Welcome Back

Welcome back! We have another busy half term ahead so hopefully you have all enjoyed a restful break and are back, refreshed and ready to do some more great learning.

This half term in Maths, we will be building on our work with fractions by starting our decimals unit. In English we will be studying three books. We started our first book today which is called ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies, a story about a young girl who lives in a miserable, dull, lonely city. We’ll find out what happens by the end of the week!

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In Science we will starting our electricity unit where we will develop our understanding of how simple circuits work. We will be studying Christianity in RE and learning about mountains in Geography. This half term both year 4 classes will also start their class music lessons on Thursday.

Book Week

Next week is Book Week at school and we will be celebrating World Book Day as part of this. During this year’s Book Week we are focusing on books which celebrate differences.

In Year 4 we will be reading a book called ‘The Invisible Boy’ by Trudy Ludwig and doing some writing based on this book. For World Book Day on Thursday, 5th March, all adults and children will be dressing up as characters from their year group book. I have included some pictures below from the book to help you with your costumes for the day.

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Characters include: Brian (the invisible boy), Brian’s classmates, Brian’s drawings (a dragon, pirate, a super hero), the class teacher, Mrs Carlotti. Two other important characters are: Justin (the boy in the stripey t-shirt) and Emilio (the boy with the yellow sleeves) – you’ll find out why they are important next week!

Horniman Museum

A lovely way to end the half term! We ventured to the Horniman Museum to take part in a workshop on the Benin Kingdom. Danny, our guide, was a fantastic storyteller and everyone was engaged with the facts he had to share with us.

No trip is complete without time in the gardens to play with friends!

February Half Term Homework

Please find the year 4 expectations for homework at the front of their home learning books. 

English- The first week back after half term will be focused on poetry. Over the holidays write or find a poem that you would like to share with the class. You could use words, pictures or actions to help you remember the poem. We will share these poems in class to widen our knowledge on poetry.  

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Times Tables – Use Times Tables Rock Stars to practise times tables up to 12×12. Remember to use soundcheck as this gives you six seconds to answer each question, 25 in total. 

Spellings- Spellzone is a great website for spellings. First you will need to search for a word list, then it will provide flashcards, activities and games for you to play. The link below will take you to the search page for word lists.

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/index.cfm

If you are unsure of what lists to look for, use the links below.

Homophones https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-4651.htm

Suffix ‘-ible’ or ‘-able’ https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=suffix

Have a lovely half term break!

07/02/20

Please find the year 4 expectations for homework at the front of their home learning books. 

English- What Are Articles?

Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific. Consider the following examples:

After the long day, the cup of tea tasted particularly good.

By using the article the, we’ve shown that it was one specific day that was long and one specific cup of tea that tasted good.

After a long day, a cup of tea tastes particularly good.

By using the article a, we’ve created a general statement, implying that any cup of tea would taste good after any long day. We use ‘an’ when the first sound of the next word is a vowel, i.e, an elephant, an hour or a United Kingdom based company.

Complete the following sentences with the correct article, ‘the’, ‘a’ or ‘an’.

My mother is _______ honest woman.

Please hand me ______ book.

Lisa will bring ______ small gift to Sophie’s party.

Please give me ______ hammer.

I heard ______ interesting story.

 

Times Tables – Complete the 30 times table questions.The test will be Friday 14th February. 

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Spellings- Learn the following 9 spellings adding the prefix ‘sub-’ (meaning ‘under’) and ‘super-’ (meaning above’). Please use each word in a sentence to show that you understand the meaning of the word. Remember you can practice your spelling by writing them out, saying them out loud and looking over them.

submerge

subheading

submarine

subordinate

subway

superman

supervise

superpower

superhuman 

 

31/01/20

Please find the year 4 expectations for homework at the front of their home learning books. 

Maths- Our fractions unit continues with equivalent fractions and ordering fractions with different denominators. We know how important times tables are when working out equivalent fractions. Complete the questions below, finding the equivalent fractions. Remember to find the pattern and relationship between the denominators. 25= 410 because 5 x 2 = 10 and 2 x 2 = 4. 

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We need to know how to work out equivalent fractions in order to order fractions with different denominators. Example below:

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Answer the following questions using the greater than, less than or equals symbol.

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Times Tables – Complete the 30 times table questions.The test will be Friday 7th February. 

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Spellings- Learn the following 9 spelling words which end in ‘-ture and -sure’’. Please use each word in a sentence to show that you understand the meaning of the word. Remember you can practice your spelling by writing them out, saying them out loud and looking over them.

Creature

Furniture

Picture

Nature

Adventure

Measure

Treasure

Pleasure

Enclosure 

 

24.01.20

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In Science, we have continued our learning about the digestive system by modelling it using various foods. The children were extremely excited and disgusted at the same time! See below the picture of the ‘stomach’ breaking down the food.

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Homework

Please find the year 4 expectations for homework at the front of their home learning books. 

English – Next week in English, we will be writing diary entries from the perspective of a character in a story we are reading. In diary entries we can add more detail about time, place, frequency, possibility or manner of an action by using fronted adverbials. In preparation for next week, complete the fronted adverbial tasks below.

A fronted adverbial is a word, phrase or clause at the beginning of a sentence that gives more details about the time (when), place (where), frequency (how often) or manner (how) of the action in the main clause. We always use a comma after a fronted adverbial to demarcate it from the main clause. 

Task: Write 5 fronted adverbial sentences of your own, where the fronted adverbials describe the time, place, frequency or manner of the action in your main clause. 

Example:

Time – Later that day, I decided to go to the beach. 

Place – Beneath the cliff, I waited patiently. 

Frequency – Everyday, I go to after school club.

Manner – Bravely, I stood up to the mean bully. 

Maths- Following on from making fractions bars in lesson to help us identify equivalent fractions, your homework is to fill in the blank fraction wall. As you are creating this, explain to someone at home what you are doing using mathematical language (denominator, numerator, whole, divide, equal parts). The blank fraction wall has been given to every child to complete and hand back in.

Times Tables – Complete the 30 times table questions.The test will be Friday 31st January. 

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Spellings- Learn the following 10 spelling words which end in the /shuhn/ sound, spelt: -sion. Please use each word in a sentence to show that you understand the meaning of the word. Remember you can practice your spelling by writing them out, saying them out loud looking over them.

Expansion

Extension

Comprehension

Tension

Corrosion

Supervision

Fusion

Conclusion

Persuasion

Suspension