February already! It only seems five minutes since we were all wishing each other happy new year. Time might be passing at the speed of light but 4M are definitely moving forwards at a wonderfully productive learning pace.
The children quickly got back into their working mindset following the Christmas holidays and were soon producing good quality work across the curriculum. The pace of our learning has really picked up this term and the children are keen to get involved in whatever learning is presented to them.
Can I just take this opportunity to thank everyone for the splendid response to the 'Layers of the Rainforests' homework that was set in the first week of the Spring term. The models and posters the children brought into school were amazing. It was obvious that the task had been taken very seriously with lots of research going into the finished products. We have put them all on display in the heart space so that our whole school community can see the fantastic work produced.
Magical Maths Week began on 30th January 2017 and the children have been thoroughly enjoying learning some maths tricks to try out on their friends and families. On Tuesday 31st January we were very lucky to have a magical mathematician visit our school. His show was very inspiring and has increased the children's already strong love of Maths.
On Wednesday 1st February (as part of a programme designed to allow teachers to see work produced in other schools in our local area) I shared some of the writing produced by the children in 4M. I am pleased to say that the teachers from other local schools were impressed with the quality of written work our children are capable of producing. I shared examples of written work the children had done in both English and Topic lessons. On my return I told the children the admiring comments their work had received and they were rightly proud of themselves.
Even though it is likely February will still bring some cold weather the first hint of Spring has arrived in 4M in the shape of four baby Giant African Snails. We will be keeping our four snails for the next six months, watching them grow, feeding them and cleaning them out. The aim is to give the children first hand experience of the life cycles of living things. Later on this term we will be having tadpoles and in the summer term we will have the opportunity to observe chicks hatching and watching them grow in the first ten days of life. It's a very exciting time that encourages a great deal of class discussion relating to personal experiences and predicting how our charges will grow and change.
Everyone should have received a letter regarding our trip to London Zoo on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. We will be having a special talk titled 'Rainforest Animals' as part of this visit. It will help bring our current topic 'Saving the World - Rainforests' to life for the children. I know many parents/carers would like to come with us and so we have decided the fairest way to decide who is coming will be to draw names out of a hat. Don't forget, if you are not picked we will be spending a day in Southend at the seaside in July 2017 so there will be another opportunity to join us on a trip.
Once again, a big thank you for the support you give your children with their education, it makes teaching them a pleasure.