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Week 6

Great practical maths week- Well Done Chameleon Class! I can tell that you are able to budget your money carefully :)


On the last day of term, Chameleon Class will be having a class party (21st July). Children are allowed to bring in food items if they wish- one item per child.


The children seem very enthusiastic and excited about their transition next week. 


Good luck-you will be super!


Miss Bryant



Start of Term 6


Children have worked hard with writing their 'discussion text' where they have used a range of complex sentences. Keep it up!


Children have mastered 'Amounts of Fractions' this week. Well Done! 


Sports Week

Chameleon Class have shown their enthusiasm and determination in the Sports Day this

week. We definitely have some very fast runners in our class!


Remember to keep practising your spellings and times tables!


Monday- Mighty Multiples




Big Write topic for week 4:  Write a newspaper article



Miss Bryant




A fantastic finish to Term 5! 

Thank you to all of the parents who came in for the parent day! It was really nice for  your children to show off all their learning capabilities  which have progressed throughout the year!


We all deserved our refreshing ice lollies on a very hot last day!


Have a lovely break and see you in Term 6!

Miss Bryant




Term 5-Week 4

Children have been doing a great job with collecting their values points this week-especially

with collecting 'pride' points. Keep it up Chameleon Class!

English- Some amazing adventure stories. Children have shown that they can use planning

to help them structure a clear and exciting story with a range of figurative language!

Maths- Addition and Subtraction. There has been a significant focus on using the 'inverse'

with empty box questions. Children have developed an effective strategy for this.

PE- Great Rounders session! We have been developing our fielding skills.


Big Write talk topic: 'Diary Entry from Kensuke's Kingdom.' Children could discuss the different

character's personality traits and emotions.


Looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday for the maths and English sessions!


Miss Bryant :)


Term 5-Week 3

English- Chameleon Class have produced some fantastic planning to support them with their adventure story next week. If children could continue to mind map any figurative language devices or descriptive language over the weekend- that would be useful!

Maths- Children have become very confident with quadrilaterals and symmetry. We have had

great fun learning our quadrilateral song!

Spellings- Please make sure children are practising their spellings- well done to all of the children who are already doing this! 

Swimming- Remember swimming is Wed pm- please make sure your child brings their swimming costume.


Keep up the hard work!

Miss Bryant


Swimming-Term 5

During Term 5, Chameleon Class will be swimming.  If you think you could help please let

me know. You do need to have a DBS check- please pop in if you are unsure whether you have

one :) 


Thank you!

Miss Bryant


Week 5

Maths- We have learning about fractions and decimals. Children were very confident with

calculating amounts of fractions.  Additionally, converting tenths and  hundredths to fractions. If children could revise equivalent decimals of 1/2, 1/4 and 2/4 that would be fantastic!


English- Children have been working extremely hard on writing with suspense.  We have been

developing our understanding on how description, action and dialogue can be used for effect.


We all had a great time with our run for Red Nose Day. All children managed to do 10 laps around the playground- well done Chameleon Class!


Talk topic for week 6- "Write a letter to Varjak Paw". 



Keep it up!


Miss Bryant

Week 2, 3 and 4 


Children have created some fantastic pieces of work during Word Book Day- I was very impressed with their captivating stories. Well Done Chameleon Class!


Also, the children had a fantastic time last week during Roman day. We all have enjoyed dressing up and the children were amazing listeners and asked a lot of interesting questions.



 Mathematics-over the last few weeks, we have been learning about the 24 hour clock. 

It would be great if children could continue to practise this as well as their Mighty Multiples. If you would like your children to do any extra learning at home- feel free to pop in and see me :)


English- we have been continuing with reading the book Varjak Paw. Children have been including all the different newspaper techniques such as using engaging sentence openers.

Please make sure children are practising spellings and reading at home too. I am always looking out for my star readers!


Week 5 Talk Topic is: "Choose a free write genre around a topic of Red Nose Day." 



Would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for a superb parents' evening. If you have not already seen me- feel free to pop in!



Many Thanks


Miss Bryant.


Week 1 Round Up


The children started back in class really well and we had a good first week in class. 

We have enjoyed starting our class book, Varjak Paw, which seems to have caught our attention straight away. 


A change that we have made this week to make you aware off: 


Spellings Day will now be Friday for the test and new spellings to come home


This fits in better with our time table for this term, hope it does not cause any confusion at home. 


This coming week: 

  • Return letters and contributions for Roman Day please (letters went home last week) 
  • Thursday - World Book Day - dressing up as a Hero from book/comic book


P.E Kit - please note we had to send a lot of children out side to PE in their school shoes due to lack of PE shoes and kits. Please send the children in with suitable kits for outside PE including shoes. We are lucky enough to have the coach and it is a shame not to make the most of this opportunity. 


As always please let me know if you have any questions or if need to discuss your child. 



Miss Bryant






Chameleon Class have collected Chameleon points and have earned a class treat this

Friday 24th Feb.

-Children can take a bag with spare clothes in order to change during the afternoon.

-They can take 1 food item in if they wish.


Looking forward to dancing!

Miss Bryant :)


Term 4 - Welcome Back! 


Wow it's Term 4 already! This time we have 7 weeks in school then it will be the Easter Holiday. 


It will be a busy time so please keep an eye on the notice board in the window for more information on any whole school events and regularly ask your child for any notes or letters from school. We know they don't always pass things on so please do ask if you feel you are missing things... 


Our class book for Term 4 is Varjak Paw by SF Said, this is a tale of a cat who has to learn how to unlock his cat skills to survive in the city. We are writing newspapers based on the story in the first 3 week of term, then will write poems and then our own story, based on the ideas in the book. The book is widely available in shops, on line or at the library. 


We will also be holding a Roman Day this term - letter to come home shortly. We will have a Roman Feast Day at the end of this term too. 


We are going to be using the new 3D printer for design and making of a range of items - watch this space, its very exciting. 


We are also lucky enough to have Google Expeditions coming into school for a virtual reality experience - I am so excited. The Google Team don't visit many schools so we are really lucky to have been selected. 



Spellings should come home in the BLUE spellings book on a Thursday. They are stuck in by the children and we have been running this system since September so it should be working. Just in case you are not getting them, the full document of the spellings for this term is attached. Hopefully that way there can be no escape from spellings homework. surprise


Times Tables (Mighty Multiples)

The sheet your child has completed in sent home on Friday and we test on a Monday. Children need to get really confidence with multiplication tables and the division facts so please do work on this at home. We have lots of ideas if you get stuck at home, there are also lots of ideas online. If you reach a times tables sticking point please let us know and we can come up with some ideas to help. 


Reading Books

Reading book and the yellow reading record should come home to you each night. We ask that you hear your child read at least 4 times a week or engage in book talk. If you can record in the yellow book the children get a raffle ticket as a reward, these go into our weekly draw for a small prize. Any problems with Reading please let us know. 


Big Write

This will take place each Friday, the topics are display on the Year 4 notice board but in case you don't get to see them here is the list for the term: 


Week 1 - A Newspaper report about your week

Week 2 - a fantasy story, this will be based on our planning work on World Book Day

Week 3 - Inset day (10th March) so no big write

Week 4 - Science Week - a piece of writing about what we have learnt and done in science week

Week 5 - Red Nose Day, free choice for the children to write on the this topic in any style

Week 6 - A letter either to or from Varjak Paw, based on our reading of the book

Week 7 - A book review of Varjak Paw, what did we think of the book. 



We have the coach again this term and so PE will be outside. Children need PE shoes and warm clothes on a THURSDAY.  Indoor PE is on a TUESDAY. Kit should all be named and can stay in school on your child's peg. Please do try to get a kit into school as it causes the children some worry when they don't have the right kit in school. 


As always please let us know if you have any problems or with anything that is going well! 


Happy Term 4! 


Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant

Term 3-Week 2 Review

Mathematics- This week we have been developing and revising our understanding of the multiplication 'expanded method' or the  'compact method' which a lot of children have significantly improved. Children who have been practising their Mighty Multiples have shown off their multiplication skills during this week so well done-Keep it up!


English- Children have written a non-chronological report on how the Romans used to travel. They all planned and wrote interesting reports using the non-chronological features and sentence openers.  


Talk Topic: Character and setting description of Flavia


We are looking forward to our class assembly this Friday at 2:30!


Miss Bryant and Miss Cripps


Term 3-Week 1 Review


It was lovely hearing about your amazing Christmas holiday and all the exciting things you have been up to!


Great start with your mathematics this week! Children have shown fantastic understanding

with addition, subtraction and finding 1000 more and 1000 less. We just need more practise with the empty box questions a little more- but don't worry we will come back to this!


English- Children have enjoyed starting their new book for the Term- 'The Secrets of Vesuvius.'

which is a historical novel based on our topic for this Term..... THE ROMANS! If children have

the opportunity to do some extra learning and research at home- it would be super if they could bring their learning in!


Monday: Mighty Multiples ,Thursday: Spelling test and Friday: Review on reading at home-Star Readers will be rewarded!


PE will be on Tuesday and Friday- So double check  you have your PE kit ready for those days!


Your talk topic for next week is: 'To predict what might happen in our new class book.' 


A fantastic flying start to the term Year 4


Happy New Year!


Miss Bryant and Miss Cripps









Fantastic Week 4 and Week 5


A fantastic job Year 4 during your ukulele performance in your class assembly. You all

played at a very high standard. We were all very impressed.


Mathematics- We have been using resources to support our visual understanding of fractions

of amounts. From this, children were able to find fractions of amounts confidently. Keep it up!

English- We have continued to develop our ability to write character and setting descriptions. We have learnt about different sentence structures and we have started using fronted

adverbials  and interesting clauses. 


Big Write talk topic this week is "To retell the story of the Winter's Child.' Ask children to explain the story to you and get them to tell you possible techniques they are going to use. This may help them to become a STAR WRITER and have a TASTY TREAT!


You all created a fantastic Cartouche out of clay and carved your name in hieroglyphics very carefully.  Some great creative skills! 


If you have any concerns or questions please come and speak to us! 


Keep smiling you are all doing so well!

Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant







Amazing Week 2 and Week 3

Children have been working very hard describing settings and characters in the Winter's Child. Having read their sequel versions of the Spring's Child, children have increased their writing ability by using all the different techniques in the tool box and using their creativity to expand on a plot. Keep it up!



During mathematics, we have been working on a range of two-step word problems and consolidating our understanding of the multiplication method. Make sure your children are practising their multiplication calculation skills at home if they are finding this challenging.


Thank you for all of the parents and children who attended parents’ evening. We really enjoyed discussing progress the children have made. Keep it up!  Please speak to us if you were unable to attend and we could arrange another time.


Some great Christmas decorations which were created out of salt dough by all of the children!  We are looking forward to glazing them this week for the Christmas Fayre!


Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant J


The first week back of Term 2!

During mathematics, children have been developing their skills with regards to place value. They have been learning how to answer different styled place value questions and how to use workings out in order to approach these questions effectively.


Throughout the week within Guided Reading and English, children have been reading a new book called the 'Winter's child' by Angela McAllister. Children are beginning to improve their understanding of setting descriptions and language techniques such as prepositions and expanded noun phrases.  


Our talk topic for next week is 'Persuade the winter's child to stay or go.' Ask your child about the AFOREST techniques about why he would like to stay or go. 


Reminder: Make sure you have booked your slot for Parents' Evening. We are all looking forward to seeing you all!


If you are worried about the Year 4 expectations there will be a pack which will be sent out to you shortly.


Keep smiling you are all doing really well!



 Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant



Wimbledon Year 4 Tournament!


Well Done to all of the children that participated in the tennis tournament!  You were all fantastic! Some great forehands and backhands. Congratulations to the children who managed to get the longest rally.  Great job! 



Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant



Wimbledon Tournament!

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We made it! End of Term 1


Wow this term has flown by - we have packed in so much that the children need a good rest at half term so they are ready for term 2, which is always a super busy term. 


A couple of things to note: 

  • TALK HOMEWORK - you may have seen the sign in the window of Iguana class, as a part of our new Big Write scheme. We will up date this every week and the website with details of what we would like the children to talk about at home in preparation for the Big Write that will take place every Friday. The topic for half term: Instructions on how to have the perfect half term. If you can talk to your child about what makes a good half term and the features they need in instructions this will support them to write in the session on Friday. 
  • Spellings - we have not sent home any spellings for the holidays. If you want to do some spellings work there are some game sheets attached based on the Year 3 and Year 4 spelling list. 
  • Mighty Multiple sheets came home on the last Friday so you should know what to practise or which times table the children will move on to. We will do the test as normal on the first Monday back. 
  • PE - We will have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday next term. One indoor slot and one outdoor slot. We will go out in all weathers so please ensure your children have warm PE kit and outdoor trainers. We will be doing Gym indoors which is standard indoor PE kit of shorts and t-shirts and bare feet. 


Our books next term are Winters Child and The Ice Palace - both available at the library if you want to do some extra reading over the holidays. 


Hope you have a restful term term and see you ready for term 2 in a week! 


Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant. 



Proud Week 6


The children have been working extremely hard with their multiplication and learning how to be resilient when work is challenging. Some children need to practise the ‘expanded method’ or the ‘compact method’ with multiplication. Please practise at home or come and speak to us and we can show you the method in order to support your child.


During English this week, we have been reading the book ‘Tales of Gods and Pharaohs’ in order to write setting descriptions and story openers. Children have been developing their understanding on how to edit work effectively in order to improve their writing.


Some children still need to take responsibility of their homework things such as Reading Records, spellings and mighty multiples. This will enable them to make much more progress with their learning.


We were both very impressed with the effort and dedication the children put into the Harvest Festival performance. Some great expression and clear voices were used. Well Done Year 4!


Next week, children will be participating in an exciting Wimbledon tennis tournament during their normal physical education slot at Barley Close. Strawberries and lemonade will be provided for children if they wish.


Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant










Wet Week 5 


Another busy week in class, with lots of fun learning about division and preparing for Harvest Festival by pretending to be actors while reading our poem The Harvest. We hope to see you all there next week! 


Division - some children are finding the concept of "exchange" tricky, at home practise this by using money if you have some change - ask children how many 10p's they would get for a pound coin and exchange them. I know it sounds really simple but some children are just stuck on this visual process in their division for Year 4. Next week multiplication! 


Home things: some children are not taking responsibility for their homework and things. So you know what to expect coming home: 


Every Day: Yellow Reading Record Book - these come home everyday as you need to hear your child read everyday if possible. Please make a comment in their book for us - it can simply be your initials if you are busy. We monitor these every week and keep a record of those who do not receive support at home to read. 


Thursday: Spellings (in blue book) results of this week test and then a new set to learn for next Thursday. 


Friday: Mighty Multiples - the test your child did on Monday in class, will come home on a Friday. If they did NOT pass they will sit the same test again on Monday. Please spend lots of time over the weekend learning this times table. If they did pass they will get a wrist with the times table for the next weeks test on - if they don't want to wear it they will just be told the times table for the next test. 


Wet Weather

As the weather is starting to turn, we have already had a few days where it has been too wet to go onto the field. Children need to have wellies in school, to keep on our racks, for lunchtimes or they will not be allowed to go to the field with their friends. Please make sure they are named. 


As always please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


Miss Cripps and Miss Bryant

Y4 Curriculum Overview


Weary Week 4! 


The children are really feeling it this week - the novelty of being back at school has worn off at just the same time as the work load is gently increasing and they are feeling a bit tired and overwhelmed. Please don't worry and reassure them at home, they are all doing really well in class and responding to the workload challenge with increasing confidence. Year 4 work is more demanding, as is year 5 and then year 6, but they will soon fall into the swing of it. We have had some great group discussions in Reading this week, lots of ideas in English (I did a piece of writing they have loved making much better and up-levelling my word choices and phrases) and we have really picked up the pace in maths with children moving confidently into higher levels of questions and not worrying about seeking a quick check of their work before they move on.


We have had lots of children move on in Mighty Multiples this week - yippee! Hopefully they like the wrist bands and find then a fun way to remember to practise. We are also keen to gain stickers for great work and working on our school Values ticks aiming for those values badges. 

The children are starting to make progress and are well on their way to being Year 4 learners. It does take a little time to get into place and so do come and see me if you want to chat and of course I will let you know asap if I have any concerns.


We have also managed well with our first week of mixing up for spellings, punctuation and grammar (spag) groups and are moving to our groups quickly and getting settled. 


Next week in maths we are going to be focusing on division, we will use the bus stop method and lots of very grown up maths language - ask the children to tell you about it and to show you what it is - it's a great way for them to show off their learning and reinforce what they know. I know it is a bit odd - but I love teaching division! We teach using counters and it is a great way to get the children really confident with this concept. I am a little bit excited, hopefully the children will be too! 

In English we are going to look at our Harvest Poem, ready for harvest festival, work on how to perform poems to keep our audience interested and show the meaning of the words. 

We will continue with Awful and Awesome Egyptians in guided reading, from the Horrible Histories series. 


Miss Bryant




We are really picking up the pace now in Chameleon - the children are settling into work and routines quickly and we are well on our way to being full Year 4's. 


This week in Maths we have been covering addition using the formal method and 4 digit numbers. We are all very good at this now so we have moved quickly on to applying our addition skills to problems involving money and word problems. Firm foundations are down ready for us to tackle the trickier elements of addition in year 4 in Terms 2 onwards. Next week: Subtraction (we will be covering the formal method and exchanging then moving into application of our skills). 

Times tables  - wrist bands,  we will be trying times tables wrist bands this week to support and remind the children to practise ready for Mondays Mighty Multiples. These are optional for the children but they were great fun last year and really got the children excited about times tables!! 


In English we have been learning about how to create persuasive text, just like in adverts. We have linked this to our topic of Egypt and so are writing to attract people to visit - Enchanting Egypt! Again we have been using ‘Talk for Writing’ to support our writing. Next week we will build on our persuasive skills and come up with our own text about another country. 


Spellings - the children from all of Year 4 will be mixed into one of four spelling groups from next week. We have assessed spelling and will group the children based on this. All groups cover the same Year 4 rules but in different ways and it allows us to fill any gaps that we find, from a phonics gap, high frequency words, year 1 and 2 spellings etc.  It also supports reading, ready for when we reach our "big books" after Christmas. The groups are carefully planned and really boost spellings very quickly, as spelling is such a big focus in the new assessments and curriculum. Come and speak to us if you have any questions. 


Tennis-we have been learning about how to contact the ball when hitting a backhand and learning how to apply the correct technique.


Year 4 Notice Board

We have moved this to face out to parents on the classroom window - we will continue to add any information for school wide activities. We have also put a note about homework as we know things might have gone missing from bags - as always check with us if you have any questions. 


Miss Bryant








Wonderful Week 2!


Chameleon Class made a fantastic start to Year 4 last week with the children quickly learning routines and earning a lot of team Chameleon points! We had some lovely writing about How to Mummify a Pharaoh with all the features of instructions included. Maths also gave us a great start point and I was very impressed with the children’s abilities when calculating. Also, it was amazing to see all your comments in the Yellow Reading records! Please do keep up the home reading, research shows it is the single best thing you can do to support your children with all their school learning. Children have shown significant progress with their tennis abilities, such as following techniques on how to hit an effective forehand.


Mighty Multiples, I know some of the children find this hard, please tell them not to worry, we are going to be doing lots of practise in class and they will soon start to fly through the system. Try lots of apps/games/songs at home to help and remember our system has the inverse using division too, but I will be working on some maths tricks to help over the next few weeks. 


Next week - in English we will move on from instructions to trying to write persuasively! We will be linking this to our topic, Egypt. In reading we will continue to look at our class book Wolves in the Walls but will focus on reading non-fiction wolf facts. In maths we are looking at addition, we will start with the formal method and then move into one and two step word problems and end with some empty box problem solving. 


Please do come and see me if there are any issues or if you need some ideas for reading, times tables etc. If you don't come to pick up or drop off please leave me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. 


I am looking forward to another fantastic week with Chameleon class - they are maturing fast into Year 4's 

Miss Bryant







Welcome to Chameleon Class!


My name is Miss Bryant. I have taught in a variety of year groups in Bristol and I am passionate about working with Year 4 children at Barley Close!


Having already met all of the children, we have made a positive start to our class routines and got Maths, English and Reading underway with success. Monday afternoon is Year 4 planning time so the children will have Mrs Harris for PSHE and Mrs Griffths for French. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Woodward and we are looking forward to supporting each child to fulfil their potential.


During our mathematics lessons, we have been revising addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. This has warmed us up nicely ready for next week which is focused on Place Value and Number. In Reading we are using the book Wolves in the Walls as our class book and will be making predictions and looking at how the characters feel throughout the book. In our writing we are starting with instructions on how to mummify a Pharaoh to link with our creative topic for term 1 and 2.

Please ask any questions about our topics and how you can support your child at home. 

We will start Mighty Multiples and Spellings next week, but all children should have brought home their reading book and record today. 


Our PE days are: 

Tuesday – tennis (outside)

Wednesday – swimming (after lunch)

Please make sure full kit is in school and let me know if you can be a swimming helper. 

As I am a tennis coach I will be teaching both Year 4 classes tennis, while Miss Cripps, who is a swimming coach, will be teaching swimming. This way both classes get high quality sports teaching. 


I hope the children enjoyed this week so far and looking forward to getting to know everyone better as the term goes on. Please do come and find me (or call or email) if you have any questions. 


Miss Bryant

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