Year 4

Dear parents,

Welcome back to the Year 4 online learning page; here you will find this week’s work. 

Our expectation is that children complete one session of English and one session of Maths each day. Please can you email me with one piece of your child’s work from English and one piece of work from Maths towards the end of each week – this week (6th July), I would like the English from Wednesday and the maths from Thursday. Thank you.

I will ‘mark’ the work via email, giving personalised feedback and a next step (target) for them to work on for the following week. You can either email me a photo of the work, or scan it in and send this across if you are able.

I will also issue slimmed-down spellings (for their spelling groups) and times tables each week; please continue to work on these with your children. If you wish, you could test them on these each Monday, like we do in class, before working through the new set for that week.

Topic work will include a selection of activities from Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Computing, Music, French, PE, RE, or PSHE.

Please don’t feel like you need to print everything in the plans if you are not able to do so – simply ask children to work on paper, writing as neatly and as clearly as they can (especially with calculations when it comes to maths). I would love to see how your children are getting on with this work – please email me with photos of your children’s learning using the Year 4 homework email address, so I can tweet them to show everyone what you’ve been doing!

I have set up the entire class on a new online reading resource, Scholastic Reading Zone. If you have already used the homework email address to contact me, I will email you with your child’s login details. If not, please aim to contact me this week so I can forward your child’s details on to you.

A reminder that you can sign up with Norfolk County Council’s library service to access their online reading resources. Additionally, you may wish to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge – an initiative launched by The Reading Agency to help encourage children to sustain their reading over summer. Following the launch on Friday 5th June, there are some videos on their Facebook page that you may wish to use to support the challenge.

Okay, here are my plans for the week beginning Monday 6th July. In case you need them, last week’s plans can be found further down the page.

English – the hot write for the fiction unit, a reading activity, and the first three lessons of a poetry unit based on a poem by Robert Louis Stephenson.
Spellings – for green/red/yellow groups (6 words rather than 10).
Maths – 5 lessons from the Year 4 Practice Book (Summer Home Edition), revising previous content from throughout the year.
Topic – RE, French, Geography, Music and PSHE. Please send us photos of what you have been doing!

Resources:

English – Apollo 13 reading activity, Performance poem and Wednesday’s lesson, Y3/Y4 spelling list, Commonly misspelled words

Maths – For week 6 of summer term 2, I would like your child to learn their 9 times tables and corresponding division facts.

Geography – Blank world map, blank Europe map

French – Numbers to 20, Number matching activity

…and here are my plans from last week (week beginning Monday 29th June):

English – the third of a three-week fiction unit based on a ‘finding’ story, plus a reading activity – note, the hot write will be on Monday 6th July.
Spellings – for green/red/yellow groups (6 words rather than 10).
Maths – final 3 lessons and end of unit check for Unit 16: Geometry – Position and direction, and a recap lesson on an important skill from earlier in the year – multiplication!
Topic – PSHE, History, PE and Music. Please send us photos of what you have been doing!

Resources:

English – Finding story model text, Finding story text map, Finding story boxing up (blank), Finding story boxing up (example), Captain Tom reading activity, Y3/Y4 spelling list, Commonly misspelled words

Maths – For week 5 of summer term 2, I would like your child to learn their 11 times tables and corresponding division facts.

History –

Lesson 5: Laws and Justice lesson file, Missing body parts, Crimes, Anglo-Saxon vs Modern British justice
Lesson 6: The Last-Anglo Saxon King lesson file, Kingly facts, Anglo-Saxon kings timeline, Anglo-Saxon kings information 

To flesh out the curriculum, here are some extra things that may be of interest:

This handwriting resource will promote neat, cursive handwriting, which we have been practising a great deal in class. Children should be joining up their writing consistently and neatly by the end of Year 4. Practice makes perfect!

Usborne Children’s Books are currently offering all of their eBooks for just 99p, so if you’re looking for something new to read, check it out!

Continuing with the reading theme, Books for Topics has compiled a range of stories for all age groups. Simply find your child’s age group, and open the PDF to find a series of links to the stories being read out in YouTube videos.

Hit the Button is a great, free online game for children to practice their times tables, division facts, number bonds, doubles, halves and square numbers. Perhaps your child can try to set a high score for other members of the family to try and beat – tweet us with your results!

BBC Supermovers is another great resource that encourages children to learn times tables, among things from many other subjects, but with the help of familiar BBC children’s personalities, and even football team mascots!

BBC Newsround will be a daily source of child-friendly news and information about things happening around the world. We often watch this in class, having lots of open and interesting discussions about these events. The three daily editions will be posted online at 9.15am, 12.10pm and 4pm.

Additionally, Active Norfolk have added a range of resources to try out each weekday, which can be found here. These are updated each Friday.

Please remember that you are free to email me (year4@obhomework.co.uk) with any questions about anything here between 10-2 Monday to Friday; I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I hope this information is useful for you. I wish you, your children, your families and your pets all the best during these troubling times, and I hope to see you all again soon.

Mr Brown

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