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Monday 15th January

This week we continue with our Mighty Mountains topic by looking at mountain ranges of the world. In English, we will continue working on Varjak Paw, using a range of drama strategies to engage with the book, whilst also beginning to learn about paragraphs. In maths, we continue working on equivalent fractions and then move on to short division, including the 'bus stop' method. In ICT, we build on last term's work using Scratch and begin to make our own games. In PE, we will be continuing to work on our sequences, with a focus on different types of jumps. On Friday afternoons we now have PE (lucky us!) with a visiting teacher. The focus will be tag rugby and the children will therefore be on the field each week. Trainers are probably best and an extra plastic bag to store them in when muddy wold be really helpful. As always, an action-packed week! I will also be sending out this term's homework sheet this week, with a range of learning activities to try out at home. Please send things in as and when you complete them. Good Luck! Miss Carter

Friday 5th January


Happy New Year everyone! I trust you've all had a good rest over the holidays and are full of energy, ready for the new term. We have lots of exciting learning ahead this term. This half term, our topic is Mighty Mountains. The children will notice a mountain has appeared around our classroom door. What it now needs is some mountaineers- we will fix this once the children are back! We will look at maps to find out how mountains are marked on a map and where they are located. The children will learn some terminology related to mountains and consider what it is like to live there. We will start by building our own mountains out of paper mache. To enable this to happen, I need your help. We need a lot of newspaper. Please bring it in from Monday. 


In our maths lessons, we will begin work on the thorny subject of fractions. Firstly, recognising them before moving on to equivalent fractions. In English, we begin looking at the truly brilliant book, Varjak PPaw by SF Said. In our science lessons, we will begin my absolute favourite science topic- sound.


It's going to be a fabulous half term. See you all on Monday! Please remember to bring in your PE kit as soon as possible (first PE lesson Wednesday). Miss Carter

Wednesday 13th December

It was lovely to see so many of you at our violin concert this afternoon. I was immensely proud of the quality of their performance. It was awesome to see them concentrating so hard and really enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, I am unable to upload the videos to the class website, but if you would like any of the videos we took today (thank you Mrs Pollard for being a last-minute video slave!), then please send me a blank disk/memory stick, and I'll copy them for you. We are all crawling to the end of term now, but we have lots of fun activities planned for the rest of term (an a bit of hard work too), which should keep us all awake! We are reading an amazing book at the moment: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. He has written other books too....


Below is a link to a youtube video we've been using for our morning exercises. 



Using Reader's theatre from the text 'Leon and the Place Between'. We've really enjoyed this book!

17/11/17 A gloriously sunny day for our second forest visit of the year.

November 6th

Welcome back after the half term break! Last week, we finished our learning about the Romans by looking at the story of Boudicca. The children have almost finished writing their stories in role as either B herself, one of her tribesmen, the Roman Governor, a Roman soldier or a Roman slave. We are ready to begin our new topic: Journey through Europe. We will start by looking at different maps of Europe (Political and physical), before focusing in on Italy (to link with our Roman topic). In our English lessons this week, we will begin a unit based on the text 'Leon and the Place Between'- a very visual text, it will, I'm sure, inspire some magnificent writing. In our maths lessons, having mastered column addition last term, we turn our attention to written subtraction, first using dienes, then using the expanded method, then the compact method. We will also continue our science learning about digestion this week, looking at the 'delightful' topic of what happens in the stomach. 

We will also begin some learning in IT using a basic coding programme called scratch. In our outdoorPE lesson, we started learning to play lacrosse last week, with a focus on holding the stick correctly and good throwing technique. This week we turn our attention to the trickier skill of catching the ball. A busy but exciting week ahead. Miss C

Dear Year 4 children and parents,

Welcome to the year 4 webpage. I hope you all had a fantastic Summer and are looking forward to the new school year. I will do my best to keep this page updated regularly. Please come and visit our page to see what we've been learning in class and also for any information you need to know relating to the class. There is a link at the bottom of the page should you wish to email me about anything. A letter will follow soon with all the important information you need to know about the term. Here are some edited highlights: We will be studying the BFG in our English lessons, as well as celebrating what would have been Roald Dahl's 101st birthday on September 13th. Our topic this half term is: Conquerors and Warriors- part 1 : the Romans (part 2 will follow later in the year, with a focus on the Vikings). Reading books will be sent home as soon as possible, alongside home/school diaries. Please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or come and see me if the need arises. Miss Carter

Aut 1 wk 7

The final week of our first half term together! Last week was lots of fun, as you can see from the pictures below. I was particularly proud of their bread- making and the way they worked together to produce something brilliant! They also managed to hold it together for our bizarre science lessons on digestion on Friday. This week, we continue working on information texts in our English lessons.We have our harvest celebration on Tuesday (tins and packets of non-perishable foods to be sent in please). In maths, we will finish our work on addition by looking at problem solving, then move on to finding the perimeter of 2d shapes. In our topic lessons, we will look at Roman housing, particularly Roman villas in preparation for our trip on Friday. I have enough people for the trip, but any more would be very welcome. Please just let me know. Friday is wear it pink day (for charity). The children are allowed to wear their pink for our trip. Red can be worn as an alternative. The 2 essentials for the trip are a coat (it can be very cold in the villa and we have to eat lunch outside) and a packed lunch. Any questions, pls ask me. Have a great week. Miss C

fun, fitness, food week- learning about digestion by making our own PH paper and simulating peristalsis

Food, fitness, fun week- operation bread making!

fitness, food, fun week- smoothie bike

Ashdown Forest day 1- Friday 6th October

Week beginning 2/10/17


This week sees our first Forest trip of the year, and so far te weather forecast looks good (famous last words). On Friday, please ensure they have appropriate clothing and footwear with them, including a change of socks if possible. Also plenty to drink. I'm looking forward to seeing what this year's forest curriculum brings. 


Please remember that our violin lessons are on Wednesday, so violins must be in school on Wednesday. In maths this week, we start looking at addition and in English, we focus on information writing, still with a BFG focus. We are using a book called 'The Gloriumptious worlds of Roald Dahl' , published last year. It's written like a scrapbook of all he achieved. Lots of them have mentioned asking for it for christmas.....

Have a great week, Miss Carter

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Mrs Madden, the children's violin teacher, gave the following instructions this week:

1) The bow is very fragile. Please only tighten it a little by turning the silver end and slacken it again when finished. It takes time to learn how to hold the bow properly. See below this message for a helpful video link. Don't worry if you find it tricky.

2) Under no circumstances touch the pegs or adjustors. If the violin goes out of tune, bring it in to school and we will sort it out.

3) If anything breaks, tell us straight away, as we can fix many problems. If we can't, we will tell you where/how to get it fixed.

4) The violin is only to be played by the year 4 child who is using it. No siblings please.

Extra Violin Notices:

1) As the weather gets colder, please remember that violins do not like extreme changes in temperature. It can cause them to crack. To help prevent this, please don't keep a violin next to a heater at home. Please avoid leaving them in cars for long periods of time, especially in cold weather.


2)  Shoulder rests- if you have a proper shoulder rest, please look after it, especially taking care not to lose the screws. They are expensive to replace. If you don't have one, I have now bought lots of sponges, and am happy to provide this for your child. If any of you have postmen who drop elastic bands on your driveways, these bands are perfect for using with sponge shoulder rests, so please send them in.

Miss C


I've been impressed by the enthusiasm of the children and the number of them who've taken instruments home to practise.




Violin lesson number 1- my favourite moment: the children holding their violins out, saying:" Look at my beautiful violin!"

Friday 15th September

What a busy first full week we've had in Emerald class! The children have worked really hard. I was particularly impressed with them on Friday, when they were so determined to write well that you could have heard a pin drop in the classroom as they all beavered away. 


In maths, I will be testing them on their times tables every Friday. They will be able to tell you which times table they need to learn. (If they can't please ask me) On Monday I will show them one tried and tested method for learning them. They did well in their first spelling test, which will happen every Friday. 


Next week in maths, we continue our work on number and place value, ordering numbers and rounding to the nearest ten, hundred or thousand. We will also begin to look at negative numbers.


In our topic work, we will produce our final bean mosaic designs as well as learning about what life was like in the Roman army. We will also be designing our (aarrggghhh it's September) Christmas cards for you to but via the PTA later in the term. 

Have a great weekend everyone. Miss Carter

'Mosaics'- inspired by the Romans, using dried beans etc.

Roman army formations Tuesday 12th September

Day 1 in year 4- The Toilet Roll lesson- How long ago did the Romans come to Britain? 1 sheet of toilet paper for every 10 years!

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