At Edmund Waller, we are passionate about the children developing a lifelong love of reading. Book Talk has quickly become a popular feature on our weekly newsletter, with children clamouring to share the brilliant books they have discovered with the Edmund Waller community. In fact, there is so much to share and celebrate that we have decided to publish a special reading newsletter.
Ten days ago, Harris brought his wormery into the classroom, and Reception C took the worms on as their temporary pets. We kept them in a safe, dark place and were careful not to knock them or make any loud noises. We took turns observing them moving around in the wormery.
After ten days, today was the day to release the worms into the wild. We took the wormery outside and gently emptied the contents. We were so pleased to see the worms wriggling happily and digging deep into the soil.
We’ll miss having them around the classroom, but we know they are enjoying life outside, and we love observing them in their natural environment. Good luck in the wild our wormy friends!
In Cadogan Hall, we watched and sang along to a brilliant recount of the Battle of Trafalgar. We traveled there by train and tube. On arriving, we ate our lunch, unfortunately I did not manage to eat all of it. It was deafening eating lunch, as there were hundreds of children chatting and singing, as not all the schools were eating. The Year 4s traveled together with Miss Izibili. Once we had all sat down, the marvelous conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrated what each instrument sounded like. Some sounds can make you feel nauseous or queasy, other sounds can make you feel excited or scared. I made up a story related to how each instrument sounded.
After that, we saw the performance and it was phenomenal! I could have wished for nothing better from them. It sounded beautiful when all the children and adults sang together. At the beginning, it was sad. When they celebrated Nelson’s birthday it was enjoyable. The audience laughed when the dancers brought Lord Nelson a birthday cake through and danced around him. We were told to dress as the crew of a ship and I dressed up in a striped navy blue and white top with denim jeans. I go skiing every year, so I have a collection of medals and badges, which I pinned to my top. I really enjoyed the educational visit to Cadogan Hall.
Last Thursday we visited the Centre for Wildlife Gardening as part of our Mother Earth topic. We put on special high-visibility jackets for safety, and then got on the bus to the centre.
When we arrived, we sat and had lunch together. Then Andrew (a wildlife expert) taught us about plants, animals and their habitats.
Next, we went on a mini-beast hunt. Can you name some of the creatures we discovered?
Finally, we learnt about how bats communicate using echolocation by playing the ‘bats and moth’ game.
– A group of frogs is called an army.
– The smallest bird in England is called a goldcrest.
– Stag beetle larvae live for 6 years, but adult stag beetles only live for a few weeks.
– Female newts lay hundreds of eggs, but can only lay one at a time.
As you know, Years 4, 5 and 6 will be heading to Cadogan Hall next week Monday, 23rd March.
Please come in wearing Navy type costume. Look at this picture for inspiration:
You don’t have to go out and buy anything. Any piece of cloth will do for a scarf, and white, navy or black trousers will be fine. Black shoes are best. A striped top would be perfect if you can get hold of one.
Today was Red Nose Day, where we all donated to Comic Relief to come to school dressed in red, black and white. Reception C’s costumes were all amazing, but the ‘best dressed’ award went to Juno for her wacky superhero look.
We joined the rest of the school for a special assembly where we were delighted to hear that the school had raised over £344! We watched a video that showed us how the money would help children in Africa to have a better school. Then, Juno represented the class in a game called ‘gorilla, ninja, cowboy.’ Well done Juno, and congratulations to Mathilda from Reception B who was the winner!
Which friends making funny faces can you spot?
We will never forget the fun we had today, and will remember the importance of our charity donations.