Writing during school closure:
Class 9 had been making amazing progress in writing before school closed. This is a great daily resource to keep them writing. It is not a teaching method they are used to but my children have quickly picked up what it is all about. I would love to see any writing shared on twitter @elizabetharkle
You could also encourage your children to keep a diary or scrap book, take photos and videos to keep, save newspaper cuttings. They are living through a historical event that their children and grandchildren will learn about in school. I would love to share some of these when we all get back together.
Food and Confectionary
Our topic this half term revolves all around food! From delicious, ‘meltilicious’ chocolate, to baking and packaging our own healthy biscuits; we’re taking the kitchens by storm.
In English, our book this half term is ‘The Great Chocoplot’ by Chris Callaghan, where we join Jelly on her quest to discover just what is going to happen during the Chocopocalypse.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaSmith891
Listen to the author talking about his novel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-IUr3peSo8
You could try:
Writing an alternative ending to the story
Design your own chocolate bar to sell before the Chocopocalypse takes place
Write your own recipe for a chocolatey treat (and test it out with a grown-up’s permission!)
Imagine yourself as a character from the book and write a diary entry about your day
Imagine you are a member of the Chocolati Tribe – how did you find out about the Chocopocalypse?
http://www.chris-callaghan.com/ - the author of our novel
https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/ - Bug Club
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary - A range of English skills and videos
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years - English based games covering a range of areas and skills
https://www.spellingshed.com – Spelling activities
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer - A wide range of resources
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk – Reading activities
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home - Reading, and grammar activities
Maths is all about fractions, decimals and telling the time in Year 4 this half term. We’ve incorporated our food theme here by thinking about how to equally share out tasty treats and just how much time a cooking creation would take to bake.
You could try:
Using paper plates (or just paper) to make your own analogue clock, add the 24 hour clock to it
Compare the times on an analogue and digital clock in your home
Use your TV Guide to work out when your favourite programmes start and end, and then how long they are running for
Time how long it takes you to get dressed and convert this to seconds/minutes
https://www.mathshed.com – A range of Maths based activities
www.ttrockstars.com – Practise your times tables and become a rock star!
https://whiterosemaths.com/ - Activities covering a range of Maths topics
https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk – An online learning platform to support home learning
http://www.ictgames.com/ - Maths (and English) Games for Years 1, 2 and 3
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary - A range of Maths skills and videos
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ - A range of Maths games covering lots of topics
Our Science topic explores how to keep ourselves healthy, what nutrients we need to keep our bodies going strong and how our skeleton and muscles work together to keep us moving and active.
You could try:
Designing your own menu, including healthy and nutritious food for all parts of the day
Use junk modelling materials to make your own skeleton! Can you label the bones?
Create an information text about the types of skeletons, including examples!
Create your own exercise routine to think about how to work on specific muscles
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/science/ - Information on a large range of Science topics
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary - A range of Science topics and videos
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ - Science experiments and games to try at home
Help during school closures:
While you are trying to help your child learn at home, I having been thinking of different ways I could help. I have set up a You Tube channel full of resources to help you and your children I will keep adding things I think could be useful.
These have just been released and would be excellent practise for Year 4. It re-caps what we were learning in class just before the closure.
Please check our curriculum page for more information about what we will be learning