Year 4 updates 21.05.2020

Hello Year 4,

I hope that you are all well and that you have been keeping busy, staying safe and enjoying the sunshine.

Since the end of last week and throughout this week I have received lots more lovely emails, photographs, pieces of work and updates on the wonderful things that you have been doing at home. I really enjoy finding out what you have been doing and it is lovely to see you working hard and enjoying the projects and activities that you have been set. I would have loved to have been doing these activities with you but it is great to see how well you have been working both independently and with your families – I am very proud.

I’m sorry that there has been a delay in receiving some of your messages. These are all of the messages that I have received or have been passed on to me at the moment. If yours has not been included this time, please don’t worry as I will continue to update the blog when I receive further emails.

I hope that you will enjoy sharing all of the lovely things that these members of our class have been doing.

VE Day Celebrations

Aidan’s VE Day Celebration

Aidan and Oliver would like to share some photographs of their VE Day celebrations. 
They made some scones for a VE day tea party, made some bunting and decorations for the outside of their house and listened to some war time music while they had their tea party. 
They also received a lovely note from a gentlemen who lives opposite them. He kindly bought the boys a stash of sweets and left a note explaining why he had done so.

Jack’s VE Day Celebration

Jack and his brother Jayden enjoyed making paper chains and decorated the outside of their house with them. They also dressed in red, white and blue for the day.

Michael’s VE Day Celebration

Michael decorated his window with union flag bunting to celebrate VE Day.

Michael’s work

Michael and his mom sent an email about what he has been up to:

Michael says, “I have been doing Maths, Matilda, Ancient Egyptians and I made a flower at Mom’s school. While I was at Mom’s school I learnt about dementia.”

Michael also has some bean seeds which have germinated and are ready to plant in his allotment.

Jack’s Super Science – Growing

Jack and his brother Jayden have been busy growing strawberries, cucumbers, runner beans, peas and tomatoes. I’m sure they will taste delicious when they are fully grown!

Rowan’s Ancient Egyptians Project

Rowan has created a PowerPoint presentation containing lots of fascinating facts about the Ancient Egyptians.

A message from Elissa

On 20th May, Elissa sent this message, along with these photographs of beautiful pictures that she had created, to me and Mrs Watts as it was ‘National Thank a Teacher Day’.

“A big thank you for all that you do for me. Missing seeing you everyday.  Love Elissa xx”

It was so thoughtful and we really appreciated it – thank you Elissa!

Aidan’s work

Yesterday, I received this message from Aidan and his mom about the work that he has been doing at home:

“Aidan has been working very hard with his English lessons via Nation Oak Academy, and his Maths lessons via White Rose Maths and BBC Bitesize and he would like to share some of the work he has been doing over the past couple of weeks.
Aidan has been watching lots of clips about Ancient Egypt and also reading some books we have here at home. He has created a timeline of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation using Purple Mash and read about the different dynasties. He has also created his own cartouche, an Ancient Egyptian name plate, and copied some of the artwork from my own piece of papyrus from Egypt.”

Aidan says, “I am finding learning about the Egyptians very interesting. I’m going to be making an Egyptian sarcophagus and I’ll wrap one of my figures in toilet paper so it looks like a mummy!” 

“During his English lessons last week the focus was on persuasive writing. The children were asked to come up with their own persuasive rap and Aidan chose to do his on the importance of recycling. Here is Aidan’s rap below.”

“Aidan has also completed a mind map of his favourite place to visit, Exmouth. He took inspiration from Michael and also did a mind map to show information about Exmouth and the places he loves to visit and things he likes to do while we are there.”

Wow – so many wonderful things to share!

If you would like to share what you have been doing, please send your photographs and messages to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

I really love receiving your updates and I will be happy to add them to the class blog for you.

Take care and keep smiling everyone!

Miss Guy x

Year 4 update

Hello Year 4,

I hope that you are all happy and well.

I would like to share some more of the photographs that have been sent in by members of our class and their families. Thank you for sharing them – it is lovely to see what you have been doing.

Dexie’s photographs

Dexie and her sister Skyla have been working hard on their home learning tasks.

They have also been keeping active by climbing trees and playing on the trampoline.

Dexie and Skyla had a party to celebrate what would have been the end of the SATs for Year 6.

Courtney’s photographs

Courtney has been busy doing her home learning tasks.

Lily’s work

Lily has been busy finding out lots of information about the Ancient Egyptians as part of our Year 4 project.

Max’s work

Max has been spotting lots of different types of wildlife along the canal during walks with his family. I was very excited to hear that he even spotted a turtle!

If you wish to share any photographs or pieces of work that you have been doing at home, please email them to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk and I will add them to the class blog for you.

Take care and keep smiling!

Miss Guy x

Information about Year 4 White Rose maths lessons

Hello Year 4 and Year 4 parents,

I’m sorry that there has been some confusion over accessing the White Rose maths lessons from the Year 4 timetable on the home learning page.

Unfortunately, we cannot link to specific lessons so we have been providing the names of the lessons instead.

I am aware that some of you have been trying to access certain lesson and have seen a message about needing a subscription to the site.

Hopefully, I will be able to clarify some of the problems that you have been having.

When creating the weekly timetables, I have been using planning from some of the earlier weeks that still had the videos and worksheets freely available with no need for subscriptions.

You can access these on the same page by following this link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

You will need to use Week 1 and Week 2 from the bottom of the page for last week and this week’s timetable. I apologise as I think they may have been labelled as Summer Term but they are actually links to the end of the Spring Term. On the page, they are listed simply at the moment as Week 1 and Week 2.

Please ignore where it says, ‘Week beginning…’ as I am not following this order when setting work. I have started from the first weeks available as I am aware that not all families were following the White Rose lessons prior to the setting up of the weekly timetable for each class.

If your child has already completed these tasks, they could try some games and activities from the mathematics page on the school’s home learning site: https://sites.google.com/rushallict.co.uk/education-continuity/mathematics

A few links, such as The Maths Factor https://www.themathsfactor.com/ require you to subscribe but it is currently free to do so.

On the Year 4 home learning page, there is now an amended weekly timetable with descriptions of where to find these particular lessons.

I hope that this will make the links to the lessons a little clearer. 

I am sorry for any confusion caused.

If you have any further issues or you need any more help, please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk ‘For the attention of Miss Guy’ and your messages will be passed on to me. Alternatively, you can telephone school and someone should be available to answer your call.

Thank you.

Take care.

Miss Guy x

VE Day 75th Anniversary

Tomorrow, 8th May 2020, will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Although we may not be able to celebrate this important day as we were going to, many people are still planning to mark the day by doing a number of special activities.

Lots of people are planning to celebrate at home by making or putting up flags or bunting, dressing in red, white and blue or World War 2 style clothing, watching special programmes on television, having tea parties with their families and singing wartime songs such as ‘We’ll meet again.’

I hope that whatever you are doing, you will enjoy this special day of remembrance.

If you would like to share your photographs of how you are celebrating VE Day, please send them to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk and they will be passed on to me – I would love to see them. If you would like any of your photographs to be uploaded to the Year 4 blog, please let me know in your message.

Take care and stay safe.

I hope that we will meet again soon.

Miss Guy x

An old picture of Miss Guy dressed up to celebrate a World War 2 day at school

Read on to learn about VE Day and why we remember it. The information below is taken from the BBC Newsround website if you wish to find out more.

VE Day: What is it, when is it and why do we remember?

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.

On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before.

How was VE Day celebrated?

By the beginning of 1945, the German army had been weakened and defeat looked likely.

Tuesday 8 May, 1945, was an emotional day that millions of people had been waiting for.

Many people were extremely happy that the fighting had stopped and there were big celebrations and street parties.

Huge crowds – with lots of people dressed in red, white and blue – gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London.

They cheered as King George VI and his family, including Princess Elizabeth (the current queen) and Princess Margaret, came out onto the balcony to greet everybody.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister were allowed to leave the palace and celebrate with crowds outside, although they had to do it secretly.

The future Queen described it as “one of the most memorable nights of my life”.

Many people also attended church services to thank God for the victory.

This photo shows Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside the Royal Family (Princess Elizabeth, who is currently the Queen, is seen on the left)

London’s St Paul’s Cathedral held 10 services, which were attended by thousands of people.

But VE Day was also a moment of great sadness and reflection, as millions of people had lost their lives or loved ones in the conflict.

Many had to continue fighting in other battles and lots of people were being kept as prisoners of war abroad.

Was VE Day the end of World War Two?

Even though VE Day marked victory for Europe over Germany, it did not mark the end of World War Two.

In his VE Day announcement, Winston Churchill said: “We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.”

Even after 8 May, many soldiers, sailors and pilots were sent to the east to fight against the Japanese, who had not yet surrendered.

Even though Churchill had announced victory over Nazi Germany, VE Day did not mark the end of World War Two

This came on 14 August 1945, after two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (6 August) and Nagasaki (9 August).

On 15 August 1945, the allies had officially defeated Japan. This date is known as VJ Day.

World War Two was finally over.

Wonderful Year 4 work

This week, I have received messages from Aidan, Elissa and Michael telling me about all of the wonderful activities that they have been doing at home. They have included photographs for me to share with you all.

Aidan’s work

As part of the Anglo Saxon project, Aidan has been building a model of St Aidan’s church based on the real church in Bamburgh that was founded by St Aidan in 635. Aidan has been using photographs taken of the church by his mom and dad when they visited Bamburgh last year.

Aidan and his brother also went on a mini-beast hunt as part of their science work. They searched under bricks, logs and plant pots in their garden. They found lots of mini-beasts and even caught a millipede, some woodlice and worms in a tub. Aidan is now going to create a project based on the praying mantis as his brother has one as a pet.

Elissa’s work

Elissa has been very busy doing lots of different activities at home.

Here are two beautiful poems that she has written.

Here is Elissa’s science work. She has made her own model of the water cycle and identified a variety of solids, liquids and gases.

As part of our Anglo Saxons topic, Elissa has produced a project about Anglo Saxon houses. She has also made a model of an Anglo Saxon house and has written instructions on how to make it. You could follow Elissa’s instructions and make your own!

She has also created a guide on how to grow your own rainbow. Why not try it yourself?

Michael’s work

Michael has been doing a variety of activities at home.

With help from an adult, Michael has made a bird box from wood and has written a set of instructions on how to make it. I’m sure the birds will love to use their new house!

He has also produced a table of what he found on his nature hunt and has created a fact file about centipedes.

Michael has started his Ancient Egyptians project and has been finding out information about this topic.

For geography, Michael has created a mind map about Aberystwyth.

He has been doing some maths work on coordinates.

He has also written the first part of his story based on the film version of Matilda.

Thank you so much to Aidan, Elissa, Michael and their families for allowing me to share their wonderful work.

If any other members of Year 4 would like to share what you have been doing, please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk and your messages, work and photographs will be passed on to me.

Take care.

Miss Guy x

Walk like an Egyptian!

Hello Year 4,

I hope that you are all well and staying safe. I am missing seeing you all.

As lots of you know, I have been really looking forward to our summer term topics, including learning about the Ancient Egyptians in history.

I know that we are not together to start the new topic but I hope that you will enjoy learning about the Egyptians as part of a project that I have set for you on the Year 4 Home Learning page. If you open the project sheet, you will find links to useful websites and suggestions of how you could complete this task. I would love to see any of the work that you produce as part of this topic or for any of the other tasks that I have set, such as the English and science projects.

Thank you so much to Amy, Michael, Aidan and Max who have sent videos, photographs, writing and PowerPoints for me to see.

If you have been doing any work or activities at home that you would like to show me, please email them to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk and they will be passed on to me.

If you would like any of your work or photographs to be added to our class blog, please let me know and I will upload them for you.

From next week, there will also be a new timetable of suggested lessons and activities for you to complete. Remember to check the Home Learning pages for updates.

Take care everyone.

Miss Guy x