Today’s learning – Monday 1st February

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • imagine
  • increase
  • important

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be learning words with the suffix -sion. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Practise this week’s words using the look, cover, write, check technique. You can a grid like this out on a piece of paper:

Grammar:

Pronouns replace a noun in a sentence. For example:

Please hang your coat on your peg. Please hang it up on your peg.

Bob has a perfectly-groomed dog. He has a perfectly-groomed dog.

Watch this video to help you:

Have a go at this online lesson for using pronouns or complete the sentences below on a piece of paper.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zv6j4xs

Here are some pronouns you can use:

hesheittheythemherhimhisoursI

English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

  1. How long was the Sea dragon sleeping on the Ocean bed?
  2. Explain what the Sea dragon ate that made him sleep.
  3. Explain Sleep Coma in your own words.
  4. Why did the killer wave swim as fast as he could away from the dragon?
  5. Where did Hiccup keep Toothless?
  6. Why did Fishlegs gasp in astonishment?
  7. Explain in your own words what Toothless did when he woke up.
  8. Why did Hiccup blink a lot when the dragon gazed at him?  

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about unit and non-unit fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Unit and non-unit fractions

German:

Today we are thinking of the popular That’s not my… book series. 

Look at this sentence builder: 

Task 1: Using the sentence builder above, write at least 5 pairs of sentences. Remember capital letters for nouns, ist for is and sind for are

Example 1: Das ist nicht mein Hund. Der Schwanz ist zu kurz. (= That’s not my dog. The tail is too short.) 

Example 2: Das ist nicht meine Katze. Die Augen sind zu groß. (= That’s not my cat. The eyes are too big.)

Task 2: Draw a picture to show what each pair of sentences mean. (In Example 1, you’d draw a dog with a tail that is too short).

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Home learning pack w/c 1st February

Here is the weekly home learning pack for this week.

The majority of the content is the same as the daily blogs but adapted slightly to avoid the need for external websites.

We are aware that moving from one link to another can be time-consuming for some so by uploading a week’s worth of learning we hope we can provide further support to those families who would prefer this method.

We have also created a home learning pack for children who may find the Year 4 work too challenging. Please find here:

The RSPB Big Bird Watch 2021

I have magpied this idea from Year 5 and I think it is a great idea for something to do this weekend!

We often think that birds are just something pretty to look at. However, they do a lot for the environment.

The RSPB is a charity that was founded in 1889 to ensure birds were protected in England, Scotland and Wales. It stands for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Using the sheet with the pictures of birds below, spend some time outdoors or you can look out of the window (it can be 5 minutes every now and then throughout the day). If you spot any of the birds below, record your sighting. You can use a tally chart if you like.

Tally Chart for Spotting BirdsDownload

Once you’ve completed your observations, you can draw a bird. Use the document below to help you.

How to Draw a BirdDownload

Miss Jennings

Answers! Friday 29th January

Reading:

  1. a) Most Carnival take place in February.

b)  This time of the year is chosen because Lent is a time of fasting so there are flamboyant and loud celebrations before this time.

2) The word brimming means that the floats and flower are full of colour.

3)  Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans and an important symbol is the King’s  cakes, which are sweet colourful cakes.

4)  Carnival in Germany is in November, whereas in other countries it is in February just before Lent.

5) The large parade in Rio takes place in Sombodromo,   a large avenue which is built for the parade.

6)  Carnivals are fun, colourful and entertaining.  It is a time that people celebrate the tradition of their country and enjoy lots of singing and dancing.  Therefore, Carnivals are very popular and they attract a lot of tourists.

7)  Cadiz carnival is in Spain and takes place in February in the build-up to Lent.  It celebrates lots of Spanish traditions and events in the news and politics.  

The Carnival in Nice, France has a religious tone to it where people eat a lot of rich food before the carnival.  The Battle of the flowers is one of the most popular parades and consists of floats full of flowers.

8)  Carnivals are a fun place to be.  They are colourful, cheerful and very entertaining.  There are lots of dances, singing and other acts that takes place.  Various foods can be enjoyed during this carnival. 

Maths:

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Today’s learning – Friday 29th January

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • heart
  • height
  • history

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be learning words with the suffix -tion. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Have a go at this wordsearch to find your spelling words:

Writing:

Can you write a story based on this image? Can you use ambitious vocabulary to describe what you would see, hear, think or feel?

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Here is a story starter, which you can use to continue the story if you wish:

The King had known that the gift he presented to his children on their 5th birthday was dangerous. He was prepared to take the risk of letting them own a pet dragon, however. One day, the twins would rule the kingdom together, and they would need all the help they could get. No-one could deny that a dragon was a powerful ally!

Before that day, though, the children had much work to do. They had to train their dragon!

This video explains how to use the story starter to help you continue the story:

English – Reading:

Today, we are going to complete a non-fiction reading comprehension. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath.

  1. a) When do most carnivals take place?

b)  Why do you think this time of the year is chosen?

2)  The word brimming is in bold letters.  What do you think this word means?

3) Where do they celebrate Mardi Gras and what is an important symbol of this carnival?

4) What is different about carnival season in Germany and other countries?

5) Where does the large parade in Rio actually take place?

6) Why do you think carnivals are so popular and attracts so many visitors?

7) Name and describe two different carnivals in Europe using your own words.

8) Imagine you have attended a carnival.  Write down what you have seen, heard and experienced, giving as much detail as possible.

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about comparing the area of different 2D shapes. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Comparing area

PSHE – Picture News:

This week’s story: Joe Biden has taken over from Donald Trump as 46th President of United States of America

Question: What makes a good leader?

Watch the following video for a virtual assembly all about this week’s news story! You may need to pause the video to give yourself some more time to think about the questions!

https://vimeo.com/channels/picturenews

Here are some other activities you could have a go at:

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Thursday 28th January

Spelling:

  • invent
  • inject
  • act
  • hesitate
  • stagnate
  • nominate
  • migrate
  • conserve
  • select

Reading:

  1. Hiccup is called, HICCUP THE USELESS by the boys in the tribe.
  2. According to Old Wrinkly Hiccup is naturally not good at Bashyball.
  3. The little problem that Hiccup feels he has is that he had to train the super-small dragon in time for Thor’s day Thursday.
  4. Hiccup feels that he cannot follow the Professor’s idea because he is not very good at yelling.
  5. Hiccup was embarrassed of his Dragon watching days as some might think it is weird talking to the dragons and therefore he went bright red in face when Old Wrinkle mentioned it.
  6. Old Wrinkly asks Hiccup to talk to the dragons instead of yelling at it as he thinks it s a highly unusual skill.
  7. Hiccup thought that talking to the dragon would not work because dragons are not a fluffy creature like a dog or a cat or a pony. 
  8. Hiccup thinks yelling was a good method to train the dragon.
  9. Old Wrinkly feels that yelling was highly effective on any dragon smaller than a sea-lion.  He feels it is positively suicidal if its tried on any larger dragons.
  10. According to Hiccup Professor Yobbish’s book needs WORDS, lot more words.

Maths:

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R.E.:

  • This is the Qur’an/Koran.
  • It should be treated with respect.
  • Before reading, Muslims perform Wudu, which means washing their hands, faces, arms and feet.
  • The Qur’an/Koran should be:
  1. Kept wrapped up in a cloth and placed on a high shelf in order to keep it safe and to show respect.

2. Put on a special stand so that it doesn’t touch the floor as the floor can be a dirty place.

Today’s learning – Thursday 28th January

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • heart
  • height
  • history

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be learning words with the suffix -tion. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

What is the root word of these words with the suffix -tion?

For example: completion -> complete

  • invention
  • injection
  • action
  • hesitation
  • stagnation
  • nomination
  • migration
  • conservation
  • selection

Writing:

Today, can you mend these ‘sick’ sentences? Can you add in adjectives and adverbs to make the sentences more interesting? Can you change the verbs to improve the sentences? You can also use a thesaurus to improve your vocabulary.

https://www.thesaurus.com/

The boy held out some food. The dragon ate it. He was green and had horns.

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Here are some videos you can watch, showing you how to improve the sentences given.

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English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

  1. What is Hiccup called by the boys in the tribe?
  2. What is Hiccup not good at naturally according to Old Wrinkly?
  3. What is the little problem that Hiccup feels that he has?
  4. Why does Hiccup feel that he cannot follow the Professor’s idea of training the dragon?
  5. Why did Hiccup go bright red in the face when Old Wrinkly revealed his secret about Dragon watching?
  6. What skill does Old Wrinkly suggest to Hiccup to train the dragon?
  7. Why does Hiccup think talking to the dragons will not work?
  8. What method does Hiccup think is a good method to train the dragon?
  9. What limitations does yelling have according to Old Wrinkly?
  10. What does Professor Yobbish’s book need according to Hiccup?

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about how to draw and make shapes with a given area. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Making shapes

R.E. – The Qur’an:

The Qur’an is the Islamic holy book. Can you watch the video and read the following information to help you fill in the gaps in the sentences below? You can copy the sentences out on a piece of paper.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z4fgkqt

  • The Qur’an is the holy book for Muslims just like the Bible is for Christians.
  • It is written in Arabic.
  • Muslims believe that no part of the Qur’an can be changed or re-written because it is the word of God and so it is perfect.
  • Because Muslims believe the Quran IS the word of God they do the following to show their love and respect for it:
  • They perform Wudu (a special way of washing themselves) which involves washing their hands, faces, arms and feet.
  • Copies of the Qur’an are sometimes kept wrapped up in a cloth around it and they are always places on a high shelf in order to keep it safe and to show respect.
  • They put it on a special stand like the one in the picture so that it doesn’t touch the floor as the floor can be a dirty place and sometimes even smelly!
Wudu

Fill in the gaps:

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Wednesday 27th January

Spelling:

Reading:

  1. Hiccup’s dragon was sleeping under his bed.
  2. Hiccup’s mother was called Valhallarama,
  3. The sentence, ‘Old Wrinkly had taken up soothsaying in his old age, mostly unsuccessful,’ means that old wrinkly has taken up predicting ones future but his predictions are mostly wrong.
  4.  Hiccup felt that people already made fun of him as he is not very tall and courageous and now he got himself a very, very small basic dragon which had made him even more a laughing stock.
  5. Reproachfully means disappointingly.
  6. The sea dragon is fifty times bigger than the dragons that the boys have caught.
  7. Hiccup felt that Old Wrinkly was getting off the point because in Berk where they live there are no Sea Dragons. Therefore, the comparison of their dragons to a Sea Dragon is a useless point. His dragon will still be the smallest of all the dragons.
  8. Hiccup was worried about how he was going to ever become a Hero.
  9. Hiccup needs to learn to become a hero the Hard Way, as he is not big, tough and charismatic like Snotlout.
  10. Old Wrinkly suggested that the hero of the future need be clever, cunning and imaginative and not just a big lump with overdeveloped muscles.

Maths:

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Today’s learning – Wednesday 27th January

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • heart
  • height
  • history

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be learning words with the suffix -tion. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Features of a non-chronological report:

Last week, you will have researched information about the Anglo-Saxons. We are going to use that research next week to start writing a non-chronological report. Today, we are going to look at the features of a non-chronological report. First of all, watch this video to learn more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1-ks2-how-to-write-a-non-chronological-report/zvbtscw

Here is an example of a non-chronological report about Vikings:

Sneyd Academy on Twitter: "An excellent non chronological report that  earned a headteachers sticker today.… "

Non-chronological reports have the following features:

  • Title
  • Subheadings
  • Paragraphs
  • Past tense (some are written in present tense, but as the Anglo-Saxons lived a long time ago, we will be using the past tense).
  • Third person
  • Pictures with captions

Can you spot the above features in this example? If you can’t print a copy, look carefully at the examples, list the features and write down any features you spot next to it on a piece of paper.

English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

  1. Where was Hiccup’s dragon sleeping?
  2. What is Hiccup’s mother called?
  3. What does the following sentence mean?   ‘Old Wrinkly had taken up soothsaying in his old age, mostly unsuccessfully.’
  4. Why did Hiccup say that he has become even more a laughing stock?
  5. What does reproachfully mean?
  6. How many times is the sea dragon bigger that the dragons that the boys have caught?
  7. Why do you think Hiccup felt the Old Wrinkly was getting off the point?
  8. What was Hiccup worried about?
  9. Why does Hiccup need to learn to become a hero the hard way?
  10. What does Old Wrinkly suggest that the Hero of the future need to have?

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about finding the area of a 2D shape by counting the squares. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Counting squares

Science – Classification keys:

A classification key is one way to classify (sort) and name living things. When using a classification key to identify living things, we use yes/no questions. Watch this video from last week as a reminder:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxjj6sg/articles/z9cbcwx

Can you complete the following classification keys by starting at the top and working your way down each branch? You can write the name in the blank boxes.

Challenge: Can you create your own classification key using yes/no questions?

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Tuesday 26th January

Spelling:

Grammar:

Reading:

  1.  Hiccup thought he might as well change his name to Ermintrude if he was a coward.
  2. The boys agreed to fight with their fists.
  3. Hiccup thought axes were a bad idea because Snotlout is good at fighting and if they used axes there is no chance of Hiccup surviving the fight as he could easily be killed.
  4. Snotlout wanted to have the fight after the Initiation day because he didn’t want to stub his toe or anything while kicking Hiccup.
  5. Snotlout thought that he will definitely win the fight because

a) He believes in his sporting abilities. 

b) He also think that he is a courageous Viking with a capacity of mindless violence.

c) He also feels that the gods have spoken as Hiccup have just managed to find only a toothless dragon for himself.

6) Hiccup and Fishlegs went to the Great Hall to look for the book that Gobber recommended.

7)  Hiccup and Fishlegs saw a hullaballoo of young barbarians fighting, yelling and playing the popular Viking game of Bashbal which was a very violent contact sport with lots of contend and very few rules.

8) There was only one chapter in the book that Gobber recommended.

9)  The author suggested to yell at the dragon to train.  He said the louder the better.

10) Hiccup was disappointed in the books because it had only a single page with no actual tips to train the dragon. 

Maths:

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