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Remember: any work completed by the children or any fun activities they have taken part in, send photographs to the school email: year4@grangetown.sunderland.sch.uk - it will be great to see the children having fun!! We may even put these on a display and share them with each other when back at school.

Stay safe!

Welcome to Year 4's own personal virtual school! I hope you and your families are keeping safe, happy and healthy, while spending time together and learning new and exciting things in the comfort of your own home. On this page, you will find amazing activities, lesson ideas and recommended apps and websites for you to use throughout your days away from school. This will not only help you with your learning, but will keep you having fun all day long while being around your family. I will be updating this page regularly, so WATCH THIS SPACE! You can do that by keeping an eye out for regular updates on our social media platforms of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook - see above picture to figure out where/how to find us. To get started, have a peek at this suggested daily timetable for the children of GPS.

Letter from Miss Muldowney!

Dear Year 4 - I have written you a short letter just to get us started on with our virtual learning. Although it is not the same as our amazing lessons together, I am sure we can work just as hard here and now. Read my letter to you below - click on it to make it bigger. Now, could you write write me a reply. When we are next in school, please give me your letter - I would love to read it. Or, perhaps you could ask your parents/cares to take a photo of it, and email it to our class email account: year4@grangetown.sunderland.sch.uk .

Click the letter below to make it bigger!

Letter

  • How you are feeling?
  • What have you been up to?
  • What learning activities have you done?
  • What is the first thing you would like to do when we get back to school?

I can't wait to read your replies. Speak soon. Miss Muldowney.

Week 4 - Monday 11th May - Friday 15th May

Reading Comprehension

Last Friday was Sir David Attenborough's 94th birthday. He is a very famous writer and presenter. He is well known for his work on natural history - sharing amazing facts with the world about animal and plant life. I have added a comprehension all about his life:

 Sir David Attenborough Reading  Sir David Attenborough Questions

English

In your learning pack this week, we have given you a picture called 'First Flight' - see below in colour.

The picture of owls links well with our animals and habitat topic we were completing before schools closed. In your exercise book write answers to some of the questions, write stories or be artistic with this English work! I cant wait to see what you have done. 

Spelling

You are looking at where the apostrophe is added to show possession, to show when something belongs to something or someone (or ownership). Although you have some work in your packs, I have added further practise for apostrophe for possession, here.

Some fun ideas to do - challenge yourself!

Being at home is hard when you are there all the time. When you are not completing your learning pack activities, it would be great fun for you to do some things that keep you busy and entertained: here are some ideas that you may want to bring back into school.

1) If you love to dance or sing - pick your favourite song and create a performance to it to show us when we get back to school - it will be amazing.

2) Create an art project - grab an old bed sheet or some news papers and draw or paint some life sized art. Could you make a big model of something - a creature, animal or human? I know you've done this before in school with recyclable materials - you can do it again!

3) If you love to use your iPads or technology of any sort - create an electronic poster, PowerPoint or collage full of photos of you in lockdown. Can you put it all together and present your fun times when we are back at school?

4) Create an exercise routine for you and your family to complete. Can you be the new Joe Wicks? Bring it back into school and we could complete it in PE one time as a warm up.

5) Create a stage out of a cardboard box - it does not have to be huge. Draw pictures of your favourite book characters and stick them on some spoons, create a show that no one will forget. Make stories up or act out one of your favourites. 

Week 3 - Monday 4th May - Friday 8th May

Luckily, this week you will have your amazing learning pack to keep you busy! However, it is still nice to have some other additional activities to do online! 

VE Day

Activity 1

This Friday is VE day (Victory in Europe day) which celebrates the day that Germany began to retreat from attacking Europe and surrendered. It was a great victory for Europe and was known as a public holiday from that day onwards.

Watch this video on BBC Teach that will tell you about the history behind this very special celebration.

Watch the clip and write some notes on what you learn! Can you create a poster, information leaflet, or anything you like to present the information you have found. Below the video you will find the information written down for you to read.

(Note to parents - there are some teacher notes you may want to use for support)

Activity 2

On the Teaching Remembrance website, there are resources for KS2 that can be downloaded for free onto your computer. Open the PowerPoint that shows many photos surrounded by questions - answer them and use your inference skills with some of the questions. 

One of the slides references to school (you do not need to read this one)

Have a look at the slides that give you amazing ideas for VE Day - these pictures show some below.

English

This week in your pack we have a gorgeous picture called 'Taking Shelter':

Your home learning pack has lots of different writing ideas for your English work this week, and I thought it would be lovely to see your picture in colour. Think back to our rainforest topic and let your imagination run wild.

Maths

In your maths pack this week you will find some home activities on 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s, and some addition and subtraction activities. Try remembering to use column method to help you and keep your numbers in the correct columns. Use counters if you can find some or make some with some plain paper. 

To consolidate some of your learning - have a look and try the games on Top Marks - its the same website as Hit the Button - have fun - click here!!

Spelling

Year 4 - Your spellings this week are all about homophones - words that sound the same, but that are spelt differently. Here is some further work if you need more practise.

Please remember to send any work you are proud of over to year4@grangetown.sunderland.sch.uk and the office will forward over your work to me. I will send a reply through the office admin staff. 

Week 2 - Monday 27th April - Friday 1st May
 

English

Can you write an amazing book review?

This week your challenge is to read book from your bug club account (please email the school office if you need your login details). Remember that at the end of the books, there are some fun quiz or activities. Choose your favourite book and complete a book review about it. You could fold a piece of paper in half to draw the outside cover on one side and write your book review on the inside.
You could design the way to present your book review yourself or here are some examples of book review templates:

            

Ideas for our creative writing

Here are some lovely questions linked to a task that you will enjoy on your time away from school. Again, this is from the website, once upon a picture, which we use in school! Have fun and write as much as you can. Be creative.

 

 

Maths 

Have some fun with maths this week! Take a look at the White Rose Home Learning link, can you watch the videos and complete your tasks? I know you can!It has been a long time since we practiced our addition as we did this in the Autumn Term, look at the problems on this worksheet and try work them out! - Click here for PDF worksheet questions!

 

 

Spelling

This week, your words are words ending in -sion

extension     collision     confusion     exclusion     transfusion     infusion     explosion     corrosion

Can you find the definition of each of your spellings and write them in sentences? This is a perfect chance to practise your handwriting

 

Handwriting

It is really important to continue to practise your handwriting. Here is a copy of our handwriting alphabet link or photograph below to remind you

Week 1 of a new half-term: Monday 20th - Friday 24th April

Welcome back to the new half term which is a very different beginning to our usual. As part of your home learning this week, I'd love you to dive into some of these learning activities.

 

English

Can you read The Ultimate Jungle Survival Guide? Look up any words that you're unsure of to make sure that you have a good understanding - make yourself a glossary. Now can you answer the questions? 

Have a look at some of our new spellings ending in the suffix -cian

physician

magician

politician

optician

electrician

Remember to use some of the strategies we use in our spelling journals and write the meanings of these words and use them in sentences. Remember - the more you use a word in your daily vocabulary the more you will remember it and its spelling.

Writing task - Once Upon a Picture

Click on the picture above to be taken to this fabulous website!

Underneath the picture there will be a series of questions to get you started on fully understanding this picture. What do you think the answers to these questions are? Use your imagination.

Once you have answered all these questions, write a story about these animals and the picture. Where will this adventure take you? Keep it for when we return to school. I'd love to read it!


Monday 6th - Friday 10th April - Easter Activities

Alhough this should have been the first week of your Easter holidays, I thought it would be lovely to spread the Easter joy and post some fun Easter activities for you to complete.

English

The Easter Story - Here are two links for children to learn about the story of Easter. A story shown in a video clip and a more detailed in a presentationChildren could retell the Easter story in their own words. They could make a little Easter book by folding a piece of paper. It would be great for the children to keep these and bring them back into school so we can look back on this Easter of a lifetime! 
 

How to make a folded book

Maths

Wouldn't it be great to include some maths work in your Easter activities? Of course!

White Rose Home Learning - as always, White Rose has some great activities that are linked to Easter this week. Go onto the Home Learning Link and download the activities - 

BAKE IT, PLAY IT, ESTIMATE IT and MAKE IT - Have fun!

Creative

  • Activity Village - have a selection of puzzles, colouring pages, crafts and many other Easter activities

  • Twinkl - has a number of Easter ideas including paper models, word searches, multiplication mosaics, Easter crosswords and even a mystery maths game

  • Virtual Tours - During the Easter holidays, would you like to take virtual tours of world museums, educational sites and galleries for children? Visit Buckingham Palace, The Natural History Museum, The Great Wall of China and San Diego Zoo to name but a few.

Explore the world at your finger tips...

 

Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April

Guided Reading

In class, we began reading an amazing online e-book called 'Rainforest Calling' - this was a book based on a young girl, aged 8/9, being chosen to observe each layer of the rainforest through secret cameras by her teacher. She write her observations in her journal which is how the book is set out. Our class LOVED reading this and sadly, we did not get to finish. It also shows the book from an animals perspective, which is very moving and heart warming. 

Please find the online e-book 'Rainforest Calling'  here

FOR PARENTS - There is a book guidance, it discusses what you could include when discussing this book with the children.  Find the guidance here

It would be great if you could read this e-book and enjoy the adventures of Daisy's journal. Don't worry about extra tasks and activities, however, you could recall the book to your parents, write down questions or words you don't understand and research them.

Excellent English

In school this week, the children would have been writing an non-chronological report all about the Amazon Rainforest. Sadly, they won't be in the classroom to do this so I'm going to give you some ideas on how to get started and take this learning into your home. Non-chronological reports can come in different forms (leaflets, magazine articles, newspaper articles, letters, or information sheets). Our class were focusing on writing a newspaper report. The children have learned a lot about this topic, including animals, the layers of the forest, habitats within, the different animals living there and we have also discussed deforestation.

We have been reading 'The Great Kapok Tree' - attached as a PDF here.

For some help, you could use the Great Kapok tree as a guidance to what your newspaper report is about, here are some key ideas you could report:

  • A man coming into the forest to cut down the Great Kapok tree 

  • Many different rainforest animals coming together to save the Greak Kapok tree

  • Deforestation

  • Pick an animal, report about it's life in the rainforest

In a newspaper report, the children will need to include the features needed:

A catchy title, subheadings, direct speech from interviewees, an introduction, picture, caption, past tense, paragraphs in third person.

 In these pictures below, click on each one to find some examples of newspaper reports that the children can read and use to help them structure their report.

        

        

Marvellous Maths 

 In class, we would have begun our fractions unit. Now this is a fun and engaging unit that needs to be carried on at home. I'd like to take you through a good maths sequence to follow for a maths session.

  • Step 1: Begin with a flashback four from White Rose Hub - a link here - these will provide 4 questions and the answers and will also allow children to practice the time as they can guess the time on the clock. Its a great starter and will get the brain warmed up for the lesson.

  • Step 2: Watch the video given on the White Rose Hub Learning Lesson 1 - click here for this - every day change to the next lesson while following these steps.

  • Step 3: Complete the worksheet using your knowledge from the video. At this point you may want to use some resources around the house to help you answer the questions. Ask an adult to read the question for you. Give it your best try.

  • Step 4: Ask a parent to mark your answers and discuss any mistakes you may have made. Watch the video again and see if you can correct them. 

  • Step 5: Have a well deserved break!!

Great Geography

This half term, we have been learning how to locate rainforests when looking at the map of the world. We have located South American countries as the Amazon Rainforest is located in this continent. Grab a world map - if you don't have one , use this --- WORLD MAP LINK --- and ask the children to locate and name the seven Continents, seven Oceans, Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. 

On YouTube there are a variety of rainforest videos, including 360 videos - click here. Also an exciting virtual field trip - click here. There are some great videos discussing the rainforest on YouTube.

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th March

This week, I would like you to get used to being at home, learning at home and settling into this new routine. Follow the daily timetable at the top of this page to get you used to online and home learning. Here are a few links to some cool activities you could do:

25 Day Drawing Task  100 things to do indoors Fun ideas 

Indoor Scavenger Hunt  Kim's Game  Help Children Learn

List of useful apps and websites:

Maths

                        

Times Tables Rockstars and Numbots - this website is something GPS use across school for all children. Practicing our times tables is important, and as our class know, we use them all the time to help us figure out the answers to our questions. Everyone in our class has their own TT Rockstars login. If they do not know this, please email into school to request this and I'll be happy to send it along.

                                

Sumdog - this is a website or free app, where the children can play many maths games. The children can play in multiplayer mode. It will build their confidence in maths. The children use this in school and will have their own password.  If they do not know this, please email into school to request this and I'll be happy to send it along.

          

Prodigy - Another really useful app and website that will help children with their maths. The children use this in school and will have their own password.  If they do not know this, please email into school to request this and I'll be happy to send it along.

                      

Hit the Button + Top Marks - In Y4KM, the children use hit the button a lot! It helps with the accuracy of answers and also how quick the children process the calculation. This doesn't require a password. On the website this is on (top marks) you can also play many other multiplication and maths games. 

    

White Rose Home Learning - this site has a new lesson ready, just for you, everyday! First, watch a quick video and then there is a page full of activities. (Parents - there are answer sheets available). These lessons will focus on the unit of FRACTIONS which is what we would have been focusing on in school. 

English

                  

Spelling Shed - this is a great website that focuses of spelling in the right year groups for children's learning. The children will know where they should be focusing. It provides fun ways to spell words and find missing letters. The children use this in class and enjoy getting on and becoming super spellers! The children use this in school and will have their own password.  If they do not know this, please email into school to request this and I'll be happy to send it along.

                                     

Bug Club - getting onto bug club is a great idea. It helps with your reading skills and who doesn't want to read great books for pleasure. How many books can you read before we go back to school? 

              

Pobble 365 - What a website! This is one of my personal favourites. Every day Pobble 365 gives a large photograph (they often make you want to ask many questions in the first few seconds of viewing). It's a fantastic site for writing. It provides the children with 5 different activities - question time, a sentence challenge, examples of 'sick' sentences that need to be improved, and giving children a story starter. 

                                           

Writing Legends - This is a new website to our GPS list. Each fortnight, children are provided with 4 quick write activities, which they can complete at any time and in any order. There are certain podcasts that showcase example responses and give an analysis of good writing. There are 18 different types of writing that this website can use (can you try think of them?) and they all have a different purpose, audience and rules. Alongside the podcasts, they also have annotated versions of good writing which is much nicer if you like to print off and read naturally. Have fun with this and write me some great stories.  

General:

                 

Twinkl - this website provides you with lots of fun activities and ideas that change and update everyday. Usually this comes at a cost, but, Twinkl Home Learning Hub is totally free. They even provide a daily timetable of activities for each age range. I will be referring to some of these in the next coming weeks. 

          

Classroom Secrets - is a website that gives learning packs for children while they are at home. Again, these are free for parents to use for a limited time. They are catered to each age range/year group and also, they have different subject packs - maths, grammar, punctuation and spelling, reading and practical ideas. 

                                                   

Language Angels - Bonjour Year 4, Luckily at GPS, we are rewarded with fabulous language teaching by Madame Blackett. Since we only get 1 hour a week, it would be a shame to go a long time without it... please visit Language Angels and practice your French!! While you are around home, maybe you could create some French flashcards with your own pictures on and the word used in French. Have fun, Au Revoir. 

What can you try to master before coming back to school?

 

Tie your shoe laces

This is an important skill! Who wants to be falling over their own laces? NO ONE. Click here for a link to a video that shows you a great way to learn. There are plenty of these all over the internet.  

Tell the clock on both digital and analogue

In our class, this is something we have been practising everyday on our FLASHBACK FOUR questions. We found this difficult but fun and I think it's best to carry this on at home! Now... many of you are quite good with the digital, especially because of these phones, tablets and other pieces of technology (at least they come in handy sometimes), so continue mastering this while also learning analogue, as you will see clocks on walls everywhere you go. 

Here is some amazing ideas on how to learn the time in a fun and engaging way - press here for the magic

TOP TIP - another one of my favourite activities for learning how to tell the time is to make your own clock using a paper plate - check out this awesome picture showing the finished product!!

Understanding money 

Knowing how to handle, and understand the process of money is very important. It would be great if you could master the value of each coin and note, what change you would be given if you paid for something with each of these coins and notes (ask parents to make up some of the prices) and also just count coins and notes if you ever come across them. This will improve your accuracy.

To practice your problem solving skills, use this worksheet which ask you to add up the cost of the meals for a catering company. I gave this a go and used real money to do it! 

Either print off the worksheet or keep it online and write your answers down on a random piece of paper. 

Find this worksheet when you press this image ------