Year 4

Dear parents,

Welcome to the Year 4 online learning page! Here you will be able to find information relevant to Panther class during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Each Monday, I will upload new 5-day plans for English and Maths, with a topic plan that covers other subjects from the Primary National Curriculum. These plans will be familiar, scaled-down versions of what we have been doing in class and will largely focus on National Curriculum expectations.

Our expectation is that children complete, as practical as is possible, one session of English and one session of Maths each day, perhaps with a little topic work on top. Topic work will include a selection of activities from Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Computing, Music, PE, RE, or PSHE. 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.

Don’t feel like you need to print everything in the plans – 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!

Okay, here are my plans for the week beginning Monday 23rd March:

English – this plan asks children to write a Kenning poem, an example of which is here.
Spellings – for green/red/yellow groups, 6 words rather than 10.
Maths – also check out White Rose Maths for a series of really useful videos and activities that sit nicely alongside these plans.
Topic – a range of subjects and activities to choose from here. Please send us photos of what you have been doing!

I will leave these plans here over the holidays for those of you who may have missed anything. Additionally, here are my plans for the week beginning Monday 30th March:

English – this plan asks children to practice this week’s spellings, complete a reading comprehension (answers here) and do a little spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) work on determiners with an independent task, and a SPaG activity mat.
Spellings – for green/red/yellow groups, 6 words rather than 10.
Maths – I have included 5 days’ worth of lessons, even though we were due to finish on Wednesday. Please feel free to complete the final two lessons in your own time. Remember to check out White Rose Maths for a series of really useful videos and activities that sit nicely alongside these plans.
Topic – as before, there are a selection of activities to choose from. Please send us photos of what you have been doing!

As a treat for what would have been the end of the term today (1st April), here’s a photo of Pickle, relaxing on Mr Brown’s sofa:

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!

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.

Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, will be doing daily PE lessons for children on his YouTube channel, to encourage them to stay active as much as possible. These will start at 9am each morning. He already has a range of workouts for children to do at home, which are a great place to start!

A reminder that the Year 4 homework email address will be active from Monday 23rd March. You are free to email me 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 and your families all the best during these troubling times, and I hope to see you all again soon.

Mr Brown

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