Good morning Year 4. Hope this finds you all well.

A thought for the day:

“When you talk, you are only repeating something you know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama

Maths

In maths today, you are dividing by one and itself.

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English

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.

Topic

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!