I just wanted to say how awesome the children were for our Harvest Celebration this morning. They sang their socks off, signed beautifully to the new song 'Let's Harvest' and performed our class song, Alphabet Harvest, with enthusiasm. Below are a couple of pictures- I'm sorry there's not more, but my camera hates me! (Sorry I can't upload any pictures because the internet in the classroom is so poor this evening. Will try at home.)
Monday 19th October
We are nearly there! An eight week, marathon first half term is almost over! On Wednesday, we will be having our Harvest Celebration via zoom.The children have prepared 2 songs to sing with the rest of the school and one that's just ours- called 'Alphabet Harvest'. I will endeavour to take some photos on the day itself so that you can all share in the fun.
This week, I will not be setting any spellings or times tables to learn as we only have 4 days. I've set a couple of assignments on spelling/maths shed- maths, one that summarises some times tables work we've done, and Spelling- some general vocabulary spelling work.
In our English lessons this week, we will be completing our BFG giant reports, which the class have been very excited about. I've just finished marking the first half of them and they've managed to scare me!! In maths this week, we'll be working on formal addition, with one or more column exchanges. We'll also be continuing our work on internet safety and finishing off some learning about sound for science. Hopefully, there will also be some time to complete some mountain-related art that we began on Friday.
Have a great week. I look forward to catching up with parents and carers on zoom during the week and am really hoping the technology will be on our side! Happy new week.
Monday 12th October
What an amazing day we had in the forest on Friday! It was lovely to see them being reunited with the concept of forest school and we were so lucky with the weather. Photos below!
This week, we'll be completing our work on place value in maths (mnmnmnmmmmmmmmmmm - this part of the webpage was written by Luna!) by learning about negative numbers. We'll then move on to addition and subtraction.
In English, we are working towards writing our own information text about giants. We will be learning about effective headings/subheadings, tenses and a few other important features before making our own notes from a combination of information from the BFG and our own wonderful imaginations. Last we learnt to use mind maps to organise notes so we will use this technique when planning.
Our science work will continue this week, look at how wind instruments work and how they change pitch. I have some surprising musical instruments to show them!
In PE we are putting together our own can can dances which I hope to video quite soon so that you can see them. It has been great fun.
We also need to learn our contribution to the Harvest assembly (a song of course- it is me!). Busy week.
A reminder that last week's spelling/tables tests are Monday and then we'll do this week's on Friday as normal.
I won't be testing spellings and tables in the last week of term.
have a great week, Miss Carter
Monday 5th October
I hope none of you have been washed away during the weekend! I have been battling with a grumpy cat for most of the weekend- she's not happy about the indoor life!
This week is exciting, because we have our first trip to the Forest on Friday. If you haven't been in contact with Mrs Hardisty re. transport, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you in advance to all those helping in this way- we couldn't have these amazing days without your help. I think, given the rain, wellies will be required. We have some on the 'welly wall' in school if you are lacking- no promises on correct sizes but we'll try.
Due to our forest trip, this week's spelling and gruesome grid times tables test will be moved to the following Monday, 12th October. Spelling are found below this message. The focus times table this week is the 8x table (Mrs Bennett's group 4x and 8x- we will test you on the 4x). This week, we continue our work on place value in maths, looking at comparing and ordering 4 digit numbers, followed by rounding to the nearest thousand and counting in steps of 25.
In English, we continue using the BFG as inspiration but this time, moving on to non-fiction, information texts. I will use an amazing scrapbook/information book called 'The Gloriumptious World of Roald Dahl' to help us. We'll be identifying the features of info texts, comparing texts and learning how to mindmap. We'll finish on Thurs by learning a text about mysterious creature called the 'sneaglegator' off by heart.
In addition, we'll carry on our work on physical maps in our topic work and begin looking at internet safety in computing. We will continue creating our own cancan dances in PE. There will be no outdoor PE on Thurs, as we will be walking miles in the forest on Friday!
Assignments have been set for for the week to appear tomorrow on spelling shed/maths shed.
Have a great week.
What an awesome week we've had. To top it off, we've won the spelling shed league this week! Woo hoo!
A few pupils are having trouble getting on to maths shed. If you are using apple/kindle/anroid devices, there's a separate app for maths shed that I think is free (I checked just now). If you are having problems finding it or getting on to maths shed, let me know. You could always send me a picture/screen shot of the issue so that I can ask the helpdesk at Edshed for help.
Their BFG stories written over the last 2 days are amazing!
Monday 28th September
Wow- week 5 of the term! The class have worked hard over the last week. It was great to 'see' so many of you at the coffee morning. If you have any further questions, please do ask. A reminder that the LGFL virtual classroom is not being used day to day work/homework etc. It is being set up in the unlikely event that we go into a class/bubble/local/national lockdown. We've sent passwords now so that we can ensure it works in good time and so that we can test it- watch out for a test document coming soon.
This week, we'll be continuing our work on the BFG, with some important grammar learning on fronted adverbials. We'll be writing our own stories about the BFG's visit to Dormansland (didn't you hear about it?) . In maths, we will be continuing our work on 4 digit numbers, looking at partitioning and number lines, followed by counting in steps of 10, 100 and 1000. This week's focus times table in the 6x table. In science, we'll be continuing to work on sound- with an initial lesson on pitch- and in topic we will study physical maps and what they show us about Europe.
I have set assignments on both spelling shed and maths shed. Maths shed- I've focused on the 6x table, as they will be tested on this on Friday.
Spellings for this week are below.
Another week begins! The children in Emerald class are settling in to Year 4 really well.
Today, I have introduced them to their first set of spellings for the year. These will always be handed out on a Monday and tested on Friday, except on Forest weeks. Below is a document containing the spellings, and I have given them a spelling slip to bring home. These spellings have also been set as an assignment on Spelling Shed. Hopefully the new logins work- please let me know if not.
We will also be having a times tables 'quiz' every Friday, based for now on a specific table we've been working on in class. After a while, we will move to the children choosing their own times table to work on. This week, we are looking at the 4x table. This will be tested via a Gruesome Grid every Friday.
This week, we will be taking a look at Roman Numerals up to 100 in maths, before revisiting rounding to 10/100 in a problem solving context and beginning to look at 4 digit numbers. In English, we will continue using the BFG to learn about writing accurate and interesting direct speech. In science, we will continue our practical investigations into sound and discover what happens when a sound is made. In PE, we will continue our work on lacrosse, looking at how to catch a ball. We will also begin to learn about European dance in PE. We will also have our first music lesson on the year, listening and responding to a piece of music that has quite a lot to do with this term's topic.
Phew- busy week! Take care.
Monday 14th September
Just a note to say that I will begin sending spellings home to be learnt from next week, once the Spelling Shed passwords have been reset. This week we will work on spelling rules in class.
Additionally, please could parents/carers sign reading diaries once a week where indicated? Many thanks.
Friday 11th September
Afternoon everybody! It has been a fantastic week in Emerald class and I have really enjoyed getting to know the class and seeing them getting on enthusiastically with their learning. They've also shown me what good friends they all are and their personalities are shining through. We had a fire drill today and their behaviour was absolutely exemplary. Well done!
We have been working on a wonderful book this week, alongside the whole school, called 'Once Upon an Ordinary School Day'. They've done some drama, learnt some of the book off by heart, examined characters' feelings and so much more. Today we rounded off the week by writing a diary entry which was done very well. We've been spending the week in maths thinking about some of the 'big ideas' that will help us in maths, such as : everyone can learn maths to a high level, Mistakes are powerful, depth is more important than speed. We have worked on some puzzles and investigations using both numbers and shapes. We've also started to learn how to play lacrosse in PE and begun to think about our topic: location, Location, Location. We've also done a little bit of music, inspired by the Ordinary School day book.
Next week we start a new book for English: The BFG. We'll begin by looking at how to write speech and how to add detail to description. In maths, we will look at place value in larger numbers. We will continue to work on our Location, Location, Location topic, with an introduction to European Countries, as well as finishing some art we began related to mountains.
It's going to be a great week!
PS Below is something I wrote this PM when we were talking about what the children were proud of this week.
Well how much fun was day one back at school? If the children in Emerald Class are feeling anything like their teacher this evening, they may be a bit sleepy. I'm trying to be very gentle but it was a huge (and fun!) shock to the system today! It was so lovely to see all their smiling faces and to watch them playing happily with their friends. It's great to be back!
We spent some time today talking about how to keep everyone safe and the children have been brilliant at following the guidance. I think we've already used industrial quantities of hand sanitiser. Tomorrow, we will talk about our class charter (I prefer that to 'rules'), where we'll think about our rights and responsibilities in school. I will put a photo of the agreed charter on here as soon as I can.
Over the next few days, you will receive you Welcome letter for the term, with details of topics, home learning expectations, PE days etc.
I'm going to send reading books home by the end of the week, based on Year 3 assessment information. If the book is too hard for your child, please let me know and we'll change it. I will be carrying out informal reading assessments next week which will help me to get the level right. Bare with me.
I look forward to meeting you all either in person or virtually soon.
Don'f forget that if you need to contact me, you can do so on email@example.com or telephone the school and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Regards, Miss Carter
PS Picture below is of my trusty sidekick, Patch the bear, who has been working with me for 20 years this year!
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