During school closure, we will be posting daily updates here with information to support your child’s learning at home. Please check the page daily.
There is now a padlet that you can add comments and upload pictures to if you want to keep in touch with Mr Norman and myself.
The link is www.padlet.com/lisaruck/year4homelearning. It would be great to hear about what you are getting up to while you are at home.
Activities you can do anytime
- Read something – a book, a magazine, a recipe, an instruction manual
- Times table facts – write them out or sing along to an online video
- Year 3 and 4 spellings (see list in useful links) – use them in a sentence or get someone to test you
- Handwriting – copy a paragraph from a book in your neatest writing
- Diary writing – What have you been up to? How are you feeling?
- Tell somebody the time- How many minutes until the next o’clock? How long until lunchtime?
- Get active with BBC Supermovers or GoNoodle
Don’t forget you have logins for the Classroom Secrets Kids website, TTRockstars and Letterjoin. If you do not have your logins, you can contact the school office for these.
Parents, there are also lots of resources for all curriculum areas currently available for free on the Twinkl website. To access these go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Week beginning Monday 30th March
Well done to everyone who managed to complete a challenge every day last week. If you managed to complete all of Joe Wicks videos, amazing effort as I know he worked you all very hard. If you managed to complete my shorter challenges, again, super effort to make sure you are keeping moving everyday. You are all Sports Stars! Joe Wicks is continuing his live challenges so here is a reminder of the link to his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Keep moving everyone, you are all doing a wonderful job!
Remember, keeping healthy isn’t just about exercise, but about your diet too. Make sure you are thinking about what you are eating and drinking. Remember to get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better for it! As a side challenge, maybe you could take a photo or draw a picture of a healthy meal you have had this week and share it in your class padlet. It would be a good opportunity to share ideas with each other, to find out what you like and don’t like. Maybe you might come across a healthy food that you have not tried before that you could try.
Stay safe everyone, keep washing your hands and keep moving!
Friday: Alphabet exercises: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family?
A 10 jumping jacks
B 10 sit ups
C 10 press ups
D 10 squats
E Run as fast as you can on the spot for 20 seconds
F 20 high knees
G 20 jumping jacks
H 15 sit ups
I 5 press ups
J 15 squats
K runs as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
L 10 high knees
M 30 jumping jacks
N 15 press ups
O 20 squats
P run as fast as you can on the spot for 10 seconds
Q 5 sit ups
R 5 jumping jacks
S 5 sit ups
T 12 press ups
U 20 squats
V run as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
W 20 high knees
X 35 jumping jacks
Y 30 high knees
Z 12 sit ups
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Here is a reminder of last week’s cool down stretches.
Week beginning Monday 23rd March
This week, Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing live workouts for children at 9am each day from Monday to Friday. Here is the link to his youtube channel so that you can follow them at home. You will be doing some of his other workout challenges during this week too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
We want you to keep active in your time at home, so have a go at each of these Active 8 Workouts. These are HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and are a great way to get lots of exercise in just a few minutes. Each workout is 5-8 minutes long and will get your heart beating faster. Your mission is to complete a video each day. If you want to challenge yourself, you can repeat the videos as many times as you like or retry the videos from the other days. If you are finding it more challenging, pause the video if you need extra time to recover in between each exercise. The more you practice, the easier it gets. Have fun and keep moving!
Don’t forget to warm up first! Complete this video before each of the Active Workouts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_swUGtEpazY
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Follow this video for your stretches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso
Our 30 Things Challenge
Our 30 Things Challenge is a seven year endeavour to be completed by pupils during their time with us. We have worked with children, parents, staff and governors to identify our own twenty-five tasks and combined it with five selected by our academy trust, which will be common to all children attending a LAAT school.
We have now turned these ideas into our very own “My 30 Things Passport”, which will be updated as each challenge is completed. We feel sure that you will agree that in order to meet their thirty challenges the children will be kept busy over their seven years with us!
For those children further up the school, or who join us later on in their school journey, we recognise that it may not be possible to meet all thirty before they leave us but we will endeavour to meet as many as possible in the time we have available.
Flag Fen Trip 17 March
On Tuesday we visited Flag Fen, a Bronze Age settlement in Peterborough, in order to enhance the children’s learning about this term’s topic.
We spent the day examining artefacts, making clay bracelets to offer to the Celtic God of the sea and exploring the site where real Bronze Age settlers would have lived 3000 years ago. We then finished the day listening to stories in a replica roundhouse.
Class Four behaved impeccably all day, were really engaged and asked enquiring questions to extend their learning. A fabulous day out!
British Science Week 13 March
This week we took up the Street Food Challenge set by Mrs Garner to celebrate British Science Week. Our task was to create a healthy and delicious dish that championed British ingredients. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to practise their food technology skills with many peeling a potato for the very first time. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed this project and the finished products looked and smelled amazing!
Why do we put salt on the road in the winter?
Another of our Science Week tasks was to discuss and investigate the effect of salt on ice. After responding to the key question, the children were given ice balloons, salt and food colouring to find out more for themselves. Our learning will continue next week when we try to find an alternative to salt should reserves ever run out.
World Book Day 5 March
The children had a great day chilling out in their pyjamas for World Book Day. In the morning, they created their own storybook characters and wrote about the places they would visit if they were that character. In the afternoon, they snuggled down and read their new book, Evie and the Jungle by Matt Haig.
Investigating Sound 20 January
Using drums and rice, tuning forks in water, elastic bands and rulers, the children discovered that sounds are made when something vibrates. They then had some fun using what they had learned to communicate with each other with string telephones.
Gymnastics 20 January
Tin PE this term the children are developing their gymnastic ability. So far they have recapped rolling and jumping and have begun to transfer their floor skills to apparatus. It has been really nice to see how they support and encourage each other in these sessions.
Mosque Visit 4 December
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Faizan E Madina mosque in Peterborough. We were shown round the beautiful building by one of the Imams who answered our many questions about how Muslims worship. Not only has this experience enhanced their learning about Islam but it is also another thing ticked off our 30 things list.
Investigating leaves 20 November
In Science, the children have been learning about animals and their habitats. In this lesson, they went outside and collected different types of leaves. Back in the classroom, we identified the different characteristics that they had and discussed how those characteristics can be used to classify trees.
Making Music 20 November
This term, the children are enjoying music sessions with our music teacher Justyna. They are learning how to combine different groups of instruments to create Samba music. Miss Cope keeps forgetting her ear plugs but they are actually starting to sound pretty good!
A visit from Gist 20 November
Some lovely representatives from Gist have been into school reminding the children about the green cross code and the importance of staying safe around lorries and other vehicles. After a presentation in the classroom, we got to explore the cab of the lorry and to practise the green cross code on our imaginary road.
PE 1 November
This week in PE, Year 4 have been brushing up on key skills using a range of equipment. As well as demonstrating improved control over the balls and shuttlecock, they also showed how supportive they can be of each other with lots of praise and encouragement within the groups.
The Water Cycle 27 September
The children in Year 4 have been investigating the water cycle. We taped bags of water to the window and over the course of a few days were able to observe the processes of evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
We love reading 16 September
Today, the children chose books to share with a friend. It was lovely to hear them read to each other and interesting to see which books they selected. While we like a longer novel in Year Four, sometimes you can’t beat a really good picture book!