Welcome to Class 4 with
Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo… Welcome to the amazing world of potions and 'Harry Potter'! We'll start of out topic by being sorted into our houses. Will it be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw? Then, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions, and even get to play a game of 'Quidditch'. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter. We’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects – what ingredients will we use? It will be great fun to make chocolate frogs and bath bombs! We’ll also create canvas art on a large scale! At the end of the topic, we’ll invite you to visit our magical exhibition, where we will showcase all of our amazing work. We’ll even make delicious potion treats for you to taste! Our magical exhibition will be taking place on Thursday 5th July.
On Friday 11th May, we will be visiting Rawmarsh CLC, for our final visit of the year. Class 4 will be making their very own film on that day. The children will get the opportunity to act or be in charge of the camera and lighting, as well as making their very own motion pictures.
In Maths this term we will be completing work on decimals, percentages and fractions. We'll also be learning about measurement and geometry. By the end of year 4 children should know all of their times tables, including the division facts. We will be continuing to work on these in school and any extra work at home would be helpful. All children have a school account for 'TTRockstars'; an online site for children to practice their times tables and compete against other students.
P.E. will still be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers.
You will have noticed that the children have not been bringing spellings home to learn each week and this is because last term we started to do Read, Write Inc Spellings. Each week the children are introduced to a new spelling rule and a set of spellings. Each morning for 20 minutes, the children practice these spellings through different activities. It is working really well and the children are enjoying working through the activities.
I am now setting Maths homework on a Friday, through Active Learn. The activity will be a Maths game related to the week's learning. The children have until the following Thursday to complete the game, and I can monitor this through the Active Learn site. I will send a message out on DoJo, informing you of the game that I have set for that week.
Again this term, our topic homework will be project based and your child will be sent home with a list of activities, where they can choose one of them to be completed and handed in before the end of term. I always look forward to seeing what wonderful things the children (and you!) have made at home. We will also be displaying any project homework at our exhibition.
Reading books will still be changed every Monday morning and at this time the children's planners will also be checked. I would appreciate it, if you could continue to help your child by spending 5 minutes reading with them at home, at least 4 times a week. DoJo's are rewarded for children reading at home.
Lastly, please could you ensure your child brings a water bottle and book bag to school every day. Having a book bag helps the children carry books, reading record, homework and letters out with them at the end of the day.
Once again, I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to come and speak to me or contact me on DoJo.