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Year 4 - Sycamore Class

Welcome to Sycamore Class.  If you are isolating and need home learning please get in touch on Marvellous Me or and we'll respond as soon as we can.

Mrs Sobey & Miss Yates

This half term topic is:       Invasion (Anglo-Saxons & Vikings)


This half term we have been learning about Digital Audio Recording.  We've looked at how devices record and play back sound, listened to some fun podcasts and had a go at planning, recording and editing our own.  Click on the files below to hear some examples of our Super Sound podcasts to find out what we have learned in Science.

We tried out the fun podcasts at Brains On - click here to listen to some of their amazing, but fun facts.

How the ear works! (J B J)

Did you know you can change volume...but how? (Z L T)

Timetables for Previous Weeks

 Sycamore Online Learning Grid (01.02.21).pdfDownload
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Guidance for following the Remote Learning Timetable

Weekly Timetable

The weekly timetable will help you structure your child's learning and is similar to the day in school. 

  • Any live lessons will be highlighted on the timetable in red. Access these lessons via the Teams calendar.
  • Some lessons will have a hyperlink that will take you to online learning or other activities. To access these you may need to download the timetable.  
  • Some lessons will show an LO (learning objective) under the title. Children are to write this, along with the date, on a fresh page of their book for each lesson. Blue book for maths and red book for everything else. 

Live Lessons on TEAMs

Please remind your child to enter the live lesson with their camera turned off and microphone on mute. They will have to wait to be admitted from the lobby by myself or Miss Beeching. Once the main teaching is complete the meeting will be ended to allow the children to begin their tasks. Please do not worry if your child misses the live learning, they will be recorded and saved on the appropriate channel in Teams.  

Resources on TEAMS

These can be downloaded and printed, or your child can view on the screen and write the answers in their book. Tasks on the worksheets are intended to be accessible to children of all abilities. The questions will be grouped in levels of challenge. Please do not panic if your child is unable to complete the more difficult challenges, just encourage them to do their best using the knowledge they have been taught.  

Learning by Questions (lbq)

Some tasks will be completed on an online platform called Learning by Questions. On the day of the lesson your child will receive a three letter code. They enter this code into the link below along with their name and begin the task. Myself or Miss Beeching will be monitoring your child's progress remotely as they progress through the task. As with the worksheets, the questions will grow more challenging as the task progresses.  Here is the link:  


Although reading lessons will be scheduled on the timetable each week, it would be extremely beneficial for them if they read at least times per week, logging it in their reading record if you can.  

On some comprehension tasks you will see the mnemonic VIPERS. This is related to the type of question being asked.

Vocabulary (the meaning of words in context)

Inference (using clues in the text to read between the lines)

Predict (make their own predictions)

Explain (explain how parts of a story link together)

Retrieve (find and copy words or pieces of information as they are in the text)

Sequence or summarise. (Put things in the correct order that they happened in the text, OR be able to briefly summarise the important parts of a story)

What to do if my child is struggling to engage with the timetabled work?

If your child is struggling to engage with any of the timetabled work firstly, please get in touch and I'll do all I can to help. I would highly recommend that you encourage your child to focus on the following on a regular basis:

1) Times Tables -  By the end of Year 4 children should know all the times tables up to 12 x 12.  There are some great resources available online to support this.  In class we use to regularly practise the multiplication check (random questions of all times tables), but the site also allows them to practise specific times tables.   Without a device practise them on paper first then verbally.               

2) Reading is one of the best things you and your child can do at home to support their reading and writing.  Take it in turns to read and talk about what you are reading.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a book, magazine or online. 

3) Writing - try and encourage your child to write a few sentences every few days;  keep a diary, play consequences to write a story. 

4) PE - The following links provide a weekly activity helping your child to keep active at home and to develop their sports skills:

PE with The Wright Way

Spiral PE for Years 3 & 4

The BBC also provide some useful videos on developing different skills which may interest your child (dance, balance, attack/defend etc)

BBC Teach Let's Get Active