Our Mission Statement
In Year 4, we understand that being in a community is so much more than being in the same group as people, but about a sense of togetherness, responsibility and peace. We are going to try very hard to encourage, support and listen to everyone in our school community especially when times become tough. In the Bible, Jesus tells us to love one another and to unite as ONE. We are St James and we are a strong community.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Hello Year 4!
I AM DELIGHTED THAT I WILL BE YOUR TEACHER AGAIN! BRING ON YEAR 5!
Also, we only have 2 weeks left of term until summer! WOOHOO!
I hope you are all well and safe. This week, will be the final week that I will set new activities. I haven't set you new foundation subject activities as I know some are of you are catching up but there is still plenty of work for you to pick and choose from! :)
Next week, I will be setting work that doesn't require much maths or literacy but more short, fun activities that you can do around the house (I'm sure you'll be pleased). Have a lovely week and feel free to email me with any questions!
Keep scrolling down for this week's:
- New information
- Work (home learning packs and foundation subject plan)
- Home learning pictures
**NEW INFORMATION - 06/07/20**
In case you are are unsure about what the movement Black Lives Matter means, here is a little picture to help you understand.
You may have seen lots of people protesting around the world to end racism. We know that the term racism means when people treat other people unfairly because of the colour of their skin. This happens particularly to black people so lots of people are coming together to put an end to racism once and for all! The protesting started after the death of George Floyd in America, who was killed by a white police officer because of the colour of his skin. Hopefully, this will help to put a stop to racism all over the world!!!
I have left these science experiments on here just in case some of you didn't get a chance to do all of them. Have fun!
Our new RE topic this half term is Hinduism. Your activities based on this religion is found on the Foundation Subject Plan. I have also set you different activities based on Hinduism on Purple Mash. Enjoy! :D
Don't forget to check your emails on Purple Mash. It's lovely to see lots of you staying in contact with one another (including me!). Here's how to check your emails for those who have forgotten:
1. Login to Purple Mash
2. Click on Computing
4. Go through address book and select person (sometimes last name is shown first)
5. Click on write an email and then send once written.
Times Tables Rockstars
I set you new times tables to learn every week. It has been good to see so many of you using this website. Congratulations to *ALIMAT* for being top of our Year 4 league table with Thandie coming in 2nd place and Caden in 3rd!!! Oscar, Oliver and Ronel you are near the very top too! Keep it up!
This is an excellent website that structures your child's day of learning. Each day, there is a maths, literacy and a foundation subject to complete.
Below is the link to Year 4's schedule:
Oak National Academy
Similar to BBC Bitesize, a new teaching online programme has been created for parents to use to support home learning called Oak National Academy. All lessons are taught online via video. The daily lessons taught are maths, literacy and a foundation subject.
Below is the link to the Year 4 schedule:
child is struggling to access the year 4 curriculum, you can go to the year below but please do not to go on any year group higher than Year 4.
I have set more work on Purple Mash for you to complete. This includes:
1. New set of spellings
2. Internet safety activities - you would have been sent an email by an unknown person who needs your advice on how to stay safe on the internet. Please help them!
3. PSHE activities and more.
I am pleased with the amount of effort you are putting into your little projects. Well done!
Maths and Literacy Packs
If you would like to do these learning packs instead of the BBC Bitesize and Oak National academy schedule, then feel free. You may want to do this with an adult if you are unsure of some tasks, as I did not get a chance to teach everything! :(
I have also uploaded easier tasks if you are extremely struggling with the Year 4 ones.
Please do not think I am expecting you to finish this work all at once. Pick and choose what you would like to do.
Parents, here is my email address should you need to contact me with any questions regarding work, lost logins or just for guidance:
Don't forget to send pictures of your home learning. I look forward to seeing what you've all been up to!
As many of you are talking with one another online, I want you to remember about being safe online. Please watch these videos to remember the importance of being kind and safe online at all times.
Being kind online
Mental Health explained
As we are kind to one another, remember to also be kind to yourself.
Online Safety At Home
Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. Here is an activity from this wesbite that will educate and encourage your child to stay safe online.
Advice for Home Learning and Wellbeing
It is in our best interest to help you all in this difficult time. We want everyone, parents and children, to know that you are not alone, that there is someone to talk to, always, through these difficult and unprecedented times.
Please click on the link below to find support to help deal with bereavement, anxiety, behaviour and internet safety as well as lots of useful contact information for various services available.
*HOME LEARNING ACTIVITIES*
Below you will find:
1. Timetable to help structure your day
2. Foundation Subject plan for the week (take pictures)
3. Maths and Literacy packs
You all have appropriate spellings that you should be getting on with.
I have also set you spelling activities on Purple Mash.
If you want to do worksheets based on those spellings, follow these steps:
1. Login to Purple Mash
2. Click on English
3. Click on Spellings
4. Choose year group
5. Click on the PDF activities for the worksheet
We are going to learn how to draw in a simple way! Grab yourself a pencil and watch this short tutorial step by step on how to draw a landscape.
Have a go at drawing the same landscape and send me the finished product to my email. You can have a go at drawing the second photo if you have finished the first.
Make sure you tune into 'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks to run live PE lessons for children.
WHEN: Every Monday to Friday at 9am.
*HOME LEARNING PHOTOS*
Please continue to send in your home learning photos. They are absolutely fab and keep us all connected.
Thank you all.
Miss you all, dearly.
Useful Website Links
- practice times tables and reading (try for this daily)
- have fun with your loved ones (playing board games, painting, going for walks and baking)
- pick and choose what work you'd like to do from what I have set
- most importantly, be kind.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
Spring Term 2020
We are currently enjoying our Spring Term in Year 4 and continue to maintain a love for learning!
We are currently learning about salvation in RE which is based around Easter, the most important time for Christians. We are confident at retelling the Easter Story and have started to answer our big question, “Why do Christians call the day Jesus died, ‘Good Friday’?” We dig deeper and focus on the Last Supper, where Judas betrays Jesus and Peter denies knowing Jesus. Children will look at what this might mean for Christians and non-believers today.
This half term in art, we have looked at different Ancient Greece mosaics in order to inspire us to make our own. We use artefacts such as vases, masks and mythical creatures to help sketch the outline of our mosaics. Finally, we started cutting our shapes and worked in the style of true Athenian Artists!
We have been learning all about Ancient Greece. We understand that Ancient Greece has influenced not only Britain, but the whole world. Our focus has been democracy, Gods, education for boys and girls and more. Children have been able to express their opinions successfully in heated debates about certain topics (mainly men being the only gender to vote in Athens). There are politicians in the making in this class!
This half term we are learning about sound. In this science topic, we will explore and identify the way sound is made, recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear, find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it, find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it and find out whether sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
This term we have written our own myths and diary entries linked to Ancient Greece. We will also look at writing our own non-chronological reports on the two famous cities; Athens and Sparta.
Maths this term has solely been based on multiplication and division. This includes learning different methods for multiplication and division calculations, multiplying 3 numbers, factor pairs, short multiplication, dividing into equal groups and more. Children have been trying hard to learn all their times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12. Keep it up! Your hard work is paying off! We will soon be tackling fractions…
This term in PSHE, our topic has been First Aid focusing on wounds and bleeds. Our children are confident in helping others should they need to support someone if they were bleeding. They used bandages and followed the first aid procedure on one another to practise helping someone with a bleeding wound. Our next PSHE topic is ‘Healthy Relationships’.