Dangerous Dinosaurs – Foundation – 24.03.21
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!
In Year 4 (Fir and Redwood), we have been starting to work on our Dragon Dance inspired by our China topic.
Last week we had developed our movements by imitating the different animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
This week we focused mainly on the Dragon. In fours we thought of different ways to move around our space, whilst looking as dragon-like as possible.
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!
Today, Ebony class practiced their tag rugby skills. We focused on finding space and changing speed and direction.
This morning, year 3 have been out on the field having a go at a carousel of athletics activities. We had a go at javelin, hurdles and a ground hog race.
Thankyou to everybody that donated towards raising money for UNICEF through Soccer Aid at the end of Sports Week. As a school, we raised £256.
First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who helped to make Sports Week a success! The children showed lots of resilience through the whole week, especially when having a go at sports that they had not tried before.
The total of the final scores combined results from throughout the week including the KS2 swimming gala, KS2 gymnastics competition and KS1 and KS2 sports day results. The final results of the week were announced in assembly on Friday and are as follows:
1st place – Yellow Team – 843 points
2nd place – Red Team – 785 points
3rd place – Green Team – 727 points
4th place – Blue Team – 684 points.
Congratulations to Yellow Team – the winners of Sports Week 2018. Well done to everyone who took part throughout the week!
On Friday, year 3 raised money for Soccer Aid by completing the obstacle course set up on the playground. We could either carry, dribble or bounce a ball along the course.
We were also able to complete a session with Exeter City. We were able to learn how to control the ball and have mini football matches.
What a great end to Sports Week!
To kick off sports week, the whole school were lucky enough to watch scooter demonstrations by Team Extreme. Some of us were even lucky enough to take part in sessions with Team Extreme. We learnt about the parts of a scooter, scooter safety and were able to learn some new tricks and try the ramps! Thank you very much to Team Extreme for visiting again this year!
The Foundation Stage children had a great PE session today exploring the large, indoor apparatus. Lots of stretching and balancing and weight taking. What animals like climbing and hanging up high like our Foundation children?
Oak Class focused on attacking and defending in their PE lesson on Thursday. We played lots of games which encouraged us to think about our tactics when attacking and defending.
For the second year running, Hazeldown football team are the champions of the Teignmouth learning community.
Yesterday, 7 boys and 2 girls from year 6 competed against 5 other teams in the learning community at TCS 4G pitch. Winning 4 and drawing 1, we scored plenty of goals and did not concede 1!
It was a fantastic team performance. Well done to everyone who took part!
This afternoon Oak Class spent the afternoon at TCS taking part in a netball festival. We had a great afternoon with lots of different activities focusing on the skills of netball. I was also impressed at how the class showed their learning values when at the festival, especially collaboration, resilience and relationships.
Year 3 had their first go at netball this morning. We practiced chest passes and bounce passes. Remember, we will be walking down to TCS on Wednesday for a netball festival. Please make sure all slips are returned ASAP!
Following on from our visit from Saints South West today, there is a PE challenge for you to have a go at. Can you complete all the challenges?
You will also find a copy of the challenge sheet in your classroom.
All Of KS1 and KS2 have been lucky enough to have a PE session from Saints South West today. We got to try out different activities including basket ball, tag rugby and football.
Congratulations to the year 5 and 6 boys who played in the football tournament last night!
Out of the 7 teams who participated, Hazeldown A won the competition and Hazeldown B finished a respectable 4th overall.
It was a fantastic event with some really close games. There were some spectacular individual performances, super collaboration within the teams and most importantly, a great effort from everyone who participated.
Cherry Class had great fun this afternoon at Dawlish Swimming Pool, as they started their swimming lessons. They are really looking forward to going again tomorrow!
Today in PE we were practising different type of walking styles including walking in different directions, speeds, strides as well as using our facial expressions. We walked like fashion models and added gestures at the end. We are building up to choreographing a dance.
Today, 48 children from year 5 and 6 competed against 12 other schools in a range of athletic activities. This included: Speed bounce, triple jump, shuttlecock throwing and team relays.
The effort from all the children was fantastic. Mr Hardee and Mrs Davie are extremely proud of everyone who participated.
Results of the competition will follow soon…
Oak Class have had a brilliant afternoon at TCS taking part in the year 3/4 handball festival. We got to participate in lots of different activities based on the skills we need for handball. We also got to have a go at playing a game. What a great Wednesday afternoon!
On Wednesday afternoon, the whole of year 6 participated in an inter-house rugby tournament! The standard was very high and there were some fantastic matches. The results are being calculated and they will be shared very soon…
Check the blood later to find out who the winners were!
Yesterday, the whole of Holly class participated in a tag rugby festival at TCS. They had the opportunity to work with children from a number of different schools in the learning community experiencing a range of activities and games relating to tag rugby.
Cherry Class enjoyed taking part in a tag rugby festival at TCS this afternoon. They played lots of rugby-inspired games, working alongside children from other local primary schools.
Yesterday, the year 6 classes began their gymnastics unit of work in physical education. The children collaborated to choreograph sequences including balances and rolls. We discussed the importance of working on core strength as it can help in many other sports and activities.