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Term 1

What an end to an incredible term!


We have loved being back at school, seeing our friends, working together and having a great time.  This week has all been about Black History.  We have learnt about a man called Roy Hackett.  He is a famous black Bristolian who started a bus boycott because the Bristol Bus Company wouldn't let a young black man drive their buses. The bus company thought that the white customers would get scared and not want to ride their buses.  Roy Hackett also helped organise the first St Paul's carnival.  To celebrate we had our own carnival outside in our playground.  We made headdresses and learnt to play carnival music using lots of different instruments like: ago-go; maracas; drums; wakas; tambourines and claves. 


Have a wonderful half term!


This week we .....


  • Spoke to a lady called Rachel. She works at the foodbank.  She told us that they get food from lots of kind people at the shops. The food is free and is given to anyone who needs it. - Imani'Li, Alana & Wolf


  • We have also been reviewing the book 'It's a No-Money Day'. Here is what we thought about the book:


It's a No-Money Day is an amazing book. It is about a little girl and her mum and they have no money to buy any food. I loved the book because I thought it was interesting and heartwarming.  - Alandra


This is a brilliant book about a girl and her mum. This book is about what it feels like to be in a foodbank and what you can do on a no-money day. Have you been to a foodbank? This book can help you understand what it is like being in a foodbank and having no money. I think you'll love it. I highly recommend you read this amazing book. - Clio


It's a No-Money Day book is a useful story to know because it teaches you what it's like having no money. The book is an extraodinary, heartwarming story. You will love it! If you ever see the story READ IT!!! - Dottie


  • have been learning to 'mirror' each other in PE.  It is not easy, but to be good at it you need to look at each other, watch carefully and concentrate - Yekshit & Tyler
  • had a visit from a singing teacher called Libby.  She taught us lots of new song. We loved all the songs, but we mostly loved the Penguin song. - Yashruutha and Layla
  • For our Friday challenge this week we had to learn a hip-hop dance. It was great fun to do! 




Another Busy Week of Learning Fun!



In Science, we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog. A lifecycle is how something changes from the beginning to the end.  So a frog's life cycle starts as frog spawn, then it changes in to a tadpole, then a froglet and finally in to a frog. - Clio and Mila



We have still been working on partitioning and we have also been comparing numbers, to see if they are greater than, less than or equal too. - Yashruutha, Clio and Bella.



In English we created some posters asking people to give donations of food for the foodbank. We also be writing sentences that have adjectives, verbs and so. - Bella, Ashaz

Here is an example:

'Mum says maybe one day I will buy a shiny, colourful car so we can drive to the friendly zoo' - Dottie


Today for our Friday Challenge we have been creating Christmas pictures for our Christmas cards!



In Maths we have been learning to use a part-part whole model to partition numbers in to 10s and 1s. We've been writing number sentences and finding different ways to make a number. 'Alana, Suhaib and Aria'


In English we have started reading the story 'It's a No-Money Day'. 

This story is about a family who don't have enough money to buy their own food so they have to go to the foodbank. 'Mila'

On Monday, Mr Jones told us we didn't have any food, but we actually did. He wanted to show us what it was like to have no food for the day. 

I felt angry because I would feel starving  - Isabella

I felt starving and it was a crazy thing to do to us - Wolf

I felt sad because I was really hungry and I found hard to concentrate and all I thought about was having lunch. - Clio

I felt irritated because I thought I'd never get any food and that made me feel anxious and worried.  Food gives us energy and I thought I wouldn't have enough energy to write. Bella


In Science we've been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.

The caterpillar lays some eggs, makes a chrysalis, then comes out as a butterfly. - Freya

This change is called 'metamorphism' - Bella


In RE we have been learning about Jesus and Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector. - Angelo

Not many people liked Matthew, but Jesus wanted to become his friend. - Alana

Windy, Wonderful Windmill Hill


This week we have been learning all about the area we live in.  We've talked about our favorite places and why they are special to us.  We created booklets for any new visitors and a 'welcome' video. We used adjectives and the 'Power of 3' to describe how great Windmill Hill is.


In RE we tackled the big question 'Who created the World'. We listened to each others ideas and how they were different.


In Maths with have been reviewing work on partitioning numbers to 50 and comparing numbers to see which are greater than, less than or equal to.


In ICT we used Speroes for the first time.  They were really cool and loved using them. We also went on a minibeast hunt and learnt about the lifecycle of a butterfly.


The Friday Challenge this week was to perform a famous fairy tale using only 2 people!!!

Welcome to 2 Hazel

It has been a fantastic start to the term getting to know the children and we are incredibly proud of how well the children have settled back in school life. 

For the first three weeks, we will be focussing on our ‘recovery curriculum’ that includes a variety of PSHE and well-being lessons as well as opportunities to engage and learn about growth mindset. The children will be taking part in a variety of fun and engaging activities as well as developing new skills and understanding across the curriculum. 



Every week, your child will choose a book from the class library as well as a levelled book from Oxford Reading Buddy.  Please encourage your child to read at home and feel free to ask if you need any support.  Please ensure that children bring in their books everyday.






During PE days, the children will need to come into school wearing PE kits and will stay in their kits for the whole day.  Currently, PE will be completed outdoors so the children will need warm layers during the colder months.  Please can children bring in their school jumpers so that they can wear them after their PE lessons. 



Plimsolls or trainers

Black shorts or black jogging bottoms

White T-Shirt

A hair band for children with longer hair


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me at the end of the school day or make an appointment to talk to me at another time.


Mr Jones and Mrs Slinn