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

Happy Easter Year 4

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 been preparing for our next history topic which is based on the Ancient Egyptians.

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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb

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?

Having fun with my dogs!
I’ve even found a pair of wild geese that are sitting on eggs in my pond!  It’s like my very own Springwatch down on the farm.

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

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day 2020, lots of our children and staff came to school dressed up as characters from books. In the morning, the whole school gathered together in the gym to watch a performance of ‘The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told’ by Hobgoblin Theatre Company. The play contained lots of fairy tale characters that we recognised and Year 4 especially enjoyed the funny parts. During the rest of the day, we challenged ourselves as part of a World Book Day quiz, we read with our buddy class, Reception, and took part in some other book themed activities.

Visit from DJ Nathan Dawe

On Thursday 30th January, a DJ called Nathan Dawe came to visit our school. We were able to ask questions about his job and how he became a DJ. We also asked about things that he enjoys and what his school life was like. It was interesting to find out that he played the trumpet when he was younger, like a number of children at our school do.

Chinese New Year

On Friday 24th January, Reception and Year 4 met to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learnt the story behind the Chinese zodiac, we looked at decorations and watched videos of Chinese dragon and lion dances. We also sampled prawn crackers and fortune cookies.

Schools Linking at Walsall Art Gallery

On Friday 17th January, Year 4 had the opportunity to visit Walsall Art Gallery, along with a class of Year 5 children from Reedswood E-ACT Primary Academy, as part of a Schools Linking project.

During the day, children from both classes mixed together to carry out a number of different activities such as drawing, Plasticine modelling and drawing their own designs on polystyrene tiles and using different choices of coloured inks and paper to create prints.

Both classes learnt new artistic skills, explored and discussed a variety of art work created by a number of artists and created new friendships during the day.

We look forward to working with the children from Reedswood again later in the year.

Fire Safety visit

On Monday 13th January, Year 4 were visited by Bloxwich Fire and Rescue team who came to teach us about fire and road safety.  It was extremely helpful and we learnt lots of important information about how to prevent fires and other accidents and what to do if there was a fire.