TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Go to the transition page for videos, activities and support with the move to middle school.
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Home Learning Resources for Year 4
We know that your priority at the moment is the health and safety of your family.
This page has lots of great resources you can use as little or often as you like.
Government advice on helping children learn at home:
Perfect for home learning!
BBC Bitesize daily lessons: CLICK HERE!
Oak National Academy daily lessons: CLICK HERE!
JOURNEY TO SPACE
Join us on a dangerous learning adventure into space.
In Year 4, the children need to learn all their times tables.
More Maths Fun
Read as much as you can. Some authors are offering storytimes online each day. There are lots of stories and non fiction books on youtube which are read aloud. Kindle offer a free trial and if you have Amazon Prime you can access a huge number of books for free.
Year 4 are expected to summarise what they have read, so you could practice reading a chapter, a picture book, a section of an information book, a poem and then trying to "sum it up" in 3 sentences!
Click the book to visit our virtual library
If you do any Science at home, you can write a report, make posters, take photos of any investigations you might do. You can share them on Showbie.
This website has loads of fabulous child-friendly science experiments to do at home: https://www.science-sparks.com/
Here is a selection of interesting Science investigations you can do at home https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html
Crest (yes, the toothpaste people!) have some detailed science activities aimed at primary aged children. There is a guidance booklet and a booklet of activities, as well as a certificate you can print on completion. SuperStar level is aimed at children from 7-11 years old.
Year 4 are learning about the Romans. You could find out about the Roman army and their forts. You could also research what life was like for rich Romans for example what their villas were like and how they had slaves. There was some exciting entertainment in Roman times which you could find out about like Gladiator fights and Chariot racing. You could make a poster or make some pages about what you find out. You could share this, or a photo of it on showbie if you like.
There is a lot of information on these websites:
This might also be a good place to start looking for information:
If you wanted to get a head start on our next area of history learning, you could find out as much as you can about World War Two...
Wildlife artist Rory McCann has made some videos about how to create wild art
Make your own flip book!
Olaf Falafel is making some super fun art videos.
We are learning how to draw people. You might want to use some family photos as a starting point for making a drawing of your family. Look at how their bodies are positioned and try to copy them!
We will also be looking at landscapes in the summer, so you might want to draw pictures of what you can see from your windows. You might also find some inspiration from the Art Ninja on iplayer or youtube
Crayola have lots of colouring pages and activities to try at home
Award winning author / illustrator Rob Biddulph is making videos to draw along to
Learn how to draw from observation with this free programme of online lessons from an artist
GoNoodle has lots of videos and activities to keep your fit and healthy (scroll down, you don't need to register)
Join in with the nation doing your daily Joe Wicks workout on You Tube!
Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube
The Yorkshire Sport Foundation have made a range of videos demonstrating different PE skills.
The Sports Partnership has provided some fantastic ideas for staying active at home for all the family
We have signed up to this website for lots of free videos and dance routines for ages 4 and up:
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If you ever wanted to learn to type - have a look at the games here
Make your own animations online for free.
Tynker are offering free access to their premium coding activities during the school closures.
CodeMonkey is also free, though you do have to register for this one.
Scratch is a great resource for coding.
Year 3 and 4 had been planning to present the story of Hansel and Gretel through opera before everything changed. The Royal Opera House are providing some interesting home learning activities, which includes Hansel and Gretel. Check it out and perform the songs at home!
Everyone has an instrument you can use - your voice! Learn to beatbox!
Harvard University in the USA has developed a series of musical games and activities which also help them with their research!
Singing Medicine is providing videos of songs to join in with - you might just recognise some of them that Miss Capron-Tee uses!
SingUp are working on providing a range of music videos and resources for free
Young Voices have lots of singing and dancing videos to keep everyone busy
The Sing King You Tube channel has absolutely LOADS of karaoke backing tracks for all your favourite songs. Why don't you have a karaoke night once a week? You could even make your own fake microphone from a rolled up paper tube with a ball of scrunched up paper taped on top!
Here is an excellent video teaching you all about pulse with activities you can join in with. You don't need an instrument!
Duolingo is a great place to practise your French. Although you can create a profile, you don’t need to. Just start with the basics and begin collecting your XP! (You can also use Duolingo to begin learning other languages, too, at any age.)
OTHER GREAT RESOURCES
AimHi is a global online school for students to learn, interact and be inspired by charismatic role models and exceptional teachers, for free. Aimed at age 8 and up.
The Premier League has a wealth of football-based learning activities (including Literacy and Maths) to explore.
BBC's Supermovers have a great range of active learning ideas to use.
Classroom Secrets have made some awesome home learning packs for each year group.
Hamilton have free Maths and English learning at home packs for each year group which they are adding to regularly.
Twinkl have made loads of resources accessible. Just click on the parents hub.
The Scholastic website has two weeks worth of activities available for free, including reading and educational videos. It is from the USA, but is still a great resource.
Collins are providing their Key Stage 2 Maths and English study books for free. They have some good activities in them, but they also include work aimed at Years 5 and 6, so don't panic!
Here is a list of other links to Collins resources:
This website has a range of great projects - scroll down to see the Year 3/4 ones:
Brain Pop has extensive educational resources and are offering free access. Just follow the link for the instructions about getting free access.
Free activity books to download from tts
Online books, games and other fun resources
Want to design and make your own board game? This page might be useful
Don't forget we have more resources for everyone to enjoy.
Click the tick!
OTHER THINGS TO DO AT HOME
Welcome to Year 4
The Year 4 team are fifty seven fantastic children and Miss Hinton, Mrs Allmark, Mr Lucas, Mrs Ellis, Mr Benney, Mrs Tolley, Mrs Smith and Miss Cole.
Bell Heath 2020
The trip has been cancelled and we are now in the position to offer refunds. Please bear with us as we have only a minimum number of staff in school. The only way, currently, that we can refund your money is by posting a cheque. We will be doing this from early next week.
We can send one cheque per child to the main home address in our records . You must not make a journey to school to collect the cheque. We trust that you will then make arrangements with other family members if they have contributed towards the cost of the trip.
Please telephone the school office between 9am and 3pm or leave a message to advise who your cheque should be payable to.
When the cheques are sent out, please either sign and return the enclosed receipt to confirm safe receipt or phone the school office.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT #RSA4
Ten Year 4 have been chosen as project leaders and have attended three training workshops to develop their leadership skills.
At The University of Worcester the children worked with WE.org to decide on an issue to focus on in their project. Our group chose homelessness and started to plan how to make a difference through collecting items.
Back in school they met with Miss Hinton to organise their plans into an order. The first thing they decided to do was email RedditchNightStop and The Homeless Foundation to ask them if collecting tinned food, blankets, toys and games would be useful.
They also met with Mr Mottet to agree on whether they could put up posters around school and where they might have a collection point for donations.
Later that week, they shared their project ideas so far with the rest of Year 4. The year group began to find out more about homelessness. They read reports and watched CBBC videos on the effect of homelessness on young people. They began to realise that it is more than the rough sleepers we see on the streets of Redditch.
This activity from the charity Shelter resulted in lots and lots of talk about the things we want in a home and how these may be different to the things we need.
We we also received an email from Sharon at RedditchNightStop who offered to come in to school to talk to us. She gave us leaflets and balloons for our collection area. She also talked to us about what Nightstop do.
We we watched a video called “Would you take in a stranger?” which explained to us how people become hosts and let young people sleep in their spare bedroom for a night or few so that they do not have to sleep on the streets.
Every day for 2 weeks people added to our collection and we took it in turns to put the goods away safely.
The whole community was so kind - they donated so many things.
We made presentation boards on
*the issue and aim of our project
*our research and actions
*the impact on us, our school and our community
*the next steps
Then we used these boards to help us present our project to the other schools also taking social action.
We received certificates from the RSA.
In Key Stage 2 we use the White Rose Hub Maths plans. We follow a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to learning in maths.
Children should practice Times Tables regularly at home. They can use their login in to access TT Rockstars at home as well as at school. This year we have also subscribed to Doodlemaths which the children can access at home.
In Key Stage 2 children read a whole class text and develop their reading skills by discussing the text and working on retrieval, inference, deduction, viewpoint, vocabulary and author choice challenges. This year we are starting with "The Enemy" a book about peace by Davide Cali.
We read non fiction texts as part of our Mantle work [for instance this autumn term we are reading at WWI using the dkfindout website] and every week we take delivery of the First News newspaper. News stories from this publication with comprehension questions are sent home for homework. Children may also borrow books from our library - every Wednesday 3pm - 3.30pm.
All KS2 children choose a book from our library which they read during reading time. Additionally, there are regular story times where the teacher reads to the children.
Some children need extra 1:1 reading practice and do this as part of our Reading Champions programme with Mrs Coldwell and Mrs Robinson.
Mrs Coldwell also works with groups of children on Reciprocal Reading where children improve their comprehension skills.
We follow the Year 4 curriculum to learn the technical aspects of writing. We use starting points such as "Once Upon A Picture". We use DADWAVERS [see The Literacy Shed] and Alan Peat's sentence types to support our narrative writing. Our writing is often linked to the work we do in Mantle; we write to entertain, inform and persuade as described by Michael Tidd on his website.
We are constantly developing our vocabulary and handwriting by using the Vocabulary Ninja's ideas,
https://vocabularyninja.wordpress.com/ Word Aware and the No Nonsense Spelling programme.
Children can practice spelling at home by using the free Spellingframe website.