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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'
I look forward to catching up with you this week to see how you are getting on.
This week is mental health awareness week.
The focus is “kindness”.
“Kindness strengthens relationships and deepens friendships.
By being kind to ourselves and others will help boost self esteem and improve our feelings and the feelings of others.
We are all extremely kind individuals but please try super hard this week to show extra acts of kindness towards others . “
Friday 21st May 2020
Hello you wonderful lot! This is the last you will hear from me for a week! I know...a full week! I am sure you will cope just fine! I just want to say how proud I am of each and every one of you! Through this more difficult time in our lives, it fills me with huge pride to hear how well you have ALL coped with it. The hard work you have put in at home...the hard work you are doing to ensure your family members are happy is huge and you should be proud of yourselves. The photos I have received from all of you is great and I enjoy receiving them so much to see all the extra curricular, fun stuff you are doing. Please do keep sending me photos of some of the antics you get up to over the half term break.
Miss Lewis also wanted to let you guys know that she is missing you lots too! She misses your Friday antics in art very much! She has really enjoyed seeing the artwork that you guys are sending in and you are making her very proud of you!
Have a lovely day and a lovely week!
Best wishes to you and your families
Thursday 20th May 2020
Good morning all
Ethan DB - for an excellent 3D model of the parts of a river
Harry B - for a great lesson proposal for PE - Very persuasive!
I have included some pictures below of what you guys have been getting up to!
I hope you have a lovely day! Please please please do something for yourself today! Do something that makes you happy, that makes you smile, that makes you appreciate all the things you have! I am working at The Hub today so will not be readily on emails but I will respond to emails after I have finished!
A few little jokes to make you giggle
Q. Why did the opera singer go on a cruise?
A. She wanted to hit the high Cs.
Q. What’s the difference between a fish and piano?
A. You can’t tuna fish!
Have a great day my wonderful class!
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Good Morning! Today is Wednesday - we are nearly half the way through the week!
THE BIG REVEAL!!
It is time to reveal the new name of my bike! Thank you to all of you who entered in a name! There were some really good suggestions! I put all the names together and deliberated very carefully! I have a winner (drum role please)
Professor Slick - Harry D
Well done Harry!
Thank you also for your pictures that you have been sending in, it has been great to see what you are up to - here the are -
I hope you all have a great day and I look forward to receiving some more pictures form you all!
Have a great one
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Good morning folks! How was your day yesterday? Wasn't the sunshine lovely? I hope you managed to get out and enjoy yourself in the garden.
Elsa C - Brilliant effort with maths work
George H/ Meg H - Fantastic attitude to work at home
So you have your activities for today and I wanted to leave you with this picture. As you are aware, it is Mental Health awareness week. Our mental health is so important to us and helps us function each and everyday. Doing activities we enjoy or sports we like is all part of keeping our mental health - healthy! The focus this week is on kindness. If we are kind to one another then this has a hugely positive impact on someone. It makes them feel great! So do one, two or all of these suggestions and make someones day great!
Finally, below is some help for your french task! I have read out all the greeting that are on your sheet, so say them along with me, have some fun and games with your family and immerse yourself in some French culture and language.
Have a great day and please send me pictures of what you are getting up to. I would like to post some on the website tomorrow. Also tomorrow is the last day you can send me name ideas for my bike. Winner announced Wednesday!
Monday 18th May 2020
Good morning you wonderful children! How are you? how was your weekend? I did manage to get out my bike this weekend and enjoyed thinking about some of the names that have been sent in for it. Do keep sending them in and I will announce the winner on Wednesday, so you have until the end of Tuesday to let me have your suggestions to be in with a chance of winning. This is our last week before a week off - half of the summer term gone already. I cannot believe it! All your work for the week is up here now so manage your time as you wish.
Maths this week will be based form white rose again. This will of course be alongside the recital of your times tables. many children I have spoken to have said how well they are doing on their times tables and this makes me soooo proud! Keep it up all of you!
Have fun with these. impress your parents with how much you are familiar with fractions - we have done lots of work on them so do yourselves proud. If you need help or pointing in the right direction then please get in contact me as always
English this week has a focus on reading comprehensions. This is something that we do in class normally to a class text however this is hard to do in the current situation. I have attached some texts here with questions related to our VIPERS so you can pick and choose which texts you would like to tackle first and then make your way through the others.
As well as this, int eh foundation planning below you have a task to research a river of your choice form any country in the world. I would like you to use some of your English time to support this piece of work and make the most of collecting valuable information and presenting it. It is important to know facts about your river as we will be using these after half term.
Plan attached below. There is a yummy science experiment for you to try as well as some foreign language learning. There will be a video posted (ready for Tuesday) to help you with the French learning. Make it fun and entertaining for the family. All get involved!
So there we have it... have a great day today and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please please please keep sending in your pictures. They are great to receive and I know you guys enjoy seeing them up on the website too.
Friday 15th May 2020
Well here we are at the end of the week! What a week and you have all completed some wonderful work! It has been great to see! First things first - 'Happy Birthday Henry!'
We all hope you have a lovely day!
My superstars for today are:
Chloe C - for continued hard work at home and setting a great example to your younger siblings
Harry B - a brilliant piece of dialogue for his 'home sweet home' narrative with excellent vocabulary choices
What fitness are you going to do today to kick the day off? Have any of you been inspired by Georges Yoga pose the other day? It is definitely something I am going to try over the weekend to help me relax. What are you doing this weekend? Hopefully something enjoyable and still safe but something that makes everyone in the family happy! I think my weekend will consist of a bike ride. Now, I always name my bikes and I am still looking for a name for my new bike so please do suggest some if you think of any! It is a Cotic Escapade and coloured blue! I am willing for all suggestions and I shall pick a winner!!
Here are some photos of what you guys have been up too! Have a great weekend Skylarks!!
Thursday 14th May 2020
Good morning wonderful Skylarks! How was your day yesterday? I had some great photos through yesterday of your antics!
My superstars for yesterday are:
George - for excelling in his maths work
Harry D - wonderful story writing
Chloe - Wonderful speech writing thinking carefully about vocabulary
I hope you have a great day! I am working at the hub today, so will not be able to respond to emails during the day. I hope your narratives are coming on well and I look forward to reading them.
Below is a new video for you to watch and make! It is full of more sugary goodness! Maybe the next one I do will be healthier!
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Good morning Skylarks! How are you? Thank you for the photos and updates that came to me yesterday! It really does brighten up my day to see you guys and all your work and fun! Here are some photos of you guys -
I hope you have a great day! What are you going to do to help someone at home today? A little quote to leave you pondering over -
'Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!' John Wooden
Have a great one
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Good morning guys! How was the start of the week yesterday? Hope none of you blew away in the winds! Now today I have a video for you!
I really enjoyed making this and I cannot stress how tasty it is!! I hope some of you will too! Do you have any recipes that you have cooked that you could send to me so I can try?
I have also copied a pdf of the recipe for you so you can follow the instructions. Look out for the imperative verbs - "Imperative verbs - BOSSY BOSSY BOSSY BOSSY" We love this song so sing along!!
Have a great day Skylarks and I look forward to hearing from you
Monday 11th May 2020
Good morning my wonderful Skylarks! How was your bank holiday weekend? Did you have fun celebrating VE Day? We did here! We had a BBQ in the garden with just us, but had cupcakes made for us by a neighbour and held a 2 minute silence in the close at 11am! It really was great celebrating a very significant piece of history. Thank you for your photos that you have been sending me. Any that have been sent to me are up on the website above so please do keep sending them in!
Just like last week all the work is up for the week so you can manage it to fit with you and the family. This week though I will be updating the website daily with a personal message, so do keep checking in for updates from me as well as photos that you are sending me.
The plan for English is below. We are continuing to work on the video Home Sweet Home. You will be doing some grammar recap before planning and writing a narrative story about the video. I am very much looking forward to seeing the finished written pieces.
This week you will be doing some multiplication and then some perimeter and area work. Please do keep logging into TTRS and practising your tables playing the games you have been doing so well over the last few weeks!
Foundation Subject Learning
This week there are some fun activities for you to have a go at and also a great science experiment to try out too all about Carbon Dioxide!
So there is the work! Don't worry if it looks overwhelming. It is all here in one place so you can manage your time. It is split into days for you if that works better for you. Each activity is a day! Look back on the website daily for updates from me and superstars.
Have a great day Skylarks! Missing you all so much!
Thursday 7th May 2020
Good morning guys! This is the last working day of the week! It is bank holiday tomorrow and a day to remember. Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day or V-E Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945. See what you can find out about the day! You could have a go at making some of you own bunting to put up outside your house.
Below are some pictures of the things you have been up to. Please send more in as I would love to put some more up on Monday to show your friends your weekend antics.
Have a great weekend guys! Enjoy the sunshine in the garden and do something kind for someone int he household.
Monday 4th May 2020
'May the fourth be with you!' It is star wars days for those of you who like star wars. I can think of a few! I hope you have had a great weekend. We managed to plant some more veggies up at the allotment and create some structures for the squash plants to grow up. Luna was very well behaved at the allotment too. The hard work is paying off.
Now this week is slightly different. ALL the work for the week is listed below. This means you can choose which activities you do and when. I am hoping this may make things easier for you and your family to help you with your work if you need it but also for you to take control of your own learning. You may decide you want to do more than one maths activity in a day than English and that is totally OK!
I will be in contact with all of you this week. Daily routines such as fitness/ spellings/ times tables and reading have not changed and I still expect you to be doing these things please.
This week is based around a film unit that we will be working on in the next two weeks. You do not need to watch the film all the way through for the first two days so read the planning and it will let you know what you need to do.
Maths this week is going to be slightly different and I would be keen for your feedback on it to gain your thoughts. It is through a website called white rose maths. We use these resources in class and they have developed some home learning to help you at home. The planning below gives different activities for the children to complete. |They will be guided through a video and then there is a question sheet for them to complete. This can either be printed out OR children can look at the questions on the screen and then write their working out and answers on a piece of paper. The activity sheets are listed below along with a hundred square which may be useful to colour in to show hundreths and tenths. There is also a place value grid which I know some children will find useful as we use them in class.
This weeks foundation subjects are in the plan below. I have included some really fun activities so please do send pictures and updates of how the children are doing with them.
So there it is guys! This week. I really do love seeing pictures of how you are guys are getting on and I will update the website with photos of you doing things and work you have completed as the week goes on so do check back to see what your friends and classmates have been up to.
Any problems, I am on the end of an email so please don't sit and worry or stress, just ask me!
Have a great day Skylarks!
Friday 30th April 2020
Good Morning Folks! How heavy was the rain yesterday? Wow! Doing all the plants the world of good and filling up the water butt but not so nice to go for a walk in!
It is Friday! It sounds like you have all had a great week and it has been great to see you photos and the work you have been completing. Well Done all!
My shout outs today go to:
Ryan G – A great start to his story and much improved handwriting
Lucas R – Overcoming fears and improving speed on TTRS
Elissia L – For working hard at home and making the right choices
WALT: complete my water cycle story
You know what to do. I imagine you are all working really hard and I am looking forward to reading them! Ensure you check your work against the success criteria so you can check for yourself if you have the required features. You should be trying to get all of them in tour writing.
WALT: know and recall my times tables
Use any of the games we have been doing the last few weeks to get that recall speed up. From what I hear, parents are telling me that your times tables are improving which confirms that practice makes you better.
You could create your times table board game to play with your family! How will you make yours stand out?
I have also attached at the bottom a list of times table games you could play. Have fun and I cannot wait to see how brilliant you are at these when we return to school.
WALT: draw a self-portrait OR a portrait
It is Friday and Miss Lewis would be proud of all the artwork you have produced over the last few weeks as am I. Today I wold like you to either draw a self-portrait of your face by looking in the mirror or a picture of yourself. You could instead (or as well as) draw a picture of a family members face. I would like you to concentrate on size of the picture. It is no use having a tiny picture. Also think careful about how you will show depth and texture to your image through shading or colour selection.
You must also read a book today t someone in the house. Get them to ask you questions about what you are reading. Have a great weekend all and the sunshine is coming back! Have a well deserved weekend kids (and parents, you are doing a fantastic job so thank you!
Thursday 30th April 2020
Good Morning folks!
It was great to talk to some if you yesterday! The weather was a lot nicer, which made Luna more excited. She wasn’t too keen on the rain!!
My superstars for today
Belle T – for excellent work in her writing
Chloe C – Brilliant research into clouds
Megan H – Working hard on the laptop at home and being scientific
WALT: solve money problems up to 2 decimal places
We have some addition and subtraction problems involving money. The key to today is making sure that all the decimal points line up when you are doing any adding or subtracting.
5 . 9 9
+ 3 . 5 0
9 . 4 9
There are three levels to choose from so choose the one that will challenge you the most. As ever, if you find it too easy then move up a level and challenge yourself.
WALT: write a narrative on the water cycle
Continue writing your story. I am really looking forward to reading these. The key to this is to make sure you re- read your work thoroughly as you go through to ensure it makes sense and you have all the correct punctuation.
WALT: remember the ways that Jews show their commitment to God
In RE we have looked at the Jewish faith. I would like you to create a poster about how Jewish people can show their commitment to God. What can you remember? You may find some answers in these videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/resources/1
You may also do your own research to find out as well. I have attached at the bottom a document that we created as a class if you get really stuck and need some help. Make your posters really vibrant and so they have all the information needed.
Have a brilliant day! I look forward to speaking to more of you today
Wednesday 28th April 2020
Wow! Wasn’t that rain horrible? No fun in the sunshine for us!
My superstars today are:
Lewis C - working really hard on his spellings and completing a 3 mile run!!!
Amos A -For making some great choices at home and working hard on his school work
WALT: estimate and use inverse operations to check answers
You are going to be using the inverse operations to check answers and work out missing answers. Look through the pdf named ‘Using estimating and inverse operations’ to start to refresh and remind yourself of inverse operations. There are activities to do as you work your way through. There will be a question page followed by the answer page so you can check as you work your way through the questions. There are also two worksheets you can do as well with two different levels to complete. It has been ace to see so many people using themselves and trying the harder levels at home so well done to you.
WALT: write a story on the water cycle (3 days)
These stories are going to be great! I would really like it if you could type these on a word document (or similar) and send them to me when they are finished (at the end of the week). This is so I can then read them and do work catered to the needs of the group. It will also give me a chance to mark the stories you write and provide feedback to you so you can edit it. We have written narratives before so I am looking to see what you can remember. Attached at the bottom is all the information you will need to help you and explain features to you. There is also a success criteria to help you to ensure you use the features you need. You also have my example story to help you if you really get stuck.
Now you are writing a story about the water cycle in an exciting way, so remember to use all the technical vocabulary you learnt in your water cycle lesson last week and follow the correct process of the water cycle too. Have your notes close by whilst you are writing so you don’t miss anything.
This task is set for 3 days. You may use and utilise your time as you wish but by Friday it would be great to have as many stories to me in a word document. If you want to you could always colour code the success criteria and pick out your own features with a key at the bottom of the document.
WALT: model and create clouds
Yesterday you researched clouds and the different types of clouds there are. Today you are going to do a science experiment where you will start to create the process of clouds and how they form. See the attached pdf on how to make it and the equipment you will need and see if you can make some clouds and make it rain.
Have a great day Skylarks and do something helpful to make a difference at home
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Good Morning! How was your day yesterday? I hope it went well!
My superstars today are:
Elsa C – for great hard work and getting out on her bike
Lucas R – for trying really hard with Times tables and helping mum cook the dinner
WALT: reason and problem solve money problems using rounding
So yesterday you were consolidating some of your rounding understanding using money. Have you ever been in a shop and had to use rounding? It may sound sad, but when we go shopping, I like to estimate how much all the food will cost and I use rounding to help me. So when I get to the checkout, I roughly know how much money I will be spending. Today you are going to develop your understanding a step further to help problem solve and reasons your answers. The key here is to ensure you reason your answers and give an explanation.
EXAMPLE: Harry has £2.32. She says, ‘My amount rounds to £3!’ – Do you agree with him?
First of all you need to work out whether you agree or disagree with the statement THEN explain why.
I disagree with Harry because any amount less than £2.50 rounds down to £2.00. £2.32 is less than £2.50 and is nearer to £2.00 than £3.00.
You could always draw yourself a number line to help you and this can also help to support your explanation
WALT: plan my story
So you have created a character, decided on an opener where you have introduced the theme of the story and your character so next we need to start thinking about planning the rest of our story. Now this may change over the week or as we are writing it and this is great if this happens. Why? As it shows we are reflecting on our work as we go through it and changing it for the better. You are going to create a story map for your story. We have done story maps in class to help us tell a story. Read and re-read the story to someone in the house. There is an example story map in the documents below. The story map needs to work for you so you make it what you want as you are the one who is going to be reading it.
WALT: research different cloud types
This is a research based task where you will need to find out as much information as you can about the different types of clouds. I have included some videos that you may find useful but please do extend this further so you can find out the information. You can present your info however you like.
Have a great day guys. A little quote for the day
'Believe you can and you are half way there' Theodore Roosevelt
Monday 27th April 2020
Good morning folks. Below are some pictures of you guys and what you have been up too. It really is great seeing them so please do send them in.
It is Monday morning and the start of a new week.
WALT: write different story openers for my story.
At the bottom is my example story. Read it and see what features you can pick out. What can you see? What features are good? Is there anything that you would improve?
Now have a look at the pdf named ‘Story openers’ and have a little look at them. There are some examples of openers from different stories. What you are going to do is replicate these for your own story. Have a go at writing four different openers to your story. Then you will decide on the best one to use. Which one will you choose? Why did you choose it?
WALT: use rounding to estimate money
Questions at the bottom of the page. Choose the level you want. If you are finding it too easy then move up a level. If you are finding it too difficult then take it back a step You can always have real money in front of you to help you see it using resources. If you don’t have money you can always print out or draw your own!
What you are learning today is a really valuable tool to help you in the real world for when you go shopping or are looking to buy things with your pocket money you have been working so hard to earn
We would usually do PE this afternoon so please do something sporty. You could have a catch competition with your brothers/ sisters/ parents or develop a game to play.
WALT: Practice times tables
Find a fun way to learn those times tables
WALT: be active as part of a healthy lifestyle
Do something sporty that you enjoy in place of our PE slot. Have a go and change your fitness routine, or play football, netball, basketball, hockey. Anything of your choice
OK, so here are some videos of me and the challenges I was talking about. You can vary the challenge by increasing or deceasing the distance you are from the bin and you can use anything to try and knock the flower pot into the bin. Good Luck!
Friday 24th April 2020
It’s Friyay! That’s another virtual week of school done! How awesome!! Give yourselves a huge pat on the back!
My superstars today are:
Harley H – For a brilliant Frank Webb picture done with great care and attention
Harry D – Superb hard work at home and pushing himself
Henry G – for helping birth a calf (baby cow) and taking responsibility
So today is Friday. If we were at school it would be Fit Friday (where we do some form of physical activity in the morning before school) so today I would like you to do the same! What sort of activity will you do?
WALT: design a character for a story
Yesterday you started to learn about the water cycle. I think the water cycle process is really interesting. What we are going to do in our writing next week is write a story about a raindrop and his journey in the water cycle! But first you need to create your main character.
WALT: to recite times tables with increased fluency
Get practicing your tables on paper/ grids/ internet! Do a test at the start of your time and then at the end of the session and see if you have improved your score. https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/
Afternoon! I think you guys have worked exceptionally hard this week and I want you to spend this afternoon doing things that you enjoy doing, whether that be in the garden, in the house, playing a game. You may want to help you parents do a job around the house to be extra especially helpful. You must send me a picture of the thing you enjoy doing and decide to do this afternoon, as I will post these up on the website because I know how much you are enjoying seeing each other’s pictures.
Later on today – I will be posting some videos of some challenge ideas for you at home to complete over the weekend or whenever you want to.
Have a great day and a great weekend! Enjoy the sunshine in the garden and be good!
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Hope you are all well! It has been really great to speak to some of you this week. If you haven’t had a call from me this week then expect one in the next two days.
My superstars today are:
Harry B – Sending me a fantastic kennings poem about my puppy
Megan H - Writing some fantastically descriptive kennings poems
Chloe C – For working exceptionally hard at home on her school work
Your tasks for today:
Fitness activity of your choice - my burpee challenge is very hard work but I keep doing it and I know it will get easier.
English – Continuing work form yesterday (it was a 2 day activity)
WALT: reason and problem solve using roman numerals
Similar to yesterday select the level of work you wish to complete. If you wiz through it go up to the next level. I always fins that roman numerals are hard to start with but once you get in the swing of the pattern it starts to make sense. Keep persevering guys! You can do it! If you finish you can always keep practicing using the websites that were put up yesterday.
WALT: identify the main stages of the water cycle
Our new topic is starting and it’s all about Water Water Water!!! The Knowledge Organiser is attached at the top of the class page for this terms topic and science. There are quizzes on both that if you could do by the end of the week that would be awesome! Today’s work involves reading a pdf about key vocabulary and the water cycle then completing a worksheet where again you select the level you think is appropriate for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5gFI3pMvoI – A video to help you learn about the Water Cycle
I hope you have a great day Skylarks!
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Good Morning all! How great was the sunshine yesterday! I hope you managed to get out in the garden a bit and enjoy the most of it. Some great work sent to me form you guys yesterday so thank you very much. It really is a pleasure reading it all and seeing how well you are doing.
Todays stars are:
Archie M - For an amazing looking science experiment and telling me how he is going to develop it for today
Jack S - For great experimenting in Science
Loxie M - For a wonderful poem with great presentation
Fitness, fitness, fitness (your choice)
WALT: apply my knowledge of Roman Numerals
So yesterday you started to look at roman numerals and get to grips with the numbers from 1-100. Now you are going to start applying that knowledge to questions. You choose the level you want to do. If you find you did really well then progress up a level. I am also attaching some links to some online maths games that look quite fun so these could be used as a starter to the activity, at the end or nay time you just want to have some fun.
WALT: develop my vocabulary for a kennings poem – 2 DAYS
Thank you for the kennings poems you sent me yesterday. They were great to read. Anymore out there, please send them in and I will pop them on the website as a big group for you to guess who wrote what. Today you are going to start compiling your very own kennings poems in a self-made book. Now this activity will take longer than one day so spread out the work. First research some examples of poems so you can gain some ideas. Next think of your own subjects you would like to write a poem about. There is a sheet at the bottom about some ideas you could use.
To make the booklet of poems, simply get some A4 paper and fold in half. Use as many sheets as you want as they will simply tuck into one another the more you add. You must think about and write at least 8 poems of different subjects (you could include the one you wrote about yourself today). You could draw some pictures around the poems and add lots of colour. I would love it if this booklet came back to school with you so we can make a lovely display of them. They could also be great to send pictures of to your friends and family to see if they can guess what it is. You should be proud of the work you complete and show of how talented each and every one of you are.
WALT: research Frank Webb
Frank Webb is an artist who paints in watercolour. He is an artist we are due to study this term so that is what we shall do. What I would like you to do is research this artist and select a picture that you like. Take your time to really look at his works so you can make an informed judgement. Why do you like it? What appeals to you the most? Think carefully about these questions and try to use vocabulary that will help to explain your feelings towards the picture. Once you have found the picture – print it out if you can, but don’t worry if not and make notes around the outside about what it makes you feel, why you like it, does it remind you of anything? Then I would like you to copy the picture using a an art media of your choice (watercolour, poster paint, crayon, pencil shading).
Have a great day guys and don’t forget to enjoy yourself in the sunshine. Maybe have a family game of something in the garden or round the kitchen table. Our game of choice at the moment in our house is ‘The game of life Junior’! Theo is loving it!
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Good Morning! Day 1 of the burpee challenge was really hard work but I did it and felt really good for it. What do you think of Luna?
How was your day yesterday? Here are some pictures of the digestive system posters you created.
My shout outs for today are
George H – For a brilliant looking poster with 3D pop up bits on
Isabelle B – For a creative approach to display the digestive system
Ethan DB – For completing some times table rock star challenges and using play-dough to create his poster
Chloe C, Ellie R, Lucas R – For doing some times table challenges.
Are you ready for a new day? We are going to start the day, as ever, with some physical exercise. You can choose what that is!
WALT: extend vocabulary whilst exploring kennings poems
What is a Kennings poem? Find out in the PDF below.
There are tasks to complete as you make your way through the pdf, then a planning sheet to have a go at creating a kennings poem about yourself. Once you have completed it, it would be great if you could send me them and I will upload them to the website to see if your classmates can guess if the poem was about you.
A great example of a Kennings poem. Thank you Mrs Allington! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJhktUWENDw&feature=youtu.be
WALT: learn Roman numerals to 100
Today you are going to start learning about Roman numerals. You need to be able to recognise numbers from 1 to 100. So today you will start to revise the numbers and learn them. There is a pattern that makes it easy to recognise when you get started.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1i4dbk6IsA – This link will really help to explain it.
Then there are various games and worksheets at the bottom that you can use to help you get to grips even more with them ready to continue with work tomorrow. You could make your game by creating Roman numeral number cards and putting them face down on the table and turning them over and working out the number it shows. Practice makes perfect!
WALT: have fun doing a science experiment
PDF attached at the bottom with some science experiments you can do at home. If you don’t have all the ingredients for one, next time you go shopping add it on the list so you can carry it out. When you do the science experiment, think carefully about why something is happening. That is the reason we carry out experiments – to find out something we don’t know! Can you use scientific language to help explain yourself.
CHALLENGE: Can you think of your own science experiment or look one up that you can do. I would love to see pictures of you guys being scientists at home.
Read a book outside in the garden. What are you reading? Are you enjoying it? Is it a book? A magazine? A set of instructions?
Have a brilliant day guys and I cannot wait to speak to some you today and this week.
Monday 20th April 2020
Good Morning Skylarks! I hope you have had a great Easter Holidays and made the most of the wonderful sunshine in the garden. How much chocolate did you eat? I had quite a lot but was also really thankful for the time I got to spend with the family. We have also got a new addition to the Dines family in the form of an animal. Can you guess what it is? I will post a picture later and you can see if your guess was correct.
Today's tasks to get us back into our virtual school are:
1. Some fitness to get us ready for the day (Joe Wicks PE, Cosmic Yoga or your own circuit you planned a few weeks ago. It all gets our hearts pumping and keeping us fit.
I am starting a new challenge today for the next 30 days. I am going to do 100 burpees every day for the next 30 days. How many burpees is that in total? I want to do it to show that I can be resilient and push myself even when things get tough and hard work.
2. WALT: answer arithmetic questions accurately
Answer the questions carefully and accurately. How many can you get right? You could give yourself a target and see if you reach it. Make any corrections you need to after.
3. WALT: consolidate understanding of fronted adverbials
Have look at the pdf (Fronted Adverbials 20th April 2020), and do the tasks set within it. There is also a worksheet you may use to help consolidate your understanding. Attached at the bottom is also a pdf that explains and gives examples of what an adverbial is and what a fronted adverbial is if you need reminding.
CHALLENGE: You could write about your Easter Holidays and try use some varied fronted adverbials to make it exciting for the reader.
4. WALT: recap on the digestive system
Right back at the start of the year we were learning about the digestive system. Attached is a pdf with lots of information about the digestive system I would like you to read, understand and recap on. Then I would like you to create a poster, a model or anything you wish to help show and explain the digestive system. I would then like you to send me a picture of it so I can put them up on the website so you can all see each other’s work.
Have a great day guys. Any questions, please let me know. Missing you guys!
Friday 3rd April 2020
Good morning guys. Now I don’t want you to get too upset, but this is the last piece of work that will be set until Monday 20th April! Oi…don’t cheer loudly! Haha. But in all seriousness, it is your Easter holidays and you should take the time to enjoy yourself, be helpful around the house and keep reading and practicing times tables. You know how important they are! Don't forget that Easter is not just about receiving and chomping on chocolate eggs! It's about the resurrection of Jesus and the symbols of new life and fresh starts all around us.
Your tasks today are:
PE with Joe – Its fancy dress Friday- I can’t wait to hear what some of you have been wearing to do this.
Guided Reading – Read Chapter 15, ‘The second miracle’ and answer the VIPERS questions at the bottom. Remember to answer in full sentences. Over the Easter holidays I would like you to read the remainder of Matilda. When you come back after Easter (virtually) there will be some comprehension questions to answer.
WALT: write a persuasive letter to the little bird using ALL the features I have learnt this week.
Your task today is to write the persuasive letter you planned yesterday. You are writing it to one of the little blue birds who was bullying Big Bird. Use all the things we have been looking at this week. You have the conjunctions sheet available we used yesterday to help you plan and attached at the bottom is also a success criteria to help you so you make sure you are hitting all the points that are needed. You also have the example letter you analysed at the start of the week.
You may hand write or type the letter but I would love it if you could send me your finished piece of writing when it is done so I can read them. Use clear paragraphs and PLEASE make sure you re-read your work to make sure it makes sense!
WALT: assess my learning of mathematical concepts
Attached at the bottom are 3 assessments I would like you to do. This is all stuff we have been through this year. Have a go and see how you get on. Anything you’re not sure of? Have a go and if you get it wrong, use the interest to try and help you find the right answer. If you really want to – email me and I can try to help as well. I will post up the answers later on in the day so you can mark them and see how you got on.
WALT: discover artists
I would like you to research an artist online. You can choose whoever you want! We are talking old fashioned paintings to even your favourite comics! It is all art so you pick what you like! You may have seen some of their artwork in a gallery, or may have some art in your house or maybe your parents like an artist they could recommend. You are then going to analyse some of their images and copy one you really like. I would then like you to create your own image (of your choosing) but use a similar style to the artist you picked.
As you do it, think to yourself: What do I like about this artist’s images? What colours do they use? What style of images does this artist create (abstract, realistic, monotone or colourful)? How could I replicate this in my own work?
Lots to keep you busy here. Have a great Easter Holidays and I look forward to speaking to you all after the holidays. Stay safe and healthy, keep up the exercise and if you have any questions about anything at any time then please do e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
‘How did you enjoy the April Fools spelling test? Muwahahahaha,’ laughed Mr Dines mischievously.
We couldn’t resist guys. #sorrynotsorry.
It is Thursday, we are nearly at the Easter Holidays! How exciting!
Today tasks –
2. WALT: plan a persuasive letter using the features I have learnt this week
So you have been learning this week about the different features of a persuasive letter. You have looked at the different conjunctions that are used and how this help us to explain our points further. Your plan should be notes to help you write longer sentences. Don’t write out your whole letter on your plan. That comes tomorrow!
There is a document attached that will help you with words to use and some examples. In this document is also a plan that you can either print off or copy onto a piece of paper to help you with the structure of the letter.
3. WALT: understand the seven times table
Some useful sites to have a look at:
Another song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XT3vxohtBg
These sites and games are great, however there is a lot to be said for writing them out and saying them out aloud to yourself as well. I have attached some sheets that you may find useful as well. I have attached an interactive PowerPoint that hopefully some of you will be able to use! Start the slide show and then the interactive element will be able to be used. You can always play some of the games we have played at school or whilst you have been at home.
4. History –
WALT: describe who Emperor Hadrian was, say when, how and why he built a wall and explain the features of the wall.
Children to look at Hadrian’s Wall information pdf and understand how and why it was built. There are two tasks to complete with this and they are mentioned on the information pdf as to when they should be completed. Attached are the worksheets that are to be completed. Task 2 is split in difficulty and children may choose which level they do.
Have a great day all and remember keep smiling, help around the house and enjoy the fresh air; you could read a book outside today or by an open window.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Pinch, punch first day of the month – no returns! Yes! I got in there first!
Hope you all slept well and are ready for another day of learning. How was your fitness circuit the other day? Katie created a dice that you roll to tell you what exercise to do. Did anyone else think of this? You could always make one to have a go. Just draw out the net of a cube and stick it together. Remember to have tabs to stick down or just use sellotape.
Your tasks today (in no particular order)
1. Joe Wicks PE/ Cosmic kids yoga/ or your own circuit training route.
2. WALT: use cause and effect conjunctions
How did you get on with picking out the features of the text? I have attached at the bottom the features I found. Check it against yours to see how you did. Did you find something I didn’t? Well Done!
Today in your English you will be looking at a specific feature of persuasive writing. That is contrasting and causal conjunctions. These help to explain cause and effect. These are vital in your letter as they will help to explain why you think something. Remember, we used these when we looked at our election work and you picked the political party you wanted to vote for and why you wanted to vote for them. The worksheet is at the bottom and you can select the level you want to do, or start at a lower level and increase up to the next level if you want to. Have fun and good luck. Can you go back and check to see where they are in the example letter from yesterday? How many can you find?
3. WALT: investigate consecutive numbers.
Today is an investigation for you to have a go at. There are four levels to choose from so everybody can have a go. Enjoy!
4. If you managed to finish the science from yesterday then grab a classification key and head out into the garden. Look for insects or living things in their habitats and see if you can identify them. How many different things do you have in your garden?
5. READ THEORY. In the front of your child’s green exercise book they bought home, there is a login for a website called Read Theory. If you haven’t been on the site yet then do it today. As your child answers questions the site will automatically detect your child’s ability and alter questions accordingly. For those who didn't manage to make it to school to pick up the green exercise book I will text you the login in details for your child.
6. I am really sorry but the government have sent us a statutory spelling test which all children must do and send their results to their teachers. Mrs McCall has really kindly filmed the spelling test in the style that we do testing at school so please grab your home-learning book and a pen or pencil and get ready to take the test by watching the link here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQN5KeGQhsU Answers are linked at the bottom of the page but please be an honest Skylark and take the test before you look at the answers!
Have a great day guys!
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Bonjour! Comment- allez vous? (‘Eh?’ I hear you say!) – It means – 'Good morning – how are you?' in French.
I hope you are well! I had a good day yesterday and did lots of work and really enjoyed doing a programme called Cosmic kids Yoga on YouTube. Theo really enjoyed it too. The one that we did had a theme of Pokémon – I thought that might interest some of you in particular. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbCjkPlsaes – Enjoy!
Your tasks for today
Levelled again, so you can choose which level you would like to do, just like in class! Have a go, and if you find it too easy or hard then adjust to a different level accordingly. We have been over this near the start of the year so cast your minds back to help you.
A little video to help remind you, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U1kCOuNpR4. REMEMBER – we call the numbers beyond zero negative numbers – NOT minus numbers!!
Below is an example of a letter you will be writing towards the end of the week. I would like you to see if you can pick out the features. Think about grammar and punctuation and things that make it a persuasive piece of writing. Just like we would in class, use different colours to show the different things you can spot and create a key. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can still create a key and write examples of each.
Children to look at pdf titled ‘Living Environments 3’. Have a look through up to slide 9 the discuss the following questions
Can you remember what a classification key is? Encourage your child to share their ideas, then show them the classification key that can be used to identify which group an animal belongs to and their definitions. Now look at the following pages and show your child the example on the slides and discuss how it has been constructed to help identify animals through a series of yes and no questions. Repeat this with the other animals on the slides.
Work – Open the pdf titled ‘classifying animals work’. Use the pictures and match them to the correct section on worksheet 1. Picture sheets are scaled just like the maths work in Swooping, gliding, soaring.
Challenge Cards are an extension and just some fun.
Have a great day guys and remember to send in your Roman shields from last week! email@example.com
Monday 30th April 2020
Good Morning Skylarks
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We did! We planted some vegetables and made our bug hotel. Those bugs will be living in the lap of luxury in 5* accommodation at the appropriately named Bug-ingham Palace!! Just because you don’t see me, doesn’t mean you don’t get to hear my amazing jokes!
Today’s tasks are as follows:
As we know, the film ‘For the birds’ has a theme of bullying. We know that this is wrong and inappropriate. But what types of bullying are there and why do people do it? This is the question you are going to answer today. You can present your information however you want to. This could be as a list of bullet points, a mind map (spider diagram), a poster. You will use this information later in the week so make sure it is in your own words and can be easily understood.
We love this song – you know what it is – join in nice and loud and get the whole family joining in as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfz-JU2cKE&vl=en-GB. Remind yourself of the rounding rules and answer the questions at the bottom attached. Remember to apply the rules seen in the clip to each rounding digit you are working on.
‘When rounding numbers, you must first understand the term "rounding digit." When working with whole numbers and rounding to the closest 10, therounding digit is the second number from the right—or the 10's place. When rounding to the nearest hundred, the third place from the right is the rounding digit—or the 100's place.
First, determine what your rounding digit is and then look to the digit at the right side.
In PE recently we have been looking at circuit training and doing exercises that boost our heart rate. Through this, we have been showing resilience and perseverance. I would like you to create your own circuit training routine and do it. Aim to have at least 8 different activities and include rests. Be inventive with your program and think carefully about which activities you choose to target different muscles in your body.Have a great day!
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!
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
An easy way to practice times tables at home, the multiplication snap card game requires only an ordinary deck of playing cards.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
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.
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.
Have a great day - enjoy the sunshine!
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
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!)
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
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.
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.’
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.
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.