Howdy Year 4,
We have loved hearing from some of you on the phone and we will be continuing with these phone calls over the next few weeks. Remember all of our work on the blog is posted as a suggestion and for you to complete as much as you are able to.
Some of the children in school have been painting pebbles and we will be creating a school snake on both sites. We thought it would be lovely if some of the children not able to attend school at the moment could join in with this whole-school project. If you would like to add to the snake, you need to paint a stone or stones and drop them off into the box outside of the school office (there is one on each site). You can name your stones if you wish to and we will post pictures of the snake as it grows.
Keep safe and keep smiling!
Miss Tew, Mrs Carsberg and Miss Moloney x
Scholastic Reading and TT Rockstars
We have assigned a new book for you to read this week linked to our Geography topic for this term. It is a non-fiction book this week (Rivers and Lakes). Once you have completed the book, there is not a quiz this time but you could complete some further research about local rivers and lakes. What is the most interesting fact you can find about the River Nene? See if you can make your own mini book about rivers and lakes in Northamptonshire. Scholastic Reading Handout for Parents
For TT Rockstars this week, we would like to see you entering the Studio to receive your Rock Status. Can anyone achieve Rock Hero status? On the whole-school leader board, we currently have 8 children from Year 4 in the Top 50. We would love to increase this number.
Maths Activity Ideas
We were very impressed with your active maths challenges from last week. We hope you learnt the prime numbers up 20 and maybe even all the way to 100. Keep working hard and sharing your activities with us through the comments section or our Facebook page.
Task 1: Design a menu with 5 starters, 5 main courses and 5 desserts. What could someone come in and order? Can you work in a system to find all of the combinations of 3-course meals that could be served to customers? Remember to be systematic.
Task 2: Use the menu you created yesterday to make a price list of each item. Calculate how much each of the combinations you found would cost. Bonus challenge – what is the cheapest 3-course meal on your menu? What is the most expensive?
Task 3: Choose one line from a book you have at home. Count the total number of letters in the line. Create a tally chart for each letter of the alphabet. What fraction on the line is the letter A, B, C, etc. Which is the largest fraction? Why do you think this is?
Task 4: Choose a whole page from a book (try not to pick one that is too long). Count how many letters on the page are consonants and how many of them are vowels. Bonus challenge – Express this as a fraction of the total letters. See if you can write the fraction in its simplest form.
Task 5: Tell someone in your house about the different types of angles. Use the poster below to help you. Complete an angle hunt around your house. What is the most common angle you find? Why do you think this is?
English Activity Ideas
We would like you to complete some writing about the dragon you created last week. Remember you can send pictures of your dragons through the messages section on the Facebook page.
Task 1: Use the example to help you write a poem about your dragon. Try to write one stanza per feature (head, eyes, scales, claws and tail). The example uses some similes. You could challenge yourself to include similes in your poem.
Task 2: You are going to create a dragon alphabet. You will need to draw a table with the headings verb, adverb, noun and adjective. For each letter of the alphabet, try to think of a dragon-related word. We have filled a few in to help you.
Task 3: Now use your ideas from Task 2 to help you write a poem called A Dragon Alphabet. You can use the 4 lines below to help you get started.
Task 4: Choose your favourite poem from this week and write it on a piece of paper in your best Kinetic Letters. Take your time and make sure that you remember to join your letters in the correct places. You will also need to make sure your Brave Monkey and Scared Monkey letters are clear. Illustrate it with images of your dragon and its egg.
Task 5: Silly sentences. The boxes below contain the building blocks for silly sentences. Choose one line from each box, and arrange them to make a sentence. Think carefully about the order of the lines in your sentence and the punctuation you will need.
We thought we’d post something a bit different this week to get you thinking. We would love to hear how you would use some of these items to complete the tasks in the boxes. Get your thinking caps on Year 4!
Growing Salt Crystals
Have a look at this video. Try to grow your own salt crystals. Can you explain how they grew?
You will need; salt, a glass, warm water, string or cotton, a pencil or lolly pop stick, and paper.
- Mix salt into warm water, until no more salt will dissolve.
- Pour the mixture into a new jug.
- Tie the string to the lolly pop stick so some of it hangs down.
- Place the lolly pop stick on top of the jug and let the string hang into the water.
- Cover the top of the jug with paper.
- Leave it on a warm windowsill and watch what happens after several days.
Have a look at these bitesize lessons. Can you work out what happened to your salt and water mixture?