Welcome to Class 4!
Your art project for this week and next is to use things that you can find in the garden or out on a walk like leaves or twigs etc to make rainforest animals like the ones in the pictures. Please send me a picture of yours when you've done it if you would like me to put it on the class page.
Monday 18th May 2020
Hello Year Four. Thank you everyone that has sent me a picture of your most recent art project where you took a picture of yourselves dressed as a character and then drew a picture of it. I will be adding these to the class page this week so if you haven't sent me yours yet and you would like it to go on the class page, please send it to me via email this week.
I also think it might be a good idea for you guys to email me some pictures of things you have been doing at home so that I can upload them to the class page and you guys can remind yourselves what you all look like . If you have any pictures that you want me to put on the class page, please email them through to me.
Well done to all of you who took part in last weeks PE Strava challenge. I have added up all of your times and can reveal the top 4.
4th place was Lily-Mae with a total of 1 hour 28 minutes
3rd place was Toby with a total of 1 hour 59 minutes.
2nd place was Jake with a total of 2 hours 41 minutes.
1st place was Dan with a total of 6 hours 44 minutes.
Well done guys .
Well done to everyone who completed the work on Ed Shed last week.
Our top spelling bees last week were:
3rd - Scarlett with 7,146,480 points
2nd - Toby with 7,769,016 points
1st - James with 9,186,820 points.
Our top maths bees were:
3rd - Sophie N with 824,854 points
2nd - Jake with 1,052,889 points
1st - Scarlett with 1,383,448 points.
I have set you a new maths and spelling assignment this week with 15 games to complete for each one.
We are sticking with properties of shapes and looking at angles this week.
Please follow this link and watch the videos and complete the online activities on Espresso.
I would also like you to have a go at one of these short mental maths tests every day as well please.
Once you have completed the test, follow this link for the answers.
We are going to combine literacy and topic into one this week and I'm giving you a project to get your teeth into that I think you will enjoy.
Your task is to create a children's story aimed at children in KS1 that has a rainforest theme. It could be a story that has characters that come from the rainforest or it might be set in the rainforest or maybe you have a fab idea of your own. You can make it into a book if you want with short sentences and large pictures. Please think about the audience you are writing for (KS1) and think about the sort of language/vocabulary you can use for a children's story. Have a think about/look at some children's stories that you know and see if you can copy their style of writing. You could even make it rhyme if you want to.
Can you also complete this unit on 'linking ideas within a paragraph to build cohesion' by watching the video and doing the activity.
Please keep up your 15 minutes of reading a day and don't forget to email me if you are due a certificate.
Your comprehension task this week is on an extract from 'The Demon Headmaster' by Gilliam Cross. Please can you follow the link, read the extract, take the quiz and then you can also print off the further questions as well if you would like.
Art/ Coding/ Music
I will be posting an art project for you when I am live today at 1pm. Keep your eyes peeled here on the class page.
Please continue to work through course C and D on Code.org. If you have finished both of these courses, please email me to let me know and I'll direct you on what to do next.
Please also continue with your work on Charanga. If you finish the new unit I set a couple of weeks ago, please let me know and I can set a new assignment.
Please have a read of this extract about Hindu beliefs.
Please then complete this worksheet about different forms of god.
Monday 11th May 2020
Good morning Year Four. Have a look at this weeks work. Please don't feel like you have to complete the whole list. Have a go at something from every subject and if you get time, you can do some more as well. I hope you've been enjoying the work I've been setting you. It's a bit difficult to set you stuff without being there to enjoy doing it with you all.
Keep up your daily reading and remember to email me if you need a certificate. I think some people are actually getting very close to their platinum certificates now for 250 signatures.
We are sticking with Position and Direction this week but moving on to the properties of shapes. Follow this link to Espresso.
Watch the video about triangles one day and then to the triangles quiz in the activities bit.
Watch the quadrilaterals video another day and do the quadrilateral quiz in the activities bit as well.
There are also some other videos on there that you could watch. The Line Lizard one made me laugh because I thought it was a bit weird.
If you go to the printable resources bit, there is a 2D shape drawing challenge that you can print off and have a go at at home.
The BBC are continuing with their online lessons this week. Today's lesson is on problem solving with multiplication and division and I think that this is something that we could do with a bit of a practise on. Also, if you're still not sure about dividing bigger numbers and you didn't do the BBC lessons last week, have a look back at last weeks lessons because there are a few that might help you when it comes to dividing.
Unfortunately, White Rose are not releasing worksheets for their daily lessons this week if you do not have a subscription so I'm not setting any work from there this week.
I'm going to set you a new Ed Shed assignment for maths with 10 games to complete. I'm a bit upset that Class Four is quite low on the leader boards on Ed Shed so could we all make an effort this week to get as many points as we can and hopefully get to the top of the leader boards for maths and spelling.
Well done to Scarlett (453,950), Will (255,731) and Dan (248,893) who were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the maths assignment last week.
This week I am going to set you a writing project.
Can you write a diary in the style of Anne Frank to update the Coronavirus diary entries that you all wrote on the first week of the lockdown. You can write about what you've been up to and what life in lockdown is like. Don't forget to write lots about your feelings/ emotions about the lockdown.
You can type them up as well if you want to and then send them over to me so that I can read them.
Can you follow this link to the Grammar and Punctuation bit of Espresso please.
We are looking at the punctuation bit this week.
Can you please watch the videos and complete the quizzes and activities for these units.
1. Using brackets, dashes & commas to indicate parenthesis
2. Using commas to clarify meaning
You could try to have a go at using these in your diary entries as well.
Have a look on Spelling Shed for this weeks spelling assignment. Like the maths, you have 10 activities to complete.
Well done Will (11,908,698), Jake (5,726,672) and Sophie B (2,790,162) who were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the spelling assignment last week.
Please can you follow this link to complete this reading lesson on Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird. It's got videos of the story being read by actor and TV presenter Ed Petrie. There are also some activities for you to complete.
I think it might be a good idea to give you another week to complete the leaflets that I set last week about the Amazon. Please can you send some pictures of them (inside and out) over to me if you've completed them for me to put on the class page.
If you finished this last week, please can do some research into the tribes that live in the Amazon. Here are some questions for you to research.
What are they called?
How do they survive?
Where do they live in the Amazon and why?
How are their homes under threat (In risk of being destroyed)?
Following on from our work on Diwali, this week we are looking at Hinduism. Please can you follow this link to Espresso.
There are lots of videos that you can watch if you want too.
I would like you to complete this worksheet.
It will probably be helpful to read this before you complete the worksheet as it will help you with the answers.
Please continue with the work I've set you on Charanga.
Please continue with the assignment on Code.org.
PE - A challenge for those who are interested.
If you have been going out for walks, runs or cycles with your family you can use Strava to record your activity. Ask your parents nicely if they could install the Strava App onto their phone for you and it will track your activities. You could then share your activities by emailing them to me through the Strava app and we could have a bit of a competition to see who can clock up the most activity this week. Remember that the government say that we can only exercise once a day until Wednesday. It would be unfair to say the most miles as people who cycle would have an advantage so we will go for time spent exercising.
Sarah's art project for Class Four this week is to dress up as anyone you like. This could be a superhero, a book character, a sportsman or a celebrity. You then need to take a picture of yourself and use that picture to draw a picture of yourself as that character. You need to think about the mood of the character that you are drawing and any props you might want to use like balls or books etc. Please send me a picture of your finished piece so that I can add it to the class page!
Monday 4th May 2020
Morning everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend and kept yourselves busy. Here is this weeks work for you to work through as you like.
This weeks unit of work is Position and Direction. Please could you follow this link to Espresso and watch the 2 videos. One is about plotting points and the other is about translating points. There are then lots of online activities to have a go at as well as some sheets you can print off to do at home.
I've set you a new times tables assignment on Maths Hub (4s, 8s and 12s)
Don't forget this game 'Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica' if you haven't played it yet!
This weeks work is available on White Rose is about multiplication and division. It might be useful to have a recap on this. Especially the lessons on division as I know some of you find division a bit more tricky than multiplication. There are more tutorial videos to help you but you could use Espresso as well if you wanted to.
If you didn't do any of the live lessons on BBC bitesize last week, Fridays lesson looked really good. It was maths challenges, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkfdjhv
Follow the link to have a go.
Today's lesson on the BBC will help with the first lesson of the White Rose maths for this week. It's about multiplying numbers.
Please can you complete this lesson on the BBC about using paragraphs correctly. There is quite a bit of work to do in this lesson. Especially with the bit at the end about writing a report with 4 paragraphs so I would stagger the lesson out over a couple of days.
This work on Espresso ties in perfectly with the BBC lesson on paragraphs. Please can you follow the link and watch the videos to be able to do the quizzes and the activities.
I've set you a new spelling assignment on spelling shed for challenge words.
Please keep up with your 15 minutes of reading a day. I'm going to put up 2 reading activities for this week and you can choose which one you want to do. Or maybe you want to do both!
1. The BFG. Read the extract, take the quiz and print the further questions.
2. The Worst Witch. Rachel Riley reads an extract from The Worst Witch. There are then some extracts to read yourselves and answer some questions about.
Hopefully you have been getting the science work that Mrs Davies has been posting for you. She'll be posting some more this week onto the blog so keep your eyes out for it.
Please can you follow this link to learn about saving the rainforest in Madagascar.
There is a video that is split into two parts. I struggled a bit to find how to get part 2 but there is a little button to click at the bottom of the video in part 1.
Here are some questions for you to answer.
1. How are the people who live in Madagascar destroying the rainforest?
2. What are they doing in Madagasar to try to save the rainforest?
Your project this week is to do some research into the Amazon rainforest to produce an information leaflet/brochure about the Amazon. Your leaflet can be made out of a piece of A4 folded in half. It needs to have a title page at the front with pictures and a bold heading. Inside your leaflet and on the back page, you need to have a minimum of 5 sub-headings with a paragraph of information about each sub-heading. You can include pictures with your paragraphs as well if you want to. Some examples of some sub-headings you could use are:
Where is the Amazon Rainforest? (you could include a world map in your leaflet for this one)
How big is the Amazon Rainforest?
What animals might you find in the Amazon Rainforest?
Are there any tribes in the Amazon Rainforest?
What are they doing to save the Amazon Rainforest?
Sarah is going to be sending me your art project for this week shortly so I'll update this page when I've got it.
Carrying on from last week, please can you follow this link to learn about the story of Rama and Sita.
Please can you continue with the assignments I have set you on Charanga.
Please continue with course C on code.org. When you reach the end of the course, you can print your certificates and then move onto course D in the 'My Dashboard' section.
Monday 27th April 2020
Good morning everyone. I hope you've all had a good weekend. Here is this weeks work for you to work through as best as you can.
The BBC are continuing with their daily live lessons this week if you would like to have a go at them again. Today's lesson is about using prepositions which we have been learning about in class before. There are videos and activities for you to have a go at.
Please can you follow this link and complete the first 5 activities. You can do 1 a day each day this week. Like last week there is a video to watch and then there is a quiz, a quiz plus and an activity to complete.
M//onday - Forming nouns by using prefixes
Tuesday - Using a or an
Wednesday - Word families
Thursday - The difference between plural & possessive 's'
Friday - Using Standard English verb forms
Reading comprehension - Please can you follow this link to an extract on Espresso called Ivan the Terrible by Anne Fine. You need to read the text and then take the quiz. There are also some extra questions you can have a go at if you want to.
Don't forget to do you 15 minutes of reading everyday and keep on top of your signatures in your reading records.
I've set you 2 spelling shed assignments this week and you need to complete 10 games for each one please.
Please follow the link below to open this weeks work (27/04/2020) on the White Rose Home Learning scheme. There is a lesson for you to have a go at every day.
These videos might be useful if you need a bit of extra help
I've also set you a new maths shed assignment.
You might also want to have a go at playing this game on BBC bitesize. It's called Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica!
Please can you also have a go at this times tables speed game every day to see how many you can get right in 100 seconds. You can send me your scores in the blog if you want.
The BBC are also continuing with their daily maths lessons this week if you want to have a go at them. Today's lesson is about adding 3 and 4 digit numbers which you guys are really good at. There are videos and worksheets to complete. Follow this link if you want to have a go.
The 'Why are the rainforests useful?' posters that I have received so far look great and I will be uploading these to the class page soon. Please can you carry on with these if you haven't finished them yet.
This week I want you to look at deforestation in rainforests. This is a big problem for the rainforests and the world. See if you can answer these questions about deforestation.
1. What is deforestation?
2. What are the causes of deforestation (Why do people destroy the rainforest?)
3. What are the effects of deforestation?
4. How can we stop deforestation / what are the solutions?
Use these websites to help you.
Last week I set you a new unit on Charanga called 'Stop' to complete after you have finished the lessons on Mamma Mia.
Please continue with the art project that I set at the end of last week.
Please can you continue with Course C on coding if you have not completed it yet. If you have completed course C, please go to the My Dashboard bit on code.org and find course D to start.
This week's RE is on Diwali.
Please follow the link to watch the videos and read the factfiles. There are some printable sheets for you to print off and complete. I think you will really enjoy doing the Rangoli patterns!
Monday 20th April 2020
Good morning everyone. I've been thinking to myself that if we were in school, it would probably be about time I checked your reading records to see how much reading you've all been doing. I'm sure lots of you have been doing plenty of reading anyway because you are fantastic at getting your signatures and if we were in school some of you would be due a certificate.This week I would like you to complete at least 15 minutes of reading every day as well as completing 3 activities from the tasks on the front page of your reading records. If you've been keeping up to date with your signatures and your due a certificate, email me a picture of your signed reading record and I can send you your certificate to print off.
White Rose Maths have some really good worksheets that tie in with the work on decimals that we've been doing in school. Follow this link to access this weeks lessons. There are little videos explaining what to do as well as a link to the worksheet each day and a link to the answers for each day.
If you are struggling, you can use the videos on Espresso to help you.
I see that the BBC are starting live lessons this week everyday so you could follow this link to join in with some of them as well if you like. Their maths lessons this week are a recap of the Place Value stuff that we did earlier in the year so it might be useful to go and have a refresher.
I've also set you a new assignment on Maths Shed. It's mixed addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers and you need to complete 15 games.
This weeks literacy work is to complete the online lessons on BBC bitesize every day. Today's lesson is about identifying when to use pronouns. Follow the link to have a go
Tuesday - expanded noun phrases
Wednesday - Past tense verbs and verb families
Thursday - Adding description using adverbs and adverbial phrases
Friday - Reading Lesson
There are also some good activities I'd like you to have a go at on Espresso with quizzes and activities. Follow the link to have a go.
Finally, I've set you another Spelling Shed assignment on homophones.
Have a look at this video on Youtube of the story 'A trip to the Rainforest' by Jenny Dooley
Can you answer these questions about the video?
1. How old is Mana?
2. Where does Mana live?
3. Who did Mana sit next to on the bus?
4. How many days a year does it rain in the rainforest?
5. Why is it so dark in the rainforest?
6. What products (things that we use) can we get from the trees in the rainforest?
7. Why did Mrs Fernandes tell the children not to go near the river?
8. How did the rainforest help Pablo?
Can you use these websites
To make a rainforest poster with the title 'Why are rainforests so important?'
Use bubble writing for the title as well as pictures of animals/tress/ other 'rainforesty' (made up word) things and text boxes with facts about why the rainforest is so important.
Rainforests are very colourful so use plenty of bright colours as well if you have them at home.
You can send me a picture of your poster via email and I can upload them to the class page for everyone to see.
Please continue with the new course I have set you.
Follow this link to Espresso to learn about Easter. There are videos, activities, factfiles, printable resources and images that you can have a go at.
I've set you all a new assignment on Charaga to complete if you have finished all the lessons for the Abba unit.
This art project will run through next week as well and I think you will enjoy it.
Whilst you are out in your gardens or out doing your daily exercise you could look to collect some things (leaves, twigs etc) that you can use to make a rainforest collage. Go to google and type in 'rainforest collage' and have a look at the pictures to see what I mean.
You can also use materials that you have at home like cardboard if you want.
You could also print off and cut out some rainforest animals to stick to your collage as well.
It doesn't have to be done on paper. Be creative and see what you could use at home for your base if you don't have any large pieces of paper.
Send me a picture of your finished project and I'll put them on the class page.
Tuesday 14th April
Morning everyone. I hope you've all had a restful and enjoyable Easter break. I also hope you managed to enjoy an Easter Egg or two at the weekend . I had one Egg this year and it lasted about 5 minutes.
This weeks work.
Can you log onto Espresso please and follow this link to a video on ordering decimals https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video/item495696/grade2/module495659/index.html
You can then have a go at this activity on ordering decimals. https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity/item510531/grade2/module495659/index.html
There are also 2 printable resources that you can print off and do.
Have a look at the Maths Activity Booklets I gave you in your packs. Please can you complete pages 1, 2 and 3.
I have also set you another maths shed assignment for mixed number bonds to 100. You need to complete 15 games this time with a maximum of 5 on the easy level.
I've set you another Spelling Shed assignment for the week. Its on the 3/4 spelling list that we have been doing in class. Its 15 games again please.
Please can you log onto Espresso and follow this link https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/e2_comprehension_lks2/books/book_dog_grk.html
You need to read the text 'A Dog Called GRK' and then complete the quiz.
There is also a some good work on Traditional Tales to have a go at. Follow this link https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/video_index/item719372/grade2/index.html
and choose one of the four traditional tales to watch.
There are then some online activities for each traditional tale ( https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/activity_index/item719372/grade2/index.html )
and some printable resources as well (https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/primary_uk/subject/module/printable_resources/item719372/grade2/index.html)
Topic - Rainforests
Follow the links to watch two short videos about rainforests.
Have a read of this web page (https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/rainforest-habitats)
and answer these questions.
1. What are rainforests?
2. What is the largest rainforest in the world?
3. Where in the world are rainforests located?
4. Why are rainforests important for humans and the world?
5. How many cm of rain falls in the rainforest per year minimum?
6. How many plant and animal species live in the rainforest?
7. Write 7 things that we get from the rainforests.
8. Why do plants grow so fast in the rainforest?
9. Why are rainforests getting smaller?
Please carry on with the new course I set you all on coding.
Please can you log onto Charanga and have a go at the music assignment (Abba) that I set you on there.
Follow this link to have a go at this fun rainforest art project. Send me a picture of yours when you've done it please.
Wednesday 25th March 2020.
I've been having a bit of an explore around espresso today and have found a few maths activities for you guys to have a go at. If you log into Espresso using the log ins that are at the front of your pink books and then follow this link.
Have a go at all 4 of the activities on this page. If you go to the videos bit in the top left of the screen, there are some really handy videos that will help you if your getting stuck with your methods.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
It definitely feels like spring has arrived this week with the sun making such an appearance. Your Art challenge is to draw something 'spring like'. You could colour or paint your creation if you have paints at home or just leave it black and white.
If you want to take a picture of them and email them to me, I would love to see what you have done.
Don't forget that I will be live until 11am today and again between 9am and 11am on Thursday if you want to get hold of me via the blog or class email.
Stay safe everyone.
Monday 23rd March 2020
Good morning everyone. I Hope you've had a good weekend and you all treated your mums for Mother's Day. It was good to see the sun shining yesterday wasn't it!
I'm going to upload some work for you to get on with this week. Its not a list I want you to complete today, please take your time and pace yourself throughout the week.
I have set you 2 maths assignments on Maths Shed to complete by the end of the week. You need to complete 10 games for each one and then you will be able to access the rest of the games on Maths Shed.
The first assignment is mixed addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.
The second one in mixed times tables for the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10s.
Can you also complete the 'Test of Strength' fractions worksheet from your packs please.
I have set you a spelling assignment on Spelling Shed to complete by Sunday. Like with the maths, you have to complete 10 games and then you will be able to access the rest of the games on Spelling Shed. The assignment is on Homophones.
Could you also write an Anne Frank style diary entry similar to what we did in class last week for David from Friend or Foe about what you did this weekend. You can type them up and email them to me if you want. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are nearly at the end of our World War Topic now. Your topic work challenge this week is to use the Primary Homework Help site that we have been using in school (http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/end.html) to research how World War Two ended. You could present your research on a timeline in your pink books.
I have assigned you all a new unit of coding that you could get started on this week.
I'll have a chat with Sarah and see if we can think of a good Art/Design project for you to have a go at as well.
Have a good week everyone.
I look forward to hearing from you via email.
Friday 20th March 2020
Another letter has come home tonight with further updates on the Coronavirus closure. These updates can also be found on the school website in the news section.
We will now be able to communicate with parents via our class email addresses which is email@example.com for Mr Lapham in Class Four.
Alternatively you can contact us in the blogging area of the school website. Here you can comment on any post that Mr Lapham has left on the Class Four blog page. Children have been shown how to use the blog and given their log in information for the today. This can be found on the back of the letter that is inside the pack that they brought home today.
Please note that that we will not be communicating with anyone via the class Facebook pages or our personal email addresses throughout the time that the school is closed.
Unfortunately we will be postponing the museum until later in the year. We will let everyone know a date when we return back to school after the Coronavirus closure.
Class Four recently did their own Bake Off in school. We had great fun making and decorating biscuits that were judged in 'Bake Off' style by Sarah, Irene and Mr Lapham.