Star Readers 14th December 2021
Congratulations to this half term’s Star Readers.
Well done to Oscar who is trying really hard with his reading and is reading every day in school. Brilliant, keep it up Oscar!
Ellie is now enjoying reading and finds the books she is choosing interesting. Great news Ellie!
Jet is challenging himself by reading longer books. Fantastic Jet!
Aussie has gone from being a reluctant reader to a very confident reader and in his own words, “I really enjoy reading now”. That is great news Aussie!
12 sets of book shelves stocked and ready for the launch of ‘Book Buzz’ on Monday’. An early Christmas present for our amazing children!
Well done to this half term’s Star Readers!
Izzy has really focussed on aiming for her reading target challenge this half term. Well done Izzy!
Joe who is doing well with his quizzes. Keep it up Joe!
Max who is really enjoying reading his books. Keep reading Max!
Austin who is enjoying reading his books from the library. Keep reading Austin!
At Book Club we read the book The Moth’s Whisper by Miranda Barlow. We then enjoyed making moths using plastic milk bottles, marker pens and UV pens. These moths will be sent to Glasgow to form part of the mass participation art installation ‘Moths To A Flame’ at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow at the beginning of November.
This year we have made a sculpture for the art trail in Teignmouth. The sculpture features a piece of artwork from each class, Forest school, breakfast and after school club, and Little Acorns. Each class had a school value to represent on their piece and we are sure you will agree they did a fantastic job! All the children and staff, joined in by leaving their own mark or fingerprint on the artwork. Please pop down to the seafront and take a look, the sculpture is in the flower bed close to the pier. Please remember to vote for our sculpture once the voting opens. As soon as we get the voting information, we will pass it on to you.
Today, Year 4 had an amazing day at Plymouth Aquarium. This was to celebrate the end of the learning journeys Predator and Blue Abyss that the children had been learning about during , and after, Lockdown.
A great big thank you should go to all 62 pupils who were a credit to our school! They showed great respect towards the aquarium staff and general public and were able to showcase their new learning effectively!
Well done Year 4!
Exciting news! The results from Sports Week are in…
All of the scores from the KS1 and KS2 races were added together, along with all of the activities that took place on the bottom field.
This year, it was incredibly close with only 1 point between 3rd and 4th place, and only 4 points between 1st and 2nd!
The results are…
4th place – Yellow (438 points)
3rd place – Green (439 points)
2nd place – Red (496 points)
1st place – Blue (500 points)
Congratulations to the blue team and well done to everybody who took part this week!
Hazeldown have had another brilliant day of Sports Week with KS2 running their races on the top field this morning.
The results from the KS2 races were:
Green – 128 points
Blue – 140 points
Red – 144 points
Yellow – 151 points
A big well done to everyone that has raced over the last two days! We have seen lots of resilience and determination, as well as encouragement for team mates.
Tomorrow is the final day of point scoring, before announcing the winners of Sports Week on Friday!
Today, KS1 started off our Sports Week with races on the top field.
The scores from the KS1 races were:
Yellow – 91 points
Blue – 107 points
Red – 108 points
Green – 112 points
It’s very close and there are lots more activities to go throughout the week!
Holly Class have enjoyed their final day at Grenville House. They have had an amazing 2 and a half days and we are very proud of them! They will soon be heading back to school on the coach.
Holly Class have had another brilliant day full of three different activities! They have been as amazing as Ebony, shining as individuals, as well as a whole class. In all of the activities, the pupils have challenged and pushed themselves to overcome fears and challenges. In addition, they have been incredibly supportive of each other and have also been very helpful around the house. Thursday’s activities included: coasteering, caving, paddle boarding and high ropes. Here are just a few photos to capture the day.
Holly Class have arrived safely and enthusiastically at Grenville House for their residential. They started the afternoon with one of two activities: coasteering or canoeing. The coasteering group walked, swam and jumped along the Brixham coastline. Whereas, the canoeing group explored the Brixham Marina on their canoes, playing games along the way.
Ebony Class have had another amazing, fun-filled day of three activities including coasteering, high ropes, caving and paddle boarding. The sun has still been shining and the pupils have continued to overcome fears, achieving things they never thought they could. In addition, they have shown how caring and kind they are towards one another. Many of them have encouraged each other to jump off the cliffs at coasteering, cheered a friend on for the leap of faith or supported someone through the caves. Well done Year 6!
Ebony Class arrived in a beautiful, sunny Brixham today! After making their own beds and unpacking their suitcases, the children took part in a variety of activities. Some enjoyed exploring the harbour whilst canoeing and others had a great time jumping off the cliffs during coasteering. Our favourite quote from today was “I came here not liking the ocean, and now after coasteering, I love it!”
Fir Class have really embraced Forest School this half term. They have been learning new skills and also carrying out a range of science based activities as a follow up to Science Week.
Around the School in 13 Bubbles!
I was lucky enough to take a socially distanced journey around the school to take some photos of the children dressed up for World Book Day. There were some fantastic costumes from all year groups. Thank you to everyone who joined in both at school and at home. Photos of the children who are currently home learning will be added to the blog at a later date.
Here is the personal PE challenge for Week 4. This week’s challenge is to have a go at some frog jumps within a relay course. Have a look at the video to see what the challenge entails:
One of our delightful Year 3 children has completed a marathon through January. She ran a total of 26.2 miles with her Dad (and younger sister for the last mile) in aid of Prostate cancer U.K. She managed to raise an incredible £420.
What an achievement that is!
Here is the personal PE challenge for week 3! This week’s challenge is to see how long you can hold the plank position for. You can use the video to help you if you need to:
Remember to share any photos or videos of your efforts!
Well done to everyone who took part in the Week 1 PE Challenge.
Here is the second challenge: the ‘Step Up’ challenge. Remember to send any pictures or videos of your attempts!
On Wednesday, Mr Ludford took delivery of 5 new tablets from Mark Thompson, Senior Negotiator, at Chamberlains Estate Agents in Teignmouth.
The company gifted them to the school as part of their charitable work supporting the local community. They are a very welcome addition along with 16 Chrome Books from the Government. This means the school is in a great position to support all the children and families with their Remote Learning during lockdown if they don’t have the technology at home.
For the Hook day, we had an exciting time learning about the digestive system- including the names of each part such as the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines as well as the rectum and anus. We learnt how the food enters and moves through our body.
We carried out an investigation to show the journey and we made “poo” !!!
We also made models of the digestive system and posters to reinforce our new learning.
Then we used our IT skills to explore Curioscope – an app which maps 3D views of the internal organs of the body.
By the end of the week, we journaled the Hook and wrote reflections on our new learning including the Learning Values that supported us to achieve!
Each week, there will be a PE challenge for you to have a go at to make sure we are keeping active whilst learning at home.
This week’s challenge is ‘Speed Bounce’. Watch the video below and then have a go yourselves. Remember we would love to see your efforts – you can send a photo or video to Miss Tapp if you would like to!
Year 5 have been extremely busy completing their remote learning. They have shown some fantastic resilience in taking everything in their stride. We have really enjoyed our zoom sessions and it’s been so lovely seeing all of your smiling faces. Keep up the fantastic work year 5!!
Have a look at this video of all of your amazing learning you have been sending to us – music courtesy of our very own Alex from Monkey Puzzle!
It has been an incredible first half term of forest school. The majority of our pupils (including our children from Little Acorns) have enjoyed several sessions so far!
This week’s focus has been celebrating the Autumn harvest alongside enjoying some Halloween fun. There has been a clear focus on building positive relationships and collaborating to design and make potions and pumpkins. Children have also learnt how to weave and make tea light holders using materials from the wild.
The magic has been sprinkled and the forest school team await to continue their adventures in the winter.
Thank you to Mrs Carpenter and Mrs Elliot for making the forest school experience so special for our pupils!
Last week, in Ebony Bubble, years 3, 4 and 5 all focused on their art skills in their learning journeys. Here are a few examples:
We are so proud of one of our fantastic Year 6 pupils – Jay! Jay was out on his boat when he heard that a kayaker was in trouble out on the water. He motored out on his boat and attached the kayak so that he could tow in the kayaker until the Lifeboat could complete the rescue.
Here is the link to the article in the newspaper:
Well done Jay – we are so proud of the way you acted. You are a credit to Hazeldown School!
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!!
This week the children have really enjoyed themselves back at school. As one of the extra SOLE tasks set by Mrs Simister, the children have put together a video to show what they get up to.
Charlotte in Holly Class has written this lovely poem to mark Year 6’s time at Hazeldown:
Our time at Hazeldown
The coronavirus pandemic may have impacted our ability to attend school but it has not prevented us ‘Hazeldowners’ from demonstrating the fact that we have growth mindsets!
All of the individuals in the attached video have been nominated by their teachers for doing just that during either the second half of the Spring Term (before Easter) or the first half of the Summer Term (the term that we all spent accessing our learning online at home).
Well done to each of the nominated individuals!
As always, here at Hazeldown we find different and unique ways to show Empathy, Collaboration and our Relationships. We show respect to others and value our community. Our values shine through in all that we do.
All of these values and beliefs can be seen throughout these difficult times and none more so from this video created by a family from Hazeldown. Thank you Annalise and Freya.
A big thank you to everyone.
John Dougherty author of over 30 books including ‘There’s a Pig Up My Nose’ and the ‘Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face’ series of books was in school reading extracts from his story and poetry books. John also played his guitar and sang songs with the children. There was time for questions and answers at the end of each session.
John stayed at the end of the day to sign copies of his books.
We are very grateful to The Helen Foundation for funding this event and the Pavilions Teignmouth for helping us to organise it.
Using a green screen app, our year 6 pupils have brought their writing to life, creating news reports on the importance of exercise. Watch their reports below:
We all had a fabulous treat today as we were entertained by two exceptional classical musicians Alfie and Rebecca. This was organised as part of the Teignmouth Classical music Festival. They played all manner of instruments including violin, viola, bassoon, glockenspiel, xylophone and piano. They played music from a range of composers and periods. Both were amazing musicians who swapped instruments constantly. We would like to thank Rachael Shearmur from the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival who organised this event.
We would also like to encourage you to visit some of the many events that are taking place in the following weeks in Teignmouth, a leaflet was sent out last week.
The children were absolutely engaged throughout the performance and we all had a wonderful afternoon.
The children all looked amazing in their World Book Day costumes, thank you to everyone that helped with the costumes.
In addition to dressing up for World Book Day, we held a Share a Million Stories assembly. The children sat and listened to a story called “Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella” which is 100 years old! We also had a visitor from Morrisons in Teignmouth who presented us with a selection of books for our library, these were received by two of our librarians. Thank you very much Morrisons.
Foundation children were invited to the library after school where they enjoyed colouring in pictures of Zog and making Zog masks. The session finished with the children listening to the story of Zog with some great audience participation.
One of our hard-working librarians has been helping Mrs Hurt to collect the ‘Share a Million Stories’ totals from each of the classes.
The total of stories shared so far are a whopping 1374!
Well done everyone; keep on sharing!
Wow, what a brilliant week! All of us (children and adults!) have had a fantastic 5 days. The children have demonstrated so many of our school learning values and we have been incredibly proud of how they have pushed themselves to achieve things they didn’t think were possible! Additionally, they have been so polite and encouraged and helped each other through all of the activities.
For our last activities, some groups ventured up to Berryhead for orienteering whilst others climbed the high ropes or went stand up paddle boarding.
Well done year 6 – you have been a pleasure to take on residential!
We have had another excellent day at Grenville House with the sun even making an appearance for us! Pupils have continued to overcome fears and have achieved things they never thought they could. They have also continued to demonstrate excellent positive relationships and collaboration – always offering to help and encourage one another. Some of the activities today have included: orienteering, canoeing, indoor climbing and caving.
Year 6 have had another amazing day with caving, coasteering, canoeing, high ropes and stand up paddle boarding.
We have put together a short video capturing some of the best moments so far.
Today was a day of overcoming fear and showing a great deal of resilience! Throughout the day, all pupils took on the elements during their coasteering activities. Some of the groups were jumping off rocks into a stormy sea during a hail storm- which seems to have become a bit of a Hazeldown tradition at Grenville. We were so proud of them all. They were incredibly brave and so caring towards one another, supporting each other through the challenging times. During the storm, other groups were taking on the high ropes- not allowing the hail to prevent them from carrying out the ‘leap of faith.’
The staff at Grenville have also commented on the lovely manners that our pupils have demonstrated throughout their stay so far. They are all having such a great time, accomplishing things they never thought they could. Parents… you should all very proud!
Year 6 arrived today in a slightly wet and windy Brixham! After making their own beds and unpacking their cases, the children took part in a variety of activities. Some groups ventured to Buckfastleigh to go caving; others climbed the high ropes and some took to the sea after building their own raft.
Yesterday, a team of 8 footballers went to TCS to compete in the annual learning community football tournament. Out of 7 games, they won 6 and drew 1, conceding no goals along the way. They demonstrated all of our school learning values, with all of them putting in 100% effort, which made them a group to be proud of! Congratulations Team Hazeldown!
Cherry class have been working really hard over the Autumn term learning to play the plastic trombones.
The children were so proud of their achievements that they invited their parents in for a full performance to see their progress. The class performed amazingly!! The parents were then invited to have a go…… it’s not as easy as it looks is it?!!!
Special thanks to Mrs Price.
Year 3 have been working really hard on their fantastic learning journey “SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS”.
All the children were invited to their celebration event with a special golden ticket inside a chocolate bar wrapper. The year group (including the teachers) then came dressed as their favourite characters from the class reading book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, to show-case their learning to their parents. All involved had an amazing time creating their own smoothies, making peppermint creams and decorating various Christmas gingerbread shapes, amongst other activities!!!!! Mmmmmmm delicious!!
At Hazeldown, we are extremely passionate about supporting our pupils to achieve anything they want in their later lives.
After working alongside Floyd Woodrow, who is an internationally known, motivational leader, we were inspired to use his ‘Compass for Life’ theory to help our children plan their journeys towards their ‘North Star.’
Thank you to Bibi in year 5 for her detailed articulation of her Compass for Life- we have no doubt that you will continue to push yourself and one day, after your career as a detective, you will publish your own book.
What is your North Star? How will you get there?
Tonight, a team of year 6’s took part in a netball tournament at TCS. They played brilliantly as a team, with lots of communication and collaboration. The team played six games altogether, jointly winning their group. Overall, they finished 4th after a very close semi final and then only missing out on third place by one goal in a penalty shoot out.
Well done Team Hazeldown – excellent effort!
Today, some of our year six children started their new roles as part of ‘the lunchtime training team.’
They sat with the younger pupils, modelling the importance of table manners and supported them to follow the rules and routines during lunchtime.
In addition to this, they helped our lunchtime staff to serve the meals and helped with the cleaning up process.
Great start to all those involved; keep it up!
Congratulations to the children who were chosen by their teachers as our ‘Always Pupils’ for the first half term of the academic year!
The children were chosen because they are role-models to others; they always do the right thing at the right time and they always put maximum effort into their work. They have been polite, well-mannered, helpful members of our school who always show an enthusiasm for learning.
To celebrate their hard work, we organised a celebratory afternoon of fun and games, led by our deputy headteacher, Mr Goodenough and assistant headteacher, Mr Hardee. This included table tennis, ball games, arts and crafts, boardgames and gymnastics using the apparatus- eventually working up an appetite to enjoy a few biscuits. In addition to this, they have all been awarded a special badge to clip onto their school uniform.
Will you aspire to be an Always Pupil?
Keep working hard and next time, you could be chosen!