Year 4: Blog items

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 4:39pm

Happy New Year to you all! Not quite the start to the year we had imagined but I am happy to report it was a fantastic week of learning both in person and online.

I want to begin by thanking each and every one of our Year 4 pupils for your wonderful participation, patience and positivity this week! As I have mentioned on Zoom, this is a new experience for both students and teachers but you have made it work! As we continue our way through this remote learning journey, I know you are going to be teaching me just as much as I will be teaching you but I know we can do it! Thank you to all the families for the kind words of support.

In Maths this week, we focused on multiplication and division of numbers by 10 and 100. We enjoyed some ‘LBQ’ challenges and well done to all those still practising their times tables at home.

In English, we discussed our hopes for 2021 and made some New Years resolutions, reflecting on both the mistakes and the good decisions we made, and how we might make improvements in this new year. We also identified the key features of a non-chronological report.

In Spanish, we recapped our knowledge of numbers and colours with a game of Spanish Bingo.

We began our new theme topic in History – ‘The Romans’. As I know we have a class of History lovers, I know you are going to love learning about the exciting Romans.

We made sure to include lots of brain breaks with some fun Go Noodle videos and we called upon our virtual PE teacher, ‘Mr Wicks’ to help us get moving. Well done to all the parents, brothers, sisters and pets for also getting involved!

I am so proud of you all for working so hard this week. I look forward to seeing all those smiling faces on Zoom and in the classroom next week.

We will continue with our weekly class blog updates when we are all back in school together. 

Take care and stay safe x

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 2:16pm

It has been a wonderful week full of excitement and Christmas cheer in Year 4.

This week in Maths we practised our Times Tables and took part in another national Sumdog contest. Well done to Year 4 finishing in 6th place in England.

In English, we completed our diary entries and used our computing skills to type and edit the final draft. The class explored the use of different fonts and font sizes throughout the book ‘Leon and the Place Between’ and then used their typing skills to create a similar effect in their diary entries.

Our monthly Collective worship value for December is Hope. To have hope is to have a positive outlook on life, to have self- belief and to be optimistic. Year 4 made Christmas baubles with messages of Hope for 2021.

Our Autumn DT project was to create ‘Delightful Decorations’. The Year 4 classroom was transformed into Santa’s workshop and the class certainly met the criteria by using their sewing skills to produce some fantastic decorations!

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the Nativities throughout the week and reminisced about their first time taking to the stage in Nursery. We were very proud to lead a Christmas Service with a difference this year. The whole school worked hard to sign a wonderful Christmas service.

We finished the term with a fun filled Christmas party day with dancing, hot chocolate and lots of giggles!

Thank you to parents and families for all of your thoughtful gifts and well wishes. From all here in Year 4, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 4:06pm

It has been a busy week in Year 4!

This week, the class planned out and wrote a secret diary of what happened in ‘The Place Between’ from Leon’s point of view. You could taste the magic in the Year 4 classroom as the class focused on some key events and used rich vocabulary and similes to create wonderful diary entries.

In Maths, we focused on measurement of perimeter- with the help of our friend Peri the cat! Year 4 enjoyed taking part in the national Sumdog contest this week. We have another chance reach the top spot as a new contest begins today! Remember scores are based on accuracy and questions are tailored to each student's level - so everyone has a fair chance!

In RE, we learned about Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration and is also known as The Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. Today, at Hanukkah, a Hanukkah menorah is burnt for eight days by Jewish people to remember this miracle and the victory of the Jewish people.

Linking to our current Science topic ‘Animals Including Humans’, Year 4 enjoyed a very special virtual trip to Chester Zoo with BBC Teach. Zoo ranger Sean introduced us to a whole host of magnificent beasts. We identified how animals adapt to suit their environment in different ways.

On Thursday we enjoyed a Computing day. The class used their problem-solving skills to complete a variety of coding challenges.

We were surprised with a magical visit from the Elves today. They delivered an extra special message all the way from the North Pole with an important task for the Year 4 class.

Have a fantastic weekend Year 4!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 4th Dec 2020 @ 5:30pm

What a wonderful week it has been in Year 4!

This week in Maths, we have been recapping our knowledge of converting measurements and calculating perimeter. We enjoyed another exciting Times Table Battle against Mr. King AKA Axel Bolton, it was very close! Several students completed their Times Table Achievement Records this week and I’m so proud of all the hard work everyone has put into learning the multiplication and division facts.

In English, we discussed how the Feature and Mastery keys add to the effectiveness of the writing. We then planned out a secret diary entry of what happened in The Place Between from Leon’s point of view.

To celebrate our RE unit ‘Jesus is the Light of the World’, Year 4 made Christingles. The word Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’, We discussed the significant symbolism of each part of the Christingle.

Linking to our RE topic, we were tasked with creating some pictures for a window display representing the Christmas Carol ‘The Candle Song’. Our work is now proudly displayed in the window of Claire House Hospice on Elbow Lane.

In Geography, we explored Yellowstone National Park. We started by considering the effects of urbanisation on wildlife before looking at national parks in the USA, particularly Yellowstone. We explored the features of Yellowstone, as well as other national parks, identifying why they are important.

Our Elf Buddy arrived to lots of cheers, he brought with him a new Science game to try out that Santa has been working on. The game linked to our Science work and overall, it got a big thumbs up from Year 4. We continued our learning of the digestive system by using the Green Screen App and labelling our organs.

The class took part in the Santa Dash today, showing determination and a positive attitude – truly reflecting our school value of Hope.

During the summer, many of our pupils took part in and completed the Arts Council's 'Summer Reading Challenge'. This year, they have introduced a 'Winter Mini Challenge', encouraging children to read three books between now and the 15th January 2021. For further details on how to take part, please visit the 'Winter Mini Challenge' website.

Have a fantastic weekend Year 4.

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 27th Nov 2020 @ 3:34pm

Another week has just flown by!


This week the whole class worked really hard on their Times Tables and two students have now completed their Times Table Achievement Record, what a fantastic achievement!  Year 4 were challenged to a Times Table Battle by Rock Hero, ‘Axel Bolton’ aka Mr King. It was a very close battle and I’m sure we will soon have some of our very own Rock Heroes in Year 4!


In English, we continued with our book ‘Leon and the Place Between’ and wrote an account of ‘the magic box’ scene from the viewpoint of another character. We discussed each character’s thoughts and feelings and used subordinate conjunctions to extend the range of sentences. 


To celebrate our learning of this month’s Collective Worship monthly value, Peace, we created Peace Books, sharing what Peace means to us. We also used our fingerprints to create a collective piece of art in the shape of a dove. Linking to our collective worship value of Peace, we took some time out of our busy morning to find our inner peace through some Mindfulness yoga.


Our learning in Geography has taken us on a tour of the USA. This week we learned how to identify the difference between a village, a town and a city before exploring some of the largest and most famous cities in the USA. We found out about the capital of the USA, as well as the capital city of each individual state. The class then carried out their own research to find out more
about an America city of their choice.

This week, we enjoyed Glockenspiel lessons with Mr Asbridge. The class are learning to play ‘Jingle Bells’. Mr Asbridge encouraged children to practise at home on a keyboard or piano if you have one available or you could download a free piano app. 


In Science, we explored the digestive system in more detail. It took a lot of guts, but we conducted a very messy investigation and followed the journey of food through the digestive system!


We have been busy practising for our Christmas Service. On Tuesday we will visit St. Peter’s Church to record the Christmas Service. Can all children please be dressed in full uniform and bring a coat. Our sign language songs have been posted onto Google Classroom so you can continue to practise at home.

Have a wonderful weekend Year 4!

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

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