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Week 7 - wc 4 May 2020

Welcome Year 4 to Week 7!

Hello Year 4 and parents. We hope you are all well and managing to complete lots of learning whilst staying safe at home. Remember Friday of this week is a bank holiday for VE Day. You have lots of learning you can be getting on with if you choose to but feel free to have a well-earned rest and enjoy the day with your family.

This week, we would like the children, if possible, to complete:

Maths, Reading, Spelling

As stated last week, the new topic for maths is decimals. We have set three new lessons in the form of PowerPoints (see attached documents). As before, the children should read these (some have links to short tutorials) then complete the task sheets assigned to that lesson. A parent help sheet is also provided.

We are very aware that some parents have limited (or even no access to printers). Therefore, we will also set a maths activity that does not require any printing. This week, we would like the children to design, create and test out a game based on equivalent fractions and decimals. It could take any form you want and be anything as simple as a variation on ‘Snap’ and ‘Snakes & Ladders’ to something far more complex or entirely original.

Continue to practice times tables, especially the trickier 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12s. A good resource for this are the Mad Minute challenges (click here) also provides a number of games for each times table.

Continue reading for 20 minutes at least three times a week which should then be recorded in their Reading Records.

Complete the 3 reading comprehension activities. These have been differentiated. One star = Starting out. Two star = Getting there. Three star = Super confident (see attached documents).

The spelling rule for this week is words which begin with the prefix ‘mis’ such as mislead, mistake and misuse. The prefix ‘mis’ has a negative meaning; it is added to the beginning of a root word without any changes in spelling. Use the Internet and/or a dictionary to find 10 words that also use this prefix, define them and then write a sequence of sentences or even a short story that uses them.

Writing

Last Monday, Boris Johnson returned to work after recovering from the Coronavirus. Being prime minister, he has an incredibly important role to play in how the country is run. But what would it feel like to be in his position? We would like you to write a story about becoming prime minister for the day. What would you do and where would you go? Who would you meet? Would you speak to the Queen? Would you think about changing any of the laws? Are there any groups of people you would really like to help? Is there anything you would like to stop? 

In your story you should look to include the following key features:

  • Write in the first person (I, we, me, us etc.)
  • It should be mainly written in the past tense (past tense verbs needed).
  • Organise your writing into paragraphs (change of time, topic, person or place).
  • Include a range of descriptive devices (powerful verbs, adverbs and adjectives as well as figurative language (similes & metaphors), a variety of senses (smell, touch, hear etc.) and alliteration.
  • Try to include a little dialogue (remember this will be in the present tense).

Other projects/activities that children could do

We would like the children to complete a further 1-2 activities from the ‘Ancient Greek ideas’ activity grid (see attached document) which also includes a range of appropriate science activities.

Window Display Challenge. Create a fun themed window display for everyone to enjoy when they’re out for walks around town! Possible themes could include:

  • 1st May is International Space Day
  • 8th May is VE Day
  • 20th May is International Bee Day
  • 1st June is Dinosaur Day
  • 13th June is the Queen’s official birthday

As stated last week, the BBC have launched a lockdown learning scheme which includes BBC Bitesize Daily that is airing on the BBC iplayer and the BBC red button. This features six 20-minute programmes each day aimed at different age groups. These will be taught by a host of celebrities such as David Attenborough (geography), Professor Brian Cox (science) and Ed Balls (maths).

PE

GoNoodle is a series of web-based videos, games, and activities focused on introducing short bursts of physical exercise in the classroom. They have 19 different channels, including exercise channels such as Zumba Kids, Net Generation and Koo Koo Kangeroo. The videos are really fun and vibrant and a great way to hold kids attention whilst being active. If you don’t want to sign up, check out their YouTube channel where you can access lots of their videos. They have also created a free game-based app, available on the App Store. 

BBC Supermovers has loads of videos that combine education with exercise. There are options for KS1 and KS2 with easy to follow activities covering topics such as number bonds, times tables and division for Maths, and grammar, spelling and punctuation for English.

Many thanks,

The Year 4 team.