Guten tag Year 4!
Wir hoffen, es geht euch allen gut und ihr arbeitet hart.
We love catching up with you on the phone and reading through your comments on the blog. Remember all of our work is there as a suggestion and we do not expect you to print anything out. We know some of you have been enjoying activities from other websites like BBC Bitesize or completing family challenges and helping your grown-ups at home. We love hearing about these activities as well as the tasks we set for you on the blog.
Our snakes are slithering and growing on each site. Thank you to everyone who has decorated a stone and brought it in. If you would like to decorate a stone, you can then bring it to school where there is a box outside each of the offices.
Keep safe and keep smiling!
Miss Tew, Mrs Carsberg and Miss Moloney x
Scholastic Reading and TT Rockstars
We have assigned a non-fiction book this week linked to our Rainforest topic. We looked at endangered species in the rainforest. This book focuses on endangered species around the world. There is a quiz for you to complete after you have finished reading the book. 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. 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: A square number is a product of a number multiplied by itself. For example, 9 is a square number because 3×3 = 9. We would like you to learn all the square numbers up to 144 (12×12). Work systematically starting at 1×1, 2×2, 3×3 etc.
Once you have calculated these square numbers, see if you can spot any patterns. Try to learn all the square numbers from memory. You could ask someone at home to test your or challenge yourself to see how quickly you can write them down.
Task 2: In the picture below, you will see some facts about different units of measure. It is important for you to be able to convert between different units so that you can compare, add or subtract measures.
Fill in the blanks:
30mm = ? cm
42mm = ? cm
132mm = ? cm
?mm = 6.7cm
?mm = 17cm
73cm = ?m
234cm = ?m
?cm = 5.6m
Task 3: We would like you to count backwards in multiples of 3 from different starting points. You might need to draw a number line to help you. Before you count backwards, we would like you to predict if you will reach the number -30. How do you know?
Starting points: 21, 17, 30, 19, 14, 18, 24, 31
Task 4: When we completed our fractions work, we learnt lots of mathematical vocabulary. We would like you to create a poster that explains to the younger children what the vocabulary means. The words you need to include on your poster are:
Numerator, denominator, unit fraction, non-unit fraction, proper fraction, improper fraction and mixed number.
Let us know in the comments if you are struggling to remember what any of these words mean.
Task 5: Equivalent fractions are fractions that are equal to each other. In Year 4, we used a fraction wall to help us find equivalent fractions. See how many fractions you can find that are equal to one-half.
Bonus challenge – what other equivalent fractions can you find? Try to find some for non-unit fractions. How can you calculate equivalent fractions without using a fraction wall? See if you can remember the stem sentence rule.
English Activity Ideas
We are going to bring all of our ideas for the term together this week. Each day, you will add to your story so you complete it in manageable sections. By the end of the week, you will have written your very own dragon story.
Task 1: Before you write your story, you must complete a plan using a story mountain to help you. Remember you are writing an adventure story that includes dragons. Your story could also include collectors and snatchers. We have a list of 5 possible story ideas that you could use to create a story mountain:
- A collector has a rare egg which is stolen in the middle of the night and they must get it back
- Someone meets a dragon and tames it but it escapes and is caught in a trap set by hunters
- A young dragon trainer/collector warned against the ferocious Red Arrow. They ignore the warnings and go on a quest to collect one. Do they succeed in their quest or become trapped?
- You find a dragon’s egg but realise someone else is looking for it in order to destroy it
- A character is walking in a mystical land and goes through a portal into a dragon world
Task 2: Now you have planned your story, you will first need to create a cartoon strip version. This can be used like a storyboard to help you map out your story. Remember to include illustrations and key vocabulary on your comic strip. There are many comic strip books for you to read on the Scholastic website.
Task 3: Today you will write the first two sections from your story mountain. You should aim to complete at least one paragraph for each section. Start with the ‘Opening’ section. Remember this section will include the most description and create an atmosphere. Where is your story set? What characters are in your story? Why are they in this setting? What are they doing?
Next, move onto writing the ‘Build-up’ section. The plot of your story needs to move along with exciting verbs, which develop suspense. What action or event takes place that hooks the reader into the story?
Task 4: You now need to reveal the problem that your main character is facing. How does your character react? How are they feeling? You could try to use some show me, don’t tell me with their feelings. In this section, think carefully about the length of your sentences. You could use short sentences to build tension and move action along. You could also have longer sentences full of description that help the reader picture the problem in their mind.
After completing your paragraph (or paragraphs) about the problem, it is now time to write about the resolution. How is the problem solved? Do other characters or dragons arrive? Is your main character the hero who sorts the problem out?
Task 5: Finally, write the ‘Ending’ section of your story. After all the action is complete, what do your characters do now? Is everything fully resolved? Is there a cliff-hanger? Does your character cast a spell to protect against future problems? You might like to include a twist at the end or use a question in the final sentence.
Once you have completed all five sections, read your story back from start to finish checking that it flows and makes sense. Use the checklist below to help you.
History – Would you rather…?
Science: How does water get into plants?
Watch this video. Can you explain what is happening? Perhaps you could try the experiment yourself?
Something to think about
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