Blue Class News
Well done Blue Class for your wonderful Off to Scotland assembly on Thursday. Your singing, retelling, musical skills, speaking and dancing were all fantastic and I know your families were truly entertained and had a lovely morning sharing in your learning. I was very proud of you all.
We start a new 'Special Places' topic tomorrow which will last for two weeks. For homework, I would like you to have a really good focus on developing your reading skills and times table recall. Spend at least 10 minutes each night on both of these things and you will really notice the difference in your progress. Ask your grown ups to ask you questions from your laminated reading card when you read and talk to them about any tricky words or concepts that you come across to develop your understanding of language. In school, we are focusing on the 8 times table at the moment (particularly 8 x 6, 8 x 7, 8 x 8, 8 x 9 and 8 x 12). Learning them by heart (memorising them) is the aim and not counting on your fingers to get the answers. If you are secure with these facts (can recall them in 3-5 seconds), move onto the 6 times table which we will be learning after half term.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend my super stars and I'll see you in the morning.
Miss Townsend x
Well done Blue Class for a great end of term. Your performances of The Christmas Fir Tree 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, dancing and narrating.
We’ve certainly shared a lot of exciting learning this half term from investigating Africa to setting up a World War Memory Cafe. And what a lovely end to the term today with a brilliant panto and fun party games. You've all been stars and made it really enjoyable for the adults too.
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. It is very kind and generous of you.
Only five more sleeps to go so keep being patient and enjoy the Christmas festivities.
Love from Miss Townsend xxx
Hello Blue Class,
I hope you are enjoying the half term break after a very busy first half term in Year 4. You've all settled into Blue Class really well, have worked with determination and enthusiasm and it's been lovely to share in some memorable learning with you such as our Memory Cafe, an autumnal woodland walk with our Red Class friends and making and playing Autumn board games.
After half term, our new topic is Blackwell Bear Travels. He's going to take us on an exciting journey into the continent of Africa where we'll explore some key geographical features and compare life in a village in Tanzania to life in Blackwell. In addition, we'll investigate some African foods and you'll have the opportunity to design and make some of your own tasty African treats. Also, we'll develop our R.E. knowledge and skills by learning about some common religions in Africa. All of this learning will support our work towards an 'Our World Celebration' project. I'll explain more about this exciting project when we return to school.
Enjoy the rest of your half term break. Have plenty of rest and play but don't forget to keep reading and practising those times tables. We'll be revisiting the 3s and 4s when we return.
I'm looking forward to seeing you on Monday and hopefully we'll be Rugby World Cup Champions by then!
Love from Miss Townsend x
What a lovely morning we've had today! You set up and ran the Memory Cafe so well and it was lovely to watch you enjoying chatting to our visitors, sharing your learning and being fascinated by some of their tales! Thank you to those who made scones (they went down a treat) and to all of the visitors who came.
It was lovely to see so many of your grown ups too on Wednesday evening and I could tell they were impressed by the learning you have done so far this year. There's lots more to come!
This topic has now come to an end and we now begin a new topic of 'Autumn'. We're heading off on an autumnal walk on Monday so remember to wear jogging bottoms and a hooded waterproof coat. We'll definitely be wearing our wellies (please bring them in if they are not already in school) as I know after all this rain we'll be squelching in a bit of mud! In light of this, please bring in spare bottoms and socks just in case we get a bit wet.
Have a good weekend and I'll see you all on Monday.
Love from Miss Townsend x
Well done Blue Class for a successful and very enjoyable first week back. Your enthusiasm for learning has been a pleasure to see and I know we are going to have a very happy year together. Our new topic 'Britain at War' has certainly been a hit and we've learnt such a lot already from Betty's story, exploring the school's log books to see how the children of Blackwell School were affected during the wars, handling and wearing some real military kit and uniform and we particularly enjoyed our trip to Rosa Lodge which ended with blackberry and potato picking just like the children of Blackwell over 100 years ago did. What a busy few days!
Have a good rest this weekend and I'll look forward to seeing you again on Monday ready for another fun-filled week of learning.
Love 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 linked to the world wars 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 finding out how the children of Blackwell and Bromsgrove were affected during the wars.
We're hoping to invite some visitors into school during the topic who may be able to share some of their own or their family members' memories of the war. Is there anyone in your family with any memories of either World War 1 or World War 2? Can you speak to them and find out anything to share with us in school? Would they like to come to our 'Memory Café' later in September and talk to you and your friends? If you discover anything, you can let us all know when you return to school.
Enjoy the last few days of the holiday and I’ll see you bright and breezy on Wednesday 4th September. I’m really looking forward to it.
From Miss Townsend xxx
Thank you to all of Blue Class for such a lovely last day of term and for all your kind gifts and messages. You have all had a great year working with enthusiasm, dedication and smiles. You've been a pleasure to teach and you have given me lots of happy memories of all the things we have shared together this year.
Well done for this morning too. You performed brilliantly and I know your Malvern retell was a big hit! I hope you can now have a well deserved rest after such a busy last few months.
I will miss you all tremendously but I wish you all the very best at middle school. Please come back and see us and tell us how you are getting on. Also, keep an eye on the school website at the start of the new term because I will post a message to you. You can't get rid of me that quickly!
Have a good rest over the summer and keep safe.
Lots of love
Miss Townsend x
Just a couple of bits and bobs about tomorrow...
A tradition at BFS is for the Y4 children to have their P.E. t-shirts signed by their friends and teachers. If you're happy for your child to do this, please check they have their P.E. t-shirt in school. The children can bring in pens ready for signing.
It would be useful if you could pop a couple of carrier bags in their book bags to help them transport their belongings home i.e. wellingtons.
The Leavers' Breakfast will start after registration in the morning so families can come straight into the hall after drop off and enjoy sharing in some entertainment, activities and food. It will last approximately one hour.
Welcome home everyone. What a brilliant time we've had at Malvern! As well as saying a big well done, we would also like to say a big thank you to you all for making our 2019 residential to Malvern a lovely experience! Your attitude from the moment we stepped off the coach was fantastic, giving everything a go with smiles on your faces and having endless amounts of energy. You enjoyed challenging yourself throughout, achieving things that seemed a bit scary beforehand, such as the climbing wall, zip wire (we certainly all heard Mrs Webbs' s screams echoing throughout the centre during her maiden slide!) and the tunnel of doom and for many of you even the fact that you managed to stay away from home for the very first time was a huge achievement. It was lovely to see how kind and supportive towards your friends you were when they needed that extra bit of courage! Jack and the other group leaders all said they had such a lovely few days with us with your cheefulness, determination and excellent listening and behaviour. Please tell your grown ups all about your trip and we're sure they will be delighted when you tell them that you all now know how to keep a room spotless and how to make your own sandwiches!!! Sleep tight tonight (we're sure some of you might be asleep already) and we'll see you bright and breezy on Monday... well we'll see you on Monday anyway!
Love from Miss Townsend, Mrs Moss, Mrs Marks and Mrs Webb xxx
Hello Blue Class,
Only one more sleep to go! I'm very excited and am all packed, ready and raring to go!
It is important to check that you have everything on the kit list that was sent home a few weeks ago. To keep you all safe, it is really important you have suncream, a sunhat, a refillable water bottle, a waterproof coat and wellies. It looks like tomorrow is going to be a sunny day so it would be a good idea to put suncream on before you come to school and wear your sunhat so that when we get there we can start our activities straight away and not have to search through bags for them.
Those children who are taking any form of medication i.e. travel sickness pills, brown inhalers etc. need to arrive at school at 8am so that appropriate forms can be signed and then I will take the medications from you for safe storage.
We'll have a chat today and check that we all know what we need to bring, wear and do tomorrow morning. You don't need to worry about anything but having a few butterflies is perfectly normal. I will check that everyone is sorted and happy and I know you will all have a wonderful time.
Love from your fellow holiday maker, Miss Townsend xx