In science 4BD had to plan and carry out an experiment this week. First of all, the children had to make sure they carried out a fair test by changing just one variable (amount of water). Using just three glass bottles, a funnel and a jug of blackcurrant, the children had to think like scientists to explore pitch and make watery tunes. 4BD were set the challenge of filling up each bottle so when you blow/tap it a high note, middle and low note is created. Year 4 experimented with adding more or less water to each bottle to see how the amount of water altered the pitch. Some groups even managed to play a well-known tune like ‘Three Blind Mice.’
4BD discovered that the higher pitched sound was achieved with the least water so less material will produce a high pitch and more a lower pitch. Congratulations to Harry for becoming our science expert. Harry realised that the result was different when you blew on the bottles instead of tapping them. He used scientific language like particles, air and vibrations to explain why. What a superstar!
On Thursday, 4BD prepared to be evacuated and stepped into the shoes of their 1939 persona. We thought about what children would take with them. Year 4 then used the GOV recommended list of items to pack their own evacuee suitcases. Some of us even dressed up as a WW2 evacuee!
Some quick reminders:-
Over the past week, there have been even more sightings of hedgehogs on our school grounds. A few more hedgehogs were caught on camera visiting the tunnels we set up for them. The inky footprints on the paper inside the tunnels gave us even more proof that our school has created a hedgehog friendly environment. At playtimes, the children have been making their own hedgehog nests in order to create appealing habitats. It seems to have worked! From watching the surveillance footage, Rushmere Hall has at least 4 hedgehogs on our school grounds. Many cats seemed to have enjoyed a midnight snack in our tunnels as well! Our hedgehog sightings have been added to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s map which you can access here.
Ali North, who is the hedgehog officer for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, led an assembly for KS2 on Wednesday 4th October. She introduced us to the hedgehog hunt project which we are taking part in. The project aims to raise awareness of hedgehogs in the local area. Ali taught us how we could create hedgehog friendly environments by making Hedgehog Highways (ground level fence holes) or feeding and nesting areas. With Ali’s help, we have started to ensure that our grounds are hedgehog friendly. Some Y6 pupils chose suitable areas around school to set up footprint ink hedgehog tunnels that had plenty of food and water. We also set up cameras in order to record hedgehogs at night. After watching the footage from the surveillance cameras, we spotted a hedgehog on our school site at 11pm on 05.10.17. Plenty of cats were filmed entering the hedgehog tunnel as well! Hopefully, we will find evidence of a few more hedgehogs so we can add to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s map of hedgehog sightings. If you want to learn more about hedgehogs, have a look at the PPT that Ali shared with us.
We have loads of lovely pictures of our class to share with you , however we are still awaiting quite a few permission slips. Please check your child's book bag in case they have not passed it on. Should you need a new copy please ask at the office. These must be returned ASAP so we can share your children's learning with you.
4BD have been exploring the benefits of having a Growth Mindset. Being motivated learners, we created our own inspirational quotes which will remind us to have a positive attitude in our learning.
Your children will be holding these quotes up all year!
Congratulations 4BD on a successful first two days in year 4. The children have made a positive start back and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them: we have had an exciting and fun-filled week so far! It has already been a real privilege for us to teach such motivated and enthusiastic learners.
This week, the children are exploring Growth Mindset. We have learnt to love challenging our brains. Our favourite Growth Mindset mottos are ‘I will persevere, practise and train my brain’ as well as ‘ mistakes help me learn.’ When the children adopted a can do attitude, they were able to improve and experienced a lot of success in their learning. Watch this space as photos to come.
The Meet The Teacher session is on Friday 15th September, which will take place at approximately 3.45pm in the 4BD classroom. If you are unable to attend, we will ensure all the information is sent home. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs De Lellis and Miss Bozier
It's Refugee Week this week and we will be having a Refugee focus in some of our lessons, including English, Geography and Art.
In PSHE today, we talked about who a refugee is as well as understanding there are people who choose to leave their own country.
We discussed these questions and the children came up with some really thoughtful ideas.