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Computer Programming Introducing computer programming to your kids can be daunting, especially for those who aren't familiar with code. Fortunately, over the last few years, a number of FREE apps, software, and guides have been created that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy and fun to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? We have gathered together a list of online resources available for you to share with your kids to help them start learning about programming.    
New Mobile App Our new FREE mobile app is now available for Android and Apple mobile devices.  Our app delivers all the latest news and blogs from our website, and social media, school films, events and school diary direct to your phone. You can download it using the QR code, or by visiting Apple iTunes or Google Play store on your phone or tablet.
School Angel To raise funds for the The Hills Academy just click on any retailers, all of the profit goes to help the school and you get exactly the same deal as if you had visited the retailers website direct. There is no need for you to create an account and we don't need any of your personal details. We will simply track your donation straight back to your school every time you visit School Angel. Thank you.

Welcome to The Hills Academy

Welcome

The Hills Academy is a vibrant and diverse school with strong values as central to our happy and safe environment. We have been recognised as 'Outstanding', by Ofsted, since 1997 and we pride ourselves in combining high attainment with excellent extra-curricular opportunities for all our pupils. Dedicated and committed staff, governors, volunteers, parent groups and student forums continue to drive forward the success and growth of the school.

altAs an inclusive environment we are focused on meeting the individual needs of our whole school community. Learning is personalized for each pupil and our children have the independence to determine much of this; evaluating their own achievements and setting themselves challenging targets for the future.

As a globally minded 'International Award' school we have close links with pupils, teachers and learning around the world and hold the Green Flag for our environmental awareness. Learning in school takes place throughout the whole environment; including our wonderful outdoor learning spaces. Our children love to explore, experiment and get dirty!

We embrace technology and offer pupils and community members access to state of the art ICT facilities and training; key to our award winning Cineclub and Robotics workshops.

As a whole school community we see ourselves as life-long learners with our eyes firmly set on ensuring the school continues to evolve with the rigours and needs of the 21st Century. Celebration of all achievements is central to this and fosters mutual respect and high self-esteem.

From the excitement and exploration of the Early Years, to the challenges, responsibilities and investigations of Year 4, we aim to provide all our young people with the learning and life skills that allow them to reach their full social and academic potential.

The website offers you a snapshot of the school, but you are warmly welcome to visit us and see the school in action - please do call the office for an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Mrs Whitehead
Headteacher
The Hills Academy

 

Latest News & Blogs

Please remember to check the blogs via the Class Blog section to view attached image galleries.

  • Monday 23rd February
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    Monday 23rd February Hello everyone and welcome back – we hope you have all had a great half-term break!  The time seems to be racing past and this is a short half-term, with only five weeks until we break for the Easter holidays!  This week the children have been listening to the story of the Gruffalo and have all created their own version of a Gruffalo, which they have then described in their ‘have a go’ writing.  For the first time, we have…
    Written on Friday, 27 February 2015 10:02 in EYFS
  • Learn to code online
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    Learn to code online Introducing computer programming to your kids can be daunting, especially for those who aren’t familiar with code. Fortunately, over the last few years, a number of FREE apps, software, and guides have been created that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy and fun to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? I have gathered together a list of online resources available for you to share with your kids to help them start learning about programming. I will…
    Written on Friday, 13 February 2015 10:37 in IT Blog
  • Week commencing Monday 9th February 2015
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    Week commencing Monday 9th February 2015 Hello everyone and welcome to the last week of the half-term! It was lovely to meet with you all at the consultations and be able to share your children's achievements! We have enjoyed learning lots of facts about foxes this week.  One child asked, 'Why do foxes have white on the end of their tails?'  We couldn't answer this, can you?  We have also been thinking about time and how time is all around us, e.g. time for school, time…
    Written on Thursday, 12 February 2015 17:25 in EYFS
  • Tikka Billa Clock Game
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    Tikka Billa Clock is a wonderful children's educational game, in which you need to set the clock in accordance with the said time.  There are four levels of difficulty. How to play the game: click the hands of the clock with the mouse to move them to the right time.
    Written on Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:36 in Year 1 Read more...
  • Week commencing Monday 2nd February 2015
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    Week commencing Monday 2nd February 2015 Hello everyone! What a week we have enjoyed - from playing in the snow to making clay hedgehogs and learning all about what hedgehogs eat!  Next week we are going to focus on foxes and we will be doing lots of time activities in our mathematics. At the weekend it would be brilliant if you could observe what technology your children engage with in the home and send in some photographs or notes.  For example, do they know how to…
    Written on Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:37 in EYFS
  • PTFA News
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    Money Raised at the Christmas Fair £1500.00 PTFA Forthcoming Events Cowboy and Cowgirl Disco Friday 6th February from 6.30pm - 8pm £1.50 per child £1.00 per adult Easter Raffle Friday 27th March Family Bingo Fun! Friday 15th may starts 6.30pm Children welcome! Summer Fair Saturday 11th July, 1.30pm till 4pm
    Written on Monday, 02 February 2015 12:42 in The Hills Academy PTFA
  • Our book of the week
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    Our book of the week Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky by Meg Cabot "Sometimes I think I must be the luckiest girl in the world. I mean, really. Think about it: I live in New York City, the coolest place on the planet; I'm a Princess; I have a boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for? WHO AM I KIDDING?????" Mia's love life is a disaster - and being heir to the throne of Genovia sure doesn't help. Because while Mia's finally got herself…
    Written on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:44 in Book Club
  • Week commencing Monday 26th January 2015
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    Week commencing Monday 26th January 2015 Hello everyone! What a wonderful week we have had! Your children should be immensely proud of themselves as they have been really sensible and thoughtful and we have had a lot of fun in the woods together! We have made two types of bird feeder, we have made pasta bats, edible owls and followed a sawdust trail to discover more about animal habitats. We have collected twigs for our campfire (not just any old twigs, the children had to measure…
    Written on Monday, 26 January 2015 17:20 in EYFS
  • Useful space websites to help further your learning at home.
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    The children seem to be enjoying this topic so much that we thought a list of websites may be useful to further the learning experience outside school! http://www.kidsastronomy.com/ http://www.planetsforkids.org/ http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/#.VMI3PtKsXTc http://mrnussbaum.com/space-2/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/stargazing http://spacefacts.de/ Thank you to all of the children in 4T  who shared their favourite websites :)
    Written on Friday, 23 January 2015 11:50 in Year 4
  • TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
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    Promoting British Values at The Hills Academy The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.  At The…
    Written on Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:26 in News
  • Is anybody out there???
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    Welcome back to, what has been so far, a very busy Spring Term. Our new topic is ‘Reach for the Stars’ and we are loving it!! Imagine our surprise the other morning when a box was found on the school site, it was brought into our classroom and the contents were very intriguing. We pulled out a space suit. Alien goo, a footprint, some black dust, pictures of the Earth, Moon and the Sun, the Milkyway, a sunset, The Northern…
    Written on Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:19 in Year 4
  • Quiz Night
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    Quiz Night Test your general knowledge The Hills Academy PTFA Quiz Night Wednesday 4th February 2015 from 7.30pm The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford. £5 per person for the quiz (this includes a Ploughmans Lunch) Teams of 2 to 6 people, contact the school office with your team name or on the night. Everyone welcome!  
    Written on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:11 in The Hills Academy PTFA
  • Our book of the week
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    Our book of the week Our book this week is Awful Auntie by David Walliams. Not all of our book club members have read this book, but we all think it sounds like a fantastic book. The blurb on the book says: "Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve..." It makes us…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:53 in Book Club
  • Shine Star Shine - EYFS Production 2014
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    Our EYFS Christmas Production 'Shine Star Shine' is now online for you to enjoy you can watch it by clicking 'Read More' and you can download your own copy here https://vimeo.com/116883061
    Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:24 in EYFS
  • A Midwife Crisis - keystage 1 production 2014
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    Finally, our Christmas Production is finally online, click "read more" to watch it online or you can download a copy from Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/116883062
    Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:16 in Year 2
  • A Midwife Crisis - keystage 1 production 2014
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    Finally, our Christmas Production is finally online, click "read more" to watch it online or you can download a copy from Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/116883062
    Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:12 in Year 1
  • Week commencing Monday 12th January 2015
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    Week commencing Monday 12th January 2015 Hello everyone and welcome back to our spring term!  The children have wasted no time in getting back to their learning and are really enjoying our new topic of Into the Woods!  Since our return to school, we have been  focusing on owls and the children have been learning lots of facts about owls and well as creating owl collages, owl chalk drawings and owls made from shapes.  Mrs Mackay's children have also been very busy practising for their class…
    Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 08:09 in EYFS
  • Welcome to 2015
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    Welcome back to Book club. We would like to tell you all about what we have been reading. Over Christmas we were very lucky to be given some books. Some of the books we were given were Awful Auntie by David Walliams, a book of Fairy Tales by lots of different authors, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. We are really looking forward to reading lots of new books by different authors this year and hope that you will…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:34 in Book Club

The Hills Academy Trust

The Hills Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with the company number 08434199.
The registered office is The Hills Academy, Stancliffe Road, Bedford MK41 9AT.

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Hot Meal Menu

Minecraft Club

Cineclub Showcase


2012

Ctrl Z the movie
2012

Lost Friends 2011

Stay With Me the movie 2011

The Door
2010

Peer Pressure
2010

Seven of Diamonds
2010

High 3:30
2009

School of the Dead
2009

Befriend
2008