Spices and Chai

We have had another busy week in Year 4. Highlights of week 4 have been experimenting with spices and making chai tea, using magnets to understand more about...


We have had another busy week in Year 4. Highlights of week 4 have been experimenting with spices and making chai tea, using magnets to understand more about north and south poles and tackling some tricky area and perimeter questions.

To begin Maths this week, we continued exploring perimeter, with a focus on considering what we need to do if there are different units of measurements or missing sides on our shape. Following this, we began looking at area, first looking at calculating area using squares and then using measurements. The Maths sheets for this week are here: Maths S2 W4

In English this week, we have continued to write our portal stories, with a focus on discovering and entering our portals. Through our writing, we also focused on using prepositions to express time and cause, powerful verbs and short sentences to build suspense. We are excited to finish our stories next week and see what problems our characters may face.

Topic this week was a highlight as we had a TastEd session. The children began by talking about and exploring spices; using fruit and spices to think about flavour combinations. Each class then made Chai Tea, with children thinking about accurately measuring ingredients to ensure the flavour balance was right. Our Chai Tea will be featured at our end of term ‘Around the World’ event. If you would like to give the recipe a try at home, it is attached here: Chai tea recipe

Our STEM morning continued to look at magnets and forces with the children looking at how the poles of magnets worked and how the earth’s magnetic field affected this. Children completed two experiments and then thought about how they could best display their newfound knowledge.

We have continued to choreograph and rehearse our dance routines this week. We have one more week left to prepare before showcasing these at our end of term event. For our outside PE session, the children have continued to practice their hockey skills. Here is the PE challenge for this week: The Plank Challenge


Additional information:

Please ensure you have completed both the personal information and paracetamol form for the Caythorpe residential trip and handed this into your child’s class teacher.

In guided reading next week we are reading Chapter 12 of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, we will be considering the following questions:

  • Why do you think Justice Strauss has agreed to read the lines in the play?
  • Why do you think Violet has remained hopeful?
  • How does the author show that Count Olaf is controlling the Baudelaire children in this chapter?

You should have received a letter about our Around the World event, taking place on Tuesday 29th March. As part of this you will have the opportunity to buy your child’s artwork. If you cannot attend the event, there will be an opportunity for you to buy their artwork from the class teacher at the end of the day.