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Foxes Class 2020-21

Foxes Class is led by Miss Tooms and she is supported by Mrs Lethbridge over the week.  Please see below a range of photographs of Foxes Class learning adventures in 2020 - 2021.

To promote our love of reading at St James we have created our very own Virtual Library! We'd love for you to use this to promote your love of reading at home too -  simply click on the book cover picture to enjoy a story! 

Welcome to Foxes Class! 

Term 1


We've have had a great start to the term so far. We were surprised to find that when we first started here, the classroom had turned into a magical forest! There were sticks, acorns, pine cones, conkers and leaves scattered on the floor and the light had turned green!! This helped us to really set the scene for our first book 'The Enchanted Wood' by Enid Blyton. 


Here are some of the items we found and the descriptions we wrote for them, using lots and lots of adjectives! 


We are enjoying learning about our story in all areas of the curriculum. In maths, we learnt about lines of symmetry and decorated leaves for our reflection tree. 
We just read the part of the story where one of the characters, Beth, gets water poured on her! We all made predictions about how much water the angry pixie needed to have 'soaked her', but this would depend on what size she was!! We even wondered how much water would be needed if she was Miss Tooms' size! We put it to the test.... 

In science this term, we've been looking at microhabitats and different types of animals/insects. This week we began a project to design and make our own Bug Hotel! We've had an excellent, fun-filled week and today we were able to finish it!! It was an excellent team effort - great work everyone!!! Of course, our favourite part was taking a smiley vs silly photo at the end! 


   Term 2


We have enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day this week and what it means for us today. We created poppies to put in our outdoor area and did some excellent writing titled 'We Remember because...'. 



We have had so much fun performing our Christmas Play this week. Even with COVID-19 we were able to assign different parts of the play to different classes, have it recorded and then made into a short film for us! We can't wait to see the end result! To top it all off, we wrote letters to Santa this morning.... fingers crossed we receive a reply! 



This morning when we arrived in the classroom, there was a mysterious letter stuck to the whiteboard. It was addressed to us and had a stamp on it from the North Pole! When we opened it, we heard that Santa had lost a reindeer and needed our help to catch it again! 


We all wanted to help Santa so we put our heads together and thought of different ways we could catch this escapee reindeer! We wrote another letter to Santa, this time with a set of instructions of how we think he could catch it! 
This week we have had some time to get crafty and get Christmassy! Today we took part in a Santa Run that was organised by our sports coach, Ryan and Mrs. Burke! Each child wore a Santa hat and enjoyed running a minimum of 5 miles around our school's outdoor area. All the children did brilliantly and showed excellent determination and resilience! 
A huge well done to the child who ran the first 5 laps the fastest and to those children who decide to run even more! 13, 14 and a fantastic 15 laps!!! We can't forget to also say a big well done to everyone in Foxes Class who took part, kept going when they got tired and cheered on their friends! 

Term 3 & 4


Term 3 hasn't started the way we had planned but our class community is still going strong! Fortunately we are all able to complete the same learning but some of us are completing it at home and some in our classroom. We miss those Foxes who are staying at home but we know that it needs to be done to keep us safe! We look forward to seeing you when you come back!




Term 5


Term 5 has started off well with a surprise visit from Paul who spoke to us all about space! This was a great continuation of what we learnt in Science Week all about rockets. We talked about this in more detail and also thought about the first animals & humans who went to space, what is was like for them in a rocket and about the atmosphere!



Paul did an experiment to help us to understand what space is like and how the atmosphere is different to here on Earth. He used marshmallows to show how things expand when air is removed, just like our bodies would in space! 

This term we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London in 1666. Today we were thinking about the Fire Service and how this has changed over time. We used extracts from books and photographs to make comparisons and then went outside to see how water was passed along a human chain to extinguish the flames! Lots of collaboration was needed and lots of children thought it was harder than it looked! 

Mrs Lethbridge has been working hard to make our Library look fantastic as we continue to learn about The Great Fire of London! Paired with the children's homework posters - it looks incredible, don't you think? 

We have loved learning all about the Great Fire of London this term! To conclude this topic we made our very own 17th century houses out of cereal boxes which we burned in our own mini, safe Fire of Okehampton! Please see the photos below for how this exciting experience developed!

After our re-enactment of The Great Fire of London, the children did some superb writing to describe their experiences in a recount. 

Term 6


As our Golden Nugget treat for last term we voted to have a 'Wheely Party' to start this term with a bang! We were so excited to bring in our bikes and scooters and have fun completing assault courses around our school MUGA! It even earned us a sticker on our Curriculum Guarantee too! 

On Friday 18th June, we held a Maths Day at St James! The children enjoyed using the story 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab' to solve problems and creating their own Islamic Geometry patterns!

We also competed in the brand new, worldwide event: the Mathematics World Cup! The children loved getting involved with this and completing maths in a practical, fun and active way! Well done to the 'Times', our winning class team! We will find out soon where were are in the league table compared with other schools in Britain and around the world! 

Foxes Class had a wonderful afternoon meeting Chris and his many animals! The children saw and got the opportunity to touch a snake named Monty, a lizard named Barny and an owl named Misty (who some of us held!) along with some giant stick insects, a tenrec, a tortoise and a millipede! Well done to all the children for being so gentle, quiet and brave. We are looking forward to using this experience to write our own poems and create art over the next few weeks! 

We LOVED taking part in Sports Day today! We were full of team spirit and enjoyed watching each other & cheering each other one! We practised lots of skills that we have been learning throughout the year too: long jump, throwing (beanbags & javelin), obstacle courses & sprinting! 

And well done to the school winners: Green Team!! 

What a brilliant way to end our Poetry Theme this term! The children have each worked so hard on learning and writing animal poems that to be able to perform them in front of a live (albeit socially distanced) audience was the cherry on top of the cake! Children self-isolating at home were able to join us in spirit too! I am so proud of all they have achieved this term - well done to all the Foxes!!