Author Visit 17th March 2020
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 Pavilions Teignmouth for helping us organise this event.
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!
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 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!
This week the whole school have been focusing on their Super North Stars. The children have worked extremely hard on mapping out their future aspirations. These have included their values, strengths, the team around them and magnets (barriers to achieving their goal). This has also been linked to Growth Mindset and Inspirational Maths.
Yesterday afternoon, the children who attend our after-school club were treated with a stunning, Alice in Wonderland- themed tea party!
Thank you to Mrs Heal for her incredible effort and creativity to organise this wonderful event; our pupils absolutely loved it!
Today Year 3 said goodbye to the butterflies we have been looking after for the past four weeks. When they arrived they were caterpillars, just 8mm long. We fed them and watched them grow until they were ready to become cocoons. In total, five of our cocoons hatched and today we released our five Painted Lady butterflies beside the Butterfly Bush on the school field.
Year Three have had a fantastic time over the last two days taking part in Forest School activities on our wonderful school field. We have hunted for treasure, played hide and seek, learnt about fire safety, lit a fire and baked damper bread and smores! How lucky we are to have these wonderful school grounds to learn in!
On Friday, a selection of Year 6 children were able to take part in a fantastic opportunity: a school speed check with two local police officers. Katie and Fynn have outlined what they had to do below:
“When we did the speed check there were two police officers. One of the police officers had a speed gun that checked the speed of the vehicles. There were some tools that we used to help us such as a clicker (to count how many cars passed), a checklist holding the information that we needed (such as car colour) and the speed and the time.
One of the police officers pulled over the cars into the loading bay and then talked to the driver about what was happening and what to expect. Once the police officer had pulled them over and told them what was happening then the children asked some questions”.
After a brilliant Sports Week, we can now announce the final results.
4th place – Blue Team with 933 points
3rd place – Red Team with 945 points
2nd place – Yellow Team with 962 points
And the winners, with 1003 points, are…
THE GREEN TEAM
Congratulations to the Green Team and to everyone that took part during the week.
An enormous thank you to everyone who came along to help with the construction of the pond on Saturday. We couldn’t have done it with out you. Here are some photos of the amazing team. One of our old pupils, whose now at secondary school, also came back to lend us a hand.
One of the Green Team members have contacted our expert ‘The Pond Man’ and we hope to update you about the next stage soon.
The whole school had a fantastic day yesterday! The children showed lots of resilience to get to the finish line in their individual races. They also showed that they could work well in a team when they took part in the team events. Well done to every child who took part!
Also, a big thank you to all of the adults who came to support and cheer the children along the way.
Here are the final sports day results.
Congratulations to the yellow team, who won the KS1 sports day and were joint winners with green team for the KS2 sports day.
However, remember that these results will be added to events from the rest of the week to give an overall Sports Week winner. Look out for this at the end of the week…
As part of sports week, 28 pupils from each of the KS2 year groups represented their team in a gymnastic competition. They had to perform a sequence which consisted of a range of elements including forward rolls, cartwheels and a number of balances. In addition to this, they performed a vault.
All individuals scores were added up to give a team total. Have a look at the results below…
To start off Hazeldown’s sport week, the whole school took part in wake up, shake up. We were all able to show off our dance moves!
Further to this, Years 3 and 5 took part in ultimate frisbee sessions and Years 4 and 6 took part in lacrosse sessions. The children were able to learn the skills needed for the sports and then apply them to mini-games.
What a great start to the week!
There are lots more activities coming up later in the week too.
Tuesday – Scooters for Foundation and KS1, KS2 swimming gala, KS2 gymnastics competition.
Wednesday – KS1 and KS2 sports day.
Thursday – KS1 dodgeball.
Friday – KS2 skateboarding and Foundation/KS1 Archery
Year 6 pupils have completed their SATs week!
We are incredibly proud of all the children’s positive, resilient attitude which they consistently demonstrated throughout the week.
A big thank you goes out to Booker Wholesale (who provided the children with Bacon for the week) and to Morrisons Supermarket (for supplying the rolls). Eating bacon rolls on the grass bank was an exciting way to start each morning and gave children an extra boost of energy!
Thank you to all out amazing staff at Hazeldown who helped cooked the bacon, washed up and went the extra mile for our fantastic pupils.
Well done everybody!
Look at our new arrivals! We have been watching all the developments and another chick has hatched this morning. It was all soggy when it first hatched, but it is starting to dry and look fluffy!
At Grenville House this afternoon, in slightly damp circumstances, 13 of our Year 6 children faced their fears, attempted – and in most cases took – the leap of faith! Very proud of their resilience and team work!
Pupils continued to overcome fears and surpass their expectations- achieving things they never thought they could. There were lots of happy faces and memorable quotes including:
‘It feels so good to be alive’ Lexi
‘I am so entertained’ Lauren
‘I thought I wouldn’t like this activity but it turned out to be my favourite’ Oliver
The rain failed to dampen our spirits today – after collaborating together to build a sea-worthy raft we took to the water to test our handiwork!
SUP or KUP?
On the choppy waters of a breezy harbour it was more a case of Kneel Up Paddleboarding than Stand Up Paddleboarding! Lots of fun though – and lots of people got wet!
The adventures continue…
After a busy morning abseiling, caving, SUP and orienteering, the groups are off once again – more orienteering and SUP with some coasteering thrown in for good measure! It’s all go here!
The hailstorms, rough seas and cold winds did not stop our resilient year 6s from coasteering, canoeing and climbing the high ropes! We were incredibly proud of the children for overcoming their fears and giving new things a go! #growthmindset
One lucky group managed to avoid the weather as they were deep underground, crawling through miles of caves in Buckfastleigh.
Bring on day 3!
Year 6 arrived in sunny Brixham today! After making their own beds (which proved challenging for some) and unpacking their cases, the children took part in a variety of activities. Some groups enjoyed the glorious sunshine whilst paddle-boarding around the harbour; others ventured to Buckfastleigh to go caving and some children abseiled down the 80 ft quarry of Berry Head. All children have really enjoyed themselves so far!
On Thursday 21st March, Holly class worked with sixth form students from TCS to create a musical performance to showcase to parents and other schools.
The children sang, played guitars, ukuleles, drums and pianos, giving them an opportunity to display their musical talents to a sold-out audience during the evening show.
Well done to everyone involved!
Congratulations to our 5 mathematicians who took part in an inter-schools maths competition today. The children, from both Year 5 classes, were up against 3 other schools to solve a range of maths problems in a set time. The children represented their school amazingly well and triumphed over their competitors by a convincing 12 points!
Fantastic work! Well done!
Hazeldown School have enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day! Do you like our costumes?
Year 1 and Year 2 had an exciting afternoon as we re-enacted the Great Fire of London. We took all our amazing models and set them up on the playground like a London street. We sang “London’s Burning” as a four part round. We then watched as our model London caught fire from a small flame in the bakery in Pudding Lane. It was incredible how the fire spread from house to house down the street. It was an amazing spectacle to watch. An enormous Thank You to all the parent and carers for coming in to watch. A great afternoon.
Yesterday, a team of year 6 children competed in a football tournament organised by Exeter City FC. Schools from all over Devon competed- so the standard was very impressive!
After a challenging group stage, Hazeldown went through to the knockout stages of the tournament. A nerve-racking penalty shootout went in Hazeldown’s favour- meaning we progressed to the quarter final stages. A riveting match ended 2-1 to the opposition.
Our children showed a fantastic supportive team-spirit and were very respectful to the other teams.
Well done to all involved!
This term, children in Years 3 and 4 have been learning all about vikings. They have learnt about where the vikings came from, how they travelled, what they wore and much more!
We had a fantastic celebration event which showcased all of the spectacular work the children have completed. Thank you to all of the parents are carers who came to share the afternoon with us. What a wonderful day!
Teignmouth town centre was lit up with all of our wonderful willow lanterns on Saturday 24.11.18. Despite the weather, the turn-out for the parade was amazing. Thank you so much to all the families that joined us on Saturday. All the hard work whilst making the lanterns was rewarded with a brilliant spectacle of glowing lanterns as far as the eye could see. A massive thank you to all the parents for their help making them and for joining in the event. Well done everybody.
A team of year 3/4 children headed down to TCS for a tag rugby tournament. After winning both of their first two games, they were then through to the final round to decide first, second and third place. After a couple of close games, Hazeldown finished 2nd in the tournament, which means they are now through to the partnership finals. Well done to the whole team, who showed great determination and collaboration!
To finish the end of our learning journey ” Into The Woods” Year 3 and 4 organised a Teddy Bear’s picnic.
In particular, Cherry Class made teddy bear biscuits, then wrote up the recipe to consolidate their new learning on instructional texts. They then played games such as Pass the Paddington and Pin The Nose on Pudsey. Last but not least, they then shared a picnic with their favourite teddy they brought from home.
What a great day!
Maple class had a wonderful morning at TCS for the KS1 Aesthetics festival. All are children were treated to a wonderful dance demonstration by the year 9 Dance students. We were then divided into groups and our children were taught various skills, movements and routines by the students. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and the dance routines that they put together in just one morning were very impressive. An excellent morning was had by our children together with children from OLSP and Shaldon Primary. Thankyou TCS and thankyou to the helpers who walked down with us.
Last Wednesday, a team of year 6 children headed down to TCS for a Tag rugby tournament, hosted by the TCS learning community – competing against many other schools in the area. The team collaborated and showed lots of resilience during their games – finishing in a very respectable 7th at the end of the tournament. Well done guys!