Good morning Year 4!
I hope you have all had a great weekend. We have an excellent week planned for you. Today there is a Maths Lesson Video and English Lesson Video for you. We also have the next French lesson with Miss Mawe. There is a PowerPoint in the class portal that you can follow the lesson along with. (We tried making this into a video but the sound would not work but you can still follow the lesson well!).
Today is also Martin Luther King Jr Day. We would like you to find out more about the man who was such a prominent and leading figure in the civil rights movement in America as he sought for equality and human rights for African Americans.
You can use the template in the class portal or use a page from your exercise book. You can use the link below as a starting point to find out some more information but please ensure that you have parental supervision when researching on the internet.
As always, please send in any of the work that you have completed. We can’t wait to see it!
Mr Butler and Miss Drabble
So far, it has been wonderful to receive so many emails and photographs of the work the children are producing. Some families are sending daily updates, some every 2-3 days or at the end of the week. Whichever option suits your schedules is fine. We appreciate the time you put into this as it really helps us log the children's engagement and completion of their daily Maths, English and Topic activities. Please try to include evidence of all completed activities. This also helps with our assessment of their understanding and progress whilst remote learning and means we can make any changes to the way we deliver lessons, if necessary.
Furthermore, you will notice we have a slightly different format when uploading our teaching videos. Instead of families needing to download in the future, video lessons will stream directly from YouTube, in your child's specific class YouTube page.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
(Also, keep an eye out for your work on the website! I will be posting more soon!)
Have a lovely weekend! from Mr Butler and Miss Drabble
Good morning Year 4!
Quick update: From now on, after logging into our portal, the lesson videos will be in a box like this:
Other documents may still appear as they did before. But apart from that everything else is the same! We have changed this to help with the accessing of videos!
Mr Butler and Miss Drabble
In our portal today you will find an English Lesson Video and a Science Lesson Video. The Maths activity is to complete the next chapter in your Power Maths Book pages 27-29 as it states in the Weekly Overview. Let us know how you all get on! 😊
Please ensure you check the weekly overview which outlines what is expected for the week. Please read this first before starting your work for the day! You can structure your day around this suggested timetable. It also breaks down what lessons we will be covering over the week and highlights the lessons which will come with an accompanying video lesson. It also has the page numbers attached for the Power Maths books too!
Message for parents
We have been delighted to see all of your hard work over the past week. We appreciate the regular emails and communication from all of you. During this difficult time, well-being of both children and parents has never been so important. We know you are all going through a lot and we want to make clear that we are here for not only the children but to support the grown-ups too! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any issues that you have and where we may be able to offer our help and support. Many of you are juggling multiple things, please use the suggested ‘Weekly overview’ to guide you on lesson timings. Please do not spend hours upon hours trying to complete all of the work that has been set. If you need to take a break, please do so! If you need to call it a day, please also do so! We want to make sure that you are staying healthy and keeping well in these challenging times. You are all doing an amazing job!
If you are struggling with contacting your child’s class teacher daily, please do let them know and then we can arrange alternative submission times of work.
We love seeing the wonderful work that you are producing together at home but please remember to take care of yourselves too.
Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback. We really appreciate all of your kind messages.
Miss Drabble and Mr Butler
A message from the Year 4 team
Please take your time to read all of the information below.
We would all like to say how proud and impressed we have been with all your hard work this week. It has been a strange week and at the start of this week we didn’t think we would be where we are right now! You have all coped so well. On Friday, the learning packs were distributed and we just wanted to explain what you have to do with them.
· A Power Maths Book
· White Rose Maths Sheets & Answers
· Comprehensions & Answer Sheets
· SPaG Worksheets
· An Exercise book
· Orange pen
· Purple pen
· Log-ins to Times Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Read Theory and a password for the school website.
· Timetable Overview of the week
The timetable included is a suggested timetable to help plan out your day. On the website, we will be uploading a similar overview, this will have all the lessons and videos you will be competing each day. Lessons with an accompanying video will in bold and underlined.
As part of the home-learning each day you will be instructed by your class teacher to complete tasks that may be part of your learning pack. We will make it clear what you need to complete each day. For example, as part of a Maths lesson we may ask you to complete a section of your Power Maths book. Some of the lessons may not require the need of the learning packs.
Some of the folders may contain different worksheets, so please listen carefully to the teacher as we may suggest different activities for each folder to complete.
Please DO NOT complete any more of the work than instructed each day.
As we would in school, please go through the answers (using the answer sheets provided) and mark your work with a small tick or make any corrections that you see. Then, email your teacher with your score and identify any areas that you feel that you struggled with. This self-assessment can be done by the children or with support from parents/carers but it will allow us to put in place any additional support that may be needed both over lockdown and when we return to school.
If you have joined our school this academic year, some log-ins may not be available right now. We are working hard to get accounts set up and it may take a bit of time but we will get them out to you as soon as we can!
As of next week, all the work will not appear in the downloads section as it has done this week. There will be a private section where the home-learning will be uploaded. It looks like this:
Enter the password we have given you in the learning packs to access the learning resources.
Please bare in mind that changes are happening all the time so please keep an eye out for any mid-week adaptions that may occur! We will update you as best we can.
If you are working at both home and school in the week, you must bring your pack with you each day as we will be completing the same lessons that have been set at home in school.
If you have any questions please do email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will respond when we can.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Miss Drabble and Mr Butler
4.12.20 - Spellings
Well done for a great week, we have worked hard and produced some amazing writing about Pompeii.
We have also learnt some new songs and the sign language to go along with it. I have been so impressed by how quickly we have picked up the signs!
This week’s spellings are:
MATHS WEEK ON TTRS! - Good luck year 4!
9.11.20 Good Morning Year 4CD – Below you will find some extremely exciting news about an art competition, make sure to look. You will also find this week’s spellings. Remember to practice go spelling shed each week AND to write your sentences. I love seeing these and often people will email me some of their work it is great to see what you are doing at home!
If you are off school isolating please see the work in the downloads section. I will be unable to call this week so please email me completed work. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A quick reminder of the homework expectations in year 4, you should do the weekly set homework on both Times table rock stars and spelling shed. In addition to this you should pick one of the three options from the chatterday grid that was sent home last week. Homework can be handed in on any day that week but must be in by Friday! Chatterday homework should be something that you are excited and proud to share. Make it bright, beautiful and well presented to make our display look great!
Great news Yellow spelling group – you now have access to both spelling lists. You should play both games, but you only have to do sentences for your yellow spellings.
Here at Oldfield Brow we love our Art projects, and nothing gives us greater pleasure than when our whole school gets involved. During our first half term, all the classes helped create a display based on our shared book: Leaf. It looked truly magical, with hundreds of leaves fluttering about the polar bear and crow.
For this half term, the opportunity to get involved is extended to our families too. There are going to be three categories: children, children with grown-ups, and adults only. This means if any parents, carers, aunts, uncles or grandparents enjoy creating art, this is the perfect opportunity to have their work displayed in school! Although we cannot offer a public gallery at the moment, we will of course create an online gallery to showcase the work of all entrants as well.
As I am sure you will have noticed, the nights are drawing in, and mornings are about to get much darker too. With this in mind, the theme of the exhibition is going to be…LIGHT& HOPE!
How you interpret this is up to you. Perhaps it is one of the celebrations of light you would like to capture, perhaps the flicker of a lone candle? Maybe you will choose an example of light that brings you hope: a sunrise; the glow of a window at home; a lighthouse; a garden security light that illuminates a baby hedgehog? The limit is your imagination (and child-friendly content ).
Enjoy your week, Please email me if you need anything email@example.com, be aware I am unlikely to reply on Tuesday so if its urgent please contact the school office!
2.11.20 - Welcome back to school, I hope you enjoyed your half term. Please find any covid work in the downloads section.
I hope you are all exited for the end of this half term, you have worked so hard and achieved so much. Targets have been sent home in bags and will be discussed more in detail after half term.
Remember TTRS year 4 battle. You can only score points between 6am and 8pm! Any points scored after this time will not be added to your class score!
Spellings are to be completed as usual for Friday. I will be looking at your scores on line. Everyone will have the same spellings this week.
Enjoy your holiday and see you soon!
- Miss Drabble
Well done for another great week! This week we have lots of fun learning about digestion. We have made a gross model of the digestive system to help consolidate our learning. We have continued to practice self-portraits with focusing on drawing hair. We have also loved learning how to play chess. We have been learning about the different roles of the chess pieces and how they can be used during the game.
Remember to do TTRS and Spelling shed homework for next Friday!
This week’s spellings -
2.10.20 - This week in Year 4 we have worked hard. We have looked at books about Wangari Maathai. We have spoken about how one person can make a difference to the world.
We have celebrated the start of black history month by creating art work together as a class.
We have also been inspired by Muhammad Ali and trained like him during our PE lesson. We will continue to learn about more inspirational sports men and women in our PE lessons as the weeks go on. We will also be taking this opportunity to try out a few new sports!
Spellings this week.
Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday.
October is Black History Month!
Black History Month recognises the contributions that black people have made to the UK over many generations.
There has been a lack of representation of black people in the history books. Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the forgotten people who helped to shape the UK.
Black History Month is a great way to celebrate and recognise the contribution of black people to British society. Our school must play a significant role in teaching children about the importance of having respect and tolerance for all cultures.
At Oldfield Brow, we will be weaving these celebrations into our curriculum, looking at historical figures across History, Science, English, Sport and much more!
25/9/20 -Wow what a week we have had. Hope you have a nice rest this weekend ready for a busy week next week!
This week we have been spy’s and hunted down Romans to see what they look like. Well done to all the spy’s who didn’t get caught! We have then used our memory to create drawings of what the Romans look like.
We have made beautiful flower weavings, used our knowledge of the digestive system to cracked codes to escape the classroom and practiced our times tables singing and dancing to songs to help us improve our recall.
We have also been very lucky and travelled back in time, to different countries and even different planets.
We first went to New York to solve a murder mystery! Using our mental maths skills, we were able to identify the criminal. We then travelled back in time to WW2 and experienced life as an evacuee and finally we went on a school trip to NASA in the USA when we accidently spent 300 days in outer space before landing on Mars to search for signs of life! As you can see, this week has been crazy and we are all extremely tired.
I hope you have had as much fun as I have this week Year 4 and I can’t wait to do it all again next week!
- Miss Drabble
This week Year 4CD have blown me away with all their hard work! We have written the sequel to ‘while we can’t hug’ with a focus on all the emotions we have felt during lockdown and what we expect to feel when things finally go back to ‘normal’.
We have played lots of games in maths and had a heavy focus on coordinates. We also had the best morning completing a maths escape room. We have started to look at our new science unit and we are developing our understanding of the digestive system.
We have also started our new topic unit of The Romans. We have looked at the reasons why they left sunny Rome to come to cold England.
Homework this week can be found on the chatter day sheet sent home last week. Spellings and times tables are now online. Dont forget PE kits for Monday morning!!
Have a lovely weekend.
- Miss Drabble
04/09/2020 – Good afternoon Year 4CD, I hope you have had as much fun as I have during our first few days back at school!
I am already so impressed with all your hard work and motivation.
This week we have looked at germs and how to stop them spreading. We have created poetry in English using a variety of synonyms. In art we have created cartoon self-portraits that behind a mask reveal all the wonderful things about ourselves. On top of all this amazing work we have even began practicing our times tables.
Enjoy a well-deserved weekend off with no homework! I can’t wait to see you all again on Monday.
LEARNING IN YEAR 4
In Year 4 children are encouraged to reach their full potential in every aspect of their learning and wider school achievements. They will learn to apply their initiative as they become more confident and independent learners.
As well as lessons providing children with a challenge, they are stimulating and fun! Children are given plenty of opportunities for ‘hands-on’ experiences as well as opportunities to share and exhibit their work.
Year 4 children are given the opportunity to take greater ownership over their learning this year and are encouraged to manage their own progress by working towards personal targets.
Having an enjoyment of learning is central to the ethos of year 4 and each child will receive the individual support and encouragement needed to be successful and proud of their achievements.
The best way you can help your child this year is to help them to complete their home learning and to practice spellings and times tables each week.
On the rest of this page you will be able to find photographs, examples of children's work and information about what we are learning in class - including details of any exciting events or trips that are coming up!
Stay posted for updates.
AUT TERM 1
Our Topic work this half-term is The Romans
This topic has a strong focus on History but also covers aspects of, Maths, Art/D&T, Drama, Music and ICT learning objectives. It gives children a chance to take ownership over their own learning. We will be specifically liking our English work to Topic, focusing on instructions and persuasive letters.
In Science, our work will revolve around the theme of 'Animals including humans'.
We will focus on the digestive system and teeth. We will look why humans have different teeth and what they are used for. Children will use their skills and knowledge to organise and carry out experiments and investigations themselves, both independently and working in groups.
In English, we will initially, be focusing on reconnecting with the children. We will look at different books and how they link to our current life. We will then be looking at how to write instructions. We will then move on to persuasive letters. Throughout, children will also develop theirs writing and editing skills. Children will be developing their writing throughout and will apply and develop their punctuation, grammar and spelling strategies. As well as reading and responding to a variety of texts, there will be plenty of opportunity for children to engage in drama and discussion.
In Maths, children will engage in a variety of mathematical challenges including word problems, practical activities and mental maths skills. As well as revising, recapping and developing upon many of the more challenging areas covered throughout last year, we will be holding weekly times tables challenges; a speedy recall of our times tables facts will help throughout the year as we cover new objectives. A more detailed breakdown of our objectives has been sent home but can still be obtained on request.
Continuing learning at home is an important and will help children to consolidate their understanding of work done in class. Chatterday is designed to meet the needs of each child and you are strongly encouraged to support your child when he/she completes it. Please take time to create beautiful and inspirational work. All work should be something children are proud to show off. Take time and have fun with it. Please ask for paper if you do not have any at home.
Children will be given a set of spellings to learn which they will be tested on every Friday. Times tables will be set and tracked using Times Table Rockstars. If you have any issues with access to a computer or internet, please let me know and alternative arrangments can be made.
This year we have access to Spelling shed, please see letter sent home 4.9.20 for more information.