What an exciting term it has been in Elterwater Class! Mrs Fairhurst and I were overjoyed to have all of the children back together learning each day when we were allowed to resume to full classroom-based teaching in March, and the fun hasn’t stopped since! Despite all of the changes that the children have faced this year, we have been so impressed with our class with how well they have adapted and supported one another. We are so proud of you all – well done everyone!
Our class text of ‘The Explorer’ has been an exciting stimulus at the centre of our learning. The children have enjoyed the journey of endless twists and turns that the book takes us on and have been keen to join in class discussions making interesting predictions. Will any of us have predicted the plot correctly? We will have to wait and see… Reading this text sparked interest in the children to create their own adventure narratives – many of which were also set in the Amazon Rainforest. We have enjoyed sharing many of these as a class and evaluating our successes as authors.
Some of the highlights of the term include the practical learning experiences that Science, DT and Computing have offered us. The children have thoroughly enjoyed powering electrical circuits and problem solving to ensure that broken circuits can be fixed. We have applied our knowledge of these circuits to creating our own electronic insect in DT, that was designed through a process of studying Amazonian insects. Finally, Elterwater have proven that they could be the DJs of the future, after a very successful Computing unit of ‘We are Music Makers’, using the programme of Garage Band on the iPads to create and edit our own tracks.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful Year 4 and 5 children the very best of luck with their learning adventure next academic year and a safe and happy summer. Thank you for making this year such an exciting one; it’s been a pleasure to teach you all!
By Mrs Fairhirst & Mrs Parkinson