Week commencing 13th July 2020

Hello again Year 4,

We hope you had a lovely week and enjoyed completing the activities that we planned for you.

We can’t believe that this is the last week of the term! We are so proud of everything that you have achieved this year, and you should be very proud of yourselves too. It’s not quite time for the school holidays yet though, so make sure you have a look at the Year 4 overview for home learning this week!

It has been great to see some of you communicating via 2Email on Purple Mash. It is a safe way for you to keep in contact with your friends from school. As part of computing this week, we would like you all to have a go at emailing a classmate... or two! Before you do so, make sure that you have a look at the tip in the computing section of the overview as it will teach you about how to structure an email.

In science this week, we are learning about the famous scientist, Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was a talented inventor and we were shocked to read that he came up with over 1000 inventions! He must have kept himself very busy! This week, we would like you to research Thomas Edison and create a fact file. Remember, you could always share facts with your friends through communicating by email.

Finally, as we are moving towards the end of Year 4, we are looking ahead and thinking about our new year group.  We would like you to think about some of the lessons and activities that you are looking forward to in Year 5. You could always talk to your parents, family members or older friends and ask them what it was like when they were in Year 5.

Keep up the good work and have a wonderful summer.

Stay safe,

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack 

Week commencing 6th July 2020 

Hi Year 4!

We hope you are all well and continuing to show resilience and perseverance while learning at home.

How did you get on with the maths challenge last week linked to the three monkeys eating a different number of nuts? There were 10 different possibilities for this challenge! Did you work systematically and find them all?

We hope that you have now had the chance to listen to us read Chapter 1 of ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ and enjoyed the beginning of the story. Make sure you listen to Chapter 2 by following the link on this week’s overview.

Our topic work this week is linked to creating some artwork. You will explore the work of Paul Cezanne, who was a famous painter who loved to spend time in the mountains while painting. We would like you to be creative this week and have a go at painting your own version of a landscape in the style of Cezanne. We always love seeing you artwork, so please send us some pictures of your paintings to hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (with Y4 in the email subject.)

One last thing, we have set the grammar activity through Purple Mash this week. Using Purple Mash is great because it means we will be able to see the lovely work that you have done- so make sure you have a go at this!

We hope you have a lovely week.

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack 

Week commencing 29th June 2020

Hello Year Four!,

We hope you have had a lovely week and have enjoyed all of the exciting activities we planned for you.

I’m sure one of the highlights of your week was seeing the videos on the school website of us reading the first chapter of ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. This is a wonderful book so if you haven’t watched the videos already, make sure you check them out! If you have seen them, you could always watch them again and summarise what has happened (as suggested on the weekly overview.)

For home-learning this week, we have tried to include activities that you can complete without the use of an electronic device, so make sure that you have some pens and paper to hand! You might want to file your work away in a safe place so that in the future you can look back at the work completed whilst working from home.  This week, you will be taking part in a ‘Bop it’ challenge,  learning about why mountains are so dangerous, investigating whether air has weight and imagining a penguin made from snow magically comes to life! Make sure that you look out for our handy tips on the weekly overview (coloured in green) to help you with the activities.

Also, where we have included web links to YouTube in the Year 4 overview, you will notice that you are accessing the video through ‘SafeYouTube’ to make sure that the content you see is safe and suitable. You will now only see the video that we wish to share via the link which helps to ensure that we are all keeping safe online.

Have a fantastic week,

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack 

Week commencing 22nd June 2020

Hi Year 4!

We hope that you are all keeping well and continuing to enjoy learning from home.

Did you enjoy receiving your class letter from your teacher? If you haven’t found them already, look for them on the Gig Mill website. We always love writing these to you and hope that they motivate you to stay positive and keep learning!

As part of IL this week, you are going to learn about a famous explorer called Edmund Hillary. Explorers, along with scientists, remind us that we can achieve anything that we put our mind to. This links to our wellbeing focus ‘resilience and perseverance’. If we persevere we can achieve our goals! With this in mind, we would like YOU to become an inventor this week as part of your English challenge! Be as creative and crazy as you like! Don’t forget to share your inventions with us by emailing hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (with Y4 in the email subject.)  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

This week, we have also included information about the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’.  This year it is called The Silly Squad! We know how difficult it can be to find new books to read at the moment, so if you look at the weekly overview in the reading section, we have included a link to a website which gives you advice on how to access free books online.

We hope that you are enjoying the PE activities that we are suggesting for you. We try to select games you can play using items that you will usually find around your home. What has been your favourite game so far?

Have a lovely week and get inventing!

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack 

Week commencing 15th June 2020

Hello Year 4,
 

We hope that you have had a good week and enjoyed completing some of the activities suggested on the weekly overview. Did you do anything special to celebrate World Ocean Day? We would love to hear all about it! Remember to keep in contact with us through hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (please use Y4 in the email subject.) 
 

There is something else special happening this week. Dudley Castle is celebrating its 950th birthday! Dudley Castle is a huge part of our local history and a special place to be proud of so have fun celebrating this day and take part in their competition. There is more information about this on the overview.
 

This week, we have planned lots of different activities for you to get involved in. Join Farmer Leanne and friends on the farm as part of computing and climb a mountain with Steve Backshall as part of IL! Try your best to complete as many of these activities as you can – it’s always fun to learn new things and it’s important to keep your brain working!
 

Have a fantastic week,
 

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack

Week commencing 8th June 2020

Hello Year 4

How are you all? Hasn’t the sunny weather been glorious? Summer has definitely arrived.  Maybe you’ve spotted lots of lovely invertebrate mini-beasts around your home, hopefully you recognize some from our science learning last term in school.

We hope you enjoyed some of last week’s activities that we set for you.  Which one was your favourite? We really liked watching the yucky digestive system science video!  Following on from that, we’ve found a super craft idea this week for making a digestive system model.  Have a go and send a photo of what you’ve done to hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (please use Y4 in the email subject.)  It would be awesome to see your fabulous work.

It’s also World Ocean Day so we have some exciting activities to help you celebrate and encourage people to protect our oceans.  There are songs to sing and a poster to make.

What else have you been doing? Mrs Franklin got out her sewing machine and made a cushion. Maybe you’ve learnt a new skill or tried something you’ve never done before.  Drop us an email and let us know as we’d love to hear from you. 

Keep shining like the stars that you are!

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack

Week commencing 1st June 2020

Hello Year 4,

We hope you’ve all had a lovely half term and have been doing lots of fun things.  Did you enjoy the Sports Day challenges we set you before the holiday?  We’d love to see photos of what you’ve done!  Remember you can email them to us using  hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (please use Y4 in the email subject.)

Have any of you had a go at the water cycle in a bag activity yet? Following on from this, your teachers have all had a go at making a rainwater collector over half term.  We are using the water to give our plants a good drink.  We’ve put the details on how to make one yourself on to the weekly activities for this week in the Well-being section.

This week we have also set you some activities to learn about mountains and about the different teeth in your mouth – we hope you enjoy them. 

Of course, there are the usual lessons for maths and English from Oak Academy.  Hopefully, you are starting to feel familiar with how these online lessons work now.  There are lots of activities to choose, so just do what you can to keep yourselves busy and work through as many as you can to learn lots of lovely new skills.

Stay happy and keep learning!

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin and Mr Flack

Week commencing 18th May 2020

Hello Year 4!  

We hope that you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and did something exciting to celebrate VE day. We had fun writing our letters to you. Make sure you read it if you haven’t already! 

For our wellbeing focus this week, we would like you to explore keeping safe online. You are probably using the internet a lot more than you have ever done before, so we just want to make sure that you are doing so safely. 

At this time of year, we would normally be preparing for our KS2 sports day. Staying with our ‘Stay Active’ focus from last week, take this opportunity to have a little friendly competition with your family and see if you can create your own Sports Day at home.  

In our topic work this week, we will be learning about the water cycle. We have provided you with some activities including a science experiment where you can see the water cycle for yourself! 

Make sure that you are continuing to read and practise your times tables whilst at home. 

Remember, send anything that you are proud of or would like to share with us to hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (please put Y4 in the email title/subject so we get to see it). We have loved what’s been sent to us so far but would love to hear from lots more of you! 

Make sure you have a fantastic half-term! 

Mrs Anderson, Mr Flack and Mrs Franklin 😊  

Week commencing 11th May 2020

Hello Year 4!  
 

We hope that you are all well. It has been lovely to see some of the work that you have created and sent into school.  We know there are lots of distractions at home, but it is so important to both us and your families that you put aside some time each day to complete some of your home-learning work. We can’t wait to hear about everything that you have learnt! 
 

We hope that you had a fun weekend celebrating VE day. We planned some great activities for you, but I’m sure you did some lovely activities of your own too. Remember, send anything that you are proud of or would like to share with us to hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (please put Y4 in the email title/subject). We really enjoy receiving these from you! 
 

This week, we have given you a wide range of activities to complete. You can create your own map of an island, take part in your own scientific experiment to explore evaporation, play snowball smash while also learning some new spellings, see Mrs Bayliss in her interactive recorder lesson and get active as part of our wellbeing topic. 
 

Have a fantastic week of learning and look out for our next message to you next week. 
 

Mrs Anderson, Mr Flack and Mrs Franklin 😊  

Week Commencing 4th May 2020

Hello Year 4!  

How are you all? We hope you are all keeping yourselves safe and well.  

Did you spot any of your teachers in the video on the school website?  We had a lot of fun making our pictures at home last week.  It was wonderful to see the collaboration of everyone involved to make the video.  Did you have fun completing any collaboration activities last week? We’d love to see some photos or hear about what you’ve been up to at home.  You can ask a grown-up to send us a message at hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk (Please put Y4 in the email title/subject) if there’s anything you want to show us or tell us! 

We hope you enjoyed completing some of the home learning tasks we set for you last week. Please don’t worry if you don’t get everything done, just do what you can and try to learn a little every day!  We have set some new tasks for you this week and we hope you enjoy these too.  Don’t forget, you can learn lots of other things too at home, like gardening, helping with jobs around the house and looking after others in your family.  Why not write a letter to a family member or friend that you miss?   

This week, we'd also like to invite you and your family to join in the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which is happening on Friday 8th May. Please click on the link on the school website homepage or here.  

We look forward to messaging you again next week and it would be lovely to hear from you too! 

Take care and keep enjoying learning! 

Mrs Anderson, Mr Flack and Mrs Franklin 😊  

 

Dear Parents  

Your child was having a recorder lesson in school once a week. To keep them going we have created a short film that they can watch and join in with. All you need to do is click on the link below and the lesson will appear. You will also need your child’s Charanga log in.  During the film you will be posted to the Charanga website which can be found at www.dudleyperformingartsonline.org.uk.  

Before you start watching get the instrument ready, ask your child to play a few notes and you are ready to go! There will be another film next week and you can use the films more than once – in fact, the more the better. https://youtu.be/GBeD4OggDFA  

Mrs Bayliss 

Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Hello Year 4! 
 

We hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the sunshine.  
 

It’s been lovely to hear about some of the amazing activities and projects you’ve been doing whilst at home.  

Our new summer term Year 4 topic is all about rivers and mountains. We have planned some activities for you to complete through the week. There are lots of new tasks for you to enjoy; some English, maths, topic and PE.  
 

We hope that you enjoy completing the tasks we have chosen for this week. Don’t forget, it’s really important to keep practising times table facts, this could be on TT Rockstars, and be sure to read every day.   
 

We are sure you will also have lots of your own ideas of activities that you’d like to do to keep yourselves busy as well and we are looking forward to hearing more about what you have been doing.  
 

Take care of yourselves and look after your family! 
 

Mrs Anderson, Mrs Franklin & Mr Flack 

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