Howdeeee Year 4’s (soon to be fantastic 5’s)
I am very much looking forward to teaching you in the autumn (3rd September) when you will be returning to school as Year 5. I sincerely hope you have an enjoyable and fun filled summer holiday and return fully charged and raring to go.
During the holidays, we always set a connections inspired homework, follow the link for the information and return your project by Monday 7th of the first full week back.
Take care and be safe, Mr Fulstow
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.
On our home page you can find Collective Worship with Reverend Gareth.
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 13 July
This is our final week of PE before the summer holiday break. I hope you have managed to keep active during your time at home. Here are your final challenges to have a go at.
Monday: Scavenger hunt- If there are items that you do not have in your household, please get your adult to give you an alternative object to find within the 30 second time frame. Your adult can also find additional objects for you to find to make extra rounds. You can decide if you would like extra questions. Compete against others in your household to see who can get the most amount of points. Feel free to repeat the video or add on as many rounds as you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxeesc1SqFk
Tuesday: Scavenger hunt 2- The same rules apply as yesterday! If there are items that you do not have in your household, please get your adult to give you an alternative object to find within the 30 second time frame. Your adult can also find additional objects for you to find to make extra rounds. You can decide if you would like extra questions. Compete against others in your household to see who can get the most amount of points. Feel free to repeat the video or add on as many rounds as you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esGv66EzQJ8
Thursday: Training to be Superheros- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8IZfNrA17w
Superhero battle. Choose which move to do for each round. You can do this with a partner if you want to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HuFAkhPeKQ
Week beginning 6 July
This week is Sports Week!! As we can’t have our usual Sports Day competition, it will be a little bit different this year. I have put together a collection of challenges for you to complete over the week. The attached document will explain each of the activities and what you need for each one. This is your chance to get competitive, to try and beat your own scores, others in your household and even those in your class. Remember to take lots of photos and videos to share on your class padlets so we can all see what a wonderful job you have all done! Let battle commence!! Enjoy and Good luck everyone!
Week beginning 29th June
Now we are into summer and the weather has been getting really warm, so make sure you are drinking lots of water to keep hydrated!
Follow the instructions on the video- choose your favourite and perform that movement each round. Feel free to repeat it as many times as you like! You could change your movement each time.
Week Brginning 22nd June
Tuesday 23rd June is National Olympic Day, so this week you will be having a go at traditional games played from different Olympic nations. The 2020 Olympics was set to take part in Tokyo, Japan, so each day there will be a Japanese game and one from another country. There are a lot of countries that take part so I have selected a few. On Friday you will have a Friday Challenge which will get you outside and exploring nature.
Here is the official Tokyo 2020 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMhrEVa4XQ When it does get to take place, it’s going to be INCREDIBLE!
What can you find out about Japan? Here are some questions as a starting point. Share in some of the things you found out about the host nation in your class padlets.
|What is Japan’s national sport?||
How many active volcanoes are there in Japan?
What is a popular Japanese dish?
What popular Japanese activity means ‘empty orchestra’?
What does a traditional Japanese home have instead of walls?
What food is eaten almost every day in Japan?
What currency does Japan use?
Japan is one of the world’s biggest producer of what?
Traditionally, what do Japanese people sleep on at home?
What is one of Japan’s traditional dances?
How many islands make up Japan?
What is Japan’s traditional dress?
Japan: Tokyo 10 Listen Up.
If you are in a school bubble, use your jumper as a blindfold or close your eyes. Your partner should use clapping to help get them to a chosen final destination.
Gather approximately 10 sticks (or as many as you like). You will need a ball (or as used in the video, a ball of bags, or even lots of pairs of socks). Choose one person who has to try and collect all the sticks. Everyone else has to work together to hit that person below the waist. Whoever is successful in making contact then has to try and collect all the sticks. It can take more than one go to collect all the sticks. If you manage to collect them all without being hit, place them down on the floor and have another go- or as many goes as you like until you are hit. You get 1 point each time you pick them all up. Decide how many points is the target to win.
Non contact in school- individual stick per person. Play in pairs with one time keeper. Each child has 30 seconds to try and retrieve their stick. Their partner must do all they can to prevent them retrieving it. It is non contact so it is all about dodging. You can decide in your groups how many points you need in order to win! Make sure you keep changing around so that everyone gets a go at each element.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Kendama.
If you are in a school bubble, you could use a rolled up piece of paper or bring a sock ball from home. You will have to try this without a cup.
France: Un, deux, trois soleil- like grandmother’s footsteps. Mark out a length of at least 15-20 meters (depending on how much space you have. This is a little bit like the game what’s the time mr wolf. You have one person at one end who will shout Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil (Which means 1,2,3 Sun!). They will turn around and anyone caught moving will be sent to the start to try again. Everyone else must try and get to that person without being caught moving. They need to tag that person and run back to the start without being caught.
If you are in school, a non contact rule applies. Find a stick/stone as a marker and lay them out in line with the person shouting the instructions. You just need to get to your marker and then run back without being caught.
Petanque- This video explains how to play the game so you can have a go at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzQd0-g6so
If you are in a school bubble- have an individual pebble and aim towards a jack placed by the teacher.
Japan: TTT Active challenge play with no equipment
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment
Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj5wslWkPdw Here are some traditional Spanish games for you to have a go at. You may recognise some of them. If you don’t have the equipment, you can improvise. For example The Frog- you can use whatever you like as a target to aim closest to. You can use sock balls or paper instead of balls for throwing activities.
If you are in a school bubble you will have to be selective about the activities you can try. Where possible try and improvise in a way that you don’t have to use any equipment.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Janken
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment.
Caribbean: Goma- A game played with rubber bands where the object is to capture as many of the opponents' rubber bands as possible. Players stand facing a wall or other vertical flat surface and bounce their rubber bands off the wall. If a player's rubber band falls to the ground and overlaps any rubber bands currently on the ground, then the overlapped rubber bands are captured. Use as many rubber bands as you like.
The most popular game in the Caribbean is cricket. This can be played with 2 or more people. One person uses a bat/racket, pan or anything they can to shield their legs/feet from being hit. When the ball is thrown you need to hit the ball away. The more space you have, the better. If the batter is hit in the legs/feet they swap with the bowler. You can score by number of ball hit, the amount of time batting or you can create a space that the batter has to run between to score runs after after ball.
Week Beginning 15th June
Try these new activities working on coordination, agility and strength. You can try all of these against others in your household.
Monday: Coin challenge: what level can you make it to? This is harder than it looks so make sure you can master 1 coin before you attempt to catch more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_SafllVZyc
Tuesday: Pass 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQeXoGSPtA You can try by kicking, throwing underarm or throwing overarm.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHFnd4KmMhE Bottle flip challenge- 3 squats, 2 bottle flips- (1 point each time your bottle lands upright). How many can you do in 1 minute? Challenge someone in your household. You can also swap the squats and try with sit ups, star jumps, lunges or another skill of your choice. Increase the time if you like or see if you can beat your score in 1 minute.
Thursday: Work on your coordination by trying these juggling/throwing skills. There are a few options of what you can use for this. If you want to challenge yourself, use a ball or rolled up pair of socks. Who can juggle using 2 balls (pairs of socks)? Challenge: you can try using 3 balls/ pairs of socks like on the video. This is very tough so make sure you have mastered 2 before you move on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4h9J6pXE8A
Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIhA-gs-SgY Plank challenge. How tall can you make your tower without it collapsing or you ending your plank?
Week Beginning 8th June
This week you will be doing some tennis challenges. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tennis racket. Some options are: Use a shoe, book, your hand, hockey stick or cricket bat. If you don’t have a tennis ball, you could use a pair of socks. If you are using socks, why don’t you try using a saucepan. If you are not able to get outside, use a sponge ball or a pair of socks inside.
Monday: Set a target. Using either balls, socks or shuttlecocks, see how many you can land in the target. You can try throwing, or hitting in with a tennis racket. If it’s too hard, move closer to the target. To make it harder, stand further away. You could play against a partner to see 1) who can land the most on the target. 2) Who can get all of theirs into the target first. 3) Who can hit the target from the furthest away.
Tuesday: with a partner, see how many hits you can do, using a tennis racket and tennis ball, without dropping it. If you don’t have a partner, use a wall to hit the ball against. To make it easier, let the ball bounce before you hit it again. To make it harder, don’t let the ball bounce at all. If you don’t have a tennis racket, use a shoe, your hand or a book. Alternatively, you could use a pair of socks and a saucepan.
Wednesday: using shuttlecocks/socks aim to sink the oppositions ship. You could use a towel as a target and lay it on the floor. Stand roughly 5m apart, behind your towels. Agree how many socks/shuttlecocks are needed to sink their ship. Once you have thrown all your arrows, a point is awarded to the winner if the ship is sunk. You could also use a tennis racket to hit the socks at the target. Reset- and go again. If neither ship is sunk, reset and go again. Decide between you how many points you need to win.
Thursday: how many hit ups can you do using your tennis racket without it falling on the floor? See if you can alternate between using both sides of the racket. Set a time limit i.e. 30 seconds (it can be more or less) to see how many you can do in that time. Try hitting the ball down as many times as you can too. You could see if you can beat someone else in your household. If you really want to challenge yourself, see how many hits could can do on the side of the racket- This is trickier than it looks!
Friday: Create a ‘net’ by making a line on the floor using whatever you can find. If you already have a net, then you can use that. Make the playing area as big as you like. Mark out a court. Aim to hit the ball over the ‘net’ and land in the court. Get someone to throw the ball gently over the net for you to hit back without it bouncing first. Then try by letting it bounce first before you hit it back. If you are really confident, work with your partner to hit the hall (both with a racket) over the net. See if you can get a rally going. How many times can you hit the ball over the next in a row as a pair?
Week Beginning 1st June
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Monday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJY7kDJJrp0 How many times can you complete it without putting your foot down? Start with one piece of paper with a sock on it. Can you pick it up without putting your other foot down? Then try with 2, 3 and 4 sheets of paper.
- Challenge: stand a few paces back from a piece of paper. Standing on one leg, throw your sock to try and get it to land on the paper, hop to pick it up, pick it up and hop back to where you started, without putting your foot down. How many times can you do this without putting your foot down at all? You could make the distance you hop and throw, further.
Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWyMWAEfk4 Speed bounce: How many jumps can you get in 20 seconds? Why not make it 30 seconds or more? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most.
- Challenge: try hopping side to side over the sock. You could also try jumping forwards and backwards rather than side to side.
Wednesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA4XN3Pynig How many did you complete? Why don’t you work your way up to find out the longest amount of time you can manage without stopping.
Thursday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrkzkckZN4 How many star jumps can you do in 20 seconds? What is the most you can do without stopping? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most. You could also see how many star jumps you could do to your favourite song.
Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSl3G0p4u0 How many throws does it take for you to knock over the tower? How many can you get in a row? Have a competition with those in your household to see who can do the most.
Week Beginning 18th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Week Beginning 11th May
This week you will be doing some yoga. This will help you to focus on your breathing and help you to be able to feel calm. This may be quite new for you all so if you find it tricky, don’t worry because the more you practice, the easier it will get. You can always repeat the videos if you need to.
Week Beginning 4th May
You have two Bingo cards to complete this week. By completing all the challenges, you achieve a gold medal. Can you become a double gold medalist? On the map there are lots of activities for you to complete. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete them all in one go- you can split them over the 5 days. Alternatively, you can make them harder by increasing the time you spend on each activity or increase the number you want to complete.
Week Beginning 27th April
For each of these challenges you can have as many goes as you like. See if you can beat yourself or see who can get the most in your household. Record your results because you can always come back to them later in the week to improve your score. If you don’t have the correct equipment, each activity has an alternative that you can use so you can still take part in the challenge. How many gold medals can you get this week?
Week Beginning 20th April
Welcome back to your virtual PE challenges! I hope you have managed to have a good Easter break whilst staying at home. This week you will be doing some Zumba. This is dance fitness, so learning routines to music whilst keeping fit at the same time. Don’t worry if you find it a bit tricky, you can always practice a few times. The more you practice, the easier it will get. You could even use some of the warm up stretches from the Joe Wicks workouts. You can do the same for your cool down, you here is the reminder of the cool down stretches video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso Joe Wicks is still doing his daily workouts too so if you prefer to do those, or want to do both, that is absolutely fine. Keep moving, keep drinking lots of water and eating healthily and most importantly, stay safe!
Hello everyone! I’ve really missed teaching you all over the last few weeks. It’s the Easter Holidays now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active.
You can continue with the Joe Wicks workouts on his YouTube channel, (I will keep doing them too!), or you can redo some of the other activities that I have set over the last couple of weeks. You might have found other ways to keep yourselves moving too, which is wonderful. Keep those going if you can! Remember to keep drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can continue to stay healthy.
Stay safe and enjoy the break.
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.
Year 4 Class Staff
Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and staying active. Unfortunately we are not able to go swimming at the moment, however this week is Drowning Prevention Week so I thought it would be nice to at least think about swimming and water safety. There are some activities here that you may like to do, either print off, do in your books or on plain paper.
When you are out and about near rivers, lakes or at the beach or playing in paddling pools, remember to follow the Water Safety Code to keep yourself and others safe around water.
Mrs Rous, Swimming Teacher
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!