Welcome to Year 4!
We would like to tell you all about Year 4 and the exciting things we do. This year we will be using Parenthub to update you and keep everyone informed of the exciting things Year 4 have been doing. Parenthub will be launched after half term so for the time being we will be using twitter and the monthly newsletter to share our learning.
We endeavour to find the balance between offering families support but not overwhelming you with tasks; we know many of you will have a lot going on in your day to day lives. We will provide a range of resources from curriculum based tasks, online learning, creative activities and practical skills.
Week Beginning 23rd March
Welcome to Week One of home learning.
Well, we made it through week one! Events of this week will go down in history but at least the sun shone to help us through it.
As it is now the Easter break, we will not be attaching material on a daily basis but please click on the tasks below if you would like some further activities to fill your days. We will still be able to check emails so if you have any questions, comment or want to continue to update us, please feel free to get in touch. Stay safe!
English: Reading comp 1
Just as we do at school, today’s Maths focus is times tables, so take the opportunity to practise on TTRockstars.
We would like you to put your x table knowledge to the test and create a game of your choice that requires you to use your multiplication skills. You might decide to create an actual game, you may use a game you know and change the questions to x table questions. You might want to create a game that can be played outside. Please send in your ideas we would love to hear about them.
Today you might like to visit the world of audiobooks, being read by David Walliams and guests. He is going to read a story every day for the next month and it’s FREE. The audio books will be released at 11am each day; however you can visit the webpage and listen to them at a time that is suitable for you.
You can listen to these stories at: www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses
You could then write a review about what you have heard, you could discuss parts you enjoyed, favourite characters and give it a rating out of 10. You may even recommend the story to a friend.
Reminder keep up with your diary entries.
We suggested earlier this week that you could create an image in the style of L.S. Lowry, a further suggestion would be to celebrate your work and put it up in your window. This way when people go for a walk or have to make their way to work they can appreciate the artwork you have done. Alternatively, create an image that makes you feel happy when you look at it and share it with others by putting it up in your window.
MATHS: Let's go for a throwback Thursday. At the start of the term, we covered area. You could make some squares and use them to find the area of different places around your house. Alternatively, you could rearrange them to create a variety of shapes with the same area that have different perimeters.
Also, some questions to apply your knowledge can be found here
ENGLISH: Continuing with the throwback theme, here's a new reading comprehension about the Romans.
If you didn’t get chance to watch the Live lesson today from Western Approaches it is now available via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_c3rBoU7E4
You could test your knowledge and memory from what you have watched, here are some questions.
1.) Why was the Western Approaches H.Q. based in Liverpool?
2.) What colour was the emergency phone?
3.) Which sport did the Commander Chief enjoy?
4.) How long would you expect to complete a shift in the H.Q?
5.) In which month of 1943 did Britain begin to see some success during the Battle of the Atlantic?
6.) What was the mantra for everyone? “Step up and ………”
MATHS: We hope you have had the chance to use the PowerPoint to revise recognising and recording decimals as tenths. Now you could attempt to recognise where tenths appear within a place value grid as well as practising your accuracy when dividing a single digit number by 10.
Click here to use the PowerPoint.
Did you know that?
Smiling is good for you, in fact there are many good reasons to smile.
- Smiling makes everyone feel good.
- Smiling elevates our mood.
- Smiling is contagious.
- Smiling relieves stress.
- Smiling helps us to remain positive.
So keep smiling, it will make someone’s day and make you feel good too!
Look at the words that are in bold in the list of reasons to smile, could you give a definition for those words? You could uses a dictionary to find their meaning and then create a sentence for each of the words.
Reminder keep up with your diary entries.
FOUNDATION: History. You could visit Western Approaches HQ's, Live Lesson at 1pm from a secret bunker in Liverpool.
This is a great opportunity to extend you already established knowledge of WW2. You may choose to make some notes and feedback to us what you enjoyed or what you found interesting. Alternatively sit back and enjoy the show.
MATHS:You could try making a game by creating equivalent fractions/ decimal fractions cards. It could be snap, a pairs game or a memory matching game.
How quickly will you recognise that one fifth = two tenths = twenty hundredths = 0.2?
click here for other examples of cards.
ENGLISH: Writing a diary can have many benefits – from releasing emotions to creating a legacy for future generations and, potentially, even becoming a bestseller.
We are going to suggest that you keep a diary during our time away from school. Here you can record what you have got up to on a daily basis, you can, if you choose to share your experiences when we return back to school.
MATHS: We've been learning about the value of decimal numbers and the relationships between tenths and hundredths.
Click here for the PowerPoint.
ENGLISH: Why not write a letter to someone who you haven't seen for a while. Lots of people will be at home getting bored so they will really appreciate hearing from you.
CREATIVE: Over the past few weeks, we've been creating art work in the style of L.S Lowry. Can you sketch a setting near you using the skills you've learnt? It could be your garden, dining room, bedroom or even the view of your street.
KEEP LOOKING ON PARENTHUB FOR UPDATES, TOP TIPS and MORE LEARNING IDEAS.
Music - Utter Madness
If you want a bit of home exercise, dance, singing and fun, read on.
In preparation for our choir music assembly, we were rehearsing the Madness Medley from Young Voices. It’s a compilation of a few Madness songs, complete with words and bespoke dance moves from Young Voices’ dancing expert, Andy Instone.
When we get back to school, we’d like all the juniors (and teachers) to join in with the performance to celebrate us all getting back to normal. There are five video links (four to teach the moves and the full run). The links below should get you there, but if they don’t, just go to Vimeo.com and search the number references.
https://vimeo.com/134937343 (I go driving in my car)
https://vimeo.com/134935492 (It must be love)
https://vimeo.com/134934741 (Baggy trousers)
https://vimeo.com/134934093 (Full run)
As the choir already know, my dancing is already the best(!) Your challenge is to get at least one adult at home to join in the singing and dancing (video evidence accepted).
Above all, have some fun with it. There’s nothing like music to make you feel great.
Take care and best wishes,
Welcome to Spring!
This half term is flying by! We can't believe that we've only one week left until half term but we've managed to pack a lot in.
If you haven't already done so, we would love you to sign up to Parenthub so you can get regular tasters of some of the things we've been up to.
Friday 7th Feb - Silver Chains Event
4G's first swimming lesson
Week Beginning 24th Feb - Book Fair week.
Tuesday 25th Feb - Stockport Air Raid Shelter Trip
Sat 29th Feb - International Food Evening
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day.
Week Beginning 9th March - Parents' Evening
Friday 13th March - Sport Relief
World War Two Class Assemblies. (letters and more details to follow)
Tuesday 17th March 9:30am - 10:15am 4DB
Thursday 19th March 9:30am - 10:15am 4G
Friday 27th March - Staff INSET day. (Easter Break)
Our topics this half term.
English: Newspaper recounts
Maths: column multiplication
Area of shapes
History: World War Two
Art: L.S Lowry.
Music: World War Two
week 1: talking homework
spellings - personalised tricky year 3 and four lists.
week 3: maths - adding and subtracting decimals.
Week 1: Lowry research
Spellings - sc
Week 2: newspaper articles.
Spellings - topic words
Week 3: Column method of multiplication
spellings - au phoneme.
Week 4: Grammar Hammer
spellings - review of tricky words.
Week 5: Science of sound
spellings - review of tricky words
Question stems for reading
Welcome to Autumn Two! This week, we have been developing pictoplans to help us retell our alternative endings. In maths, we have been learning about perimeter.
To complete our Roman topic, we had lots of discussion about how the Romans had a lasting impact on Britain! Did you know that they introduced markets, town squares and even public toilets! They loved to stand around chatting whilst going about their business.
In science, we have been thinking about the impact humans have on animals and habitats, both positive and negative. We thought about deforestation, air pollution, water pollution and poaching and got in to groups based on the area we wanted to know more about.
This week, we had a visit from a Roman shop owner! He helped us understand what life was thousands of years ago. We looked at currency, tools, weaponry and tried on some outfits. We even got to learn some Latin songs!
In English, we have been working hard on understanding the importance of speech punctuation to help make our Talk For Writing Story easier to understand. Now that we have learnt one alternative ending, we have started generating ideas for some alternative endings of our own.
In maths, we have been learning how to solve two step real life problems. We have used rounding to help us estimate approximate answers and we had to concentrate really hard to make sure we could switch freely between addition and subtraction calculations. We we also reminded how to use the inverse to double check that our subtraction had been carried out correctly.
In science, we created our own creature. We had decided on its habitat, what it looked like, whether it was warm or cold blooded and if it laid eggs or not. From the information we generated, were able to decide what animal group it best fit into.
We've been non-stop again this week. In English, we have been using Talk for Writing to learn to tell an alternative version of The Three Little Pigs. In science, we have been learning about how we can group vertebrates into mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. We thought about the traits they have in common and what makes them different to all other animals.
Roman day was a huge success and the children were fabulous.
Our Talk for Writing story.
This week, we've been exploring why the Roman army we so successful. We worked in groups to research a particular area and then fed back our findings to the rest of the class.
In English, we took all the planning we carried out last week and wrote a section of the story from Lost Happy Endings. We used really carefully selected vocabulary to make sure that we created just the right mood. Once we had finished, the children then became the teachers. They used success criteria to TAG each other's work. We told our friends things we liked about their writing, we asked them their opinions and we gave them some advice about ways in which they could improve.
This week, we have been working really hard to develop our vocabulary. We are all fabulous readers now but we have to make sure we know a range of strategies to use to understand the meaning of more complex words and phrases. We have been word detectives and know so many ways to improve our comprehension.
In maths, we've been playing around with Roman numerals. Do you know how to write the number 84 or 1400 as they would have in the time of Julius Caesar?
In science, we thought about why a camel doesn't live in the ocean. We spent lots of time exploring different habitats and thinking about how animals are adapted to survive in the conditions they are in.
This week, the children have been introduced to our class text, 'Lost Happy Endings' by Carol Ann Duffy. They listened intently to the wonderful similes used to describe the main characters and settings. We explored this further in our forest school activities on Wednesday. We've also been developing our understanding of possessive apostrophes in order to help us accurately describe Jub's looks.
In history, we've been developing our knowledge of chronology so that we have a better understanding of when and where in the world Roman people were around.
In Art, we have been exploring 'Pop Art' . Children looked at some examples of artwork from the 60's, with a focus on the work of Andy Warhol. They thought the subjects were a little strange (especially the tomato soup tins) but they loved the colours and the idea that it gave them an insight into what was popular over half a century ago.
AUTUMN TERM CURRICULUM:
English: Traditional Tales with a Twist
Maths: Place Value
Science: Animals and their Habitats
Art: Pop Art (Andy Warhol)
Reading records and books - Everyday (Children should be changing their own reading books in school).
PE Kits - Wednesdays and Fridays
Forest schools equipment - Wednesdays (alternate weeks)
Homework - Given out on Fridays to be returned by the following Wednesday.
Spellings and times tables - Fridays
As part of the PSHCE curriculum the children will study a range of topics relating to real world issues.
Please see this document for more details.
Autumn Term 2
Week 1: Maths Skillscheck
Week 2: reading comprehension
Week 3: maths
week 4: Grammar
Spellings - ch as sh and gu
week 5: Top Tips for Multiplication
Autumn Term 1
Week 1: Maths: Rounding numbers
Week 2: English: Possessive apostrophes
Week 3: Work Meaning
Week 4: Negative numbers
Week 5: Grammar Hammer
Week 6: Alternative Endings
We encourage Year 4 to go on Times Tables Rockstars and EducationCity every week to support their learning at home. Your child's login should be in the front of their reading records.
Homework - Maths Key Skills 12
For those of you that find grammar as exciting as teachers then The school run is a brilliant website with definitions and examples of some of those more tricky elements of grammar. In addition, here is a cheat sheet full of grammar terms that may help as well.