Hello Year 4,
For the next few weeks our lessons are moving online. Work will be set through Google Classrooms and we will have daily lessons on Google Meet.
Welcome to Year 4!
(See bottom of page for links to home learning during potential school closure).
Our team are:
We will also be revisiting fractions, where we will focus on equivalent fractions before extending the work into decimals.
Acute right, and obtuse should be terms you become familiar with, if you are not already, when we continue to develop our understanding and knowledge of shape.
Time is something children in Year 4 always seem to struggle with. Children need to be able to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks. They must also recognise 24-hour times. Please do practise this skill, regularly, at home.
In Year 4, we have some amazing texts which we focus on. We will be reading Christophe's Story, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Iron Man, as the basis of our fiction units. In non fiction, we will be looking at biographies, using Neil Armstrong's story, non-chronological reports. We will centre on the Shang Dynasty and write newspaper reports. We will have Incredible Sports as our starting point. In our poetry lessons, we will study the collected poems of Grace Nichols and James Carter.
Added to this will be a healthy dose of spellings and grammar - doesn't that sound fun?!
Each half term brings a different area to investigate; Sound, Electricity, Grouping Living Things, Dangers to Living Things, Human Nutrition and Changes of State. Each lesson, there will be a scientist of the week award for someone, in each class, who has worked particularly well.
Humanities (Geography, History, RE, RSHE)
History is really enjoyable in Year 4 as we look at the Ancient Greeks, the impact of the The Roman Empire on Britain. If you have enjoyed Horrible Histories (either the books or television series), there are elements in each of these subjects that should appeal to you, alongside some important life lessons.
Linking closely to our history lessons is Geography. We look at the geography of the United Kingdom and Europe, Settlement patterns and map reading.
In R.E. we will try to answer question such as, 'What is the most important part of the Nativity?' and and 'Is forgiveness always possible?' We will also complete a week long project on Islam, (including visiting speakers) during inter-faith week.
For RSHE we start the year with New Beginnings and later look at British Values.
Arts (Art and Design Technology)
Both art and design technology are generally linked to our topics of study.
When we study the Ancient Greeks we will look at how pottery and clay work changed, during this period and how this can be used to date sites. We will then make clay pots and tiles that correspond to different eras.
Closer to Christmas we will be making a variety of pop-up cards in our Art and Design lessons.
When we look at British Values, in R.S.H.E., we will study and sketch the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament).
Both classes will continue to learn to play the guitar on a weekly basis. In previous years the children have performed, in front of KS2, a mix of whole class and solo pieces. At home, please encourage your child to practise, regularly, in order that they will become more adept players.
In out computing curriculum, we will complete a unit called, 'We are Music Makers', which links nicely with our science unit, on sound. We will be learning how to sequence sounds and how computing can be used to make music. We will also learn the skills needed for developing software and games. We will start to learn to code, so that the children can create their own games. Children will be able to access the Purple Mash site (2DIY3D) if they want to continue this at home. There are also some other links on this web page.
We have P.E. on a Monday.
For Indoor P.E., we will undertake some gymnastics floor work, dance units (in which we explore expression, presence and improvisation skills), and table tennis.
For Outdoor P.E., both classes will develop their skills in hockey, Boccia, table tennis and athletics.
Both classes will have a 2 week block of swimming lessons.
Please ensure children have the correct P.E. kit in school (both for indoor and outdoor P.E.) and that they leave it in school for the entire half term.
During the year, each class should have an opportunity to take part in Forest School activities with Mr Carson. There are many benefits to the children learning outdoors, and it especially supports childrens' mental health and wellbeing. (See more about Forest School, in the Curriculum area of the website),
Children will be given homework for Literacy and Mathematics, every Monday, to be returned to school, on the following Friday. The children may also have spellings to learn.
On-going homework, for all children, will be reading every night and learning their times tables. Some children may be given additional homework, to support and consolidate their learning. Your support with all homework is greatly appreciated.
We have lots of educational visits planned. Each half term we will be making a visit to Ditton Library. We will be visiting the cinema to watch Wonder Park and then completing a film review and completing book comparisons. At the end of the year, we have a residential visit to Beeston Outdoor Education Centre, which is always a highlight of the Year 4 year and somewhere where we can social more, with each other, whilst at the same time, learning lots!
Monday - Homework sent out.
Monday - P.E
Tuesday - Guitar
Friday- Homework returned
Chris Hadfield: Astronaut
(Research links for biography writing.)
Humanities: History, Geography, RE and PSHE
Please find below home learning packs, to help support your child whilst away from school.
On Monday (20th July) it will be our final Google Meet session. We have decided to make it as fun as possible and celebrate as if it was the last day of school but virtually! We will be playing games, having snacks and celebrating the year we have had.
Whether you have been to all the google meet sessions or none of them it would be lovely to see you all there!
We have had a crazy year this year and one none of us will forget. But I am so proud of each and everyone one of you. It has been an absolute pleasure teaching you all this year and I know you will all continue to shine in Year 5!
Hi Year 4,
I hope you are all well, safe and smiling!
Thank you to all those children who have been joining us for our Google Meet sessions! It has been lovely to see so many of you - and there has been lots of you! If you haven't joined us already, don't worry - you can join anytime and it would be lovely to see you and hear what you have been up to!
On Purple Mash I have set up a year 4 blog. The blog will be used as a place to upload work for you to complete as well as a space for you to share what you have been up to with the rest of the class! Getting on our blog is extremely easy, all you need to do is:
To add your own post just click the green plus at the top, right hand corner!
All the comments and posts will come to Mr Carson and myself first to approve - but I know that you are all amazing, so we don't need to worry!
This weekend, I am going to bake a cake so I will post a photo on the blog for you all to see and maybe the recipe for you to have a go yourselves!
Any issues please let me know and I will do my best to sort them!
Keep smiling year 4, you all amaze me each day!
Miss Lynch x
Being away from school hasn't stopped our Year 4's! In our google meet sessions we have read Leon and the Place Between, check out below the amazing writing the children have produced so far!!
The twisting, spiralling staircase led to the depths of the place between. The purple, mysterious fog surrounded the staircase. A brave man who sat upon a magical, white horse balanced on the edge. My eyes went wide with amazement when I spotted the green, smug genie. The curious man was playing a game of cards with an acrobat and a child magician. The talented, flexible acrobat swung across the genie's table on a golden braided rope. A talented man was holding two flaming, fire rings as a cat leapt through them. I whizzed around the place between on a magical colourful carpet, making sure to duck my head to avoid the shooting stars and flying cards. What an amazing time in the amazing place between!
Please find attached a Google Meet timetable for the week commencing 13.07.2020
Monday - Instructions for how to access the blog are at the top of this web page.
Maths - To compare four digit numbers using the symbols for more than, less than and equal to. Please find the work sheet on our Purple Mash blog.
English - To create 4 expanded noun phrases to describe the place between. The image can be found on our blog!
Maths - Children to complete maths activity on Purplemash.
If the children log on to Purple Mash and go to 2Dos there will be an activity called Perimeter (Google Meet), This is to be completed for Tuesday 30th June 2020.
English - Have a think of what you might see/hear/smell when you enter the circus tent.
Maths - To complete the 5 questions on perimeter! The sheet will be linked below - To be completed for Wednesday 1st July,
English - To create their own description of Leon's first time entering the circus tent! Attached below is a writing frame, but please feel free to create your own. - To be completed Wednesday 1st July.
Check out our new blog on Purple Mash!! I have added instructions at the top of our class page!
Maths - To complete the 10 area questions set on Purple Mash! You will find it in your 2do's!
English - Complete Mikey wants chicken! on Purple Mash
Mathematics - Find a worksheet on a school blog. Follow our instructions at the top of this page!
GARAGE BAND (Music) Offer
Please find below, links to two additional Garage Band tutorials by John Oates for you to use with your pupils in conjunction with the updated guide sheet which now covers the tutorials for Y3 – Y6. (See Garage Band Offer Year 3 to 6 guide sheet below).
Garage Band: Year 5 https://youtu.be/cr_JMVUYEm4
[Garage%20Band%20Year]Garage Band Year 6: https://youtu.be/cLaw236M
HOME LEARNING UPDATE - 2nd June 2020 CK
Please follow this link to lessons for all year groups from Reception to Year 6:
Hi Year 4,
We hope you have all enjoyed Easter and despite having to stay at home, you managed to get some Easter eggs. Believe it or not, this week is the start of our summer term! We have some new links on our class pages that you may like to visit and some more English and Maths work for you.
We have decided to run a competition, just for Year 4, Class 12 and 13. All you have to do is log on to Active Learn site and complete some of the activities that have been allocated to you. You could play the maths or grammar games that have been set for you or try reading some of the books and completing the quizzes, when you read a book, in Bug Club. You also have TT Rock Stars, a great way to practise your times tables. We can monitor how you are doing on these sites, so at the end of the month we will check who has completed the most activities or read the most books and give a small prize of either books, or pens and pencils.
Best Wishes Mr Carson and Miss Lynch
If your child has sensory Special Needs, you may find the link below, useful.
Home Learning Guidance For Schools and Parents
Home Learning: Lots of links in one document - Click on the link below
Remember to keep checking Purple Mash as we have also set activities for you to do on there too!
Day 1 – Read a classic Greek myth, Icarus; make responses to the text. Read a longer text version and express a preference. Sequence and retell the story orally.
Day 2 – Re-read a Greek myth to develop familiarity with its themes and characters; compare three versions of a story; write a fictional diary entry.
Day 3 – Begin reading a more demanding version of a Greek myth; read and note the key features of instructions; write a set of instructions.
Day 4 – Finish reading a more demanding version of a Greek myth; offer opinions about different versions of a Greek myth.
Day 5 – Read a classic poem, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’; look up some difficult words and answer questions about the poem; write in response to the themes and ideas of the poem.
Day 1 – Divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, using a vertical layout for ‘chunking’.
Day 2 – Divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers: answers <30, writing remainders as fractions.
Day 3 – Solve division problems, interpreting remainders appropriately.
Day 4 – Count on and back in steps of 25 and 1000.
Day 5 – Use Roman numerals to 100.
Previous Weeks Learning Resources
From Hamilton Trust
Day 1 – Make predictions. Listen to the story of The Night Shimmy. Explore Anthony Browne’s extraordinary artwork.
Day 2 – Listen to the story of Silly Billy. Write instructions. Write a reflective letter.
Day 3 – Listen to both stories again. Draw a comparison between the two. Write descriptions and produce illustrations about your own magical object.
Day 4 – Listen to the story Voices in the Park. Answer questions about this. Write from another point of view.
Day 5 – Listen to the same story again. Identify and use paragraphs. Write a sequel.
Day 1 – Use knowledge of times tables and place value to divide multiples of 10.
Day 2 – Solve scaling problems. Convert from centimetres to metres.
Day 3 – Solve correspondence problems.
Day 4 – Convert from kilograms to grams and vice versa.
Day 5 – Order items by mass/weight.
Day 1 – Count up to find a price difference.
Day 2 – Choose appropriate methods to subtract 4-digit numbers.
Day 3 – Using counting up (Frog) to find change.
Day 4 – Use negative numbers in context of temperature.
Day 5 – Place negative numbers on a line. Order positive and negative numbers.
o Day 1 – Revise expanded and compact column subtraction with pairs of 3-digit numbers. Practise this using the activity sheet and investigation.
o Day 2 – Use the Learning Reminders to consider the compact method of setting out subtraction alongside the expanded method, now with 4-digit numbers. Children use the method they are most comfortable with in the activities, then check their understanding with the mastery questions.
o Day 3 – Finding the perimeter of rectangles using doubling strategies. Children use the activity sheet and investigation to apply their skills.
o Day 4 – Use the Learning Reminders to explore finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. Use the activity sheet and investigation to practice this.
o Day 5 – Use the Learning Reminders to compare finding area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. Rehearse skills in the practice sheets, then use the problem solving and reasoning questions to check understanding of this topic.
English work from Hamilton Trust - Week 10
Mathematics from Hamilton Trust - Week 10
Day 1 – Use expanded column subtraction to subtract 3-digit numbers.
Day 2 – Introduce compact column subtraction to subtract 3-digit numbers.
Day 3 – Choose a strategy to subtract 3-digit numbers.
Day 4 – Find the area of rectangles.
Day 5 – Find the area of rectilinear shapes.
English from Hamilton Trust
Day 1 - Children read the poem, ‘Hero Dad’. They practise identifying and choosing determiners. They write about an imaginary adventure.
Day 2 – Children read ‘Hero Dad’ again. They identify and swap the determiners in the poem. They write their own hero poem, using a scaffold.
Day 3 – Children watch an African story being told. They read four more African stories and write single sentence summaries about them.
Day 4 – Children read three more stories from Africa. They watch the story-telling video again, looking for techniques. They practise a telling of one of the stories.
Day 5 – Children compare two versions of a story. They identify the use of conjunctions and fronted adverbials in one. They write a version of the story that they told on Day 4.
Mathematics for the week!
Day 1: Column addition to add three digit numbers
Day 2: Using column addition to add money
Day 3: Using column addition to add four digit numbers
Day 4: Use factors to multiply
Day 5: Multiplying three numbers
Week 8 English Work from Hamilton Trust
Day 1 – Reading the first half of an Ananse story. Answering questions. Making predictions.
Day 2 – Finishing the Ananse story. Using the PowerPoint revise how to identify and use adverbials in sentences stimulated by the story.
Day 3 – Writing about a character. Planning and writing a story.
Day 4 – Read poems and learn about odes. Answer questions, reflect and annotate poems.
Day 5 – Read a poem and look for the features of an ode. Plan and write a poem in the same style.
Y4 Week 8, Maths from Hamilton Trust
The ‘timetable’ for this week’s teaching and learning is as follows:
Day 1 Using the PowerPoint presentation, revise the grid method to multiply 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Practise this method.
Day 2 – Children explore the Learning Reminders to rehearse how to round to approximate answers. Practice sheets and an investigation give opportunity for children to develop fluency in using the grid method.
Day 3 – Children learn about different types of angle (obtuse, acute and right angles) and triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right-angled and scalene). They classify angles in triangles. An investigation provokes mathematical thinking.
Day 4 – Children identify acute, obtuse and right angles in quadrilaterals. There is a challenging investigation to take this further. Alternatively, some children can have a go at using a protractor in the ‘A bit stuck?’ activity.
Day 5 – In the Learning Reminders, children are asked to compare and then sort quadrilaterals according to their properties. They apply this in the practice sheets.
Week 7 - Maths work from Hamilton Trust
Day 1 - Multiplying multiples of 10 and 100
Day 2 - Multiplying multiples of 10 and 100
Day 3 - Mental multiplication and division
Day 4 - Symmetrical patterns
Day 5 - Symmetrical shapes
Week 7 - English work from Hamilton Trust
Day 1 - Recap adverbials and then write about a day out you would love to have!
Day 2 - Practise adverbials and then write a letter to the zoo owner.
Day 3 - Use the photograph to write a description.
Day 4 - Compare two poems.
Day 5 - Read and answer questions about a poem.
Week 6 Maths Topics from Hamilton Trust
Day 1: 7 Times Tables
Day 2: Factors
Day 3: Co-ordinates
Day 4: Moving Shapes on a co-ordinate grid
Day 5: Drawing polygons on a co-ordinate grid
Week 6 English from Hamilton Trust
Day 1: Make predictions about a story and then answer questions about chapter 1.
Day 2: Think like a character.
Day 3: Summarise what you have read so far and then write a letter to your future self.
Day 4: Fronted Adverbials.
Day 5: Pick a favourite poem and use that as inspiration to write your own.
Week 5 Maths Topics from Hamilton Trust wc 04/05/2020
Day 1: Equivalent fractions and decimals
Day 2: Comparing numbers with one decimal place
Day 3: Add and subtract 0.1 and 1
Day 4: 3D Shapes
Day 5: Shape
Week 4 English Topics from Hamilton Trust wc 04/05/2020
Day 1: Revising verbs
Day 2: Looking at the present perfect tense
Day 3: Using an image to inspire writing
Day 4: Read and summarise a poem. Then have a go at writing your own!
Day 5: Looking at speech and writing as a character
Day 1 – Identify fractions on a number line and count in fractional steps.
Day 2 – Finding unit fractions of amounts; using this to find non-unit fractions of amounts.
Day 3 – Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators.
Day 4 – Identify polygons and name these. Identify properties of regular and irregular polygons.
Day 5 – Sorting triangles; identifying different types of triangle by name.
Day 1 – Read and summarise a story. Revise verbs and clauses, use conjunctions.
Day 2 – Read and summarise a story. Identify and use conjunctions to add information about time, cause and place.
Day 3 – Plan and write a story, using conjunctions. Read another version.
Day 4 – Reading a set of poems, choosing favourite, answering questions and reading a poem aloud.
Day 5 – Reading poems. Preparing a comparison between two poems.
Each day covers one maths topic. It should take you about 1 hour or just a little more.
Day 1 Equivalent fractions
Day 2 Equivalent fractions (tenths)
Day 3 Equivalent fractions and decimals
Day 4 Times tables
Day 5 Factors
Week 3 English from Hamilton Trust wc 20/04/20
Day 1: Children use a storyboard to plan a story about a narrow escape.
Day 2: Children watch PowerPoint presentation then practise finding adverbials, and write sentences including these.
Day 3: Children write a recount from a different perspective – that of the prey. They study the features of a personal recount and include these features in their story. They should also include adverbials.
Day 4: Watch PowerPoint presentation on Noun Phrases. Children then identify noun phrases and use these in writing their own version of a poem.Day 5: Watch the PowerPoint presentation on Prepositional Phrases. Children then identify prepositions and identify noun phrases which include these. They read another poem and use noun phrases in their own version
Each day covers one maths topic. It should take you about 1 hour or just a little more.
Day 1: Adding three or four numbers
Day 2: Adding money
Day 3: Finding change
Day 4: Subtraction using Frog
Day 5: Column subtraction
Day 6: Wolves, Non-Fiction
Day 7: Wolves, Non-Fiction and Poetry
Day 8: Poetry, How the Bumble-Bee got his Stripes.
Day 9: Poetry, The Dragon Who Ate Our School
Day 10: Poetry, Creative Writing