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Summer Term

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We are now nearing the end of the year with only six weeks left and a lot to pack in. They have a lot to look forward to including arts week and sports week.

The children will be completing a geography topic called 'Extreme Earth'. Through this topic the children will discover and learn about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, children will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment. I'm sure the children will find this both fascinating and exciting.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor learning day which was run by Challenger Troop, and we thank the Friends of Rettendon for organising it.



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It was lovely to see so many of you at our class assembly about the Egyptians.  I am sure you all agree that the children did a fantastic performance and all spoke clearly, sang beautifully, and danced with Egyptian rhythm and style.  Thank you for your support in supplying costumes and making sure their lines were learnt.   I was very proud of them and the tap shoes came out the next morning as promised.



On world book day, class 4 watched Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and then created a board game related to the story.  They used an abundance of skills to make their game including art and DT to make the board; comprehension to create questions and answers; maths to make spinners and dice and working collaboratively as a group recognising and utilising each person’s skills.


This Monday, we went to the church where we celebrated Easter with Reverend Brenda, who told the children the Easter stories and we sang songs.


The children have been rewarded for all their hard work with a rewards day centred on chocolate!  I have no doubts they will have all enjoyed the day.


Have a great Easter,


Mrs Carroll.


Happy Half Term

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Another busy half term.

The children have been enjoying learning about Ancient Egypt and the Egyptians. The trip to the museum gave them a fascinating insight about how the Egyptians both lived and died. 


We have conducted many science investigations this half term to find out about how matter changes it state. Ask your child if they can tell you why the mirror and windows go misty and have droplets of water on them after a hot bath or shower.

 On Wednesday the children were able to see and experience owls flying, and they had their photo taken holding an owl.

The orienteering day was a great success. Even though it was a tad cold all the children enjoyed it and had fun whilst learning and applying map skills.

We have been busy learning our lines and songs for our class assembly about Ancient Egyptians, which is on Thursday 9th March at 2.30p.m.

 We look forward to seeing you at the class assembly,

 Mrs Carroll


Christmas is Nigh!

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Phew!   After an extremely busy term Christmas is in sight.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their recent visit to the Essex Police Museum to complement our Crime and Punishment topic.  They solved the mystery of who killed PC Gutteridge and tried some trials by ordeal.  I have discovered over the term what a gory lot they are!

Last week was Genius Week.  The children put a lot of work and effort into their projects.  They researched ideas, planned, made their product, improved them along the way and evaluated them.  They had to be quite resilient and prepared to change and adapt if things didn’t turn out the way they wanted at the first attempt.  Hopefully they will have learned from the problems and successes they came across this time, taking them forward in their next project.

 Next term we will be studying the ‘Ancient Egyptians’ for our topic and states of matter in science.

 May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Mrs Carroll



Outdoor Learning Day

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The children had great fun exploring the great outdoors.  They used geographical skills to create their own map of the environment using coordinates, symbols, compass points and a key.  They practised using a compass, and can definitely identify which direction is north enabling them to locate the other points of the compass.  They employed maths skills to work out the distance around the perimeter of the field.

After lunch, the children collected leaves, twigs, feathers, nuts and berries to create an art piece using nature. They came up with some original ideas.  Chloe discovered she could make her own paint by squashing blackberries together.  She used a twig as a paintbrush to paint a leaf.

After half term we will be starting a new science topic called 'Animals Including Humans'.  This will include: the digestive system parts and functions; types and functions of teeth and an inquiry into tooth decay.

We will be continuing our 'Crime and Punishment' topic and will be visiting the Essex Police Museum on Thursday 1st December.

I hope you all have a relaxing half term.

Mrs Carroll

 Toasting marshmallows over a fire