Howdy Year 4,
Comment ça va? Nous espérons que vous travaillez tous dur et que vous restez en sécurité.
As you will be aware, we are creating stone snakes on each campus. The children at school have painted pebbles to create the snakes and we are inviting all of you at home to produce a stone which can be added to our snake. There are boxes available at the office on each campus for you to deliver your stone pebbles. It would be wonderful if you could be a part of this. Here are some photos for you so that you can see the snakes so far. The top snake is slithering on the Bellinge campus at the lower one is hissing away at Ecton Brook.
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 linked to the writing tasks you completed last week (Favourite Funny Poems). We hope you enjoy the poems and that they make you smile and laugh. Unfortunately, this book does not have a quiz. Instead, we would like you to choose your favourite poem from the book and try to learn it off-by-heart. Scholastic Reading Handout for Parents
For TT Rockstars this week, we would like to see you continuing to enter the Studio to receive your Rock Status. Congratulations to the 6 children from 4AT and 2 children from 4SM who have already achieved Rock Legend status. Can anyone achieve Rock Hero status? On the whole-school leader board, we still currently have 8 children from Year 4 in the Top 50. We would love to increase this number.
Maths Activity Ideas
This week, we are going to ask you to complete some activities that will build on number facts and skills we have learnt throughout Year 4. Do as many as you can and remember you do not need to print anything. You can write all of your answers on a piece of paper.
Task 1: Fact families. Use the numbers in the triangles to complete the four number sentences below. Bonus challenge – how many fact families can you find? Try to complete fact families for all of the times tables. Focus on learning 7x, 9x and 12x.
Task 2: How many ways can you complete the following calculations? Which was the most efficient method? Your challenge is to find a method that would involve using rounding and subtraction to find the answer.
233 + 96
467 + 98
103 + 99
233 + 197
467 + 399
103 + 997
233 + 4095
467 + 2397
103 + 5598
Task 3: How many different ways can you make £5.75 using only real money and notes? Make a list of all the possible combinations you find. What is the smallest amount of notes and coins you will need? What is the biggest amount of coins it would take to make £5.75?
Task 4: The number sentence is 456 x 8, but what is the question? You need to design some number story problems that would use this number sentence to find the answer. For example, a school had 456 children. They wanted to buy each child a toy costing £8. What was the total cost for the school?
Bonus challenge – how would the question be different if the number sentence was 456 ÷ 8?
Task 5: Look at the picture below. You must cross each digit off as you use it. Remember to be systematic when you are filling the boxes. It might take a few attempts before you solve the puzzle.
English Activity Ideas
This week we are going to focus on developing some characters to use in a story. In a previous post, you were asked to start thinking about a character who likes to collect things. You can use your ideas for that character to help you or start with some new ideas.
Task 1: The name game. Make a list of all the characters you know from stories you have read or use the character names we have thought of. Does their name give any clues about their character? Is there a pattern with names in different styles of books? For example, would you expect to find the name Professor Albus Dumbledore in a book about sport?
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Professor Severus Snape, Professor Albus Dumbledore
Aslan, Mr Tumnus, Edmund, Susan, Peter, Lucy, The White Witch
Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret, Rude Ralph, Perfect Peter, Miss Battle-Axe, Miss Lovely
Task 2: Heroes and villains. Divide a piece of paper in half and write the two headings (heroes and villains). Your challenge today is to think of as many adjectives you can about a character and decide if it is a hero trait or a villain trait.
Task 3: The Collector. You need to think of a name for the hero in your story. Remember what you discovered in Task 1. Their name must be suitable for a good character in a dragon story. It is sometimes helpful to draw a picture of a character before you write about them. You could draw a picture and label it with words and phrases that describe your hero. Finally, create a character profile for them.
Task 4: The Snatcher. Just like with your hero, your villain needs a carefully chosen name. The name must be suitable for using as an evil character in a dragon story. You need to complete the same activities as you did with your hero. Begin with a picture surrounded by words and phrases and after that create a character profile. Think about the characteristics of your dragon. Why does ‘The Snatcher’ want the dragons? Does ‘The Snatcher’ have any special powers to counteract the dragons?
Task 5: We love this website! You can click the buttons to generate different story ideas. Have a go at writing the story it generates for you. If you do not like one of the selections, you can click again until you find a combination that works for you. Be creative J
Science: Instant Ice Trick
We felt like doing some cool tricks this week. Can you instantly turn a liquid into a solid?
Watch this video to find out how.
Now you have done that. How could you turn it back into a liquid? How could you make your liquid evaporate?
Something to think about
What do you think? Leave a comment below to let us know.