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Reading Diaries: Uses and Questions 2

Good evening, Year 4!

As mentioned weekly, the children will need to write a few comments about their book in the comments section of their reading diary.

Question for Weeks 4-5:

FICTION 

Monday: 

Can you explain what a ‘PLOT’ is? Which area is your story in, at the moment?

Tuesday: 

Is the story at the beginning, middle or end of the plot, currently? How could you PROVE that?

Wednesday: 

Can you make a PREDICTION about what will happen next, to the main character? How do you know it IS likely to happen?

Thursday: 

Is your story organised into actual SECTIONS (does it have CHAPTERS)? Why do you think some authors / books are split into sections?

Friday: 

Many stories have an ‘End Goal’ for the characters to achieve… Does yours? What are they trying to do by the end?

Weekend: 

Recommend your text – try to give 3 POSITIVE things about your book…

NON-FICTION

Monday: 

What CAPTIONS do your pages feature? DO you think they are too simple, too detailed or ‘just right’?

Tuesday: 

What SUB-HEADINGS or ‘sections’ does your page have? Do they each have a special subject of information?

Wednesday: 

Does your book feature diagrams, photos or pictures? Do the images link to the information on the page well?

Thursday: 

How much information does the whole COVER of the book provide? We should be able to find at least 5 different aspects…

Friday: 

What SUBJECT has been most interesting to learn about, so far? Which FACT really surprised you?

Weekend: 

Recommend your text – try to give 3 POSITIVE things about your book… 

Please can we make sure that all children are bringing their reading diaries into school EVERY DAY; and that they are commenting in them, throughout the week!

Kindest regards,

The Year 4 Team

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Homework: Autumn 1 Weeks 3-4

This week’s 10 Spellings are (to be learnt and tested at the end of the week – Autumn 1 Week 4, 30th September):

COMPLETE

CONSIDER

CONTINUE

DECIDE

DESCRIBE

DIFFERENT

DIFFICULT

DISAPPEAR

EARLY

EARTH

(All of the year’s spellings to learn, can be found in this document)

TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS

Also, as part of Homework, we ask the children to aim to build their tables skills, by competing for at least PART of the week in a TTRS Tournament. We would hope for the children to access and use the app, for at least 30 mins per week, with a minimum score of 100 points. The Winning class will be announced each Friday, and the TOP FIVE SCORERS across Year 4 will receive a MERIT each!!

Please visit https://ttrockstars.com/ (Login details should be written in the Reading Diaries. Please seek out your class teacher with any difficulties)

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Homework: Autumn 1 Week 2-3

This week’s 10 Spellings are (to be learnt and tested at the end of the week – Autumn 1 Week 3, 23rd September)

BREATHE

BUILD

BUSY

BUSINESS

CALENDAR

CAUGHT

CENTRE

CENTURY

CERTAIN

CIRCLE

(All of the year’s spellings to learn, can be found in this document)

TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS

Also, as part of Homework, we ask the children to aim to build their tables skills, by competing for at least PART of the week in a TTRS Tournament. We would hope for the children to access and use the app, for at least 30 mins per week, with a minimum score of 100 points. The Winning class will be announced each Friday, and the TOP FIVE SCORERS across Year 4 will receive a MERIT each!!

Please visit https://ttrockstars.com/ (Login details should be written in the Reading Diaries. Please seek out your class teacher with any difficulties)

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Reading Diaries: Uses and Questions

Good evening, Year 4!

As mentioned on Friday, the children will need to write a few comments about their book in the comments section of their reading diary.

Questions for Weeks 2-3:

FICTION 

Monday: 

What was happening at the start of the story? To whom?

Tuesday: 

Where does the story take place? How does it link to the theme of the story?

Wednesday: 

When does the story take place? Does this help give the book an atmosphere?

Thursday: 

What happened in the story, so far? Can you explain the events?

Friday: 

Find some words or phrases that tell you about the setting. 

Weekend: 

Who are the key characters in the book? What ROLES do they serve in the story?

NON-FICTION

Monday: 

What is the text about? What THEME are the facts linked to?

Tuesday: 

What is the title of the text? How has it been presented?

Wednesday: 

Who is the author? Can we search for more by this author?

Thursday: 

What would you expect to see in this text? What kinds of questions could it answer?

Friday: 

What is on the cover of this book? What does this tell you about the content inside? 

Weekend: 

Can you find the key features of this type of book? 

Please can we make sure that all children are bringing their reading diaries into school EVERY DAY, and commenting in them throughout the week!

Kindest regards,

The Year 4 Team

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Homework: Autumn 1 Week 1

This week’s 10 Spellings are (to be learnt and tested at the end of the week – Autumn 1 Week 2, 16th September)

ACCIDENT

ACTUAL

ADDRESS

ALTHOUGH

ANSWER

APPEAR

ARRIVE

BELIEVE

BICYCLE

BREATH

(All of the year’s spellings to learn, can be found in this document)

TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS

Also, as part of Homework, we ask the children to aim to build their tables skills, by competing for at least PART of the week in a TTRS Tournament. We would hope for the children to access and use the app, at least a few times per week. The Winning class will be announced each Friday, and the TOP FIVE SCORERS across Year 4 will receive a MERIT each!!

Please visit https://ttrockstars.com/… the old logins will still work, and new details will follow very soon for others!

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Announcing: Year 4 Weekly Homework

Each week, on Fridays, The Year 4 team will be setting new weekly homework and additional challenges, via the Year Group Blog. We will start the year by also providing paper copies of Spellings Lists and any other items, but wish to phase this out, and be kinder to the Environment!

Every Week, we will provide the children with TEN WEEKLY SPELLINGS to learn: a new spellings list will be published here every FRIDAY, with the test being held on the FOLLOWING Friday, during lessons. For most, the Weekly Spellings will be taken from the National Curriculum List below; however, some teachers may make other arrangements (a different list) for any individuals they judge to benefit.

Here are the overall Spellings List for use throughout the year:

We will also be asking the children to extensively use Times Tables Rockstars – a website-based app that is superb for learning times tables… Each week, there will be a TOURNAMENT between the classes to see who can get the highest scores. We will weekly announce the winning Class and each week, the top 5 scorers will receive a merit!

TTRS can be found here: https://ttrockstars.com/

TTRS does require a login and password – each class teacher will have a list of login details, and next week, we will have lessons on how to access the blog and TTRS, as well as asking the children to write their login details into their reading diaries and set up access, this coming week.

Please could the children be assisted in setting up access to these websites, and do feel free to communicate with your class teacher with issues over login in details.

Regards,

The Year 4 Team

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An Olympic Athlete at Heavers Farm!

On Friday an Olympic athlete Fredrick Afrifa came to school with a challenge!

We had to complete a series of exercises; Spotty dogs, leg drives (mountain climbers), push ups and star jumps.

We completed each exercise for 1 minute!

We completed these exercises in order to raise money for charity and our school. We will be able to buy sports equipment to use during P.E.

We had lots of fun, met an athlete and had a great work all while raising money.

We had an amazing inspirational talk from Fredrick Afrifa, he told us about how he started out and what he does to be the best.
Spotty dogs
Star jumps and push ups
Star jumps and a demo from Fredrick.
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Does gas have a weight?

In Science, we hypothesised whether gas had a weight.

Some predicted that it did and some that it didn’t.

We experimented with fizzy lemonade. We first weighed a glass of fizzy lemonade. We then removed the bubbles using a spoon and lots of stirring, we then weighed the glass of lemonade again.

Ask us what we found out.

Does gas have a weight?

What gas is in fizzy drinks?