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Team Phoenix

Hello again, 

It is now Friday 5th June - what a strange two months we have had! 


I can only hope that you've all enjoyed making special memories with your family and got lots of exercise in the hot sunshine that we've had. 


Learning at home will have felt very different - I suspect some of you have loved it; whilst others will have found it tricky. I hope that I planned tasks that many of you found fun. What have been your highlights?


Home-learning highlights for me include:

* perusing your amazing models made from Lego and cardboard

* chatting to you on the 'phone - noticing how much more confident you became

* awarding individuals for things I noticed

* choosing activities based on your interests - cars, bunnies, donkeys, etc. 


Lockdown Loves for me include:

* lots of long dog walks with Truffle

* Saturday quizzes with some of Y4

* having time to tidy and decorate my mum's house (she's gone in to a carehome)

* spending time with Jack, who came back from New Zealand just before lockdown

* having time to enjoy my garden in the sunshine


Key Workers Thanks:

* clapping on a Thursday evening at 8pm - a joining of street-dwellers to come together as one and send lots of love and thanks to all our key workers

* feeling very pleased to be able to help key workers' children in school to allow them to go and work on the frontline - looking after people in hospital, etc. 

* feeling proud of Ella, my daughter, who finished university early to start work as a nurse.


Thank you all for being such a fantastic team - supporting each other and being understanding of these unprecedented times. 


I do hope to see you all as Team Phoenix again before the Summer break. 


Take care,

Mrs B x




It is now Sunday 29th March and our prime minister, Boris Johnson, has instructed us to stay at home as much as possible. This is to reduce the amount of human contact and therefore reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus. 


I do hope you are all enjoying some family time and also doing some home learning. 


It felt very strange in school last Thursday, with only a couple of children in for the day. 


The teachers are staying in touch with each other, as I'm sure you are keeping in touch with some of your friends via modern technology. 


Take care everyone. 

Best wishes, 

Mrs B. 

Welcome to Team Phoenix!


Team Phoenix is our Y4 class. We like to investigate interesting learning themes including 'WE ARE NOT AMUSED!' - a topic about Victorian Britain, 'OUR LOCAL HG AREA' - after learning about the five HG postcode areas, we plan a tour and hold a debate about controversial plans; and 'ANGLO SAXON BRITAIN' - we look forward to meeting Paddy Hinton, our visiting Anglo Saxon during the summer term! We have links with Henshaws  Arts and Craft Centre in Knaresborough and often raise money for this worthy charity. We also help as librarians in the school library every Tuesday and support various groups across school. 


Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.



Is it really spring? The weather has certainly been wet! 

So, what have Team Phoenix been doing in the second term of the year?



Team Phoenix has been exploring the local area, developing geography skills and knowledge. The wonderful 23 pupils split into five groups and each took one of the HG postcode areas. 

The overall aim was to plan a tour of the HG area, identifying key places of interest and gathering opinions about the land use and how it has changed over time. 

The outcomes: 

* write a leaflet/information text about the HG area

* use photographs to support landscape art projects

* understand the topographical features of the area

* identify the main roads, rivers and postal towns

* produce a 3D map (using Modrock) to piece together like a jigsaw of the area

* hold a debate with the parents to address controversial planning possibilities


The children have been totally engrossed in the project and 'owning' their learning. 


It is with sadness, that due to the Coronavirus, we have needed to postpone the tour. I will share some geography ideas on the learning platform so you can see the objectives and support learning from home. 




On return from The Hydro and an energetic swimming session, Y4 settle down with their lavender beanbag and cushion to relax and take time to consider their inner-self. Mrs B. sometimes reads to the children or they listen to a recorded mindfulness story. Breathing is always the key focus of the session. Mrs B. has noticed just how settled the children have become over time. 






In the Autumn Term 2019, year four headed to Ripon and visited three fabulous museums to support our learning about the Victorians. 


The Courthouse

Children took on the roles of judge and jury to re-enact a scene from the 19th century. They looked amazing and so authentic in their costumes and took the whole case very seriously indeed!


The Police and Prison Museum

Luckily, we all behaved ourselves in here - no one fancied becoming friends of the Sinkler brothers! Our characterful police officers certainly put a few people in their places!


The Workhouse

What a super museum! The children performed a range of tasks from gardening and sewing to handwriting in the school room and polishing the silver. 


The timeline we have in the classroom identified many historical occasions - I wonder if you can remember any of them....