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Year 4

 

Hello Year 4!

 

Well.....a huge well done! You have made it to the end of term, well just about.

 

Thank you all for staying so positive throughout this time. We are so looking forward to seeing you all back in school at the end of August. 

 

For this last week we are setting some fun challenges for you to have a go at. 

 

We wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday.

 

Best wishes,

From the Year 4 team.

 

 

 

    For all Year 4 children email

   

                                                4KK@littlebowden.leics.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

                        Week 13

                  The Final Countdown

                             Week 12

        Nearly the Summer Holidays!!

                                                                      Week 11

The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children.

 

Tomorrow 18th June at 11am follow to website address below for a Royal assembly

 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/

 

 

                  Week 10

Constellation Art

                      Week 9

                                       Week 8 

Maths for week 8

 

Welcome back to maths.  After your break you should be fully rested to take on maths, yeah!! 

White Rose maths is back with daily teaching and Friday challenge but the worksheets are down-loadable from this website not the White Rose one.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

Adding fractions, remember to add the top number (numerator),but don't add the bottom number(denominator). 

Fractions of an amount. Fractions are usually taught to start with as fractions of a whole. Half a cake, a third of an apple, quarter of a bar a chocolate, etc (often food for no apparent reason). Fractions of an amount refers to parts of a group, half the class, a third of thirty sweets etc.

 

Keep up with TTrockstars and look out for Mymaths.   BBC bitesize is still there for support

The half term's new topic is

Earth and Space

For the next few weeks we will be investigating and learning about the Earth we live on and the space around it. We will begin with the solar system and where the Earth fits in. We shall also investigate the moon, its place around Earth and how to get there!

The solar system

We will begin our new topic by finding out about the solar system.  By the way Sol is Latin for Sun so we are back to the Romans again. The solar system is the Sun system.

BBC bitesize explains well.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zdrrd2p/articles/ztsqj6f

 

A way to remember the order of the planets.

Make up a mnemonic    Here is the one I use to remember

 

My Very Early Morning Jam Sandwiches Usually Nauseate People.

 

Mercury,Venus,Earth,Mars<Jupiter,Uranus,Neptune,Pluto

 

8 or 9 planets? When I learned about planets there were nine now there is only eight. Poor Pluto is no longer a planet.

 

The following link is a bit technical and you may need some one older to help but iy does explain why Pluto is no longer a planet

 

https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/why-is-pluto-no-longer-a-planet/

Worksheets and information booklet. Solar system

Spacex launch

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This is one to watch. The space race is back on. The USA have put their own astronauts into space for the first time in nine years. They have docked with the international space station. This is a new stage in space travel.

Welcome to half term at Little Bowden. You get to stay at home but with less maths and writing!!

We didn't quite finish the Romans so I have put on a couple of powerpoints one showing why the Romans eventually had to leave Britain and a second showing some of the things the Romans left behind.

  Open them, read them and think. How did the people left behind feel? Do you think the Romans were a good or bad thing for Britain? No need to write just think and discuss.

Don't Forget our May Competition  

 

Below are some challenges for each day in May. 

There are active, writing and maths challenges for you to try. 

Who is up for the challenge?

Remember to send us in your pictures. 

Good Luck ! 

                    Week 7 

Film review for Legends of the Lost Keys

Week Seven maths

 

  White Rose maths is back to fractions this week. Mostly revision work beginning with tenths and hundredths.

  Equivalent fraction for Tuesday and Wednesday may be more easily understood with some hands on resources. Cutting up paper can help but sharing packets of sweets or cutting up a cake can really focus a child's mind especially if siblings are involved!

 Don't forget MyMaths homework and TTRockstars.

 

            https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

  The Romans

 

Key question 4.       What was life like for ordinary Romans?

 

It's easy to think that Romans spent all their time marching about and fighting everyone. As with most of history battles and important people only happen occasionally and most people for most of the time just got on with life. In fact the Roman Empire was successful because of the peace that its strength brought to its citizens.

 Research time. With permission I would like you to use the internet to find out about how Romans lived 2000 years ago. Food, houses, roads,education, pottery, sport, etc.

 

Use this information to do one or more of the following. 

 

Make an information poster in Roman life.

Write a comparison of your life and a Roman child aged 8 or 9.

Make a shoe box diorama.  Not sure what a diorama is, follow this link,

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DJKyM3JIAI     

   

Sorry its a bit American but it explains quickly what you need to know.

 

An everyday Roman's world in lego

 

A big drawing/painting showing an everyday Roman scene

 

A few possible research links 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwmpfg8

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/various.htm

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Romans.html

 

Take pictures of what you create

 

 

 

A few more ideas to keep you busy. Try a few or do lots!

Design Technology

 

The below link has some useful ideas in creating designs and expanding the children’s knowledge about how they can be used. Ideal to try outside when the weather is nice!

 

https://practicalaction.org/schools/floating-garden-challenge/

 

A message from Mr Keal

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Mr Keal sends a message , camera by Mrs Keal, 200,000 other actors involved
                Week 6

                   Latest maths update

   If you have been on to White Rose this week you will have found our access to worksheets has been limited, we are working on a solution to this. However in the meantime BBC Bitesize and White Rose maths have been working together and are combining their activities into the daily lesson. The link below will take you to the current and past lessons which include challenges.

 

                 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z63tt39/year-4-and-p5-lessons/1

 

 Many thanks to Martha's mum for checking this one out.

Maths for week six

 White Rose maths this week is all about using the skills learned last week to solve problems this week. Food is a big feature again for the first day, just like last week's Friday challenge. Has anyone got pictures of their geometric cake and how they cut it up? Can't think of a better way to learn about maths than cooking and then eating the answers.

 

     https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading comprehension

Roman Britain

 

Key question 3, part 2.  What happened when Boudicca met the Romans?

 

   In 61 AD, some years after their successful invasion, the Romans managed to upset and annoy the Celts. The Iceni in particular and their Queen especially.  Up to 100,000 blue painted, impulsive but brave Celtic warriors, many in chariots, rampaged around the South East of Britain killing Roman civilians and burning down Colchester, St Albans and even London.

   When they bumped into only 5,000 Roman soldiers about 30 miles from Market Harborough they were ready for a fight.What could possibly go wrong??

 

  Use the evidence from the past few weeks to write a short report explaining why the battle ended with nearly 80,000 dead Celts and only 400 dead Romans. 

 The Romans were here stay.

 

 

                         The Legend of the Lost Keys

 

  Welcome to The Legend of the Lost Keys. A strange story it's a bit like the Romans meet Dr Who!

   This is a good old fashioned tale from the days of "Look and Read". It shows its age as the characters don't have mobile phones and there is no internet. It was made for a wide range of school years so some of the literacy can be basic. Stick with it, it's worth it. Don't binge watch, do an episode a day and build up the tension.

 Extra marks for the parents who recognise the link with Basil Fawlty??

What have you found out so far?

Fantasy Art

Get your creative hats on this week with our Fantasy challenge. 

See below for details.

                                            Week Five 

Maths for week 5

Week 5 and a break from decimals. For the next two weeks we will be revising and extending the children's understanding of multiplication, division, area and perimeter. Times tables skills will be needed. The basics have been covered before this year and in previous years. Warning. Children are usually able to complete area and perimeter questions easily but confusion often occurs as to which one is add and which one is times!!

 

   https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

   *Where the activity says use place value counters you may need to make a few by writing 1000, 100, 10, 1 on small squares of card/paper.

 

 

 

  

Museum History

Big Question number 3 (part 1)  

Should the Celts take on the Romans?

 

So far we have learned about the Celts and looked at the reasons why the Romans decided to invade and take over Britain. This week we will learn about the Roman army. Look at the Powerpoint, it's long so take your time. Complete the work sheets and then write a short piece in your homelearning books deciding whether the Celts should take on the Romans.

  Next week we will find out what happened!

 

The Roman Legionarys Equipment.mp4

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Roman Soldiers - Demonstration of Imperial Power 2.mp4

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Oxford owl e-books and home learning resources.

 

Little Bowden School subscribes to Oxford Owl spelling and reading resources.

They have created a brilliant home learning zone.

This includes online spelling practise, loads of ebooks and other activities.

 

Here are your class logins and instructions which will allow you to access these high quality materials:- 

 

Google Oxford Owl

 

                            https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/?selLanguage=en&mode=hub

 

Click the Class Login button

 

Put in username and password

This will take you to the Home page for home learning.

 

Class 4MH     username: class4MH         password: LBowden4MH

 

Class 4KK       username:  4KK!                password:    carrot

    Week Four 

Maths for week 4

 

White Rose maths is now available for week four

Another week of decimals but now the children's skills are being applied to problem solving. The use of decimals in money is also explored. The word equation appears in lesson one. This may worry some children as it sounds a bit scary. The equals sign is key, either side of the side must add up to the same, equal.

  I would appreciate any thoughts on the Friday challenge. It doesn't appear until later in the week and I'm interested to find out if it is enjoyed by the children.

 

               https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

 

The Romans are here!

 

Last week we studied the Celts. These were the people who lived in what we now call England. (It didn't get called England until the Romans had left.) In AD 43 after a few false starts they got here and stayed.

 This week I would like you to research and discover the answer to the first BIG question in this topic.

 

"Why did the Romans invade Britain?"

 

It's a simple question but why would a group of successful people living in a warm Mediterranean country with lovely food, wine, cities etc bother to invade a remote cold and damp island where it snows?

 

Have a look at the powerpoint and video links below. Combine this information with your own research to help you complete the questions on the word document called Invasion.

 

Don't forget BBC Bitesize and you may have history books on the shelves in your house, ask an adult.

Research for the Roman invasion

Roman reading comprehension. Choose the suitable level for your child.

Interesting and useful

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This video is copyright to CareerVidz . The answers to the questions can be put on the Invasion sheet or in your homelearning book

British Warriors vs Roman Invaders - A History of Celtic Britain - Episode 3 - Preview - BBC Two.mp4

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Invasion worksheet

BBC Bitesize

 

Beginning on 20th April BBC Bitesize will be offering a range of useful resources that will be helpful to all of us.

 

Their main website can be found at, 

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

 

Daily live lessons at specific times are also being offered.

 

Year 4's work can be found more specifically at,

                                                        https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

 

 I've had a good look through the resources offered and they seem both varied and useful. The interactive games and challenges in maths and English could be  particularly helpful in both focusing and entertaining children.

  Our school will be pleased find the Mandarin area. This will be helpful in both reminding as well as progressing the children's language work.

                                                                https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zsbc87h

 

Caution. This website offers a wide range of excellent resources and we shall be recommending specific areas during the summer term. The site is very broad and even the KS2 part covers years 3-6. Your child is not expected to learn and understand all of this. Many areas in history, geography and science for example will not be taught until year 5 or 6. Maths concepts and ideas for older children can be difficult and even disheartening for younger children. Please supervise and guide your children in their choices. However revisiting work done in previous years is a great for reviewing and reminding.

 

Slide show

 

 Year 4 would like to put together a slide show of the children showing themselves, their work and any interesting things they have been doing during these strange times. If the parents of children in year 4 could confirm via email their acceptance or not  of their child's pictures appearing on this web site then we can begin to build a slide show. No names will appear. 

 

Mr Keal

Maths week three

Welcome back from the Easter holidays. It's time to get back to being at home again!!

 

White Rose maths have worked hard and week 3 (week commencing 20th April) can be found at the following web link.

 

                                                          https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

Steady but sure please. Consolidating and confirming understanding is much more important than rushing ahead. 

 

Keep up the times tables work,   TTrockstars

 

Look out for Mymaths homework.

The Romans are coming!

AD43 Roman legions leave Rome ready to invade.

Year 4's new topic for the summer term is the The Romans and their invasion and occupation of Britain.

 

  The Roman occupation of Britain is one of my favourite topics. Unlike the Mayans and the Egyptians the Romans lived here, yes right here! They ruled, lived, worked and played in Market Harborough. Market Harborough wasn't here then but if a group of people spend nearly 400 years wandering around a country it's very likely one of them walked through your living room.

  They finally got here in AD43, I say finally because they had a couple of goes about 90 years earlier and didn't bother to stay? They didn't leave for nearly 400 years. In AD 410 they got the call to bring the army back and things got a bit rough around here. 

 Just think about that, for 367 years Britain was Roman. No one spoke English, the earth was flat and no iphones!! 

 

Where to begin? 

 Lets find out about the people who the Romans invaded, the Celts.

 Look at the following links to help you understand how they lived and why the Romans came to Britain.

  Home Learning week 2

Below are some new activities and challenges for your second week of homelearning. Well done to every one who completed last weeks work. The work in week one will remain active for those children who need to catch up.

 

  A one off activity for Wednesday.  UPDATE all seeds have now been sent out, 01.04.20

    Every year Mrs Keal likes to plant a couple rows of doughnut seeds in her garden. Depending on how good the summer is she can get up to 100 delicious sweet doughnuts from each plant. Nothing better than a freshly picked doughnut and a cup of coffee for an 11 o'clock break 

 

  This year is a very unusual year and we thought it might be possible for you to grow some of these valuable plants in a pot in your house. Therefore  Mrs Keal is prepared to share a few of these valuable seeds with children in year 4. (not any other year group). If you are interested please let her know by 12 noon tomorrow.

 

  WARNING.  Mr Miller is a known doughnut lover and has been known to seek out these rare plants and take a few doughnuts, even before they are ripe!!

Doughnut seeds

 

Maths week 2.

 

Follow this link to White Rose's second week of maths lessons.  Scroll down the page to find week 2 below week 1.

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Cross number puzzle. 4KK is familiar with these. 4MH these work the same as crossword puzzles only with numbers. To a question such as 3 across 145 + 21 down you need to have the answer to 21 down first. Don't work through from beginning to end do the easy ones first. Sorry this one needs printing out, if you can't access a printer you may have to leave this challenge.

Lots of spelling games here to keep you busy if you haven't tried them from week 1. Use along with the year 4 words.

An active snakes and ladders game for you to try.

Get creative with this art challenge!

ESPRESSO

The school has emailed out details to a website we use regularly at school called espresso. 

You can access this from home- please use your email for the relevant password and links.

However, the following pages are all useful and relevant resources and activities to support learning we have already done in school. Follow the links:

 

1. KS2 Maths- Fractions (lower) - videos and activities.

 

2. KS2 Maths- Fractions and Decimals (lower) - videos and activities.

 

3. KS2 English- Comprehension (lower) - The Butterfly Lion and The BFG.

 

4. KS2- English- English Grammar - Conjunctions and clauses - activities.

 

5. KS2- Science - Electricity Lower - videos and activities.

 

We hope you find these useful. 

 Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers and try out times tables activities and many other fun activities to keep you moving. 

Home Learning Activities Week 1

Here are some activities which you can do at home to keep your Maths, English and activity levels up to date. Choose as many as you like! 

Writing 

  Maths

 

  At Little Bowden  we use a mastery approach to teaching maths. The ethos of the mastery approach is to teach in small progressive steps ensuring clear and consolidated understanding before moving on. Emphasis is also placed on reasoning, i.e. Can the pupil "explain" their understanding.

    The order in which we teach subject areas and many of the resources are taken from White Rose Maths.  In year four we have already begun learning about decimals. This first group of lessons (one per day) will consolidate some previous work as well as progressing understanding.

  The children are familiar with the style and will recognise the reasoning questions asked by the cartoon characters. Children's answers can be written into their home learning books to save printing the sheets out. Take time to discuss the answers.

 

                                                   https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

  Don't forget to visit TT rockstars to keep up your times tables skills. School post code LE16 8AY

 

                                                            https://ttrockstars.com/

 

  Mymaths home. Decimals added 25th March

 

 

 

 

Understanding decimals video. Copyright Komodo maths acknowledged

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Place value and decimals less than one explained

Make a wind turbine. Use the template below or your own creation.

We thought some of you with Lego would enjoy this challenge...

To find out more about the Easter Story you can read the powerpoint, Easter Story KS2 on Twinkl to help you write the Easter comic strip or Easter story.

Step 1. Go to  www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Step 2. Enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS

This website has loads of resources for Maths and English too including powerpoints to help explain many learning objectives.

Easter activities

Reading

  • Try to read for at least 20 minutes per day.
  • Talk about what you have read to an adult.

Choose the right level for your child.

Spring Term 2020

 

Firstly, welcome back and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

 

Our topics this term are 'Ancient Maya' and 'Energy and the Environment'.

 

Spellings will continue to be set and tested on Mondays.

Please remember the reading challenge in 4MH, where we ask you to sign the homework diary when you have heard your child read or discussed their book. We check this every Monday. 

 

Outdoor P.E will now be on a Monday, instead of swimming. Please ensure your child has the correct outdoor kit for the colder weather. 

Indoor P.E will continue on a Tuesday. 

Health & Safety reminder: No jewellery to be worn during PE lessons, however if earrings can’t be removed, then they need taping over.

 

We are working towards our Year 4 Times Table national test next term, so please continue to practice all the times tables with your child and make use of 'Times Table Rock Stars' and 'My Maths'. 

Year 4 STEM days. Bridges and Food!

4KK were active in science this week. The learnt how to be solids, liqiuds and gases.

 

Welcome to year 4 at Little Bowden Primary school. 4MH and 4KK

This year Mrs Hiscocks and Mrs McCathie will be looking after 4MH and Mr and Mrs Keal will be looking after 4KK. Over the year we will be updating this page with reports on our adventures as well as adding useful documents such as homework and spellings.  

4KK began the term with a team building activity. The "Gutter game"

After an uncertain start we got really good at the ball moving without dropping it.

The Gutter Game challenge

Year 4's first trip. On the 5th of September we all walked along the River Jordan and then the River Welland. This was to help understanding in our Rivers and Canals topic.

Year 4's second trip was to the Canal Basin in Harborough. Here we discussed why and how canals were built and compared them to rivers.

Our next trip was to Foxton Locks where we looked at boating families in the past, habitats on the waterways, Foxton Locks over the years and we got to see how the locks work!

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