Monday February 11th
This last week of this busy half term is science week! Our focus will be on bridges, investigating some of the different types and how they are constructed. We will test for strength, and investigate ways to build our own models. We will explore arch, truss and suspension bridges. School will be open at 2-45 on Friday afternoon, when you can come and look at what the children have been up to around the school.
(No spelling list this week!)
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Hindleap meeting. Thankyou for the feedback, and please, please let me know of any questions or concerns you have about the trip.
HINDLEAP WARREN RESIDENTIAL
MEETING AT 3-15 IN AMETHYST CLASSROOM
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH
Please come along to find out more about our forthcoming adventure.
Monday February 4th
In english this week we will use the story of 'The Windmill Farmer' to develop our drama and writing skills. In maths we move away from fractions and look again at time. Many children are still very uncertain about telling the time, so support at home with this, using analogue and digital clocks will be valuable. We are reaching the end of our Geography topic. This week we will work with atlases, looking at countries and capitals.
Monday January 28th
Friday in the forest was a great day. Lisa taught us about the history of the land, and how it has been shaped over time. We then went out onto the and chopped down small trees to maintain the heathland. After dragging the trees up the hill we set up camp and made shelters. It was amazing to watch the children work and play together. As well as territorial games, there was a system of barter set up using rocks and wood. We also climbed up and down muddy slopes with some rope Lisa gave us!
This week in english we continue our 'taking flight' work, working with conjunctions, different types of sentences and dialogue.
In maths wemove on from finding fractions of amounts to adding and subtracting fractions. In geography we will be travelling to Spain and learning about the only deserts in Europe, then we will travel to France and visit the Mer du Glace, a massive glacier near Chamonix.
Monday January 21st
In maths this week we continue working on decimals and fractions. We will be calculating fractions of quantities. We are now pretty good at using equivalent fractions and in using tenths and hundredth both as fractions and as decimals.
In English we finished our work 'Ride of Passage' and wrote our own version of the story. Wow! It's amazing how far the children have come in their writing, and how capable and creative they were with this task. We are now moving on to a new narrative topic, and this week we will be using adjectives and prepositions, and develop our descriptions of settings and of characters.
After travelling the length of the river Rhine in our geography topic we now look at two contrasting countries. We will learn about Sweden, the land of lakes and forests and the northern lights, and also we will travel to modern Greece with its warm climate and many islands.
On Friday 25th January we will have our next day in the forest.
Quite a few children did not have PE kits last week. Please ensure they bring them to school on Monday.
Unfortunately, the school server is down so I will post up latest homework as soon as I am able.
Monday January 14th
This week in maths we continue with work on fractions. We move on from equivalent fractions to looking at how to count up and down in tenths and hundredths. We will learn how tenths arise from dividing by ten, and how hundredths arise when dividing by one hundred, and dividing tenths by ten.
In english we continue 'Ride of Passage'. Inspired by the animation we will be using direct speech to write conversations, develop our sentence openers and write our own version of the story. After starting our geography topic on Europe last week, we will now learn about rivers, focussing on the majestic River Rhine, following its route from its source in the Alps to the sea in the Netherlands.
PE lessons on Friday will be with our 'guest' instructor from Lingfield college. We will be on the field, so expect very muddy trainers and kit coming home on Friday afternoons!
Thursday January 3rd
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday. I'd first like to say a big thankyou for the many presents and cards I received-thankyou!
In these first two days and then the next full week, we will begin with some maths investigations, leading in to a long unit of work on fractions. In english we will use a short animation to focus our work on storywriting, description, pronouns and paragraphs. Children will also be hearing more stories from the Old Testament, starting with the Tower of Babel, and moving through the stories of Abraham, Joseph and Moses as the term progresses. We start our geography topic looking at Europe, starting by making maps, and using atlases, online resources and stories to learn about the shape of Europe, the key seas and mountain ranges. We will begin a journey in the Netherlands, and travel to the Swiss Alps, comparing and contrasting the landscapes, and looking at how people live in such different places. In philosophy we will start the year by considering self control, emotions, points of view and things and what they are to us! In games lessons we will have an exciting weekly session with a games teacher from Lingfield College. I will put an overview of some of the highlights for this term below.
Monday December 17th
The last days of school before Christmas, and I'm amazed and proud of the children, and how they are working hard and looking after each other in spite of tiredness and many, many coughs and colds. It was lovely to see so many people at our concert-the children did so well, and were so focussed on their playing. In these last few days we will be rehearsing for our carol concert on Monday, then on Tuesday we will be singing with the whole school at St. John's church-it should be a lovely concert. On Tuesday afternoon we have our class party. I've already had a few offers to help with party food in the hall. If anyone else would like to help, please let me know. Wednesday will be a day of tidying up, bringing in games to play (no battery operated games please), and we will have a final celebration assembly with the whole school.
This has been a lovely term with the class. It has been amazing to see the children growing in so many ways, and showing real enthusiasm for learning. Thank you for letting me teach your children this year, have a peaceful Christmas holiday, and I look forward to seeing everyone again in the new year, when school starts again on Thursday 3rd January!
Monday December 10th
This week we look back to addition in maths. We will polish our skills adding 3 digit numbers using columns! In english we will be telling stories, describing characters and writing diary entries. We will be making the final adjustments for our concert on Tuesday, when we look forward to showing off our violin and recorder skills-see you at 2-30 in the school hall. We will also be rehearsing for our carol concert which will take place next week on Tuesday 18th December in St. John's church.
We are having problems with the school server so I'm sorry to say I can't attach this week's spelling lists. I'll do so as soon as I can.
Monday December 3rd
This first week of Advent we will use a beautiful little animation to focus our english work. We will be learning about figurative writing, and how to convey mood and atmosphere in our work. We will make use of simile, metaphor and personification as the week progresses. In maths we'll be moving from decimals to length, learning how to convert km, m, cm and mm. We will measure, estimate, and try to make use of decimals too.
We will be practising for our upcoming concert for you (see above) and look forward to seeing you next week.
Monday November 19th
We had a lovely day at the forest on Friday in spite of the grey and dismal weather! Lisa told us about trees and the size of their roots, and about how root systems enable plants in the forest to communicate with each other! We played a tree communication game, looked at colourful leaves, and made our own artworks with leaves, clay, moss and sticks. After lunch and shelter building we returned to base to light a fire and cook popcorn! Many thanks to everyone for making it such a fun day.
This week our housebuilding topic takes us to more homes form around the world including dogtrot cabins, venetian palaces and half timbered houses as found in East Grinstead. The children will now be putting their writing skills tot the test by writing their own reports based on what they learn about theses houses.
In maths we move on to look at how to calculate area and perimeter. In science we will explore wind and percussion instruments to see how the sound is produced.
Monday November 12th
In maths this week we continue work on division, then moving on to fractions. In our topic we will now start to look at houses around the world, continuing to polish our report writing skills making use of careful paragraphs. In our science topic, we continue to learn about sound, this week looking at how wind and percussion instruments produce sound.
On Thursday 15th November Lingfield prep school have invited us to hear their orchestra play. This may give some of our children and idea of where their violin playing could lead if they continue with it! Lingfield are providing transport and this will all take place within the normal school day. On Friday we have our next session at Ashdown Forest! Please do let me know if you'd like a bracing day outdoors with the class.
Monday November 5th
There's been a huge amount of interest and enthusiasm with our housebuilding topic. The class were very interested in different bonds in bricklaying, in the details of digging foundations and laying drains, and in the jobs of a carpenter! We tried cutting wood ourselves, which wasn't easy. Our topic continues this week and we will look at the work of the plumber, plasterer, gardener and the electrician. We'll learn about how circuits work. Along the way, we are learning about the layout of non fiction texts, and how to write carefully using paragraphs.
Please, if anyone has any skills in any of these areas and would be willing to pop in to speak briefly or show some of the tools or show how something is done, we'd be very grateful.
Our philosophy last week took us to the story of the scorpion and the frog, and I was amazed to listen as the children discussed right and wrong, fault and responsibility, human nature and individual choice! I feel we've come a long way just in these few weeks with these lessons, and children are becoming more willing to share their ideas. This week we'll discuss......'Can you step in the same river twice?'
In maths we now start looking at written multiplication and division, first using grid method for multiplication before slowly moving on to more columnar methods. With division we begin with' groups of' before moving to more formal written methods. We will of course, be constantly making the link between multiplication and division . I'm very pleased to see how many children are working so hard at their tables facts with our home maths challenge. It really makes a difference!
Monday October 29th
It was lovely to speak with so many of you during last week's parent consultations. Thank you so much for your support! I will be contacting those parents who couldn't make the meetings to arrange another time.
This week we begin our housebuilding topic which will hopefully inspire us in our english work. We will begin by looking at how a house is built, starting this week looking at plans, architects and foundations. We will then look at how drains are laid and how concrete is mixed. We''ll see how a bricklayer works and study different bonds of brickwork. We will also look at the work of a carpenter, and see how a roof is constructed. This will all lead into our work of writing explanation texts and learning how to set them out with titles, subtitles and careful paragraphs.
In maths we are moving to more mental maths, exploring ways to double and halve, then moving to learning our quick mental facts for multiplication and division.
In science we start work on acoustics, this week going on a 'silent walk' and listening to mystery sounds. Later we'll explore how these sounds are produced and learn to use terms such as pitch, tone, volume and vibration.
Monday October 15th
Friday saw the first round of our school spelling bee, a written test in class. Some children did incredibly well, some got full marks! On Monday we'll have semi finals in class, and then on Wednesday the finals will be held in the school hall. It's very clear how some children did a lot of work at home in preparation for this-well done!
This week before half term we continue our english work based on a short film 'Home sweet home' . We will pick up on themes of travel, friendship, love and death, and look at how paragraphs can be used. We will look in more depth at how to write dialogue, and we will plan and write our own similar story.
In maths we move on from shape, angle and coordinates, and this week we will be looking at 'word' problems. Trying to decide what exactly is needed to solve a particular problem. By the way, some children have really taken up our times table challenge. A few children have already reached silver, and a couple have reached gold. Please do support your child with this work, as there's no one easy way to learn tables.
Some children have almost finished their weavings, and there are many beautiful paintings hanging in our room based on the story of Noah's ark. This week we should all complete our weaving.
On Tuesday morning I look forward to seeing you at our harvest festival at the baptist church. On Wednesday afternoon I look forward to meeting many of you for parent consultations.
Monday October 8th
This week we continue with our maths work with coordinates and position, symmetry and angle. In english we will now begin a new story involving two house on a journey. (sorry, I can't reveal any more. We'll use this story to develop our skills in descriptive writing, describing characters and settings, and in using those dreaded apostrophes for possesion . We'll explore the role of pronouns and continue gaining confidence in our grammatical understanding of texts. We will also be looking at prefixes such as re-, dis-, and mis-, as well as reviewing our use of speech punctuation.
We are still preparing for our harvest festival, coming up soon, and our weaving skills are also coming on apace. We'd still be happy to have any contributions of wool!
Monday October 1st
We had a great day at the forest on Friday...I couldn't help thinking back to this time last year, and marvelling at how the children have grown in so many ways. We had a lovely walk as always, and along the way collected beech nuts, looked out for fungi, looked at the signs of autumn. We drilled into old branches to make our own pencils. Lisa told us about hedgehogs and we made our own from clay. Lisa also told us about 'the lost words' ...words moving out of some dictionaries to make way for more 'up to date ' words. One of the words lost was 'acorn'...so we collected acorns and wrote in on the ground for other walkers to find. It's always amazing to see how engaged and active our children are in nature. I'm sure we could have left them all day climbing over a fallen tree, digging in the roots, and mining for iron.
This week in english we will be describing settings, retelling parts of stories we are hearing, and learning how to use paragraphs. In maths we move away from all the column addition and subtraction for a while, and we now look at coordinates, plotting points to create shapes, and then look at how to translate shapes and points.
We are continuing with recorders, preparing songs and poems for the harvest festival coming up soon. Our first violin session was a great success, and children will be able to take them home after this week's session.
We'll be playing with conkers, and weaving on card, and along the way learning to tie knots.
HELP!!!! Do you have any balls of wool you don't want??? We would be very grateful for any donations of wools and threads.
Monday September 24th
It was lovely to see parents at our coffee morning last week. I realise you are all busy, but please remember, if you ever need to speak to me, contact me via the email link below and I'll get back to you asap. Friday's philosophy lesson was fascinating for me-our children were stranded on a beautiful island, and they had to work our ways to live and work together, and to look more closely at how they make decisions. They tried to come up with rules for living together on their island, and along the way we discussed issues such as fairness , justice, methods of groups making decisions such as voting, lotteries, 'having a leader' or general agreement. Group discussions were lively, and children seemed to enjoy the whole process!
This week we will be going to Ashdown Forest on Friday. Check weather reports and as always, ensure children are dressed appropriately! I haven't checked yet, but parents are very welcome to come along and help on the day.
This week in english we will continue using the stories we are hearing to develop our writing, retelling and speaking skills. It's been great fun having children act out scenes from the previous day's story-we have some great actors! Amongst other things, we will be dealing with writing in 1st or 3rd person, polishing our joined handwriting and making careful use of similes and personification. In our reading lessons we will start to look at different genres of poetry, and explore the meaning of 'dilemma' in stories.
Maths lessons continue to focus on addition and subtraction. We have worked on mental methods, and started to refine more formal written methods. This week this will continue.
As always, we continue with our recorder playing, singing and poetry. Here are two of our latest poems we've learnt already over the first few weeks...
I ride on my horse
with my sword in my hand.
I ride through the wooded
And mountainous land.
I battle with dragons,
With giants I fight,
Defending the weak
And upholding the right.
My sword is of steel
My helmet of gold,
I dare all adventures,
My heart is so bold.
My armor is shining
As bright as the light,
And I am a gallant
And glorious knight.
Digging down in deepest dark and danger,
Gleeful goblins gather glittering gold.
High and hard a hundred heavy hammers,
Clang and clash in columned caverns cold.
Little lamps their lengthy labours lighten,
Shuddering shadows show, and shifting shine.
So they ceaseless search for silver secrets,
Midget men amid the mountain mine.
Monday September 17th
Last week seemed to rush by, and the class has quickly got into new routines. There are still a few children who need to bring in painting aprons and also PE kits. About half of the class brought in their spelling homework on time. They receive spellings on Monday and they should be returned on the Friday-with handwriting completed on the back of the sheet. This week we continue hearing stories from the Old Testament, and we'll use these as starting points for our own writing. We'll continue looking at speech punctuation, and trying to use 'fronted adverbials' in our own writing! We will also look at paragraphing and conjunctions over the course of this week. In maths we move from place value to a closer look at mental methods for addition and subtraction. We have been creating large scale 'mosaics' using print techniques, and we'll finish these this week-they really make our new room bright and colourful. Our coffee morning is this Thursday, at 9 to 9-45 am. I look forward to seeing you there.
See below for information on this year's spelling bee challenge.
Monday 10th September
What a wonderfully calm and hardworking beginning we had to our new school year! All of the children arrived smiling and enthusiastic, and as we all know each other so well, it's been great to get straight down to work! Staring with tongue twisters and poetry, then learning a new recorder piece. We threw ourselves into learning a new song 'Sir Eglamore and the dragon' and then began our new english and maths topics. We also welcomed two new children to our class, Ben and Evie.
This week we delve further into legends of the world's creation, and we work on this idea of 'points of view', trying to tell stories from another's point of view-quite a challenge. In maths we are developing work on larger numbers-up to a million! French begins again this week, taught by Mrs Wood who is also one of our Teaching assistants this year. Other adults helping throughout the week in our class will be Mrs O' Riordan, Mrs Degia, and Mrs Seltzer. Mrs Seltzer will usually take the class on Wednesday afternoons, when I have release time for planning and preparation.
Children have already taken home their first (bronze ) tables challenge, and this Monday they will bring home the spelling list for this week.
Welcome back to a new term-but now in Emerald class!
I hope you had a wonderful summer, and that after the long break your children are ready for new challenges.
Spelling homework will be sent home on Mondays and we will test ourselves on the Friday following. This year children will also receive a times tables booklet, starting with a bronze booklet, then bronze plus, silver, then silver plus and finishing with gold then gold plus! I am hoping that the challenge of these booklets will help children in their confidence with quick recall of tables facts. (see link below for tables and spelling ideas)
Also see below the attached document with other homework tasks that can be completed over this term and returned to school at any time.
Children will need an old t- shirt or apron for messy art and craft lessons. They will also need to have their PE kit at school throughout the week. Please please ensure your child’s uniform and PE kits are named clearly! This year pencil cases should contain; a black handwriting pen (not biro), an HB pencil, ruler , sharpener, pritt stick type glue and whiteboard (dry wipe) pen. Children do not need to bring felt tips, coloured pencils or any other ‘glitzy’ pens!
Children should always have a reading book to use at school. Our library has a good range of books, but please encourage your child to use your local library too. Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times a week for about 10 minutes.
This term we will have a 10 week violin course at school! Children will all have their own violin for the duration of the course. News of this will follow.
I will put an overview of the first term’s topics on this webpage, and our Year 3 and 4 coffee morning is September 20th at 9am to 9-45. As always I can be contacted via email on the link at the bottom of this page. I love it when you talk to me about your children and I greatly value your support. Please do arrange at the office or via email to meet with me with any concerns you may have this year-together we can do wonders with our children at this age!
If you would like to contact Mr Pritchard, please use the form below. Please note that the response time to this system of contact is three working days.