Hello Year 4,
I hope that you and your families are all well.
Mrs Watts and are I are really missing seeing you all but we hope that you are staying safe at home.
I hope that those of you who took a learning pack home, or have accessed the Home Learning website through out school website, have enjoyed doing some of the learning tasks as well as using the extra time at home to do some other activities that you enjoy.
Remember that there are some activities that you can complete quickly, such as times table tasks and grammar activities, as well as others that you can complete over a longer time, such as the English story based on Ice Palace and the Anglo Saxons project.
As well as working at school for some days, I have also been spending a lot of time at home. While I have been at home, I have been preparing lessons and resources for our new topics when we are back at school again.
I have also been doing some other activities that I thought I would share with you.
I have enjoyed spending some time in my garden. I have given the garden a much needed tidy up and put up some solar lights, I have been watering the plants, feeding the fish and sitting outside reading. I’ve enjoyed looking at the beautiful colours of the springtime flowers and have enjoyed watching and listening to the birds.
I have been practising my ukulele. I’m becoming much more confident at playing my favourite song, ‘Here comes the sun’, by The Beatles by using some sheet music that I found online. I’m also using some music books to teach myself how to play some other Beatles songs – they are a little trickier but I am persevering!
I have been exercising using some of the PE with Joe videos online – although I have felt a little tired out after completing each one, I’ve found that they are a really positive way to start the day and I feel much more energised for the rest of the day. If you haven’t tried any yet, I would recommend them – the link is on the Home Learning website or you can search The Body Coach TV on Youtube.
I have been playing some games, including an outside game called boules or petanque. In this game you have to throw or roll balls as close as you can to the target ball (also called the jack). It works best with heavy balls but perhaps you could have a go at making a target throw game yourselves at home. I do hope that you have been able to spend some time outside if you have a garden or an outside space that you can play in safely while sticking to the rules that we all have to follow.
I am also planning to do some more Easter and springtime crafts. I started by making my own Easter card, like the ones that some of us made together at school. I hope that many of you have been doing some of your own art and craft activities at home. You could even teach yourself some new skills such as how to draw cartoon characters or objects using ‘How to draw…’ tutorials online. Remember to check with an adult that the sites are suitable to use.
If you would like some new school work to keep you busy, you could learn about the Ancient Egyptians, ready for our next school topic and perhaps make a project, some art work, a model etc.
This is a link to the BBC Ancient Egypt site:
You could also use Primary Homework Help: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Egypt.html
You could also do some work linked to one of our new science topics about living things and their habitats. To do this, you could carry out a nature hunt in your garden or an outside space close to your home that you can go to as part of your daily walk or exercise. Make a list or take photographs of all of the different types of living things that you can find – plants, animals, including birds, insects etc. If you are not sure of the name of a particular type of living thing, you could search for it online or ask and adult for help. You could then choose some and make detailed drawings of them or research them and make fact files about them. See BBC science links on the Year 4 page of the Home Learning website to help you with this.
Here is a message from Mrs Watts:
I’ve been spending lots of time out in my fields, planting more Xmas trees. Can you spot a pair of cheeky geese in the long grass?
But most importantly I’ve been staying safe at home spending time in my garden, reading, painting, and thinking of creative projects we can do together when we all return to Rushall.
Stay safe everyone xx
Finally, we would both like to wish you all a very happy Easter!
Take care and stay safe everyone.
Miss Guy and Mrs Watts XX