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This week’s P4C 19.05.20

Thinking game: But what if?
In pairs, facing each other. Label yourself PERSON A and PERSON B.

PERSON A asks a question that starts with “What if you wanted…?” Here are some examples you can use:

What if you wanted to know the time?
What if you wanted to make some toast?
What if you wanted to meet the Queen?
What if you wanted to go to sleep?

PERSON B responds with what they would do. Then PERSON A responds with a “what if”. Your conversation might go something like this…

A: What if you wanted to know the time?
B: I’d look at my phone.
A: But what if your phone was out of battery?
B: I’d charge it up.
A: But what if you’d lost your charger?
B: I’d use someone else’s.
A: But what if there was a power cut?
B: I’d use the clock in the school hall?
A: But what if the power cut lasted so long, all the batteries had run out?
B: I’d see when the sun came up…

Stimulus: Look at the two photos below.

Big question: Do some people deserve more help than others? Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

• In my opinion…
• I agree with… because…
• I would like to add…
• I would like to challenge… because…

Extra thought: What could you do to help those less fortunate than you?

19.05.2020 Year 4 Learning Tasks

Good morning Year 4 ! Here are your tasks for the week.

If you are stuck or want to share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember when commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Make sure to look at the ‘Healthy Lives’ blog for more fun exercises to keep you active!

Maths

Today we are going to be recognising tenths and hundredths.

Click the video to get the lesson started!
Lesson 1: Recognising tenths and hundredths
https://vimeo.com/418164979

Here is a link to an interactive hundred square so you can explore hundredths and tenths before starting the independent activity.
Click the 1-100 chart for a hundred square.

Can you colour in:
10 hundredths?
15 hundredths?
3 tenths?

I shaded 20 out of 100.
This is the same as 2 tenths.

Independent activity:

Challenge

Questions to help you with the challenge:
How many squares has Dexter shaded?
What would 2 tenths look like on the hundred square?

I’ll be posting the answers to the Maths activity on Friday morning in the replies to this blog post, so you can self-mark!

Writing

There are many fictional characters who live in unusual houses, such as the old woman who lived in a shoe. What kind of unusual house would you like to live in?

Write about what it would be like to wake up in an unusual house. Here are some images to get you inspired:

Use the following sentence starters to help you get started! Or, come up with your own!

CRASH! I woke up with my legs over my shoulders and my shoulders crammed into the tiny space between my cupboard and my bedside table. What on earth was going on?

Outside, the birds started chirping their merry tune. My eyes fluttered open as the sun shone through my pale blue curtains.

A cold breeze seeped through the wooden floorboards. Shivering, I gathered my blanket towards my chest and sunk deeper into my bed.

How many of these descriptive writing techniques can you use?

Reading

Look at the image and answer the following questions:

Where did the UFO come from?

Who or what is controlling it?

Why are they taking the tricycle?

Who does the tricycle belong to?

Why was the child here all alone?

How is the child feeling?

What will happen next?

Spelling

This weeks’ spellings looks at common misconception words! Therse are words where the usual spelling rule doesn’t apply.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

  1. Interest
  2. Island
  3. Knowledge
  4. Learn
  5. Length
  6. Library
  7. Material
  8. Medicine
  9. Mention
  10. Minute

Science:

Todays Science task is all about SOUND!

Before you watch this video on sound, you will need:

  • 2 empty bottles that are a different size
  • An empty plastic container with a lid, such as a sweet tub or biscuit tin
  • A pencil

Don’t worry if you don’t have all these things – you don’t need to do the activities, it’s just more fun if you do!

Here is the link to the interactive game that allows you to explore different volumes and pitch: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Harmonics/

London History Task

London History Day is celebrated on 31st May every year. The date marks the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859.

We were going to celebrate this day on 22nd May in school but as we can’t do that, here is an activity you can do to mark the day!

Time capsule diaries

Your task:
Capture your experiences of lockdown by keeping a diary about your life for 7 days to help people in the future to understand what life has been like. You can do this however you’d like to – a written or video diary, artwork, photos, a cartoon strip.

Questions to think about while writing your diary:
What have the challenges been?
What have the positives of lockdown been?
Do you have any stories of kindness?
Have you learnt any new skills?

You decide what to include, you can use this structure to help you:

You can send in your diary entries to year4@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk if you would like to share them with us.

Article of the week

Article 28- Every child has the right to an education.

We would like you to think about how your right to an education. This is important so you:

  • have skills to improve things and help people
  • form opinions and views about things
  • know how to stay safe and healthy
  • learn how to respect other people’s ideas and get on with other people
  • get a job you enjoy and earn money
  • make informed choices
  • have more opportunities in life
  • learn about things that are important for the world
  • grow up to be responsible adults

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 28:

‘Education is every child’s right’ video

‘The Book of Hopes’

This week’s P4C 12.05.20

Thinking Game

In or Out

What are the ingredients for a good argument? Choose from below what would be in or out. You can add some of your own too.

Loud voice, lots of reasons, evidence for your reasons, angry tone, pointing finger, calm tone, relaxed approach, 1 reason with lots of evidence?

Big Question

  • Ah.
  • Ahhh!
  • Aaah!
  • Aha!
  • Ha!
  • Ah hah!
  • Ha ha!
  • Ahaha.
  • Ha, ha, ha.
  • Ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Hahahahahahahaha.
  • Ho ho ho!

Which statement from the above list matches the one below?

  • You’re funny.
  • I think I’m funny.
  • I am mad and evil.
  • You think you’ve got me, but you’ll never take me alive.
  • You think you’re funny but I don’t.
  • This is awkward. I thought you already knew.
  • It hurts.
  • I am mad but not evil.
  • I am Father Christmas.
  • Isn’t that sweet?
  • Now I get it.
  • Now I’ve got you.

Here is the real poem…

  • How much of what you mean is in what you say?
  • How much is in how you say it?
  • How much is in things you don’t say at all?
  • What does “meaning” mean?
  • Are there different kinds of meaning?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

• In my opinion…
• I agree with… because…
• I would like to add…
• I would like to challenge… because…

12.05.2020 Year 4 Learning Tasks

Good morning Year 4 – here are your tasks for the week. If you are stuck or want to share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Make sure to look at the ‘Healthy Lives’ blog for more fun exercises to keep you active!

Maths – Four-digit targets

Click here for the online, interactive version where you can try out your ideas.

Reading

This week’s reading and writing task is about ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura

Click below to listen to the story.

Answer the questions in full sentences.
1. Why was the boy relieved when he met someone?
2. How are the girl and boy feeling here? Look at the picture carefully and use emotive words!

3. Why couldn’t the boy understand anything they were saying?
4. Om and the boy yelled when everyone threw their spears. Why do you think they yelled?
5. Would Om’s people think it strange that the boy was playing air guitar? Explain why.

Writing

Can you continue this narrative? What happened next?

Through the old, gloomy woods was a figure of a boy. Suddenly, he found himself falling down, down, down. When he woke up, he was in a dark place. In the distance he saw a light, so the figure followed it. There were tall mountains and animals roaming through the forest.
“H”, the boy whispered. He saw the figure of a girl, she had bright ginger hair, a red coat, brown trousers, shoes and a bag.

Can you include:
– ly openers (Suddenly, Cautiously, Carefully, Wildly)
– Fronted adverbials (When he woke up, Almost unbelievably, Just then,)
– Emotive language (harsh, dreadful, bitter cold, incredibly tired, screamed frantically)
– Inverted commas for dialogue between the boy and Om

Spelling

This week’s spelling rule is -s is the verb and -c is the noun. Use the Collins online dictionary to check the meaning of each word. Copy out the definition of each word and then write a sentence using one.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

  1. practise
  2. practice
  3. devise
  4. device
  5. advise
  6. advice
  7. license
  8. licence

Science

This week’s Science is an investigation called ‘Fireworks in a glass’. It is a simple and fun experiment, and also completely safe. Please make sure you are working with an adult and do not drink the water.

Science explanation
Oil and water do not mix. Oil is less dense than water (there is less of it in the same volume) and therefore floats on top of water. If the food colouring is water based, it will not mix with the oil, instead it sinks through the oil and into the water below. The food colouring is heavier than the water, so it sinks to the bottom leaving trails (resembling fireworks) as some of the colour diffuses into the water.

RRS – Article 14
‘Freedom of thought and religion’

05.05.2020 Year 4 Learning Tasks

Make sure to look at the Art activity and ‘Healthy Lives’ blog for more fun exercises to keep you active!

Good morning Year 4 – here are your tasks for the week. If you are stuck or want to share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Maths (rounding to the nearest 10)

When rounding to the nearest 10, we look at the ones column. If the ones are 4 or less, we round down. If the ones are 5 or more we round the number up to the next 10.

73 rounds down to 70 because it is closer to 70 and there are 3 ones.

Round these numbers to the nearest 10.
1. 72
2. 163
3. 767
4. 345
5. 1,945

If you still need help, click here. The video will explain how to round to 10 and 100.

Maths reasoning question

Writing task

Read the beginning of this story.

As I sat amongst the leaves, an old oak tree caught my attention. I squinted wearily – the branches were growing right before my eyes! I stared harder as the vines edged towards me; the whole forest was expanding faster and faster, engulfing everything in its path…

Potter DIY: "Beware! Whomping Willow" Sign | MuggleNet
OK this is a ‘Whomping Willow’ from Harry Potter, not an oak tree. But use it for inspiration!!

Can you continue this story?

Questions to think about:
What is happening in the forest?
Why is it happening?
How will the story end?


Success Criteria:
– Make sure the story ‘flows’
– Use a range of sentence openers (-ed openers, ly openers and fronted adverbials)
– Use exciting vocabulary

Reading
(VIPERS)

Thinking about a book you’ve read at school or home, can you draw a timeline or create a storyboard?

Include all the main events.

Here is an example of a storyboard summary:

Science

This week’s science lesson is all about refraction, following on from last week’s lesson about reflection.

Click here to start the lesson!

Spelling

This week’s spellings are words with the suffix -ous

1. adventurous
2. anonymous
3. disastrous
4. enormous
5. fabulous
6. hazardous
7. miraculous
8. mischievous
9. mountainous
10. prosperous

VE Day Activity!

Friday 8th May is a special day because it marks the 75th anniversary of ‘VE day’, or ‘Victory in Europe day’ – the end of the second world war in Europe.

The second world war (or WW2) lasted for 6 years (1939-45) and people in many countries around the world were affected. The German army, led by Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland in 1939 because he wanted to take some of their land. France and Britain declared war on Germany because they didn’t think what Germany was doing was right, then Italy joined with Germany. Gradually other countries in Europe and around the world became involved with either the Allies (France and Britain) or the Axis powers (Germany and Italy).

Life during the Second World War was very difficult. We mark special days like VE Day to remember the many millions of people who fought and died during World War II.

You are going to become photo detectives.

Look carefully at the photo and answer these questions:
• What do I know after looking at this source?
• What can I infer from the source? What guesses can I make?
• What does the source not tell me?
• What else would I like to find out? What other questions do I need to ask?

Click this link to find out more about VE day!

Art

This week’s object is a roof finial (decoration) that comes from 13th century Oxford.

You can create a portrait, make a model out of plasticine or do something else!

Here are some helpful links to develop your art skills:

A step by step guide for drawing a portrait.

A short video about drawing portraits and using different media

You could make a portrait using clay, play-dough or Plasticine. Here is a recipe for play-dough and a link of how to make a play-dough portrait.

Have a look at the responses so far! What do you feel like creating today?

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk

RRS (Right of the week) Activity

This Week’s P4C 5.5.20

Thinking Game

What ingredients are needed to enable you to have privacy?

Big Question

The school has been asked to take part in the Panopticon Project. There will be cameras with sound recording in all classrooms and other areas of the school, inside and out (excluding toilets).

All film will be stored for three months. Film of pupils or staff who are a cause for concern can be kept for a longer period.

Recording everything will help teachers to deal with poor behaviour. It will provide proof of bad choices. The film can also be shared with parents via email, so that they can see their children’s misbehaving. It should eliminate bullying and ensure that children are kind and helpful to one another.

It will also help senior managers to improve teaching, as they can watch any lesson and tell teachers where they are going wrong.

We expect the best thing about the Panopticon will stopping problems before they start. Both pupils and teachers will know that someone could be watching. Those who are doing as they should, have nothing to fear. Indeed, Panopticon will help us reward good behaviour and excellent teaching.

We trust that you like this idea, but if you should have any concerns please write to the Governor responsible, Albie Sinew.

Does everyone have the right to privacy even if they are doing something wrong?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

• In my opinion…
• I agree with… because…
• I would like to add…
• I would like to challenge… because…