Welcome to Year 4.
Welcome back, we hope you've had a great summer - we certainly enjoyed the chance to recharge our batteries!
We are the Red Squirrels class. Mrs Martin is our teacher and Mrs Barker is our teaching assistant. We're really pleased we have Mrs Barker this year, as she knows the children really well from last year.
Our door is always open and we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourselves or come for a chat at the end of the day.
Please see the attached newsletter for details of PE sessions, homework, guitar lessons and the whole school reading challenge.
Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or a sticky goo.
Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties.
Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions.
We had a really exciting lesson to start our topic on potions. We carried out a variety of experiments. One experiment we used bicarbonate of soda and lemonade and watched the mixture effervesce as the gas escaped.
When we added cooking oil to the mixture , we noticed that the mixture separated and the oil formed a layer on the top ( it reminded us of lava lamps!)
Then for the really exciting last experiment, we all had to go outside.
Mr Good filled a big bottle with vinegar and then added bicarbonate of soda. It was amazing watching the mixture bubble and foam and eventually topple over the top of the jar like a volcano! It was very smelly too!
We had so much fun!
Here are some of the comments the children wrote on 'post its' afterwards!
"It was amazing, exciting and interesting!"
"It was like a chemistry lesson - I learnt loads"
"It was amazing when it exploded - it was a very strong smell!"
" It was my favourite part of Year 4 so far, I was a bit scared when the vinegar bubbled up!"
"It was so bubbly and exciting!"
Congratulations to Aden Baldwin and Jayden Coulter for being the first children to be picked out of the raffle ticket star jar this week.
Well done Red Squirrels. We managed to achieve 62% on the school league table. That was 18 out of the 29 of our class managing to read at home four times last week. Well done guys. We came joint third with the Otters.
Come on - lets get reading this week and move up the league table!
Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting on Friday. We hope you found it useful. We really appreciate your support.
For those of you who were unable to make it- you might find the powerpoint attached below useful.
Last week,the children that wanted to stand for school council discussed their manifestos with us. I have to say I was impressed with each and everyone of you, it takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of the class and speak on your own.
We then went to the polling station to cast our votes on ballot papers.
After the votes were counted and verified , I am pleased to announce our school councillor for the Red Squirrels is Charlotte Bailey , supported by her deputy Jayden Coulter.
Congratulations to you both.