Welcome to Fir Class
Hello – you’ve caught Fir Class enjoying some quality reading time in our wonderful Bowsland Green library!
My name is Ben Wells and I am delighted to introduce myself as the teacher of Fir Class. In Fir class, we understand the importance of working together – teamwork. We know it is important for every team member to contribute and to encourage each other. We are creating a supportive environment where we can ask our peers for help and work collaboratively to succeed. We respect ourselves and others in the class.
Now we are in KS2, we play a vital role in our school community. We take responsibility for our learning and the environment. One of our biggest responsibilities is to always be a role model for younger children. We try to model the behaviour we expect to see from other children at all times.
Our curriculum is challenging yet fun. We are currently enjoying learning about Ancient Greece and our forthcoming performance, “Minotaur: The Musical!” is a brilliantly fun way to round off the topic!
In Fir class we are motivated to learn. If you come into our class, you will see and hear: enthusiasm, passion, drive and determination. We take pride in our work, and make celebration of our Bowsland Best a crucial part of our classroom culture. In lessons, we pitch our own learning using differentiated learning objectives and success criteria: I can, I could and challenge. We are honest about where we are pitching our learning and why.
We are looking forward to sharing our learning journey with you. Please visit our class page to see the progress we are making; the skills we are learning; the achievements we are making and the lifelong memories we are forming.
Roll up, roll up… Fir class go to the circus!
We braved wind and rain on the day of the General Election to take part in an awesome session at Panic Circus at the Jubilee Centre! Chris, Nula and Matt first gave us a demonstration of their amazing skills before we got to try our hand at juggling, tightrope walking, plate spinning, diablo tricks, bouncy pony riding, and lots more. Everyone had lots of fun challenging themselves to learn something new and there were groans all round when we had to go home. Thanks to Panic Circus and also to Gemma and Theo’s mums for helping us to have a great morning!
Learning & Lunch
In May, we invited our families into class to take part in one of our famous ‘Learning & Lunch’ sessions!
This time around it linked with our recent visitor from the European Space Agency, Paul Hill, who had wowed us with his rocket-based experiments. We read a little about Elon Musk’s plans to set up a colony on Mars, before designing a craft that would carry a thousand people and everything they would need for the nine-month journey through the solar system.
It was a lovely shared experience with families; the craft work in class, eating in the lunch hall, and playing in the playground and on the field afterwards. We’d like to thank everyone who joined in and shared really positive feedback afterwards – what a pleasure!
End of Unit Outcome
In LKS2 we have been working extremely hard to write an adventure story set in the Stone Age for our end of unit outcome in English. We have been focusing on using inverted commas to show direct speech, using noun phrases to add detail and to describe different characters and settings in our stories. Our stories start in 2016 but the main character is then transported back to the Stone Age to face different problems and dilemmas. We thoroughly enjoyed writing our stories and we are proud of our learning! We spent time sharing our stories with other people to celebrate our success.
Please pop in and ask to read your child’s end of unit outcome.
Column Addition Experts
In Maths, we have been learning how to use column addition to add 3 digit numbers together. We created a poster with step by step instructions on how to use the method column addition. We then became experts by explaining to Year 2 children how to use this method. Look at us in action…..
Term 1 Big Bang
On Wednesday Lower Key Stage Two took a walk to the woods for our Big Bang! We were set the challenge of creating a Stone Age settlement. Our completed village had shelters to sleep in, a campfire to cook on, a toilet and even a seesaw!
Many thanks to the parents who came to support us.
We began our first week of the new school year with a ‘Purple Learner’ challenge. As a team we were given 3 straws, a piece of wire, sugar paper, a paper clip, an elastic band, blu-tac and a plastic wallet. We were then handed an envelope with a message inside explaining that we needed to make a shelter using only the given materials! We had great fun and also learnt about the skills of teamwork and the importance of having a growth mindset.
Fir Children Working
Fir Displays and Work