I’ve been really excited to write this email this week! We have so much to fill you all in on…
This week has been our first week in the arts studio working with Mrs Johnston. Our week began thinking about a journey we have been on. We were all given a different journey and using the geographical marks, had to create a pictorial map. We soon figured out that this journey belonged to none other than Mrs J herself! Continuing with the geographical theme, we looked more in depth a countries, counties, cities and continents. How tricky these are to remember as they are all beginning with the same letter!
Our second day involved us piecing together a jigsaw. A piece at a time meant that we had to question each time what we thought was happening and what the author wanted us to think… Here was the picture the pieces created:
After researching when why and what migration involves, we explored the emotions and experiences we know from others and what a lot we have found out! Thank you to all our children for their contributions and efforts whilst listening to others. J
Starting our week off this way was a lovely way of finding out what our story was. It is called the Journey by Francesca Sanna. … And what a gorgeous story this is too. We have dived right into this book this week and have learnt about the journey the family begin as they migrate to another county.
Each day we were lucky enough to explore the arts. Using feathers as a stimulus, we were asked to complete a blind drawing, continuous line drawing and then finally an observational drawing. What fun this was for us all!
In the art studio we have also been using colour to represent emotions from the book and ourselves as individuals. After picking a colour of our choice ‘what colour would you be?’ we created large art to represent ourselves. Using new art techniques such as circles, cross hatch, hatching with materials including chalk, graphite, paint, pastel, oil pastel to add depth and texture.
Once we were happy with our own representative colour, we then added a complementary colour. These looked beautiful. When we were happy with our two complementary colours, we added these to our observational drawings of our feathers. WOW! These are so impressive!
Next week we will be continuing with this story and all of our learning in the art studio. I am looking forward to finding out what else we will discover…
There are a few reminders for next week:
- 4SP are continuing their learning in the art studio all week again next week
- Monday afternoon – Daniel Ingram (author visit and book signing)
- 4SP Art Celebration assembly – Friday Afternoon 1:30pm – invitations have gone out tonight.
- Letters re theatre trip have gone out tonight – please use parent pay to confirm attendance of this visit.
- Thursday is world book day – dressing up as Where’s Wally or Where’s Wenda (there is no additional cost for this theme day)
I have changed the reading awards for next week. Each child who reads 4 times will now receive a raffle ticket to gain a chance of winning a prize from my selection of prizes.
Please remind your child to take their planners home each night as their spellings are inside too! The expectation is that all children read and complete 4 reading enteries each week starting from the Saturday and weekend. This can be their home reading book, Lexia, Reading eggs or a book of their choice (library book, newspaper) however for each entry to count, it must be signed by an adult at home for a stamp in class. This really does have such a positive impact on your childs progress so thank you so much for your support. I love to see what the children have been reading at home and it’s so lovely to celebrate this on a Friday.
It is so pleasing to hear such positive feedback about our behaviour. This is now being noticed by so many other adults around school and I could not be more proud! The children gained an extra playtime today due to their excellent commitment during their dance lesson this morning. More and more children are receiving their reward time and I have handed out more gold awards to children this afternoon. Something to really celebrate! Well done year 4!
Next week, all children who remain on GOLD AND GREEN from our behaviour traffic light system will receive and extra playtime on Friday. This involves no negative action on sleuth (during playtimes and after school clubs).
Our PE day is Tuesday, please make sure PE kits are in school as without them children will not be allowed to participate due to our health and safety policy. Please ensure jewellery is removed on PE days or are covered with a plaster. Thank you for your cooperation.
Our value next week continues to be self-control. This afternoon the children were put to their paces when given the challenge of eating a donut without licking their lips! What a great way to explore self-control. I think for that activity, you beat me!
Homework this week is a creative reading comprehension. The children have been given questions that link with our theme book we have been reading with Mrs Johnston. Please ensure your child hands in the homework on Wednesday the latest. If homework is not in by this day, they will be expected to complete the homework in their playtimes.
There are no set spellings this week – please continue to check your child is learning the Year 3 and 4 spelling list and any gaps from the Year 2 list that may need checking.
Thank you to all the children for a fabulous week! They have made me smile in so many different ways! J
Thank you for all your continuing support, enjoy a very happy weekend!
See you all on Monday! Mrs. Potter. x