Delightful Dancers! – Foundation – 21.01.22
In Foundation, we have been working hard in our PE lessons this week. We have been learning all about dance and used nursery rhymes to inspire us to create our own dance routines.
We collaborated as a team and decided we would focus on ‘Incy Wincy Spider’. We used the metacognition cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our dances. First, we listened to the nursery rhymes and picked some of the key words to work with. We chose different movements to display different parts of the nursery rhyme. We planned each move carefully and tried different approaches. Once we had put all of our dance moves together into a sequence, we realised that some were not flowing and decided to change some of our movements. Once we had finished, we performed our dance for Miss Souter who was very impressed! We then reflected on what we had done and felt very proud.
Well done Foundation! 🙂
Click the links below to watch some of our performances!
In Palm Class, we have been enjoying weekly Yoga sessions as part of our PE lessons this term. We have learnt how Yoga can help us relax and help us get back into the green zone. We have also learnt many Yoga positions – our favourite is tree pose!
What is your favourite pose?
Willow class absolutely loved improving their coordination and control in PE today.
We had lots of different games to try. Each game focused on a different core skill. We worked on jumping with two feet, kicking and catching. We worked really hard and took on new challenges with enthusiasm.
Look at all the fun we had below.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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?
Monkey Puzzle got the chance to enjoy the sunshine with a PE session focussing on collaboration and resilience by Mr Baxter. They had to work together to avoid shark infested waters, go around the world and dodge the flying balls. A lot of fun was had by all and they all looked pretty exhausted when they came in. It was a lovely way to kick off PE in Year 5!
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!
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! 🙂
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 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!
What a busy week in Ebony Class!
This week we have been #geographers. As a part of our topic – ‘Hola Mexico’, we researched the similarities and differences between their physical and human geography and ours in the UK. We then presented this information in fact files.
We have also been #scientists. As a part of our topic, we looked at the way the Mayans built the Temple of Kukulcan. They observed the sun and built the temple so that it looked like a snake was climbing down the temple. We then reminded ourselves how shadows were made and experimented with how shadows change when we change the angle and distance of the light source. We observed and measured the changes.
Finally, we have been continuing to develop as atheletes. We have been working on key skills including: shot putt, discus, hop, skip and jump. This week we were developing our hurdling skills – in very heavy wind!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our week.
The children in Foundation have been learning all about different people, places and cultures for their topic “Big Wide World”. In our PE sessions this week, the children have been learning all about dance and chose Spain as their country.
The children explored the traditional dance of flamenco and decided to create their own dance routines inspired by Flamenco.
Foundation were so resilient and collaborated when learning the new dance moves!
We had a great time on Tuesday in an extra PE session on orienteering. We learnt how to work together as a team to find numbered and coloured markers. We started the session with a fun warm-up. On hearing the word ‘red’, the children had to stop, freeze and pull a silly face. I’m sure you’ll agree, after looking at these pictures, that they are highly skilled at pulling silly faces! Although the bad weather cut short our time on the field, we will definitely be playing this orienteering game again once the sun comes out.
This week in Foundation, we have been riding bikes. We have been lucky enough to have instructors from ‘Bikeability’ come into school and teach us how to ride a bike. We have been balancing on balance bikes and developing our gross motor skills. We have learnt the importance of bike safety. The children have been inspired by looking at world-class cyclists. We even have a future Tour de France winner in our midst, with their North Star aspiration “to be the next Bradley Wiggins”.
The children produced some super writing all about their cycling experiences.
The children were so inspired to become Tour de France cyclists. They wore their own yellow jerseys. We even created our own class jerseys!
This week in PE, we set the children a collaborative challenge. The children had to cross the river with only three lily pad hoops. We used the metacognition cycle to plan, monitor and evaluate our trip. The children planned a route across the river. They worked as a team to move across the river. Half way across, several children changed their plan and found a quicker way to travel. The children confidently discussed why they had changed their plans.
“We improved because we knew if we threw the hoops a long way we could get across quicker, but then we fell in.”
“We each had a job and it made us quicker.”
When the children had made it across the river, they re-evaluated their plan. The children found more efficient ways to cross the river and had another go. All of Foundation collaborated to achieve success. They confidently shared their plans and explained their thinking to their peers.
Foundation had a fantastic time during their PE lesson. They used tweezers to develop their fine motor skills and collaborated with their friends to collect the ‘dinosaur eggs’ and sort them into the ‘nests’. The children used their problem solving skills to move the eggs carefully and quickly. We then played a game of ‘hungry dinosaurs’. The children sat in a circle and took in turns to collect as many eggs as possible. We used our subitising skills to see who had collected the most eggs.
The dinosaur themed learning continued this afternoon in Foundation! We experimented with some frozen dinosaur eggs. The tiny dinosaurs were encased in the ice and we used different tools to free them. We predicted that the eggs would melt quickly if we poured the warm, soapy water over them. Our hypothesis was correct and we had freed all 6 dinosaurs in no time! We then had a go at using some metacognition to explain our hypothesis and debated with our friends!
Today Foundation went orienteering. It was very exciting!We worked in teams to collect superhero numbers. We made sure we collaborated as a team, and persevered when it got challenging. We hid the cones for our friends to find. We used some really tricky hiding spots and loved challenging our friends. One of the cones was hidden so well, it even got lost.
Foundation had lots of fun on ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’! We used the parachute in our PE session and related the colours on the parachute to the Zones of Regulation. We collaborated and discussed how important it is to work together to keep the parachute in the air. We played lots of fun games such as ‘sleeping dinosaurs’! This linked to our exciting Cornerstones topic ‘Dangerous Dinosaurs’!
Here is a short video of us playing ‘sleeping dinosaurs’:
We also wrote some fantastic sentences on why we are happy to be back at school. We used our amazing segmenting and blending skills to independently write these sentences! We were so happy to see our teachers and friends and couldn’t wait to get back and have lots of fun in our learning environment.
What a fun packed week we have had in Foundation! The children have been looking at why snow melts, and how we get snowy weather. We made sure to watch out for any snow outside too. We looked at different things we might do in the snow and made some freeze frames.
We all really enjoyed learning Pilates. The children loved taking on the different challenges and learning all about their abdominal muscles.
In maths this week, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. The children have been sorting shapes based on the number of sides they have. We discovered that we are all magic and can turn 2D shapes into 3D shapes- wow Foundation!
Well done on such a super star week Foundation. You never cease to amaze me!
This afternoon, year 3 were lucky to take part in a virtual pilates session. We enjoyed taking part, but we especially loved the plank competition! Have a look at how much fun we had.
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.
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:
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
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!
We have been working hard in Year 6 this week. Not only have we introduced some new skills (in PE and Computing), we have also been embedding some already known skills.
In P.E., we have been using netball as our focus game. This week we were trying to attract the attention of our team mates – without alerting the opposite time. This can be quite tricky! We were also reinforcing our passing skills – using the chest pass and bounce pass.
In Computing, we have been using data from the voyage of the Beagle to create line graphs. These line graphs showed the distance of the Beagle from its home port.
We have also been applying our literacy skill in our SOLE sessions. We had a may to create a poem about the Galapagos. Here are two examples:
Finally, in Science, we have been studying evolution and adaptation. One part of this involved looking at how a specific animal had adapted over time. One of our favourite activities was our beak investigation. Inspired by Charles Darwin’s research on Chaffinches, we experimented with different tools and seeds to see which worked best.
I hope you enjoyed looking at some of what we have done this week.
We had so much fun in PE today. We started with a team building warm-up. The children stood in a line, one behind each other, as the child at the back had to crawl through the legs of the other children in their team. Gradually the line of children moved forward until one team reached the end of the hall first.
We then practised improving our posture and balance by pointing our toes, stretching one leg out, bending the knee and then taking a graceful step forwards. The children tried so hard, even though it proved quite a challenge.
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!
This week in Foundation, we have had a superb week. The children have been working incredibly hard writing questions to Gerald the giraffe. We copied Gerald’s movements in PE and made up movements for other animals. The children also made some zoo’s for Gerald to move into. They up levelled their zoo’s by describing them as “immense,spiky, sharp, colossal and terrifying “.
The children really enjoyed using a part-part-whole to partition 7 and to discover all the number bonds to 7.
All the Foundation children have been working their ‘socks off’- well done Foundation! Keep up that amazing resilience!
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!
Palm Class were very lucky today to have an Orienteering session this afternoon on the field. They have to work as a pair to find animals at the points located on their map. They did really well with this and all the adults were really impressed, even if their feet got a bit soggy!
Over the last half term, Holly Class have worked really hard on a sequence in gymnastics using key skills. In our last lesson, we used the apparatus to create a small sequence using three balances and three different ways to travel. We focused on extension and body tension.
This term we have been working through a gymnastics sequence.
This week we were lucky enough to have someone from TCS come and work with us on our skills.
By the end of the session we had devised a new sequence that included 3 ‘holds’ and 3 ‘travels’.
Today, Cherry class have been stretching out their muscles through yoga. We listened to The Twits by Roald Dahl whilst we performed our yoga. We had a lot of fun being the monkeys, painting the ceiling as a giraffe and being Mr Twit himself. Afterwards, we had a little yoga disco!
This afternoon, year 6 started practising parts of a gymnastics sequence. We practised forward rolls, teddy bear rolls and then put these together for the first part of our sequence.
Have a look at the sequence below to see what we will be doing over the next few weeks.
We were very lucky in Bonsai today as we had Mr Milson from TCS visit. We learnt a lot about how to perform rolls safely and how to perfect them like a gymnast. We also had a go at counter balances and counter tension moves. At the end, we were very lucky and got to go on the apparatus. We have a lot of fun and can’t wait for next week!
Over the last few weeks, we have been practising our netball skills. We have focused on passing accurately, finding space and shooting. Today, we applied these skills to a 5 v 5 game.
This week, Bonsai have started gymnastics in PE. We have begun by exploring different shapes and movements to create sequences.
Over the past few weeks, four classes from Key Stage 2 have been swimming. At the moment, Holly Class are taking part in their six consecutive sessions. They have shown lots of resilience and hard work to develop their technique with a range of strokes. Year 4 Redwood Class will be swimming after half term.
We had a lot of fun in PE today. We practised working in spaces and tried our hardest not to bump into anyone. There were a couple of little collisions to start with, but the children soon improved at avoiding each other.
We also practised changing direction when running, hopping, jumping and skipping.
Just a quick reminder that PE for Year One is every Monday and Friday so the children will need their PE kits in school everyday please, including a pair of trainers or plimsoles.
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…
The children in Reception loved their first PE session of the Summer term. They got changed well and enjoyed learning how to respond to the tambourine during the session. Well done guys!