Below is a copy of the Year 4 Home Learning task sheet given out on Friday 12th April.
Year 4 Home Learning Activities – Summer Term
During the summer term we will be learning about many different types of disaster, such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes. We will be finding out: how immensely powerful these forces are; how they impact upon all our lives; and how humans have, for thousands of years, tried to control the environment to limit the damage they wreak.
Listed below are a range of activities for you to complete by Monday 24th June when you should bring in a presentation piece, displaying all of your work attractively. You will then share this final piece with the class and give a short verbal presentation about what you did and how you completed the tasks. We are happy to supply any paper that is required.
The items listed in the compulsory section MUST be completed.
You must then also complete at least 2 tasks of your choice from the optional list. There is a total of eight pieces over a period of ten school weeks to allow you to complete the tasks to a high standard. Two of your compulsory written pieces of work may be produced on a computer if you wish.
As you complete a task you will need to keep it carefully at home but tick off that task against your name on the class monitoring sheet.
These activities are in addition to your weekly maths, spelling, reading and times tables home learning tasks.
We really look forward to seeing the amazing results of your home learning and hope you enjoy completing it! We hope to share this work in a display to be held on Friday 28th June.
Optional (Choose at least 2)
· Draw and label a map showing flood risk areas in the UK. You will need to draw an accurate map of the UK, label major cities and rivers, use specific colours to show areas that are at risk of flooding. You could use different colours to show different levels of risk and predict where a future flood might happen.
· Research into the volcanic eruption which covered Pompeii and Herculaneum 2000 years ago. Imagine you are a Roman survivor and write a diary extract explaining what happened, what you saw and how you felt.
· Write a letter asking for help! Imagine you have just survived a natural disaster. You might be homeless, hungry, thirsty and tired. Many other people will be in the same situation as you. You will need to write a passionate letter to an important person requesting aid. You could include how you feel and what others around look like, what your home was like before and what it’s like now.
· Write an information sheet/report about a natural disaster which has occurred in the last ten years.
· Design your own first aid kit especially for natural disasters. Your kit must only have 10 items and they all have to fit into a lunchbox-sized carrier. You could however, include some small very high-tech equipment. Remember you don’t know which natural disaster might strike so your kit must be designed to help in any situation!
· Imagine you are in control of a country and one of your cities has just been hit by a natural disaster! People are looking to you for orders – what should happen first, second, third etc. You must prioritise (put in order of importance) everything that must be done to save the survivors. You could think about what is most important to people (water, shelter, food?), how will you tell the rest of the country?
· Make a model of a volcano.
· Draw, paint or make a collage depicting a natural disaster.
· If you could rescue only 10 items from your house what would they be? Write a list and draw and label your items explaining why you would rescue them.
· Design a poster giving advice on what to do if your house is at risk from flooding.
· Find out about the Beaufort scale and draw pictures to represent each level on the scale.
· Challenge: Write an informative newspaper report about a natural disaster of your choice. You will need to research a specific natural disaster event and report on it. Your report could include: facts about the disaster, impact on peoples lives, interviews with people who survived, information for the reader about what to do if it happens again. (Year 4 will be learning about newspaper reports in the weeks beginning 3.6.13, 10.6.13 and 17.6.13).
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Remember to supervise your child when using the internet and keep them safe.