We started our Reverse Advent Calendar this week and it has been great to 'give back'. Thank you all so much for your kind donations. We really do appreciate them and we know that the people that receive them will appreciate them even more this Christmas.
We looked at punctuating direct speech this week in our English Skills, so that we could use these skills in the build-up of our adventure story. We also used our addition and subtraction skills in Maths as we tried to solve two-step word problems.
In D&T we cut out our stockings ready to decorate and sew next week and we also spent some time discussing cyber-bullying.
To end our Mayan work we had a Mayan afternoon that included investigating Mayan food and tasting some spicy Mayan hot chocolate, making some Mayan jewellery out of clay, making Mayan temples using multi-link and testing out our sticky knowledge of Mayans on the iPads!
It was time to start writing our adventure stories this week and we focused on the opening section of our story. It is all about a little boy called Tony and his grandad. At the end of the opening, Tony had found a family photo showing his grandad and his dad as explorers. We wonder what will happen next...
Our Maths focused on subtraction (both with and without exchanging!), in RE we looked at sacred texts from other religions and the story of Noah's Ark too, History gave us a chance to ask our own questions about the Mayans and then research the answers and in Jigsaw we were able to continue our work on celebrating differences by looking more about what bullying is and what we can do if we know it is happening.
Our Gong Session was really interesting and it was great to find out the importance of taking time out of our busy lives to just relax.
A huge thank you to everyone for their kind donations for our Christmas Fayre and we will be starting our reverse advent calendars next week so any donations for that will be gratefully received.
This week we finally finished editing, improving and publishing our non-chronological reports about animals from the Amazon Rainforest. In Maths, we spent the week revising column addition and then moving onto applying our skills to solve problems. They weren't easy but we persevered! We continued our work on our Christmas stockings by looking at how to attach decorations and also designing our stockings, thinking about the user and the purpose before deciding on the final design brief.
Also, a huge thank you to everyone who attended parents evening. It was great to see you all and let you know just how fantastic the Fantastic Foxes are!
Lots of events this week! From Remembrance Day and Odd Socks Day to support Anti-Bullying Week to No Pens Day and Children in Need, we have celebrated them all! We wrote about why Remembrance Day was so important and we performed a fantastic anti-bullying poem called "I'll Be There For You".
We started work on touch typing and also started practising our sewing skills with Mrs Webb this week, ready for starting our Seasonal Stockings very soon!
Another busy week for the Fantastic Foxes! We have been writing our non-chronological reports about our rainforest animals, ready for editing, improving and publishing next week. In Maths, we focused on comparing and ordering numbers and we were great at this by the end of the week!
We have done lots of History this week too, focusing on the Mayans. We became History detectives and looked at ruins and artifacts from the Mayan period to try and help us discover more about them and their way of life. We also created a Mayan timeline in our Learning Journals and had to find the Mayans on our new school timeline on the playground!
In RE we started looking at Sacred Texts and what the word Sacred means and we also started our new D&T project...creating our own Seasonal Stockings!
Before we started our well earned weekend, we had a Jigsaw lesson which was all about appreciating and respecting each other's differences. This is something we will be focusing on throughout the rest of this half term.
Next week we have Odd Socks Day on Tuesday to help us celebrate anti-bullying week and a non-uniform day for Children in Need on Friday!
A busy week to end a busy half term! Penalty shoot outs, rainforest boxes, and dressing up as rockstars to name just a few of the things we got up to! Have a look at the photos below and have a great half term!
This week we have been using lots of Science knowledge and skills to discover more about plants. We found out out their life cycles and also how water is transported around the plant. We even set up an experiment...
Also this week, we began looking at non-chronological reports. We studied their features, cut up a mixed report and tried to put it back together (paying close attention to the subheadings) and went on a Fact Hunt around school to find out facts about different rainforest animals.
It was also our Harvest Festival at St Andrew's Church this week. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and also everyone who donated to our collection for a local food bank.
We had plenty of visitors to the Fantastic Foxes this week, with Mansfield Town coaches on Monday and White Post Farm and all their animals on Tuesday! It was great to learn some new football skills and we loved seeing, finding out about and especially holding lots of different animals, including some interesting South American animals.
In Maths we have worked on representing numbers in different ways using our place value skills, like this...
This week, we also started focusing on some Science knowledge and skills linked to the Amazon Rainforest. We looked at the different layers of a rainforest and then focused on the different plants that lived in each layer. We learnt all about the functions of different parts of a plant and even got to dissect a flower to look at each of its parts!
We are using all our rainforest knowledge to create our very own rainforest boxes. Watch this space!
It was brigadeiro week in the Fantastic Foxes this week! We used our D&T, Maths and English skills to make our very own version of these tasty Brazilian desserts, before writing a set of instructions telling others how to make them. We then went on to 'publish' these instructions after working hard to edit and improve them.
In Maths, after working with weights to help us when making brigadeiro, we moved on to looking at Roman Numerals. We discovered that, like the Mayans, Romans also used symbols to represent different numbers. We enjoyed playing 'Roman Numeral Snap' too!
Even though Mr Stone was away at PGL this week, he made sure he planned plenty of work to keep us busy!
We have started focusing on instructions, looking at examples and identifying their features. As part of this week's work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we then made Charlie's breakfast of a margarine sandwich before writing instructions on how to make a perfect one.
Also as part of our work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we designed our very own chocolate bars and then created some video adverts to persuade people to buy them.
This week we will also began our research for our Traveller's Guides to the different countries of South America. We already have some fantastic facts!
It was great to get our first Stars in the Jar reward this week too for achieving 10 stars!
In our first full week in the Fantastic Foxes we got up to a wide variety of things, including...
All in all another very busy week!
Our first few days in The Fantastic Foxes have been busy ones! Mr Stone and Mr Wilkinson got us working hard straight away, including drawing and writing about our very own imaginative faraway lands, becoming time detectives and trying to spot mistakes in a Mayan scene, making our very own 'dot' artwork and playing friendship bingo to start our Jigsaw (PSHE) work.
We also chose our brand new school councillors and they are...Layla and Finley! We know you will do a great job of representing the Fantastic Foxes at all the school council meetings. Well done!
A huge well done to all the Foxes for settling in so well this week. You should be very proud!