Here you will find details of our learning, achievements and any important information.
Start of Summer Term Information
I hope that you all agree that your children were MARVELLOUS last week. I was extremely proud of them all; especially organising themselves behind the scenes with no adults nagging them- see they CAN do it! Hopefully this will be an experience that they remember and cherish for a long time to come. I have uploaded SOME of the photos of their wonderful performance.
'Make do and mend!'
This is our new topic- all about World War II. We have started with exploring evacuees and we have Mrs Munroe coming in on Wednesday 10th May to talk about her experience as an evacuee. Children may like to talk to relatives about the war; please remind them of my message of being tactful and for them to understand that not everyone would like to talk about their experiences. We would like to start sewing soon as it will take a while. IF YOU HAVE ANY SPARE MATERIAL SCRAPS PLEASE SEND THEM IN SO THAT CHILDREN CAN START TO SEW. I will be sending a letter out asking for any sewing helpers; so if you are able to support please let me know!
We are lucky enough to be able to go to Chafyn Grove School to take part in an afternoon of cricket. Please make sure that the children have returned their permission slip and have PE kit, packed lunch and plenty of water on Friday 12th May. A massive shout out of thanks goes to Mrs Rodgers (Sam in Year 3's mum) for organising all this and providing buses free of charge, not to mention her skills and use of these fabulous facilities.
This half term's homework has been set and the children took a pack of homework home two weeks ago. If you have not seen it please pester them as there is too much there to leave until the last minute.
We have had a few cases on 'unwanted visitors' in some children's hair. Please can you check your child's hair and act accordingly- thanks!
Thank you all so much for finding a way to attend the reading workshop. I know, as a working parent, how hard it is to come to things during the school day and I know that a considerable effort went into ensuring that someone was there to learn alongside your child. I really hope that you found it beneficial. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Otherwise, just have a go at something that you and your child might enjoy; I look forward to hearing how they are getting on!
Jurassic Coast trip update!
WHAT WONDERFUL CHILDREN YOU HAVE!
Please excuse the enthusiasm with which this entry is written; I wanted to get something up tonight!
Our Jurassic Coast trip was a HUGE success! We manipulated the weather with skill, although hot chocolate has never tasted so good! We got seriously buffeted by the wind and watched as the wind created some spectacular waves, however the sun shone brightly most of the time. A massive thank you to the parents for providing such AWESOME outdoor kit; the children had perfect attire for their adventure! It made the world of difference to the experience and I hope that they are all inspired to get out and enjoy the great outdoors now so that the clothing gets plenty more outings!
We challenged ourselves, experienced many new things and learnt SO MUCH! It was NOT a gentle walk on the beach! We learnt about: rock types and how they are made (ask you child how chalk is formed!), how coastal landforms are created (including longitudinal drift!), what fossils are, how to take measurements to determine whether the waves were constructive or destructive as well as learning to be resilient and organised!
I could talk forever about the millions of magical moments I have witnessed with your children over the past couple of days but I think that photos might be of more interest to you! Thank you so much for lending them to me; they were a credit to you all and a delight to take away.
Wow what a half term!
As usual, the children have approached all of their learning with enthusiasm and focus. We have done a massive amount of work on 'Stone Age' as our topic with all of our literacy being based around it too. Children have written information texts, powerpoints, fact files and short stories around this topic. We have had several philosophy sessions, proving that your children are really great thinkers! Our Super Smashing Science Show was a huge success and the children are still buzzing from some of the crazy experiments. Please could all homelearning be handed in this week. ESPECIALLY THE SPELLING LISTS- remember to highlight the words that your child still needs to practise as these will be their spellings for next term. In class we are enjoying practising them as part of our 'Big Spell' challenge. Your child will be able to explain!
Now we will be getting back into our 'Time Travel Machine' and going even further back in time... to the Jurassic Age!
We are fast approaching our trip! Please can you make sure that the permission slip, medical form and money for the trip are handed in this week- BEFORE HALF TERM.
A letter came out last week about our READING WORKSHOP (Monday 13th March 9-10am). Reading is arguably THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL. Our Year 4 pupils are super readers, however there is so much more to reading than just decoding the words on the page. Teaching these subtle skills is VITAL to improving your child's reading. At the workshop, I will share the skills that the children need to be able to use AND how you can support your child to develop these skills. PLEASE COULD I HAVE THE FORMS BACK FOR THIS WORKSHOP BEFORE HALF TERM. Many thanks.
Change of dates to Joseph Performance.
The children have been very enthusiastic about this. As the end of this term looks crazy busy and the start of the summer term looks calm, we thought that we would change the performance days to the week commencing 2nd May. (Probably Wednesday 3rd May and Thursday 4th May- afternoons- TBC)
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