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Here are examples of Hazel ‘s DT sewing project. We looked at products made locally at Funky Poppy on the Barbican and then came up with ideas for our own designs. We chose fabrics, drew out our designs, cut them and then stitched them using the skills we had learnt. We then added buttons to our designs as a decoration. We were really please with them!
For art this term, we have been looking at the work of a local artist Sue Wills.
Here we have used soft pastels and blending techniques to produce jigsaw art similar to the pieces that Sue create in her Barbican studio. It was messy but a lot of fun!
Hazel class were lucky to have another WOW science session with Mr Hartley! We were learning about light this term, so he brought in torches, mirrors and precious stones and crystals (belonging to his wife)
First of all, we talked about sources of light and how light is reflected. We darkened the room and used the torches and mirrors to ‘bend’ the light . We changed the angle of the mirrors to change the direction in which the light was reflected and managed to ‘pass’ the light around from one mirror to another.
Hazel class learnt a lot on Wednesday afternoon about what is in store for the children in September when it comes to Forest School. We talked about the way we will learn and discover new skills, and the positive relationship with our green and wild spaces which we want to encourage. The class are already switched on to that positive mentality and were disgusted by the way the woodland arena had been treated by some secondary school children in recent weeks. Given the chance to create, discover and explore, Hazel class had a short but exciting visit to the woods.
Following this, the children walked to the allotment where they immediately saw the chickens being fed a massive pile of sticky weed (cleavers/goosegrass)! They learnt about composting and about the difference between the hot heap where the weeds went and the heap for the food trimmings. Hazel learnt about the Grow Wild initiative (which hopefully some parents have managed to claim some seeds for) by Kew Gardens and the National Lottery about introducing colourful wildflower habitats to a variety of places and spaces across the country. The children got to plant some seeds along a bed beside the polytunnel, it will look beautiful when they bloom! They then briefly popped their heads into the polytunnel itself where it was a scorching 50 degrees! Wow! A sweltering end to a brief yet busy afternoon.
The children in Hazel Class had a great time preparing and making a Thai curry. From planning the menu to preparing the vegetables, the class were very pleased with the finished results. The finished dish looked and tasted fantastic, well done Hazel Class!
As part of our home learning, we made posters, models or collages of rainforest animals or scenes.
We had such fun doing this and we are very proud of our creations.
Hazel have had some very exciting science lessons recently. One session, we were lucky enough to visit the allotment, accompanied by Jason. During our visit, we were able to look at the root and root hairs of a range of plants. We were also lucky enough to taste some cress which had been planted by children previously. After looking at roots of plants, we learnt about pot-bound plants which needed more space for their roots and to continue to grow.
During the term, Sycamore, Chestnut and Hazel class made peppermint creams.
Mrs Dodds and Mrs Smith gave a demonstration and then we had a go at making our own. We even made little trinket boxes to put them in and wrote our own instructions for making peppermint creams!
Hazel class walked up to the allotment on Wednesday morning and had a real treat! They were the first class who were allowed into the chicken pen to feed the chickens! More delicious dandelion leaves! Thomas and Sophia checked for eggs but the chickens have been bit shy since arriving and there weren’t any this week. The children then had the opportunity to plant some cress seeds after filling pots with compost, good to get their hands dirty!
The children then entered Efford Valley and had the opportunity to work in groups to make some clay faces on trees or a new woodland creature, a blobbin! The children were all really engaged in the task, finding leaves, seeds and even mushrooms to decorate their creations. Hazel class then had a chance to bring their creations to life by explaining the story and details of what they had made to the rest of the class. There was a lion type creature which was a nocturnal herbivore, a couple of faces with amazing eyes which could see for miles and a chocolate bear which lived in the bushes! The class all enjoyed a thoroughly messy yet creative morning!
Hazel, Chestnut and Sycamore classes had a wonderful Greek topic day on Wednesday 22nd October. Many of the children came to school in wonderful Ancient Greek costumes including togas, laurel wreaths and even a set of armour! The children enjoyed food tasting, traditional Greek dancing, designing Greek pots, and writing their names using the Greek alphabet, learning about the Greek number system and much more! A great day was had by all, here are some photos of the food tasting and dancing.
Hazel class visited Manor Court residential home to celebrate harvest. We took our learning logs and showed the residents our home learning – they were very impressed!
We spent time talking to the residents, before taking part in a short Harvest service. Some of us even got to take part in the sermon!
We have been learning about Greek myths in Hazel Class and have used the skills that we have learnt to retell these stories to the class.
We were very lucky to have experienced a storytelling performance and workshop from Clive Pig. We learned about the Ancient Greeks, their beliefs and practices, food and customs. Clive really brought all the stories to life and was very funny. Some children even got to dress up and be part of one of the stories!
Our favourite story was Theseus and the Minotaur. Did you know the Aegean sea is said to be named after King Aegeus , who threw himself off the cliff into the abyss when he thought his son had died in battle against the minotaur? IN fact, Theseus was still alive and had forgotten to change his ship’s sails from black to white!
Thanks to Mrs Marvin for organising the event.
Please click on the link to see the spelling lists for Year 5/4 this term. The lists can be downloaded and printed at home.
Welcome to class 5/4 Hazel. We hope that you have had a good holiday and are excited about the new school year. This letter will hopefully remind you of some of the routines that we follow in school and outline things that we will expect during the year.
Your child will take part in many activities and learning experiences which we hope they will enjoy. In order for him/her to get as much as possible out of school we need to make you aware of our expectations.
Homework will be set every Friday and collected in on the following Thursday. It will usually be a piece of maths or English, but may on occasion be some topic based investigative work. The work will be linked to work covered in class and will help your child to consolidate his/her learning. The children will also continue to bring home their Learning Logs to complete on a weekly basis.
Spellings will also be set every week. These will be taught in school, but we hope that you will be able to find time to help your children learn these spellings at home. The spellings will be tested every Monday. Children will be given a sheet with space to practise, which should be returned to Mrs Hunter on the day of the test.
PE will take place on different days and it is therefore essential that PE kits are left in school all week. If necessary, PE kits can be brought home at the week ends for washing, but please ensure they are returned on the Monday of each week.
PE kits consist of a white t-shirt, white shorts and trainers or plimsolls. Black leotards are a suitable alternative for girls. In colder weather, black tracksuit bottoms are also allowed to be worn. Please ensure that all kit is clearly labelled so that we can quickly match lost clothing to their owners! May we also remind you that children are expected to have school shoes, not trainers, as part of their school uniform.
The children will continue to bring reading books home which they have chosen as part of our new Renaissance Reading Programme. We would like to encourage you to listen to your child read and discuss what they have read. We suggest 10-15 minutes, five times a week. Please use the reading log to let us know that you have heard your child read and to make any relevant comments. The children will complete quizzes relating to the books they have read and it is therefore important to have a good understanding of the language, style and vocabulary used in the books.
As part of school life we like to take photos of the children to use in the school newsletter or to display in and around the classroom to celebrate their learning. The children may also be involved in food tasting during the year for which we require your permission. We would be grateful if you could complete the permission slip at the bottom of the letter and return it to us as soon as possible.
We have also included a leaflet outlining the work that we will be covering this term, which we hope you will find useful. There will be the opportunity for you to come in for an informal ‘meet the teacher’ on Wednesday 10th September in Hazel’s classroom with Mrs Hunter. If you have any other queries please feel free to arrange to come and see us after school. We will be having a formal parents’ evening during the autumn term and look forward to meeting you then if not before.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Hunter and Mrs Larsen.
Please complete the form below. Delete the do not / do sections as necessary.
I do not / do give permission for _____________________ photo to be taken and used for display, for the school newspaper, on the school website or by the local press.
I do not/ do give permission for him/her to watch PG DVDs at the end of term or for educational purposes.
I do not / do give permission for ________________________ to take part in any food tasting this year.
Please give details of any food intolerances.
Signed __________________________________ pare