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.
And just like that, the final term is here. We have had a year filled with learning and excitement and the Term 6 promises to be no different.
In English, we will be using a book called 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' as a source of inspiration for our writing. The story is set in Iceland in the land of the Norse (Viking) Gods. The children will be using the knowledge gained from the stories to create poetry, retell the story in their own words, write newspaper articles and write a debate.
Our topic this term in Science is 'Sound'. This topic will involve us looking at the relationship between sound and distance; identifying how sounds are made; exploring sound vibrations; investigating sound patterns, what sound can travel through and pitch; and explaining how sound travels.
Our History topic will look into the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. We will be looking into the events that occurred during their time in Britian; their rulers and strategy; their approaches to crime and punishment and even make some Viking bread.
This term in Computing, we will using 2Logo to run codes to create shapes and letters. We will be using our knowledge gained to debug codes with mistakes.
Art / D.T
We will be making attempting to make Viking helmet models.
Purple Class will be doing striking and fielding every Tuesday morning alongside Mrs Barrett from PASS. The class will also be doing athletics 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 the church.
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.