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Year 4

Year 4

Autumn 1 - 2019

We have had a very exciting to start to Year 4. The children have been working extremely hard and hopefully you got to watch their sharing assembly. We have spent a lot of time doing French going over the months of the year, days of the week, numbers to 20 and basic greetings. We are not experts yet but nearly!

In Science we have been looking at electricity. The children have had the opportunity to make their own electrical circuits while explaining what makes a circuit work. They have been working together in groups demonstrating outstanding team work and this is the key skill that will be focused on all year. Although electricity is extremely useful, the children have also been looking at the dangers of electricity and made some fantastic safety posters.

We have spent our English lessons looking at the story of Mr Stink by David Walliams which the children have found very fun and exciting. The book is extremely humorous while at the same time dealing with the issue of homelessness. The children will be writing their own stories based on this novel which I am really looking forward to reading. 

It has been a great start to the year and there are some very exciting things to come!

For the important dates of Autumn 1, please have a look at the newsletter.

17/10/2019

This week has been creative week where the children have been looking at languages from all around the world and looking at the beauty of language in general. They have been doing their times tables in French in Maths and in English have been writing their own rap poems which have been fantastic. In addition to this, the children have been using the technique of Chinese Calligraphy to write the four values of the school and have also been learning about sign language. They really enjoyed signalling their name to each other!

 

Autumn 2 - 2019

11/11/2019

The children had a lot of fun last week looking at the digestive system in humans. They learnt that the process starts at the mouth and that humans have different types of  teeth that have their own purpose. We then did a very fun experiment using bananas, crackers, a plastic bag, orange juice, water, a pair of tights and some paper cups. The bananas and crackers were added to the plastic bag which represented the stomach. Orange juice was then added to resemble stomach acid and water was added to resemble saliva. The contents were there squashed up to represent being inside the stomach. After this, the contents were poured into a pair of tights to represent the intestine and all of the liquid was squeezed out. This showed how all the good nutrients are absorbed into the body and the waste is left behind. The remainder was then squeezed through a hole in a cup to resemble going to the toilet!

 26/11/2019

Last week the children had a go at making their own light up signs in DT. Continuing with our theme of animals, their target audience were those attending a zoo. They decided on the type of sign they wanted to make, eg. to provide information, to help navigate etc and then made the enclosure of the box using cardboard. They then used the Crumbles software to programme their lights for the sign. Have a look at our Facebook page for some pictures.

 

Spring 1 - 2020

Throughout the half term we will be doing very exciting lessons in History, Computing, RE, Science, French, Art and Music. In History the children will be looking at Ancient Greece where they will study Greek life and their achievements and understand the influence on the Western world. In Computing they will be looking at spreadsheets and in continuing with the theme of famous people, in RE the children will be looking at Christianity and Judaism, in particular the work of Desmond Tutu. In Science the children will be looking at sound where they will look at how sound travels and how it is made. In Art we will have very exciting lessons where the children will create their own Greek art on pottery influenced by David Hockney.

For the important dates of Spring 1, please have a look at the newsletter.

 

Spring 2 - 2020

Throughout the half term we will be doing very exciting lessons in Geography, Computing, RE, Science, French and DT. In Geography the children will be looking at the rain forest, investigating where the worlds rain forests are and the impact of deforestation. In Computing they will be looking at writing for different audiences and in RE the children will be looking at Christianity, with the focus on Jesus and his teachings. In Science the children will be looking at living things and their habitats where they will learn how animals are grouped and classified based on their characteristics . In DT we will have very exciting lessons where the children will research, design and create their own money containers.

Change - PE will now be on a Wednesday instead of a Thursday.

For the important dates of Spring 2, please have a look at the newsletter.

 

Spring 2 - 2020

It is with great regret that due to government advice, school will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 at 3:20 pm. The children in Year 4 have been provided with a letter explaining the tasks that have been set for them to complete during their time at home. They have also been provided with a pack of activities. Children must ensure that all tasks are completed for when they return to school and they must ensure they are regularly engaging with the online activities that have been set. A copy of the letter can be accessed by clinking on the link on the right.

 

Week commencing 30/03/2020

Hi all! I hope you are all keeping well and safe. The sun has been shining which should have given you a great opportunity to enjoy the sun in your gardens. The packs that were sent home should have kept you busy for the first week and there is enough to keep you busy this week too. However in addition to this, I will also be uploading activities on a weekly basis so that there are always plenty of learning opportunities. All links can be accessed on the right.

They should start with week 1 and complete one lesson a day. Each lesson has a video which they should watch and then complete the corresponding worksheet.

  • There will be a weekly GPS and reading activity for the children to complete. 
  • There will be a weekly writing activity for the children to complete.

 

Week commencing 06/04/2020

Hi everyone. I hope you are well and have been keeping yourselves busy. The weather wasn't as great last week so hopefully you managed to get through more of the activities that have been uploaded. You should now be getting to the end of the packs that were given to you but there will be plenty of learning opportunities weekly.

  • For Maths, continue working through the link given above. You should be completing one lesson a day.
  • There is a GPS task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete.
  • There are two writing tasks on the right for you to complete.
  • For French we are lucky that the Primary Languages Network will be uploading videos to revisit key language at home, and to get families involved too. You can access these videos by visiting the YouTube channel - search 'Primary Languages Network' on YouTube. Emilie has done a great video that revisits colours and numbers. There will be more so keep checking! The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urPJ9QTwqxk
  • Harry potter has also decided to help us during this tough time! You can visit the Harry Potter at home HUB which will be constantly updated all the time for your enjoyment. This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. The link to the website is: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
  • Also have a look at the Home Activities link on the right, this contains lots of fun activities and craft ideas that you can do at home.

07/04/2020

Hi all! The sun is shining today so this is the perfect opportunity for you to get outside and enjoy the weather. I have added some science activities as a link on the right which you should be able to do with things that you have at home. I have also added another link full of activities across all subjects. Remember learning is all about being creative and having fun! The government has also released a very useful document containing activities that you can do at home. Have a look at this: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

Keep busy and stay safe!

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 13/04/2020.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter and still managed to eat lots of Easter eggs! It feels like it has been forever since we have seen each other. Hopefully you are staying safe and this time is giving you the opportunity to spend some well deserved time with your loved ones. As per usual, I have added some more activities for the week. The weather is forecasted to be sunny so please do make the most of it! I have attached some Drama activities which would be great to do outside in the sun. If you wish to do something to thank our amazing NHS and to complete some other NHS related activities, I have also attached these.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is a GPS task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete.
  • There are two writing tasks on the right for you to complete.
  • Please work through the NHS activities. There are a range of creative activities as well as writing tasks.

Also if you have not seen already, the staff at St Andrew's have made a video to thank our amazing NHS for all the hard work they are doing for us. This is a time we must all stick together and show our appreciation. Enjoy the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq8LCOyIIa4

Have a fantastic week :)

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 20/04/2020.

Hi again! I hope everyone is keeping safe. It was fantastic to be able to speak to so many of you when I made phone calls home on Monday last week. It was great to hear how useful a lot of you are finding the activities that are uploaded every week. Remember these don't all have to be completed, it just gives you the option to do some if you wish. I know many of you are doing your own activities with the children which is also fantastic! It rained for the first time on the weekend in such a long time but do not worry. The weather is forecasted to be sunny for the rest of the week so have fun and enjoy the sun! Below are a list of activities for you.

  • MantraLingua are offering free access to their large library of bilingual books until the end of August. There’s a simple form for families to fill in and you'll then be sent an access code for the site. There are 38 languages to choose from. The quickest way is to register on this page: https://uk.mantralingua.com/homereading

  • From the comfort of your own home, children will explore the limits of outer space, the depths of the ocean and travel to the far-flung corners of our incredible world — collecting fun facts along the way! Featuring spectacular video clips from Discovery channels like Animal Planet and Discovery Science, the summer adventure is intended to inspire curiosity. The quiz is exclusive to subscribing schools (that's us), and links to awe-inspiring footage in our video zone. Play along: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/mywb

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    student22380

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  • There is a document on the right which gives ideas on how to bring writing to life.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is a GPS task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a writing task on the right for you to complete.

In addition, all the staff at St Andrew's really enjoyed seeing your video in response to our NHS video. It was really nice to see so many children!

Stay safe and enjoy the week :)

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 27/04/2020.

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine and working hard. The weather seems like it is going to change this week so it is a perfect opportunity for some learning. Last week the Oak National Academy launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use!

  • The Oak National Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/ Simply click on online classroom, subject and year 4. This will then give you access to a range of English lessons, Maths lessons and Foundation subject lessons. Please make the most of this amazing resource.

The BBC has also launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep you learning at home.

  • BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. Simply click on start a lesson, year 4 and then you will have access to a range of lessons across the curriculum.
  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ 
  • There is a GPS task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a writing task on the right for you to complete.

I would also like to say Ramadhan Mubarak to all those celebrating. I know it is a very unusual Ramadhan this year due to the lock down but it is the perfect opportunity to pray and worship at home.

Stay safe and enjoy the week :)

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 04/05/2020.

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and safe! I've lost count how many weeks we have been off for now but it feels like forever. Hopefully you have all been keeping busy at home and not been missing school too much. Have you had the chance to have a look at the Oak National Academy and BBC Bite size lessons which I mentioned last week? If not, please have a look at these as they are fantastic! In addition, I will also be uploading some weekly Maths challenges. They are challenging in places but great practice for applying skills. The first one is uploaded on the right.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is a GPS task on the right for you to complete.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete. This is linked to the science topic of the digestive system which we did at the beginning of the year. 
  • For your writing task this week, write a diary entry about your time at home during the lock down. Include things like: What have you enjoyed? How have you passed time? How have you kept safe? What are you looking forward to once the lock down is lifted? What are you missing?
  • Here is a link to some free downloadable resources linked to different texts that you may have read. There are a range of activities linked to different books for you to have a go at:  https://peters.co.uk/100-books-for-year-4
  • Completely free for all children and families, there is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

The government is releasing details this week about potential plans to ease the lock down so fingers crossed we may see each other soon. Stay safe and have a lovely week :)

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 11/05/2020.

Hi everyone! It has been so long since we have all seen each other. I hope you are all well and safe. We definitely can't complain about the weather as we have had some fantastic sunshine. I believe it was possibly the hottest day of the year on Sunday! Hopefully you all got the chance to put some sun cream on and enjoy the sun in the safe environment of your gardens. I am sure you are all eager as I am to find out when schools will be reopening. The government made an announcement on Sunday to set out the road map of easing the lock down. Any updates in regards to the opening of schools will be communicated by the school when required. 

Over the week please continue to have a look at the Oak National Academy and BBC Bite size lessons. I can't stress enough what amazing resources these are! Did you have a go at the Maths challenge that was uploaded last week? If you really enjoyed it, you are in luck! I have uploaded a new one for you to have a go at.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete. This is linked to VE day which was celebrated on Friday.
  • There is a document on the right containing two activities on how to stay safe online while at home.
  • Instead of a GPS and writing task this week, I have uploaded a document that has a variety of activities for you to have a go at.

Stay safe and have a fantastic week.

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 18/05/2020.

Hi everyone, I hope you are well. Another week is upon us and I want to say a huge well done for persevering with all of the home learning. I know it is not a form of learning you are used to but you are all doing fantastically well. Just remember when all of this is over, you would have been part of a key event in history! You will be able to tell your children and grandchildren about how you had to live through the lock down of the Corona virus in 2020! 

Over the week please continue to have a go at any of the previous activities which you have not yet attempted and also continue to work through the Oak National Academy and BBC Bite size lessons.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is also a new Maths challenge for you to have a go at.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete. This is on Queen Boudicca and is linked to our topic of The Romans.
  • There is a document on the right containing two activities on how to stay safe online while at home.
  • For English this week, write a book review on one of the books you have read during your time at home. What was the book about? Did you enjoy it? Why? Why not? Would you recommend it to someone else?
  • There is also a Geography task for you to complete all about compass directions.

Have a fantastic week and enjoy the sunshine. I will be ringing home this week as I have been you all so much and would love to hear how you are all getting on. There has been a lot of speculation in regards to school opening too and I will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Stay safe!

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 25/05/2020.

Hi everyone, I hope those of you that celebrated had a fantastic Eid. The weather is meant to be gorgeous for the rest of the week so do enjoy it. It was meant to be our half term this week but i'm sure you have lost all sense of time just like I have!

Over the week please continue to have a go at any of the previous activities which you have not yet attempted and also continue to work through the Oak National Academy and BBC Bite size lessons.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is also a new Maths challenge for you to have a go at.
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete. This is on the festival of Eid which has just passed.
  • There is a document on the right containing two activities on how to stay safe online while at home.
  • For English this week, I would like you to practice your spellings. I have added two documents. One with all of the spellings that you are expected to know and one with a range of games for you to have fun playing.
  • In Science next term we were meant to start the topic of States Of Matter so I have added some activities below for you to have a go at.

Go Online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgg87h

Experiment with it: 

A wonderful site with links to fascinating investigations that you can carry out to observe the state of matter - https://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/science-projects/science-projects-for-kids-states-of-matter.htm 

Make it: 

- Melt chocolate and butter to make chocolate crispy cakes

- Make ice-cubes or ice-lollies or home-made ice-cream

- Make a cake or bake bread to observe the irreversible change

Observe it:

- Mix bicarbonate of soda with vinegar to observe what happens

- Use sieves and filter paper (or kitchen roll) to separate solutions of sugar and water, salt and water or soil and water.

Go Online: 

Understand solids, liquids and gases - https://www.abpischools.org.uk/topic/solids-liquids-gases/

Stay safe!

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 01/06/2020.

Hi everyone! I hope you are well. I can't believe it is now June! Where has the year gone? I am sure you have all been enjoying the sunshine and been working really hard. Below are a series of activities which I would like you to have a go at. This is the last week for online learning as from next week, I will be making home learning packs which you will be able to collect from school on a Wednesday morning. 

Over the week please continue to have a go at any of the previous activities which you have not yet attempted and also continue to work through the Oak National Academy and BBC Bite size lessons.

  • For Maths, please continue to work through the lessons once a day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
  • There is a reading task on the right for you to complete. This is on the water cycle and is a topic we would have been covering this half term.
  • There is a document on the right containing two activities on how to stay safe online while at home.
  • Your English task is to write a non chronological report all about the country of France. Non-chronological reports are not written in time order, as they give factual information about a subject
    or event. Key features of a non-chronological report that you may want to use are:
    • Subheadings to demonstrate what each section is about
    • Fact boxes or bullet point lists to summarise key information
    • a mini-glossary explaining language a reader may not understand
    • labelled diagrams or pictures to support what you have written
    You might want to conduct your own research on France, by using the internet
    or books at home. However, there is a information sheet available on the
    right if this is more convenient. You can also use the Non Chronological Report Format on the right to help you plan your report.
  • For French I would like you to learn the names for different pets/animals. There is a vocabulary sheet on the right, and below are some videos that might help with the pronunciation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJIGw_rsTD8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BenORTnIwWw
    Once you are confident with the different pets, you could create a colourful poster or sketch and label each one. Why not present them to your family? Alternatively, you could complete the matching worksheet on the right.

Stay safe.

Mr Sheikh.

 

Week commencing 08/06/2020.

Hi again! I hope you are well and safe. It has been lovely to be back in school and have the chance to see so many children again though I do miss seeing all of you. This week a learning exchange will be set up in school as detailed on the letter where parents and carers are able to come in and collect the learning packs that I have created for yourselves. You will also be able to bring in any books that you have finished and take home the new book that I have put in your packs. The day for Year 4 to do this is Wednesday from 9:15-9:45 on the junior yard. Please make the most of this opportunity.

For those who are unable to come in and collect their learning packs, I have uploaded the work on the school website however it will mean you are unable to change your books. In your learning packs there will be:

  • 1 x Comprehension task (alongside the normal 20 mins reading a day for pleasure).
  • 5 x Grammar and Spelling tasks.
  • 1 x extending writing task.
  • 5 x Maths tasks.
  • 1 x times tables task
  • 1 x French task
  • 1 x Science task
  • 1 x Reading book

I hope many of your will take this opportunity up.

Thanks.

Mr Sheikh

 

Week commencing 15/06/2020.

Hi everyone. I hope you have been working hard at home. It was wonderful to see so many of you coming in to collect the learning packs. A learning exchange will be set up again on Wednesday from 9:15-9:45 on the junior yard. If you did not get the chance to attend last week, please do this week. 

For those who are unable to come in and collect their learning packs, I have uploaded the work on the school website however it will mean you are unable to change your books. In your learning packs there will be:

  • 1 x Comprehension task (alongside the normal 20 mins reading a day for pleasure).
  • 5 x Grammar and Spelling tasks.
  • 1 x extending writing task.
  • 5 x Maths tasks.
  • 1 x times tables task
  • 1 x French task
  • 1 x Science task
  • 1 x Reading book

Thanks.

Mr Sheikh

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