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End of Year Awards and Trophies (17.7.15)

A huge well done and congratulations to all the children who received a certiciate or trophy for all their hard work this year.

Take a look at our gallery of winners and SUPERSTARS here.


Banksy inspired artwork (9.7.15)

Ssssh don't tell Mrs Dineen but children have been taking ideas from British artist Banksy, as part of their work on British Values, and been graffiti writing on the walls. 

Caught in the act ...


Harold Court sends their questions to the Mayor of Havering (7.7.15) #AskTheMayor

Children in Year 4 posed their questions to the Mayor of Havering as part of British Values week. Unfortunately, the Mayor was unable to attend our Q&A session so we sent him a video of us asking the questions.



Work has begun on our new outdoor learning area (20.6.15)

On Tuesday, the building work started on our quadrant area to turn it into a new outdoor learning area.


Take a look at photos as it develops here. 


Arts Week Exhibition (26.6.15)

The whole school have been busy producing a huge range of artwork linked to the theme of animal conservation and extinction. We were inspired by the animals in many of Henri Rousseau's paintings and various endangered animals. 


Every class was given a 3D animal sculpture to decorate and these were displayed in the hall as the main feauture of our art exhibition. View all the photos from Arts Week here.


GB Olympic Athlete Andrew Matthews visits Harold Court (19.6.15).

Through the organisation Sports 4 All, GB Athlete Andrew Matthews visited Harold Court and completed some circuit training exercises with the children. Andrew is part of the GB Bobsleigh Team has represented GB at multiple sporting events including the Winter Olympics 2014.



He spoke to the children about how he got in the event, what he achieved and inspired them not to give up. 



Reception visit the Sealife centre (18.6.15)

The children in Reception visited the Sealife centre on Thursday to see some of the creatures they have been learning about. 

View all the photos on our Gallery here. 


Harold Court Phonics videos (12.6.15)

The children in KS1 and Reception have been working hard learning their sounds. they have been practising their actions and segmenting and blending using robot arms!

Check out the videos on our Phonics at Harold Court page. 




Professional cricket at the ECC (2.6.15)

On Tuesday, Mr Smith took a group of children to watch a professional cricket match at the ECC in Chelmsford. They watched a match and got a chance to show their skills during the lunch break. 



Year 4 Battle of Hastings re-enactment videos (16.5.15)

As part of Year 4's Learning Challenge on the Normans, they have been acting out what happened during the Battle of Hastings. They used a Green Screen to help make re-enactment videos.


KS1 Celebration assembly (8.5.15)




A big well done to the infant children who acheived a STAR award this week.


KS2 Celebration assembly (1.5.15)

A big well done to all the children who acheived a STAR award or a Sports Award this week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to those celebrating their birthday.




Garden Project (30.4.15)









The lovely guys from Thames Chase have been building us a new garden area! The children in reception have been giving them a hand and find out lots from them.


KS2 Celebration assembly (24.4.15)

A massive well done to all the STARS in the juniors and to T4 who had the highest attendance this week.



Science Workshop for Year 5 (23.4.15)

Children in Year 5 took part in a Science Workshop where they got their hands on some unusual stuff...





Teaching & Learning coffee afternoon (23.4.15)

Many thanks to the parents who took part in our T&L coffee afternoon with Mrs DS and some of our support staff. 



KS1 Celebration assembly (17.4.15)

A huge well done to all the STARS in the infants this week!





Exciting building work (22.4.15)

We have started some very exciting building work today at Harold Court.


Watch this space for more details about the developments.



A visit from a Giant (16.4.15)

As part of their topic on Plants, our Year 1 children were visited by a very ugly Giant! He popped into see some reception children who just happened to be reading Jack and the Beanstalk!




Joseph! (25.3.15)

The children in Year 3 & 4 put on a fantastic performance of Joseph! Watch a few clips of the show below;


12 bar blues - HC Music Group

Our school music group have been investigating the 12-bar blues this term. We have also been looking at using ICT skills to record our music - this is a four-track recording of the children playing a 12-bar blues piece in A-major.


Audi Harold Wood donates an Easter Egg to every child at Harold Court (27.3.15)


This morning every child at Harold Court received an Easter Egg thanks to a massive donation from the Audi dealership at Harold Wood. This is another example of local people and businesses in the community supporting the children of our school. In partnership with Audi Harold Wood, we are 'Moving Forward Together, Striving for Excellence'.


School Parliament visited the Town Hall (23.3.15)

Children from Y5/6 school parliament visited the town hall to meet the deputy mayor of havering councillor Barbara Matthews. We toured the council chambers, committee rooms and the mayor's parlour. The best part of our visit was trying on the gowns and having tea and cake with Barbara. We were also given a mayor's bear badge each and a special certificate to display in school. We had a fantastic time - check out our photographs.





Get Cycling! (13.3.15)

The children had a fantastic opportunity to get some extra exercise and have a go on some unusual bikes thanks to GetCycling! A breifing assembly and safety instructions were given before the session.


There were tandem bikes, scooters, penny farthings, circus bikes and others of all shapes and sizes for the children to explore. 


The BIG PEDAL (11.3.15)

We have been taking part in the BIG PEDAL this week where we are encouraged to all cycle or scoot to school.



Monday - 97

Tuesday - 182

Wednesday - 194 Thats 55% of the children in school.

We are currently in 10th position overall of all the primary schools in the country taking part in the 3 day race challenge - so well done!


World Book Week (4.2.15)

All week we have been celebrating World Book Week and learning about all sorts of stories and characters. We have been taking part in DEAR time each day (Drop Everything And Read) and sharing our favourite stories with our reading buddies in other classes. 



On Wednesday, we held a DADS and LADS reading club where dads,  uncles, grandads could share a book with their son or grandson. The Book Swap Shop also took place. Children were able to bring in a book they no longer wanted and swap it for another one. Hoepfully everyone went home with a new favourite!



The STARS programme: Junior Travel Ambassador Scheme, Harold Court Primary School (2.3.15)

Last summer, TfL came to school and filmed this video to show the fantastic wokr our JTAs do to help the school and local community.


JTAs present at the Havering School Travel Plan Conference (26.2.15)

Today the JTAs and myself attended the Havering School Travel Plan Conference in MyPlace in Harold Hill. Pam Light, School Governor came to support us.They were the only children invited and we gave a presentation to 50+ adults about the work they have done as JTAs over the past year.


They did really well and I am very proud of them. There was lots of positive feedback and they represented the school exceptionally. They also enjoyed the bus rides to and from!

from Mrs Thompson.


Nikita wins the Tesco competition (12.2.15)

Nikita in Year 2 entered the Tesco art competition to design a new shopping bag. His design is now on real Tesco shopping bags. He won £300 for the school and a £25 Tesco gift card for himself.





Media Club's Newsletter (24.2.15)

 Download the latest edition here



C5's E-safety Blog (12.2.15)

This half term, the Year 5 children have created their own e-safety blog on Wordpress. Check out some of their top tips and links to videos that tell you more.



Play Leaders in action (9.2.15)

Our KS2 Play leaders have had their training, and briefing from Mrs HO and are ready to help the infant children play carefully and sensibly at lunchtimes.



Safer Internet Day video (6.2.15)

Take a look at some of our children's top tips and advice for staying safe online. They've recorded their message as part of a video for Safer Internet Day on 10the February #SID2015

KS2 CSI Workshop (6.2.15)

The children in KS2 have been investigating a crime scene and examining evidence as part of a CSI workshop.




Billy and Bobby the Year 1 Bears (5.2.15)


Here are Billy and Bobby the bears who will be going home with Year 1 children for adventures and sleepovers. Look after them well, as they will be sharing what they have been doing with you at home.


"All About The Books" - World Book Day competition entry (30.1.15)

The children in Year 4 have rewritten the song 'All About That Bass' to show their love for reading. This is our entry to the World Book Day Award Competition.



Year 3 Victorian Day (29.1.15)

The children wrote a diary entry in English -they pretended they were working in a workhouse. In Maths they solved Victorian style problems and in the afternoon we had a visit from a local historian to tell us about Victorian Havering. This was followed by Tidily Winks and other traditional Victorian games.





We're Going on a Bear Hunt! (28.1.15)

Do you fancy joining our Reception children on their Bear Hunt? They have been reading the story and you can too.



Reception make Gingerbread Men (21.1.15)

The children in reception have been having fun making Gingerbread Men.


Want to try this at home? Download the recipe they used here!


Friday celebrations (16.1.15)


A big Congratulations to those children who earned a Golden Ticket this week. They got to have lunch with Mrs HO on the Golden table. The children who earned the most 'Catch me being good' slips in each class got to celebrate at Mr Dineen's tea party this afternoon. Well done to all these children.



The Year 2's practising their recorders (15.5.15)


Here are the children in DL2 performing a song they've learnt to play on the recorder.


Year 4 Ancient Greek day (12.1.15)

To introduce our new topic on the Ancient Greeks, we had an Ancient Greek day. 


 We became archaeologists and studied fossilised poo to explore what the Ancient Greeks might have eaten. We got to taste some Greek food and decide what our favourite was. There was feta cheese, pitta bread, blank and green olives, dried figs and dates.


 The Olympic Games started in Olympia in Greece and we took part in our own mini Greek Olympics by trying the javelin and chariot racing. We acted out the story of The Iliad which told the story of the Trojan War and battles between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.


Santa Claus visits Harold Court (19.12.14)

We know he's a busy man at this time of year, but Santa managed to make a visit to Harold Court to give all the children a surprise and a special gift.



Year 4's Rain Orchestra (9.12.14)

As part of their Learning Challenge, Year 4 have been listening to music related to water and rain. They watched a video of an orchestra making the sounds of a rainstorm and made their own.



Peter Pan Pantomime (8.12.14)

KS1 and KS2 were treated to a magical Christmas Pantomime based on the story on Peter Pan. Lots of laughs, singing and dancing was had by all!




Havering Sports Torch (1.12.14)

We recieved the Havering Sports Torch from Ardleigh Green Infants school last week in their handing over ceremony. Mrs Morris read a poem that the children had written about the Sporting Qualities and activities they have done during their time with the Torch. We will be doing the same and sharing ours with Harold Wood at our handing over ceremony. 



Media club's December newsletter (5.12.14)

 Media Newsletter 2


Christmas Fayre (28.11.14)

We had an amazing turn out at our Christmas Fayre on Friday so thank you to all that came. We had a huge selection of games, stalls, presents, cakes, food and drink on offer. 




Christmas Carols were sung by the choir and children got to visit Santa in his grotto. Merry Christmas!


Our Travel Ambassadors at the JTA conference (20.11.14)

Our JTAs (Junior Travel Ambassadors) went to St Ursula's School in Harold Hill to attend a JTA Conference during road safety week. 


They completed a quiz and then spent the afternoon making a video with a road safety message. The Borough Road Safety Officer (Mrs Keeler) was there along with PC Wayne (Schools Liaision Officer) and JTAs from other local schools. They have made an awareness video;

Their main 'slogan' on their video was 'drive as if every child on the road is your own', urging people to drive safely.


Remembrance Assembly 11am (11/11/14)

We held a whole school Remembrance Assembly to commemorate Remembrance Day. Each class made a poppy wreath which they laid along the playground fence. Some children read the 'In Flanders Field' poem and we shared a 2 minute silence. 

View the photos from the assembly here.

Watch a video of the assembly here. 

Over the next week, every child will be creating a poppy sculpture similar to the beautiful artwork currently outside the Tower of London. They will be displayed outside the front of the school as a symbol of our Remebrance.


Why is London such a cool place to live? Year 4 went on a river cruise to find out .... (21.10.14)


As part of their Learning Challenge about London, Year 4 went on the tube and train up to Tower Hill to visit the Tower of London. They also sailed on a river cruise boat up and down the Thames and spotted lots of the landmarks they've been learning aboutThey then walked along the river, past St Paul's Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge to spend the afternoon at the Tate Modern. It was a fantastic trip so thank you to all that came.
See more photos of the trip in the gallery >>>


Harold Court's musical debut

Our instrumental group have been busy rehearsing with Mr Carter. Have a look at their first session here >>>.


Media club have published their first newsletter (24.10.14)

Media Newsletter 1

School Parliament applications(25.9.14)

W5 have been preparing their manifestos.




Our First Week back at School - September 2014

Here are some photos of the fun we had on our first week back at school. 










These photos and lots of others are in our Gallery. 

Russell Tovey visits Harold Court!

On Monday 21st July the children and staff at Harold Court Primary School, Harold Wood, were visited by past pupil and actor Russell Tovey.

During the visit, Russell officially opened the school’s recently built east wing, alongside head teacher Matthew Dineen, and spent some time in the head teacher’s chair.


Russell and his family were given a tour of the school by some of the pupils and shown how his own primary school had changed over the years. Pupils from the School Parliament had prepared question to ask Russell on his own time at school and his acting career. He shared his memories of being at school, taking part in a drama club and what inspired him to pursue acting.

Headteacher Matthew Dineen, said: “The children and staff members were very excited to see him. Pupils were happy to meet him for the first time and a lot of the staff were happy to catch up with him since he left the school. It was nice to see an ex-pupil do something nice for the school and to see he hadn’t changed one bit!”



Oliver Production

Last week saw our year 5 and 6 children perform their production of Oliver to the rest of the school and to an audience of parents. A big congratulations to all the students and staff that took part and made it such a wonderful performance. 


View photos of the performance here>>>








See all the videos on our Youtube playlist:



Harold Court's Summer Fayre 2014

On Saturday 5th July we celebrated our Summer Fayre on the school field. There were lots of fun activities and games to take part in. We held our Harold Court's Got Talent Show during the Fayre and girl group SweetChix also performed. Here are some of the photos from the day;


Dancers at the summer fayre

Ladies from Aardvark nursery


Mr Dineenface painting




councillorsweet chix


hula hoopsfrozen




A big thank you to our PFA and all the parent volunteers for organising and running a fantastic day for all. 

The fayre ended with the 'Gunge the Teacher' competition. Mr Dineen got the most votes and ended up being gunged.





Watch the video of Mr Dineen being gunged!




Year 6 2016 Kingswood Blog

So they are off. This morning (23rd May) some of our Year 6 children embarked on a new adventure - a week away at Kingswood Grovesnor Hall in Kent. Children and parents met at 10:30 to discuss the week ahead and in a short time they were on the coach and off.

Arriving shortly before 1pm the children were quick to learn about their new surrounding and find out who was sharing with who.

With a Fire drill taking place and a team talk from their group leader they were soon in the ‘Kingswood spirit’. Shortly after 4pm the children were in their rooms, making their bed and sweets firmly ‘stashed away’.

The children were then split into their groups to take part in a range of activities;

Travis was first up the climbing wall
Mr smith and his group were orienteering with Miss Ettridge and her group taking part in aeroball

Off to dinner they went where they enjoyed Jumbo sausage with veg and the salad bar. They were pleased to see also on the menu a firm favourite Jacket with cheese an beans followed by doughnuts!

They then settled the evening with a Movie night – and the sweets came out!

The children will be eating at the following times;
7:10 breakfast

12:10 lunch

5:10 dinner 

Year 6 Liddington Blog


Our Year 6 children are away on their school journey for one week to the PGL centre of Liddington - every day they shall be uploading their version of events... ENJOY THE STORIES!


Day 1 Liddington ... Just arrived

We have just arrived in liddington. The coach journey was long and hot but we wasted time by making bracelets. We found out who were in our rooms and are really happy! 

As as we can't get into our rooms just yet we have spent the afternoon playing games outside like splat, 40/40 and football. There is also a huge fountain that we all want to jump in. 

We are looking forward to seeing our rooms, having dinner and raft building tomorrow. 

Everyone says hi..... We are all excited! 

From Lucy, Ausrine, Miah, Victoria, Summer and Eloise xxx

Day 1... We are ready for bed!

After a long day of travelling and lots of fun in the field it was time for dinner. We had the choice of curry, sausages or cheese and vegetable pasty. the dining hall is massive and so much to choose from but some of us are still getting use to trying new food.

Next we had a campfire. We sang lots of campfire songs and listened to stories. Our favourite song was Ham and Eggs! 

It is time for bed now ready for water rafting tomorrow... GOOD NIGHT! 

Dear all,

I am so pleased to hear you are all having such a great time! Liddington is an amazing place to go and stay... enjoy every minute! I have sent a message to your parents tonight, through parentmail. Telling them you are all ok and hopefully will have ALL got SOME sleep!

The fountain is gorgeous! The photos on twitter look fantastic too!

Keep to living the dream children - will speak to you all in the morning! We have some very excited Reception children looking forward to seeing you all on 'facetime'

Speak soon - your Head Teacher....

Mr Dineen

 Day 2... We survived our first night

Lights out at 9.30 but we were cheeky and used our torches. In the end we slept well but there were some snorers and sleep talkers.

Breakfast was at 7.10 but we got up at 6.45. Breakfast was yummy we had the choice of cereal, yoghurt, bacon, hash browns, beans and tomatoes. 

Now we are back in our rooms getting ready for raft building. Some of us are really excited but some are feeling a little bit scared. We are going to work as a team so we win! 

Hope everyone is having fun in school and missing us.

It is cooler today with a nice breeze.

from Adam, Jamie, james, Damianand jack 


Day 2 - Raft building


Today, we did a raft building activity. It was so much fun - we made rafts out of barrels, logs and rope. All of our rafts floated, but lots of us ended up in the water!   We've all now had warm showers and are wearing clean clothes, had a singsong in the corridor and now heading to lunch! More fun to be had this afternoon - climbing, aeroball, trapeze and tunnel trail.

from Richard, Samuel, Amelia, Mia and Abigail - and Mr Carter :)

Day 2...17:15 We had a delicious lunch(pasta). We're glad that we had a lot for lunch as we needed the energy for all the fun, amazing activities we did.

This afternoon we had rock-climbing , we had to climb the size of three double decker buses!!! We had lots of fun even though it started raining.

We enjoyed aeroball,it was like basketball on a trampopline...Miss Ettridge played and drew  both times.

We had a fantastic time but now we want to know what the other people in our group got up to...

by khia,Libby,Toni,leah and Elizabeth 

Dear all,

I am getting very jealous hearing these wonderful stories! Miss Ettridge tells me this evening that after dinner - many of you thought your next activity was to go to bed... are we feeling tired now? I hear Jamie the pasta was great this evening - and you were all so hungry you would eat anything!? It is so wonderful to hear you are all having such a wonderful time! Miss Etteridge informed me you have been so encouraging of others, and supportive on each activity this is such a great sign of how you are continuously growing into mature and independent young people! Well done... 50 house points each!

Miss let me hear you all sing your 'night time song' tonight but I can't remember the name of it, what was it? We will sing it in school on Friday... Mr Carter was on the guitar... we will need to get him to play this for us when you return!

I am pleased to hear the rain is not dampering your spirits - and that this evening you have spent some of your pocket money wisely.

Everyone misses you at school - I was talking to some of your parents at the school gates this morning and making sure they are coping with out you all - they are getting there but cannot wait to get a big hug and kiss off you all on Friday...

Could you do me a favour children - make sure the adults continue to have a go at the different activities too! There is no time for sun bathing Mrs Roberts!!!

Finally the children in FW were delighted when you facetimed them - the word has got round the school and FS can't wait to see you on their screens tomorrow. You really are the talk of the school!

Mrs Wray has been working hard with her reception class and William and Laya came to see me this afternoon in my office with some fantastic writing for you... you would be very proud! 

E4 are missing Miss Ettridge and when I was in class this afternoon I did say (as they know you facetimed FW) you might be able to grab 2 minutes with them this week too?! We shall see....

OK children - I hope you all get some sleep again tonight and enjoy the 'amazing' cooked breakfast tomorrow!! 

Enjoy - Your Head Teacher

Mr Dineen



Day 3....Ready and waiting 

last night dinner was delicious- most of us ate chickennuggets and chips. The best part was pudding CARROT CAKE...YUM 

next we went to our room to get ready for our evening activity - snapchat challenge 

in the challenge we had to take pictures of different actions like the Harlem Shake, mobot, celebrating a goal and make a pyramid. Then you got extra points if you could get a teacher or PGL staff in the picture. It was lots of fun and the reem team and little chefs won :)

we the went back to our room and in the corridor played down in the jungle and Chinese whispers. By that time (9.30) we were half asleep so we went to bed.

We woke up at half 6 ready for breakfast and are now waiting for our first activity.

Group 1 are going abseiling, ball sports, Jacobs ladder and tunnel trail.

group 2 are going ball sports, abesiling, tunnel trail and Jacobs ladder

Group 3 are giant swing, vertical challenge, Jacobs ladder and climbing 

and disco tonight!

the weather is sunny with bright blue sky we smell of sun cream 

We will keep you posted  about our day

from Tyler, Connor, William, Olivia and Sophie 



Day 3 - bedtime!

Day three has been another fun-packed day for year 6 at Liddington! After a day full of great activities (topped off with a delicious dinner and an energetic disco) the children were shattered and headed to bed. All the different activities today have been really good fun, from abseiling to tunnelling. We were much luckier with the weather today, and managed to avoid any rain. The children also enjoyed visiting the PGL shop today, stocking up on extra sweets and some souvenirs. 

The children are now asleep in bed and ready for another action-filled day tomorrow.

we will check in with you all soon...

From Miss Ettridge & Mr Carter

day 4....our last full day :( 

after a nice lay in we woke up at 7 for breakfast...everyone was happy bacon was back on the menu.

Group three started thEire day with rock climbing and aeroball - it was really fun and nice encouraging our friends. Mr carter cheated because he was so tall.

group 1 and 2 went on the trapeze and canoeing. Miss brooome gave trapeze a go and because she is tall she could reach the bar easy but all the children had to jump for it.

we miss everyone back home but are still having an amazing time...we wish we could all see you up here rather than come home.

Now we are off to the shop and lunch, then more fantastic activities this afternoon.

from Charlotte, rose, Beth, Amy and Abby 

day 4... We didn't think it could get any better 

At lunch time we had jacket potato, cheese and beans yum

we packed and left for our existing activities.

group 1 had zip wire which was incredibly tummyturning and also had challenge course which was very active and the hardest one was one crawling threw tires.

group 2 had chalenge course and zip wire

group 3 had zip wire and canoeing which was very scary and wobbly but we had so much fun.

Then it was time for dinner and we had the choice of Turkey, cottage pie and vegetarian cottage pie....it was scrummy after a busy day.

Now we are in our evening activity which sound really good and we are getting to work with other children.

 We will let you know how it goes! 

catch up with you all soon.

Sophie, Clarissa and Nabillah 

 Dear all,

How wonderful these accounts are! Lunch sounds delicious... and when I recieved your facetime it was great to see your smiley faces!

You do look like you need a weeks sleep... have next week off! 

I hear Mr Carter and Miss Ettridge joined you on the Zip Wire! Fantastic...

I know you are loving your time and it is so great to hear you working closely together, supporting and encouraging each other! KEEP IT UP...

Enjoy your last day... and I look forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow afternoon! We have missed you!

Take care

Your Head Teacher,

Mr Dineen

       HCPS Parent Questionnaire 2015    



           HCPS Parent Questionnaire 2015