Year 4 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 4's webpage!
To help the children during these uncertain times, I will post regular lesson updates on here and through purple mash- particularly when something needs more explanation. Please use the downloads at the bottom of this page for resources and ideas.
Keep well, stay at home and be kind to one another
Mrs Smith and Mr Bluer.
I have set up a blog in case you have any questions for me on purple mash: https://www.purplemash.com/blog#/app/blog/5e8b00263283f25433134b8b/
At the bottom of the page there is a really interesting guide to social media during the pandemic. It reminds us that not everything we see and read is the truth - it may be a useful guide to start discussions with children around misinformation online.
Home learning: wb 13th July
Click on the file at the bottom of this page to view a suggested learning timetable for the week beginning Monday 13th July. For the maths, children can practice on paper and do not have to use the maths workbook. A reminder that this is a suggested timetable as it is important to find a balance between the learning and being at home as a family.
Last week was water safety week, use this link to find lots of fun activities around staying safe around water like at Chrolton Water park: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/31120.pdf
Don't forget to check out the RE creative arts competition on the RE page or via https://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/projects/spirited-arts/spirited-arts-2020/
Also have a look at the Laudato Si resources on the RE webpage
Daily lessons recommended by the government from Oak Academy - please click on the link below to find lessons including video links.
If you think a younger year group may be easier for your child to access the work independently then please make sure you do this. However a large number of the children should be able to access the Year 4 lessons.
Daily lessons on your TV - BBC Bitesize
BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They have a dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and lots of educational videos on iPlayer. For the TV lessons press the red button on your remote control. Then click on the 8-9 year old section for Year 4.
KS2 Bitesize is a revision website which is tailored to support children in KS2 in the UK. There are activities, information, games and parent pages to support your child's learning. Please click on the link.
Parents - each day, a local music teacher is putting a half hour singing lesson on their Facebook page Little Belters. She will release each day's lesson at 1:30pm each school day. She starts with warm up activities, followed by part of the song, line by line and then at the end to the backing track.
Home learning during school closure as of 20th March
Every child should have received the home learning pack after Government advice to shut schools on Friday 20th March.
In the pack you should have received:
Home learning activities- please complete all of the maths and literacy and as many of the other paper activties as you can. There will be regular additional acitvities on purple mash.
Purple mash login
(Access vis this link https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stambrosem21 )
Times table rock stars/ Numbots login
(Access vis this link https://play.numbots.com/#/intro )
An exercise book and a pencil
I have uploaded some of these documents, plus others I thought may be useful at the bottom of the page.
I will continue to add activities onto the children's purple mash page, so please keep checking daily. Please keep in touch by recording anything you do with your children on the class display board on purple mash. No matter how big or small, I would love to see it!
Tenten have released some daily prayers for families, these are a great way to start and end your day, thinking about others and reminding ourselves that even in hard times, we can still think of those less fortunate than ourselves and ask for God's help.
Sign up and you can stream 11 short RE Easter films to remember Easter or for education for pupils at home.
My Book Blog
Don't forget to go on my book blog and blog about your favourite reads each week!
I'll be checking this regularly and giving feedback on your blogs.
Also a bedtime story read by some of the teachers is available to view on the St Ambrose facebook page.
Lots of companies and businesses are helping with school closure, offering lots of different activities. I will continue to post, what I hope are useful links to help your child's learning at home.
Whilst at home we encourage you to read with your child daily, any book is great! If you would like some free eBooks please use the link below
There are some amazing free resource from Oxford Reading Tree that we think will supplement the reading books that we have already sent home.
You will need to register as a parent at https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page once you have done this you will have access to a range of e-books with accompanying activities.
Simply click on book bands in the drop down levels menu and select the colour that matches your child's reading level.
Also, on the English page of St Ambrose website there are lots of resources including weekly newspapers from first news.
Gareth Metcalfe from I See Maths is running daily online maths lessons, with resources, for free on his website whilst we're closed. He's doing KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 lessons. His reasoning questions are brilliant so I'm sure the lessons will be too.
Stay at home Story time
Lots of authors are now offering free videos of themselves reading their stories. Oliver Jeffers is offering these on his website.
Morning PE lesson
Joe Wicks is hosting an online, daily PE lesson for children at 9am.
Literacy Trust activities
The Literacy Trust have produced a range of activities you can do at home with your child. Click on the link below and the activities are split into age groups.
Top marks interactive games
Top marks is a website that offers lots of interactive games, particularly useful for maths games. Please see the link below
Twinkl is a very popular resource bank used by teachers. They are currently offering one month's free membership. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Maths lessons online through K7 maths
Parents, to access the Home-school Package go to: https://www.k7maths.com/help/2107
* K7Maths is providing a free Home-school Package for EYF-Year 7 parents/teachers.
* The Package contains 3 Teaching Plans - one each for Early, Middle & Later Childhood.
* The Package covers most Learning Areas and related subjects.
* The Package provides guidance, daily timetables and many resources via links.
I have uploaded a document with some STEM challenges which can be mostly done with children in the house with things you already have. Obviously, some are not practical at this time like the egg challenge but most you should be able to do. Hope it keeps little hands busy! The document is available at the bottom of the page.
Hour of code
An online coding space coding some of children's favourite characters.
Some other useful websites during school closure:
JK rowling has launched a website with free access to the harry potter books on audible and lots of activities such as word searches, fact files and video clips.
Please try to be on time, the first 15 minutes of the day are the time when we recap previous learning in preparation for the day! Missing this means children are not fully prepared!
Important things to remember:
- Your child needs to read at home every night and bring their book bag into school every day so an adult in school can hear them read.
- Your child needs a P.E. kit in school every day and can be taken home at the end of every half term. This must include pumps or velcro trainers for outside games.
- Your child needs a coat with a hood every day.
- School starts at 8:45am everyday and it is vital your child is in at this time.
Homework this week:
Use times table rock stars and try and beat my score!
Use TTRS 4 times this week to do the garage and studio sessions I have set for you.
Pages which should have been completed: 4, 5 , 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 , 15, 16, 17,18, 20, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33
Pages which should have been completed: 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 49, 50, 51
Meet the Teacher
If you missed the Meet the Teacher event, please see the powerpoint below. If you would like any additional information please speak to Mr Bluer or me.
Share In Our Learning.
This letter contains information about what your child will be learning this half term. It's full of top tips and exciting information. Another great place to find out what your child will be learning is the knowledge organisers which are also below. These have lots of handy information for children to refer to in lessons but they can also be used for extra revision at home.
Curriculum Plan for the Year
Please see the following plan to find out what Year 4 will be learning throughout the year.
Swimming and PE kits
In Year 4 children go swimming on a Wednesday morning at Hough End Leisure Centre.
PE kits need to be kept in school during the half term. PE Kits consist of plain blue or black shorts, plan white t-shirt and pumps or trainers. (Girls must have socks with them if they wear tights.)