Dough Disco – Foundation – 15.10.21
We had great fun taking part in Dough Disco today!
We know why we were doing it too! We were working the muscles in our fingers to help us strengthen them. This helps us to hold our pencils properly – with our ‘pinchy fingers’. In turn, this will help us to improve our writing.
We squeezed the dough, we pressed it and rolled it. We stretched it and squashed it! We worked so hard and thoroughly enjoyed the process!
We demonstrated a ‘Growth Mindset’ attitude and were being Explorasaurs with the dough.
Wow! The children have been so busy in their phonics lessons. We have learnt lots of new phonemes (sounds) and we have even been using what we have learnt to read our first words.
Look at our amazing writing. We have been using our Growth Mindset to really have a go and stick with it, even if it is a challenge. We have evaluated our writing to see where we need to improve and worked hard to do this.
The ‘c’ phoneme is at the beginning of caterpillar.
The ‘k’ phoneme is at the beginning of kite.
Can you think of any things that begin with the phonemes you have learnt?
Look at our fantastic paintings!
We have been in school full-time this week and have been absolutely fabulous. We have worked hard and had great fun getting to know new friends. We have been learning about new routines and have settled in really well.
This week we have started learning about mixing colours and how to hold a paintbrush. We have been talking about the colour of our eyes and hair and which colour paint we should choose. Aren’t our portraits fabulous?
Can you spot yours?
In Maths, Apple Class have been learning to add 2 digit numbers together. We are working on increasing our mental arithmetic speed and have been playing the Fruit Splat game to help us. We recognised that we were in the learning pit at first but, with practice of our Math skills, we are now climbing out of it! We have all showed great resilience and collaboration when encouraging each other during our turns.
Year 2 took part in a sack race, baton relay, tennis ball relay and beanbag throwing this morning. They were very resilient in trying their best, despite the rain and were not afraid to take a risk! They used their excellent relationships to encourage each other, regardless of whether someone was in their team. The Year 2 Teaching Team are extremely proud of all of their collaboration and attitude to Sports week.
Year 2 took part in the Sports Day races this morning and all should be very proud of themselves. They demonstrated great collaboration and team work when encouraging each other during the races. They all did a fantastic job and did their very best!
Apple class interviewed Mr Ludford, asking questions about Hazeldown’s history. We learned a lot from Mr Ludford and are excited to begin our learning journey ‘School Days’.
Today in Apple class, we received a very exciting piece of mail from Laura Wall after we sent her our brilliant stories. She ACTUALLY wrote to us and told us how amazing our stories were – we couldn’t believe it! We used the metacognitive cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our stories and showed great resilience when receiving feedback to improve our work.
In Year 2, we have been learning about narratives and have used our growth mindsets to produce stories for Laura Wall. We based our stories on ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and explored a range of other stories linking with our Learning Journey, ‘The Scented Garden’. We also demonstrated great resilience in using the metacognition cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our stories, using our purple pen to make progress in our learning. We are very excited for Laura to read our stories!
We talked about Muslim beliefs and the meaning behind them. We also discussed the importance of respecting the beliefs of others. We then spent the afternoon creating posters on the The Five Pillars of Islam and talking about the similarities between Christianity and Islam. The children showed empathy towards others in the class who have different beliefs to theirs.
A member of Apple Class received some exciting post this week from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales! Back in January during our learning topic ‘Magnificent Monarchs’, this particular child wrote a letter to the Prince of Wales, offering him some advice after being inspired during the topic. Although quite delayed, Apple Class was delighted to hear the response!
In Apple class, we explored plants and did some observational drawings of them. Firstly, we watched ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ and talked about how we can plan, monitor and evaluate (metacognition) our work and improve it through several attempts. We had to look carefully at the size, shape and texture of the plants and work together to give each other effective feedback. We had lots of fun and enjoyed using colouring pencils, wax crayons and art pencils to complete our drawings!
As part of our learning topic “The Scented Garden’, Apple Class brought in lots of flowers, herbs and plants to recreate our very own Hazeldown Garden centre. We talked about the properties of the plants, how they grow and how we can look after them, asking plenty of scientific questions. We enjoyed discovering the enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs too, using our 5 senses to explore the plants in different ways. Some of us did some observational drawings, smelt the plants, take close up pictures, look through a magnifying glass and dissect some flowers. We found it fascinating and we are excited to continue our learning topic!
In Apple class, we made Easter baskets using coloured card and glue. We had to follow instructions very carefully and showed great resilience, collaboration and empathy when making our baskets. Some of us even made eggs out of paper to put inside our baskets – it was lots of fun and we cannot wait to use them for an egg hunt in the holidays!
As part of our ‘Beat Band Boogie’ topic work, we explored all the sounds we can make using our bodies. We learnt this was called body percussion. Using stomps, claps, slaps, taps and clicks we learnt a body percussion sequence as a class and enjoyed making beats and rhythmns.
This week is Science week and today we looked at pictures and discussed what we thought was going on in them. In one of the pictures, we thought that a group of people were dancing and we talked about what is different about the dancers, how children might dance compared to adults and how bodies move. We listened to a variety of music types and even had a dance with Mr Quint! It was lots of fun!
As part of our ‘Beat Band Boogie’ topic, today we enjoyed making drums and listening to all the sounds we could make! We used yoghurt pots, balloons, masking tape and coloured pens. The balloons were challenging to put over the top of the yoghurt pots but we were very resilient and worked collaboratively to help each other succeed. After we made them, we carefully decorated them to make them our own.
We all had a brilliant online Pilates session this afternoon with an instructor from the Dartmoor Schools Sport Partnership. The session had a focus on keeping physically active and on the children’s mental well-being.
Year 2 enjoyed a very creative afternoon with making monarch models! They chose an English monarch and then were asked to make a model/picture of him/her. They were allowed to use anything in the classroom!!!!!
For Wellbeing Wednesday, we all enjoyed a variety of activities. Half of Year 2 found their inner peace during a yoga session in the hall. The other half completed mandala patterns as a calming activity. We had a great afternoon and look forward to our activities for next week! Read more
In Year 2, as part of our learning journey, we spent the afternoon researching facts about crowns and why members of the royal family wear them. Then, we made our own crowns, using card, jewels, cotton wool and lots of other colourful things!
Today, in Apple class we had a visitor from Coram Education, the charity responsible for our PSHE resource SCARF. We had an exciting afternoon talking about friendships and our bodies. We even met a new friend – Harold the Giraffe! Harold and his friends were having a party and we helped them solve some problems. We had a wonderful time and are now more aware of other people’s feelings.
This week in Apple class, we have been learning about many significant people from the past. We have been learning about Rosa Parks especially and her stand against racism. We were very surprised to learn that in the past, racial inequality existed and stopped certain individuals from living as they do now. We have acted out a scene of Rosa Parks’ protest on a bus and discussed why this was an important part of History! ;
This week, in Apple class, we have had great fun acting out scenarios where positive choices can make a difference. It is all part of our focus at the moment of anti-bullying week.
We now have are very own pumpkin patch! A kind parent brought some pumpkin plants in to school. Our happy band of green fingered children weeded and dug the raised beds. We then planted the pumpkin plants and have watered them daily. We have had great fun and have learnt all about looking after plants.
All the children at home are working extremely hard. An enormous thank you to all the parents for your continued support. Here are a few examples of some of the excellent work.
We have been investigating the number 17. Look at the ways we partitioned 17. We could even say some number sentences to describe what we had done.
Can you think of another way to make 17?
We have been working so hard at school again this week. We have done some wonderful writing, marvellous maths and brilliant playing. Look at what we have been up to!
This is a fun song to help the children remember to social distance. We talk about staying in our bubble and not going into anyone else’s bubble!! Sing along – you will recognise the tune!!
Welcome back to lots of our Fantastic ‘Foundationers’!
It has been lovely to see lots of children back at school and what busy bees you have been. Look at some of the great work we have been up to!
If you are working at home, keep up the good work and don’t forget to send pictures of the great work you are doing. We LOVE to see it.
Apple class are working incredibly hard to score high points and try and win their heats in the weekly tournaments in Times Tables Rockstars. Well done Apple Class, you have done it again this week! Brilliant, excellent work – keep it up!
It is wonderful to see all the different work coming in from Home Learning. All of Apple class are working so hard and showing me what clever and creative children they are. Keep the work coming in, you are all doing a fantastic job.
Wow Foundation! You are continuing to make us very proud. We love getting photographs of all the great work you have been doing. Well done!
Look at this fabulous phonics and what an amazing frog!
We have also enjoyed reading your responses to the questions for your reports! It’s great that you are proud of all you have achieved and you have even more goals which you would like to reach. Keep practising and you will get there. 🙂
It is great to see all the different activities that make us feel in the ‘Green Zone’. These are activities that make us feel happy, energised, feel good, focused and ready to learn.
Apple class have been busy making treasure chests, burying their treasure and then making a ‘Pirate Treasure Map’ Arrrrrrrrgh!!!!
What a wonderful variety of work is coming in! Children are making wonderful Pirate flags and Treasure maps in their SOLE work. Some are planting things and making Dens which put them in their ‘Green zone’. Others are making edible clocks!!!!
It is also brilliant to see how hard they are all working with their maths and literacy. Well done Apple Class, you are working extremely hard.
Thank you Foundation for all the lovely work you have been sending to us! We love to see what you have been up to and all the adults are so impressed with your hard work. Look at all this fabulous writing! We have been learning about the life-cycle of frogs recently and some of our children have found tadpoles! Do you think they will turn into frogs? What will happen as they change?
Apple class have been producing some terrific work. It has been great seeing all the work about Captain Cook and his travels around the world. Keep sending in your work – it all looks brilliant. You are all certainly working very hard at home. A big ‘Thank You’ again to all parent/carers: You are all doing a fantastic job.
Well done Apple Class. Absolutely brilliant . You were the champions last week. You are all working so incredibly hard – I am very proud of you. Keep going – we now need to stay at the top!!
Apple class are all very busy at home and it is great to see the excellent work that is being produced. We must say a great big thank you to all the parent/carers for your brilliant support.
An enormous thank you to all the parent/carers for your continued support at home. Here are some more examples of our Awesome Apples busy working at home!!
Well done everyone!
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Well done everyone for working so hard at home. Remember to look at all the folders even if you don’t get chance to complete everything. There are lots of fantastic things to do.
An enormous THANK YOU to all the wonderful parent/carers ……….. you are all doing amazingly well.
Look at this fabulous work one of our Fabulous Foundation children has done. What impressive work! I can even see that they have tried so hard to get their descenders going beneath the line for the letters ‘y’ and ‘g’. What a super effort. Well done!
And look how they have ordered all of these objects by how tall they are.
How tall are you? Could you organise the people in your family by their height?
It is lovely to see all the hard work being done at home with your parent/carers. Everyone has a totally different situation at home, so please don’t worry if you are not able to send work in. We will have the biggest ‘Show and Tell’ in the world when we are all back together!!!!!
You are all doing a BRILLIANT job.
Apple class are working so hard at home. Lots of work is coming in and even if you can’t send it in your parents have told me all about how hard you are working and all about the great things that you are doing.
An enormous thank you to all the parent/carers: You are all doing a FANTASTIC JOB!!!!
Well done all you ‘Fabulous Foundationers’!
What a lot of brilliant stuff you have been up to. It is really wonderful for us to see pictures of all your hard work. All the teachers are very proud of what you have done. Thank you! It definitely puts smiles on our faces.
One of our children also did some science work, investigating the need for washing our hands with soap and water. They found that the best way to stop bacteria from growing is to use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands. Not just water! Bacteria can be harmful and cause us to feel poorly, so this is a very important discovery! Well done! I am definitely going to make sure my family use soap and water to thoroughly wash their hands!
Keep up the great work Foundation!
Brilliant work still coming in from our class. Please don’t worry if you can’t send your work in. We will look at all your wonderful work when we all get together again.
You are all doing a fantastic job.
Parents and carers – you are all doing great, thank you.
Everyone is working extremely hard and really trying their best with the work that we are setting. Well done Apple class and thank you parent/carers for all your amazing support.
Apple class children have been working really hard at home and here is some of the wonderful work that I am receiving. Thank you very very much to all the parent and carers. You are all doing a fantastic job.
Thank you everyone for sending in work. You are all working so very hard – well done. Please don’t worry if you can’t send any of your work, we will have an enormous ‘show and tell’ when we all get back together!!!! This is just some of the work is coming in – thank you. Also an enormous thank you to all the parent/carers – You are doing a fantastic job.