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To end the half term the whole school spent today focusing on Black History Month.  Each year group focused on learning about a significant person from the black community.  Year 3 focused on Rosa Parks, Year 4 looked at Claudia Jones and the Notting Hill Carnival, Year 5 linked theirs with Science and space which they will be working on next half term and focused on Mae Jemison and Year 6 looked at the Windrush and Floella Benjamin.  It has been wonderful to see all the children so engaged with this and the fun and creative ways that have supported their learning.

Today children enjoyed a Harvest Festival assembly where we joined by the Reverend Sue Howlett.  We were overwhelmed with the incredible donations made by our school community.  Colchester Foodbank came to collect all the items and were incredibly grateful.

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!?

Covid information

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.


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.


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.


    Geography and History

    • National Geographic Kids- activities and quizzes covering a range of subjects, including all of our History and Geography units!


    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).

    Mental Wellbeing

    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.


    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.
    • HelpKidzLearn - A collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
    • 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.
    • Visuals2Go - An all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.


    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!

    Sailing Week!

     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!

    Art Attack

    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

    Nature Days

    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!

    WINTER 2020

    Pupils took the IPADs and became photographers, noticing the shapes, details and wonder in nature

    SUMMER 2019

    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!