Your English lesson today is to plan the opening of the story. You have had plenty of practise at drawing up plans for you writing, so far in Year 4. The layout of this plan may look slightly different to the ones we use in class, but the principle is the same. You are thinking about the order of events, words that you can use and planning sentences around them. Also, don’t forget you have built vocabulary for each scene earlier in the unit, so you can go back to this to help you now.
In part of the lesson you are asked to ‘show, not tell’ how the robin felt. This links in with our guided reading, where we have been looking at inference. Just to remind you, if the author wrote – Jesse stomped across the room, her face bright red – you should be able to tell that Jesse was angry for some reason. This is far better than saying – Jesse was really angry. This is what Ms Webster means by ‘show, not tell’.
Finally, part of the skill of being able to write good sentences, is being able to say them aloud. You can often notice errors in your sentence when you read it aloud, which you otherwise would not find. This is because you read what you think you have written, rather than what you have actually written. It may feel very strange to start with, talking to yourself, but once you get the hang of it, it will reap rewards. This is a skill that you will need to build on as you move through Year 4, Year 5 and into Year 6 where there is a really big focus on editing and improving.
For your topic lesson today, you are going to be investigating the invention that you made a model of.
The worksheet and an explanation can be found here.
Although the sheet says ‘Name of inventor’, for some things, the original invention has changed enormously from the very first designs, so you can take your most recent model. For example, John Thurman invented a gasoline-powered vacuum cleaner in 1899 and some historians consider it the first motorized vacuum cleaner. However, his design was improved upon and manufactured by a company called ‘Hoover’, and it was so popular that everyone began calling the vacuum cleaner a ‘hoover’. More recently James Dyson, a British inventor, came up with the idea of a bag-less vacuum and then a cord free vacuum.
Also be aware, that some inventions were invented by accident! The microwave oven was invented after an American scientist was investigating microwaves used in communication and defence, and whilst doing so, had a chocolate bar in his pocket. Every time he set up his experiment, the chocolate bar would melt, which led him to believe that the microwaves were the cause. He investigated further and came up with the microwave oven.
When you are searching on the internet, ask for ‘invention of the car for children’ as this will simplify your search. Please make sure that your parents know which sites you are researching, and are happy before you start.
Have a great day Year 4, speak tomorrow!
Wednesday 13th January 2021
Hello Year 4. I hope you enjoyed finding out about your invention yesterday.
Thought for the day:
“Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later”- Dana Stewart Scott
Your work for today is to multiply and divide by 3, which you should already know, but it never hurts to recap!
Today there are 2 worksheets, one for multiply by 3 and the other for divide by 3.
As mentioned when you did the lesson on the suffixes ate and en, to be a Year 4 writer, you have to be able to use words that have suffixes added, in your writing. Today’s lesson gives you an opportunity to practise this skill.
In your topic lesson today, you are going to complete a timeline of inventions. You will have worked with timelines before in topic, as they give us an order of things in what is called chronological order. Chronological means a record of things in the time that they happened.
Your partially completed timeline is attached and you will notice that the microwave oven and steam powered car have been added already.
Using the list of inventions that you completed last week, your task is to add some more inventions to this timeline. Take care when adding your arrows as you need to be as accurate as you can. Remember, it is similar to using a blank number line in maths! You need to find the mid-point between each century which will give you the years 1550, 1650, 1750 etc. Between each mid point you need to split the line into 5 equal parts and each part will then give you 1510, 1520, 1530 and so on.
To start with I might draw quite short lines, so you leave room on top and below to add more inventions. In total, you need to have at least 10 inventions added to your timeline. Once you have added them, what do you notice about the dates?
Hello and welcome back after your weekend Year 4. I hope you had a good time with your family.
Your work today is multiplying by 1 and 0. Very often children make silly mistakes in their assessments because they forget the simple rules that go with both of these activities. So, on the worksheet today, you are asked to explain your reasoning.
If you want to challenge yourself, I have posted an extension which is all about multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. If you can do 10 and 100, then you should be able to do 1000 also. Think? How many zeros does 1000 have, and you should be able to work it out. Some of your answers may have decimals in them, and this is something we will be covering further on in the year. But for now, all you need to know is that a decimal is a way of expressing something that is smaller than 1. Keep your sheep in order, Year 4 and you will be fine! There are 3 levels of challenge.
Today’s English lesson is all about finding words to describe the countryside. We are so lucky living where we do, as we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and also have parks that we can visit. Before Christmas there were some amazing sunsets, where the sky was filled with vibrant pink, turquoise, and darker grey colours. These were the focus of our dot paintings last term, so you should be able to draw on some of you own experiences for today’s lesson.
Our science topic for this half term is Forces. You will find the video link below for your learning today. There are quite a lot of new terms to learn, but remember you can pause and re-watch the video as many times as you need to.
Have a great day learning Year 4 and I look forward to seeing your work later.
Hello again Year 4. Well we have made it to Friday and as a special treat – I’m not going to set work for Saturday and Sunday – Yay!!
Today your lesson is to divide by 100. Yesterday when dividing by 10, you moved the numbers one place to the right. Because you are dividing by 100 today, you will need to move 2 places to the right, because 100 has two zeros.
Remember that even though you may not have a thesaurus at home you can put your word in an online thesaurus and that will generate some alternatives (synonyms) for you.
If you were in school today, you would have your French lesson with Mme Elena. She has very kindly set some work for you to do, so that you don’t miss out on your languages. You can find her lesson here:
Thursday would normally be our PE day, and as I didn’t set anything for yesterday I’m going to ask you to follow Joe Wicks. His new live broadcasts don’t start until Monday, but here is a link to one of his workouts:
I hope you are working through the work I’ve been setting without too many issues. The good news is that the internet in school now seems to be working ok, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can respond to you a little sooner today!
In your maths today, you are learning how to divide by 10. When you are dividing by a whole number, your answer will always be smaller than the number you started with. So, if you are diving by ten, you will use your trusty Place Value Chart and move the number one place to the right. Remember you are shepherds and need to keep all the numbers together when you move them. Don’t leave any behind and don’t add any new ones in!
In your English today you are going to be learning about complex sentences, using the conjunction ‘As’. We have done some work on this in class, when we have changed the order of sentences on the board.
Part of the lesson requires you to identify verbs. The video will explain what a verb is, but remember in class we have said that with many regular verbs if you can change the ending, then the word is most likely the verb in the sentence. For example:
Watch – I will watch the game tonight.
I will be watching the game tonight.
Last night, I watched the game
However, we can use some verbs as adjectives to describe the noun, so you need to be careful. e.g. the driving rain. Here driving is an adjective.
I hope you had some fun yesterday, exploring the inventions in your house. The one thing I don’t think I could do without would be my washing machine!
Your task for today is to design and make a model of an invention. Previous year groups have done washing machines, microwave ovens, a vacuum cleaner, laptop, mobile phone etc. Before you start your model you need to draw and label your design thinking about the things you will need to make your model. Think about what you will use for dials, keypads etc.