Year 4 Archive
Week beginning 14th September…
I have attached the recent Schofield and Sims entry test which we have recently attempted. Please practise some questions which you find difficult. Please do not worry! These are all the things we will be covering in Maths this year.
Week beginning 21st September…
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This week in English, we are writing a diary entry as Servius Felix, an 18-year old Roman soldier. Watch the video until 2 minutes, this will tell you about Servius and his typical day as a Roman soldier.
After watching this video, I would like you to complete the diary entry plan below. You are pretending to be Servius Felix. You should include his feelings at every point of this plan. Remember to do this in first person, in the past tense as you are telling me about your day.
Once you have completed your plan, you can begin writing your diary entry. Remember, you must start your diary entry with ‘Dear Diary,’ then start with your Introduction paragraph.
I have attached a checklist below which you can use to help you in your writing!
This week we are focusing on Roman numerals.
Can you write 1 to 10 in Roman numerals?
Can you write the 10 times table up to 100 in Roman numerals?
Once you have found these, try and complete these calculations below.
Week beginning the 27th September…
I have attached the link to download this weeks spellings.
This week in English, we are focusing on Queen Boudicca! Boudicca is one of the most well-known female warriors in British history. In 60AD she led her Iceni Tribe to battle the Roman Army in order to seek revenge and reclaim her land.
Watch these videos about Boudicca and see if you can answer the questions below.
- Why did Boudicca want revenge on the Roman Army?
- What does Boudicca look like?
- How would you describe Boudicca’s personality?
- What does Boudicca say to motivate the tribe to fight the Romans?
- What does Boudicca say to comfort the tribe about dying?
- What did the Iceni tribe use to put fear into the Romans before a battle?
Once you have completed these questions, we are going to try to write a character description about Boudicca.
Watch this video and draw two mind maps. Your first mind map will have ‘Boudicca’s personality’ in the middle. Your second mind map will have ‘Boudicca’s appearance’ in the middle. With a ruler, draw lines from each mind map and tell me, in as much detail as possible, about Boudicca’s personality and appearance. There is a template which you can use below!
Week beginning 5th October…
This week in English, we are going to write our own persuasive speech. We are going to be Boudicca, persuading the Iceni Tribe to fight in the Battle of Watling Street. Watch the video above, including Boudicca’s speech to the Iceni Tribe.
Once you have watched the video, use this key to identify the features of the persuasive speech.
Now using this plan template and the techniques you have identified above, plan your own persuasive speech as Boudicca.
This week we are focusing on Addition and Subtraction with 4 digit numbers. I have set up two online assessments on maths.co.uk which will allows myself to access the necessary data to assess the children’s attainment levels. Please message me on ClassDojo if you need your login!
This week in Topic, we are designing and constructing our own Roman shields! If you haven’t managed to join us in school for this, why not try to design one at home? Here are some designs which you could use for some inspiration!
Week beginning 12th October…
Here is an advert to join the Roman Army. Can you make your own Roman advert?
Can you answer these questions about the advert above?
1. What is one of the benefits of joining the Roman Army?
2. Can you think of two other benefits of joining the Roman Army?
3. Identify and copy both rhetorical questions used in the advert.
4. Identify two techniques the writer has used to make this advert stand out to the reader.
5. Give one word to describe how the man wearing a toga feels about Roman soldiers.
6. What is the main message of this advert?
7. Where can the reader go to sign up as a Roman soldier?
Can you sort these statements into the table?
Buy one, get one free!
Whilst stocks last.
The Moon orbits the Earth.
Once upon a time…
Do you want bright, white teeth?
Cut along the dotted line.
Sale ends at midnight!
Snow closes local schools!
This roaring, red, racing car is the must have toy of the year.
“What do you want for tea?” asked Mum.
Cool trainers designed for cool kids!
The tangy, orange flavour will tickle your taste buds.
Week beginning 19th October…
This week in English we are focusing on Instruction Writing!
In every set of instructions, there are lots of imperative (bossy) verbs and time conjunctions.
For example, an imperative verb may be: mix, place, bake, combine…
A time conjunction may be: Firstly, Next, Secondly, After That, Then…
a) Underline the imperative (bossy) verbs in the text below.
b) Circle the time conjunctions in the text below.
We are going to create our own edible Roman Roads this week! Can you follow these instructions to create your own edible Roman Road at home?
Can you see how your Roman Road looks like this diagram?
Now you have tried to create your own Roman Road, can you write your own set of instructions yourself? Make sure you include a set of ingredients and equipment which I will need!
Year 4 have been working so hard with their addition and subtraction with 4 digit numbers.
Try the following questions below.
Year 4 have had a fantastic half term and everyone has worked so hard. I feel so lucky to be their teacher! I hope you all have a lovely time off school and I am already looking forward to seeing you all in November!
Week beginning 2th November
For the next few weeks, we are focusing on story writing. Our stories are going to be based in a familiar setting, the forest.
Can you answer these questions about the story?
- What was the first thing that happened in the story?
- What was wrong with Grandma?
- Predict why you think Mum wanted the boy to go the long way to his Grandma’s house.
- Write two adjectives which the author uses to describe the cow.
- Describe the cow using your own adjectives.
- Why did the boy in the forest repeat the statement, ‘I’m poorly’?
- Can you think of a story with a similar character including the boy selling his cow?
- Predict what might happen at the end of this story.
Imagine walking through a forest, what can you smell, see, taste, touch, hear?
This week we are focusing on multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100.
This is a great way of remembering how to multiply by 10 and 100. After watching the video, try the questions below.
Week beginning 9th November…
This week in English we are analysing the characters from our class book ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne (the video of the book is attached above).
We have already met Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and Hansel and Gretel. If we focus on Goldilocks, can we describe her appearance, personality and body language from the story? Some has been already completed for you.
If you are already finished, could you add another section to this spider diagram. Can you think about her thoughts and feelings? Why don’t you try and make your own for another character?
Make sure to keep using amazing adjectives, similes and metaphors throughout our character spider diagrams!
Have a think about the characters which you would like to include in your own story with a familiar setting. Jot some ideas down. What are they called? What do they look like? What is going to happen?
REMEMBER! Our familiar setting is going to be in the Forest.
In Maths this week, we are focusing on our 6 and 9 times tables. Remember to keep practising on Times Tables Rock Stars so you are experts at your times tables, ready for the times tables assessment in Summer!
You could make a Times Tables board game? Or why don’t you ask someone to test you at home? Remember, you have a Times Tables Square in your Home Diary if you need one!
Week commencing 16th November
Spellings for this week:
immature, impossible, impatient, imperfect, immortal, impolite, immovable, improbable, imbalance, impeccable
This week we are writing our stories from our familiar setting, the Forest. As we have already discussed some ideas, it is now time to create our detailed, in-depth characters. Thinking about one character in your story, complete this table.
Now you have developed your characters and the plot, it is time to write up your story from a familiar setting. Remember, you must include the right capital letters, punctuation and paragraphs throughout. It would be amazing if you could include everything you have learned over the past two weeks, including speech marks and fronted adverbials.
This week we are focusing on our 7 Times Tables! But I will still be practising 6s and 9s from last week so we can be experts! Please keep using Times Tables Rock Stars to practise your times tables. It is important we keep practising these as we have an important times tables assessment at the end of Year 4!
Here are some sites as an alternative to Times Tables Rock stars:
You could even use the Times Tables grid in your Home Diary and test yourself or ask someone to test you in school or at home!
Week commencing 23rd November…
Spellings for this week:
ordinary, certain, suppose, breathe, increase, although, quarter, forward, length, continue
This week in English, we are making non-chronological reports about the River Tees. Using a computer, phone, iPad or books to gather some information about the River Tees. Note some information about the source, waterfall, meanders and mouth of the River Tees.
Now, find a picture of the River Tees and write up your information in your best handwriting. Make sure to include an interesting title and an introduction about the River Tees to begin your report. Once you have completed your report, self-assess your work to see if you have reached the success criteria!
|Topic title which covers the whole subject|
|Introduction paragraph including what/where|
|Information in paragraphs|
|Sub-heading for every paragraph|
|Third person so the text is impersonal|
Please keep practising our times tables, especially our 6, 7 and 9 times tables from last week! Look above for some fun games to practise your times tables.
This week in Maths, we are focusing on our new topic which is measures. Try and complete the questions below, remember…
10mm=1cm 100cm=1m 1000m=1km
Week commencing 30th November…
Spellings for this week: information, adoration, sensation, preparation, admiration, foundation, qualification, experimentation, exploration, examination
This week in English, we are focusing on poetry! This week, we are looking at Haiku poems.
Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poem writing. It is known for its small size as well as the syllables needed on its three lines. Haiku poems are typically about nature and usually about a specific season. Haiku poems can include repetition of words or sounds. The shortness of the lines can allow lots of people to enjoy Haiku poem, even people with different languages. Haiku writing requires effort but the poem is worth it. It is easy to feel a sense of perfection when reading a perfectly formed Haiku poem.
Snowdrops bow their pure white heads
To the sun’s glory.
Fresh green buds appear
Indicating spring will soon
Energize us all.
Lambs gambol in fields
Frisky with the joys of life
Visit this link to read the rest of this poem: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/haiku-year
- Where do Haiku poems come from?
- What are Haiku poems usually written about?
- Why would someone want to write a Haiku poem?
- How many total syllables are found in a traditional Haiku poem?
- How many syllables are in the first line?
- How many syllables are in the second line?
- How many syllables are in the third line?
- How are the first and third line similar?
- Does a Haiku poem usually rhyme?
- Can a Haiku poem include repetition or words or sounds?
This week, we are focusing on area and perimeter of 2D shapes. A perimeter is a path that surrounds a 2D shape. To work out the perimeter, you must add up the sides of the shapes. Think of the perimeter as the fence of the shape.
To work out the area, you must times the length of the shape by the width of the shape. This answer is always squared e.g. 4cm2 or 4m2. Think of the area as the field, and the perimeter as the fence.
Week beginning 7th December…
Spellings: experimentation, information, qualification, quarter, forward, immature, immovable, impatient, superimpose, supertanker
This week we are focusing on kennings poetry. Can you research the rules of kenning poetry? What about any interesting facts about this style of poetry?
Squirrel by Celia Warren
One grey squirrel.
Each line in a kenning poem has only two words, these words are sometimes joined using a hyphen. The two words are usually a noun and a verb, or two nouns. This two-word figure of speech is used which can be descriptive or metaphorical. For the most part, Viking and Anglo-Saxon poets created kennings for a very limited number of objects, people and aspects of nature. They are known as kennings and are often based on a metaphor. The word ‘kenning’ comes from the Old Norse language which means ‘to describe’ or ‘to understand’. When we think about the nature of poetry, part of its purpose is to explore new ways of describing and understanding the world around us.
- Underline the nouns in the poem.
- Underline the verbs in the poem.
- How many words does each line have?
- Who created kennings?
- What were their kennings poems about?
- What are kennings often based on?
- What does the word ‘kenning’ mean?
- What is the purpose of kennings?
Can you write your own kenning poem about Rudolph?
This week we are focusing on Geometry.
Work through these shapes and tell me:
a) the shape letter, b) number of sides, c) name of the shape.