Year 4: Blog items

Y4 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 5:17pm

What a fantastic week it has been in Year 4!

In English, we have focused on the grammatical difference between plural and possessive ‘s’. We discussed how to show possession with plural nouns. The class have improved their writing by using a range of subordinate conjunctions before subordinate clauses. We use the acronym ‘I SAW A WABUB’ to help us remember the subordinate conjunctions.

In Maths, we have been focusing on our Times Tables. I have a feeling we will have a few Rock Heroes in our class very soon! Well done to everyone for working so hard and earning lots of stickers this week. 

This week in RE, we read the true story of Terry Waite, a former envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, was captured by Hezbollah in 1987 and imprisoned for 5 years. He went to Beirut to negotiate the release of hostages and became a hostage himself. He spent 1,763 days in captivity. For most of the time, he was alone and blindfolded. Jesus gave him hope in the darkness. We discussed how Terry showed a great example of our monthly value Peace by choosing to not use violence against violence.

We have been enjoying our study of teeth in Science this term and today we focused on animal teeth. Expert bone collector and blogger 14- year-old Jake McGowan-Lowe, who has been collecting animal skulls and bones since he was six, gave us some handy tips on how to identify carnivores and herbivores from their teeth. We had fun imagining which animal teeth we would choose and why.

Our drumming lessons have come to an end with Mr Asbridge. The class have loved playing the ‘Forbidden Rhythm’ game and learning about compound rhythms. Mr Asbridge will remain with us (via zoom) until Christmas as we learn to play the glockenspiel.

Have a wonderful weekend Year 4!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:51pm

What a busy, fun-filled, glitter exploding week it has been in Year 4! 

In English, we have been discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s imagination. We have used expanded noun phrases and adverbials to create atmosphere. The children’s writing based on ‘Leon and the Place Between’ has been truly magical!

We have been working on our bar modelling skills and we are loving the White Rose Maths Barvember challenges. The class have wowed us with their dedication to the new Times Table challenge!

In RE we have been lucky enough to be asked to take part in the ‘Churches together Christmas Window Display’. There are about 35 local shops and businesses taking part this year. Each window will have a theme of a different Christmas Carol. Linking to our RE topic ‘Jesus is the light of the World’, Year 4s Christmas Carol is ‘The Candle Song’. We decorated some candle pictures which will be assembled in the window of a local shop or business.

To mark Remembrance Day, Mr McCabe led a whole school Collective Worship assembly and reminded us of the importance of the 11th of November. We made some paper poppy crafts and used them during our Mindfulness session. Year 4 explored the ‘Green Screen’ app and recited In Flanders Fields’ in a field of poppies.

This week was ‘Celebration of Kindness week’ in TSP, combining three important events on our school calendar - Children in Need, World Kindness Day and Anti-Bullying Week.

Year 4 felt passionate about being kind to the local wildlife during Kindness week and decided to make bird feeders. When researching different types of bird feeders, we found that many involved using plastic. Year 4 discussed the problem of using plastic such as sharp plastic causing cuts, both for the students and the birds. The class also thought that the bird’s feathers could also get caught on jagged edges of the plastic. We decided we wanted to make our bird feeders by using a plastic-free option. We made our bird feeders by firstly making some freshly squeezed orange juice as a class and then using the rind of the orange to hold our mix of lard and bird seeds.

The message of the whole school music video has been to 'Laugh More...Worry Less!’. There were certainly lots of laughs this week as danced our way around the school sprinkling glitter, smiles and kindness. As a wonderful end to our Celebration of Kindness week, we watched the whole school Kindness video, we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did!

Have a wonderful weekend Year 4 and don’t forget to spread kindness like confetti!

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 4:32pm

We’ve had a fantastic start to our Autumn 2 term. Year 4 returned to school refreshed after their break bringing back lots of enthusiasm and positive attitudes.

This week, our Year 4 classroom was transformed into a circus. It was certainly the highlight of our week! With circus music playing in the background and popcorn popping, the room was filled with the sounds and smells of a big top tent. The children used their senses interact with the setting and write wonderful setting descriptions.

In maths we focused on column addition with 4 digit numbers and we have been giving our mental arithmetic muscles a workout with some quick fire questions. The class have been battling their way up the Times Table Rockstar chart, keep practising at home!

In RE we explored the symbolism of light. We looked at several different pieces of artwork depicting the Nativity scene and discussed the similarities of the use of light to represent Jesus. We discussed how Jesus is the light of the world.

In Science we started a new topic ‘Animals Including Humans’. We explored the different types of teeth and their functions. Working scientifically by using enquiry and a practical investigation, we created a model set of teeth by shaping marshmallows into each of the different teeth and discussed the functions. We discussed dental hygiene so be sure to brush your teeth carefully!

Our new half term theme is ‘What will you see on a Great American Road trip?’ The class have really enjoyed learning some USA facts and many are closely following the US presidential election. We used compass points to identify the states and describe where they are in location to one another. 

Have a wonderful weekend Year 4!

 

Year 4 - Autumn 1 - Week 8

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 5:11pm

 

We have come to the end of our first half term as Year 4 and what a jam packed half term it has been!

 

This week in English we focused on our writing using an approach called slow writing, by using a step-by-step structure to create short texts and paragraphs. Children were given specific writing prompts or instructions as to what grammar, language or punctuation features to include in each sentence.

 

In our Maths work, we recapped the grid method in multiplication. This method involves partitioning numbers into tens and units before they are multiplied and Year 4 were able to calculate some big multiplication problems. After half term, our focus will centre around ‘Measurement of Length and Perimeter’.

 

In RE this week the class dramatised the Story of David sparing Saul’s life, 1 Samuel: 24.  The children answered questions in their roles and later asked if they would have made the same choices.

 

Our Black History Month learning led children to make connections to the Story of David and Goliath in RE. Martin Luther King campaigning against his ‘Goliath’ racism and Nelson Mandela fighting his ‘Goliath’ apartheid. We learned these people and many others have shown great courage and perseverance in their fight for justice.

The class enjoyed learning about so many inspirational black heroes during this Black History Month.

 

Our monthly value of generosity was celebrated throughout the month and the Year 4 children felt overwhelmed by the generosity of St. Peter’s Education Trust who kindly purchased a full class set of Chromebooks for Year 4.

 

We enjoyed a full day of Computing today and familiarised ourselves with our new devices. The class improved their knowledge of the risks of their online lives. This topic stimulated some fantastic classroom discussions about certain situations that may arise when online and the children thought critically about their online

lives.

 

Our Topic of Anglo Saxons Picts and Scots has come to an end with a fun quiz and the story of Beowulf. We learned so much during this topic and it is wonderful to see a class so eager to learn more about the past.

 

As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached.

 

If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, I have collated a list of useful websites that they can access and have shared this on Google Classroom. You can also refer to the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.

 

Have a wonderful well-deserved half term break Year 4!

 

 

Year 4 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 5:27pm

Another busy week in Year 4!

This week we have had fun writing and performing poetry. We explored the different features and different types of poetry in English - acrostic poems, shape poems and some limericks to make us chuckle. The class worked well together to perform ‘Please Mrs Butler’ in pairs and really got into character!

This week our reading sessions focused on Witches and we enjoyed extracts from ‘The Worst Witch’ and Roald Dahls ‘The Witches’. Continuing with the spooky theme our new class read ‘The Creakers’ by Tom Fletcher has everyone on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what happens next!

In Maths this week, we focused on Roman Numerals by cracking the code and solving some tricky equations using Roman numerals. We enjoyed chanting and marching like Roman soldiers to our favourite Roman Numerals song.

In RE we listened to some harp music and enjoyed the poetry and imagery of the Psalms. The Psalms describe God as King, shepherd, rock and a shield, we thought about why God is described this way.

Our Mindfulness sessions this week linked to our school value of Hope. We focused on thinking positively and sharing some positive affirmations.

Our African drumming lessons continued via Zoom, enjoying the Forbidden Rhythm game and working together in small groups to perform a combination of rhythms.

As we continue our learning of Black History Month and Hate Crime Awareness week, the class made some fantastic Pic Collages to encourage equality and diversity in our community.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Year 4 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 4:57pm

We’ve come to the end of another busy week in Year 4.

This week in English we wrote our own versions of Gorilla by Anthony Browne. The class had fun exploring the possibilities of changing the animal, characters and setting to create a new story. It has been an absolute joy to read their wonderful work.

We finished our class read ‘The One and Only Ivan’ and even though we were choked up with emotion at times reading this book, the class gave it a magnificent 5 star review! Ivan will always have a special place in our hearts.

In Maths we have been focusing on negative numbers and solving some tricky problems. The class continue to beat their own scores in our timed times table challenges. Well done to those who have clearly been practising their tables at home!

To celebrate Harvest the class were taken on a Virtual Harvest Tour with ‘B Tales’. Visiting 6 different harvest stations, the class enjoyed stories, prayers and crafts along the way. We created prayer boats and decorated them with the names of people that we want to pray for.

In Music we experienced our first online music lesson as Mr Asbridge taught our drumming lesson via Zoom this week and it was a great success!

The highlight of our week was celebrating Hello Yellow day. We discussed the meaning of the day and created Positivity Pic Collages to remind us of ways to improve our own mental health. We enjoyed some yellow play dough mindfulness and decorating some emoji cookies.

Spellings for this week can be accessed on Goggle Classroom.

Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy weekend!

Year 4 - Autumn 1- Week 5

Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 5:33pm

Hello October! September just flew by as we were having so much fun.

This week we reflected on all the ways we explored Dignity and Respect this month. Our new monthly value is Generosity.

In RE we read the story of God choosing David in 1 Samuel 16 “God looks at the heart’. Linking this story to our school values we thought about what God would like to see in our Hearts.

Our Mindfulness sessions this week linked to our school value of Enjoy. We focused on appreciating the gifts we have been given and showing gratitude. We practised the ABCs of gratitude, thinking of something we are grateful for beginning with each letter of the alphabet. We also took a mindful walk and were reminded just how wonderful nature is.

Year 4 enjoyed trying to beat the clock in some timed times table challenges. I have uploaded lots of Times Table Rockstars challenges on Google Classroom if anyone would like to take on the challenge at home!

In English we continued with our diary entries and focused on the use of inverted commas and creating speech sandwiches. We enjoyed some reading comprehensions with a twist – reading and singing along to a variety of songs from musicals and then analysing the lyrics.

The one and only Ivan brought us close to tears this week as we used our green thinking hats to consider Ivan’s feelings. There was a resounding ‘No!’ as we closed the book on a cliff hanger today. The class are very much looking forward to finding out what happens next on Monday.

We were inspired by our History theme ‘Anglo Saxons Picts and Scots’ to create some amazing artwork using priniting. We printed our names in ogham and made carvings similar to the stone carvings made by the Picts

It was a pleasure to talk to all the wonderful parents of Year 4 this week and share how proud we are of our year 4 class.

Spellings for this week can be accessed on Goggle Classroom.

A reminder that Tempest Photography will be taking place in school next Friday and children should come appropriately prepared for their photo.

Have a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on Monday.

 

Year 4 - Autumn 1- Week 4

Date: 25th Sep 2020 @ 5:18pm

What a fantastic week it has been in Year 4!

In RE we learned of the story of David and Jonathan. They were friends against all odds. We explored what makes a good and loyal friend and what are the important qualities of friendship.

As Yom Kippur is celebrated this weekend we explored some Jewish traditions and discovered how Jewish people celebrate.

In Maths we focused on place value and used our reasoning and problem-solving skills to work out some tricky problems. We enjoyed practising our Times Tables with BBC Super Movers.

This week in English we continued to read ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. Getting into character, the class wrote some amazing diary entries focusing on the use of paragraphs, inverted commas and fronted adverbials. Our amazing writing may have been influenced by the advice from author Chris Callaghan, who tweeted our class this week and suggested that a little chocolate nearby helps when writing!

To celebrate Recycling week, we were inspired by Greta Thunberg and discussed how we can make a difference to our planet and promote recycling. Year 4 had some fantastic ideas.

We returned to drumming with a bang and Mr Asbridge was very impressed with the musical knowledge retained from the sessions in Year 3.

In Science, we began a new topic ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ and discussed what living things have in common. We used the acronym MRS GREN to help us remember the life processes.

Spellings for this week can be accessed on Goggle Classroom.

A reminder that there is also the class email address y4@tsp.sefton.school if you need to pass on any messages to us.

Thank you for another wonderful week Year 4! Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Autumn 1- Week 3

Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 5:28pm

What a wonderful week it has been in Year 4.

This week we explored our monthly value of Dignity and Respect by linking to our British Values - mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. We linked our learning to some inspirational quotes from the Trolls movie, which led to some fantastic discussions.

Mrs Pringle and Reverend Anne led us in a whole school Collective Worship again via Zoom. We are really enjoying this way of staying connected with our whole school during these unusual times.

In RE we visited the story of David and Goliath and were reminded of the strength God gives to us when he is by our side.

This week in Maths we have continued to focus on ‘Rounding’ and our times tables. Well done to all those that have been practising their times tables at home.

As we came to the end of the Trolls movie we enjoyed some Trolls themed yoga and Trolls themed coding. The movie has influenced some fantastic discussions in the Year 4 classroom and we enjoyed linking our learning to our school values.

Our Class read - ‘The One and Only Ivan’ has gripped us all. We have discussed animal rights and animal abuse. We love how Ivan, the gorilla, is the narrator of this story and gives the reader an inside look into his thoughts and feelings, showing compassion and empathy through the unique perspective of this gentle giant.

Spellings for this week can be accessed on Google Classroom. 

A guide to Google Classroom and a letter with answers to FAQ’s has been attached below.

A reminder that there is also the class email address y4@tsp.sefton.school if you need to pass on any messages to us.

Have a fantastic weekend Year 4!

 

Year 4 - Autumn 1 - Week 2

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 5:09pm

We have had a wonderful first full week back in Year 4!

In Collective Worship, we lit our candle and gathered as a school via Zoom for our second Collective Worship of this year. This time we were also joined by Reverend Anne and St. Peter’s curate, Simon. Mrs Pringle reminded us of our monthly value of Dignity & Respect and we enjoyed a heart-warming video that reminded us of the importance of love, acceptance and positive self-image.

Christians believe the most important person to listen to is God. This week in RE we listened to the story of Samuel. We were reminded that God listens to our prayers and practised some spontaneous prayers to God.

 

In Maths we have started to round numbers to the nearest ten. We used a simple rhyme to help us.

‘Five to nine- climb the vine,

Zero to four – slide to the floor’.

 

In English this week we looked at the book ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. This links with our class novel ‘The One and Only Ivan’ which also features a gorilla. We discussed the images used in ‘Gorilla’ and discussed Anthony Browne’s style. We drew inferences about the characters feelings and thoughts and discussed phrases that capture the reader’s interest.

We also explored the poem ‘Silverback’ by Ian Redmond continuing with our theme of gorillas.

We enjoyed reading some extracts from some classic children’s books such as ‘Paddington Bear’ and ‘The Lion, The witch and The Wardrobe’.

We have continued with our Trolls lessons and reflected upon ‘friendship’ and what makes it strong. We discussed key moments in the film where the friendship between characters were tested. We then looked at our school values and revisited our ‘Choose Kind’ mantra from previous years through the use of 4C questioning.

Just to also make you aware that the school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child. Please find the contact details below:

Peter Charlton

Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team

T: 01704-395723

M: 07769-491162

Spellings for this week can be accessed on Google Classroom.

A reminder that there is also the class email address y4@tsp.sefton.school if you need to pass on any messages to us.

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Year 4 - Autumn 1 - Week 1

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 4:55pm

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome back our class as Year 4 this week! We are thankful to see so many smiling faces and hear the sound of excitement fill our classroom.

Mrs Pringle welcomed us back through a whole school, collective worship Zoom. We look forward to more whole school Zooms in the coming weeks.

We have been busy practising our times tables through games and it revisiting place value in Maths.

This week we have had fun exploring the new Trolls movie ‘Trolls World Tour’. We used a double bubble map to compare and contrast characters and used our 4C thinking model to think critically about the question ‘Can you really be friends with someone if you are really different?

We also had fun listening to samples of different music genres and discussing the origins and key differences. We had fun clapping to the beat of techno and rock songs.

We started our new class story ‘The One and Only Ivan’ and discussed some key issues related to animal cruelty. We used our thinking hats to discuss a range of statements regarding animal welfare.

We are currently setting students up on Google Classroom and some passwords will change but parents will be updated with new passwords next week.

By allowing your child to use Google Classroom, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

PE days for this term are Monday and Wednesday. Children are to wear outdoor PE kit to school on PE days.

Spellings:

Group 1: gym, syrup, trouble, country, eight, grey, return, recycle, symbolises, amendments

Group 2: copied, happier, chillier, funniest, biking, making, closest, latest, shiniest, completed

A reminder that there is also the class email address Y4@tsp.sefton.school if you need to pass on any messages to us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Welcome to Year 4!

Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 3:32pm

Miss Browne would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 4!

The Year 4 classroom is all ready and we are extremely excited to see all of your smiling faces tomorrow morning.

 

Miss Lunt will be joining us in Year 4.

 

School for Year 4 starts promptly each morning at 8.55 am where a member of the Year 4 staff will meet the children at the external entrance of the Y4 classroom (previously Y3 classroom).

The school day will end promptly at 2.55pm where the children will be collected by a parent/designated adult at the same entrance. Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.


During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. PE lessons will resume next Monday the 7th of September.

On the two days allocated for your child’s PE lessons, your child is to come to school wearing their outdoor PE kit on both these days. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.

I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news and so with this in mind you can now contact me directly via this email address: Y4@tsp.sefton.school 

We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so to support the social distancing measures and one way system we have in place.

Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30 am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal. 

All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy

Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.


I am looking forward to welcoming the children to Year 4 and to a fantastic year ahead!

See you tomorrow,

Miss Browne

 

Year 4 Final Blog - 17.7.20

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 8:19pm

Hello Year 4,

The time has come…

We have reached the end of our Year 4 journey! You have been an absolutely incredible class to teach this year and there are so many highlights and memories from our time spent together that will always stay with me. What’s more, our journey together will continue on into Year 5 where even more memories and special moments will be created. Bring it on!

Although this was certainly not the end to the journey that we may have anticipated at the start of our time together, there is still so much for which to be grateful and proud. Thank you for the hard work that has taken place both in the classroom and from home throughout this year. You have made us all proud with your efforts. Above all, thank you for being you and for shining like the stars that you are!

Over summer, there are many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

  • Read Theory remains available for the children to improve their reading fluency and comprehension skills.
  • Children should continue to read as much as possible and, where appropriate, you could ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
  • Other reading materials can be accessed via the following websites: World Book Day and Summer Reading Challenge.
  • All MyMaths Year 4 tasks remain available for additional Maths revision and learning for the children.
  • Times Table Rockstars and ‘Hit the Button’ are highly recommended for ensuring times table fluency before Year 5.
  • You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.
  • The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is still available to practise and develop Spanish language skills.
  • The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional linguistic practice too.
  • The children can access Team Tutti here which is a self-guided musical learning experience for the children.
  • Short PE activities are available from AfPE.
  • Previous home learning blogs remain available for your child to complete any remaining tasks that they may not have accessed yet.
  • The ‘Learning at Home’ section of the school website has a wide range of appropriate curriculum links resources to support Year 4 children.
  • Or whole school Twitter feed has an abundance of free suggested resources too.

 

I’d like to take this moment to pass on a heartfelt thank you for the gifts, cards and kind messages received. They mean an awful lot and, although not expected, they are certainly appreciated. Thank you. I wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer and I can’t wait to see you in all Year 5! 

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Year 4 into Year 5

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 11:58am

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 5.

Thank you,

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'

Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 13.07.20

Date: 5th Jul 2020 @ 2:27pm

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the final week of Year 4! I hope you have all had a great week since I spoke with those of you who could make it to our last Zoom meetings. Keep up the hard work for this final week and finish strong!

Hopefully, I will see most of you for our final Zoom session of the year. We are going to hold this Zoom meeting on the final day (Friday 17th July) and, this time, we will be together as a whole class! Please see the details below:

Friday @ 10:40am to 10:55am - Whole Class Zoom Call

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm the login details required to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

On Friday the 17th, we will also be sharing our 'End of Year Leavers' Service' on the school's YouTube channel at 9:20am. 

We would encourage all our TSP families to watch this in celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school, and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St. Peter's.

 

In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Google Classroom'. Further information on this can be found in the 'Google Classroom Letter' attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the 'Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy', which is also attached.

Individual login details will be sent via text message early next week. 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 4 next week:

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

 

English (Reading): Our reading task for this week is an extract from the beginning of a book titled ‘The Little Ghost’, which sets the scene about the main character – the little ghost.

The reading text is attached below. The children should then complete the comprehension questions, which are also attached to this blog. Answers are attached separately!

The audiobook readings of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World have now reached chapter 13! All previous chapters can also be accessed here. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter to try too!

The Read Theory website allows me to track the progress of both word understanding and comprehension for the children. It is also highly recommended and I would encourage all Year 4 children to access this resource, if not already.

You can access a range of audio books via The World Book Day website and David Walliams still has all of his readings available to catch up on here too!

Remember that the Summer Reading Challenge enables the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers. This can be accessed via the Summer Reading Challenge website where well over 1,000,000 books have already been read!

 

English (Writing): Our writing task this week requires the children to complete a 'Brain Swap'! They are challenged to write a poem from someone else’s point of view. This could be an idol, a pet, a person from history or even an object. Their poem can be entered into a competition and this gives them the very exciting opportunity of being published too! The closing date for the competition is Friday 24th July.

Attached is some reading that will guide the children through creating their poem. This reminds of different types of poetry as well as different poetic features, such as similes and onomatopoeia. Also attached is a planning sheet as well as the entry form where the children should write out their final draft of the poem to be entered. Entry to the competition can be submitted via the details here.

Perhaps you could also attempt some of these Authorfy 10 minute challenges too? 

 

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Group 1: irresponsible, irrelevant, interact, international, anticlockwise, antiseptic, antisocial, autobiography, autograph

Group 2: war, warm, towards, word, worm, work, world, worth, wash, watch

 

Maths: This week, our focus will be revisiting coordinate positions and symmetry. The children should complete the tasks titled: ‘Translating’, ‘Coordinates - OW’ and ‘Lines of symmetry’. It’s important to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. Good luck!

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks remain availble for additional revision and learning for the children.

Daily lessons and activities continue to be provided from White Rose Maths here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!

Achieving fluent recall in times table facts up to 12x12 is really important as the children approach the end of Year 4. This can only be achieved with regular practise in order to commit the times table facts to long term memory! I would strongly encourage the children to keep working hard on this by using the Times Table Rockstars app or the ‘Hit the Button’ game here.

Additional Maths challenge activities are attached for children who may wish to access these too!

 

History: Our Tudor learning continues into this final week and I hope the children have enjoyed the journey. This week’s learning goal is: “To find out about diseases in Tudor Britain and how these diseases were treated”.

In Tudor times, people didn’t know as much about the body and about diseases as we know today. There were few cures that actually worked so people died much younger than they do today.

First, the children should watch this video here showing some rather bizarre “cures” that the Tudors believe actually worked. There is then some reading attached below to help further understand their strange medicines and beliefs.

Following this, two activities have been attached for the children to complete. The first activity involves describing what a Tudor doctor might have prescribed each of their patients. The answers can be found in the reading slides or the children can research these further using the Internet. The second activity is a quiz. First, the children should complete this quiz themselves. Then, perhaps they could be quizmaster and test out the quiz on a family member?

 

Computing: The learning goal for this task is: ‘To be able to use technology to create a display about the Tudors’.  

This week, the children will be using technology to create a display about the Tudors. They should choose one area to focus on - e.g. clothes, food or entertainment. They may wish to choose an area that we have specifically learned about so far (such as crime & punishment, Henry VIII or this week’s task on Tudor medicines). Some ideas and prompt cards are attached below.

First, the children should plan out their display using the attached planning sheets. These are important to the success of their final piece! Then, the children should consider what to use to create their poster (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Pic Collage app or any app/software that they deem fit for purpose). 

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

The learning goal for this task is: To be able to experiment with materials and techniques to create a crown’.

Materials: (e.g. card, fabric, tissue paper, beads, sequins, stick-on jewels, etc.)

Tools: (e.g. rulers, sticky tape, staplers, scissors, etc.)

The children are challenged to design a crown for one of the royal Tudors, based on the Design Criteria cards attached below. It is important for the children to first plan out ideas (using the attached sheet) and then evaluate afterwards (also attached).

 

Science: This week, I have attached a set of Science experiments to conduct with the children at home. These fun and easy Science experiments are great to do at home because they require ingredients you are likely to already have in the kitchen. Attached are four different science experiments, including: a dissolving experiment; make your own lava lamp; fun with density and fireworks in a glass

You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

 

Spanish: The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 4 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice too.

Additionally, the children can access the Oakland Academy Spanish lesson here to learn how to say how they feel in Spanish.

 

Music: I hope the children enjoyed last week’s task which introduced them to ‘Greensleeves’ and some rewritten lyrics, which will help them with their knowledge of the life of Henry VIII!

The learning goal for this week’s task is: “To respond to music in a variety of ways”.

Attached is a version of the Greensleeves/Six Wives Song for you to listen and then to practise singing. The lyrics and backing music are both included within the attached video file. Enjoy!

The children can also access Team Tutti here (attach link - https://teamtutti.org), which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!

 

PE: Joe Wicks continues to lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.

The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is still continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

 

RE: When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! The attached resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts .

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here! 

The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

Collective Worship: The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 4. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July. 

Have a great week! Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'

A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 06.07.20

Date: 29th Jun 2020 @ 11:14am

Hello everyone!

July already, I can't quite believe it! It was great to see most of you on our Zoom meetings earlier this week and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! As always, I loved hearing all about your activities and learning at home.

We are going to hold another session next Wednesday according to the below details. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to their month of birth, as indicated below. E.g. If your child is born in May then they would join the meeting at 10:30am.

Schedule:

Wednesday @ 9:45am       January, February, March    

Wednesday @ 10:30am     April, May, June, July, September

Wednesday @ 11:15am     August, October, November, December

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm the login details required to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 4 next week:

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

 

English (Reading): Our reading task for this week is an extract from ‘The Better Brown Stories’ by Allan Ahlberg. This is a humorous collection of short stories about nine-year-old Brian Brown’s family. This particular short story is the curious story of a dog-lover and a neighbourhood of missing dogs.

The reading text is attached below. The children should then complete the comprehension questions, which are also attached to this blog. Answers are attached separately!

Chapter eleven of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World is now available here. This chapter features not one, but two famous Davids! David Tennant narrates this chapter alongside David Beckham where Gryffindor take on Slytherin in the biggest Quidditch match of the season! All previous chapters can also be accessed here. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter to try too!

Well done to all children that are accessing the Read Theory website! It has been great to track the progress of both word understanding and comprehension via this site over the last few weeks. I would encourage all Year 4 children to access this resource, if not already.

David Walliams still has all of his readings available to catch up on here. Plus a range of audio books are accessible via The World Book Day website too!

The Summer Reading Challenge has now surpassed 1,000,000 books that have been read via the Summer Reading Challenge website! It isn’t too late to register and the challenge will enable the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers.

 

 

English (Writing): Our writing task is again linked to our class theme on Henry VIII & The Tudors.

This week, we are exploring the reasons behind Henry VIII wanting a divorce from Catherine of Aragon (his first wife). First, the children should watch this cartoon video here. The video provides some reasons for why Henry VIII so desperately wanted a divorce and why the Pope refused to grant him one.

Then the children should read the slides attached below to further improve their understanding (Slide 6 is particularly important for their writing task)!

Following this, an activity has also been attached where the children should use their learning to give reasons why Henry was FOR the divorce and four reasons why Catherine was AGAINST the divorce.

Then, I would like the children to write a letter to Henry VIII that explains to him why he should or should not get divorced from Catherine of Aragon. A list of useful words and phrases is attached to help too!  

 

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Group 1: myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery, dynasty, symbol, synagogue, mysterious, mystical

Group 2: donkey, journey, monkey, alley, chimney, valley, trolley, turkey, key,

 

Maths: This week, our focus will be revisiting geometry and properties of shapes. This will particularly focus on quadrilaterals and triangles. This video here will provide some extra revision before commencing the following tasks. The children should complete the tasks titled: ‘Lines and quadrilaterals’, 'Rectangles and irregular polygons’ and ‘Properties of triangles’. It’s important to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. Good luck!

Please also remember that all Year 4 MyMaths tasks have also been made available for additional revision and learning for the children.

Daily lessons and activities continue to be provided from White Rose Maths here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!

Achieving fluent recall in times table facts up to 12x12 is really important as the children approach the end of Year 4. This can only be achieved with regular practise in order to commit the times table facts to long term memory! I would strongly encourage the children to keep working hard on this by using the Times Table Rockstars or the ‘Hit the Button’ game here.

Additional Maths challenge activities are attached for children who may wish to access these too!

 

History: I hope the children are enjoying their learning about Henry VIII and the Tudors! This week’s learning goal is: “To investigate crime and punishment during the Tudor period”.

In Tudor times, there were no police but noblemen were appointed by the king or queen to make sure that the laws in their part of the country were kept. Punishments were very harsh in Tudor times!

First, the children should listen to this Tudor Punishment song here.There is then some reading attached below to help them further understand the brutal and ruthless punishments in Tudor Britain.

Following this, the activity is to choose one of the crimes and create a cartoon strip showing the crime being committed and then the punishment being carried out. The children should think about how the crowd would react to the crime as well as how the criminal would be feeling. The scenario cards and a comic strip template are both attached below.

 

Computing: The learning goal for this task is: ‘To be able to use the internet to check information for accuracy’.  

Anyone can create a website and put any information that they wish within it! This means that facts are not always properly checked before they are put online for other people to see. This links with our Year 4 ‘Fake News’ Computing work from earlier this year.

This week’s task is to “fact check” some information on the Tudors. First, the children should complete the reading attached below and then complete the related activities.

 

Art: Tudor houses were mainly made of wood and are sometimes called 'half-timber' houses because they were timber frames filled in with wattle and daub (a mixture of clay, straw and animal excrement), mortar and brick. This website here shows a step-by-step guide of how Tudor houses were constructed. The activity is to draw a Tudor style house and a guide is also attached below. The children may want to complete their own further research (via Google Images or otherwise) before starting. They will require: black card, white card, scissors, glue, a pencil and ruler. Enjoy!  

 

Science: This week, I’d like the children to access this Science quiz website to test out their knowledge from our recent units here. They should attempt the ‘Electrical circuits’ and ‘Electrical Conductors and Insulators’ quizzes, however there are others to try should they wish. (Please note that some of the other quizzes are aimed at Year 5 and Year 6 so the children should select units completed in Year 4 or Year 3). 

The Explorify website continues to provide variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website here where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Spanish: The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 4 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

Music: The learning goal for this task is: “To learn about Tudor music and its influences”.

Henry VIII loved music and was an accomplished musician himself. Henry himself owned lots of different instruments and also composed several songs. One of the most famous songs that Henry VIII is said to have composed is ‘Greensleeves'. Traditionally, it was believed that he wrote this song about Anne Boleyn although some historians think he didn’t write it at all.

First, the children should listen to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’ here. Attached to this blog is some reading about music during Tudor times. The task is to listen to (and sing) a version of ‘Greensleeves’ but with different lyrics to help with learning about the life of Henry VIII. The sound file and lyrics are both also attached below.

I’d also recommend that the children access Team Tutti here, which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!

 

PE: Joe Wicks continues to lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.

The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is still continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

 

RE: When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! The attached resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts. 

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here! 

The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Something extra: Have a try at this Tudor jousting game here. Enjoy!

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 4. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: ''Why do we have statues?'

Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different examples of statues (1) and the second resource shares the thoughts of some children regarding who they think deserves a statue and why. (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 29.06.20

Date: 24th Jun 2020 @ 6:38pm

Hello everyone!

As always, I really enjoyed seeing those of you that could make it to our Zoom meetings. It was great to hear about how hard you have all been working as well as what you have been doing to keep busy, either at home or outdoors.

We are going to hold another session next week according to the below details. Due to a timetabling change, the Zoom meetings for this week will take place on Wednesday morning:

 

Please can we kindly ask that your child once again joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial.

Schedule:

Wednesday @ 9:45am       January, February, March    

Wednesday @ 10:30am     June, July, August, September

Wednesday @ 11:15am     April, May, October, November, December

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm the login details required to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 4 next week:

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

 

English (Reading): Our reading task for this week involves listening to a song from ‘Matilda the Musical’! First, your child should listen to the song here. The lyrics are attached separately, however this video will also display them on screen. A second version that shows a live cast performance of the song can also be accessed here. The children should then complete the comprehension questions, which are attached to this blog. Answers are also attached separately!

The audiobook readings of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World have now reached chapter 10! This chapter (and all previous chapters) can be accessed here. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter to try too!

The Read Theory website is something that I still highly recommend for regular use. It will really develop and support comprehension skills through regular practise. Also, I am also able to check the children’s progress and understanding via this website.  

David Walliams still has all of his readings available to catch up on here. Plus a range of audio books are accessible via The World Book Day website too!

Don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge! Registration and enrolling can be completed via the Summer Reading Challenge website. The challenge will enable the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers.

 

 

English (Writing): Once again, our writing task this week is linked to our current Tudor theme. To begin, I would like the children to watch this video here. This will provide an insight into a day in the life of King Henry VIII and some reading is also attached to this blog to provide further information.

Following this, an activity has also been attached where the children should order some daily activities to show what an average day in the life of a Tudor monarch was like.

Using this information and learning, I would like the children to write a diary entry for a day in the life of Henry VIII. There is a guide sheet attached to further support the children with their planning and ideas. Enjoy!

 

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Group 1: vein, weigh, eight, neighbour, weight, obey, beige, veil, sleigh, reign

Group 2: cries, denies, fries, lies, replies, tries, carries, tidies, worries

 

Maths: It has been brilliant to see the number of children regularly completing their MyMaths tasks and receiving feedback! This week, the focus will be revisiting statistics and data handling. Please complete the tasks titled: ‘Frequency tables and bar charts’, ‘Two-way tables’ and ‘Line graphs and two-way tables’. It’s important to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. Good luck!

Please also remember that all MyMaths Year 4 tasks have also been made available for additional revision and learning for the children.

Daily lessons and activities continue to be provided from White Rose Maths here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!

All children should continue to practise their times tables to ensure fluent recall by the end of Year 4. The ‘Soundcheck’ mode on Times Table Rockstars mirrors what would have been the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ that was due to take place for Year 4 this month. Therefore, it will provide a good idea of the speed of recall for your child through the use of a familiar app!

Additional Maths challenge activities are attached for children who may wish to access these too!

 

History: I hope the children enjoyed the start of our final History focus of Year 4 last week. This week’s learning goal is: “To find out what the Tudors ate and which foods were available in Tudor Britain”.

In fact, rich Tudors and poor Tudors would have had vastly different diets. By the end of the Tudor period, lots of new lands had been discovered which meant new foods were coming to Britain. However, only the very rich would have been able to afford these luxury items.

First, the children should watch this video here to introduce them to Tudor cooking.  

There is then some reading to help them further understand the foods that rich Tudors and poor Tudors would have eaten. Some activities for the children to demonstrate what they have found out about Tudor diets can be found below. Bon Appétit!

 

Art: This week’s learning goal is: “To be able to use art to create a coat of arms”.

First, the children should read through the information on the attached slides about coats of arms. This will introduce them to a Tudor coat of arms and goes on to explain what each section and colour symbolises. For this week’s task, the children will be designing their own coat of arms to represent who they are! A planning and guide sheet is attached to support them. Before beginning their designs, it is important that the children use the attached guide sheet to discover what the different symbols and colours represent!

 

Science: This week, I’d like the children to access this online, interactive learning activity all about circuits. This links to our Electricity learning from last half term! A video and some questions to complete are attached below and an interactive game can be found here too.  

The Explorify website continues to provide variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website here where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Computing: For this week's task I would like the children to access the 'Hour of Code' website here , which contains an array of coding-related activities. The children have accessed this resource previously at school and should select the tab stating 'grade 2-5' to ensure that the tasks are filtered appropriately according to their age range. Happy coding! 

 

Spanish: The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 4 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

Music: I’d recommend that the children access Team Tutti here (attach link - https://teamtutti.org), which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!

'Edsential At Home' also continue to upload weekly resources to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link here to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Joe Wicks continues to lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.

The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

 

RE: On Monday 29th June, it is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul! First, the children should watch the following videos to tell/remind them of the story of Peter here and the story of Paul here. In line with our school SHINE values, the children should be encouraged to consider how St. Peter and St. Paul inspire and encourage us. As we celebrate this feast day, perhaps the children could write a short reflection, prayer or poem on what we can learn from these two saints in 2020.

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here! 

The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 4. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Keep up the hard work, Year 4!

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?'

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June after being closed for 3 months. During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some of the wild animals you might find if you visited a zoo (1) and the second resource shares why some people think we have zoos. (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 22.06.20

Date: 16th Jun 2020 @ 2:44pm

Hi Year 4!

I hope you’re all well and have enjoyed your week! It was fantastic to see those of you who could make it to our Zoom meeting on Monday. I loved hearing your highlights and about how busy you have been: working, exercising and more! In other news, I am so pleased that we will be spending Year 5 together too!

Next week, we will be hosting another Zoom session which, this time, will take place on Monday afternoon. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another.

Please can we kindly ask that your child once again joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial.

Schedule:

Monday @ 1:00pm     A - E    

Monday @ 1:45pm     F - O

Monday @ 2:30pm     P - Z

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm the access details required to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom.

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 4 next week:

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

 

English (Reading): The task for this week involves reading a playscript called ‘The Wonderful Smells’ by Julia Donaldson. Following reading, your child should complete the comprehension questions that can be found below. The answers are also attached separately to check their understanding.

Don’t forget that various celebrities are continuing to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World here! If any previous chapters have been missed then they can still all be found on this page. There are challenges and quizzes set after each chapter too.

I’d like as many children as possible to access the Read Theory website, where possible, each week. This will really support comprehension and inference skills and is highly recommended. I am also able to check the children’s progress and understanding via this website.  

The Summer Reading Challenge still rumbles on! If not already, please enrol via the Summer Reading Challenge website. The challenge, called 'The Silly Squad', will enable the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers.

Additionally, David Walliams has all of his readings available to catch up on here. Plus a range of audio books are accessible via The World Book Day website too!

 

English (Writing): The writing task for this week is all about The Tudors and Henry VIII. If possible, I would recommend completing the History learning below prior to beginning this task.

First, the children should watch this video here to introduce them to Henry’s six wives. There is also some reading to complete to find out why the king married so many times!

For the writing task, I would like the children to imagine that it is 1542 and Henry VIII has just beheaded Catherine Howard. They should then design a dating advert for “Tudor Life Magazine” explaining what King Henry is looking for in a new wife. There is an example and guide sheet attached to support the children with their planning and ideas. Enjoy!

 

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Group 1: league, tongue, antique, unique, plague, dialogue, rogue, vague, catalogue, monologue

Group 2: race, face, space, ice, slice, dice, price, cell, city, fancy

 

Maths: I am delighted that so many children continue to access My Maths learning and, above all, their hard work and resilience throughout each task. Please do keep an eye out for the individual teacher feedback that has been added too. For this week, please complete the tasks titled: ‘Fractions and operators’, ‘Fractions and operators 2’ and ‘Word Problems’. It’s important to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. Good luck!

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have also been made available, which will provide excellent, revision practice and additional learning for the children.

Daily lessons and activities are also provided from White Rose Maths here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!

All children should continue to practise their times tables to ensure fluent recall by the end of Year 4. This will really help as we move onto Year 5 since it is so integral to the Maths learning within this year group. The ‘Soundcheck’ mode on Times Table Rockstars mirrors what would have been the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ that was due to take place for Year 4 this month. Therefore, it will provide a good idea of the speed of recall for your child through the use of a familiar app!

There are also some additional Maths challenge activities attached for children who may wish to access these too.

 

History: The time has now come for us to move onto our new Theme! It has been fascinating to learn all about the Maya Civilisation and I hope the children have enjoyed the learning journey as much as I have. To test their knowledge, I have provided an ‘End of Theme Quiz’ (see below). The answers are provided too!

Our new and final Theme of the year delves into British History and is all about The Tudors and Henry VIII. This week’s learning goal is: “To locate the Tudors on a timeline and to learn about Henry’s six wives.”

First, the children should watch this video here to teach them even more about the six wives of Henry VIII.

There is then some reading to help them further understand the Tudors and where they can be located within British History.

Then, using the attached resource to help with layout and structure, the children should complete the task about Henry’s wives. There is also a Tudor rose - the symbol of Henry’s family - to draw and colour according to the House of York and House of Lancaster colours.

 

Art: This week’s learning goal is: “To explore and recreate Tudor portraits.”

There were no cameras in Tudor times so rich people had their portraits painted by artists so that future generations could see what they looked like. It was also a good opportunity to show off how rich and wealthy you were by wearing your fanciest clothes. So, this week's art task is to:

  • Firstly, read the slides attached to this blog all about Hans Holbein and to see some examples of his paintings of the Tudor family.

 

  • Then, take a look at the painting examples attached below and consider these questions: What do all the portraits have in common? What do you think of the style of painting? What kinds of colours have been used and why do you think this is? 

 

  • Next, choose one of the cut-out portraits that are attached below. Use the corresponding Picture Card to complete the portrait, either through sketching or using paint. More confident children may choose one of the Picture Cards to replicate in the frame that is provided too. Children should be encouraged to pay particular attention to detail to make the portrait as accurate as possible.

 

Science: This week, I’d like the children to spend some time playing this ‘Earth Squad, Go!’ game here. This will take them to different habitats where they will have to answer a range of scientific questions that will allow them to revise their knowledge from both Year 4 and Year 3.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can also be found on the Explorify website here. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website here where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Please remember that if your child needs to complete any Science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs.

 

Spanish: The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 4 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

Computing: In the activity attached below, your child can take photographs of people or household objects and edit them to make collage (in the style of David Hockney). This is a follow up task to the Pic Collage activity from the w.c. 18/5/20 here.

 

Music: The children should access Team Tutti here, which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!

'Edsential At Home' also continue to upload weekly resources to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link here to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: It is time to express our immense gratitude to Joe Wicks who has (almost) completed an incredible 13 weeks of exercise sessions with the nation. Joe has amassed 70 million views worldwide on the workouts that he has delivered and we are really appreciative of his time and efforts. From Monday 22nd June, Joe will still lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.

Tomorrow also sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day - why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive 

The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

 

RE: St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here! 

The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 4. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Keep up the hard work, Year 4. You are making me so proud!

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How should we learn to manage our money?'

A mother from Northumberland recently spent £100 on a second-hand vending machine to provide an opportunity for her children to learn about money after tiring of them arguing over snacks and other items during lockdown. Mother of four, Sarah Balsdon, was getting so fed up with her children's constant arguments that she and her husband, Kyle, came up with the idea to provide them in a limited and controlled way, whilst helping the children learn how to manage money.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different ways that children have received money (1) and the second resource provides even more information about pocket money. (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 15.06.20

Date: 10th Jun 2020 @ 2:58pm

Hello Year 4!

I hope you have all enjoyed your week and the many different learning opportunities that it may have brought you. You continue to make me incredibly proud of your commitment, effort and positivity during this time. Well done everyone and keep up the hard work! 

Next week, we will be hosting more Zoom sessions and these will take place on Monday. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another.

This time, please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial. Pease note that this is different to the previous meetings to allow the children a chance to see and hear from other members of the class.

Schedule:

Monday @ 9:45am       A - E    

Monday @ 10:30am     F - O

Monday @ 11:15am     P - Z

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm the access details required to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom.

All being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 4 next week:

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

 

English (Reading): For this week’s task, your child should read an instructional text on How to build a balloon rocket. Using this text, a variety of comprehension questions have been attached below. The answers are also attached separately. Hopefully your child can also make connections to last year’s Science learning on forces and recall some of the scientific terminology. A video link is also attached here for if your child wished to create their own ‘Balloon Rocket’ following this work. Both the written instructions and a similar video demonstration are available to support with this.

Various celebrities continue to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World here. If you've missed any previous chapters then they can all be found on this page. Don’t forget that there are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter which are well worth trying too!

Remember that the virtual launch of this year's Summer Reading Challenge commenced on Friday 5th June! If not already, please enrol via the Summer Reading Challenge website where children can commence their challenge! The challenge, called 'The Silly Squad', will enable the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers.

David Walliams continues to read each day with all readings available to catch up on here. Plus a range of audio books continue to be available on The World Book Day website too!

Please also continue to access the Read Theory website. This tool really supports comprehension and inference skills and I would recommend, if not already, that this website is accessed as part of regular weekly learning.  

 

English (Writing): Now that we have reached the end of our learning about the Maya, it is time for the children to show off the wealth of knowledge that they have picked up along the way.

Firstly, a circle thinking map is attached for the children to record all of their learning from this exciting Theme.

Following completion of the circle map, the children should read the Ancient Maya e-book that is attached below. This should allow them to reflect upon the wealth of information that we have focused upon throughout this unit, including: the geography of the Maya; Mayan gods and creation; Mayan religion; hieroglyphs and more!

I would like the children to select three topics about the Maya which they have been most interested in. Then, similar to the e-book above, they should create a non-chronological report/fact file on their chosen topics. The e-book will give some model examples; a word bank and features checklist are also attached below. Enjoy!  

 

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Group 1: information, adoration, sensation, preparation, admiration, fixation, inflammation, elevation, restoration

Group 2: jar, jacket, jog, join, gem, giant, giraffe, magic, adjust, energy

 

Maths: I am so pleased at the number of children that are accessing My Maths to continue their Maths learning. Remember, I can add comments on set tasks after they have been completed so please keep an eye out for those too! For this week, please complete the tasks titled: ‘Estimates with decimals’ and ‘Finding fractions’. It’s important to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. Good luck!

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have also been made available, which will provide excellent, revision practice and additional learning for the children.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’ here! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are also attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

It remains really important for all Year 4 children to practise their times tables to ensure fluent recall. This knowledge will support their Maths learning greatly as they move up to Year 5. As of Monday 15th June, when Times Table Rockstars is accessed, the children will be guided to play two ‘Soundcheck’ games. Afterwards, it will be back to Times Table Rockstars as usual. This mode mirrors what would have been the ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ that was due to take place for Year 4 this month. Therefore, it will provide a good idea of the speed of recall for your child through the use of a familiar app!

There are also some additional Maths challenge activities attached for children who may wish to access these too.

 

History: This week’s learning goal is: “To find out about the decline of the Maya”.

This week’s learning will teach you all about the decline of the civilisation of the Maya. This animated documentary video here will provide a detailed overview of what may have contributed to this.

Until quite recently, historians believed that the Maya were peaceful people. However, they now know that there were many battles between Mayan city states. Go through the information on the slides about warfare, weapons and how cities battled each other (attached below).

The task is for the children to use the ‘cause cards’ (below) to decide which of the causes are most likely to have caused the downfall of the Maya. Then they should put them in order from most likely to least likely using the attached activity worksheet. When finished, using the attached, children may wish to prepare an interview with a Mayan farmer who has witnessed why the cities declined. They could pose questions based on what they would wish to find out and then the answers from the farmer should be based on their knowledge from their learning so far. Both attached activity sheets serve as a guide but answers should instead be handwritten in exercise books.

It is important to recognise that no one knows what happened. The task is for the children to use their knowledge to decide what they think is the most likely explanation and why.

Although, do remember that the Mayan civilization didn’t end completely. Small groups of the Maya continued to live in the rainforests and volcanic mountains of Mesoamerica and some still live there today.

 

Art/Drawing task: JK Rowling has launched a new book online titled, 'The Ickabog'. This completely free book will be published on this website, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. However, JK Rowling needs help illustrating the story...which is where Year 4 come in! So, your child should: go onto the website above; use their drawing skills; let their imaginations run free and submit their entries to the illustration competition. Good luck!

 

Science: Now that our Science curriculum for Year 4 is now complete, this does not mean the end of Science learning! Firstly, if your child needs to complete any of the remaining Science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs. There is also the opportunity to create a ‘Balloon Rocket’ as mentioned within this week’s Reading task.

Perhaps take a look at the following news article too (with its attached videos) for a look at the positive impact of lockdown upon our environment:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52973089 .

There are also lots of other exciting resources for science available online. A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found on the Explorify website here. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website here where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Spanish: I would encourage all children to access the Language Angels ‘Home School’ provision as per the whole school blog here. Year 4 children can also access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

Computing: In the activity attached below, your child has the opportunity to create a video using stop frame animation and some of their toys. Stop frame animation can be a lengthy process but a rewarding one as some fantastic movies can be created this way whilst employing much creativity throughout the process!

 

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark' here, you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link here to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

David Walliams' is also continuing his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as daily reading, he is also recording a weekly musical podcast. Join him here for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If you want to challenge yourself further, why not put your knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after you have listened?

 

PE: All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the whole school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

The daily PE teaching from Joe Wicks still continues too (here)!

 

 

RE: Have you accessed St Peter's weekly Sunday Club page yet? If not, then please click here for ideas to complete with the whole family. 

The Big Question will also be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 4. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Know that you are greatly missed Year 4 and I look forward to speaking to you all again very soon.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How important is it to have a routine?'

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have had to completely change their  routines in line with the new guidance and new rules. Of course, this has also meant the closure of schools as well as many workplaces and places to visit too. Routine means different things to different people.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is a sorting activity for a daily routine (1) and the second resource shares Arthur’s experience of a day without any routine. (2). Enjoy!

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