Star Readers 23rd October 2020
Congratulations to this week’s Star Readers
Year 6 Aston Clark
Aston is showing great determination with his reading. Well done Aston!
Year 5 Jude Baxter
Jude is making a really determined effort to achieve his reading target. Keep going Jude!
Year 4 Zerren Oddie
Zerren is showing a really positive attitude towards reading and choosing books. Keep it up Zerren!
Year 3 Lauren Peat
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:
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.
Year 6 have been working hard on their spelling. We have used a spelling test that we did at the end of half term to focus on learning from our mistakes. There were lots of learning attitudes on show including collaboration, resilience and resourcefulness.
|Year 6 Home Learning – Friday 1stNovember
(All learning to be handed in Wednesday 20thNovember)
Please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes at least five times per week. Please record what you have read in your reading record.
Please use Spellodrome regularly at home.
Complete the questions (making sure you use your squares in your book to show the workings). We will mark this together as a class on Thursday so we can spend time going over any misconceptions or new strategies.
|Home Learning Menu
Over the next 3 weeks you must complete an activity/series of activities that total at least 15 points. How you choose to do so is up to you! For example, you may just complete the fifteen-point activity or may choose to do one ten and a five-point activity; you could also choose to do three five-point activities – it is completely your choice! Have a look at the activity menu below:
This morning, year 6 have worked collaboratively to mark their big writes from before half term. They worked together to pick out what has been done well and what needs to be improved for next time.
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.
This morning, year 6 have focused on making sentences more descriptive using expanded noun phrases. We used colourful semantics to label the different word classes.
|Year 6 Home Learning – Friday 4thOctober 2019
(All learning to be handed in Wednesday 16thOctober 2019.)
Please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes, at least five times per week. Please record what you have read in your reading record.
Please use Spellodrome regularly at home.
Year 6 have worked really hard on their home learning over the last three weeks. One of the activity choices was to make an igloo using a material of choice. We have had lego, cotton wool, modroc and even cake and marshmallows! Here are some of the igloo models that have been brought in so far.
Over the last few weeks, Year 6 have been developing lots of positive learning attitudes. Today, we looked at using formal methods for multiplication. Holly Class showed lots of resilience to get themselves out of the learning pit. We talked about the importance of ‘the struggle’ to help with learning. They also showed great collaboration skills to work together and work out where they had gone wrong, learning from their mistakes. Here is an example of the struggle and using purple pen to show progress.
Keep it up Holly Class – excellent attitudes and effort!
Please also see the following links for videos, which we have used in class, for extra support with short and long multiplication.
Both year 6 classes have spent time this week drafting out their paragraphs for their non-chronological reports about an animal of choice from the Arctic or Antarctica. They’ve shown great attitudes to learning by always looking to improve their writing and by using the resources available to them.
Today, year 6 showed great resilience during their maths lesson. Some of the groups were focusing on converting between standard units of measure and then applied this to solving problems.
In Literacy we have been learning about non-chronological reports. As a part of this we have been looking at a range of examples.
In one of our sessions we became features detectives. We were looking for ‘generalising vocabulary’ (such as some, mostly, sometimes, often), and technical vocabulary (such as habitat, environment, resources).
Some of us then tried to find synonyms for some of the words. Synonyms are words that have the same meaning (happy, joyful etc).
This afternoon, we started our new topic called Frozen Kingdom. To start off we observed an iceberg. We looked at why there are air bubbles in the iceberg, what happens when salt goes in the water and why the iceberg moves when it melts.
This week, Year 6 have been looking at maths in a different way!
One of the areas we looked at was speed. Speed is not always the best way – sometimes mathematicians need to think deeply.
We played a game called 25. If you are interested – please ask your child to explain. It was a game that seemed very simple but made us think deeply about each move to ensure we won.
When we played this game, we used physical equipment, recorded it visually and with digits. All of these methods helped us think more deeply about what we were doing.
Today, we introduced an exciting, collaborative project, inspired by the work of NASA a few years ago.
Children are working in mixed teams of year 5 and 6s to produce scientific explanations and diagrams about space, ready to send to NASA
Year 6 have been learning how to read and write the well-known story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ in French.
Pupils have been learning the key phrases by creating vocabulary trees and have re-told the story using the app Tellegami.
At Grenville House this afternoon, in slightly damp circumstances, 13 of our Year 6 children faced their fears, attempted – and in most cases took – the leap of faith! Very proud of their resilience and team work!
The rain failed to dampen our spirits today – after collaborating together to build a sea-worthy raft we took to the water to test our handiwork!
The hailstorms, rough seas and cold winds did not stop our resilient year 6s from coasteering, canoeing and climbing the high ropes! We were incredibly proud of the children for overcoming their fears and giving new things a go! #growthmindset
One lucky group managed to avoid the weather as they were deep underground, crawling through miles of caves in Buckfastleigh.
Bring on day 3!
Year 6 arrived in sunny Brixham today! After making their own beds (which proved challenging for some) and unpacking their cases, the children took part in a variety of activities. Some groups enjoyed the glorious sunshine whilst paddle-boarding around the harbour; others ventured to Buckfastleigh to go caving and some children abseiled down the 80 ft quarry of Berry Head. All children have really enjoyed themselves so far!
This morning, Year 6 became immersed in their new Literacy unit – the Roman times. Over the new few weeks, we will be working towards writing an authentic tale of mystery and intrigue so we needed to research this exciting period in history.