Welcome to Year 4!

The staff in Year 4 are:

Mrs Griffith 4G

Mr O’Keefe 4O

Mrs Porter

Mrs Teasdale

Miss Skinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 activities to complete at home:

Purple Mash

www.purplemash.com

Username: First name and the initial of your surname (e.g. Daley Bear – daleyb)

Password: Same as for Bug Club

There are new activities in your 2Do list (clipboard icon)

There is a new blog in the Sharing section (Earth icon).  Go to Shared blogs and select Hello Year 4.  Read what the teachers have put and leave your own comment!

 

Looking after Yourself

If you or your child is feeling stressed at this difficult time please visit the Childline Calm Zone for ideas, activities, games and videos to help you and your child keep calm.

Social distancing will takes its toll on all of us and it’s more important than ever that we look after our mental health. Yoga and Mindfulness are great ways to promote positive mental health and they can be done indoors without any fancy equipment. Please click here to access Yoga and Mindfulness resources. These sessions are perfect for families to do together to help everyone stay calm and relaxed through this difficult time.

 

Click the following link for advice for families coping with school closure:

How families can cope with self-isolation

 

Challenge Yourself!

Below is a link to 14 days of activities for your children. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. If you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on the ELSA website.

14 Day Home Challenge

30 Day Coping Calendar

Try to also choose an activity each day to complete from the coping calendar below:

 

 

Non- Screen Activities

Below is a link to 25 non-screen activities your child could complete at home. Both fun and educational!

Non-screen activities

 

Keeping Active

Want to keep active at home? Then click here for free access to home training programmes for all ages.

You can also tune in to ‘P.E. with Joe’ on his YouTube Channel ‘The Body Coach’ Monday- Friday 9am- 9.30am.

 

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home offers free:
• Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos
• Downloadable curricular activities
• Recommended off-screen home activities

Click here to sign up.

 

Up for a short physical challenge? Check out these 60 second challenges:

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges

 

Here are some activities for you to try, created in partnership with Complete PE, and you can download any of them from the following link. Find a daily activity by following them on their Twitter @YouthSportTrust.

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/pe-home-learning

 

This leaflet from Striver explains all the different yoga poses and how to do them.  Would be great to post some photos of the family having a go on the A Place to Talk email on the website’s homepage!
Yoga Poses

 

The Family Fit Club produce fun themed workout videos that children and their families can access completely free. The videos are for all the family, regardless of their age or ability and were designed by children and PE teachers to ensure that that all children stay engaged and have fun!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgKRZDCAseDn8JZFXivMeLg

 

Young Champions has been created to provide children with home practice sessions to develop fitness, motor and sports skills. It will help children of all ages and abilities to play sport to the best of their ability and keep them active and healthy. A parent/carer should follow the link below to sign you up to access the videos:

https://www.amaven.co.uk/young-champions?code=directamaven&utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=Young+Champions+Direct+Amaven&utm_medium=email

 

 

Twinkl Resources

Twinkl is a website containing thousands of teaching and learning resources. The website is offering a FREE membership for ALL PARENTS. Please click on the link to sign up and make use of this fabulous resource:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/sign-up

 

Spellings

Please use the following links for extra support with teaching spellings at home:

Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spellings

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

 

Writing

Radioblogging.net broadcast a live show every morning at 9.30am.  It is fun and interactive with a new educational task every day.  Just listen and blog –  they might read your writing out on their live show.

Radioblogging.net 

 

Frank Cottrell Boyce, children’s author, is providing a creative writing lesson every day at 10.00am.  All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil.  It can be accessed through Instagram at @frankcottrell_b

 

Here are some examples writing activities and games your child could complete at home:

https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

https://writers.scholastic.co.uk/free-resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/

 

Reading

Your child has been given their Bug Club username and password.This is a resource containing age appropriate books for your child to read at home. The books will be updated regularly by the class teacher (school code- ga6a).

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login.php?c=0

 

James Mayhew, a children’s author, is reading a story every school day at 3pm.  Click here to visit his YouTube channel.

Audible (by Amazon) are instantly streaming  an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help children to continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. Click here to read your favourite stories.

 

Why not listen to a story being read?

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Need help to find suitable books for your child? Follow the link below:

https://www.booksfortopics.com/homebooks

Listen to Oliver Jeffers ‘A Book a Day’ story telling every day:

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/

As a response to school closures, National Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support you during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months they will be updating the website as often as they can with new and useful content for parents. Visit their website below:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

 

Other useful reading links:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/read-with-oxford/

https://archive.org/details/magazine_rack

 

Below is a chart of reading ideas to complete at home:

 

Maths

As you will be probably aware we are using the scheme ‘White Rose’ to support our teaching of Maths in school. The website is organising online training videos and activities for you to use at home. This is going to be an EXTREMELY valuable resource to use at home with your child. Please visit the following link to access the materials to support your child’s home learning.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

 

Click here to see ‘White Rose Problem of the Day’. (KS1- page 1 of problems, KS2- page 2 of problems).

 

All children should have been given their username and password for the following links. Please use their login details to access these maths tools at home. If you do not know your child’s username and password then don’t worry, the websites are offering free access- just sign up!

https://ttrockstars.com/home

https://numbots.com/

 

Every weekday at 9am, two new lessons will be posted on here via YouTube: one aimed at children in Y3 & 4 and another for Y5 & 6. Each video will help children to build the skills needed for the main task. Then children will complete the main task – a challenge or short series of questions – working individually or with adult support. Answers will be provided! (iseemaths.com)

 

Below are links to maths resources and activities for your child to complete at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/maths/maths-skills-ages-7-9/

https://www.coolmathgames.com/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular

Times Table Practise 

All children have been given their usernames and passwords for Purple Mash. Please follow the link below to complete times table practise and assessments. Your class teacher will keep track of the progress your child is making.

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/merseypark

Other times table activities:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

https://www.timestables.co.uk/games/

 

Science

Indoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=98479b73-453a-4390-b367-c8613e37c578

Outdoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=fd30d8de-fc23-45d8-93f1-d2eead8f13bf

 

Here are some more links to science activities and games your child could complete at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/

 

History

Below are links to history resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=13&AgeGroup=2

 

Geography

Below are links to Geography resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/kids-club/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2geography.html

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/geography/

 

Online Safety and Computing

Click here for Online Safety activities for the whole family at home.

Below are some more Online Safety resources:

Think U Know activity pack for children aged 8-10

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Please download Bee-Bot in the app store. This is a free game that allows children to practise moving Bee-Bot around a maze.

Learn to code with the following link:

https://www.j2e.com/j2code/

 

Art and Design

Mo Willems (author and illustrator) has announced that he will be teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to kids who are now at home. Mo will be having sessions called ‘Lunch Doodles’ where he will occupy the little ones by doodling together with them. Click the following link to visit his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF

We have found some brilliant drawing activities online, and have therefore put together the following gallery. We hope you have fun! I think the teachers will enjoy having a go at some of these too.

 

P4C- Philosophy for Children

There will lots of resources available each week (for every year group) to get kids thinking and talking with their parents. The resources will change every Friday. There will be many games, questions, stories and riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week. Please click the link below to access these free P4C resources:

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

 

Music

We thought as we can’t do our Easter service in school you might like to look at these free resources and practice a new Easter song:

https://www.popuk.org/store/heisalive

Beat Goes On- Body percussion online sessions. Delivered by Ollie Tunmer former STOMP cast member and teacher. Click the link to visit his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-iOnF1dIM8eagPO05SMnRQ

Below are more links to music resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

 

Religious Education

Below are links to R.E. resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/subjects/re

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7hs34j

 

Spanish

Below are links to Spanish resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxsvr82

Below is some Year 4 Spanish work set by Senor Pena:

Days of the week

Farm Animals

Months of the year

Numbers and colours

Vowels

Below are links to Spanish songs the Year 4 children really enjoy singing in their Spanish lessons:

https://rockalingua.com/videos/colors-and-numbers

https://rockalingua.com/videos/farm-animals

https://rockalingua.com/videos/weather-easy-version

https://rockalingua.com/videos/vowels

 

Fancy doing something a little different?

Why don’t you have a go at entering ‘The Secret Garden Competition’? Follow the link below for more details:

schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/The-Secret-Garden

or click here to open the competition entry form.

Or visit ‘The Great Indoors’ website, which includes a bank of inspired indoor activity ideas to keep your children learning new skills and having fun all in ‘The Great Indoors’.

Please click here for more information.

 

Each week the following website will upload 5 new species, one for each working day, each with a downloadable image and a fact about that day’s species so you can learn about the wonderful creatures we share this planet with. Each species features a reference illustration and a downloadable colouring image which can either be printed out or edited on your computer or tablet.

https://www.benrotheryillustrator.co.uk/collections/free-colouring-images

 

Maybe try a bit of cooking at home with your parents? Click the following link for some scrumptious recipes:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking

 

Have a little look at the following photographs for some exciting Forest School ideas:

 

Useful information:

Click here to access the information presented at the welcome meeting.

In Year 4 the timetable is slightly different for Mrs Porter’s group. Please check you are looking at the right table!

 

Homework and PE Timetable:

4G and 4O

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
P.E.
Spellings given out Spellings to be returned and tested
 Homework to be returned Homework given out
Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed

Mrs Porter’s

Please encourage your child to read at least 3 times each week and bring in their reading bag everyday. Thank you.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spellings given out Spellings given in and tested
Homework given out Homework due in
Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed Reading books changed

 

If your child has misplaced their spelling homework please see the current spellings below:

Mr O’Keefe Mrs Griffith Mrs Porter
expression
discussion
confession
permission
admission
impression
obsession
procession
omission
concussion

expression
discussion
confession
permission
admission
impression
obsession
procession
omission
concussion

grate
great
grown
groan
main
mane
meat
meet
missed
mist

Times Tables

 

We are trying really hard to learn our times tables in preparation for a national test at the end of Year 4. We have gathered together some useful links to help you learn them at home too:

 

Click here to print a times table test to complete at home.

Please click the following link to access The Purple Mash timed test. 

Another useful website to visit is TT Rock Stars. If you’re unsure of your username and password, please ask your class teacher.

Fancy a sing song to help learn your times tables? Please click the following link Musical Maths.

Year 4 news...

Bird Watching

Year 3 and 4 RSPB Big National Bird watch! We mainly saw Pigeons, Starlings and Magpies. We enjoyed a hot chocolate and used binoculars!


Fun Fitness Friday

What an exciting day! We will definitely be relaxing over the weekend. We have enjoyed a day full of exercise and fun. Thank you Mr Murphy for our wonderful session. We enjoyed exercising to 80’s and 90’s music! We can’t wait for the next Fun Fitness Friday!


Spanish Day

On Tuesday 14th January, Year 4 had their very own Spanish Day in school! It was a fun filled day packed with lots of exciting activities. A perfect way to start our topic, ‘Passport to Europe’.

We were inspired by the artwork by the artist ‘Salvador Dali’. We thought his work was very strange, but also very fascinating! We then created our own version of his work using brusho. Our ‘melted clocks’ looked great!

We carried out Flamenco dancing with Mrs Relph in the afternoon! She was really impressed with our moves.

Senor Pena and Mrs Porter carried out some cooking with us. We cooked a Spanish dish called ‘Torrijas’, a typical Easter dessert in Spain. We all thought it was delicious!

 


Times Tables Week

We have had a very busy week. We have spent every Maths lesson focusing on our times tables. We feel much more confident now! It was great fun, as we played lots of games, to help us remember the multiplication facts.


Reading Buddies

We met up with our Reading Buddies during Poetry Week. It was lovely to hear all about the poem our buddy had been learning about. We can’t wait to see them again soon.


Light Boxes

In DT we made light boxes to investigate light by looking at different shadows.


Ancient Greek Tiles

In our DT lessons we made Ancient Greek tiles. First we designed each tile then we used tools to create the patterns in the clay.


Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 13th December we wore Christmas jumpers to help raise money for Save the Children. Here are some pictures of the fluffy, funny and colourful jumpers we wore!


Digestive System

We looked at a tube of toothpaste to show how the oesophagus works. We then looked at a food bag filled with coke to represent a stomach with acid. We watched how the acid in the stomach churned and broke down the bread into smaller pieces. Next, we used tights to show how the intestine works. We could see how nutrients are absorbed through the walls of the small intestine and how water is absorbed through the walls of the large intestine.

The last stage of the digestive system was obvious!

 


Well Being Day

On Thursday 24th November, we celebrated ‘Well Being Day’. Year groups carried out various activities throughout the day. Some of us had the opportunity to take part in peer massage- this was very relaxing! Others participated in Lego Therapy, which we loved! One class even had a karaoke session- this made us feel GREAT! Thank you Mrs Porter for our wonderful yoga session. It was a relaxing and lovely day at Mersey Park. We loved coming into school in our comfy slippers!