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The information below is for parents, carers and children to help them with home learning.

 

Every day, your child should be:

 

  • Reading (or read to) for at least 30 minutes.

 

  • Completing a writing activity for 30 minutes, e.g. writing a story, a diary, a newspaper report, a book review, a letter or a fact report. This could be about anything you find interesting: plants, space, the Romans, the Egyptians, science, countries of the world, food, computers, sport… the possibilities are endless!

 

  • Be practicing number bonds and times tables for 20 minutes. (They can do this using TT Rockstars. Log in details are in the homework books). 

 

  • Being active for one hour. Click below for some ideas on staying active:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIibHixZmk6AIVyLTtCh2aQQe2EAAYASAAEgIE9vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Take a look at our lockdown work

Activities for week beginning 18th May:

 

History:

• Why did the Romans build Hadrian’s Wall?

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/hadrianswall.htm

 

• Why did the Romans leave Britain?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DrzIdOWzlc

 

• Find out about the impact of the Romans on our lives in Britain today. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqtf34j/articles/z2dr4wx

Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars. 

Please could you supervise your children logging in and out of Rockstars at the beginning and end of each session, and ensure they are only using their own account. We have had to change some children’s passwords recently. Thank you.

 

Review Roman Numerals: 

• Complete sheet. (See attachment.)

 

• Make Roman numeral matching cards e.g. XVIII  /  18. How quickly can you match them up? Take one away without looking – match them up to find which one is missing.

 

• Make a clock face with Roman numerals instead of numbers and add moving hands. Use it to practise telling the time.

 

Statistics:

• Complete 4 White Rose Maths lessons. (See attachments.)

 

• Gather information over the week on how many minutes exercise you do each day. Present the information in a chart. Write some questions about the information e.g. On which day did you do the most exercise? Challenge: Keep track of someone elses exercise over the week. Can you put both pieces of information into a chart? What do you notice?

 

 

Reading: 

•  Hadrian’s Wall Comprehension (See attachment).

 

• Continue to read every day and this week write a letter to the author explaining what you liked the best about their book, which character you liked and why, what made you laugh / scared. Ask questions about where they got their ideas from, and what their next project is going to be. 

Writing:

• Spellings: gue / que

 

league            tongue

antique           unique

dialogue         catalogue

vague             boutique

cheque           mosque

baroque          technique

plague            colleague

picturesque

 

• Talk for Writing Unit – The King of the Fishes. This unit of work follows our usual teaching sequence for writing. Try a little bit of the booklet each day. (See attachment.)

Science:

• Make a poster to encourage children to look after their teeth. Include lots of information about how to brush them, what to eat, foods we should avoid, visiting the dentist. Make it bright and use pictures to illustrate. Look at the link below for ideas.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/take-care-of-your-teeth-and-gums/

 

• Discover the different types of teeth that different mammals have. Make a sorting diagram to sort mammals into herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. Try and find out about some unusual mammals.

 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/animals-and-nature/food-chains/types-teeth/

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn22pv4/articles/z846gdm

 

Keeping Active:

• Try out this work out:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCM0C6GnrY

Activities for week beginning 11th May:

 

History / Geography: Roman Architecture

 

• Find out about Roman Architecture especially their use of arches and aqueducts. Are there any examples that still exist today? 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zq49wmn

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAUqodcXyWQ

 

• Plan out your own Roman town and label your buildings – what buildings would you include? Link back to last week - how did the Romans like to spend their time? (See attachment.)

Design and Technology Challenge:

• Use recycled card / paper / plastics to build a sturdy aqueduct to transport water from one place to another just like the Romans.

 

OR

 

• Use recycled card / paper / plastics to build an amphitheatre that has 2 storeys. Experiment with arches to see how strong you can make your structure. Check out the link to find more information:

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/amplitheatre.htm

 

 

Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars. 

Please could you supervise your children logging in and out of Rockstars at the beginning and end of each session to ensure they are only using their own account. We have had to change some children’s passwords recently. Thank you.

 

Time: 

• Estimating time – ask someone to time different times such as a minute / 5 seconds / 30 seconds etc. Put your hand up when you think that time is up. How close were you? Can you get more accurate?

 

• Time yourself doing different activities. How many jumping jacks in 30 secs? How long can you hold in plank position? How quick can you tie a shoe lace? Set challenges for others and keep a chart of everyone’s time.

 

• Reading an analogue clock: Get people to ask you the time throughout day – how quickly can you work it out?

 

• Make some matching time cards and play pairs e.g. decade / 10 years, fortnight / 2 weeks, 60 seconds / 1 minute, 24 hours / 1 day, 1 year / 365 days.  Make some challenging ones e.g. 1 day / 1440 minutes, 1 week /? hours.

 

• Learn this rhyme:

 

Thirty days hath September, 

AprilJune and November. 

All the rest have thirty-one, 

Excepting February alone,

And that has twenty-eight days clear 

And twenty-nine in each leap year.

 

• Complete 4 White Rose Maths lessons. (See attachments).

Reading: 

• What did Romans do in their spare time? (See attachment).

 

• Continue to read every day and this week collect some exciting words used by the author. What do they mean? Can you think of another word that is similar? Why do you think the author chose to use it?

Writing:

• Spellings:

  • Continue to work through the key word spellings at the centre of your Reading Journal. 

Practise these time words this week:

 

Calendar           millennium                   

Century            recent

Early                 decade

February           fortnight

Minute             Wednesday

 

• Sentence building. (See attachment.)

Science:

• Try out a practical science activity based on the digestive system:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf339j6/articles/zrm48mn

 

• Plan out a healthy menu for your family for a day. How will the different foods help your body to be healthy?

 

Keeping Active:

Create your own exercise / dance routine. Think about each part of the body that needs exercise. Which music will you choose? Teach it to someone else. (Don’t forget to give them instructions, help them count the beats and give them lots of encouragement like a real instructor).

Activities for week beginning 4th May:

 

History:

• Find out about what the Romans did for entertainment e.g. the baths, feasts, theatre, gladiators. Make notes as you read.

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/entertainment.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zy98q6f

https://www.romanobritain.org/2-arl_life/arl_roman_leisure_time.php

 

Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars

• Mental Addition: Adding to the next whole number. Write decimal numbers on cards. Turn each one over – how quickly can you work out what to add to the next number? 

E.g. 1.2 + 0.8 = 2 /  3.75 + 0.25 = 4     Time yourself!

 

Money: 

• Pounds and pence, ordering, estimating, money and 4 operations? (See 4 lesson attachments with answers). 

Reading: 

• Roman Leisure Comprehension (See attachment).

 

• Continue to read every day and think about the main characters. How does the author develop the characters? Draw a picture of the characters and annotate with words and phrases from the text that give evidence about what the characters are like. 

Writing:

• Spellings:

  • Continue to work through the key word spellings at the centre of your Reading Journal. 
  • On line spelling games.

 

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-5454.htm

 

• Gladiators: Non Chronological Writing: Organising information into paragraphs. (See attachment.)

Science:

• Learn more about the digestive system by watching these videos:

 

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/36133/digestive-system

 

Music: 

• Find out instruments used in Roman times. (See attachment)

 

• Sketch out some of the instruments and annotate them.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-ks2-romans-index/zdfk92p

 

Keeping Active:

Try out Joe Wicks on Youtube. A daily fitness lesson.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKGNzNbWjU

 

Here is a new dance work out for you to try Challenge Dance Workout:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y6bIbr-Hn0

 

Additional lessons are available from Oak National Academy and bitesize:

 

https://www.thenational.academy

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Activities for week beginning 27th April:

History:

• Find out about Boudicca and her rebellions. Why did she rebel? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC7ONgTJGKw

 

• Rotten Romans – Horrible Histories:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dohpfFPi6U

 

Geography:

• Can you find the Roman towns of Colchester, St Albans, York, Lincoln and London on a UK map? What were their Roman names? Can you follow the route of Boudicca’s attack?

 Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars

• Count in 25s (when you are really secure, try counting in 0.25s – what do you notice?).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xpnzx0iLw

 

Money: 

• Complete task on money problems. (See attachment and choose page 1, 2 or 3). 

• Money challenge cards. (See attachment).

Reading: 

• Complete Boudicca comprehension. (See attachment – there are 3 levels of comprehension and answers are included).

 

• Continue to read every day and write down some questions that the story makes you think about.

Writing:

• Spellings:

  • Continue to work through the key word spellings at the centre of your Reading Journal. 
  • Spellings: words where ‘ch makes a k sound. (List attached.)

 

• Sentence Building: improving sentences about mosaics. (See attachment.)

 

• Pretend you are Boudicca and write a speech to deliver to your tribe to persuade them to fight with you against the Romans. Try and include ideas from your learning in history.

Science:

• Find out about how the digestive system works: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z27kng8

 

• Draw your own labelled diagram or see attached sheet.

Art: 

• Find out about different shields used in the Roman army:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/shield.html

 

Design and make a roman shield out of scrap paper, card and plastic using your research.

 

Keeping Active:

Try out Joe Wicks on Youtube. A daily fitness lesson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKGNzNbWjU

 

If you would like a change, try a dance work out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=633&v=D80LZz2WkZs&feature=emb_logo

 

And remember, BBC Radio 4 are airing Homeschool History for all the family at 9.30 on Mondays, and Bitesize Daily begins Monday 20th April. For more information go to:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn9447h

 

And lessons are available from Oak National Academy:

https://www.thenational.academy

 

Please email to ststephensyear4@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk if there are any queries or if you have work you would like to show us. 

Activities for week beginning 20th April 2020

 

Their new topic is The Romans with an emphasis on how the Romans impacted on life in Britain. Again, I have tried to include a range of activities. Have fun with them and adapt them to your circumstances and manage what you can.

Geography:

• Find out where Rome is in Europe. Which country is it part of? Which sea is it in? 

History:

• Find out about the myth of Romulus and Remus.

• Find out who lived in Britain before the Romans arrived.

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/celts.htm

• Find out about why the Romans wanted to conquer Britain, the different attempts they made and the key characters involved.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z9j4kqt#zwmdjxs

Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars

 

• Start with number 3.45    Add a tenth, write the new number. Now add 3 hundredths, write the new number. Now add a ten, write the new number. Add 4 thousand. What is your final number? Repeat with different numbers.

 

Number – Roman Numerals: 

• Learn to read and write Roman numerals up to 100. (See Power Point attached). Make up your own sums to test others.

 

• Complete section A, B or C from Target Maths. (See attachment).

 

Number – adding decimals:

• Using the column method to add decimals e.g. 3.4 + 6.8 / 2.45 + 4.36 (see example attached). Write decimal numbers on different pieces of scrap paper and turn upside down. Turn 2 over at a time and add them up. Turn over another two – estimate if the total will be more or less than the previous answer, then work it out. Continue until all the cards are gone. Put your answers in order from highest to lowest.

Reading:

• Alphabetical order: Learn how put words in alphabetical order by firstly looking at the first letter. If the first letter is the same, look at the second letter.  Use a dictionary or an online dictionary to find out what these words mean and if these words originally came from Latin - the language of the Roman Empire. (See attachment).

 

• Read and order the Romulus and Remus text and pictures. Linked to History. (See attachment).

 

• Continue to read every day and make predictions about what might happen next using clues from the text.

Writing:

• Spellings:

  • Continue to work through the key word spellings at the centre of your Reading Journal. (Also attached).
  • Spellings: words ending in ce and se. (List attached).

 

• Rewrite the story of Romulus and Remus in your own words. Use a range of time connectives, use correct rules for speech and select quality language to interest your audience.

 

• Write a diary as if you are a soldier in Julius Caesar’s army attempting to conquer Britain. (Link to History).

Science:

• Teeth and their Functions: Can you name the different types of teeth and their purpose? Draw a labelled diagram of them.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z27kng8/articles/zsp76yc

 

Art:

• Find out about Roman Mosaics. 

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/mosaics.html

 

• Create a mosaic out of cut up pieces of scrap paper and card.

 

Keeping Active:

Try out Joe Wicks on Youtube. A daily fitness lesson.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKGNzNbWjU

 

Also try out:

https://app.gonoodle.com

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=5+a+day+fitness+youtube&rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB751GB751&oq=5+a+day+fitness&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.11266j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

In addition, BBC Radio 4 are airing Homeschool History for all the family at 9.30 on Mondays, and Bitesize Daily begins Monday 20th April. For more information go to:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn9447h

Activities for week beginning 30th March: 

Here are some activities similar to wthose we would have we would have been doing in school to complete our topic on Africa this week. I have tried to include a range of activities that are not too computer dependent. Have fun with them.

 

Maths:

Mental maths: 

• Timestables Rockstars

• Doubling and halving numbers to 100 at speed (stretch yourselves to having and doubling decimal numbers).

Number - Decimals: 

• Dividing numbers by 10 and 100 (see attachment – choose section A, B or C)

• Converting between metric units of length and weight (see attachments– choose section A, B or C)

• Make a matching pairs card game (out of scrap paper or card) to match decimals to fractions.

Write the fractions on one card and the decimals on an other. Turn them upside down then turn 2 over. Do they match?

½  = 0.5  ¼ = 0.25  ¾ = 0.75  1/10 = 0.1  1/5 = 0.2  1/100 = 0.01   4/10 = 0.4   15/100 = 0.15

Add some in of your own but make sure they are correct.

Play with an adult, sibling or play against the clock.

Shape and space: (Link to Art activity below).

Create a design that has 2 lines of symmetry. (See attachment symmetry task and African fabric designs).

 

 

Writing:

• Spellings:

  • Work through the key word spellings at the centre of your Reading Journal. (also attached)

• Writing a journey story: Plan out then write a journey story: (see Journey story planning and ideas attachment).

  • Why do the characters need to go on a journey? (Describe the setting before they leave).
  • Think of 3 things that might happen to them on their journey (don’t forget to build suspense – make each incident bigger than the last).
  • How will the story end? Do they get to their destination? (describe the setting when they arrive).

Don’t forget to edit your work to improve it. Have you used different types of sentences? Have you used high quality vocabulary to create impact on the reader?

Reading:

• Write a review of the book you are currently reading to persuade someone else to read it.

• Complete the reading cards attached – check your answers against the answer cards. How well did you do?

David Walliams is telling a daily story at 11.00. Elevenses with the world of David Walliams.

https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/the-worlds-worst-children-by-3/s-RYGtBgNer3Z

Science:

Find out about 3 different types of animals from Africa (mammals / birds / insects etc). Find out about their life cycle, their diet, their habitat and any special features that help them to adapt to their environment. Can you present your information in an interesting way?

 

Geography:

Find out about the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Research fact about natural features such as rivers, mountains, parkland. Find out about its infrastructure: (Roads / railways / airports / trade / etc.). Look at lots of pictures too.

Compare it to London: Make a list of how it is similar / different to London. 

Draw a map of the journey your characters took in their story. Use a key to show the natural features they pass and the use of land e.g. roads / rivers / lakes / mountains / villages / cities / farm land. Mark on where the key events in the story take place. 

 

Art: (link to Maths: shape and space)

Use the symmetrical design from your maths to make a repeated design for a traditional African fabric . (see attachment for ideas).

Create your own scenes in the style of Kenyan Artist Martin Bulinya.

Year 4 Curriculum

Autumn Term
In our first topic, 'Bombs Away',  we learn about World War Two. This is a brilliant topic as we spend time learning about lots of different areas associated with the war; evacuation, the Blitz, rationing and propaganda. We usually visit The Imperial War Museum where we can experience what it was like during the Blitz and being in a air raid shelter.

Our second topic, 'Getting to know you', is based around the book 'Secret Friends'.  This is a wonderful book based around a dilemma faced by a girl at school, and so we consider how to resolve our own problems and dilemmas.  

 

Spring Term
In the Spring term our topics are 'Shaping the World' and 'Land of the Lion King'.

In 'Shaping the World' we read the fabulous book 'Hugo', and learn all about inventors and individuals who have shaped the world as well as exploring instructional writing and biographies.  

During our 'Land of the Lion King' topic we compare our lives to those who live in a traditional African village with those who live in African cities. We even learn and perform traditional African dances and music.

 

This is our term for swimming at Wavelengths Swimming Pool, Deptford.

 

Summer Term
In our first topic 'Friends, Romans and Countrymen' we study the Romans.  Alot of our art work this term focuses around the Romans so we have great fun making Roman mosaics, tiles and many other things.

In the second half of the term we move onto the 'Vikings and Anglo Saxons' where we look at settlements and maps, Anglo Saxon jewellery, as well as making our own long boats - can we make them float though?!

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