What a lovely way to end term 5! Glorious sunshine and a bright forecast for the week ahead. Not surprisingly, the children are ready for a break.
The term has flown by and we have been journeying along with Edward Tulane on his adventures. The children have enthusiastically embraced this text and empathise with the character as though he is real. Some have been bringing in clothing to add to Edward’s extensive, exquisite wardrobe. Edward, now “Suzanna” adores his pink, frilly frock (for special occasions). Thank you, Issy! Next term, we will continue exploring the text, writing poetry, letters and new chapters. There are plenty writing opportunities on offer to prepare the children for their transition to year 5 and we look forward to displaying these next term.
In science, we have been privileged to be able to contextualise our learning within Forest School, during which we have used classification keys to identify freshwater invertebrates (participating in a national OPAL survey of pond health) and to identify common trees using their leaves.
A visit to the church, supported us in learning more about St John’s church and why Christians attend church to worship. We asked the children to sit in silence in their own space as we arrived to reflect on how it feels to be within the sanctuary of the church. Many loved the time to sit calmly, however others, felt uncomfortable as they are always rushing about, busy and noisy. Not surprisingly, this quiet, still moment was appreciated by the adults, who took a rare moment to “breathe” within the bustle of the day. Being still – a skill we all need to practise, I think.
I wish you all very restful half term. Please do let me know if you do any of the activities mentioned in the Science Snippets Newsletter. There are several surveys to take part in, farms to visit and plants to grow. Have fun! See you in term 5.