Every year the school recognise Safer Internet Day. Whilst the internet has huge advantages and benefits, there are many drawbacks and massive safety implications to its use. During the school day, class 4B spent time discussing a number of statements. The aim was to spark a conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. At the beginning of discussion the children were asked to decide whether they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ the statement. The class will then debate, research and discuss and then repeat the vote at the end of the session to see if any of them have changed their minds.
Here are the statements we discussed:-
Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
During our P.S.H.E lessons we have been looking at the way in which we handle different feeling and emotions as part of Children's Mental Health Week. As a class we watched Sasha and Andre's stories and discussed how mental health was affecting them and listened to suggestions as to how they could manage their thoughts and emotions.
‘Small’ feelings: (Everyday Feelings)
They don’t stop us from doing what we want in life.
‘Big’ feelings: (Overwhelming Feelings)
They can stop us from doing what we want to.
Mental Health Definition:
Mental Health is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods – things you can’t really see, but that affect our lives in lots of ways.”
During both lessons this week I have been super impressed with the maturity of the conversations we have had and I encourage you to talk to your children about these important issues at home.
Children are invited to come in non-school uniform. £1 donation to school based projects.
For the first time in 3 years children are encouraged to come in dressed as their favourite book character!
I've already sorted my costume. What will you come dressed as?
Have a lovely weekend!
The children have been kept busy this week and I'm sure they are feeling the effects of a full week back tonight. I know that I certainly am!
This week we have been exploring maths in further detail and have been revising topics such as translation, coordinates, data handling and angles. Please would you continue to practice these key skills with your children as and when you can.
Our class book blogging continues to go well. Those children who have not been able to blog at home have spent time with Mrs Beaumont this week being reminded about how it all works. It would be great to see more blogs from 4B being made.
Times Tables Rockstars is already proving to have a positive effect - please keep the momentum going and encourage your child to play at least once a day for 5-10 minutes. This will be super useful for when they have to sit the tables challenges later this year.
Below is the curriculum outline for this term and a copy of the homework tasks for the Spring Term. Again please encourage your child to complete these.
Have a great weekend.
Welcome to the Spring Term - i hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break.
As we have only been back for 2 days there isn't much to report yet. The children have settled quickly after their exciting Christmas break and we are raring to go with lots of new topics to get our teeth into.
Next week, following on from the assessments that the children undertook last time, we will be 'filling the gaps' in maths. As for English we will be finishing The Lion and The Unicorn ready to start a new book the following week. We have also finally finished our Anglo Saxon topic and so from next week the children will be learning about The Rainforest in Geography.
Please ensure that all PE kits are returned to school next week.
Have a lovely weekend,
Its been another super busy week in school and the children have got more excited by the day. I cannot believe that Term 1 is over already - we have achieved so much and experienced many different things.
Thank you so much to everyone that made contributions to the class party. We have really enjoyed sampling lots of tasty treats as well as foods from other cultures which were all delicious.
Thank you also to those parents/children that gave me gifts. All much appreciated but not expected as i'm simply doing my job!
On a sad note a girl in class 4B brought into school Grandma's precious ring which has gone missing over the course of the day. It is a gold ring with three triangular purple stones. The ring was also in a blue box. Please would you check your child's bad thoroughly to see if it has been misplaced in their bag and should you find it return to me personally after Christmas. Fingers crossed it will turn up.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. It has been a pleasure teaching 4B and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!
Mr Bentley x
Wow - what a full on week we have had in class 4B! I cannot believe that we are near to completing our first term in Year 4.
Thankfully the children have now completed most of their assessments. My apologies to those parents whose children came home a little more tired and irritable than usual. I have been very pleased with how the children had applied themselves to the assessments and how promising the results look. Details of these will be issued after Christmas.
Anglo-Saxon Day 10.12.2018
On Monday we welcomed our Anglo-Saxon visitor - Mr Wilson into the school. The children enjoyed a full day of activities which included, a talk from Mr Wilson, making Anglo Saxon shields, weaving, drop spinning, shield drill and battle re-enactment.
As you can see from the pictures below and the copy of the PPT, we all enjoyed and exciting day.
Times table Rock-stars
Thank you to all the children for dressing up as rock-star legends today. We have enjoyed a wonderful day of learning through times tables and watching some interesting performances from Mr Fykin and Mrs Harries. I was myself put under pressure during morning assembly being given just two minutes to correctly answer SIXTY times tables questions!
The children have all accessed the Times Tables Rock Stars app today and have in their bags details of their logins and passwords. please encourage them to login and have a go over the weekend.
Wednesday is Christmas Jumper day. Children are invited to bring in £1 to be donated to the local children's hospital. Our Christmas party will also be on this day in the afternoon. The children have organised what everyone is bringing in to eat for our party afternoon. Any remaining unopened donations will be taken to the local food bank for distribution to local families in need at Christmas.
Enjoy your weekends.
We have had another super busy week in 4B and I am pleased to say the the children are working hard and showing me how determined they are to succeed in Year 4.
Thank you to the parents whom were able to attend our Christmas Crafternoon and for the positive feedback received. . I am sure you will agree it was a lovely afternoon, and the children enjoyed having family members here to share craft making with them.
Super scientists - The children have enjoyed exploring states of matter over the last few weeks looking at solids, liquids and gasses! In science this week the children carried out an experiment this week so that they could describe the process of melting. Please see our pictures below.
Next week we will be completing formal assessments for Reading, SPAG, Writing and Maths. The children have already completed long write tasks in History and Music and will also be completing Science next week. Please ensure that the children are well rested and that they get early nights next week as the assessments will be tiring for some.
Below is a copy of our amended timetable for next week.
Spellings for next week
Group 1 Group 2
Dates for your diary
Christmas Fayre - Friday 7th December - 3.45pm - 5pm, come along and purchase our Christmas crafts and sweet treats.
Christmas Cards can be brought into school from the 10th December onwards and placed in the school post box. Cards should not be given out in class or in the cloak rooms.
Friday 14th December - Lauch of Times Tables Rockstars - Children can wear rock star accessories over their school uniform.i.e leather jackets, bandannas, sunglasses etc. Children should NOT bring in any inflatable guitars etc. More info on school website.
Monday 17th December - School Music Concert - 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Non Uniform Day - Wednesday 19th December - As a class we have decided this will be our Christmas Jumper Day!
Class Christmas PARTY - Wednesday 19th December. (Only if we don't reach 10!). Children will be asked to bring in food to share with the class, any remaining unopened food will be taken to the food bank collection. More details to follow.
Please find below the presentation from the My Book Blog meeting held last Friday for those parents that were unable to attend.
The children will be completing an assessment session with the school librarian during their ICT lesson on Monday afternoon. After this they will be read the class text and a further session in the ICT will follow to allow them to complete the assessment process.
Once initial reading assessment is complete and the children are fully conversant in how to use the blog login details and passwords will be issued.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to reading all the blog entries in due course.
Parents / Carers are invited into school on Friday 23rd November from 2pm till 3.20pm for craft afternoon. The aim of the craft afternoon will be to help the children create an item which could be sold for profit at the Christmas Fayre. The teacher will commence the session by showing both children and adults how to make the items. The children will then spend the remainder of the afternoon working alongside their parents on the items.
We hope to see you in the workshop, and thank you for your continued support!
Yesterday, we were very lucky to be visited by Flight Lieutenant Richard Maxwell-Whale (currently a Flight Commander) from the RAF Cranwell. He spent an hour with 4B explaining the role of the RAF, his experiences of being in the RAF, as well as all of the different jobs that people could have in it which, surprisingly for the children, included carpenters, cooks, medical professionals and administrators.
The children were most surprised to also learn about now much fun is also had in the RAF and the many opportunities that are available to travel the world.
When during a visit by the Queen to Colchester, Richard then a special constable told us about his experience of the 'Queen' misplacing her handbag, which he duly had to find and return to her!
We'd like to say a huge thank you to him for giving up his time to spend it with us and for all of the gifts that he gave the children, which was most generous of him. The children all seemed to have a lovely time and enjoyed meeting him and asking him lots of questions.
Early this morning, I braved the rain to draw onto the playground the 2 giant Pudsey's which Class 4B - helped to fill. I hope the children enjoyed their own gingerbread Pudsey, kindly baked by my wife, and that you continue to think about those less fortunate than ourselves this evening.
Enjoy your weekend.
This morning, class 4B joined all the other children in the school for a special act of remembrance in front of our superb display of poppies created by the children. I was immensely proud of the class behaviour, their superb singing and attitude towards this service. Huge thanks also go to Mrs Beaumont for coordinating this event and for her creative vision with the poppies and the soldier silhouettes.
Please share the poem In Flanders Fields below with your children this weekend and take a moment on Sunday to remember the many who made the final sacrifice for us.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Following on from parents evening I am aware that there were a number of parents that were unable to see me due to other commitments. Please feel free to try and slot in 5 mins with me either before or after school one day so that I can let you know how your child is progressing in Year 4. I am normally in school around 7am in the morning and until 5pm most days.
Spelling to learn this week
purpose read (present tense)
Enjoy your weekend,
Mr Bentley - Class 4B
We are 4B!