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Phoenix Class

Welcome to Phoenix Class!


We are a mixed Year 3 and Year 4 Class


We are taught by Mrs McNamara


Our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Higgs and Mrs Hall


Phoenix Class - Curriculum Overview Spring 2021

The Middlezoy Cricket Festival


Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 visited the Middlezoy Village Hall on Tuesday morning for the local Cricket Festival. We took part in a range of different cricket activities in groups - a great morning was had by all! 

Year 4 Egyptian Workshop


We were lucky enough to have Mr Manning visit Year 4 to deliver an Egyptian workshop. We listened to many Egyptian stories, including the creation story according to Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. 


We learnt about the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon and the many wonderful treasures they discovered inside the tomb. 


We acted out the stories and guessed which story each of the other groups was acting out. 


All in all, we had a wonderful morning! 

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea


We hosted an afternoon tea for our Mummys and Sisters to say thank you for all that they do for us. 


We made invitations, cakes and cups of tea and a fabulous time was had by all. 

Baking for our Mother's Day Afternoon Tea


We spent the afternoon learning how to set our scales to zero, measure out ingredients precisely, combine our ingredients and read a recipe. 


We made flapjacks, cupcakes, Rice Krispies cakes and apricot jam biscuits. 

The Ice Cream Man!


We were lucky enough to have had a visit from the local Ice Cream Man and we all had a Mr Whippy! It was a very enjoyable end to a nice, hot afternoon. 



Our School Trip to Nothe Fort, Weymouth


Following the end of our World War II topic, we were lucky enough to visit Nothe Fort in Weymouth for an Evacuee Experience. 


The Fort was used during the World War and so we learnt the history of both the Fort and Weymouth and their involvement in the war. We were able to go to the top of the Fort and look across the town! 


The Evacuee Experience started with a Power Point on life as an evacuee in London during the war and then we spent the day as evacuees - visiting school, the local shop, a laundry room and a kitchen. The children learnt about old money, rationing and we even took part in an air raid - rushing to the Anderson Shelter and taking cover!


We had so much fun and learnt a lot. 

Science Week


This week we have carried out a number of experiments in honour of Science Week. We have looked at whether our hands, ears, heads and feet keep growing as we get older and today we have made our own lava lamps. 


Free Verse Poetry Recital


We have spent the last two weeks of English lessons looking at Free Verse Poetry. We have studied different poems, looked at the features found within free verse poetry, written our own and performed a poetry recital to the class. 


We all managed to conquer 'stage fright' and remember our poems.


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Captain Tom Moore Biographies


This week to commemorate Captain Tom Moore a year after his passing, we have written biographies outlining the amazing things that Captain Tom had achieved in his life.


We looked at his career in the British Army, in line with our World War II History Topic as well as his more recent feats including the millions of pounds he raised for our wonderful NHS. We were lucky enough to purchase his autobiography which gave us lots of information on his life. 


We really enjoyed this topic and produced some wonderful outcomes.  



Last term's Ukulele lessons have become drum lessons for the Spring Term and we are absolutely loving them!



On Fridays throughout the Spring Term, we will be getting a coach to Huish Episcopi Leisure Centre for a swimming lesson.


We began 3 weeks ago and already our swimming has very much improved! 

World War II 


Our topic this term is World War II and the Battle of Britain. We have been looking at what it was like to live in Britain during the World War, we have written diary entries and started to make World War II Planes. 


Thank you for all the cardboard recycling that was brought in - the planes we have made are absolutely fantastic and when they are finished more photos will be posted. 


For now, please see our models in the making...



Sadly, we were unable to visit the Pantomime this year due to COVID-19 restrictions...but that didn't stop us! We set up the classroom and spent the morning watching a recorded version of Beauty and the Beast. We had popcorn and some chocolates and discussed what made a pantomime performance different to a usual theatre performance. We had a great morning!  

Newsletter Autumn 1 - Phoenix Class

'Hello Yellow' Day 


We celebrated 'Hello Yellow' Day in support of mental health in young people. We came to school wearing something yellow, practiced mindfulness activities including yoga and planted yellow daffodils in the school garden. We enjoyed the yoga so much that we have decided to practice yoga every few weeks in the classroom and we look forward to seeing our daffodils in Spring! Hopefully come Summer, we can enjoy the daffodil garden whilst doing our mindfulness activities outside! 

Fairy Tales


We spent a number of weeks last term looking at Fairy Tales in English - we read some Traditional Fairy Tales that we all knew and discussed the fact that often Fairy Tales are passed down through generations by word of mouth. This can mean that often everyone knows the same story - but a slightly different version! 


We then had a go at reading a different Fairy Tale each and seeing if we could remember it well enough to retell to the class. We all did very well! 

Remembrance Day 2021


We celebrated Remembrance Day and reflected on all the lives that have been lost at war. We thought about how it must have felt to be young, or in fact any age, and called to war. We spoke about how not everyone that was involved in the war would have been on the Front Line but that we are grateful to all those who gave their lives so we can live the life we do now. We created our own poppies to display in the classroom. 

Black History Month


We celebrated Black History Month by looking in depth at Rosa Parks. We learnt the story of Rosa Parks and why she took a stand on the bus that day. We took it in turns being Rosa Parks and an Interviewer and made our own newspaper articles with the answers we collected during our interviews. After careful planning, we typed the articles ourselves and then tea-stained them. 


Home Learning


Home learning is posted daily on Tapestry for our families and children to access remotely. Our teachers respond to and give feedback on children's work daily. 


If you are unable to access digital learning, printed learning packs are available. Please contact the Othery School office for more information. 


We know that social interaction is really important during this time, so we are holding weekly whole class check-ins on Microsoft Teams. Invitations to these are emailed to parents each week. These are a chance for children to  see each other, show us what they've been doing and share news. During this meeting, we will also be celebrating the efforts of the children by continuing with our weekly 'Proud Cloud' award. You can view our 'Proud Cloud' gallery below.

During lockdown we are reading 'The Train To Impossible Places' by P.G. Bell. 


Please click on the link below to view all of the instalments so far!



January 2020 

We would love to see your lockdown activities. Please check back here regularly as we will be uploading fantastic work you have sent us and photos of your time at home!

Children's Mental Health Week - Heron's wellbeing challenges. How many can you complete?

Bottle Moments - what are you most looking forward to after lockdown?

Heron's creative home activities