Welcome to the Year 4 page! This class is taught by Mr Lucas and supported by Mrs Poulter and Mr Harness!
Home Learning Activities
29/06/2020 – Update
Hello everyone! I am once again updating the home learning tasks below to keep you going through the summer term. So you can differentiate between what is new and what came before, I’ve added the new tasks in green! As before, there is no set amount you should be doing each day so please do not put pressure on yourselves to “keep up”. The class emails are up and running so if you have any specific issues please do not hesitate to contact me. We’re all missing you dearly and I can’t wait to see you all in July for our afternoon catch up!
BBC Bitesize Home Learning Daily Lessons
To help support children with their learning, and to stop them from falling behind, the BBC has launched a set of daily lessons for all children aged from Reception right the way up to secondary school. There is a Maths and English lesson launched everyday as well as a History/Geography lesson too. Click on the link below to access the website!
Maths and English Packs
Below are a selection of weekly home learning packs. Each pack includes a week’s worth of Maths and English lessons, all covering a wide range of curriculum topics:
New updates for second half of summer term (29th June 2020):
See below a selection of writing tasks for the children to do. Again, these are not compulsory and if they have a better idea, I am more than happy for them to express creative freedom. The tasks below are merely ideas. To see what is expected at curriculum level for this year group, see the Writing Expectations Mat. On it are things we would like to encourage children to use in their writing. Do not feel the need to include everything in one piece. I’d recommend just writing the first draft as the children want it, then use the mat to help edit and redraft.
Mr Lucas’s Epic Writing Challenge – Epic Writing Challenge
Year 4 – Writing Expectations Mat – Writing Expectations
Year 4 – Fiction Writing Ideas – Fiction-writing-ideas
Year 4 – Non-Fiction Writing Ideas – Non-fiction-writing-ideas
Year 4 – Handwriting Practice – Handwriting
Year 4 – Grammar and Punctuation – Punctuating-Direct-Speech
Year 4 – Grammar and Punctuation – Direct-Speech-or-Indirect-Speech
Year 4 – Adding suffixes to words – Adding-ation-sion-ssion-tion-or-cian
Authorfy – This is a fantastic website where the world’s best children’s authors offer masterclasses in writing. They will teach your children a wide range of writing tips, give exercises for them to practice their newfound skills, and even talk about how they wrote their own books. The quality is superb and here your child can pick an author they know (or who has visited the school). I cannot recommend this enough. It does require you to subscribe but, to help parents with Home Learning, it is all free. Take advantage while you can!
July Writing Challenge
For July, I want to introduce you to a bit of an insider’s secret: The Hero’s Journey. Filmmakers and authors alike use this to craft their stories. My challenge for you is to watch the video below and then write your own story. Your character can be anyone and do anything, but they MUST follow the hero’s journey! Please send me any stories you write. I’d love to read them!
WRITING – Helping Children With Description
Children can, at times, struggle when it comes to description. They either don’t know what to describe or how much detail to include. I use a method in class that might help! Tell the children to imagine a blank piece of paper. This is what their reader can see. Nothing! Their job is to put as much detail into their writing so their readers begin to paint what they can see on the blank page. Don’t tell me there are trees, tell me that the trees are grouped together with snow on the caps, standing as tall as giants!
A good way to do this is to pick a picture off the internet (www.Pobble365.com has lots of great pictures) and tell the children you want your reader to see that! Pick an object in the picture and ask them to describe it. Then draw what they described. Does it look the same? If not, what else could they say to make it look the same? This really helps children see what their description does to their readers and before they know it, their description is 100x better!
Another website that is great for inspiring pictures/images to describe or writing stories about is Once Upon A Picture. Like Pobble 365 they not only have a wide selection of pictures, but they include prompts and tasks for each one. It’s a great resource to help improve your writing.
SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation)
Some of these tasks have three different levels included in one document. These are identified with stars. 1 star means there is a little challenge, 2 stars has a greater challenge, and 3 stars is the most challenging. If you are printing these, it may be helpful to be aware of these so you don’t waste paper and ink.
If you would like some help supporting your child with reading, I have attached 7 TOP TIPS to help you improve your child’s reading ability: 7_top_tips_to_support_reading_at_home
Year 4 – General maths/reading/grammar activities – Year 4 Home Learning Pack
Times Tables Activities and Games – Times Tables
Multiplication and Division Booklet – Y4 Multiplication and Division
Multiplication and Division Booklet – Answers
Place Value Booklet – Place Value Booklet
Addition and Subtraction Booklet – Addition-and-Subtraction
Addition and Subtraction – Answers
Decimals – Decimals
Money – Money
Time – Time
Updates for second half of summer term: Fluent in Five week 1 – 6 (26th June 2020)
Below I have included the government picked Year 3 and 4 key words. These are all the words that children are expected to learn and be able to use by the end of Year 4. There are lots of ways of practicing these, whether through games, applying them to sentences, or the good old fashioned spelling test. Because there are so many to learn, I recommend people choose no more than 10 a week to practice. If your child is struggling (spelling was never my strong point at school either!) then feel free to decrease the number you focus on. I have also linked a website with lots of interactive spelling games based on different spelling patterns.
This term we would have explored the relationships and properties of solids, liquids and gases. Below I have attached a document filled with easy experiments that are great for home learning as well as all the things children needs to know. It is filled with prompts to ask the children and discussions you could have at each stage of the topic. Again, as with all other things on this website, there is no pressure to do this or even do it all. Feel free to dip in and out or miss it entirely if you do not feel confident.
Rain-forests and the Environment. In the summer term, we would have begun exploring the IPC topic “SAVING THE WORLD”. I have attached the entire workbook that I would have used to plan the topic below. It contains many lesson ideas and areas of research that the children can explore. Feel free to use it any way you wish, to make posters, presentations etc.
ART – J.K. Rowling returns with a brand new children’s story! Not only that, but she has launched a once in a lifetime competition! She has asked the children of the world to read the story and the submit their own illustrations. Those voted to be the best will be used in the REAL PUBLISHED BOOK that is to be released later this year. For now, the story is being released on this website (https://www.theickabog.com/home/). There you will find all the details you need regarding the competition as well as the story itself! Good luck!
SCIENCE – Below are some experiments that you can do at home. They are fun and educational , covering topics such as
OTHER FUN TASKS
Year 4 – Practical Ideas – Year 4 Practical Ideas
50 Fun and Creative Things to do at home! This resource is full of things for children to do based on all ares of the curriculum. There are Art tasks, Science, Geography, History, PE., and even Design and Technology – 50 Creative Ideas
Oxford Owl – This website includes lots of tasks and work covering a wide range of Year 4 topics. This website is especially good at supporting READING. If some tasks are too difficult or too easy, you can select the year group above or below to suit your ability. And, it is free to use: Oxford Owl Website
READING! If nothing else, I firmly believe that one of the best things you can do with your time is to read. Try a new author you’ve never heard of before! Read to your mum and dad, grandma or granddad! Or, better yet, get them to sit and read to you! Lose yourself in another world. Reading is the best exercise your brain can do, and even reduces stress levels! I’m looking forward to hearing about the new authors you discovered!
Year 4 Routines
Reading – Guided reading takes place every day where children either read aloud to the class or to their peers! Research has repeatedly shown that children who read for pleasure are not only happier, but perform better academically than children who don’t (https://readingagency.org.uk/about/impact/002-reading-facts-1/). Therefore we encourage the children to read for 20 minutes each night at least four nights a week. Once they have read, children should tick their reading diaries and write a comment ready for handing in on Friday. If parents could co-sign the diaries too that would be a great help.
Homework / Spellings – Spellings will be sent home on Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday. Homework is sent out on Fridays and should be returned the following Wednesday. If the children are stuck they are encouraged to pop in and see Mr Lucas or Mrs Poulter! There is also a homework club on Thursday lunch times for those who need some extra time/support.
PE – PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. The Tuesday’s session is led by a GTFC coach and could be outside or inside. Children will need a white t-shirt, dark shorts and plimsolls. They could also have dark jogging bottoms and a dark long sleeved top, socks and trainers for outside PE sessions. The Wednesday session is DANCE an led by a qualified instructor!
Staffing – Mr Lucas teaches the class all week and is assisted by Mrs Poulter.
This term we’re not just working on one book in class. Oh no! This term we’re working on TWO! During English lessons we’ll be exploring a book on World Myths as part of our new Power of Reading scheme! Mr Lucas values reading time and thinks all children deserve to be read. So at the end of each day, he will be reading The Legend fo Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood:
Jorvik Viking Center!
A part of our eipc Viking topic last term, everyone in Year 4 ventured to the grand city of York! Here we delved into the wonderful world of Jorvik, where the children got to ride through a replica Viking town. We listened to the locals’ stories, marveled at their houses, and held our noses! It stank! But then, in a world without deodorant, what did we expect? After that we walked across the city to DIG, where we learnt all about the Viking’s brutal battle tactics. We even got to have a go!