Welcome to Potter Class Year 4
Hope you all had a lovely summer and are looking forward to an exciting year in Potter Class!
Mrs Marchant will be teaching on a Monday and Tuesday, Mrs Hunter will be teaching on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Williams will be in every morning.
Our first topic this year is Ancient Greece. We will be researching how the Ancient Greeks lived, what their buildings looked like and exploring their Gods. We will be designing and creating our own clay pots based on Ancient Greek artefacts. There will also be an opportunity to dress up, make and try some Greek dishes at the end of the topic.
We will also be focusing on Ancient Greece within our English lessons, by learning about myths. There will be plenty of fantastical beasts and adventures to enjoy in Year 4! Once we have been inspired by what we have read we will have a go at writing our own.
In our maths learning, we will start off with looking at place value. So we shall be focusing on thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Once we have a good understanding of number we will move onto comparing, ordering and then rounding.
Our PE days will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please have your kit in school on these days. We will be having PE both inside and outside, so please have appropriate clothing in school.
Every day we will be checking the children's home school books to keep track of how much they are reading at home. We would encourage the children to read at home, to an adult, at least 3 times a week.
We can't wait to work with you all!
Mrs Marchant, Mrs Hunter and Mrs Williams
Week beginning 11th October
The children have written some fantastic reports about the Greek Gods. Impressively they have used a huge range of sentence skills. Once we have edited and improved these they will be on the wall in the classroom to be admired.
Maths has been all about time. We have converted between days, weeks, months and years. The children have thought of their own questions- some of them are very tricky!
RE- we have looked at a range of Jewish artefacts and found out what they are used for.
Don't forget it's only a 2 day week next week- we hope you have a lovely half term.
Week beginning 2nd October
Potter class have now finished writing their own Ancient Greek myths and have started to learn about non chronological reports in English. We are hoping to share our reports with you by the end of this half term!
In Maths, we have been learning about decimals and will moving onto measuring time. Please encourage your children to be aware of how long they take to do certain tasks around the home e.g. getting dressed, cleaning their teeth. Also, it would be helpful if your children could have some knowledge of what time certain activities take place e.g. what time do they get up, eat their lunch, go to bed.
We have been learning the importance of motivation and its affect on performance in PE, as well as linking this to other areas of the curriculum.
RE has been focused on Judaism this term and the children have had the opportunity to look at and learn about some special Jewish artefacts.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support with the fantastic examples of homework that the children have brought into school. We will be encouraging the children to share their homework with their classmates in the coming 2 weeks.
Week beginning 18/9
We have had a fun week being very active. Mrs Lane, from Devizes School, came in to show us how to keep fit and healthy by encouraging us to exercise regularly. We had to practise our plank and skipping skills and we learnt how to pace ourselves when running.
Science was very messy this week. We learnt about the human digestive system and recreated the journey our food takes through our bodies using banana, crackers and a pair of tights!
In English, we have begun to plan our own myths after learning some Ancient Greek tales. We have described our own imaginative heroes, monsters and settings ready to write our own stories next week.
Maths has been focused on addition this week, and finding the most appropriate methods to use with larger numbers and different mental and written strategies.
Week beginning 4th September
Potter class have had a great start to the term this week learning about Beatrix Potter.
On Friday, we used our colour mixing skills to paint some Beatrix Potter characters. We have created a display full of facts about her and her famous books which is outside our classroom. It is in the year 4 learning zone, so please feel free to come and have a look!
During the mornings, we learnt the story about an ordinary boy whose life is transformed by an extraordinary teacher. This inspired us to write diary entries from the perspective of the main character.
We had fun in PE developing our ball skills and practising throwing with accuracy, as well as moving around the space with awareness of others around us.
Week beginning 11th September
This week we have been learning about the place value of 4 digit numbers. We worked together with Deines equipment to represent these numbers. We then compared and ordered the numbers using < and > signs.
English has involved learning about an Ancient Greek myth, Perseus and Medusa. We have looked at the features of myths and we will plan our own myths next week.
In Science, we investigated the function of our teeth and used clay to make models of our teeth. It was really tricky but a lot of fun.
Heather Lane, a PE teacher from Devizes School, came in to help us learn about fitness. We completed a circuit of different exercises and investigated the effect of exercise on our bodies. Even Mrs Marchant joined in!