Welcome to Foxes Class 2021 - 2022
Foxes are a fun, determined class who love to learn. We care about the world around us and want to help others.
In Foxes, we try our best with our learning. We know that mistakes are part of learning. We use our learning powers: Friendly Flick, Tenacious Toby, Curious George and Skilful Sally.
Our teachers are Mrs Bellew and Mrs Hathway supported by Mrs Carlyon, Mrs Huckstep, Miss Hutchinson and Miss Derges who are our teaching assistants.
Summer Term 2022
Stunning Start - Summer 2022
We investigated which type of salt would preserve an apple most effectively. Natron was used by the Egyptians.
Setting up Mummified Apples. Salt is a desiccant - it dehydrates the substance.
We used clay to create heads for The Canopic Jars.
Would epsom salt, table salt, baking soda or sand be most effective at preserving an apple?
We considered how to make the test fair by keeping everything other than the type of salt the same. Mummification took around 70 days.
We made baboon, falcon, jackal and human heads for our Canopic Jars.
We learned the lungs, liver, stomch and intestines were stored in Canopic Jars. The heart remained inside the body.
Creating the head for a Canopic Jar from clay.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - May 2022
We dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee (25.5.2022).
Our wondeful narrators; Ruby, Chandler and Henry led us on a time travelling journey of the 7 decades her Majesty has reigned.
1966 - England win the World Cup.
CDs were first produced in 1982.
Holywell's Fabulous Queen Anya takes time out with Queen Elizabeth II; who made a very special appearance at our performance.
England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley in 1966.
Decimalisation occured early in the 1970s.
The first iphone was launched in 2007.
June 2022 - Cognition Learning Visit
Foxes Class went on a 'Mission to Mars' with Cognition Learning!
The children built their very own 'Space Rover' called Milo.
They began by making an algorithm to code their Milo to firstly move forwards, backwards and then to change speed. The children were then challenged with some tricky Mars rocky terrain to navigate. The children had to investigate different tyre sizes and speeds to cross the perilous surface of the Red Planet!
Next, they needed eyes to see if there was any life on Mars. To do this they needed to attach motion sensors to the front of their Milo and program their Rovers to travel across the rocky surface and avoid any obstacles in their way.
All of the children were able to complete their mission successfully and return their Milo safely to Cognition Learning - well done Foxes Class!
Taiko Drumming - June 2022
We had great fun learning some different rhythms.
A lot of concentration was required.
Taiko drums originate from Japan.
Keeping in perfect timing with each other.
I love chicken pie and gravy!
The PTA funded our wonderful drumming workshop.
Hands up if Taiko drumming was fun?
Spring Term 2022
Our Stunning Start Day
This term's topic is 'take a walk on the wildside' where we will be developing our geography skills through learning about the physical landscape of EUROPE.
Mr Day helped us scale Ben Nevis using the lane next to school.
Each ascent was 50ft; walking up and down 4 times meant collectively we scaled 4600ft (Ben Nevis is 4406ft)
Having fun and keeping fit whilst learning.
It was a bit muddy but a gloriously sunny day - perfect for a hike.
We also learned about Michaelangelo (a European artist)and copied the technique he used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in Rome.
Lying down to draw is actually pretty tricky.
We used pastels to create an image that was important to us.
We dressed in the colours of a European country. Red, white and blue - where could we be learning about?
We researched some amazing facts - did you know? This country has one of the oldest flags and was the birth place of the sewing machine.
Some children chose countries that were important to their families - Ireland,Poland and Hungary.
World Book Day 2022
Joe Spud and Harry Potter were two characters the year 5s dressed up as.
We had great fun watching a theatre performance of The Incedible Story before writing our own Incredible Stories.
Two characters from Slime on the left and an Enid Blyton fan.
Horrid Henry, Where's Wally, Spanner and the dinosaur from Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs.
Spiderman, Where's Wally and Alice in Wonderland.
Outdoor Learning Spring Term 2022
Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
The children were challenged to make their own shape to put on our "shape tree", with great success from them all. We also learned about and measured angles in The Hollow.
British Science Week
We worked in our house groups to complete a fun filled day of science learning. We made slime, planted sunflowers, investigated how are bodies grow with age and had fun with some optical illusions. In Collective Worship Mrs Coulam's daughter, Emily joined us on Zoom to show us where she works. Emily is a biologist who is researching effective herbicides to make sure plant crops grow well.
We enjoy the chance to work with our siblings.
House days allow pupils of different ages to help and inspire each other.
Comic Relief 18.3.22
We worked in our house teams to complete 4 challenges - a fitness circuit, a mile run (at least 14 laps of our school field - although some of us managed to run a lot more!), a danceathon in the village hall with pop music and disco lights and a yoga/relaxation session. We dressed in our favourite sport outfits and learned why the money we raised is so important to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Year 3 and 4 Skern Lodge Residential, March 2022
We've had a fabulous first day - orienteering, the assault course and messing around on the River Torridge. Dinner was a choice of pasta bolognaise, lasagne, risotto or shepherds pie. A walk around Appledore is next. It's so lovely to hear "I love Skern." "Residentials are so fun."
Skern Lodge - day 2
A very cold but gloriously sunny day. Action packed - climbing, absail, high ropes, tunnels and archery. The children have conquered fears and been so supportive of eah other. The food is fabulous; lots of choice. Pool olympics is the eagerly anticipated evening activity.
Skern Lodge - day 3
After a peaceful nights sleep, a lovely cooked breakfast, packing and a chance to spend money the children participated in high ropes, climbing and absailing, orienteering and archery. We've all had a fantastic few days and can't wait for the next residential!
Foxes' Fantastic Finish
We welcomed our families to the village hall to share our Walk on The Wildside (Europe) topic books. It's always interesting to look through our books and several children were impressed with how they have improved their work not only in terms of presentation but also with the quantity.
After some time sharing our favourite pieces of work, year 4 were able to recount their recent residential trip before we held our great European quiz. It is attached below if you would like to test your knowledge!
Autumn Term 2021
We are very proud of these children who have received a 'learning power' or 'let your light shine' certificate this half term.
Year 4 girls before their cross country race at The Park school.
Year 4 boys ready to participate in the 1km cross country race at the park School.
We are very excited to begin working with Edukid - a charity based in Bideford. We are sponsoring a child in Gulu in Uganda.
In February we began 'Walking to The Moon' - a sponsored event that encourages us to walk, jog, swim or cycle 1 mile a day until April 4th. Our collective school total will be added to Edukid's grand total. When we work together the impossible becomes possible. Watch out for an update to see who our most active children are and find out how much we raised.
We hope to raise at least £30 a month to help keep Morish in school.
Mrs Carlyon has linked this term's Outdoor Learning to our WW2 topic. We have had the chance to :
plant some vegetables thinking about The Dig for Victory campaign and rationing
build mini Anderson Shelters for some toys
complete blindfold trails (working in the dark - Blackout)
do some water colour painting
Learn about Make Do and Mend, evacuees and how signposts were removed during wartime.
Spring Term 2022
We are focusing on maths this term. We have made (using sticks) and named 2D shapes, learned about parallel and perpendicular lines and reinforced our knowledge of angles.
We planted radish, mustard leaves, spinach and spring onions.
We learned the importance of growing your own during war time.
Our crop is beginning to grow - not quite enough to feed the whole school but a start!
After building mini Anderson shelters the children decided to create trenches and No Man's Land; child led learning at its best.
Our WW2 Fantastic Finish
Mrs Carlyon hosted a 'VE day party' in The Hollow to round up all our wartime learning. It was a wonderful morning of playing traditional games such as Jacks, cards and bingo. We made smores on an open fire and drank homemade lemonade. War time music played as the Union Jack bunting fluttered in the breeze. What a fantastic finish to the term.
In Foxes class we enjoyed using our rationed ingredients to make some cheese and potato dumplings as well as an eggless sponge! All of the children in Foxes class wrote about their most memorable moments from their topic learning this term and made a video to share on our class Teams page. Well done to all of the children for persevering with their cross stitch designs, we are developing our sewing skills so that we can 'make do and mend'.
We shared information about VE Day to our 'visitors' - Mrs Denham, Mrs Hammond, Mrs Hathway and Mr Anderson.
Cheese and potato dumplings
Cheese and potato dumplings
Cheese and potato dumplings
Joshua Seigal's visit
As part of the Appledore book festival we enjoyed a visit from Joshua Seigal.
We enjoyed listening to him reading some of his poetry and talking to us about the power of words.
Children in Need
We raised over £150 whilst having fun - dressing up in our pyjamas (or spots), a cake sale, colouring competition and dress a teddy competition. Thank you to the school council for helping us have a fabulous day.
Remembrance - 11.11.2021
We enjoyed decorating our classroom as our morning task to begin our Marvellous Middle Day.
We cut of silhouettes of soldiers and different coloured poppies.
Reverend Gary joined us to remember - as a whole school - the sacrificies others made for our freedom.
The Tawstock War Memorial.
Time to be silent and remember those who lost their life in war.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
Our fabulous poetry writing inspired by The Royal British Legion commisioned poet Laura Mucha
We enjoyed listening to and exploring this poem.
Holywell pupils have played their small part in combating climate change and sharing in The Woodland Trust's vision of planting millions of trees in the UK. We planted 15 saplings (Rowan, Hazel and Crab Apple) in our grounds. Hopefully they will thrive and grow. If you would like to plant more trees in your community visit Free Trees for Schools and Communities - Woodland Trust
for more information.
How big will the pupils and this sapling be in 10 years time?
Adding the cane and guard to protect the sapling.
Working together to help our environemnt.
We enjoyed our traditional Christmas lunch.
We had a very special visitor.
Thanks to our wonderful PTA members for gifting us our festive antlers.
Thanks to our wonderful school cook, Lynn for providing our delicious meal.
We learned how to cross stitch in DT to produce our own Christmas jumper Christmas cards.
Our final Christmas jumper day. Aren't our sewn Christmas cards amazing.
Father Christmas is worn out after lots of greetings during Christmas lunch.
Izzy worked super hard to produce her beautiful cross stitch jumper.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in English and Polish - thanks Aaron.
Unfortunaterly, Covid meant we could not attend the church for our carol and christingle service.
We enjoyed making our christingles.
Jesus - the light of the world.
A moment of quiet reflection.
Our Fantastic Finish
We made eggless sponge and cheese and potato dumplings - classic rationing recipes.
As we had thought about make do and mend Mrs Carlyon taught us some sewing.
We used our maths skills to weigh the ingredients.
Cooking is always a popular activity in Foxes.
We dressed up as a person from wartime.