17 January 2020
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework:
I can show different ways to make things better.
This homework, which is due on Thursday 24 January, is an opportunity for children to reflect on our living & learning statement for this week: I can make things better.
Children should think about ways to make things better in a variety of different situations and contexts:
- in class
- in a friendship group
- at playtimes
- at home
- with siblings
- out and about (countryside, park)
- the wider environment (recycling)
You could consider…
- Why should we try and make things better?
- How do we do this?
- When should we apologise?
- What is the effect it has on others around us when we make things better?
- Older children might want to consider the benefits of restorative justice.
Don’t forget to be creative! Produce a report or diary; capture photos of making things better; create rules for better games at play times; make a poster about how to say sorry; or, think of your own creative response.
This homework will be celebrated in our weekly homework review.
10 January 2020
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 16 January.
I can multiply 3 digits by 1 digit.
The children have a set of questions to complete which allows them to practise the skills we’ve learned this week on multiplying 3 digits by 1 digit. We’ll mark this work together in our homework review.
13 December 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Thursday 19 December 2019.
I can talk about what I was learning in these photos.
Here are some photographs of some learning we’ve done this half term. Ask your children what the children in the photograph were doing, what they learned from this lesson and what more they might like to learn or get better at in this area of their learning.
This is a great opportunity to find out more about your child’s experience at school and, if you enjoyed this discussion, don’t forget photos are posted regularly on Year 4’s Class News so you can have these conversations every week!
PE at Allerton Grange
Geography: OS maps and grid references
Geography: counties and compass directions
Maths: times tables
Reading: First News
Writing: pirate drama
06 December 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework, which should be returned by Thursday 12 December.
The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or a spiritual perspective.
I can show what I know and think about something cultural.
We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact.
We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!
However, your child might prefer to do the following:
I can show what I know about a festival.
Over the course of this term, some children in school may have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been
- the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
- the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali
- the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
- the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
- and the Chinese New Year festival, coming up
There are lots of other festivals and celebrations, which you and your child together might want to reflect on.
We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.
Friday 22 November 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework: Which charity should our school support?
Next week, a charity will be decided for us to support for the year ahead – for example, when we have a performance, we’ll collect money for this particular charity. What charity does your child think we should support?
You could talk about:
- what a charity is
- why charities are important
- what sort of work they do
- charities that have meaning to your family, to school or the community
- national and international charities and their work
Next week, each class will vote (because in our school we make democratic decisions) for the charity they would like to support to form a shortlist. Then, our recently elected School Council will decide which charity we will support for the next year.
08 November 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Thursday 14 November.
I know how to STOP bullying.
At home discuss what bullying is.
- Can your child tell you what STOP means?
- Does your child know the difference between being mean and bullying?
- Do they know what to do if they think they, or someone else, is being bullied?
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week so see whether bullying is being discussed elsewhere too. Maybe it’s on Newsround or in First News – see what they’re saying about it too.
18 October 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 24 October.
I can solve addition problems.
Having worked on addition for the last week or two, they children have some calculations and problems to complete independently at home. We’ve talked about deciding when to solve a calculation mentally and when to use a written method. Children can solve the problems however they choose but they should show their working on the sheet.
Take a look at what addition your child is solving now they’re in Year 4 and ask them about the different ways questions are presented.
Friday 11 October 2019
Friday 11 October 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework. In preparation for the upcoming School Council elections, children should complete one of the following tasks:
- I can prepare a speech (School Council elections).
- I know the importance of voting.
It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new School Council. With two representatives from each class chosen democratically by their peers, all children are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.
Elections for our new school council will take place on Thursday 24 October with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready. Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech in class to their peers.
What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council.
- ‘use all the 8 Rs for learning’
- ‘be respectful’
- ‘help others’
- ‘be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)’
- ‘tell the truth’
- ‘be confident with your ideas’
- ‘accept the views of others even if you don’t agree’
- ‘be friendly and approachable’
- ‘make good choices in class and around school’
Hints for your speech include:
- What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
- What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
- What do you think would make the school better?
- What could you do that people would really like?
- Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do.
Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions. We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility. You’re welcome to stand again for election.
Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.
If you choose not to stand in the election, you should instead consider the importance of voting.
04 October 2019
This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due on Thursday 10 October.
Is it ok to cut down trees to build more houses?
Around the dinner table, in the car, over breakfast or before bed, see what different people in your family think about cutting down trees to build more houses. Let other people know your opinions and see whether you can come up with some strong arguments to back your opinion up.
In your homework book, note down some key bullet points from your discussion so that we can discuss this together in class.
Friday 27 September 2019
This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework: I can see maths all around me.
Maths is all around us. But, how often do we appreciate this? This homework is all about spotting maths in our everyday lives and we’re exposed to it more than we realise sometimes. We’d like to children to find some examples of maths from their everyday lives and show these creatively. There are many examples of maths in the world around us but here are a few examples:
- travel, TV or film timetables
- measuring ingredients
- finding examples of shapes in buildings
- counting out objects
- spending money when shopping
- distances on road signs
- %s in sales
- cutting food into the correct amount of slices or pieces
Children should be ready to celebrate their learning in our weekly homework review in class by Thursday 03 October 2019.
Please note: this homework should take no longer than 30 minutes.