Welcome to Fox Class 2018-19
Fox and Owl Class had a wonderful time on our trip today, visiting the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. In the morning, we marvelled at rocks, fossils and an enormous variety of stuffed animals. There was even an inflatable virus hanging from the ceiling! It was amazing to see the beautiful shapes and patterns that occur in nature. We had recently been learning about adaptation and how animals evolve, and all the fascinating displays and exhibits at the museum illustrated these concepts beautifully.
In the afternoon we went through to the Pitt Rivers Museum next door to have a guided tour of some of their African exhibits, particularly those from the Kingdom of Benin. We found out all about how rulers in African civilizations showed their power and then went on an artefact hunt through the museum. What a brilliant day!
Christmas has come early to Fox and Owl classes, as we have already started rehearsing for the Thame Christmas Festival of Music. Some of the songs are "rather jazzy", as one year 5 pupil said, and we've really been enjoying them!
The children in Fox and Owl class take it in turns to lead collective worship in class every week. Every group plans a short play which will help the rest of the class reflect on our value for that half term. The children also choose a song to sing and lead the class in prayer. It is a great chance for the children to show their understanding of the value and it is a very special time of the week. Here is this week's worship, which is set, as they so often are, in the classroom.
It's been all about fractions this week: comparing the size of two different fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We have been working really hard and using fraction wall diagrams to help us (as well as strips of paper with smiley faces!)
We were lucky enough to have tag rugby training this week. Our coach, who is now at Chinnor Rugby club, used to play for Dijon and he even threw in a few French words and phrases! We practised passing, running with the ball and defending, before going into a match. Many tries were scored and we all had a fantastic afternoon!
We absolutely loved our basketball WOW day; it was so much fun and we learnt many new skills. Meeting the tallest man in Britain was really inspirational and we are all going to remember to be proud of our own unique talents. He reminded us to take every opportunity to try new things and to stay healthy and active!
In preparation for Remembrance Sunday and the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, we have been remembering people who lost their lives in conflict. We have thought particularly about the Blitz and done some powerful creative writing. As well as this, we have decorated poppies for display in St Andrew's church in Chinnor.
In Science, we have continued our learning about materials. We started off by observing that ice cubes placed on slate, wood and plastic do not melt at the same rate and we had lots of great discussion about why that was. Based on this surprising (to most of us!) observation, we planned and carried out our own investigations into how different materials affect the speed at which ice melts. We started to think about conduction and insulation (as well as thoroughly enjoying being outside in the sunshine).
This week we have been exploring shape in Maths and revising the mathematical language we need to talk about them. We explored prisms and pyramids in particular, and Year 4 even built their own shapes using magnetic pieces. We then embedded our knowledge by sorting the shapes into Venn diagrams based on their properties. We also had an interesting discussion about why a pyramid couldn't be a prism, and how a Toblerone box can be a useful memory aid in Maths...
This week, we had a fascinating trip to the John Radcliffe Hospital to learn about First Aid and keeping ourselves safe. In the Accident and Emergency department, we had a look at the equipment they use when someone has hurt themselves. We even had a plaster cast put on our finger! After that, we found out why it is so important to wear our cycle helmets, and some of us even got a certificate for wearing ours all the time. Next we found out what to do in lots of emergency situations, including how to carry out C.P.R. and use a defibrillator. We are really grateful to the fantastic trainers for giving us so much vital information.
As part of our Science topic, we are learning about solids, liquids and gasses. We found out that the tiny particles inside these three states of matter behave differently, so we decided to become particles on the MUGA! When we were part of a solid material we bunched together and moved about on the spot. When we were liquids we could slide past each other, although we were still joined. Our favourite state of matter was when we were gasses though; we got to run around wherever we liked, filling up the whole MUGA!
As part of our launch day, we also looked at some tie dye fabric from Sierra Leone and decide to create our own. We tied up plain fabric tightly with string and dripped dye on it, creating our own design in different colours. We waited fairly patiently for it to dry before admiring the results!
As part of our African Adventure topic launch, we made some traditional bread from East Africa. We started by making our dough, mixing it up and then kneading it. It got pretty messy! After leaving it to rest, we rolled it out into a circle. To create a flaky texture, we then had to do some special shaping: rolling it up into a sausage shape, then coiling it up like a snail shell. After another rest, we then rolled it out into a circle. When they were ready, we took advantage of our wonderful grounds and cooked our flatbreads outside on a skillet, over charcoal. They tasted delicious!
This week we walked down to visit our local church, St Peter and St Paul, in Aston Rowant. Rev. Des told us about the history of the church and we had a look in the churchyard. We found out that some areas of the churchyard are left undisturbed, to encourage wildlife. Inside the church, Des told us about the symbolism of the building and the clothes that he wears. Afterwards, we had a look round and did some sketching and rubbings. Rev. Des even allowed us to try on his vestments!
Here we are practising and performing our original compositions outside. We had listened to a piece of classical music inspired by an imaginary animal, then created our own animal and composed a piece of music to reflect its movement and habits. The willow dome was the perfect setting for our final performance!
During R.E. enrichment week, we made Mandalas: circular, symmetrical designs which reflect the cyclical nature of life. We chose images, symbols and colours to represent who we are.
We went outside to practise the Spanish numbers we had learnt. We played lifeboats and used our bodies to make the numbers, following instructions in Spanish!
We studied the work of the artist Levon Bliss and closely observed a variety of garden wildlife. We then produced final sketches on a grand scale!
Here we are at playtime enjoying the sunshine and using our fantastic play equipment.
Here we are finding out about how the role of women has changed throughout history. All the boys sat on chairs, while all the girls had to make do with the floor. It helped us get an idea of how women must have felt when they didn't have the same rights as men!
We have been learning outside the classroom! We have been spotting and identifying leaves and trees in our school grounds. Can you believe we found 13 different tree varieties!
This week Years 5 and 6 played in a Partnership football tournament at Barley Hill School. In true Aston Rowant style, our children demonstrated determination, superb team spirit and respect for all, fair play and a growth mindset. We are so proud of all the children who took part. Well done everyone!
We love to perform in our wonderful willow dome. Here we are performing a poem to Hedgehog class.
The awe and wonder of our wilderness area....we love all the wildlife we find there.
Making christingle oranges for our candlemas service.
Keeping our sensory garden tidy by covering the beds with woodchip.
Working hard to solve maths problems
We have been practising sequences with balances in gymnastics.
In Forest Friday we have been clearing out the pond ready for Spring.
We have been learning all about the digestive system.
We have been demonstrating how much we have learnt in science by designing creative digestive systems. We have used food, material, play dough and other interesting features to make our own digestive systems. We held a learning exhibition in the classroom to teach the rest of the school how it all works.
Look at all the lovely things we have been doing
The children worked in pairs to design a gadget. We then made models of them. We used a range of persuasive techniques to promote the inventions such as posters, radio jingles, formal and informal letters and presentations.
St David's Day.
'As part of our celebration of St. David's Day, we looked really closely at daffodils to create some lovely still life drawings. We adopted the motto 'look a lot, draw a little' to help us to make our drawings really accurate'.
World Book Day In Fox Class!
Today we dressed up as our favourite book characters and shared lots of stories.
'As part of our 'Where in the World?' topic, we have designed and made our own Indian style Diva Lamps. We will decorate them to make them bright and colourful so that they catch the light - keep an eye on our blog to see our finished work!'