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Remote Learning

In the event of school closure or children having to self-isolate we will be using online platforms to deliver home learning.  Guidance documents can be downloaded here:

Welcome to Summer Term 1 2022

Hej Alla! (Hello Everyone in Swedish!) Our topic this term is Sustainability with a focus on Sweden, one of the pioneers in renewable energy and one of the most sustainable countries in Europe.  Shipra’s class will have their swimming lessons this term and we will all have some cricket sessions from the fantastic coaches at Platform Cricket to develop our cricket skills.  We are also very happy to welcome Vicky back to Kilmorie and to the year 4 team.  As always, the children’s wellbeing is our priority and there will be lots of opportunity for mindfulness and other wellbeing activities throughout the term.

TOPICS

Here is an outline of what the children will be learning in each subject:

EnglishReading and responding to the book ‘The Tin Forest’.  Producing a piece of creative poetry inspired by the story and a persuasive letter based on sustainabiity.
MathsFractions and Decimals
ScienceLiving things and their habitats
REJudaism
Outdoor PECricket and Athletics
ArtA study of the French Artist Henri Rousseau Le Douanier
GeographyComparative study of Sweden
PSHERelationships – Changes in Families
ComputingNetworks: inputs and outputs
MFLHobbies

PE DAYS

This term your children should leave their PE kits at school and bring them home at half term to be washed.

ClassCricketOutdoor PE
KateMondayThursday
ShipraMondayThursday
HeidiMondayThursday
Indoor PE: shorts or leggings, t-shirt. Swimming: costume, swimming hat and towel.
Outdoor PE: : jogging bottoms, t-shirt, sweatshirt, trainers
As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

In outdoor PE we will be developing our balance, agility and co-ordination through Multiskills. Indoor PE will see the children developing control, balance and accuracy in their movement skills during our Gymnastics sessions (swimming – Shipra’s Class – Intensive course from 20th to 29th April 2022).]

We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter Holiday.  Our new topic this term is “Sustainability”, within this topic we will be focussing on Sweden, a world leader in sustainability.

English

Year 4 will be immersing themselves in The Tin Forest by Helen Ward, a tale of hope and transformation.  The  children will explore the text through a range of reading, drama and writing activities.  They will  continue to practise skills of inference, deduction, prediction and summarising whilst building their vocabulary.  For their non-fiction writing this term, they will be focussing on persuasive writing and will produce a persuasive argument based on our sustainability topic.

 

 

 

In maths pupils will continue to develop their understanding of fractions before moving on to learn about decimals.  They will explore the link with fractions and decimals using concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations.  The development of multiplication and division skills remains a focus, visit the following sites to practise:

Hit-the-button

TT Rockstars

Understanding the world

Our Science topic is Living things and their Habitats.  Year 4 will be recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, including classification keys. They will be looking into identifying living things in their local environment, and will recognise that changes in environments can cause dangers for living things.  We will also be constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

In Geography we will be studying the physical geography of Scandinavia.

In RE we will be learning about Judaism. In particular, we will study the Jewish Sabbath day, festivals in Jewish life, and Passover.  In computing we will be looking at sequencing code, networks and debugging code.  We will also discuss different types of inputs and outputs.

In Art we will be studying the methods that Henri Rousseau used to create his work and creating our own pieces inspired by those methods.  We will also start planning for our summer ‘Take this Planet’ project, which links in nicely to our sustainability topic.

 

 

 

 

Communication and language

Hobbies will be our focus in French, we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation. We will also be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

Mental and physical wellbeing

We will focus on outdoor PE this term, developing our cricket skills from the Autumn term and also our athletics skills.  Shipra’s class will be doing swimming as their indoor PE this term.  The children’s mental wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and in our PSHE lessons we will be focussing on relationships.

 

Your child should be completing their home learning each week this term.  It will be posted on Friday on Teams and should be returned by the following Wednesday. This work is planned to secure and develop your child’s knowledge and understanding, and your ongoing support with this is very much appreciated.  The children should always have a book on the go and respond to their reading in their reading journal. When they have finished a book, they should return it to get a new one.  Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to this aspect of your child’s learning.

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

Kate, Vicky and Shipra

Spring Term 2 2022

This term we will continue to learn about the Vikings, with a focus on The Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry. Heidi’s class will be continuing with their swimming lessons and we are planning some fun activities for British Science Week which takes place between 11 – 28 March. We are very much looking forward to our trips to Dulwich Picture Gallery and Goldsmiths. As always, the children’s wellbeing is our priority and there will be lots of opportunity for mindfulness and other wellbeing activities throughout the term.

TOPICS

Here is an outline of what the children will be learning in each subject:

EnglishWriting a newspaper report based on Varjak Paw. We will also write a fantasy story based on Arthur and the Golden Rope.  We will continue to follow the whole class model of teaching reading by reading and responding to the Varjak Paw story.
MathsMultiplication and Division
ScienceSound
REIslam
Indoor PEGymnastics and Swimming
Outdoor PEMultiskills and Orienteering
DTDesigning a sustainable water collector
Geography/HistoryInvasion and Settlement of Anglo Saxons
PSHEKeeping Healthy
ComputingDesigning a maze game on Scratch
FrenchPets and Zoo Animals

In outdoor PE we will be developing our balance, agility and co-ordination through Multiskills. Indoor PE will see the children developing control, balance and accuracy in their movement skills during our Gymnastics sessions (swimming – Kate’s Class – Intensive 1 week course week beginning 10/1/2022).

Vikings

History

Last term, the children began our Invaders and Settlers topic and learnt about the Anglo-Saxons and their impact on this island. This term we will continue to learn about the Vikings, with a focus on The Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry.  Find out more here:

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/vikings/

Arthur and the golden rope
English

Year 4 will read a number of texts related to their history topic and continue to practise skills of inference, deduction, prediction and summarising whilst building their vocabulary. They will be learning about the features of a fantasy story and will write their own based on our whole class reading book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope.’ They will also work on producing an explanation text about the digestive system with the purpose to inform.

Fractions

MATHS                                                 

In maths we will be continuing to develop our fluency and understanding of written methods of multiplication and multiplication before we delve into the world of fractions. The development of multiplication and division skills remains a focus, visit the following sites to practise (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button)
(https://ttrockstars.com/).

Bayeux tapestry

Understanding the World

In history, the children will be exploring the reasons for the Viking invasions, understanding viewpoints from both parties, studying the Bayeux Tapestry in depth in order to understand what happened at the Battle of Hastings. From this we will be discussing the legacy of the Vikings.

Science

Our Science topic is Animals Including Humans. Year 4 will be learning the names of and functions of the parts of the digestive system in humans and identifying the different types of teeth and their functions. Find out more here: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/human-body/digestion/

Mosque

RE

In RE we will continue learning about Islam. We will learn what it means to be from the muslim faith and the main events and celebrations involved – the five Pillars that it stands on; the prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), who spread the message of God and the holy book that guides them in the right path. Find out more here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zk34wmn

Expressive Art and Design

In art the children will continue learning about different styles of mark making and how to build up an image with texture before they apply their skills creating a picture of a mythical creature.

Hobbies

Communication and language

Hobbies will be our focus in French and we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation. We will also be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.  In computing, we will be converting a simple sound track to an algorithm and then into code using scratch programming- the focus will be repetitive loops.

Mental health

Mental and Physical Wellbeing

In PSHE the children will be learning about keeping safe, developing their understanding of the risks and hazards that are present in a number of environments and knowing where to go for help. We will also learn about the range of legal drugs encountered in everyday life including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs as well as tea, coffee and tobacco.

In outdoor PE we will be focussing on multiskills. Indoor PE will see the children will start or continue with our gymnastics sessions.

Spring 1 2022

Happy New Year and welcome back.  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. This term we will be delving into the invasion and settlements of the Anglo Saxons and debate if their vicious reputation is justified. We also have our exciting school journey to look forward to!

Anglo Saxons and Vikings

During this term we will explore the epic struggle for control of the kingdom of England between the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Where did they come from? How did they get here? Who will emerge victorious? Who will lay down the law of the land?

 

English

Year 4 will explore fantasy settings and immerse themselves in the world of Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton. The children will explore the text through a range of drama and writing activities, including creating their own mythical creatures inspired by the text, writing play scripts and producing a fantasy story in the style of Arthur and the Golden Rope.

Maths

In maths we will begin our understanding on Multiplication and division, using formal written methods to solve increasingly harder calculations.

We will also be solving problems involving measurement, including area and perimeter. Then we will be continuing the development of our understanding of fractions. To practise your multiplication and division (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button).

Understanding the World

In history and geography, we will be using a range of sources to help us identify who the Anglo Saxons and Vikings were, where they came from and their motivation for invasion. We will use maps, atlases and globes to locate where the Saxons and Vikings came from and the route they took in order to invade.

Our Science topic is Sound.  Year 4 will Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with vibrations, recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear and find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produce it.

In RE we will be learning about Islam.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z434wmn

Expressive Art and Design

In art we will be inspired by Norse mythology and explore ideas around mythical creatures. We will learn different styles of mark making and how to build up an image with texture.

In DT children will research, design and make a rainwater harvester for the school grounds. We will begin by evaluating existing rainwater harvesters before making and testing a prototype. Children will then discuss how to improve their design.

Communication and Language

Pets and Zoo Animals will be our focus in French and we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation. We will also be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

In computing we will be decomposing, designing, programming , debugging and evaluating a maze using Scratch programming.

Mental and Physical Wellbeing

In PSHE the children will be learning about keeping healthy, exploring how to develop a healthy lifestyle now and in the future. We will also developing our understanding of the range of legal drugs encountered in everyday life including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs as well as tea, coffee and tobacco.

In outdoor PE we will be developing our balance, agility and co-ordination through Multiskills. Indoor PE will see the children developing control, balance and accuracy in their movement skills during our Gymnastics sessions (swimming – Kate’s Class – Intensive 1 week course week beginning 10/1/2022).

Homework will be posted on teams on Thursdays or Fridays and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. The children should always have a book on the go and respond to their reading in their reading journal. When they have finished a book they should return it to get a new one.  Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to this aspect of your child’s learning.

Year 4 Home learning and for self-isolating : ANGLO SAXONS and VIKINGS

We will be learning about Invaders and Settlers from the Anglo Saxon and Viking Era. During this term we will explore the epic struggle for control of the kingdom of England between them. Your home learning project this half term is to research the vicious Vikings and produce something to show the class. Where did they come from? How did they get here? Who will emerge victorious? Who will lay down the law of the land? This project will last a few weeks so lots of effort needs to put into it.

Here are some ideas for your project:

  • Create a poster
  • Produce a fact file
  • Create a PowerPoint
  • Write a letter in Runes to a friend from that time
  • Create a model of a Viking long ship
  • Create an informative video
  • Map work
  • Anything else you can think of!

Here are some links for you to get started:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxsbcdm

https://www.history.org.uk/primary/resource/3860/teaching-romans-anglo-saxons-and-vikings-in-brit

https://kidadl.com/articles/viking-runes-ks2-explained

Link to Talk for Writing English Booklet for children who are isolating.

https://www.talk4writing.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Y4-Goblins-2.pdf

Don’t forget to keep practising those times tables:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

https://tablestest.com

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Link to the White Rose maths website for children who are isolating. There is also a link to the oak academy maths website on statistics and multiplication and division.

Home Learning | White Rose Maths

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/multiplication-and-division-70b8

Shipra, Kate and Heidi

Autumn 2 2021

Welcome back.  We hope you all had a lovely half term break.  We are continuing with our Ancient Egypt topic this term and we will be discovering how we can use what we have learnt from them in today’s world.

TOPICS

Here is an outline of what the children will be learning in each subject:

EnglishWriting a non-chronological report on the Water Cycle and a newspaper report based on Varjak Paw.  We will continue to follow the whole class model of teaching reading by reading and responding to the Varjak Paw story.
MathsAddition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
ScienceStates of Matter – Water Cycle
REChristianity
Indoor PEDance
Outdoor PECricket
DTDesigning a sustainable water collector
GeographyThe River Nile
PSHEUps and Downs of Relationships
ComputingDesigning a maze game on Scratch
FrenchZoo Animals

PE DAYS

ClassIndoor PEOutdoor PE
KateMondayWednesday
ShipraWednesdayThursday
HeidiWednesdayThursday
Indoor PE: shorts or jogging bottoms/leggings; T-shirt.
Outdoor PE: tracksuit trousers; T-shirt;long-sleeved top (in colder weather), trainers or plimsolls.
As the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during PE, we would ask that they do not wear jewellery to school on those days. Please ensure all long hair is tied back for health and safety reasons. We will assume that the children are able to join in PE activities unless we have a letter to the contrary.

 

Varjak Paw

English

Year 4 will be immersing themselves into the mysteries of Varjak Paw by SF Said. The children will explore the text through a range of reading, drama and writing activities, including a diary entry.  They will then write a newspaper report based on the story.

 

maths

Maths

In maths we are going to practise our addition and subtraction skills before focusing on developing our understanding of multiplication and division. We will be applying our skills and understanding in these topics to solve practical maths problems. We will also explore area and perimeter.

Hit the button to practise.

 

Weather

Understanding the World

We will be continuing our exploration of Ancient Egypt, focussing more on the geography of Egypt by learning about the River Nile and comparing the Ancient Egyptian civilisation to Mesopotamian civilisations.  Throughout the topic they will be noting connections, contrasts and trends over time with other historical topics they have studied.

In Science pupils will continue to develop their understanding of States of Matter. Year 4 will be exploring the water cycle and the roles that evaporation and condensation play within the cycle. Experiments will be designed and carried out by the children so that they can record evaporation over a period of time. Pupils will also learn about methods of water conservation and why it is important.  In R.E we will continue our study of Christianity, learning about Christian festivals and understanding how belonging to a group can be important and meaningful.

 

Water butt

Expressive Art and Design

In DT we are going to apply our knowledge of Egyptian inventions and the water cycle to evaluate and design our own sustainable water collectors.  In Art the children will create their Egyptian self-portraits as pharaohs.  We will also design and create our Egyptian maze games. This will help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code.

 

Zoo

Communication and Language

The Zoo is our focus in French and we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this while developing our pronunciation.

We will be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

Mental and Physical Wellbeing

In PSHE the children will be continue to focus on the ups and downs in relationships and understanding the many different patterns of friendships that there are.  We will continue to incorporate mindfulness, time to talk and the daily mile into our routine in order to help the children with their emotions, focus and resilience.

In PE we will be continuing to develop our cricket skills and dance skills.

HOMEWORK

Homework will be posted on teams on Thursdays or Fridays and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. The children should always have a book on the go and respond to their reading in their reading journal. When they have finished a book they should return it to get a new one.  Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to this aspect of your child’s learning.

Below are some ideas and links for your topic home learning this term: 

Over this half term, you may complete tasks from the list below.  Choose as many tasks as you wish! You can choose how to present your home learning: e.g. PowerPoint, photos and labels, videos, etc.

  • Pretend you are working on a pyramid. Write a letter home to your family describing your day, thoughts and feelings.
  • Tombs – list things you would want in your tomb.
  • Make a fact file about Egyptian Gods.
  • Research and present information about Ancient Egyptian society and what impact it has had on today’s world.
  • Make a presentation / video / story board of any of the stories from Egyptian mythology.
  • Create a comic strip based of any of the myths.
  • Design a timeline of the main events in ancient Egypt.
  • Research and present information on Cleopatra.

Useful websites
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb
https://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_egypt.php
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/ancient-egypt/

Shipra, Kate and Heidi

Autumn 1 2021

 

Welcome back to Kilmorie!  We have missed you all over the summer. We are hoping to make your time at school as normal as possible. We will throw ourselves into our first topic – Ancient Egypt and will get busy exploring the mysteries of Ancient Egyptians.

 

TOPICS

Our topic for this half term is Ancient Egypt. Here is an outline of what the children will be learning in each subject:

 

EnglishWriting myths inspired by the text ‘Tales of Gods and Pharaohs’ and non-chronological reports about Cleopatra
MathsPlace value and methods of calculation
ScienceStates of Matter
REChristianity
Indoor PEDance
ArtDesign and make a clay Sphinx
HistoryThe Ancient Egyptians
PSHEUps and downs in relationships
ComputingWe are software developers
FrenchParts of the body, colours

 

ENGLISH

Year 4 will read a number of texts related to their topic, both fiction and non-fiction. The children will first explore the Myths in Marcia William’s book Tales of Gods and Pharaohs through a range of drama and writing activities, including writing their own myth. Following this, the children will be researching and writing their own reports on the life of Cleopatra.

MATHS

maths

In maths we will cover place value and written and mental methods of addition and subtraction. There will be a particular focus on learning multiplication and division facts and we would encourage the children to practise these regularly as part of their home learning.

Hit the button to practise.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework will be posted on teams on Thursdays and should be submitted by the following Monday. The children should always have a book on the go and respond to their reading in their reading journal. When they have finished a book they should return it to get a new one. If you have any queries about your homework, please ask for help before the weekend. Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to this aspect of your child’s learning.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

Our Science topic is States of Matter.  Year 4 will be categorising materials as solids, liquids or gases and learning how to define the different states. The children will be planning and carrying out experiments to explore properties of liquids and will be developing their understanding of the effect of temperature on a variety of materials.

In History we will be understanding where and when the Ancient Egyptian civilisation began and how this connects to other historical eras.  The children will also investigate a range of sources to aid their understanding of how Egyptian society was organised, their achievements and the causes for the decline of their civilization. Throughout the topic they will be noting connections, contrasts and trends over time with other historical topics they have studied.

In RE we will be learning about Christianity and exploring places of Christian worship.

EXPRESSIVE ART AND DESIGN

The children will be studying Egyptian monuments and statues before designing and making their own clay Sphinx. We will also be taking on the role of programmers and creating our own Egyptian maze games to help us develop our skills in designing, writing and debugging code.

 

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

Parts of the body will be our main focus in French and

we will be speaking in phrases and sentences linked to this focus while developing our pronunciation.

We will be developing our reasoning and explaining skills through justifying our opinions across a range of our learning topics.

 

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING

In PSHE the children will be learning about the ups and downs in relationships and how to deal with them.

In PE the children will be developing their cricketing skills and learning a dance routine related to the theme of migration.

We will continue to incorporate mindfulness, time to talk and the daily mile into our routine in order to help the children with their emotions, focus and resilience.

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

Shipra, Kate and Heidi

HOME LEARNING DUE TO COVID RELATED ISOLATION

Useful Links

English

Talk for Writing English Booklet for children who are isolating:

https://www.talk4writing.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Y4-Goblins-2.pdf

Maths

Below is a link to the White Rose maths website for children who are isolating, we will be covering most of Autumn Week 1 to Week 7 this term and a link to the oak academy website:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/place-value-00b7

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

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