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YEAR 4 HOME LEARNING - END OF TERM 6

Dear Year 4…..nearly Year 5,

It was so lovely to see so many of you at your picnic! Miss Foster and I really enjoyed catching up with you all – we are feeling so excited about September! Usually we would have spent a transition morning together, unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that that this year. However, we will definitely spend the first few days getting reacquainted. Luckily, we know all of your names already so we should get back into the swing of things quickly. We are looking forward to finding out more about you all and what your interests are. I’m sure they’ve changed a lot since Year 1, you all really loved the Minions Movie!

I know some of you may be feeling a little apprehensive about September – it’s been a while since you were inside of the school. We completely understand that, we felt a little nervous on our first day back too. We just wanted to let you know that we will be here for you (Miss Foster and I are great listeners).

I’m really looking forward to teaching Year 5, the topics we cover are AMAZING! We start the year with the topic ‘To the Stars’. In our topic work we will look at autobiographies and biographies of famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong for example. We will then imagine what it would be like to walk on the moon and go into space and write our own journals!

Don’t forget to keep reading over the summer holiday – we’ve won the library reading challenge the past 2 years! Have a really good rest, enjoy the sunshine and spending time with family. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in September. I know we are going to have a great year together!

Mrs. Carrá & Miss Foster

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 8 - 20th-22nd July 2020

A huge WELL DONE on making it to the last week of term, please give yourself a big pat on the back! The end of term is always bittersweet as we celebrate finishing the year and looking back on all the children’s achievements along with saying goodbye to each other for the summer holidays. This year is slightly different obviously, but please look back on everything you and your child have achieved over this time and celebrate it.

Myself and Mrs Race are so looking forward to seeing the children on Monday and finding out about how they have been getting on. It will be lovely to see them with their friends again and will be such a special time for everyone.

I know for some of you summer holiday plans have changed with cancelled holidays or days out but there is still plenty to keep the children entertained locally. The library are still running their annual Reading Challenge which always provides children with a bit of healthy competition to keep their reading mileage up. Kent Children’s University are running a fun challenge too – find out more here.  

This is also a good time to remind children about e-safety as they continue to use the internet on games and apps in their leisure time, please visit the O2 website for more information about how you can help keep your child safe online.

As you start thinking about your plans for returning to school in September, please bear in mind the uniform choices you make for your child. Due to social distancing, it will not be possible to tie school laces, or help with tricky buttons. It’s a perfect time to practice those skills so help won’t be necessary, but if it is something your child will struggle with please opt for shoes and clothing they can do up independently.

Have a wonderful summer break, see you September!

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

 

For the last three days, I have made a list of suggested activities. There is absolutely no expectation that all of these are completed, it is here to provide you with some ideas should you wish to keep up the momentum.

 

  • Pick a film you have watched or a book you have read recently and write a review on it.
  • Write or storyboard the sequel to a book you have read recently.
  • Practise the year 3 and 4 spellings – do you know them all? Write them out in different colours or in a word scribble.
  • Research an historical event and write a newspaper article about it.
  • Write a letter or a postcard to a friend or family member you haven’t seen for a long time.
  • Help your parents write their meal plan or shopping list this week.
  • Write an acrostic poem for the work SUMMER

 

C : Maths based activities

 


All of your maths learning this week will be tasks in MyMaths. Log into there each day to see that day’s learning.

For lots of fun maths games you can do after you have completed your lesson, take a look at www.mathsisfun.com. There are so many activities and games to have fun with there!

Over the summer, you can still practice your times tables to make sure you can remember them all. Can you get any quicker at them? Challenge yourself to improve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Crest Award have compiled a fantastic science competition for children to take part in. Please see the PDF attached below for details on all the activities.

 

These are great for these last few days but also throughout the summer holidays.

 

 

 

 

Year 4 Home Learning (20.7.2020-22.7.2020)

WEEK 8 - Crest Activities

 

 

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 7 - 13th-17th July 2020

Well done on getting to our last full week left of the school term! I am still so impressed with how you and the children are persisting with the school work, there is not much longer to go now.

By this point in the term we would have done many wonderful things to prepare the children for moving onto their new year group. With that in mind, I have suggested some activities for your child to do to reflect on the past year and look towards what their hopes are for Year 5.

For the Art activity, it would be wonderful if as many children did this as possible and I could create a whole class piece with their self-portraits. These will be wonderful mementos for them to look back on as they grow up.

Have a wonderful week, keep safe and well.

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

 

This term we would have gone on a school trip. Unfortunately, our plans had to change but this week you are going to get the chance to take a virtual school trip to Longleat Safari Park. Watch the video here.

 

The activities that follow can be completed after watching the video. Pick one a day. Please note the last two activities should be done in order.

C : Maths based activities

 


All of your maths learning this week will be tasks in MyMaths. Log into there each day to see that day’s learning.

For lots of fun maths games you can do after you have completed your lesson, take a look at www.mathsisfun.com. There are so many activities and games to have fun with there!

As ever, keep practising your times tables with a focus on getting your speed down as much as possible. Times Tables Rock Stars, Hit the Button and Daily10 are all great places to get your practise in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Take a look at this challenge and see if you can hit the target 15 times in a row. How could you make it more challenging?

 

Target Practice

 

 

 

 

 

Write a recount of what you day would have been like.

 

What animals did you see? What were their habitats like?

 

Don’t forget, we have certain words we must use when writing a recount. I’ll give you a clue… (first…)

 

If you’re feeling creative you could design your recount as a postcard.  

Create a poster advertising the park for potential visitors.

 

You can visit the Longleat website to find out information you will need to include, such as:

 

  • Price of entry
  • Opening times
  • Address
  • Attractions at the park

Longleat Safari Park was the first drive-through safari outside of Africa when it opened.

 

Imagine you are a reporter who visits the safari park to write an article about how amazing the park is.

 

You can visit this Wiki to help you find some information about the park that you could include.

 

Turn your article into the front page news!

Take a look at the reading comprehension activities on the below PDF.

 

There are two pictures for you to choose from, you can done one or the other (or both if you would like).

 

Complete these in your English books in your best handwriting. Write out the question and your answer underneath it before moving onto the next one.

1)Take a look at the Fronted Adverbial Powerpoint to remind yourself what they are and how we use them in a sentence.

 

Then complete the Fronted Adverbial Activity. You can print this out, or write the sentences into your English book before underlining the correct parts of the sentence.

 

2) Write a recount of what you day would have been like.

 

What animals did you see? What were their habitats like?

 

You will need to think about how you are starting your sentences – look at the fronted adverbial table on the Powerpoint from yesterday.

         

Year 4 Home Learning (13.7.2020-17.7.2020)

WEEK 7 - Topic Activities

WEEK 7 - Fronted Adverbials

WEEK 7 - Fronted Adverbials Activity

WEEK 7 - Reading Comprehension

WEEK 7 - Crossword Activity

 

 

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 6 - 6th - 10th July 2020

I hope you are all keeping well as we go into week 6 of the term. Summer is almost upon us and it has been great to see all the children still motivated to complete their MyMaths. Well done to the children (and you parents!)

Maths this week is a mixture of things, some revision of times tables and symmetry with some challenges to complete at the end. As ever, if you want to do something different, I welcome that.

This week I have found some great resources from The Book Trust that you may be interested in. I am not able to set them as learning tasks as they require using social media, but they look too good not to share with you in case you wanted something different to do. Their resources page is here and their quiz page is here.

I hope you are managing to enjoy the lovely summer weather and getting out and about. Keep safe and well.

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.

 

 

C : Maths based activities

 

 

All of your maths learning this week will be tasks in MyMaths. Log into there each day to see that day’s learning.

For lots of fun maths games you can do after you have completed your lesson, take a look at www.mathsisfun.com. There are so many activities and games to have fun with there!

As ever, keep practising your times tables with a focus on getting your speed down as much as possible. Times tables rock stars, hit the button and daily10 are all great places to get your practise in!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Cressida Cowell read her story ‘How to speak Dragonese’. You can choose to watch more than one chapter if you would like.

 

After you have watched the video/videos, write or story board to predict what you think will happen next.

 

If you have already read the book, you can storyboard to summarise what has happened so far.

Visit BBC Bitesize and complete the learning on synonyms and antonyms.

 

Afterwards create a mind map with synonyms in one colour and antonyms in another.

 

Have go with these words: happy, big, walk, pretty and sad.

Practice the spellings from the year 3 and year 4 spelling list.

 

If you know these very well already, pick ten and think about what their definition is. If you are unsure, have a look in a dictionary or check on the internet.

Now that you have found out about different habitats and other animals, you are going take on the role of an intrepid nature explorer like Bear Grylls, discovering a new land for the first time! You will be writing a story.

 

  1. Use the internet to carry on any further research you feel that you need. Gather together some pictures that you could include with you story.
  2. Story board or story map your adventure. Remember, you are the main character in this, so you can say ‘I can see’ or ‘I felt…’ – this is called writing in the first person.
  3. Write your beginning and build-up of your story
  4. Write the problem section of your story. With all the animals you will encounter, this should be the biggest section of your story.
  5. Write the resolution and ending of your story.
         

Year 4 Home Learning (6.7.2020-10.7.2020)

WEEK 6 - Bee Information

WEEK 6 - Topic Activities

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 5 - 29th June - 3rd July 2020

Children, this week you will become budding conservationists. You will be discovering more about the wildlife around you and what we can be doing to make a difference. I’m so excited to see what you all get up with this project – please share on 2 Build a Profile.

For the English tasks there is an author study. Onjali Q. Rauf is familiar to the children as we loved reading her first book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classroom’ in school earlier on in the year. I highly recommend it!

I have planned away from MyMaths this week for a bit of variety. There are games on MyMaths the children can play if you would still like to keep to the routine, but I thought it might be time for a little bit of a shake-up. The children have done fantastically so far, I am so impressed with their perseverance.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, keep safe, healthy and happy.

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.

 

Visit the National Literacy Trust where they have done an author study on Onjali Q. Rauf who wrote ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classroom’.

 

Choose one of the activities below based on her books.

C : Maths based activities

 

I have put the link and directions for these activities onto MyMaths, but should it not appear on the dashboard, I have detailed them here also.

 

Monday

This activity will see you investigating several different flags and the shapes within them. There are some flags on the page for you to start off with, but you may like to find your own choice of flag to investigate.

 

 

Tuesday

Lots of fun playing with triangles today.

Look at this activity.

 

Wednesday

Have a go at playing Nim with a sibling or parent at home. This is a great game as once you figure out the winning strategy you can baffle your friends and family members that don't know you will always win - it's like a maths magic trick! And in case you are wondering, I know how to always win so you can't try and trick me! 😊

 

Thursday

You will need to open the Minecraft PDF (below), this can be printed if you are able to, but it can also be completed easily on the screen with you answers jotted on a piece of paper.

 

You can use this same activity on your Lego creations too. Look carefully at the shapes you have used, how many faces/vertices or edges do they have?

 

 

Friday

Have a go at playing a game of chess.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmed in ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classroom’ is given a pomegranate to remind him of home.

 

What reminds you of your home? Write a description of it and why you chose it.

 

Draw a beautiful picture to go with it.

Before you read the first chapter of ‘The Star Outside my Window’, make a prediction about what you think the story will be about.

 

Once you have done that, read the first chapter.

You all listened to ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classroom’ in school.

 

Write the blurb that could go on the back of the book.

 

Remember the point of the blurb is to make whoever picks up the book want to read it – use persuasive language to convince them.

Complete the activity for ‘The Star Outside my Window’.

 

You will need to use the internet to research some constellations and write a description of them. Can you accurately sketch them?

Read an extract from ‘The Boy at the Back of Classroom’ here.

 

Answer these questions:

 

  • Why do you think Brendan-the-Bully behaves the way he does?
  • How does he make the narrator feel?
  • How does he make you feel?
  • Have you seen this sort of behaviour before?

Home is important to us, especially now when we have spent so much time there.

 

Explain what ‘Home’ means to you.

 

Does it mean family? Safety? Where fun happens? What makes your home special to you?

 

Ahmed had to make a new home for himself in another country, is home to him just a house? Or more than that? Consider this when writing about your own idea of ‘Home’.

Year 4 Home Learning (29.6.2020-3.7.2020)

WEEK 5 - Topic Activities

WEEK 5 - Thursday Minecraft

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 4 - 22nd-26th June 2020

Hello again and here we are going into week 4 of term 6. The summer holidays are in sniffing distance and promise everyone a well-earned rest from all your hard work teaching your children at home. I hope everyone is still getting on okay and you are managing to maintain momentum with all your other commitments. With the risk of sounding like a broken record, please only do what you can, there is no expectation that all of the activities I set are completed and I welcome any alternatives that you would prefer to do that would suit your family better. One little wish is that your child is reading regularly as it really is the life blood of writing and will help them hugely when they come back to school.

This week we have another week where I am available to speak with parents (or the children, if they would like to). Thank you to all of you who have booked a slot for a telephone call, it’s been lovely to hear how the children have been getting on after a little break from calling.

This week’s activities are centred around our new topic of Habitats (the unit is actually called A Place for Everything). The children will be exploring the different habitats of the world and making their own fact file based on what they discover. There have been some lovely programmes on lately that will suit this learning, Springwatch is on the BBC iPlayer and if you have access to Netflix there are tonnes of nature documentaries that can form part of their research.

If your child is particularly keen on using the computer, we have been having fun in school learning touch typing and seeing how fast we can get. Here are some useful links if your child (or you) would like to give it a go:

I’m wishing you a peaceful week and hope that you will be able to enjoy the nice weather together with family and friends (see Mr McConnell’s Pings for useful update on the guidance).

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 lots 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 are some activities on MyMaths that should appear on your dashboard. Some of them will be using the PDFs below. Take a look at these instructions should they no appear on the MyMaths dashboard.

 

Monday

Have a look at the 3D shapes that are around your home (or classroom if you are in school today). Can you name them? You may need to research 3D shapes on the internet if you are unsure what the shape is.

 

Then watch this video.

 

Your challenge today is to look carefully at the items you have found and draw the net of the shape.

 

Tuesday

Watch this video

 

Find the TUESDAY Lines of Symmetry PDF below. Can you accurately draw all the lines of symmetry for these shapes? You will need to label them as well. If you do not have access to a printer you have an extra challenge of drawing the shapes out too - remember to use a ruler :D

 

Wednesday

Have a watch of the symmetry video again

 

Your challenge is to sort the shapes from the WEDNESDAY Shapes for Sorting PDF below. You will need to sort the out into how many lines of symmetry do they have. You can print this out or you can copy them out from the screen - I'd like you to challenge yourself by accurately drawing the shapes and labelling them when you sort them.

 

You can sort them however you like, into groups or in a table - the choice is yours!

 

 

 

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

 

Take a look at the Just Dance YouTube channel. Can you challenge someone in your house to a dance off?

 

 

 

 

This week’s writing task is something you can work on over the course of the week. You are going to be creating your own non-fiction book based on animal habitats.

 

If you have some non-fiction books at home, take a look through them to remind yourself what a non-fiction book looks like. If you don’t have any at home, take a look here at some online ones (you will have to ask a grown up to sign up to it for free).

 

  1. Research the different habitats that animals might live in throughout the world. Create a concept map (please see PDF for examples) detailing the different habitats but also what animals live there, what makes that habitat unique and why is it a good habitat for those animals. You will need to include at least 3 different habitats.

 

  1. (To be completed over 3 days) For each of the habitats you are going to write a draft fact file for each habitat you have research. If you have researched more than three habitats then you may do more than this, but the aim at the end of the week is to have at least three habitats in your ‘book’.

 

  1. The final part of your writing task for the week is to publish you work in best. You can design yourself an eye catching front cover. Think about what else non-fiction books have, here are a few ideas to help you:

 

  • Contents and Index
  • Glossary
  • Key words in bold for the glossary
  • Section headings

 

Year 4 Home Learning (22.6.2020-26.6.2020)

WEEK 4 - Tuesday - Investigating Lines of Symmetry

WEEK 4 - Wednesday - Shapes for Sorting

WEEK 4 - Habitat Map

WEEK 4 - Topic Activities

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 3 - 15th-19th June 2020

I hope you are still well and keeping happy and healthy. I can tell how hard everyone has been working on their MyMaths, I’m so proud of all the children’s efforts. Thank you all for your fantastic support in your children’s home learning, I know that it’s not always easy. As ever, please just do what you can and if you come up with something off the wall to do, well done!

The home learning this week continues with a bit of a local history theme. There is no better way of exploring our local history than getting out and about in it, so I urge you to visit some of the amazing things we have on our doorstep. I’d love to see pictures of your visits shared on 2Build a Profile.

Please keep safe and well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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 lots 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

 

Take on the Power Jump Challenge

 

 

Spelling Challenge

 

Alphabet Spell

Can you write a collection of sentences that have a word from every letter of the alphabet from the year 3 and 4 spelling list?

 

Here is a link to the list to help you? Write the words from the list in a different colour. Ask someone else in your house to test you on the, afterwards!

Reading

 

Summarise the storyline of a recent book you have read.

 

You could do this in the form of a story board or write out the synopsis (a fancy word for what happens in the story) in your writing book.

Punctuation

 

Define what each of these punctuations are and what their job is in a piece of writing.

 

.  ,  :  ?  !   ()  “

 

Create a poster for them with a drawing of the punctuation and your definition. You could even make them into funny characters.

Big Write

(This can be completely over several days)

 

Research some recent news articles that you may have heard about. Visit First News Happy News page to have a read of some if you aren’t aware of any.

 

Now is your chance to become your own newspaper editors and create your own newspaper. You will need a front page with an exciting story to hook your reader in. Inside your newspaper you might want to add news from your family, or things that have happened in your local community.

 

The First News newspapers we have in school also have fun puzzles and games to play so you could create your own versions of those too. A newspaper crossword puzzle is always fun to have a go at!

         

Year 4 Home Learning (15.6.2020-19.6.2020)

WEEK 3 - Topic Activities

 

 

Dear Parents /Carers

TERM 6 - WEEK 2 - 8th-12th June 2020

If we were at school, we would have been researching our local area. Our history learning would be been creating a research project on an aspect of our local history of your child’s choosing. We would have been going on walks investigating what historical evidence we can find in the area surrounding school, if you can, when you are out on walks talk about what you find.

For maths this week, we will be revisiting one of the four operations to make sure our mental maths skills are maintained. Doing these activities and tasks on MyMaths along with practising on Times Table Rock Stars or playing games like Hit the Button on Topmarks will help with quick recall. Putting calculations into word problems will help provide challenge in having to retrieve the right information to solve their calculation.

As ever, there is no pressure to complete all the learning every day, I know you will all have commitments you are continuing to juggle. There has been brilliant engagement on MyMaths, it is nice to be able to give feedback on this and for your child to know that I see how well they are doing – the children have been doing fantastically! Remember, any learning can be shared with me on 2BuildAProfile but it is better if this isn’t extended pieces of writing as I only get a thumb nail sized picture and cannot read it unfortunately, photos of you creative activities or science experiments are brilliant to see!

Please keep safe and well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Best wishes, Amy Neale

 

Week 2 - Topic Activities

Week 2 - Inference Skill Questions

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

 

Try the ‘Teapot Challenge’. Search the internet for a video on how to do it.

 

Can you do 100 or even 1000 of a movement. For example, if you have a trampoline, challenge yourself to so 1000 bounces in one day or 100 skips with a skipping rope.

 

Spelling Activity

 

Get a big sheet of paper and draw a big scribble tangle like we did at school. Pick one of the words from the Year 3 and 4 spelling list and fill each section with that word over and over again.

 

This is one for the felt tips or colouring pencils, make it as colourful as you can!

Inference activity

 

Visit BBC Bitesize to watch this video to understand what inference is.

 

Spend 20 minutes reading your book and then answer the questions on the PDF below in your exercise book. You can either print it out or write the questions with your answers. You may want to talk this through with a grown up.

Book Review

 

Pick your favourite book of all time. This could be something you read when you were little, or one that was more recent.

 

Imagine you are a book publisher and you need to convince everyone to read this book. Write a review that will persuade me to buy it and read it.

 

 

 *** Activity to be completed over several days. ***

 

You are going to write a portal story. Where your character will be transported from one world into another – a bit like Harry Potter when it goes through the wall at platform 9 3/4!

 

  1. I want you to spend some time thinking about your character and the world they currently live in. It could even be you and your home if you would like. Draw what the character and what the world looks like. You can colour or paint this scene. Up to you.  
  2. Watch the video by Abi Elphinstone here. She will be challenging you to focus on the moment your character goes through the portal. I would be expecting lots of descriptive writing here.
  3. Storyboard and write what then what happens to your character in this new world you have created.

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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