Welcome to Falcon's Class!
Hello and welcome to the Falcon's class page. Mr Fennell teaches the Falcons and Mrs Thompson and Mrs Evans supports the learning.
We are really excited for this year as we have lots of fun things planned!
Our P.E day is Monday. Swimming for the girls (boys later in the year) is on Wednesdays.
Please bring book bags into school on Tuesday's and Friday's. Staff will change the children's books for them. We will also look at reading diaries.
On a Monday a list of spellings will be sent home for the children to practise.
On Friday a piece of Maths homework will be sent home.
Please return all homework by the following Friday.
WC: 4th October 2021.
This week the Falcons have been practicing their number bonds and looking at the adding and subtracting ones. Some children have started to bridge through ten whilst adding and subtracting - this can be tricky!
This week in English we have been writing a non-chronological report about fire fighters.
In R.E we have been looking at the Christian faith. We have been looking at a christening and how Christian's welcome babies into the Christian faith.
In Science we have been looking at human bones and why we need them.
In P.E we have been working hard on our football skills with the Mansfield Stags and we have been swimming at the local leisure centre.
This week we performed our Harvest festival concert. Please see 'our children' tab on the home page. Our new Methodist Minister, Yanyan Case, explained what harvest time means and how we should be thankful for everything we have.
Stars of the Week
Stars of the week go to Ollie and Isla. Ollie received a 'concentration' wristband for always concentrating on his work and Isla received a 'kind' wristband for caring for her friends.
WC: 27th September 2021.
This week the Falcons have been comparing number sentences, practicing our number bonds and looking at the inverse of calculations. We find the inverse tricky, especially when we are using it to check our calculations.
This week in English we have been writing about the Great Fire of London. We found out about Samuel Pepys and his famous diary.
In Art we have been using different pencils and using different shading and tone to create detailed pencil drawings of houses.
In Science we have been looking at the internal organs of the human body and learning about their function.
In P.E we have been working hard on our football skills with the Mansfield Stags and we have been swimming at the local leisure centre.
This week we were visited by blue watch from Arnold fire station. They taught us about the Great Fire of London and how to stay safe in our own homes today.
Stars of the Week
Stars of the week go to Finley and Scarlett. Finley received a 'ready' wristband for always being ready to learn and Scarlett received a 'kind' wristband for caring for her friends.
WC: 20th September 2021.
This week the Falcons have been ordering numbers and counting in 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's. We are finding counting in 3's tricky but we will keep practicing.
In writing and guided reading we have started to look at the story of the Great Fire of London. In writing the children have begun to recount the story of the Great Fire of London and in guided reading we have been practicing how to retrieve facts from the text.
This week we have continued to improve our football skills with Mansfield Stags and we have been swimming. In science we have been studying the human body and in PHSE we have been learning about how to be a good friend. In R.E we have been looking at the phrase 'belonging' and what that means to us.
20/09/21: Stars of the week were Hannah and Tyler for their perseverance and high expectations. Well done!
WC: 6th and 13th September 2021.
In the Falcons we have been learning about how to be a good friend. The children made a friendship web and spoke about a person who had been a good friend.
In English we have been learning about our feelings and we have been writing instructions on how to make a fruit salad.
In maths we have been partitioning numbers and counting in 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's.
On the 14th September the life Education Bus came in to school. Harriet explained how to be healthy and how to manage our feelings.
06/09/21: Stars of the week were Leo and Myles for all the effort they have been putting into their learning. Well done boys!
13/09/21: Stars of the week were Darcie and Archie for their positive attitude. Well done!
Week Commencing the 19/07/21
Stars of the week
Eliza - for being a confident reader in our leavers assembly.
Abigail - for singing beautifully in our leavers concert.
The children performed their leavers concert on the 23rd July 2021. The children sang beautifully and shared some of their favourite memories. All the children received a leavers teddy.
We are delighted to tell you the an Olympic medal winning gymnast, Sam Oldham, has visited our school for our PE lesson. What skills does a good gymnast need?
We learnt that a good gymnast needs to have good balance, strength, flexibility and the ability to persevere.
We looked at Sam’s Olympic medal and torch.
We took part in some gymnastic services and used some apparatus. What fabulous gymnasts we are!
This week we have been writing instructions on how to make Yucca bread. A bread made by the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon Rainforest.
In Maths we have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties.
In science we have been conducting experiments, asking questions and observing closely.
This week we also had our sports day. The children participated in a obstacle, egg and spoon and straight running race. The children showed great sportsmanship and excellent behaviour.
This week we have been writing the Great Kapok Tree story from beginning to end. The children have learnt how to use speech marks as well as similes and adjectives to make their writing even more exciting to read.
In history we have been looking at Victorian life, especially what it was like in a Victorian kitchen. The Falcons looked at artefacts from the Victorian era including sugar pincers, wooden bowls and jelly moulds. We have written all about the similarities and differences between Victorian kitchens and modern kitchens.
In maths we have been looking at weighing objects using standard units, grams and kilograms.
This week we also became food ambassadors for the school. We tested 7 different meal options and gave the kitchen our feedback. We liked some of the options and these will be placed on the school menu for the whole school to enjoy.
This week we have been writing newspaper articles about the talking animals in the Great Kapok Tree story. In science we have been looking at food chains and in art we have been looking at the artist Henri Rousseau, who created jungle/rainforest scenes. His famous painting is entitled 'Surprised'. We have created our own pictures using pastels, crayons and the technique Sgraffito.
In maths we have been looking at advancing and receding the time and time durations. We have started to look at weighing objects using standard units, like cubes.
This week we have been writing persuasive letters to the woodcutter in the Great Kapok Tree story. We have been trying to persuade him to leave the rainforest and to refrain from cutting any trees down.
In maths we have been looking at advancing and receding the time which we are finding very tricky. In science we have been looking at the layers in the rainforest and in geography we have been comparing Rio de Janeiro with Nottingham.
This week we have started our new book 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry. We have also started our new topic the rainforest. In maths we have been looking at telling the time to the nearest o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past the hour. We have also looked at telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
In nursery we now have chickens. The children in Falcons went to visit them in their new area.
This week we have recapped our learning on everything this half term. We have learnt about scales in maths and in guided reading we have started our new book the Fox and the Star.
This week we also had the Life Education Bus visit. Guy taught us how to stay healthy and how to cope with our feelings if we are angry.
This week we have recapped our learning on fractions. We have learnt how to halve, quarter, three-quarter and find a third of amounts. In guided reading we have finished the book the Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith and we eventually found out how Max crossed the street safely. In writing we have started our new book the Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith. We are currently writing a narrative using the book as a stimulus.
This week we have also been researching food webs and working out who are the producers (plant) and who are the tertiary, secondary and primary consumers.
In art we have started to look at printing using polystyrene sheets.
This week we have being learning how to turn using whole, half, quarter, three quarter, anti-clockwise and clockwise. In guided reading we have continued to study the book the Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith. In writing we have been looking at writing diaries.
This week we have also been researching food chains and working out who is a producer (plant) and who is a consumer (animals).
This week we have being learning how to turn using whole, half, quarter, three quarter, right and left. In guided reading we have continued to study the book the Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith. In writing we have been looking at fact files and writing our own about woodland animals.
This week we have also been researching woodland habitats, painting woodland animals by mixing our own paint colours, and working with Mansfield Stags on our football skills.
What a busy week!
This week we have being learning how to measure in centimetres and metres. In guided reading we have started to look at the book the Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith. In writing we have been looking at the Hodgeheg and writing descriptions of some of the scenes in the book.
This week the Mansfield Stags have started to teach us how to play football. Our football skills are developing nicely!
This week we have also been helping to design a new school menu. Donna came in from Catering Services and we tasted different fruit and discussed the schools current menu. We decided what we liked and what we didn't like. Donna asked us to bring in menu's and recipes of food that we liked.
This week we have learnt the story Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. We acted the story out and then wrote a recount of the story.
We finally finished the story Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, the children really enjoyed the story. This week we perfected our sewing skills and we all managed to complete a running stitch with a needle and thread.
We also participated in an Easter bonnet parade. Miss Hanson and Mrs Kelley had the hard job of choosing the best one for an Easter prize.
This week we have learnt about the Easter story and we have continued to read our story Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. The children have also been learning about fractions in maths. The children have also enjoyed practising their sewing skills. They are currently learning how to create a running stitch which can be tricky!
On Friday 24th January the children participated in a William Shakespeare Workshop. The children learnt about William Shakespeare and his play Henry 5th. They re-enacted the play using props and showed their understanding through freeze framing.
On Tuesday 3rd December the children planted trees at Manor Park. We discussed our previous topic about the Amazon Rainforest and how the rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate. We planted trees to replace those that have been destroyed.
On the 28th November all the year 2 children went to St Wilfrid's church to participate in the Christmas experience. The children learnt about the Christmas story and advent.
Great Fire of London Workshop by Partake Theatre Company.
On the 16th October 2019 the Partake Theatre company came to Manor Park and did a Great Fire of London Workshop. The children real enjoyed learning more about the Great Fire. The children dressed up in authentic clothing and learnt about how the people escaped the Great Fire on boats across the River Thames.
The Falcons class had a great time at Brackenhurst. The children completed a picture hunt in the walled garden and did some team building activities on the main lawn. The children learnt how to work as a team and problem solve.
Falcon children from 2018-2019
Our new topic is amazing animals. We will learn about nocturnal and rainforest animals. Look at the topic information below.
We are having a wonderful time learning about the amazing animals that live in the Rainforest. To kick start our topic we invited the Whitepost farm into school.
They brought with them an amazing array of different Rainforest animals. We learnt how these animals are adapted to live within the Rainforest and the different food chains that exist within the Rainforest.
We looked at the story 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry. In the story a man walks into the rainforest and falls asleep. The children were challenged to build a shelter for Senhor that could keep him dry if a monsoon hit the rainforest.
Look below for the children's shelters.
We are having a great time in the Falcons class learning about people who have been and who are Superheroes.
So far we have learnt about Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie who have both changed the world for the better and who are Superheroes to the world. We have also looked at the book Traction Man by Mini Grey and we have written instructions for Superhero smoothies.
We are now going to look at Superheroes in our local community who help us like police officers, vets and fire fighters.
On Thursday 4th April 2019 the Falcons and the Meerkats took part in the Easter Concert. The children really enjoyed singing and signing the songs using British Sign Language.
As part of our topic on Superheroes we have been learning about Robin Hood and debating whether he is a Superhero or not. Some children believe that he was a Superhero because he helped the poor but others believe that he wasn't because he stole from the rich. We learnt how to fire an arrow from a bow and hit a target.
Measuring in Art and Maths
We really enjoy our maths lessons in the Falcons class. This week we have been learning about how to measure in centimetres and decided to combine art and maths together. The children measured out buildings and then cut them out. They added windows and doors and of course the height of their building in centimetres. The children repeated this until they had created a city scape. The children then went on to work out the difference in height between one building and another.
Some children drew around their feet and hands and then measured them with 50p coins, paper clips and cubes. The children estimated before they measured.
The Nonsuch theatre company came into school and worked with the children on the Shakespeare play a 'Midsummer's Nights Dream'.
The children dressed up in costumes and performed the play to each other.
Happy New Year from the Falcons.
We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and we wish you all a fantastic new year.
In the Falcons class we have started our new topic 'Superheroes'.
Come back in a few weeks to see what we have been learning.
Christmas in the Falcons
In the Falcons we have been very busy over the Christmas period. We have performed three Christmas nativities, one Christingle concert and we have sung three times in the local community. We also had a special visit from Santa and his elf!
We have had a great time and we wish everyone at Manor Park a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dungeons and Dragons
The Falcon children are really enjoying our topic 'Dungeons and Dragons'. Today we learnt about the Bayeux Tapestry that depicts the story of the battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror. The children then made their own tapestry by weaving material and drawing soldiers, horses and boats.
The Falcon children really enjoyed visiting Warwick Castle on Tuesday 6th November. The children loved looking around the castle and exploring all the rooms, towers and battlements. The children even watched a bird of prey show and learnt more about castle life and William the Conqueror.
The Falcon children have been busy at home making castles, presentations and posters as part of our 'Homework Smart'. Take a look below at some of the amazing castles that have been sent in by parents and carers.