Last week year 4 started planning a discursive piece of writing based on our book ‘The Lion and the Unicorn.’ We thought about what it means to be courageous. The children explored different types of courage and researched everyday acts of bravery. We discovered how famous people (past and present) were fearless and bold. 4BD were surprised to learn that even animals can be courageous.
To support your child with their literacy work, please discuss how they or someone they know has demonstrated courage. If possible, spend some time talking to your child about when they have conquered a fear or overcome a challenge. Despite feeling scared, how have they still shown bravery. Your child brought home a copy of the talk homework on Friday. There is a grid on the homework sheet that can be be used for your child to make notes which they can refer to when writing.
Today 4BD were lucky enough to go on a school trip to the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society. The Aviation Society aim to preserve history whilst educating all. Following topic this term, we are now all WW2 experts so today put our knowledge to the test. Once we arrived 4BD sat and listened intently to a informative presentation and were really keen on sharing their knowledge of children in WW2! The children were particularly surprised by how much devastation the bombs used in WW2 created for people just like them.
After this, we explored the Aviation Society's own museum. We were amazed by how many genuine WW2 artefacts there was for us all to see and touch. The volunteers at the museum were so helpful and answered all of our questions. Vincent and Tyrese from 4BD got a guided tour around the american war museum! Very lucky members of the class.
Next was the bunker experience. The children were led underground into a real life WW2 bunker! We were only lit up by a small lantern and huddled close together on two benches. We listened to the sound of a genuine air raid whilst we kept close and safe in the bunker, whilst imagining what it would have truly felt like to hear those sirens go off. We were left with the thought of how lucky we are to have our friends and family around us, as for children in WW2 this may not have been the case.
4BD owe a massive thank you to the Aviation Society for allowing us this WW2 experience. Not only are we WW2 experts, but we can now all say we have been in a real life WW2 bunker!
Here is the Aviation Society's website if you wish to find out anymore information and become even more of an expert!!
First of all, thank you ever so much to all the parents who gave up their time to join 4BD for the Christmas craft morning. It was lovely to be able to welcome so many of you into our classroom. We all got into the festive spirit and the children thoroughly enjoyed creating products to sell at the Christmas Fayre. Our 3D snowflakes proved how resilient we could be and these decorations really have the WOW factor. Make sure to purchase our reindeer hot chocolate cones, snowman photo frames and festive bracelets as well. Remember to come and buy them at the Christmas Fayre on Friday 8th December from 3.40pm until 5pm.
Last term we were incredibly fortunate to welcome two paramedics from the East of England Ambulance service. They taught the children resuscitation and CPR. We practiced how to put each other in the recovery position, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. During the session we were also given the opportunity to look around a real ambulance and witness how a patients heart rate is monitored. Luckily, Riley and Bo's 'heart traces' were fit and healthy! Phew!
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!
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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!