It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks in Foxes. Well done to all of the children! They represented our class brilliantly at last week’s open afternoon. Thank you also to all of the parents who came. If you were unable to make it, do come and make an appointment to look at their great work.
The children also did a wonderful performance in the Harvest Festival on Monday, making a wonderful contribution to a lovely event.
We look forward to seeing parents at next week’s parent consultation meetings. Do make an appointment – we are available on Monday 15th October and Wednesday 17th October for these sessions. Don’t forget that next Thursday (18th October) is an Inset day. We are thrilled to announce that the following Friday – 19th October – is a special arts day where Hamsey children will be able to work in their house groups to complete a number of creative activities around the school. This should be a fun, stimulating day to mark the end of a highly productive term.
Scroll down for some photos of our “Flight” open afternoon.
As we enter week 3 of a brand new academic year, it’s wonderful to see our older, taller Foxes again! We hope everyone had a restful and fun summer break. The children have come back energized and enthusiastic, and have already started producing some lovely pieces of work.
We are more determined than ever to make the most of our wonderful outdoor space this year, so please do ensure your child has wellies and outdoor clothing every day, so they are always fully prepared. Also, please ensure they have trainers in school every day so they can complete the daily mile run comfortably and safely.
Here is our curriculum letter and homework grid. You should also have received hard copies of this last Friday. We look forward to seeing you at this week’s curriculum meeting – 3.10pm Wednesday 19th September.
Term 1 Homework grid foxes 2018
Foxes Curriculum Letter_Terms 1&2
As we come to the end of a fantastic year, it only remains for us to say well done to everyone in Foxes Class! You have been a lovely group to work with, and we are delighted that you are remaining with us next year. We hope everyone has a wonderful summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back in September. It really has been our privilege to teach you.
Despite the end of term fast approaching, Foxes Class threw themselves into Arts Day last week, and made some fantastic giant self portraits by drawing around themselves and using a variety of media to fill in the outlines. A massive thank you to Ros Howell who led the session – it really captured the children’s imaginations. They thought very carefully about what makes them them, and how to show different aspects of themselves in the artwork. Thank you also to the other parent helpers who gave up their time to help – you all made the day a great success. Please scroll down for photos.
Foxes Class also made some clay sculptures this week using shells that were collected on our recent trip to Brighton Sealife Centre and beach. Again, please scroll down for pictures.
As you know, our class text this term has been ‘The Storm Whale’ – a wonderful picture book by Benji Davies. We wrote to him this term with some interview questions, and I’m very pleased he replied in time for the end of term! We read his responses and wrote him a thank you email today. He was very impressed with the drawings that we did for him, and told us that he has been drawing since he could hold a pen! It was lovely for the children to find out what gave him his ideas for his books, and to learn more about his ideas behind ‘The Storm Whale’ text.
And now for some photos of our wonderful Arts Day …
And our fantastic shell sculptures …
We hope everyone is able to relax somewhere cool this weekend – it’s been a very hot week in Foxes Class! Well done to the children for working so hard despite the heat. We have been practising our seaside-themed class assembly, and it’s going to be a good one! We hope to see lots of Foxes’ grownups there – Tuesday 10th July at 9am.
Here are some photos of this week’s homework projects that we shared in class:
A descriptive piece of writing about the seaside
A box of treasures collected at Hastings Beach
Another trove of beach treasures
A homemade watermelon seed bracelet
Photos of a very productive seaside fishing trip!
We have really made the most of the wonderful weather this week with our trip to the Sealife Centre on Wednesday and our Sports Day today. Both events were a great success and we had lots of fun! We would like to say another huge thank you to our parent helpers for the school trip. On Monday, we also had a visit from the fire service to teach us all about fire safety.
If we are lucky enough to see more of this weather next week, please continue to ensure your child has a sun hat and a water bottle at school, and that they are wearing sun screen. Please scroll down for some photos of our trip and of the fire service visit.
Our visit from the fire service on Monday:
Our trip to the Sealife Centre:
We’ve had a lovely week in Foxes Class. Scroll down for photos of our recent Forest School activities, homework projects and for some of the writing we have been doing in class. Please remember that this week we have our trip on Wednesday – can all children have sunhats, sunscreen and water bottles, please. Also, on Friday it’s Sports Day. Please can all children come to school wearing the correctly coloured T shirt for their house, and please can they have sunscreen and water bottles.
Our lovely Forest School activities.
Some fantastic homework projects – a collage and a description of an invented sea creature:
We would also like to share some great writing inspired by our new class text, ‘The Snail & The Whale.’ We wrote in role as the snail at different points in the story, focusing on using expanded noun phrases to add interest to our writing. Esme and Riley wrote about the snail and the whale getting caught in a terrifying storm, and managed to work some vivid and imaginative descriptions into their work:
Here I am in the deep depths of the blue. I am frightened because there is a crashing, thrashing thunder storm. The waves are getting splashier and splashier. The flashing, zig-zag lightning is frightening me.
Here I am on the gigantic whale’s humongous, black, shiny tail. There are horrendous, crashing waves all about us, and crackling, flashing lightning above. I can see huge, enormous, towering, dark mountains to the side. I can feel the freezing cold air gnawing at my skin!
It’s been another busy, busy week in Foxes Class. This week we have been exploring how to write in role using our class text, ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. The children wrote some fantastic diary entries from the point of view of the main character, Crab. Roxy’s entry was full of descriptive phrases, and she thought carefully about her word order. Scroll down to read it:
I was swimming through the rock pool happily. Then … a FEROCIOUS, snapping fish lay in wait for me to come by. Its jaws were open wide. I came too near and it uncovered itself! Out shot a tentacle, quick as a flash, stinging the great beast right on the nose. Off he scurried in a cloud of worry and fury!
It has also been lovely to see some of the great homework projects that people have brought in this week. Here is a selection:
A wonderful seaside-themed sculpture made from objects found at the beach
An etching inspired by marine wildlife
A mixed media collage made from paint, shells, fabric and wallpaper. We all loved how the sky is reflected in the rock pool!
We look forward to welcoming everyone back next week. Please don’t forget to return your SeaLife Centre trip letters if you haven’t already done so.