Please be aware that all children are expected to have their PE kit in school every Monday ready for the week ahead - we will be checking this so please support your child by helping them organise themselves.
Please see our Spring Term Curriculum Newsletter for details on what we will be learning until the end of the term.
Year 6 Homework: Spring Term
At the beginning of the Spring Term, all of Y6 are issued with a set of 3 '10-minute SATs Buster' books, paid for by the school to help the children feel prepared for the tests in May. The subjects covered by these three books are Maths, Reading and also Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. The children are expected to complete one of these '10 minute tests' from all 3 books each week (amounting to 30 minutes of homework each week) . It is important that the children stick to this time limit of 10 minutes as the limited time element of the actual tests is often what causes the children problems. Previous Y6 children have found these books very helpful in practising lots of different question types. The books must be returned to school EVERY TUESDAY so that we can go through any questions together in class.
Tuesday 14th January was Drastic Plastic day at Fox Hill school. After a week of learning about the problems of plastics in the World's oceans, Year 6 used a vast collection of single use plastics to create an effective mobile showing a wide variety of sea creatures which are all affected by the amount of pollution in their habitats. All of the children designed their own animal or fish and then used a range of plastics (bottles, cartons, tubs etc) to create their design. At the same time, we created a whole-class model of a sea turtle using yet more single-use plastics which we had brought in from our recycling bins at home. Our finished sculpture can be seen below.
Fox Hill Homework Projects
As this is their final year at this school, all Year 6 children were expected to produce a project all about Fox Hill Primary School for their homework at the end of the Autumn term. The children could choose any aspect of Fox Hill School that they wanted to learn more about and research it over the next 6 weeks. The project could take the form of written work and/or art work, it could be a 3D model or perhaps a combination of all of these. Some of the work that was brought in can be seen below - all of the children who returned their projects to school made a good effort and we thank their parents for their support with this. (Everybody's favourite was Elliot's chocolate cake version of Fox Hill School - a delicious edible piece of homework!)
Whole School Carol Service at St Michael's Church
On 11th December all of the school walked to the church for the carol service. Year 6 accompanied Year 1 to ensure we all got there safely and, upon arrival, Fox Hill filled the pews. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers there too. Father Guy introduced the service and then the Year 6 House Captains guided us through the story of the nativity, accompanied by a mixture of traditional and more modern carols. The singing sounded beautiful in the church and all of the children represented our amazing school perfectly.
The Importance of Reading
Below is evidence of how important reading is considered to be at Fox Hill - Mrs Coxell is actually on her knees begging Mikey to share his book with her! It is widely known that children who read regularly find all other aspects of school easier and we all love reading with the children whenever we can - including our Headteacher!
Greek Pots - the finished items
Once our clay pots had dried out, we were able to paint them. We used only orange and black to make them look authentic and we also tried to use traditional Greek patterns so that they looked like genuine Greek artefacts. Unfortunately, not all of the pots survived fully intact but those that did look fantastic!
Chemistry Spectacular at Wellington College
On 28th November, Year 6 were very privileged: we were invited to Wellington College to be part of the audience for their Chemistry Spectacular show. In addition to this fortunate invite, we were also given free transport in the form of three Wellington College minibuses. The show was absolutely brilliant - we were shown what some of the elements of the Periodic Table can do in the form of fireworks, explosions and even an egg cooked in nitrogen! The audience were asked a few questions and Amira answered perfectly - the host even complimented her on her 'perfect answer'! We're very grateful to Wellington College for giving us such a great opportunity and also an exciting introduction to secondary school chemistry.
INTO FILM festival - free cinema visit
21st November was the day that Y4, Y5 and Y6 went to the cinema as part of the INTO FILM festival. This festival gives school children all over the country the chance to see a recent film at their local cinema for free and we were very lucky that Mr Keohane managed to secure us enough tickets to see 'How to Train a Dragon: The Hidden World' this year. An added bonus was that the film was hosted at the new Cineworld in The Lexicon. The 3 year groups walked very sensibly into town and took their seats alongside several other local schools before sitting back and enjoying the film. The children represented their school beautifully and made all staff very proud.
Ancient Greek Vases
As our learning about Ancient Greece is coming to an end, we used our knowledge of Greek artifacts to design our own authentic-looking Greek vases. Some of our designs were very ambitious and once we started using the clay, we had to persevere with determination to try to produce a piece of pottery that we could be proud of. Once they have dried, we shall be painting them with orange and black paint in the style of the Ancient Greeks.
From Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November 2019 it is Anti-Bullying Week in England and 12 November is Odd Socks Day. Anti-Bullying Week aims to raise awareness and provide schools, parents, carers, children and young people with the information and tools they need to try and help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children’s lives. One of the initiatives that forms part of Anti-Bullying Week each year is Odd Socks Day – but what does that mean and why do we wear odd socks for one specific day in November? Why do we wear odd socks during Anti-Bullying week? Designed to be a fun and light-hearted way to encourage people to express themselves, Odd Socks Day is one of the ways that the organisers behind Anti-Bullying Week, the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), hope to raise awareness of bullying. ‘It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique,’ the ABA explains on their website.
Ancient Greece Homework Projects
The Year 6s produced some absolutely amazing homework projects on the theme of Ancient Greece this half term. It was really enjoyable to see all of their hard work and nearly everyone presented their work to the class in a confident and knowledgeable manner. Thank you to parents for supporting the children with this homework project.
Our Budding Playwright
Ruby in Year 6 has spent the first half term writing a play, recruiting actors to star in it, directing them during their break times and lunch times and then creating props for the play in her own time. Today (23rd October) Ruby and her cast performed the finished play to the rest of the class and I have to say, I was blown away at the talent and professionalism on display! It was so well-written, learned and choreographed. We have so much talent in our class - I cannot wait for all of the children to be able to demonstrate these skills to a wider audience in the end of year production!
Restart a Heart
16th October is 'National Restart a Heart Day' every year and to mark this occasion, Year 6 were fortunate to have two members of the ambulance service visit us and teach us how to perform hands-only CPR. We were told that it is far better to at least attempt to perform CPR on someone who is unconscious and not breathing than to hold back for fear of breaking a rib. We discovered for ourselves how exhausting it is to continue heart compressions even just for 2 minutes - yet this action could easily save somebody's life. Mrs Filisetti has already booked Morgan or Gladys in Year 6 to perform CPR on her should she ever need it as they were both very effective in their actions!
Roots to Food
The amazing Darren from Roots to Food visited Fox Hill again this October to share with us his culinary mastery. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 each had a session learning how to prepare and cook a Chicken curry (and a chick pea version for vegetarians). The children worked in groups to cut, dice, steam, fry, simmer, present - and eat - their dish. They all enjoyed the experience and co-operated well in their teams to produce a meal fit for a king - or a head teacher!
World Mental Health Day
Fox Hill school celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10th October and showed solidarity with people suffering from mental health issues by wearing yellow to school - this showed sufferers that we were thinking of them. We talked in assembly and in class about how important our mental health is and what we can do to try to look after it. Some things we can all do to look after ourselves are:
We also need to remember to Talk, Listen and Tell.
On 9th October, the whole of Fox Hill celebrated with an outstanding Harvest Assembly. Reverend David joined us from his church in Binfield and gave an inspiring presentation about us all having a star inside us and how we need to look after ourselves in order to allow that star to shine brightly. The whole school sang several sonds and each class contributed to teh whole assembly with a song, a poem or a rap! We had songs in English, French and also in sign language - what a skilled group of children we have! The Year 6 house captains narrated the whole assembly, ending with the important message: 'We need to live more simply, so that others can simply live.' Many of the children brought in contributions to be shared with others less fortunate than ourselves and these will be distributed accordingly.
11 Year 6 children signed up for Bikeability training in October. After ensuring their bikes were road-worthy and their helmets fitted correctly, the children were taught a number of skills on the playground first. Some found it quite challenging to cycle while looking behind them and to cycle one-handed while indicating to make a turn. Those children who mastered these skills were able to progress onto the road for the next level of training. Unfortunately this was not all of the group which was disappointing for a few children but obviously, their safety is of paramount importance. Congratulations to those who managed their bikes safely and confidently and who completed the course.
Science: Evolution and Inheritance (Sept 2019)
This week in Science, we learned about Charles Darwin and his research on the Galapagos Islands. He spent some time watching hte Galapagos Finches, birds unique to the islands. When bad weather affected plant growth and there were fewer seeds to eat, the offspring had to eat larger seeds that would not normally be part of their diet in order to survive.Only the offspring with large beaks could break open and eat the larger seeds. Therefore, these offspring survived and the other, smaller beaked offspring died. The Galapagos finches with large beaks reproduced and had offspring. More of these offspring inherited large beaks and so Galapagos finch species started to evolve to have longer beaks. This is an example of how animals and plants adapt to their changing environment. This process of adaptation is natural selection.
We investigated how different types of bird beaks are more suited to different types of food. Our 'beaks' were pegs, chopsticks, tweezers and a spoon. The foods we had to try to pick up with our 'beaks' were raisins (berries), pipecleaners (worms), pennies (beetles) and rice (seeds). Ask any of the children in Year 6 to explain what they learned!
Visit to Ufton Court (Sept 2019)
To 'hook' us into our learning about Ancient Greece, Y5 and Y6 visited Ufton Court to take part in several workshops all designed to teach us about the Greeks. When we arrived, we became members of the merchant classes, exploring new regions and the city states. We found out about several city states, including what Gods they worshipped, what goods they had to trade with other states and also what the people who lived there had to do to survive.
We also learned some key skills which would have been needed to survive. The skills enabled the Ancient Greeks to be self-sufficient and also gave them products to trade with.
After a lunch break in the beautiful grounds of Ufton Court, we worked together to create different scenes of two Ancient Greeks myths, telling the story of Theseus and of Perseus.
Martial Arts Trial (Sept 2019)
On 11th September we were fortunate enough to be given a sample martial arts lesson to see if we want to join the after school martial arts club. We had an introduction to the correct stance and also how to do basic punches and kicks. As you can see from our photos, we had lots of fun - especially when we got to punch the pads held by Mrs Filisetti!