NHP was delighted to welcome ‘The Puzzle Company’ yesterday to put the NHP children’s thinking skills through their paces! From Reception to Year 8, the children had to use many of the NHP habits to tackle the ‘Smart Thinker’ puzzles placed before them.
Pupils ‘Collaborated’ together and thought ‘Flexibly’ to solve the tricky maths and thinking challenges throughout the day. Some were particularly difficult, however they ‘Persisted and Persevered’ and managed to solve every single puzzle!
They all had a brilliant time developing their problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way. Well done, everyone!Read More
On Monday, pupils and staff came to school in odd socks to mark the start of National Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme was ‘Reach Out’, encouraging children to speak out if they are being bullied and to stand up for others if they see bullying behaviour taking place.
Children have been discussing this in their form times and PSHE lessons this week. We spoke about how we can use our NHP Habits to help us: Acting Responsibly, Being Kind and Courteous and Showing Independence. Here at NHP, we are a community and we all play our part in making sure everyone feels safe and happy here. It is important to feel you can reach out to people if you need help, as well as reaching out to help others in need.
5HP and 5HJ also created acrostic poems in Dig Lit. They had to use their skills for safe researching, formatting documents and saving to Teams!Read More
This week and next pupils in Year 4-8 have been taking part in the Bebras Computing Challenge. This is an international challenge that introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 50 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing.
Each pupil answers questions online that focus on computational and logical thinking within a 40 minute window, and there are certificates for those that do well and the possibility of being invited to future competitions for those outstanding in their group.
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NHP was delighted to host our first Metacognition event on Wednesday 9th November in partnership with Thinking Matters. Over 30 Heads and teachers from schools all over London and beyond came to NHP to see what being a Thinking School looked like, as they embark on their own thinking school journey.
After a brilliant tour led by the Drive Team and Year 6 pupils, Ms Swales and Miss Chute presented the benefits of being an advanced accredited Thinking School and why it makes NHP a unique place to be, not just for pupils but for teachers too!Read More
We’d like to wish all of our pupils, parents and staff a happy Halloween and a big welcome back after half-term!
In true NHP style, all of the buildings were fully transformed with spectacularly spooky decorations, from eyeballs hanging from the trees to a ginormous ghost in front of our Upper School entrance. We would like to thank our incredible Parents’ Association for the effort they put in to bring Halloween to life at NHP.
The children also came into school wearing their best costume (ready for trick or treating later!). Take a look at some of their outfits…Read More
This morning, British designer, Priya Ahluwalia, came into school to speak to the children in Middle and Upper School in assembly. She spoke about how she started her career in the fashion industry, her studies, setting up her own business and the process of designing clothes. She told the children what inspired her designs: her heritage and the music she loves. She then tasked the children with their own task – to design an outfit inspired by their own musical tastes. Priya will be judging these designs and prizes will be awarded to the winners after half term.
Thank you to Priya for coming to talk to us. It was an inspirational talk and has sparked the creative minds of all our future young designers at NHP! What a fantastic way to end our celebrations for Black History Month.
We would also like to say thank you to our incredible kitchen team for providing the most yummy food in honour of Black History Month. It was fantastic to try a range of delicious dishes to celebrate Black History Month!Read More
As part of Black History Month, Year 2 have been learning about the quilters of Gee Bend in Alabama, USA. The ladies here are from a long line of quilters who, for generations, have been coming together to sew and make quilts. Year 2 learnt how, over a hundred years ago, they did this from old cloth scraps, making quilts to keep themselves warm in the winter. Now their work has become world-renowned and can be viewed in galleries across the globe. Year 2 made their own quilt squares using collage, each table collaborated to choose a colour scheme and then the class put their squares together to make a large class quilt. Each class will put their quilts together to make a whole year collaborative quilt in the style of these amazing African-American artists.
Year 4 have also been busy learning about the artist Augustus Savage. They thought of links between her sculpture ‘The Harp’ (1939) and a hymn they listened to called ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’, before discovering that this hymn was actually what inspired Savage to make this sculpture. The poem was written by James Weldon Johnson and was written as a song of freedom and liberty for all black people. Year 4 learnt about Augusta Savage’s life growing up in Florida where she used to play in her back garden and make little clay figures. She became an artist and teacher, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance and opening her own art school in Harlem which paved the way for many other black artists. As a group, Year 4 made their own version of ‘Harp’ by lining up in height order. They then worked collaboratively and used their photo as a plan to make their own clay version of ‘Harp’.Read More
On Monday morning, the thinking skills of Years 7 and 8 were put to the test. Sharky and George and NHP’s Thinking School worked together to create a unique morning of fast, fun and curious challenges to test the brains.
Using Edward de Bono’s thinking hats, the children were split into groups of 6. They discussed different strategies for each task and the group who collected the most coins were crowned the winners. From building the tallest towers, to memory tests to who could carry the most shoes (not forgetting flipping the frisbee with flippers.) The children worked hard to collaborate and think flexibly to win the gold coins.Read More
Poetry in schools suffers from a bad reputation: often thought of as stuffy and dryly taught, it is not unusual to hear groans of dread from children and adults alike when poetry raises its head. A Punch cartoon, supposedly written by A. E. Housman, perfectly skewers the popular opinion of poetry teaching:
Two English teachers are walking in the woods in springtime. The first, on hearing birdsong, is moved to quote William Wordsworth:
Oh cuckoo, shall I call thee bird
Or but a wandering voice?
State the alternative preferred
With reasons for your choice.
This approach might feel familiar to many of us when looking back on our own school experiences. At NHP, we want to take every opportunity to inject joy, accessibility, and collaboration into poetry instead. This Thursday presented the perfect opportunity.
On National Poetry Day, we all enjoyed reading a selection of poetry together to celebrate the occasion. In English lessons at the start of term, pupils read a range of poetry and voted for their favourites. With best-loved poems decided for the Lower School (How to Turn Your Teacher Purple by James Carter), Middle School (I’d Like to be a Teabag by Peter Dixon), and Upper School (The Mrs Butler Blues by Allan Ahlberg) and a special project for Year 8 (Speech Balloon by Imtiaz Dharker), pupils set about readying themselves for performance. They worked with their English and form teachers to prepare a rousing performance. In culmination, we enjoyed two recital events: Lower School and Year 8 pupils performed to one another, and the Middle and Upper school exchanged recitals. I was so thrilled to see pupils performing with gusto, good humour, and expression. Teaching staff were cajoled into a recital, too, sharing a rendition of My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson. There was something magical about speaking aloud together, a feeling of unity and purpose that provided a feel-good tingle. Stuffy, it was not.
Thank you to all the teachers involved for their support, especially Miss Coffey for her coordination in the Lower School, and a huge well done to all our marvellous poetry performers. You were fantastic!Read More
In celebration of the European Day of Languages, the MFL department were busy providing a jam- packed week full of language learning! Each day, the children began their mornings by saying “hello” to their teachers in a different language, followed by a discussion of that country’s culture and the similarities they have to ours.
Our wonderful kitchen team have been providing an array of European foods for the children to try throughout the week. Our Lower School children enjoyed a ‘secret reader’, where a ‘secret’ parent would come in to read to them all. The Middle and Upper School children enjoyed code breaking and translation activities and school assemblies.
We love to celebrate this diverse linguistic heritage each year by creating a day surrounded by assemblies for the entire school, which helps to ignite our students’ passions for languages at an early age. The children have had a week where they have embraced the culture, food and heritage of their classmates and teachers in a fun-filled, educational environment. We can’t wait to do it next year!Read More