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Pattern and Bird Feeders

Polar Bears have worked hard on their pattern project and also made bird feeders. The first visitor was a robin! He was watched and observed closely from the classroom window. 

Week Beginning 15.3.21

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This week in Maths we have been looking at ratios, we have been using different manipulatives to show our understanding.


This week in Science we have been looking at forces, we have made our own parachutes, tested them and played with other parachutes

World Book Day Celebration

Take a look at this compilation of pictures from World Book Day which was on 3rd March. Lots of fun was had and lots of books read! This year we had a focus on maths in stories. Each class discovered maths within their chosen book. Maths can be an abstract subject but using a book helps to bring it to life and make it seem "real" and more accessible for everyone!

Our resident artist Nicola has also been painting in the library. Can you spot the characters? 

World book Day 4.3.21

Return to school Help for Parents and Carers

History 23.2.21

They had to write a postcard as if they were a soldier in ww1...this is a cliff hanger and he has asked for another to he can finish it! Your teacher is super proud!

A list of websites and apps that are useful in managing your mental health

Chromatography 2.2.21

The individual substances in a mixture can be separated using different methods, depending on the type of mixture. These methods include filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatography.

We looked at separating out the colours in felt pens. 

Yet More Fractions! 2.2.21

Polar Bear are whizzes at fractions. They have learnt so much in the last weeks. 

Today they are looking at what they know and trying to workout the answers. 

They are using their knowledge of the times tables to help them. 

DEAR 2.2.21

Drop Every Thing and Read! 

Even Ms Ferguson's dog, Lucy, has enjoyed listening to a story!

Votes for school's 2.2.21

We have been looking at topics that affect the world- This week we were thinking about what makes a good Team.

We brainstormed some ideas and thought about what would make a good team.

Are you a member of a team? 

Mental Health Week 2.2.21

The theme this year is all about expressing ourselves. 

We can express ourselves in lots of ways: talking, smiling, through music or by what we wear.

These people express themselves through art. Take a look.

I Express Myself Through Art with Hannah Brooks, Annabelle Davis & More | BAFTA Kids

Join Hannah Brooks (Aardman), Annabelle Davis (The Dumping Ground), Oli Hyatt (Blue Zoo Studios) and Ayo Norman-Williams (2018 BAFTA Young Game Designer fina...

Chinese New Year 2.2.21

In 2021Chinese New Year will take place on 12th February. Each year of the Calendar represents one of the 12 zodiac animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 2021 marks the Year of the Ox.


We are so lucky at The Fen Rivers Academy because Miss T used to live in China and her friend has made a video for us about the Chinese New Year. You can watch it below!


She even teaches us some Chinese!

Chinese Spring Festival by Nancy 老师

Nancy 老师 talks about Chinese Spring Festival and will show us some greetings in Chinese.Hope you enjoy the video :)

Children's Mental Health Week

Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself.

Watch our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge's video message to mark the start of the week

Children's Mental Health Week 2021 - a message from our Royal Patron

Watch our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge's video message to mark the start of the Children's Mental Health Week. Learn more: http://www.childrensm...

Children's Mental Health Week Virtual Assembly | BAFTA Kids

To launch Children's Mental Health Week 2021, watch a Virtual Assembly from BAFTA, Place2Be and Oak National Academy on the theme: Express Yourself. Hosted b...

WW1 27.1.21

Polar Bears have been reading Archie's War. A scrapbook journal from World War 1. 

What have you learnt? 

Did you know that today is Holocaust Memorial Day? 

Multiplying Fractions 26.1.21

Wow! Look how Polar Bears have mastered multiplying fractions! 

Do you know the rules of multiplying fractions? 

Food Bank  26.1.21

A really special mention needs to go to one member of Polar Bears. They have spent some of their time during lockdown helping out in the local food bank. They supported the local community by helping to collect and sort the food. Well done. What a great effort!!!! You should be super proud of yourself. 

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Heather Small - Proud

World War 1   26.1.21

In History we are learning about WW1. This week it was ration packs. 

We thought about what we would like in ration pack and then looked at what the soldiers actually got in WW1.

Reading Area 26.1.21

Fancy reading a good book? Have a seat or lie down in this cosy reading area. 

Grab a book and enjoy! 

Motional 26.1.21

Our focus was play, seeking and care- we made each other smile, shared equipment and respected each other's personal space and needs.

Our Fractions Display

Fabulous Fractions! 26.1.21

Take a look at all the amazing work that Polar Bears have done on fractions. 

They look at tube of smarties and looked at the colours. Worked out the fraction of each colour, then were able to add the fractions together! 

If 1/4 were red. 1/4 were green. 1/8 were blue. 

What fraction are pink smarties? 

Work out the number of each colour, there are 24 smarties in total. 

Home Learning 25.1.21

Some great evidence of home learning by pupils in Polar Bears. 

Looking at fractions and finding half of a shape and learning to tell the time

Celebrating Success 21.1.21

Polar Bears have been so busy this week with their home learning.

Look at all the activities they have done:

Work on how anxiety makes us feel, how to look after our self, Art work and using tonal shading, adding fractions, Rights Respecting Schools and all finished off with a healthy lunch. 

Go Polar Bears!!!

News 21.1.21

What has been in the news? 

Have you heard about Joe Wicks and his unfortunate Bottom noises? laugh

Or about the outrage at school meal packs being worth £5 not £30.

If not have a read of this. 

We are Amazing! 20.1.21

Polar Bears...... Never forget how utterly amazing you are laugh

Story Writing 20.1.21

Ever fancied writing a story but not sure what to write about? 

This website will help and inspire you. It has lots of resources to help you create amazing stories. 

It has a picture to talk about ever day on Pobble365 too!

Online Learning 20.1.21

Polar Bears are using Purple Mash to help them access online learning during lockdown. 

Each day your teacher will set work vis Purple Mash and Dojo.

Well done Polar Bears!

Fun Maths! 19.01.21

Follow the link below and try some of these fun online maths games.

How about Baseball Maths or Soccer Maths? 

Freshly Baked Fractions sounds delicious!!

English Grammar 18/01/21

Pupils in Polar Bears have been working hard on their grammar. They have looked at adding -ing to a word.

They can now use those skills in improving their writing. 

Cheese and Ham Mini Quiches

Cooking 18/01/21

There are two ways to make quiche……the convenient way or the long way.

Challenge yourself this week to make fully homemade quiche.

Wellness Packs January 2021

Your wellbeing is very important to us, especially during this difficult time.

Your teachers have been very busy making wellness packs to help you. Take a look. 

They include a visual timetable to help your routine for home learning, art and craft ideas and mental wellbeing ideas too.

Polar Bears Class Timetable 2020 - 2021

During our cooking time this week, we made sausage rolls with Mrs Cole. 

We learnt how to roll out the pastry with a rolling pin and then we filled it with sausage meat. 

We had to made sure the edges were fully sealed, so that the filling didn't run out!

Finally we glazed the top and put it into the oven. 

They were very yummy!!!!!

During maths this week, we have been learning about fractions. 

Ms Ferguson gave us some numicon and counters to help us. 

We rolled a dice and had to find 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of the number. 

It was made even more fun because did it in colour changing soap and water!!!!

It was the best lesson we ever had on fractions. 

We then went on to make our very own fraction pizza! 

Pepperoni pizza anyone? 

We looked at the photo and wrote a character description. 
We tried to use similes and metaphors and interesting adjectives. What is his appearance? What might he say? 
How might he move? Smell like? What might his voice sound like?


This is what one member of Polar Bears thought: 


"He probably smells like Herbs and Dust because he looks like a Wizard and he probably sounds like a creaky dead frog because he looks very very old he might move like a frog he might jump or he might fly on a broomstick."

Do you fancy cooking something exciting and healthy? 

Mrs Cole has shared this link with you

Have a look and see what tasty delights you can find.

Happy cooking!

We all love Joe Wicks but what about an alternative? 

Give this a try. Write your name on a piece of paper. You can choose just your first name or all your names. 

Then do the exercises for each letter.

Want a challenge? Then spell your whole address!!!!

Let's get fit with Team Fen!smiley

Forest Schools 

Every week at Fen Rivers, we have the opportunity to take part in Forest Schools.

Nicola plans some amazing lessons for us and while we are in lockdown, she didn't want us to miss out!

Have at look at the brilliant stuff she has. I love the matchbox challenge. I wonder how many things you can find to go in yours? 


Positivity all the way in Polar Bears

Ms Ferguson has painted a wall in class for a positive quote every day.

Maybe you can give her some ideas to go on the board? Or write one yourself. 

Polar Bears are amazing! 

Motional Time

Every day we have Motional Time at Fen Rivers. This gives us a chance to explore our feelings and helps us to reset.

Polar Bears had fun with pliable soap, exploring their senses as they made models.


Bar Method

Polar Bears have been discovering new ways of adding. 

They have used cuisenaire rods and then the bar method. Then they wrote the number sentence in full.

Can you see the relationship between the methods? 

Motional Time

Polar Bears have been working hard in their Motional time. Here are some of the activities they have done. 

Salt painting with food colourings to reflect our mood and concentration skills with magnetic rods. 


Science: Filtration

As part of our science in KS3, we are learning about particles. This week it was filtration. We learnt about different sizes of particles and how to separate them. 

We did a practical experiment to explore this. 

Solving Number Problems


Polar Bears have been using their mathematical skills to solve number problems in maths. 



Do you know what a noun is? 

Polar Bears do! Look at this great work they have done. 

Can you identify the nouns in this sentence? 

The black and white cat chased after the tiny mouse.