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Monday 25th January 2021

New Daily Teams Meetings

Class pages will no longer be updated by the class teachers. This is due to our new learning expectations, which include a daily Microsoft Teams meeting, 08:45-09:00, to register home learners and prepare them for the day of learning.

To access Teams you need to be logged in to your school email account (Office 365) - for help, click here. Or see the child friendly video for using Office 365 - Outlook email  here.

For help using Teams, click here. Or see the child friendly video tutorial for using Teams  here.

Assessment work

You no longer need to email in evidence of your work on a daily basis - this has been replaced with set pieces of work that will be identified for assessment. Your teachers will tell you which ones these are in the morning Teams meeting and they will be clearly identified on the daily planning. 

To send in your assessment piece, you will usually send an email (ideally from your own school account) with a photo or uploaded attachment of the work. Sometimes, assessment may just be to complete a Microsoft Form or to complete a quiz.

Your teachers would love to respond to all of your emails but that is not possible now. If you do not get a response, and you think you should have (i.e. you asked a question that needs a response), please resend the email with, ‘PLEASE RESPOND’ in the email subject line, this will act as a reminder in such busy times.

Teachers will select samples of work from those entered, to build exemplars of work against the set success criteria at differentiated levels (working towards age related expectations, working at expectations and working at greater depth) to reflect a normal classroom. The work selected will remain anonymous and will focus only on the good examples of meeting the success criteria. Pupils (and families) will then be given the opportunity to self-assess their work against the exemplars to judge how well they are doing and pick out some targets to work on in their next assessment piece.

Enjoy the new learning format.

Mr Yelling


Hello and welcome to 4JD’s class page! Here, you will receive daily updates from Mr Davis. We will also use this platform to celebrate home learning and stay in touch while schools are closed.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at: I’m always happy to help with anything and answer any questions that you may have, although there might be a slight delay as I’m teaching in class at the moment!

Friday 22nd January

Good morning everyone, 

Guess what? It's Friday! You've nearly made it to the end of another week of home learning. For many of you, this has been an unbelievably difficult time, but you've all responded to this so well and the work I'm receiving is brilliant in terms of quanitity and quality. Keep it up everyone! 

This morning, I want to focus on the English. This week in writing, we've been learning about personification, similes and metaphors. After this, we wrote a free-verse poem, which means that there are no rhyming or rhythmic rules. Here is a selection of some of the perfect poetry that has been emailed to me:

Poppy has written her poem up on Minecraft. How creative is this? Keep up the good work, Poppy. 

In addition to this, Blake has been working hard and has done a particularly job of uplevelling and proofreading. Well done young man!

Last, but not least, Luna has written this lovely frog. The picture is a lovely addition here. Keep up the good work Luna!

The other focus for this page is current affairs. In class, usually at the end of the day, we have been watching Newsround (see: This is a brilliant way to keep up-to-date with Covid-19, as well as other key events such as Joe Biden's inauguration. Do let me know if you've been watching this too! 

As always, good luck with the learning today and don't hesitate to email me if you need any help at all! 

Best wishes and take care,

Mr D

Thursday 21st January

Good morning everyone,

How are you all doing today? Firstly, I want to apologise for the disruption during our Teams meeting yesterday! As mentioned, I couldn’t connect the call and Mr Miller had to come to the rescue. After that, there were issues getting connected to our waiting room, which is why some of you couldn’t enter the meeting. I hope that our next meeting goes to plan!

Today, I really want to promote the P.E. that you can be doing at home. It’s so important to exercise and get outside every day – this will really help with the other learning too!

Mr Quick and Mr Haggart are both planning on doing some live P.E. lessons! Here’s is their video promoting this:



In turn, it would be great to see some of you taking part in the P.E. challenges! You can use this grid to record your daily exercise each day:

I’ve been sent in lots of great work recently, but these were the pieces of work that stood out the most!

Laura has been practising her spellings but writing in rainbow words. Has anyone else tried this?

In addition, I’ve just had some art sent in in from Millie! It really looks like you’ve enjoyed this activity Millie. Keep it up!

Last, but not least, Alina has kept up the routine of doing the written methods every single morning! It would be great if we could all do this.

Good luck with the learning today and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help at all!

Best wishes,

Mr D

Wednesday 20th January

Good morning 4JD, 

How are you doing today? In class, we're very excited at the prospect of today's Teams meeting! It'll be great to see your faces again and catch-up about what you've been up to. Please have a read of the meeting rules below before you join the call: 

I've received so much brilliant work over the past few days, it would be impossible to post all of it on here! As such, I'm picking work from one subject a day. This morning, I'm going to post some of the brilliant DT that's been sent in! 

Poppy has been hard at work and has made this ninja star! I'm very impressed by the accuracy of your folds here, Poppy. Keep it up! 

In class, we've all made penguins, by following the video below. Unfortunately, everyone's taken their penguins home. Perhaps some of you at home could have a go at this and send in your examples? 



Since I wrote this, Mollie sent in her origami penguin! How brilliant is this?

As always, let me know if you need any help with anything today! It's not always easy learning from home and I'm only ever an email away. See you at the Teams meeting! 

Best wishes,

Mr D

Tuesday 19th January

Good morning Hazel Class!

How are you all doing today? I must say, I’m so impressed by the quality and quantity of the work that you’ve all produced over the past few days. Given the circumstances, you’ve all managed to develop a routine still get lots of great learning done over the past few weeks. Well done all!

Today, I really want to focus on PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education). We are living in extraordinary times and it’s really worth spending some times to write down our worries, think about coping strategies and speak positively about ourselves. The weekly learning activities for PSHE really help with this! Here’s some PSHE that Blake and Aga have completed recently:

As well as this, I’ve been really impressed by the art that has been sent in! Karen has painted this amazing dragon. Karen, you've clearly worked hard to keep the paint within the lines and the detail in the eye is great. Keep it up!

As always, let me know if you need any help with the home learning today. I’m only ever an email away!

Best wishes and take care,

Mr D

Monday 18th January

Good afternoon 4JD!

How are you all doing today? I hope you had a lovely weekend. Given that yesterday was so sunny, I took my dog on a very long walk! What did you get up to? I know that Bluebell has been doing lots of baking (see: below)!

In class, we’re really enjoying learning about poetry in the writing task! Here is our attempt at memorising The Eagle by Lord Tennyson:



Skye really excelled here, and had a go at doing this solo!



As well as the poetry, I really want to focus on the maths today! In particular, reasoning. In class, we use the Radical Reasoning template to make sure we cover everything that we need to:

Here are some great examples that have already been sent in, by Alexia and Alina:

I’ve been sent so much amazing work over the past few days that it’s impossible for me to choose what to upload! To get round this, I’m going to talk about and post work from one subject each day.

Good luck today and let me know if you need any help at all!

Best wishes,

Mr Davis

Friday 15th January

Good morning everyone,

How is the home learning going today? In class, we’ve been finishing off our legends. Don’t forget to proofread and uplevel once you’re finished. ISAWAWABUB is also very helpful if we want to use subordinating conjunctions.

At home, Alina has been working very hard with her division of 2-digit numbers, by using counters and a place-value grid! Keep up the good work, Alina.

As well as this, Karen has been engaging really well with the reading activities, trying really hard to use the question in the answer. Well done Karen!

Today, I’m going to keep it short. The main message is to encourage you to join our class Microsoft Teams assembly at 11:45. This is what we will be doing:

1) Hello, register and rules

2) Game

3) Discussion of expectations/ timetable/ daily contact

4) How are we all managing the home learning? This is an opportunity to voice any concerns, worries or wishes

5) Reading of legends

6) Expectations

7) Goodbye and scheduling of next meeting (Wednesday)

If you have any technical difficulties, don’t worry! It’s unlikely to run smoothly the first time. Drop me an email if you need any help.

Best wishes and take care,

Mr Davis

Thursday 14th January

Good morning Hazel Class!

How’s the home learning going today? In class, we’ve been completing the P.E. challenges! On Monday, we decided to take part in a 20-minute walk around the school. Let us know what exercise you’ve been doing at home.

As well as the P.E., we have been working on the writing task. Today, we wrote the resolution section of our legend. You can use a range of coordinating conjunctions by using FANBOYS! This will mean that you don’t suffer from full-stop overload!

In history, we have been learning about the vicious Vikings! Earlier in the week, we drew a viking village, making sure to show where the blacksmith, potter, farmer,jeweller and leather worker were.

We hope you’ve been doing great and enjoying home learning! We will hopefully meet in person soon.


Mr Davis, Laurentiu, Skye, Cali, Faith, Chloe, Archie, Sienna and Oscar



Hi Everyone, 

As you can see, the children that are learning in class wanted to send you a message earlier! I just want to say that I'm hugely impressed by all of the work that's been sent in so far. Keep it up! Here's some of the online learning that's been sent in over the past 24 hours: 

Blake has been working phenominally hard, with the help of his grandad. It's great to see you using capital letters for place names, Blake! Keep it up. 

Meanwhile Laura has been practising her written multiplication! Great to see you have moved onto the compact method, Laura! 


Last, but not least, Hector has also been working on his written multiplication! Keep up the good work, Hector.


Take care everyone and let me know if you need any help today.

Best wishes,

Mr D

Wednesday 13th January

Good afternoon 4JD!

How are you all doing today? I don’t know about you, but in class we’re feeling rather tired! It’s important to take regular breaks and go easy on yourselves – learning from home is not easy. In class, we’ve been doing Supermovers a lot, which helps us to focus when we return to our learning.

At school, we’ve just completed the PSHE tasks, on recognising our worries and thinking about things that we can do to cope. It really is a strange, unsettling time at the moment and we found this activity very helpful. Let me know if you completed this too!

I’ve had loads of work sent in over the past few days, but these examples really stand out:

Alina has been hard at work on Dance Party. This is a great, enjoyable way to practise coding! Has anyone else been doing this?

In addition to this, Alina has been researching different towns and cities in England for the geography task:


Mollie has been working on a variety of activities, but I’m especially impressed with her guided reading! It’s great to see you using the questions in the answers, Mollie!



Last, but not least, Laura has been working so hard on her writing! I love how this she is writing in paragraphs and including lots of fronted adverbials! Keep up the good work, Laura.


Today, we have decided to make a video for you all to watch. I hope that you enjoy it and feel free to send us one back!




Take care today and let me know if you need any help with anything,

Best wishes,

Mr Davis

Tuesday 12th January

Good afternoon everyone!

How has the home learning been going today? In class, we’ve been working hard to stay in routine and still do maths and English at the usual time. Whilst keeping this structure is harder for you, drawing up a timetable can really help!

Today, I really want to focus on reading! It’s much more difficult for me to check-in with you to see how this is going, but it is so important that you are reading nearly every day – we know that this helps with writing, maths and every subject. You can still log-in and take quizzes from home and, if you don’t have any books at home, we can prepare a pack of books for you to collect from school. If you meet your target this term, we will celebrate on this page! The following children have met their target already: Oscar (595%), Skye (105%) and Mollie (153%). Congratulations to those 3! 

Over the past few days, Blake has been working incredibly hard with his grandad! Here is some of the guided reading and art that he has been doing (see: below). Remember everyone, make sure to answer in full sentences and use the question in the answer!



In addition to this, Laura has been keeping very busy indeed! I’m particularly impressed with the presentation of her writing! Keep it up, Laura. Everyone, remember to underline spellings you’re not sure of and check them in a dictionary afterwards.


If you need any help today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Even though I’m not teaching you in person, I’m still here to help!

Best wishes and take care,

Mr D


Monday 11th January

Good morning everyone!

How are you all feeling today? I sincerely hope that you had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend and are raring to go with today’s home learning! There are lots of great activities to choose from (see: ), as well as the usual IXL, TTRS and AR. If you need any help with your username or password, get in touch!

Today, I really want to draw your attention towards Duolingo For Schools (see: ). For those of you that don’t know, this is a program for you to practise your French skills. When you complete a level, you will earn experience points (XP). I will be making a Top Tens for this each week to keep track of your progress! If you have forgotten your log-in details, get in touch.

Today, I thought I would take the opportunity to celebrate some of the learning that has been sent in so far!

Laura has been hard at work on IXL, practising her times-tables and taking quizzes on AR. Keep up the hard work Laura and feel free to send in some photos next time!

Blake has been working very hard with his grandad, and has completed a lot of the maths and English (see: below). Well done Blake, I can see that you have been working very hard at home. Remember to take regular breaks and ask for help as and when you need it.


As there are still a handful of us in school, we thought that we’d make a quick video to show you! Archie proved himself to be a very capable cameraman. 




You’re doing amazingly well. Keep sending me work and let me know if you need any help at all.

Best wishes,

Mr D

Meet the teacher

Hello everyone,

Unfortunately, things are a little different this year. Instead of having a large face-to-face meeting, I've uploaded a video for you to watch instead. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch via phone or email - my contact details are provided at the end of the video. 

Best wishes and take care,

Mr Davis




Transition Day - Wednesday 8th July

Welcome to Year 4! Watch the transition day video to learn a little more about our new 4JD class. 

Don't forget the Daily Learning for our Transition Tasks - I would love to see your postcards, so don't forget to email them to me please. 

I hope that this answers some of your questions. If I've missed anything, or you have anything else to ask me, don't hesitate to send me an email:

I honestly can't wait to meet you all in September. We're going to have an amazing year together!