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.
The Spring term is in full flow now as we enter the second half of the school year!
Topic: Ciao (a comparison between Italy & The UK)
In English, we will be using a book called 'King of the Sky' as a source of inspiration for our writing. This story is a tale of a young boy from Italy who moves to a small mining town in Wales and has to adjust to his new and very different surroundings. They will be writing in the role of a character; debating ideas; writing and performing poetry; writing persuasively and creating newspaper reports inspired by this story.
Our topic this term in Science is 'Animals including Humans'. This topic will involve us looking at the digestive system and also at food chains.
Our History this term will focus on the comparison between Italy and the UK. In particular, we will be looking at geographical differences such as rivers, mountains and climate.
This term in Computing, we will be continuing to look into spreadsheets.
Art / D.T
We will be focusing on the work of Leanardo Da Vinci and the Mona Lisa to create our own portraits using pencil and paint.
Purple Class will be continuing with swimming until Easter. Please ensure your child has swimming kit in every Tuesday. The class will also be doing Football 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 Easter.
French and Music will continue as usual. In Music, the children will be learning to play the ukulele.
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.