Monday July 22nd
How amazing your children are! They performed so well on Friday, really pulling together in a very short time to create a great performance. I hope you enjoyed it. So now we have reached the final few days of school, and I'd like to first thank all of you parents for your help and support over these two years. It's been a very satisfying time for me to have the class for so long and be able to work with your children as they grow and develop. They are a lovely class, and I wish them all well as they now move on to Year 5 with Mr Cook.
This week, as well as finishing off our work on viking history, we have a few special events. On Tuesday the children will have a lesson meeting up with their new teacher, so we will cross the corridor to meet Mr Cook. On Wednesday morning it is Year 6's goodbye assembly, and then in the afternoon we will have our final whole school assembly together.
If we manage to tidy up our room, get everything cleared from our cloakroom, and have our class all spick and span for the holidays, then I have told the class they can bring in games on Wednesday, but nothing requiring electricity please!
Finally, if anyone has any photos taken during our class play on Friday, I'd love to have a few as I forgot to take some during rehearsals. Please email me a few pictures if you can.
Many thanks, and I hope your children have a well deserved break from school, and I wish you all have a lovely Summer.
Monday July 15th
Thank you so much to Mrs Dennehy, Mrs Canham and Mrs Bennett, who helped on our wonderful trip to Plawhatch farm. We had a great day, met some lovely people, and learnt a lot.
This is now the last full week of school, and we will be busy preparing for our class play " Thor and the Giants", which we'll be performing for you at 2-30 pm on Friday. We look forward to seeing you.
In maths this week we take a last look at addition and subtraction. Our Norse myths lessons now become viking history, and this week we'll learn about where the vikings came from, why they left their own lands, how they traded and explored, and how they lived.
Monday July 8th
Preparations for our class play are well under way. The children are very keen, and each day we have been practising with real enthusiasm. We are reaching the end of the stories of the Norse Gods, and it was interesting to hear the childrens' responses this week. Loki, the trickster god, who has been a figure of fun and mischief for a great many of the stories, has now become quite evil. The children were so shocked when Loki killed the beautiful god Baldur. The whole class were silent for a while. These stories are such a fantastic resource for children of this age I find, and the class have responded brilliantly, using them to extend and develop their own writing and story telling skills.
Our forest day was very enjoyable. We learnt about tiger beetles, grasshoppers and crickets, and made wooden boats to sail in the small stream. Lisa told a story. We walked, climbed, dug, played in mud, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
This week we continue with the Norse myths. We arrive at Ragnarok, the last battle, and along the way we'll learn about paragraphing, descriptive writing and extend our use of adverbials and dialogue!
In maths, we move from perimeter to calculations involving area.
On Wednesday we will spend a day at Plawhatch Farm, where we'll be taken around to see the animals, explore the poly tunnels, and learn more about how the farm works. Keep your eye on the weather forecast and dress the children as if they were going to the forest, and they should be OK. Children will need a good lunch and plenty to drink. We should be back at school at around 3-30 to 3-45 dependent on traffic.
I could do with a little help with this trip. If anyone would like to come along, please let me know.
Tuesday July 2nd
It was lovely to have so much positive feedback about last week's production. It's a totally exhausting week, but at the same time it's fantastic to have so many people all working together to create the final show! The children were very excited and very, very tired by Thursday!
This week we start on Tuesday after INSET on Monday July 1st. Our literacy work continues to focus on the Norse myths, but now we are starting to prepare for our class play ' Thor and the Giants' which we'll hopefully be performing in our class assembly on Friday July 19th.
In maths we will be exploring perimeter and different measures. Our food and farming lessons continue, and we'll be exploring a map of a farm, looking at different crops that might be grown. We will be visiting Plawhatch farm on Wednesday July 10th, and if any parents would like to help on the trip, please let me know this week.
No more homework will be given this term.
Monday June 24th
This is the week of our Junior Production at Chequer Meed Theatre, and it's a time when it seems the whole school is all working together and focussed on the big day. This is truly an event that means many, many people working together can pull off something that's much greater than the sum of its parts! Props are made, the programme is printed, actors are rehearsing, musicians are practising....and on Wednesday it's the big day! The weather forecast is for warmish weather so please ensure for the Wednesday, your child has plenty to eat and drink. We will start the day at school, but then be ferried across to the theatre. Once there, we'll rehearse before lunch, then after lunch perform our dress rehearsal to the infants. We'll then go home from the theatre, to meet up again at the theatre for the evening performance.
Friday June 28th and Monday July 1st are both INSET days.
In english we will continue hearing and writing about the Norse myths. The children are very interested in these powerful stories, and their written work really reflects this. In maths we continue with data handling, this week looking at how we can plot graphs of continuous data such as time graphs.
I am setting no homework this week.
Monday June 17th
It was quite amazing that we were successful with the window of good weather for sports day! Unfortunately I then fell ill, but thanks to Mrs Wood the class finished the week well. Thank you Mrs Wood!
This week we continue with Norse stories, which the children seem to thoroughly enjoy. We will be writing stories, describing settings and honing our punctuation skills as we hear of the making of Thor's hammer and the punishment of Loki.
In maths we now move from coordinates, position and translation to data handling. This week we'll be exploring different ways of showing information and try to interpret a wide range of graphs and charts.In gardening lessons we will look at how the fields of a farm might be set out and we'll learn about some of the crops a farmer might grow. Our work on food and farming will take us towards our visit to Plawhatch farm on Wednesday July 10th.
In our speech work we will continue learning and reciting sections from the Eldar Edda, and we are doing very well with our two part recorder playing-at the moment working on a piece by Mozart. In our artwork we will continue working on weaving viking forms, and using them to decorate our norse writing.
Monday June 10th
Sports day is this Tuesday, and if weather is bad, the reserve day is set for Thursday. Check with the office and website for updates.
In english this week we continue hearing the Norse myths, tales of Odin, Loki, Iduna and Sif, and writing character descriptions, settings and plotting out our own stories. We will also continue to draw complicated viking weaving patterns to decorate our work.
In maths we continue with translation-that is movement of coordinates and shapes. In science we continue work on solids liquids and gases, investigating the water cycle and the scientific ideas around evaporation and condensation. We are all working hard rehearsing for the junior production-which is coming up in just two weeks time!
Monday June 3rd
Over this last half term of the school year we will be learning about the Norse myths, the wonderful mythology of the northern lands. We'll hear of the adventures of Gods and giants, dwarves and humans, and along the way we'll learn about viking invaders and how they helped shape our own country. Towards the very end of term we hope to present a play based on the Norse myths.
Before then though there is much to do. Over the next three weeks we will be preparing for our Junior production of 'Aladdin Trouble' at Chequer Meed Theatre. We will also be spending a day at Plawhatch biodynamic farm on Wednesday July 10th which will link in with our own work in our school garden.
This week then our english lessons will be focussing on hearing and writing about the norse myths. In maths we explore coordinates and translations, and in science we start looking at solids, liquids and gases. We'll be practising for sports day, hopefully in good weather, and in art we will be painting Ygdrassil, the world tree of the Viking stories.
Monday May 20th
It's lovely to see children arrive at school proudly carrying a loaf of home- made bread! This homework task is very much appreciated by the whole class. It's been very nice to sit down together and share bread in the afternoon. In our garden our seeds are quickly growing, and this week we will need to get many of them into our beds, as they clearly need more room. Pumpkins, sunflowers , nasturtiums, radish, lettuce, beans, sweet peas and potatoes-all are doing well!
This week is Music Week, so there will be a greater emphasis on musical activities throughout the week with special assemblies, lots of singing together with the whole school, and hopefully lots of children playing music. We will be extending our recorder skills into composition, aiming to compose and write down and perform our own pieces. We'll also be listening and appreciating the music of the Beatles!
In english lessons we contimue working on fantasy stories, describing monsters, writing chase scenes, and writing our own fantasy stories.
In maths we continue to explore symmetry, and we'll be building up our knowledge of 2D shapes.
We also continue working with clay in our art lessons. We've learnt to model with our fingertips, to make spheres using careful touch and careful observation. We've modelled abstract forms which nestle together, exploring concave and convex forms, and last week we attempted towers, with inspiration from the story of the Tower of Babel.
Monday May 13th
In our english lessons this week we will use the story 'The Dream Giver' as inspiration to write descriptions of settings and characters. We will write stories learning how to build up tension! In maths lessons we now move from angles to shape and symmetry. We will draw symmetrical shapes and find lines of symmetry. We'' be learning names and properties of 2D shapes.
Our garden is doing so well. Seeds are sprouting everywhere, and this week in science we'll be exploring how seeds are dispersed by different plants. Later in the week we will start to look away from the plant world and explore how digestion works in humans.
Tuesday May 7th
Thank you so much Mrs Dean and Mrs Whitehead for coming along to the forest last Friday. We had a great day, and finished with making pancakes with wild garlic!
On Tuesday Tom had a go at baking bread rolls ( a suggested task on our homework sheet), and we all enjoyed eating them on Tuesday afternoon! Than you Tom!
This week in maths we look at different types of angles, at protractors, measuring angles in degrees, and try to solve problems using our knowledge of angle. In english lessons we will be writing informative reports on the theme of flight, a subject arising from our watching the short animation 'Soar'. In science lessons we'll be exploring different types of pollination, and looking at different ways that seeds are dispersed by plants. We'll also be keeping an eye on our experiment to see how plants transport water. As well as this, we'll be watering and tending our garden, hoping to see some progress with all of our planting over the next few weeks.
Monday April 29th
We had a busy few afternoons working hard in the school garden. In a concentrated burst of focussed energy we managed to dig over and weed the beds, and then plant more herbs and strawberry plants. We planted four potato bags and have planted seeds in pots for;
Pumpkins, leaf salad, climbing beans, sweetcorn,sunflower and sweet peas
Sweet peas. We also planted seeds of-onions, radish, wildflowers nasturtium, potatoes, strawberries, herbs. Now we'll stand back and watch Mother Nature do her work. Do have a look at our busy school garden!
This week in literacy we will use the animation 'soar' to learn about writing dialogue, and we'll plan and write a playscript.
In maths we will be working on finding perimeters and lengths. In science lessons we will learn about how plants grow and what makes a good soil. We'll also look at water transport in plants. In our art we will be looking at symmetrical patterns, drawing, and also modelling with beeswax. On Friday it is our next forest day, so let's hope the weather is kind.
This week's spelling and maths homework is below. Children will also bring home their first reading challenge this week.
Welcome back to school everyone!
This term sees lots of exciting activities and challenges, with themes including gardening, botany, pollination and seed dispersal, nutrition and digestion and food chains. We'll learn about food and farming, and hopefully visit a working organic farm. In history we will look at what happened after Roman rule ended in Britain, and we'll focus very much on the Viking invaders. We will enter the amazing realm of Norse myths and discover the mysterious three worlds of Gods, humans and giants. In maths we will delve into measure, perimeter, area, shape and symmetry, position and direction and statistics. This term we'll also be preparing for our summer junior production at Chequer Meed Theatre, and also, towards the end of term you will see our class production of an exciting tale of Norse gods. These are just a few of the highlights of this new term.
Homework continues, and I include as always, a sheet of suggested activities children could try at home. Please do not just stick to this list. I'm always amazed at how children get fired up about our topics and are keen to do their own follow up work at home! All is welcome and shared in class!
Spelling and tables homework will be handed out on Mondays and must be returned by the following Friday. Children will be tested on the spellings and tables facts each Friday.
If any of you have any plants you are willing to donate for our class garden, we'd be happy to have them!
Monday April 1st
Thank you for your kind and positive comments during parents consultations.
In this last week of term we continue with money problems in maths, trying to solve a range of problems such as...
"A class is planning a trip to a theme park. Adult tickets cost £8. Children's tickets cost £4. How many tickets could they buy for £100. How many different ways can you find to do this?"
In English lessons we will be polishing our comprehension skills and researching and writing about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Rome. We will also read and write about roman fashion.
In our history lessons we will consider what the Romans left as a legacy in Britain and how and why the Roman era ended.
There is no spelling list for this week.
Monday March 25th
Our stay at Hindleap Warren went very well. I was amazed at how our children rose to meet the many challenges over those few days! For some it was being away from home, for others the strange food, and for others it was sometimes the challenges of the many activities. But how brilliantly they all did! I can honestly say that this was the most enjoyable trip away at Hindleap, and all because of the way in which our children behaved. They really showed our school at its best. Well done everyone.
Can I also say a very BIG thankyou to the adults who helped on this trip. They were there all day, and all night too for Mrs Wood and Mrs Eaton! These amazingly patient and hardworking people made the stay run so smoothly.
Mrs Wood, Mrs Eaton, Mrs O'Riordan and Mrs Lochhead-THANK YOU!
On Wednesday and Thursday this week we have parent consultations after school. I look forward to seeing you then. On Friday morning we have our school Easter festival at St. John's Church. We start at around 9-15 am.
This week in maths we return to the theme of money, and we'll be solving problems using fractions and decimals.In english we will use our Roman theme to research and write informative reports about roman homes and food.
Monday March 11th
We had a great World Book Day....The children enjoyed 'DEAR' or 'drop everything and read' throughout the day, and we had a great assortment of new and interesting books for them to discover. The class particularly enjoyed pairing up with reception children and reading to them. I must say, they took this very seriously, and were excellent reading buddies. We must do more of this. In the afternoon we took part in a BBC live lesson, along with thousands of other schools across the country.
This week we continue to use Roman stories to inspire our story writing skills. We turn from the tale of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome to other stories telling of the mysterious Sybilline books, and the tale of Diana and Orion. We will develop our use of character description, clauses and tenses. In maths we continue to work with decimals, and learn about rounding decimals to the nearest whole number.
In our Roman topic we learn about the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar, and the events following. We will learn about Boudicaa, and the uprising against Roman rule and what followed.
On Friday we are having our next forest day, and then next week comes our residential at Hindleap Warren. Please do contact me with any last minute questions. The children are excited about the trip, with of course some worries-it's a big step for many children staying away from home for the first time. But once the trip gets underway I find that the children usually forget their worries amidst the excitement of the activities.
Monday March 4th
This week in maths we continue our work with fractions and decimals. We'll be finding out what happens when we divide a number by 10 or 100. In English we will be learning how to vary our sentence starters, and write dialogue. We'll use the stories of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome, and the story of Philemon and Baucis as our inspiration.
In history we learn about the tough life of a roman soldier, and also what education was like in roman times.
Sorry, I can't upload spellings as our server is down at the moment.
Monday February 25th
We had a very busy science week, learning all about different types of bridges, and how to improve our model making skills. The children loved the challenge of the model making!
This half term the Ancient Romans will be a focus for much of our work. In history we will learn of the Roman invasion of Britain, and as weeks go by we will find out about architecture, soldiers, religion, entertainment, Julius Caesar, Boudicaa ...and much more.
This first week back, in our english work we will use Roman myths as a starting point. We will be learning about tense, clauses and adverbials, and along the way will hear stories of the Olympian gods.
In maths we return to decimals and fractions. This week we will learn how to find decimal equivalents of tenths and hundredths.
In history, we will use our maps of Europe to see how large the Roman empire became. We will also learn about the incredible building skills of the Romans, and look at their recipe for concrete!
Please ensure your child has a properly stocked pencil case, and PE kit ready for the start of this new half term. With our Hindleap trip coming up soon it promises to be a very busy, exciting and enjoyable time.
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.