Blue Class News
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.
Well done children for a good first week back. You are all settling into the new routines well and have shown me what enthusiastic learners you are. I think we're going to have a super year together!
You have done some great history learning already including:
- ordering periods of history and giving reasons for your order
- posing historical questions about some fascinating Victorian jobs
- interpreting a range of sources to find out more about chimney sweeps, maids, factory workers, miners...
What busy bees you've been. I think you all deserve a good rest this weekend before more Victorian learning and the start of our Literacy and Numeracy journeys next week.
I'll see you on Monday when some of you (groups 7 and 8) have your first Forest School session. If you haven't done so already, remember to bring in your wellingtons and we will also have our first P.E. lesson later on in the week so remember your P.E. kit too. Our class newsletter that you took home this evening lists everything you need to have in your kit plus lots more useful information for your parents.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy picking a Victorian activity from the new homework sheet if you want to continue your learning at home.
from Miss Townsend x
Hello to all the new Year 5s from Blue Class,
I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for your new exciting adventures at middle school to begin! I imagine you have all enjoyed sorting your new pencil cases and packing your bags. I hope you all have a lovely first day (having a few nerves is normal though) and keep remembering everything we have taught you at Blackwell - be kind, try your best and have fun!
I will miss all of you very much so you must pop in and let us know how you are getting on if you pass by.
All the very best.
Love from Miss Townsend and everyone at BFS xxx
Hello new Blue Class,
I hope you are all enjoying the holidays and are having lots of fun and rest in preparation for a very exciting year ahead! As you know, our first topic is The Victorians and the super art work you did when we spent an afternoon together is proudly on display in your new classroom ready for your return. We have planned lots of exciting and challenging learning for you during this topic including a trip to a Victorian town. I thought it might be fun to dress up as Victorians too on the trip to help us really feel like we've stepped back in time.
With plenty of time left before you come back to school, you might like to get your brains buzzing and do your own learning at home. Life was very varied during the Victorian times with many different jobs for men, women and children such as miners, chimney sweeps, bakers, blacksmiths, servants, stable hands, bankers... Have a go at researching some of these and choose a job you find interesting (not necessarily one that you would want!). You can then choose how you want to present what you've discovered. You may want to:
* produce a diary describing what life was like;
* create art work showing what the job was like;
* produce a job advert;
* role play what it was like;
* make a board game linked to the job;
* produce a timeline of a typical day...
The choice is yours. You can bring in any work you do on the first day back and share it with the class.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays and I’ll see you bright and breezy on Wednesday 5th September. I’m really looking forward to it.
From Miss Townsend xxx
P.S. Remember to pick up and enjoy a book too and revisit those times tables you learned with Mrs Dudek to check that you know them by heart. It will make such a difference to your learning when you come back to school.