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.
In Art, 4S have been studying the work of Henri Matisse and so far produced some interesting work in response. This week the children produced 'scissor paintings' which incorporated many of the abstract images they have been learning about, whilst using contrasting colours, both of which featured in Matisse's later works.
4S have started to learn all about sound in Science and so in this week's lesson, the children investigated different vibrations, as sound is a type of energy made by vibrations causing movements in air particles.The experiments included strumming and plucking ukuleles, 'dancing rice' on drums and seeing the effects of different sizes of tuning forks in water (a rather wet experience for some!). They identified how pitch and volume could be altered by the size of the vibrations and how vibrations accurately created sound by moving through the air as sound waves. Although it was a rather excitable (and loud) afternoon, lots of learning and fun took place, which was great!
'Thank you to everyone who managed to attend the 'Meet The Teacher' session last Friday. It was lovely to meet with those of you that were able to make it; I hope you found the session useful and informative. For those of you that were unable to attend, I have attached a copy of the power point presentation that I used, so that you will know what was discussed. You should also have now received all of the correspondence that was distributed. Please could you make sure that you return the 2 letters regarding Photographic Permissions and Internet Agreement Forms, signed, as soon as possible - I'd be most grateful.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns.
Welcome back... I hope you all had an restful and enjoyable summer holiday.
The children have had an action packed day finding out all about life in Year 4. They have worked hard by producing excellent examples of handwriting and presentation skills and explored the qualities of good talk partners.
Expectations for Year 4 have been shared along with the timetable for the Autumn Term, which has been attached below for your information.
A reminder that the children need to have a named P.E. kit in school every day please. They are also encouraged to bring a named water bottle in to school that they can keep in the classroom.
I intend to compose a blog each week to keep you updated with what is going on in 4S, but I also look forward to meeting you at the Meet the Teacher session.
As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Next week is Refugee Week where the children are going to be learning all about refugees around the world. In addition, to support the cause, myself, Mrs Bark, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Humphrey, and Mrs Steward will be raising money by eating the same food rations as a Syrian Refugee for one school week. The rations for the week include:
I have attached the My Donate link below so that should you wish to do so, you are able to sponsor us for this very worthy cause. Money raised will go towards two charities; Suffolk Refugee Support and Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.
It's going to be tough so any support you can offer will certainly help!
Thank you in advance!
A new week begins and so we have begun to look at a new book called 'A River' by Marc Martin.
On Monday, we looked at the beautiful front cover and thought about we thought might happen in the book. Will it be fiction or non-fiction?
Today, we learnt new vocabulary ready to read the book tomorrow!
How many of the new words can you remember? Can you put them into a sentence?
For the last few weeks, we have been reading James and the Giant Peach.
We have learnt lots of new vocabulary (how many words can you remember?) and have imagined being James to write a diary entry.
This week, we read up to chapter 8 where the two ghastly aunts have been inviting the public to come and see the peach and making a fortune out of it.
Next week, we will be a reporter for the Rushmere Times to write a newspaper article all about this strange happening.
In our topic this term we are leaning about Mountains, Rivers and Coasts.
This week, we had an email from Mrs Humphrey telling us that she is climbing Ben Nevis in May half-term and she was asking if we could tell her more about the mountain and what she should pack.
The children wrote some excellent email replies, thinking carefully about the advice they gave Mrs Humphrey to ensure she has a successful hike.
Read one of the replies below.
We can't wait to find out how Mrs Humphrey gets on.
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