Year 6 WW2 Street Party.
To celebrate the end of our WW2 unit of work, Year 6 enjoyed a street party in the glorious sunshine this afternoon. We made decorations yesterday to prepare and enjoyed getting into the festive mood with squash, biscuits and crisps!
Year 6 have been enjoying Science Week this week! At the beginning of the week, we tried an ‘Odd One Out’ activity. We had to look at the similarities and differences between three pictures and then discuss which one we thought was the odd one out and why. Another activity we tried was ‘Zoom In, Zoom Out’ in which we saw a picture of something zoomed in and after each ‘zooming out’, we had another guess as to what it might be thinking carefully about the appearance, texture, colour etc. Here are some of the guesses we had:
Our final activity for Science Week was to create a ‘Robo-bug’. We had to think very carefully about the ‘why’, or the purpose, of the robot and then design it focusing on the features it would need to achieve its goal. Here are some of the designs.
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!
Well done to everyone in Year 6 for the last eight weeks. We have been so proud of all of you for your resilience and determination. You have worked so hard even when times have been a bit tricky. To celebrate all of the fantastic learning that has happened over the last eight weeks, and to look back on what we have achieved, we watched a short video in our final Zoom session this afternoon.
Year 6 have been enjoying World Book Day today! During our Zoom sessions, we dressed up as our favourite book characters and listened to a small part of one of Miss Tapp’s favourite childhood books. We shared some of our own favourite stories and books and had a go at a book emoji quiz!
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.
This week, Year 6 have started their new topic – A Child’s War – learning all about WW2. The hook to the topic was to try and experience what it was like to be in an air raid. The children at home found a space where they could create a mock bomb shelter, for example, by putting a blanket over the top of a table and some cushions underneath. To add to the experience, they hid in the air raid shelter whilst the air raid siren was sounding. Here are some pictures of their experiences, along with reflections about how the experience made them feel.
This week, Year 6 have been fantastic as always!
As part of children’s mental health week, we discussed the ’10 a day’, thinking about which ones we are doing really well at home and maybe some that we need to think a bit more about. In maths, we have been focusing on percentages, and towards the end of the week, have looked at how we convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. Our literacy has continued to work towards our final piece of writing: a narrative piece based on the Golden Compass. Year 6 have thought carefully about their vocabulary choices and how we can develop this for our final scene.
Finally, in SOLE, we have continued our ‘Darwin’s Delights’ topic. This week, we have learnt how to sketch shells in detail, researched Mary Anning and used this to write a biography about her and planned or recreated Charles Darwin’s plant investigation. Here are just a few pieces of the fantastic work from this week, including two videos of the plant experiment being carried out.
Some children have also been doing lots of other exciting activities. Ben had a go at the PE Plank Challenge with his sister and Lucas has been cooking for his family.
Year 6 have been amazing once again this week. They have continued to be resilient and approach their home learning and Zoom sessions with a positive attitude. This week in year 6, we have been exploring decimals further in maths, focusing on the past, present and future progressive tense in grammar and practising our ‘shun’ suffixes in our spelling lessons. As part of our literacy, we have written another scene for our story. This scene was written as a diary entry so we have learnt about the features and skills for this throughout the week, eventually building up to writing the diary entry today.
Here are some examples of the fantastic paragraphs that were written and the grammar work.
In SOLE, we have continued to work on our ‘Darwin’s Delights’ topic. This week, we have learnt about how birds’ beaks have evolved by carrying out investigations and how animals have adapted to their environment in the Galapagos Islands. We also wrote poems and created bar and line graphs to show our results of the experiments.
Here is a video to show all of the excellent SOLE work from this week.
Well done year 6, we are really proud of your efforts!
Year 6 have continued to be brilliant with their remote learning this week. They have taken walks outside to collect a range of natural items, just like Darwin did, and then grouped their findings in different ways. They also collected data about Darwin’s voyage and tracked the distances that he travelled. Year 6 pupils then presented this data using a range of ways including Excel and creating their own line graphs. Finally, Year 6 carried out a sample investigation to learn about a variety of plants.
Not only this, they have continued to be amazing with their core subjects: Literacy, Maths and SPaG. We have been learning about decimals in our maths, a range of punctuation in grammar, using the -ial suffix in spelling and working towards writing another scene for our ‘Golden Compass’ narrative in Literacy. Well done to everyone – you have continued to show how resilient you are!
Here is a video to show off all of the amazing SOLE work from this week:
Here is a video showing all of the SOLE learning from Year 6. They have been learning all about the Galapagos Islands and learning how to sketch flowers and plants in detail, as well as continuing their research on Charles Darwin. Even though they are working at home, they have still demonstrated many of the school learning values. Keep this up Year 6 – we are very proud of you!
Year 6 have been fantastic with their remote learning this week. I am really proud of them for how resilient they have been!
As part of our SOLE this week, we started a new topic: Darwin’s Delights. Here is a video to show all of their learning so far!
Dora has also made her own video about Charles Darwin:
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!
In Holly Class, we have been working really hard on our spellings. At the beginning of the term, we were tested on our year 5/6 spelling words which created our own personalised spelling list. We then used a range of strategies to practise our personal spellings. This week, we have tested on these spellings again. We used metacognition (thinking about thinking) to reflect on and evaluate the strategies that helped us, or didn’t help us, to make progress.
Here are a couple of examples of the progress made:
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 have been using two new VR headsets as part of our topic ‘Tomorrow’s World’. Some pupils have been able to have a go over the last few days, with everyone else being able to use it in the next couple of weeks. The experience they are playing is called ‘Turning Forests’.
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!
Over the last term, Holly Class have demonstrated excellent learning attitudes, especially in maths. They have been reflective by thinking about what they noticed and learning from their mistakes by using them to make progress. They have also been collaborative, with lots of great examples of maths discussions and helping each other. Additionally, the pupils in Holly Class have shown excellent resilience. I am very proud of them!
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!
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.
As part of our topic for last half term, Frozen Kingdom, Year 6 completed a mini project on climate change. They found out what global warming is, the impact it is having on the Earth and how people can help to reduce the effects. Here is a video made by three children from Holly Class to summarise what they have learnt:
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!
Yesterday, Holly Class investigated Roman Numerals. We looked at the symbols used for different numbers and then had a go at making some of our own. We then used Roman Numerals to write our ages, birthdays and the date.
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.
Here is a short video showing a variety of pictures of work we received during our ‘A Child’s War topic. Well done Year 6 for working so hard! Keep it up!
Year 6 have continued to be fantastic at home! They have continued to learn about WW2, creating some brilliant newspaper articles, preparing a speech for the children of WW2 and planning street parties.
Here are some of the brilliant examples from their home learning this week.
This is Aimee’s newspaper article:
Here is another newspaper article from James:
Arlia’s newspaper article:
This is Lara’s speech to the children of WW2:
Elsa created an invite for a street party to celebrate the end of WW2 for Britain:
Finally, James has been awarded his Scouts Pioneer and Model Maker badges this week – congratulations James!
Keep up the hard work Year 6 – we are proud of everything that you have done so far!
Holly Class continued to impress with me their fantastic learning last week, in school or at home, and also lots of other exciting activities. They have continued to make me proud, wherever they are working at the moment.
Here are some examples of the learning and activities from last week:
As part of Literacy, Year 6 mapped out newspaper articles.
Aaron has enjoyed spending time with his dog, Leila.
James has been working towards his chef badge in Scouts. He had to invent, prepare and eat a new dessert with at least 5 ingredients, with one being fruit. Here are his chocolate chip pancakes with banoffe topping.
Charlotte in Holly Class has written this lovely poem to mark Year 6’s time at Hazeldown:
Our time at Hazeldown
Holly Class did some fantastic learning during the last half term. There were also lots of other brilliant activities taking place at home. Here is a video with some of the work and pictures received last half term. Remember to keep sending them in over the next few weeks.
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!
This week, it should have been SATs week for year 6. To give them a little taste of SATs, they were given some ‘Silly SATs’ papers. As well as this, Holly Class have continued to work hard at home and have also completed lots of extra activities and learning opportunties. Well done Holly Class!
Here are some examples from the week:
Reece acted out a WW2 evacuation at home, including packing his essential items, that he would need to take with him, into a box.
James made hot chocolate as part of his freeze frames for Literacy and also did some baking for VE day last Friday.
Ava has made a video showing pictures from WW2. Please see the link below to watch it:
Freddie has made a book to present his learning from our WW2 topic. He also enjoyed a walk from Teignmouth to Dawlish Warren, and back!
Here are some examples of the Silly SATs questions. The answers will be uploaded onto Google Drive this afternoon.
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:
Holly Class are still working hard at home and developing lots of new skills. Here are just a few examples of what they have been up to this week:
Lara has continued to apply her writing skills by completing another instalment of ‘The O’Neill Times’:
Joe made a rainbow out of his lego:
James showed lots of resilience and a growth mindset as he had to work hard to make a Turks Head Woggle. Here he is with a practice one (blue) and the leather lace one, which he has put onto his Scout neckerchief.
Our new topic for SOLE is A Child’s War (WW2) so one of the activities was to create an Anderson shelter. Here are the creative ways that some of Holly Class made their own:
This is Reece’s, made from cardboard and tin foil.
This is Olivia’s, made from plastic and tin foil.
This is Bea’s, who used Minecraft to create hers.
This is Lara’s, who used duvets, chairs and the sofa.
Here is George with his hot chocolate that he made as part of his Literacy:
Noah and his sister had an outdoor Science lesson.
Well done to everyone in Holly Class – I am very proud of all of you!
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.
Holly Class have continued to keep busy at home by working hard and trying out lots of fun activities! It is also great to see so many of you demonstrating our school learning values.
Here are a few examples:
Mya showed resilience whilst baking a cake. It didn’t go quite right on the first try, so she had another go and it turned out like this. Well done Mya – it looks delicious!
Noah had an art and nature day! The day started with a wild flower quiz. He then used fruit and vegetables to make his own mosaic, made a paper mosaic of his favourite flower that he found and then wrote about the process. Well done Noah!
Woody has continued to develop his fantastic computer skills. It is the first game he has coded in a language called ‘Lua’ using tutorials to help him. Woody had to work really hard as he had to spend a lot of time debugging the game.
George B went to visit the hairdressers this week – at home! Here are a couple of pictures of his new ‘do’ – he is looking very happy with it!
This week, one of the SOLE tasks was to learn how to use Google Draw as part of our topic ‘Tomorrow’s World’ by designing a logo. This could be for a company that they have made up, or a company that already exists. Here is Oliver’s:
Year 6 also finished their biographies about a famous YouTuber or blogger this week. Each day, they have worked hard to develop a paragraph for their biography, working up towards their ‘Big Write’ at the end of the week. See some examples below:
This is an example of a paragraph written by James.
This is an example by Olivia.
And finally, here is the finished piece by Lara. Lara, James and Olivia have all worked hard to ensure they use the features from the success criteria – well done guys!
Well done for all of your hard work this week Year 6 – I can’t wait to read the rest of your biographies today! And thank you for sharing all of the pictures, it is great to see you developing new skills and enjoying new activities!
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!!
Holly Class have continued to work incredibly hard at home this week. I have been really proud of all the learning you have done and have really enjoyed looking at all of the other activities and hobbies that you have been enjoying.
Here are a few examples from the week:
Freddie has created a brilliant blog to show his trampolining journey, including step by steps on how to perform certain tricks.
Woody has been making elder beads in the garden and played the drums for the weekly NHS clap. He also made a snakes and ladders game and has been doing lots of coding at home.
Lara has made a fantastic newspaper report to keep her family and friends updated on what she has been doing around the house.
Noah has been completing lots of maths and literacy activities. He has also been learning how to bake lots of different cakes. It looks delicious Noah!
Lots of year 6 children have also been making quizzes whilst learning how to use Google Forms and have sent them to Mr Evans and I to have a go at. Here is an example from Pippa. The quiz was all about elephants.
Thank you for all of your hard work this week year 6 and please remember to keep sending in pictures of all of the activities that you have been doing.
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.
Using a green screen app, our year 6 pupils have brought their writing to life, creating news reports on the importance of exercise. Watch their reports below:
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.
This afternoon year 6 started the topic Tomorrow’s World. Over the next three weeks, everyone will get a chance to use the virtual realtity headset. We have also started to experiment with using circuits, learnt how simple circuits work and what happens when the output is changed.
Today was a day of overcoming fear and showing a great deal of resilience! Throughout the day, all pupils took on the elements during their coasteering activities. Some of the groups were jumping off rocks into a stormy sea during a hail storm- which seems to have become a bit of a Hazeldown tradition at Grenville. We were so proud of them all. They were incredibly brave and so caring towards one another, supporting each other through the challenging times. During the storm, other groups were taking on the high ropes- not allowing the hail to prevent them from carrying out the ‘leap of faith.’
The staff at Grenville have also commented on the lovely manners that our pupils have demonstrated throughout their stay so far. They are all having such a great time, accomplishing things they never thought they could. Parents… you should all very proud!
Today in Year 6 we were learning some new words as a part of our Literacy unit. For our lesson, we had to write the word (spelling it correctly), find and write the definition and use the word in context.
We discussed why we should use these words and one of the main reasons is to make our writing as exciting as possible for the reader.
Do you know what all these words mean?
As part of our maths learning, we had to mark some of Miss Tapp’s work.
It was quite tricky for us to see where she had gone wrong – and explain how she had gone wrong.
Here is an example: