Welcome to the wonderful Foxes Class. The children are taught by Mrs Hill and Mrs McAdam and are supported by the wonderful Mrs Margrie.
The children have already begun lots of exciting learning and are working really hard.
Fox class dressed up as evacuees and went to Nothe Fort in Weymouth as part of our World War Two topic. Once we were there, the children participated in five activities. These included: visiting an old shop, a school room, an old laundry, experiencing what it was like in an Anderson shelter during an air raid and finding out what it was like for people in Weymouth during the war. The children also got to use stirrup pumps to put out pretend fires. The highlight for most of the class was experiencing the Anderson shelter during the air raid. This certainly made us all appreciate how frightening it would have been for children and adults alive during this time. The whole day was a great learning experience for all of the children and they certainly learnt lots.
As part of our topic work, the children have been producing some fantastic home learning projects. Some of them have included: models of Anderson shelters; an American style bread and butter pudding; a model of the trenches made out of chocolate brownies, models of the D-day landings and many more. We have been so impressed by the children’s creativity!
Foxes really enjoyed our French day this week. Here we are participating in a variety of activities including artwork on our studied artist; Claude Monet, singing in assembly, playing French games, story telling and our visit to the 'pop up' café amongst other things. (See MFL in Curriculum for more details).
World War II Topic
We were extremely privileged today to welcome a World War II veteran to Spetisbury School. Joseph Nicholson came to talk to us about his experiences as a boy and during his time in the Navy. He spoke from first hand experience about life during the war. He shared his fond memories of being an evacuee with us and talked in great detail about the Normandy landings. We were all completely enthralled by his talk and were amazed at the details he was able to share with us. Mr Nicholson brought in books with lots of photos to show us. The children asked him many questions which were answered in detail helping to give them an emotive insight into World War Two. Our visitor has now helped to bring to life our understanding of our current topic and we would like to thank him very much.
This week in Mathematics we have been focusing on real life maths, problem solving and reasoning. On Thursday afternoon our parents came in to see how we approach the important concept of reasoning in Mathematics. We had a range of activities to carry out with a problem solving and reasoning theme. We really enjoyed working in pairs, explaining our strategies and reasoning to each other. It was clear to see how much better we have got at these skills!
The Big Hike – Nature Walk
Yesterday, Fox class went on a five mile walk from Spetisbury School to Tarrant Crawford, Crawford Farm and Spetisbury Rings. On the way the children found challenge cards which had questions they had to answer. These linked with our learning on plants and how they reproduce. The children also worked in teams to spot things beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Some of the highlights of the trip included: eating delicious flap jacks at the top of flap jack hill, visiting Tarrant Crawford ancient church, having a tour of Mrs Margrie’s farm, meeting Rhubarb (Mrs Margrie’s dog) and seeing the amazing view from Spetisbury Rings. After lunching in Mrs Margrie's garden, we returned to school via Crawford bridge (where we saw ducklings and a massive trout), Spetisbury Rings and the trail way. The children were incredibly well behaved, joined in with all of the activities enthusiastically and kept going even when they were feeling hot and tired. Once back at school, the children planted petunias to take home as a memory of a great trip. What a fantastic day out. We certainly all learnt lots. A huge thank you to Mrs Margrie for organizing the trip for us and to our parent helpers, who came with us.
Before Easter, Year four visited Winchester Science Museum. We all had great fun conducting different science experiments and seeing science in action. After lunch, we visited the planetarium and learnt lots about the planets. It was a great trip, which was enjoyed by all.
Today, as part of our topic on 'Light', we investigated which surfaces reflected light better than others.
We selected a range of objects which were made of different materials and which had differing surfaces and colours.
First we looked to see if we could see our reflection in each one and then we observed how well each material reflected the light. We recorded our results and then discussed our findings drawing our conclusions.
On Tuesday, one of our parents came into our class to tell us about her exciting expedition to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjao. Becky explained lots about what the terrain was like and the climb up this amazing mountain. We saw lots of fantastic photos and learnt a great deal. Becky even brought in some volcanic rocks for us to hold. One was obsidian, which we knew about from our study of volcanoes and the Aztecs.
This week Foxes have been working on percentages. Today we applied our mathematical skills in a role play situation - each group created a 'chocolate and biscuit' shop (linking with our Topic work).
We then held a sale in our shops with various percentages off our products. We worked in pairs to find the new prices of our products. We are now able to go shopping in the sales!
During the half term, we have been learning about the Aztecs. We have found out about the Aztec Gods and sacrificial ceremonies, made Aztec calendars and codices. To finish off our learning, we found out what happened to the Aztec Empire once the Spanish arrived. The children have also done some fantastic home learning about Aztec homes, food and cooking, farming and clothes and jewellery. The children were incredibly creative with the presentation of their home learning. One member of the class even made some delicious Aztec hot chocolate for us all to try, which was enjoyed by all!
As part of our Aztec Art work, we have been developing our printing skills. This week, we designed our own snake print template, adding patterns to our printing blocks. Some of us added spots, stripes and squares to make our snake printing block unique. Next we used printing inks to print our snake images onto paper. We enjoyed rolling out the printing ink and seeing our finished images. Next week, we are going to explore making an indented printing block to see the different effect this gives.
This half term, we have been learning how to write an effective myth and legend. To begin with, we read some model myths and legends and identified the key features. For our legend work, we learnt about the importance of paragraphs and fronted adverbials to help us structure our writing. Next, we designed our own beast/monster, then planned our writing and then wrote our legends. Our finished legends were very good.
In PE, we have been developing our OAA skills (Outdoor Adventurous Activity). Today we started our PE lesson, by playing a game of ‘Pirates’. This was great fun. Next, we worked as a team to find parts of the compass, which had been hidden around the room and then put the eight point compass back together. Finally, we followed a set of compass points around a grid in the school hall. At each point there was a number which we had to collect. At the end of each trail, we added up the total of the route and reported this to our teacher. By the end of the lesson, we were really good at using our eight point compass bearings and some of us even created our own routes for other pairs to solve.
As part of our Sikism work, we have been learning about the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy book). It contains many stories to show people how to live a good life. The story of the 'The Milk and the Jasmine Flower' tells us that there is always room for more. We made origami jasmine flowers and put a message inside the flower to tell us, what we can have more of in the world. After that we tried to float our flowers on the milk.
Foxes have begun their new Topic - Amazing Aztecs. They have been finding out where in the world the Aztecs lived. The children have been researching the city of Tenochtitlan and have already found out just what an amazing civilization the Aztecs were.
Foxes have been learning some new phrases in french this term and can now confidently greet each other.
This half term, Foxes class have been finding out all about volcanoes. They have found out how volcanoes are made up and have learnt lots of technical information. They have learnt where various volcanoes are situated and which are dormant and which are still active.
As part of our Topic, Foxes made fantastic labelled models of volcanoes.
As part of our topic on volcanoes, Foxes learnt about the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
After watching a reconstruction video clip of the event, the children wrote a diary entry, in the role of a citizen of Vesuvius on that disastrous day.
KS2 were extremely lucky to have a visit from a very knowledgeable, well-travelled vulcanologist. The children had prepared questions for the visitor, who showed them photographs of various volcanoes that he had seen all around the world.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Foxes laid a poppy wreath on our reflection table. We held a two minutes silence to remember the millions of servicemen and women who have died or suffered in the two World Wars and in wars since. Foxes class wrote a short report on why the 11th November is an important day. They also made poppies in remembrance of the poppies that grew in many of the fields in Flanders, where some of the worst fighting took place.
Foxes have been working on the written method for division. Today they had some fun piecing together a jigsaw but first they had to work out the division calculations so that they could match up the answers. Challenging but they did it with a little support from their peers!
Our topic this term is called Kings and Queens. We are studying King Henry VIII and have already found out lots of fantastic facts about him and what life was like in the Tudor times. In the first week, Mrs Lydington came in and did a fantastic workshop with the children. During this, the children learnt about King Henry and his six wives, what walkers were and what life was like for people living in Tudor times. Have a look at some fantastic photos of the things we got up to.
The year 5's have made Tudor roses out of clay.
They worked very carefully and paid great attention to detail.
A fantastic finished product I'm sure you'll agree!
Firstly the children looked at all of the ingredients including; ground fennel, ground cloves, rose petals, lavender and rose water. Next they ground their ingredients together with a plant sap called benzoin, (which acts as a preservative) using a pestle and mortar. They then mixed this with a gum to bind it together and formed it into beads. The beads were then left to dry for 2 - 3 weeks. Finally the beads have been made into a necklace to keep away any nasty smells. Our classroom is now smelling very fragrant!
Consolidating and applying our Number skills
At the end of our first half term, Foxes Class have been consolidating and applying all of the number skills that they have been learning. The children had fun spending money using a 'toys catalogue'. They were very excited selecting the items that they would like to buy on their given budget. They then applied their skills of: rounding, estimating, subtracting and multiplying. I think some items may now be appearing on their Christmas lists!
KS2 Shared Learning
Our three KS2 classes came together at the end of this half term to share their Topic learning on Kings and Queens.
In small groups, the children shared interesting facts that they had found out. Some shared models that they had made talking about how it linked with their king or queen. A group of children from Foxes Class showed off their Tudor dance explaining the significance of each of the moves. A quiz was also successfully answered showing just how much they had learnt. The children enjoyed sharing their learning. They spoke knowledgeably and confidently and listened intently asking appropriate questions. They then also shared some of the new things that they had learnt from their peers. A super sharing session!
This term we have been learning all about Sikhism. This week we looked at the 5 K's. Kesh - uncut hair, Kangha - a small wooden comb, Kirpan - a small sword, Kara - a steel bracelet and Kachera - linen shorts worn under garments.
We have been investigating words and looking at how they are made up. We have been learning about root words, prefixes and suffixes.. We created some 'root word fireworks' by adding prefixes and suffixes to some root words. During our investigation we found some interesting things such as; some root words have their spelling changed slightly when adding a prefix or a suffix e.g. beauty - beautiful, hop - hopped etc. We will continue our prefix and suffix investigations this year.