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St Mary's R.C. Primary School

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Hemming Drive, Manchester, Lancashire M30 0FJ

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01617 894532

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stmaryseccles.rcprimaryschool@salford.gov.uk

Year 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope your families are safe and well and are managing to find the positives in this very unusual situation. We are missing you all dearly and hope the situation is soon safe enough for our community to come together again.

Accompanying this letter, is an updated learning plan to cover weeks beginning Monday 18th May and Tuesday 2nd June (week beginning 25th May is half term). In addition to this, the BBC continue to provide daily lessons.  The link for this site is https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize these will continue throughout the pandemic.

We will again be making contact with all parents and pupils over the next two weeks in order to ensure you are all well and to provide support when required with home learning. Thank you so much for sharing some of the fabulous work you have been producing, it is truly heart-warming to see the efforts that you have all been showing in these difficult times. If you want to send more work, which you are especially proud of, please send to: Year4.StMarysRC@Salford.gov.uk

For safeguarding purposes please ensure any uploading is carried out by an adult.

Teachers will continue to look at the work each Friday and respond where appropriate or necessary via email. All the links on the learning plan have been checked by school staff and they appear to be safe and are approved; however it is important that we all keep ourselves vigilant when using the internet.

 

In addition to this, on the afternoon of Thursday 21st  May, we would love you to get involved with the Joy of Moving Home School Festival. The resources are also attached to this letter. We would love to see any photographs of you taking part and again please send to your class email address.

 

If you have any concerns or need to discuss matters with a teacher or myself, please continue to contact the school office through the generic email address and we will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for all your efforts during these times you have all played your own significant part, for which we are grateful.’

 

God bless and hopefully we will see you very soon.

Best Wishes

Miss S. Agnew                

 

Learning Project WEEK 5/6 – Animals

Age Range: Y3/4

Weekly Maths Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day) 

Weekly Reading Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

●      Working on Times Table Rockstars -​ your child will have an individual login to access this (20​   mins on SOUND CHECK).

●      Classroom Secrets Website provide daily maths activities via the work packs.

●      BBC Bitesize also have daily maths lessons.

●      Play on Hit the Button -  focus on number bonds, halves, doubles and times tables. 

●      Adding totals of the weekly shopping list or some work around money. This game could support work on adding​ money. 

●      Practise telling the time. This could be done through this game (scroll down to​   access the game). Read to the quarter hour and the nearest 5 minutes. 

●      Get a piece of paper and ask your child to show everything they know about Multiplication. This could be pictures,​    diagrams, explanations, methods etc. They can be as creative as they want to be.

●      You could share a story together. This could be a chapter book where you read and discuss a chapter a day. 

●      Listen to your child read and let them discuss what they have read. Encourage them to read with expression and intonation.

●      Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world. 

●      Get your child to read a book on Oxford Owl, discuss what your child enjoyed about the book. 

●      Get your child to read a book on Active learn and complete the activities. These focus on comprehension skills. 

●      Explore new vocabulary you find when reading. What are the origins of this word? Can it be modified? Can you find any synonyms or antonyms for your new word? 

●      With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for new vocabulary they are unfamiliar with. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Spelling Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

Weekly Writing Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

●      Practise the Year 3/4 for Common

Exception words.

●      Practise your spelling on ​ Spelling Shed

●      Practise your spelling on ​ Spelling Frame

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words. Write a synonym, antonyms, the meaning and an example of how to use the word in a sentence. Can the word be modified?

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words

and practise spelling them using pyramid words. Write the word in a pyramid, e.g. 

                      s                      sp                     spe                     spel                     spell                     spelli                    spellin                   spelling

 

●    Design an information leaflet about an animal of their choice. Remember to use headings and subheadings.

 

●    Write a description of a fictional animal that has just been discovered. Think about what it looks like, where it lives and what it eats. Draw a picture to show what this new creature is like.

 

●    Write a set of instructions for how to look after a pet. Remember to include what you need and what you do.

 

●    Write a haiku poem about a bird of prey using information gathered.

 

(Think carefully about a haiku’s structure,

remembering the number of syllables required in each line)

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about key animals they are interested in. Learning may focus on exploring the physical aspects of an animal, their habitat, categorising animals etc.

 

●     Let’s Wonder:                                                                                                   

Create fact files about deadly predators. Draw pictures of the predators

and label them with information they find out. Where does the predator live? Why does it live there? What does it eat? How does it capture its prey? What special qualities do these predators have? Make a food chain to demonstrate why a predator is at the top of the chain. They could make a set of top trump cards using the information they found out.

●     Let’s Create:

 

Explore the artist Franz Marc. Find out who he was and what type of artist he was. What did he like to create pictures? Look at some of his paintings online. Then choose an animal to draw and add colour to, in a similar style to his. What do they think of his paintings? Did they like their finished piece of artwork? Why?/Why not?

 

●     Be Active:

 

Get out into the garden and make a bug hotel. Go on a mini beast hunt and record what they find. If they find any minibeasts they haven’t seen before they could always look it up online. What can they find out about these amazing creatures?

Recommendation at least 2 hours of exercise a week.

 

●     Time to Talk:

Find out which animals are their family members' favourites and why. Have a family debate about whether zoos should exist? Discuss whether they agree/disagree and why? Do their family members have a different opinion

to them? Why not debate whether animals should be kept as pets?

 

●     Understanding  Others  and  Appreciating  Differences:

Which animals are considered to be sacred around the world and why? Sacred Animals Who admires cows? Lions? Wolves? Which animals were important to the Egyptians and why?

Additional learning resources parents may wish to engage with

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs -​ These packs are split into different year groups​     and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home. 

Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email​      address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS. 

Headteacherchat - This is a blog that has links to various learning platforms. Lots of​         these are free to access. 

#TheLearningProjects

 The Joy of Moving - Please click here to download your pack

Learning Project Weeks 3 and 4 - Viewpoints

Age Range: Y4

Weekly Maths Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day) 

Weekly Reading Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

●      Working on Times Table Rockstars -​ your child will have an individual login to access this (20mins on SOUND CHECK).

●      Play on Hit the Button -  focus on number bonds, halves, doubles and times tables. 

●      Setting budgets for the weekly shopping list. If your child had x amount of money, what would they buy? Would they have change? Etc. Try with different budgets using real shopping lists to help.

●      Continue to develop skills for telling the time. Read and match these times to the nearest minute. This could be done using this game.

●      Get a piece of paper and ask your child to show everything they know about Subtraction. This could be pictures,​        diagrams, explanations, methods etc. They can be as creative as they want to be.

●      Practise counting forwards and backwards from any given number in 50s and 1000s.

●      You could share a story together. This could be a chapter book where you read and discuss a chapter a day.  Verbally give your own review of the story.

●      Listen to your child read and let them discuss what they have read. Encourage them to read with expression and intonation.

●      Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world. 

●      Get your child to read a book on Oxford Owl, discuss what your child enjoyed about the book.  Would you recommend it? Who to? Why?

●      Explore new vocabulary you find when reading. What are the origins of this word? Can it be modified? Can you find any synonyms or antonyms for your new word? 

●      With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for new vocabulary they are unfamiliar with. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Spelling Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

Weekly Writing Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

●      Practise the Year 3/4 for Common Exception words.

 

●      Practise your spelling on ​Spelling Frame

 

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words. Write synonyms, antonyms, the meaning and an example of how to use the word in a sentence. Can the word be modified? *To challenge yourself could you make a mini story out of these words? It could be a nonsense story! *

 

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words

and practise spelling them using forwards backwards. You could create a wordsearch with these spellings inside.  

●      Write instructions explaining how to make/do something in the house. This could be baking/cooking/creating something artistic.

 

●      Use Pobble365 to write the opening to a story. Describe the setting in detail and think about what could happen next.

 

●      Following on from your Pobble work, complete the questions and tasks on the webpage. These include tasks such as ‘sick sentences’ and the comprehension questions.

 

●      Write a letter/email/ text message to a member of their family that they have not seen this week. 

 

●      Take part in a writing master class

 

●      Rewrite the ending to a story you know well. If you were the author how could you add a twist or completely change how the story ends?

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about different viewpoints. Learning may focus on physical viewpoints in terms of what you can see outside of the window at home, what others can see looking into your home and then progress onto personal viewpoints and of others.

RE: Daily Prayers with Ten Ten. https://tentenresources.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=82585f83bf242b4b0a627d7e1&id=a525675f76&e=94d1fb9258

 

 

●      Let’s Wonder:

 

Draw a picture of themself and label their drawing with the qualities they have. How do others see them differently? Ask people at home to add to their qualities.  How are they different to other children in different parts of the world?  What makes them similar to other children around the world?

 

●      Let’s Create:

 

Complete an observational drawing of what they see outside a window in their house. Then get out into the garden and find natural forms such as stones, leaves, flowers and animals. Complete sketches, showing an awareness of different viewpoints of the same object. Remember to concentrate on tone and shading.

 

●      Be Active:

 

Move around their home and garden taking photographs from different viewpoints. Which photos do they like? Do the people they live with like the same photos as them? Why? Why not?  Recommendation at least 2 hours of exercise a week. 

 

●      Time to Talk: 

 

Talk about keeping safe, discuss different ways to keep safe. Basic hygiene rules, road safety, internet safety, water safety, being safe around the home, stranger danger. How do different people view this?

 

●      Understanding Others and Appreciating Differences:

 

Listen to different pieces of music from around the world, which styles of music do they prefer and why? ​Music​ Maybe they could learn a

song by heart and perform it.

 

●      Reflect:

 

Design their own ideal world. Would their world contain the same things as other people? Which things are most important to them? What are they going to include?

Additional learning resources parents may wish to engage with

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs -​ These packs are split into different year groups​     and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home. 

Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email​      address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.  Headteacherchat - This is a blog that has links to various learning platforms. Lots of​         these are free to access. 

 

 

Take part in the CWMT Wellbeing Challenge 2020

This is a free interactive challenge. The idea is to encourage young people to think positively about their mental health; it’s based around the ‘Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing’:

Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give

The challenge will be for 2 weeks (Monday 4th May - Sunday 17th), the aim is to complete at least one wellbeing activity for each of the five ways during this two-week period, and document it by sending a photo of the activity in progress to the website link below and you could be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize.

There are lots of ideas to help you out in the pack, but you are welcome to do your own activities too. Obviously, you can do much more than just one per ‘way’ if you are enjoying it!

There are 2 packs - one for primary aged children and one for secondary/sixth form age.

Information about how to take part is via this website: www.cwmt.org.uk/wellbeing-challenge

 

#TheLearningProjects

 The Joy of Moving - Please click this link to download your pack

Learning Project WEEK 1 - My Family

Age Range: Y4

Weekly Maths Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day) 

Weekly Reading Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

●      Working on Times Table Rockstars -​ your child will have an individual login to access this (20​   mins on SOUND CHECK).

●      Play on Hit the Button -  focus on number bonds, halves, doubles and times tables. 

●      Adding totals of the weekly shopping list or some work around money. This game could support work on adding​      money. 

●      Practise telling the time. This could be done through this game (scroll down to​   access the game). Read to the quarter hour and the nearest 5 minutes. 

●      Get a piece of paper and ask your child to show everything they know about Addition. This could be pictures,​               diagrams, explanations, methods etc. They can be as creative as they want to be.

●      Practise counting forwards and backwards from any given number in 10s, 100s and 1000s.

●      You could share a story together. This could be a chapter book where you read and discuss a chapter a day. 

●      Listen to your child read and let them discuss what they have read. Encourage them to read with expression and intonation.

●      Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world. 

●      Get your child to read a book on Oxford Owl, discuss what your child enjoyed about the book. 

●      Explore new vocabulary you find when reading. What are the origins of this word? Can it be modified? Can you find any synonyms or antonyms for your new word? 

●      With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for new vocabulary they are unfamiliar with. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Spelling Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

Weekly Writing Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

●      Practise the Year 3/4 for Common Exception words.

 

●      Practise your spelling on ​ Spelling Frame

 

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words. Write synonyms, antonyms, the meaning and an example of how to use the word in a sentence. Can the word be modified?

 

●      Choose 5 Common Exception words

and practise spelling them using forwards backwards. Write the word forwards then write the words backwards, e.g. forwards      sdrawrof​  

●      Write a recount of your day. This could be used in history one day to show what happened during this period.

 

●      Write a character description of a member of their family. What do they look like? How do they behave? etc...

 

●      Write a story involving members of their family. Do they have to defeat a monster? or find something they have lost?

 

●      Write a set of family rules, could they begin with ‘We always…..’ rather than

‘We do not ………’

 

●      Write a letter/email/ text message to a member of their family that they have not seen this week. 

 

●      Take part in a writing master class

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better

understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on what different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

 

RE: Daily Prayers with Ten Ten. https://tentenresources.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=82585f83bf242b4b0a627d7e1&id=a525675f76&e=94d1fb9258

 

●      Let’s Wonder:

 

Who is in your child’s immediate family? What other relatives do they have? How does their family link together? How many people do they have in their family? Why not spend time ​ looking through old photos and talking about​

the people in their families.  What family stories can they tell? How is life different to their parents? grandparents?

 

●      Let’s Create:

 

Create a piece of artwork entitled ‘Family’. This could be a drawing, a self portrait, a sculpture or collage. Could they copy another artist's style? Which materials have they chosen to use and why? How do they feel about their piece of artwork? What would they change or not? Family portraits​  .

 

●      Be Active:

 

Go Noodle with the family or have a family workout.  Fancy a dance? There are lots of Dance with Oti videos on YouTube to try. Click here... Dance. Maybe try some ​Yoga.​  Recommendation at least 2 hours of exercise a week.

 

●      Time to Talk: 

 

Perhaps they could play a board game, facetime a member of their family they have not seen this week, enjoy a family indoor picnic or have a family dinner. 

 

●      Understanding Others and Appreciating Differences:

 

Discuss how their family is different to other people’s families. Discuss whether all families are the same? Does it matter? Do all families have the same faith? Do all families worship in the same way?

 

●      Reflect:

 

Find out what music their family members enjoy. Do they like the same music? What is their favourite song? They could listen to different pieces of music together with their family. Do they like/dislike any particular types of music and why? Can they Identify the instruments they can hear and describe how the music makes them feel? Why not get them to listen to some of the classics?

 

Additional learning resources parents may wish to engage with

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs -​ These packs are split into different year groups​     and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home. 

Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email​      address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.  Headteacherchat - This is a blog that has links to various learning platforms. Lots of​         these are free to access. 

#TheLearningProjects

Please click on this link to view a Welcome Powerpoint for Year 4

Please click on this link to view Year 4 Welcome Letter

Spring 2 Learning Plan

Maths Project 

Spring 1 Learning Plan

Europe Project & Spellings

Autumn 1 Learning Plan

Autumn 2 Learning Plan