Year Four - Home Learning Activities
Here you will find a selection of activities each week to support your child with their learning whilst at home. Scroll down the page to view:
- Teacher videos
You can find an example of a timetable for supporting your child under the 'home learning timetables' tab. Remember, the most important thing is that your child is safe and healthy. So, you may follow this exactly or do your own thing entirely. Keep sending in those pictures and updates to Class Dojo - they're great!
Transition to Year 5!
Oak National Academy
Oak National Academy offers free online classrooms for you and your children. It has been created by over 80 teachers with backing from the government. Lessons cover EYFS to Y6, in literacy, maths and science, plus, history, geography, art and languages. Each day, there are at least three hours of lessons. There is also a specialist curriculum for those with additional needs. https://classroom.thenational.academy/year-groups/
Reading and SPAG
Each day, practise the words from both lists and test yourself. Click on 'My Class Login' to play the interactive spelling games.
Here, you will also find the interactive eBooks to listen to your child read and ask questions to check their comprehension.
Head over to Hamilton's web page to find your daily grammar: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/ Here you will find the power point to support your learning. There is a lot to get through here and I am not expecting you to. However, if you're up for a challenge and missing Literacy lessons then there's so much to tackle!
I appreciate how tricky it is to support your children with new concepts in Maths, so there are different options available.
BBC Bitesize offer daily interactive lessons to revise the work that we have already done this year in class. Or, if your child feels confident to watch the White Rose videos and have a go at the new topics in Maths, that's great too (answer sheets are available).
Remember to keep practising those all-important times tables! Play and compete against your friends on TTRockstars. https://play.ttrockstars.com/
White Rose Maths
Topic - Blue Abyss
Grab your wetsuit. We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures!
History: read about the inspirational explorer, Jacques Cousteau. Respond to questions, such as ‘Who was he? What did he do? Why is he considered an important part of oceanic history?’ Make a list of further questions to use in your research about Jacques Cousteau.
Science: find out about Cornelius Drebbel, the inventor of the first submarine in the early 1600s. Investigate the materials that he used and how the first submarines worked. Create a model, demonstrating how a submarine works using a bendy straw and reusable sticky tack. Drop the model (weighted end first) into a full two litre bottle of water and screw the lid on tightly. Squeeze the bottle to make the ‘submarine’ sink and simply stop squeezing to make it surface. Describe what is happening and why (clue: what’s in the straw?) Explore the effect with bottles of different sizes, with and without lids and with varying amounts of water, describing and recording what you see.
Science: Sort a wide range of images of living things seen at the aquarium into groups. Continue to sort the images repeatedly, using a different grouping strategy each time. Group digital images onto a presentation slide, adding a title for each group and labelling individual creatures.
Science: research the food chain of a sea creature, using a diagram or model to show their findings. Use their representation to explain where their particular creature fits into the food chain. Describe it and other parts of the food chain as producers, consumers, predators or prey and consider what would happen if any of the living organisms in their chain became unavailable.
Topic - Road Trip USA!
Art and Culture of the Native Americans 18.05.20
Reading: read a range of traditional Native American legends from different tribes. Discuss one of the legends and retell the story in your own words. Answer questions about the main character or characters, a problem they had to overcome and their biggest foe or enemy.
Art and Design: design and make a personal dreamcatcher using similar materials, including string, wool, feathers and beads. The dreamcatcher was made to protect people from negative dreams which get caught up in the web and disappear when hit by the first rays of sunlight.. Positive dreams were said to pass through the hole in the centre and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.
Reading and A&D: Read the legend of the Navajo Spider Woman. Discuss how it relates to weaving and look at images of woven wall hangings from the Native American Navajo tribe. Practise this weaving technique using wool and thread to make weaving cards using card looms or large-scale, outdoor weaving frames. Weaving was a useful skill practised by women in most tribes. They made baskets to carry and store food and water. Many different materials were used, including things that could be gathered locally, such as cotton, grasses, wooden splints, bark strips and horsehair.
Computing: research to decide whether a range of statements about Native Americans are fact or fiction and share their findings. Provide children with research statements, such as: All Native Americans lived in tepees. Make sure the children know that everything they read is open to the interpretation and opinion of the writer, whether in books or online.
Design and Technology: investigate totem pole designs by looking at a range of photos and illustrations and find out about the materials and techniques used to make them. Design a totem pole that includes symbols and forms. Children could make individual poles using different-sized card tubes, using a variety of art materials to create symbols and carvings. Native American poles often show human, animal and supernatural forms. Totem poles are primarily visual representations of kinship, depicting family crests and clan membership. Common crests include the wolf, eagle, grizzly bear, thunderbird, killer whale, frog, raven, and salmon.
Music: listen to some traditional Native American music. Can you identify which instruments are making those sounds?
Meet the Iroquois (err-uh-kwoy) 11.05.20
History: Use a range of source materials to find out about the Native American Iroquois tribe. Organise your findings under headings including: food; farming; hunting; clothing; homes; warfare; customs; language and beliefs; recreation; and arts and crafts.
Design and Technology: Look at examples and diagrams of Native Iroquois longhouses. Longhouses were exactly that: houses with a long, narrow, rectangular shape. Each longhouse was home for an extended family and up to 20 or more related families lived together! Make a detailed sketch to show their shape and form. Make a model longhouse, using a range of natural materials collected from outdoors.
American Icons 04.05.20
Geography: Find out about some of the most famous physical features of the US. Look at aerial views of each landmark and think about how they might have been formed. Describe and compare features and find out if and how they are used by people.
Design and Technology:
Make traditional US dishes including chicken pot pie, Minnesota hot dish, Nebraska handheld meat pies, Natchitoches meat pie from Louisiana and hot dogs from just about everywhere! Taste test your dish and evaluate the success of your cooking. Other dishes could include pumpkin, pecan, apple and blueberry pie with ice cream. Yum!
History: Place a range of US iconic people on a timeline and find out more about ones that interest you and write a short biography of them. Express an opinion on what makes them iconic and discuss whether they have had a positive or negative impact on US society.
Computing: Program a vehicle to travel along the iconic US highway, Route 66, stopping at different locations and attractions. Plot your route using a map, marking locations to be visited. Plan and write a program based on your intended route using simple programming language such as forward, backward, right turn, repeat (for a refuel every 200 miles for example) and wait (for sightseeing!) The route, locations and attractions could be chalked or mapped out (to scale) onto the playground and be completed as a floor activity, programming themselves as an iconic vehicle such as a Harley Davidson, yellow cab, dragster, Greyhound Bus, Hummer or Cadillac.
The Big Apple! 27.4.20
Geography: Have a look at the 12 pictures of some of the most famous tourist attractions in The Big Apple (a.k.a. NYC) Research them and create some fact sheets.
Computing: You are planning a tourist route for the City and you need to use your coding skills to give clear and precise directions for the journey.
Road Trip USA
Our exciting Cornerstones topic for this term is Road Trip USA!
'Buckle up, sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A! Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.'
Here are some websites to help you with your research.
22nd April - Earth Day!
Topic Activities this week will be based on Earth Day.
Each morning, tune into The Nation's PE Teacher and sweat!
On Friday afternoons, you may want to celebrate all of your work completed in the week and mark the start of the weekend. Strictly's Oti Mabuse is offering dance classes, check out her videos! https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape/videos
Each day the teachers will be uploading a video of themselves saying hello or explaining one of the tasks for the day. These will be available here or on Class Dojo.