Welcome to the First Year Blog!

The First Years have been characteristically undaunted by the cold weather, and have been out on the 3G and in clubs at every opportunity. This week, the boys also took part in an e-Safety morning as part of the PSHE programme, to improve their awareness of online risks and security strategies. After attending a live talk in the Hammond, the boys were able to test their knowledge of online security and scams through a series of online lectures and quizzes, and hopefully took away some good strategies to improve their safety online.

Super Science

Last week, 1B learned about mechanisms of seed dispersal in their Biology lesson, and had a go at making their own seed dispersal models. Here’s how they got on:

In Chemistry this week, 1W were learning how to identify gases, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and hydrogen. The young experimenters did the ‘squeaky pop’ test to discover which gas was produced when magnesium reacted with hydrochloric acid.

In Physics, 1P were discovering more about light waves by investigating the Law of Reflection and studying the images produced by a pinhole cameras.


There is a literary theme to this week’s clubs! Darshan S (1H) tells us about The Writers’ Room:

The Writers’ Room is a brilliant club, which runs on Wednesdays from 12:45 to 13:30. If you attend, you will be given a free packed lunch to eat.  

When you join, you will be given a notepad and a pen to write with. The teacher will then show you pictures of settings and objects that you can use in your stories and good first lines that you can start a story with. The teacher will often give you tips about how to write your story.  

This week we learnt about using the narrative perspective and I found out that there is a 4th perspective called the 3rd person passive. This means that the narration would follow the main character’s emotions and thoughts while still writing in the 3rd person.  

The Writers’ Room will help you develop and enhance your writing skills, and who knows, maybe you will emerge from the club as the next famous writer.

Josh M-J (1J) writes about what goes on in Hampton Sports Chronicle Club:

In the Hampton Sports Chronicle (HSC) Club, you write match reports on recent sports fixtures that you took part in, or you can write a magazine feature on a sport-based topic. All written work will be edited before being put on the HSC website by the Upper Sixth editor. At the club, you plan future match reports and receive feedback on your recent contributions. It is held from 1:15 to 1:40 on Monday in either Rm.52 or 53. One reason I like Hampton Sports Chronicle because you can attend it at any time from 1:15 to 1:40 and it will only take up 15 minutes of your lunch time. I also like it because it is a great way to improve your writing skills. 

Take a look at the HSC website here where you might be able to spot a match report written by some of our First Years including Josh!

Rock and Roll

Next Friday 28 January evening brings the ever-popular Hampton Rock Concert to the Hammond Theatre, with a cacophony of different musical acts to terrify your senses. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get yourself booked in for a highly entertaining evening.

Book your tickets here


Each week, Tutors in the First Year team nominate a boy who they have been particularly impressed with and Mr Hill and Mrs Halford will provide the boy with a football to use on the 3G for the week!

This week’s Tutee of the Week is Dylan L (1B). Dylan’s kindness to his peers and positive attitude towards his teachers has really impressed us all. Well done, Dylan!


In December, Myles B-N (1J) and Ryan W (1P) recently performed their first gig with their band Drumstixx at the historic music venue, the Half Moon in Putney. Playing the electric guitar, the boys wowed the crowd with a storming rendition of “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and “Back in Black” by AC/DC! A ‘rocking’ debut, boys – well done!


In more musical news, Harry S (1F) has recently gained a Distinction in his Grade 5 Piano exam; a fantastic achievement. Well done, Harry!

In sporting news, Rahul B (1F) has had some super swimming success, qualifying to compete at the Surrey County Championships in February in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m fly, in addition to the events he has already qualified for (50m backstroke, 200m fly). Good luck, Rahul!

We love to hear about what you have been getting up to outside of school. Please do send any information about any of your achievements through to Mrs Ziegler (h.ziegler@hamptonschool.org.uk).


We had an impressive 37 entries for this week’s First Year 5 Questions. 1L are this week’s runaway champions with 12 entries! Well done to everyone who entered!

1F: Ishaan A, Tom S, Rahul B, Siddharth S

1J: Jake O’R, Lucas Z, Leo S, Jack H, Josh M-J

1B: Theo L, Anton C, Oliver C, Kiran G, Rory M

1P: Thomas Q, Ned L, Matteo B, Aarav D

1W: Oliver S, Leonardo F, Benedict B, James P, Abhideep S

1L: Danny P, Jack M, Joe T, Kai W, Jaime R, Zachariya I, Zaki C, Dominic N, Haadi H, Max P, William O’S, Oscar M-C

1H: Adam S, Huw P

Take a look at this week’s questions – have a go yourself or challenge people at home and see if they know the answer. Merits are awarded for everyone who has a go! Just click on the link below and enter your answers; points for the Interform Competition will be awarded to the form with the most entries every week.

  1. How many spice options are there at Nandos?
  2. What part of a plant conducts photosynthesis?
  3. Which Scottish actress plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy series of films?
  4. Which two houses were involved in the War of the Roses?
  5. What is the capital of New Zealand?

Why don’t you have a go and enter your answers here. 

Remember to write your name in the form so you can be credited with merits!

Take a look at next week’s blog to find out the answers and which Form is crowned our weekly champion.

And here are the answers to last week’s 5 questions:

  1. In what modern day country was Nikola Tesla born? Croatia
  2. How many F1 Drivers’ Championships has Lewis Hamilton won (a joint record with Michael Schumacher)? 7
  3. Which Apollo moon mission was the first to carry a lunar rover? Apollo 15
  4. Who was the architect who rebuilt London after the Great Fire of 1666? Sir Christopher Wren
  5. Which character does Ewan McGregor play in the Star Wars series? Obi-Wan Kenobi


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