Year 4: Blog items

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 5:15pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Why do people choose the jobs they do?'

The number of people seeking to start a career in the healthcare sector has risen during the pandemic, official figures reveal. Health leaders said the wish shown by thousands of people to help them to fight illness was “truly humbling”. The NHS Health Careers website has seen a 220% rise in people expressing an interest in becoming a nurse.

 

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 where some people share information about their job (1) and the second resource is where some people explain how they feel about their jobs (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 01.06.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 8:53am

Hello there, Year 4!

I hope each of you had an excellent half term and enjoyed some of the lovely weather that it brought with it. We now enter our final half term of the school year and we have lots of new and exciting activities for you to look forward to completing this week!

 

Over the next two weeks, the whole school will be hosting more 'class-catchups' via 'Zoom!' Our class catch-ups will take place on Monday. We really hope your child will be able to come along! 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 joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial:

Monday 1st June @ 9:45am           A-G

Monday 1st June @ 10:30am         H-R

Monday 1st June @ 11:15am         S-W

 

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.

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.

 

English (Reading): For this week’s reading task, we are continuing to look at different song lyrics to improve our comprehension. This time, we’ll be looking into the world of one of the most famous Disney villains: Scar (from the Lion King). Firstly, I’d like you to watch this lyric video from the film here. Feel free to sing along too!

There is lots of adventurous language in this song so I recommend that you look up the meaning of any words that you don’t know before completing the comprehension questions (attached). Maybe you could listen to the song twice and write down any unfamiliar words or phrases? Then you could either look them up - using the internet or a dictionary - or ask an adult. We will be focusing on just one verse, which is spoken by Scar before the singing begins. See the comprehension questions and the answers, which are also attached separately (below).

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. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter for you to try too!

The National Literacy Trust have released an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures, which has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators. This Book of Hopes aims to comfort, inspire and encourage children during lockdown through new ideas, ridiculous jokes, heroic tales and more. Please find this completely free collection here.

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!

David Walliams also 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!

Well done also to those children who continue to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will really support comprehension and inference skills and I would recommend that this website is accessed if not already.  

 

English (Writing): First, watch this video here to introduce you to the creation story of the Maya people. Whilst watching, think of the similarities (and many differences) compared to other creation stories that you know.

This week’s task gives the children a choice! They can choose either of the two options that will link to both the above video as well as their History learning for this week:

Option 1 – Rewrite the Maya creation story making the language and descriptions more adventurous. A storyboard is attached (below) to help with initial ideas and a written example of the story is also attached (below).

Option 2 – Create an information sheet all about Maya religion. Use the following websites to help with research here and here. There are also some example information texts (attached below) to provide further support.

 

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

Group 1: predator, quarter, melting, mixture, voltage, evaporation, conductor, vibration, solution

Group 2: squashing, bending, twisting, stretching, number, twenty, forty, eighty

 

Maths: It has been brilliant to see just how many children have been completing the online MyMaths learning. Well done for this and please keep it up if you can! For this week, I’d recommend the tasks titled ‘Addition and Subtraction 4 – OW’ and ‘Counting 4’. It’s important to brush up on these skills to support efficiency when using both mental and written methods. Please make sure to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. This will help to achieve the best possible score in the question section. Enjoy!

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 attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

No blog would feel complete without a reminder to continue to practise your times tables. The key to most Maths when you move up to Year 5 is...times table knowledge! Here is an online times table checker to ensure that you are keeping up to speed. 25/25 is the score that you are aiming for and it is there to remind you to keep on going even when you get to 25/25! If you keep on doing this every day, this will ensure that you don't forget and your speed will increase. Enjoy!  

 

History: This week’s learning goal is: “To discover the beliefs of the Ancient Maya people.”

First, watch this video here to introduce the children to just some of the Maya gods. There is some extra reading on this page too.

Next, go through the information on the slides (below) about the Maya religion and the many gods in which they believed. The Maya believed in lots of different gods who were all in control of different aspects of their lives. As heard within the video, the Maya believed that they needed to offer sacrifices to their gods to keep them happy. They believed that, by doing this, they would stop the sun from dying and ending the world.

After completing the reading, the task is for the children to design and create their own Maya god! Using the last slide will give some tips on doing this. I have also attached a Maya god ‘Fact File’ (below) to help with designing a god and also some images of Maya gods (below) to further support thinking.

 

Science: This week's Y4 Science task is as follows: ‘How do you draw electrical symbols and diagrams?’ Please complete the reading and activity from the link here.

Also, 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!  

 

Spanish: Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children). Children can also access the 'Home School' section on the website for extended provision as per the whole school blog here.

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

 

Computing: We know how much the children enjoy making videos so you may enjoy the following activity which encourages the children to develop their video making skills. In this activity, the aim is to create an epic movie trailer which showcases some activities and events from the isolation period. An activity guide can be found below!

 

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: In addition to the daily PE teaching from Joe Wicks (here), the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page here which will share ideas for you to complete with your 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, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be 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!

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.

 

Well done for all of your hard work so far, Year 4 and I look forward to seeing as many of your faces in our Zoom 'class catch ups' on Monday morning.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Year 4 - May Half Term - w.c. 25/5/20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 8:48am

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying yourselves both at home and whilst exercising safely outside. I can’t believe it’s the May half term already! Hopefully the sun shines brightly for us all throughout it. Fingers crossed!

Even though next week is the beginning of the half term break, there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue throughout this time. This may also be a great opportunity to complete any tasks on previous blogs which you may not have had time to attempt yet. Here are some suggestions below:

 

-The National Literacy Trust have released an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures, which has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators. This Book of Hopes aims to comfort, inspire and encourage children during lockdown through new ideas, ridiculous jokes, heroic tales and more. Please find this completely free collection here.

-Various celebrities continue to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World here. Stephen Fry, who has won many prizes for his performances as an audiobook narrator, read Chapter 4 last week where we are first introduced to Rubeus Hagrid. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter for you to try too!

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

-Don’t forget that Luke Temple’s writing competition closes on 31st May - you may wish to enter if you haven’t already!

-Continue to access websites such as Read Theory, MyMaths, Sumdog and TimesTable Rockstars. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!

-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 pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used at home to teach children about the spread of infection and medicine. Please see Science in a Box here.

-As many children may be spending more time online throughout this period, ‘Think U Know’ have released some home learning activity packs in order to further support online safety. Such fifteen minute activities can be found here.

-The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources 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!

-Children can also access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed and previous website blogs, from Association for PE activities to free singing resources delivered by Out Of The Ark.

-I have also attached a list of suggested activities for over the half term period. Please find this below!

 

Please continue to encourage reading for pleasure too and also use our Learning at Home page which will direct you to a wealth of resources as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

 

Have a brilliant half term break, stay positive and make the most of it!

Take care and stay safe,

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 8:35am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'

An Italian architect is planning a city of skyscrapers! Luca Curci said that he wanted to build four self-sufficient, interconnected towers with trees, wildlife and farms. His project is called, 'The Link'. He claims that his buildings, for 200,000 people, would be the best way to tackle population growth, pollution and poverty. He says, “We need a sustainable vision, my towers are designed to encourage a sense of community.”

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. They will allow you to consider the different types of houses that people live in (1) and also why houses might be designed in a certain way (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home - w.c. 18/5/20

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 2:22pm

Hello Year 4!

It’s Friday again! I hope you managed to enjoy some sunshine in your gardens over the bank holiday weekend. As ever, I miss you all but I remain confident that you will be using your time at home creatively and making the most of this time together with your close family.

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.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing 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.

 

English (Reading): I hope you enjoyed last week’s reading task all about BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge's charity single, ‘Times Like These’. If you didn’t have chance, please refer to last week’s blog here.

This week’s reading task is also related to a song so please watch this lyric video of the song ‘Pompeii’ by Bastille, which was released in 2013. There are some comprehension questions based on this song with the answers attached separately (see below). You may also notice a connection between this song and a theme that we covered earlier in Year 4. Enjoy!    

Various celebrities continue to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World. Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione in the Broadway theatre version of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, read Chapter 2 here last week. Chapter 3 was read here by Eddie Redmayne who is well known for playing the role of Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts series. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter for you to try too!

David Walliams also 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!

In addition, I would encourage all children to continue to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.  

Also, as mentioned in the previous two blogs, don’t forget author, Luke Temple’s writing competition which closes on 31st May!

 

English (Writing): This week’s task is all about an ancient Maya ball game known as Pok-A-Tok (sometimes Pok-ta-Pok). In this brutal game, two teams would compete against each other to get a large rubber ball through a stone ring. The ball could only be struck using knees, elbows or hips but never the hands and feet. Games could last for hours and members of the losing team were often sacrificed to the gods!

I would like you to watch the two links here (link 1) and then here (link 2). The first video is an example of how a game of Pok-a-Tok might have looked in action. Try to pick out as many rules from this as you can! The second video is a more humorous look at the ballgame taken from an animated film.

For your writing task, I would like you to create a guide or set of instructions that would explain how the sport of Pok-A-Tok (or Pok-ta-Pok) was played. I have attached three examples (below) to support you. There is also a planning sheet (below) where you can record your ideas before writing up your final draft. Good luck!

 

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

Group 1: released, remained, remainder, misplaced, misunderstood, distinguish, disappeared, disturbed, disappearance

Group 2*: sister’s, brother’s, girl’s, child’s, man’s, boy’s, woman’s, grandfather’s

*Note: this week’s spellings for Group 2 contain possessive apostrophes (to show that a person or thing owns or is a member of something). Therefore, it is important for the children to hear these words in context within a sentence or phrase to fully understand their correct usage. Some example sentences are attached (below).

 

Maths: Well done to those children who battled valiantly on Sumdog to complete their 1000 questions this week! The competition was fierce with so many participating schools and classes throughout the country. Year 4 managed to finish in the top 100 on the overall leaderboard (79th position), which is impressive given that this was a national competition with nearly 6000 classes signed up! 

This week, please complete the learning and tasks on the MyMaths website titled: ‘Mixed Tables 2 to 12’ and ‘Geometry 4 – OW’. This will be great revision! You should first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before you attempt the ‘Homework’ questions. For those who are completing these tasks each week, I have enjoyed checking your scores and watching your progress. Keep it going!

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 attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

 

History: This week’s learning goal is: To find out about the city states of the Maya and how society was organised.

First, watch this video here to introduce you to a range of jobs and careers for Maya men and women. Remember when watching this video that jobs in the Maya Empire were often set and people were limited to the careers of their parents before them. It was very difficult to change or move upwards. The society of the Maya was organised in a pyramid system with high and low ranks.

Next, go through the information on the slides (below) about how city states were organised and how society was structured as a pyramid system with different groups of people. See if you can then use the clues to label a pyramid (below) and answer a few questions using what you have learned. Good luck! The answers are also attached separately for you to check.

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: ‘How can you change a circuit?' Please complete the reading and activity from the link here.

Also, 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!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used at home to teach children about the spread of infection and medicine. Please see Science in a Box here.

 

Spanish: Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children).

They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

Computing: You may enjoy the mini technology activity attached (below) to help to encourage the use of technology in a positive and productive way. We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and, through activities such as this, you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills. We hope you enjoy this activity!

 

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' has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. 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: In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks (here), the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link

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.

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page here which will share ideas for you to complete with your family. The Big Question will also be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

Collective Worship: The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be 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!

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. 11.5.20

Date: 8th May 2020 @ 2:55pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Who does outer space belong to?'

SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, has a dream of providing the whole world with high speed internet using satellites in the sky. Mr Musk recently announced on Twitter that the firm’s Starlink service will be available to certain locations in six months. The project aims to have the devices form a constellation around the planet from a distance of 200 miles to 700 miles above the surface and transmit data to stations and customers on the ground.

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. They give more information about stars (1) and also the 'Outer Space Treaty' (2). Enjoy!

Year 4 - Learning from Home - w.c. 11/5/20

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 3:59pm

Hi everyone!

We have reached the end of another week where I’m sure you have continued working hard and being so creative with your time as you were telling me about in our Zoom meetings. You might find that this extra time gives you an opportunity to learn new skills; to research something that you are passionate about or just to be mindful and reflect. Everyone is different so do what works for you!

I hope those of you who are able to pay tribute to our troops on VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) on Friday enjoy yourselves. Remember, this celebration could be: having a picnic in your garden; decorating your house, making a flag; wearing red, white and blue! From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

 

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.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing 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.

 

English (Reading): I hope you enjoyed the final chapter of our class novel, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’. It was rather emotional, wasn’t it? The best books always have this effect on you but this can differ for everyone too. I loved the journey and I hope you did too!

With perfect timing now that we have completed our class novel, you might like to know that various celebrities are now taking turns on Wizarding World (here) to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’. Daniel Radcliffe (AKA Harry Potter himself) read the first chapter on Tuesday. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter.

This week’s reading task is based on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge's charity single, ‘Times Likes These’ which is the current UK Number One! You can find a video link (including lyrics for the song) here. There are some comprehension questions based on this powerful, moving song too with suggested answers attached separately (see below). This song is a cover song and the original version, released in 2002, can also be found here. Enjoy!

A range of audio books continue to be available on The World Book Day website and David Walliams continues to read each day. All of his readings throughout the week are available to catch up on here.

In addition, I would encourage all children to continue to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.  

Also, don’t forget that the author, Luke Temple still has his writing competition which closes on 31st May. This is explained in last week’s blog but the link to the resources can be found here.

 

English (Writing): Using your Geography learning about the Maya, your challenge is to create a 'Welcome to the Maya Area' tourist information page. You may want to re-watch this video here to refresh your memories.

This guide will be perfect for tourists to provide them with information about the place that they have come to visit. I have attached: a help page; a guide example and some fact cards to support your writing. You'll find all of these below! Use your creativity and use this as an example to both show off your knowledge of the Maya so far and to learn even more too.

 

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

Group 1*: here, hear, whose, who’s, accept, except, brake, break, weather, whether

Group 2: money, parents, rock, both, should, plant, food, air, metal

*Note: this week’s spellings for Group 1 continue to be homophones (i.e. same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling). Therefore, it is important for the children to hear these words in context within a sentence and to ensure the different meanings are understood compared to the specific spelling.

 

Maths: Following an incredible victory in the Sefton Sumdog Maths Contest, it is time to take things one step further. The National Sumdog Maths Contest begins on Friday and Year 4 have been entered! When the children first sign into their Sumdog account, they will have 1000 questions to answer before 8pm on Thursday 14th May. The more questions they answer correctly, the more chance they will have of earning a position on the individual leaderboard and the better the class will perform on the overall leaderboard. Top tip: accuracy here is more important than speed. Good luck!  

This week, please complete the learning and tasks on the MyMaths website titled: ‘Multiples’ and ‘Roman Numerals’. You should first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before you attempt the ‘Homework’ questions. These tasks are revision so refresh your memories, connect your knowledge and try to achieve the best score that you can!

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

For additional challenges, please check White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day’ here! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here .

 

Geography: To explore where the Maya lived.

Watch this video which will give you more information about the geography of the Maya and where their civilisation could be found.

Some Geography learning and a guide to discovering more about this topic is found below. Also have a look at some of the maps provided (below) and see if you can answer a few questions. Good luck! The answers are attached separately too for you to check.

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: 'What is power?' Please complete the reading and activity from the link here.

 

Spanish: Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children).

They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

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' has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. 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: In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks (here), the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link

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.

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page here which will share ideas for you to complete with your family. The Big Question will also be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

Collective Worship: The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be 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!

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 4.5.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 11:13am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'What makes some toys more popular than others?'

The toy world is in the grip of a llama obsession as the woolly, South American animals have become the new industry sensation! At the American International Toy Fair in New York in February, there were llamas everywhere! Knitted, plush and sequinned; small and large; llamas on mobile phone cases and swimming pool floats; llama diaries, puzzles and even backpacks. Of course, llama toys and accessories might not be for everyone! 

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

There is an additional resource also attached which might help you consider how toys and gifts change as you get older. Take a look!

Year 4 - Learning from Home - w.c. 4/5/20

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 1:22pm

Hello Year 4!

It’s Friday again!

I absolutely loved seeing those of you that could make it to our Zoom meetings this week. It was great to see your faces, to hear about all that you had been up to and to generally “catch-up”. Thank you for coming along!

I also hope you enjoy watching our gratitude video from staff to thank you, your families and all of our incredible key workers! Please click here to access the blog and video. 

Next week, it is Victory in Europe Day, more commonly known as VE Day. Help us to celebrate by having a picnic in your garden next Friday. Decorate your house, make a flag…wear red, white and blue! You could take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm. From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

 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.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing 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.

 

English (Reading): The time has come - our final chapter of ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ is here! It has been quite the adventure and I loved being able to read so much of it together as a class. When reading the last paragraph, I would recommend doing this alongside an adult if possible to allow for discussion of vocabulary and to further develop comprehension. Chapter 16 is attached (below). Enjoy!

There are also some comprehension questions based on this chapter too and the answers are attached separately (see below).

As well as this, a range of audio books are still available on The World Book Day website and David Walliams continues to read each day. I would encourage your child to listen to his readings throughout the week. They are also all available to catch up on here.

In addition, I would encourage all children to continue to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.  

Something extra this week comes from children’s author, Luke Temple who has made his most popular book, 'Mutating Mansion', completely free to download. Not only this but Luke has also created an activity pack titled 'Luke Temple's Writing Toolbox' which contains many of the tools that he uses to help make his books really exciting, fun and scary to read! You can download these resources here. There is also a competition in the activity pack to win a signed book and a free author visit to school (there are 3 of these prizes up for grabs!). The closing date for the competition is 31st May. Good luck!

 

English (Writing): Now that we have reached the final pages of our brilliant novel, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’, it is time to use what we have read and “pay it forward”.

I would like you to create a book review that shares your opinion on this story and would provide information to any other children who might consider reading it. Remember though…no spoilers! You may be able to use your skills from a writing activity that was set back in March. I have attached some guide sheets that will support you with the structure of a book review too and will also give you some sentence starters.

Some extra ideas could be to ask an adult to share your book review on Amazon so that your writing has an audience of thousands of people online! Maybe you could record your book review as a vlog, which we could then show to other when we return to school? However, please remember our online safety rules and do not share anything online without adult permission first.

Below is a trailer for a movie that was made based on ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ story. It is from 1995 so I’m sure you can work out how many years old it is. However, it is a classic! You may choose to watch the film once you have read the final chapter.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6AEYBcwsR8

 

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

Group 1*: missed, mist, peace, piece, plain, plane, rain, reign, scene, seen

Group 2: station, fiction, section, motion, position, relation, fraction, nation

*Note: this week’s spellings for Group 1 are homophones (i.e. same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling). Therefore, it is important for the children to hear these words in context within a sentence and to ensure the different meanings are understood compared to the specific spelling.

 

Maths: It's official...Year 4 are incredible! A massive congratulations to all the children who battled valiantly on Sumdog to complete their 1000 questions this week! Our class managed to WIN the whole competition on the very last day. You should feel so proud of yourselves and you have one exceptionally proud teacher too! A special mention also to some individual Year 4 children for amazingly finishing in the top ten of all participating pupils in the whole of Sefton. Congratulations to you!  

This week, please complete the learning and tasks on the MyMaths website titled: ‘Doubling and Halving' and ‘Estimates and Inverse Operations’. You should first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before you attempt the ‘Homework’ questions. These tasks have been chosen to help sharpen your mental maths skills! If you work hard on these then you should start to notice that you can calculate answers quicker in your head.

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

For additional challenges, please check White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day’ here! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here .

 

History/DT: To design, make and evaluate a model of a Maya Temple.

Watch this video all about the architecture of the Maya Civilisation.

The Maya civilization is famous for its architecture. Many city-states built large palaces, pyramids, and other public buildings that are still standing today. The buildings were covered with carvings and statues to honour their gods as well as to commemorate their kings.

For this week’s task, perhaps you could try creating a Maya temple of your own. Some ideas can be found in the pictures, which are included in the attachments (below). However, feel free to use any materials at your disposal. This could be Lego, card, Spaghetti & Blu Tac, …anything that you feel might work!

Some History learning and a guide to creating a Maya temple is attached below. As this is Design Technology, designing before and evaluating after you make your temples is equally important. Please see the attached guides to help you with each stage of the:

Design --> Make --> Evaluate process. Enjoy!

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: 'What are conductors and insulators?' Please complete the reading and activity from the link here.

 

Spanish: Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children).

They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

PE: In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks (here), the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link

Also, as mentioned last week, many of our school staff have been taking part in the 'Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5' challenge. This challenge calls on people in the UK and all over the world to walk or run 5km, donate £5 to NHS Charities Together (link here) and then go forward and nominate five others to do likewise.

If you haven’t already, we would like to nominate any members of Year 4 to take part in the challenge this week! You can walk, run and exercise alongside your family whilst keeping safe and raising funds for the worthiest of causes. Good luck and please stay safe!

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page here which will share ideas for you to complete with your family. The Big Question will also be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

Collective Worship: The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be 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!

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 great work, Year 4. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces again soon.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 27.04.20

Date: 23rd Apr 2020 @ 2:12pm

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and have managed to enjoy the beautiful weather that we have been blessed with this week. It has also been great to see just how many of you have been logging on to MyMaths to complete your activities as well as other learning sites and apps too. You continue to make me so proud and I miss you all!  

 

Next week, I will be hosting a 'class-catchup' via 'Zoom'. I really hope your child will be able to come along! To make sure that we can see, hear and talk to one another, we will have 3 ‘Zoom’ meetings. Please can I kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial:

Schedule:

Monday 27th @ 12:30pm           A-G

Monday 27th @ 1:15pm             H-R

Monday 27th @ 2:00pm             S-W

You will receive a text message the day before confirming a password/hyperlink to join the meeting . You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. If your child is in school on the day of our catch-up and wishes to participate, our staff will set them up on a school computer or laptop.

Hopefully, all being well, I 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.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing 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.

 

English (Reading): We now move onto our second-to-last (or penultimate) chapter of ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’. What a journey this story has taken us on so far! Here is Chapter 15 for you to read (see below). As this was our class novel, I wish we were able to read it altogether. However, I would recommend reading this together with an adult if possible to allow for discussion of vocabulary and to further develop comprehension.

There are also some comprehension questions based on this chapter too and the answers are attached separately (see below).

I would still encourage all children to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.

 

English (Writing): Now that we have started our new class theme about the ‘Maya Civilisation’, I would like to introduce you to a famous Maya myth called, ‘The Hero Twins’. The Maya had many myths and this one tells the story of a pair of demi-gods who became heroes and tricksters.

First, watch the video below (the story version is also attached for you to read). Then I would like to you write your own version of part of the story using adventurous descriptions to describe the setting. For example, you may choose to write about the river of blood as in the attached example (see below).   

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jojLJNn87fU

 

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

Group 1: not, knot, mail, male, main, mane, meat, meet medal, meddle

Group 2: there, their, they’re, here, hear, quite, quiet, one, won

*Note: this week’s spellings are homophones (i.e. same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling). Therefore, it is important for the children to hear these words in context within a sentence and to ensure the different meanings are understood compared to the specific spelling.

 

Maths: The ‘Sefton Sumdog Contest’ officially starts today and Year 4 have been signed up to take part! When the children first sign into their Sumdog account, they will have 1000 questions to answer before Thursday 30th April. The more questions they answer correctly, the more chance they will have of earning a position on the individual leaderboard and the better their class will perform on the school leaderboard. Top tip: accuracy here is more important than speed. Good luck!

This week, please complete the learning and tasks on the MyMaths website titled: ‘Fractions of Amounts’ and ‘Fraction and Decimal Equivalents’. You should complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks first to help your understanding before you attempt the ‘Homework’ questions.

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

 

History/Art: Key question – Why did the Maya use masks?

Watch this video all about the Maya Civilisation.

For this week’s task, perhaps you could try re-creating a Maya mask. There were a few reasons why the Maya wore masks, including to frighten away demons (Maya priests) and to intimidate enemies (Maya warriors). Another reason was to help important Maya people become one of the gods in the afterlife (funeral mask).

Some History learning and a guide to creating a Maya mask is attached below. Enjoy!

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: 'What is electricity?' Please complete the reading and activity from the link here

 

Spanish: Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children).

They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice.

 

PE: Many of our school staff have been taking part in the 'Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5' challenge. This challenge calls on people in the UK and all over the world to walk or run 5km, donate £5 to NHS Charities Together (link here) and then go forward and nominate five others to do likewise.

We would like to nominate Year 4 to take part in the challenge this week! This is a wonderful way to exercise together as a family whilst raising funds for the most worthy of causes. You can walk, run or whatever suits you best whilst keeping safe. Good luck and please stay safe!

Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! Alternatively, there are other pre-recorded sessions here that the children can also complete.

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page here which will share ideas for you to complete with your family.

 

Collective Worship: The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be 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!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's 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.

You are all amazing and I look forward to seeing as many of your faces as possible on our ‘Zoom’ chats next week.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Year 4 Learning At Home - w/c 20.4.20

Date: 18th Apr 2020 @ 6:14pm

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed a brilliant Easter and managed to enjoy the nice weather too.

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) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate reading 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.

 

English (Reading): With just THREE chapters of ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ to go, here is Chapter 14 for you to read (see below). As this was our class novel, I wish we were able to read it altogether. However, I would recommend reading this together with an adult if possible to allow for discussion of vocabulary and to further develop comprehension. 

There are also some comprehension questions based on this chapter too and the answers are attached separately.

I would still encourage all children to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.

Link: https://readtheory.org/auth/login  

 

English (Writing): As we reach the end of our class theme based on The River Nile, just like somebody who would travel along the world’s longest river, we have come a long way!

First, watch the videos below. Then, using your learning so far, I would like you to create a non-chronological report (fact file) that demonstrates your learning about the River Nile so far. You can focus on whichever areas most interested you. For example: food, animals, farming, transport, tourism etc.

I’ve also attached some guide sheets (see below) that will support you with the structure of a non-chronological report as well as an example for how it could be set out. Enjoy!

Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPXXeypfI5A&t=14s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tejpJqeOqKE&t=27s

 

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

Group 1: scene, scent, scissors, science, scientist, crescent, scenery, fascinate, ascend, descend

Group 2: treasure, measure, leisure, pleasure, picture, nature, creature, adventure

 

Maths: Some important learning for this week is to complete the following three tasks found on the MyMaths website: ‘’Multiply Single Digit’, ‘More Short Multiplication’ and ‘More Multiplying’. These tasks are revision to make sure that we don’t become rusty on our multiplication speed and methods that we have worked so hard upon ! Please also continue to use Sumdog and Times Table Rockstars.

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have been made available on MyMaths which will form excellent revision and over learning for the children, which is really important at this time!

Link: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/

Also…EXCITING NEWS! The Sefton Sumdog Contest starts on Friday 24th April and Year 4 have been signed up to take part. When the children sign into their Sumdog account on the Friday, they will have 1000 questions to answer over the week. The more questions they answer correctly, the more chance they will have of earning a position on the individual leaderboard and the better their class will perform on the school leaderboard. Top tip: accuracy here is more important than speed. Good luck!

 

MfL (Spanish): Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children). They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice. Link: https://schools.duolingo.com/ .

 

Geography: Key question - What have we learnt about the River Nile?

For this activity, you will be completing an ‘End of Theme Quiz’ to check just how much you have learnt and remembered about the River Nile (see below). The answers are also included so you can check how you did! Please don’t worry about any answers that you don’t know because you can always do some research (using the internet or fact books) to help you learn it. These websites may help you:

https://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_egypt/geography_nile_river.php

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/egypt/nile.htm    

 

RE: St Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share ideas for you to complete with your family.

Link: https://stpetersformby.co.uk/sunday-club-at-home/

 

Collective Worship: The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTpn9bTWZumTbRLUzM5UETQ

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: What is the water cycle? Please complete the reading and activity from the link below.

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgg87h/articles/z3wpp39

 

Art/DT: Our next class ‘Theme’ will be learning about the Maya Civilisation. You will learn a lot more about the Maya over the next few weeks but something to know for now is that they introduced the world to a lot of new foods including…chocolate! In fact, they believed that chocolate was a gift from the gods.

For this week’s task, perhaps have a try at this recipe for making Ancient Maya ‘Hot Chocolate’ (see recipe and instructions below). It may be slightly different to hot chocolate that you are used to but perhaps you’ll enjoy it as much as the rich and noble members of Maya society once did. Enjoy!

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! Alternatively, there are other pre-recorded sessions that the children can also complete.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

Additional task: Children can also choose a topic they are passionate about and research it. Presenting this research in any way they choose: filming it, PowerPoint or presenting to family.

Reading, 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!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's 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.

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

Please stay safe and take care.

Thank you!

Mr McCabe

Year 4 - Easter Break

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 11:12am

Hello everyone!

We are still missing you all but we hope that you have been enjoying your time at home, keeping busy and taking advantage of some of the home learning tasks that we have set for you.

Next week is the beginning of the Easter holidays! However, there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue throughout this time: 

-Read chapter 13 of ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’, which is uploaded below. There are just three more chapters to go after this one! Being our class novel, where possible, I would recommend reading this alongside your child (or even read it to them) to allow for discussion of vocabulary and to further develop comprehension.

-Continue to encourage reading for pleasure too especially with the extra time now available.

-Continue to access websites such as MyMaths, Sumdog and TimesTable Rockstars. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!

-For Easter activities, please see our Twitter feed and / or use Tales From The Miracle Book where you can stream 11 RE Easter films appropriate for children. The password is: easter2020 .

-This would also be a great opportunity to complete any tasks on previous blogs which you may not have had time to attempt yet.

-Children can also access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed, from daily Maths lessons by White Rose Maths to free singing resources from Out Of The Ark.

Please also use our Learning at Home page which will direct you to a wealth of resources as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

Have a happy and holy Easter and speak to you all soon!

Stay safe,

Mr McCabe

Year 4 Learning at Home - w/c 30.3.20

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 12:19pm

Hello everyone!

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.

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's 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.

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

Thank you!

 

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

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

 

English (Reading): You didn’t really think I was going to leave our class novel unfinished, did you? Well of course not! So…please read Chapter 12 of ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ (see below). There are also some comprehension questions based on this chapter too and the answers are attached separately. After this, we only have four chapters of the story remaining!

You will also find the answers for last week’s comprehension questions too (see below)!

I would also encourage all children to use their logins to access the Read Theory website. This will further support their comprehension and inference skills.

Click here for Read Theory website link.

 

English (Writing):  First, choose a book that you have read recently…

Then, after watching the video below to help you with your ideas, I want you to write your own book review! I’ve also attached some guide sheets that will support you with the structure of a book review and will also give you some sentence starters too. When completed, maybe an adult could post your book review on the Amazon website for you? This would give your writing an audience of thousands and thousands of people! As an extra challenge, you could also film your book review as a vlog. Good luck!

Link 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXoXZNu52VU

 

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

Group 1: antique, unique, cheque, grotesque, mosque, opaque, physique, technique, plaque

Group 2: painless, fearless, hopeless, useless, careless, helpless, homeless, endless

 

Maths: Some important learning for this week is to complete the ‘Money calculations’ and ‘Money problems’ tasks found on the MyMaths website. Although there aren’t quite as many opportunities to spend money in shops at the moment, this is important revision for when things do return to normal again! Please also continue to use Sumdog and Times Table Rockstars.

There is also a money challenge problem to attempt (attached).

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have been made available on MyMaths which will form excellent revision and over learning for the children, which is really important at this time!

Link: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/

 

MfL (Spanish): Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children). They also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice. Link: https://schools.duolingo.com/ .

 

Geography: Key question - What would you see on a journey along the River Nile?

For this activity, you will be boarding a River Nile cruise boat and sailing all the way from Aswan to Alexandria! Using the attached slides, consider the questions: What do you think we will see along the way? What will the weather be like? What animals might we see along the way? What other cities will we sail past? What are you most looking forward to seeing along the journey?

Using the ‘Egypt Map Information Sheet’ below to help you, I would like you to write a diary entry that describes your River Nile cruise and all of the wonderful things that you have encountered. Remember to write in paragraphs. You could either handwrite or electronically type your diary entry. Perhaps it would be good to make an audio-diary afterwards too.

 

RE: St. Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share ideas for you to complete with your family. 

Link: https://stpetersformby.co.uk/sunday-club-at-home/

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: What is evaporation and condensation? Please complete the reading and activity from the link below.

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgg87h/articles/zydxmnb

 

Art: World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph is offering free drawing/illustration lessons from his website http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob . This is a great opportunity to practise your drawing skills and perhaps you could use what you learn here to create your own illustration to add to your book review (writing task)!

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0872d0g

 

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! Alternatively, there are other pre-recorded sessions that the children can also complete.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

Additional task: Children can also choose a topic they are passionate about and research it. Presenting this research in any way they choose: filming it, PowerPoint or presenting to family.

Reading, 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!

I'd also like to take this chance to say a massive, heartfelt THANK YOU for all the kind messages that were shared to our class Twitter page this morning. It is an honour to be named this week's Star of the Week! This was an extremely kind gesture; it was great to see your smiling faces and it made my week! I miss you all a great deal and I can't wait to see you all soon :) . 

Year 4 Learning At Home - w/c 23.3.20

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 2:33pm

This work is set for pupils accessing the Year 4 English and Maths curriculum.

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

 

English (Reading): Please complete the attached reading task titled, ‘Robots in Films and TV Programmes?’ (see below). This task includes both the reading text and reading comprehension activity. It also includes some additional listening comprehension questions and answers. Answers to the comprehension will be uploaded next week!

 

English (Writing): First, watch this animation film about two bandit brothers (see link below). Frank and Jason are 'Wanted', but they are still carrying out daring robberies. Will their greed be the end of them?

This half term, we have worked on punctuating speech correctly and using it within our writing. So, after watching the video, I would like you to plan a speech between the two brothers. Some example sentences are attached. Try to get into the mind of the arguing brothers and what they might be saying to one another at each stage of the robbery. A tick list to make sure that you have punctuated the speech marks correctly is also attached. 

Link 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji1KM1BbAyY

 

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

Group 1: league, tongue, fatigue, colleague, plague, imagine, important, increase, heart, history

Group 2: forgetful, joyful, playful, plentiful, careful, helpful, boastful, peaceful, grateful

 

Maths: Our current topic in Maths has been ‘Coordinates’. To support this learning, please complete the ‘Coordinates 1 – positive’ task, found on the MyMaths website, as well as using Sumdog and Times Table Rockstars. There are also some blank coordinate grids that have been uploaded so perhaps you could challenge a family member to a game of Battleships where you can put your coordinates knowledge to the test. If you are really confident then why not try a coordinate grid that involves negative numbers?

 

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have been made available which should provide ample opportunity for additional practice of times tables or other curriculum areas.   

Link: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/

 

MfL (Spanish): Year 4 children are to access www.languageangels.com where they will be able to access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home (login details already sent home with the children). The children also have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional work. Link: https://schools.duolingo.com/ .

 

Geography: Key question - Why is the River Nile so important? Using the attached guide, I would like you to research the different uses of the River Nile and create a presentation. The presentation can take the format of an information booklet; a piece of extended writing; a mind map; a multimedia presentation or any other format! The attached guide suggests splitting your presentation into the categories of: food, farming, transport, animals, everyday life and other.

 

RE: St. Peter's website have a weekly Sunday Club page, which will share ideas for you to complete with your family.

Link: https://stpetersformby.co.uk/sunday-club-at-home/

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home. Linked to the children’s ‘Dreadful Menace’ mountain poetry from the previous weeks, there is a link below where the children can create a mountain range through shredded paper and blunt lines. Top tips: be really careful not to smudge and use hairspray to set the chalk in place.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMiyNwQJ13w

 

Science: Here is this week's Y4 Science task: What are freezing and melting? Please complete the reading and activity from the link below.

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgg87h/articles/z9ck9qt 

 

PE: As of Monday, Joe Wicks has announced he will become the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! Alternatively, there are other pre-recorded sessions that the children can also complete.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

RE / Spiritual Learning: Spiritual learning will take place through 'The Big Question'. This will be uploaded on the whole school blog each Friday.

 

Additional task: Children can also choose a topic that they are passionate about and research it. Presenting this research in any way they choose: filming it, PowerPoint or presenting  to their family.

 

Please also use our learning at home page: http://www.trinitystpeters.org/page/learning-at-home/48489 , which will direct you to a wealth of resources.

Reading, 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 ... they are all wonderful learning opportunities.

Learning At Home

Date: 17th Mar 2020 @ 5:16pm

This work is set for pupils accessing the Year 4 English and Maths curriculum.

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

English (Reading): Please complete the attached reading task titled ‘Knight Survival Guide: Are You Tough Enough?’ (see below). This task includes both the reading text and reading comprehension activity. It also includes some additional listening comprehension questions and answers.  

 

English (Writing): We have recently completed some poetry work based around the ‘Dreadful Menace’ poem in Link 1 below. We focused on our use of adventurous, ambitious vocabulary and included different poetic devices within our writing (such as similes, alliteration, repetition and personification). For this week’s task, please use this trailer (see Link 2) showing various examples of “extreme weather”. I would like you to write a piece of poetry from the point of view of something else that could be a threat or a “dreadful menace” to humans. This could be a: volcano, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, flood, fire or anything that grabs your imagination! Be ambitious with your language choices and remember to set out your work as we learned when writing poems, including writing in verses!

Link 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9Ji7DvsjU

Link 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrOYxLt9SCI

 

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

Group 1: chef, machine, quiche, brochure, chalet, chiffon, moustache, parachute, strange, women

Group 2: freshness, sickness, brightness, happiness, shyness, sadness, would, should, who

 

Maths: Our current topic in Maths is Negative Numbers. To support this learning, please complete the ‘Introducing Negative Numbers’ and ‘Negative Numbers 1’ tasks, found on the MyMaths website, as well as using Sumdog and Times Table Rockstars. Some additional negative numbers reasoning questions are also attached.

 

All MyMaths Year 4 tasks have been made available which should provide ample opportunity for additional practice of times tables or other curriculum areas.   

Link: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/

Please also use our learning at home page: http://www.trinitystpeters.org/page/learning-at-home/48489 which will direct you to a wealth of resources.

Reading, 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 ... they are all wonderful learning opportunities.

Year 4 - Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 12th Mar 2020 @ 9:43pm

Another week in Year 4 has raced by and there are an abundance of learning highlights to reflect upon. Here are just a few of them…

In PE, we took part in a Tag Rugby session to test out our skills. We worked on our evasion skills with a range of activities that involved fast footwork to quickly change direction. This built up to a Gladiators style gauntlet where the children were tasked with getting from one side to another without having their tags removed by the waiting defenders. Great fun was had in what was a new sport to many!

We also had a day of Computing during which we focused upon our coding skills as we tested out various algorithms for different purposes. This included making a haunted scene before progressing to making a racing car game. We had to debug our code to remove any glitches too which really tested our problem-solving skills. Our work culminated in coding our own ‘Flappy Bird’ game, which the children achieved to great success!   

We were lucky enough to be filmed during our whole school worship assembly this week as the children performed the ‘Rules of Life’ for Liverpool Diocese. This is something that the children have really engaged with and they were more than happy to show off the actions for the visiting cameraman.

The end of the week brought Sports Relief which was a great laugh and thoroughly enjoyed by the children! We had the opportunity to mix some physical activity with a bit of humour as we jumped, rolled and raced through the inflatable assault course on our school field. A great time was had and all for the most worthy of causes.

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: chef, machine, quiche, brochure, chalet, chiffon, moustache, parachute, strange, women

Group 2: freshness, sickness, brightness, happiness, shyness, sadness, would, should, who

Well done, Year 4, and thank you for a fantastic week. Enjoy your weekend!

Year 4 - Spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 5th Mar 2020 @ 6:47pm

What an incredible week in the Year 4 classroom! We have been so busy and it’s difficult to know where to begin. Let’s give it a go!

In our English learning, we have continued our poetry focus using the poem, ‘The Dreadful Menace’ as our inspiration. The language choices from the children were magnificent and they also experimented with a range of impressive poetic devices throughout (including: alliteration, similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia). The recall from many children who could explain each of these devices was even more impressive again! I already can’t wait until next week as we edit and re-draft our poems before recording them within our Author Books.  

On Thursday it was a particularly special day of the academic year. That day, of course, is World Book Day! I wouldn’t expect any less from this class of creative and enthusiastic readers but the outfits were brilliant, hilarious and a joy to see. Oh…and what a day we had! The day consisted of a game of book bingo and a book scavenger hunt before we then moved onto our focus book for the day: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling. We listened to the wizard fairy-tale story of ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ before discussing its content including the language used and the moral of the tale. Then, using the imagery as our inspiration, we created absolutely stunning pieces of artwork using a combination of watercolours and fineline pens to really emphasise the characters at the forefront of our artwork. Year 4 made me so proud with the care and effort that they put into their work and the end results really are beautiful!

In our RE work, we have been focusing on the Easter Story whilst considering the key themes of 'Trust' and 'Betrayal' throughout. The children were tasked with sorting various sections of Easter Week into each section and had to apply a great deal of reasoning throughout to justify their decisions.

In our Maths learning, we have been busy completing some assessments to check our level of understanding from the year so far. Resilience and a positive mindset were epitomised throughout and I am proud of every child for the values that they have shown. Next week’s Maths work will involve us delving further into negative numbers and then line graphs.

Next week’s spellings are

Group 1: disastrous, dangerous, enormous, previous, fabulous, famous, generous, joyous, jealous

Group 2: bubble, tumble, uncle, jungle, people, topple, bottle, crumble

Keep up the great work, Year 4! See you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 11:39am

Welcome back, Year 4! It was great to see everyone after the half term break and this first week back was certainly a busy one!

In our English learning, we have begun our new writing focus which is centred around poetry. Using a previous BBC advert used for the Winter Olympics titled ‘The Dreadful Menace’, this encapsulating, eerie advert is narrated by a powerful, domineering voice. This ‘Dreadful Menace’ that promises to ‘summon armies of wind and rain and snow’ is, in fact, a mountain. The children loved hearing this poem with the accompanying imagery of the advert itself. They also engaged brilliantly with the opportunity to explore the figurative language and poetic devices used throughout. Next, Year 4 will attempt to create haunting poetic versions of their very own!

Our new RE unit also started this week which will focus on the story of Easter whilst exploring its key themes of trust and betrayal. As well as discussing and outlining a meaning of the word trust in class, we also took part in some trust games to really explore the emotions and feelings of putting your trust in another person. This will give the children an excellent grounding as we continue our focus further. 

In our Maths learning, we have delved into the world of negative numbers as well as recapping and honing our skills in division. Next week, we will be completing some Maths assessments to check our level of understanding from the year so far.

Next week’s spellings are

Group 1: different, favourite, February, interest, library, ordinary, separate, bruise, definite, vegetable

Group 2: mind, children, most, cold, great, told, prove, last, sure, after

Great to have you all back, Year 4. See you Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 6

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 9:09pm

What an absolutely fantastic half term we have had in Year 4! It has truly flown by in record time and there is much to be grateful for and to reflect upon.

Our action-packed final week brought a half termly House Competition where Matthew, Mark, Luke and John battled against one another in the sport of…Tug O’ War! This was such fun and incorporated much competitiveness and humour in equal measure. Well done to each child for taking part in this classic sport and for giving everything with grit, resilience and, above all, enjoyment!

In our English work, we have been busy working in our ‘Author Books’, which we use to write up and display our final, fully edited versions of our writing pieces. The genre for this particular piece of work was explanation texts and the children were tasked with explaining how a volcano erupts. Most impressive was the children's inclusion of a variety of features, which were appropriate for such a text type, including a glossary and an annotated diagram. The artwork that accompanied our writing was impressive too as each child completed a hand drawn diagram which was annotated with the various sections of a volcano. Year 4; you most definitely have one very proud teacher!  

In our Collective Worship work, we are so appreciative to Poppy from Holy Trinity Church who led our worship as we gathered together in the school hall on Wednesday. This worship was based on our monthly value of ‘Joy’ and Poppy brought along 200 handwritten slips (one for each child in the school), which displayed the message ‘You Bring God Joy’. The children were then tasked with passing on this message (either in school or outside of school) to spread a little joy to somebody who they felt deserves to read this positive message. Year 4 took this in their stride and many other children and staff members gratefully received this message as well as some family members who passed on that they had received a message too!     

In our Maths work, we have been focusing on data handling and statistics. We looked at different ways of presenting data and also how to interpret various graphs and charts. A great deal of mathematical reasoning was applied throughout such questions and we look forward to continuing this focus after the half term break.

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: dough, bought, brought, cough, rough, enough, though, although, thought, through

Group 2: can’t, don’t, won’t, you’ve, he’ll, you’re, couldn’t, haven’t

It is a pleasure to have spent another amazing half term with a truly amazing class. You are all stars and you most certainly deserve this half term break. Make the most of it and I can’t wait to see you all a week on Monday. Have a great one!

 

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 8:12am

 

What a week Year 4 have had! Here are a few snapshots that we wish to share with you…

The beginning of February brought with it the beginning of our new monthly value: Joy. This links closely with our core school value of ‘Enjoy’ with a particular focus on appreciating the opportunities and experiences that we are lucky enough to have. Following a whole school Collective Worship on Wednesday, we each received a post-it note upon which we reflected on the things in our life that give us Joy (no matter how big or small they might seem). The children then stuck their post-it notes randomly around the classroom before we reflected upon each one anonymously at the end of the day. This work linked well to our Gratitude Journals which we use regularly in class to record things from our day/week for which we are grateful.

As this half term rumbles on, there was also some rumbling within the Year 4 classroom on Friday as we had the amazing opportunity to take part in some virtual reality workshops linked to our class theme. Our favourite workshop was linked to the dangerous but fascinating world of…volcanoes! We were awestruck by this immersive experience that transported us to the very sites of eruptions and to see the devastating impact of a volcanic eruption upon its surroundings. Not only that but the children wearing the VR headsets made for some great photos too! As well as volcanoes, another VR workshop that we participated in was linked to our previous theme of the ‘Great American Roadtrip’. This experience allowed us to visit many of the states, landmarks and national parks that we had been learning about. This saved us a lot of air miles! Such great fun was had and we are grateful for the opportunity.

In our Maths work, we have been challenging ourselves as we have learned how to find fractions of amounts. Extending from using diagrams to support out initial learning, the children have progressed further to learning this method confidently and accurately. This will now serve them well throughout their further Maths learning. Well done!

A special mention also to the Year 4 boy’s football team who battled to a thrilling 5-4 victory against Woodlands Primary School on Monday. Well done to these children!

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: bicycle, centre, century, certain, circle, consider, decide, exercise, recent, medicine

Group 2: rubbing, hugged, runner, biggest, runny, swimming, clapped, planned

A busy but fantastic week in the Year 4 classroom as we approach the final week of this half term (already)! Have an enjoyable weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 30th Jan 2020 @ 10:08pm

Another fantastic week for Year 4 with lots of learning highlights to report!

In our RE work, we have continued our unit that is exploring Jesus as a figure of authority. Following a video which showed how Jesus walked on water, we discussed how, through the power of God, Jesus has authority over nature. We used a Bridge Thinking Map to relate various Bible stories to the different types of authority that Jesus exhibits including: authority over the church; authority over his disciples; authority over death and more. The children made excellent connections throughout this activity as well as using their black thinking hat to demonstrate their knowledge of various Bible stories.

In our Computing work, we have been exploring ‘Fake News’. This week’s lesson involved us becoming BBC journalists who were responsible for covering breaking news stories. However, this role was no easy feat as each child was judged on how well they balanced accuracy, impact and speed. This activity was fantastic for allowing us to delve deeper using real life examples of filtering through real and fake news. This virtual activity allowed us to explore and discuss the importance of checking sources; which sources to trust or not as well as the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to gather information. Our next lesson will show us even more about the power and negative impact that Fake News can have on users of the Internet.

In our Maths work, we have been tackling equivalent fractions. Our work on this concept will continue next week as we extend to finding fractions of amounts.

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, ache, mechanic, stomach, chaos, anchor, character.

Group 2: sliding, hiking, dancing, changing, loving, hoping, writing, shining

What a brilliant week we have had with so much of which to be proud. Well done Year 4 and enjoy your weekend. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 23rd Jan 2020 @ 6:01pm

Year 4 have been absolutely amazing this week with positivity, resilience and an all-round excellent attitude to their learning. You have one very proud teacher!

In our Maths learning, we had to apply our creativity to a design task. We were tasked with designing our own robots but ensuring that each of the robot’s parts were measured accurately according to area and perimeter. This really put the children’s Maths learning from the past week into action and problem-solving skills were applied whilst accuracy was imperative. Year 4 clearly enjoyed this lesson and the results were certainly impressive.

In our English work, we have been writing about our “ideal weekend”. Using a thinking map (flow map) to first outline key ideas, the children expanded upon these in order to create a gripping, descriptive outlines of their ideal weekend. Many children used previous experiences and memories to help with their writing and they were a pleasure to read and beautifully written. Well done everyone!

In our RE work, we explored figures of authority. The children had to consider who they would consider as somebody who has ‘authority’. This included both within their lives; community, nationally and globally. After putting on their yellow thinking hat, Year 4 considered their own thinking and how they knew that a certain individual or group had ‘authority’. The participation throughout this lesson was phenomenal and there was an abundance of metacognition employed throughout.    

Spellings to be learned for next week are:

Group 1: measure, treasure, pleasure, picture, creature, enclosure, nature, furniture, adventure, capture

Group 2: happier, funnier, chillier, luckier, happiest, funniest

A great week all-round and now it’s time for a well-deserved weekend. Make sure that you all enjoy it and see you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 5:10pm

We have reached the end of the first full school week of 2020…and what a busy and exciting week we have had!

In our Collective Worship work, we have been exploring our January monthly value of Wisdom. We explored the wisdom of wolves in the way that they set up their “wolfpack”. The children used some great logic to try to connect each wolf’s position in the walking pack to their overall role and many were surprised when the outcomes were revealed. We loved learning about how selfless the wolves are and how everything that they do is for the good of the pack. Each wolf is responsible for ensuring that the pack remains unified and on the same path. This taught us a lot about being a true leader!

In Maths, we have been extending our learning to understanding how to calculate area. The children were so impressive this week as we moved swiftly through the learning to extend to a range of challenging problem-solving activities.

We capped off our Maths week with an Active Maths lesson in which we were placed into relay teams and tasked with solving some area and perimeter problems. Both physical and mental pace was important and it was great to see different tactics employed by the teams too!

Next week, the children will be applying their area and perimeter knowledge from the last two weeks to create their very own robot and to design the floorplan for a house. 

Spellings to be learned for next week are:

Group 1: serious, obvious, curious, previous, hideous, various, courteous, spontaneous, courageous, outrageous

Group 2: medal, capital, hospital, animal, national, fossil, April, pencil

A busy week but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 9th Jan 2020 @ 9:06pm

Just to start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2020 and the start of this new decade!

It was brilliant to welcome back Year 4 who returned to school recharged and refreshed after an excellent festive period and it was great to hear about all of their presents and experiences during the break.

In RE, we have had a multi-faith focus as we explored the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. This eight-day celebration is otherwise known as the ‘Festival of Light’ and celebrates one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history. We focused on the story of Hanukkah and then particularly on the menorah which is displayed throughout Jewish synagogues. The children demonstrated their understanding of the importance of the menorah to the Jewish faith and how it connects to the story of Hanukkah. This led to some extremely creative artwork where we crafted some menorah wax work paintings with the help of a metal spoon. 

We also began some exciting lessons with the help of Formby High School. This included singing tuition with Miss Dilworth, which the children loved and had lots of fun! We also began our PE lessons alongside Mr Hunt from Formby High School. The focus was Gymnastics and the children learned about different ways to travel before combining these with their partners and creating a simple routine using their mats. Great progress was made in just one lesson and we look forward to using these skills and many more next week!

Our PE slots for this term will be each Thursday and the first Swimming session of the term will start as of next Wednesday 15th January.

In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter and extending our understanding to calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We will continue this learning next week before moving onto the area of shapes too!

Spelling books are also required in school each Wednesday for the spelling test to take place towards the end of the week. The new spellings to be learned for next week are as follows:

Group 1: famous, jealous, enormous, poisonous, dangerous, tremendous, mountainous, special, woman, notice

Group 2: towel, level, squirrel, tunnel, camel, caramel, travel, cancel

It’s great to have you back Year 4 and enjoy your weekends!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 1:51pm

The time has officially come to step into Christmas!

What an amazing final school week of 2019 to cap off what has simply been an incredible term spent with Year 4. This term has been simply wonderful with this class and I am truly proud to be their teacher and to have watched them flourish from the start of the school year.

A particularly proud moment came on Thursday morning when Year 4 were responsible for leading the Christmas Service at St. Peter’s Church. The children have worked so hard over the last week perfecting their performance and practising several carols and hymns to accompany their acting. In a powerful, moving service, Year 4 guided the congregation through the greatest story ever told and reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas for us as Christians. The glowing feedback from the congregation was greatly appreciated but also thoroughly deserved for this class of children who more than earned such high praise!

Just to also take this opportunity to extend the absolute biggest of thanks for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes that Year 4 staff received this week. They really are not expected but are most definitely appreciated and meant an awful, awful lot. Thank you all again for your generosity!

All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Make the most of it, cherish it and I can’t wait to hear all about it when I see you all in the new decade of 2020!

Have a very, very Merry Christmas, Year 4!

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