Tutankhamun’s Discovery and End of Term

Year 4 Writing

This week, we sent home the children’s Mr Benn stories which we produced in the first few weeks of term. The children worked incredibly hard on these and were very eager to share the adventure which Mr Benn went on with you at home. We included an evaluation form with this and would be grateful for it to be returned to school once we are back. It’s lovely for the children and the teachers to receive the feedback about their progress in writing. Please keep and enjoy their actual stories.

The last few weeks have been very exciting as the children have continued to enhance their history knowledge of Ancient Egypt by learning about the discovery of Tutankhamun. From this, the children then drafted and published a newspaper article about this significant event. We have focused hard this term on using technical vocabulary, fronted adverbials and speech. Please take a read below….

 

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End of our project

The children have fully immersed themselves in this term’s project, ‘Raiders of the Lost Cities’. They have gained a wealth of knowledge, showed curiosity and have developed a range of historical skills. At the start of our project, the children found out that our concept question was ‘What are the similarities between Ancient Egypt and modern day Britain’. We have been revisiting this question this week and the children have been making comparisons. They found that some elements of life are very similar, some are somewhat similar and some are different. Take a look at some work which was produced which shows their thinking about this concept question:

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What a wonderful half term it has been. We have thoroughly loved teaching the children and getting back into the flow of school life.

It’s been lovely seeing and meeting some of you this week in our Parents’ Evening. We are looking forward to the remainder of our appointments after half term.

Thank you for your continued support and please have a restful half term holiday.

Miss Goddard, Miss Pettitt, Miss Hardy and Miss Crow

 

 

Year 4 Thursday 30th April

Good Morning Year 4!

Good morning everyone, as we work our way through these strange times, I have noticed lots of changes to our world, I wonder if you have too? One of the things I have noticed in particular, is how much braver our nature is. I hung a bird feeder on a hook on my balcony hoping for garden birds, but this morning when I looked out of my window, there were two crows on my table and chair and a pigeon, all three of these birds have been visiting daily since the weekend!

Your work has been simply stunning this week and we will be showcasing the children’s word in our gallery tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled and ensure that you send us any artwork once it’s been finished.

We really appreciate your emails and value your comments about how you are managing to complete the work that we provide. As we have said before, there is no pressure for you to complete every piece of work every day, and if you can think of a more creative way to complete the work, we would love to hear about it. It was fabulous to hear about one child’s Zoom reading sessions with her grandad, and what a fabulous way to keep in touch! We are well aware of the constraints of this new way of working and would like to reassure you that while we provide printable resources, we also appreciate how much paper and printer ink this may consume so please do not feel that you have to print anything, let alone everything we provide. We just want you to do the best you can in this situation.

If you fancy trying to help break a Guinness World Record then why don’t you join in with England’s Biggest Assembly? Today at 10am, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy. The Archbishop’s address will be streamed through the Times Educational Supplement website and then will remain available on the Oak National Academy website. Do try and watch it live, and encourage your networks, families and children to watch it live, as you and they may potentially be part of a Guinness World Record!

Miss Goddard, Miss Hardy and Mrs Happy

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on year4@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password, need some help, want to show us your work or even just say hello! Please get your grown up’s permission before you email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Presentation – Please remember to do your very best work. Handwriting and presentation are as important at home as they are in school. You can complete your work in a book or if you need lined or squared paper you can get it here.

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities and can do independently. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child. 

Maths – Order decimals

The Maths focus for today is all about ordering decimal numbers. If you think back to yesterday’s lesson where we were comparing decimal numbers, we used a place value grid to look at these as a picture. You will be using place value grids today so that you can see what the number looks like and this will help you to put each number in order. Key vocabulary to think about today are the words ascending which means going from smaller to larger, and descending, meaning going from larger to smaller. In today’s work you will be ordering decimal numbers, but be careful to check whether you are asked to put the numbers in ascending or descending order. Make sure that you watch the White Rose video: Summer 1, Week 1, Lesson 4 and pause it when it asks you to have a go at the questions. Remember, you can watch the video as many times as you need to.

English and Science – Food Chains

Today we are going to start by thinking scientifically about our big cats. There is a PowerPoint to look at with some information and a link to a film clip explaining a little bit about the circle of life. The first task, if it is dry, is a field or garden survey, Have a look in your garden for signs of living things. You might wish to take some photographs or draw pictures, or you may just want to write them down. We have provided a table on the slides as an example if you would like to record that way. Think carefully about all the categories of things that you have seen. If it is wet and windy, have a look out of the window. 

Next, watch the clip from the Lion King. Listen carefully to what Mufasa says to Simba, and then look at the slides with information about food chains. Your task today is to create your own food chain with labels. I have done an example for the snow leopard. You don’t have to draw it, be creative, you might want to make a model out of Lego or play dough, or you might have some pictures you can cut out of a magazine (make sure that you ask first though). We are really looking forward to see how creative you can be, while recognising the different parts of the food chain.

Example food chain
Miss Hardy’s food chain for the snow leopard

Topic – Big Cat Quiz Time

We thought that you might enjoy some Big Cat fun so here is a quiz and puzzle page from a magazine. Try a ‘Spot the Difference’, solve the ‘Cub Footie’ match results or even have a go at finding all the big cat words in the Wordsearch. The solutions are also below. 

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Ongoing Daily Time Fillers

Use your digital logins to play the following:-

  • TTRockstars – Play 5 garage games
  • Numbots – Play  for 15 mins
  • Spelling Shed – Play 3 rounds of this week’s spellings
  • Reading –  Read for at least 20 mins
  • Scholastic Reading Library

The End!

Year 4 Friday 1st May

Good Morning Year 4!

Happy Friday everyone, we hope that you are all well. In some ways it seems like the time is flying by and in others it seems very slow. I am sure the change in weather has contributed to this. Make sure that you take some time to relax over the weekend – play a board game, have a go at a family jigsaw or just snuggle up on the sofa and watch a film with a mug of hot chocolate.

We hope that you managed to watch the worship with the Archbishop of Canterbury, although we realise it was not the most straightforward to get to, we are working on an easier method for next week. Here is a worship you might like to share with your family for a bit of quiet time and reflection today.

Before you look at today’s learning, have a browse through our ‘Big Cat Gallery’ which features the stunning observational drawing artwork which you sent in.  

Miss Goddard, Miss Hardy and Mrs Happy

Big Cat Gallery

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on year4@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password, need some help, want to show us your work or even just say hello! Please get your grown up’s permission before you email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Presentation – Please remember to do your very best work. Handwriting and presentation are as important at home as they are in school. You can complete your work in a book or if you need lined or squared paper you can get it here.

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities and can do independently. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child. 

Maths – Friday Family challenge

Please find attached the White Rose Family Maths Challenges. On their website they suggest that questions 1-5 are most suitable for Year 4 children, but if your child is confident, by all means let them go as far as they can. There is no video for this however I always find it useful to have a piece of paper and a pencil to jot down my train of thoughts. Do have fun having a go at them.

If you fancy something different, why not give Miss Goddard’s ‘Daily Maths Challenge’  a go where today’s activity is an ‘Addition Maze’.  If you would like to access it, please click here

English and Science

Yesterday you looked at producers and consumers within a food chain. Hopefully you managed to get in the garden for a bit to do a field survey, I wonder what you found. I mentioned the pigeon and the crows (consumers) on my balcony, they were after the bird seed (producer). Today we have a bit of a quiz about food chains which you might like to have a go at, we have posted the answers too so you can check at the end. There is a PowerPoint attached as well which shows some different food chains, so you might be interested in that.

We would also like you to write a short explanation of your food chain. I have done one for the snow leopard as an example.

French

In Miss Stonehouse’s French lesson today, you will be continuing to practise the names of animals and describe them with a colour. 

Video Resources – Friday’s French with Miss Stonehouse

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Ongoing Daily Time Fillers 

Use your digital logins to play the following:-

  • TTRockstars – Play 5 garage games
  • Numbots – Play  for 15 mins
  • Spelling Shed – Play 3 rounds of this week’s spellings
  • Reading –  Read for at least 20 mins

The End!

Year 4 Wednesday 29th April

Good Morning Year 4!

Good morning everyone, well, here we are – half way through another week. We hope that you are all staying warm in this colder and drizzly weather! We are really enjoying all of your Big Cats work that is coming in and are pleased that this topic has sparked your attention. It has certainly been very interesting to read some of your work, we have also loved the sketches that have been coming too and we create a gallery at the end of the week in case you are finishing off your picture or haven’t sent it in yet. 

We really do miss seeing you everyday and will be planning the date for our next Zoom call soon. It has been lovely hearing from some of you on email that we haven’t heard from for a while. 

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on year4@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password, need some help, want to show us your work or even just say hello! Please get your grown up’s permission before you email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Presentation – Please remember to do your very best work. Handwriting and presentation are as important at home as they are in school. You can complete your work in a book or if you need lined or squared paper you can get it here.

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities and can do independently. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child. 

Maths – Compare decimals

Today’s maths is all about comparing decimals being mindful of the value of each digit and remembering to use the place holder 0 where necessary. The numbers today will be represented using place value grids and number sentences, with a focus on using the symbols > (greater than) and < (less than). I always remember that the larger number goes next to the open end of the symbol and the smaller number by the pointed. When you are answering the questions with the number sentences, you might find it helpful to draw your own place value grids to give you a visual idea. Another key point that the video makes is how you say the numbers when they involve tenths and hundredths. For example, the number 0.36 is said as zero point three six, not zero point thirty six, this is where place value grid is a helpful tool if you are struggling. Remember, today’s White Rose video is: Summer 1, Week 1, Lesson 3. 

Daily Maths Challenge

For children who are completing their Maths with ease, and who would like further challenge, Miss Goddard is started a ‘Daily Maths Challenge’ page on the school website where she will upload a new set of challenges everyday. If you complete today’s work and would like to access it, please click here

English – A Year in the Life…

For your English work today, we would like you to think about the lifestyle of your big cat. You should be able to use information that you have gathered over the week. I have written an example text: A Year in the Life of a Snow Leopard, I wanted to do a day in the life, but snow leopards do not work to a routine in the same that humans do, so I was able to look at their life over a year. In my example, you will see that I have split it into three sections, you might find my subheadings useful to use for you own writing. I have also written as though I am the snow leopard using first person, we would like you to try the same. Try to imagine you are that animal and think about what they might tell you if they were being interviewed – a bit like when we looked at Evie and the Jungle on World Book Day. Try to use the specific and technical vocabulary you have found from your research too.

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Topic – Some interesting Big Cat clips

Sadly the sun isn’t shining like it was last week, however that does mean that it’s the perfect opportunity to snuggle up and watch some Big Cat videos!

We have had a look for some great short clips to share about Big Cats, this first clip explains the differences between the four big cats and how to identify them. We have added some links to other sites with footage of big cats, listen out for the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough in the BBC Earth’s Youtube channel, or even search through the Deadly 60 page to find some good clips about Big Cats. Have a think about some of the strangest and most interesting things that you have learned. You could just sit back and enjoy the videos or record some information if you wish. 

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Ongoing Daily Time Fillers

Use your digital logins to play the following:-

  • TTRockstars – Play 5 garage games
  • Numbots – Play  for 15 mins
  • Spelling Shed – Play 3 rounds of this week’s spellings
  • Reading –  Read for at least 20 mins

The End!

Year 4 Tuesday 28th April

Good Morning Year 4!

Good morning everyone, we hope you enjoyed your first day of learning about Big Cats! It was lovely to see some of your posters and fact files. We will continue the theme of Big Cats today with a bit more writing and some art work. As the week goes on, we hope that you will become real experts about your chosen Big Cat. We will also be looking at them through science and finding out about food chains.

Email Contact

As you may have read in Mr Applegate’s Newsletter this week, it would be lovely to hear from parents or children once a week if possible. You could send us a couple of sentences, a piece of work or even a photo of what the children have been up to. It doesn’t have to be school related, it would just be nice to hear from everyone. Equally, there is no pressure to email everyday but of course it is lovely to see all the work that the children are producing. 

Scholastic Reading Library

We are delighted to see that some of you have accessed the Scholastic Reading Pro Library resource. To give you a little more information about this, this resource is like an electronic library where you or the children can choose the books you to read. Once you have logged in with the details which we emailed out, then go to ‘Reading Pro Library’ and then click on the ‘Books’ tab along the top. Here, you will be able to look through books of different ability levels and of different topics. You can search a topic or even filter books by level. We are not actively assigning books to children however, if you would like us to assign books to your child, do drop us an email on the Year 4 email account. It would be helpful to us if you could give us an idea of the type of books too.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Miss Goddard, Miss Hardy and Mrs Happy

Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on year4@stmarksce.org.uk. We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password, need some help, want to show us your work or even just say hello! Please get your grown up’s permission before you email us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Presentation – Please remember to do your very best work. Handwriting and presentation are as important at home as they are in school. You can complete your work in a book or if you need lined or squared paper you can get it here.

Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities and can do independently. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child. 

Maths – Write decimals

In today’s Maths lesson, we will be learning how to write decimals using tenths and hundredths. We will be using place value charts and part whole models to support our understanding of this. It is important to remember to use zero (0) as a place holder where necessary. In the video, decimals are also linked to fractions, you will need to watch it carefully to make sure that you fully understand. Here is the link for the White Rose video, remember it is: Summer term, week 1, lesson 2.

For children who are completing their Maths with ease, and who would like further challenge, Miss Goddard is started a ‘Daily Maths Challenge’ page on the school website where she will upload a new set of challenges everyday. If you complete today’s work and would like to access it, please click here

English – Creating a ‘Deadly 60’ report

For your English work today, we would like you to write a Deadly 60 style report based on your chosen big cat. I have watched a few Deadly 60 episodes and noticed that Steve Backshall likes to use lots of alliteration in his reports so you might like to try to do the same, he also uses similes and powerful adjectives. I have written a report about the snow leopard as an example, they really are fascinating creatures. In order to do some research I used the National Geographic and National Geographic Kids sites, which we have provided links for, you might also wish to watch some of the Deadly 60 episodes to get an idea of how Steve Backshall reports. The reports are not long, but do give a clear explanation of the animals that he reports on. Think about how powerful your chosen cat is and how it uses its legs, tail and paws, how do these make it so deadly?

You might also like to film your report once you have written it!

Topic – Art observational drawing of a big cat

You’ve been working hard to find out lots of information about your chosen big cat. Now is your opportunity to use your observational drawing skills to find out a little more about your animal’s appearance. Miss Goddard will model how to use observational skills to draw a big cat in the Youtube Video below. You can search on Google images for a picture you would like to draw, but there are also some pictures below you can download and use if you wish. 

Please send in your drawings as we would love to showcase them in a gallery later this week. 

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Video Resources

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Ongoing Daily Time Fillers

Use your digital logins to play the following:-

  • TTRockstars – Play 5 garage games
  • Numbots – Play  for 15 mins
  • Spelling Shed – Play 3 rounds of this week’s spellings
  • Reading –  Read for at least 20 mins

The End!

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