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Home Learning Daily Routines

As well as the tasks that will be given to the children on each day, I would expect them to also do the following:

1. Practice times tables on TTRS (https://ttrockstars.com/) or use the times tables grids on a piece of paper and time yourself.

2. Watch newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround and talk with someone at home about it and definitely ask questions you may have.

3. Read a book, comic, magazine, newspaper

4. Practice spellings from the Year 3/4 Curriculum spellings.

5. Complete some physical exercise by doing circuits like we have been doing in PE, or watching Joe Wicks on You Tube, or 'Jump start Jonny'.

 

Any work that you complete, or are particularly proud of, please get someone to take a picture of it and send it to me with a subject line of 'Year 4 Work'

alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk

I look forward to catching up with you this week to see how you are getting on.

Mr A.Dines

Friday 27th March 2020

 

We have made it to the end of the week! Give yourselves a huge cheer and a little clap! Well done to the parents as well. You also deserve a massive cheer! 

Today's tasks...

WALT = We are learning to

 

1. Joe Wicks PE - Last one of the week! It has been great fun and is a great workout! You can do it!

 

2. WALT: write a letter explaining what I have done this week

How have you felt during this time? Have you felt lonely at all? You are not the only one to be in isolation and away form their day to day routines.  Your task today for writing is to write a detailed letter to an elderly relative or elderly friend telling them what you have done this week. Be detailed with your description to keep them engaged in your writing. Use the SPAMO form this week. Impress them! They will really like receiving this as it will give them contact with the outside world. You may even get a letter back and imagine how cool that will be when you open it up.

 

3. WALT: use apostrophes for contractions correctly

Presentation and worksheet attached at the bottom - If you are not sure of any then use the internet to help you develop your own apostrophe dictionary.

 

4. WALT: consolidate time table knowledge

Multiplication Snap Card Game

An easy way to practice times tables at home, the multiplication snap card game requires only an ordinary deck of playing cards.

 

  1. Remove the face cards from the deck.
  2. Shuffle the remaining cards.
  3. Distribute the cards between two players.
  4. Each player keeps their pile of cards face-down.
  5. At the same time, each player turns over a card.
  6. The first player to multiply the two numbers together and state the answer is the winner and takes the cards.
  7. The first player to collect all of the cards or the most cards in a specific amount of time is declared the winner.

 

5. WALT: explain and notice features of a Roman shield.

It's Friday so just imagine Miss Lewis is with you this afternoon and you are doing some cool art. This may take more than today to complete, which is absolutely fine.

Have look at the pdf of Roman shields. Discuss anything you are not sure about. Next, you are going to be designing your own Roman shield. What is important to you that you’d draw on your shield?
Remember to keep the design simple and bold. You will want your enemies to be able to see it from far away.

This may be done on a piece of paper, this may be done on an old cereal box, it may be small, it may be big, it is completely up to you. You may choose to colour with colouring pencils, you may choose to paint. Again, the choice is up to you. I would love to see these when they are finished so please send a picture (alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk) to me with your shield ready for battle.

 

Now this is the last you will hear from me till Monday morning! Please be good, help out at home. This weekend, my family and I are going to be heading to the woods (as part of our one piece of exercise outside a day) to collect some twigs, leaves, moss and other little things to build a bug hotel in the garden! What will you do to help out or make a difference to someone or something?

 

Stay safe

Mr Dines

Thursday 26th March 2020

 

Good morning wonderful children! I hope you are energised and ready for a fun day of learning! Here are some activities for you today. If you didn't check it out yesterday then check out Miss Kendrick and Mrs McCall on their YouTube channel where you will find some fun games to play. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZYvUCg8m61kONtD7raC5Q

 

1. Joe Wicks PE - It's great, it's fun and keeps are hearts pumping to keep us fit. We are loving it in our family and have a real giggle when we do it, so I hope you guys are too.

 

2. Guided Reading - I have attached a pdf version of the book Matilda. This is our guided reading book and the children will be able to tell you all that they have found out about Matilda and her family so far. I would like you to read Chapter 13 (The weekly test, Page 136) again (the one we read in class last week) and answer the VIPERS questions (at the bottom). VIPERS are the way in which classify a question for those who have forgotten. There is guidance on the sheet to remind you of what each letter means. Remember when answering to answer in full sentences and to use evidence from the text if you can.

 

3. Times table fun - Get practising your tables and be ready to battle a person in your household. I would like you to play the multiplication grid game we have played in class. I have attached a grid, filled in with numbers, at the bottom which you are more than welcome to use or copy for yourself. You guys know how to play so see if you can explain the rules clearly and concisely to the person or persons you will play with.

 

4. For the birds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYTrIcn4rjg&t=3s

Yesterday, you were thinking of words to describe the emotions of the birds. I would like you to concentrate on the bigger bird in the film today. I would like you think about SPAMO to create some sentences and use the words you created (and up skilled words) in the sentences you create. Remember we are trying to link all the work we do! I have created a document to remind you of SPAMO . 

CHALLENGE- See if you can link your ideas and SPAMO sentences together using conjunctions to form a paragraph or part of a paragraph.

 

5. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64784873

 

E-Safety is paramount for anyone using the internet, but never can a truer word be said than when our children are using it. During this time and situation we find ourselves in, our children are using the internet more to gather work and get ideas to be able to complete tasks. While this can be safe, the internet is a vast place where we can take a wrong turning. The above link takes you to some activity packs I would encourage you to work through with your children. Talk and have discussions about these. Then complete the activities designed to help your children. Once they have completed the activity/activities get them to explain to you what they have learnt.

 

See...I told you it was a fun day! Have a great one and I hope to catch up with you all by the end of the week to see how you are getting on. Any work that you would like me to see please email me directly. I have really enjoyed receiving work so far so please keep it coming in.

alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk

 

Have a great day - enjoy the sunshine!

Mr Dines

Wednesday 25th March

 

Wow! Half way through the week. I hope you are all well. I have to say, I am missing you guys lots and often wonder at different times of the day what you are all up to. For example, this afternoon I was in the garden with my son, and we were doing some planting of seeds and talking about the different insects we could see (lots by the way) and I wondered if any of you had done something similar or if you were enjoying the sunshine as well.

 

Tasks for the day

1. Joe Wicks PE on YouTube! It's Great, it's fun and is a great way to kick the day off. I hope the whole family is joining in.

 

2. Maths - Multiplication. I would like you to answer the questions (at bottom of this section). I have attached some video links (of Miss Kendrick) to remind you of the processes of how to multiply numbers. Choose the method that best suits you. You know which one you have done in class, so now is the time to practice, or progress onto the next stage.

 

Partioning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH-2Qbj5BxU

Grid method - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm1RfWWB0tw

Short multiplication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeRiZ1rvCPQ&t=70s

 

3. English - Watch this video clip called 'For the birds'. Many of you may be familiar with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYTrIcn4rjg

  • Pause the film at different points and think to yourself, How might the character be feeling now?
  • Discuss/ think about who the mean ones were. How were the smaller birds unkind to the big bird? Why do you think they treated the big bird like that? What did they do to the big bird? What did they say about him? Were any of the smaller birds worse than the others and why? How do you think this made the big bird feel? Did the smaller birds deserve their consequence? Is there a moral to the story?
  • ‘What is bullying?’ Listen to thoughts and ideas about this question – this could be documented on a piece of paper. Probe further if necessary with questions about what bullying might look like, the different types of bullying, how bullying makes a person feel. Do the children think that the bird in the clip was being bullied?
  • Now children draw a picture of the bird and write emotions and feelings he would have felt. Can you think of any synonyms (better words)? Where do we find synonyms? https://www.thesaurus.com/
  • CHALLENGE: Can you think of some dialogue (things that have been said) that could have happened in the video clip. Write this down too.
  • We will be doing some more work on this video clip over the next few days!

 

4. History - I would like you to do some research about Boudicca. Gather information and create a mind map or poster or timeline  of all the important facts. Decorate it and colour it to the same high standard I see every day at school.

To help get you started on the research you could look up 'Boudicca for kids' into google. There are so many information sites and videos to help you.

 

5. Make sure you find time to have fun, read a book, enjoy the sunshine and make the most of breathing in the fresh air.

 

Stay safe Skylarks (oooo alliteration, check me out!)

 

Mr Dines

Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

Helloooo! I hope you are well and Day 1 was a success!

The tasks to complete today are as follows:

1. Joe Wicks - PE. This is so good and I had great fun doing it yesterday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

2. Arithmetic - Word document attached below to complete. How did you do yesterday? Can you beat your time or improve how many you got correct?

3. Poetry - Write a poem about your favourite drink or drink or both. Think about your senses as you write it. How does it smell? How does it feel? (cold, hot - think of synonyms). What does it look like? How does it taste? Think back to my birthday when we had doughnuts and use this experience to help you write this. I look forward to seeing the outcomes. Check out this link to give you some inspiration. I promise you will laugh! https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6heoor

4. Get creative and get out in the garden! I want you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

 

Missing you guys

 

Mr Dines

At school, the children have a routine and a structure to their day. You may find it useful to timetable your day to account for home learning and activities. Children respond well when they know what is expected of them, therefore I have created an example timetable below to help you. Every family is different and you should do what works best for all of you, but consider creating a timetable for the 'school hours' which you can create together. Your child could the decorate it and display it in the house, so everybody knows what will happen during the 'school' day.

 

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Monday 23rd March 2020

Good Morning Skylarks,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend and a good nights sleep. Your work for today is listed below:

1. Complete arithmetic questions (document below.) Check your answers with a calculator

2. Login into mathletics (you all have your logins) and complete the tasks that have been assigned to you.

3. English - Your perfect teacher

In Matilda we have been exposed to two very different teachers. Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey. Over the years, from having conversations with you, you seem to have met some varied teachers. What is your perfect teacher like? What would they look like? What would make them unique? (special in a certain way)

TASK: In your exercise books (or paper) draw a picture of this teacher then write words  around the outside that describe and define your fictional character. Then I would like you to write sentences trying to link them in a paragraph whilst thinking carefully about SPAMO. We have done lots of work on SPAMO in class, so use this knowledge and impress me. If you are not sure then research to find out what these are.

S = Simile

P = Personification

A = Alliteration

M = Metaphor

O = Onomatopoeia

 

Afternoon - Using sketching techniques, draw a view from within your garden or window of the house. Think about how you could create shadows or show different colours using just your pencil.

Dear parents and carers of Year 4

 

This week I will sending home information that would have been discussed at parents evening along with some information that may help with your child’s home learning. The information provided will help you understand how your child is attaining and what can be done to help them stay on track and improve. I have been very impressed with the maturity the class have shown over the last week and how they have responded to the challenging environment we find ourselves in.

Whilst school is open, my priority is to teach the children who are able to be in school. The information below, I hope will help those who are self-isolating and therefore home schooling for this period. If you are self-isolating, please can any work be done on paper, a notebook, or in file you may have at home and bought back to school upon their return. There is further advice on the home learning section of the website on how you can help to educate your child at home. (click on parents, then home learning). If school closes, there will be daily activities for your child to complete appearing on this, so please keep an eye and check back regularly.

 

Please stay safe through this time and look after each other. As Ronald Reagan said, ‘We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.’

Best wishes

Mr Dines

 

HOME LEARNING

If your child is self isolating, I hope they are well and staying safe. Please find below some ideas for home learning your child could complete. Please support where you can.

  1. ‘Escape form Pompeii’ – We have read this as a class (pdf attached) and are now writing our own version of this.  
  • Think of two characters and describe them using powerful adjectives. Draw them and write words around the outside. Think of how you could describe them using expanded noun phrases.
  • Write the narrative taking each step at a time. Beginning (describe the setting and introduce characters), Build up (describe a task your charcter(s) is doing and the rumblings of Vesuvius, Problem (Vesuvius is destroying the town and your characters don’t know how to escape and they have a problem in their way), Climax/resolution (the point where the characters manage to get away safely), Ending (linked to the opener, How has life changed for the escapees.? How has Pompeii changed?

Throughout this piece of writing, use SPAMO to help you, (similes, personification, alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia). Use fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, powerful adjectives to create an image in the reader’s mind.

 

  1. Times table rock stars to practice rapid recall and familiarity with ALL times tables.
  2. Mathletics – Do tasks related to perimeter and area.
  3. Make up some word problems using all four operations for your parents to complete – make sure you have an answer sheet ready to mark their answers! CHALLENGE: create multistep word problems
  4. Read! Curl up in your favourite spot to read and immerse yourself in the imaginary world you are reading. You could even try and tick off some items from your reading challenge.

World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are

World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 1
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 2
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 3
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 4
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 5
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 6
World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are 7

Fraction Explorations - The children have been looking at fractions this week in Maths and exploring different ways to represent it

Our explosive volcanoes

Still image for this video

Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava.

Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 1
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 2
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 3
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 4
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 5
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 6
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 7
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 8
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 9
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 10
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 11
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 12
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 13
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 14
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 15
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 16
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 17
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 18
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 19
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 20
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 21
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 22
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 23
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 24
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 25
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 26
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 27
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 28
Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava. 29

Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3.

Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 1
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 2
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 3
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 4
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 5
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 6
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 7
Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3. 8

Kicking off the New Year with some Gymnastics! We have started to learn about balance and performance and how to link these together. We have also learnt the importance of our core muscles to help us achieve balance and form.

Fun with Science - Investigation into tooth decay. We wanted to see the effects of sugary drinks on our teeth. We were shocked by the results. The eggs represent our teeth in this experiment and we left them in water, black current squash, orange juice, coca cola (the real stuff) and energy drink for 6 days.

We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!!

We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 1
We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 2
We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 3
We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 4
We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 5
We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!! 6

Our first Violin lesson - the children loved it and cant wait till next week (they will be coming home next week so they can practise).