Welcome to the Purple Class page! I'm Mr Lawrence, Offham's Year 4 teacher - a West Ham and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fanatic and owner of the three(and a half)-legged dog, Nemo. Purple Class may recognise me (I should hope so as I taught them most of last year!) and I really enjoy being the teacher for such a bright and vibrant class. I work with - the newly married - Mrs Wilson (formerly Ms Bartlett - the school's local chicken expert) and - our brand new Teaching Assistant - Miss Graham.
Learning in Year 4 is fantastic! We are lucky enough to study some great Topic lessons this year starting with United Kingdom before moving on to others like Romans and Vikings as the year progresses.
After a great start to the year, Term 2 promises to be just as much fun! Plenty of learning to be had before the excitement of Christmas.
Topic: The Romans
Purple Class will be focusing on two main texts this term. Firstly, we will be looking at 'Gladiator'. Using this text as a base on which to work from, we will be writing stories with a historical context. After this, we will be moving onto a second text called 'Thieves of Ostia'. We will be using this text to write our own Roman newspaper reports and persuasive texts ('Wanted' posters).
We will be continuing with 'States of Matter'. We will be working towards the enquiry question of 'What affects the rate at which ice cubes melt?' In order to answer this, we will first be comparing and grouping materials into solids, liquids and gases; we will observe how some materials change states when heated or cooled; and we will be identifying the part that evaporation and condensation play in the water cycle and make the link between these and temperature.
Our History this term will focus on the Romans. We will be beginning by looking at the legend of Romulus and Remus. After this, we will be creating timelines before investigating the failed and successful invasions of Britain. We will look at the resistance put up to Roman invasion - in particular, we will look at Boudica and the Iceni tribe. We will also look at slavery and gladiators and Hadrian's Wall, before finally looking on the influence the Romans had on modern day life.
This term in Computing, we will be using Scratch to create our own topic-based educational games.
Art / D.T
We will be planning, creating and evaluating Roman pots this term in Art.
Purple Class will be doing Dance on a Monday as well as Basketball each Wednesday with Miss Roots. Please make sure that your child has their full PE kit in school at all times. At the very least, they should have a t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls in school.
We will learning about Christianity this term with a particular focus on Christmas.
French and Music will continue as usual. In Music, the children will be learning to play the ukulele with Mrs Hurst.
Each Friday, your child will be given weekly spellings. These will be tested on Friday morning and will include statutory words (that may include a maths term) and other words from a spelling pattern.
We will now be doing times table challenges every Tuesday. The children have to answer 30 times tables questions on the table they are practising in three minutes. The children must answer ALL correctly in the time limit to move on to the next table. Times tables are extremely important in their numeracy and are linked to lots of topics in the curriculum e.g. division, fractions. Please encourage your child to practise the times table they are being tested on at home.
Homework will be structured slightly differently this year. The children will be given given 10 different topic-related homework activities to choose from - some English, some Maths and some more crafty ideas too. Each week, children must choose one activity to complete for their homework and they are expected to choose a mixture of different subjects (not to complete a Maths task every week). Homework will still be set every Friday and it is still expected to be handed back in on Wednesday.
Thanks for your support,
Mr Lawrence and Ms Bartlett and Miss Graham.