Year 6 Crealy Trip, 20/07/2021
As a reward for all of their hard work and to celebrate their time at Hazeldown, Year 6 went on a trip to Crealy Adventure Park. They had a brilliant time on the rides and in the play zones. Thank you to Hazeldown PTA for funding the entry into Crealy – Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed it!
Don’t the children look fantastic in their graduation caps and gowns?! We wish them every success as they transition onto Foundation.
We have had a fantastic year at Forest School! So many wonderful learning experiences have been had, here’s just a few photos of our exciting activities.
Our Forest School is developing quickly with lots of progress this year, we have so many new projects happening which will be ready for our new term in September.
We hope you have the best summer, making the most of the outdoors.
The Foundation children were inspired by the resilience shown by the England Football Team this week. We learnt all about Gareth Southgate, his struggles and successes and how he is now a successful football manager. We also watched some highlights from the games and talked about our own experiences. We watched Saka, Sancho and Rashford miss their penalties and used the Zones of Regulation to talk about how they might’ve felt.
This inspired us to write some letters to the players and demonstrated our understanding of our Learning Values. We identified which values each player had shown and praised them for this.
Well done Foundation, great empathy! 🙂
What a fantastic week in Foundation! The children have enjoyed celebrating the end of the year with a party and a graduation.
We discussed what a graduation is and enjoyed celebrating all of our achievements.
Here are some of the children’s biggest successes-
“I have worked really hard on my reading and now I love it.”
“I have made lots of friends.”
“I love learning!”
Well done on such a superb year Foundation! 🙂
This morning Cherry dissected owl pellets. We learnt where the pellets came from. They are regurgitated by an owl between meals.
First, we had to soak the pellet in warm water for 10 minutes to soften them.
Then, we pulled the pellet apart to see what the owl had eaten. Some of us were fascinated and some of us were less than pleased by what we found. We found all sorts of bones including feet and skulls. We used a bone identification chart to identify the animal skeletons.
Can you remember which bones you found?
In our Learning Journey, Coastline, we have been learning all about the RNLI and why it is an important charity that people should donate money too. Apple class have been busy making lifeboat models out of things they have found in their houses. They have used their creativity and knowledge of lifeboats to help them make their model. Together, we evaluated our models and took on board feedback from our peers as to how we could improve it next time (Just like in Austin’s Butterfly). We have also written a persuasive piece of text to persuade people to donate to the RNLI!
Year 3 have been busy learning all about their favourite creatures since our first trip to Paignton Zoo. In school today, we finished writing up our leaflets which we are sending to Matt at the Zoo. Other visitors from the Zoo can then learn more about these fascinating creatures like we have been.
Apple Class are currently remote learning and have been using their persuasive skills to persuade their parents and guardians to do a variety of things. They used the metacognitive cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate their persuasive techniques. Miss Hazell is immensely proud of how they have all showed great resilience and used their Growth Mindsets as for some, it was particularly challenging to persuade their parents and guardians!
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!
Year 5 continued their learning journey, Stargazers, by visiting outer space in the amazing Space Odyssey mobile planetarium. Simon from Space Odyssey was very impressed with the knowledge that year 5 were able to display. The children were able to experience simulations on the Moon and Mars and inside a space station. We discussed black holes, phases of the Moon, star constellations, the size of our solar system, day and night and so much more.
Foundation had an amazing time on the inflatables today. They really enjoyed navigating their way through obstacles and challenging themselves to keep going! The children worked collaboratively and developed their gross motor skills by negotiating space. Well done Foundation! 🙂
We have had a busy and exciting start to our predator topic so far.
Over the last few weeks, we have been carrying out a science investigation to test the conditions that plants need to grow. We have looked at no air, no water, no light and no soil. From the photos below which plant has continued to grow the best? Why do you think that is?
We have also looked at seed dispersal. Can you tell how the seeds in the photo below disperse?
In computing, we had to create programmes for our cars to avoid the predators. If we made a mistake we had to adjust our programme and try again.
The most smelly learning so far came from investigating owl pellets. We had to use our careful observation skills to identify the animals that the owls had been eating. We were also able to identify some of the different types of bones. Which bones can you see?
Today, Cherry were travelling to the Amazon Rainforest in hunt of predators and other animals native to that part of the world. We began by flying over in our canary yellow sea plane before kayaking down the river. Then, we spotted bugs, enormous plants and elephants! Later in the week, we are going to write our travels down in diary entries. Can you remember what other animals you spotted in the rainforest?
Cherry have been exploring how to find fractions of amounts. We have found this challenging in the past and today we showed a lot of resilience as we found ourselves in the learning pit. Some of us have climbed out and are feeling more confident with fractions of amounts. For those who are still in the learning pit, we know that there will more opportunities later in the week to have another go.
This week the Foundation children have blown us away with their resilience and hard work during home learning.
The children have loved learning all about number 16.
Miss Redwood and Miss Banning were incredibly impressed by all of the fantastic stories the children produced.
As part of our topic ‘Moving on’, the children looked at all the people they have enjoyed spending time with in Foundation. What fantastic pictures and memories you all created.
A huge thank you to all the amazing Foundation children and grown ups for their superb home learning!
On FRIDAY 9 JULY the PTA are holding a Non Uniform Day.
We are also providing a range of inflatables from Mane Events on the school field for the children to enjoy in their class bubbles throughout the day.
Donations to the PTA are welcome should you wish to. Please give them to your child’s teacher.
We hope the children have lots of fun!
The PTA Committee
Today in maths, Cherry were exploring which shapes showed fractions and non- fractions. We learnt it is important that all parts are equal to have a fraction. We are now feeling much more confident with recognising fractions and we can’t wait to use this knowledge tomorrow.
Our butterflies were ready to be released today into our garden. We hope they will come back to visit us one day.
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.
The children in Foundation have enjoyed learning all about weight this week. We experimented with the scales and learnt about what weight really means.
We also challenged ourselves with a cognitive conflict question. Miss Banning and Miss Redwood asked “If an object is large, does that mean it will be the heaviest?”. The children came up with some fantastic answers to this cognitive conflict!
“I believe that if an object is larger, it will be heavier because there is more of it.”
“I disagree that the larger objects will be heavier because a small water bottle could have lots of water in it and a big water bottle could have none, so it would be lighter.”
Amazing learning Foundation, well done! 🙂
All of the children enjoy Special Weeks in Foundation. We follow the children’s interests, and create some really engaging experiences. Our children are very passionate about saving the planet. We think this is fabulous at only 4 and 5 years old! The children were discussing how important it is to rid the sea of plastic. The children brainstormed ideas to fix this problem. They created some excellent drawings of their ideas and products.
Some children thought a magnet could get all the rubbish from the sea. We created an experiment to test whether a magnet would work under water. We discovered that it will work under water. However, it didn’t pick up non-magnetic objects. The children decided we might need a new solution.
We will keep working on different ideas. Well done Foundation!
At the start of the week, Oak Class set up a trail camera in the forest school area to see if we could capture any predators in our local area.
Take a look at what we captured.
Which of these do you think is a predator? Can see see any after their prey?
Palm Class enjoyed an afternoon creating paintings of waves and coastlines in line with our current learning journey. They thought about colours that would blend together, brush strokes, texture and abstract art. The children were reminded about Austin’s Butterfly and had to think about how they could improve each attempt. The children used watercolours and they had to work out how to deepen and lighten each colour.
As part of our new top ‘Sunshine and Sunflowers’, the Little Acorns created their own sunflower paintings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. They looked carefully at the details on his painting before selecting the correct colours to create their very own masterpiece!
Oracy is all about how we communicate and the ability to express ourselves well. Each week, we will be sharing an oracy challenge for you to try at home for ‘Talking Tuesday’.
We had some fantastic responses to our Talking Tuesday challenge last week, our favourite answer was: “The alligator is the odd one out because it is a reptile.”.
This week’s oracy challenge is: Would you rather never be allowed to eat your three favourite foods, or only be allowed to eat your three favourite foods? For example, “It is my opinion that… Because…”. The important part of this question is ‘WHY?’. Can you justify your opinion using metacognition?
Over in Little Acorns, we have been planting sunflowers, sweet peas, marigolds and lobelia in the hope to make it look beautiful and bright, and to try and entice the butterflies.
The sunflower shoots that they planted, were grown from seed. The children have been really interested to learn all about the life cycle of a sunflower.
Despite the weather, Cherry had a fantastic day at the zoo today! We learnt about which animals are vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered, where they came from and what they ate.
We met up with our guide by the big cats and although they were feeling very shy, we still learnt lots about them. In the picture below, our guide is holding a tooth from an hippopotamus!
The zoo even had a 2-day-old zebra which we spotted keeping close to its mum.
What was your favourite predator you saw?
Year three spent the day monkeying around at Paignton Zoo. We went in search of the fiercest predators. At crocodile swap, we found out and drew on a map where the different species of crocodiles live in the world. We also used our map skills to locate the different animals enclosures using a 4 figure grid reference. There was time for a little play too.
The Little Acorns have been caring for 5 caterpillars over the last 2 weeks. We have observed them carefully and watched them grow. During this incredible period of growth, they have shed their exoskeletons four times and have grow more than ten times their original size!
The caterpillars have now changed into chrysalides, so have been safely transferred to their hatching net whilst they harden. This is a very delicate time so we will let them rest peacefully whilst the amazing process takes place!
We can not wait to see them soon emerge as beautiful butterflies!
This week during maths, we have been using our growth mindset to use new the technology in the classroom, this being the interactive whiteboards. The new whiteboards are amazing and the children loved being able to use them freely. We were using our knowledge of clockwise and anticlockwise turns to program an online beebot to travel to the destination. All those that had a go on the new interactive whiteboards had a fantastic time and can’t wait to do it again!
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!
Miss Redwood has managed to get Ebony Class (and Holly Class) involved in a project run by James Dyson.
The project is helping us to understand what it means to be an engineer. We started our first session by sketching what an engineer might look like. We then found out what a engineer is actually like – quite a difference. We started to realise that engineers share nearly all of our learning values – making us perfect candidates for being engineers ourselves.
After we had learnt more about James Dyson and other engineers, we used a meta-cognition approach to plan how we would demonstrate our new learning. As always with pupils from Hazeldown – there were a wide range of creative approaches.
If you had to evaluate our outcomes – what would you say?
It has been such an exciting week in Willow class!
The children had a great day on Monday experiencing a Victorian school day. We wore our Victorian outfits and had to be on our best behaviour all day!
Instead of writing in our literacy and maths books, we had to use black paper and chalk. We learnt about the 3 Rs: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We even had to use an abacus to help us solve our maths learning.
We went outside for Victorian games and practised rolling a hoop, playing blind man’s buff and hopscotch, among other games.
Mrs Taylor even came in to carry out a hygiene inspection and was generally very pleased!
It has been such an exciting week this week. The children loved our Victorian school day on Monday. Their costumes were fantastic and, I am pleased to report, they were all on their very best behaviour. They used chalk and black paper for their work and completed work in the three Rs, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We used an abacus to help us with our calculations.
We went outside for Victorian games and practised rolling a hoop, playing blind man’s buff and hopscotch, among other things. Whenever an adult entered the room, the children stood up as a sign of respect. Mrs Taylor popped her head in the classroom for a quick hygiene inspection and was generally pleased at the cleanliness of the children!
The fun continued on Tuesday with Sports Day. We were all so proud of the children’s effort. They tried their hardest and congratulated one another on their successes.
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.
Cherry had a fantastic sports day! We ran as fast as cheetahs, hopped like kangaroos and cheered like monkeys. We collaborated with our team mates and showed a lot of resilience by carrying on even when we didn’t feel like it. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.
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!
Foundation had a fantastic day on Sports Day! They were so excited to experience their very first Sports Day and showed their enthusiasm by trying their very best at each activity. The children loved collaborating with their friends and used their brilliant relationships to encourage and support one another.
Foundation also showed amazing resilience by not giving up, even when it was really challenging! First, we took part in some running races and then took part in some exciting activities using lots of different resources.
Well done Foundation, you are super sportspeople! 🙂
Oracy is all about how we communicate and the ability to express ourselves well. Each week, we will be sharing an oracy challenge for you to try at home for ‘Talking Tuesday’.
We had some fantastic responses to our Talking Tuesday challenge last week, our favourite answer was: “An animal is in the box because it is very secure so it can’t escape.”.
This week’s oracy challenge is: Which is the odd one out and why? For example, “It is my opinion that the duck is the odd one out because it is the only animal that can fly.” The important part of this question is ‘WHY?’. Can you justify your opinion using metacognition?
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!
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!
This afternoon, Oak Class spent some time investigating the predators that could be found in the pond. We had lots of fun! We found many creatures we’d never heard of or seen before. The leaches, newts, frogs and blood worms were some of our favourites. We used identification keys to help us name some of the animals we found. Do you recognise any of the creatures in the pictures below?
Today as the hook to our new learning journey Palm Class were composers of their own sea shanties. They listened to really old fashioned, original sea shanties and then we thought of TV theme tunes that were based around sea shanties – we came up with Sponge Bob Square Pants. We then listened to the Sea Shanty that has made it into the charts recently and put clapping, drumming and bells to create different rhythms. As a final activity we played the remix version and we tried to clap along quickly which was difficult because it was so fast! Safe to say it was a loud but enjoyable afternoon.
This week, Foundation have been continuing to learn about their companion topic, ‘Splash!’ In PE, we had lots of discussions about water and decided to collaborate to create some dance routines inspired by the movement of water. We came up with some fantastic adjectives to describe water such as “choppy”, “calm”, “loud” and “tranquil”!
We used the ribbon sticks to support us in moving like water and created some impressive routines. We demonstrated our fantastic relationships by being patient and watching one another perform. We were so excited to share our performances. We then reflected and had another go at creating routines using techniques and movements we had learnt from our friends. Each group improved their routine!
Today, Cherry class learnt their new CiP words for their new writing unit. We are going to be writing leaflets about our favourite predator. There were words we already knew and some we had to spend time learning.
First, we were timed to see how many CiP words we could match with their definitions. It was challenging as some words were synonyms and their definitions were similar. Then, we played BINGO! We love playing CIP word bingo. Can you remember any of the words from today’s lesson?
We have been discussing our favourite memories from our year in Foundation. We read the story ‘A Story About Afiya’.
The children then reflected on their time in Foundation. The children discussed how much they enjoyed their experiences of Foundation. The children said:
“I loved making new friends”.
“The eggs hatching was fantastic”.
“I enjoyed feeling the turnips”.
“Forest school was really fun”.
Here are some pictures of the children’s memories.
We were so inspired by the story of Afiya that we created our own memory t-shirts. We drew all our favourite memories of our time at school on them.
The children commented on how ‘big’ they look now. We looked at pictures of our ourselves when we first started school. We then used mirrors to see ourselves now. The children loved noticing the differences and discussing them with their friends.
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 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 enjoyed their final morning at Grenville House with canoeing, paddle boarding and caving. They have had an amazing two and a half days!