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Today, at the end of term, Dolphin House had collected the most House Points throughout the year and so took part in a water fight against the staff! Dolphins and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did all the spectators. Great fun was had by all!
Just before half-term, we celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in school. We had a special day of celebrations, including a whole-school picnic on the field with games and activities, and we all received a commemorative Platinum Jubilee badge. It was a great day!
On Wednesday school council representatives went to the Mayor Making ceremony at the Town Hall. They watched as Greenstead Ward Councillor, Tim Young, was sworn in as the new Mayor of Colchester.
Today we had a visit form our local PCSO Emma Wright. She talked to us about how we can keep ourselves safe when we're out of school, including online. We learnt a lot from her and we enjoyed her assembly.
Who needs Joe Wicks when you've got teachers like us!?
Whilst we understand that children are now back to school, attending full-time, the following information may be useful to you, especially if your child is isolating and unable to attend school. Online learning for every year group is available on 'Learn Anywhere' accessible via the school's website.
As well as online activities, we would also recommend:
- Pupils spend at least 10 minutes a day reading
- Pupils keep up to date with current affairs using news reports such as ‘Newsround’
- Pupils complete some form of daily exercise, whether this be in the garden or an online video (child suitable ones can be found on YouTube)
A National Home Learning Support Helpline for Parents has been set up, known as StarLine, and backed by the new virtual Oak Academy, as well as Star Academies, the Confederation of School Trusts, Triple P UK and a number of academy trusts. It is also staffed by Ofsted inspectors who have been redeployed alongside teachers to provide advice about home learning to parents. The helpline is designed to help parents and carers create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to resources, such as support with a specific topic or advice on how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children. StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. The number to call is 0330 313 9162 (calls charged at local rate).
This initial list of English resources is based on recommendations from English Hub schools and trusted teachers. Reading, especially for primary age children, is critical to their educational development and something that families can do together.
- Oxford Owl- Free resources covering all primary school age children across a range of subjects. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
- Audible - All children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
- Authorfy - Access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels. https://authorfy.com
- Book Trust - A site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/
- Classroom Secrets - Downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
- Elevenses with David Walliams - One free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.
- English Mastery - Downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities. https://www.englishmastery.org/
- Love Reading 4 Kids - A site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction. https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
- Pobble 365 - A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. https://www.pobble365.com/
- Poetry by Heart - A wide selection of poetry covering different topics. https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/
- Purple Mash - Free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar. https://2simple.com/purple-mash/
- Storytime with Nick - Available from Monday 20 April. Films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer. https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/
- The Children's Poetry Archive - An archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud. https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/
- The Day Newsletter - A daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home
This initial list of maths resources is based on recommendations from the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching for Mathematics (NCETM) and maths teachers.
- Times Table Rockstars- To practice times table knowledge and battle against other pupils in our school. https://ttrockstars.com/
- Hamilton Trust (home learning section) - Downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group. https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
- Mathematics mastery - Downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils. https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
- Nrich - A range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range. https://nrich.maths.org/
- Numberblocks - Videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths
- Top Marks - A range of interactive maths games categorised by age group. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games
- White Rose Maths (home learning) - Presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
This initial list of science resources is based on recommendations from learned societies, including:
- the Association for Science Education (ASE)
- the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
- the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
- the Institute of Physics (IOP)
These resources link closely to the national curriculum, however there are many other resources supporting enrichment and practical activities available on the societies’ websites and elsewhere.
- Mystery Science- free science lessons and quizzes. https://mysteryscience.com/
- BBC Bitesize - Interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
- STEM Learning - An online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed. https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science
- Blockly- computer programming games. https://blockly.games/
- Scratch- computer programming, pupils have used this platform in school and it is available as an app. https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Geography and History
- National Geographic Kids- activities and quizzes covering a range of subjects, including all of our History and Geography units! https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
This initial list of physical education (PE) and physical activity resources is based on recommendations from:
- the Association for Physical Education (afPE)
- Public Health England (PHE)
- Sport England
- the Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF)
These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways. All the resources listed here are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden. Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:
- a walk with members of their household
- a run with members of their household
- a cycle with members of their household
Outdoor exercise should be carried out locally. Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members).
- Disney 10 Minute Shakeups - 10-minute videos based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day. https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
- SuperMovers - Videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
- #ThisIsPE - Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube. https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/
This initial list of mental wellbeing resources is based on the recommendations of trusted partners. It is designed to provide guidance on how to support the wellbeing of children and young people being educated remotely.
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - Wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people. https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
- BPS - Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19. https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-blogs
- Children's Commissioner - A downloadable guide for children about coronavirus. https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
- MindEd - An educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health. https://www.minded.org.uk/
- The Child Bereavement Network - Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak. http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx
This initial list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of trusted organisations, charities, multi-academy trusts and special education headteachers.
- Brain Parade - A visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs. http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/
- HelpKidzLearn - A collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure. https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/
- Sensory App House Ltd - A range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities. https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/
- Visuals2Go - An all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners. https://www.visuals2go.com/
- The Kids Should See This- informative, educational videos for pupils to watch. https://thekidshouldseethis.com/
- Tinkercad- lots of ideas for crafting and making both physically and using online software. https://www.tinkercad.com/
- Woodland Trust Nature Detectives- activities and challenges that could be completed in a garden, designed for younger children. https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
Year 5 Cake Sale
February 2020 - Year 5 were very keen to help with the Australian wild fires as their geography unit was Natural Disasters. Year 5 made over £250 selling cakes, the money will be sent to WWF wild fire fund.
Supporting the work of SHELTER
In November, we welcomed Marina Woodrow from the charity SHELTER.
Shelter helps the homeless in and around Colchester by providing 20 beds for them, emotional support, teaches life skills and enables them to see a doctor, if need be.
As a school we collected items such as shampoo, deodorant and other hygiene products as well as clothes and sleeping bags to give to Shelter.
We believe we really can make a difference: 'If it's to be it's up to me.'
House Captains for Elephants collected the trophy for most jewels earned during the year.
All jewels also count towards your house and Elephants are clearly very hard workers, with a massive 2,556 jewels awarded - well done Elephants!
In July, Year five got to go sailing for a whole week which was an absolutely amazing experience because some of us hadn’t even been on a boat our entire lives. Incredibly they now can helm a boat on their own. We all really enjoyed it!
We took part in our 1st Art Attack, where we learnt about real artists and recreate out own class copy, then our own individual representations using the artist's style.
Real-life working graffiti artists came into school to create a whole school mural. Every child in the school took part!
Mental Health & Emotional
National Children's Mental Health Week
We learnt lots of tools that we can use to help us when we feel a range of emotions...
Class Challenges - Every class selected some challenges that would need resilience and determination to get better at by the end of the week. We were competing against ourselves, not others, striving to be the best we can be
For the last three years, our pupils have taken part in Nature Days, where they 'get back to nature', no matter what the weather or the season. We learn solely through nature during these special days!
Being out enjoying nature is proven to do wonders for our mental health and emotional well-being. We want to offer our children the chance to go out and experience, observe and find awe and wonder in the natural world. This is important to us at Hazelmere Junior School. Let's open our eyes to an alternative to computer games!
Pupils took the IPADs and became photographers, noticing the shapes, details and wonder in nature
Each year group visited Highwoods Country Park, as well as the local woodlands and rivers
Meet our very lucky Kindle winner... Emma!
It just proves that regular reading is worth it! Read every day for half a term and collect a Golden Ticket, at the end of the year a name is picked out of the Golden Ticket box to win the amazing Kindle. Well Done Emma!