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Geography Week

We have just had a busy first week back to school.  Geography Week began on Monday 7th January where we learnt about the harmful effects of plastic pollution on marine life.  Over the course of the week, we researched Brazil and the problems they have with plastic pollution and ways they are overcoming it.  In groups of 4, we worked collaboratively to present our learning to the rest of the class.  After a class vote, it was decided that Lucas, Tom, Logan and Oliver should present their research in the whole school assembly.

Sea-Life Centre, Birmingham

Tuesday was a fantastic day at the Sea-Life Centre in Birmingham.  As soon as we arrived, we were whisked off behind the scenes for a look at some of the baby sea-creatures: jellyfish, seahorses and  rays.  They are kept separately as their parents see them as competition for food.  We were lucky enough to hold a penguin’s egg, feel some chick feathers and hold a megalodon tooth. Seahorse males do something highly unusual in the animal kingdom; they get pregnant and deliver their offspring.  We saw juvenile sea horses and could tell which males were as they have large bellies. Walking around the sea life centre, we were amazed by all of the wonderful creatures.   The octopus put on a great display for us by moving along the glass tank.  Excitement levels were high when we walked through ‘Ocean Walk’ as we were up close from all sides with the marine life: sharks, rays and turtles to name a few. The penguins put on a great show for us both in and out of the water.  One of them tried to make friends with us!  (I think he thought we were there to feed him!).  We managed to see them from lots of different angles and they didn’t disappoint.  Before we left the centre, we visited the 4D cinema which everyone enjoyed immensely.  We went on an underwater adventure and got wet too!  The day was filled with exclamations of awe and wonder.  One of the highlights of the day for the children was stamping their tour cards so they received a reward at the end of their visit. Due to the fact that some of the areas were closed to the public due to renovations, the children have all been given a free child’s ticket from the Sea Life Centre.  It was a fantastic trip.

4SM have been busy since September.  For our Road Trip USA Topic we were thrilled to share our learning with parents at the end of term.  We really enjoyed teaching our line dancing routine.

We were proud to receive the Class Reading Award for lower school.  We have been working exceptionally hard to reach our AR targets.  Now we have our new reading display lots of children have reached their AR target already.  Only 1 and a half weeks to go, we can all achieve greatness!

Since half term we have been busy with our ‘I am Warrior’ topic.  Roman Day was a great way to kick start our learning.  So far we have been extremely creative and have made Roman mosaics and are currently designing Roman shields.  Also we have created a Christmas Tree post box for our Christmas cards and are desperate to bring our tree decorations home. 

During our English lessons we have been inspired by our poetry unit.  The sound collector is a favourite one of ours; sometimes Mrs Munster wishes the sound collector would collect the sounds from our classroom!   The best thing was writing our Gladiator poems using inspiration from the poem ‘If I was a Banana’.  We are looking forward to seeing parents again on the last week of term to share our learning.

Last Monday, our naughty Christmas Elf was delivered directly from the North Pole.  He has been up to all sorts of mischief and the children rush inside the classroom on a morning to investigate his next trick.

Times Table Rock Star is a new app which the school has subscribed to.  The class are very competitive and ask to play it on the i-pads during lunchtime and break-times.  Logins can be found in the front of reading diaries and children should be completing homework activities on TT Rockstar before Christmas instead of My Maths.  My Maths homework will be set after Christmas.

Our Science Investigation was great fun last Thursday.  We investigated the question ‘Did the Romans use toilet paper?’ by conducting research and experiments in the classroom to examine the most effective alternative methods.  We were surprised that moss was extremely absorbent and soaked up the water extremely well.  4SM are Super Scientists.

 

Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Miss Gemma Oakenfull,
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748

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