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 Hitchen (every day!).
On Monday, the children worked in small groups to make yummy gingerbread biscuits. They worked together brilliantly, following the instructions carefully and created some very festive gingerbread biscuits. In our Literacy session on Tuesday, the children wrote up careful instructions on how to make their biscuits. The quality of their written instructions was fantastic and far better than the ones we followed. The children included some great tips as well. We all enjoyed sampling the gingerbread at the end of the day. This work links in with our current Geography work on Germany and looking at German Christmas traditions.
In our science work this half term, the children have learnt all about solids, liquids and gasses and changes of state. We acted out the particle formations of solids, liquids and gases outside in the playground, which was good fun. In our English lessons, we learnt how to write a good non-chronological report and wrote one all about a gas of our choice. We are now gas experts! We also conducted some investigations into evaporation and dissolving making sure they were fair tests.
At the end of our Viking topic, we invited parents and grandparents in to watch our KS2 Viking performance. Fox Class reenacted the Viking attack on the island of Lindisfarne. They put on a great performance and showed what wonderful actors we have. Afterwards, the children shared all of their fantastic learning with guests in the classroom. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came and for helping your children to create such amazing Viking home learning.
Fox class made all the scones for our Harvest Tea for the older people of the community. We then greeted the guests as they arrived and served them with a delicious cream tea. Whilst they were enjoying their tea all the classes came in, one at a time, to entertain everyone with poems, songs and harvest merriment.
Wow, what a day we all had from looking at Viking weapons right to a Viking funeral! We also acted out How Thor got his hammer and discovered we have some amazing actors amongst Fox Class.
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.
Year 5's had a viking enrichment day whilst the yr 4's were at the ancient technology centre in Cranborne and made Viking stew followed by wholemeal pancakes with blackberries and honey.
Foxes class has returned to school after the summer break and have been eager to start work again. On the first day, we formed our class charter together, which is displayed in our classroom. This helped us to understand how we need to behave in the classroom so that everyone can learn and feel safe and happy. We also did lots of fun team building activities. One of these activities was a challenge to build the tallest Lego tower that we could, in twenty minutes. We worked really well in our groups to build these and persevered when things didn’t go to plan. At the end of the time period, we had created some fantastic and very unique Lego towers.
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Values Day - Compassion
With our class christian value we embarked on various activities throughout the day to consolidate the understanding of the true meaning of compassion.
Year 4 performed their guitars to parents and Key Stage 2 children. It was incredible how much they had learnt in only 10 Weeks, including James Bond theme tune, Batman and 'What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor'.
Year 5 Visit to Brenscombe Outdoor Adventure Centre
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 .
Winchester Science Museum
Maths Afternoon for Parents
Visit to Keyneston Mill
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!
This half term, KS2 have embarked on a more creative Topic. With an end product of an exhibition in mind, we have worked with a variety of media and learnt how to use different techniques. We took 'flowers' as our theme as we have been studying Georgia O'Keeffe as our famous artist, and as we learnt, flowers were a key feature in her paintings with 'The Flowers' being amongst her most famous paintings. We used watercolours to paint intricately detailed flowers which were transformed into delightful cards. We also learnt how to print, thinking about positive and negative images which we produced using blocks and tiles. We thought carefully about our use of colour and produced some very artisan wrapping paper. We even printed our designs onto cotton bags very effectively. We were all very pleased with our end products which we proudly exhibited at the end of the project.
In true Spetisbury style, we celebrated the Royal Wedding with a tea party starting and finishing with the National Anthem. We also designed and decorated a commemorative plate. As you can see our designs are very regal and these will be lovely to look back on with fond memories of our time at Spetisbury School.
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 class took part in a great skipping workshop. We were all very active and learnt a few new moves!
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.
Interview with an assistant curate
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.
World Book Day
As part of World Book Day, Fox Class teamed up with Squirrels. They each had a buddy to read stories to and made book marks together. Foxes didn't want to leave as they were having such a good time. So they stayed for one last story!
The Salvation Army
As part of our R.E learning this term we have been finding out about the people of God. We have learnt about Abraham and Sarah and how Abraham showed his faith in God in his actions. We have then been making the connection between people of God and the modern world. To that end we have been researching the Salvation Army. Foxes have found out lots of information about the Salvation Army including when it was founded and by whom and what they do to help people in our community. We then had a visit from an officer in the Salvation Army who gave us a deeper insight into what they do. Fox Class prepared a lot of relevant questions to ask Katrina and it was a very informative morning. Thank You Katrina
As part of our D.T. topic called Ready, steady, bake, we have been learning about healthy eating with a focus on bread. Last week, we trailed different types of bread such as baguette, pitta, naan, brown and croissants. We enjoyed evaluating each in terms of flavour, appearance and texture. In our session, today, we have be making 'bread in a bag, in a pot' which is a very easy way to make bread without a mess. We made a basic white loaf and tasted it to decide which flavours we could add to make it a more interesting loaf. We were very pleased with the bread we made today - they all tasted delicious!
OAA Map work skills
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!
Merry Christmas from Foxes
Blandford School Science Lesson
Recently, Fox Class travelled to The Blandford School for an amazing science lesson with Mr Killer. During the two hour lesson, the children learnt which solids, liquids and gases are flammable. The children's favourite part of the lesson was when they got to conduct their own investigation into which Bunsen Burner flame was the hottest, the blue or the yellow. First they filled a test tube with 100ml of water and then timed how long this took to reach boiling point using a yellow flame, then repeated the experiment using a blue flame. They all concluded that the blue flame was the hottest. To finish the lesson, one of the children got to light a mixture of natural gas, which had been pumped through some bubble mixture. This produced a cloud of fire for a few seconds, which wowed us all. The children had a great morning and learnt more about solids, liquids and gases as a result. Thank you to Mr Killer for having us.
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.
We started the term off by using our team building skills to make the longest paper chain to decorate our room.
We have got off to a really good start with maths each day and have improved our maths skills tremendously.
We always start with our Times Tables Dance.
Next we have quick fire questions to answer.
Finally, after the input, its down to work.