Monday February 10th
This last week of this half term is Science week. Each class will be exploring a different environmental topic. Our class will be focussing on energy, and over the week we will learn about fossil fuels and about renewable energy sources. We'll learn about how electricity is produced by using a dynamo, and also about solar, wind and wave energy production. On Friday at 2-45 parents are invited to come and see what's been going on around the school.
Our maths work on fractions is well under way, and this week we will continue and develop our work in writing and comparing fractions and in finding equivalent fractions. Our geography topic has now ended, after a visit to the deserts of Spain and the glaciers of France. We've painted trains passing through the Alps, had a try at Swedish traditional art, and on Friday we learnt about the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and tried to make a version of his cockerel using oil pastels.
Monday February 3rd
In english lessons this week we will explore the theme of bullying using a short animation 'For the birds'. Along the way we will work to improve our persuasive writing skills. In maths we leave our study of area, and now begin to explore the mathematical challenges of fractions.
Our geography lessons take us to a desert in Spain and to glaciers of France.
Monday January 27th
In literacy this week we will continue to develop our skills using the short animation 'Taking Flight'. Last week we explored characters and settings, and learnt about writing dialogue and using prepositions. In our maths lessons we now move away from division, and start to explore area, beginning by counting squares and then moving on to more formal ways of calculation.
In our geography lessons we learn about the water cycle, and followed the River Rhine from source to mouth. Along the way we learnt about why the Rhine is such an important European river, and also why tourists love to visit. This week we travel to the snowy north and learn about Sweden, the vast snowy forests, and the Sami reindeer herders. We then travel south and visit the warm and sunny land of Greece.
We had a great day at the forest last Friday. Lisa set us the task of clearing a piece of land, using the fallen and cut branches to create a fence around the area. The children loved to be so busy. In the afternoon the children selected wood for a wand, and then whittled their wood to create a nice finish.
As the school server is down again, I'll attach homework on Monday.
Monday 20th January
This week we will continue our new work looking at division, and tackling the tricky problem of remainders. In english we move from the jungle to the air, as we go on an adventure in the skies to polish our writing skills. We have travelled from the Netherlands to Switzerland learning about amazing feats of engineering along the way. This week we begin our journey in the Alps and follow the course of the mighty River Rhine.
This Friday is our first trip to the forest. Don't forget, our meeting about the forthcoming Hindleap Warren trip takes place in the classroom after school tomorrow. If you can't make it, don't worry, I'll get the paperwork to you.
Monday 13th January
We had a great first week back, with the children eager to learn and lots of hard work and play.
This week in maths we continue to investigate multiplication. In english lessons we will continue with the story 'Ride of Passage' , exploring types of sentences, conjunctions and exciting story writing. Our geography work takes us to the Netherlands and then Switzerland this week.
On Monday 20th January there will be a meeting in our classroom to discuss our forthcoming Hindleap Warren trip. We'll start at about 3-25, and I'll give you information about the trip and a few forms that need completing. Don't worry if you can't make it. I will get forms to you.
TUESDAY JANUARY 7TH
A Happy New Year to all of you. It was lovely to see so many of you in our classroom for our little concert. Thank you so much for the card and gifts. Your positive messages and kind thoughts are really appreciated.
We start this new term with our English lessons based around an exciting story 'ride of passage'. We will continue to explore and develop our creative writing skills. In maths we begin by developing formal methods for multiplication. Our geography work will take us on a tour of Europe, travelling from the flat Netherlands to the high Alps, and journeying along the mighty River Rhine. We will travel from the snowy forests of Sweden to the hot islands of Greece, and from the icy glaciers of the French Alps to the burning deserts of Spain.We start this week by looking at the shape of the land, discovering the mountains and seas of Europe.
Maths and spelling homework start on Monday January 13th. A homework overview is attached below.
Many children don't have an old shirt or apron for art lessons. It's essential unless you'd like your children to return from school in multi-coloured clothes.
Children need a small pencil case with a pencil, centimetre ruler and a pencil sharpener. Those who now use a pen should have their pen safely in their pencil case.
I'm looking forward to another exciting new term with the class. As always, you can contact me by email with any questions using the link below.
In spite of the terrible bug going around the school, the children have been working hard right up until the end of this long term. I'm very pleased with the progress we've made this term, and your children really do deserve a holiday.
This week we have our Carol concert at St John's church on Tuesday morning, please do come along and sing with us! In the afternoon we will have our class party, so children can bring their party clothes in a bag and change at lunch time. On Wednesday at 2-45 the class hope to see you in our room where we will share some festive music and poetry, and you can have a glimpse of some of our artwork.
On Thursday children can bring in games as long as no electricity is involved! We will be tidying up our room, packing everything ready to go home. In the afternoon there will be a certificate assembly. Then that's it for this term.
I'd like to thank all of the adults who've supported me this term. Mrs Bennett and Mrs Gault, Mrs Wood and Mrs Lochhead have all been amazing. And thank you parents for your encouraging words and support. I look forward to seeing your children raring to go again on TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY.
I wish you all a peaceful and Happy Christmas.
Dear parents of Emerald Class,
We invite you to our classroom on Wednesday December 18th at 2-45 for a small Christmas celebration. We’ll share our Christmas music and show off some of our art work from this term. We look forward to seeing you.
Mr Pritchard and Emerald Class.
Monday December 9th
In english this week we follow the story of a robin trying to find its winter home. Using a short video as our starter, we will polish our story writing and descriptive writing skills. In maths we are continuing our work on multiplication and division. We will continue with our Christmas art projects and we'll be woorking hard to prepare for the Carol concert at the church next week.
Monday December 2nd
Advent is here, and now we are preparing for our carol concert for the last week of term. Art week went very well, we are in the middle of making our recorder cases, learning running stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch, and our oil pastel works look amazing. Friendship day was lovely as always, with the children split up and spending the morning in different classrooms, working together to help make our building look festive in the run up to Christmas.
This week in maths we are looking at multiplication and division, learning how to multiply and divide by multiples of 10. In english lessons we continue to hear Old Testament stories. We reach the story of Noah's ark this week. We wil be learning how to describe setting carefully using a range of sentence starters. We will also be learning about clauses and trying to distinguish main and subordinate clauses.
Monday November 25th
This week is ART WEEK, and we will be exploring the world of oil pastels, colour mixing and fabric. We'll be making recorder cases, and we'll explore the art of Silvia Silberzweig and Paul Klee. Thursday is friendship day, when children fro all classes work together to make our school look Christmassy. We will continue maths lessons, working on solving addition and subtraction two step problems.
On Friday we go to the forest.
There will be no homework set this week.
Monday November 18th
This week in english lessons we continue to hear old testament stories and legends, and learn about writing in the role of different characters. We will continue working on descriptive writing and continue to develop our understanding of paragraphs..
In maths we have tackled column addition and have moved on to column subtraction. We will continue with this in this coming week, looking also at estimation, and developing skills in checking our work.
In science we are looking at a range of wind, string and percussion instruments and looking at how sound is produced. We are exploring how to change pitch and volume.
Monday November 11th
Our first week back went very well, and the children showed themselves off at their very best while OFSTED inspectors were here on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In maths this week we make a start looking at addition, reviewing the strategies we've previously used, and moving to the use of column addition. We will the do the same for subtraction.
In english we will continue to use old testament stories to inspire our writing. We will be learning about adjectives, similes and metaphor, about how to use speech punctuation and how to use paragraphing.
In our science lessons we will be finding out more about how sounds are produces, and how this relates to a range of musical instruments.
See below for this week's spellings. Maths homework is on paper sheet which I'll hand out on Monday.
Children have all now been given information on how to log into the 'times tables rockstars' website. On Friday they should all have brought home an information sheet with user names and passwords.
Monday November 4th
Welcome back! This week in maths the class will be exploring issues around money. Throughout the week we'll learn about different aspects of money including banks, saving and budgeting. We'll be exploring scenarios where we need to think carefully and make choices.
In our english lessons we'll be writing stories and exploring different points of view. We'll also be polishing our descriptive writing skills . I will be telling the children many of the fantastic ancient stories from the old testament and from Hebrew legends. This week we begin with stories of the creation.
In science we will be learning about sound, and how different sounds are produced. We'll listen to many mystery sounds, and try to recognise them . This week will explore singing glasses and musical bottles and learn how a glockenspiel produces sounds.
Maths homeworks are only available as paper copies this half term.
Monday October 21st
In this last week before half term we will continue and finish our work on houses around the world. We will learn about log cabins, Venetian palaces, French chateaus and half timbered houses such as you can see in East Grinstead. Along the way we will continue to develop our explanatory skills.
In maths we finish our work on ordering and rounding larger numbers and attempt a range of problems using them. Our weaving projects continue, with children gaining real confidence in this detailed work.
Parent consultations are on Wednesday and Thursday after school and our Junior harvest celebration is at the Baptist church on Wednesday morning. I look forward to seeing you there.
Monday October 14th
In english lessons this week we will be practising our explanatory skills. Through our houses topic we will be trying to find reasons for the great variety of types of houses around the world, and we will be learning how to write careful explanations. Along the way we will learn about adobe houses in Mexica, houses on stilts in Chile and yurts in Mongolia. In clay modelling we will try to make an adobe village. Our weaving project is continuing nicely, with children really developing their confidence with this fine work. In maths we be learning how to round numbers , and we will continue to use the skills we're developing with place value to solve a range of problems.
Do remember that parent consultations are coming up the week after this. Do sign up if you haven't already. I look forward to seeing you then.
Monday October 7th
We had a great day in the forest on Friday. Thank you so much Mr Webster and Mrs Quinn for coming along and helping. It's always lovely to see the children so engaged and so happy being 'out in nature'.
This week in our housebuilding topic we learn about the work of the plumber, the electrician, the plasterer and gardener. Along the way we will learn how to use titles, subtitles, paragraphs, captions and labels in presenting our written work.
In maths this week we will be ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000. We will continue our weaving, with some children now at the stage of taking their work off the loom.
Monday September 30th
This week in english we move away from storytelling and story writing, and start to look at homes and housebuilding. In this first week we will look at how houses are built, and explore how many different people are involved, working together to create a finished home. This week we look at the work of architects, builders, bricklayers, and carpenters. This work will hopefully inspire our english lessons as we learn more about how to write information texts.
In maths we continue to look at place value, learning to recognise the place value of each digit in 4 digit numbers. We will also be learning how to order and compare larger numbers.
Our weaving projects continue, with children now learning how to finish off and remove their weavings from their card loom. We will be using clay to model houses, learning about concave and convex forms.
On Friday we will spend the day at the Ashdown Forest. Please do let me know if you'd like to help.
Monday September 23rd
This week in english we have our final week of 'The King of Ireland's Son'. We will continue our work on story writing, and along the way keep working on dialogue, paragraphs, adverbs and description. In maths we are focussing on place value, finding ways to represent 4 digit numbers, and then exploring what happens when we count backwards and include negative numbers.
We will continue our weaving project using card looms that we set up last week.
Monday September 16th
This week we begin a fresh look at place value in maths. We'll investigate multiples of 6, 7, 25 and 1000. We will also be exploring different ways to represent numbers, and be finding ways to find 1,10,100 and 100 more or less than any number. I feel that our maths introduction in the first week went very well, and it's encouraging to hear the children using language such as 'growth mindset, mistakes help you learn, and my brain is growing when I make mistakes and have a go'. One of my favourites, 'It's not speed that is important, but deep thinking', and we'll keep returning to this over the course of this term.
In english lessons we continue using the story of 'The King of Ireland's Son' to inspire our writing. This week we will continue to look at ways to write interesting and varied sentence starters, and we will be creating storyboards, mapping out the plot of a story, and then writing our final story.
This week we will start our weaving projects, learning how to make 'eyes of God' using wood and wool. We'll then move onto using weaving boards to create more complicated pieces. These activities are fantastic for developing general coordination and detailed hand -eye coordination. The skills we learn here will support our work with drawing more complicated forms, perfecting our handwriting, and developing our thinking skills.
French started last Friday, and lessons will be each Friday morning with Mrs Wood.
Children did well to remember to bring in their first homework on Friday. This week's maths and spelling homework can be found using the link below.
See links below for this term's spelling bee. See also the 'reading stars ' link. Miss Carter has set a new challenge for this term. There are bookmarks and lottery tickets to win if a child completes all their reading targets this half term (ie read at least 4 times at home each week, and get parents to sign their reading diary). There are also lottery tickets given weekly if a child completes on of the star reading tasks. At half term a prize draw will be held.
On Thursday 19th September there is a Year 3 and 4 parent information session in the school hall at 9am for half an hour. Do come along if you can. It will be for me to say a proper hell, and for you to ask any questions about this new term at school. Of course, there will be no time for detailed talks about your children. If you would like to talk to me about your child please don't hesitate to email me following the link below, or contact the school office.
Monday September 9th
We had a lovely couple of days starting this new school year. Children are keen to learn and very enthusiastic. I've used string games to 'wake up' our hands and minds to finer detail, and these have proved very popular.
In this first full week back we will continue our introduction to maths. The aim is to focus on helping the children to see that we can all be good at maths, and we have already learnt that our brain is growing, and that, most importantly, making mistakes is a key to success. Each time we make a mistake our brain makes more connections and grows. Mistakes are great! This week we continue with the theme of making mistakes, and also we'll be considering the power of 'believing in yourself' and the important role this has on our learning. Later in the week we'll be thinking about speed in maths, and learning that 'speed is not important'. We'll finish this series of lessons looking at how we think about maths visually. These activities are taking place across the school in these first days back, and will help children to see that there's much more to maths than getting the 'right' answer!
In English lessons we will continue to use the story 'The King of Ireland's Son' to inspire and inform our work. We have looked again at the need for a confident joined handwriting style, and we then looked at how we can identify and use nouns, verbs and adjectives in our work. This week we will explore adverbs and 'adverbials', dialogue and speech punctuation, similes, and different ways to make our sentence openings have more of a zing.
We will continue our work on speech and poetry, which helps us wake up in the morning, and we are building up our recorder skills with new pieces. Our first philosophy lesson is this Friday, and French also starts this week.
In PE we are playing team building games- games requiring cooperation and imagination. We have made a start learning about colour families and colour mixing, and this week we'll be working on challenging forms that we'll be drawing, shading, and putting up to start livening up our classroom walls.
The school server is out of action, so I'm unable to provide links to this weeks' homework. However, children will all be given paper copies. Tomorrow they receive spelling homework and maths homework, both should be returned to school on Friday.
Thursday September 5th
Welcome back to a new term in Emerald class!
I hope you had a wonderful summer, and that after the long break your children are ready for new challenges.
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 small 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!
Spelling homework will be sent home on Mondays and we will test ourselves on the Friday following. Children will also receive a times tables homework.
Please look on our webpage for other homework suggestions that could be completed over this term and returned to school at any time.
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.
I will put an overview of the first term’s topics on our class webpage. As always I can be contacted via email on the link at the bottom of this page. I really appreciate it when you talk to me about your children and I greatly value your support. Please do come to 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.