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More Sporting Success !!


Last weekend Lucas braved the snow and ice for an early 6am start to head down to Crystal Palace for the British Schools Biathlon National Championships. Lucas qualified to represent How Wood in the Championships last year in a race held in Watford. In the Year 6 competition, there were 140 competitors from state and private schools from all over the country. The first part of the competition was an 800m run on the track. Because of the snow and ice, the organisers deemed it unsafe to hold this on the day, so they used the run times gained in qualification to keep things fair. It meant there was a 4 hour wait until the swim! Finally, it was time for Lucas to sprint a 50m front crawl. He did a new personal best time and came 2nd overall in the swim out of the 140 boys entered! There was an agonising wait for the final points to be added up to see if Lucas had achieved his goal of a top 30 place. When the results were published, he was over the moon to find he’d come 13th in the country! A great result to be proud of!

Well done Lucas on yet another fantastic sporting achievement!

Lucas Biathlon March 18



What a busy and exciting week we have had at How Wood School with lots of events to celebrate and share!


Rugby Tournament

On Thursday 8th March we took part in the schools rugby tournament at Harpenden Rugby Club. Our team played brilliantly and were named undefeated winners of their pool after playing 7 games where they won 6 and drew 1.

Well done to our amazing team : Lucas, Thomas and Charlie from year 6 and Sam, Sophie, Georgia and Bella from year 5. Here they are are ready for action!

Rugby Tournament March18



Year 4 Roman 'Wow' Day by Jessica and Surani

"On Roman Day Year 4 did Roman numerals for maths. We made number sentences out of straws with the person next to us on our tables. We sang a song about Roman numerals to help us learn. Then we did role play about Boudicca's army. A minute later we went outside with our shields and the girls threw balls at the boys when they were in a tortoise position! Finally we had a big feast (if you got a short bit of spaghetti you were a slave otherwise you weren't a slave.) The slaves had to serve the rich people before they could eat. The slaves would hang the grapes over the rich persons head and the rich person would take the grapes and eat them!"


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How Wood Hurricanes win best in league!!! - a roving report by Megan's dad.

How Wood netball team got renamed How Wood Hurricanes last weekend as they stormed through the Netball tournament held at St.Albans High School for Girls, winning best in the league.

Coached by Mrs Croucher, the Year 6 team, including Sophie (year 5) played some fantastic netball and really played well together as a team. Mya “rocket-shoes” Lucas “ace-shooter”, Megan “the giant”, Jessica “darting dragonfly“, Daisy “calm as a butterfly“, Katja “spring-shoes“, Castor “super-goalie “ and Sophie “interceptor.”

They were up against some tough competition from private schools with big squads and posh netball uniforms, but this didn’t worry them, How Wood hurricanes were cheered on by supporters and they won through and through. They didn’t quite get enough points to get through to the final of the tournament, but came away with a trophy for best in the league after winning all of their games home and away since Christmas.


Netball Tournament March 2018



The Royal Albert Hall

On Sunday 11th March the choir took part in the Hertfordshire School's Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.

The choir was supported by the Hertfordshire school's symphony orchestra and together they performed 'If I had wings' which was inspired by the story of Icarus. They were delighted to have Michael Rosen on stage alongside them, narrating the story.

"The performance was amazing and it was such an incredible opportunity for the children to perform at such a prestigious venue. We are so very proud of our children who sang their hearts out". - quote by Mrs Reed and Mrs Rowe who organise and run the school choir.


Royal Albert Hall March 18



Quicksticks Hockey Tournament - from our roving reporter Lucas' mum!

How Wood took a small team of 5 hockey players to the Quicksticks tournament on Tuesday.13th March. They were Megan, Mya, Lucas, Thomas and Oliver. Unfortunately, Joshua was ill and couldn’t be there. The games were 4-a-side and every team had to have a girl on at all times. How Wood were the smallest team there and one of the smallest schools but that didn’t stop us from making our mark! We came out strong and won our first match 4-0 against Windermere. Unfortunately, we lost the next 2 against Crabtree and The Grove but they were strong teams with proper hockey players on them. We turned it around in a close match against Prae Wood, winning 2-1. From then on we were on a winning streak! We beat local rivals, Killigrew, 3-0, then won 4-0 against Markyate. Another close match with Cunningham Hill ended in a 4-2 win. We then went on to play Bowmansgreen and won 4-0. Our biggest win was next. A 7-0 win over Wheatfields! Last up were St Dominic’s which we knew was going to be tough as they’d won most of their matches. How Wood finished strong with a 2-0 victory! Overall, we were 4th in our pool which was a great result especially as The Grove from our pool went on to win the whole thing. Well done How Wood Hockey players!


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How Wood 50th Anniversary May Ball

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our May Ball. Please click here to download a ticket request form. Further copies are also available via the school office.


We have also set up a Facebook page titled 'How Wood School's 50th Anniversary Ball' where Mrs Oliver will be posting exciting updates. Please click on the link above and request to join.


Snow Day Thursday 1st March

The weather was a little bit cold, but we didn't let that spoil our enjoyment of the lovely soft snow! All the children and staff had great fun playing out briefly making snowballs and snow angels. We hope you like the photo's.


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World Thinking Day Thursday 22nd February

Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides were invited to come to school dressed in their unifoms to celebrate World Thinking Day. The children wore their uniforms with pride and showed their favourite badges to the whole school during assembly.


World Thinking Day


Early Years Chinese New Year 'Wow' Day

Our Reception class and Nursery had a lovely day celebrating Chinese New Year. They made lanterns and dragons and learnt a dragon dance. They also ate some tasty Chinese food using chopsticks!


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Year 3 Extreme Earth 'Wow' Workshop

Year 3 had a very exciting day sorting rocks and painting volcanoes using a straw to blow the paint down the sides of the volcano to look like lava. They also made papier-mache volcanoes, geodes (crystals) and "tornadoes" in a jam jar!


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Extreme Earth Wow day



Year 2 Florence Nightingale 'Wow' Workshop

Our year 2 children had a wonderful day dressing up as nurses and solidiers while learning about the life and works of Florence NIghtingale. Here are a few pictures from the fun workshop.


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Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale



Children in Need and Anti Bullying Day Friday 17th November

What a busy and fun filled day we had last Friday!

The day started with everyone designing and making a badge with anti-bullying messages. It was lovely to see our year 6 children working with and helping our Reception class children.


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After lunch the children enjoyed making outfits for their teddies out of recycled materials. Mrs Rowe, Mrs Osborne and Mrs Belmont (school governor) had the very difficult task of judging the outfits in the "Bear to wear " competition. The designs were all very different but were of a very high standard. The winners in each class were :

Year 6 Layla and Castor

Year 5 Oliver S and Victoria

Year 4 Blessings and Amelia

Year 3 Jack D and Kaira

Year 2 Jude and Lyla

Year 1 Michael and Sasha

Reception Olivia J and Max


The overall winner was Jude in Year 2


Well done to all the children for making such stylish outfits for your teddies.


The school council manned the always very popular cake sale after school which brought the day to a very satisfying and "spotacular" end!!

The amount raised so far for Children in Need including the sale of Pudsey ears and badges is an amazing £676.00 and counting. We will have a grand total shortly. Thank you all for your generosity in supporting this very worthwhile cause.


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Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Appeal

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent in a gift filled shoebox for children across the world. We had 21 shoeboxes in total that were collected on Friday and then taken to Holy Trinity Church for their Shoebox service.


Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox appeal



East Region Biathlon

Huge congratulations to Lucas who took part in the East Region Biathlon Championships on Saturday 7th October.

Lucas came 3rd in his age group and has gained automatic qualification to both the British Biathlon Championships next month and the National Schools Biathlon Championships to be held next year.

Well done Lucas on another fantastic sporting achievement, and we wish you lots of luck for the next championships !!

Lucas Biathlon



RNLI Lifeboat Week Collection

We have received a personal thank you to all the children and staff at school for the donations we gave during Lifeboat Week. Our donations raised £44.18 which has been greatly received by this very worthy cause.


Year 2 trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Our year two class had a great day out at Whipsnade Zoo recently, please click on the link to view a photograph of them.


Recommended Reading Lists

We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions, but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.

We hope you enjoy exploring these books and sharing them with us when your child has read them.

Reading List Year 3 (125KB)

Reading list Year 4 (122KB)

Reading List Year 5 (124KB)

Reading List Year 6 (132KB)


School Uniform


From September our school uniform will now be available to buy from Mapac schoolwear suppliers via their website. Please click on the following link to access their website:

Mapac Schoolwear


Mapac also provide a click and collect service from their shop in Watford. Please click on the link for details. Mapac click and collect service (319KB)


We still have some stock available in school to purchase, so please contact the school office for details of what items we have.


We have had a busy couple of weeks with lots to celebrate and enjoy as a school. There have been class trips, music concerts and assemblies. The sun shone all day for our PTA Family fun day on Saturday which was a great success and lots of fun was had by all.


Village Day


We celebrated our traditional May-pole dancing last week with our year 2 children and their parents at our Village Afternoon. Parker and Mara were crowned King and Queen with Kaira and Cody as flower girl and boy.

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Governors Handwriting Challenge


Our governors held a handwriting challenge for all the children and awarded prizes for handwriting as well as creativity and illustration.

The standard of handwriting was very high and the judges were very impressed with all the entries received. Mrs Van Cauter, our Chair of Governors, presented the children with their certificates.

Please see the link below for a list of all the winners, runners up and those that were placed highly commended.

Handwriting Challenge Winners (52KB)



National Swimming Relay Championships Final in Sheffield


Following on from their success at the ESSA Primary Relay Teams Swimming Gala in Garston, our amazing swimming champions, Dan, Robyn, Megan and Lucas represented the school in the ESSA Primary Relay Teams Swimming Gala Finals in Sheffield last weekend.


In the Freestyle Relay our super swimmers made it to the B final and finished 10th in the country.

In the Medley Relay they got through to the A final where they were placed 3rd overall in the country and they received a brilliant bronze medal in a very exciting and closely fought race.

Lucas swam the first leg of the medley swimming Backstroke. He was followed by Dan swimming Breaststroke, then Robyn swimming Freestyle and lastly by Megan swimming Front Crawl.


This is a huge achievement for a small school to be placed so highly in a national event and we are immensely proud of this amazing achievement.


You can see how proud the children are of themselves too in the lovely photo of them wearing their medals and holding the trophy they received!


Well done Dan, Robyn, Megan and Lucas, we definitely need a bigger trophy cabinet now!

Relay swim team with trophy


'You are You-nique!’ Discovery Days At How Wood School


On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May the children had great fun finding out about seen and unseen disabilities ranging from anxiety, dyslexia, autism, hearing impairment as well as physical disabilities. They met Pepper, Millie and Casper, beautiful PAT dogs with their owners.

JB a working Guide Dog came with his owner Alan and Ralph Frearson, (Speaker and Organiser for the local Guide Dogs for the Blind) who explained how JB helps Alan to live independently.

There were Makaton, Sensory and Autism Workshops, all designed to help the children to develop their understanding and empathy with pupils who have a disability.

A Team from Herts Disability Sports Hub brought their Paralympic Roadshow to the School. The Team included disabled athletes who have competed nationally and internationally in their sports (badminton, sprinting, discus-throwing). The children were able to experience first-hand Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Archery, Athletics, Handball and Wheelchair basketball.


According to one Year 6 pupil it was ‘Awesome!’


Below are a few photographs of the children with Millie a PAT dog (Pets as Therapy),

Gobi Ranganathan (Paralympic Badminton player) and the Paralympic torch,

J B the Guide dog and Sitting Volleyball with Maria Verdeilla (Paralympic Roadshow athlete).


Assistance Dog Gobi Rnganathan
JB Guide Dog Sitting Volleyball



Olympic Open Water Swimmer Daniel Fogg presents swimming medals at our Celebration Assembly


We had some very special visitors to How Wood School last week. The first was Daniel Fogg (Olympic Open Water Swimmer and European gold medal winner) who kindly gave up his time to attend our celebration assembly. He presented our champion relay swimming team with the medals they won at the recent Primary School Swimming Gala:


On Saturday 18th March a team of 8 children represented How Wood School in the Primary Schools Swimming Gala competing against 7 other local schools.

The children swam brilliantly and showed amazing sportsmanship to the other teams taking part. We continued with our winning streak from the ESSA Swimming Gala and won many of the races including :


Girls 25m individual Breastroke

Boys 25m individual Breastroke

Girls Freestyle Relay Team

Boys Freestyle Relay Team


As a result of winning both the girls and boys relay races, we were named as "Freestyle champions!"

We were also awarded the overall girls and boys winners as well as "Overall Schools Winners."


It was a very exciting evening and a fantastic achievement for our school. We have lots of lovely shiny cups to add to our trophy cabinet and more importantly we received complimentary comments from other schools regarding How Wood's Sportsmanship on the night.

Quote from Daniel in Y6 " We cheered for everyone in their races."



Daniel Fogg with our Swimming Champions Amy, Daisy, Megan, Robyn, Charlie, Daniel, Lucas and Thomas

Daniel Fogg and our swimming champions



Red Nose Day Friday 24th March


Our other special visitors were judges at our cake competition in aid of Red Nose Day. Do you recognise them???!!!

MAry Berry and PAul Hollywood 1


We had a spectacular array of cakes, traybakes and biscuits for the cake competition. The judges had a very difficult task in choosing the winners as the entries were outstanding. The categories were Best Traybake, Best Biscuits, Best Cupcakes and Most Unique cake.

Well done to all of the children who made cakes and thank you for your generous donations which were sold at the cake sale after school. We are in the process of adding up how much money was raised in total for Red Nose Day. Watch this space for the final amount soon!


Below are photographs of the winning entries :


Best Traybake Winner Emily Y1 and Best Biscuits Winner Frankie Y3

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Best Cupcakes Winners Sofia Y4 and Daniel Y2 and Most Unique Cake Winner Archie Y5

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National Science Week

We have been very busy at How Wood this week with lots of fun Science activities taking place as part of National Science Week. We had a "Silly Science Day" with Professor Sulphur who entertained the whole school with some amazing and exciting experiments.

The Teachers then planned their own experiments for all the children so that each class had the opportunity to try out different experiments in different classrooms.


Here are some photo's of our Fun Science Week


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ESSA Primary Schools Relay Teams Swimming Gala

In other news, last weekend Dan, Robyn, Megan and Lucas represented our school in the ESSA Primary Relay Teams Swimming Gala in Garston. Please read the exciting report below from Mrs Hartley to see how brilliantly they did !!

"Just wanted to update you on our very exciting and successful evening! Dan, Robyn, Megan and Lucas swam amazingly!! 

We made both finals on the night. In the final of the freestyle relay, we WON!! 
How Wood are Small Schools Champions of Hertfordshire! They each collected gold medals and a trophy for the cabinet. We also got the East championship trophy and qualified for the National finals in Sheffield in June!

In the medley relay, we came 2nd in the final but were only beaten by a Bucks team so retained the Herts small schools trophy for this. We also qualified for the Nationals in this too!

make room in that trophy cabinet!'




Year Two Visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum

Year Two visited the Florence Nightingale Museum this week and learnt all about Florence Nightingale and why she is such an important figure in nursing.


Year 2 Florence Nightingale


World Book Week 28th February to 3rd March

We celebrated World Book Week with lots of fun events in school. The Book fair was in the school hall every day with an exciting variety of books for the children to buy with a special World Book Day £1 token.


African Story Telling Workshop Thursday 2nd March


On Thursday the whole school enjoyed an African Story Telling Workshop with the "Cow Foot Prince" who entertained and inspired us with traditional songs and dance.


Here are a couple of comments from the children :


"I thought the workshop was really good because everybody enjoyed it and it was a really fun workshop. Also the man was really loud!" - Vanessa Year 4


"The Cow Foot prince is very funny, inspirational and educational. He tells people stories that include everything you need for a school!

Also he makes children laugh so hard! (also being educational!)

"If I could give him a score out of ten I would give him 100,000,000,000,000" - Tommy Year 4




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African Story Telling Workshop 1



On Friday we wore our pyjamas to school and read each other our favourite bedtime stories. Some children also brought in their teddy bears in a variety of sizes! Here is a photo of year 3 with their favourite books.


Year 3 Bedtime stories