European Pen Pals

Westfield Primary School

Read all about it! We received and responded to our first email from our our new pen pals from England.  Mr. Osler’s  Year 4 class attends Westfield Community Primary School in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England.  They shared lots of information about themselves, and it was clear we had many common interests!

Westfield CP School has one class per grade with about 156 students in Years 1-6. Wow, we have more 4th graders at MBS than they have in their whole School!  Students wear uniforms and have great outdoor learning areas.  They have an herb garden and an outdoor food court.  We are enjoying getting to know our new friends, and look forward to learning more 🙂

Aerial view of Westfield CP School

Our classes will be corresponding every week or two, sharing our interests, new learning and projects. For example, soon we will be learning about weather and states of matter.  We will observe and record weather in both Vermont and England.  It will be interesting to compare the temperatures and precipitation of these two Northern Hemisphere locations.

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Four Winds . . . Trees!

We had our October Four Winds lesson Thursday.  This would not be possible without our parent volunteers: Jennifer Faul and Phoebe Desjardin.  Thank you!!!!!

Our theme this month was life cycles of trees.  We learned about trees by examining tree cookies and real trees. It was a gorgeous day to go outside, find a tree, observe it, and write a sensory poem about it. To wrap up our lesson, we formed a large circle simulating the largest tree in the world . . . WOW it was REALLY big!  In our video (below) you can see how large the diameter was at the end when we are in a large circle.  We also simulated the diameter of the OLDEST tree in the world.  It was much smaller, but much older too!  Enjoy the video.  Our next Four Winds lesson will be on Thursday, November 18th at 9:00.  You are welcome to join us 🙂