School Closure Work
A little BFG philosophy goes a very long way . . .
Good morning boys, girls, mums and dads and any other home learners and educators not mentioned - I hope you find this page beneficial and full of useful information. Should you wish or need to, please contact me at:
With all things being well, I will endeavour to respond within 24 hours (during school hours). In the eventuality that I should become ill, you will be notified of another point of contact.
Wednesday 1st April
Today's message: Be a fool for Christ, today. (1 Cor 4:10)
English - Reading
In order to maintain the amazing progress made so far, please continue to read as much as possible each and every day.
What better way to do what we need to do than by being more Matilda.
Where will your books take you?
Should a quiz be available on Accelerated Reader, use the following link to complete your quiz independently as you would in school:
Remember to type the web address accurately, especially the order of digits. Your username and password are the same as those used in school. If you input your username and password incorrectly too many times, you may become locked out of your account - if this happens please e-mail me at the above address.
Use the link above to identify the Interest Level (KS2: MY-Middle Years), Book Level (ZPD) and the Book Points of a particular text. The site will also provide a brief summary/synopsis of the story/text.
Each Friday, just as I would in school, I will continue to monitor Accelerated Reader (this I will maintain throughout the holidays due to the present circumstances).
Furthermore, using the 'Home Connect' passwords provided, your parents can also monitor your reading progress.
- Read for PLEASURE - do not worry if there is no quiz available for a particular book or text that you wish to read; it is important to read a range of genres and text types from fiction to non-fiction, including poetry.
- Read for MEANING and UNDERSTANDING - a quiz average of and above 85% will demonstrate that you are doing this.
- Choose texts with HIGHER Book Points in order to develop, maintain and improve reading stamina.
- Finally, aim to improve your overall Word Count - Word Millionaire Certificates will be awarded on our return to school.
More able readers should read texts across their ZPD, not just those at the higher end. Book Points are the best indicator of a challenging text and any above 10 Book Points will provide a greater degree of challenge - the higher the Book Points, the greater the degree of challenge.
It is NOT advisable for KS2 children to read texts that are MY+ or UY due to the possibility of inappropriate content that is more suiting for a maturing and more mature audience.
English - Writing
One of the greatest ways for you to improve your writing is by recording your thoughts, feelings, observations and routines/events etc. in a daily diary or journal. The diary/journal that you write throughout these difficult times of Covid-19 will become a record of a major historical event in history written from your now eight/nine-year-old perspective - an event/record that you will one day share with your own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As discussed in class, throughout 1999, my daughter wrote a daily diary to capture the final year of the last millennium - she too turned nine years of age that year.
Pictured above is Anne Frank, one of the most famous child diarists - at the time of writing, she could never have imagined that her diaries would sell over 30 million copies.
Anne Frank wrote her diaries when secreted away from the rest of the world in a small apartment (she called the Secret Annex) that she shared with seven other people. Being above a working warehouse, Anne (and the other inhabitants) lived in constant fear of being discovered and, therefore, they were unable to make a noise or go outside - she lived like this for 25 months.
In order to pass the time, Anne recorded (chronicled) her thoughts, feelings and observations in a diary that she addressed to an imaginary friend called 'Kitty' - Anne often felt lonely and frustrated.
Whilst in hiding, Anne Frank also wrote many short stories and essays.
What will you write today?
What will you record/chronicle for future posterity?
In order to maintain and improve the knowledge and skills taught and learnt to date, please refer to the Year 4 Writing Checklists included below.
Recommended Reading & Writing Resources
English - Spellings
Practise the spellings in the order provided, focusing on one set of 10 spellings each week. Focus daily on the spellings you find the trickiest and then ask a parent/older sibling to test you on all 10 spellings at the end of each week.
Take this time to learn and practise all spellings on the Statutory Spelling List for Years 3 & 4 - this has been included below.
Spellings can be learnt using a variety of strategies and methods - please refer to the booklet provided at the start of Year 4.
English - SPaGV
For those who invested in a CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Targeted Question Book, please continue working your way through, ensuring that you've mastered each skill before moving on.
Importantly, are you able to apply the skills when writing in your daily diary/journal?
Further CGP materials can be purchased online.
English - Handwriting
Handwriting Practice linked to our Year 4 spellings can be downloaded from Twinkl (sign up for an account - see below). Additionally, many other materials are available, including CGP Targeted Practice Books - these may prove cheaper than buying paper and printer ink:
I viewed Carol Vorderman on ITV's Good Morning Britain discussing and promoting her website - I was impressed and it looks a fun way to continue your learning in Mathematics. Moreover, the website is produced in conjunction with Pearson that produces our Power Maths.
Mathematics - Times Tables
Continue to practise your times tables on a daily basis using the MyMiniMaths Booklets or MyMiniMaths online:
Remember that each test should be timed for 5 minutes.
Alternatively, you can practise on Carol Vorderman's: The Maths Factor:
Whether or not you take your Multiplication Tables Check this year, knowing your times tables will prove extremely beneficial when aiming to achieve Maths Mastery, especially in Years 5 and 6 - please keep up the daily practice.
Please see below for information detailing Science resources available via Twinkl - topics which require focus include:
Additionally, you may find the following CGP books very helpful - they focus on all the key points and provide answers as well.
The above books are recommended for introducing key vocabulary and skills specific to Geography. They will cover many aspects that our Rainforest topic would have introduced you to.
They will cover major cities, rivers, mountain ranges and biomes, lines of latitude with opportunities to explore maps, developing key skills in the process.
Modern Foreign Languages: French (Madame Redmond)
Madame Redmond has very kindly sent the work for her lesson that would have taken place on Wednesday 25th March - please see the following:
Listen on YouTube to the link below and try to join in with the poem:
Additionally, I recommend connecting with the rather gorgeous Joe Wicks for his virtual PE classes - find him on YouTube (The Body Coach TV) Monday - Friday at 9:00 am
Further Resources - Home Learning
If you wish to access further materials to extend your child’s learning, we recommend the following:
The Stuck at Home Academy has many interesting, fun and exciting links across the Curriculum (Art & Design, Computing, English, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Activity, Religious Education and Science), including content for Early Years, all Key Stages and SEND.
www.twinkl.co.uk - currently offering a month of free 'Ultimate' Membership to parents allowing you to download thousands of resources, ranging from: handwriting, spelling, reading, maths, topic and much more - enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
These websites require you to register (for free) and provide free ebooks via their website or app:
STAY SAFE AND GOD BE WITH YOU ALL - Miss Walley