Firstly, my apologies for not writing a blog last week, but I was leading the Aylmerton residential trip. Needless to say I am feeling rather tired with today being my twelfth day of work without a break!
This week we began to study a new book in Literacy called Cendrillon, which is a Caribbean version of Cinderella, but don't be fooled into thinking that this will be like the version we are mostly familiar with! So far we have only written predictions, studied vocabulary from the story and read it through once. Even though this is quite a departure from Jesse Owens (our previously studied book in Literacy) I am confident that this will be as equally engaging and produce some high quality work.
For your information, your child brought home a Home Spelling Book yesterday (Thursday) with their first set of spellings to learn. Ordinarily spelling tests will take place on a Friday, but as next Friday is a PD Day, next week this will be on Thursday. You will also see inside the cover of their Home Spelling Book, the Year 3 and 4 word list. These are the words that the children are expected to be able to spell by the end of this academic year and are the words that we will be using each week in our spelling tests. Obviously, if your child wants to get a head-start on learning them, they are more than welcome! We will try and highlight this sheet with the spellings that your child gets correct in their tests so that you can see the progress they are making and also support your child to learn any that they are struggling with.
Thank you to the vast majority of you that have returned your ICT and Photo permission forms, but as I still have some outstanding, I am reluctant to post too many photos or video clips on the blog, therefore if you know you are yet to return either (or both) of these forms, please do so ASAP! I have sent home copies, but if you need another, please just ask!
Have a good weekend - I know I intend to have (hopefully) a relaxing one!
I have been very impressed with the quality of the homework that is starting to be brought in to school. As you can see from the photo below, we have sampled cake made from a WWII recipe (which was delicious) and read some writing projects of a very high quality about life during this period of history. Faye Thomas' work was particularly impressive - well done Faye! for those of you that are still unsure what the homework topics are, I have asked the office to send home paper copies, so hopefully everyone will be fully aware of how to support their child at home.
We've been having a wonderful time in science learning all about sound and in our lesson this week, the children carried out 4 investigations; Flickering Flame, Rough Seas, Dancing Rice and Guitar Hero. The aim of the experiments was to observe how sound is made and to identify (if they could) how sound moves. It was most informative, if not a little wet and noisy at times!
Thank you to all of the parents that attended the 'Meet the teacher' meeting after school last Friday. It was lovely to meet with you all and I hope that you left feeling well informed about the year ahead. For those of you that were unable to attend, I have posted the power point that was shared at the meeting on the school website in the Year 4 area, so please take the time to look at this so that you are aware of what is going on in Year 4 for your child. During the meeting I gave out photo permission forms, so if you were unable to attend, these will be sent home with your child for you to sign and return to school as soon as possible. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Welcome to a new term at Rushmere Hall! I hope you all had a lovely summer break. I intend to blog each week to keep you up to date with what is going on in class, but you are also very welcome to contact me anytime should you wish to discuss anything.
For your information next Friday (15.09.17) will be the 'Meet the new teacher' session which will take place in class 4S at 3.45pm; this will be a short informal meeting where I will be sharing news about the year ahead and providing you with an opportunity to as any general questions you may have about Year 4. I hope to see many of you there, but if you are unable to attend, please do not worry as I will post the power point from the meeting onto the Year 4 page of the school website after the meeting.
Well done 3M you got the attendance award again! This is your second time, meaning that we have two raffle tickets in the bag already!
KS2 Date: 22nd June 2017
Where:Northgate Athletics Stadium
Time starting: 9:30am (The children will walk over for this time)
IF IT IS RAINING....a decision will aim to be made by 8am. A text will be sent out as soon as this has been made.
Reschedule date - Wednesday 5th July.