House challenge

Holly Park Houses

At Holly Park all of our children from year 1 to year 6 belong to one of our five houses. Siblings belong to the same house.

The ‘House system’ was set up at Holly Park over 10 years ago. Originally, the children and teachers put forward ideas about possible House names. Ideas such as planets, birds and famous people were put forward. The outcome of a vote resulted in the names of mythical beasts being chosen to represent the five houses.

Our five houses are :

  • Griffin – yellow
  • Hydra – blue
  • Phoenix – red
  • Unicorn – black
  • Dragon – green

Each house has two captains from year six.

Children at the school collect house points across each week for good effort, good manners, polite behaviour etc. These house points are added up each week. The winning house is presented with a cup for the week. Results are reported in the weekly newsletter.

We hold house challenges each term when the children from across the school work together in different age groupings within their houses to do various challenges to earn points for their house.

Past house challenges have included – choral verse, tower building, pancake races, relay races, poetry, a bake off and a potato Olympics.

At the junior sports day, the children race in house groups to earn points for their house.

House points are collected across the year and are added up to give a total .The house with the most points for the year is presented with the Margaret Maxwell Shield.

Each term Holly Park has a House Challenge

Autumn Term House Challenge

It was lovely to be able to do a House Challenge this term, having not been able to do one for the last 18 months due to COVID and having to keep children in bubbles. It was lovely to be able to mix the children up in their houses to take part in an event togethe. The House Challenge was a tennis bouncing event. The children in their houses had to bounce a ball on a tennis racket whilst walking around an obstacle and back. Year 1 and Year 2 competed together, then Year 3 and year 4 together and Year 5 and year 6 together.

Here are the results:

  • Dragon First Place
  • Griffin Second Place
  • Phoenix Third Place
  • Unicorn Fourth Place
  • Hydra Fifth Place

Summer House Challenge

The theme of the summer term house challenge was Performance Poetry. The children worked in house team groups. Each class began by watching a Michael Rosen video with tips for performing. They watched a few other poems too. They also did a warm up with a Julia Donaldson poem as a class/group. They thought about rhythm, speed, actions, volume etc. The groups were then given a poem to work on and to turn it into a performance for the rest of the class to watch. ​

Spring House Challenge

The Spring term house challenge took place today. The challenge was linked to the Oliver Jeffers book – ‘We’ll Build.’ The children (in pairs or small groups – within their houses) made a poster showing how to build good friendships. Miss Michael made a power point about what makes a good friend, what to do to resolve friendships problems, why filling buckets / acts of kindness are important etc. The children then presented and explained their poster to the rest of the class. They earned points for their house for teamwork and presentation skills.

Autumn Term House Challenge

The aim of the House Challenge was to create a Rights Respecting Mascot. The children had to think of a name for their mascot and design the mascot thinking of which rights they represented. The children worked in a house group within their year group bubble. Each house group was awarded house points for teamwork and creativity. Miss Michael has chosen the winning design to become our official Rights Respecting Mascot. Here are some of the designs: