity featuring all classes
This week, Mrs Wass was informed by a member of the community that Charlie in 6B helped an elderly gentleman on the bus when his shopping fell out of his bag. What a fantastic example of kindness and initiative - he is a credit to his family and our school!
3.12.21 We were very proud to be involved in the national campaign to recognise the tremendous work that our emergency services provide (especially in view of the challenges faced by the pandemic). Our non-school uniform event represented the colours of our emergency services- blue, green, red or orange.During the day we provided the children the opportunity to find out more about the work of the emergency services and the skills that they took from school into their careers. This was a fantastic opportunity to make links with our community and provide our pupils a valuable opportunity not only to learn more but may even inspire them in their future career choices. Thank you to the emergency service heroes who supported our day by visiting the school.
On Wednesday 1/12/21, 20 upper school learners travelled to Deanes school to represent Holt Farm in a dodgeball competition against other local primary schools. The children were well behaved throughout and did the school proud with their efforts and behaviour, showing the Holt Farm values in abundance. Both teams won 2, drew 1 and lost 2. We narrowly missed out on the semi finals. Alfie said, ‘I was really nervous, but excited to play. I had a great time!’.
All pupils in year 4-6 entered the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge in November. Congratulations to Ben in 6G who came top in the school and also in the top 10% of all pupils who took part nationally (87, 115.)
Restorative approach at HFJS
We use a restorative approach to resolving conflict. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.
This week, Jodie, Lyla and Calyn visited us from the Essex County Council Youth Offending Service. They led a variety of activities within Year 6 exploring differences, respect, feelings and viewpoints.
The 5 key restorative questions we use are: What happened? What were you thinking? How do you feel? Who has been affected? What would you do differently? ‘Calyn said, ‘The children of Holt Farm were an amazing group of children to work with. They gave us some wonderful answers and were all engaged thoroughly in the sessions. Even the staff got involved in the exercises. We had a truly fabulous time, and the kindness resonates from all involved in the school’.
Pudsey PE Challenge for Children In Need 2021-22
Britons= 174 Goals
Philosophy for Children
Rochford District Council - Chairman Christmas Card Competition
The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Julie Gooding, would like to invite our pupils to take part in her 2021 Christmas Card Competition to design her Christmas Card which will be sent to dignitaries around Essex.
HFJS’s Half Term Life Challenges
Year 3 & 4 Life Challenges: Year 3 Taramja, Year 4 Lacie and Summer
Year 5 & 6 Life Challenges: Year 5 Maddison and Liam Year 6 James and Alex
19/10/21: Well done to the HFJS football team during their recent tournament! We got through to the quarter finals.
On Tuesday12th October, a selected group of Year 6 took part in a resilience workshop led by Kelly and Christine from a national wellbeing service ‘Now ( the time for change)’. They shared strategies to help feel better which included: exercise, breathing exercises, affirmations and meditation. Thomas said, ‘ The squeezing nose breathing techniques were very useful to calm you down’. Bethany said, ‘ I enjoyed writing things that I liked about myself’.
The Senior Pupil Team sent out a pupil survey to gather information about teaching and learning. What subject is their favourite? How do they learn best? What helps them remember their learning? I will discuss the results with the team as part of our ongoing school development. Each class also voted for their School Council representative and Mrs Richardson is excited to meet with them for the first time next week. 24/9/21
Buddy Time Read 6/3/20
World Book Day
Girls netball match vs St Teresas
St David's Day 28/2/20
Little Shop of Horrors Y6 Visit to WHSG
Hen Council Cake Sale 13/2/20
Year 6 Reading For Pleasure 13/2/20
Year 5 KES Science Day
Year 3 Egyptian Day
Dance Festival 4/2/20