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Year 4 Holiday Challenges

This is an update to the Easter page for the Whit break. We've left the dance challenge on, because it is AWESOME. We are also putting a gallery up of some of the fabulous things you are doing, so keep sending photos! I'll be checking every day. We've put up the first of the holiday up: Mia's Lava Lamp experiement: it looks INCREDIBLE. We've also uploaded some of your other creative activities over the last two months - some rainbows and some garden art. laughheart

Ruby and Eve's dance challenge, which Mrs C and Alfie have already completed is shown below. If you want the music for it, the song is Blinding Lights by The Weeknd.

Fun things you might like to do at Half Term.

Art   Rob Biddulp http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob. He’s a book author and illustrator and he does a video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, but he’s been doing it a while so there a lot of videos already up for you to see at any time. He’s awesome! Watch the first one so you know how to follow the drawings and pause it after every step, then just pick any you fancy doing.  I love number 18 the Unicorn. Number 20, the rainbow whale is awesome too. He has also done Sonic and a Racing Car and ALL sorts.

More Art - Oak national academy aren’t doing lessons at half term – instead they have links to some fun activities and ideas.  For example, if you go to their Art Club, you will find links to a number of lessons. Some say Secondary, but you could still watch the video and have a go. There are some amazing artists in Year 4, and you can have a go at all the art sessions you like  https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club/art-club  The activities seem to change, as some that were there the first time I looked have been changed for others now. Keep an eye on them! Also go back to the lessons and find art ones and do ones you like, whatever age they are for. Art is ageless!

Cooking - BiteBack2030 is a charity that teach children how to make their own healthy and affordable food. I live opposite someone who works for them, and I was amazed to see them on Oak Academy site too!  It’s a small world. There are 5 recipes on there at the moment – fancy making chicken goujons or your own burgers?  https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club/bite-back-2030 

The Scouts have some great primary aged activities on the Oak national academy site too. Fancy making miniature rafts for your lego men in the bath or paddling pool? What about making pennies shiny again (extra tip – try fizzy drinks too. You know what they do to your teeth. What do you think they do to coins?). Do you fancy making cornflour gloop / slime?  How about a leaf animal collage? https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club/scouts

Mr Stink film is on BBC iPlayer if you’d like to watch it. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0118z9z/mr-stink 

Michael Rosen is one of our favourite poets, watch him read some of his own poems here: https://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/videos/   

David Walliams is reading some of his books over here a couple of chapters at a time https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ but you need to keep up to date – they are only on for a week.

St Monica’s Challenge – you can still access this and keep trying to complete them all.  https://www.stmonicasprimary.co.uk/warrington/primary/stmonicas/site/pages/classes/stmonicaschallenge

Science and Computing  If you fancy some hands-on Science and Computing, try Dr Chips: https://drchips.weebly.com/  He does these ‘live’ on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, but again there are a lot of them already there in the ‘Past Doses’ section here https://drchips.weebly.com/past-doses.html.

How about learning to identify birds? The RSPB have a fabulous site that’s really easy to use https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

Make a miniature garden out of things from your own garden in a box. Mrs R did that at your exact age, I used moss for grass and a little container to be a tiny pond, and twigs from trees to pretend to be real trees. It’s like making a dolls house but it’s a garden, and you use living things. It can be an ‘alive one’ where you carefully plant small plants with roots and keep it watered, or it can be one using picked leaves and flowers, more like art, that will wither after a few days – but not before you have taken a lovely photo of it! You can make lego houses or huts from twigs or wood or cardboard to make you garden more like a real garden, just tiny.

The Wildlife Trusts  have a 30 Days Wild scheme for June, where you do one ‘wild’ thing a day every day for the month of June. You can find out more about it here  https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/57739/petition/1. Sign up and they send you an email with everything you need to do it.

Lots of ideas form the National Trust are here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/for-families

The Woodland Trust has 10 Nature activities to do during lockdown https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

National Geographic Kids   https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Lots of quizzes and information on here about the oceans, other places and geography in general including volcanoes!

Minecraft education has a lot of resources here:  https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons/

Touch typing:  Use BBC Dance Mat, cover your hands with a clean tea towel, and see if you can catch up to Violet in touch-typing speed and accuracy. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Discovery espresso python   Python is a coding language used in real life, not just in schools!

If you find the coding that we do in school super-easy, you might want to challenge yourself to learn Python. Espresso coding have a python section – try following the lessons at home yourself.  They follow the same pattern as the coding we do already, with the MAN ( I never did find out his name) in the videos and then tasks to do. https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/coding/lessons.html#/python/units 

Premier Sports Education have dance and sport videos here for you to watch and then master. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Premier+Education


Build a nature resource in your garden – you could make a hedgehog heap like Sophia has done, or a tiny pond in an old Tupperware box (you might need to top it up sometimes). You’d be surprised how many insects have a larval stage in water. It will soon get some interesting things in there, especially if you put some moss around the edges, dipping under the water a bit and some pebbles at the bottom. Or you could make a bug hotel or go on a bug hunt around the garden. How many can you find?

Lists of ideas from newspapers etc: I haven’t checked these all out – ask a grown-up to check them for you

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52227592 - this is 100 activity ideas and comes from the Scouts again, via Newsround.

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/adventures-at-home/for-ages-7-10/  And not to be outdone, here is the guides and brownies ideas page







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