Year 4: Blog items

Year 4 Final Blog - 17.7.20

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 8:19pm

Hello Year 4,

The time has come…

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

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

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

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

 

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

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Year 4 into Year 5

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 11:58am

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

Thank you,

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

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

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

 

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

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

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 13.07.20

Date: 5th Jul 2020 @ 2:27pm

Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

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

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

 

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

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

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 06.07.20

Date: 29th Jun 2020 @ 11:14am

Hello everyone!

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

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

Schedule:

Wednesday @ 9:45am       January, February, March    

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

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

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

 

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

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

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 29.06.20

Date: 24th Jun 2020 @ 6:38pm

Hello everyone!

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

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

 

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

Schedule:

Wednesday @ 9:45am       January, February, March    

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Keep up the hard work, Year 4!

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

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

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

 

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

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

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 22.06.20

Date: 16th Jun 2020 @ 2:44pm

Hi Year 4!

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

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

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

Schedule:

Monday @ 1:00pm     A - E    

Monday @ 1:45pm     F - O

Monday @ 2:30pm     P - Z

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Please take care and stay safe.

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

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

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

 

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

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

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 15.06.20

Date: 10th Jun 2020 @ 2:58pm

Hello Year 4!

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

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

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

Schedule:

Monday @ 9:45am       A - E    

Monday @ 10:30am     F - O

Monday @ 11:15am     P - Z

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

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

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

 

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

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

Picture News Additional Resource - 4.6.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 6:37pm

The prompt questions for this additional, special discussion resource are: 'What does Black Lives Matter mean?' and 'Is Blackout Tuesday an effective way to raise awareness of racial inequality?' 

 

'Black Lives Matter' and 'Blackout Tuesday' are movements to both raise awareness and educate people about racial inequalities around the world. Racism is something we can all learn about and find out ways that we can support and promote equality for all.

 

On Tuesday 2nd June, millions of people around the world shared a plain black image as part of ‘Blackout Tuesday’, a global event to protest against racial inequality. Organisers behind the movement asked people to: post a picture of a black square on their social media account; mute their account for the day and use the time they would otherwise be on social media to educate themselves on Black Lives Matter.

 

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

An additional resource will allow you to read through the experience of American author, Shola Richards. Perhaps consider: What can it teach us about the effects of racism on his daily life? Does any of his experience surprise us? Why do you think he wanted to share his story at this time?

Year 4 - Learning from Home w/c 08.06.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 1:04pm

Greetings Year 4!

I hope you have all had a brilliant week and have continued working hard whilst keeping busy at home too. I loved seeing those of you who could make it to our Zoom meetings this week! Thank you for joining and sharing all of your different stories, learning and adventures from your time at home. 

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

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

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

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

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

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English (Reading): For this week’s reading task, we will be taking a trip ‘Under the Sea’ to improve our comprehension skills! Using this Disney song (from The Little Mermaid), a variety of questions to practise retrieval and inference skills have been attached below. First, watch the lyric video from the film here. Singing along is optional!

It is a good idea for the children to note down and look up the meaning of any unfamiliar words before completing the comprehension questions (attached below). So, I would recommend listening to the song twice and writing down any unfamiliar words or phrases first. Then the children could either look them up - using the internet or a dictionary - or ask an adult. The answers are attached too.

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.

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

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

I have loved monitoring the variety of reading that has been taking place via the Read Theory website. This tool will really support comprehension and inference skills and I would recommend that this website is accessed regularly if not already.  

 

English (Writing): First, watch this video here. This video provides an animated re-telling of the key life events of a very famous scientist, Galileo.

The above video is an example of an animated biography. A biography is a text written about someone else's life (usually someone famous). This week’s task is for the children to write a biography of their own. This could be based on any famous person who they wish to research further or, perhaps, who they know a lot about already. This task will involve research and notetaking before the writing process begins. Below, I have attached a flow chart thinking map to allow for planning and structuring of the biography. An example biography as well as a checklist of key features are also attached. The biography example may also give you a clue to our final theme of this year, which we will make a start on in a few week's time!

 

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

Group 1: answer, believe, business, enough, favourite, interest, material, often, particular, surprise

Group 2: money, many, because, people, half, water, cardboard, everybody

 

Maths: Well done to those children who are regularly completing their weekly MyMaths tasks! Remember that I can add comments on the tasks after they have been completed so do keep an eye out for those too! For this week, please complete the tasks titled: ‘Fractions and Decimals – OW’ and ‘Dividing by 10 and 100’. These tasks connect well with the learning in the White Rose resources recommended below. It’s especially important this week to first complete the ‘Practice’ section for each of these tasks before attempting the ‘Homework’ questions. This can be a tricky topic without prior learning so I am also attaching a place value grid to help with this. Good luck!

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

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

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

The key to most Maths in Year 5 is...times table knowledge! Here (attach link) is an online times table checker to test speed and accuracy. 25/25 is the score to aim for and it is there to remind the children to keep on going too even after 25/25 has been achieved!

 

History: This week’s learning goal is: “To explore the writing, number and calendar system of the Maya Civilisation.”

This week’s learning will teach you all about the systems used by the Maya to write, count and to keep track of dates. This fascinating topic shows just how sophisticated the Maya were and also how their culture was very advanced for its time!

First, watch this video here to introduce the children to some of the ideas behind this complicated calendar system. A second video is also attached, which also refers to the calendar system here

Next, go through the information on the slides (below) about the systems used by the Maya to write, count and to keep track of dates.

After completing the reading, some tasks have been attached where the children can practise counting and writing like the Maya did. There is also the chance to recreate one of their calendar systems too. Enjoy!

 

Art: This optional Art task is linked to the History learning about the calendars used by the Maya. It involves the children creating and decorating their own Mayan calendar using the resources attached. Your child may wish to put their drawing skills to the test here by drawing the glyphs rather than using the template given. Enjoy!  

 

Science: Our Science curriculum for Year 4 is now complete – well done! If your child needs to complete any of the remaining Science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs.

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

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

 

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

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

 

Computing: Lots of the children will be familiar with the ‘Book Creator’ app as they will have used it in school. Hopefully, they will enjoy creating their own book at home using the attached guide!

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

RE: 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!

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

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

 

Keep up the hard work, Year 4!

Please take care and stay safe!

Mr McCabe

Picture News Discussion - w/c 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. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

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

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

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

English (Reading): For this week’s 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 also 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!

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

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

 

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, 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.

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

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