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to Year 4
Friday 22nd May 2020
We didn’t have a thunderstorm in the end. Never mind – the work’s always there if you want to learn more about thunder and lightning. It was another hot one though. It was good to see so many of you on the Zoom call – I could sense a number of you were beginning to wilt. I’m already looking forward to the next Zoom meet up – it’s going to be a little bit different!
I can’t believe it’s the end of another week. The last two days of maths has focused on symmetry. Symmetry Artist is a web page that brings maths and art together – why not have a play. To find out more about symmetry click here.
It’s the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week. Quite a few of you have let me know how helpful you’ve found Miss Borgeat’s kindness grid. If you haven’t looked at it – it’s not too late. Did you know it’s OK for boys to cry.
With half-term just round the corner you might want some ideas of what you could do. Finally, I know you always like a competition. Well, even if you don’t enter this one it’s worth watching the video – The Blue Peter Supercar Competition!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Stay safe, Mr Chandler
Thursday 21st May 2020
I hope you all survived the heat. I only had one lolly! There may be some thunder and lightning today. I’m always fascinated by this. Our favourite weather forecaster BBC’s Tomasz Schafernaker explains how thunder and lightning are formed. For more information on weather and climate check out this website. If you would like to do some additional learning about thunderstorms I’ve put some resources in the ‘Surprise Activities’ section of the class web page.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you on our Zoom session at 2pm for some more fun and games!
Sorry, I’m bringing this to you a day late but yesterday was Happy World Bee day. This is a really good link with some information about the day why bees are under threat!
See you at 2pm.
Wednesday 20th May 2020
It’s going to be a hot one today so remember to stay cool and if you’re in the sun wear a sun hat.
I know quite a few of you have enjoyed the Maths Mysteries and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) Mysteries. I’ve upload five new SPAG Mysteries for you to solve!
It was good to speak to a number of you yesterday by phone. I will carrying on phoning round today and possibly Thursday if I don’t get through everyone. Do have a look in the mini movies section. There’s another great video of two foxes taken by Charlie and Harrison’s Granddad. I’ve also uploaded some recent pics – can you work out what animal Yasmine found?
Having spoken to you some of you I know you are using Miss Borgeat’s kindness grid. Today, I’m going to ring a friend a haven’t spoken to for a while. Why don’t you do the same – a friend or a family member (check with your Mum or Dad first).
I think I’ve mentioned ‘Draw with Rob’ before. He’s a very talented artist that holds online draw-along videos every Tuesday and Thursday. All his draw-along videos can be found here. On Thursday 21st May at 4pm Rob is hoping to set a new world record by hosting the world’s largest online drawing art lesson. Why not be part of the record!
Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with the latest news by watching Newsround.
Hope you have a great day,
Tuesday 19th May 2020
I do hope you had a productive day yesterday. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Do have a look at the grid Miss Borgeat has created for you. Did you manage to complete one of the kindness activities? I tried several in the ‘myself’ category and I have to say I feel better for doing them. As a parent I’ve always told my two daughters to be kind to themselves and others. What I haven’t done so well is explain why it’s important to be kind and the impact it has on us. Newsround have a really good article about the benefits of being kind – it’s worth a read. They list eight benefits but there could be more!
Here’s something I saw yesterday that I thought looked a lot of fun. It could relieve some stress and if you’re in correct position you may get some sort of back massage - Draw on your back challenge
Over the course of this week I’ll be phoning you and chatting to both you and your parents to see how you’re doing and if there’s anything you need. I really enjoyed our telephone chats last time so looking forward to catching up with you.
Speak soon, Mr Chandler
Monday 18th May 2020
Good morning, I do hope you have had a good weekend.
New Maths and English work have been uploaded and there is a new grid of fun and interesting activities. I suggest you try one of the activities from the grid each day including your Maths and English. Some of the activities may take more than one day so pace yourselves. Thanks to Bobby for inspiring me with the topic – ‘Body Parts’. This grid contains 36 different activities – something for everyone I hope. Don’t forget you can still dip into the other grids. The previous grid had six different creative writing activities – these are great if you want to dive straight into as piece of writing. If you want to develop your understanding of area and perimeter The Oak National Academy now has 10 lessons on this!
A maths website I have used in the past, which contains a wide range of stretching maths problems, is NRICH. It tends to include more investigative problems and puzzles. This week the focus in our maths lessons is multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and symmetry. There is a good NRICH problem on symmetry. Another interesting problem is Abundant Numbers – I didn’t even know what an abundant number was until I looked at this problem!
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The overall theme of the week is ‘kindness’. Miss Borgeat has produced a Hollybush ‘kindness’ grid with lots of great challenges. Over the week can you complete a challenge from each of the sections: myself, friends, family and the community? Do let me know how you get on.
Thank you to all those that took part in ‘balancing objects on your head competition’. Well done to Connie who managed to balance a whopping 96,766 grains of rice on her head! I was also impressed with the maths she did to calculate the total number of grains. Do have a look at the pics.
Hope you have a good day, Mr Chandler
Friday 15th May 2020
I really don’t know where that week has gone! Before you know it it’s Friday again. I hope you’ve all been getting outside and doing lots of exercise. I believe the weather is set to warm up into next week so that’s something to look forward to.
Yasmine managed to record a hedgehog in her garden. Do have a look at the video below. I was amazed at how quickly the hedgehog was moving. I always thought they were quite slow. Yesterday, I cycled into town with Annie and we saw the cygnets again. There’s still four and they’re still very fluffy but I think a little bigger.
Hope you enjoyed my 'TicTok' style video. Have you seen the new zoo dance challenge? There’s also dancing to the Blinding Lights, by The Weekend track. If you want to get together as a family and have a go I’d love to see your efforts!
For those that are doing the maths extra challenges you may want to have a look at this link to remind yourself about different types of angles.
Please remember to send me in your photos of you balancing as many objects as you can on your head. Let me know as well how many objects you are balancing.
Wishing you a great day and a wonderful weekend!
Thursday 14th May 2020
I do hope you had a good day yesterday and the work on coordinates wasn’t to tricky. Hit the coordinate is a simple online game that really helps you work your way around different quadrants. You can start as a ‘beginner’ but change the levels all the way up to ‘All four quadrants’. Have a go if you haven’t already tried it.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am on Zoom. Remember to have something interesting or unusual ready to tell me. Try and think of something that others won’t know about.
Yasmine found a red moth in her garden several days ago. You can see it in the photos section. Apparently, it is a type of Burnet moth, otherwise known as a 'death moth', because it contains poison – cyanide! Did you now that moths are more useful than we think! Click here to find out why!
See you soon on Zoom! (like the rhyme?)
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Have you seen probably the world’s first social distancing online game? It’s been created by a professor from the University of Hertfordshire, not far from here.
I’ve uploaded some more maths mysteries. If you haven’t tried one do have a go – they’re a lot of fun. I had a quick look at Mr Mallick’s class page (very impressive – don’t tell him!). Something I really liked was the action for happiness May calendar. Today, it’s suggesting we do something to care for the natural world – I’d love to hear some of the things you do. You can find the full calendar in ‘Surprise Activities’.
I’ve already had some pictures for this week’s competition: how many items can you place on your head at once! Some of you are very creative! When you send the picture in do tell me how many objects you are balancing – it’s not always easy to see with a photo – thanks.
A new science project called the Great Exhibition at Home is giving children all around the country the skills to learn about, and even make, new inventions through science and engineering. The project is aimed at students 9 to 14, but younger children are also allowed to take part. For more information on this exciting project click here.
I’m planning a Zoom catch-up Thursday morning at 9:30 – wide eyed and bushy tailed! Details will follow some time today. For the Zoom you’ll need to think of something that you’ve done that is interesting that others may not know. I will share this information on Zoom and the rest of you will try and guess who it is. Perhaps you’ve swum with dolphins or have been in a hot air balloon? Maybe you’ve been to the top of Big Ben or met the Queen! Start thinking of interesting things you’ve done, places you’ve visited or people you’ve met – it doesn’t have to be something amazing just something a little bit unusual … Oh, I almost forgot to say. You need to wear a hat too!
Have a great day and stay alert!
As many of you will know, we are creating a video montage of ‘A Million Dreams’ which will be made up of video clips that have been sent to us. We hope the video will show the wonderful community spirit we have at Hollybush as well as giving the children a chance to see all of their friends and teachers. Unfortunately, as of the deadline, we have received very few (albeit amazing) videos. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline to Friday 15th May. In order to get some more children involved we have decided to come up with some alternative options, which will (hopefully) appeal to all our children.
Children can send in the original video of their section from Makaton ‘A Million Dreams’ (if your child is finding it hard to do the whole verse, a line or two is fine)
Children can send in a picture of themselves holding a message or picture on an A4 piece of paper. Please ensure the message is large, clear and appropriate for the whole school to see.
Children can send in a clip of them dancing, singing or lip-syncing the section of the song assigned to their year group.
We really hope these alternative options will encourage your child to take part. Once complete, this video will be put on our school website for you and your child to enjoy. Please send your pictures/videos as well as any questions to email@example.com.
I hope you had a productive day after the long weekend.
I’m sure you’ve been listening to the news and some of you may have watched the Prime Minister on Sunday evening. It’s good that some of the restrictions are being lifted. I thought Mr Johnson used a helpful picture to describe what coming out of lockdown would be like – ‘it’s often harder coming down the mountain’. What do you think this means?
If you haven’t heard the latest news or are a little confused then head over to the Newsround website. There’s a good article called, Coronavirus: five things you need to know about the government’s new lockdown rules.
The peregrine falcons have hatched at Salisbury Cathedral! Have a look at these white balls of fluff.
I hope you have a good day today,
Monday 11th May 2020
I do hope you’ve had a good bank holiday weekend. After, a few too many cakes I’ve decided to try and have a cake free week. Thanks for sending me in pictures from the weekend – it looks like many of you had a fun time marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Some of you pointed out some inaccuracies with the 3D shape work – well done for picking them up and sorry! I was very impressed with what Thomas did. He actually made lots of 3D shapes from nets. Physically holding 3D shapes is a really helpful way of examining their properties: number of faces, edges and vertices (corners). This website is pretty good and showing the different properties of 3D shapes. Have a look around this week for 3D shapes. You should see lots of cuboids, a few spheres, a cube and if it’s hot maybe a cone!
! COMPETITION TIME !
How many items can you balance on your head at once! You might want to practise this one before you send in your photo. Please send me all photos by Friday 3pm. Thank you.
Home learning continues is a similar format this week. Each day: one Maths activity, one English activity, a spelling activity and one activity from the grid. I know many of you are really getting to grips with it so well done. Others of you are dipping into other online resources and using books. This is great too. If you do come across anything you think others in the class would benefit from please do let me know and I can include a link to it in my daily blog.
I’m sure you are all getting better at using a computer keyboard. When I was at secondary school I taught myself how to touch type. This means typing without looking at the computer keyboard. It’s quite tricky to start with but you soon learn where the keys on the keyboard are. You might want to teach yourself to type – I think it’s a good skill to have. Here are a few websites that will help you learn to touch type: TypingClub and Dance Mat Typing.
I’ve had a look through the BBC Bitesize daily lessons and The Oak National Academy. If you want some extra home learning I thought these looked interesting:
How do we get computers to do what we want? (Computing)
What plants need to live (Science)
Time zones (Geography)
Using paragraphs correctly (English)
To beatbox using rhythmic patterns (Creative)
Texture treasure hunt (Creative)
What is reflection and how can we use it (Science)
What is refraction and how can we use it (Science)
How do we see light (Science)
Hope you have a good day, Mr Chandler
Friday 8th May 2020
It’s Friday once again …. As you know this Friday is rather special. 75 years ago in 1945 the then-prime minister Sir Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe had come to an end, after Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered. VE Day or 'Victory in Europe Day' marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. Today, many people will be remembering and celebrating this momentous point in history. Do look here for pictures of people celebrating in 1945. There’s lots going on today and you can watch and hear. Do sent me photos of what you do today and how you celebrate.
I’m sure you’ll be enjoying some beautiful walks over the next several days. There are so many flowers in bloom. Do you know their names? Use this checklist to find out. Do have a look at Frankie’s amazing Star Wars junk model – it is very impressive. There’s also a photo of the peacock that has been spending time in Tabitha and Aurora’s garden!
Finally, don’t forget to email your ‘A Million Dreams’ video: firstname.lastname@example.org
I do hope you have a brilliant day and a great weekend!
Thursday 7th May 2020
I do hope you all slept well and are looking forward to the next three days of warm weather. Another place that gets very warm is East Africa. Did you know that many countries in East Africa are under attack? This time it’s not a virus but an insect! Find out more about the swarms of locusts that are destroying crops in East Africa.
Have you heard about Harry Potter reading Harry Potter!? Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. I know many of you have been growing plants. I’ll be interested to watch the growth of Charlie and Harrison’s sunflowers. Click on this link for some gardening tips.
This evening, many people will be joining in the Clap for Carers. Do send me your photos of you clapping, banging saucepans or just cheering! We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful NHS!
Remember to send in your ‘A Million Dreams’ videos (I must do mine tomorrow!): email@example.com.
Hope you have a great day!
Wednesday 6th May 2020
Well done to everyone who entered the junk modelling competition. Andrew the judge was very impressed with all the entries. CONGRATULATIONS to Charlie and Harrison who won the competition with their Nightingale hospital and ambulance. Well done to Carmen and Isabelle who were runners up. You can see Andrew’s video below.
Another video I would like to draw your attention to is Tom’s. He’s been working really hard on a Minecraft café. It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to visit once lockdown is over! Well done Tom.
We had a blue moon not so long ago, well now it’s time for a flower moon! May’s full moon is called a flower moon and will be lighting up the sky on Thursday 7th May – that’s tomorrow.
I do hope you have a good day today.
I hope you’ve been practising your section for the school’s ‘A Million Dreams’ project. Videos need to be sent today or tomorrow to If you scroll below you’ll see a video to sign along to – you don’t have to sing just pretend to.
Year 4’s section to sign is this – you only need to sign this part:
You'll see where it fits in below to the whole song.
Year 6: I close my eyes nd I can see
The world that's waiting up for me
That I call my own
Through the dark, through the door
Through where no one's been before
But it feels like home
Nursery & Reception: They can say, they can say it ll sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in world that we design
Year 1: 'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
re keeping me wake
I think of what the world could be
vision of the one I see
is ll it's gonna take
for the world we're gonna make
Year 2: There's house we can build
Every room inside is filled
With things from far way
The special things I compile
Each one there to make you smile
On rainy day
Year 3: They can say, they can say it ll sounds crazy
They can say, they can say we've lost our minds
I don't care, I don't care if they call us crazy
Runaway to world that we design
Year 5: However big, however small
Let me be part of it ll
Share your with me
You may be right, you may be wrong
But say that you'll bring me long
To the world you see
To the world I close my eyes to see
I close my eyes to see
Year 6: Every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
re keeping me wake
I think of what the world could be
vision of the one I see
is ll it's gonna take
for the world we're gonna make
For the world we're gonna make
We have the results of the
Year 4 Junk Modelling Competition
Watch the video below to find out ...
Tuesday 5th May 2020
I’ve had lots of photos and emails from many of you yesterday – thank you. It’s been great to see all that you’ve been doing. Please do look in the ‘mini-movie’ section to see Connie’s stop-motion Pacman video – it’s really good. I’ve also uploaded a video I took of the cygnets in Hertford. I know quite a few of you have already seen them. I spotted the signets by the weir in Hertford behind Hartham Leisure centre.
You’ve probably been hearing lots about VE (Victory in Europe) Day which people are celebrating and commemorating this Friday. If you’re not too sure what VE Day is then have a look at this video – I found it really helpful. The government have set up a special VE/VJ website about VE and VJ (Victory in Japan) Day. There’s a recipe for making flapjacks which looks really yummy – more cakes! There’s even a section on the website that helps you plan your own VE Day party. It has a menu of food people would have been eating in 1945 and a party playlist!
Don’t forget to keep up-to-date with the news by clicking onto the Newsround website. Find out about the first US astronaut launch since 2011. For those of you who are nature lovers, and I know there’s quite a lot, did you know that this week is Hedgehog Awareness Week?
Have a great day! Mr Chandler
Monday 4th May 2020 (May the force be with you!)
I do hope you’ve had a good weekend. Apparently today is Star Wars day; I’m a fan but not a super fan unlike some of the other teachers. There are lots of Star Wars activities to have a go at. Why not make a droidtastic D-O door hanger or Jabbacado toast. You could imagine a day of scavenging on Jakku or learn to draw different Star War characters.
I’ve created a new grid for the next two weeks; remember to try and do one activity from this grid each day. You may find that an activity lasts more than one day – that’s absolutely fine. There are also new daily activities for Maths and English including spellings.
Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE day when the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. The anniversary provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice, courage and determination of those involved that helped the nation at this time. There are a range of VE activities that can be used within Purple Mash.
I’m not setting a Y4 competition this week (I thought you’d appreciate a rest) … however, Hertford Town Council have organised a VE Day competition. Entries must be sent to the town council by this Friday – 8th May.
Finally, many of you have used Manic Ceramics, a local pottery shop in Hertford. Debs, the owner is selling paint, home pottery and craft kits. This is something you may want to look into.
Have a good day, Mr Chandler
Earlier today (01.05.2020) I came across a cluster of spiderlings in my garden. I gently prodded them with a stick and the cluster 'exploded'. You'll be pleased to know that they have now returned to a cluster. These spiderlings will grown up to become European garden spiders.
Friday 1st May 2020
If you missed yesterday's assembly from The Oak National Assembly you can watch it below. The theme of the assembly is 'hope', something we need to hold onto as we move through these challenging times. There's also a short video of myself and Isla having her teeth brushed and don't forget to watch the next instalment of Mr Pent.
Have a great day and enjoy the weekend!
Thursday 30th April 2020
It was great to see so many of you on Zoom. I hope you enjoyed the games we played and seeing and chatting to each other. I look forward to another catch-up next week. Today, is Captain Tom’s birthday – he will be 100! Happy Birthday Captain Tom! Did you know that Captain Tom has broken two Guinness World Records? As part of his birthday celebrations, the RAF will treat him with a special flypast.
In addition to your daily Maths and English activities, you may want to have a look at BBC Bitesize. Today, you can learn about Rama and Sita and the Hindu festival of Diwali, using inverted commas to show speech and solving addition and subtraction problems.
As you are probably aware VE (Victory in Europe) Day is marking its 75th anniversary on Friday 8th May. You may want to start learning about this important moment in history. Home learning resources can be found on The Royal British Legion website.
Hope you have a good day,
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Good morning, I do hope you survived yesterday – a day of rain and grey skies. Hopefully, our Zoom catch-up will brighten up our day. Look forward to seeing you all later. Do email me if you have yet to receive the joining details for the meeting. Please remember to follow our Y4 Zoom rules.
I’m starting to receive your junk modelling artwork. Keep it coming in.
I know many of you have visited the Twinkl website (a favourite amongst teachers). Hopefully, you can access these resources:
See you later,
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Good morning, well done to Kenzie for winning the lockdown art competition and Tom and Florence for coming runners up. Please start thinking and building for this week’s junk modelling competition.
If you’re interested in history why not visit The English Heritage website. They have extensive range of quality videos on ‘What was life like …’ You can also have a look at two of the Heritage’s castles that have been recreated in Minecraft! There’s also the Horrible Histories website which is full of horrible … history!?!
You, or your families, seem to spotting lots of wildlife - from caterpillars to foxes. Do have a look in the photo section to see a mouse that was in Connie’s garage (she let it go free in the local woods), foxes in the garden of Charlie and Harrison’s grandparents and some mischievous cats that live at Tabitha and Aurora’s home. Do send in pictures if you come across any other interesting wildlife. I saw my first Japanese beetle at the weekend; they love arum lilies.
I was sent a link yesterday to The Book of Hopes. It’s a free book full of words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown. Keep reading your own books – that’s really important. You might want to ask someone in your family to read one of these ‘hope’ stories to you each day. I read the ‘Bag of Life’. Not really sure why the dad was carrying what he was carrying. Why do you think he was? If you’ve been doing the extra maths challenges the answers are up for yesterday’s questions.
Looking forward to our next Zoom meet-up. Planning one for Wednesday at 2pm. I will send details out by Marvellous Me. Hope you are able to make it.
Have a great day. Do let me know how you’re doing. I love hearing from you.
Monday 27th April 2020
Good morning, I do hope you’ve had a good weekend.
Each day, I would like you to continue to complete one English activity (including spellings), one Maths activity, and one activity from the grid - do have a look at Connie’s 3D river (see below) – it’s stunning!
I’ve organised the work slightly different this week. I’ve uploaded all the Maths and English including spellings for the whole week. This allows your parents to have a look at it before you have to do it. Please don’t try and do more than one English/Maths activity a day. Under the ‘resources’ section for Maths (resources) and English (resources) I’ve included some websites that may be helpful to have a look at to help you with your learning.
Thank you to all of you that entered last week’s competition. Find out what the judge has to say by clicking on results. Hopefully, you saved all your ‘junk’ from last week. This week’s competition is to make a junk model. It can be anything you like! If you like animals it could some sort of animal – real or made up! If you like vehicles it could be an incredible monster truck or space ship. Perhaps you could create a new house or even a robot? When yo’ve finished your junk model please send a picture of it to me by 3pm on Friday 1st May. I look forward to seeing all the weird and wonderful inventions you create! The entries will be judged (a different judge) and prizes awarded.
After such a long time off school I thought you might be forgetting what a school teacher is like. With this in mind I’ve decided to start reading a new book – David Walliams’ ‘The World’s Worst Teachers’. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with the latest news by watching Newsround. Finally, a special hello to Florence my niece who has been enjoying looking at our class page and thanks to Auntie Becca who told about I See Maths which contains some really interesting maths lessons.
Have a great day!
Connie's Model River
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Today is St. George’s Day! Do you know why we celebrate St. George’s Day? Who was St. George? What is the truth behind the legend of St. George? The English Heritage website will help you answer these questions. They also have a range of St. George related activities. Ever wanted to make you own dragon – well here’s your chance! You may not have modelling clay so here’s an online ‘recipe’! It’s had over 5 million views so it must work?
Thanks to Frankie for his Minecraft ‘Thank You to the NHS’ – very creative. Don’t forget to ‘Clap for our Carers’ at 8pm this evening. How much noise can you make?
The competition entries are coming in which is great. I’ve lined up someone special to judge the competition which I’m very excited about.
I know the maths was quite tricky yesterday. Watch this fun video to help consolidate your understanding of converting tenths to decimals. For more information on decimals click here – there’s a great zoomable number line. Today, the maths work is on times tables. For those feeling confident with their times tables I’ve put a few more times table questions in the ‘maths extra challenge’. They start of easy and get progressively harder. Answers for yesterday’s maths extra challenge are there as well.
Have a great day!
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
It was great to speak to a number of you yesterday and chat about what you’ve been up to. I hope to speak to the rest of you over the next couple of days. Charlie and Harrison shared some really cool jokes with me you can find them in the ‘daily joke’ section. If you’ve got a favourite joke do email it to me and I can put it on the webpage to make others smile.
Do check out the ‘Mini Movies’ section. I’ve uploaded a short film that Frankie has created. He told me he created it using ‘stop-motion’ – well done Frankie! If you want to learn more about stop-motion animation check out this link. Another type of animation that I know a number of you are into is flip-book animation. I was directed to this YouTube channel - Andymation - it’s amazing. The flip-book animation called ‘dot challenge’ is quite incredible. Did you know you can buy blank flipbooks off Amazon - I didn’t!
Today, is Earth Day. It’s an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now recognised in more than 193 countries! Why not take one of Earth Day’s quizzes. If you want to do more learning/work about Earth Day then head towards Tinwkl – there are lots of Earth Day activities here. Another website full of resources worth looking at is Oxford Owl. There are different sections including a Year 4 section.
Remember to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news – head towards Newsround. Don’t forget to send me your competition entries – I’ve had quite a few already.
Have a great day! Mr Chandler
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Good morning, I do hope you had a productive day yesterday. I’ve uploaded the answers to the extra maths challenge so you can check yours. Did you have look at the Government’s new online resource – The Oak National Academy? One of the BBC’s lessons is called ‘Introduction to maps’. I think it’s worth a look.
Do have a look at these non-screen activities from Pobble. If you have time I suggest you have a go at one of them. Whilst we need our screens it’s also important to have a break from them.
Whilst I was looking at the Pobble website, I came across this activity that looked a lot of fun Emoji Book Challenge. Only look at the answers after you’ve had a go. See how many you can get correct.
Have you heard of Damien Hurst? He’s a very famous contemporary artist that has produced some very interesting art. He’s also recently created the Butterfly Rainbow which you can download – a COVID-19 ‘keepsake’.
Someone told me that you can see a line of ‘stars’ in the sky at the moment. Something to do with SpaceX. If anyone can let me know what this is all about I’d be very grateful.
Please remember to do your English, Spellings and Maths activity. Also, choose a daily challenge from the grid. Thank you to all of you that have sent me your competition entries – keep them coming in.
Have a great day, Mr Chandler
Monday 20th April 2020
Good morning! It’s great to be back in communication with you. I do hope you and your family have had a good Easter break. We’ve been so fortunate to have such lovely weather and although we’ve all had to follow the Government guidelines on social distancing I hope you’ve managed to get out and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face. One thing I do know you’ve enjoyed is eating chocolate – how many eggs (chocolate) have you eaten? Find out what I found at the bottom of my garden … Hopefully, you’ve been watching Sam Copeland read Charlie Changes Into A Chicken – every Thursday at 3:30pm. Last time I looked he was up to Chapters 7-8. Find out what happens in Chapter 27 of Polly Ho-Yen’s book, Fly Me Home.
! COMPETITION TIME !
I would like to kick-start our Summer Term off with a weekly Year 4 competition. I will be asking different people to judge the entries and yes, there will be prizes! This week is an art competition. The title of the art you will create is called ‘Lockdown’. It can be a painting, drawing, collage or even a sculpture. All photos of submissions need to be emailed to me by Friday 24th April, 3pm. Next week the competition will involve using ‘junk’ so this week please be collecting any recyclable containers that you may have thrown in the blue bin; make sure it’s clean before you store it. All competition entries will be displayed in the ‘Competition’ section of ‘Home learning’. Winners and runner ups will be revealed the following Monday.
Before the Easter holidays you and your parents were working really hard with the home learning. It seemed to be working well so we will continue a similar pattern: one daily Maths activity; alongside this I will be setting one or two more challenging questions – ‘Maths – extra challenge’ optional, an English activity and Spelling activity. I would then like you to choose an activity from the new home learning grid. I’ve adapted the home-learning grid so down the left hand side are ‘subjects’ rather than ‘learning styles’. There are 30+ activities so hopefully you can find ten you enjoy doing over the next two weeks.
Today, the BBC are launching a new home-learning resource. It will definitely be worth a look - Bitesize. Also the Government have produced a very helpful list of websites. Please don’t be overwhelmed by this list – I will be looking through this and seeing what might be really helpful to your learning. The Government has already set up the Oak National Academy. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
Look forward to seeing you at 2pm!
Wishing you all a great Easter Holiday!
Friday 3rd April 2020
Good morning, last day of term!? All a bit strange. Anyway to cheer us up I’ve uploaded some jokes from Isabelle – they’re very funny. It was so good to see many of you yesterday as we linked up through the wonders of Zoom. Hopefully, you all enjoyed this new experience. I will plan some more Zoom sessions at the beginning of the summer term. Do have a look at this good art website Art for Kids Hub for art related activities. How’s all the language learning coming on? If you need any help you might want to took on Duo Lingo.
As Easter is coming up I thought I better look at Cadbury’s website to see if they had any home learning activities. Nothing much but you can personalise a chocolate bar. I thought that was a pretty cool idea – might be a nice Easter present for your Mum and Dad after all the hard work they’ve put into your home learning. The other thing on this website you might want to look at is Eatertainment – made me smile.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Good morning, I do hope you had a good Wednesday. It was lovely to hear how some of you really enjoyed the English activity. Do watch and listen to Sophia read out a section of her amazing writing. As you have probably heard the Excel Centre in London has been transformed into the new NHS Nightingale Hospital. Watch this clip to find out more about this amazing accomplishment. We’re coming to the end of our second week at home. Find out what it’s like to be at home for a month! Have you ever done an Emoji Quiz? Have a look at this one – don’t cheat! I’m really looking forward to seeing you all later today for our Zoom meet-up. Don’t forget to bring a pencil and paper.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Good morning, thank you for all the photos and mini-movies you have sent in so far. Do have a click on the links and enjoy looking at them. Yesterday, I spent a little bit of time in the garden ‘basking’ in the sunshine. If you want to see what I got up to click on ‘SANDING’. Whilst in the garden I took another look in the bird box. I discovered something quite incredible!
Here’s a competition you might be interested in. Medicspot is calling all primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing – the best way to keep yourself and others safe from coronavirus. Find out how you can enter and win £500 for Hollybush Primary School here: www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash.
Mrs Smith recommends this website Fab Science. It looks really good and has a section on Home Education. The investigation Magic Balloons looks like a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of Steve Backshall’s (I know many of you are) why not watch some of his Deadly 60 series. You can find many of them on BBC iplayer. A highlight for today is listening to Ben reading Charlie Changes Into A Chicken.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Hello – I do hope you had a good day yesterday. Thank you to everyone that sent in pictures of what they’ve been up to. I was impressed to hear that Frankie had been writing an email to his grandparents. How about some time today you write a letter, make a card, phone a grandparent or send an email to a family member of friend. Although we rely on technology and it’s been helping us so much in recent days it’s still lovely to get a letter or card through your door. Need cheering up! Click on Newsround’s Happy News. Did you know that this week is World Autism Awareness Week? How much do you know about autism. Click here to find out more – it’s really interesting. Have you decided which celebrity teacher you like the best – you can vote here.
If you want to add a little bit of structure to your daily exercise then you may find this calendar useful.
Have a great day! Mr Chandler
Monday 30th March 2020
Good morning class, I do hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend. Hopefully, by now you’ve all managed to find a routine that suites you. There are a number of websites I’d like to encourage you to look at:
Khan Academy Kids – instructions on how to create a free account
Science Museum – games and apps
Science Museum – activities you can do at home
I’m very aware that last week I bombarded you with quite a few websites. With so many online resources and new ones popping up each day it’s hard to keep track of everything. I’ve put many of the websites I’ve mentioned in a table for quick reference.
Thanks to Tom and George we have quite a few more jokes in the ‘Daily Joke’ section of the class page. There are some really fun ones – do check them out! Thanks too to Lottie for the Royal Mint maths activity – nothing to do with mints! David has also been busy and has created an interesting PowerPoint. You will need to upload it to your computer before viewing it.
The English Activities this week are more extensive. Each day there is a Spelling Activity and an English Activity to do. If a word is underlined/different colour it could be a hyperlink and will take you to a website that will give you guidance and extra support – these are very useful. Don’t forget the Y4 Learning Grid. I’d like you to choose one activity a day from this in addition to the English and Maths work.
Year 4 Letter
Home Learning letter
Friday 27th March 2020
It’s Friday! Well done – you’ve made it (and so have your parents) through the week. Thank you for all the photos and videos you’ve sent me. Next week I’m hoping to set up a class Zoom (live video conferencing) session. I’ll be sending more details out by Marvellous Me. A couple of websites that might be of use: Audible have realised some free audio books - have a look and listen. Lots of fun activities on the National Geographic Kids website. Have you come across the 30 Day Lego Challenge? Click on the link and it will take you to the challenge. I would like you to have a go at Day 6. The English activity follows on from this. Thank you for all your pictures on new growth. I’ll keep this challenge open for a few more days. Do watch the next episode, of ‘At The Bottom Of The Garden’ – I’ve added a new section! Don’t forget the next chapter of Fly Me Home.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Good morning year 4! The sun is shining again and I you will be able to enjoy spending some time outside. Remember to follow all the current guidelines. Yesterday, I spent some time, like a number of you, in my garden. I was struck with all the examples of new growth which I always find exciting at this time of year. I’ve uploaded some photos of what I spotted. An additional challenge for you today is to see what examples of new growth you can find. Please send me any photos and I can upload them so everyone can see them. It was good to see quite a few of you enjoying the outside. If you haven’t seen the photos from yesterday do click on 25.03.2020. Whilst in my garden I found something very interesting in a nesting box at the bottom of my garden (it reminded me of the strange going ons in Fly Me Home) – have you watched the video clip? I will have another look today! Do visit the Salisbury Cathedral website and have a look at the nesting peregrine falcons – quite amazing! I've heard a number of you are learning a new language. Click on this link if you're interested in learning Korean!
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Good morning! We have been so fortunate to have had such nice weather. Hope you are making the most of it and getting out; going for a walk or playing in the garden. A couple of new websites to draw your attention to – Draw with Rob and Puffin Schools. More information about these can be found in the ‘Surprise Activities’ section below. In addition to these a website I have used before is The Children’s University of Manchester. I’ve used it when teaching ‘The Eye’ in science; I found the animations really helpful. There’s a whole section on micro-organisms which includes a small section of viruses. I’ve uploaded some instructions (Surprise Activities), written by CE, on how to decorate and egg – thanks CE! There are some new videos in the ‘Mini Movies’ section. Do take a look. One last site – This is for those that like David Walliams books – The World of David Walliams! I hope you have a great day. Remember to take regular breaks from your screen. Try out some of the good old classic games: noughts and crosses, boxes, hangman.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Start your day by listening to this - inspiring!
Good morning! I do hope you all slept well. Thank you for all the photos. Do have a look at them in our Y4 Home Learning Photo Gallery. I have also set up another sub-page called ‘Mini Movies’. There is one of an inspiring musician trying out one of the Y4 activities. Your challenge is to ‘Guess that tune!’ Great effort but I’m still guessing … I hope you’re up to date with the news. Do click on Newsround. There’s some also some helpful advice if you’re worried about coronavirus. There’s also some top tips from an astronaut about how to self-isolate. If you’re not sure what social distancing is all about watch this video.
I’ve uploaded some more English and Maths activities for today. Don’t forget to have a look at the non-negotiables. I’m waiting for some more Time Table Rock Star challenges to come my way. Jamie Oliver has set up a new show called, ‘Keep Cooking and Carry On’. After seeing pictures of some culinary delights you might want to have a look at this. The easy tomato sauce looks nice!
Have a great day!
Monday 23rd March 2020
Wow, what a day! Well done everyone - you are all STARS especially your parents! Do have a look at all the amazing photos I've been sent. Click on this 'link'. Make sure you all get plenty of rest before it all starts again tomorrow ...
Good morning, I do hope you had a good weekend. I went for a bike ride with one of my daughters. Isla, our Cocker Spaniel, had a lovely weekend - more than the usual number of walks! Have you seen the rainbows that are springing up in people's front room windows? It's part of a new craze called, 'Chase the Rainbow'. Today, you could draw or paint your own rainbow to stick up. Send me a picture of it and I can put it in our photo gallery - mine's already there. If you do go out to get some fresh air see how many rainbows you can spot. Remember to go with an adult and keep a safe distance from others.
Our class page is full of really good activities - do have a look. Many of the activities are online so it will be really important to have regular screen breaks and do other things including plenty of exercise. Don't forget Joe Wick's workout at 9:00am. Please do look at activities on other class pages. Don't worry about giving the other pages a few more clicks - they'll be clicking on ours too.
Have a great day - Mr Chandler
Welcome to the Year 4 class web page. I hope you find the activities and learning I upload engaging, helpful and fun. In these strange times we are all learning together. Please do let me know by email how you are doing and interesting activities you come across so I can share with others. I will put these in the 'Surprise Activities' section - see below.
Routine and structure is going to be really important. At the same time we need our days need to have some flexibility in order to allow us to help around the home and enjoy the time with our family - playing games, going for walks, chatting, watching films together etc.
The home learning letter will help you understand our expectation of you - please do read this - see below.
A possible structure you might want to follow is this:
9:00 - 9:30 - Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) workout
9:30 - 9:45 - Rest & Read - you'll need this if you do the full 30 minutes!
9:45 - 10:00 - Times Table Rockstars - practise your tables in the garage and build up your speed in the studio. If you've forgotten your login details email me.
10:00 - 10:30 - 'morning break' - you can have half an hour not 15 minutes! You could use this time to watch the news or do some jobs around the house.
10:30 - 11:00 - Read along with Mr Chandler, Mrs Chandler, junior Chandlers or even Isla the dog! We will be reading 'Charlie Changes into a Chicken'. You should have a copy. If you don't you could order it from Amazon. If you don't want to listen to me you can listen to is through Audible (Amazon's Audible book tool) - you could sign up for the 30 day free trial and get this for free! At the end of the reading session there will be some questions to answer (English Activities)
11:00 - 11:15 - break
Choose an activity from the Year 4 Learning Grid
Listen to Mr Chandler read the next chapter of 'Fly Me Home' by Polly Ho-Yen
Enjoy the rest of the day - have fun and be creative!
Don't forget to read the 'daily joke'
Don't forget to email any pictures of what you've been up to
Practise your juggling? Top tips here!
Think of one thing today you are thankful for. Perhaps you could keep a list in the back of your exercise book.
Please see below a letter I've written to the children of Year 4. Wishing you all the very best. Mr Chandler.
Today (12.02.2020) the children started using Times Tables Rock Stars. This is an online activity that allows them to practise their times tables. For more information about it looked under the 'Maths' section in 'Our Learning'.
Y4 Spring Curriculum Letter
Today (23.01.20) has been a day of chocolate! In maths Mr Chandler helped us understand tenths by dividing a 1 whole Mars Bar into tenths! The lesson went on to look at how to represent sums such as '3 ÷ 10' as decimals (0.3) and as fractions (3/10). Needless to say we all enjoyed a tenth of a Mars Bar!
In the afternoon we investigated the temperature that chocolate turns from a solid to a liquid. Fortunately, there was enough of the chocolate bar for us all to have some. Click on the 'Science' page below to have a look at the pics.
Year 4 Curriculum Letter
We're rapidly coming to the end of the Autumn term. It's been a fantastic term with so much accomplished. In my search for half decent 'Christmas Cracker' jokes I came across this website. There's some good jokes and lots of other Christmas related activities. I enjoyed looking through the 'Christmas Traditions and Customs' page. Now I know what a 'Jesse Tree' is ...
Christmas Jokes (whychristmas.com)
Children from Y4 are helping to keep the school site free from litter!
It's been a busy day (15.11.19). We kicked started the day with a morning workout - Joe Wicks's 'Big Morning Moves'. This was followed by a session learning all about Children in Need. The children then carried on being physical by heading outside for a tag rugby session. After lunch we had a guided reading session based around Children in Need and then learnt about Puja (Hindu worship). The following BBC Bitesize website has some helpful information about Puja.
We also learnt where Hindu's worship takes place. Whilst designing our own shrines we took it in turns to create a wood effect for the front of a 'shoe-box' wardrobes. Isabelle's was so realistic it looked exactly like the wooden table we have in our classroom! Have a look at the pics below ...
This week is anti-bullying week (Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November). We spent this afternoon (13.11.19) finding out exactly what bullying is and the different forms it can take. We looked at some resources produced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and explored their theme: Change Starts With Us.
This short video has lots of create ideas that we can all do to make our school an even better school?
Here are some other useful links:
Anti-bullying week (CBBC)
Bars & Melody's Britain's Got Talent anti-bullying song (YouTube)
Why People Bully (CBBC)
Life as a Roman soldier
These websites have lots of useful information. You'll find this useful when we come to create our fact sheets about Roman soldiers. Have a look:
Weapons (Primary Homework Help)
Equipment (Primary Homework Help)
Shield (Primary Homework Help)
Roman army training (Primary Homework Help)
Formations (Primary Homework Help)
Roman army facts (DK)
Life as a Roman soldier (YouTube)
Lest we forget
On Thursday 7th November 2019 we enjoyed spending the afternoon constructing simple electrical circuits and learning how to draw precise circuit diagrams. Here are a few websites that are worth a look:
Today, (25.10.19) we enjoyed answering questions we wrote about Ben's albino pumpkin. We found out it had a circumference of 98cm. When Mr Chandler tried to weigh it on his scales it was too heavy. Fortunately, we worked out another way to measure its weight - see pictures. Ben also came up with the idea of weighing half of the pumpkin and then doubling it - great thinking! We actually weighed a quarter of it and multiplied this by 4 - 4 x 2.494kg = 9.976, almost 10kg! Pumpkins take on average 120 days to grow. To make a pumpkin grow really big you need to remove all the side stems and feed it! Ben must have green fingers! Some of the children counted 48 seeds in 1/8 of the pumpkin. Roughly, how many seedsis that in total?
Today (23.10.19) we enjoyed a wide range of activities inspired from our class story book - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. We had great fun cooking scones - the same recipe Mr Tumnus used when Lucy had tea with him. The children produced 'Wanted' posters on behalf of the White Witch for Sons of Adams or Daughters of Eve. Throughout the day the children took it in turns to colour in a huge picture of Aslan and painted black plant pots ready to be planted with spring bulbs. In Narnia, it's always winter never Christmas ... until Aslan shows up! The children also made their own paint brushes from 'Narnia' fir trees and painted their own fir trees with them! What a day!
Today (26.09.19) we visited Verulamium Museum in St. Albans. We enjoyed a 'Market' workshop learning about many different Roman objects. Did you know that the Romans used oil to wash themselves with! They also created underfloor heating. We were able to see this at The Hypocaust.
Push penny document
During the first two days we used 270 balloons and 4kg of rice to make juggling balls - three per child. Mr Chandler has set us a challenge - to become 'expert' jugglers by the end of the year!
For some tips and advice click on this link juggling.