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Hi Potter!

Home learning activities will be posted on the 'home learning' section of our school website. Please take a look and follow what we set as closely as possible. We can't wait to see your work and will have lots of new stickers ready for when you're back!

We're so proud of your progress so far, let's keep it up together...

 

Stay safe and see you sooooooon! Miss Willetts and Miss Dale :)

Potter class 2020-2021

This week in English, we have been learning about the use of similes and metaphors in image poetry. The children sorted these statements into similes and metaphors. Keep your eyes peeled for any similes or metaphors you come across in your home reading or in TV/radio adverts and tell your teachers about them to earn extra stickers!

Welcome to Potter Page!

Important information about us!

 

Teacher: Miss Willetts

LSP: Miss Dale 

 

Additional information for this term:

*The children start at 9.00 am and finish at 3.10pm

*The children can bring in a named water bottle to go on their tables which needs to contain only water or squash

*There will be not be any toast on offer at the moment for break time. If your child wishes to, they can bring a healthy break time snack such as fruit or raisins to eat on the playground at break time

*The children can come to school in their PE kit on a Monday with appropriate footwear

*Your child will be given a reading book specific to their reading level over the next two weeks. We would like the children to read as much as they can at home and record this in their reading record. Books will be changed on a weekly basis and we have a reading competition in class.

*Homework can not be brought back into school so if there are any queries, please email the class email address on potter@reddalhill.sandwell.sch.uk

Thank you for your continued support :).

Please meet your new Class Teacher and Learning Support Practitioner (LSP).

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Potter class 2019-2020

For help, advice and queries, you can email your child's class teacher at potter@reddalhill.sandwell.sch.uk and they will assist you as soon as they can. 

Class quiz!!!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the class quiz this week. It was lovely to see new faces joining us! Well done to you all for such brilliant scores.

 

Week 6's quiz winner is . . . . . . . 

Ethan

It will be our last quiz next week on Thursday 16th July at 11am.

It would be great if you could join us for it!

If you would like to be a part of it then send me an email to receive the username and password or for those of you that took part this week, use the same username and password from this week. 
Thanks again for taking part!

 

smileyHere are some pictures of us all taking part smiley

 

 

Missing you all!

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Hi everyone!

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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all ok, I am missing you all so much and cannot wait to see you all soon. At least we have had some lovely weather whilst we have been at home, I know I have definitely enjoyed being in the garden.

I am sure you are all doing some great learning at home but having fun too. I thought I would share some of the things that I have been up to whilst at home. Take a look at the pictures below and if you have any messages or pictures you would like to share with me then I would love to hear from you through our class email address above. Remember to send the email from your parents email address though!

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine,

Lots of love from,

Miss Willetts x x x

Hi Potter class,

 

I have added some pictures of what has been happening at my house over half term! I have enjoyed the garden, been in the pool, played games, spent time with the cats, celebrated Lottie's 2nd birthday (hope you like her hat) and even cut George's hair!

 

In the photo of the sky, can you spot the International Space Station? I was very lucky to be able to track it across the sky. 

 

Miss you all,

 

From Miss Willetts xx

Half term fun!

Working on lessons, ready for when we get back to school (With Lottie's help of course!)

Making yummy food!

Tidying up the gardens and painting the fences

Enjoying family time and learning how to french plait!

Spending time with my two little tinker cats- Lottie and Kimbo

What have you been up to??

Here are some pictures of our class members and what they have been up to whilst in lockdown.

Mollie has been having fun and learning new skills!

Victoria has completed some puzzles

Aaliyah has taken part in a peaceful protest

 

 

Welcome to Potter Class 2019-2020!

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In Potter Class, we have lots of fun!

On this page, you will find our class news and lots of interesting pictures showing you what we have done.

 

 

Important information about us:

Teacher: Miss Willetts  

LSP: Miss Hammond

 

Home learning

We hope you're all at home keeping safe and well,  here are some websites for you to access at home.

 

BBC bitesize:

BBC bitesize are now producing some fantastic online lessons which follow the national curriculum. A 20 minute programme is released daily on BBC iplayer or you can access more detailed Year 4 specific lessons by following this link. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z63tt39/year-4-lessons/1

 

E-Books:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

 

Maths:

 

We have sent lots of Maths work home with you in your packs but here are some websites you could use!

 

Times Table Rockstars - I have set up challenges so you can compete against each other! https://ttrockstars.com/ 

Also have a go at the numbots parts of the website, there are some great games on there!

 

White Rose Maths lessons

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

Hit the Button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Maths Games
https://www.prodigygame.com/

 

P.E:

PE with Joe- every morning at 9am

https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

 

BBC Supermovers!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

 

Other Curriculum Subjects:

Blue Peter Badge Challenge!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

 

Geography
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

 

Science:

https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/?search=&types=at-home

https://thekidshouldseethis.com/

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

https://drchips.weebly.com/#

https://www.youtube.com/maddiemoate

https://wowscience.co.uk/

https://www.science-sparks.com/science-experiments-for-kids/

http://attenboroughsreef.com/experience_intro.php

https://www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources/?search=&types=at-home

 

 

Computing:

https://scratch.mit.edu/

https://blockly.games/

 

 

Timestable Rockstars champions!

Well done to all the children in Potter class who are continuing to play at home.

Week beginning 29th June:

Aisha

 

 

Keep up the good work and remember to complete your challenges!

If you need your login details then contact the school office and I will be happy to send them to you.

Weekly science experiment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every week I will post a new experiment for you to have a go at. If you want to, you could take some photos of you doing the experiment and then we can discuss them when we are back at school.

Week beginning 30th March:

Make invisible ink!

https://mommypoppins.com/kids/boredom-busters/how-to-make-invisible-ink

Use the instructions in the link above to make some wicked invisible ink. I have done it and written you a message, take a look at my pictures . . . . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 20th April

Make a frog jump!

 

Equipment: coloured paper, scissors, balloon.

How to: cut out frog shapes using the paper; place them on a flat surface; blow up a balloon and rub it on a jumper to create static electricity; hold the balloon over the frogs and watch them jump up.

Taking it further: do different types of paper and cardboard work in the same way?  How long does the frog stay stuck for? Does the amount of time you rub the balloon make a difference?  Does the size of the frog change how long it sticks for?

 

Week beginning 27th April

 

Grow your own rainbow!

Use the instructions to make a great rainbow grow.

https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/grow-a-rainbow-experiment/

Here's mine . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 4th May

Make a bouncing egg!

http://coolscienceexperimentshq.com/bouncy-egg/

 

Week beginning 11th May

Make your own lava lamp!

 

Equipment: empty plastic bottle, water, oil, food colouring, effervescent tablet.

How to: fill a third of the bottle with water; fill another third with oil; add 10 drops of food colouring; watch how the different liquids settle – what do you notice? Break the tablet in half and add it to the bottle. What happens? Add the remaining half table to continue the results.  

What is happening? The oil sits on top of the water because the oil is lighter than the water or, more specifically, less dense than water. When the tablet is added it sinks to the bottom and starts dissolving in the water, creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rise, they take the coloured water with them. When the bubbles of coloured water reach the top, the gas escapes and the coloured water sinks down through the oil.

Taking it further: children could explore what happens if they put the lid on the bottle when the lava lamp is working, whether different oils and food colourings create different effects and whether the ratios of water to oil make a difference.

 

We didn't have an empty bottle so did it in glasses instead, take a look below . . . . . . .

 

Week beginning 18th May

Can you see sound?

 

Equipment: bowl, cling film, rice.

How to: stretch the cling film tightly over the bowl; pour a small amount of rice onto the surface of the film; gently tap the bowl. What do you hear? What do you see? 

Taking it further: try different types of grains: lentils, couscous etc.  What happens if you put more grains on the film? Do the vibrations still make the grains jump if you tap the surface the bowl is resting on?

 

Week beginning 1st June

 

Floating Bottle 

 

Equipment: two small plastic bottles, large bag of rice, 2 chopsticks/long pencils.

How to: fill one bottle with rice, leaving some space at the top.  Fill the second bottle to the top, but this time tap the bottom of the bottle on a tabletop as going along, allowing the rice to settle and so be more tightly packed.  Put each chopstick into a bottle and then pull upwards – what happens?

 

Week beginning 8th June

 

Make a Solar Oven

Equipment: foil, cardboard box, 2 sticks, scissors, paper plate, black paper/card, marshmallows and/or chocolate buttons, clingfilm.

How to: cut the lid of the box so that it opens on a hinge like a pizza box; cover the inside of this lid with foil; place the black paper/card on the base of the box; place food on a paper plate and place inside the box; cover the opening above the food with clingfilm to keep the food clean; prop open the lid with the sticks and position the box so that the foil reflects light onto the food.  

Taking it further: children could explore what happens they use black card/paper as their plate. At what speed do different types of food melt?

 

Week beginning 15th June

 

Make it rain!

Equipment: Glass jar, plate, hot water and four ice cubes.

How to:

  1. Pour two inches of the hot water into the canning jar.
  2. Cover the jar with the ceramic plate face up.
  3. Wait 3 minutes to continue to the next step.
  4. Put ice cubes on the plate.
  5. Observe your homemade water cycle.

Take it further: 

  1. Do two separate experiments at the same time. Have all the variables controlled except for the temperature of the water. Have one hot and one cold. How does it affect the experiment?
  2. Try using a paper plate instead of a ceramic plate. Which one worked better? Could the results have anything to do with absorption? Or not?
  3. Now think on a bigger scale, the world scale. Draw a picture of your experiment, but draw it to reflect what happens in the world’s water cycle

 

Week beginning 22nd June

Make a bird banquet

Equipment: string, suitable bird foods (seeds, cooked rice, cereals, grated cheese, fruit, baked potatoes), scissors, egg box.

How to: egg boxes have chambers in them which make ideal bird feeders. Remove the top of the egg box and attach string to the bottom through the cone-shaped dividers to give something to hang it with; in each chamber place the same or different types foods; hang the feeder where visiting birds will feel safe from predators but make sure it is somewhere that it can be seen.

What to do with the birdfeeder:

  • Identify the birds that come to the feeder. Which birds are the most common? Where are the birds feeding – on the feeder or on the ground below? Which birds are seen around but don’t come to the feeder? Which time of the day do they feed the most?
  • Do birds arrive at the feeder in the same way? Do they swoop straight in or do they approach via a specific tree or bush?
  • Try putting two different foods to see which one is the favourite.

 

 

 

Week beginning 29th June

Make egg box boats

Equipment: egg box, scissors, large container of water/bath/local stream, pebbles/marbles/coins.

How to: cut off the top of the egg box; using the bottom half, cut out boats made from 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 chambers; test out the boats to see which number of chambers creates the most effective boat.

What to do with the boats:

  • Try them out both with and without different contents to see how they perform.
  • Investigate if there’s a pattern between the number of chambers and how well it floats.
  • Carry out boat races – this could be with a push or a blow.

PE Days:

Our P.E days for the Summer term are Tuesdays and Thursdays

When weather permits, we will continue our skills work outside, so suitable outdoor clothing will be required. 

  

Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school every week, and that earrings are removed on these days.

 

Homework:

Homework is given to children at the start of each term and they need to complete one activity each week and bring in their booklet to be marked. 

Spellings will be given out every Friday and a test completed the following Friday.

The children are also required to read at least 3 times a week and complete Rockstar times tables at least twice a week.

 

 

Important dates for your diary...

 

 

 

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Our School Council Representatives:

 

Youssouf and Ruqayya

 

 

 

Every week we celebrate our successes by having a Writer of the Week, Maths Mind, Reader and VIP.

 

Our congratulations this week goes to...

 

VIP of the week -


Maths Mind - 

 

Writer of the Week - 

 

 

Sports Player of the Week - 

 

Egyptian Workshop

At the end of our Elaborate Egyptians topic, we took part in a fantastic workshop. We got to look at many artifacts, solve puzzles and even take part in the mummification process!

Inspire

In the Autumn term, we invited parents in to our Maths group to celebrate the fantastic work we do in Maths. We got a super sweet challenge from Willy Wonka and were able to design our own chocolate bar. We used our understanding of measure to work out how much of each ingredient we needed to decorate our chocolate bars and had fun at the same time.

It was lovely to see so many parents in our lesson, well done everyone!

Sound Scientists!

In Autumn 2, we looked at how sound travels, the different materials that effect sound and even had a go at making our own telephones! 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday 18th September 2019, Rock Steady came into school to show us their fantastic musical instruments and to tell us about the band lessons that would be taking place at our school. We looked at the electric guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals, some of us were lucky enough to have a go on them. We LOVED learning about the new instruments and sounds that they make. 

 

 

Desert Hook Day

On Wednesday 11th September 2019, we took part in the hook day for our new topic 'Deserts'.

We had a fantastic day completing tasks, including researching the Bedouin tribe, designing new outfits for them, collaging cacti and camels and acting being lost in a desert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham Museum

On Thursday 11th July, Year 4 went to the Birmingham Museum to celebrate the end of our topic of The Incredible Egyptians. We took part in two amazing activities. First, we became Egyptian Explorers. We went on a treasure hunt around the museum, looking for artefacts. We saw some Egyptian die made out of animal bone, an old Egyptian flip-flop and a real mummy! We then made our amulets which we wore around our neck to bring us good luck. After that, we took part in a mummification workshop! We saw how the Egyptians mummified a body! We all had a role to play! We had a fantastic day! What a brilliant way to end Year 4!

 

Egyptian Electronic Games

On Monday 1st July, we created our Egyptian games. We used cardboard boxes to make our game into something Egyptian. Some groups made pyramids and some groups made mummies! We painted our models to bring our fantastic ideas to life. Once it dried, we added a simple electric circuit to make part of our model light up! We were all so impressed with the result of our work! Well done Potter Class.

 

 

Islamic Experience Exhibition 

On Thursday 27th June, Year 4 went on a day visit to the Islamic Experience Exhibition! It was so informative and interesting and it was good to learn all about the Islam faith! The presenters were really kind and helpful and they even showed us what our name looks like in Arabic! We had a brilliant day. Well done Potter class!

Egyptian Hook Day

On Friday 3rd May, Year 4 had their Incredible Egyptians Hook Day! We began our day by becoming Egyptian explorers and investigating an lost Egyptian tomb which was rumoured to have a Mummy inside! 

 

 

Next, we learnt all about hieroglyphics and how to write our names. After that we designed authentic Egyptian crowns which the children loved to design!

 

Finally, we researched lots of information from a range of exciting Egyptian books, and taught our friends the new facts which we discovered A super start to the topic Potter Class! 

 

Easter!

On Thursday 11th April, Potter class went on an Easter egg hunt in the garden! We found lots of yummy chocolate eggs hidden which we took home to enjoy!

 

In the afternoon, we made our fabulous Easter cards! Well done Potter class, they look fantastic!

 

Cadbury World

On Tuesday 2nd April, Year 4 went on a trip to Cadbury World. We started the day with a Rainforest Talk and learned lots of new things about the rainforest!. We then went in the 4D cinema! It was amazing. After that, we entered the factory. We had a go at spreading chocolate and watched workers demonstrate how Cadbury make chocolate and use mould to make it into different shapes. We all got a pot of chocolate with a choice of two toppings to try. It was delicious! We had so much fun at Cadbury World!!

 

 

World Book Day

On Thursday 7th March, we celebrated World Book Day! We all came to school dressed as our favourite book character. In the afternoon we had lots of fun taking part in World Book Day activities. We designed our very own bookmark, drew some selfies of us and our friends dressed up and drew our favourite book cover! At the very end of the day, we had a very special surprise because Miss Hackwood came into our classroom to read us a story! What a lovely afternoon. Well done Potter Class!

 

WBA Nurture Trip

On Wednesday 13th February, 8 children from Year 3 and 4 visited the West Bromwich Albion Ground to take part in their final nurture session for the term. 

They got there on the WBA mini-bus, went and had a look at the stadium and the ground, made a self esteem -shirt, developed their breathing skills by blowing bubbles, created their own 'ME' frame and finished the session by designing and making their own calm down bottle!

A super afternoon everyone! Well done!

 

Rainforest Hook Day

On Friday 11th January, Year 4 had their Rainforest Hook Day. We all came to school dressed up as either an animal from The Rainforest or a Rainforest Explorer.
We all looked fantastic in our costumes!

Throughout the day we did lots of fun activities.

First, we talked about what we would need to take if were going on a trip to the Rainforest. We then made a list of all the useful things we would need in our cases. After that, we each created an acrostic poem which spelled the word RAIN. We then got creative and painted and collaged lots of animals which all went on our display board.

 

Here is our display board with all our amazing work!

 

Finally, we watched an informative video all about the Rainforest and then we discussed with our friends all the things we learned during the day.

What a lovely day! Well done Potter Class.  

 

Christmas Week 2018!!

The last week of term was our Christmas Week where we had lots of fun and exciting activities.

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On Monday, we designed and painted our 2019 Calendars! They all turned out really well. 

 

On Tuesday, we had breakfast with Santa! We enjoyed a class breakfast all together and loved seeing Santa!

On Wednesday, we got creative and made Christmas Wreaths! We were really excited to take these home to hang up on our doors!

 

We then got all cosy! We changed into our PJs, snuggled up and watched a Christmas film as a whole year group! Our teachers gave us some snacks to enjoy while we were watching. It was lovely to chill out and relax after such a busy term!

On Thursday, we had our Christmas Party! We played a few party games and had a dance to festive music! Lots of us won some really cool prizes! We pulled crackers with our friends, listened to music and enjoyed a lovey buffet (thanks to our families for providing the food for us!) Then as extra special treat, Santa came to see us and we each got a present to open! It was such a lovely afternoon.

 

Last but not least, we would love to show you some of our Christmas Cards! We are so proud of them.

It has been such a fun week in Potter Class and a brilliant way to celebrate our first term in Year 4! Your teachers would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We want you all to have a relaxing break, and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 14th December, Reddal Hill took part in the Save the Children Christmas jumper day. We raised lots of money for such a worthy cause, and we all looked fantastic. Well done Potter Class!

 

 

 

Dudley Zoo Winter Wonderland

On Tuesday 11th December, Year 4 went to Dudley Zoo to see Santa! We had a lovely walk around the zoo and saw lots of animals. We saw tigers, penguins, sea lions and many more! We all had a chance to meet Santa and we were each given a present to open. It was such brilliant day!

 

Children in Need 2018!

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On Friday 16th November it was Children in Need! The children of Reddal Hill came to school dressed up in their own clothes and kindly donated some money. Our class raised £24 for the excellent cause!! 

Thank you Potter Class!

 

Mental Health Awareness

On Wednesday 10th October it was World Mental Health Day. In the afternoon, Year 4 had a discussion about what we mean by the term 'mental health'. We spoke about how it's just as important to look after our mind, as it is to look after our physical health. We talked about all the different feelings that we might feel and how we could deal with our emotions in a healthy way.  We then made emotion bottles for the five feelings featured in 'Inside Out'. 

Well done Potter class! 

 

Languages Day

On Wednesday 26th September we celebrated Languages Day! Year 4 learnt about the famous Taj Mahal in India, the traditional cherry blossom trees in Japan and the colours of the rainbow in French. We all had a creative afternoon and had lots of fun using watercolours and finger painting! Well done Potter Class.

 

Healthy Schools Week

From Monday 17th September - Friday 21st September we celebrated Healthy Schools Week. Throughout the week, we took part in lots of fun activities! We created a fruit 'What am I?', designed a healthy lunch box, and tasted lots of exotic fruits!

What a fantastic week Potter Class!

 

 

Invaders and Settlers Hook Day!

On Monday 10th September, we had our 'Invaders and Settlers' Hook Day! We had an amazing day learning all about our new topic! 

We split into our houses and each took on a different role!

We created our very own shields, weapons, helmets and armour to wear on our new display. We also created a chant for our team and shouted it as loudly as we could on the playground! It was so much fun!

What an amazing day we had! We can't wait to learn more about the Invaders and Settlers in our Topic lessons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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