Well done to this half term’s Star Readers!
Izzy has really focussed on aiming for her reading target challenge this half term. Well done Izzy!
Joe who is doing well with his quizzes. Keep it up Joe!
Max who is really enjoying reading his books. Keep reading Max!
Austin who is enjoying reading his books from the library. Keep reading Austin!
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.
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.
Today in year 4, we have spent the morning being immersed in our new learning journey called Blue Abyss. At the start of our activity, we had a visit from Mr and Miss Shark. They had a great reception as they danced their way into class to Baby Shark. Not only did we get a great dance, but they led our interactive ‘Plickers’ quiz about the ocean, also we watched an episode of Blue Planet 2 on the ‘Big Blue’. These two activities gave us the chance to question what we already know and what we now want to find out in this learning journey.
This morning, the Saxon village of Hazeldown was invaded by marauding vikings! It began with a voyage across the sea and a march into the village of the North. The vikings soon settled and integrated with the native Saxons. Within the village, house building, bread baking, weaving, potion making (apothecary), runes and pottery activities took place. During all these activities, amazing collaboration was found between the tribes. To celebrate this, great swordsmanship and dance skills were performed in the open arena. To bring the day to a close, a traditional fire ceremony took place to thank the Norse god Odin for nature’s gifts.
This year we have made a sculpture for the art trail in Teignmouth. The sculpture features a piece of artwork from each class, Forest school, breakfast and after school club, and Little Acorns. Each class had a school value to represent on their piece and we are sure you will agree they did a fantastic job! All the children and staff, joined in by leaving their own mark or fingerprint on the artwork. Please pop down to the seafront and take a look, the sculpture is in the flower bed close to the pier. Please remember to vote for our sculpture once the voting opens. As soon as we get the voting information, we will pass it on to you.
Fir Class have been challenging themselves this morning to work out how our number system works when the digits were replaced with symbols. The children had to use their knowledge of number patterns to piece together a coded hundred square. Resilience and collaboration was definitely needed!
Today we went to Plymouth Aquarium on a coach. In the first room we visited there were 38 Starfish and we used our maths skills to work out how many Starfish legs there were. There were 190 in total! We saw a Catshark and learnt they take 9 months to hatch from their purses. We also met Friday the Turtle, he swam over our heads. We found him in the Atlantic Ocean zone. The largest Jellyfish is called a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, we learnt that the their tentacles can wrap around the walls of the aquarium. We learnt that Jellyfish don’t actually swim, but they drift on the currents. There was a species of fish called Humphead wrasse the first was called Cooper and the second was called Mini. In the Great Barrier Reef zone we found there were 3 types of coral: Cabbage Lever coral, Mushroom coral and Staghorn coral.
During this week, Year 4 have been set a challenge as part of our topic on the Blue Abyss. They were asked to design, test and create their own submarine. In order to achieve the end product of a waterproof Submarine, the children have had to use collaboration, resilience and resourcefulness. We have been using our Metacognition cycle throughout this week to plan, monitor and evaluate each stage of our DT challenge. Here are a selection of photographs showcasing the learning journey.
Over the last week, year 4 have been making links between fractions and decimals. They have been learning about decimal notation and that tenths and hundredths can be expressed as decimal fractions.
Fir Class have really embraced Forest School this half term. They have been learning new skills and also carrying out a range of science based activities as a follow up to Science Week.
This afternoon, Year 4 have been learning about and creating their own ocean food chains. The children were investigating the predator/prey relationship and learnt how green plants turn energy from the sun into food.
Here are some great photos from the children who were at home learning on World Book Day.
It looks like you all had a great World Book Day!
Around the School in 13 Bubbles!
I was lucky enough to take a socially distanced journey around the school to take some photos of the children dressed up for World Book Day. There were some fantastic costumes from all year groups. Thank you to everyone who joined in both at school and at home. Photos of the children who are currently home learning will be added to the blog at a later date.
We are over a week into our remote learning for some children and Year 4 are showing what resilient and resourceful learners they can be! This term’s topic -Burps, Bottoms and Bile! – has got off to a rather gruesome start looking at the digestive system.
Here are some of the things they children have produced to show they learning.
Year 6 Jacob
Jacob is an avid reader and at every opportunity spends time reading. I had to interrupt Jacob reading to award him with his Star Reader bookmark. Keep reading Jacob!
Year 5 Isobel
Isobel loves reading and frequently visits the library to choose another book by Jacqueline Wilson. Brilliant Isobel!
Year 4 Cameron
Cameron is an avid reader who enjoys both reading and quizzing on his books. Keep it up Cameron!
Year 3 Evie
Evie enjoys a visit to the library to choose her next book. Well done Evie!
Year 6 Maisie
Maisie has recently increased her reading range and thoroughly enjoys sitting reading a good book. Brilliant Maisie!
Year 5 Alex
Alex is such an avid reader that I had to interrupt him reading a book to award him his Star Reader bookmark. Fantastic Alex!
Year 4 Evie
Evie enjoys a wide variety of genres and loves visiting the library to choose her next book. Keep it up Evie!
Year 3 Harry
Harry enjoys reading and is always happy to tell you about the latest book he has read. Brilliant Harry!
Year 6 Isla
Isla is really enjoying reading at the moment and is getting amazing quiz results. Keep it up Isla!
Year 5 Saffy
Saffy is an avid reader and chooses lots of different genres to read. Fantastic Saffy!
Year 4 Amelia
Amelia is achieving fantastic results on all her book quizzes and enjoys coming to the library to change her books. Amazing Amelia!
Year 3 Josie
Josie is an avid reader and enjoys visiting the library regularly to change her books. Keep reading Josie!
Year 6 Mia
Mia has discovered she loves reading. Brilliant Mia, keep it up!
Year 5 Kitty
Kitty is achieving fantastic results in her reading quizzes. Amazing work Kitty!
Year 4 Lacey
Lacey is really enjoying her reading and loves visiting the library to change her books. Well done Lacey!
Year 3 Gracie-Mae
Gracie-Mae is a really enthusiastic reader. Keep it up Gracie-Mae!
Year 6 Amelia
Amelia has become an avid reader and is making fantastic progress with her reading target. Amazing Amelia!
Year 5 Oliver
Oliver has become an enthusiastic reader. Keep reading Oliver!
Year 4 Ethan
Ethan is a regular visitor to the library to change his book after completing a book quiz. Brilliant Ethan!
Year 3 Patrick
Patrick loves reading and reads whenever he can. Fantastic Patrick!
Year 6 Lewis
Well done Lewis you are really challenging yourself with your reading. Keep it up!
Year 5 Evie
Evie is really enthusiastic about reading the Roald Dahl books. Amazing Evie!
Year 4 Henry
Henry is trying really hard with his reading and getting some great quiz results. Keep going Henry!
Year 3 Rufus
Rufus is an enthusiastic reader. Keep reading Rufus!
Congratulations to this week’s Star Readers
Year 6 Aston
Aston is showing great determination with his reading. Well done Aston!
Year 5 Jude
Jude is making a really determined effort to achieve his reading target. Keep going Jude!
Year 4 Zerren
Zerren is showing a really positive attitude towards reading and choosing books. Keep it up Zerren!
Year 3 Lauren
Lauren shows great enthusiasm towards reading and visiting the library. Amazing Lauren!
Here of some photos of the things that we have been up to in school this week.
On Google Sides some of the children have created a presentation about their sound experiments.Here is one page.
We have been completing our online Google Forms.
Creating Google Slides to show what we think life in 2100 will be like.
Learning about food chains.
Learning about the parts of flowering plants.
Creating scenes on Scratch of underwater predators hunting their prey.
Started our extended writing tasks.
Children in the ‘Ebony Class Bubble’ have settled in well to their new school day. They’ve been working really hard and even had time to explore the wildlife outside on the field, making bird’s nests.
TTRS are holding an event to set a Guinness World Record for the highest score on TTRS in one minute.
They would like you to film yourself completing a 1 min game in the studio and then sending it to them. The highest score will be the Guinness World Record holder!
This link takes you to the website to explain how you can enter. The closing date is 4th June so you don’t have long.
This week has been amazing on TTRS! I have never seen such high scores. Fir class have smashed it out of the park with a whopping 7, 981 correct answers!!!!! They are most definitely the reigning Hazeldown Champions.
Here are this week’s results:
Next week the battles have been arranged based on where you came in the school overall this week. So Fir scored the most with Bonsai second so they are battling each other next week.
The battles look like this:
Battles begin at 8:50am on Monday and will end on Friday at 3:15pm. Let’s see if anyone can beat Fir!
Last week’s TTRS results are as follows:
Congratulations to the winning classes: Monkey Puzzle, Ebony, Apple, Palm and Fir.
To organise battles this week, I have ranked the classes based on the points scored last week. So Apple scored the highest amount closely followed by Fir so they are battling each other this week.
This is how the battles look:
Here are the Battles that have been randomly picked out of the hat by some of the older children in school. Battles end on Friday at 3:15pm!
Here are this week’s results. Well done to Oak for being the top scoring class this week. Congratulations to Cherry Y3 for their victory over Monkey Puzzle. It was a close race between Bonsai Y5 and Ebony Y6 with Ebony finally winning. Apple Y2 did an amazing amount this week! Well done to Redwood Y4 who were victorious over Holly Y6.
Next week’s battles will be drawn at random, so log on on Monday morning to find out who you will be battling.
This week’s Battles have finished with he following results:
Holly 1096 v 628 Ebony
Bonsai 762 v 499 Monkey Puzzle
Fir 2305 v 1811 Redwood
Oak 4487 v 512 Cherry
Apple 723 v 354 Palm
Congratulations to the winning classes. Just to change things up a little next week, the KS2 battles will be between a class and their nearest competitor.
Next week’s battles will be between:
Oak (Y3) v Fir (Y4)
Holly (Y6) v Redwood (Y4)
Bonsai (Y5) v Ebony (Y6)
Monkey Puzzle (Y5) v Cherry (Y3)
Apple V Palm
Battles start at 8:50am on Monday!!
Ebony are the winners with 1691
Bonsai won with 1182
This was really close! With only 28 more correct answers, Fir were the winners
Oak smashed it with 4554 correct answers!
Apple Class won with 750
This week’s results:
Ebony 16,424 v Holly 13,173
Bonsai 7,267 v Monkey Puzzle 370
Redwood 2020 v Fir 218
Oak 11,504 v Cherry 4223
Apple 222 v Palm 87
Congratulations to the winning bands. A new battle will start on 14th April so get practising!
All week, classes in each year group have been battling each other on Times Tables Rockstars to win this week’s Battle of the Bands. Children score points for every correct answer they give during the week.
In Yr 2 Apple Class are the champions scoring 222 to Palm Class’s 87
In Yr Oak Class were victorious with 11,504 against Cherry Class with 4,223
In Yr 4 Redwood won with 2,020 to Fir’s 318
In Yr 5 Bonsai are the champions with 7,267 to Monkey Puzzle’s 370
And finally, Yr 6 champions are Ebony with 16,424 to Holly’s 13,173
The competition starts again on Monday morning at 8:50am and will continue until 3:15pm on Friday. Don’t forget to log in to your account and do your bit. Next week’s Battle of the Bands results will be posted on Friday.
One of our homework activities this time was to listen to a piece of music and then express it as a piece of art. One of the Year 4 pupils created this wonderful painting. He also created a booklet to go with it, the booklet explained some things about the painting as well as the artist that inspired it.
The Foundation children were amazing today, playing their instruments and singing in front of Year 4. This performance was the culmination of our Friday music sessions with Kip Pratt and we were all very proud of the children and their wonderful music, performance skills and behaviour.
Wow, what a day we’ve had celebrating books and reading. The children made a wonderful effort with their costumes and absolutely loved being read to and sharing books with Year 4. What a treat!
Year 3 and 4 had the most amazing time sampling a wide range of foods connected to China. The teachers were especially impressed by all of the lovely sharing that took place (as well as children being very daring with trying new things!).
Please have a look at this short video we made to remember the event:
It was lovely today to stand back and see the range of activities happening in our S.O.L.E. sessions. One one classroom we had children: using Google Maps to explore local and national locations, creating a perfect plate of Chinese food (in their opinion) and using pop up cards to reflect on Chinese new year.
In the other classroom the children were busy learning a range of french vocabulary as well as researching what different Hindu symbols meant.
Another fabulous day at Hazeldown Primary School!
Year 4 spellings
Focus: Word ending -ly
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.
As a part of our ‘China’ Learning Journey, Year 4 have been learning how to use Garage Band. This app is a great way to make music. Using a variety of instruments you can create a great sounding track. In our first session we experimented with the different instruments and had a go at making our own track.
Later on we will be using our skills to try and make a piece of music with a Chinese theme.
In S.O.L.E we have been learning how to use the app Garage Band. This is a music making app that enables you to record tracks from a variety of electronic musical instruments.
These tracks can then be combined into a music track.
We are just starting to use this app so please check back soon and see if we have made sweet music!
In team 2 we have been making Viking jewellery! Year 3 even had some help from some year 4 SOLE superstars who gave us tutorials on what to do.
We have applied our previous learning of instruction writing to write instructions of what YOU need to do to make some beautiful Viking jewellery at home!
“It happened one night.”
Scene 4 YEAR 4 “Animal Farm.”
Now we’ve heard of the people who came to the town –
Of Mary and Joseph, whose details went down
On the Emperor’s list, so his tax they could pay,
And the shepherds who heard all the angels did say;
We’ve heard of those wise men who saw a bright star
And arrived there much later, they’d come from so far.
But they weren’t the only ones who knew of that night –
At least, if our carols and cards got it right.
It seems that an ox and a donkey came too,
Though the Bible quite simply doesn’t mention those two.
But I think they were there, around Jesus’s bed,
For the manger was where they would go to get fed.
So even the animals gave to the Lord
Something to honour him, what they could afford.
For while he was lying in their feeding box,
They had to go hungry, the donkey and the ox.
What will we give him, who accepted the loss
Of his life freely given when he died on the cross?
Will we let him be King of lives, every day?
‘Cause that’s why he came here to lie in the hay!
Year 3 and 4 had lots of fun at Stover Woods today. We looked for clues on the ground to find out what sort of trees we would find in the forest; hunted for bugs in the woodland and built a shelter for our class bears!