Welcome to Purple Class! I'm Miss Killick, Offham's Year 4 teacher for 2019 - 2020. I joined the school last year and am hugely looking forward to teaching and nurturing your children. I work with Miss Graham, our wonderful teaching assistant. My sister taught Miss Graham in Primary School - so the combination must be fate! My daughter completed her Year 4 in July, so I hope that I shall understand many of the concerns and aspirations you may have for your child's learning journey this year.
Learning in Year 4 is fantastic! We will be studying some great Topic lessons, starting with Ancient Greece this term. Towards the end of the year, we will be learning about Greece today. It should be an interesting and engaging journey!
Thank you to those who came to school on 9 September for the Meet the Teacher session. The slides are attached above. There is already a slight update; Parents' Evenings will now be on 14 and 16 October. For those of you that have linked your diaries to that of the school, this will already show up.
Topic: Ancient Greece
In English, we will be using Greek Myths and Legends as a source of inspiration for our writing. We will be learning about Heracles (Hercules), Pandora, Medusa and more, giving us huge scope for creativity and adding a sense of history to our writing. I am hoping these stories will inspire the children to create their own myths and monsters. We will also document the Labours of Heracles, bring Atlantis to life with description and compose legend inspired poetry.
Our topic this term in Science is 'Sound'. This topic will involve us looking at the relationship between sound and distance as well as identifying how sounds are made and heard. We will also explore how vibrations affect pitch and volume, experiment with how sound travels and what it can travel through.
Our History topic is Ancient Greece and I am really excited about teaching this. We will be learning about how the Ancient Greeks have influenced life today - who they were, the advent of democracy and the evolution of the Olympic Games. We will look at the Trojan War and what the various historical sources tell us about this event. Of course, we will also research and write about favourite Greek Gods, with an understanding of why they were so important.
This term in Computing, we will using Purple Mash to create codes, using our knowledge to debug codes with mistakes.
Art / D.T
We will be making and decorating Ancient Greek-style pots.
PE this term falls on Wednesdays, with Miss Roots and on Thursday with Miss Graham and myself (netball). It is very important that your child please has their full PE kit in school at all times (t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls as a minimum). On these days, girls should not wear earrings please, unless they are able to take them out themselves or if piercing is recent.
We will learning about Judaism this term with a particular focus on the Jews' special 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, with tests starting on 13 September. These will include statutory words as well as words from a number of prescribed spelling patterns. The words will be in children's spelling books and are available above. Your support in helping your children learn these words is greatly appreciated. Helping your child to use the words in sentences may assist their learning.
The children will be completing times table challenges every Monday and Thursday. Times tables are extremely important for children's numeracy, linking to many topics in the Maths curriculum (e.g. division, fractions) and have particular prominence in Year 4. We will be practising times tables in our ICT lessons and I will shortly provide information as to the times tables we hope you will encourage your child to learn and practice.
Children will be given given 10 different activities to choose from. Further information is available via the icon above.
Each week, children must choose one activity to complete for their homework. 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 to be handed back in on Wednesday.
Please try and read with your child as often as you are able. We recently received a lovely donation of new books for the class book corner, for which we are very grateful. Miss Graham and I will work on updating our book corner, which I hope will further encourage the children's love of reading.
Thank you for your support, here is to an exciting Term 1!