Friday 10th May
For the last few weeks, we have been looking at fractions. We having been talking a lot about the idea that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. We have been reminding ourselves that the denominator in a fraction tells us how many equal parts our whole has been divided in to and the numerator tells us how many equal parts are being 'used'.
This week the homework is very practical. I would like the children to talk about fractions at home - find fractions of different things - they always enjoy cutting up food into equal parts and working out the fraction that has been eaten or the fraction that someone will get. I have put together some pictures on a word document to help with some ideas. If the children want to take pictures to share with the class that would be great!
Also on another note, year 3 spellings are now on the spelling page and they are now for both year 3 and 4 to learn.
Friday 3rd May
This weeks maths homework is to enjoy the bank holiday!
There are some spellings to learn for Wednesday on the spelling page - at this point in the year the children have covered all of the year 3 & 4 spellings so we have picked ones that are tricky to practise further.
Friday 5th April
This week's homework is on Education City. It is called 'Speedy Pete'. The children have to interpret a bar chart - there are 9 questions so it shouldn't take the children long to complete as I am sure at this point, nearing the end of term, they are all a bit tired.
Friday 29th March
This week, in maths, the children have been exploring, interpreting and creating pictograms and bar charts. In their brainbuilder books, they have pet survey data which has been partly completed. The children need to finish the tally, complete the pictogram (deciding on how many children one image represents) and then answer the questions to interpret the data.
Friday 22nd March
Over the last few week in maths, the children have been learning about money! This week's homework is a worksheet which has been stuck in their brainbuilder books. They need to calculate the amount of money shown which all children have proven to be very good at which is great! I have also saved some activities on Education City which the children had a go at during our maths lesson on Thursday - these are still available if they wanted to play some of them.
Friday 8th March
No homework set this week, only spellings which are under the year 3 and 4 spelling page.
Friday 29th February
In maths, twice a week, the children complete timestable club. There are different 'stages' within the club - it starts with 11 club which means the children are expected to correctly answer eleven multiplication or division questions in 5 minutes. Once they have got three sheets right on that club, they progress onto the next one which is 21 club (21 questions in 5 minutes) and so on all the way up to 100 club. Lots of children have been moving up recently so I have given each child two sheets in their Brainbuilder book so they can practise the club they are on at home.
It is really important we continually practise the multiplication and division facts as in year 4 the government are currently trialling a multiplication tables check in schools across the country. The multiplication tables check is designed to help ensure children in primary school know their times tables up to 12 off by heart.
Friday 8th February
This week, I am not setting any maths homework. The children will just need to learn the spellings for next weeks spelling challenge. It was great to see that more children had managed to access education city to practise adding and subtracting multiples of ten. This week, in our maths fluency sessions I have built in some practise of this as a few had mentioned to me they found it tricky bridging back through a 100. Every week, we do 3 fluency half-hour sessions to ensure the children have continued practise of the basic skills.
Friday 1st February
This week, I have set the homework on EducationCity - the children will have two activities which will give them chance to practise adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and multiples of 100. Please do let me know if you are having trouble accessing. I had a look at who had managed to complete the homework and there were quite a few pupils who didn't. If you are having a problem, just pop in to have a chat with me. Thanks Mrs Shoukry.
Friday 25th January
This week, we are continuing to focus on our timestables. I have put two games in the homework section on Education City which will get the children practising their division facts for the 3x, 4x and 8x table.
Friday 18th January
This week, I have had a go at setting some homework on Education City. All the children have received their passwords and they are stuck in their homelink books. In class, we have been learning our 8x table and we've been continuing to practise our 4x table. The children have deepened their understanding this week by completing some tricky problems. The homework this week is to complete two games which will allow them to continue their practise of these tables.
Friday 11th January
Happy New Year to everyone and I do hope you all had a lovely break with family and friends. This week in maths, the children have been focusing on multiplication and their four times table. In their brainbuilder book, the children have a sheet of 4x table multiplication questions to complete.
Friday 23rd November
This weeks homework builds on last weeks. The children have different calculations in their brainbuilder book which will involve them adding multiples of 10 to a 3 digit number. All the calculations will result in the tens crossing the 100 barrier (adding up to 100 or greater than). We have used base10 again this week and drawn visual representations for those that have needed it. Below is a picture of an example which shows how we have used the base10 to support in class. The larger squares represent 100, the lines represent 10 and the smaller square the units. Please ask your children to explain it to you.
Friday 16th November
In maths this week, the children have been adding and subtracting multiples of ten from a 3 digit number without crossing the 100 barrier. In their brain builder book there are some addition and subtraction calculations for the children to complete.
I have also put a support sheet together to show how in class we have used visual representations to support with their conceptual understanding :-).
Friday 9th November
This week, we have been practising our 4 x table again. Please can you support your child at home with practising this times table so that they are able to recall the facts quickly. It is also important that they can use these facts to work out the related division calculations. For example if they know 5 x 4 = 20 they also know 20 divided by 4 = 5. I have also been reiterating that multiplication is commutative which means 5 x 4 is the same as 4 x 5 so they could use their knowledge of their 5 x table to support them.
In their books, the children have a 4 x table board game and below are some instructions for a multiplication grid game that will support with the practising of their 4 x table.
Also, on a side note as it is getting colder please can you make sure that your children have warm clothes for P.E as we will be continuing outside. Jumpers, joggers, gloves, skins to go under shorts/t-shirts would be great in their P.E bag so that the children don't get cold. Thankyou.
Friday 19th October
Apologises for not getting this up on Friday! This week, in maths, the children have been finding 10 more or less than a number. For their homework this week they have a sheet in their brainbuilder books with some challenge questions on. Some children will be able to complete these in their head others may need to draw some base10 to support them. Below are some examples of how we have used base10 in class to support our understanding of finding ten more and ten less.
Friday 5th October
This week during maths the children have been looking at different representations of number and they have compared them using the language greater than and less than. This week, for homework, they need to use a dice to generate a three digit number - each number they roll with their dice they put into one of the squares in order to create the 3-digit number. Once they have done that, they then need to complete the statement by thinking of a number which is either greater than or less than the number generated with their dice.
Friday 28th September
We have continued practising our 3x table this week. The children have a 3x table activity sheet in their Brainbuilders to complete - there is a wordsearch and some 3x table calculations to complete.
Friday 21st September
For the last few weeks, our topic in Maths has been place value. This weeks homework is a 'Snakes and Ladders' game. We have looked at three digit numbers in maths and identified the value of each digit. For example, we've looked at a number such as 756 and discussed the fact that it is made up of 7 hundreds, 5 tens and 6 units. We have also discussed that the number is made up of the digits 7, 5 & 6 but the value of the 7 is 700, the value of the 5 is 50 and the value of the 7 is 7 units.
It would be great if the children could record the numbers they land on and the answers they gave to whoever they play against.
On another note, spellings this week are on the spelling page. We have the spelling challenge on a Wednesday. We are now in the swing of the spellings so please practise those that have been set - 21/9.
Friday 14th September
This week in maths we have been revisiting our three times table. In their books they have a 3 x table activity sheet to complete.
Homework will be sent out on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. Any questions about homework please just pop in and see me. Have a great weekend!
Friday 8th May
We are in the full swing of learning the songs for the play. This week the homework is to practise the songs at home. Mr Thomas has uploaded the songs to the year 4 homework page so you can listen to them there. Happy Singing!
Friday 18th May
This is the time of year when we prepare for the KS2 play. If you are interested in a part in the play, have a look at the script below. We will be casting the parts soon, learn the words and think about how you would say them and what actions would go with them. You can show us next week!
MISS REYNOLDS: It’s just another practice drill - we aren’t at war, despite what you may have heard. I want you all to get your gasmasks out. Quietly.
(They each pick up a cardboard box containing a gas mask.)
MISS REYNOLDS: Now take them carefully out of their boxes - no, no, Isobel, don't drag at it...you show her how to do it, Margaret, will you? Have we all
done that? Good. I want you to put them on...and let's see if
everyone can get it right this time. Wait a minute. Remember, chin in,
right in first, before you begin to pull the straps over your head. No
don't rush at it Eileen, take your time. Now, is everybody ready? I'll
tell you what I want you to do….
(She is interrupted by the caretaker, Mr Townsend entering the classroom with some good news for the children.)
MR TOWNSEND: Ah, Miss Reynolds. The ARP Warden sends his apologies, but he’s just testing the new air-raid siren. Apparently it’s all about to…..
MISS REYNOLDS: (Interrupting him.) Thank you Mr Townsend.
Friday 11th May
Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at finding fractions of quantities both non-unit and unit fractions. For homework this week, if you have access to a computer with the internet at home, go to Google, type in fraction bingo 7-11 year olds Topmarks (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=bingofractionsofamountsv3). The children can then choose which game to play. It is fun to play it against other people. Before starting the game, they will need to choose 5 numbers. Once the game starts they need to work out the fraction of each quantity and cross it off if they have it on their board. The first person to cross off all their numbers is the winner.
Friday 27th April
This week, can you please practise your times tables by playing the grid game. Choose a times table that you find tricky, want to learn or need to practise. Below are the instructions for how to play the game.
Friday 20th April
This week, in our maths lessons, the children have been learning about how to find unit fractions of a number. In their brain builders, they have a maze. They need to work out the fractions of the numbers to find the path through the maze. In class, we have been using the bar model to help visualise the whole number being divided into equal parts. Below is an example of how we have been finding the unit fractions during our lessons.
Friday 29th March
Happy Easter everyone! Over the next two weeks, your homework is to enjoy lots of chocolate. See you in the Summer Term.
Friday 16th March
This week, the children have been calculating the perimeter of 2D shapes. The children have a sheet in their Brainbuilder book to complete - can they calculate the perimeter of the shapes?
Friday 9th March
This week, we have been looking at money. The children have practised adding and subtracting money and they have calculated change. This week, for there homework, they need see how many different totals they can make using 3 different coins each time. How many solutions can they find? Can they work systematically to make sure they have found all the possible solutions?
Friday 16th February
Have a fantastic half-term break! See you all in a week.
Friday 9th February
For the last few weeks, the children have been learning how to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number using column multiplication. This week, the homework is a game. Below is a word document explaining how to play with an example of how we have been laying out column multiplication during our lessons. Everyone has been given some squared paper to support with laying out the calculation in the right columns.
The children have played this game in class so they should be able to teach you!
Friday 2nd February
The children have got their maths homework stuck in their brain builder books this week. We have discussed it during our basic maths session this afternoon. We are continuing to practise our multiplication. Please can the children do some extra practise of their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 times tables and if they are confident with those their 6,7 and 9s. We are moving on to division in maths and confident recall of the multiplication facts will support them. Also, some children are now on 37x and 55x in our times table club so quicker recall will support them with completing these in the 5 minutes.
Friday 26th January
We are continuing to practise our 8 x table so the children have each got a board game in their books to play for this weeks homework.
Friday 19th January
This week, the children have been learning their 8 x table in class. We have played a variety of games and discussed different strategies that will help us such as double three times to multiple by 8. We've also discussed that if we know our 2, 3, 4, 5, & 10 times table then we also know 2 x 8, 3 x 8, 4 x 8, 5 x 8 & 10 x 8 because we can use the times tables we already know because multiplication can be done in any order.
For homework this week, the children have the sheet below stuck into their homework books along with a multiplication square if they wanted it to help them. In class, we discussed and completed the first wheel together so they should be on the right track to complete the rest.
Friday 12th January
With the fun and excitement of our WOW afternoon creating Roman shields as part of our new topic, I forgot to hand out the homework. There will be some homework set this Friday the 19th January.
Friday 1st December
One of the curriculum objectives is for the children to be able to add and subtract hundreds from a 3 digit number so this weeks homework is just reinforcing what we have been practising in class.
Friday 24th November
The homework for this week is a game which the children haven't played before. It is called Strick It Out! The game gives the children an opportunity to practise simple addition in a fun context. I wonder who will stop their opponent from being able to move!
Friday 17th November
This weeks homework has been stuck into the children's books. How many different ways can they make 800 using multiples of 100.
Friday 10th November
This week the we have been learning a new method to help us work out addition calculations - 'Column Addition'. For your homework this week, you have a game to play called 'Closest to 1,000' which we played during our Maths lesson on Friday. Below are the instructions for the game:
The aim of the game is to get a number as close to 1,000 as possible. Each player rolls a 1-6 die and chooses where to put the digits in their grid. Once they have filled their grids then they add up their totals to see who has won.
It is the player who is closest to 1,000 who wins each round. In our lesson, we worked out how far each player was from 1,000 and recorded it as a sentence. In your Brainbuilder book, I have put in a piece of square paper so that you can carefully lay out the columns like we have been doing during our lessons.
Below is a picture showing how to do expanded column addition.
Friday 3rd November
We are busy cracking on with learning our 4x table and the related division facts. This week, the homework is a board game for you to play which will help you to practise your 4 x table in a fun way. You could make a 4 x table poster to help you when playing the game.
Friday 13th October
The children have either got a place value game to play or some riddles to solve. If you have the place value game, remember that when it asks you to write the number in expanded form it means partition the number. For example, if it was the number 245 the expanded form would be 200 + 40 + 5. I have included a sheet of numbers that can be cut out but you could also create some cards of your own if you wanted to.
Friday 6th October
This week, in maths, the children have been practising adding and subtracting multiples of ten from 3 digit numbers. In class, we have looked at the calculations and thought about how many tens are in the multiple of ten, which has helped us to think about how many tens we need to either subtract or add to the 3 digit number.
For your homework, there are different calculations that I want you to calculate. Have a go at explaining the strategy you have used to work them out.
Friday 29th September
This week the children have a sheet in their homework book. We have been looking at reading and writing numbers which links to their homework this week. I have included a sheet which will help the children spell the numbers in words.
Friday 22nd September
See the word document below for the homework. It is a game that the children have played during basic maths and they seemed to enjoy it a lot!
Friday 15th September
This week we have been looking at the value of the digits in numbers. For example, if we look at the number 321, the digits that make up the number are 3 2 1 and the value of the digits are 300 + 20 + 1 = 321. We have used place value charts and place value counters to help us partition the three digit number.
Below is a copy of the homework on a word document for this week. How many different numbers can the children make using the digits? Can they order them from largest to smallest? Are there any other observations the children can make about the numbers they have made? For example - even/odd, multiples of ...... etc.
Friday 8th September
The children have all gone home with their Brainbuilder book. This week their homework is to decorate their book however they would like. Please look at the spelling page as this has got the words for this half-term.
Friday 24th June
We are busy working towards our dress rehearsal next Thursday. This weekend, please practise the different songs from the play and your words if you are a narrator. It is going to be a great show!
Don't forget to practise the spellings too. Because we have had lots on this week with the 'Life Path' and 'Bell-boating', the children have an extra week to practise the spellings from last week's homework.
Friday 9th June
This week, in Maths, we have been looking at different angles and whether they are greater than or less than a right angle. The children have a worksheet to complete in their brainbuilders as well as a right angle checker to help them work out whether the angle is a right angle, an acute angle (less than a right angle) or an obtuse angle (greater than a right angle). They have used the angle checkers in class this week so they will be able to show you how to use them.
I have also attached a powerpoint below which explain the different angles.
Friday 26th May
If you would like a part in the play this year, practise these lines over the holidays. You will not be expected to learn the lines off by heart but just practise them and get into the character of either Rat or Mole. The auditions will take place in the afternoon on Monday 5th June.
Friday 19th May
With all the excitement of the concert this afternoon, Brain Builders were left at school! Have a lovely weekend everyone. See you on Monday.
Friday 12th May
This week, the children have a fraction problem to solve. To help them solve the problem, they could draw it in their book. Look carefully at how the square has been divided. I wonder whether you can generate any equivalent fractions.
Friday 5th May
This week, the children have been learning about adding and subtracting fractions. They have completed different problems and used the bar model and other resources to support them. In their books, they have a sheet with either a witch or a wizard on. They need to solve the addition or subtraction fraction calculations and work out which colour they need to use to colour the wizard or witch in. In the word document below, I have drawn an example to show how we used the bar model in class to work out the calculations.
Friday 28th April
Have a go at the two problems below for homework this week.
Friday 7th April
Enjoy your Easter break. Please revise Year 3 and 4 Spelling lists.
Homework 31st March
This week, the homework is similar to a problem we have tackled in class together. You may want to complete this problem practically with chocolates or draw pictures to visualise it.
Remember - the bar model will help you calculate the fractions and don't forget if it is a non-unit fraction you need to complete two steps to solve it.
Jack has 24 chocolates.
On Friday, he ate 1/4 (one quarter) of the chocolates and gave two to his mum.
On Saturday, he ate 3/4 (three quarters) of the remaining chocolates and gave one to his dad.
On Sunday, he ate 1/3 (one third) of his chocolates. How many did he have left?
What fraction of his starting number was this?
Homework 24th March
We've enjoyed another week of fractions. On Wednesday, the children even used Smarties in their fraction lesson! For your homework this week, have a look at the squares below. How many ways are you able to divide them into quarters? (The sheet is in the brain builder book for the children).
We have continued to work on our fractions this week. Have a go at the problem below. Remember to draw a clear diagram and explain your thinking.
1 - Susie ate one quarter of a cake. Dinah ate half of what was left. Amarah ate the rest of the cake. Draw a diagram to show how much each of the girls ate.
The children have got a problem to solve this week which will involve them using their 3 times and 4 times tables.
Mia has £17. She wants to buy some cakes and chocolates. Cakes cost £3 and chocolates cost £4. How many different combinations of cakes and chocolates could she buy?
Try and work systematically
Show your solutions clearly
Think - when do you know when you have found all the different solutions?
Laugh lots and enjoy your half-term! See spellings on Spellings page of website.
For the last 3 weeks, we have been learning about time. The children have either a board game to play or some time problems to solve.
The children have been learning all about time. Reading time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock and a digital, learning to solve time problems and becoming familiar with time vocabulary. This weeks homework they have a paragraph of writing with some gaps - can they place the correct time word into the gaps?
Using the time words, they can then have a go at writing their own paragraph.