It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of Year 4 and that soon the children will be in UKS2! It seems like only yesterday that I joined Team Rushmere and met the wonderful children in 4B. I feel very fortunate to have been their teacher this year; it has been a real pleasure to witness all their achievements. Together we have experienced many enjoyable moments and I hope that we made many memories that will last a lifetime. I am so incredibly proud of the motivated, enthusiastic and resilient learners that 4B have become. Every single child has flourished this year and worked their socks off. I would also like to express my thanks for the generous end of year gifts you bestowed upon me this week-I feel very spoilt. Here are the pictures of our final week as 4B. We enjoyed:-
As part of their topic work, 4B visited West Stow (Anglo-Saxon village) in Suffolk. The children had a thoroughly enjoyable day handling artefacts and exploring the re-created village. Dressed in Anglo-Saxon style cloaks, they were put to work and learnt about the daily lives of Anglo-Saxons. The staff at the museum commented that they were very impressed with our inquisitive children. 4B answered all the questions, were very engaged and impeccably well-behaved.
Yesterday, 4B enjoyed participating in a workshop led by a visitor from Amnesty International. The children investigated the connection between Human rights and refugees as well as the role of Amnesty International in supporting refugees. As part of our refugee week, we have also discussed who a refugee is and thought about how it might feel to be forced out of your home when you have no other choice but to seek refuge. When stepping into the shoes of Lina, who is a character in our book ‘Four Feet Two Sandals, 4B thought of how they would have felt living in a refugee camp. Some of the words we generated were: rejected, isolated, desperate, distraught, anxious, heartbroken and petrified. Through drama work based on our book ‘Four Feet Two Sandals, we identified and explored themes such as friendship, loss, sharing and separation. Today we linked our art work to refugee week by using natural dyes (coffee, turmeric, red cabbage and beetroot) to dye material which will be used for the tents in our refugee camp from our story. 4B even washed the material in a bowl just as we know our character Lina did by a river. All the children very capably hand-washed and folded material. I would send any washing their way. Watch this space to see what other maths, PSHE and literacy activities we take part in to mark refugee week.
This week 4B completed their final sparky scientist task in order to earn the prestigious title of Junior Electrician. Our sparky scientist question was: have you ever received an electric shock and wondered how it happened? To explore the concept of static electricity, the children carried out some exciting experiments and learnt all about atoms, protons and electrons. See below for details and our whole class findings.
Once we had charged up the balloon by rubbing it on our hair, jumper or the carpet, we placed the balloon near some bits of tissue paper. The parts of the paper closest to the balloon became positively charged. They stuck to the negatively charged balloon because opposite charges attract.
Repulsion/balloon fall out
When we tied string to and hung two charged balloons next to each other, they pushed away from each other because they were both negatively charged. We discovered that like charges repel each other.
All mixed up: separating salt and pepper.
After placing a mixture of salt and pepper on a surface, we rubbed the balloon on our heads. By slowly placing the charged balloon near to the salt and pepper mixture, we observed that the pepper (being lighter) was the first of the two to be attracted to the balloon.
Sparky Scientist Questions of the Week
Have a go at answering the below think like a scientist questions.
What creative homework projects 4B have submitted! It is clear to see that an enormous amount of effort, care and time has gone into completing these topic tasks. Well done for being such dedicated learners. I thoroughly enjoyed sampling the Anglo-Saxon baked goods as well. Who knew that Anglo-Saxon Honey Shortbread would be so delicious! I have managed to upload some photos but there are more to come. The below weapons, recipes, fact files will all be displayed in our Topic Zone. Keep up the hard work 4B!
4B were set their first Junior Electrician challenge this week. They had to demonstrate how a simple circuit works by creating light, sound or movement energy. When selecting the necessary components, 4B managed to generate an electrician’s checklist in order to diagnose why a circuit might not work or be faulty.
We needed to ensure that:-
Blobz guide to electricity
Thank you for all the enormous effort that went into the rainforest homework projects last half term. The tasks produced were of such high quality that I have displayed them in our topic area. As a year group, we have now finalised the Summer Term homework tasks which you will find below. A copy will be sent home with the children in due course. I always look forward to seeing the work 4B submit so I cannot wait to see the creative Anglo-Saxon projects. Enjoy choosing your task.
Once again, congratulations to my amazingly talented class who put on an unforgettable show that the Royal Shakespeare Company would have been impressed by. I hope you all enjoy sharing the filmed performances with family and friends. Please feel free to add a comment. Hopefully, you can just about hear the children above the gusts of wind. As mentioned in an earlier post, our literacy work this half term has been based on Shakespeare’s popular comedy. Through drama, the children explored characters, plot, themes and use of language. Over the past few weeks, 4B turned into skilled scriptwriters. As a group, they had to rewrite one of three scenes while thinking carefully about features of play scripts.
What a creative class we are! Once again, I would like to thank all of the adults who joined us today in 4B to help out with our art afternoon. Our rainforest inspired art activities look fantastic! The colour changing chameleon spinners, feathered parrots and our chalk rainforest creature designs will all be great additions to our rainforest scene.
Congratulations to my amazingly talented class who put on an unforgettable show that the Royal Shakespeare Company would have been impressed by. I hope 4B feel incredible proud of themselves. Despite a short amount of rehearsal time, 4B pulled it off and thoroughly enjoyed themselves along the way. All’s well that ends well!
Our literacy work this half term has been based on Shakespeare’s popular comedy. Through drama, the children explored characters, plot, themes and use of language. Over the past few weeks, 4B turned into skilled scriptwriters. As a group, they had to rewrite one of three scenes while thinking carefully about features of play scripts. The children realised the importance of stage directions so that their actors knew how to move and speak when delivering their lines. An enormous amount of effort went into memorising their scripts, creating props and finding costumes.
Thank you all for joining 4B to watch their performances of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ this afternoon. It was lovely to have such a supportive audience. I will endeavour to upload each of the filmed performances over the next few days so you can share your child’s wonderful achievements with family and friends. In the meantime, please enjoy looking through the slideshow of photos below.