The children were surprised with an Anglo-Saxon Day on Monday, where they spent the day immersed in all things Anglo-Saxon. We were very lucky that the children had the chance to meet a real Anglo-Saxon named Wolf (also known as Mr Wilson!) who brought in a multitude of artefacts to share with the children. In addition, the children wove sheep wool and dyed it using natural materials, they had a go at weaving and then made shields; these were used later in the day as you can see in the following photos. It was an exciting and informative day which the children all seemed to enjoy. A special thank you needs to go to Miss Markham who resourced many of the materials that the children used and who also had the unenviable task of cleaning the very smelly sheep wool of lots of dirt, twigs and poo!
Thank you so much to everyone that came to support during our 'crafternoon'. It was very busy, but a most productive afternoon. The children (and adults) produced some lovely crafts that we are looking forward to selling for profit on Friday after school at the Christmas Fayre. If you would like to purchase the crafts that your child made before Friday's fayre, you are more than welcome to do so; the decorated candle jars are £1.50, the personalised tree decorations are £1 and the foil tree decorations are 50p. We are also busy making other goodies to sell, which we will share with you in our next blog.
I've been so excited with the launch of My Book Blog in Year 4, that your child was given their password today (which they have brought home). However, I now realise that this should have been accompanied by the letter which explains how the blog works! You child does not need to do anything at the moment. Please just make sure they keep their password details safe so, when the letter does arrive home, you know what to do with this information! Obviously if you don't want your child to participate, just dispose of this information. Sorry if my enthusiasm has caused any confusion... I'm sure those parents who attended the meeting about it last Friday will understand why I'm so keen for 4S to get started!
Yesterday, we were very lucky to be visited by Flight Lieutenant Richard Maxwell-Whale from the RAF. He spent an hour with 4S 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. 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.
This morning, class 4S joined all the other adults and children from the school for a special Act of Remembrance in front of specially invited guests and our superb display of poppies created which have all been created by the children. It was also lovely to see some 4S parents in the crowd; thank you for your continued support. I was immensely proud of the class behaviour, their super singing and mature attitude towards this service. A special thank you should also go to Mrs Beaumont for coordinating this event and for her creative vision with producing the poppies and for our very own Mrs Howlett for arranging the silhouetted soldiers.
To help the children to commemorate such a momentous occasion, I have included the following poem that you may wish to share:
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
Have a lovely weekend!
Well it may have been rather soggy, but apart from the weather, the children have really enjoyed their trip to the Anglo Saxon Village at West Stow. They spent half of their time exploring homes and buildings that had been constructed by archaeologists investigating how Anglo Saxons would have lived. This included studying different styles of construction as well as meeting an 'Anglo Saxon' who demonstrated how to turn wood and weave - which the children were all able to have a go at. The other half of the day was spent in the museum, where the children studied many of the artefacts that had been discovered on the site, dress up in Anglo Saxon style clothing, handle replica artefacts and then spend some time with our amazing guide, who was impressively knowledgeable about this period in our history. Overall it was a very worthwhile trip and the children all came away having learnt something new.
I would also like to take this opportunity to add my personal thanks to those parents that turned out on such a grotty day to help us. Without your support, this trip would have been very difficult, so thank you so much. I hope you enjoyed it too!
At the end of last half term, the children worked hard to produce an amazing display linked to our history topic 'Anglo Saxons'. For those that wanted to be photographed, they became Anglo Saxon invaders aboard ships that the children made. Shields were coloured and constructed under the careful supervision of Kyle, which included key questions that could then be rotated to reveal the answers. Esme, Milly, Sofia, Ethan and Deacon also wrote up their character descriptions of Grendel and Beowulf; the main protagonists from the oldest recorded English poem Beowulf. I'm sure you'll all agree the end result is eye-catching and informative. Well done 4S!
Next week will be the last week of this half term already... wow! This half term has just flown by! A reminder to you all that next Friday is a PD Day, so the children will not be in school. As a result, the spelling test will take place on Thursday, so they won't get away with not having one! Next Thursday (the last day of term) is a non-uniform day, so if you're child does not wear uniform that day, they will need to make a monetary contribution. All of the details have been shared in the school's newsletter.
We're almost at the end of our science unit 'What's that sound?', which the children have all enjoyed. This week we investigated how sound travels over distances by making string telephones. I hope if they chose to bring them home, they haven't been too disruptive with them!
It's hard to believe that we only have a couple more weeks until half term - Summer already seems so long ago!
I am very proud of the attendance of 4S and this was recognised in today's celebration assembly where we were the first class to win the Attendance Award in KS2. Well done everyone! Having good attendance makes such a difference to a child's progress, so 4S won't have any excuses now!
In Science this week, the children investigated how to alter pitch by experimenting with different amounts of water in glass bottles and then blowing across them to generate sounds. This proved more problematic for some than others, but provided much entertainment! Needless to say, the challenge I had set of playing '3 Blind Mouse' was a step to far! Why don't you ask them what they found out?
AIn Literacy we finished the book 'a Picture book of Jesse Owens', which generated some lovely work, and concluded the week by looking at other influential black people in history. This was particularly relevant as October is Black History Month. The children researched Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandella. The prejudice and struggles against adversity that these people (and many like them) have experienced, was most enlightening for the children and hopefully inspirational.
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