Year 4 Homework

08 March 2019

Posted on Friday 08 March 2019 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due in on Thursday 14th March:

I can say positive things about myself while staying modest.

Children have spent time discussing their individual strengths in class. We’d now like them to discuss these at home, celebrating them with their families. We’ve discussed the fact that we all have things we’re good at, whether they’re subjects in school, parts of subjects, or nothing at all to do with school.

Friday 01 March 2019

Posted on Friday 01 March 2019 by Mr Catherall

This week, our whole school homework is Creative: I can present a summary of our class novel so far.

Every class in our school is currently enjoying their class novel topic. As such, we’ve read quite a bit of our books. This week, children should summarise what they’ve read so far. A good summary would give an overview of what’s happened, focussing on key events and characters. There are many ways in which children could choose to respond to this but here’s a few ideas…

  • use an app to create a movie trailer for what’s happened so far
  • create a timeline of key events
  • turn what’s happened so far into a short comic
  • write a song, rap or poem about one of the main characters/events
  • create an image about a key event
  • draw a portrait of a main character and label their characteristics

However children decide to respond, their efforts will be celebrated as part of our weekly homework review in class. This homework is due by Thursday 07 March 2019.

Friday 08 February 2019

Posted on Friday 08 February 2019 by Mr Catherall

This week, the whole school has the same creative homework which is due in on Thursday 14 February 2019.

I can show different ways to stay safe.

This week, we have enjoyed a staying safe themed week. We’ve had lots of visitors and covered a range of important safety-related topics. There are many ways, and many different situations, in which we need to keep safe: at home, at school, in our environment and online.

Children should think about the situations where they need to keep safe and who might help them to stay safe. This could be done in any creative way:

  • a story
  • a poem
  • instructions
  • a comic strip
  • an advert
  • an interview
  • a game
  • scenarios

…or any other creative ideas!

The homework will be reviewed as part of the themed week learning.

01 February 2019

Posted on Saturday 02 February 2019 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 7th February:

I can create multiplication problems and solve them.

Children have learnt how to multiply two and three digits by one digit in columns and have solved problems using these skills. Now, we’re asking children to create their own problems and solve them using a multiplication calculation.

For example:

If I save £136 every month for six months, how much will I have saved?

 

We’re learning our 7 times tables this week.

Friday 25 January 2019

Posted on Friday 25 January 2019 by Mr Catherall

This week, the whole school has the same Talk Time homework:

What is a drug?

This homework, which links to our Living and Learning statement, is a first step in children becoming aware of drugs. There are a few key points you may wish to talk about at home. Children need to be aware that some drugs are helpful, some are harmful. Some are legal, some are illegal. Don’t forget to consider that even the legal or helpful ones can be harmful.

Below are some question prompts that could help shape your discussion…

  • What is a good definition for a drug?
  • What is a drug? What is not a drug?
  • Are all drugs bad?
  • Why might some people need to take medicines?
  • Who can prescribe medicine?
  • Who should administer medicine?
  • What should you do if you find some medicine?
  • Should you take medicine that isn’t yours?

Children should be prepared to discuss what they’ve talked about at home during our homework review next week. This homework should be completed by Thursday 31 January.

Friday 18 January 2019

Posted on Friday 18 January 2019 by Mr Catherall

Friday 18 January 2019

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 playtime
  • 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.

11 January 2019

Posted on Friday 11 January 2019 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 17th January:

I can show what I know about the water cycle.

We’ve been learning about the water cycle today as part of our What’s the Matter? topic, so children should remember what it involves.

We’ve shared some ideas:

  • a labelled diagram
  • a comic strip
  • photos with description of an experiment demonstrating the water cycle
  • a poem
  • a rap

Children should try and use some of the important vocabulary that we’ve learnt today: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, water vapour, solid, liquid, gas. We’ll spend more time on these words next week.

We’re learning our 12 times tables this week.

 

14 December 2018

Posted on Friday 14 December 2018 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Talk Time:

I can reflect on my first term. I can make three targets for the next term.

Children have made a brilliant start to the year in the Autumn term. We’re asking them to reflect on what has gone well, what they could improve or what they’ve liked or disliked. We would also like children to make three targets for themselves for the coming Spring term. These targets should be SMART targets:

  • Specific (Don’t be vague.)
  • Measurable (Will you be able to say that you have or have not achieved it?)
  • Agreed upon (Does your adult/teacher/sibling agree?)
  • Realistic (Succeeding is a great feeling. Make sure you can actually achieve your goal.)
  • Timed (Say when you want to achieve your target by.)

Children should be ready to discuss their reflections and targets on Thursday 20 December.

07 December 2018

Posted on Friday 07 December 2018 by Mr Catherall

This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which should be returned by Thursday 13 December.

The children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or 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.

30 November 2018

Posted on Sunday 02 December 2018 by Mr Owen

This week’s homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 06 November:

I can show what I know about magnetism.

Children have started learning about magnetism within our mini topic, so this is a good opportunity to demonstrate what we’ve learning in school. Children can also help others in our class by showing them things they’ve learnt about magnets at home.

Some ideas include:

  • pictures of magnets in the world around us
  • a scientific experiment using magnets at home
  • an explanation of learning done in class
  • a cartoon strip showing understanding of magnets

We’re going to be learning our 7 times tables this week.