I am Mrs Westlake, the class teacher. Also working with the class are Miss Haworth (teaching assistant), Mrs Naveed (special support assistant) and Mr Evans (teacher covering Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons).
During this time of closure, please check this page regularly. I will be posting lots of ideas, links and activities that will help the children to keep up with their learning during this time. Please do not feel that you need to complete all of the activities or engage with all the links, just choose the things that interest you most. Make sure you enjoy the sunshine in your backyards/gardens too!
I have been so proud of the children who have worked extremely hard during a very uncertain and unsettling time. May I also take the opportunity to wish the children and their families all the best during this difficult time.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the children who have taken the time to reply to my letter and send it back using the envelope school provided. I have loved opening the post at school, seeing your lovely pictures and reading about all you have been doing during the last 8 weeks.
Over the next couple of days, I will be ringing the parents of children in Maple class who I have not heard from during the last 8 weeks either by letter or via SeeSaw. This is just to check in and see how they are getting on with learning activities. As the current situation looks to continue for a while longer for children in Year Four, it is important that all the children are trying to do some learning at home.
Well done for all your great work about the yetis from ‘The Abominables’! This week, we will continue with the theme of creatures by exploring some fantastic beasts.
Think about the creatures you read about last week and the ones you have explored so far this week.
From what you have seen, create your own fantastic beast. You could use some features from the different things you’ve seen. Think carefully about its body, its head and any special skills it has.
You might like to watch the clip again, pausing it to collect good ideas. Please ask your parents for permission before watching the clip.
Draw your beast carefully and label it. Use precise nouns and expanded noun phrases when you label your beast, e.g. It has a black and white curved horn with yellow spots protruding out of its head.
Today, write a non-chronological report about your fantastic creature from yesterday. Remember, although your creature is fiction, we write reports as if it is factual.
Your sections could include:
Don’t forget to use all the Year Four writing techniques you know how to use:
Today, try to find a creative way of presenting your picture and report as a final piece. You could do this as a poster, a small book, a PowerPoint present or a labelled model. Be inventive! We’d love to see what you come up with on SeeSaw.
Each week I will be posting some words that you could practise spelling accurately. Often, this will be revision of rules that we have already learnt about. This week, have a look at the prefixes anti and auto.
Don’t forget to keep practising our compulsory words too, especially the later ones that we hadn’t come onto yet!
Reading at home:
Of course, the most important thing that you can do whilst school is closed is lots and lots of reading! The 'Oxford Owls' website below gives you free access to a wide range of e-books and audio books. Also, the 'Audible' app now contains free audiobooks for children. In addition, David Walliams is releasing an audiobook daily. The link for this can also be found below.
We will also be uploading chapters of the stories that some children have been reading in their guided reading groups, as well as the weekly newspaper ‘First News’ which comes with activity sheets with quizzes and comprehension activities.
We are currently waiting for confirmation from the publisher to see whether we can post more chapters of Viking Boy.
We have exciting news on this front - watch this space!
A great website to get you thinking each day is Pobble 365. We have looked at this occasionally in class. There is a picture and other linked ideas that help you practise your inference skills. Some are very intriguing!
A massive well done to you all for your fantastic Maths work this half term! Thank you for working so hard and for uploading your brilliant work onto SeeSaw! This week, to finish off this half term, we are going to be looking at time.
Converting 12 and 24 hour digital time
1. Follow the slides on the power-point to learn about 24 hour time.
2. Have a go at completing the 12 and 24 hour digital times worksheet using the help sheet if you need it.
If you fancy something different after following the power-point: try accessing the time game on: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time (scroll down, press 'play game', select 'read the time to the nearest 5 mins' and '24 hour clock')
The Maths Factor website - https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Online Maths games - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years
Don't forget about Times Table Rockstar and Numblocks too!
General Maths Activities:
As this is the last week of this half term, we have come to the end of our topic of ‘Raiders!’ It seems an awfully long time ago since we were in class making our human timeline around the classroom during our first lesson!
Hopefully, during that time you have learnt lots about the Vikings and the Anglo Saxons. For the final week, I would like you to find a way of sharing all you’ve learnt. Think about:
Here are some useful websites to look back through if you’ve forgotten:
We are going to have a class competition to see who can make the best project. You can present what you’ve learnt in any way you choose, here are some ideas:
Try to send me a picture, film or file on SeeSaw by the end of the half term holiday (31st May) and I will judge a winner! If you can’t access SeeSaw, I will be getting in touch next week about posting some work to me at school instead. Good luck!
This week, try to include the sketching and modelling skills you’ve learnt during this topic in your Viking project! For example, if you made a brooch, you could wear it in you film clip or if you made a shield last week, you could carry it. Some of the clips/photos below you will have seen below and are there as a reminder, others are some new things for you to try!
This term, children across school will be directed to the same resource so that siblings can reflect and respond to the same RE activity at their own level. There will be a picture to consider, alongside some questions and activities. Below are the picture and activities for this week and some useful links.
ICT: Week 5
Some people managed to save their work in the class folder last week which was great initiative, if you would like to save your work this week that would be great. If you do I can have a look and send you a comment.
This week you can come up with your own idea for an animation. If you haven't managed to do your cracking contraption have a go at that, otherwise be as creative as you can.
Log into Purple Mash.
Type 2Animate into the search bar.
Watch the video again to remind you what to do. (Located in the top right of the screen.)
Have a go using the skills you have learned over the half term.
If you are not sure, remember to keep trying and think about how we solve problems in class.
This week we are going to continue using '2design and make'.
This week I would like you to design a vehicle of your choice. Change the design and see if you can add colour to the sides.
Save your work to the class folder so I can see what you have done.
Join Joe Wicks for his daily PE lesson on his YouTube channel at 9am each day!
The Lancashire School Games team have also put together a plan of daily activities to get you moving:
Mr Evans has been busy setting up a live stream from a bird box in our very own Forest School. Click the link below to have a look:
Mr Evans says that nest building has begun. Make sure you take a look!
As I'm sure you are aware, the internet is full of people offering great resources and learning opportunities. I haven't had chance to try them all out yet, but here is the list I have compiled so far. Please don't feel you need to try them all, pick and choose what interests you and if there any really good ones, let me know on Seesaw!
Maths with Carol Voderman: https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Expresso: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk (Whole school login: student18024 Whole school password: stpauls)
Music with Myleene Klass: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
Science with Maddie Moate: https://www.youtube.com/maddiemoate
Dance with Oti Mabuse: https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape/videos
Art for Kids YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
Hit the Button - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Timestable Rockstars - https://ttrockstars.com/
Below is a general document for parents engaging with learning at home provided by Lancashire County Council:
Year Four Curriculum Map:
Our curriculum map, which can be viewed below, details the topics that we are currently studying and ones that we are due to be moving onto. It may be that the children would like to research these further during our school closure.
As a class, we are currently reading:
Your child may like to continue reading this if you have a copy at home. If you have access to Audible, they could listen to the audiobook or perhaps watch the film.
Chapter 8 is now available to listen to on SeeSaw. Chapter 9 will be appearing later this week!
Our usual day includes:
Brass lessons take place on a Wednesday with Ms Martin. Please ensure that instruments are brought to school every week.
P.E. lessons take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that the appropriate kit (purple T shirt, black shorts, pumps and trainers) are in school. Please note - an optional P.E. hoody has been introduced this year.
Big Maths sessions will take place on Tuesdays and the children will bring home their marked quiz each week so that you can see how they are progressing.
Spelling and mental maths tests will take place on Fridays. Following this, the children will bring home their new spellings and maths facts to practise for the following week.
The children all have a designated day to swap their home reading book and library book. If you would like to check when this is, please pop in and see me after school.
As you know, the most valuable way that you can support your child at home is by spending time each day reading together. This will not only help them become fluent decoders, but more importantly, it will help them to develop a love of reading which will benefit them across the curriculum and in later life. Please do try to sign your child's reading diary following your reading time, telling us about their school book, library book or anything else you are enjoying together. This really does help us build a picture of what they enjoy so that we can suggest new books and authors.
Supporting children with their mental maths is also highly valuable. Each week, the children will bring home some facts to learn. Whilst sometimes seeming very simple, these are an essential foundation for more complex calculations. Timestable facts are of particular importance. Throughout the year, we will be working hard to learn all multiplication facts up to 12x12, including the related division facts. At the 'Meet the Teacher' evening early in the term, I will explain more about the new statutory Multiplication Tables Check. The grid below may be useful if you have misplaced the one sent home.
Also, please encourage your child to practise spelling the words on their weekly lists. Spare copies of spellings can be collected from the classroom. These usually fit around a particular pattern or rule. This rule is the focus of our spelling sessions in class, so that the children can then apply this in other words when writing independently. Each half term I will send home a note indicating whether your child is scoring generally red, amber or green scores. I will also feedback about this at Parent's Evening.