Year 4 Homework
Homework activities will be added to the website on a weekly basis, usually by a Thursday evening (see the dated posts below) and should be completed by the following Tuesday.
Every week, we expect the children to read regularly. Ideally, all children will read every day but this does not need to be in the same way each time. Varying the way reading happens can help to keep it interesting.
For all ages of children, it is still valuable to sometimes have a story read to them as they can experience a more proficient reader's use of expression, intonation and pace.
Listening to your child reading is also important, as it provides opportunity to consolidate the reading of familiar words, whilst also decoding new words and sentence structures with adult support.
Discussing reading is essential as this supports the development of the child's comprehension skills, whilst also helping them to start formulating their own opinions about what they read.
You should have now received your child's personalised High Frequency Word list, which shows the key vocabulary that they need to practise. At the same time, it can be useful to check in with some of the other words on the list of HfWs to consolidate and rehearse these spellings too. Further resources to support this can be found at http://www.raglanciwvcprimary.co.uk/english-resources/
Weekly Homework Activities
This week, we have been trying to improve our adventure stories by thinking about using interesting Vocabulary, exploring Connectives other than 'and', Opening our sentences in a variety of ways and trying to extend the Punctuation we use. There is a copy of the VCOP poster from your books on our Plaza 2 English resources page.
Complete the activities below as extra practise of these VCOP skills. Record your answers in your Homework book and bring it back to school by Tuesday 10th October. Remember, every time you complete your homework, you earn a point for your House!
Activity 1 - VCOP Vocabulary - Don’t say “said” say ……
Write a sentence to explain who might speak in this way? When? Why?
grumble, whisper, shout, sigh, mumble
e.g. laugh - A teacher might laugh in class because he's happy.
Activity 2 - Ready to test your skills?
'Up level' the following sentence by using adverbs, adjectives and extra information to make it more interesting. Write three new sentences under the original sentence.
Your sentence is:
A policeman arrived.
Here is an example to help you:
'The cat slept.' (original sentence)
The lazy cat slept soundly. (adjective and adverb added)
The black cat slept soundly through the thunderstorm. (adjective, adverb and extra information)
The exotic cat slept lightly that night, worried about the return of the dog.
12/10/17 Homework Activity - Design a Poster
This is the time of year that there are lots of coughs, cold and other bugs about that can be easy for us to pass between each other. One of the best ways to try to avoid catching or passing on an illness is to make sure that we are regularly washing our hands.
Our Plaza are going to enter a competition to design a poster that encourages children and adults to make sure they are thoroughly washing their hands. The pictures below give you some extra information about the competition, as well as some advice about good hand washing techniques.
Your poster entry must:
- Use a full A4 page in your homework book (portrait or landscape - the choice is yours!) You could create the poster on a separate sheet but this MUST be glued into your homework book.
- Include the words 'Golchwch eich dwylo!' and 'Wash your hands!'
- Be eye-catching and well presented
- Be your own work - so no copying and pasting text and images from the Internet unless you know they are copyright free
- Can be created using coloured pencils, felt pens, paint, a computer or a combination of different materials, as long as it is 2D so that we can photocopy and scan your entries.
I look forward to seeing your entries next Tuesday!
19/10/17 Cheer Mr Bowen up!
Year 4, your homework for this week is even more important than usual! Next week, Mr Bowen has a BIG birthday (40 years old!!) but it is the first time that he has EVER been in school for it, as it is usually half term.
Your task is to write a set of instructions for Year 4 to follow to help cheer Mr Bowen up on his birthday in school!
Think about what makes a successful, positive day in school, summarised by our School Rules of BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE BRILLIANT.
Remember to include the features of instructions that we have looked at this week:
- Imperative Verbs (Bossy Words) e.g. Fold, Attach, Cut, Put, Arrange
- Use bullet points or a numbered list
- Include a clear title that states what the instructions are about
- Include a diagram or illustration to help the reader understand the instructions.
GOOD LUCK YEAR 4!!
26/10/2017 Get creative on Hwb!
You should all have a slip of paper, glued into your homework book, like the one above that will have your username and password. These will be the same as the logins that we used today during lessons.
09/11/17 Design a Planet-Protecting Superhero!
This week, we have found out more about global environmental issues. Your challenge is to design a superhero who could help to solve some of these issues. The main problems that we looked at this week were:
- Deforestation (cutting down large areas of woodland to clear the way for building, farming or to use the timber - without planting new trees)
- Air pollution (cars exhausts, factories, smog around cities)
- Water pollution (sewage, oil spills, chemicals entering rivers and streams)
- Endangered animals and the loss of their habitats.
Draw a diagram of your superhero (remember that diagrams MUST be labelled) which shares how your character's super-powers might help to solve some of these environmental issues!
15/11/2017 Time to put your art skills into action!
For your homework this week, Mrs Jenkins has decided that the whole school will enter an Art competition. Mrs Jenkins is responsible for Art across the whole school and she would like us to work together to try to win lots of art equipment and possibly even a visit from a professional artist!
Your competition entry is on a 'space' theme - you need to design your very own jet-pack and write a few details about it too. It is important that your competition entry is on the official form. I will have already given you a copy of it, which looks like this:
However, if you can't find the entry form I have given you, then follow the link below to download a new copy.
23/11/17 Make your own Non-Newtonian Fluid, also known as......SLIME!!
This week you have all been fantastic young scientists, using your skills to find out more about Solids, Liquids and Gases.
During our investigations, we explored some slime and discovered that this material is a liquid but sometimes behaves like a solid, without any need for freezing.
Now is your chance to make your own slime.
1. Visit this website http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/22880407
2. Follow the step by step instructions - including the parts about being safe and avoiding too much mess!
3. Take a photograph of you and your new slime buddy! You could print this out and glue it into your homework book OR use the J2E camera app in Hwb to take a photograph and save it to your files (If you can remember how to share a file in J2E, give it a go!)
4. If you can, bring your slime into school inside a sealed container.
5. Have fun with your slime buddy!
30/11/17 Catch a Creaker!
When we were reading 'The Creakers' this week, we discovered that Lucy Dungston and Norman Quirk were planning on catching a Creaker. They even decided to use Ella Noying in a stinky bin-man's coat as live bait! This was the plan for their Creaker-Trap from the story:
Your challenge is to design your own Creaker Trap that would work somewhere in your home. It could be to trap the Creakers as they creak out from under the bed or to catch them in another room at home. You can draw the plan for your trap, like Lucy and Norman, or you could make a small model of it if you wish. Your trap design must:
- be made from items that you could easily find around your home (remember all the parents have disappeared in the story, so they couldn't help!)
- be able to hold more than one Creaker
- have some kind of bait to tempt the Creakers (remember, they love foul smells and rubbish!)
Good luck Creaker-Hunters!
07/12/17 Polar Bear Research
As we are now the proud adopters of Phyllis, our own Polar Bear, we really should find out a little more about the species.
This week, your challenge is to create a fact file that would teach the reader lots of important and interesting information about Polar Bears.
The design of your fact file is up to you. You could choose to use your skills in creating non-chronological reports (like the ones we have created on Dragons), you could create a fact-filled poster, you might design a leaflet all about about Polar Bears or you could even create your fact file on Hwb. If you are choosing to use Hwb, you could try to use the 'animate' tools to make your text do interesting things or possibly try to photo-editing tools we have used this week.
14/12/17 The Twelve Days of Christmas!
At this time of year, we regularly hear the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'; if you need a reminder, you could watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VTNCK5CY88
Your challenge is to calculate how many gifts you would have, in total, at the end of the 12 days of Christmas.
Day 1 = 1 partridge in a pear tree
Day 2 = 2 turtle doves, plus the partridge in a pear tree (2 + 1 = 3)
Day 3 = 3 French hens, plus 2 turtle doves and the partridge (3 + 3 = 6)
Want another challenge? Calculate how many legs are in the song! Think about whether you are counting pairs of legs or individual legs!
11/01/18 Exploring habitats around your home
In our Science lesson today, we explored the school grounds to examine the different habitats that we might find. Remember that a habitat is the natural home of a plant or animal.
We then created a table to record what we found, like this one:
Your task is to go on a habitat hunt at home, this could be in your garden or a little further into your local area. Create a table to record what you find. You don't need to use the same types of organisms as the example table - it will be interesting to see what you find!
18/01/18 Fraction Feast!
This week we have been finding out about fractions of objects and amounts. Have a look at the picture below.
Imagine that you are going to share this feast with one other friend.
How much of each item would you both get?
Up for a challenge? What might happen if there were 3 people? What information might you need to find out? How would you share the food and drink equally into thirds?
25/01/18 Raglan Reads and Recommends!
When we read 'The Creakers' last term, lots of you enjoyed the writing of the author, Tom Fletcher, and this encouraged you to read another of his books - The Christmasaurus.
Book recommendations are a great way to find out about books you may enjoy, so I would like you to make some to add to our 'Raglan Recommends' book review board.
Your task is:
- Choose a book that your have enjoyed reading; this could be fiction or non-fiction
- Create a book review poster (example below)
- Share your favourite part of the story/book
- Briefly explain what the story/book is about
- Do you have any questions you have after reading the book OR have you had any experiences that are similar to the events/information in the book?
- Choose your favourite illustration from the book OR create your own
- Give the book a star rating.
01/02/18 Safer Internet Day
Next week is 'Safer Internet Day', which is a national event designed to help remind people about making safe use of the internet. This includes looking after your personal information, remembering to think before you post things online, how to react if you see something you don't like and where you can get help if you need it.
We are setting you a design challenge:
08/02/18 Internet Safety Discussion Homework
Well done for the many brilliant Safer Internet Day logos that you designed last week. You included lots of great ideas about how to look after yourself online.
This week, our homework is still on an Internet Safety theme but it is homework with a difference. I would like you to have a discussion with a family member about the situations (below) and what you might do/how you might feel. Then use your note taking skills to write down the main points from your discussion, so that we can have a whole class discussion on these topics.
15/02/18 Half Term Eisteddfod Preparation
As part of our Eisteddfod celebrations, we have been asked to learn and perform a poem in Welsh. I would like everyone to learn the poem, so that you can recite it without needing the words in front of you.
In the first week of the new half term, I will ask each of you to recite the poem to me. You won't need to do it in front of the whole plaza or even Year 4 - just me, so no need to be nervous about it.
Each person who recites the poem to me will earn a housepoint towards the Eisteddfod totals. There will be extra housepoints on offer if you perform the poem with good expression or even some actions. I am going to hear this poem 28 times, so please entertain me!
1/03/18 Explore Swampland
It is time to put your imagination to work with this week's homework.
08/03/18 What's it all about?
Next week we will be continuing to find out more about habitats and the organisms that live there. There are some important key words that we will be using throughout our Science lessons next week, so I am challenging you to try to discover their meanings. The scientific vocabulary is:
Try to write a sentence for each one, in your own words, to explain what these terms mean.
Up for an extra challenge?
We will also be finding out about Food Chains - try to discover more about this topic yourself.
15/03/18 Money, Money, Money!
Next week, we will be returning to focus on money in Maths, with some added problem-solving challenges. A really important skill that you will need is calculating change after an item has been bought.
So, your homework challenge this week is:
1. Speak very politely to your parents or relatives to ask them if they will take you to a local shop.
2. Speak even more politely to your parents or relatives to ask them if you can buy something for less than £10 (Don't try to tell your parents that Mr Bowen insisted that you have a gold-plated trainers or a private jet!)
3. Now comes the part where you need to be super polite (maybe even offer to do some extra chores!) because you need to ask for some money!
4. Use the money to buy the item that your parents have agreed to. When you are given the change, pass it straight to your parents or relatives.
5. Your challenge is to work out how much change you should have received and then show your working out in your Homework book. You can show this in any way that works for you - number lines, your own jottings, a diagram, a formal column method, the choice is yours!
6. Your parents or relatives then need to check whether this was correct....you never know, if you are particularly amazing they might even give you an extra treat!
22/03/18 Every little helps!
Year 4, over the past few weeks your families have been doing lots to help you with school activities; providing costumes for the Easter celebration, helping some of you to learn your lines, supporting you with your homework tasks and making sure you were safe and well during the snow days.
So, this week's homework is to give something back.
I would like you to OFFER to do something helpful or caring at home to say thank you to your relatives who do so much for you. Some suggestions could be:
- Tidying your room without being asked
- Taking responsibility for setting the table before your meals
- Helping a younger brother/sister with their homework
- Putting your own clothes away after they have been washed
- Make a thank you card for a relative (and tidy up any mess left behind!)
Take a photograph of your helpful/kind act or write down what you did in your homework book.
During the Summer Term we will be starting a new topic called 'Beneath Our Feet', when we will be finding out all about the Earth, rocks, volcanoes and our planet.
Your challenge over Easter is to ADOPT A PET ROCK!
To become the carer for a lovely little rock, you need to:
- Find a suitably lovely little rock or pebble...interesting shapes can help to give your pet extra personality
- Draw the design for your pet rock in your homework book...for an extra housepoint you could even weigh and measure the rock, then add this information to your design.
- Paint or draw onto your rock to bring it to life!
- Make sure he/she/it has a name - record this in your homework book.
- Then EITHER write an exciting narrative adventure story featuring your pet rock (he/she/it can get up to whatever you like!!) OR design and make a suitable home for your pet rock with a drawn design which shows how much your materials would cost, the dimensions of each part of the home, the tools/equipment you would need and the overall weight of your pet rock's home when he/she/it is staying in it (for an extra housepoint, you could also calculate how heavy the home would be, when the rock is out and about).
THEN, BRING YOUR PET ROCK INTO SCHOOL AFTER THE HOLIDAY, SO THEY CAN ALL MEET EACH OTHER AND WE CAN BUILD A LOVELY LITTLE PET ROCK COMMUNITY!
19/04/18 Who was Mary Anning?
Thank you to all the effort that you (and your relatives) have put into our Pet Rock project...the results were fantastic!
Now we are going to look at particular types of rocks in more detail....FOSSILS!
Your challenge is to find out why a person called Mary Anning is really important in the world of fossils.
This website might be a good place to start:
When you have researched Mary Anning (remembering to use those skimming and scanning skills that we have been practising in English and History!) you need to present that you have learned. This could be as a report, a fact-file, a poster, a Hwb presentation or any other creative way you can imagine.
The most important part is that you clearly share factual information about Mary Anning and her link to fossils.
26/04/18 Multiplication Clock
This week, your challenge is to try to improve the speed at which you can remember your multiplication facts. To help you with this, you could draw yourself a multiplication clock.
Step 1 Draw yourself a circle and write the usual clock numbers around the inside.
Step 2 Choose a multiplication table that you feel that you need to improve and write this in the centre.
Step 3 Then ask someone to time you as you complete the multiplication facts, going around the clock face.
Step 4 Repeat this and try to beat your last time.
Up for a real challenge? Try to complete the clock in random order, inside of going from 1 - 12.
03/05/18 This week's really difficult, challenging, exhausting homework task
This week's homework task MUST be completed. There can be NO EXCUSES. I am expecting this to be completed to a HIGH STANDARD!
Please read to the bottom of the page to find the detailed instructions to be followed.
AFTER A HARD WEEK OF NATIONAL TESTS, WHERE EVERYONE HAS TRIED THEIR VERY BEST, I INSIST THAT EVERYONE HAS A LOVELY RELAXING WEEKEND...ENJOY A HOBBY, WALK THE DOG, SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
WELL DONE YEAR 4. YOU HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC!!
As we have now learned more about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, I am challenging you to use this knowledge to create your own presentation.
This homework will last for 2 weeks to give you time to research, prepare and practise your presentation, before sharing it with the rest of Year 4.
Your presentation can be on any topic linked to volcanoes; you might want to talk about volcanoes in general or you might pick a specific volcano to research in more detail (perhaps a famous eruption like Mt Vesuvius or the recent eruption in Hawaii).
Your presentation should be a maximum of 3 minutes long.
You can use visual resources to help you, such as posters, models or ICT presentations.
You will be presenting to the rest of Year 4 on Wednesday 23rd May - there is no need to be nervous about this, as we will all be supporting and encouraging each other.
Become your own Dreamkeeper
This week you all heard the story of the Dreamkeeper; the magical character who collects and cares for the pleasant dreams, designs new dreams for children and captures the nightmarish dream creatures.
Imagine your own perfect dream. Where would it take place? What would you be doing? Who else would be there? What would happen just before you wake up.
Your task is to create a piece of artwork which shows your perfect dream. This could be a painting, drawing or model. I look forward to seeing what your dreams look like!
07/06/18 Healthy Schools Week Challenge
Monday 11th June – Friday 15th June is Healthy Schools Week.
We will be taking part in Healthy Schools week and are therefore promoting the 5 challenges, which are:
HAVING A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
HAVE AT LEAST 5 PORTIONS OF FRUIT OR VEGETABLES
HAVE AT LEAST 6 - 8 DRINKS
GET ACTIVE FOR 60 MINUTES - MOVE AROUND MORE
MAKE A HEALTHY CHANGE
You will be given a challenge tracker. Our sports and Healthy Schools Council would like you all to set yourself a challenge to help you to stay healthy! It can be remembering to eat breakfast every morning, remembering to eat your 5 a day, remembering to eat a piece of fruit at break time, setting yourself a little running challenge e.g. Monday 1 lap, Tuesday 2 laps and so on. By doing one or more of these, you are making a healthy change.
More information can be accessed by looking at the BNF website- http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk
Have fun, and enjoy making a change.
14/06/18 Recycled Rocks!
You have all been experimenting with pneumatics this week, with the goal of using pneumatic mechanisms to build a moving model of a volcano.
Your challenge is to think about how we might construct the actual model volcano. What materials could we use? How would we join them together?
We would also like to use as many recycled materials as possible.
You need to create a table, like the one below, which shows the materials we could use and what part of the model they could be used for.
22/06/18 Word Hunt
Today you started to plan out your own suspense story, based on 'Escape from Pompeii' and you will have chosen a new natural disaster to replace the volcano in the original story.
Imagine the experience of being a witness to the natural disaster you have chosen, look at photographs or watch a video.
Then try to list 5 different verbs (action words) and 5 different adjectives (descriptive words) that would link to your natural disaster. These will help you when you start to write your own story, next week.
Here is an example but remember you need to use the natural disaster from your plan, NOT a volcano.
28/06/18 Collecting Construction Materials
Next week, we are going to start building our pneumatically powered Volcano models. We are hoping to use as much recycled equipment as we can for our models, so we need you to bring in anything that you think might be suitable (have a look back at the table you created a few weeks ago). Some useful materials could be:
- cereal boxes
- shoe boxes
- plastic bottles
- cardboard tubes
- yoghurt pots
If you are bringing materials in that you would like to use yourself, put them into a named bag. Alternatively, if you are bringing in materials that you are happy to share, we will collect these together in the Coolzone.
05/07/18 Coding Challenge
Now that Dash has arrived and is ready for action, we will be using our coding skills to teach him a whole range of tricks and techniques. As a warm up of your coding skills, I would like you to explore the online coding tool 'Scratch'. This can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/ and you can use it online without needing to download any software.
If you aren't very familiar with Scratch there are some really useful tutorials that will show you what to do. Have a go at making the sprite (the on-screen character) move around the screen, perform different actions, change their appearance or speak.
If you are finding it difficult to access this at home, please don't worry as there will be plenty of opportunities to develop these skills in school over the next few weeks.