Year 4 Homework

It’s half-term…

Posted on Thursday 23 October 2014 by Mr Roundtree

…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.

Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.

17 October 2014

Posted on Thursday 16 October 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 22 October:

I can show what I’ve learnt about shapes.

This week in maths, we’ve been learning all about shapes and their properties. We’ve spent time investigating the amount of lines, types of lines (parallel/perpendicular), different types of triangles (equilateral, isosceles, scalene) and types of angles (acute, right, obtuse, reflex). As you can see – we’ve been super busy!

Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:

  • a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
  • a song/rap telling the audience all they know about shape
  • annotated photographs of shapes they can find around their house

Enjoy being creative!

 

10 October 2014

Posted on Friday 10 October 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 15 October:

How can I make my classroom a good place to learn?

This task links to our SEAL statement for the week. Discuss with your child about their behaviour, attitude and respecting the learning environment so that everyone in the class is able to learn to the best of their ability.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

Talk Time

The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.

03 October 2014

Posted on Thursday 02 October 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 08 October:

To multiply using a method.

This week in maths, we’ve learnt to multiply two 2-digit numbers using a method.

For example: 35 x 26

1. Draw a grid.

2. Partition both numbers.

3. Multiply (diagonally).

4. Add the numbers.

5. Check the answer.

 

 

 

Your child has been given numbers to multiply and some context (word) problems to solve. Feel free to pop in if I can help in anyway!

 

 

26 September 2014

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is practice makes perfect and is due Wednesday 01 October:

I can show what I’ve learnt about mass.

This week, we’ve learnt about measuring mass (weight).

We’ve learnt about estimating and using benchmarks – things we know the weight of to determine things which are heavier or lighter.  We’ve learnt to convert units, mainly grams (g) into kilograms (kg), used decimals and practised how to read a scale.

Don’t forget that you can support your child in other ways, too.  As well as completing the homework, try challenging your child to estimate and measure accurately the mass of things around your home (or even you…!).  Even something as simple as looking for the weight of things in the kitchen cupboard and at the supermarket will help by helping to secure awareness of how much 150g or 30g or 1kg actually is.  And it’s fine to sometimes use Imperial measures, but try to get used to metric, too!

19 September 2014

Posted on Friday 19 September 2014 by Mrs Valentine

The homework this week is Talk Time and is due Wednesday 24 September:

LO: Should everyone be responsible for recycling? Why?

This homework centres upon our class novel: Stig of the Dump. Stig’s dump is a trove of treasures he has recycled and re-invented. The theme of recycling and reusing in the book has led to some discussion within class. For the homework, children are to explore this in more depth and talk about our responsibilities when it comes to recycling.

Please indicate that you’ve supported your child with their Talk Time homework by signing against the notes your child has written in their homework book.

Below is the guidance for Talk Time homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

Talk Time

The purpose of Talk Time homework is to encourage a conversation around children’s current learning. Children shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the presentation of the Talk Time homework.  Instead, children should make notes, which will act as a prompt when it is discussed in class the following week.  For this reason, teachers tend to give verbal feedback during their talk time session in class.  We want our children to be expert talkers, using a variety of sentences and expressions, and able to back up their points or disagree with others in a polite way – this is more important than written notes for Talk Time.  Simply: it’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a good speaker, so Talk Times using ambitious words, useful phrases, interesting sentences is the best way to support your child.

 

12 September 2014

Posted on Thursday 11 September 2014 by Mrs Valentine

This week’s homework is creative and is due Wednesday 17 September:

LO: I can show what I have learnt about our Where in the World topic.

The first homework of the year gives your child the opportunity to show what they have learnt about our geography-based topic. Ideas could range from:

  • Design a quiz about the seven continents or five oceans
  • Create a map of their own
  • Write a journal as a sailor who’s travelled the world
  • Devise a leaflet / web page advertising a certain location as a holiday destination

Enjoy being creative!

Below is the guidance for creative homework, taken from our Homework Policy:

Creative

This is where your child’s creative juices can flow!  Creative homework is an opportunity for your child to choose whatever they want to demonstrate some learning.  For example, the Y3 and Y4 homework this week is Creative: I can show what I know about food chains.  Your child could present all their learning in so many different ways, from a diagram with notes to a story or comic strip. Parents’ and carers’ role is to support, encourage, help but (obviously) never to take over and do the homework!  Teachers always look forward to seeing how creative children can be.  If you notice the work has not been marked, please don’t worry.  Teachers will have looked at and celebrated the homework in another way – the work might have been viewed by the whole class using a visualiser which allows the work to be projected to the whole class and a discussion of ‘stars and steps’ will happen.  Peer assessment is also effective – children are very able to share what’s good and what needs improving!  These sorts of verbal feedback strategies are often more effective than a written comment because it’s more instant and it makes sure the child understands (and their work is praised publicly!).

05 September 2014

Posted on Friday 05 September 2014 by Mrs Valentine

Although homework, spellings and times tables have not been given this week, your child can put their knowledge of the world to the test using the following link:

http://www.sporcle.com/games/category/geography

Why not complete some quizzes with your child and learn some new things together!

Ready to learn

Posted on Tuesday 29 July 2014 by Mr Roundtree

It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.

That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning!  We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…

And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten.  Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:

  • number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3).  When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
  • times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
  • reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
  • writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.

Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!

Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!

11 July 2014

Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014 by Mrs Taylor

This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe.  It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.

I know how to stay safe.

Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety.  These include:

  • water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
  • scooter training (Mrs Strange)
  • bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
  • skateboarding (sk8 safe)
  • trampolining (Roundhay high school)
  • food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
  • first aid (British Red Cross)
  • e-safety (One day creative)
  • road safety (Leeds City Council)
  • drug education (dside)
  • safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
  • bike security (police)

Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.

The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:

  • write a poem
  • produce a quiz
  • create a comic strip
  • produce an information leaflet
  • create a crossword
  • …or anything else they can think of.