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It has been another action-packed term with lots of fantastic experiences and learning for the children of 4BM.
Their creativity shone through as they planned, practised and performed their class assembly, which entertained the children of St Mary’s, leaving them informed and inspired. Our class assembly focused on Saul's conversion to Paul. One group of children performed a rap which told the story of the conversion, whilst another group of children choreographed a dance about love to Adele's 'Feel My Love'. Another talented group performed a section of Paul's letters to the Corinthians which explained his thoughts on love. In addition, we reflected on the theme of ‘ love’ and drew chalk pictures to depict our understanding of all that love entails. To finish, the class performed a beautiful version of The Beatles’ 'All You Need is Love'.
We had much fun celebrating 'World Book Day' on 1st of March when we got to dress up as our favourite book character! It was great fun seeing the many superb costumes and we all enjoyed having the BFG as our headmaster for the day.
Our CAFOD fundraising event was a great success, holding our own bric-a-brac sale in our classroom. Lots of children went home, content with their purchases, such as: books, key rings, mini-board games and cuddly toys. We were delighted that we could practise exactly what we had been learning about during Lent: taking action to change a world in which there are so many people less fortunate than ourselves. Funds were raised and a good time was had by all.
After the visits from The NSPCC, we were also given the opportunity to raise money for this worthy cause. St Mary’s was full of energy as we all participated in either the Dancethon in the hall or the circuit training outside. We were all proud of our contributions and we impressed ourselves with how fit we are!
Helping in the community is a particular strength at St Mary’s and the Year 6 children, alongside others from 4BM, continue their visits to Kitty's Cafe to help serve lunches to our elderly friends.
Our trip to Bath University was both an inspiring and eventful learning experience. We enjoyed visiting The School’s Science Fair, as part of ‘Bath Taps into Science’ programme, where there were 30-40 stalls to explore. Many of us had the fantastic opportunity to ride a hovercraft, which was made from wood and a leaf blower. Other groups were able to taste chocolate, build bridges, learn about the research of medicine, design playgrounds and reflect upon our place in the universe. Back at school, we created our own Science Fair and just as we did at the university, we evaluated the effectiveness of each presentation.
In between the snow days, we managed to attend several sporting events: we participated in rugby, hockey and netball tournaments, which were greatly enjoyed by all.
The year 5s were fortunate to attend taster days at Sheldon School and Hardenhuish, which left them buzzing with excitement. It’s not long now before our current year 6 pupils sit their SATS and start their preparation for moving onto secondary school.
As we enter the summer term, there are plenty more events to look forward to. With the sun now making its first appearance this year, we will embrace our sports day with energy and enthusiasm.
Our annual production will soon start taking shape, which will give us the chance to project our voices and sing with joy as the summer season beckons.
English and maths
Being an upper key stage 2 class, our English and maths learning intensifies. Last term, we read Holes by Louis Sachar from which we completed our own letter writing and character descriptions.
Work on etymology (the study of word development) will continue. For example, we know that some words can be used as both nouns and verbs. Here are some that we thought of by ourselves:
Noun: I went to play on a slide.
Verb: I like to slide down hills.
By Ollie S.
Noun: My back is aching.
Verb: “Back me up,” whispered Dad, not knowing what to say.
By Millie D.
English and maths
Please continue to read as much as possible with your child. Bug Club continues to be a fabulous resource for your children to further support their reading, so we encourage the children to take advantage of this free resource as much as they can.
In maths, we have focused upon problems involving the 24 hour clock. Knowledge and understanding of times table application remains crucial and should be continually practised at home. We also studied, fractions, 2D and 3D shape, translation and weight. Don’t forget the really useful tool of Mathletics while revising at home.
Whilst studying other faiths in RE, we enjoyed learning about Buddhism and contrasting its practices to that of Christianity.
“The difference between Buddhism and Christianity is Buddhists meditate and Christians pray. Christians believe in Heaven and Buddhists believe in Nirvana, Christians believe in God. Buddhists don’t worship any gods. Buddhists do The Eightfold path and Christians do The Ten Commandments.”
By Rocco R.
As well as many differences, we did find similarities too. Emmi B. noted the similarities between prayer and meditation. Both practices are: “Calm and they think a lot.”
Hope M. wrote that: “Buddhists only look up to a man called Buddha (Siddhartha Guatama) and Anna A. stated that Siddhartha Guatama is “the founder” of Buddhism.
Our topic will change from Vikings to Arabian Nights and we have already been looking at maps of the world and the Middle East. We are predicting stories of a “magical”, “dark” and “mysterious” nature. There will be some beautiful art work produced this term.
We will continue to work on the values of enthusiasm, resilience and commitment. There’s always plenty of opportunity to prove our understanding in this matter.
We are particularly looking forward to sharing our learning in our class assembly, which will be on the afternoon of Friday, 19th January. It will be great to share our achievements with our families.
PE kits should be in school on Tuesdays and Fridays for PE lessons and several children will also need it for enrichments sessions on Wednesdays.
With further cold weather due, please ensure your child wears appropriate clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves etc so they are as comfortable as possible during these adverse weather conditions.