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Keinton Mandeville Primary School

In English this week we are stepping back in time to write diary entries from 1941. We are using our experience from Nothe Fort to support our writing.
In Maths this week we are learning and revising the formal written methods for multiplication and division.

Welcome to Falcons Class

Spring Term 2020

Nothe Fort

Falcons class were transported back to 1941 this week when visiting Nothe Fort to participate in their evacuee experience. Many activities were enjoyed across the day, giving the children a real insight into what life was like during the war.

The evacuees experienced what it would be like to be chosen for different households depending on whether the adults thought they were up to the tasks that they had for them.

The teacher was rather strict in the classroom, the pupils were shocked to find out how different it was in the 1940s.

We learnt about the bombings in Weymouth and the devastation that was caused. We were shown a Morrison shelter and managed to fit seven of the children into one at once!

We heard the air raid siren and quickly got to the nearest Anderson shelter, the bombs dropped and we heard the planes pass over. To keep spirits high we sang songs and waited for the siren to give us the all clear.

Falcons class visited the local shop and were shown the rations that were allowed per week, we then had the opportunity to buy some items using a few shillings.

In the kitchen we helped wash some of the clothes, and in true British fashion - we had to make a good old cup of tea!

The evacuees had a fantastic day, however, they were glad to be getting back to 2020 where there are no canes in the classroom and no scary air raid sirens!

Welcome back

Happy New Year! The class came back refreshed and ready for a new term after the festive holidays.

We began our year by continuing our topic of Ancient Egypt. The children created a mummy in a sarchophagus (not to scale!) during their first two weeks back.

We began by making the body out of clay, allowing this time to dry and then covering the body in Modroc. They created a sarcophagus out of Modroc and planned a design in their sketchbooks that they then painted onto the outside of their sarchophagus. The results were fantastic!

Autumn Term 2019


Merry Christmas from Falcon Class

Father Christmas arrives in a helicopter!

The big man himself arrived from the sky and visited all the classrooms to deliver a few presents...

London visit

After a very early start, Falcons were very excited as we approached London and were able to see the sights. We had a super time visiting the Egyptian section of the British Museum.

After the museum we travelled to the London Eye where we had a fantastic view!

Elf Run

Falcons had a fantastic time supporting Dorothy house during the elf run, we danced, walked, skipped and ran our way round with festive spirit!


Our first outing as a class was to Cineworld in Yeovil to watch Charlotte's Web. We all loved the experience of watching the film on a big screen and thought the movie was very true to the book. A super half-day out!

Ancient Egypt

Falcons have started to learn about the Ancient Egyptians for their next topic. Newspaper reports were written about Miss Anderson becoming an embalmer and performing a mummification in the classroom behind a white sheet (Mrs Thornton was not the 'body', nor was she harmed in the process!).

The class had an afternoon focused on the pyramids. To develop ideas about the way they might have been built, the children were divided in groups and given the task of shifting a heavy upturned table with ropes.

Following this, we began to think of the structure of the pyramids. I gave the class marshmallows and spaghetti to build the biggest, most structurally sound pyramids they could.

Street Surfing

Following on from Osprey class, Falcons will now be doing street surfing in their golden time. The class enjoyed their first session this week and were full of stories to tell me, mostly about how they were helping and supporting each other. I can see already that they will love ending their week with this activity!


Remembrance Day

Falcons class spent a week learning about the importance of Remembrance Day and why we honour the minute of silence on this day each year. After discussing the topic in detail, the class showed real compassion, and were keen to produce work that would show their respect.  The children wrote poetry inspired by war poems such as 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae. In our Art lessons we created silhouette paintings to accompany our poetry. The class enjoyed learning about this area of history and seem eager to get in to our World War II topic in the Spring term.

Happy half term!

We have had a fantastic first half term in Falcons, the children have challenged themselves and shown great determination and independence. There has been a lot of fun alongside the hard work. Enjoy a well deserved rest everybody!

Martial Arts

As a final learning experience related to our topic, we had an hour session of Chinese martial arts, taught by two professionally trained individuals.

Falcons class loved learning the techniques, although they were quite tricky and hard to master at times!

Book Club at Break

Due to popular demand, we have started a book club in Falcons class. There will be two morning break times available per week where the children have the choice to stay in our reading corner to dive into a good book. Half the class will be allocated one day, and the other half will be able to access this on the other day. They can read their own book, one from the reading corner, one from the library or share one with friends.

A Visitor in the Classroom

While everybody was in assembly, somebody visited the classroom...

Using all of their detective skills, the class decided it must have been a dragon!

It's as if the dragon knew we were about to start learning about Chinese folklore...


Chinese Cooking

Mr Shakesby helped us with our cooking session because he has a fantastic knowledge of cooking Chinese dishes. He showed us some of the ingredients used, taught us the best way to chop our vegetables and gave us a lesson in holding chopsticks.


Everybody had a go at chopping some of the ingredients using 'the bridge' and 'the claw' technique.

After Mr Shakesby cooked up a storm in the woks using our prepared ingredients, we were able to dish it up and give it a try.

The verdict was an overall appreciation for this type of food - we loved it!

Poetry Day

This week we have been exploring Chinese poetry, just in time for Poetry day on the 3rd of October! We found using expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors were helpful in expressing imagery within our writing.

Children were given time to rehearse their poems and performed them for the rest of the class.

Superb work Falcons!

The Life Bus

On Monday, Falcons class boarded the life bus to discuss the topic of friendship.

The class were split into groups and had to decide between themselves what they thought were the most important sentences out of the set of statements they were given.

Every group decided 'to be able to try and try again' was the most important one - the power of yet holds strong in our class!

After discussing a situation where one might need to be assertive, the class were paired up and acted out a scene where one child was assertively saying no to the other.

We managed to squeeze all of this into an afternoon and got back just in time for the end of school.


Dragon soap sculptures

We began looking at the Shang Dynasty during our topic time, this led us to discover the art of jade carving.

Initially, the class sketched dragons using pictures of lizards and snakes to help inspire them.

Following this, the class had a go at sculpting their creations. As we couldn't get our hands on some jade, we used soap instead. The soap was much easier to carve into and it made our classroom smell lovely for a few days!

Roald Dahl day

During the week we explored a variety of Roald Dahl's stories and poems and tried to interpret them in our own way. Falcons made their own dream jars inspired by the ones seen in the BFG.

Welcome back

We have had a fantastic start to the term in Falcons class! The children have settled in to their new classroom and are showing an eagerness to learn and progress this year. I look forward to see where the term takes us....