Children in Y4 should also aim to engage in quality reading time at home at least five times per week. It is also essential that times tables are worked on and learned regularly. Rapid recall of times tables facts up 12x12 greatly assists in many areas of the Maths curriculum but learning and understanding the facts and relationships thoroughly should always be the priority over mere fact recall.
Homework will be set on Friday for the following Friday please. Homework shouldn't be taking hours, so if there is any kind of issue at all, please do let me know as soon as possible.
Every Friday I will send updates regarding homework - texts will be sent for those who have done exceptionally well, and I will let you know if any pupils have not completed set tasks.
Many thanks. Mrs Poynton
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Friday 27th November 2020
AR scores this week.
36 minutes engaged reading time.
89.7% pass rate.
This week's challenge.
3 team points to any pupil who has an engaged reading time of 40 minutes.
Spellings: heart, height, history, imagine, increase, important, interest and island.
A SPAG sheet has been sent out.
This week, we have been learning about negative numbers. The children have played a game called Tug Harder. The negative number line they have stuck in is so that you can have a go at the game yourself. Rules of the game can be found here https://nrich.maths.org/5898
Special request from some of the pupils. If the children want to complete a book review, I would love to read them. The children can set it out in any format. It needs to include the title, author, picture from the book and a short paragraph about why they would recommend the book.
Friday 20th November
89.6% pass rate.
35 minutes engaged time.
Let's try to increase our pass rate to 92%. Remember to read you book carefully and ask an adult if you don't understand any new words.
Spellings for this week have been stuck into homework books.
A SPAG mat has also been given out.
Mathematics. Please see the attached Word document.
Friday 13th November
90.5% quiz average.
35 minutes engaged reading time.
Keep it up! Let's beat Year 6.
Reading: Our target for this week is to increase our reading time to 40 minutes.
Spelling: Some great scores this week. Learn your new words. February, forwards, fruit, grammar, group, guard, guide and heard.
TTRS: I have set up a boys v's girls battle. This will last until Thursday. I want to find out who is a times tables genius.
SPAG: The children have a SPAG mat to complete.
Mathematics: Follow this link and complete the challenge. https://nrich.maths.org/10587
Friday 6th November
Quiz average = 90.8%
Average reading time = 34 minutes
Reading: Continue to read and take quizzes. It is lovely to see so many children reading regularly.
Spelling: It has been a busy week but we managed to fit in the 'hot' task today. The children have new words to learn. Try writing them in silly sentences or breaking the word up into syllables to help you sound it out.
Times Tables: Continue with your TTRS. I will be checking this week to see who has achieved the most coins.
SPAG: Complete your SPAG mat please.
Education City: I have set an ordering game. You can choose which level you complete.
Keep up the good work Year 4. You have impressed me this week.
Reading: Please keep up with the excellent work and read regularly. I've set a reading task on Education City.
Spelling: Pupils had a 'cold task' today for the next set of year 3/4 spellings (decide, describe, different, difficult, disappear, early, earth, eight). Please focus on these words for the 'hot task' after half term. Some pupils were well on the way to spelling these already - well done! If this is the case, you have a writing challenge: write a sentence which includes the spelling word, a fronted adverb, a proper noun and an apostrophe!
Example: When the clock struck eight o'clock, John's alarm sprung into life and he jumped out of bed!
Grammar: I have set some grammar tasks on spag.com
Maths: I have set some tasks on Education City for you to practice your maths skills (ordering numbers / finding 10, 100, 1000 more and less / time tables). Please spend some time on TTRock Stars also.
Extra maths challenge: Test your strategy skills by playing the online games. Click here for some brain ache!
Have a lovely half term.
Reading: Keep up the great work with Accelerated Reader. Play the games on Education City to practice your skills of prediction and using fronted adverbs - remember that they are at the front of a sentence, they give more information about where, when or how something happens, and they are separated with a comma.
Grammar: Complete the Spag mat please (Number 3). We will mark this next week on Thursday.
Spelling: We are learning to spell the following homophones (peace / piece / main / mane / fare / fair). Draw a picture to show what each word means and write a sentence. We have have a 'hot task' next Thursday.
Maths: Watch the learn screen and have a go at the games to prepare for our lessons on Roman Numerals and negative numbers.
Maths: Please complete the TTRock Stars sheet to practice your times tables. Spend at least 30 minutes on TTRock Stars to get your times tables accurate and quick!
Spelling: Pupils' cold tasks spelling test is in their books. This week's words are: caught / centre / century / certain / circle / complete / consider / continue. There will be a 'hot task' spelling test next Friday. Write each word in a sentence.
Grammar: please complete the 'SPAG mat' ready for next week.
Reading: keep up the great work!! I'm very impressed with Year 4's dedication to reading.
PHSE / World Mental Health Day: We have made worry dolls which pupils will be bringing home this evening. We have talked about worry, how it can affect us and what we can do about it. Pupils have a sheet to discuss with you about how we can over estimate our worries.
Spelling: This week's focus is apostrophes (contractions and possession). Search for uses of apostrophes and list them in a table using 'Contractions' and 'Apostrophes for Possession' as headings.
Grammar: Please comlete the SPAG mat. Research any terms you are unsure of. We will mark these together in class next Friday.
Maths: Our times tables needs lots of work. Spend at least 30 minutes practicing on Times Table Rock Stars. All pupils have their log in details in their reading records and on a letter in their homework books.
PHSE: Next Friday we will be celebrating World Mental Health Day. Acts of kindness / helping others are proven to boost your well being. Create an 'Acts of Kindness' diary and list the nice things you do for someone else. You could wash up, walk the dog, make a picture or card - the list is endless!
Science: Complete the tasks on Education City for 'States of Matter'.
Spelling: Pupils have had spelling assessments today in school so will know their scores for last week's words. This week's focus is words which end in 'ure' (temperature / closure / enclosure / pleasure / treasure).
If pupils can spell these words all ready:
1) How many other words can you find that end with 'ure' and have more than one syllable?
2) Put the words in a sentence.
1) Complete the task on spag.com (noun phrases)
2) Complete the revision tasks on Education City for using apostrophes to show possession for singular nouns / understanding the terms 'singular' and 'plural'.
Scores for Accelerated Reader are on the up! Keep up the great work Year 4!
We will be starting rounding next week, so have a go at the game on Education City.
Continue to play the games on Education City to get those times tables as fast as you can!
Spelling: Please focus on the next set of words from the Year 3/4 list. Pupils should be aware of which words they need to practice (believe, bicycle, breath, breathe, build, busy, business, calendar). Remember to use the strategies we've used in class (look, say cover, write, check / speed write, highlight the tricky bit, say it like it's spelt).
Reading: Remember to keep up with the reading! 25 minutes a day is our target. You're all doing a great job so keep up the great work!
Play the game on Education City to practice finding the evidence in the text - remember to search for key words from the question to find the answers.
Times Tables: This is a real focus area for Year 4 as government guidelines recommend that all times tables (up to 12 x 12) are known with good recall by the summer term. Spend at least 30 minutes practising your target times table games on Education City. If you want some extra practice, click here for more games.
Maths: We have been revising numbers to 1000. Play the games on Education City to make sure you are confident with representing numbers to 1000 (Hip To Be Square / The Umpire Strikes Back / The Scampi Happening).
History: We've talked about chronlogical order this week and created our own timelines. Talk at home about significant events which have happened over your life and any that have happened before you were born. Perhaps you could draw a new timeline - think about the distance between each event and how this can be shown on your timeline.
Reading: What a great improvement with Accelerated Reader this week! I'm very proud of you all!
Keep up the reading at home with at least 25 minutes each day.
Spelling: There will be a hot task next Friday for the first 8 words from the Yr 3/4 list (accident, accidentally, actual, actually, address, answer, appear, arrive). Remember that little and often works best when learning spellings - use the strategies we went over in class: look, say cover, write, check / say it like it's spelt / highlight the tricky bit / speedwrite. Try and join your handwriting as this will help your brain remember the pattern of the word.
If you can spell these words, show you understand their meaning by writing them in a sentence.
Grammar: complete the tasks which have been set on spag.com. The focus is pronouns and paragraphs. Watch this clip to find out about pronouns.
Maths: We need a big focus on our times tables so that we can say the answers as quickly as possible. Practise your target times table on Education City.
Usually homework will be set on a Friday for the following Friday.
Spelling: pupils have completed a 'cold task' spelling test in their HW books so that they can see which words we need to focus on. We have discussed and practised strategies for learning spellings - little and often is best! There will be a 'hot task' (retest) spelling test on Fridays of the same words.
Grammar: pupils have been set a task on spag.com which is optional for this week. Their login details are in their HW books and reading records.
Maths: play the times table games so that we can improve our 'times table challenge' times!
Have fun! :)