Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP

School of the Rising Sun

It has been an epic week in Year 4!

This week saw the launch of our whole-school history project, with the Year 3 and 4 focus being life in the 1950s and 1960s. As part of our work and research, we began the week by visiting the Chester Records Office to discover as much as possible about our school and its rich history. Our findings were amazing – from extremely well-preserved school magazines created by pupils, to photos, poems and even letters handwritten by former headteachers at what was once Love Street School. We have also spent time this week learning about the games and hobbies that children of these decades might have enjoyed. As the photo shows – lots of fun can actually be had without the need for any electronic devices at all!

Our learning journey has also given us the opportunity to consider other important changes and events in the 1950s and 1960s. So in English lessons this week, we have had a different focus each day in order to discover more about this amazing period of recent history. Some of the topics we have looked at have included: changes in television and radio; the continuation of food rationing; the Queen’s coronation; Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s famous climb up Mount Everest; British seaside holiday culture; and, of course, England’s success at the 1966 football World Cup (come on England for tonight!). The children have produced a piece of work in each of these lessons and Mrs Gill and I will soon be busy in the newspaper editing room, putting them all together to produce a school magazine to celebrate our wonderful school. We are all really excited!

For homework this week, there is a selection of maths questions which review some of the work we have looked at this year, together with a short reading activity related to The Romans, who we will continue to learn more about from next week. This week’s secret word is the answer to this question: which country was the mountaineer Edmund Hillary from? Answers to me next week for some House Points and the chance to lift the trophy in assembly!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Lee