Welcome to Year 4
My name is Miss Holder and I will be teaching Year 4 this year. I have experience in teaching Years 2, 4 and 5. Having recently moved from the South to Leeds, I am excited to get to know the area and to be involved with all aspects of St Francis of Assisi life.
With an English degree from the University of Birmingham, I particularly enjoy reading with my class and getting stuck into an interesting text. My classroom will be an inclusive, respectful and exciting space.
My main hobby is Music – I play the flute, saxophone and clarinet! I am looking forward to getting to know you and each of the children in my class.
Welcome back to school, and into year 4. Term has begun and it has been great to meet you all and to get to know you through class discussions and group activities. I look forward to the year ahead. In Year 4, we have a positive and resilient approach to learning. We work hard to achieve our full potential and enjoy learning, sharing and helping each other to succeed. We welcome everyone, encourage all to love and care, and above all respect others.
‘Nothing is impossible with God’
Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, we are not having swimming lessons this term. Instead we will be doing outdoor games every Monday afternoon.
Summer Term – An additional list of Recommended Reads is attached below:
Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 4. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.
Don’t forget to visit the local library for lots of further engaging texts and reading activities. It is the year of reading so they have lots planned to enjoy!
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
Government List of Online Learning Resources
Week Commening 13 July 2020
PE – Dance along with the Trolls and get the summer feeling. Follow the link below:
Week Commencing 6 July 2020
GRAMMAR – Revision of syllables – watch and join in this sing and clap along video. Clap out the syllables – part of our year 4 grammar learning:
SCIENCE – Is your brain ready for the challenge of year 5? Is your mum or dad’s brain snoozing or wide awake? Find out more … test your brain with some multi-tasking experiments. Follow the video link below and involve all the family in this challenge:
MUSIC – Now it’s over to you guys, we have looked at a range of call and response pieces. Create your own call and response song around your owntheme, maybe it could be about our class, about St Francis school, about your family, about keeping safe…. write and perform. Check with an adult maybe you could video it to show us when we see one another again.
ART – Review and discuss some pieces of ‘dream’ art below:
Week Commencing 29 June 2020
ENGLISH GRAMMAR REVISION – Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/share and enter the pincode IG5983 (2 letters and 4 numbers) for a selection of grammar revision resources to complete.
MATHS – Geometry continued, complete the activities below:
RE – Looking at the Liturgical Year, there is a text to read and some activities to complete.
SCIENCE – Create your own home made animations with this science experiment. Maybe you could link this to our ART project about dreams and create an animation to accompany your dream. Watch the video below to help you create this illusion:
HISTORY – Look at what life was like in the village in Anglo Saxon times. Create a list of jobs that people would do and provide key illustrations to go with each job. Watch this video to help you get an idea of what a village was like then and how we can use archaeology to investigate the past:
PE – Further develop your fielding techniques for our cricket game this week. This week improving our fielding – check with an adult first and with a soft ball throw against a wall and practise your catching skills. Use a clock system for trying to catch when you care standing at different places and angles to the wall or throw and catch with a partner using a clock system.
Missing swimming? Join in the action song below:
COMPUTING – Try out some different mini missions – perhaps making judgments – page 3:
MUSIC – Let’s look at some call and response ‘chant’ songs. I hope you enjoyed the African songs over the last few weeks. This week’s song is about a moose, join in and enjoy!
Week Commencing 22 June 2020
(2 weeks work) ENGLISH – Under the Lights – a home learning pack is available by following the link below. This is a very interesting read and will help children to think about how they can face and overcome fears. Again this is a longer read and you may want to break it down into some daily reading time too. Lots of other English learning activities and challenges are within the pack helping to develop skill across the English curriculum. See below:
Don’t forget to check new vocabulary and phrasing as you read each chapter. Try taking it in turns to read with other family members too. Follow these activities in the pack by planning and writing your own story about when you have overcome a fear (this could be a true fear or you can make one up with your imagination). Add illustrations and speech bubbles, could be like a graphic novel or maybe a diary style – be creative!
You could think about writing some key questions ready for year 5 and your new teachers, maybe setting yourself some new learning goals or challenges…
MATHS – Continuing the Geometry theme, lessons below:
RE Looking at the Sacraments, there is a text to read and some activities to complete:
History – Research what life was like for people in Anglo Saxon times. Watch the video below to help you with this and write some notes. Create a summary paragraph.
SCIENCE – You will need to collect some simple junk modelling resources and ask a parent before creating and carrying out this activity to ensure you are safe at all times. Create a simple prediction or hypothesis about which balloon powered vehicle will be the best and test out your theory. Watch the video below and enjoy:
PE – Having started enhancing your cricket skills, continue this week by fine tuning your over arm bowling technique and your forward drive shot. There is a link to a demonstration video below:
Take the ‘Move and Freeze’ challenge and design some moves of your own:
COMPUTING – Talk with your family about how you can create secure passwords when using technology and the internet. Complete the activity below:
ART – create some still photographs to convey your dream. recruit some members of your family to play the roles of the characters in your dream. This could be an invented dream or one of your own real dreams. You could create and make some of your own props, backgrounds and costumes… REMEMBER – Always check with an adult before taking any photographs! If you are able to print them, print out your photographs and evaluate your learning.
Week Commencing – 15 June 2020
ENGLISH – Grammar – Revision about paragraphs (paragraphs were introduced in year 2 and 3) Watch the BBC Bitesize short video revision below:
(You can access lots of other grammar revisions at BBC Bitesize too including adverbs, pronouns, fronted adverbials etc.)
Paragraph activities for you to complete are listed below:
Rain Forest ebook and English learning resources pack can be found here. The pack includes 142 page read, comprehension and further activities. This is a longer read so you might want to set a daily reading challenge:
MATHS – As an introductory activity collect lots of different shapes around your home and group these in your own way, you could group by colour, shape, 2d or 3d, size etc. Ask a member of your family to crete and explain a different way of grouping. Next select some rectilinear (squares or rectangles for this activity) shapes to measure and calculate the perimeter of your object.
For our new maths topic of Geometry, the lessons are below:
SCIENCE – This week we are exploring sound – recall your prior knowledge from our class topic and design a way to record the results of your investigation. This is the ‘Singing Glass’ investigation. Collect together drinking glasses (ASK YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION FIRST) and a jug of juice. Design your own investigation for what will happen when you change the amount of liquid in the glass. Design your own method for collecting and recording the results. Does your prediction fit the result?
Watch the video below to help you with your investigation:
HISTORY – Research and find out more about Sutton Hoo. You will remember reading about this in last week’s e-book. Make a list of the new facts you have discovered, create a map of the area and sketch some of the things that were found there.
Computing – Try out some additional mini-missions, follow the link below:
ART – Create a simple storyboard to create the story of a dream. What about using 6 story sections, create speech bubbles for the dialogue, thought bubbles, action words to create drama and effect etc.
MUSIC – Join in this call and response song. Ask an adult if you borrow a bowl, bucket or pan to become your drum to copy the rhythm. You will be familiar with the words from Miss Leigh:
PE – This week the focus is upon directional batting. Practise selecting a direction and aiming for the ball to go that way. Note what happens to the bat angle.
Week Commencing – 8 June 2020
Join the Summer Reading Challenge and enjoy lots of online digital reading books:
HISTORY AND ENGLISH – We begin a new history topic – The Ango Saxons – so let’s begin with some new knowledge about this time in English History. Read the e-book Anglo Saxon History. This is from Twinkl but in case you cannot download this, see the book attached here:
Make a list of new vocabulary and check the meanings. Talk about the layout of this text and describe what you like or dislike about it, with examples. Make a list of new facts you have learnt or create some fact cards ‘Top Trumps’ style. There is a lot of reading here so perhaps read a couple of pages each day and why not share with your family and design some quiz questions.
MATHS Don’t forget to visit to Oak National Academy for the online learning lessons including mathematics. Below are this weeks lessons from Mrs Deighton for our new class topic of Statistics:
RE – To start our next RE topic ‘The Church’, below are the first 2 lessons:
WORSHIP – Wednesday word can be found below:
SCIENCE – This half term our focus is on investigations to further explore ‘working scientifically’. Collect together some marshmallows and dried lengths of spaghetti. Challenge your family to EXPLORE and INVESTIGATE – who can create the tallest tower, what shapes and structures work the best and can you explain why? Record your ideas. (NOTE: you are not going to eat these sweets). Afterwards watch the video link below:
COMPUTING – Follow the link below to take some mini-missions from Barefoot Computing. Try page 1 which includes cooking, games, robots, and timetables…
ART – sketch out your most recent dream – record in one page and select the media you have at home – this could be felt pen, pencils, crayons, paint etc.
MUSIC – Watch and listen to a traditional African call and response song. Make some notes of what you can see and hear:
PE – This half term we can focus upon cricket skills – This week practise your bowling skills.
Week Commencing – 1 June 2020
Lots more e-books free to download:
Read a selection of these for pleasure or to replace ‘bug club’ if you have read to the end of our year 4 list. Lots of great titles in the list. Just click on the tab that says ‘books’ and select a your age or year group.
Some fun activities are listed here and will continue on the ‘blog’ because this is our school holiday week.
Create some origami creatures – lots of on line instructions – perhaps a frog, fish dog etc. Follow the link below for a simple dog:
Try using different sizes of paper to estimate and create a family of dogs, decorate, turn into a mobile etc.
In preparation for Father’s Day, create cards and home made gifts for dads and grandads. Design a ‘chatterbox’ to tell dad’s fortune, create a scratch video game for him, create a medal to honour his skills and much more.
Begin a weather chard, logging information like weather, temperature, pollen count – select from a range of graphs to present this data – bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, scatter graphs… Record for the next two weeks to allow for a good sample time.
Create some paper bag animals – again lots of ideas on you tube. Try a lion or follow the link below for an owl:
Why not create some delicious fruit kebabs for all your family or a bowl of fruit salad, enjoy with yogurt or ice-cream. Decorate with a few sweets, cream, or grate some chocolate.
Plan for a lovely day out with your family for when we can all get out and about more freely. Research different ways to travel, places to visit, cost out your activities, plan food, who you will take, check different times and what you will pack in your bag.
Celebrate ‘Pentecost‘ – Sunday 31 May 2020. This is the Sunday, 50 days after Easter commemorating the decent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem (Acts 2: 1-31). Celebrate with Pentecost hats, prayers, hymns etc.
RE – Following Pentecost we are continuing our learning about Paul and discipleship, read and research using the activities below:
Week Commencing 18 May 2020
MATHS – the focus for this week is time. Begin by recording the times you carry out your daily activities – can you do this as a digital time and an analogue time? For example: Lunch at 12 o’clock and 12:00.
SCIENCE – Research an animal that is endangered, for example tigers. Draw and label your endangered animal. Write about the habitat it lives in. Write about why it is endangered and the things we can do to help and support this creature.
Consider other changes to the world – deforestation, pollution or urbanisation. Think about how these changes can affect habitats and living things. Write a report about one of these changes and create a poster telling people how they can help – some ideas could be using less energy, action in our local area or supporting wildlife charities. This report will also cover your ENGLISH work for this week, so include lots of information and detail.
MUSIC – Research a style of music from the 20th century – for example, rock and roll, indie, popular (pop), disco, hip-hop etc. Find out what music artists were current at that time, what the music is like, what were the titles of records/hits at this time? Choose one piece of music from your chosen style and create a dance for this.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – We are now ready to design our pencil cases. Draw out your design in your ‘black home learning book’, include a design to sew on the front. Remember to label this with choice of joining stitches, decorative stitches, fastening, materials, and colours to be used. Be imaginative and creative!
If you have all the materials at home you can now make your pencil case. Don’t forget to ask an adult before you use a sharp needle or scissors – you will need their help with this project.
Week Commencing 11 May 2020
WORSHIP – attached here are some Virtues activities and ideas for collective worship – this theme is ‘kindness’. You could provide a worship activity for your family and create decorations, hymns, prayers and gifts, jut like we usually offer in class.
MATHS – continuing the money theme, attached here are some money lessons.
Remember to visits whiterosemaths.com – here last week for lots more additional activities and revision for maths themes in year 4.
Lots of English ideas are listed below:
Continuing the film clip activities ‘Once Upon a Blue Moon’ – comprehension activities can be found here:
READING POETRY – In year 4 we love reading poems and had just created our own collection in a scrap book. Visit the link below to read one I have chosen, I like the way the author explains it is the rhythm of a bike that set his ideas going:
More poems are available on the website https://childrens.poetryarchive.org Why not find your favourite?
SCIENCE – continuing the Living Things and Habitats theme, draw a map of your local area and if you can include a near by park or green space. Now consider three key points:
Firstly, how do humans change that habitat? For example, people can drop litter and rubbish. You should be able to list about 6 things or more.
Secondly, what dangers are there to living things caused by the change of habitat? For example, the litter can be eaten by animals who might choke.
Thirdly, what can be done to help? For example, you could put up signs that tell people to take their litter home or provide rubbish bins with lids so animals cannot get inside.
Now amend your first map, with a different colour, add some improvements to help protect this habitat. For example – new bright yellow rubbish bins.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – so you will now have looked at designs for a pencil case, practised stitches and be ready to consider how you are going to fasten up your pencil case. Research a range of different fastenings and check what resources you have at home. Some ideas include using an envelope style opening, press studs, poppers, a zip, buttons and a button loop or you may have an idea of your own. Now consider which you want to use for your own design.
Week commencing 4 May 2020
WORSHIP – attached here Wednesday Word and some Virtues activities:
ENGLISH – Visit Oak National Academy and click on the classroom to access learning for this week. This week is a News Report and will be useful as we have written a newspaper previously – remember the 5 W’s. Oak Academy also has SPANISH – this week how to say your birthday, also MATHS – money and measure including problem solving skills and CREATIVE continuing the clapping theme.
MATHS – The maths topic should change to ‘money’ this week. Remember to visit whiterosemaths.com and select year 4 for the next unit. Alternatively you can find a selection of maths activities below:
POETRY Enjoy creating a poem of your own – excuses for why you haven’t completed your homework. See activity below:
SCIENCE – This week is going on a bug hunt. If you don’t have a garden or yard, don’t worry, just go on an imaginary hunt and enjoy what you might find.
COMPUTING Revisit www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning. This week use the ‘Go Wild’ creating bees and flowers in the on line interactive computing experiences and activities. You can use this to create navigated pathways and learn to control the bees direction. Great to improve direction and sequencing skills.
DANCE AND MUSIC Using the La Morisque music from last week – create a clapping rhythm to repeat in the same music phrasing pattern.
RE – Looking at the Bible stories of Stephen and Saul, read the bible references from Acts and complete the questions. A short version of the story and the activities are attached below:
Week commencing 27 April 2020
Home Learning Pack – a range of on line games to support can be found at kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/category/year-4/
WORSHIP – Attached here is Wednesday Word and some Virtues activities:
And Miss Leigh’s music videos can be found here. Will definitely make up feel great!
ENGLISH – Visit the Oak National Academy and click on the classroom. This weeks learning is about story skills. Also you can find other learning at the Oak National Academy including further MATHS, SPANISH – how to say your name and age in Spanish, and CREATIVE clapping a pulse song. ENJOY!
MATHS – The next part of decimals for year 4 includes: rounding decimals, halves and quarters, pounds and pence, and ordering money. Find activities and answer pages at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning This is a good web site to use as it uses a very similar format to what we normally use in class. Keep that maths brain growing!
READING – Visit apliteracy.com/homepage/childrensactivities/year-4/ Here you will find lots of reading ideas where a teacher models reading a book and shows you the text for you to practise reading and to answer some comprehension questions. The first book for year 4 is Super Cat Versus the Chip Thief by Jeanne Willis. There are also answers provided so you can check your work. It is a good read so ENJOY!
SCIENCE – Classifying vertibrates – see below a decision tree model for you to add in the creatures and a family game pack for you to classify and sort your own decision trees. Make sure you explain why you are selecting each creature and the position it takes in the decision tree. Enjoy playing and learning together!
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – Try out some decorating stitches in preparation to decorate your pencil case. Like last week you will need some scrap material and adult help.
GEOGRAPHY – Research linked to jobs in Leeds, building from the previous piece of work about manufacturing in Leeds.
Don’t forget to access the on line Spelling Shed, Maths Shed and Bug Club resources for year 4 spelling lists and activities, further maths activities and reading books with comprehension questions.
RE – Two activity sheets below with a short text to read and then a series of creative activities to follow. You could also create a Pentecost collage or parade at home.
COMPUTING – Log in and register with www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning Lots of computing learning activities here. This week try ‘Pizza Party’.
DANCE AND MUSIC – Part 1: Play the music La Morisque – this can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=GRYPZYkytO Look closely at the melody, you will notice it comes in three sections – Section A (repeated twice), Section B (repeated twice) and Section A again (played twice). Part 2: Watch a dance to this piece of music for example that found at youtube.com/watch?v=Y1VCbt9z2fg now you dance, either steal the ideas from the one you have watched or use the dance you see there and copy this one, you will notice is uses the repeated music phrases. ENJOY!
Week commencing 20 April 2020
Try the on line lessons from Oak National Academy – click on the classroom and select year 4. You will find Maths, History, Poetry Reading, Science, Spanish and Creative lessons for this week. Think I am going to try out the Spanish – counting in numbers to 10!
Home Learning Pack – Contains MATHS and ENGLISH learning activities
SCIENCE – Our unit of learning this half term will be Living Things and Habitats. Below is an activity to complete with some initial living creatures attached. Extend this by researching your own living things and challenge yourself to include a creature in as many spaces on the venn diagram as possible.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Beginning our new unit of work. The next Bible story we are going to work on is when Jesus Appears to the Disciples. Read your Bible or look on line for this Bible reference John 21: 1-13 and complete the activity sheet below.
WRITING – There are a wealth of writing ideas and activities available at pobble365, we use these regularly in class so children will be used to the picture and questions format. Please access the photographs or pictures, there is one for each day of the year. When you have looked at the picture there are a series of key questions to answer, there are story starters, sick sentences to fix etc. Lots to keep your writing skills developing!
In school we have been using a Phase 1-5 approach for our English lessons, this week’s learning focus would be ‘prediction’. There is a video to watch and a series of activities. Find the resources you need at philipwebbliteracy.com/once-upon-a-blue-moon-phase-1-prediction/ Where there is no specific year 4 learning, follow the outcomes for year 3. I have also attached the powerpoint and some writing grids below:
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – Try out a range of joining stitches. Please ask an adult to find you a scrap piece of material (cotton or felt will be easier). This could be from an old piece of clothing you no longer need, or perhaps an old sheet, alternatively you could buy a small piece of felt. You need to use some embroidery thread or wool and a sharp needle. You may need some adult help with this activity.
COMPUTING – Lots of fun learning activities at www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning This week try ‘Hand Jives’. You could use this as part of your ‘Clap for Carers’ routine on Thursday evening.
Week commencing 13 April 2020
MATHS – Please continue the maths decimals focus steps for comparing decimals, ordering and rounding decimals – these show at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ as summer block 1 learning.
ENGLISH – continuing the Firebird e-book from Twinkl, you can find the home learning pack at twinkl.co.uk/resource/share-a-story-firebird-ebook-9-11-school-closure-pack-t-e-2550023 (this includes many learning experiences including book review, poem, character profile, chapter 4 comprehension, sensory description, suffixes, fronted adverbials, possessive apostrophies and summary – so may take you a few weeks). Additional Challenge Cards and True or False Cards are attached here too. Use the Fronted Adverbials word mat to support your writing outcomes.
GEOGRAPHY – research the jobs people do in your family and create a plan of the industry they work within. Research what items are manufactured in Leeds today? For example toys, games, washing machines, engineering parts etc.
DANCE (Music learning) Choose your favourite ‘celebration’ piece of music, could be a pop song, instrumental, etc. Now design a dance for the Chorus that can be repeated by you and get all your family to join in. Write down your key moves and steps so we can all try when we get back to school.
Week commencing 6 April 2020
MATHS Some Maths Projects for you can be found at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ Our focus would have been decimals and the steps found here guide you through the objectives we would have been learning in class.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Research your favourite pencil case. If you are unable to print complete the answers in your ‘black home learning book’.
ENGLISH – Read the first chapter of the e-book Firebird. This can be found on Twinkl together with activity challenges twinkl.co.uk/resource/daily-reading-e-book-activity-pack-1-ages-7-11-t-e-2549985 There are a series of daily reads for this e-book so work through them all.
A lovely Easter competition for all from Mrs Broughton – Easter Competition
A great resource for talking games at home – Let’s Get Talking Games
A fantastic website for all sorts of home learning activities and online books – Teachwire Website
Online activities around the celebration of Easter – KS2 Easter Activities
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
|www.classroomsecrets.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.|
|www.twinkl.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||Covers the whole curriculum|
|www.phonicsplay.co.uk||Early Years -Yr2||Phonics games and activities|
|Early Years – Yr6||Various activities and video links to many subjects|
|www.spellingframe.co.uk||Yr1-Yr6||Some free spelling games|
|www.primaryresources.co.uk||Yr1-Yr6||A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects|
|www.teachingideas.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects|
|www.topmarks.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games|
|www.crickweb.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||Free online education resources and games|
|www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/||Yr1-Yr6||Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage|
|Yr1-Yr8||Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum|
|https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ||Early Years – Yr6||Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily|
|https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/||Early Years – Yr6||Free e-readers|
|https://corbettmathsprimary.com/||Yr1 – Yr6||Free maths resources|
|https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/||Early Years – Yr6||Lots of geography resources|
|https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html||Early Years – Yr6||Free downloadable home learning activities|
|http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/||Yr1-Yr6||Daily maths learning|
|https://www.mathswithmum.com||Yr1-Yr6||Maths videos to help with children’s learning|
|https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw||Early years – Yr2||Phonics based video and dancing|
|https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/||0-5years||A government recommended website for Early Years|
|https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online||All the family||Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world|
|https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science||Yr1-Yr6||Science activity ideas|
Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures
|www.twinkl.co.uk||Early Years – Yr6||Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum|
|www.purplemash.co.uk||Yr1 – Yr6||Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial|
Spelling Shed & Maths Shed
Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.
Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY
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