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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 4

To contact Ms Wright or Mrs Wetz and submit pupils' work please email us on year4@chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk

Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January 2021

 

Hello gang! Don’t Monday mornings come around quickly?

 

Can we congratulate you on another brilliant effort from Year 4 pupils (and parents) last week? I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Tooth Fairy letters which were imaginative and entertaining and showed that most of you are beginning to get a good idea of how to use paragraphs effectively. There seems to be plenty of times tables and spelling practice going on and we hope you didn't encounter any difficulties with the introduction of decimal fractions and speech mark revision.

 

We have now created a suggested timetable for your work which we hope will make it easier for you to plan your week. Once it has been uploaded, please look at the key at the bottom to check which work is to be emailed back to us and which activities need to be done ready for discussion at each different Zoom meeting.

 

You will also see from the timetable that we have put in some extra Zoom sessions. Ms Wright will be doing a 30-minute 'drop-in' Zoom from 2.15pm on a Tuesday and Mrs Wetz will do the same on Thursday afternoons. If you have questions about any of the work we have set, please join us. You do not need to stay for the whole meeting. 

 

Keep busy!

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Year 4 Weekly Timetable 18.1.21

Printable version - Class 4 timetable Term 3 Week 3

Spellings

 

Homophones

whose, who’s, stares, stairs, peace, piece, aloud, allowed,

 

High frequency spellings:

they, out, down, now, Mrs.

 

As last week, these words have the same pronunciations but different meanings, so it is particularly important to know which spelling to use when. Remember to use spelling practice as handwriting practice too. Handwriting lines can be found below if you need them.

These will be tested in context on Zoom on Tuesday 19th January.

 

Handwriting lined paper

Tooth Fairy

Writing Task

 

During our online class on Monday, we will be continuing to read from the book, Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant when we will discover that fairies love riddles! We shall look at riddle verses and make a plan for writing our own. All riddles should be ready to share on Zoom with Mrs Wetz on Friday.

Helpful hints and examples are provided here, along with a planning sheet and a checklist of success criteria so that you can make sure your riddle is the best it can be. Please note, it does NOT have to rhyme. There is lined paper also for those of you that need it.

In particular, I would like you to watch the YouTube video Wee Words for Wee Ones which can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSBmVpb9-mQ

This gives an excellent step-by-step guide not only to writing a riddle, but also to improving your work when you think it is finished. Reading your work aloud to someone is often the best way to discover that what you have written is not quite as perfect as you thought it was!

 

Here is a quick cartoon to get you started:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4mmn39/articles/z84p97h

 

And here is some more guidance:

https://www.poetry4kids.com/news/writing-riddles/

Lined paper

Grammar and Punctuation

Using apostrophes with plural and singular nouns to show possession/recap plural spellings. Select one or two challenges and complete them for feedback in Friday's Zoom session.

Reading Comprehension

Written answers to be completed for discussion and feedback in Wednesday's Zoom meetings

Maths 

 

We are continuing to learn about decimal fractions and will begin to understand hundredths, as introduced by Mrs Wetz at the end of last week. You should work through Maths No Problem Text and Workbooks 4b Chapter 8 Lessons 4-7.

 

Use the Maths No Problem Parent Guides to work through the Textbook guidance before completing the Workbook.

Please mark the work at home and let us know if you have any difficulties.

Additional support material and challenges can be found below.

Additional resources - decimals

Please see the links below to four lessons from the Oak Academy - we highly recommend these lessons as extra support in understanding decimals.  There are 2 lessons on tenths and a further 2 on hundredths which the children will be covering this week in their MNP books.

 

Decimals - tenths lesson 1

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-decimal-tenths-part-1-ctgkcd

Decimals - tenths lesson 2

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-decimal-tenths-part-2-64upac

Decimals – hundredths lesson 1

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-decimal-hundredths-part-1-c4v3ed

Decimals - hundredths lesson 2

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/recognising-decimal-hundredths-part-2-cmukcd

 

Last week in our whole class Friday zoom lesson we watched a video on decimals which you may find useful to see again so you can 'digest' some of the excellent explanations. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG6ILNOiMgM

Arithmetic

Please mark at home and submit by email, highlighting any areas of difficulty

Times Tables

 

Please choose a booklet from those attached which best suits your ability:

 

Booklet 17 - x6 tables

Booklet 18 - x7 tables

Booklet 19 - x9 tables

Booklet 22 - x6, x7 and x9 tables

Booklet 23 - division facts associated with x6, x7 and x9 tables

Booklet 1 - x2, x5 and x10 tables

 

You should complete one section each day and record your score.  If you need any advice or help with your times tables do please join our Drop-In Zooms on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. 

 

Burps, Bottoms and Bile Topic

 

20/1/21 - I have now added the recording sheets for this science investigation - we will talk through this in our Thursday Zoom lesson.  The majority of you should be able to complete the 2 star sheet, however, if you have found this difficult then do please use the 1 star sheet. Mrs W

 

Toothpaste investigation:

 

This week we are asking the children to carry out a simple science investigation on toothpaste.  Please could this be completed by Thursday morning so the children can bring their results and ideas to the Zoom session. 

 

For this activity you will need toothpaste, x2 eggs and some vinegar.  On Thursday we will discuss what we have discovered and look at our results. Following this input the children will be asked to write up their investigation, as part of a literacy activity, to be emailed in for marking by Wednesday 27th January.

 

Have fun!

YouTube clips from Thursdays Science Zoom lesson:

 

What happens to an egg in vinegar?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n22l9N2Xjxk 

 

What is in toothpaste? How to make your own toothpaste.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOaCqRvzMXQ

Toothpaste investigation

Optional topic activities:

 

1. How is toothpaste made? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJnEHfiKmHM

 

2. Oak Academy - lesson on teeth

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/are-all-teeth-the-same-68r62c

FRENCH Week 3

Dear Class 4

This week I would like you to practise your numbers in French.

You could watch this clip to remind you of the numbers 1-10

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpy8q6f/resources/1

You could also have a go at the activity below which will help you with the pronunciation of the numbers 10-20

Mrs Glover

RE

In RE this week we are asking ourselves the following question:

What can a Christian learn about Jesus’s treatment of the lepers?

 

Watch the PowerPoint story and choose one or two of the activities to complete.

As you reflect on this week’s question, consider the actions of both Jesus and the lepers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 11th January - Friday 15th January

 

Hello to you all. We hope you are keeping warm in this cold snap. The weather could hardly be more different from the last time we were home schooling when the sun was out all the time and you could do lots of activities in your gardens.

 

Thank you for sending in the work you have completed. We have replied to some of you and will catch up with the remaining emails over the next few days. If we have asked you to mark your work at home, we only need to hear from you if you have found something too challenging. Anything else we will talk about together in our upcoming Zoom sessions. These will be at the same time as last week and can be accessed using the same details. To make it really clear which work we want you to send to us, the instructions will be highlighted in green.

 

You might be interested to know that Mrs Skinner has recorded several chapters of a Secret Seven story which she has uploaded to the video resource section in pupil zone on this website. More chapters will be added later. Do have a listen.

 

Anyway, I expect you're eager to see what we have in store for you, so here are this week's tasks:

Spellings

 

Homophones: accept, except, affect, effect, weather, whether, through, threw

High frequency words: you, there, me, just, help

These should be practised daily at home using the ‘look, copy, cover, write, check’ technique. Children also enjoy other ways of practising, such as pyramid, bubble or backwards writing or Hangman.

As this week's words have the same pronunciations but different meanings, is particularly important to know which spelling to use in which context.

These will be tested by dictation on Zoom on Tuesday 19th January.

Writing task

 

During our online class on Monday, we will be reading from the book, Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant and discussing how to use last week's learning about paragraphs to organise our ideas in order to write a letter.

 

The success criteria for this task are as follows:

  • Write as if you are the Tooth Fairy 
  • Answer all of Holly's questions.
  • Follow the format of a letter
  • Start a new line for each new paragraph
  • Use a topic sentence to introduce each paragraph
  • Give several supporting sentences for each paragraph

Optional challenge: try to end each paragraph with a sentence that makes that section feel finished. 

 

You may use any of the ideas we discuss together or come up with some new ones of your own.

Please email your letter to school to be marked.

If you would like to create a paper fairy, we have provided a simple template for you to colour and assemble with glue or split pins if you have them. It might be a good idea to mount it onto cardboard. A skirt made from a scrap of coloured paper or fabric makes a nice addition, as do sequins, beads, lace and ribbon. We'd love to see your fairy photos.

Reading task

 

In small groups on Zoom on Wednesday, we will be reading and discussing our understanding of an extract from The Book of the Cat by Mabel Humphrey. Feedback will be given during the online session.

A copy of the text is below. Please ensure that you read this and print it ready for when we get together.

Maths

 

We hope that you are all able to collect your new Maths No Problem workbook on Monday and that you can now access the Parent Guides as you did last year. To make sure you fully understand each element, it is important to read each lesson in the online textbook, look at the diagrams and answer the questions before you attempt to complete the relevant pages in the workbook.

 

Can we also ask that you do not work further ahead in the book than we indicate? If you would like more maths challenges, some are provided here and excellent free resources are currently available from organisations such as Twinkl and the BBC.

 

This week, we would like you to tackle the lessons in Textbook 4B Chapter 8 (Decimals) Lessons 1-3. You may find it useful to print out the place value chart provided and to use it with counters or similar to help your understanding. 

 

An arithmetic paper and answers are also attached.

Please mark all maths at home. Some of our Zoom sessions will be dedicated to teaching and feedback.

Daily Times Tables Practice

 

Please choose a booklet from those attached which best suits your ability – if you are struggling with your x3, x4 and x8 tables then please choose booklet 10, if you need to practise your x9, x11 and x12 tables then please select booklet 25 or, if you’d rather secure your knowledge of x2, x5 and x10 tables then print booklet 3. You should complete one section each day and record your score. 

Please let me know which booklet you completed and your daily scores.

If you know your times tables perfectly and can complete a x100 mixed square in under 5 minutes then please complete the attached times table word problems instead.

 

Thursday 14th January - Punctuating speech

 

In our Zoom session on Thursday morning we will be learning how to punctuate speech correctly.  The children will need a whiteboard or paper and a pen.

After the lesson it would be great if the children could look at:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8d78hv

 

This is a fabulous KS2 BBC Bitesize lesson with activities. Please watch the 2 videos and then complete activities 1 and 2. Activity 3 is optional - if you do complete activity 3 please send me a copy of your responses.

 

Then complete ‘The Wyrmstooth Crown missing punctuation differentiated sheets - these are labelled with one, two or three stars - one star being the easiest and three stars being a challenge.  The children should choose their own level.  I have attached the answers so you can mark your own work but I would still like to see a copy of it, thank you.

 

Here are some more useful resources to support this lesson

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zvftsbk

 

Burps, Bottoms and Bile Topic

 

This week we focus on types of teeth and their uses.

This short video from the BBC's Operation Ouch series makes great viewing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttqqobnSUHE

 

The activities below ask you to identify animals from their teeth and to position different types of teeth correctly in a human mouth.

Both are optional. Both are fun!

Week 2 French from Mrs Glover

RE - What kind of world do you want?

 

 

 

 

 

Concrete Shape Poetry - Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January

 

In our Thursday morning Zoom session we will be reading some winter concrete (shape) poems - I thought it might be helpful if the children had these as a paper copy rather than struggling, possibly, to read them from their computer screens. We will be practising our comprehension skills of retrieval and inference.  Also, a dictionary might be helpful if you have one but please don't worry if not. 

 

Please, also see attached a differentiated winter poem comprehension exercise for the children to complete after our Zoom lesson but this is an optional activity.  The answers are attached for you to refer to/mark. The sheets are labelled with one, two or three stars - one star being the easiest and three stars being a challenge.  The children should choose their own level.   

 

I will be setting a writing task in Friday's whole class Zoom session which the children will have a week to complete - it will be due in on Friday 15th January.  I will be asking them to write/design their own winter concrete poem.  We will firstly look at a few examples of winter concrete poems and create a list of descriptive words and adjectives which they should then be able to incorporate into their own poems.  A pen and paper/notebook might be useful for this session so they can write down any useful phrases, ideas, words... Their poem can be presented in any format - they may paint a background, use coloured pens, design it on the computer... Please take a photograph of your child's poem and email me a copy.

 

Some useful links:

BBC Live poetry lesson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/writing-and-performance-poetry-live-lesson/zrds92p 

 

How to write a shape poem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqQU6P18LI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nra7F9nya8A

 

Narrated examples of shape poems: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP-VmnyGsZU 

 

 

Tuesday 5th January - Friday 8th January

 

Grammar activity

In our whole class Zoom session we will be learning about how and why we use paragraphs. At least one of the activities below must be completed and feedback will be given online next Monday.

To help you make your decisions, you might want to revisit the Powerpoint we used on Zoom. A copy can be found below.

 

Spellings

 

Statutory Spellings: length, strength, purpose, history, separate, suppose, therefore, knowledge

High frequency words: was, what, do, get, if

These should be practised daily at home using the ‘look, copy, cover, write, check’ technique. Children also enjoy other ways of practising, such as pyramid, bubble or backwards writing or Hangman.

It is important to ensure that the meaning of each word is understood in context.

These will be tested by dictation on Zoom on Tuesday 12th January.

Reading task

In small groups on Zoom on Wednesday, we will be reading and discussing our understanding of the poem Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson. Feedback will be given during the online session.

A copy of the poem can be found below. Please ensure that you print this out as you will need it to refer to.

Foreign Lands - a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maths activities

 

Please complete the arithmetic paper below and use the answers provided to mark your work at home. It is important to keep practising the key maths skills you have learned. 

Parents: Children may need support with questions 8, 9 and 13 in Part One. They need only attempt questions 3, 4, 9 and 10 in Part Two. For those of you trying to calculate the perimeter of the equilateral triangle in question 8, the missing measurement is 5cm!

 

On Zoom we shall revise what we know about division and will learn to use a formal written method, commonly referred to as the 'bus stop' technique. You should complete one of the following papers (choose the most challenging you can manage) and email your workings to school for marking. The Powerpoint is provided for extra explanation/practice.

 

Times tables are essential to success in maths. See below for plenty of interesting ways to practise them. Ten minutes a day, please. We will find out how you are progressing in our Zoom sessions.

 

Burps, Bottoms and Bile Topic

 

Our topic this term is all about digestion - a process that begins in our mouths. We therefore start by focusing on teeth.

Below is an optional cut, stick and label activity designed to teach children about the structure of a tooth and to familiarise themselves with some useful dental vocabulary! 

Understanding the Gospels

 

Below are some optional activities for you to watch, investigate and discuss at home.

What kind of world did Jesus want?

Year 4 French from Mrs Glover

Friday 18th December 2020

 

The last week of term was busy one. We linked up online with a drama workshop company and explored the classic tale of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Year 4 learned some professional theatre acting techniques before performing the entire story in freeze frames. Children worked nicely together to make woolly hat tree decorations and tricky origami poinsettias. They practised writing in an ancient Norse runic alphabet and made up Viking warrior names of their own. We revised the use of imperative verbs by penning a less-than-polite letter to Santa and our outdoor socially-distanced nativity went ahead on Wednesday, despite Met Office warnings of stormy weather. Year 4's shepherd song was (as expected) a triumph! 

 

As we see out this memorable year, we'd like to thank you all for the part you have played in keeping our school running effectively, for the morale-boosting events you've organised and for the acts of kindness you have shown.

 

The Y4 staff would like to say how grateful we are for the gifts you have sent in and are touched by the generosity you have shown us in these difficult times.

 

Wishing you all a very merry, if muted, Christmas.

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

We're Not Washing Our Socks

Our Nativity Scene backdrop

Water colouring Club - A Walk in a Snowstorm paintings

Friday 11th December 2020

 

Year 4’s classroom is sparkling – we have definitely put the glitter to good use this week making gorgeous snowflakes to decorate the windows. We have also created a Bethlehem inspired backdrop, from an old sheet, for the Nativity next week.

 

Again, thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Monday so we can be fully prepared for the dress rehearsal. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!

Rehearsals have been going well and Year 4 have enjoying practising their song and perfecting the actions/dance.

 

This week the children have finished editing and making improvements to their Merlin and Arthur, Sword in the Stone inspired adventure stories.  They are all very proud of their work and will be bringing home a copy of it, along with another example of their recent writing, for you to see next week.

 

Water colouring club have taken home their fabulous Christmas tree cards. We will definitely be continuing this lunchtime club next term as everyone, including Mrs Wetz and Ms Skinner have enjoyed it.  We will be watching a tutorial on water colour painting techniques the first week back and then we will all decide on our next exciting project. 

 

Next week is full on Christmas with the school Nativity on Wednesday and the birthday/Christmas party on Thursday morning when we will be playing some party games, indulging in some delicious cake and making party hats.

 

If anyone has any odd pieces of wool that they no longer want, we can put it to good use. Please send any spare yarn in on Monday. Thank you.

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright

Homework

Maths: Year 4 did very well with their challenging short multiplication homework last week - well done everyone! This week they have some fun times table Christmas colouring - enjoy. Please use a times table grid if you are unsure of your x9, x8, x7 and x6 tables.  

Maths homework 11.12.20 - Christmas Times table colouring

Literacy homework

We have been trying to master our use of the apostrophe this term.

The final challenge of the year is to show you understand that an apostrophe works in two ways:

a) to replace missing letters in contractions and

b) to indicate that someone owns something.

Although the apostrophe is sometimes used with a plural noun, it is NOT used to make a plural noun.

Friday 4th December 2020

 

The appearance of our classroom Christmas tree was this week was met with much excitement, despite its rather shabby form! Challenging though the year may have been, nothing, it seems, stops children looking forward to Christmas and they could barely wait to deck the halls.

 

Year 4 has started rehearsals for the outdoor nativity and we all feel our song is going rather well. The time that would normally be spent on literacy homework can this week be dedicated to learning the words and actions to 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' (make sure you know the chorus as well as the verses) and 'O Holy Night' (the second verse needs some attention).

 

Thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Tuesday next week. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!

 

On a more academic note, in maths we are learning formal written methods for multiplication and in literacy we have studied the features of play scripts and attempted to bring together our full range of grammatical techniques in a piece of writing about Viking life.

 

One more week of work before the fun and games begin…

 

Best wishes,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

 

Homework

Literacy: Learn 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' and 'O Holy Night'. All the way through. By Tuesday. No excuses. Copies of the words have been placed in the literacy homework books and can also be found by scrolling down below.

In addition, children need to know just the first two lines of the traditional carol 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks' which are as follows:

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground...

 

Spellings:

question, mention, position, action, injection

possession, discussion, expression, conclusion, tension

 

High frequency words: of, my, one, him, time

 

Maths: differentiated sheets attached.  If children find the missing number sums too difficult then do please print off the short multiplication sheet instead.  Some children have already been given this sheet which should be in their school bags.  Some of the sheets have rather a large number of questions on them so please do only spend 20 minutes doing the homework - you are not expected to complete them all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Viking boats and nature paperweights

Friday 27th November 2020

This week Year 4 have been learning about pronouns and how, if used effectively, they help their writing flow well.  They wrote a short account, using pronouns,  of how Merlin and Arthur escaped the clutches of an angry pike in the film The Sword in the Stone. 

 

The glitter is back (it’s not even December I hear you all thinking) – the nature paperweights have been given a layer of sparkle for the festive season and will be coming home with the children this week.  

 

In the school Nativity Year 4 are shepherds so they will need a tea towel and an old pair of tights of large hairband for their costume.  Please could these be sent in to school in a named bag – thank you.  The children will be singing, ‘We’re not washing our socks’ and the lyrics are attached so they can start learning the words and practising at home. 

 

In water colouring club the children have almost completed their winter snowstorm scenes.  This week, they painted footprints in the snow and learnt about perspective and how objects become smaller the further away they are.  We have a few winter fir trees to add on the hill tops and a silhouette of a man walking his dog to complete the scene.  Our next project will be a shining angel to make a Christmas card. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Wetz & Rebecca Wright

Homework

Literacy:

Recognising and writing main and subordinate clauses. Children have each been given two pages of complex sentence activities to complete. If they find the task difficult, please make a note in their books to confirm that they have worked for at least 20 minutes. If there are different types of task, we ask that they attempt several of each rather than all of one and none of the other. Where an explanation is required, this should include information about types of clause and conjunction.

 

Spellings - plural endings:

woman/women, potato/potatoes, lady/ladies, story/stories, leaf/leaves, knife/knives, axe/axes

High frequency words: I, had, mum, children, made

 

Maths: 

Sheets attached.  Please can the children recap the names of 2D shapes while working out the total number of vertices in the bags.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nativity Song Lyrics - We're Not Washing Our Socks

Friday 20th November 2020

 

Following our retelling of Norse myths last week, we tried out some performance techniques this week and children threw themselves wholeheartedly into exercises where they had to speak like an angry parent or walk while pretending their leg was in a cast! They were then given the chance to practise their newfound skills by reciting couplets from a Norse saga – Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. Self-consciousness got the better of most in the end, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!

 

Maths lessons presented us with word problems involving multiplication and division. It is clear that some of you have been busily at work in the background getting times tables facts to stick and this is of huge benefit. Please keep going.

 

Mrs Wetz and some Year 4 pupils Zoomed a thought-provoking assembly about Sir David Attenborough, we displayed our kenning poetry on colourful sword templates and wrote delightful blessings in the style of the Christian Grace to hearten us and send us on our way at the end of the school day.

 

As rehearsals begin for our socially distanced Christmas nativity, we would be grateful if children could begin to familiarise themselves with the Calypso Carol and O Holy Night. Lyrics and links to the tunes are attached below.

 

Wishing you all a good weekend.

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

 

Homework

Literacy: Research new facts about King Alfred the Great and record them in full sentences. Please ensure that what you write is legible, that it makes sense and is properly punctuated – names and all! For Tuesday.

 

Spellings – homophones (it is important to be able to use these correctly in context).

medal/meddle, missed/mist, scene/seen, board/bored, which/witch

High frequency words: he, up, no, from, day

 

Maths -  see attached multiplication and division word problems x6 x7 and x9.  Some children have asked to do a further maths investigation which is also attached.  If they find this too challenging then they should just complete the word problems sheet.  

Class 4 Autumn Walk

Friday 13th November 2020

As part of our exciting topic this term, Traders and Raiders, we have been reading the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  We now all understand the difference between legends, which have some basis in historical fact and tend to mention real people or events and myths, which are entirely fictional. We have also been making Viking longboats using cereal boxes and reams of selotape – so far these are looking good.  In geography, we have been looking at the journeys made by the Vikings and the parts of our country which were invaded by them.

 

On Thursday we went for a sunny, autumn walk, during our break-time, and collected interesting and beautiful seeds, autumn leaves, berries… to mount on a small wooden ash disk to make a paperweight. We will be going on another walk next Thursday too, so please do remember those wellies as it is quite muddy on some of the footpaths.

 

Watercolour painting club was well attended and the children experimented with different watercolour techniques to create a lollipop card.  Next week we will be starting our winter scene pictures learning about perspective and colour value. 

 

In maths, we have been attempting to master the inverses of multiplication and division sums and also division with remainders.  Our times tables are coming in very handy this week!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.

 

Literacy:

Summarising texts is the theme of this week's literacy homework. Children should try to recognise which details are essential to the story and which are not.  A variety of challenges has been set including identifying the most accurate summarised version, creating a relevant chapter heading and/or describing what happens in their own words and within a limited word count. 

 

Spellings (soft ‘c’):

centre, century, certain, recent, experience, sentence, notice

circle, decide, special

 

Maths:

Maths homework this week is a recap of the properties of 2D shapes and the children have been asked to create their own set of shape top trump cards.  They have been sent home with the card templates on an A3 sheet. Please see attached a differentiated Powerpoint on the properties of 2D shapes.  The majority of the children in the class should refer to Powerpoint 2 or the more detailed Powerpoint 3.  However, if a simpler version is more appropriate please refer to Powerpoint 1.  Please note, if you run these Powerpoints as slide shows you will need to click on the questions down the side of each slide to see the answers.

Top trump cards - template

Friday 6th November 2020

 

Our latest topic, Traders and Raiders, has excited much interest. Our new class story is written in the style of a Viking saga and children have analysed the text in careful detail to infer characteristics of the unlikely hero, a boy named Odd. They have also produced a colourful array of Saxon shields, complete with metal boss and a handgrip.

 

Maths, as warned, is all about multiplication and we have worked on building strategies that will help us use the facts we know to find the facts we don’t. This is useful even for those who already have good times tables recall because multiplication does not stop at 12!

 

We were allowed off site for the first (and perhaps the last) time on Wednesday when it was Class 4’s turn to attend an act of worship in the church. The lesson was about peace and it made a very pleasant change to our daily school-based routine.

 

As the weather has now turned chilly, please ensure that children bring coats – and gloves and hats if they need them. They understandably enjoy escaping the classroom and being outside and most still want to eat their lunch in the garden. With this in mind, it might be useful if your child could bring a large plastic bag or similar to sit on so that they can use their coats for warmth rather than as picnic blankets.

 

On Thursdays or Fridays each week, depending on the weather, Year 4 will be going for a bracing country walk during their break time so could all children please bring in named wellies and a raincoat for the end of the week. 

 

Many thanks,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Please note that literacy homework will be set by Ms Wright this term and the maths homework will fall to Mrs Wetz.

This means that literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.

A couple of children appear to be without one or other or both of their books (you know who you are!). Please have a good look at home for them. If your exercise book was not in school this week, your homework is therefore on loose paper.

 

Literacy:

Viking reading comprehension. Please answer as fully as you can and in complete sentences using joined-up handwriting.

Writing should be in blue pen and drawings should be in pencil.

Spellings:

with, went, when, invade/invasion, divide/division, collide/collision, comprehend/comprehension

 

Maths:

Bonfire Night Multiplication Mosaic Colouring - this is a differentiated activity and the children have chosen which sheet they wish to tackle.  Some children have asked if they can complete more than one sheet which, of course, they are very welcome to do. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin art

Friday 16th October 2020

 

We have all had a fabulous and very productive first term – the children have been delightful and have settled well over the last few weeks.  We have accomplished some lovely pieces of writing, completed the invaluable place value topic in maths and have just finished addition and subtraction within 10,000. Scrumdiddlyumptious has been a great creative curriculum topic and we have all enjoyed learning about healthy eating and where our food comes from. This week we did some cooking and made Hot Frogs from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – very yummy!  

 

Next term our class topic is ‘Traders and Raiders’, which is based on the Saxons and Vikings. In maths we will be starting the term looking at multiplication and division so please brush up on those times tables as these will make life much easier.

 

Have a great half term holiday!

 

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

 

Homework

 

Times tables: frequent practice please.

 

Reading: ten minutes a day 

Friday 9th October 2020

 

The highlight this week was our Harvest Festival, held outdoors in weather that remained thankfully dry. After a shaky start and some last minute rehearsals, Year 4 children managed to learn a tricky multi-part song and Martha and Jude presented their Bible readings clearly and confidently. We enjoyed the dances, poetry and drama performed by other classes and happily joined in with the actions that accompanied songs sung by our youngest pupils. Everyone agreed that it was especially nice for the whole school to meet together even if we had to remain in our socially distanced bubbles.

 

In class, we attempted to get to grips with complex sentences and children are beginning to be able to distinguish between main and subordinate clauses. In maths, we tried, with mixed success, to learn some mental maths techniques and we practised column subtraction. RE gave us the opportunity to consider the Ten Commandments and, in our topic lessons, we matched familiar foods to their country of origin and discussed seasonality.

 

It was good to catch up with some of you at parents’ consultations and we look forward to meeting with everyone else in the week ahead.

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Spellings:  because, our, no, know, where, wear, there, their, they’re

Alternative spellings: in, are, as, back, by

 

Maths: addition – column/mental. Due Tuesday.

 

Times tables: frequent practice please.

 

Reading: ten minutes a day 

Literacy: expanded noun phrases - please see attached

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy homework 8.10.20 Expanded noun phrases

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

This week, we have started a new topic in maths on addition and subtraction.  We have been adding thousand numbers with carried numbers using the column method.  The children have been trying to use their number bonds to ten to help them with the mental addition in the column sums.  We have also enjoyed the narrative poem The Rascally Cake, writing our own recipes for the disgusting cake. We completed our science investigation to find the juiciest fruit or vegetable and were all (including Mrs Wetz) very surprised at the results – the winner was the radish. We had a good discussion about the validity of our results and whether we should repeat our experiment to check our findings.  One suggestion, from some of our budding scientists, was that radishes have very thin outside skins whereas, something like a lemon, has a think rind which does not contain so much water and therefore does not lose so much weight when dried in an oven.  Well done, everyone. 

We are looking forward to taking part in the school Harvest Festival next week.

 

Homework:

 

Literacy: please see sheet attached.  This is due in next Thursday. Pease do watch the BBC Bitesize link on the sheet as a reminder of how to punctuate a list - the children found it very amusing. 

 

Maths: negative numbers. Due on Tuesday.

 

Spellings: different, difficult, important, ordinary, enough

Alternative spellings: said, can, little, into, too

These will be tested on Tuesday (along with one or two words from previous weeks).

Literacy homework 2.10.20 The Rascally Cake

Friday 25th September 2020

 

With our assessments all completed we are now able to forge ahead with revising and teaching the areas of the curriculum we have identified as requiring most focus.

 

This week we have learned and practised using prepositions to guess where hidden objects might be found; to enable a partner to draw a picture accurately and to describe the paintings of a renowned artist. Recipe formats informed the children’s instruction writing and resulted in some tasty scones.

 

In maths we are busy learning how (and why) we round numbers. After a hesitant start, children have all made excellent progress and many are now able to round numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and are beginning to use this skill to estimate answers to addition problems.

 

Topic work featured the works of the painter, Arcimboldo. Children were fascinated by the way this sixteenth century Italian artist was able to produce portraits from fruit, vegetables, animals and other objects. This week, they went on a mini outdoor treasure-hunt to discover some biographical details about the man and next week they will use his ideas to create their own masterpieces.

 

As the weather has lately become more unpredictable, please send children to school with a coat. Although very few choose to wear one, it does provide something dry to sit on when the ground is wet and we would like to be able to eat lunch outside as often as possible.

 

Thank you,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Maths: Rounding. This can be found in your child’s green homework book and should be returned by next Tuesday. Several different activities have been distributed, so copies are NOT available on the website this week to prevent confusion. 

 

Spellings: thousand, hundred, one, two, four, eight, increase, decrease

Alternative spellings: all, were, come, house, to, we, go, will

Please practise once a day at home. Tested on Tuesday

 

Times tables: Please practise daily to ensure knowledge of 2x, 3x, 4,x 5,x 8x, 10x before moving onto 6x, 7x, 9x

 

Literacy: Instruction texts.  The children have been asked to write the instructions to make a sandwich.  It might be helpful for the children to make their chosen sandwich first, before writing their instructions.  Do please take some photos to attach to the homework. 

 

 

 

 

Literacy homework 24.9.20

We have all had a lovely sunny week at school.  The children have enjoyed picnicking in their bubble garden. 

 

It was great to see so many of you on our zoom curriculum meeting earlier in the week – apologies again for the delayed start. Please find attached the curriculum overview for Year 4 and our class timetable. 

 

The class enjoyed our Roald Dahl day which focused on the fabulous story of Fantastic Mr Fox.  We read some of the book, studied the characters of the three farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean and wrote a description for them.  We then made WANTED posters for Mr Fox while watching part of the film, in the afternoon. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

 

Homework:

Spellings: fruit, favourite, potatoes, tomatoes, exercise

Alternative spellings: with, then, could, would, should

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.

 

Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.

 

Maths

This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies are attached below!

 

Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.

 

Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below. Some of the class have chosen to tackle the more challenging sheet 2 but if they find it too difficult then they can print off sheet 1 and do that instead. This homework should be in by next Thursday, 24th September.

Y4 Curriculum Overview

Friday 11th September 2020

 

Hello everyone,

It's like we've never been away. The children have tackled a full week of lessons and tests without complaint and are managing our new school rules and routines superbly.

 

In literacy, we have recapped the grammatical rules of writing a list and explored ways of trying to spell words we don't yet know. In maths we have reinforced our understanding of place value and skip counting. Our RE focus was to consider what Christians may learn about God from the Creation Story and, in this term's topic (entitled Scrumdiddlyumptious), we have begun to understand the benefits of different nutrients and which foods provide what.

 

Next Thursday is Roald Dahl Day. You do not need to dress up, but there will be craft activities and other Roald Dahl-inspired lessons in the classroom. At the end of the week, you will also have to opportunity to vote for our next Head Boy and Head Girl.

 

We look forward to presenting our overview of the year ahead in our virtual curriculum meeting at midday next Wednesday. Details of how to join will be forwarded shortly.

 

See you then,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Spellings: pleasure, treasure, measure, leisure, picture, adventure, capture, creature, future

Alternative spellings: the, that, not, look, put, and

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.

 

Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.

 

Maths: place value

This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies of the two different versions are attached below!

Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.

 

Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below

Literacy homework - Weslandia

Reading and writing large numbers codebreaker

Hundreds tens and ones partitioning

Dear Year 4,

Welcome back to a new school year! The children have been fantastic this week and should be congratulated for settling back in to the school routines so quickly, with very little fuss.  

 

In literacy we have started a diary entry for a boy called Wesley, from the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman.  A copy of the book can be found on the link below: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RetwwWOpt84

 

We have also been for a short walk to listen to the sounds of the countryside, completed a comprehension, painted some very large flowers for a classroom display and even carried out a science investigation on taste - all in just three days! 

 

Literacy and numeracy homework will be set from next week however, could the children please practise their times tables for a test on Friday afternoon.  

 

Have a fabulous weekend! 

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

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