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Greetings from Year 4!

Greetings from the teachers and support staff in Year 4. We hope you are all safe and well during this challenging time. Remember to keep up with your handwashing and social distancing. Below you will find details each day about different home learning tasks to complete. Please try to complete all the tasks set each day. We hope to see you all soon.

 

Miss Markham-Randall, Miss Robinson, Mrs Shaw and Mr Preece

Stories to share with your child

Home Learning Tasks

Things to remember:

  • Read some of your books. Complete a reading journal activity see below for a reminder of the different activities you can do). We will be sharing some good examples of work.
  • If you want to experience having a celebrity read a story to you, visit Storyline Online - any book with a 3rd-4th grade level is appropriate for Year 4. Excitingly, David Walliams is releasing a free short story to listen to every day - visit Elevenses with The World of David Walliams for more!
  • Complete daily tasks (see below for details). You can take photos of any completed work and email it to us, or complete tasks using Word or PowerPoint and email it to us. Again, we will be sharing some good examples of work. Remember to keep up with your daily task on Spellodrome and Mathletics too!
  • Practise handwriting and times tables. Practice activities to help are below. Remember to check out Times Table Rock Stars and Hit The Button for help with your times tables. For extra Maths practice, Carol Vorderman has made her website, The Maths Factor, free to use.
  • Keep physically active. If you can, go into your garden for some fresh air, or find a Just Dance video from YouTube and dance. At 9am every day, Joe Wicks is streaming a live PE session - if you missed it, you can catch it at The Body Coach TV YouTube channel!
  • Have fun! Still enjoy the world around you with live animal webcams from zoos around the world, get creative with arts and crafts projects, or get up dancing and singing with a virtual concert from a host of famous musicians! Why not make the most of the beautiful weather with a live science lesson from Maddie and Greg?

 

If you want to send us work you've completed, ask questions, or just let us know about what you've been up to, email us at: 

- class9@mestycroft.sandwell.sch.uk 

- class10@mestycroft.sandwell.sch.uk

Thomas B has sent this timetable that he has created at home to organise his day:

Thomas B's Rainbow Trail sign:

Filip's Rainbow Trail sign

Friday 27th March

Here are the tasks for today:

Here are some useful websites to check out about 1970s music:

 

https://www.nme.com/list/100-best-songs-of-the-1970s-1153

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/1970s.html (scroll down to the music section)

 

 

Handwriting Task:

Times Table Task:

Examples of Class 9's Daily tasks and additional work:

Katy Paige's 1970s Music song

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Here is Harry's fabulous PowerPoint showing his work completed this week:

Beau's 1970s music song

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Examples of Class 10's daily task and additional work from Friday 27th March

Here is Emily's amazing PowerPoint all about her home learning this week!

Thursday 26th March

Here are the tasks for today:

Imagine you can enter the dream - what is happening?

Is it a happy dream or a scary dream?

Make your description of the dream as exciting as you can. Try to use all your senses by describing sights, sounds, smells, touch and taste.

Here are some links to Surrealist Art:

 

Video about surrealism

Tate Gallery

Here is the extra task for Spellodrome:

Handwriting task:

Times Table Task:

Ethan's PowerPoint all about Mexico

Examples of Class 9's daily tasks and additional work

Examples of Class 10's daily task and additional work from Thursday 26th March

Wednesday 25th March
Here are the tasks for today:

Environmental Changes

Environmental changes sheet

The Window - look at the images and describe the changes to the environment

The window as a pdf document

Mathletics additional sheet

Roman Numerals help

Handwriting Task:

Times Table Task:

Examples of Class 9's Daily Task work from Wednesday 25th March

Examples of Class 10's Daily Task and additional work from Wednesday 25th March

Thomas B's Ecospheres

Thomas B's Ecospheres 1
Thomas B's Ecospheres 2
Tuesday 24th March
Here are the tasks for today:

Viking Quest game link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings/launch_gms_viking_quest.shtml 

 

If you have any problems loading the Viking Quest game, you can use the Viking resources below:

  • create a poster about an aspect of Viking history that you find interesting.
  • use the guide to complete the Viking vocabulary.
  • complete the Viking word search.

Illuminated Letters

Handwriting task

Handwriting task 1

Times Tables Task

Times Tables Task 1

Examples of Class 9's Daily Task work from Tuesday 24th March

Examples of Class 10's Daily Task work from Tuesday 24th March

Examples of Class 9's handwriting, maths tasks and reading activities

Examples of Class 10's handwriting, maths tasks and reading activities

Monday 23rd March 2020
Here are the tasks for today:

Examples of work completed by Class 10

Handwriting

Times Table Practise:

I will try and go live on spelldrome on Monday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. So come and join me.

Home Learning Packs for children:
For children who are self-isolating and have only mild symptoms that do not prevent them from completing work, please see attached some activities that may be completed at home.
Week beginning 16th March 2020

Spellodrome Champions

This week is Shakespeare week.

To fit in with our work on playscripts we are looking at his last play, The Tempest.

For history this week, we explored Viking economics and became traders.Half of the class (those to the north) were Vikings and the other half (those to the south) were Anglo Saxons. The Anglo Saxons led by King Harold (aka Harry) were victorious due to the fact that the Viking traders kept abandoning their King Cnut (aka Spencer) and settling in Britain

 

Week beginning 9th March 2020
100 In PSHE, we learnt about the Purple 4 Polio event run by the Rotary Club every year. We discussed why this was important, and then created our own Purple 4 Polio posters to stick onto our crocus pots. Here are the Class pots!
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In Art, we looked at how to improve our photography, including tips to change exposure, using the rule of thirds, and focusing on our composition. We then went outside to take photos around the field. Can you see our improvements already? 
Picture 1 Filip's photography
Picture 2 Leshea's photography
Picture 3 Ethan's photography

In Geography, we moved along the Tropic of Cancer to reach our next country - Egypt! We explored some of the human and physical features of Egypt, and then sorted these into categories.

Picture 1 Adiyan's Egypt work
In History we looked at the social structure of the Vikings.
Week beginning 2nd March 2020
This week, we celebrated World Book Day! On Thursday, we all brought in our favourite books and held a 'book tasting', where we explained why we love our book so much and read part of it our to the people on our tables, to encourage others to read it. Then we took part in a poetry slam, where we performed a poem in front of Year 4 (and filmed it on a green screen to be used in Computing later this half term!)
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 In History, we're learning about the vicious Vikings! We looked at where the Vikings came from, and where they invaded in the UK. Here's a map we created to show this.
Picture 1 Thomas H's map
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Week beginning 10th February 2020

 Over half term, we are focusing on our Year 4 Statutory words again. You can find a complete list of statutory spellings on Spellodrome.

In Art this week, we've been completing our final pieces on Surrealism. We were allowed to create whatever we wanted, either using pencil, paint or collage! Here are some examples of the work we've made.

Picture 1 Scarlett's Surrealist collage
Picture 2 Phoebe's Surrealist painting
 In Geography this half term, we've been looking at North America, and in particular the country of Mexico. We've explored where it is in the world, its physical features (such as the Rio Grande and the Lacandon Jungle), and its famous cities (such as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun). Finally, we finished the half term off with a Mexican party, where we explored actual items from Mexico, listened to Mariachi music, learnt some Spanish and ate Mexican sweets! Here are some of the pieces of work we've created this half term:
Picture 1 Gracie's factfile on Mexico's physical features
Picture 2 Caitlin's travel guide to Cancun
In Computing, we have been carrying on with our Lego Wedo sets, and programming different Lego items to move using the iPads.

Lego Wedo moving

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 In Science, we've been conducting experiments about teeth. We tried putting an egg and a tarnished coin inside several different liquids (water, coca-cola, diet cola, milk and orange juice) and left them for a week. We then checked on them to see how the sugar in these drinks affected the items. Here are our findings:
Picture 1 The egg after being left in coca-cola for a week
Picture 2 The coins after a week

Week beginning 27th January 2020

In RE this half term, children across Year 4 are learning about Judaism and the religious holiday of Passover. As a part of this topic, we would like to explore the food found in Passover, and give children the opportunity to sample the items on a traditional Seder plate if they would like to. This will take place on Tuesday 28th January. The ingredients are listed below:

 

Ingredients

Apple, pomegranate juice, wheat flower, maize starch, water, salt, cinnamon, parsley, lettuce

 

If your child has any allergies which may be relevant to this activity, or if you have any other reason that you do not wish your child to take part in the tasting, please inform Class Teachers as soon as possible. If you have any other questions about the lesson, we will be happy to help.

Week beginning 13th January 2020

This week's spellings are words with a 'g' sound spelt 'gu'

 

guess

guitar

guide

tongue

guilty

guest

league

guard

disguise

guardian

 

In maths this week we are starting to look at digital time in more detail and the 24-hour clock.

Below is a Year 4 knowledge organiser to help us.

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In art and design this week we have created some Surrealist collages inspired by Rene Magritte. Below are some examples:
Picture 1 Caitlin's Surrealist collage
Picture 2 Abdulraman's Surrealist collage
In Computing this week we have begun to explore using the Lego Wedo set to build a Space Rover and program it to move.

Space Rover moving

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Here is the video of Emily and Olivia's Space Rover moving.

Space Rover moving

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Here is Beau and Spencer's Space Rover moving.

Space Rover causing chaos

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Here is Lily and Lilly-Rose's Space Rover. Watch out at the end!

Week beginning: 6th January 2020

In maths this week we are revising what we learnt about time in Year 3. Can you remember how to tell the time on an analogue clock?

 

As part of our computing work this week, we created a Reading Comic showing our favourite books for the Spring term. Take a look at a few examples of our work below.

Jaiden's Reading Comic

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Here is Jaiden's comic as a video. Wait for the surprise at the end.

Charlotte's Reading Comic

In music, we're focusing on the work of the Bee Gees - today we looked at the Disco era, where we discussed features of the music and considered why it was such a popular genre. Below is a poster all about Disco!
Picture 1 JJ's disco poster
Autumn 2

Week beginning 9th December 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Statutory words

Statutory words list

In maths we are looking at perimeter.

Week beginning 2nd December 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Suffixes with vowel beginnings: -ing, -ed, -iest, -ier

 

Spellings to learn:

beginning

forgetting

travelled

easiest

happier

prettier

mentioned

limited

required

earliest

In Geography, we've been tracing the journey of a banana - from plant to our local Morrisons!

In Geography, we've been tracing the journey of a banana - from plant to our local Morrisons! 1 Kaleb's journey
In Geography, we've been tracing the journey of a banana - from plant to our local Morrisons! 2 Filip's journey

In Music, we've been looking closer at some Reggae songs. We created a journal all about Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and then we became a class choir to sing the song!

In Music, we've been looking closer at some Reggae songs. We created a journal all about Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and then we became a class choir to sing the song! 1 Leshea's music journal
In Music, we've been looking closer at some Reggae songs. We created a journal all about Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and then we became a class choir to sing the song! 2 Caitlin's music journal

Week beginning 25th November 2019

Maths

We are doubling and halving tenths. Try playing hit the button. Use the link below.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Spellings

As it is testing week, we will be not be testing spellings this week. This means the children have 2 weeks to learn their spellings.

 

Words with long a sound spelt 'ei':                                                     

eight              eighth            eighty             weight              neighbour            vein        veil              beige       sleigh      freight

 

RE

The children made Christingles. 

 

A Christingle is made from an orange, red ribbon, four small sticks, dried fruits or sweets and a lit candle.

Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’.

 

Art

The children have sketched out their version of one of Dali's pictures.

Dali's original

This is D-Jay's sketch.

DT

The children are starting to design our own moving storybooks using our work on different moving mechanisms - levers and linkage. 

Charlotte's designThis is Charlotte's design.

Week beginning 11th November 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Prefixes il-, ir-, im-, in-

 

Spellings to learn:

illegal

illegible

irregular

irrelevant

irresponsible

impossible

immature

incredible

incorrect

independent

 

Group 1 spelling group are looking at the suffix -ful.

Spellings to learn are:

joyful

playful

hopeful

painful

useful

careful

truthful

harmful

Week beginning 4th November 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Statutory spellings

 

A full list of words can be found on Spellodrome, or on the printed sheets of paper given out during the week.

 

In maths we recapped our knowledge of horizontal and vertical lines; as well as parallel and perpendicular lines.Sam's journal page about horizontal and vertical lines.Daniel's journal page about parallel and perpendicular lines.

In History, we have just started our new topic on the 1970s. To kickstart this, we had a 1970s party - we got to dress up in 70s fashion, listen to popular music, and try out some toys and games from the era!

In History, we have just started our new topic on the 1970s. To kickstart this, we had a 1970s party - we got to dress up in 70s fashion, listen to popular music, and try out some toys and games from the era! 1
In History, we have just started our new topic on the 1970s. To kickstart this, we had a 1970s party - we got to dress up in 70s fashion, listen to popular music, and try out some toys and games from the era! 2
In History, we have just started our new topic on the 1970s. To kickstart this, we had a 1970s party - we got to dress up in 70s fashion, listen to popular music, and try out some toys and games from the era! 3
In History, we have just started our new topic on the 1970s. To kickstart this, we had a 1970s party - we got to dress up in 70s fashion, listen to popular music, and try out some toys and games from the era! 4
Autumn 1
Week beginning 21st October 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Statutory spellings

 

A full list of words can be found on Spellodrome, or on the printed sheets of paper given out during the week.

 

On the first Monday back, we will have a test on ten at random!

In History, we have been finishing off our time in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages! We drew a map of what a hill top fort looked like during the Iron Age, and summed up everything we've learnt in this half term.

In History, we have been finishing off our time in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages! We drew a map of what a hill top fort looked like during the Iron Age, and summed up everything we've learnt in this half term. 1 Leshea's hill top fort map
In History, we have been finishing off our time in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages! We drew a map of what a hill top fort looked like during the Iron Age, and summed up everything we've learnt in this half term. 2 Scarlett's History journal

In Science, we've been learning about sound and the human ear. We finished off the topic by answering our Big Question: how can we see sound and feel music? Here are some of Class 10's ideas!

In Science, we've been learning about sound and the human ear. We finished off the topic by answering our Big Question: how can we see sound and feel music? Here are some of Class 10's ideas! 1 Emily's big question review
In Science, we've been learning about sound and the human ear. We finished off the topic by answering our Big Question: how can we see sound and feel music? Here are some of Class 10's ideas! 2 Gracie's big question review
Week beginning 14th October 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Prefixes mis-, dis- and un-

 

Spellings to learn:

disconnect

disappear

disobey

dishonest

misbehave

mistake

misinform

unhappy

unkind

uncover

 

Group 1 spelling group are looking at words with s sound spelt 'c'.

Spellings to learn are:

face

race

slice

grace

rice

ace

mice

fence

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on multiplication and division! We have learnt our 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables - for extra practice, check out the Explore section on Mathletics, where there are some catchy songs to help you memories your times tables!
Week beginning 7th October 2019

Spellodrome homework this week:

 

Homophones

 

Spellings to learn:

whether

weather

break

brake

accept

except

affect

effect

allowed

aloud

 

Group 1 are also looking at homophones this week.

Spellings to learn are:

here

hear

son

sun

blue

blew

there

their

Here are some of Class 9's finished chocolate bar wrappers:
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In English, we concluded our work on the Mysteries of Harris Burdick by writing a setting description using noun phrases about some of the different images from his book.

In Class 10 this week, we have been creating stunning works of art using charcoal. Our focus was on light and shadow.

In Class 10 this week, we have been creating stunning works of art using charcoal. Our focus was on light and shadow. 1 Abdulrahman's charcoal lamp
In Class 10 this week, we have been creating stunning works of art using charcoal. Our focus was on light and shadow. 2 Caitlin's charcoal lamp
Week beginning 30th September 2019

Spellodrome homework this week ...

 

Statutory words

In English this week we are studying the mystery of Harris Burdick. We will be using our inference skills to infer what we can see in the artwork produced by this mysterious artist.

 

Take a look at this picture called 'Under the rug'. What do you think is happening?

 

In Maths this week we will be exploring a written method for subtraction using exchange. In Year 4 we will be exploring subtracting two 4-digit numbers.

 

Week beginning 16th September 2019

In Geography this half term, we have been focusing on the water cycle and the benefits of water. In Class 10, we created information posters about why it is important to save water!

In Geography this half term, we have been focusing on the water cycle and the benefits of water. In Class 10, we created information posters about why it is important to save water! 1 Freya's 'saving water' poster
In Geography this half term, we have been focusing on the water cycle and the benefits of water. In Class 10, we created information posters about why it is important to save water! 2 Filip's 'saving water' poster
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