Blue Class News
Hello Blue Class,
I hope you've had a good start to your Easter holiday and have had a much needed rest after a term of working very hard and taking part in lots of exciting learning. The weather is set to be warm and sunny over the next few days so it will be lovely to enjoy the fresh air and some outdoor fun.
When we come back to school, our new topic is 'Pirates' where we will be investigating some famous pirates throughout the ages, develop our science skills by exploring different states of matter and enjoy some pirate songs and stories including the classic, Treasure Island. During this topic you will be planning for and preparing a Pirate Day in school to share with your grown ups. We've got lots of exciting learning to enjoy and busy times ahead.
Before this though, continue to have a good rest over the Easter holiday so you are ready and raring to go when you come back. As well as a rest, to maintain the great progress you have made, please keep reading and practising your times tables (check you've mastered the 7s).
Have fun, keep safe and Happy Easter.
Love Miss Townsend xxx
Today sees the end of our Anglo-Saxon topic and what a busy and enjoyable topic it has been. We've enjoyed two trips, learned lots of new art skills with Mr Riley and enjoyed performing our Beowulf puppet show yesterday to Yellow Class.
Over the next two weeks, our topic is Easter and we look forward to sharing a coffee morning with parents on Friday 12th April. For homework, please have an extra push on reading and spelling and begin to learn the 7 times table.
On Monday, we are taking part in our first bell-boating session. Please bring a small rucksack to school (bookbags can stay at home) containing your lunch, a snack and a couple of drinks. Keep an eye out for the weather forecast over the weekend. If the forecast is for a sunny day (fingers crossed), bring a sun hat and if rain is forecast (hopefully not), it would be useful to pop spare clothes in your bag including underwear. Make sure you have plenty of layers on as it can be quite chilly on the canal and a hooded waterproof coat is essential. You can come to school in jogging bottoms and trainers. I look forward to our first training session in preparation for the annual Bromsgrove bell-boating regatta in July. I have high expectations this year!
On this sporting note, I would like to say a big congratulations to those children who attended the High 5 competition this week where we became North Worcestershire Champions! Not only was I very proud of this achievement, but the children's behaviour and sportsmanship was outstanding too. Mrs Webb is busy organising another sporting event for those who did not attend this event so here's to further enjoyment and success!
Finally, parent consultation dates and times are in book bags tonight.
Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you ready and raring to go for bell-boating on Monday.
from Miss Townsend xxx
Well done children for another successful half term. We've enjoyed lots of exciting learning including our family assembly, a theatre visit and this week's trip to the cathedral. You have all worked so hard and it's lovely to look in your books and see the progress you are making.
Have plenty of rest and lots of playing time this week. You deserve it and it will recharge your batteries ready for the second half of this school year.
For those of you who are keen to keep busy, remember the PFTA has organised a 'Readathon' that I know a lot of you are looking forward to taking part in. Also, in your book bag, there might be a sheet with some tricky spellings on. If you have time this week, have a go at practising them until they are no longer tricky for you.
Have a lovely week and I'll see you on Monday 25th February when we'll be delving into the world of the Anglo-Saxons.
Miss Townsend xxx
For the next two weeks, we have a new topic focusing on Christianity. For homework during this topic, it would be really helpful if the children could have a big focus on the following:
- lots of reading and talking about the books to an adult
- spelling practice - individual words sent home at parent consultations plus our tricky words for this half term: famous, favourite, forwards, fruit, February, grammar, group, guard, guide, heard, heart, height, history, imagine, increase, important, interest, island, knowledge, learn, length, library
- learning the 6 times table by heart and corresponding division facts
Thank you for your continued support. Practising regularly at home makes a significant difference to your child's progress.
Just a reminder to those who are keen to take part in our Year 4 job scheme, the deadline for handing in application forms is tomorrow (Monday 28th).
This weekend, remember to learn your poem and song ready for our family assembly. If you haven't yet brought your costume to school, please bring it in on Monday.
Have a good weekend.
from Miss Townsend x
A couple of bits and pieces to share with you...
1. Your child will come home with their three chosen application forms tonight for those who would like to take part in the Year 4 job scheme. An information sheet about this scheme is also in their book bags.
2. The children are planning their Wizard of Oz family assembly and they decided they would like to dress up! Oh no you might be thinking! In order for the children to get their wish but to keep it as simple as possible, they will make some form of headwear during their D.T. learning and then if you could provide the following for whatever character they are that would be great.
Scarecrows - tatty trousers or jeans and a shirt
Tin Men - black/grey top and bottoms
Lions - yellow/orange/brown top and bottoms - sorry, this might be the hardest to find in their wardrobes!
Many thanks for your support.
Miss Townsend :)
Well done Blue Class for a great end of term. Your performances of The Polar Express were fantastic and I know your grown ups at home were equally as proud of you as the adults in school. You certainly led the way as Year 4s with great singing, acting, dancing and narrating.
We’ve certainly shared a lot of exciting learning this half term from investigating Africa, taking part in cross country championships and lots more. We’ve even shared bugs so I’m very sorry I wasn’t able to share in the panto and party on Friday but Mrs Marks told me you all had a great day.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and enjoy spending time and having fun and lots of rest with your family and friends. Thank you so much for the very kind gifts and messages we received. It is very kind and generous of you.
Only two more sleeps to go so keep being patient and enjoy the Christmas festivities.
Love from Miss Townsend and Mrs Marks xxx
The children had a very exhausting but happy and successful Cross Country event on Wednesday. They competed against three other Bromsgrove schools and represented the school brilliantly with their excellent behaviour and sportspersonship. The races were certainly challenging but all of the children showed great resilience and determination. All of the children received a certificate celebrating their efforts and we were very proud of all of them. Four children came away with additional medals for coming in the top three in their races. In the girls' race, Laura proudly came home in 3rd and in the boys' race, Jan was the champion, closely followed by Oliver W in second and Kristian in 3rd. It was lovely to see how supportive the children were of each other and how proud they were of each other's success.
Well done everyone!
What a super first half term you have had in Blue Class! You have worked very hard and are stepping up to the higher expectations now you are in Year 4. We had a very enjoyable last day when you completed your project of creating your rainforest board games and had a fun time testing them out with your friends. I hope you have enjoyed sharing them with your grownups at home too. Click here to see some pictures of your finished games.
After half term, we will have a special one week topic linked to Remembrance Day as this year it is 100 years since the end of World War 1. After this, our topic will be Special Places Around the World and part of our learning will involve investigating the continent of Africa with a specific focus on the country of Tanzania. I have been very fortunate and have visited this country so I will bring in lots of photographs to show you to help you with your learning.
Have a lovely half term holiday and have a well deserved rest. Keep safe, have fun and I'll see you bright and breezy on Monday 5th November.
Love from Miss Townsend x
P.S. Remember to show your grownups your half term homework sheet - doing some reading, spelling and times table practice a little and often will make a big difference to your learning when you return to school.
P.P.S. Our chimney sweep scarecrow is proudly standing outside the school office. It looks great! Enjoy making your scarecrows if you are contributing to the scarecrow festival and enjoy the day on Saturday if you are able to come.
Your child will bring a trip letter home today but in addition to the information on the letter:
- If your child would like to come dressed up as a Victorian for the trip, they are most welcome to but they will still need to wear sensible shoes and have a waterproof coat.
- Please can all children (including those who are having a Blackwell Kitchen dinner) bring a small rucksack so that they can carry their lunch, snack and drink with them during the day.