Homework: Spring 1 Week 5 – Week 6

This week’s 10 Spellings are (to be learnt and tested at the end of the week – Spring 1 Week 6, 10th February):

GUARD

FORWARD

FRUIT

HEARD

ISLAND

HEART

HISTORY

IMAGINE

IMPORTANT

INCREASE

(What have they all got in COMMON? Knowing the ‘LINK’ can help us spell them…)

TTRS: ‘Tournament GENERATIONS’ SPR 1 WK 5

It got EVEN tighter this week – SEALS are oh-so-gradually CREEPING up on the Champions… only roughly 4,000 points between the two classes!! Could it BE? Could SEALS have the final push and defeat the ‘Goliath’ of PORPOISE Class???

(We’re SO close, SEALS… keep up the amazing progress!!)

THE SCORES this week:

Winners this week were PORPOISES with 22,575 points; compared to Seals impressive 17,973.

TOP 5 SCORERS this week are:

Some of the ‘Seasoned Veterans’ snuck back in again this week… they were probably affronted by being kicked out by the ‘upstarts’ last time… This week’s Top Five are: Sahaj, Nico, Luciana, Anuj & Katy (Nice to see you in here too, K!)

Remember everyone, we are asking for around 30 mins of TTRS ‘time’ per week and over 200 points, minimum. This will help us gain the skills we need for our formal test, later in the year! Don’t forget to practice your SPELLINGS, also!

SEAL Class: ‘Kneading to Practice’ (see, it’s a PUN!)

For our D&T learning this half-term, Year 4 have undertaken to learn about preparing fruit and vegetables and what constitutes a healthy and varied diet. We have also been developing skills in preparing and cooking savoury dishes, as well as techniques in mixing, kneading and baking.

While we’re not quite at ‘British Bake-Off‘ standards yet, last week, SEAL class did learn to mix and knead a basic dough for a base: Sifting and applying the flour, adding a touch of salt, and mixing in the water amount… (‘Goldilocks Principle’ here… not too much… not too little!!). We then kneaded the mixture in a large, shared bowl; before tackling a section for ourselves. The class then took the dough home, and I hope, baked and used it as a base for a weekend meal.

(Surprisingly, most of the flour stayed IN the bowl! Even Paul Hollywood must have started somewhere, right??)

Below, are the in-process pictures of flour being severely pummelled!

Lovely efforts all round, Seals! Well done! AND on a Treat Day too!

Royal Academy of Arts Young Artists’ Competition

It’s that time of year again! The Royal Academy of Arts Young Artists’ Competition! 

​The competition is open to all children ages 4 – 19 and it would be great if we can get as many children involved as possible! The artworks will be judged and the winners will be shown in the Royal Academy’s Young Artist Summer Show.  The picture above shows some of the winning contributions from last year’s competition.

Each child (ages 4 +) is able to submit one piece of artwork, using any medium of anything they choose. 

The artwork can be made using any material; it can be a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation, video, drawing, or a combination. There is no theme so artworks can be of any subject. It could also be a collaborative piece made by more than one student.

Once they have created their artwork, they will need to take a (good) photo and provide the following information:

Title

Size

How it was made

A little text about the artwork and why they chose to make it. 

Once they have made it, their parents are able to submit their work online directly using the below link or they can bring their art work and the required information into school and we can submit it for them.!

https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/submissions/1

Porpoise class, Spring 1 Week 5

This week, the children have been getting very creative in Art and DT. In DT, the children had been practising the skill of kneading. The children mixed flour and water to create dough and then kneaded that dough to create their pizza base. In Art, the children continued with the wire sculpture making. The children had first created a prototype and then created the wire sculpture and covered it in papier-mâché.
In English the children had created a storyboard for their TV advert. Deciding what stage directions they would follow, what they would say in this script, props they would use and where the camera should be placed. The children then performed that TV adverts in their groups.

Reading Diary: Uses and Questions: Spr 1 Wk 6

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Good afternoon, Year 4!

As mentioned weekly, the children will need to write a few comments about their book in the comments section of their reading diary. Can they also be sure to include the PAGE NUMBERS they have read that session.

Questions for Week 6:

FICTION

Monday:

What words does the author use to make you see/hear the story?

Tuesday:

What do you like about the way the author has written the story? Why?

Wednesday:

Do you agree with everything the main character does? Why or why not?

Thursday:

Think of the setting of your story: would you ever go there? Why or why not? 

Friday:

How would you rate your book out of 5 stars and why?

Weekend:

If you could change one thing about your book, what would it be?

NON FICTION

Monday:

Does this book have a glossary? What does it tell you? If not, if you were to add a glossary, which words would you put in it? 

Tuesday:

Look at the index or table of contents, which section was your favourite part and why?

Wednesday:

Does your book have any pictures with a caption? How does a picture with a caption make finding information easier?

Thursday:

If you were to add another section to your text, what would it be about?

Friday:

What is one thing you would change about your book?

Weekend:

Before reading: Do you already know any facts about this topic?

Please could we ensure that all children are bringing their reading diaries into school, every day; and that they are commenting in them, throughout the week.

Kindest regards,

The Year 4 Team

TTRS: ‘The Undiscovered Tournament’ SPR 1 WK 4

It’s a LOT tighter this week… on Tuesday, SEALS were on the catch-up, with only a few thousand in the game! But some in PORPOISES found their second wind… Well done. Buuuut, if this performance (‘Rockstars’… performance… get it??) continues, then Seals WILL catch up and surpass by half-term!

Still, I’m VERY PROUD to see many of us are continuing to keep up their own high standards. So far, I’ve never seen two classes, who kept such high scores for so long, before… Nice work, those people!!

THE SCORES this week:

Winners this week were PORPOISES with 27,001 points; compared to Seals impressive 19,421.

TOP 5 SCORERS this week are:

Some familiar names… those fingers must be flying! This week’s Top Five are: Sahaj, Luciana, Nico, Chester (he’s back again… YAY!) and Eric (is that a FIRST, Eric?? Nice!) (PS: Vaidish… you only missed by 300 points! SO close… do try it again next week!)

Remember everyone, we are asking for around 30 mins of TTRS ‘time’ per week and over 200 points, minimum. This will help us gain the skills we need for our formal test, later in the year! Don’t forget to practice your SPELLINGS, also!

Reading Diaries: Uses and Questions: Spr 1 Wks 4-5

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Good afternoon, Year 4!

As mentioned weekly, the children will need to write a few comments about their book in the comments section of their reading diary. Can they also be sure to include the PAGE NUMBERS they have read that session.

Questions for Weeks 4-5

FICTION 

Monday: 

Use INFERENCE- Pick a character that is not the main character. What are they thinking/feeling and why?

Tuesday: 

Find a simile/metaphor in your text. If this is difficult to find, make up your own! Make sure it makes sense within the story.

Wednesday: 

“The character I relate the most to in this book is…, because…”

Thursday: 

Describe a setting in the book in your own words. Use adjectives and figurative language.

Friday: 

Persuade the main character of an action you want them to take. Example-Persuading Edmund not to take the Turkish Delights from the White Witch in Narnia.

Weekend: 

How does the title of the book relate to the story? Give your book an alternate title and explain your choice.

NON-FICTION

Monday: 

Try to EXPLAIN what you have read as if you were teaching it to someone else. How would you go about this? What language would you use?

Tuesday: 

Make a list of important vocabulary words you have found within your text. With new/unfamiliar words, write them in green pen.

Wednesday: 

“If I wrote this book, I could improve it by…”

Thursday: 

What does the author do to engage the reader?

Friday: 

Are there examples of persuasive writing features in your text? If not, what features could the author add?

Weekend: 

Before reading: What do you know about the book/topic?

Please could we ensure that all children are bringing their reading diaries into school, every day; and that they are commenting in them, throughout the week.

Kindest regards,

The Year 4 Team

Porpoise spring 1 week 4

In Maths, children have been exploring fractions- understanding what the numerator and denominator are, recognising and finding equivalent fractions, representing different fractions and comparing and ordering fractions.

Within English, the children have been looking at persuasive devices to create adverts. Children created products that they wish to sell and use a range of persuasive devices to persuade a target audience. 
In art, children have been exploring statues and sculptures, recognising what body movements and expressions and emotions they are displaying. The children will then go on to using wire to create a sculpture of their chosen body movement.

In science, the children have been exploring the human body and the scientific names for the body parts. The children have been able to label the human body with a scientific names and the categories that they are from. The children even tried to create the limbs in our arms using elastic bands and straw. In computering, children have been using the chrome books to create and interpret data and create graphs using that date are they collected.

The children have been working really hard this term ! 🙂