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Everyone at Hamilton is Special

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By janice, Jul 21 2017 02:13PM

It’s now time to write our final blog of the year. What a truly amazing year it has been at Hamilton this year. We could not be prouder of all of the boys and girls for their hard work this year. They truly are special.


Even though it’s the last week, Year 2 have been busy using their inference skills in guided reading to describe how Harry Potter might be feeling, what he could be thinking and what he might say when he's on the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The children linked Harry's thoughts to their own thoughts of moving into Year 3 at Grove. In writing the children have used their skills to complete their creative narratives about Harry visiting Hamilton Infant School. Year 2 have been learning to add three one-digit numbers in maths. The children have impressed their teachers by using number bonds to find the answer. As well as all this learning, the year 2 boys and girls even found time to perform an amazing but emotional leavers concert.


It has been a week of celebration in Year 1 as the summer holidays approach us. The Year 1 staff faced the impossible task of celebrating all of the children's achievements throughout the year this week and there are too many achievements to mention! A week filled with Gold parties and class parties have given staff and children alike time to look back over their most memorable moments and give themselves a massive pat on the back for all the hard work. There teachers are so proud of every single child and what they have achieved this year and the boys and girls fully deserve the chance to recharge their batteries before moving into Year 2 next year.


The excitement is high in Reception as our boys and girls enjoyed their last week. Alongside lots of circle times and discussions about growing up and moving to year 1. Reception have been continuing their question asking but this time using it to hot-seat their friends, asking questions about their time in reception. They used their English skills to describe their ambitions, and what inspired children we have! In Maths they enjoyed lots of games, focussing in particular on different ways of making 10. In Science, they looked at the differences between winter and summer, describing the weather, environment and the changes we make, for example in how we dress. The boys and girls in Reception are clearly ready for Year 1 and we wish them well.


What a year it’s been in nursery! The STARs started the year with Snow White and her dwarves. They delivered some fantastic performances this year including the first nativity and their mother’s day concert, where the children spoke loudly and confidently. Not forgetting the father’s day breakfast where they ate lots of yummy breakfast with their special men. They also had lots of WOW visitors including PCSO Chadwick, Fred the lollipop man, Take a hint theatre company, Zoo lab and Pilot Greg. WOW! What a busy year it’s been. The children have grown into confident super learners ready to make their next steps in their learning journey.


We had a special celebration in assembly today to celebrate the work and to thank Mrs Ahmed and Mr Slater for all of their help and hard work. They are leaving us today. Mrs Ahmed is off to be a Year 4 teacher at another school and Mr Slater will continue his teaching career with our family at Northwood Broom. We wish them all the best.


Finally, we wish you a truly magical summer break. Look after each other and we will see you in the next academic year. We will see our big Year 3 superstars of Grove very soon!


A note from Mrs Glaister:


Wow! What an amazing year the children have had. I cannot believe the 2016-2017 school year has come to an end already.


I know I have only been at Hamilton for two terms, but I couldn’t be more proud your children if I tried. It has been amazing to be part of their fun activities and celebrations, from watching the fantastic dance show, seeing the excitement on the reception children’s faces as the chicks hatched, being offered mud soup by the nursery children in the mud kitchen, to shedding tears at the leavers reunion concert. The highlight for me this year has definitely been seeing the personal talents shine from all of the children, which have included sport, art and design, dance and singing. Year 2’s talents clearly shone out in their leavers assembly. What talents their junior schools are gaining!


I would like to wish all of our Year 2 children every success at their new schools. They have brought all of the staff such happiness and laughter over the past 4 years. Each and every child has made everyone at Hamilton proud of them. What superstars they are!


Finally, I just want to say how lucky I am to be the Head of School at Hamilton Infant School. The children, parents and careers along with all the staff really bring the school motto alive ‘Everyone at Hamilton is special’.


Have a fantastic, safe, healthy summer and I look forward to welcoming the children back on the 5th September.


Mrs Moran, Mrs Glaister and Mrs Robinson