Year 4

Welcome to Year 4
Dear Year 4, 
 
We hope you are enjoying your home schooling and you are being good learners. There are so many creative and different ideas  on the internet that you can be doing- I will add some new links for you. We would love to see your learning- send me/us your stories or pictures of what you have been doing and I will add to this page so everyone else can also see. Mums and dads are also able to e mail us with queries or ideas. carol.gould@banwellprimary.co.uk or andrew.venn@banwellprimary.co.uk Make sure you are also having lots of exercise- I tried Jo Wicks this morning- it was good.  
AUDIBLE STORIES FOR YOU TO CHILL OUT AND LISTEN TO
 
You all love listening to stories and here is a chance to listen free. Follow the link below and choose the elementary age group link (although there are some classics on the younger listeners e.g. The Just-So Stories). There are some of my favourite classics- Heidi and Black Beauty along with the King Arthur and The Round Table. I wonder what Zero G and Mousenet are like?  
Term 3 and 4 
 Why Should We Help Save the Rainforest?
The highlights this term have been a visit from Bristol Zoo who brought in some animals from the rain-forest, playing Quid-ditch on our Harry Potter Day and doing Hockey with Sports2Schools in PE lessons. Our project has been based around questions that we have posed: Where are the rainforests? What is it like in the rainforest? Who lives in the rainforest?  and looking at how the rain-forest provides many commodities for us. 
Our project for terms 1 and 2 is Extraordinary Engineering. Which was the hardest to build: The Clifton Suspension Bridge or The Great Pyramid? During this term we will be exploring Banwell looking at evidence of its historical past as well as visiting SS Great Britain designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In term 2 our focus will be on Ancient Egypt and the amazing feats of engineering that they achieved. 
On Tuesday 17th September, Year 3 and 4 went on a fact finding trail around Banwell Village. We were looking for evidence of what Banwell was like in the past and we found plenty of historical artefacts.
Our trip to ss Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge helped us to know more about what a great man Brunel was and we thoroughly enjoyed using our imaginations to understand what it must have been like as a passenger on board the ship en route to Australia. We also learned how The Clifton Suspension Bridge was built. 
We made ships biscuits using a recipe that was used on ss Great Britain.
Inspired by our class book, we made models of The Iron Man out of wire and mod roc. We then painted them. 
Our Wow Day introduced the 2nd part of our project which is ancient Egyptians. We made flat breads which we tasted with hummus and olives, used hieroglyphics to make a cartouche and made a sarcophagus out of a paper template. 
Bridge Challenge
We researched bridge designs and came up with our own design that used straws to build a bridge that spanned 30cm holding a heavy tin. . 
Click on the link below to take you to the National Online Safety website. Here you can download parent guides about popular apps and games.
Reading is so important!
We encourage you to listen to your child read and discuss the text at least three times a week. Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask them so below is some ideas of the type of questions that you could be asking your child whilst they are reading with you.
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Click on the image below for SPaG games that will help develop understanding of SPaG-
Times Tables
Being able to recall the times tables is a huge skill and will have benefits across all areas of the Maths curriculum. In Year for the expectation is that children can recall their times table up to the 12x. Make sure that your child is practising their times tables regularly at home both verbally and written. Here is some links (click the image) that might help-