Having fun creating alien pictures in Maple Class – 20.10.21
We received a recorded message from the friendly alien that crash landed on our playground at the beginning of term. He asked us to email his friends and family to let them know he is alright. We learnt how to compose and send an email. We even decided to invite his friends to come and visit us on planet Earth.
We were then so inspired to create our own aliens so we used a painting program on the iPads. Have a look at some of our creations. They are quite scary!
In our learning journey ‘Frozen Kingdom’, we have been learning about animals that live in the Polar regions and how they are adapted to their environment.
As a part of this, we have planned and carried out an experiment to see how some animals – such as Polar bears – insulate themselves against the cold. We learnt that Polar bears, and other animals, have a layer of blubber (which is also known as fat) which helps to minimise the impact of the cold.
In our experiment, we had to put our hand in a bucket of ice and water. We did this with just our hand, a single glove, two gloves and finally, two gloves and a layer of air trapped between the two gloves.
We found that, the more layers of insulation (including air) we had between our hand and the ice-cold water, the longer it was before we felt the cold.
Today Year 5 took part in a Greek style ‘Olympic Games’. They enjoyed competing in activities such as:
- running races
- shot put
- hammer throw
- long jump
- horse and chariot races
Great fun was had by everyone – even when it poured with rain! It was the perfect way to end our learning journey. Everyone had to demonstrate collaboration in their team spirits, resilience when they came across activities they hadn’t done before and empathy when some of their team became injured participants.
We would like to say a huge thank you to MR Baxter for running todays events.
We are looking forward to seeing which rules you are breaking!
Bonsai made the most of some lovely weather this week! We did outdoor yoga on the field. Well done Bonsai for some great yoga poses.
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.
Year 5 were able to determine what healthy and unhealthy friendship cakes were today in PSHE. One the recipes we came up with was:
First, mix together helping, caring and respect,
Next, sprinkle on some kindness and trust,
Lastly, cover you cake in laughter as icing.
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.
Today in maths, Oak were learning how to bridge through ten using part whole models and number bonds to 20. We were able to partition our single digit numbers, but then we fell into the learning pit. We found it challenging to choose the right part whole model that would help us answer the number sentence. We haven’t made it out of the learning pit yet, but we will continue working on this together until we can climb out.
The children have been presenting their home learning. They have really enjoyed learning about space. The children have loved showing their friends their work and discussing all the new facts they have learnt.
Take a look at some incredible home learning below.
We have been looking at size and measurement. Some of the children chose to take turns and draw around each other. They then compared their sizes and decided who was the ‘tallest’ and who was ‘shortest.’
Others decided to use the building bricks to measure their height. In pairs, the children worked together to decide how many bricks they needed to measure their height. They then looked at the difference between the towers, and using their amazing maths skills, worked out who was the ‘tallest’ as they had the ‘most’ bricks, and who was ‘shortest’ as they used ‘less’ bricks.
This week at Little Acorns we have been focusing on friendship and how we can be a good friend. We asked the children ‘What is a friend?’ ‘What can friends do together?’ ‘What would your perfect friend be like?’ ‘How can you show a friend that you care?’ ‘How can you help a friend who is upset?’ We had some amazing and thoughtful answers from our young children.
Year 3 have been exploring their new maths vocabulary. In pairs, the children discussed the words and their definitions, challenging each other to justify their opinions and prove that they were right. As a further challenge, the children put the words into a maths context.
This morning, a group of Year 4s went to TCS to participate in a netball festival. There were 12 different stations all focusing on different skills of netball including different types of passing (chest, bounce, overhead, one arm), shooting, defending and teamwork. They all demonstrated our school learning values and put in 100% effort. Well done Year 4!
Today, Apple Class began a science investigation to answer the question ‘Where do snails go?’ We rounded up, measured, identified and marked different snails before putting them all in one spot. Later in the week, will predict what we think the snails will do, before hunting them down again and marking their movements on a map.
This week in Year 6, we have been getting stuck in to our new Maths unit – Four Operations.
We worked as a class to remind ourselves of the addition/subtraction column method and look at how we could represent these calculations using bar models and part-whole models.
At first, we were confused when we attempted the first question because we put our answer as our whole, in our part-whole model, but then we realised that our answer wasn’t the biggest number.
We were able to help each other our of the learning pit by understanding that we had to use the inverse operation to solve our calculation meaning that our largest number was the number we needed to calculate.
Well done Year 6 for being so resilient!
The children in Art Club really enjoyed creating hedgehogs from Autumn leaves! We collaborated to find different leaves for our creations and talked about the colours and textures the leaves created. We carefully stuck them down and experimented with different designs.
We were so proud of our creations!
Foundation have been working so hard to develop their growth mindsets and have been doing a fantastic job of approaching their learning with a ‘Tryatops’ attitude. The children have been reminding each other not to give up and to always try their best.
In phonics, we have been learning a new phoneme each day. We learn how to read, say and form the phonemes and really enjoy the challenge of writing them. We know that we need to use our tripod grip and keep our writing sat on the line.
We know that purple means progress and each day, some children earn themselves a purple post-it for making fantastic progress! Take a look below at the amazing progress we have made in phonics this week:
We have also been working so hard to develop our conceptual subitising skills. We have been learning to instantly recognise the amount without counting and decided to challenge ourselves even further by seeing number within number! We identified the amount and could justify how we could see the number using our metacognition. We then had a go at creating our own subitising patterns. We planned, monitored and evaluated our learning. We were very resourceful and used the whiteboard and pens to display our understanding.
Well done Foundation, we are so proud of you! 🙂
We had great fun in Literacy today, practising performance poetry. We learnt about Michael Rosen and performance techniques for reading poetry aloud. We practised different poems in groups and thought about how to use our voice and bodies to perform them.
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?
In Palm class, we have been story mapping our new class text “Augustus and his smile”. We are doing this to try and help us learn the story, learn all of its features and expand our vocabulary. We have really enjoyed working as a team and making actions to go alongside the words. We are very resilient when practicing our story mapping as we often forget the words or actions and remind ourselves that mistakes are our friends! We think it might be one of our favourite books we have learnt about so far.
During the last 4 weeks, the children in year 4 have been learning the skills it takes to take part in a game of Netball. These skills have included chest passing, bounce passing, pivoting, attacking and defending. Today, the children were spilt into 3 teams and they all worked collaboratively in order to pass the ball around their team and score in the hoop.
The children have been working really hard on their new maths unit. We have been exploring the part-whole model.
We have been using our own part-whole models to discover what the two parts total.
We even challenged ourselves to write number sentences to demonstrate our understanding. Well done Willow!
This morning, a team of Year 6s walked to TCS for a netball festival. The first part of the session was focusing on skills and the second part involved playing matches against other teams. The whole team were brilliant ambassadors for Hazeldown!
As part of our PE sessions in Year 5 we have been studying yoga and looking at how it helps us. Yoga is excellent for getting us back into the green zone, filling our muscles with oxygen so we’re ready and energised for learning and providing a sense of zen.
We start with a warm up, then move onto the relaxation pose where we do deep breathing and imagine ourselves in our happy places. This is a great opportunity for reflection. We then work through a series of poses, stretching our muscles and allowing our bodies to feel free.
The children in Art Club had a fantastic afternoon learning how to make sun catchers. We worked together as a team and carefully filled in the templates with tissue paper. After our creations were laminated, we held them up to the light to see how the colours worked as sun catchers. We listened so carefully to Miss Banning’s instructions and were so proud of our creations!
Well done Art Club! 🙂
Foundation had a very exciting day exploring our new fancy dress area. The children transformed into Gruffalos, Princesses, Pirates and Dragons! Despite all of the excitement, the children remembered to respect our learning environment and made sure that they hung their costumes up after they had finished with them.
We also collaborated with our friends and helped one another to get in and out of our costumes. We played lots of different games using our fancy dress as inspiration and made sure everyone had an important role to play.
Today, we learnt how to use Times Table Rockstars in Cherry Class. Some of us had been on it before so were able to help others and be the ‘experts’ whilst others tried it for the first time. It was also a great chance to remind ourselves of all the skills we’ve learnt on chromebooks in the last few weeks (how to log in, how to search on Google etc). Now we are excited to see who will start gaining a rock status on TT Rockstars after lots of practice!
This week in Year Two, we have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s using efficient methods. We discovered we didn’t always need to start from zero everytime. If there were already two groups of ten children on a bus and then children getting on in pairs. we could start at 20 and count on in twos. Can you find anytimes you count in 2s, 5s and 10s at home?
This week in P.E, we were lucky enough to have a visitor to help us with practising dribbling a ball. We then applied our skills into some team games.
Today, we also focused on our catching and being able to stop a ball by putting our foot on the top of it.
This week, Year 6 have been focusing on the geographical features of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, in our learning journey – Frozen Kingdom.
In one session, we looked at climate change and the impact it is having on our planet.
The children then chose 3 ways in which they, or others, could help reduce their carbon footprint.
Today, Year 6 have been working extremely hard on ensuring the skills learnt in their most recent literacy unit can be embedded into their writing.
Right back from their very first lesson where they were feature detectives, the children have built on prior knowledge to successfully write some fantastic stories based on our learning journey – Frozen Kingdom.
Using their learning values, the children were resourceful and collaborated well when they were stuck in the learning pit. Well done Year 6!
Fantastic Forest School!
Willow class have really enjoyed their time at forest school. The children have been exploring the environment and creating family trees. We also enjoyed using instruments to make our rocket launch into space.
Since the beginning of term Year 4 have been investigating place value within 4 digit numbers. This has included counting in varying amounts, rounding, working out how to place numbers on number lines with varying scales and using manipulatives to show the composition of a number.
Today, the children have been generating numbers using dice and then finding 1,000 more and 1,000 less. To further deepen their understanding, they have been creating generated statements that they can then apply to a number with a different amount of digits.
This week Year 5 took a chapter of our class book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, and had to take on the role of a character. They had to delve deep into their characters thoughts and feelings noticing their personality and their state of mind.
After their role play the children then had to create a freeze frame. Every child had to be tracking their characters thoughts because if they were tapped on the shoulder they had to speak as their character and hold improvisation dialogues with their characters.
All of year 5 were highly collaborative during this lesson, really showing support for one another, it also showed how they deeply understand the text we are currently reading.
In Maths this week, we have been manipulating four-digit numbers to tackle word problems. We have all had to work collaboratively to pull ourselves out of the Learning Pit. During this lesson, we used our Metacognition phases to plan and monitor how we are going to tackle these questions.
This week in Maths, we have been learning about comparing numbers.
Today we looked at the mathematical symbols we can use to show which number is bigger and which is smaller.
We started by using cubes and pencils to show this, then challenged ourselves to write the number sentences.
In Year 6, we are putting maximum effort into our new P.E. unit – Netball.
We have been looking at specific skills such as: bounce pass, ‘W’ hands to catch and more.
We have also been discussing important strategies for the game such as: speed, to make get into a space without being marked; accuracy, so that our team mate can easily control the ball; and sneakiness, so that we can fool the opposite team into marking the wrong person!
This week in Willow Class, we have been learning our ‘Oi Frog’ story. The children have been using actions to learn the story.
We have learnt about the new vocabulary in the story. We played a pairs game with our Communication and Print words. When we found a pair we had to discuss what the new vocabulary meant. We all really enjoyed this game.
We have been looking at how to write sentences. We have focused on writing rhyming sentences. Look at the children’s amazing work!
In Year 2, Palm class spent the afternoon thinking about what it means to be an artist. We explored the different lines, shades and patterns that can all be created with just a pencil! Using our pencil in a variety of ways enabled us to create some excellent observational sketches of minibeasts. We used our growth mindset and resilience to improve our sketches following feedback from a critical friend. We had a lovely afternoon and are excited to use colouring pencils in similar ways soon!
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In literacy today, Year 6 have been learning about figurative language. There are many different types of figurative language including: alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor and personification.
Figurative language helps the author to paint a picture in the reader’s mind, so they feel like they are inside the story.
In our lesson, we collected some examples of figurative language.
Some of the ones that stood out included:
The wind howled at the boy’s ears. (personification)
The iceberg calved from the glacier and shivered at the touch of the cold water. (personificiation)
The ice crackled like fire. (simile)
The snow ate the warmth. (personification)
The brave bear bellowed. (alliteration)
The polar bear reared up as large as a mountain. (simile)
Which do you think paint the best picture?
We’ve had a fantastic few weeks welcoming our new recruits into Little Acorns. They have settled in brilliantly, and are beginning to form new found friendships.
Foundation have been learning Phonics. We learnt all about the letter ‘s’ and the sound or phoneme that it makes. We even had a go at writing it. It was a real challenge but we were ‘Stickasaurus’’, and showed our resilience by not giving up. We even used some Metacognition questions during our learning time to explore our understanding further.
Then we snipped snakes with scissors in the ‘finger gym’. This helped us to practise the letter ‘s’ and we were working the muscles in our fingers.
We also made spaghetti soup and mixed up lots of ingredients with our spaghetti. Yummy!
Can you remember any things that have ‘s’ as the initial phoneme?
In Year 2, Palm class have been enjoying learning all about our class text “I don’t like snakes”. On Friday, we worked collaboratively to role play the beginning and end of the text and thinking about the different Zones of Regulation our character may have been in in those sections. We used figurines and toy snakes to create our freeze frames. We are enjoying learning all about snakes and hope to extend our expert knowledge to other types of animals and mini-beasts as part of our learning journey ‘Wiggle and Crawl’.
For the next six weeks, Year 6 are learning about the Arctic and Antarctic. To inspire us and tell us a bit more about the polar regions, James Moore came to talk to us about his experiences.
James helps to make sure that expeditions to extreme places are safe from a medical point of view. He spoke to us about a specific expedition he had planned and attended as the medic. He showed us where he went, how far he had to travel and some of the equipment he had to take with him.
Both classes found it an inspiring start to our learning journey. We could not believe that the expedition toilet blew away in a storm!
Some of us got to try on his equipment – it was very bulky!
James also made us think about some of the big questions related to the polar regions. These included: Is all polar tourism bad? Who owns the polar regions? What can I do to have an impact on global warming?
We hope you enjoy looking at some of the pictures.
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?
We have had a very interesting week in Year One! There has been an alien crash landing!
The children found parts of a space ship all over the playground. They investigated all the different parts, and worked out what they thought they might do. The children were so excited and found it fascinating to discuss space.
The aliens even invaded our classrooms and left slimy footprints everywhere! The children went on a hunt to find them.
The children really enjoyed reflecting on their experiences. They created some lovely reflections about how it made them feel when they found the crash site.
This morning, Cherry Class had a fantastic indoor PE session. We talked about why yoga is important and how it can help us to feel calm and relaxed. Then we learnt four new yoga poses: tree pose, butterfly pose, happy baby pose and moon pose. Can you remember what they look like?
Oak class showed a lot of resilience in maths today. We were exploring how many tens there are altogether in a three digit number. Yesterday we found this really challenging, but we persevered and now we are feeling more confident with it. Can you challenge someone to work out how many tens there are altogether in 235, 641 or 874?