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Dear Purple Class,

 

Welcome to Year 4 - Purple Class 2020-2021. I am so excited to join Offham Primary School! I have been in education for about 5 years now, and teaching classes for over 4! I absolutely love Year 4 and have taught this year group for three years running.

 

We are looking at Romans this term, which will mean investigating charioteers and Roman life, looking at Roman money, and famous figures from the Roman era.

 

In maths, we will recap what we have already learnt, what we missed out on because of the pandemic, and adding to our knowledge with some new and exciting methods.

 

Unfortunately due to the current situation things are a little different at school at the moment, in regards to this please see the information related to drop off and pick up.

Drop off: 8:40 - 8:50 at the village hall.

Pick up: 3:40 - 3:50 at school. 

Please be as prompt as possible when dropping off and picking up as this will support with the smooth transition of this current situation.

 

Thank you so much for your patience with drop off and pick up, it is starting to run smoothly and I am grateful that everyone in our class is settling into a routine so quickly. If you have any questions please do contact me as I am always here to help.

 

In our class we are fortunate to have two teaching assistants: Miss Johnson and Miss Lippard.

 

 

To find out more about Purple Class, check dates/times etc, please see our Meet the Class Presentation at the bottom of the page.

 

Mr Cook, Miss Johnson, Miss Lippard.


Term 1 Revolutionary Romans
 

English

Our English this term will be based around a fantastic book by the hilarious Jeremy Strong, 'Romans on the Rampage'. We will look at the text in detail, using it as a jumping point into the history of Roman life, and exploring the vibrant and diverse Roman characters.

 

Reading

We would ask that your child has a separate book at home to read due to Covid (which can come from our class book corner or from home). Please record your reading in the Reading Record, and can these be returned to school on a Tuesday.  New reading books will be given on Thursdays.

 

Maths

Our Maths this term will involve lots of recap and revision of what we already know about place value, addition and subtraction. We will then build on our knowledge and extend it using some topics that we missed due to Covid, as well as the Year 4 curriculum. Towards the end of term we will explore other topics such as multiplication and division involving 10 and 100, money (addition and subtraction of money), and length/perimeter.

 

PE

Our PE lessons in Purple class are on a Tuesday afternoon with Miss Roots. and Thursday morning with Mr Cook. I will be teaching the children PE lessons about striking and fielding and then Miss Roots will be covering Athletics.

Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school, complete and fully names. Earrings are not allowed to be worn during PE and we are unable to assist the children with removing them. Therefore, please ensure that earrings are not worn on these days.

 

Music

The children will receive weekly music lessons on a Tuesday afternoon with Miss Kostiw.

 

Week 2 & 3 - DT - Roman coin purses

For DT this term we will be investigating differences between Roman and modern coin purses. We will look at what features of a Roman coin purse are effective for keeping money safe. We will then learn how to sew a variety of stitches before attempting to make our own coin purses!

 

Week 4 & 5 - Topic - History

We will be learning about the Roman Empire, Boudicca's rebellion and their religious beliefs.  

 

Week 6 - RE - Judaism

During our RE this term we will be exploring how Jewish people show their relationship with God.

 

Week 7 - Computing

In Computing, we will be exploring how to code.

 

Week 8 - Science - States of Matter

During our Science this term, we will be looking at the three main states of matter - solids, liquids, and gases. We will explore how the states can change (evaporation, condensation, freezing, melting). We will explore how everything is made of particles that vibrate when they heat up (are given energy).

 

Homework

Children will be given 10 different activities to choose from throughout the term. 

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

 

It is an expectation that the children complete one of the given homework activities each week ready to share with their peers during our homework gallery.

 

 

Spellings

Each Friday, your child will be sent home with spellings in their spelling book. Please practice them at home - using bubble writing, fancy writing, pyramid writing, look/cover/write/say.

 

 

General Reminders:

Please can you make sure that all items of clothing are labelled with your child’s name. This will help us locate items more efficiently if they are misplaced.  To prevent this from happening please ensure that ALL items of clothing are labelled with your child's name.

Please can we have wellies in school as we will be trying to go outside as much as we can this term as part of all our learning. 

P.E will be on a Tuesday and Thursday so please make sure the children have their P.E kits on those days and if your child wears earrings these are removed on these days.

 

Meet the Teacher Presentation

Contact my teacher:

 

Mr Cook

dcook@offham.kent.sch.uk

 

 

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