Foundation Fairies – 17/10/19
It’s been so magical in Foundation again today… We’ve heard fairy footsteps, fairy singing and we’re sure a fairy used the magic key!
Some children made signs to put outside the door and others brought little gifts for the fairies! These children were singing a message to the fairies through a magic tube they had made!
What do you think is through the magic door?
Look what I found in Beech class this morning.
I wonder what magic will happen in Foundation today!
Willow class went for a small walk today discussing everything about seasons!
We talked about the season we are in now and what has just finished – discussing the key features of each season. We’re all hoping for snow to come in Winter and can’t wait for the all the fun we will have.
This week Bonsai class have been busy journaling their topic work ‘Off With Her Head’ into their SOLE books. We have really enjoyed learning about the Tudors.
Today we learnt the tricky word ‘go’. We practised reading and writing it.
Can you remember any other tricky words?
Ash class were visited by some fairies! They left a fairy door in the classroom with some special instructions. We made signs to stop anyone from touching the door and we made special keys to try and open it! It was very exciting!
The children in Foundation learnt all about the ‘b’ sound. They decorated bugs to help them remember, they looked amazing!
We have been learning a new skill this week, journaling. We have enjoyed cutting, sticking and embellishing the work we have done as part of our Moon Zoom learning journey.
We hope you enjoy looking at our books this week at Parents’ Evening.
As a part of our topic ‘ Frozen Kingdom’, we have been learning about the North Lights. As a part of this, we have had a go at re-recreating them in either water colours or pastels.
In Year Two, we are getting to grips with what we are going to write in our message in a bottle. We want to include why we became stranded.
Have a look at the description of the storm that cause the unlucky sailor to become washed up on a deserted island.
What a super effort! Which bits can you magpie for your description?
The children in Ash and Beech practiced their ‘tricky words’ by sorting them. They used the tweezers to help make the muscles in their hands really strong!
Yesterday Year 2 started using colourful semantics to up level some of their sentences.
Can you spot an adverb of time or an exciting verb?
We enjoyed a walk around the school grounds this afternoon on an Autumn hunt. We spotted a maple tree that was showing signs of Autumn and we began to draw our observations.
What other signs of Autumn have you spotted?
Thank you for all your donations to help with the upkeep of the defibrillator and we were also able to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.
In total we raised a whopping £335.10.
This week in Year 6, we have been looking at writing features to help our writing engage the reader. One focus has been on advanced punctuation including the colon and semi colon. If you are not sure how to use these, why not listen to Year 6 sing you an explanation!
The children in Foundation have been working hard learning all about the number 3! They found out all of the different ways they could make the number 3!
The children in Foundation had great fun with the activities relating to the ‘u’ sound they had learnt in their phonics lesson! They made umbrellas using cup cake cases!
Willow class had a great time down at TCS participating in a KS1 Fun Festival.
We got to play a variety of games and practice a lot of skills, including; throwing and catching, kicking, balancing, gymnastics and many more!
We got a bit wet on the walk back but everyone left with a great big smile on their faces!
Year 5 had an interesting afternoon looking at grand Tudor houses and finding the area of the rectangles they could find within the house. Some children really challenged themselves to estimate the irregular shape areas as well.
The children in year 4 have been experimenting with different components to make circuits.
The children have then tried to make a complete circuit to illuminate their iconic American landmarks and other things you would find on your American Road Trip!
Over the past few weeks, four classes from Key Stage 2 have been swimming. At the moment, Holly Class are taking part in their six consecutive sessions. They have shown lots of resilience and hard work to develop their technique with a range of strokes. Year 4 Redwood Class will be swimming after half term.
Once again, a wet Monday prevented us from doing outdoor PE but, determined to get our daily dose of physical activity, we found a space in the classroom and started learning some yoga poses.
The children loved it and are keen to learn some other, more complicated, poses. We realised balance is important as well as remembering to breathe!
We discussed the benefits of yoga and focused breathing in helping us relax.
As a part of our arithmetic, we have been calculating fractions of whole numbers.
We either work this out by drawing it out (not very efficient), or by dividing the whole number by the denominator to get a unit fraction then multiplying by the numerator (efficient).
We looked at a simple calculation (what is two sevenths of fourteen) and then looked at some of the other calculations we can work out from this fact.
Year 5 have been working hard using a Thesaurus to uplevel their vocabulary. They then had to decide on a order for their selection of words from the least amount of impact to the most.
This morning, year 6 have focused on making sentences more descriptive using expanded noun phrases. We used colourful semantics to label the different word classes.
We had a very special visitor in school this week. Professor Pong visited us from the British Space and Alien Research Company to talk about the crash landing and what we all needed to do next.
We got to ask him all of our questions and found out we weren’t the only school in Devon to have an alien visit.
After his visit we discussed his original email and started trying to answer all his questions.
Thank you Professor Pong!
This term the children in Year 4 have been having a go at Netball. The children have been showing great collaboration and resilience in learning new rules and working together as a team.
They have also been learning new passes like the chest pass and bounce pass as well as how to warm up properly before doing exercise.
Year 6 have worked really hard on their home learning over the last three weeks. One of the activity choices was to make an igloo using a material of choice. We have had lego, cotton wool, modroc and even cake and marshmallows! Here are some of the igloo models that have been brought in so far.
Over the last few weeks, Year 6 have been developing lots of positive learning attitudes. Today, we looked at using formal methods for multiplication. Holly Class showed lots of resilience to get themselves out of the learning pit. We talked about the importance of ‘the struggle’ to help with learning. They also showed great collaboration skills to work together and work out where they had gone wrong, learning from their mistakes. Here is an example of the struggle and using purple pen to show progress.
Keep it up Holly Class – excellent attitudes and effort!
Please also see the following links for videos, which we have used in class, for extra support with short and long multiplication.
Cherry Class are really enjoying learning how to play the P-Bones on Wednesday mornings.
This afternoon Year 3 have been harnessing the power of water! The children had to choose to either create water powered paddle boats or water wheels.
We will be testing them later in the week!
Year 5 have been working really hard with their ‘Off with her head’ learning journey this afternoon. Creating everything from portraits to time lines as well making Tudor Castles and figurines to act out Tudor stories.
Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you!
The children in Foundation had great fun making glasses to help them remember the letter ‘g’ and the sound it makes. Everyone decorated their glasses and wore them in the classroom whilst practicing pronouncing the ‘g’ sound. They looked great!
Thank you so much to our friend in Year 3, who donated some of his old toys to us. We loved playing with them this morning.
We have an alien update for you. The children in Maple and Willow class today received an email from Professor Pong from the British Space and Alien Research company. He is planning to help us locate and send home the alien that crash landed on our playground a few weeks ago.
We will be building up to write an email back to him once we have more facts. To help us with our future email writing, we became Feature Detectives today, working in groups to find full stops, capital letters, question marks and finger spaces. We worked brilliantly together, collaborating and taking turns.
All year 2 children are loving the fact that we have a real life, living rockpool in the classroom! The children have already identified, shrimps, crabs, hermit crab, pipe fish, baby fish, rock goby, sea anemone and sea snails.
Both year 6 classes have spent time this week drafting out their paragraphs for their non-chronological reports about an animal of choice from the Arctic or Antarctica. They’ve shown great attitudes to learning by always looking to improve their writing and by using the resources available to them.
Today, we were tasked with finding things that are shorter than us. We had fun going around the classroom and standing next to objects and people. We had to use the correct language to compare, ie taller than and shorter than.
Some of us were even challenged to find objects that are half our height.
Why not find objects at home to measure.
In Year 6 we are getting ready to write our non-chronological report about an animal from the polar regions.
Today, we have been creating a first draft of the introduction.
Ebony class had a go at creating an introduction for a non-chronological report about children:
Children in Ebony class (some of the best children in the world) are beautiful. According to their teachers, 80% of children in Hazeldown Primary School look up to Year 6 – who are at the top of the school. They range from 10-11 years old so they are working towards being responsible members of society.
In this paragraph we used facts and figures, brackets for parenthesis, dashes, relative clauses, generalising vocabulary and much more.
This morning, Year 3 visited a river to see all the features they have been learning about in school.
The children took part in a variety of activities to further their growing knowledge of rivers. The activities included: kick sampling to find creatures that live in the river; taking water and soil samples for further experiments back at school; sensory observations to help with their future poetry writing and finding features like meanders, waterfalls and oxbow lakes.
We had a fantastic morning and all the children were very excited during the activities. They were also very successful find: water boatman, pond skaters, fresh water shrimps and even a mayfly nymph!
Year 2 have been looking at measuring objects and comparing their lengths. We had to look at which was bigger 1cm or 1m and why.
We had lots of interesting conversations about the accuracy of our measuring when we measured then ordered ourselves.
Today, year 6 showed great resilience during their maths lesson. Some of the groups were focusing on converting between standard units of measure and then applied this to solving problems.
Year 2 have been looking at the value of each digit in a number. Today we built on what we already know and we have to compare different numbers and sorted them from smallest to largest.
Which is the largest 3 tens and 1 one, 29, 2 tens and 14 ones or 20+10? Maybe you can build them first to help you fin out?
In Literacy we have been learning about non-chronological reports. As a part of this we have been looking at a range of examples.
In one of our sessions we became features detectives. We were looking for ‘generalising vocabulary’ (such as some, mostly, sometimes, often), and technical vocabulary (such as habitat, environment, resources).
Some of us then tried to find synonyms for some of the words. Synonyms are words that have the same meaning (happy, joyful etc).
We had a lot of fun in PE today. We practised working in spaces and tried our hardest not to bump into anyone. There were a couple of little collisions to start with, but the children soon improved at avoiding each other.
We also practised changing direction when running, hopping, jumping and skipping.
Just a quick reminder that PE for Year One is every Monday and Friday so the children will need their PE kits in school everyday please, including a pair of trainers or plimsoles.
Today Year 3 have been investigating how rivers are formed. They used sand, rocks, pebbles and water to create the different features of a river.
During our phonics lesson on Monday we learnt the ‘S’ sound. We had lots of fun trying out differnt activities like making spiders, floating boats with sails and cutting spaghetti to help us learn and remember the sound!
Some of the Year 5s worked hard today to order a range of decimals with 3 decimal places. They picked the numbers themselves so they challenged themselves appropriately. Great work was achieved and they showed really good collaboration figuring out the challenges with their partners.