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YEAR 4 HOME LEARNING - TERM 6 - WEEK 1 - 1st-5th June 2020

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 1 - 1st-5th June 2020

I hope you have had a restful half term break and managed to enjoy some of the extra time outside that we are now able to have.

You will notice that the grid has changed slightly and instead of the project that the children have been working on during term 5 I have included a menu of activities that would ordinarily be taught in the afternoon at school – it will be on the PDF underneath the grid. These won’t always be the same subject each week but aim to provide a balance of the curriculum for your child. Additionally, they are not compulsory, there are still many fantastic resources available that you may prefer to use and that is fine.

As a school we have worked hard over the last few weeks to on  planning, so whilst I may be in school teaching children from those year groups that have been able to return, the remote learning will continue to be provided to you every Friday. Anything that is shared with me on 2BuildAProfile or via email I will endeavour to reply to as soon as I am able.

As ever, the wellbeing of your child and your family is the most important thing and I do not expect the completion of the home learning to cause any stress, frustration or upset. You and your child can only do your best. Thank you again for your unwavering support.

Best wishes, Amy Neale

 

A : Home Reading each day

 

Please do some form of reading for 20 minutes per day.

Other ways to ‘read’:

B : English based activities

 

Pick one of these activities each day to complete for your English learning.

 

Don’t forget, there are lot of ways you can be practicing your writing, you might be writing a story or letters and postcards to family members. The activities below aren’t the only way you can putting pencil to paper (or typing on the computer).

 

C : Maths based activities

 

Please continue to visit your MyMaths account to see your maths learning for the day.

 

This time is a great opportunity to be embedding the ‘real life maths’ that we looked at over the past few weeks. Here are some ideas of what you could get up to:

 

Challenge yourself to tell the time and not ask a parent. Remember to try and use past and to when saying the time.

 

If you have a penny jar in your house, count how much is in there. Put the same coins into piles to help you.

 

Add up shopping lists and try and find the difference between food shops from previous weeks. Has the food shopping bill increased, if so, by how much. Look at the savings that were made on the receipt, how much would it have cost if your parents had to pay full price.

 

How much have you grown since you were last measured, can you work it out in millimetres, centimetres and metres. You will have to write some measurements as a decimal.

 

Weigh how much cardboard you recycle in grams and kilograms; can you beat it the next week?

 

 

 

 

 

D : Topic Learning

 

Please see the below PDF that will give you a pick ‘n’ mix selection of activities that you can complete in place of what would have been your project time.

 

Useful Subject Links:

 

Dance

 

French

 

Music

 

PE Challenge

 

Find a football or tennis ball (or a balled-up pair of socks).

 

How long can you keep your ball in the air without it falling on the floor? How can you improve your technique to keep it up even longer?

 

If you have a sibling at home you can challenge them to a rally, is it easier or harder to try and keep the ball in the air?  

 

Pentecost

 

It was the feast of Pentecost at the weekend where God sent the Holy Spirit to Earth to guide the Disciples. If you have a bible at home you can read about it there, or research it on the internet.

 

Imagine you were at the feast, write your diary entry on what happened that day. How did you feel? What did you see?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete the Reading Lesson on Dindy and the Elephant on BBC Bitesize.

Visit Spelling Frame.

 

Select the Years 3 and 4 statutory lists (you may try year 5&6 if you want a challenge).

 

Choose a spelling rule to play.

 

Select ‘Spelling Tiles’ where you will have a choice of activities to play for that spelling rule.

As we are focussing on our local area now, I would like you to spend a few days researching, planning and writing a historical report something in our local history.

 

A few places to help you start your research: the sound mirrors on The Roughs in Hythe, the Martello towers that are spread across the coast line here or Walmer/Deal/Dover castle. Kent’s history is very rich and I’m sure you will find something fascinating to write your report on.

 

To help with the writing of your report watch this short video. When writing remember to:

  • Use the 3rd person. You can’t use ‘I think…’, for example.
  • Only write facts.
  • Use technical language, not descriptive language.
  • Write in paragraphs.

And just like Ben asked, “And do we want to know your opinion?”. No, we do not.

         

Term 6

Week 1 - Topic Activities

 

 

Dear Year 4 children, parents and carers,

Week 5 - 18th - 22nd May 2020

We have made it to the last week of term! I am in work this week with the children of key workers so I may not be available to call you during the usual session times, however if there is anything urgent you wish to discuss with me you can contact Mrs Knight on the usual school number and I will be able to call you back.

I have been hearing wonderful feedback about all the Amazon activities the children have been doing. I couldn’t wait to teach this topic in class as I knew it would be so interesting for us all so I’m glad the children have been enjoying it at home.

I’ve found something this week that may interest all the football lovers (of which I know there are many in year 4!): The Premier League have a brilliant home learning section with lots of great activities, you can visit it here. They are running an amazing poetry competition encouraging children to write a poem about ambition. They have an example poem written by Karl Nova, here are some of the lines in his poem that really stood out to me:

 

I saw many possibilities

I planned, thinking

I thought so big

I saw the future winking

Showing me what is possible

 

I’m sure the children have lots of dreams and hopes for post lock down, even if it is just a kick-about at play time their mates, that they could put into poem form.  If they do enter the competition, can you please email me their entry as I would love to read them too?

To stick with the message from all my other weekly updates – YOU ARE ALL DOING A GREAT JOB (children and adults). I can’t thank you enough for all your support in delivering the learning I have planned and if you have gone off piste and done your own thing, I salute that too! I have been hearing wonderful things about the skills children have had a chance to learn that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible in the rigours of ‘normal’ everyday life. As we go into the half term break, please enjoy the time away from the learning routine and I wish you a lovely and peaceful break.

Wishing you peace and good health.

Take care, Amy Neale

 

A : Home Reading each day

 

Please do some form of reading for 20 minutes per day.

Other ways to ‘read’:

B : English based activities

 

Pick one of these activities each day to complete for your English learning.

 

Don’t forget, there are lot of ways you can be practicing your writing, you might be writing a story or letters and postcards to family members. The activities below aren’t the only way you can putting pencil to paper (or typing on the computer).

 

C : Maths based activities

 

Please continue to visit your MyMaths account to see your maths learning for the day.

 

There is one ‘activity’ that I have set away from MyMaths this week that should appear on your dashboard, but if you log on and there isn’t anything there, please follow these instructions:

 

Monday’s Activity

 

Create a survey to ask your family and friends (the more people you ask the better so don't forget to ask people that call/video call during the week). Your survey can be about anything: what is their favourite animal or flavour of ice cream; how they travel to work or what they think is the best pizza topping. Be careful what you ask so you don't end up with too many options.

 

Once you have all your answers - visit https://www.j2e.com/jit5#chart where you can make a bar chart on the computer, or you can make you own on paper.

 

What information can you find out from the bar chart? What is the most popular, what is the least popular? Are there any results that you weren't expecting?

 

 

D : Home Learning Project

 

Keep going with your projects – I’m hearing of so many great things that are being researched.

 

As you continue researching don’t forget about our internet safety rules. You must always make sure an adult knows you are going online and talk to them if you see or read anything you are unsure about.

 

Also remember that not everything you read on the internet will be a fact. It’s always good to make sure what you’re writing is a fact, ask an adult to help you check if you don’t know for sure.

 

I can’t wait to see what you have all been up to – they all sound wonderful so far!

Go on a virtual school trip to the Amazon Rainforest.

 

As you are taken on your trip you will be told about the four layers of the rainforest.

 

Once you have finished watching the video, draw the four layers of the amazon rainforest and then clearly label them. How many facts can you add about each section?

 

Diagram of the rainforest layers

 

Choose 15 spellings from the year 3 and year 4 spelling list.

 

Test yourself on them by doing Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check.

 

How many did you get right? Practice any you didn’t get right like you would in your spelling journal and then test yourself again.  

Become a mini author.

 

Click here to find out about miniature books. One of the most famous authors in the world made a miniature book as her first one (can you find out who that is on the link?)!

 

Today’s activity is to have a go at making your own.

 

Follow the instructions on the website to make the book. What will yours be about? Will it be fiction or non-fiction?

If you’re a Strictly fan, you’ll definitely recognise the person helping you with this lesson.

 

Click here to listen to some poems by Allan Ahlberg and follow the activities on the page.

 

It would be lovely to see your final verses shared on 2BuildaProfile (a good close up).

Simon Mole, a modern poet who writes for children, can teach you in this video to write a poem in under 10 minutes. I love the one that he came up with!

 

What would your word be to begin with? I found it easier to use a noun for my word.

 

For an extra challenge, can you turn your poem into a rap? Simon will show you how, here.

 

 

 

 

 

Play Crystal Explorers on the BBC Bitesize website.

 

 

Week 4 - 12th-15th May 2020

As I write it is currently pouring with rain. I’m hoping that the sunshine makes a swift return as, I don’t know about you, it certainly helped me keep my spirits high.

As we are now on the other side of the May Bank Holiday and our VE Day celebrations, it’s been wonderful seeing the ways in which you have been able to mark this event whilst still staying home. Seeing what you are all up to really helps to foster the strong community that I love about St. Augustine’s – it is a wonderful place to be even when we are apart.

By now you should know that we have set up 2Simple accounts for each child so that you can share achievements from across the week with me. Mr McConnell has sent out via Ping how this system will work and what you can expect from me and any other class teachers that you’re connected with – please read that if you haven’t done so already.  Whilst there is no minimum expectation of what you must do, it will be lovely to celebrate the children and for them to get some positive feedback from me on all their hard work. I just need to figure out how to give out my WOWs!

As you will have seen in the newsletter that went out on Ping on Friday 1st May we have an extended bank holiday weekend for VE Day, so you can have a ‘day off’ on Monday. A lovely chance to have an extended break from the routine if you need to. However, if you find keeping to your routine because of other commitments beneficial, I have included the usual amount of activities so there is learning to access should you wish on Monday – remember though, there is no expectation that you do.

Please remember, my biggest wish for the children is that they keep smiling. When I call and I hear about the wonderful things they are doing and how they are getting on just shows how resilient and determined they all are. They are such superstars!! Thank-you parents for taking the time to chat to me about what you are up to – I want to reassure you all that you’re going a brilliant job and your support is so appreciated. I’d also like to extend a hand to those that are struggling with this situation, if you need any support please do get in touch. 

Wishing you peace and good health.

Take care, Amy Neale

A : Home Reading each day

 

Please do some form of reading for 20 minutes per day.

Other ways to ‘read’:

B : English based activities

 

Pick one of these activities each day to complete for your English learning.

 

Don’t forget, there are lot of ways you can be practicing your writing, you might be writing a story or letters and postcards to family members. The activities below aren’t the only way you can putting pencil to paper (or typing on the computer).

 

C : Maths based activities

 

Please continue to visit your MyMaths account to see your maths learning for the day.

 

There is one ‘activity’ that I have set away from MyMaths this week that should appear on your dashboard, but if you log on and there isn’t anything there, please follow these instructions:

 

MATHS ACTIVITY

 

Create a table with the headings, 1 hour, 1 minute and 1 second at the top.

 

What type of activities will you be able to do in each of these times? Think of ten activities to go in each one. Will running a marathon go in the 1 second column? Does it take 1 hour to blink?

 

Once you have finished, look at the 1-minute activities you have written down. You will need to prove these can be done in one minute. Will you have to cross some off because they take a lot less or a lot more?

 

You will need a stop watch or a timer to help you know when 1 minute is up!

 

HAVE FUN!

D : Home Learning Project

 

By now, you may have found that you’ve run out of things to do for your chosen project. It is okay for you to start a new one.

 

You may have found out something in researching for your first one that you want to explore further.

 

You could also use this project time to learn how to do something, or practice at getting better at something. Perhaps you learn an instrument and want to be able to play a certain song. Or maybe you are working on a craft project like a cross stitch or a painting that is taking you a long time.

 

It would be wonderful to see these things displayed when we are back together and to be able to talk about all the things you have learnt and discovered. Funny face with no fill

Watch this read-aloud of The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.

 

In this story we find out about many of the creatures that live in the Amazon Rainforest.

 

Write a book review about this book, explaining why The Great Kapok Tree is a good book to learn about the Amazon Rainforest.

 

How many stars would you give it I wonder?

Have a look at the deforestation factsheet below and watch the deforestation time lapse.

 

Can you write a convincing letter to the loggers to get them to stop their work?

 

You may want to carry out your own research into deforestation to help your letter as persuasive as possible.

 

 

You’re on a walk at the beach and you find a bottle with a message in it.

 

You read the letter and find that it’s from a child who lives in the Amazon Rainforest.

 

Recreate the letter you have discovered.

 

Where might they come from? Why have they written the letter?

 

There are lots of words with silent letters in them, such as knife or island.

 

Make a list of as many silent letter words you can think of.

 

Can you make some silly sentences using them? How many silent letter words can you get into one sentence I wonder?

Pick 10 of the year 3 and 4 spellings and make your own word search for them.

 

Can you make your word search a different shape to a normal square? I’ve even seen ones in the shape of a fish!

 

 

Create a SPaG quiz for your parents or someone you could video call.

 

Here are a couple of starter questions:

 

When should you use there, their and they’re?

 

What is the name of the punctuation that is used to create suspense in a story?

 

Here are some photos of the effects of deforestation:

Week 4   - Deforestation

 

Monday 4thMay 2020

Dear Year 4 children, parents and carers, 

It’s been so lovely speaking to so many of you and hearing about how the children are getting on. So many wonderful ideas for projects, from planets to worms – I can really see all the personalities coming out in what has been chosen! 

How are you all getting on with your reading? I have just started reading Onjali Q Rauf’s (author of Boy at the Back of the Classroom) next book, The Star Outside my Window. If you’re after a new book to read it would be a great one to read next and we can compare what we think of it when we are all back together again. Other books you might like are: Rumble StarThe Alex Rider Seriesor the classic The Secret Garden(which has a film coming out soon). 

If we were in school we would be learning about the Amazon Rainforest at the moment, so some of the English activities have been based around that. I have tried to make these less reliant on a computer, but children could watch Deadly 60: The Amazon Rainforeston BBC iPlayer to gather some facts to help them with their writing. It might buy you 30 minutes peace and quiet. 

It is the 75thAnniversary of VE Day on Friday 8thMay 2020. Had we been at school I’m sure we would have had a fantastic celebration to mark the day. Just because we are still in a lockdown and social distancing from those around us doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it in our own way. 

Here are some ideas of what you could get up to with your family: 

  • Prepare yourself a yummy picnic with some wartime favourites. Enjoy it either inside or out depending on what space you have available to you. Pop on some War Time Music to create a 1940s atmosphere.
  • Research what happened on VE Day and create your own newspaper front cover or a poster commemorating what happened. 
  • Learn how to Jive. There are lots of lessons here.
  • If you’re allowed to stay up until 9pm the Royal British Legion is organising a national rendition of ‘We’ll meet again’. Visit herefor more details. The BBC will be airing this live from around the country. 

I’m sure as we get nearer to the day there will be more things advertised on social media. In whatever way you choose, I hope you are able to remember those that gave so much for us in the World War Two. 

As always, I am here should you need any support with your child’s learning.

I am missing you all very much and hoping we will all be together again soon. 

Wishing you peace and good health. 

Take care, Amy Neale 

 

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