Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Year 4's home learning area. Hopefully you will have your Home Learning pack which includes a new exercise book and some sheets. We will upload a Maths and English task each day, sometimes this may refer to the sheets in your pack. You will also find an Open-ended task which will normally be linked to our topic work and will change weekly. Sometimes we may ask you to print something off, we appreciate that this may not be possible for everyone so will try not to give too many of these tasks in a week or to give you alternatives where we can. Much of the work can be done in your new exercise book. We ask you to treat this with respect just like your school books - write the date tidily each day and complete tasks in your best handwriting. You will have a tough job getting your handwriting back to the right standard if you neglect it for weeks so please don't fall into this trap. We also appreciate that everybody has different circumstances at home at the moment and some days you may have more time than others to complete your work. Just like when we are at school, all we ask of you is to try your very best.
Mrs Naughton and Miss Harwood
We are aware that some families have had problems accessing some of the activities, especially on ipads. We apologise for this, we are all new to this way of teaching and learning and some hiccups are inevitable. It's really hard to guarantee that everything will work on every device, so we thought it might be useful if we put together a list of ideas of Maths and English activities which your children could complete if you are unable to access the activity for that day. The intention is that these are stand-alone activities which will practise key skills. The activities are a mixture of practical, outdoor, online and paper activities. We hope this will help.
Miss Harwood and Mrs Naughton
Rainforests Forever! Website
Click on the link below and visit a website that Madeleine has created about deforestation. It has an exellent layout with great use of information and pictures. She has done a super job of raising awareness of rainforest destruction! Well done Madeleine.
Rousseau Art Workshop
This online webinar came to the attention of one of our parents who thought it would be of interest to Year 4 children. Tickets are £4.36 to join on Thursday 21st May. It is done through eventbrite (see link below).
Week 7 (Week Commencing 18/5/20)
This week, you will be able to access a weekly plan for both English and Maths. These will be Word documents which tell you about the activities for each day and any further instructions.
20/5/20 - Maths
VE Day Celebrations!
Here are some photos of us celebrating VE Day with our families and neighbours! We would love to see how you marked the occasion. Send us your photos of what you managed to get up to. You can do it by email, Facebook or Seesaw.
Create your own campaign poster about saving the rainforests. This can be done on the computer or handwritten. Try to make it eye-catching with your choice of font style and colour. Include persuasive language by addressing the reader directly and asking them questions. Make use of the facts you have learnt this week to get your point across. Think carefully about using effective pictures and, if you can, come up with your own slogan for a lasting impact. You can borrow some of the pictures below or provide your own.
Work through the pdf which contains a Powerpoint about rounding. This will remind you of the rules of rounding and give you a chance to practise at each stage. At the end of the Ppnt there are some real life problems to have a go at. If you whizz through that quickly, why not have a go at the "Friday rounding practice" sheet which has instructions on it.
Watch the Newsround video clip about palm oil. Read the information and discuss the main issues with a family member. Look through the selection of 'Save The Rainforest' posters and identify the persuasive language features they have used. Stick copies of the posters in your book and write notes about your observations of them. Comment on the layout, size and colour of font and inclusion of pictures. Have they used leading questions or a slogan to grab the reader's attention? How are they using facts to persuade you that something needs to be done?
We are moving on to rounding today. We have tackled rounding before but it is a topic which we have found tricky as a class so some revision and practice is definitely needed. Follow the link to the BBC Bitesize page; this will give you 2 video clips and a sheet to read through. Make sure you watch and read through all the information carefully. There are then 2 online activities to have a go at followed by instructions for a game and a sheet which you can print off. Good luck.
Use your plan to create your web-page about rainforest destruction. Think about how you will organise your information and pictures. You will need to decide about font sizes for headings, subheadings and general text, as well as captions for the illustrations you intend to include. If possible, use computer software to complete the task, but a handwritten piece will be acceptable. It could be created as a Word document, or if you want it to be more interactive, you could create a Powerpoint presentation.
You can refer to the 'Danger of Deforestation' presentation below if you are struggling for ideas. (Sorry that one of the last slides has jumbled text. The ppt version was too large a file to upload and it loses some features when converted to pdf. Most of the main points are still legible).
Following on from yesterday's work on negative numbers, today you have some practice and reasoning sheets to work through. There are 3 sheets. As always, work as hard as you can for 45 minutes and don't worry if you haven't finished all 3. The "Negative Number Maize" is an optional extra challenge, which has the answers included on the second page.
Tuesday 12th May
This week, you will be turning yourselves into conservation campaigners! You will be planning your own campaign to save the rainforests. Go onto the Natural History Museum web-page and read about the elephants of Borneo. There is a video you can watch about them too. Study the use of language. Notice how questions engage the reader and encourage us to click on links to other pages. Using ideas from the websites you have looked at, create your own web-page plan, highlighting the various threats to the rainforests. There is a template to help you.
Today you will be looking at negative numbers. Please follow the link below to the BBC bitesize website. The page includes 2 short video clips to watch. Activity 1 is a short online activity, Activity 2 is a printable activity. I would ignore activity 3 as it doesn't make sense to me!
Open-ended Topic Task
Your task this week is to research the work of artist Henri Rousseau. He is famous for his jungle paintings which he created from his imagination. Watch the BBC video clip to learn more about his work. You could do some of your own research on the internet and present it on the computer or as a handwritten document. You could write about your own observations and opinions of some of his paintings. Once you have done your research, have a go at creating your own rainforest picture in the style of Rousseau. It can be a drawing, painting or collage. You can access examples and templates in our Art and Craft Ideas section.
Watch the Chester Zoo video clip about deforestation. Discuss with a family member about the threat to plants and animals of the rainforest. Go onto the World Wildlife Fund web-page about the Amazon. Examine the web-page and focus on several points. Make notes in your book about issues connected with the local people, trees, animals and the wider world.
This week's Maths is going to be all about place value, including counting in multiples, rounding and negative numbers. Today you have a worksheet to complete which practises counting in 6s, 7s, 9s. Don't forget to look carefully at the numbers in each sequence in order to work out what the pattern is before you fill in the missing numbers.
Test your knowledge of fractions and decimals by solving the word problems.
Use the hundredths number square to remind yourself about decimal equivalents of hundredths. Complete the worksheet about adding and subtracting hundredths.
Imagine that this letter arrived through your door. It was written after the end of The Great Kapok Tree story by Mr Gustavo, CEO of the company who want to chop down the kapok tree. Read the letter through carefully and complete the activities on the second sheet.
Watch the BBC Bitesize clip about adding and subtracting fractions. Remind yourself about decimal equivalents of tenths using the number line bookmark. Complete the worksheet.
Thank you so much to all those who have replied with your permission to join Seesaw. We hope that this will allow you to communicate more directly with us and to share your work, also giving us the chance to respond directly to you. If you have emailed your permission, you will receive an email this week which will allow you to get up and running. We would love to see as many pupils as possible signed up so that we can stay in touch, so please do email your permission in to school if you haven't already. There will be no changes in how we send out your work, it will still be uploaded to this website each day.
Please don't feel pressured to upload every piece of work, it is at your discretion what you send. We look forward to hearing from you.
Open-ended topic task
This week, we would like you to have a go at making a puppet theatre, showing the scene from the book The Great Kapok Tree. You could use a shoe box, cutting off one side so that your theatre has a back and sides and an open front, you may have other ideas of what you could use, or you could just create a background scene on a piece of paper. Use whatever materials you wish; paint, collage, felt tips etc and add as much detail as you can. You will then need to make"puppets" which could be made of paper or card and stuck onto lollipop sticks, finger puppets etc When you have completed your puppet theatre, can you re-tell the story using your puppets? Maybe a sibling can help? Can you make up your own rainforest story? Why not film it and share it with us on Seesaw? Have fun!
This week we are going to do some more work based on The Great Kapok Tree. Today I would like you to create a story map to see how much you can remember of the story. You may wish to create your own sheet rather than using mine, depending on how many bubbles you feel you need. The aim is to re-tell the story; you can do this either in labelled drawings or in simple sentences. Try to complete your story map without looking back at the story, then either listen or read it again to fill in any details or bits you have forgotten.
Watch the BBC Bitesize clip to remind you how to simplify fractions. There are different levels of the worksheet for you to choose from and answers sheets to mark your own work. You can access plenty of games on the Topmarks website to test your knowledge of fractions.
Your task today is to create your own travel guide about Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. Use the research you have done this week to help you. Sample pages from The Travel Book (Lonely Planet Kids) are good to give you ideas about the writing style and layout. You can create your guide on the computer or it can be handwritten. Think about areas of information to cover such as: weather, climate, sights, wildlife, currency, language and rivers. These can be organised under different subheadings and accompanied with various photos, diagrams or maps.
Thursday 30th April
Research facts about Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. Have a look at the Kids World Travel Guide website and make notes in your book.
Use the research you have done so far to help you design your own rainforest animal. Use the template to draw and label the features of your imaginary creature. You can look through the animal fact files below to give you some ideas. It can be a combination of animals or something completely different! Try to think about how the rainforest environment will affect its appearance and behaviour.
Have a try at "Place Value Basketball" on the Topmarks website - make sure you choose the largest numbers and see how fast you can decode each number.
Use the websites we have recommended to research about a rainforest animal of your choice. The DK website is good for this and a-z animals which is an online encyclopedia. Use the animal fact file template to record your findings.
Open-ended Topic Task
Your task this week is to make your own rainforest mask. It can be of an animal found in the rainforest or a more traditional tribal design. Look in our Art & Craft section for examples, ideas, instructions and templates to help you. It is best to use card for the base (this can be from a cereal box or a paper plate etc). You can decorate it with paint, felt, feathers, sequins or any materials that you have available in your home. Think about what you can attach to your mask so you can wear it. You could use elastic, ribbon or string. Let your imagination go wild!
'Rainforest Calling' is a good e-book that you can download using the link below. If you want more of a challenge, you could read 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell.
Continue doing your own research about the rainforest and make notes as you go along. This will help you with the English tasks this week. The DK website has a great section on rainforests and provides you with a more interactive way of fact finding. If you fancy watching a good documentary by David Attenborough, 'Planet Earth - Jungles' is available on Netflix.
For today's English task, read an extract from 'Rainforest Calling' and answer the comprehension questions.
There are 2 pages of perimeter word problems and some challenge cards for extension work.
Thursday 23rd April
Watch the BBC Bitesize clip explaining about area and complete the Rectilinear Areas worksheet. You can select area and perimeter games to play from the Topmarks website.
Visit the MathsFrame website and you can play some fun games to improve your Maths skills.
Year 4 Photo Gallery
Click on the link below and watch Isabelle's video demonstration of an erupting volcano. Well done Isabelle. We love it!
Wednesday 22nd April
Watch the BBC Bitesize clip to remind you about calculating perimeter. There are some differentiated worksheets you can choose from. If you want more of a challenge, watch the clip that explains how to find missing lengths and complete the Rectilinear Shapes worksheet.
Tuesday 21st April
Having listened to and read through The Great Kapok Tree, complete the book review.
Keep up with your knowledge of all the times tables by regularly testing yourself. You can use the timestables.me website or other online multiplication games if you prefer them.
Use the Capacity Countdown game to improve your reading of scales and complete the worksheet.
It is very important that you keep working on your spellings while we are away from school. At the very bottom of this page, you will find the statutory Year 3/4 spelling words. Over the course of this week, ask an adult to test you on them, there are a lot so you may wish to spread this over a few days! Write down how many you know and keep it safe. Your challenge is to improve your number before we get back to school.
Make a list of all the ones you don’t know yet and decide how many you think you can learn each week. Decide on a spelling test day that suits you and your family and ask an adult to test you on the spellings you have been practising this week.
Open Ended Task
This term we will be starting a new topic all about the Rainforest. This week we would like you to start finding out about the Rainforest. Has anyone in your family been to the rainforest? Maybe you could think of some questions to ask them and give them a ring to find out more. This is a helpful website to have a look at to start you off, there are lots of others too.
Your open ended task this week is to create a world map, showing the main locations of the rainforests of the world. This can be presented however you wish – pencil drawing or tracing, painting, collage etc. As well as labelling the rainforests, make sure you label the continents and oceans. Think about how you will use colour on your map. Can you label the Equator? You may also like to include the names of countries you have been to or would like to go to, or where you have friends or family. We can’t wait to see your maps, please feel free to pop a picture on Facebook or email it to admin at school.
Maths - Capacity (20/4/20)
Read the Powerpoint presentation to remind you about capacity and converting between measures. The worksheet for today has two parts to it. There is a table for you to record different capacities and a sheet full of clues to help you.
More brilliant pictures! Have a good Easter holidays everyone.
Friday 3rd April
Keep up the good work Year 4! It is great to see!
Read the PowerPoint to learn about personification when writing poetry. Think about something in nature that you could personify into a dragon character. Use the planning template to record your ideas and then write your own dragon poem. Try to have fun playing with words. Your poem could rhyme but it doesn't have to. Think about language features such as similes and alliteration. Try to include some good adjectives and adverbs for description. You might want to borrow the format of Dragon Song to help you.
Read Dragon Song and complete the Rhyme and Rhythm Investigation worksheet.
Wednesday 1st April
Keep posting your fantastic pictures of what you have been up to. We love them!