Pond, Year 1 and 2, 26.6.19
This week, year 1 and 2 have been helping to get the pond ready for its liner. This mostly involved moving stones out the was to prevent it from being punctured and getting it ready for levelling by the Year 6 children.
Today the children continued building their willow lanterns. It was fantastic to see so many children working collaboratively and to have so many wonderful helpers come. They lanterns are looking amazing! We can’t wait to see them in the parade on Saturday.
Today we explored how we are all different.
We have different hair, eyes and finger prints.
We have different likes and dislikes.
We have some things we are good at and something’s we need to practise.
Next Talked about how we can use our differences to help us with our learning. We can use our relationships to help us get better at things.
Then we drew around our hands and decorateded them so they’re all individual just like us.
They’re going to be on display in our classroom so keep an eye open.
This afternoon Fir class took the parachute out to the field to play some games. We played Cat and Mouse and some ball games. We really had to use our skills in TEAM WORK and COLLABORATION to make the ball bounce high! We finished by all sitting underneath a giant mushroom!
Today, we looked again at our Learning Values and what it means to be a good friend to one another.
We read a story that highlighted the importance of working together and building good relationships. Then we wrote our own acrostic poems based on things like friendships, collaboration and kindness.
This afternoon Year 6 have been really working hard on their SOLE work showing a growth mindset and an iCan attitude. Activities included replicating a Wassily Kandinsky piece of art that really considers what emotions the colours represents.
Another activity included researching facts about Kandinsky or Beatriz Milhazes in preparation of writing a biography about them.
Others were considering the UN Conventions – Rights of a child – and how they related to our topic text of Holes by Louis Sachar and what they considered to be ‘wants’ or ‘needs’.
All were focused, on task and showing our school’s learning values of being resilient, taking a risk, working collaboratively as well as being resourceful. Well done Year 6, keep up the good work!
Year 6 are showing their maturity today in literacy by being a critical friend and ‘marking’ one another’s work. They have been discussing punctuation, word choices, spelling, cohesion, connectives, embedded clauses and so much more!
Not only have they done that, but they have then gone on to edit and improve their writing from yesterday; a skill that many adults struggle to do!
So, well done Ebony, keep up the excellent work.
This afternoon, a number of the Year 6 children went down to save the day and help Year 1 complete their first reflections in their S.O.L.E books. They stuck, they scribed and were great role models for the younger children.
Well done Year 6, keep up the good work!
Today, Ebony class showed their great attitudes towards their learning during a literacy activity. Whilst identifying key features within a piece of text, they showed resilience, great collaborative skills and their resourcefulness.
I was really impressed with their understanding of the features within an autobiography and their ability to discuss and problem solve.
Keep up the great work!
This morning, Ebony Class worked in groups to create natural Mandelas within the forest school grounds. They worked with people they didn’t often work with, problem solved, foraged for items, took risks with their artwork as well as working to deadlines.
They all created some amazing pieces, showed great reflective skills and supported one another.
Everybody has been impressed with what has been created.
What do you think? Could you re-create your own at home?
Yesterday, Ebony class had fun in the sun at forest school. They got to play and explore in the woods whilst scavenging for things, cook damper beds the fire, play trust games and so much more!
They showed great collaboration skills and supported one another so well. Not only that, but they showed great resilience for cooking over an open fire when the weather was so hot!
Well done Ebony, a day to be proud of!
More learning values were introduced to us today in NEW Maple Class.
After watching a short animation about some animals who initially didn’t help each other, we all agreed that it is much better to cooperate and collaborate with everyone to build better relationships.
The short film helped us to generate some key vocabulary to remind us how we can collaborate and make good relationships with others.
We concluded that you must always try to be kind, friendly, share, take turns and wait, help each other and work as a team to be a good collaborator. We noticed that you also need most of these attributes if you are going to build good relationships too.
Maple class chose to be more like the rabbit and raccoon in the animation. Why do you think they decided to do this?
How did you demonstrate good collaboration and relationships today?
Maple Class have been looking at some of our school Learning Values today.
In particular, we discussed ‘Resilience‘ and ‘Resourcefulness‘ and what they each mean.
We watched a short animation about Ormie, a pig.
What was he trying to get?
What did he do?
We generated a list of vocabulary throughout our discussion to identify how Ormie was feeling and how resilient and resourceful he was.
We decided we wanted to try to be more like Ormie the pig in Maple Class, by never giving up and remembering if at first we don’t succeed, then try and try again!
Say hello to our NEW marvellous members of Maple Class!
What a brilliant first day we all had in our new Maple classroom.
We have already started to learn more about what happens in Year 1 and we even joined the rest of the school for our first whole school assembly in the big hall.
We have also been thinking about our school learning values and how we can show them in our daily actions.
How did you collaborate with someone today?
How did you show resilience?
What other learning values will you try to use tomorrow?
Today was Mega Maths Friday and we began as we always do – singing our Mega Maths song!
We had multiple challenges to choose from and try us, but we were not beaten! Our problem solving skills kicked in and we used and applied all our maths knowledge to solve our challenges!
We were resilient, resourceful, took a risk and collaborated well with our peers whilst always smiling and happy with the level of challenge!
Roll on our next Mega Maths morning!
What amazingly brave children we have in year 5! All have faced and conquered many fears today and achieved things they didn’t believe were possible. I am so proud of each and every one of them who have really taken a risk and shown great resilience in everything they have done, despite the freezing cold, high winds.
Well done year 5!
Last night’s evening activity was amazing with lots of amazing teamwork and creativity shown. We’ve been chickens, laid an egg, become a dinosaur, alongside creating our own robot with a back story.
Our robots then battled it out against one another with the victory going to team 1 ‘Robotniks’.
What amazing and brave year 5’s who have all tackled a personal challenge with activities yesterday! We’ve abseiled, orienteered, taken leaps of faith and climbed Jacob’s Ladder.
Hazeldown have started their science week with a bang, thanks to Mr G’s science show. The first experiment included fire and was helped by a very brave Mrs Lang.
All of Key Stage Two were so excited and enthusiastic about all the experiments and what lies ahead this week in class.
Today, year 5 and 6 have been working hard on journaling all their learning for the past half term. They have thought about the challenges they faced, their successes, what skills they have developed and also how they overcame any obstacles.
Today Monkey Puzzle were introduced to our class text of Zoo, by Anthony Browne. We read the story and then thought about what it must have been like at that zoo. We were also lucky to have one of the characters (Harry’s brother) visit us too, so we could hot seat him and ask him questions. Additionally to this, we were thinking about how some of these zoo animals would feel being cooped up. We used our empathy skills really well.
Using our featured image, how do you think this gorilla is feeling?
The children of Monkey Puzzle have been working incredibly hard this morning in maths. They have been answering different questions related to time that include: converting between 12 and 24 hour, reading timetables, adding and taking away time and so much more! They really personified our learning values of being resilient, collaborating, being resourceful and taking a risk. Can you come up with any word problems linked to time?
Today in Monkey Puzzle the pupils have been showing how fantastic they are at developing their learning for living skills through Mega Maths!
Have a look at them showing how resourceful, resilient, empathetic and collaborative they can be!