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Monday 10th January

Goodness- what a busy week it was last week. We began our topic with some typical Emerald class enthusiasm. This week, we continue our 'Under the sea' voyage (and yes the class do sing the song every time I say 'Under the Sea')  with a little more learning about the layers of the sea- genuinely fascinating stuff! This week is also a whole school wellbeing week, looking in particular at how we grow as people/emotionally. So we'll be looking at the idea of the 'learning pit' and taking their thinking a little further in this area. We'll also look at what mental health is and discuss some strategies for managing a range of emotions. We'll link this to our work on Zones of Regulation too. Phew! Another busy week, but with the class' enthusiasm in place, I'm sure it will be a great week. 


Below are the topic web for this term and the NEW homework grid. I will explain this to the children on Monday afternoon and give out their homework books. I'm looking forward to seeing where they take each activity. 

Have a great week.

Miss C

Useful Documents for the Spring Term

Hi everyone! Firstly, thank you all so much for the lovely cards and generous gifts that you gave to the Year 4 team at the end of term. We all felt very spoilt and special- your kindness was very much appreciated.


I hope you all had lots of fun times over the holidays. It's 2022 (!!!!!) and we're back! This term's topic is one we've not done before in Year 3 and 4- Under the Sea. Currently the class are bursting into song every time I say the topic title. Today we started the topic with a creative music/English lesson, using a fabulous book as inspiration for a storm, listening to a musical interpretation of a storm, before creating our own using first body percussion and then using instruments. It was loud but did a good job of hooking us into the topic. The topic web and homework grid for the topic will be available by the end of the week.


In maths, we will be working on multiplication and division- mentally this week and next, then written. Today, we carried out a 'finding all possibilities' investigation, with a focus on resilience and growth mindset. We looked again at the learning pit and how we can help ourselves to climb up (and therefore learn). This is something we will continually be revisiting. 


PE will start on Monday, as will reading groups, but I'd be pleased to see any completed reading diaries this week.

Welcome back, 

Miss Carter

a little musical gift we've prepared for you

Still image for this video

Monday 6th December

Nearly there! In school this week, our time will be dominated by 2 things: singing and sewing (with Eng, Maths, Science, recorders, PSHE thrown in!). We are making steady progress with sewing- Friday afternoon was amazing as we helped each other, learnt to do backstitch and there was real calm in the room- lovely! Egyptian collars we will make! The singing is in preparation for our KS2 singing- in whatever form it may be! 

In other news, the new-style after lunch reading time is going well- we've also tried using picture books , as well as magazines and comics. Lots of fun- now they complain when reading time ends- mostly because they have to put their shoes on!

Have a great week, Miss C


PS Tables tests and spelling tests are as normal this week. We are studying the 9x and divide by 9 tables- I will ensure the class know which one tomorrow.

Mrs Pollard has created another online game this week on TTRS. Please join in so that we can win!

Monday 29th November

It's going to be December this week!!! I have allowed myself the first in-house screening of 'Elf' this weekend, in honour of advent Sunday- I hope you all enjoy the start of the festive season. I'm aware there are quite a few Emerald birthdays first however.smiley


This week, we have the start of Christmas at Dormansland, with the Infant Nativity taking place. We are watching a dress rehearsal by zoom on Wednesday I believe. We will also be working hard on our songs for the KS2 Carol Service at the church. 


In English, we'll be planning and writing our newspaper articles based on the short movie 'Black Hole'. In maths, we'll be finishing off our work on length and perimeter and beginning a unit that's in 2 parts (2nd part in January) based on multiplication and division. This week, we'll look at multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. 


We will also continue with our recorder lessons (I'm determined to get us all playing Jingle Bells before the big day!) and slightly belatedly, our new science topic of electricity. 


In other news, I will be introducing the children to 'Zones of Regulation' this week. The ideas behind this are becoming akey part of our behaviour strategies in school. 

This concept teaches a variety of social-emotional skills to children, starting with early emotional skills and advancing on to self-regulation and navigating social situations..

Here are some skills taught during The Zones of Regulation:

  • Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones (more on this below)
  • Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
  • Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why
  • Coping strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
  • Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
  • Expected behavior vs unexpected behavior: This also covers perspective taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you

I'm quite excited by this new whole-school initiative and the potential it holds


Have a great week,

Miss C


PS. 'A  Boy Called Christmas' is LITERALLY the best Christmas book I've ever read. I've often read it to year 3/4 classes and (maybe I've been a bit asleep) I've just discovered it's out at the cinema! 

Here are the spellings for Monday- I've had a few requests for repeat word lists so II thought this would be easier.

Monday 22nd November

I hope you've all had a good weekend and managed to enjoy the sunshine today. This week is a short one thanks to the INSET day on Friday so there's a lot to cram in. We are continuing with our learning about newspaper reports in English, using the short film 'Black Hole' that was introduced last week. We love the film and have made all sorts of predictions re the sequel as well as  choosing some headlines for our future newspaper reports. In maths, we will be looking at calculating the perimeter of various shapes using a range of units. We will continue our DT work by designing our Egyptian collars and continuing our learning about different stitches in sewing. 

It's also positive culture week so we'll be building on the themes that are introduced in assembly at various points during the week. 


I've just organised my odd socks for tomorrow- look forward to seeing everyone's crazy feet- apparently we may be asked to wave our feet in assembly!?!?


Have a great week, 

Miss C

PS Spellings will be tested next Monday 29th in lieu of Friday and times tables will be next Friday 3rd December (how on Earth did December come along that quickly!?)

Monday 15th November

Welcome to 'The Arts' week- art, music, drama and creativity combined. We will still be doing some maths and English lessons, but linking where possible to the theme of Contrast. This started from the idea of monochrome in art, but we will also think about contrasts in music and photography. Friday is friendship day, which means paint/glitter/glue/mess. Please remember to bring in painting aprons.

I gave spellings out today and I will also be asking the children to learn their 4x or divide by 4 tables. This week's maths shed assignment relates to this. We will also be continuing with our recorder lessons this week. 

Have a great week! 

Miss C

Ashdown Forest 12 Nov - a wet start but we survived thanks to collective positivity!

Monday 8th November

A great week last week, despite the multiple changes and possibility of feeling unsettled. The class adapted brilliantly and we had a great week. Probably our proudest moment was showing that we could play 3 pretty presentable notes on the recorder. They are being both disciplined and determined in these lessons and I'm having a great time! 


This week, we will continue on our sewing quest, alongside designed our Egyptian neckwear (wesekh collar apparently!) and we will continue learning about the internet and research as part of our digital literacy learning. We will also look at maintaining positive relationships (PSHE), our topic learning will look at the geography of Egypt and the importance of the River Nile, reading workshop will have a poetry focus. In maths, we begin a topic looking at length and perimeter. In English, we will continue our learning about varying sentence structure to help us to write our Egyptian Cinderella stories from a range of perspectives.

Have a great week everyone,

Miss C

Tuesday 2nd November

Just a couple of things whilst I think about them: firstly, we were delayed on our return from swimming today which meant that the end of the day was rather hurried. If anyone has misplaced spellings, they are below this message. There's also a spelling shed assignment on the words. Secondly, I will tell the children this tomorrow, but our times tables focus is back to the 3s- those who were 'masters' last time need to learn the divide by 3 table. All will be revealed but our maths shed assignment reflects this. 


Monday 1st November

 I wonder what time this year's Emeralds all got up yesterday after the clock change? My cat demanded her tea at 4:00! Anyway, I hope you've had a good half term and have managed to get outdoors, dodging the showers. I have enjoyed the autumn leaves and am looking forward to seeing what the class make of the usually plentiful supply of leaves on the playground.


This term, we continue with our 'Walk Like an Egyptian' topic'. In English, we will initially be working on a text called 'The Egyptian Cinderella' and in maths we will be concluding our unit of work on addition and subtraction, starting with an investigation followed by some work on efficient subtraction, using estimation and checking answers. We will be concluding our science topic by looking at the idea of volume and sound waves, as well as distance from the sound source.  Our study of the Egyptians will take a DT focus- sewing! We're going to make Egyptian neck decorations similar to a wesekh collar but made out of felt. We'll soon be learning stitching techniques such as a running stitch. 

Have a great week,

Miss Carter

Monday 4th October

I genuinely had to check the computer to see what the date is! The term is flying by. 


This week, we'll be moving on to information texts (Non-fiction) in English, working towards writing leaflets about the Giants in the BFG. We will be using 'The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl' as inspiration. (I've noticed that this has just been re-released, but that the 2016 version is much cheaper, if you were thinking of getting one.) In maths, we will be moving on to addition, looking firstly at mental addition before moving on to written methods. This week, our times tables focus is the 6x table. I am looking at roughly a table a week with the children. They are then tested on a Friday and if they complete a Gruesome Grid in under 90 seconds, they become a 'master', and in under 3 mins, they become a 'professional'. There will be plenty of opportunity later in the year to revisit tables at their own pace. 


I keep reminding the children to bring their reading diaries in every day, but especially on the day I check their diaries. This day  depends on which reading group they are in. Memphis= Monday Thebes= Tuesday Luxor= Wednesday   Giza=Thursday  Alexandria= Friday. It would be great to see more reading diaries being handed in.


Lots more this week, including more Egyptians learning, some more music, lacrosse small games on Monday and science learning about the ear.


Have a great week! 

Miss Carter

Monday 27th September

Can I start by saying what a fantastic day we had at the forest on Friday? Honestly, it was a great deal of fun and the children worked hard, worked together and made fantastic choices. Lots of acts of kindness, including to members of the public. Photos below.


This week, we will conclude our unit on place value in maths by learning about negative numbers and Roman Numerals, as well as counting in steps of 25. In English, we will learn about making our speech accurate and interesting, before writing a story based on the idea of the BFG coming to Dormansland. I mean- what could possibly go wrong??? We will continue learning about spotting things that are fake/scams/not quite right online in our computing lessons and take a look at a song with a rhythmic ostinato accompaniment in music. In our topic lesson we'll look at Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife and in science about how the ear works. Today we did a fab lesson on lacrosse for PE- the children are learning to throw from net to net and we turned this into some small-sided games.  


Spellings were given out today (for Friday)  and we will also be testing the 4x table on Friday (we were supposed to do the 3x today but I had printing issues to we will do this tomorrow.)


Have a great week, 

Miss C


Wednesday 22nd

What's an Inthreadible? I hear you ask....

We are in the process of changing our behaviour system in school. We have dispensed with yellow/blue/red etc and are working towards a new system. We often talk about the golden thread, so for now, in Year 4, a poor choice may mean you go onto the question mark (which is a sign you need to consider your behaviour - you will be given the chance to move back up), and a good choice/fantastic work/amazing focus etc will make you an 'Inthreadible'- Incredible choices keeping to the golden thread. This means 2 house points, plenty of praise and hopefully a message home. 

I hope that makes sense. Thank you for your patience whilst we finalise the new system.

Tuesday 21st September

Huge apologies. I've just realised I didn't set a maths shed assignment this week. I've now done it- it is a quiz-style assignment revising rounding to the nearest 10, which we covered in class a couple of weeks ago. 

Also, 'this week's' spelling test will be held next Monday due to our forest trip and on Monday, we will also carry out our first times tables test of the year- on the 3x table, as we've been looking at this in class. There's a game in the fluency section of maths shed to help with this. 

Monday 20th September

This is our fourth week together- time has flown so quickly! This week, we will be continuing our learning in English using the BFG. This week, we will write diary entries in role as Sophie and edit our writing using editing stations and purple polishing pens. In maths, we will be continuing our work on place value, looking at comparing and ordering 4 digit numbers, rounding to the nearest thousand and counting in steps of 25. In science we will look at how to change the pitch of various musical instruments, looking at the science behind these ideas. We will also continue our learning about the Egyptians and cram in some computing.


On Friday, we have our first visit to the forest. Yay! Please let Mrs Hardisty know how your child is travelling to and from the forest in good time and have a hunt for the right footwear/coat etc. 


It's going to be a great week!

Miss Carter

Spellings this week had a mistake in the final column- here is the correct sheet. I will send home on Tuesday.

On Tuesday we mummified a tomato!

Here are the instructions

Monday 13th September

Another week begins! This week, I'm sending home spellings to learn. These will come home on a Monday and be tested on a Friday. The words  are the same as their spelling shed assignments. I have also set an assignment on maths shed. Both of this week's assignments are revision of things from Year 3.

This week, we will be starting our work on the BFG in English. In maths, we'll be continuing looking at rounding and place value. We will be doing something rather weird and disgusting in our Topic lesson and continuing with our learning about sound in science. We will have our first computing lesson looking at 'Don't fall for fake' as part of our E Safety curriculum. Today is PE day, so we're about to go and try lacrosse. 


Fun times! Have a great week.

Miss Carter

Yr 3 and 4 Meet the Teacher

A helpful document with reminders about Spelling Shed

Useful documents for the start of term

Day 1- a visit to Tutankamun's tomb! With a few modern adjustments...

Welcome back everybody!

I am so looking forward to seeing you all in the morning, ready for an exciting year in Emerald class. Please remember pencil cases (containing pencils, rubber, colouring pencils, a glue stick, whiteboard pen and perhaps a ruler and a rubber), water bottles and packed lunches if that's your chosen option. This week, we will do some 'getting to know you' activities, some English and maths and make a start on our new topic-



See you all in the morning/this morning (depending on when you read this). 

Miss Carter (and Patch- the bear- who has found his school uniform!)

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