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 now have access to Spelling Shed from any internet connected device, using your child's individual log in. Our area of the site has already been preloaded with some of the key spelling patterns for Year 4, as well as access to the First 100 High Frequency words which are key for all children to secure. Please encourage your child to access Spelling Shed a few times a week. This is a service that the school has subscribed to, so I would like the children to make the most of the tool by using it at home, as well as in school. Further resources to support spelling can be found at https://www.raglanciwvcprimary.co.uk/english-resources/
Weekly Homework Activities
05/09/19 Preparing for the year ahead
Now that we are back in school, there are lots of things for us to do to prepare for the rest of the school year. Here are a few things that will really help.
1. Now that you have received your fresh, crisp, new homework book, let's try to keep it that way! I would like you to cover the outside of your homework book so that it is personal to you and protected. You could use wrapping paper, protective plastic or off-cuts of wallpaper. You can also decorate the front cover but you must include: Your name, Year 4 and Homework clearly on the front cover.
2. We shared the presentation from our partner school in California this week (you can see it again at the link below). We need to send a presentation back to let them know about us. So, I would like you to write down:
- 2 interesting facts we could share about Wales
- 2 interesting facts about Raglan or Monmouthshire
- 2 interesting facts about our class or our school.
If you have chance, you could also log in to spelling shed and complete the 'First 100 High Frequency Words' game on Spelling Shed at few times over the next week. This will help me to see where you are already confident with spelling and where I can help you to improve even more!
Remember - your homework must be completed by next Tuesday - leave your book in the homework box and tick your name on the checklist.
12/09/19 Put pen to paper!
Thank you for all your hard work on the fact finding challenge from last week. As well as our partner school in California, I have also now heard from schools in Canada and France. They are all writing us letters to introduce themselves and to find out more about us.
So that we can reply to the letters when they arrive, I would like you to prepare a first draft of your own letter.
I have given you a template to use to help you OR you can choose to structure your letter in your own way. If you use the template, please make sure it is safely glued or taped into your homework book.
NB for Parents - The penpal communication is all organised through the epals.com website, which moderates communication and ensures that all users are from registered schools. We will only be using first names and will not include any personal identifying information i.e. home address, surname, phone numbers, photographs etc. If you would like any further information, please do get in touch. Mr Bowen
19/09/19 Race to 500!
We recently played this game in school which, as well as being great fun (even though I lost against the class!!!), was a brilliant opportunity for you to all proctise your rounding skills. Play a few rounds against someone at home and, if you win, get a relative to write a note in your homework book so that I can award you 10 dojos! Remember, HIGH FIVE...round up!
26/09/19 Team Sherman or Team Tingle? Which one are you?
Now that we are nearly half way through our class novel, 'The Maker of Monsters' by Lorraine Gregory, we have come to know the main characters very well.
Two of the most important characters in the story are Brat's monster friends. Sherman and Tingle.
Here are some descriptions of both characters from the book:
Tingle: sharp claws, high pitched giggle, furry little cat face, long monkey tail, agile hands, squeaks, tiny sand-papery tongue, leaps, jumps, scrambles, soft tawny fur, black stitches at her shoulders and hips, purring softly, green eyes, pin sized sharp teeth, paws.
Sherman: grumbles, pink flicking tongue, powerful, slow, snuffled, grunted, stubby nose, heavy shell, short lizard legs, huffs, puffs, wide green shell, frilled lizard head, strong sharp beak, determined, strong, thick black stitches at his neck and leg joints.
You need to choose which of the two friendly monsters you prefer from the story.
Then, using the descriptions (above) and your own imagination draw a picture of what you think the character looks like.
Make sure you label the parts of your picture with the matching description.
Want an extra challenge?
Write your own description of your favourite character, to go along with your picture, using some of our skills from this week's monster work; powerful adjectives, interesting verbs, precise nouns and even similes!
The Ultimate STEM Challenge!
We are going to take part in the Ultimate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Challenge, which is a national competition for schools. This year, the challenge is to design a piece of wearable technology. This technology should solve a problem or make daily life better/easier for the user. The first steps in the challenge are in 3 parts:
Part 1: Speak to family and friends to find out about any wearable technology they know about or have themselves. What do they like about it? How does it help them? For example; my smartwatch helps me to locate where I have parked my car, if I am in a big car park or an unfamiliar location, by using GPS.
Part 2: Ask your friends and families about the wearable technology that they might like to have. Do they have any parts of their daily life or job, where some new wearable technology would help them. I have so many things to remember in a single day, I would love some technology I could wear (like a badge or tie clip) which would help me to make a 'to do' list by talking into it, which is then sent straight to my computer.
Part 3: Draw a design for a new piece of wearable technology. Label the different parts and write a few sentences to explain how it works and why it would be helpful in daily life.
If any of our designs win, we will be invited to an all-expenses paid event, called the Hackathon, where experts will try to make your wearable technology for real! Get designing!!!
10/10/19 Ask Dr Lane about the Brain!
On Friday 18th October, I have arranged for Dr Lane, a brain scientist working in Cardiff University, to come and spend the afternoon with us.
She is going to teach us about how the brain works through lots of different games, challenges and investigations; there will even be a chance to get creative and draw on a friend's head! (It will be safe, Parents!!!)
Dr Lane would also like to offer you the chance to ask any brain related questions.
So, you will each have one of these question cards to take home.
Think about 3 questions you would like to ask about the human brain. It could be a 'how?' question, you might ask 'why?' something happens or you may want to ask a 'Is it correct that...?' question.
Then bring your question card into school by Tuesday, to be added to our box of questions for Dr Lane to try to answer.
17/10/19 AND 24/10/19 - Preparing for Enterprise Week
After half term, the whole school will be involved in this year's Enterprise Week. This is when each class make different products, using some start-up budget from Mrs Rowlands, followed by selling them at a pop-up market. Any profits each class make are then used by the class on a project of their choosing.
The theme for this year's Enterprise Week is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' and we are focusing on making Christmas themed products.
We are going to take on the challenge of making papercraft products which people would want to buy for Christmas (decorations or gifts) but could then be recycled when they are finished with.
This TWO WEEK (to include half term) homework project is about coming up with ideas for our products.
1. You need to research the kinds of Christmas papercraft items we could make and then make an example of these yourself.
2. When we have all your papercraft items in school (on the first Tuesday after half term), we will then vote as a class to select which products we will make for sale.
3. REMEMBER - we will need to make lots of the product for sale, so you need to be confident that you could teach others how to make them quickly and to a high standard.
Now, get creative and have fun!