Welcome to Foxes
The Fox Family is taught by the amazing Mrs Hill (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday), the outstanding Mrs Opalka (Thursday & Friday) and supported by the incredible Mrs Margrie (every day!).
The Vikings have arrived!
Our topic this term is the Vikings. Our inquiry question is ‘Why did the Vikings come to Britain?’ So far we have learnt which countries the Vikings came from and some reasons why they came here. We have found out about their very unique Viking long ships and have created a wonderful collage of one in our classroom.
We arrived at Brenscombe on Wednesday morning and played a few games before going into our accommodation and making our beds - which was quite a challenge! After lunch we broke into two groups, one doing orienteering around the grounds and the other archery, which wasn't as easy as it looked. As the sun began to set, that evening, we set off on a night walk to Corfe Castle. For the first time we saw amazing views as it was the shortest day of the year but still came back tired and exhausted. So it was hot chocolate and off to bed.
On Thursday we all went on the big canoe in Poole Harbour which proved to be quite a muddy affair due to the tide being so far out. As if that wasn't enough, in the afternoon, we went into the woods and lit our own fires using a steel. We then cooked our own bread on our fires and had hot chocolate. The evening entertainment was a talent show round a big camp fire and toasting marshmallows followed by yet more hot chocolate.
The final day was high and low ropes, which were enough to terrify anyone! Followed by farewells and certificates. Everyone was very sad to leave .
This week, as part of our Art topic on flowers, Foxes class visited Keyneston Mill. We took a lovely nature walk across the fields to get to our destination, with the very knowledgeable Mrs Margrie giving us little talks along the way. We were met by the owner who took us into the amazing dome and gave us a brief insight as to what they do at the mill. We smelt a range of fragrances with our eyes closed to see if we could recognise various plants.
We then had our picnic lunch before splitting into groups to be shown around the mill. We learnt lots about the various plants and flowers that they grow, what parts of the plants are used for distilling to make their perfume etc. We had time to sketch some of the flowers and we studied them very closely to produce some very intricately, detailed sketches. We were given some juice and biscuits before setting off back on our walk to school.
Foxes class were very thankful to Keyneston Mill for allowing us to visit them and also to our parent helpers for accompanying us on our trip. We highly recommend a visit to the mill to see the beautiful flowers that they have there.
At the end of our Art based Topic, KS2 exhibited their work. Parents, family and friends were invited in and the children escorted them around the exhibition, talking them through the various stages of their work. Various workshops had been set up for some 'hands on' experiences based on our various themes and the children helped teach at these stations.
Lots of visitors came to our very successful exhibition including KS1 and reception class. We all felt very proud of our artwork and think everyone was suitably impressed with what we, as budding artists had produced, I'm sure you'll agree!
In maths, we have been learning about volume and how to calculate it. The children were given the challenge to work out the possible lengths, widths and heights of different cuboids, which would give a volume of 24cm3. The children persevered to find different solutions to the problem. The children also used multi link to find the volumes of different 3D shapes – some great learning has been taking place.
This half term, Foxes have been developing their cricket skills with Chance to Shine coach Tom Snape. We have all learnt lots about cricket and have developed our cricket skills well through these sessions.
Foxes spent the day celebrating Easter in a variety of different ways. The school day began with an Easter celebration assembly where our Easter themed artwork was on show.
We then made our Easter basket and put in our Easter nest cakes that we had fun making with our parent helper. Next we carried out some Easter themed investigations involving eggs.
Mrs Margrie had prepared an egg hunt for us with mathematical problems for us to solve before receiving our prize of a chocolate lolly. We all found this very 'eggciting'!. In the afternoon we were all very creative designing and making our colourful Easter cards.
We also got to take part in an Easter egg hunt organised by FOSS which was great fun!
The day was finished off with an Easter bonnet parade where we were able to show off our imaginative creations!
All in all, we all had an 'eggscellent' day!
We were so lucky to have Mrs Pascoe come to visit us as part of our 'Mountains' topic. Mrs Pascoe has had the amazing opportunity to walk to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. She showed us some incredible photographs of her ascent and explained the trials and tribulations of climbing such a high mountain and living above the clouds.
Thank you so much Mrs Pascoe, we were very jealous of your adventure.
Mr Robertson, an assistant curate, came into Fox Class to answer questions about Incarnation, God and The Trinity. The children came up with some amazing questions (which were a challenge for Mr Robertson to answer!) and we all felt we had learnt something new from his visit.
A big thank you to Mr Robertson for enlightening us today.
This term Fox class has been developing their OAA skills in one of their PE sessions. First, we did some team work activities so we understood what made a great team. Next we were given a team challenge called ‘Crossing the Swamp’. We had to get from one side of the hall to the other using only hoops. We were only allowed to stand in the hoops. If we stood outside of the hoops, we had to start again. After a team chat, we all figured out how to do this and eventually managed to get all of our teams across the swamp safely. In our next lesson, we learnt about the eight points of the compass and put these back together accurately. We then followed a set of compass directions around a grid in the school hall. At each cone we stopped at, we had to collect a number. When we completed the trail, we added up the numbers we had collected to see if we had done it correctly. By the end of the session and working with our partners, we all got to grips with following compass directions. We have also leant the OS map symbols for things such as buildings, a river, footpath, school and church. Next week, we are going to be doing some orienteering around the school grounds, which should be great fun! Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!
We started by looking at Modern Greece and what it is like today then took a time machine to travel back in time to Ancient Greece. We have been studying about Greek Hoplites (soldiers) and had a go at drawing our own, including all the features, such as a shield, sword, greaves (shin pads), cuirass (body armour), tunic and a helmet made from bronze and horse hair.