Although this half term has been shorter than the previous term's it has felt just as long as we have been so busy and next half term promises to be just as action packed!
I wanted to say a big thank you to those of you that attended Parents' Evening - it was a fabulous turnout and I managed to see even more of you this time around. I hope you found the meeting productive and informative, but please remember that I am happy to speak with you at any time, so if you ever have any concerns or queries, don't hesitate to get in touch. For your reference, you will find all of the resources I prepared for you for both Parents' Evenings to support with your children's learning on the LKS2 web page.
Finally it just leaves me to wish you all a happy (and hopefully restful!) half term holiday.
Mad Science visited school this morning and the children had an 'electrifying' time exploring electricity - which the children have been learning about this half term. Below are a selection of videos and photos from this morning's fun...
Thank you so much to those of you that attended the 4S Sharing Assembly last Friday. The children worked so hard planning what they wanted to share, and although it didn't quite go to plan (I'm sure no one noticed!) we were all so proud of what we produced! Thanks to Miss Markham, I have some photos from the assembly that I am able to share with you, so if you were unfortunate enough to miss it, hopefully you will now have an idea of how fabulous everyone was!
We've been very lucky to have a visit today from Miss Beaumont, a dentist, who spent a lot of time sharing her job with the children and explaining why we need to look after our teeth. As you can see from the photos below, the children were engaged in a variety of exciting activities, including exploring foods that contain sugar. They were most surprised by some of the outcomes - especially when they learnt that the recommended daily allowance of sugar for a child is 24g, which is the same as one Fruit Shoot! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Miss Beaumont who prepared a lovely session and gave up her time to visit Year 4. Hopefully the visit was also inspirational for the children, as Miss Beaumont used to be a pupil at Rushmere Hall School; so maybe one or two of the children in 4S will feel inspired to pursue a career in dentistry!
Homework is beginning to arrive into school linked to our new topics and I have been impressed with the quality and variety of what I have seen. It is obvious that the children have engaged with the various projects and produced some very pleasing work as a result. Below are some examples of the homework that has so far been received. It's interesting to see how differently children interpret a task. For the project on bees, for example, some have written a non-chronological report and others (like Toby Scott) have made an informative leaflet. Thank you for your support with your child's homework, and keep up the good work 4S!
The children had a week of assessments last week, so there is not much to report, other than the fact that they knuckled down and worked very hard and produced some pleasing results, which I'm looking forward to discussing with you at Parents' Evening. If you haven't yet signed up for Parents' Evening, the booking slots are open for you to choose when you'd like to come and see me. If you are unable to make any of the dates I would still like the opportunity to meet with you, so please contact me and I will try and make an alternative date / time.
A belated welcome back to you all. I hope you all had a happy and restful Christmas.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their generous Christmas presents and kind wishes, it was most thoughtful and very much appreciated.
The Spring Term is sure to fly by in a flash, as once again we have a very busy term planned. A new curriculum map will be posted in the next few days, so you will have an accurate overview of what we are aiming to cover with your children. This term we will be studying Geography (rather than History) with the topic being 'The Rainforest'. Consequently, many of the homework topics will be linked to this subject. The homework for this term can be viewed on the website - just click on the homework link and you should find it. Well done to the few children that have already handed work in; I am most impressed with you dedication! A reminder that the expectation is that the children have to complete at least one piece of homework each half term.
At the end of last term the children had a fabulous day learning about WW2. The children looked amazing in their outfits and had a great time completing lots of interesting activities including:
Below is also a video of one (of the many!) air raid drills that 4S took part in... the Luftwaffe were very busy!
The fayre is almost upon us and the children have been working exceptionally hard producing some lovely items to sell at our stool. You should have received a map of the fayre tonight, but just to confirm 4S are going to be located outside the Key Stage 2 library, so please make the effort to come and find us. We have many exciting things on offer such as stained glass window effect candle holders, various styles of Christmas themed clothes peg tree decorations, hand-printed wrapping paper, hot chocolate stirrers and even edible snowman poop (yes really!); all of which you can see in the pictures below. In addition we have made a game where you have to guess where Santa has left his presents. Everything has been priced by the children after taking into account how much it has cost us to make everything and so how much profit we hope to make - they have all been most enterprising! All profit made from the fayre will benefit 4S, so it would be great to see as many of you as possible there and please feel free to spread the word!
We had a wonderful morning at the Martlesham Heath Aviation Museum, where we spent our time with amazing volunteers who showed us around the Radio Tower and Museum and spoke to us about their experiences of World War 2. We were also lucky to have a 'bunker experience', where we experienced what life would have been like during an air raid as it even included sound effects making it feel very realistic! A small sample of photos from the visit have been saved below for you to enjoy. The museum is run on a voluntary basis and well worth a visit. It is usually open from April to September and we were very lucky that they opened especially for us today. More information can be found at this website: www.mhas.org.uk/index.html.