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.
Firstly apologies for not blogging last week. I had been so busy at school that I took my laptop home over the weekend with the intention of updating the blog, but I had some technical problems with my computer that took a few days to fix.
Today has been a great success and thank you so much to all of the adults that came into class to help prepare our crafts for the Christmas Fayre in a couple of weeks time. The children made some high quality gifts that we are all very proud of and hope will sell well and make the class a lot of profit. As a class we have discussed how much it costs to produce the gifts and so how much we will need to charge to cover our costs and make a profit. To that end 4S have decided to charge £1 for the Christmas tree decorations, £2 for the majority of the tea light holders and £1.50 for the few small tea light holders. We are also planning to make Christmas wrapping paper, Hot Chocolate Stirrers and possibly one other novelty gift, but you'll have to visit our stool to find out more! Obviously if you would like to purchase the gift that your child has made, you are welcome to bring money into school at any time and then this can be brought home by your child. With such excitement it is easy for children to become rather excitable, but I thought the behaviour and commitment to their tasks today was exceptional, so well done everyone!
I have attached some photos of the morning's fun which clearly illustrates how successful it was.
It has been a very busy week! Firstly I would like to introduce 2 new children who have joined the class this week; Viana and Alesia have made a great start in 4S and they have been warmly welcomed by the rest of the class. I am sure they will prove to be great additions to the year group.
Next week we will be starting a new book called 'The Lion and the Unicorn' which links beautifully to our History topic of World War 2, so this week we have been writing an alternative ending to Cendrillon. The children spent a lot of time planning and composing their endings and then spent time assessing each other's writing. I have attached Nathanael's version below for you to enjoy...
A letter was sent home with your child tonight about a trip that has been organised to Martlesham Heath Aviation Museum. It is taking place on Wednesday 29th November in the morning and links perfectly to our World War 2 history topic. Please make sure you sign and return the letter and money to school as soon as possible.
In preparation for our Christmas Craft Morning, please could you save your glass jars as 4S are going to make tea light holders for the Christmas Fayre (along with some other goodies)? There is a box in the classroom where the cleaned and 'label-free' jars are being collected.
P.E. Kit - a gentle reminder...
There are still a few children that are not bringing P.E. kit to school. Please could you ensure that this is in school at all times, is named and includes everything that your child needs. As the weather is now cooler, I would suggest that this should also include jogging trousers and a sweatshirt.
Have a good weekend everyone!
At the end of last term we were very lucky to receive a visit from the ambulance service. Two paramedics spent the afternoon with us where the children spent time on the ambulance, learnt the recovery position, how to give CPR on resuscitation dummies and completed a quiz. It was an amazing afternoon and an incredibly valuable experience for the children. I have attached lots of photos on the slide show below to show you what the children got up to.
I can't believe it is half term already! It only seems like yesterday that I was meeting your children for the first time. It has been an action-packed half term and your children have worked incredibly hard and so I am certain they will enjoy their well deserved break - as will I!
We have continued to learn all about Sound in science and had great fun investigating pitch by making sounds with bottles that contained varying amounts of water, as can be seen in the following photographs.
This week we also had a display day and the children enthusiastically improved the displays within the classroom as well as producing two displays in the corridor; a literacy / art display linked to Jesse Owens and a science display about Sound. We are so proud of the finished results; what do you think?
Thank you so much to everyone that came to Parents' Evening. it was lovely to be able to sit and meet with you all and I hope you found the sessions useful and informative. Obviously I am always available to speak with you should you wish to discuss anything concerning your children.
Finally, it just leaves me to say thank you for all of your support so far and enjoy the half term break.
See you all in November!!
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.