Today we said a fond farewell to Miss Rawlison. We wish her every happiness in her retirement and lots of new adventures! She will be greatly missed but we are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Harries in January, who has been in this week to work with me and Miss Bozier to begin planning for the Spring Term.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday. Relax and stay safe. All the children have worked extremely hard this term and we are very, very proud of them.
Finally, thank you very much for all the lovely cards and gifts, we really do appreciate your kind words and thoughts.
We had a super fun day today, completing our science unit on the three states of matter. We started the day by converting data collected during an experiment into a line graph. We then explored melting points by letting a square of chocolate melt in our mouths! Later, we explored the effect salt has on ice and tried to 'fish' for ice cubes using steing and som salt to help. We then had a lot of messy fun playing with cornflour, a non-Newtonian substance because it behaves like a liquid and a solid. In the afternoon we explored the water cycle and made our own mini water cycle, then produced beautiful artistic versions to explaijnthe process.
We are looking forward to seeing you all this afternoon! Remember the Christmas Fair starts at 3.45 and finishes at 5.30.
The children have made some beautiful decorations - and some excellent adverts!
To finish our RE work this term, we invited Ben, from Colchester Road Baptist Church, to join us in our RE lesson. He used a story mat to tell us the story of Jesus's life and explain in what way Jesus's life was like a mission. He described to us his own experiences of mission as a Christian, including helping out at soup kitchens and in youth clubs.
After Ben left, we discussed ways that we as a class, as a school and as individuals have helped to 'mend our broken world' and to 'bring light into the lives of others' in the same way Jesus did. We talked about the fact that we had done lots of fundraising this term, for Children in Need, and that we were collecting food for FIND. We decided to make it our mission from now until the end of term to 'bring light into the lives of others' through small gestures such as smiling at them, saying thank you and giving compliments, or lending a helping hand.
We have really enjoyed our RE over this term!
We had a truly brilliant evacuee day. Thank you so much to all of you for working hard to dress your children in authentic clothes and to send them to school with suitable packed lunches - we really appreciate the effort you went to.
We had a very busy day with billeting, cooking, gardening, paper plane making, singing, as well as a fabulous 'blitz experience' session at the end of the day.
Many adults, both school staff and volunteers from outside of school, helped to make the day so successful and all the teachers in year 4, as well as the children, thank them all for their time and effort.
You will notice that we have started to send the wonderful andersen shelters home to make space for new projects in the Spring Term but I am sure that the childrne will never forget their time as evacuees!
This blog is updated by Mrs Harries, with help from the wonderful children in 5H!