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Christmas crafting captures class!

This week we’ve been working hard trying out new skills and giving the old ones a good stretch too.
We’ve created Illuminated lettering style calendars, a 3D Rudolph card and finished off with sewing a felt Christmas stocking.
In between all that, we also completed some Christmas themed maths problems, filmed our Christmas song (keep an eye out for the video!), made some Christmas decorations for the classroom, watched the Panto (oh yes we did!), had Christmas dinner and chilled out with some party food (money kindly donated by FOLS – Thank you!) whilst watching a Christmas movie.
I also want to say a huge thank you on behalf of myself and Miss Dodd for the generous gifts and cards we received. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Falcon class and look forward to the New Year in welcoming Mrs Fekete back from maternity leave.
Have a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas everyone.

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Boxercise, Bidmas and Brainstorming!

Another busy week in Falcon Class as we finished off our newspaper reports in English, tried out boxercise in PE, Year 6 solved Bidmas maths problems, we brainstormed ideas over occupations relating to Psalm 8. investigated the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial, delved into selective breeding of dogs in science, and practiced our 7 times tables using Times Table Rockstars! Phew!
Parents, fancy a Bidmas challenge? Have a go at the calculation in the image on the left. Happy problem solving!

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From paganism to Christianity

The last fortnight in Topic we have been investigating how the Anglo Saxons converted to Christianity. We have looked at their pagan gods and then learnt about how Augustine travelled from Rome, landed in Kent and converted the then Kentish King, Ethelbert, to Christianity. After converting 10,000 of the king's subjects on Christmas day in 597AD, he was made a saint after his death in recognition of his work.
Augustine founded Canterbury Cathedral and became the first Archbishop.
As part of our learning, we created guides to Canterbury Cathedral, Iona and Lindisfarne.
We also looked at Illuminated lettering, which the monks used to create works of art in their manuscripts and created our own version using the first letter of our names.

 

Anglo Saxons

Illuminated letters and Information guides

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Happy Autumn          Half-term

Falcon Class have been very busy settling back into the school routine this term. It's been a long 8 weeks, but we have got used to being together, learning how to keep ourselves and others safe in school due to Covid, different timings, and of course our learning!
In the term ahead we will continue creating different types of written work using a book by Michael Morpurgo based on the epic Old English poem, Beowulf. It’s a story of heroism by a Viking Prince as he vanquishes monsters!
Year 5 maths will focus on multiplication and division; Year 6 maths will focus on fractions. I would recommend your child continues to learn their times tables to help them – it really will make such a difference. All children should know their times tables by end of year 4, so if they don’t, try games/apps/quizzes, anything that will help them.
In our topic lessons we are continuing to increase our knowledge about Anglo Saxons, how they lived and how they still influence our lives today. In our science lessons we will still be focusing on evolution, adaptation and inheritance of characteristics.
Alongside all of the above, we are still supporting children with their emotional literacy, how they can recognise their emotions and what to do when feeling sad, angry, worried and many other feelings.
Miss Dodd and I look forward to welcoming the children back on Tues 3rd November, and in the meantime, have a safe and happy half term break.
Mrs Clark

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