Message from Ms Hepworth for Great Owls
Dear Great Owl Families,
I just wanted to say 'goodbye' and 'thank you' to Great Owls. I have enjoyed teaching Great Owls and enjoyed my time at St Edmundsbury - everyone has been very welcoming. You are doing a great job with the home learning in what has been a difficult and strange situation. I wish you all the very best for the rest of the term and for your new class in September.
Home Learning Week Beginning 1st June
Dear Y3/Y4 Families,
Hope you all enjoyed half term and were able to take advantage of some of the easing of the restrictions! We would love to see any pictures you want to share of you having half term fun!
So it is now Summer 2!! We are pleased to welcome back Mrs Scully from her maternity leave, she will be teaching in Great Owls, alongside Mrs Cooper, our new deputy head.
School will be open this week for Key Worker Children, and from next week for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Most of the teachers and support staff will be back in school so we have taken this opportunity to review and refresh the curriculum we are offering to all students. From this week, we will continue with White Rose Maths and PoR Reading/Writing activities, but instead of Education City we will be adding activities from Oak National Academy – these include a Science lesson, an RE or History lesson and a Creative lesson (Art, Music).
Remember to send in the PoR Take Five work that the children are completing, and anything else that they have done that they feel proud of and want to share! Examples are being published on the website.
Stay well, stay safe, and happy learning everyone!
Mrs McMurray, Mrs Peterson, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Scully
Reading and Writing
These activities are for two weeks, w.c. 18th May AND w.c. 1st June (after half term)
Power of Reading (please see below)
Fluent Readers: Noah Barleywater Runs Away
Children building fluency: Claude in the City
Please support the children in reading the short text from the book and make sure that that they understand all of the vocabulary, and what is happening in the extract. Activities 2 and 3 should help with this.
White Rose and Education City
The White Rose resources can be found on the link above - please use the details below to find the correct lesson materials. We have given you a day off from White Rose on Friday and found a revision activity so you can practise your dividing by 10 and 100 skills.
|White Rose - Year 4||Education City|
|MON - Y4 Week 2 Lesson 2 Hundredths|
|TUE - Y4 Week 2 Lesson 3 Hundredths as decimals||Place Value : Think Its, Questions and Answers||Y3|
|WED - Y4 Week 2 Lesson 4 Hundredths on a place value grid||Wheelie Good : Learn Screen, Activity, Activity Sheet and Answers||Y4|
|THU - Y4 Week 2 Lesson 5 Divide 1 or 2-digits by 100|
|FRI - Ed City Activities only today!||The Divisible Man: Learn Screen, Activity, Activity Sheet and Answers||Y4|
This half term, we are providing some links to The National Oak Academy website so that you can access a wider range of subject areas. This week, we have provided links for RE lessons and some music too! Each week, we will provide links for the lessons we would like you to access that follow in a specific order.
We hope you enjoy these lessons!
RE Lesson 1:
RE Lesson 2:
Music Lesson 1:
On-going Reading Activities
If your child is building reading fluency, reading for two x 5 minute sessions per day will be more effective than doing long sessions which can be tiring. The children MUST use their phonics to sound out then blend NO GUESSING!!
This website allows free access to book suitable for children learning and improving their reading skills
For more fluent readers children should read daily, sometimes with you, but sometimes allow them to enjoy a book on their own. Some may find it comforting to revisit old favourites, not every read has to be a challenge! Do explore non-fiction, poetry and websites too.
There are a few ebook available to borrow online from Sussex Library Service
And here are some tips to support reading
And all children will enjoy being read to - it's lovely to read with Mum and Dad, but it's also nice to experience other people reading. I have been hearing about nannies and grandads getting to grip with Skype, Zoom or video calling so they can read to their grandchildren!
Audible (part of Amazon) are offering free audio stories to anyone with an Amazon account (doesn't have to be Prime)
David Walliams is doing a daily story at 11
This website features actors (some famous) reading stories - it is free and there is a free app version (for phones and tablets).
And your teachers are adding story videos to this website!
On-going Writing Activities
Ideas to support struggling writers!
Writing is a tough one, a lot of children find it very challenging – not surprising when you think about it because writing means thinking about handwriting, spelling, grammar and organisation as well as content. Here are some tips
On-going Maths Activities
Please practise these daily – your child should know which ones they are working on. For practise Hit the Button website/app is good (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button) but there are plenty of other options online! The order in which they learn them is
2x 5x 10x
Use this website to regularly test their progress https://www.timestables.co.uk/speed-test/
Times Table Activities will also be available on Education City.
Remember by the end of Y4 the children should know all of these and be able to recall them AT SPEED – in the test they will have 6 seconds. The tests that we use in class are included below - 3.5 mins for 40 q's or, for those children that are TT SUPERSTARS there is a 132 question version.
Measure – practical maths!!
Length – measure things around the house – predict length then measure with a ruler or tape measure. Use cm and mm, and convert between the two (2cm is 20mm, 23mm is 2cm and 3mm, we have not done decimals yet).
Weight, volume and capacity – do some cooking!!! Look at g and kg, l and ml. E.g. notice that the measuring jug has a capacity of 500ml but you are measuring a volume of 300ml.
Time – practise telling the time on digital, analogue clocks, 24 hour clocks. Get the children to calculate periods of time – it is 12.40 now and the cake takes 45 minutes, what will the time be when the cake comes out? A useful website for switching between digital, analogue and 24h clock is
Adults might find these useful!
Written method for addition and subtraction
There are a couple of examples (written methods for addition and subtraction), but after that you can just make up the numbers! Start with 2 digit numbers, Y4s should be getting up to 4 digit numbers. They may be learning to do this a bit differently to how you were taught, so ask them to show you how it is done (after they have looked at the examples) and they can explain to you what they are doing using their maths vocabulary
ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, place values, exchanging, regrouping (carrying)
Number bonds to 10, 20 and 100
See Education City for number bond activities
Other ideas for learning!
Fun science and DT projects with Maddie Moate (from the CBeebies series Maddie's Do You Know?)
Steve Backshall, every Wed at 9:30, science from his own back garden! You need to subscribe but it's free!
There are some great Science and DT ideas on the Dyson Foundation website
Have some fun with this home-schooling Dad!
Rosetta are offering 3 months free access to children - might be fun to practise a bit of french (or start learning japanese!!)
One of the MOST important skills that children need is a good working memory, the ability to hold a few bits of information in their head at the same time. This website provides a fun way to practise some brain training . . .