20.10.21 – Year 5 Groundbreaking Greeks Celebration Event.
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.
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?
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! 🙂
The children in Foundation have been working so hard to develop their independent writing skills. The children were resourceful and used the working walls, their books and different resources to help them. The children also demonstrated their brilliant relationships by collaborating and showing empathy.
We used our imagination to create our own sentences or stories. We are so proud of our hard work and resilience!
This week at Hazeldown, we have been continuing to develop our metacognitive understanding in the classroom and on the playground. Using our cycle of metacognition phases, we have given ourselves time to reflect on all aspects of school life including: our friendships, our learning and our own progress. We understand that reflecting on the decisions that we make can not only have a positive impact on moving our learning forward, but can also help us to understand social situations that we might encounter during the school day and improve relationships.
Well done to the 15 pupils that attended today’s Cross Country Club ‘taster session’ in the late October sunshine!
After a quick chat and a warm up, the team got to work on trying to meet their target of running at least a mile during the allotted timeframe (25-30 minutes). The above running app screenshot demonstrates the minimum distance covered by all club participants, with each of the attendees running at least five laps of the 0.4 mile course. Some then challenged themselves further and covered as many as ten laps!
It was a pleasure to see such resilient runners who kept focused on achieving their goals, even when they started to find things tough. Great fun was had by all! 🙂
A special thank you to our special guest runner, Mrs Carpenter, who joined us for the session and has committed to the remaining sessions too. If there are any parent volunteers who are keen runners and would like to become involved, do not hesitate to contact me as we’re keen to get as many helpers involved as possible.
To all club members, please remember your drink, shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and a towel for next week’s session as we’ll be running whatever the weather.
Looking forward to it already.
Good morning, Maple Class…
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves the building of the tallest tower possible…
You may select any 6 team members, but it is essential that you collaborate, take turns and listen to each other’s ideas…
You have five minutes to recruit your team together to receive your full assignment.
Be advised of the two rules:
Your tower must stand up by itself.
You must ensure it survives the ‘blow’ test.
This message will self-destruct in precisely five seconds…
As part of their class reward, the children from Monkey Puzzle asked to spend time baking. With the amazing support of Mrs Hurt aka ‘superwoman’ and Mrs McGrane, all 30 children baked a variety of cakes and sweet treats. These included: Rock buns, Easter biscuits, jam tarts, flapjack, buns and chocolate Easter nests! Not only did they bake all of these amazing this, but they also did the washing up!
Well done to everybody of Monkey Puzzle for working well as a team and supporting one another.
With plenty of resilience and determination, the children of Monkey Puzzle class have been getting comfortable, confident and safer in the saddle when riding their bikes. Beginning with basic handling skills on the playground, to trips out on real roads, with real traffic! The children have shown great maturity and skill in being able to navigate and ride safely on the roads. The weather has been incredibly cold, it’s been damp and wet, yet the children have been so energised and enthusiastic; buzzing in fact by what they have accomplished. Every child that has taken part this far has achieved both level 1 and 2 qualifications and have gained a skill for life that they will never forget.
With more children to take part next week, let’s hope the weather is a bit warmer for them!