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Wonderful World of Class 4
Our teachers are Miss Lawrence (Monday-Thursday) and Mrs Eadsforth (Friday).
Our class teaching assistant is Mrs. Fagan
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Home Learning- Summer
White Rose Maths
Week 5: 29th- 3rd July
This week we are learning a new text from Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’.
The first step in this process is to have the text read to them. Please read this short story called ‘The Magician’s Shop’ at least twice before showing it to them. Is there any vocabulary that your child is unfamiliar with? New words and phrases should be discussed before looking them up in the dictionary. Can your child work out what the word might mean when thinking about the whole sentence/paragraph.
Remember to ask lots of questions when reading the text with your child- what, why, when, where, how?
Please find some box nets below. Using these or creating your own on cardboard, decorate the box for your chocolates. Look at your plan from last week and adapt as you feel fit. Perhaps you would like to add a barcode, ingredients and nutritional information.
Once it is ready you can build your net and stick it together to create your box. Remember to leave the lid open so you can place your chocolate inside later this week.
Today we are going to map and learn ‘The Magician’s Shop’ using symbols and actions.
When creating your symbols, remember to try to use as little as you can. Each symbol should represent significant words or phrases and not each individual word. One symbol can represent a whole sentence or even more. These symbols are to prompt you, not spoon feed you. Actions also help to remember the text- use actions for significant nouns and verbs in the text.
This may take you longer than one day as it is a long text. Your parent/carer could prepare the story map symbols for you in advance so you focus just on the learning part. You should recite the text regularly and as accurately as possible. (A few mistakes are fine as long as they are in keeping with the story)
Think about the key features of your chocolate, what is its unique selling point? Plan either a TV advert for your chocolate or a poster. Make sure you are appealing to your target audience- if your chocolate is aimed at children then your advertisement must attract children. Think back to what you learned about chocolate adverts and about what your target audience likes. If you are creating a sophisticated, luxury chocolate for an older audience, your advert wouldn’t be full of unicorns partying on a rainbow. Plan a f=couple of ideas and share them with someone who matches the target audience- which do they like best and why? What don’t they like? How could you change this?
Today we will be making our own chocolates. Ensure you have enough chocolate to fill your moulds and any of the ingredients you wish to fill them. I practised this weekend and found I needed more chocolate than anticipated. If you want something in the core of your chocolate you may need to let the first layer cool slightly before adding it then top the rest up.
Here is the recipe I followed and slightly adapted:
Here are the ones Indie and I made:
Continue learning the text using only the symbols and actions to help you. Challenge yourself to recite it purely from memory.
Please find below a comprehension for The Magician’s Shop. Remember you can use the written text to help you develop your answers.
As we have learned, the Aztecs were one of the first to use chocolate beans. This week, I would like you to research Aztec patterns and try to create your own using your desired media (paint, pens, pencils, mosaic, collage etc.)
Film or create your advert for your chocolates using your plans and market research from earlier this week. You could even do this using stop motion or green screen.
Week 4: 22nd- 26th June
Hello Year 3 & 4!! I am happy to announce that we are going to start a new topic, going from mouth-dropping to mouth-watering. The next few weeks we will be learning all things CHOCOLATE!!! In class we are still reading ‘For the Record’, but when we have finished we will start reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I hope you are looking forward to learning about chocolate as much as I am!!
Monday 22nd June
To start off our new topic, please have a look at lots of chocolate adverts- pick all of your favourites and the most well-known chocolate bars you would find in the shops. Take note of the slogan (a short and striking or memorable phrase used in advertising) and any persuasive language used to make their bar look the best.
This PowerPoint will help you to recognise what you are looking for- Key Features of Adverts
Then record your findings, here is a sheet you can use if you wish. Choc advert analysis
Have a look at the PowerPoint ‘History of Chocolate’. Try to match and order the timeline cards.
We are going to learn more about the Mayans. Use the video on BBC Bitesize to help you locate where the Mayan’s lived. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zqv6msg. Mark both where we live and where they lived on the map below. Can you label it with the special name given to this area at that time?
Mayan Gods and Beliefs
Use the PowerPoint to learn about the Mayan beliefs then create a fact file for 4 of the Gods they worshiped.
Tuesday 23rd June
Create a list of your top 5 chocolate bars. Write sentences for all 5 explaining why they are your favourite- what do you like about them? Consider taste, texture and smell. Remember to extend your sentences using conjunctions (always explain why).
Read the information about the Mayans and their love for chocolate.
Research cacao and create an information text with all your key findings. Remember to include where it originates, images, interesting facts. You could also consider the climate in which it grows best, how to harvest the bean and how it is made in to chocolate. Here is a video to help you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJdeQABAc_w
Wednesday 24th June
Next week we will be creating our own chocolates using different sweets, fruits and biscuits. Create a list of ingredients you can buy in the supermarket that you could add to chocolate to create your own treats. For example: sea salt, jelly beans, popping candy, sultanas, nuts, dried apricots, smarties, digestive biscuits, pretzels, chilli etc.
Using this list, design 3 different chocolate bar flavours. Remember what you liked about your favourite bars and use this to create your own. It could be similar or completely different. Draw, colour and label them as a diagram.
Then write a paragraph explaining which one you are going to make, remember to include reasons for your choice.
Thursday 25th June
Chocolate bars usually have short, familiar words as names- Mars, Galaxy, Twirl, Rolo, Milky Way. Consider why this is. Why are shorter names and familiar words more appealing to the consumer?
Your Design- Use the sheets below to help you design the name, packaging and slogan for your chocolate bar. Remember it must be unique, catchy and memorable.
Masks played a central role in Maya culture. They were made for a variety of occasions and purposes. In fact, they were even used to decorate temples. Look at the PowerPoint and design or create your own Mayan mask.
Week 3: 15th – 19th June
This week we are going to look at how the author Ellie Irving describes the characters from the book. We will focus on describing Luke’s dad and what we think he may look like. Before we can begin writing the description, we must create a bank of ideas. Please see attached sheet for task outline and support.
In topic this week, we are going to create our own double-page for the Guinness World Records book.
All pages in the Guinness Book of Records are brightly coloured, littered with interesting and shocking images and gives the reader all the key facts on each record. The pages are also categorised (all the bubble records are together, the height records are on another page etc.)
When choosing what you would like on your double-page you can either stick to a category or just choose all of you favourite ones.
Research all your favourite World Records and note down all the facts. Take pictures of the images provided.
Look back at your bank of ideas for the character description. Add to and edit any other ideas you have. Use this bank to create your description. Remember this does not have to be a list of characteristics and you do not have to use all of your ideas. Carefully select the key characteristics and weave them in to a short paragraph.
Once you are happy, draw your character from your description. Does he look the way you wanted him to be imagined? Perhaps you could test it on a member of your family.
Plan and create your record page. Things to consider:
Reading Comprehension- Who Dunnit?
Alliteration Poem- Below is a poem which includes alliteration (when two or more words begin with the same letter). Have a go at creating your own version of ‘The You Can Be ABC Poem’ by thinking of jobs which begin with each letter of the alphabet and adjectives to describe them. The adjective and the job must begin with the same letter and be in alphabetical order.
CRICKET BALL AND TENNIS BALL THROW
How far can you throw a cricket ball and a tennis ball from standing? IF YOU HAVE SPACE!
Measure your throw from behind the line and where the ball lands in metres. How far can you throw a cricket ball and a tennis ball with a run up? As above but the ball must be released behind your line. Record you best throws, stating what ball was used and whether you were doing a standing throw or with a run up.
Being creative place 2 cones 100m apart, in a safe area free from hazards.
Time how fast you can run the course, ensuring that you have measured out the distance correctly and have completed a good warm up. Email me with your times 🙂
Rehearse and perform your poem for an audience. Perhaps you could use actions, intonation (voices) and/or props to help you. If you record your poem, please email the video- I would love to see them.
Below is a sheet to help you to change verbs from present to past tense and their spelling rules.
This week, as requested by the children in school, we are going to be following Rob Biddulph’s ‘Gregasourus’ tutorial. You can have a go at recreating any of his characters or even create your very own.
Using a ‘stop motion’ app on your iPad or tablet, create an animation of a character completing and winning or losing a world record attempt. This can be any record you like- eating the most doughnuts, furthest throw, blowing the largest bubble. You can use playdough, lego characters, paper character or anything you like.
If you do not have a tablet, you could complete the same task but as a flip book animation (like on the bottom right hand corners of the class book).
Here are some French phrases to learn. Can you have a short conversation with your family members?
This week we will be taking a look at the human body. Below are some worksheets and activities to support your learning.
Week 2: 8th June – 12th June
Hello!! I hope you are all well. We are missing you all very much at school and look forward to seeing you soon. Remember to email me with any work you would like to share.
This week we will continue our World Records topic work and complete some writing tasks based on the class book. You have a reading comprehension to complete over a few days. Don’t worry if you don’t have the book as I have found a preview on Google Books with all the relevant pages. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7m4SndK39fgC&pg=PA1&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=true
‘For the Record’ is set in a coastal village in Jersey. The village, Port Bren, is fictional but the island is real.
- Have a look at the harbour images and create a word bank to describe them. What can you see? Imagine what you could hear and smell near the sea.
- Remember it is best to be specific with your vocabulary.
- Once you have a word bank, look back over the word/phrases and try to ‘up-level’ your choices by adding powerful adjectives, create detailed phrases, similes, metaphors. (see example below)
Create your own challenges for your family/friends to complete. You could design as many challenges as you like, but be prepared to show their results in a table later in the week (so you won’t want too many).
- Create a list of challenges. (Remember they must be verifiable, measureable and realistic)
- Design poster for each challenge with clear instructions on them.
- Create certificates to give to the winner of each challenge. This could be hand-made or on the computer if you are planning to email certificates to your friends.
Using your bank of phrases from yesterday, create a descriptive piece of writing.
- Imagine you are walking through the harbour of Port Bren. Describe everything you experience- see, hear, taste, smell, feel. Not only should you feel physical things, but don’t forget about the emotions you would feel.
- You can set the scene for your own writing- is it a beautiful sunny day, where the birds are singing, fishermen chuckling together while they work hard, children skipping happily with their ice creams. Or are you walking through the harbour at the dead of night, where the moon beam highlights a safe path to weave in and out of the towering fishing crates, while the eerie wails of the wind sends shivers down your spine.
- Be as descriptive as possible but remember you must reach your end point- your family in the local fish and chip shop? Or the safe haven of the light house at the top of a cliff?
- Remember that every action has a reaction… D.A.E (description, action, emotion).
- Have a look at the World Record for origami elephants- https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/116935-largest-display-of-origami-elephants
- Try to create your own origami elephants. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube (some harder than others). For a simple design try creating the elephant’s head only, or if you would like to try something more challenging then have a go at doing the whole body.
- You can design your paper to be as colourful as you like before you start.
On page 10 of ‘For the Record’, Luke tells a white lie when receiving a present from his grandad.
– What is a little white lie?
– Do you think it is okay to tell white lies? Write a persuasive argument to explain your opinion on this.
Use the persuasive writing help sheet from last week and the success criteria beneath.
What you need
Do you think you have included it?
A title clearly stating what you are writing about
Thought about the audience you are writing for and how you will persuade them.
An introduction that grabs the reader’s attention and clearly explains you opinion about the topic.
Give multiple strong reasons for your opinion and tried to back them up with evidence and details.
A conclusion that restates your opinion and reminds the reader of your reasons.
SPAG to consider:
- Conjunctions to link and extend ideas (In addition, in conclusion, finally etc.)
- Fronted adverbials
- Commas and semi colons to separate items in a list
- Brackets, commas and dashes for extra information
- Exclamation marks for affect
- Rhetorical Questions
PE- William Lamb Challenges
CHALLENGE 1 – STANDING JUMP
How far can you jump from a standing position?
Mark out a line on the ground. Stand behind this line, swing your arms and see how far you can jump. Measure the jump from the line to the closest part of your body when you land, this could be your heel, or bottom if you fall backwards! Record your best of 3 jumps in cms.
CHALLENGE 4 – BALLOON KEEP IT UPPIES
How many times can keep the balloon up?
Check that you have some open space around you, this is not a game for your kitchen or sitting room! Simply blow up some balloons and the family must keep the balloons from touching the floor. How many balloons can you keep off the ground at once, for 1 minute, without any of them touching the floor? To make it harder, do not use hands or arms! Record how many people played, how many balloons were used and whether arms were used!
- The book ‘For the Record’ is set in Jersey (A British Isle of England).
- Create an information text about Jersey. Remember the features of an information text and think about including the following:
- Where is it? (describe where it is in relation to England, France and other surrounding islands and which sea it is in)
- How big it is and what is its population?
- How it is similar to other places in the UK and also France?
- The history of the island
- What life is like there?
- Cuisine, currency, weather, scenery/terrain, famous landmarks etc.
You can present this in any way you please. You could even do it like a holiday brochure advertising the island to potential visitors.
- Compete in the challenges you designed earlier in the week (you are the adjudicator, but of course you can compete too).
- Record everyone’s results in a table and present them to your competitors (any participants that have the same score should compete again to finalise the winner).
- Hold a certificate ceremony (this could be over Zoom or in your back garden) and prepare a speech thanking all participants.
Week 2: 2nd June – 5th June
Please have a look at the topic knowledge organiser for the next couple of weeks- Knowledge Organiser
For the next couple weeks we will be learning about World Records!! There will be lots of active tasks as well as formal writing. Each day there will be 2 or 3 different activities. Of course you can do more or less in a day but it will be best to follow them in order.
Next week, we will be learning from the book ‘For The Record’ by Ellie Irving. I have been in touch with her, she is thrilled that we are using her book for our topic and has authorised extracts of the book being published on our class page, but I urge you to get a copy if you can. You can find cheap copies on Amazon or download it digitally if you have a Kindle or the Amazon reading app.
Tuesday 2nd June
– Begin by trying out the challenges on the sheet and record your results in the table.
– When you have done this, write an evaluation about your attempts explaining what went well; what you found difficult; how you would do it again to improve your score and whether the challenges are a fair test.
– Spend some time exploring the Guinness Book of Records website – if you have a copy of one of the books then that would be great!
– Comprehension (Where Did it Begin?)- read the text in parts (see comprehension question sheet) and answer the questions based on the text. Remember to answer in full sentences and use evidence from the text to support your answers.
– Think about or have a short discussion about what you think is needed in order to successfully achieve a world record.
– Have a go at the ‘What is a World Record’ matching activity
– Read the page titled ‘What is a World Record?’
– Use the information to create a child friendly poster explaining how to attempt a record. Remember, you are designing the poster for someone of a similar age to you so take that into consideration when planning and creating your poster. Think about the features of a poster.
Wednesday 3rd June
– Look at the sheet called ‘Guinness World Record Titles’.
Guinness World Records Titles Information Sheet
– Focus on the first record about the Burj Khalifa
– Use Google Earth/Maps/images to see what it looks like, where it is and some background information on it.
– Challenge yourself to build the tallest freestanding structure you can in 20 minutes. (You can use any materials you have available- in school we will only have paper and tape) You can take photos of it and email it to me if you like 🙂
– Watch the following clips about the record breaking building.
Burj Khalifa videos-
– Look up images of the tallest human ever, Sultan Kosen.
– Measure yourself next to the height and record the difference. (You could make this on the floor using chalk/objects as markers, then use a measuring tape)
– Write a series of pros and cons about being that height.
– Then write these in full sentences, or as a persuasive argument. Make sure you think about all the positives and negatives and explain thoroughly. Use the ‘persuasive writing mat’ underneath.
Thursday 4th June
– Revisit the Guinness World Record Titles Information Sheet from yesterday.
– Watch the video of Otto the skating dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVnzXA9b7Ww
– Try to recreate a similar challenge. This can be done by trying to get your pet through an obstacle course or rolling a ball as far as you can under as many obstacles as possible.
– Create a 1st person diary/monologue from the perspective of the dog. You could do it from its perspective the day before the record, what it is thinking during the record or what they think and feel when it has been accomplished. It could also be a comical look at all the fuss created by the crowd and news reporters or even an interview with the reporters.
– Take part in The World’s Biggest Art Lesson that took place on the 21st May by World Book Day author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSUN5vR4QZY
– Watch the video and have a go at recreating his blue whale. There are also additional monsters/animals on his YouTube channel (please remember online safety rules when using YouTube).
Here is the next grid of activities you can complete at home. Please remember to email me, I love hearing from you all. Hope you are all well and safe, and enjoyed the lovely weather (let’s hope it returns soon). Can’t wait to see you!!
Hello everyone, I hope you are well and staying safe. Mrs Fagan, Mrs Eadsforth and I miss you all so much and we cant wait til we get back to normality.
A massive thank you to everyone who has emailed me their work. I love seeing what you have been up to and all the work, photos, videos that you have produced.
Here is another list of suggested activities for you to complete over the next few weeks. Remember you can still use activities from the first sheet and if you need any support with anything please let me know.
On behalf of the whole Class 4 team, I am so so sad that we will not be seeing your faces each day (for a little while, lets hope). We are already looking forward to seeing you again.
While you are not with us, we would love for you to continue using Spelling Shed, Maths Shed, Mathletics, Times Tables Rockstars and most importantly READ….READ…READ!
Please find a grid of activities below to complete in your own time and, if you do complete them all, then feel free to contact me via email where I will prepare some more for you. You can also contact me for support and advice if you are unsure of anything.
We are all in this together 🙂
Please remember that you can email pieces of work that you would like to share with me.
I really would love to see them and celebrate your successes and efforts 😁
Here are a list of links with free resources which you may find useful:
- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (for below chronological reading age children)
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Brigade Home Learning Resources
This term we are learning all about the rainforests around the world. We will be able to locate the main rainforests on a map and recognise the tropics in which they lie. We will learn about the animals and vegetation, and more pressing matters of deforestation and wild fires.
To kick the term off, the children took part in their very own ‘I’m A Year 4….Get Me Out Of Here’ bush tucker trials. The children enjoyed taking part in (or just watching) various different tasks. Here are some photos we would like to share with you.