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Braeside 2017

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The children in year 4 have just had an amazing time at Braeside (as did the staff!). Day one was  certainly action packed - from pond dipping along the Kennet and Avon Canal where we found various creatures; to problem solving  and team building activities in the grounds at Braeside House, including completing the low ropes course  as well as tackling the challenging night line. Our pupils were absolutely brilliant and had a whale of a time.  It was great to see everyone enjoying the activities and  to watch the children challenge themselves and encourage each other. The staff were very proud of them all.Well done year 4!

Day 2 is called "Food for Thought" and the children learned about the 'eat well' plate. In groups, the children plan their lunch, trying to design a healthy menu,which everyone in the team is happy with.(No easy task, it must be said!)They then went to the market and negotiated with the stall holders to get the best deals for their money. In the afternoon, we walked to a nearby arable farm, where the children learned more about food and where it comes from, as well as having the opportunity to feed some animals and milk a mechanical cow!  We ended the day with a traditional campfire and sing song. Again, a good time was had by all. 

Day 2 Food For Thought- plan lunch then buy it at the market


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Welcome to Housemartins!

We hope you have all  had  great holiday.

 Mrs Larcombe and I have been really impressed with the way that Housemartins have settled back in. Our first topic is called Kangaroos and Didgeridoos and is inspired by the book "Because of Jackson" by Dick King-Smith.  This is a great story about two ambitious rabbits who follow their dreams to travel to a distant land, Australia.We will be learning a lot about Australia and Aboriginal Culture as well as reading stories by Dick King-Smith, a significant children's author. We have planned lots of exciting learning activities around our topic and the children are really fired up. We have set ourselves a challenge too, to walk to Australia! So far, we have covered just under 1000km! 

Please see topic web and curriculum letter below for further details about our topic and learning. Also, there is a home learning letter, suggesting ways  that parents might like to help support learning.

Some ideas listed include making your own didgeridoo or boomerang.



Please see home learning letter for more suggestions. 


This term, too, year 4s have all the excitement of going to Braeside.  This is an amazing trip and we are all looking forward to the residential visit. 

best regards 

Mrs A Sager and Mrs S Larcombe