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For those of you who didn't get a homework book to take home: BGFL 365 will give you lots of opportunities to try new things and even offers you email access (we, your teachers, can keep an eye on what you are doing so be sensible). Go to the BGFL 365 login page and use your usual school login with @woodgate.bham.sch.uk afterwards (eg: email@example.com) with your usual school password (at).
If you want to take photos of what you have been doing to keep yourself busy at home or send in stories you have written or ask for help with learning something, or to share other ideas for activities or whatever, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr Field: email@example.com
28.03.20. Hi, Year 4.
Here is a link to a few science ideas for you to make and do whilst we are at home. Just follow the link https://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/covid19-online-learning-fun-kid-science-activities?from=Newsletter. E-mail either Mrs Samuel or myself with pictures of your creations so we can post them on our class pages. The 'Cotton Ball Launcher' looks interesting. I might make one myself!
Included in the 'Daily Activities' are two geography tasks that you may want to do.
23.3.20 - Bake some apples - Core four cooking apples (you can use eating ones but its better with cooking apples) with a corer or knife (make sure an adult is around to help) and prick the skin with a fork in a line around the middle to stop them bursting when cooking. Grease an oven proof dish that will fit the apples tightly. Put the apples in and drop a piece of butter into the hole in each one and a pinch of ginger or cinnamon then fill the hole with sugar or a mix of sugar, raisins, marzipan etc. Bake for 30 minutes at 180degrees centigrade.
For added fun - put them in an old tin biscuit tin with the lid on and bury them in the glowing embers of a fire- they won't need so long (maybe 10-15 minutes) but be careful getting them out!
Make and fly a kite - the sun is shining and the wind is gentle so find the lightest material you can (tissue paper, news paper, old plastic bag etc, a reel of string or thread, some stiff cardboard or lightweight canes or sticks fallen from trees) make a cross with the sticks and use one layer of paper to make your kite shape. Attach the string. Find a big enough space (a playing field or park), let out lots of the string (don't get it tangled) and run fast in to the on coming wind.
20.1.2020 This week we have been learning about Hinduism and reading stories. One was about an Indian squirrel [where a squirrel, who was giving help in a small but meaningful way, made all the difference in saving Rama's wife so Rama rewarded him and all his kind with beautiful golden stripes], the next one was about a decision [Arjuna's Choice - between Krishna and his spiritual guidance and his army - the man who chose Krishna himself was better able to win the battle]. Yesterday some of us did painting and some of us did acting we all enjoyed doing it. Today we carried on but showed both classes our acts and paintings; it was really fun.
In English this week we have been writing a description of Street Child . First we read a bit of the book and it was a horrific and a illegal place with punishment worst then torture. Most people perished slowly . Even though you might think "Well why didn't the health inspector shut the place down?" but they would make the place more presentable to get away with it. There has been some upgrades in ttrs/times table rock stars. There's been 2 big changes 1. garage has been replaced with gig 2. 2 - 12 has been upgraded to 2 - 13 so we've got a whole new times table to learn!
We have been working on how to improve school so we can write a report. 4F walked around school writing a list of good results and bad results of all the improvements from the last few years. Also, we have been learning about shapes and we made posters about New Zealand
and how earthquakes happen.
maths lines of symmetry is a line at make a equal distance from the symmetry line. English we wrote about 2 men robbing a bank,what they looked like and did they escape.
As part of our topic ,we went to see the horrible history film about the Romans invading Britain. It was very funny.
Firstly thank you to staff and year 4 for entertaining parents and children. secondly, thank you to all parents that entered year 4s harvest assembly.
The entertainment was fabulous we thank you all who contributed to the food bank at st.michael's church.
yesterday we had a special guest come in the guest was called Maria and did a special dance which was related to Diwali,she talked to us about Diwali and how people celebrate it.
Halloween disco took place in the Junior Hall on Wednesday .thechildren really enjoyed it with a good disco and shop,the teachers did games and competitions to help raise money for our school fund.
In year 4 this week ,we have been doing a science experiment.
We put an ice cube in the cupboard , 1 on a table and 1 on the window ledge, We checked them every 15 minutes to see which one melted first. The first to melt was the window sill followed by the one in the cupboard.
We have been practicing our Times Table Rock Stars , we have to do 60 times tables in 3 minutes.
In our Literacy lessons we have been writing a newspaper report about a cat called Tuffy.
Tuffy is a naughty cat who was taken to the vets where he spat at the receptionist and growled at the other animals, he frightened a Gerbil out of its skin.
In Maths we have been doing number lines and ordering numbers from smallest to biggest.
In French , we have been learning the names of animals and their actions.
We had our coffee morning in school today, It was rain , so we had our extra playtime in the school hall.
Written by: E.F. Z.C. A.H.
Year 4 is learning about Roman Numerals, the Romans, how to write informal letters and how to play the recorder.
The Romans invaded Britain for a number of reasons and almost lost control of Britain to the Iceni tribe.
Our English lessons were about a book called Diary of a Killer Cat. We had to design our ideal cat; Our cat's names would be Munchkin and Fluffy. Munchkin has White and grey fur with blue sparkly eyes. Fluffy is black and white with beautiful brown eyes.
In Maths we have been identifying the value of Roman Numerals. For Example, we have learned that IV means that it is 1 before 5 so therefore IV is 4.
We have also been learning how to play the recorder.
Mrs Samuel has been teaching Year 4 a song to help us to play the recorder and remember how to position ourselves.
Written by T.W and J.F.
Year 4 Autumn Term
Topic sessions will continue to be around Romans, beginning with why they came to Britain and their experiences while here.
Year 4 will be performing their Harvest Assembly on 17th October - more details nearer the time.
Maths homework given out every Friday is to be returned by the following Friday.
Children will also be issued with spellings on a Friday to be practiced at school and home ready for a spelling test the following Friday.
The children will work daily on times-tables with frequent tests. They also continue to have use of Times Tables Rock Stars which we encourage them to use at home.
4F and 4S will need their P.E kit on a Monday and Thursday, however we recommend kits remain in school for the whole week.
Another Year 4 expectation is accuracy in Accelerated Reading quizzes. The children need to be reading their Accelerated Reding book every night and quizzing in school, when they have finished the book. The children need to use their book to support them when finding the correct answer. You can support your child at home by asking them questions about what they have read and them showing you where the answer is in the book.
Please also remember to encourage your child with reading each day and sign off each 'Read' to help them gain their Challenge badges.
In class we are using the ea, ew, oi, ai and oa spelling pattern to discover and spell different words.
To support your child with their reading and understanding of old and new words, you could test them on the spelling of words with this spelling pattern in, identifying this spelling patter in words when out and about and using a dictionary to understand what new words mean.