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.
I hope everyone had an excellent Christmas and New Year. The Spring term is looking just as busy as our two terms before Christmas so we hope the children are refreshed and ready to go!
Topic: Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century
In English, we will be using 'Alice In Wonderland' as a source of inspiration for our writing. We will be writing biographies about Lewis Carroll and writing instructions for jam tarts to take to the Mad Hatter's tea party. On top of this, we will also be writing some persuasive leaflets based on our leisure and entertainment topic.
Our topic this term in Science links closely with our leisure and entertainment topic. In Science, we will be studying 'Electricity'. This will involve making simple circuits and researching conductors and insulators. We will be using the knowledge gained from this to create working vehicles that can climb a ramp.
Our History this term will focus on Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century. This topic will involve looking into TV, film, radio, music and holidays. Children will look at advances in all of these areas and the progression of technology.
This term in Computing, we will be looking into spreadsheets.
Art / D.T
We will be completing our Roman pots from last term. We will then be moving on to planning, making and evaluating jam tarts.
Purple Class will be swimming for the next two terms (up to Easter). Please ensure your child has swimming kit in every Tuesday. The class will also be doing Hockey 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 Judaism this term with a particular focus on their relationship with God.
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.