Term 4 has been packed with exciting learning opportunities and fabulous adventures.
Firstly, Term 3 ended with a Roman Day during which the children, all dressed in Roman attire, invaded St John’s and took part in several activities: mosaic making, maths with Roman numerals, and constructing Roman chariots. It was an exciting way to end of their History topic.
As part of our Science learning, we visited Sevenoaks School to watch a science show about Sound. Becky from “Science Made Simple” demonstrated how sounds are made, travel and how the pitch and volume can be altered in her entertaining show. This science show was enjoyed by all and St John’s pupils happily and confidently participated in both asking and answering questions. We learnt a lot about sound and wrote some TripAdvisor reports about our experiences.
Book week was fantastic thanks to Mrs Grimble. We loved receiving our envelope every morning containing a poem to be shared. Additionally, we have become HUGE fans of the author Catherine Doyle, who visited our school and several copies of her book “The Storm Keeper’s Island” can been seen scattered around the classroom. They absolutely love it! The children tell me that the descriptions are so effective and detailed that they think it would make a great text to use in year 4 to learn with. Great idea!
To our surprise and delight, a package arrived from Greenwich University. We had long forgotten the optional robot design homework we had entered into a Robot Wars competition. Everyone who entered a design, received certificates from Greenwich University for their fantastic effort.
Recently, we have entered the Primary Leaders Award by inventing something to help solve an everyday problem and we wrote persuasive pitch letters to accompany our designs. These will be sent to the engineering team at the University of London and we will wait in anticipation to find out how well we do. Personally, I thought the children came up with amazingly creative solutions to everyday problems. One particular design would help me tremendously as I am always losing my keys, purse and at school – my pens. I am delighted with the work the children did on this project. Thank you for your support at home.
Last but by no means least, our trip to Carroty Wood which has always been highlight for the children and adults accompanying them .Not only do the children learn a lot about the themselves and one another, the teachers love to spend time getting to know the children outside the classroom too. Through the use of different challenges like: High Ropes, Low Ropes, Archery and the Maze (not to mention the many team sports we played), we have watched children overcome their fears, support each with kindness and encouragement and challenge both themselves and others to set their goals high and strive to achieve them. It is hoped that they will hold onto the feeling of overcoming fears and the power of self belief throughout the rest of the school years and beyond.
Amazingly, children challenged themselves to try new foods. Many will come home telling you how much they love Vegetarian and Hawaiian pizza now. “If you don’t try it – you’ll never know”. These words were heard spoken around the table with some children feeling very pleased with themselves that they did try and now love it!
You can tell how much fun we had by the pile of dirty washing (apologies). It was rather muddy this year. These are a few photographs of our time spent at Carroty Wood.