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A message from Class Teacher, Mrs. Flanagan             

Class 4 - Otter Class

Term 2, 2020-2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

This term, we are exploring the question, 'Which is better: life in the city or a village?'. The topic web here shows how we are exploring this question at school and shares information on all areas of learning. The home learning menu is here. Your child is welcome to choose at least two of the suggestions to further develop their learning at home.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or talk to me or Mrs. Curtis at the end of the day or contact the school office.

With best wishes,

Mrs. Flanagan

Term 1 learning 

 

Archived - March to July 2020

2019-20  Term 6

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all staying safe and well at home and enjoying the beautiful weather? It's been fantastic to see all your home learning which you have shared on the school's Facebook page. I can't wait to hear all about your experiences soon. Everyone has risen to the challenge of working and learning at home! Please remember though that learning comes in so many forms so be kind to yourselves and each other! See you all soon!

Click here to find out what Otter Class will be learning about this term. 

 

In addition to the activities on the home learning menu, children should continue to read regularly, practise quick recall of multiplication and division facts using TTRockstars and practise their spellings. Spellings will be set weekly and tested on a Thursday.

Please do not hesitate to talk with me or make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns or questions at any point.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Flanagan.

Home Learning Activities

For tips and techniques on how to keep your child calm, click here

If your child is worried about the pandemic, this story may help.

BBC Bitesize offers information, videos and activities on all subjects.

Reading Genre Bingo

Year 4 Home Learning Pack

14 Day Home Challenge

30 Day Lego Challenge

Click here for some games which support computer programming skills

Find out more about the Vikings and lots more by clicking here

Fancy learning a different language? Click here

For a whole range of interests, activities and quizzes, check out DK Findout!

To access reading books, go to Oxford Owls at home and set up an account

Join Joe Wicks at 9am each weekday for a workout

For activities that don't involve a screen, click here

Want to use the seeds given out at school to make a seedbomb? Click here for a video on how to make one.

For Mrs. Flanagan's home learning opportunities, click here.

Week Beginning 13th July This week is the last of three Children’s Art Weeks, there are lots of ideas and resources here. The second week’s focus is Connecting across generations. You could create your own work of art (writing a story, drawing a picture, making some music, singing a song, dancing a dance or anything else creative that you enjoy or would like to try for the first time) or find out about a famous artist (a singer, painter, playwright, actor, writer or musician). Remember to stay safe while you’re having fun. I look forward to hearing from you!  

English

               

Edward Lear lived from 1812 to 1888, in the Victorian period. He illustrated books about animals with beautiful drawings, and painted colourful pictures of all the places he travelled to in the world. He played the guitar and the flute and wrote lots of songs. He was also a well-known writer of stories and poems. He is most famous nowadays for writing ‘nonsense verse’ – quirky poems full of funny ideas and words that have a strong rhythm and lots of rhyming.

 

Monday – Read The Owl and The Pussycat from Lear Poems, and then imagine your own magical journey.

 

Tuesday – Read the next verses written by different poets and make up your own verse.

Remember amazing adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similes, you can even make words up.

 

Wednesday – Read The Quangle, Wangle’s Hat, then choose a character and write a description of it.

 

Thursday – Read The Pobble who has no toes and write a report of his journey.

 

Friday – Read The Bolds chapters 16 – 18 and answer the questions.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapters 16 to 18 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved a rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. What does the word characteristics mean on p221?
  2. On page 221 it says Jeffrey’s “beard became ore ragged and matted”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

  1. How did the Bolds realise there was something wrong?
  2. Why do you think Imamu had to hide from the wardens?
  3. Why did the Bolds have to buy sawdust for the floor?

 

Retrieve:

  1. Where did Jeffrey sleep at The Bolds’ house?
  2. Why do they travel to the New Forest?
  3. What “snack” does Imamu eat to cheer her up after being in the boot for so long?

 

Predict:

How do you think Jeffrey will be able to live as a gorilla?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

recap challenging words: 

  • interest
  • experiment
  • potatoes
  • favourite
  • imagine
  • material
  • promise
  • opposite
  • minute
  • increase 

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

 

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

 

I have set some work to practise describing position on Mathletics.

Remind yourself about coordinates here. 

 

Remember a coordinate is a set of numbers which describes a location. Coordinates are called ordered pairs. This is because the order of the numbers is important. The number describing the position along the x axis is always written first.

So to find a point’s location count how far across the point is and then how far up or down it is.

A is 1 across and 8 up so A = (1, 8)

B is 4 across and 6 up so B = (4, 6)

Use the sheets below to practise describing positions using coordinates.

Use the sheets here to practise describing positions.

 

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

 

This week we are going to ask: What is the coral reef and why is it important?

 

Explore the importance of coral reefs: here .

Watch the clip: here

 

  •  Explain where the coral reef can be found.
  •  How large it is.
  •  Which plants and animals live in it?
  •  How the coral reef is formed.
  •  Why the coral reef is so important.

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

 

Now you have found out about how living things survive and depend on each other you can now make your own key to sort them. 

Use the animals here and think of questions you can use to sort them. Yes / No questions are most helpful. For example:

 

 

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

 

Week Beginning 6th July This week is the second of three Children’s Art Weeks, there are lots of ideas and resources here. The second week’s focus is Connecting across generations. You could create your own work of art (writing a story, drawing a picture, making some music, singing a song, dancing a dance or anything else creative that you enjoy or would like to try for the first time) or find out about a famous artist (a singer, painter, playwright, actor, writer or musician). Remember to stay safe while you’re having fun. I look forward to hearing from you!  

English

                      

Dougal has a pretty boring day job but luckily he has an interesting hobby – deep-sea diving!  Every week day he gets the train to work with the same people but at the weekend he is going in search of the lost city of Atlantis!

 

Monday – Listen to Dougal the deep-sea diver’s diary, here Write a character description of Dougal using descriptive phrases, use the sheets here to help you.

 

Tuesday – Dougal manages to find the lost city of Atlantis. Write a setting description using the sheet here. Remember amazing adjectives and adverbs, describe what you can see, hear, smell and feel, use metaphors and similes and describe any unusual features.

 

Wednesday – Plan a poem or story about Dougal’s adventure while deep-sea diving.

 

Thursday – Read through your poem or story and edit it. Then write it in neat using your best handwriting and add illustrations.

 

Friday – Read The Bolds chapters 14 – 15 and answer the questions.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapters 14 to 15 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved a rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. What do the words accessed and conceded mean on p180?
  2. On page 180 it says Imamu used “a few deft strikes of her claws”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

  1. Why do you think Imamu was unhappy about wearing a headscarf?
  2. How can Miranda help Jeffrey?
  3. How does Imamu understand Mrs Dobson’s feelings about her son?

 

Retrieve:

  1. Why does Imamu say she has to go home?
  2. Where does Mrs Dobson’s son want to live?
  3. What is Mrs Dobson’s first name?

 

Predict:

How do you think the Bolds will help Jeffrey learn to be wild? Do you think they’ll manage it?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

recap challenging words: 

  • interest
  • experiment
  • potatoes
  • favourite
  • imagine
  • material
  • promise
  • opposite
  • minute
  • increase 

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

 

I have set some work to practise naming and describing 2-d shapes on Mathletics.

Remind yourself about polygons here. 

 

Remember there are different types of triangles: here 

Equilateral triangles with 3 equal sides and 3 equal angles.

Isosceles triangle with 2 equal sides and 2 equal angles.

Right-angled triangles have one angle that is 90º (right angle).

Scalene triangles with no equal sides or angles.

 

Four-sided shapes are called quadrilaterals. They have different properties which means they have different names.

Squares have 4 equal parallel sides and 4 right angles.

Rectangles have 2 pairs of equal parallel sides and 4 right angles.

 

Use the sheets here to practise naming and describing 2-d shapes.

 

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

 

This week we are going to ask: What is the coral reef and why is it important?

 

Explore the importance of coral reefs: here .

Watch the clip: here

 

  •  Explain where the coral reef can be found.
  •  How large it is.
  •  Which plants and animals live in it?
  •  How the coral reef is formed.
  •  Why the coral reef is so important.

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

 

This week we will be asking: What is biodiversity?

 

Find out how living things are connected to each other in the video clip here

Use this webpage to help you: here

Choose a way to present your findings.

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

Week Beginning 29th June This week is the first of three Children’s Art Weeks, there are lots of ideas and resources here The first week’s focus is The Natural World. You could create your own work of art (writing a story, drawing a picture, making some music, singing a song, dancing a dance or anything else creative that you enjoy or would like to try for the first time) or find out about a famous artist (a singer, painter, playwright, actor, writer or musician). Remember to stay safe while you’re having fun. I look forward to hearing from you!  

English

                      

For the rest of the term we will be exploring, learning and performing poems.

 

Monday - Read No Living Thing written by Christina Rossetti. What do you notice about the line: Nor cricket chirping cheerily? Remind yourself about alliteration  here  Make a list of animals and use alliteration to describe them. For example mischievous mice moving manically. Try to use amazing adjectives and adverbs not boring ones that just happen to begin with the same letter. Use the sheets here to help you.

 

Tuesday – Read Diamond or Coal by Rossetti. Poets often think about the number of syllables in words to create rhythm. One way to count syllables is to clap as you say the word out loud. For example rain bow – 2 or sau sa ges – 3. Count the syllables in the poem and then practise performing the poem to someone in your family. Did counting the syllables help your performance? Why?   

 

Wednesday – Write your own poem using the video lesson here remember to use detailed description, you could even use some of the similes you’ve already created.

 

Thursday – Read your poem out loud and decide whether you need to redraft it: has it got rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, similes, powerful verbs, adverbs? Now write your poem in neat using your best handwriting and illustrate it. Use pictures as well as words to create incredible imagery!

 

Friday – Read The Bolds chapters 11-13 and answer questions.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapters 11 to 13 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved a rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. What do the words scoured and residue mean on p142?
  2. On page 155 it says Mrs Dobson saw “the two furry appendages once more”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

  1. Why do you think Imamu “picked up the tape and sneered at it”?
  2. Why doesn’t Mrs Dobson call the police?

 

Retrieve:

 

  1. Where does Mr Bold work?
  2. What type of animal is the head teacher at Eton?
  3. What job does the goose the Bolds know do?

 

Predict:

What kind of animal do you think Mrs Dobson’s son may be? How do you know?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

adverbs of manner: 

  • awkwardly
  • frantically
  • curiously
  • obediently
  • carefully
  • rapidly
  • unexpectedly
  • deliberately
  • hurriedly
  • reluctantly 

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

 

I have set some work to practise data handling on Mathletics if you haven’t already completed it. If you have then try drawing your own line graphs. You could draw a graph to show the temperature through the day or the height of your sunflower over a week.

Remember data handling is just a way of showing information. We’ve looked at tables, pictograms and bar charts. This week we are looking at line graphs too. Line graphs show changes over time.

Like bar charts you need:

  • a title,
  • label the axes,
  • decide on a scale and then
  • plot each piece of data using a cross.
  • Once all the data is drawn on your grid then join the crosses up using a ruler.

 

There is a demonstration here lesson 3. Use the sheets here too.

 

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

This week we are going to continue asking: What living things are there in our local environment?

 

Explore your local area and the wildlife you share it with. There are lots of ideas you can use to become a garden explorer. Choose an activity from WetlandsTrust For example, you could do a Garden Bug hunt.

 

Or think of your own way to discover your local plants and animals and record what you find, you could use photographs, drawings, lists...

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

 

This week we will be asking: How can living things be classified?

 

Find out how living things are grouped according to their characteristics.

Use this BBC Bitesize page to help you: here

 

And then answer the quiz questions.

 

Choose one of the animal groups and find out about it. Present your findings as a poster, here is some more information which may help you.

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

Week Beginning 22nd June On Wednesday 24th it’s National Writing Day, watch this video explaining why creative writing is so important, here. Try writing your own story, poem, diary or any creative writing you like best. You could email it to me and we can share your writing, or read it to your family or keep it for your eyes only, the choice is yours. Remember to stay safe while you’re having fun. I look forward to hearing from you!!  

English

                      

For the rest of the term we will be exploring, learning and performing poems.

 

Monday - Read the three poems: The Wind, Storm Wind and the Whistling Wind written by Christina Rossetti here. How are the poems similar (compare)? Or different (contrast)? The first poem describes how invisible the wind is, the second describes the wind’s effects and the third is about how the wind never ends. Highlight any words you’re not sure of and check the definitions in the dictionary. Then choose your favourite poem and explain your decision, think about the vocabulary, rhyme and rhythm and content.

 

Tuesday -Find out more about the poet Christina Rossetti: here Talk to someone at home and tell them what you have learnt about Rossetti.

 

Wednesday - Poets often use figurative language to help them create a vivid image. These could be similes, metaphors, personification or onomatopoeia. Watch this clip to remind you about figurative language, here. Then highlight examples of figurative language in Rossetti’s poem In the Bleak Midwinter. An example of a simile is: Earth stood hard as iron. Now try to make some of your own similes, e.g. as sly as a fox, as hot as the sun use the sheets here to help you.

 

Thursday – Watch Simon Mole reading his poem Jeff Dixon and Pacman here. Use this lesson here to write your own ode (a poem about something you really love)!

 

Friday – Read The Bolds chapters 8-10 and answer questions.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapters 8 to 10 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. What do the words haunches and spacious mean?
  2. On page 117 it says Mrs Dobson has a “generous chin and a mop of white hair”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

  1. What did Bobby and Betty do that was “a little too feral for our school”?
  2. How do we know Imamu is unsure about Uncle Tony and Mr McNumpty when they first meet?

 

Retrieve: 

  1. How did Imamu escape from the airport?
  2. What type of animal is Mr McNumpty?
  3. What unusual things happened during dinner and bath time?

 

Predict:

How do you think Imamu and the children will get into trouble?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

adverbs of frequency and possibility: 

  • regularly
  • occasionally
  • frequently
  • usually
  • rarely
  • perhaps
  • maybe
  • certainly
  • possibly
  • probably

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

 

I have set some work to practise solving problems on Mathletics.

 

Remind yourself about money here.

 

Remember the relationship between £ and p: £1 = 100p and 100p = £1.

 

We are going to be comparing money and solving problems involving money this week.

 

Try these games to practise solving money problems:

moneyproblems

funshopping

 

Use the sheets here too.

 

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

This week we are asking: What living things are there in our local environment?

 

Explore your local area and the wildlife you share it with. There are lots of ideas you can use to become a garden explorer. Choose an activity from WetlandsTrust For example, you could do a Garden Bug hunt.

 

Or think of your own way to discover your local plants and animals and record what you find, you could use photographs, drawings, lists...

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

This week we will be asking: Why are plants so important?

 

Find out why plants are so important. What would happen without them?

Use this BBC Bitesize page to help you here. And then answer the quiz questions.

 

The Woodland Trust also have lots of information explaining the importance of plants here

Explain

  • Why plants are important in food webs.
  • Why trees are called the lungs of the world.
  • How plants help the environment.
  • All the different ways plants are used by us and other animals.

 

Choose how you want to present your findings.

 

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

Week Beginning 15th June At the end of this week is the official start of summer, hopefully the weather will realise! Make sure you take every opportunity to enjoy learning outside, maybe you could use this checklist from the National Trust. Remember to stay safe while you’re having fun. I look forward to hearing all about it!  

English

                      

This term we have been thinking about newspaper reports. Watch this short film describing Spy Fox’s mission again: https://vimeo.com/71748250

You’ve thought a lot about eye witness reports, headlines, puns and the structure of newspaper reports. This week I would like you to write a newspaper report about Spy Fox’s mission to defeat Hammerhead!

Remember:

  • Eye catching, interesting headline.
  • Retell events in chronological order – first, then, afterwards, eventually.
  • Eye witness accounts using speech punctuation.
  • Five Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why?
  • Three Cs – Clear, simple language

          Concise – short but informative.

          Correct – use facts and don’t give your opinion

 

This should take you a few days to complete, use the planning sheets and example here. At school we would plan the report on Monday. Read the example report and steal any ideas to add to our plans on Tuesday. Write the report on Wednesday and edit and improve it on Thursday. You then have Friday to read the next chapter of The Bolds and answer the questions.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapters 6 and 7 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. Look at page 75, what do the words unconfirmed and foraging mean?
  2. On page 81 it says Mr and Mrs Bold had a “firm conviction that Grandma’s visit was imminent”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

On pages 86 to 88:

  1. Why do you think Amelia “stopped and sniffed the air” when the doorbell rang?
  2. Why does Fred’s mother hide behind a bush as she arrives at the Bold’s house?

 

Retrieve:

 

  1. How did the Bolds know Imamu was in England?
  2. Where was Imamu spotted?
  3. How do hyenas greet each other properly?

 

Predict:

How do you think Imamu managed to find the Bolds without being found by the police?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

ear words

  • earth
  • early
  • learn
  • heard
  • earn
  • pearl
  • search
  • unearth
  • earl
  • rehearse

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

Remind yourself about decimal numbers here.

 

I have set some work to practise decimals on Mathletics if you have already completed it use your amazing decimal number skills to help Dick and Dom on their quest here.

Remember to use a place value grid to help you remember which column each digit is in.

 

Now practise ordering decimals using:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdt6dp3

 

Use the sheets here to practise working with decimal numbers.

 

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

This week we would be asking: How do living things survive in extreme environments?

Living things can be found nearly everywhere on our planet, in many different environments.

Join in with this live lesson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/terrific-scientific-feet-live-lesson/z4pv47h

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

This week we will be asking: How are living things classified?

 

Use these pages to find out about classification here .

And vertebrates and invertebrates here.

 

Now design a poster to explain vertebrates or invertebrates. Remember to include examples.

 

Use this leaflet from the Sealife centre, which I included last week, to think about how we can classify living things. If you haven't seen it already it is: here

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

 

Week Beginning 8th June This week would have been Healthy Eating week. It has been postponed  but it’s a great idea to think about staying healthy while we are at home. Maybe you could talk to your family about healthy lifestyle choices or try one challenge each day from the British Nutrition Foundation next week? Have fun and stay safe!

English

                      

Newspapers use catchy headlines to ‘hook’ their readers to persuade them to buy and read their reports. Headlines need to be: short and catchy and often use word play, alliteration, rhyme, homophones, puns or jokes. Use the sheets here to predict what the report is about based on the headline. Then practise writing headlines.

Remember to keep your headlines:

  • Short and snappy
  • Eye-catching
  • Funny or interesting

Watch Spy Fox again and try to note down all the puns they use (you might like a grown up to sit with you to help write them all down). Puns are often used in films and cartoons but great newspaper writers use them too.

Draw a picture of an event from the film and write a pun to describe it – remember they are often cheesy so everyone can understand them. For example.

“Just in time for the FINale!” sniggered Dr Hammer.

 

READING: 

Now read The Bolds chapter 5 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  • Look at page 63, what do the words dormant and opportunity mean?
  • On page 69 it says Imamu planned to “give her son a good talking-to”, what do you think that means?

Inference/ Explain:

On pages 66 to 68:

  1. Why do you think Sheila “longed for a life in the wild”?
  2. How do we know Imamu is angry when she hears about her son?

 

Retrieve:

  1. What happened to the original Mr and Mrs Bold?
  2. Where was Sheila born?
  3. Why did Sheila decide to find Mr Bold’s mother?

 

Predict:

How do you think Imamu will “make sure that her grandchildren  will know about their hyena heritage”?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

tricky words. Sometimes it helps to find smaller words within these tricky words to help you remember how to spell them correctly.

  • believe
  • appear
  • often
  • group
  • breath
  • continue
  • arrive
  • women
  • describe
  • height

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

I have set some work to practise naming angles on Mathletics.

Remind yourself about different angles here

Remember the angle family here? We’re only going to be using obtuse, acute and right angles.

Try this game to practise naming angles:

here

Use the sheets here to practise naming and comparing angles.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

Topic

This week we would be asking: What are biomes?

Living things can be found nearly everywhere on our planet, in many different environments.

Watch these clips:

here

here 

Choose a biome to research.

  • What is the temperature, rainfall, where in the world are they?
  • What plants live there?
  • What animals live there?
  • How does the biome support living things?
  • What is challenging for the living things in that biome?

 

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

This week we will be asking: How can we group living things?

Watch this clip to help you: here

Use this website to find out about how animals can be grouped here.

Living organisms can be grouped according to their characteristics, group the organisms here.

 

Use this leaflet from the Sealife centre to think about how we can group living things: here

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

 

Week Beginning 1st June I hope you all had a relaxing half term and managed to enjoy the lovely weather? This term we will be thinking about how living things survive in different environments.

English

                      

This term we will be thinking about newspaper reports. Watch this short film describing Spy Fox’s mission: here

Did you expect each event to happen? Why? What surprised you?  

Now rewatch the film and make notes about the main events. Use the sheet here to put the events in chronological order and then use time connectives to retell the events.

Remember to use connectives like:

  • In the beginning, Earlier, Before
  • Meanwhile, Suddenly, Soon after, At that moment
  • Afterwards, Eventually, Just then, Finally

Eye witness accounts are often found in newspaper reports because they give the reader more information. Ask someone to role play with you, think of some questions you would like to ask the eyewitnesses (Spy Fox, Lily, a fish minion) to find out more information.

Then write up your notes using speech punctuation: “I knew I had to help Spy Fox!” explained Lily.

Remember:

  • Punctuation to separate speech
  • Speech marks around what is being said
  • Capital letter at beginning of speech
  • Punctuation at end of speech.
  • Who is talking and how they are saying it.

 

READING

Now read The Bolds chapter 4 (here). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. Look at page 45, what do the words speculated and lurking mean?
  2. On page 49 it says “most of which are native to Africa”, what do you think that means?

 

Inference/ Explain:

On page 48 and 49:

  1. Why do you think Mrs Bold “started to dribble at the distant memory of antelope”?
  2. How do we know the hyenas were really happy?

 

Retrieve:

On page 53 - 55:

  1. What game Hector play with the hyenas to trust each other?
  2. What name did Mr Bold choose for himself when he left for England?
  3. Why was Mr Bold’s mum so upset when she talked about her children?

 

Predict:

Who do you think Mr Bold’s mum “went away for a few hours to speak to”?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

words with -ous suffix, be careful the root word may need to change before adding ous.

  • furious
  • nervous
  • herbivorous
  • mysterious,
  • glamorous
  • various
  • famous
  • glorious
  • ridiculous
  • carnivorous

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

I have set some work to practise decimal numbers on Mathletics.

Try this game to practise converting fractions to decimals:

here

Remind yourself about decimal numbers here:

here

Remember use a 100 square to look at your fraction or decimal.

If you colour half of the square you have coloured 5 tenths (columns) or 50 hundredths (small square) so your decimal number = 0.50 or 0.5 = 1/2

If you colour ¼ of your 100 square you have coloured 25 hundredths (small squares) so your decimal number = 0.25 = ¼

Use the sheets here to practise finding and ordering decimal numbers.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

Topic

This week we would be asking: Where in the world do living things survive?

Living things can be found nearly everywhere on our planet, in many different environments.

Watch these clips:

here

here 

to see how living things have adapted (changed) to survive in very different conditions.

Choose a habitat and find out about how living things have adapted to live there:

  • What is the environment like? Temperature, rainfall, where in the world are they?
  • What plants live there?
  • What animals live there?
  • How have the animals and plants adapted to live there?

Use the following websites to help you: here

 

Create a model of the habitat you have researched.

 

 

Science

This term we will be thinking about living things.

This week we will be asking: How do we know something is alive?

Watch this clip to help you: here

Make a list of things that are living, dead or never alive.

Although all living things look different to each other, even if they are the same species, there are 7 things that all living things do.

These 7 things are called life processes.

A thing is only living if it does all 7 of these life processes.

 

Take this quiz to see how much you remember about living things: here

 

Good luck!

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!


Week Beginning 18th May This is the last week before half term. Don’t forget it would have been Sports Day on Friday and Andy is planning a virtual sports day! Have fun and stay safe! Remember to be kind to yourself and each other!

English

                      

We have thought about the features of explanation texts using the video clip: here  and the example texts (How is Chocolate made, Lifecycle of a Butterfly, What are Fireworks). Using the Greenpeace video explaining deforestation: here and all the information you have gathered; you now need to plan, create and edit an explanation leaflet about deforestation. There is further information here: Actionaid.  Remember to use the explanation features you’ve looked at already:

  • Introduction
  • Subheadings
  • Pictures
  • Technical vocabulary explained simply
  • Conjunctions and connectives.
  • Conclusion/ summary

Use the sheet here to plan your explanation and then design your own leaflet with your own format. You need to explain all the impacts of deforestation and why rainforests are so important. 

 

READING

Now read The Bolds chapter 3 (follow this link). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. Look at page 33, what do the words cosmopolitan and simultaneous mean?
  2. On page 34 it says our “call heralds the beginning of spring”, what do you think that means?

Inference/ Explain:

On pages 36 and 37:

  • Why do you think Mr Bold thinks “you could have fooled me”?
  • How do we know Uncle Tony has fallen asleep?

Retrieve:

On pages 40-42:

  • Which animals are native to Africa?
  • Why did the hyenas stop venturing out from their lairs in the morning?
  1. Why does Miranda call Hector boring?

Predict:

How do you think the Bolds will “go wild”?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

words with silent letters.

  • island
  • answer
  • knife
  • doubt
  • build
  • guide
  • guard
  • surprise
  • honest
  • gnaw

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

BBC Bitesize and White Rose have set challenges for each year group. Try the year 4 ones here.

I have set some work to practise reading graphs and charts on Mathletics.

Try this game to practise data handling: here

Remind yourself how to collect and record data: here.

Remember to check the scale or number axis to find each amount. If you are asked to find the total you need to add. If you are asked to find the difference you need to subtract.

Use the sheets here to practise data handling.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

Topic

This week we would be asking: How can we save the rainforests?

More than ½ of the world’s plant and animal species live in the rainforest but they are under threat for many reasons. But there are ways we can help. Watch this clip explaining how to save our forests: here.

Research how we can save the rainforests under threat:

  • Restore ecosystems by planting more trees.
  • Use less paper and reuse or recycle.
  • Try to use recycled products.
  • Buy products which use resources responsibly (Forest Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance, RSPO, Fairtrade).
  • Eat less meat so less forest needs to be cleared to raise cattle.

 

Use the following websites to help you: here and here.

Create a poster to explain what you have learnt and how we can save our rainforests.

 

 

Science

Use these ideas to conduct your own Science investigations here .

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

Week Beginning 11th May It’s been great chatting to all your parents and carers and hearing about all the learning you’ve been doing at home. Remember there are many different ways to learn and these suggestions are just one way. There is a whole range of home learning opportunities available to you. If you haven’t already had the chance to explore BBC Bitesize Daily I’ve included the link here. There’s also online classrooms from Oak National Academy: hereYou could even try solving some investigations from TEDEd: hereRemember to be kind to yourself and each other!

English

                      

At school we would be moving on to non-fiction writing. Remind yourself how we write to explain: here  Choose an example of an explanation text (How is Chocolate made, Lifecycle of a Butterfly, What are Fireworks found here) and use the sheet here to record the features. You could also explain why each feature is helpful. Then we would watch the Greenpeace video explaining deforestation: here

Use the information about orangutans or find information using www.kidrex.co.uk to research orangutans.

Now use your research to design a poster or leaflet to explain to someone else all the information you have found about orangutans. Remember to use the explanation features you’ve heard about:

  • Introduction
  • Subheadings
  • Pictures
  • Technical vocabulary explained simply
  • Conjunctions and connectives.
  • Conclusion/ summary

READING

Now read The Bolds chapter 2 (follow this link). Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

Vocabulary:

  1. Look at page 17, What is plumage?
  2. On page 20 it says the bird answered nonchalantly, what do you think that means? 

Inference/ Explain:

On page 24:

  1. Why do you think the Bolds waited patiently for Hector?
  2. How do we know it was hard for Mr Bold to wait?

 Retrieve:

On page 29:

  1. What does Fred collect for Hector’s breakfast?
  2. Why does Fred have to “make a second trip to the garden?

Predict:

What do you think Hector will tell everyone?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

words with 'ough' to make long o sound.

  • though
  • although
  • dough
  • through
  • breakthrough
  • thought
  • bought
  • brought
  • fought
  • ought

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

I have set some work to practise adding and subtracting fractions on Mathletics.

Remind yourself how to add and subtract fractions: here. Remember if the denominators are the same you only need  to -/+ the numerators. If the denominators are different you need to find a common denominator and then +/- the numerators.

Try these games to practise multiplying and dividing:

Adding_fractions

Fraction Speedway  

Use the sheets here to practise adding and subtracting fractions.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

Topic

This week we would be asking: How are rainforests under threat?

More than ½ of the world’s plant and animal species live in the rainforest but they are under threat for many reasons.

Watch this clip describing deforestation: here.

Research why the rainforest is under threat:

  • Plants needed for medicine.
  • Land for raising cattle.
  • Trees cut down for different purposes.
  • Soil erosion.
  • Effects on the planet.

Use the following websites to help you:

here

here

Create a poster to explain what you have learnt and how we can look after our rainforests.

 

Art 

Complete the tutorial to create your own jungle picture in the style of Rousseau: here 

Science

We have been thinking about electricity and how we use it. We investigated different materials to decide whether they were insulators or conductors. Watch these class clips here about circuits and create a poster about electricity. Or use these ideas to conduct your own Science investigations here .

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

 

Week Beginning 4th May Remember to email photos of your home learning to either the office or myself so we can share our ideas! I look forward to hearing from you!

English

This term we are thinking about narratives (story telling) using this short film, Rides of Passage. Watch the following clip here

We have practised describing characters and how they feel, apostrophes to show possession, using speech to describe to the reader how our characters feel and what they are thinking. This week we are going to plan, write and edit our rainforest story. You can follow the story from the short film or make up your own story set in the rainforest. Remember DADWAVERS:

Describe using more than one amazing adjective.

Action how are the characters moving, what are they doing?

Dialogue to give the reader more information.

Where - use prepositions – under, above, closer.

Adverbs – how are actions happening? Quickly? Carefully?

Verbs – use powerful verbs to add more description.

Estimate time –show don’t tell, darkness crept across the forest

Rhetorical questions: Can this be true?

Similes and metaphors to add even more description.

You can use the planning template here to help you. Use your plan to write your own rainforest story and remember to edit and improve your work like we do in class.

READING

Use The Bolds chapter 1 from last week’s pack. Think about each question and answer using a full sentence. For example, 1. The Bolds loved rainy day because …

On page 3:

  1. What did the Bolds love about rainy days?
  2. How do we know the Bolds aren’t humans?

 On page 4:

  1. Disguised is closest in meaning to:
  2. a) hidden b) open c) afraid    d) funny
  3. What two hyena traits can the Bolds get away with?

 On page 7:

  1. What is surprising about how Mrs Bold reacts?

Now draw a picture of your favourite character.

What are the wearing?

How are they feeling?

What might they be thinking?

How do you know?

Spelling

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at:

  • musician
  • politician
  • electrician
  • magician
  • mathematician
  • dietician
  • statistician
  • technician
  • clinician
  • beautician

 

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

Maths

I have set some work to practise multiplying and dividing on Mathletics. Remember if you can’t do the calculation in your head then try using the written method. You can use the grid method to multiply or use columns. Try these games to practise multiplying and dividing.

Division-Millionaire

Meteor Game   

Use the sheets here to practise multiplying and dividing numbers.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

Topic

This week we would be asking:

How are the layers different in the rainforest?

Watch this clip describing the layers in the rainforests here

Which animals and plants would you find in:

  • The emergent layer?
  • The canopy?
  • The understorey?
  • The forest floor?
  • How does the sun get through to the different layers?

 

Use the following websites to help you:

Activewild

Dkfindout

 

Now draw a picture or make a model showing the different layers of the rainforest.

 

Art 

Continue the tutorial to create your own jungle picture in the style of Rousseau:

here 

Science

We have been thinking about electricity and how we use it. We investigated different materials to decide whether they were insulators or conductors. Watch these class clips here about circuits and create a poster about electricity. Or use these ideas to conduct your own Science investigations here .

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

 

Week Beginning 27th April 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

This term we are thinking about narratives (story telling) using this short film, Rides of Passage. Watch the following clip here.

Remind yourself about how apostrophes are used to show possession (who an object belongs to) by watching the clip here. Practise adding apostrophes to show possession using the sheet here.

Ask someone to role play with you: one of you pretends to be Toki (the boy) and the other pretends to be the chameleon. What would you say to each other? How are you feeling? Stop the film at different points and imagine what you would say to each other. Write down the conversations you had, remember:

“ ”, capital letters at the beginning speech , . ! ? at the end of dialogue, who is talking and synonyms for said

Lastly, imagine how Toki feels at different stages in the story. Describe how he feels and how you can tell by his actions. For example, Toki felt excitedI can tell because his eyes are really wide and he is smiling. You can use the template here to record your ideas. Now try to rewrite the story to include Toki’s feelings and thoughts.

 

READING: In addition to reading and sharing books, magazines and newspapers at home I have included a guided reading text and some activities to last a few weeks. Read through the text and try the activities. You do not have to do every activity but it follows closely how we would share a text at school here

Spelling

'ssion' words.

These are words from this term that follow the spelling pattern we would have looked at.

  •  expression
  •  discussion
  •  confession
  •  permission
  •  admission
  •  transmission
  •  possession
  •  profession
  •  depression
  •  impression

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful.

 

 

 

 

Maths

I have set some work to practise adding and subtracting on Mathletics. Remember if you can’t do the calculation in your head then try using the written method. Draw a place value grid, write the digits in the correct column and then +/- starting with the ones column. You may need to carry or exchange.   

 

Use these games to practise your skills:

Maths_Invaders

Addition-Mini-Golf

Use the sheets here to practise adding and subtracting numbers.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars.

 

 

 

 

Topic

This week we would have be asking:

What is the climate like in the rainforest?

Research rainforest climates.

Why are they:

  • Air movers?
  • Sun reflectors?
  • Rain makers?
  • Water sweaters?
  • Carbon catchers?
  • Flood defenders?

Use the following websites to help you:

Edenproject

Oddizzi

Biomes

Or download the student pack from Rainforest Foundation UK.

 

In Art we would still be looking at rainforest animals and sketching them. Continue the tutorial to create your own jungle middleground in the style of Rousseau here.

 

 

 

 

Science

We have been thinking about electricity and how we use it. We investigated different materials to decide whether they were insulators or conductors. Watch these class clips here about circuits and create a poster about electricity. Or use these ideas to conduct your own Science investigations here .

 

 

Other

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book. 

Remember there are many ways to learn from home as well as the activities above. Maybe you've been growing vegetables, baking, painting, looking after your pets, exercising with Joe Wicks. All of these are valuable learning activities; have fun and stay safe!

 

Week Beginning 20th April

English

This term we are thinking about narratives (story telling) using this short film, Rides of Passage. Watch the following clip here.

Use this template here to plan and write the story setting which Toki finds himself in. What happens? What can he see? hear? feel? Try to add more description to each events using noun phrases (adjective + adjective + noun: impressive, colour-changing monster; inquisitive, pea-green parrot...).

Remember to try and show not tell, for example, Toki's eyes grew larger as he took in his new surrounding, the strange collection of sounds filled his tiny ears.

You could even draw your setting and label it if that helps you to write a better setting description.

If you’re feeling brave you can become a Crystal Explorer using the game on BBC Bitesize. This game tests your spelling, grammar and punctuation skills through different challenges, good luck!

Spelling

'ar/er' words.

These are words from this term that follow the spelling patterns we have looked at.

  •  calendar
  •  grammar
  •  regular
  •  particular
  •  peculiar
  •  popular
  •  consider
  •  remember
  •  quarter
  •  integer

There are many ways to learn these words and here is the Look Cover Write Check sheet if your child finds this helpful. 

Maths

I have set you all some work to practise ordering and rounding on Mathletics. Please contact the school office if you do not have your log in details and I can email them to you. If you do not have access to the internet please complete the ordering and rounding sections from the workbook I sent home with you at the end of term or the pages from the Maths text book you took home. 

Remind yourself about place value and complete the quiz using the BBC Bitesize link here

Use these sheets here to practise ordering and rounding numbers, I'll add the answers so you can mark your work too here.

Remember to keep practising your times table skills using TTRockstars. 

Topic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This term we will be thinking about why rainforests are so important. This week I would like you to find out where rainforests are. Is there something similar about where we would find rainforests? Why are they found near the Equator? How are the temperature and rainfall in the rainforest similar or different to Selling? Can you design a poster explaining what you have learnt about rainforests so far. 

In Art we would be looking at rainforest animals and sketching them. Follow this link to create your own rainforest drawing here.

Also, have fun taking photos of 3-d animals on your devices using google. I managed to find a lion in my hall! Type in the animal you want to see in the google search box, if it’s available it’ll give you the option to view in 3d!  Are there any rainforest animals in your house?

Science

We have been thinking about electricity and how we use it. We investigated different materials to decide whether they were insulators or conductors. Watch these class clips here about circuits and create a poster about electricity. Or use these ideas to conduct your own Science investigations here .

Other

 

Please continue to read as much as you can.

Local libraries do offer an online system where you can download books and audio books.  

Also please look here for more books online:

Children could complete a reading journal which could contain a log of what they have read, drawings of favourite sections or characters, any new words they have come across in that book.