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?