Dear Parents and Carers, 

To ensure that your child does not miss out on their valuable learning whilst working from home, we expect them to continue accessing their learning by completing the daily lessons which can be found on the school website.  They do not need any resources other than a pencil and paper. These online lessons match the curriculum that we are teaching in school so it is important that they complete them carefully and try their best.

Please encourage your child to organise their day as if they were in school. They should start the morning with their English  and maths lesson and then allocate time throughout the day for reading, science and topic. In Science, we are learning about the digestive system and our History topic is the Romans. We are preparing for and completing a project about the lives of wealthy Romans.

In addition to this, your child should access Purple Mash, which is regularly updated with activities from them to complete. The learning booklets, which were sent home before half term, include maths activities and writing opportunities which we ask your child to work through over the next two weeks.

Furthermore, we ask that your child allocates at least 20 minutes per day to enjoy reading. There are activities on the remote learning page to support this. 

We understand that this is an unusual situation to find ourselves in however we have tried to prepare your child for remote learning to ensure they do not miss out on their valuable education. They have made a great start to Year 4 which is why it is so important that they continue working hard at home in readiness to learn when they return to school. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss Earp and Mr Asquith

Our newsletters

 Autumn 2 

Autumn 1

Week 3 (W.C. Monday 16th November 2020)

We love to read in year 4! This month in guided reading we have been reading the story 'The Firework Maker's daughter.' Click on the links below. You will need paper and a pen to answer the questions.

 

1. To engage with the text

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-engage-with-the-text-c9h3je

2. To answer questions on the text

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-answer-questions-on-the-text-orally-and-in-written-form-c5jk6d

3. To analyse the characters

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-analyse-a-character-6wv3gd

 

 Week 4 (W.C. Monday 23rd November 2020)

This week I want you to focus on reading for pleasure. Follow the links below to watch the video and complete the activities.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-reading-for-pleasure-61hk2c

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-reading-for-pleasure-cguk8e

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-reading-for-pleasure-through-book-recommendations-68rp4c

This half term, we will be developing our skills in addition and subtraction. We will be looking at mental methods, using calculations to explore related facts and practising our use of the column method. Follow the lessons below to practise this skill in many different ways!

1. To use related addition and subtraction facts 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/deriving-addition-and-subtraction-facts-6xk30t

2. To use given calculation to find addition and subtraction facts

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/deriving-addition-and-subtraction-facts-by-using-given-calculations-cru3jd

3. To choose appropriate strategies for addition

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/choosing-appropriate-addition-strategies-6wwkad

4. To choose appropriate strategies for subtraction

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/choosing-appropriate-subtraction-strategies-6nh3gc

5. Revise our learning so far

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/applying-and-consolidating-related-number-facts-and-appropriate-strategies-6dgkct

 

Week 3: Column addition

Monday 16th November

1.To add using column addition 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/adding-using-the-column-method-cmw3cc

Tuesday 17th November

2. To add using column addition when regrouping

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/adding-using-the-column-method-when-multiple-columns-require-regrouping-cmwpcr

Wednesday 18th November, Thursday 19th November and Friday 20th November.

3. There are then 3 worksheets to complete below on column addition.

4. Finally, use the games and videos below to revise your times tables. 

Week 3 - Learn By Heart is X6 table

Week 4 -Learn By Heart is X7 table

Week 5 - Learn By Heart is X8 table

Week 6 - Learn by heart is X9 table 

 

Red group - here is a booklet to help you practise your number bonds to 20! There are also games below where you can practise this skill!

Week 4 (W.c.23.11.20)

- We are continuing our work on column addition and also looking at our reasoning skills

Monday 23rd November

First recap the skills 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6vr47h

Tuesday 24th November

 Now apply your learning to exchanging multiple times in a question and also explaining your reasoning. There are two parts to this sheet so it may take you a few days!

Wednesday 25th November

Now I want you to practise this skill and do some reasoning at the same time! You will need a dice for this but if you don't have one you can use a digital one online or just write the numbers 1-9 randomly on your paper!

  1. Copy and complete the first set of questions.
  2. Now experiment trying to making the biggest total possible. In which column do you think you should put the biggest numbers so you make the largest amount?
  3. Now try making the smallest amount - think very carefully about which numbers you put where!

Thursday 26th November

Now finish your work on column addition by applying your learning to some word problems and reasoning. For each question I have given you a hint on how to start solving it!

Friday 27th November

Arithmetic and times table revision day!

  1. Play 5 games of hit the button on your chosen time table - try to choose one you need to learn! 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

2. Logon to TTRS or Purple mash to complete at least 3 of the times table activities on there!

 

3. Arithmetic (10 mins) Copy and complete the questions below

a) 6483 rounded to the nearest 1000

b) 9483 rounded to the nearest 10

c) 6482 + 2193

d) 7439 + 3281

e) 7438 - 2317

f) 0.7 + 1.7

g) 643 X 2

h) 37 X 5

e) 6 X 12

f) 8 X 8

g) 627 rounded to the nearest 10

h) 757 rounded to the nearest 100

 

4. Times table ultimate challenge! Time yourself!

 

 Learn by Heart Homework

Times table Rockstars!

In year 4 we are very competitive when it comes to times tables! We love challenging each other in races on purple mash, in our weekly tests and we love to earn stickers when we learn each times table! Remember, there are weekly challenges set on purple mash and your TTRS rockstars will shortly be updated for you to use. You can also try out some of these websites below or try:

  • Getting an adult to quiz you on the way to/from school.
  • Creating your own times table game!
  • Writing your own times table song!
  • Writing each times table using different colours or fonts.
  • Designing a poster to teach others a certain times table.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/463

This half term in Science we will be learning about the digestive system! Here are some lessons for you to complete:

  1. How do humans digest food? 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-humans-digest-food-60rp4c

2. What is the digestive system (video, gap fill and quiz.)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z27kng8/articles/z9wk7p3

3. Now use the information above to draw an outline of the human body with the organs used by the digestive system. Explain the job of each part in as much detail as possible.

4. Finally use all you have learnt to draw and label your own comic strip to describe what happens in the digestive system. Make it as fun and colourful as possible - the videos and examples below will help you!

In RE this half term we are still looking at the question:

What do different people believe about God?

We are now looking at what Hindus believe about God and will be comparing this with what we learnt about Christianity.

1.What do Hindus believe about how the world was created? Use the video below to learn the story then design your own story board to retell the key events.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfy0jKaxBFs

2. What do Hindus believe about God?

Complete the gap fill exercise below and then the questions. The answers are in the document.

3. What is Diwali and how do Hindus celebrate it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zh86n39/articles/zjpp92p

Use this website above to find out about all the different parts of Diwali and create a poster with a paragraph below each question below:

What is Diwali?

Who is the Goddess Lakshmi?

What is the story of Rama and Sita?

How do Hindus celebrate Diwali?

What is a rangoli pattern?

4. Now we are going to look closer at the Hindu Gods. Use the powerpoint below that we are using in class to create an ID card for any 2 of your chosen Gods. On the ID card you should include:

Their name

Description of what they look like

Description of what they are holding and why

Explanation of why they are important to Hindus

Any special or interesting facts

5. The Hindu Trimurti - Hindus believe there are 3 important representations of God that are called the Trimurti. Read the fact sheet below to complete the poster below. If you can't print this out, design your own poster using the questions on the sheet!

6. Final task of the half term

To show all of our learning, we are designing a double paged poster to answer the question:

What do Hindus and Christians believe about God

Steps to success

  1. Grab yourself two pieces of paper and stick them together to make one big piece
  2. Write the question as a title somewhere at the top.
  3. On one side of the sheet you are going to write about Diwali. Copy each of the questions below and write a paragraph for each in bubbles or boxes. Make it creative!

What do Christians believe about the creation of the world?

What does the story of Adam and Eve teach Christians?

How is what they believe similar to Hindus?

How is what they believe different to Hindus?

Are your beliefs similar to different to Hindus? Explain.

 

4. Use the other side to write about Hindus. Again, complete and complete the questions below

 

What do Hindus believe about the creation of the world?

What do Hindus believe about God and how is this different to Christians?

What is the Trimurti? Describe each of the 3 Gods.

What is Diwali and how do Hindus celebrate it?

Is Diwali similar to any other religious festival? Explain.

Welcome to year 4!

Our teachers are Miss Earp (4LE) and Mr Asquith (4RA.) Our support assistants are Mrs Kauser and Mrs Ali.

Weekly spellings

Below you will find the weekly spelling lists for each week of the term. These can also be found on purple mash where children can practise online! Please make sure your child practises these at home every week. This could be by...

  • Practising each word using the 'say, cover, write and look' method.
  • Writing the words using different colours or fonts.
  • Try giving your child a quiz- how many can they get right? Can they beat their own score?
  • Using each word in their own sentences.
  • Could you write your own short story that contains all of the words of the week?
  • You could put them on post it notes around the house as a constant reminder! 

To help support your learning if you are unable to come to school, we would like you to access the online lessons on the Oak National Academy website along with some of the other resources from this page. Oak National Academy lessons are delivered by real teachers and they match what we are teaching in class so you don't miss any valuable learning. 

To begin the online lesson, you need to click on the link (the name of the lesson) and it was will take you to the website. You will need: paper, a pen or pencil and your best 'can do' attitude. 

The BBC resources will have written explanations, videos and sometimes quizzes. Again you will need paper, a pen or a pencil.

In English, we have been enjoying reading our new book called 'Arthur and the Golden Rope.' We will be developing our writing skills this half term by...

  • Writing a letter explaining why we deserve to visit Professor Brownstone's family vault - we really hope we get invited!
  • Creating some exciting descriptions of things in our book.
  • Exploring the feelings of the different characters in this story.
  • Researching and presenting information about Iceland.
  • Planning and writing our own newspaper article 

Recording 1 pages 1 - 13

Recording 2 pages 13-21

Week 3: starting our book!

Monday 16th November

1. Listen to the audio clip of the start of our story above read by Miss Earp and look at the picture of Arthur.

2. Grab a piece of paper and answer these questions below:

Where does Arthur live?

What does Arthur like to do?

Arthur is very adventurous. Give one example of this.

Look at the page above. Do you think the other people like Arthur? Why or why not?

Use the internet or dictionary to find what peculiar means. Do you think Arthur is peculiar? Explain.

3. Now turn your paper over and draw the outline of a person. On the inside, write at least 5 sentences to describe the feelings of Arthur.

E.g. I think Arthur feels lonely because he has nobody to talk to.

Around the outside, write some exciting descriptions to describe what he looks like.

E.g. Arthur has a green, pointy hat with a fluffy, red feather on top. 

Tuesday 17th November

1. Listen to the second audio clip above. Using paper, draw what you imagine is happening. What do you think the wolf looks like?

2. Look at the real picture of the wolf. Does it look the same? Now write your best description of this wolf using what we have learnt about expanded noun phrases this year! There are lessons below that can help you!

WAGOLL start from Miss Earp:

In the distance, Arthur could see a monstrous black, wolf heading straight for his town! This wolf had __________, __________ eyes and.....

Wednesday 18th November

1. Relisten to the story so far. On a piece of paper write down 5 main things that we have learnt so far about Arthur and his town.

2. Think about how the feelings of the people who live in the town have changed over time - answer these on your paper.

How did they feel before the attack living their normal, happy lives?

How did they feel when the wolf came?

How did they feel after the attack when they were all injured and their town was destroyed?

3. On the back of your paper draw 3 boxes. I want you to draw what you think people were doing before, during and after the attack. Write a sentence to describe how the people were feeling at each point.

Thursday 19th November - inverted commas

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-punctuating-speech-first-c9j30c

 

Friday 20th November - features of a newspaper

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-the-features-of-a-newspaper-report-6rv30r

Week 4 - lessons from BBC and Oak National

Monday 23rd November

Features of a newspaper report - follow the link below, watch the video and complete the activities using a piece of paper and a pen.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-the-features-of-a-newspaper-report-6rv30r

Tuesday 24th November

We will be writing a newspaper when we are back in school so it's really important that you know the key features!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-the-features-of-a-newspaper-report-6dh3cr

Wednesday 25th November

An important part of writing a newspaper is including what people have said about the incident. These are called quotes and they are written using inverted commas to show when someone is speaking.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-punctuating-speech-first-c9j30c

Thursday 26th November

Expanded noun phrases - we are working on making our descriptions more exciting by describing our nouns in more detail!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zp937p3

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-expanded-noun-phrases-6hh36c

Friday 27th November

Fronted adverbials

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-the-functions-of-fronted-adverbials-60u68e

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zp937p3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z62ckmn

Weeks 5 and 6 

These next two weeks we will be writing and editing our newspaper reports. Below you will find some additional tasks on the key features of newspaper reports. You will also find a research challenge!

3. We are going to be researching, taking notes and presenting our ideas about why Iceland is such an amazing place to visit. Use the links below to:

  • Take key notes about what here is to do in Iceland - choose at least 3 things to explain.
  • Summarise key facts about the country (e.g. Where it is and how many people live there.)
  • Use your facts to create a quiz for your families at the end!
  • Finally use all your facts to write a presentation that you can read out your families to persuade them to visit Iceland. Your presentation should last for at least a minute and you could use your tablet to show pictures or videos while you speak!

https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/iceland-facts.html

4. We will then be moving onto writing our newspaper reports. Use the link below to learn about this type of writing.https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-punctuating-speech-first-c9j30c

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-the-features-of-a-newspaper-report-6rv30r

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-the-features-of-a-newspaper-report-6dh3cr

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-gather-information-and-evidence-for-a-newspaper-report-75h6ad?step=2&activity=completed

4. We will need to use quotes in our newspaper articles. Remind yourself how to punctuate speech correctly using the lessons below:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-revise-speech-punctuation-cngp8t

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7s6t39

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/ztcp97h

5. Task - now use everything you have learnt to write your own newspaper report about the wolf attack. Remember you will need:

  • An introductory short paragraph to say when, where and what happened. (Start with a fronted adverbial of time! E.g. Yesterday at _____, )
  • A main body with a few paragraphs to explain what happened and what the wolf destroyed (use a few expanded noun phrases to describe here!)
  • A few quotes to show what people of the town said about the attack (E.g. Bob, the mayor, told us, " _____________________________________"
  • A concluding paragraph to briefly explain what is happening now. What's the plan to save the town?
  • A picture with a caption (that's a sentence underneath to explain what is in the picture.)

EXTRA!!

Below you will also find some activities to help with basic writing skills such as punctuation if needed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-english-capital-letters-full-stops/zjmrhbk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zv78jhv

This term we are learning about the Romans. We will be learning:

  • How they invaded other countries including Britain.
  • Why they came to Britain.
  • The power of the Roman army.
  • The life of the rich Romans compared to the poor.
  • The impact of the invasion on Britain.
  • The revolt of the Celts and Boudicca.

Use the resources and videos below to complete the following tasks

  1. Draw and label the equipment used by a Roman soldier. Explain what each piece of equipment was and why it was important.
  2. Use your research skills and the text below to create a leaflet all about Julius Caesar. Why was he famous? What did he do? How did he die?
  3. Design a poster about the lives of Romans. Make sure to include the rooms inside a Roman villa and their forms of entertainment. This is a project we will be working on in class so you could stick too pieces of paper together to make it bigger- it will take us 2 afternoons to take notes and write up our ideas. Draw some pictures of each thing and explain how the Romans enjoyed themselves.The powerpoint below is what we are using in class.
  4. How did the Roman invasion change Britain? Use the resources below to draw and explain 5 different things that the Romans did for us (e.g. Roman Numerals.) Again this will be one of our projects for the end of the half term so I want you to design a double page of information including....
  • 5 inventions the Romans brought and how they changed our lives today
  • Explain how our lives would be different without the Romans
  • Drawings and pictures to grab the reader's attention
  • 5. Write a diary entry as Boudicca during her revolt against the Romans. What did she inspire the Celts to do? Did they win? What happened?

 

Miss Earp's WAGOLL layout for the wealthy Romans project:

Here are some resources and lessons from the Oak National Academy to help you!

  1. How did the Roman Empire become so successful?

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-did-the-roman-empire-become-so-powerful-74u62t

2. Who was Julius Caesar?

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/who-was-julius-caesar-cgw3ce

3. How did the Romans change Britain?

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-did-the-romans-change-britain-60r3gt

4. Why did Boudicca lead the revolt against the Romans?

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/why-did-boudicca-lead-a-revolt-against-the-romans-60v3gc

5. Extra information:

Life in the Roman army - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwmpfg8/articles/zqbnfg8

How they changed Britain https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqtf34j/articles/z2dr4wx

Life during Roman times https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z9m6n39

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