Welcome to the class page for 4HN. Please take time to look around the school’s website for key information. Also, make sure that you visit this page as often as possible as it is here that you will be able to view what your child is doing in school each week and every term via the Class Blog that appears below.
Below you will also find important information about your child’s PE slot as well as advice about reading at home.
Year 4 will have PE weekly and it is therefore essential that your child has their PE in school everyday. It is also important that each item of PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name in case things get lost.
Reading at Home
Reading at home is essential for your child to make the progress necessary with their school work. Your child will have a Reading Record Book that they bring home each night. If they read to you or another adult, or to themselves, please sign the Record Book to say this has happened. They will then get credits at school towards a range of reading certificates that they will receive in assembly.
Monday 25th May, 2020
This is our usual weekly reminder for year 4 regarding what is available to them so they are able to continue with their learning at home during this time.
As we enter week 10 of home schooling, I would like to remind you of the numerous resources available below our weekly blog. It is however half term, so enjoy getting more involved in your hobbies and everyday things you like doing. One of my hobbies is reading and I have loved getting my head in more books of late- particularly trilogies.
Please continue to read as often as you can – remember, it doesn’t just have to be just your reading book but other types of texts too. Perhaps a child friendly newspaper (such as First News), a magazine or even recipes for home baking. It all counts and helps to develop vocabulary for writing too. Try writing a book review to tell others briefly about the book and what you liked about it, or re-write the story changing the setting or characters. Remember, these can be uploaded on the J2E website.
For more ideas to encourage writing, have a look at the following site which has weekly plans and activities for stories, poetry and newspaper reports: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/english#subjects.
For those who have particularly enjoyed reading books by the Author David Walliams, make sure you visit his website to find his daily stories and ideas of activities: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ He is currently reading ‘Bad Dad’ and all the initial chapters can be found online under ‘Elevenses’. If unsure of what else to read, there is a list of what is recommended for each year group on the school website. When reading books by the same author, investigate to see the similarities and differences between their books to get an idea of their ideas and style of writing.
As we mention every week in our blog, our knowledge of times tables and their related division facts are crucial to every other aspect of Maths. Therefore, we encourage your children to practise as much as possible to help them recall the facts more quickly. Don’t forget, there are other times table activities like ‘Hit the Button’ which can also be used to enhance knowledge of times tables as well as other areas of mental maths. Challenges will be continued to be set. Other excellent activities can be found on Top Marks to engage your children in their learning. White Rose are also offering home school learning activities focused on what children should be currently learning about in year 4 in Maths. This can be found on the following link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
Weekly homework tasks continue to be uploaded to J2E, so make sure you check the website to keep up to date with these. It is lovely to see more of you publishing your work, which I have been responding to and rewarding stars for. There are a whole range of activities on this website to explore and further children's learning so have fun navigating your way through these. Tips on accessing J2E can be found below and for every piece of work submitted, you can earn a star. Don’t forget, on our return to school, the child with the most stars will receive a prize. Pupil logins are 15, followed by the first two letters of their first name and then their full last name. For example, Sally Smith would be 15SaSmith.
Our current topic in Geography, will be learning about jungles and deserts. If you are yet to explore this topic, start with researching where in the world jungles and deserts can be found and locate on a world map. You can then start researching about their climates, as well as plants and animals that live there. Linking to English, you could then write a non-chronological report about each or a travel brochure to persuade tourists to visit.
In terms of PE, Joe Wicks is still broadcasting a daily workout on YouTube at 9 o’clock in the morning, which is a fantastic way to start the day. Other enjoyable workouts, which we have also been doing at school, are by GoNoodle and Cosmic Yoga (available on YouTube). If you have outdoor space, which you can use chalk on, try creating your own chalk obstacle course.
We hope you are all enjoying new learning experiences at home and would like to remind you that there are lots of fabulous websites to assist you in your home learning (listed under the useful websites tab on the school’s website). Under our class page, it is also possible to see the curriculum overview for the summer term, so you can see what year 4 would be covering at the moment. Resources for these topics can be found on https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn as well as Twinkl.
We hope this gives you enough ideas to focus on for the next few weeks. If you have any problems accessing any sites or have further questions regarding supporting your child’s learning, please let the Year 4 teachers know, via the office and we’ll call you back.
Enjoy the sunshine and continue to keep yourselves safe.