19th June 2017

Another fabulous week for winning prizes! We won the handshake trophy with our total of 15 handshakes and our attendance score was 98.6%. Unfortunately this week has started with some absences which we hope won’t affect our attendance or the Twycross Zoo visit.

Green Fingers
We have kept an eye on our potatoes and snapdragons, making sure that they have had just enough water to keep them growing healthily. Our latest endeavour is to grow some marigolds – orange and yellow ones. We have decided to graph their progress over the next few weeks and can already report that they are on average 1.9cm tall!

Water Promises
We all received a postcard from the visitor who came into school from Severn Trent Water. On it, we were encouraged to choose things that we could do at home which might help to save water (and money!) Already, children in 4FM have tried turning their taps off while brushing teeth, switching the shower off while shampooing and flushing the toilet a little less often. I really hope that they still washed their hands though!

Zoo Visit
We are really looking forward to our visit to Twycross Zoo on Tuesday. The children are aware that they will need a packed lunch and plenty of drinks. Hats will be provided by school. Anyone with a tendency towards travel sickness should be sent with a labelled envelope containing medication for the journey home. Please medicate for the morning trip at home.

We will take lots of photographs of the various animals to help us write a recount of our trip when we get back. Our English the following week will focus on the positive and negative aspects of zoos in general.

Overdue Books
We are having a book amnesty at present in the school library to find books that have been out on loan for more than 100 days. At present we have 5 children with overdue books who really do need a hand to search for them at home. Each child has a slip in their reading record book telling them which book they are searching for.

12th June 2017

Apologies for not blogging sooner! 

The week before the holidays was really well attended and a fabulous week of hard work and achievement. Attendance was 99.8% and our handshake total was 12.

The children worked really hard on completing a newspaper article about the deforestation of rainforests across the world and I was impressed to see their confident use of headlines, sub-headings, quotes with speech marks and keywords. 

Rainforest Projects
A few projects have come in already and so far they have been wonderfully creative. Here are some pictures….

Potato Challenge
It looks as though our potato plants have benefitted from our ‘heaping up’ of compost before half term. The plants are tall and strong. At the moment, they are looking the healthiest out of all of the plants but that does not necessarily mean the best crop…we will have to wait until the flowers have finished in order to dig up our spuds! 
Thank you to our hardy team of ‘waterers’ who keep giving the soil around the plants a good drink.

Green fingers!
It seems that gardening is in our fingers at present. Not only did we weed the new planter boxes in the community garden but we have potted on some Snapdragon seedlings. We are hoping to transplant them into the planters when they are big enough.

This week’s attendance score was 100% and our handshake total was 15 which won us both awards this week.

15th May 2017

A fairly short blog this week – a week when we said goodbye to Reuben who has transferred to a school closer to home. We wish him all the best and hope to see him around Retford.

Our attendance was a very pleasing 98.6% and we earned 8 handshakes. Several children were awarded Superstar certificates in assembly on Friday for things such as improved handwriting, fabulous non chronological report writing and a willingness to share prior knowledge. Keep up the good work children!

Potato Competition
We can report that our 5 potato plants are all peeping out of the soil now and so it is time to cover them over with new compost. This will hopefully encourage side shoots and new potatoes to grow. Alex and Emily are our current watering team, taking 2 jugs full of water every afternoon break, each.

Rainforest Topic
Having learnt a thing or two about the ancient Maya from central America, we have moved on to learning about rainforests. The children have looked at Google Earth to see how the terrain in a rainforest compares to our landscape and now have a better understanding of where the daily rainfall in areas like the Amazon ends up. They have already learnt about the 4 layers within the forests and have an understanding of ‘what makes a rainforest a rainforest’.
In general, it has been fascinating to see which children have an affinity with maps and atlases and also to witness their enthusiasm in sharing their knowledge with their classmates.

The homework project is based on rainforests and can be interpreted in any way the children wish. Models can be made, plants can be grown, paintings painted, presentations assembled….really there is no limit to the type of project that can be undertaken!

If we can have them all in by the date on the homework letter that was given out last Friday, we will be able to present our work to each other and photograph it all for the blog.

8th May 2017

We had a really nice week creating some Mayan artwork and poetry this week but with it being Bank Holiday on the Monday, the time seemed to fly by!

Our attendance was a pleasing 98.1% which meant that we were awarded a certificate. We also spent one of our certificates this week on Dawn’s lovely raspberry and white chocolate chip cookies from the kitchen – Yummy!

We earned 7 handshakes this week too…not a bad total for a short week.

Mysterious Mayans
If you visit school, have a look at the Mayan headdress on the display outside our classroom. It is made with our version of ‘quetzal whoc’ tail feathers. We had great fun making our own masks but ran out of time to make feathers for them too – perhaps this could be a summer holiday activity?!

PE
PE with Mr Bell has been on Monday just for this week and so, after another lesson later in the week, some kits will be coming home for a wash. Please remember to include trainers, dark plain bottoms and a white t-shit in the kit.

Spelling
We are now on to the 10th list of 10 words on our Year 3 and 4 list and I am happy to report that some children have really made an effort to learn them already. As soon as most of these words are grasped, the weekly spelling quiz will be from the whole selection of words and there will be a chocolate prize for great achievement ;)