Hello parents, carers and children of Year 4,
We hope you are all well and we are missing you!
On this page you will find suggested work to keep you busy at home, if you wish to do so, it is not compulsory.
Please continue to take care of one another,and we hope to see you all soon.
Miss Doherty and Mrs McCormick.
Wednesday - Writing Activities
Wednesday Week 1
Thursday - Spelling
Spelling on Purple Mash.
You can access lots of computing work on Purple Mash. It has been set for you in your 2Dos.
Raspberry Pi also have lots of exciting computing learning opportunities. Click the link below.
Oracy at home
We’re all keen for our children to build their literacy skills at school, and become confident readers and fluent writers. But developing a mastery of English isn’t just about reading and writing: it’s also about becoming a good speaker.
Oracy is the ability to express yourself clearly and communicate with others effectively through spoken language.
‘It’s about having the vocabulary to say what you want to say, and the ability to structure your thoughts so that they make sense to others,’ explains Billie Dunne, senior programme manager at the National Literacy Trust.
Try these techniques to help your child become a more confident communicator, in school and at home.
‘Reading aloud to your child, well beyond the age they can read for themselves, combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within one activity that helps children build their vocabulary, learn to express their thoughts, and understand the structure of language,’ says Billie.
Many kids aspire to being vloggers or YouTube stars, so encourage them to start a video diary, either to chart their everyday life or to record special occasions like birthdays and holidays. For safety’s sake, keep these within the family rather than broadcasting them online.
Games like 20 Questions, Guess Who? and I Spy are great for helping children use descriptive language and think critically about what they’re saying.
Ask your child, ‘What did you do today?’ and they’ll often claim they can’t remember, so find different ways to talk about what they’ve been up to. Eating your evening meal as a family is a good way to encourage conversation, while older kids are often more chatty in the car, where they feel less like they’re being interrogated. You could also try our tips for asking the right questions to elicit information.
Persuade your child to take a break from text and WhatsApp and develop their speaking skills by making an actual phone call. ‘Encouraging them to speak to different family members on the phone or on a video call will build confidence,’ says Billie.
This is a great phonics activity for young children, who can be encouraged to listen carefully to the sounds they hear – from traffic to birdsong – and describe them. They can also describe the natural sights they see, such as trees, animals and birds and the sky.
Can you paint details?
This activity focuses on painting skills but also looks at the paintings of Caravaggio. Included below is a Photopack of images and a PowerPoint to create a discussion of the artist's work.