My goodness, who would believe that we are here already. We are both very excited that we will be seeing many of you back in school in the next two weeks, but we’re also sad that it is coming to the end of your time in Year 4.
Parents, it’s not our final goodbye just yet, but we would like to say a big thank you for all your support during this strange, unprecedented (and all those other words) time. We have been feeling our way in the dark through most of this, trying out new topics, new books and stories, wondering what will work and what will keep the children engaged and your feedback and comments have been instrumental in guiding us. We know too, that it hasn’t been easy learning or teaching at home, but seeing the standard of work and smiles on children’s faces tells us what a wonderful job you have done.
Don’t forget, for those of you who want to share, we’re looking forward to hearing some of your stories or achievements, new talents discovered, new skills developed when we see you at school, so get your thinking caps on.
Keeping active is so important especially as the summer is coming and we will be able to get out and about more (hopefully). Don’t forget to keep as active as you can. At least one hour of daily activity is recommended for primary aged children on top of improving your PE skills. In the Key Worker Groups, we have been enjoying many of the Just Dance videos found on YouTube, we’ve even found a Final Countdown version! Find a favourite to tell us about when we see you.
To improve your PE skills in a variety of disciplines, follow this link:
to our website’s Sporting News page for suggestions on this week’s focus sport. You’re never too old to improve.
As most of you will be splitting your time between home and school over the next two weeks, we want to ensure everyone has the same opportunities so our learning pack looks slightly different. It has everything you need for the next 2 weeks and includes a buffet of activities for Literacy, Numeracy, Topic and Transition. We will stick with the White Rose Maths and these lessons are best when done in order.
Obviously 4A will be at home during Week 7 and will have more time then, while 4M will have more time during Week 8.
We’re really pleased that you have enjoyed our Waters and Rivers topics. It’s been great to see the variety and super standard of work. To finish our Rivers topic we have two more interesting sessions for you to work through.
Work through the Rivers information, watch the videos as many times as you need and complete the tasks.
Read the information on flooding and complete the Flood ready sheet (Flooding, Task 1), then work through the information on dams and complete the case study task (Flooding, Task 2).
Read the information on 4 and 6 figure Grid Reference and complete the two tasks.
Spellings: In the final two sets of spellings we’re looking again at homophones or near homophones. This time the words are less familiar and we may not use them quite as often as the ones we focussed on last week.
Some of you may need to work a bit harder on the spelling of these words as well as using them correctly in a sentence. To double up, why don’t you create your own silly sentences to use in your handwriting practice for example: The boy could hear the groan from the grown up over here!
You could also create your own memory chart like this one:
During our work on Water and Rivers we’ve come across some wonderful books. You’ve written some great stories, and power-points, filmed fantastic presentations, composed wonderful poems and created excellent fact files.
Over these two weeks we wanted to share two more wonderful books with you. We wanted to give you a choice for your final writing project. We know that imaginative story reading and writing is not everyone’s favourite, some of you prefer to read more factual based books so we have an example of both types of books here, although you wouldn’t think so from a quick first glance.
These are the two books we’d like you to look at:
We think both of these books are amazing and to be honest we couldn’t decide which one to share with you so we decided to look at both.
There’s a PDF and video of both books for you to enjoy, with a surprise guest in one of the videos! See if you can spot him!
When choosing which project to do, don’t rush in to your decision. Both books have wonderful vocabulary and ideas and we know you will all enjoy both of them.
If you would like to write an imaginative story, creating characters and a plot or continuing with the characters already in a story then focus on The Rhythm of the Rain. Choose some of the wonderful settings within the book and use them to inspire your story. Use the work you did last week on Rosie the Raindrop to inspire the journey of your river.
If you would prefer a more factual based writing project then focus on River Stories. Use the PDF about The Nile to help you plan your story. Think about the questions you could ask about your river and do your research for facts you could include. Do you know any myths or legends that would make your river more interesting? As it is a fact based piece of writing, use the work you did last week on Rosie the Raindrop to help you create another page in the book called The Trent.
No matter which project you choose, as a Year 4 writer you should include all the elements listed on the writing checklist. We’d love you to flex your creative muscles and illustrate your stories. Use the layout and the pictures in both books to inspire you.
Change is the norm at this time of year, we are all dealing with lots of different emotions, excitement about holidays, happiness about the lack of school-work and home learning, relaxed about sleep-ins, but we can also feel worried and anxious about change. This year, more than any other, the children will be experiencing a wide variety of emotions. For some, school is no longer a familiar place. We’ve downloaded a couple of sheets from the ELSA website that might help children vocalise their emotions better and give them a strategy for coping with their worries.
There’s lots of brilliant free resources on the website and we would recommend a browse as does Mrs Lovett, our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. There’s lots of fun activities for all the family. See: