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Autumn 2 - Potions



Potions: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties...


Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there - dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet!) 


Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professors Hazard's Potions class. 

Feeling sleepy? Hmmm - that orange juice did taste a bit strange...

To see our curriculum overview for this topic, please visit our Year 4 curriculum overview page.

Books we are reading linked to our topics;

This half term we are reading the following books for our guided reading sessions and our class reads. 



Guided Reading

Text: George's Marvellous Medicine 

Author: Roald Dahl 

Genre: Fantasy Fiction


George Kranky's grandma is a grouch. She's always mean to George (and not much nicer to his parents either).

One day, when George is put in charge of giving Grandma her medicine, he wonders if he can come up with his own remedy to try and help Grandma become less of a grump.

Using some rather unusual ingredients, George creates his magic medicine*. But will it stop his grandma from being so horrible . . . or will it shoot sparks out of the top of her head?!

*WARNING: Do NOT try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It is likely to be extremely dangerous.

Class Read 

Text: House on the edge of Magic 

Author: Amy Sparkes 

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure 


Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s particularly competitive at hopscotch – and a hideous troll housekeeper who’s emotionally attached to his feather duster. They have been placed under an extraordinary spell, which they are desperate for Nine to break – and if she can, maybe they can offer her a new life in return…

Christmas Class Read 

Text: Nightmare Before Christmas 

Author: Tim Burton

Genre: Modern Fairytale 


Jack Skellington is the most important figure in Halloween Town and for years he has delighted in organising macabre tricks and frights for Halloween. But this year he doesn't feel right - there must be more to life than scaring people? Then Jack stumbles upon a cheerful, colourful place called Christmas Town and he knows what he must do - he will bring Christmas to Halloween

Key Topic Related Vocabulary: 

Bubble, Capacity, Condense, Dangerous, Density, Evaluate, Evaporate, Experiment, Freeze, Gas, Liquid, Melt Mixture, Molecules, Particles, Potion, Predict, Process, Properties, Reaction, Record, Solid, State. Temperature, Viscosity, Volume. 

Want to try something exciting at home? Click on the document below and have a go at one of the Potions STEM activities. You can always upload your ideas and pictures onto your learning journal using the Seesaw website.