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Week 9 - wc 18 May 2020

Welcome Year 4 to Week 9!

Hello Year 4, we hope you are all keeping safe and well. This week, we would like the children, if possible, to complete:

Maths, Reading, Spelling

  • We have set 5 new My Maths activities for this week which all revolve around place value as well as some more tasks focused on mental addition and subtraction.
  • As an alternative or extra task, we would like you to measure some different objects in your house and garden using metric measurements and then record them in a table. Can you convert metres to centimetres? (multiply by 100). How about centimetres to millimetres? (multiply by 10). Can you find the difference in length between the longest and shortest objects? You may want to find the perimeter of different objects (the distance all the way around the shape). Can you find two different shaped objects with a similar perimeter?
  • Continue to practise times tables, especially the trickier 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12s. As previously mentioned, a good resource for this are the Mad Minute challenges at http://www.snappymaths.com/multiplication/multiplication.htm. The website 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 ‘im’ such as improper, imbalance and impatient. ‘Im’ usually means ‘not’ and is used before a root word starting with ‘m’ or ‘p’ and ‘b’. 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

  • As you are probably aware, Friday 8th May was the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Many of you may have even participated in one of the many street parties that were arranged. Of course the war would never have ended if it wasn’t for the tremendous courage of many of this country’s servicemen and women who sacrificed so much at that difficult time. This week we would like you to research one of these veterans (it might Captain Tom or even someone in your own family!) and then produce a fact file about them. Apart from their name and age when they enlisted, include details of the force they worked in, where they were stationed, and in particular, any special memories of VE Day they had/have. A writing template has been made available, but some may wish to write more than the space allows or use their own design. Remember to include the following key features:
  • Language: write in the third person / past tense, use formal language (i.e. no slang or contractions), add apostrophes to indicate possession (e.g. the Queen’s birthday), use a range of conjunctions to expand sentences (e.g. that, when, because, if).
  • Structure (if you are not using the template): catchy title, introduction, put the information into sections that should also have subheadings, include facts you have researched, concluding statement.

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. · Available at http://parsleymimblewood.wordpress.com is a free downloadable book called ‘How NOT to go to School’. It follows the adventures of Parsley Mimblewood, a primary school child who has always been home-schooled. Each chapter is based around issues that might be affecting children at the moment, like missing friends and feeling cooped up inside, and it is intended to help children deal with the worries that they might be having.
  • For daily art ideas to keep creative juices flowing for all ages, the Artscooluk page on Facebook offers inspiration on how to lead your art lessons from the kitchen table, which you are encouraged to share on the group to inspire others. · Study science, engineering and computing with Dr Chips at 10am every weekday at https://drchips.weebly.com/, where he teaches children how to code, make musical instruments out of household objects and how cybersecurity works through video lessons and quizzes.
  • This June, join thousands of people taking part in the annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! This involves doing one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. By joining up (see web address below for further details) you get a free, downloadable pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/57739/petition/1.

PE

  • As mentioned before, Sports Squad is a fun and engaging new series in which hosts Ayo Akinwolere and Chanel Kakareko share ideas to keep youngsters active at home. The pair also interview personalities about their roads to sporting success. Find them at: funkidslive.com/podcast/sports-squad 
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga at https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga is a youtube channel which promotes yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. The children are able to build strength, balance and confidence through a series of interactive adventures.

Many thanks,

The Year 4 team