Mike Forde, a teacher and parent, has written a book to help children in coming to terms with not attending school. You can download a copy of it here to download and share with your children:
4L are taught by Miss S. Mansha firstname.lastname@example.org
4P are taught by Mrs S. Chishti (replacing Miss Mehreen) email@example.com
Homework for the following 2 weeks beginning 20/04/20
Homework for weeks beginning 4/5/20 and 11/5/20
Homework weeks beginning 18/5/20 and 1/6/20
Homework for Week Beginning 8/6/20 and 15/6/20
Homework weeks beginning 22/6/20 and 29/6/20
CONTACT DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE
During this challenging time, we would like to reassure parents that we are doing all we can to support you and your children. Hopefully, all of you will have received some form of contact from your child's teacher in the past week (via email, via online homework apps, or by phone). If not, please do get in touch with the teacher using the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We aim to contact each family at least once every two weeks, but feel free to email at any time if you need any help with any work.
There are new tasks regularly being set on Bug Club, My Maths, and Purple Mash, as well as the packs which were sent home when school closed. There will also be resources added to this page regularly.
Take care and stay safe!
Year 4 Teachers
Homework for weeks beginning 6/7/20 and 13/7/20
V E Day - 75th Anniversary
Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin on April 30th, 1945, as Russian soldiers were capturing the capital city of the Third Reich. A week later, on May 7th, German forces surrendered to the Allies and the war in Europe came to an end. Soldiers on both sides laid down their arms. In the east though, the fighting continued and the war against Japan did not come to an end until August 1945. By then the Second World War had lasted almost six years. It had cost millions of lives and destroyed families, cities and towns. The day after the German surrender, May 8th, was named V-E Day, short for Victory in Europe Day. Celebrations were planned throughout Britain and in many other European countries, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway. Some of these countries named May 8th as Liberation Day as their countries had been occupied by the Nazis during the conflict. This year the event will be celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary.
V-E Day was declared a national holiday. Offices, factories and shops closed and most people spent the day celebrating all over the country. Many of the celebrations centred on London, where large crowds gathered throughout the day in places like Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and The Mall (the wide road leading to Buckingham Palace). Smaller cities, towns and villages also staged their own celebrations. There was singing and dancing in the streets, parties, bonfires, firework displays and public houses were allowed to stay open longer selling drinks. Popular songs by singers like Vera Lynn and Al Bowlly included ‘I’ll be Seeing You’ and ‘There’ll Always be an England’. There was dance music from the Glenn Miller Band and patriotic tunes like ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘The National Anthem’. Everywhere was a sea of red, white and blue trimmings, bunting and flags. It was estimated that a crowd of fifty thousand people crammed into Piccadilly Circus where a massive party went on until midnight.
Royalty and politicians:
During the day, members of the Royal Family, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, appeared several times on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to large crowds gathered outside. Later the two princesses are said to have gone down outside the palace and mixed with the crowds, most of whom did not realise who they actually were. The Royal Family had stayed in London during the war despite the bombing. In a radio broadcast, King George praised his people’s endurance and called for a lasting peace. “Let us remember those who have laid down their lives. We have come to the end of our tribulation and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing,” he said. Also appearing to wave to the crowds was the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He also spoke to the people in a broadcast. He told people from the balcony, “This is your victory”, but they shouted back at him, “No it’s yours”. Churchill said later that life after the war would always be an anti-climax for him.
People on the move:
Millions of people, not only in Britain, were on the move once the war came to an end. Some five million British men and women, who had served in the army, navy and air force, were ‘de-mobbed’ (short for demobilisation) in stages and were able to return home to civilian life. Many men were meeting their children who they had not seen before. Children who had been evacuated to the countryside from London during the worst of the bombing were able to return home ready to start school, if it was still standing. All over Europe many refugees, including former prisoners of war, had to gathered into displaced persons camps until new homes could be found for them. Some wanted to return to the homes they had before the war while others looked for a new start somewhere else. Several organisations were set up including the International Refugee Organisation (1946) to try to solve the problem but it was a long and difficult job and it was not until 1960 that the last displaced persons camp was closed.
Rationing and food:
Once the fighting had come to an end, it became easier for food and other goods to be brought into Britain by ship. Even so, certain items continued to be rationed – that is shared out equally so that non-one had an unfair advantage or started to stockpile goods. Rationing continued for a long time after V-E Day and the system did not come to an end until 1954. Food items that were in particularly short supply included meat, butter, sugar and tea. Even bread was rationed for a short time after the war and it was a long time before tropical fruits like bananas began to appear in the shops. It was not until 1953 that sugar supplies returned to normal and this provided a boost for confectioners making chocolate and sweets. People who lived in the country were often better off than those living in towns because they were closer to fresh supplies of fruit, vegetables and eggs. Men leaving the armed forces were often provided with a free ‘de-mob suit’ as clothing was still rationed. Petrol was in short supply and only provided for essential vehicles.
Time to build:
It has been estimated that over half million homes had been destroyed or damaged in Britain during the war. In large cities, like London, bombing (usually called the Blitz) had been intense. Large areas had to be cleared of rubble before new housing could to begin. Many people had to share facilities or live in temporary accommodation until new homes could be found for them. One positive was that it did provide the opportunity to replace old properties with newer ones. In some large cities, tower blocks were built containing large numbers of flats. New towns were developed around London. These towns were built for families, for example, Hemel Hempstead, Harlow and Stevenage. Until they could be resettled, some families lived in ‘pre-fabs’ short for pre-fabricated houses. These were erected quickly from large concrete panels fixed to a concrete base. Some 156 000 were put up during 1946-1947. It was also important that new areas of housing also included green spaces with parks and playing fields.
Back to work:
Britain may have come out the Second World War on the winning side, but war is costly and by 1945 the country was heavily in debt. Loans of money were made by the United States and taxation was high to help rebuild housing and get business moving again. Some men from the armed forces were able to return to their old jobs which had been done so well by women while they were away fighting. Following V-E Day, Britain elected a Labour Party government under Clement Atlee. Their motto was, “Now we have won the war, help us to win the peace”. They promised to stamp out want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness. It put key industries like gas, coal, electricity, iron and steel and services, like the railways, under government control (nationalisation). They also started the National Health Service which provided free medical help for all those who needed it. In a new Education Act, the school leaving age was raised to fifteen.
Europe and beyond:
After V-E Day, world leaders like Stalin (USSR), Churchill/Atlee (Britain) and Truman (United States) held meetings to decide what would happen to Germany. It was decided the country should be split into four zones run by France, Britain, the USSR and the United States. Berlin remained the capital city but it was in the Russian sector so was split into two parts, east and west with a border between. The arrangement continued until 1949, when Germany split into two parts, West Germany (supported by the wartime Allies) and East Germany (aligned with the USSR). In the same year many of the countries involved in the war joined to form the United Nations Organisation (UN). It was hoped that countries meeting and talking together would help to prevent another major world war from breaking out. The organisation is now based in New York. When the UN was formed, some countries in eastern Europe formed their own group under the dominance of the USSR, called the Warsaw Pact. Churchill said at the time it was if an ‘Iron Curtain’ had come down across the middle of Europe, dividing east and west. There was then a period known as ‘The Cold War’, so named as both groups were afraid of fighting each other because of the powerful weapons they had.
On V-E Day some restaurants and cafes laid on special menus to celebrate the day. Ask children to research and think up their own special meals for the event. They could even try them out with their families at home! Remind them that rationing was still in operation so things like meat, butter and sugar were scarce. Main meals might include corned beef hash, sausage and mash, liver casserole (offal was easier to get), and dishes like the Woolton Pie and the Homity Pie. These were pies made with vegetables like onions, leeks, carrots, swede and parsnips and covered with either potato or cheese topping. Jelly or a cake made without eggs might make a good dessert.
There were rumours that the two princesses, Elizabeth (the current queen) and her sister Margaret left Buckingham Palace and mingled with the crowd in The Mall on the evening of V-E Day. Ask children to describe what they saw when they were out and about, who they spoke to and what activities they joined in. Did anyone recognise them or did they manage to remain incognito? How did they manage to disguise themselves? Did they feel safe in such a large crowd? The incident features in the film The Royal Night Out, which was released several years ago.
Ask your children to plan a street party (you could have it in the classroom when schools reopen). Any street party will need music for singing and dancing. Find out more about the popular music that would have been used in V-E Day celebrations. Favourite singers would have included Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters, Doris Day, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and there were well-known bands run by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Joe Loss. Look out for national songs like Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia and the ‘pop’ songs of the day like We’ll Meet Again, Swinging on a Star, Moonlight Becomes You and It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow. Favourite dances were versions of swing including the jive, the jitterbug and the Lindy hop.
Thousands of small temporary pre-fabricated houses were built after 1945 to replace bomb damaged properties. They were nicknamed ‘People’s Palaces’. Challenge children to draw a sketch plan of one of these homes. It would need a small entrance porch, front door and back door, a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. There would also be a small garden. Models of the lay-out of the pre-fabs could also be constructed using sections of thick card, with small items of furniture to go inside and wall decorations added.
Read with children selected extracts from several fictional stories that relate the plight of young refugees struggling to survive in war-torn Europe during and after the Second World War. Titles recommended would be I Am David by Anne Holm, The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailier, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Last Train from Kummersdorf by Leslie Wilson and Pied Piper by Neville Shute. How do children think they would have coped in such situations?Extend the study of V-E Day by asking children to find out more about what happened in Britain and Europe immediately following the end of the Second World War. For example:
- Who won the General Election in August 1945?
- Who became Prime Minister then? What was the Beveridge Report?
- Who started the National Health Service?
- What does it mean to ‘nationalise’ an industry?
- What happened in Germany after V-E Day?
- Why was the United Nations formed?
- What was the Warsaw Pact? When was Germany divided into two countries?
- What was the Berlin Wall?
- What is meant by the term Iron Curtain?
- What happened during The Cold War?
Note: The first Bank Holiday in May this year has been moved to Friday May 8th to coincide with the 75th anniversary of V-E Day.
"How to NOT go to School: Parsley Mimblewood Saves The World" Downloadable Book
Learn to "Draw with Rob"
Rob Biddulph, an award-winning author/illustrator (official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020), has released some great draw-along lessons for children and adults. The past ones are available on his website and he posts new ones every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am.
Go onto the BBC website and choose a different piece of music to listen to each week. Follow the links to find out more about the composer, the time they lived and listen to the other piece of music that is suggested as a contrast.
Think of how the music makes you feel. Have you heard the music before? You might have listened to it at school, or it might have been used in a film or an advert. Which of the pieces do you like best? Think about why you like, or don't like, about a particular piece. Think of a special occasion and imagine that you have been asked to compose a piece of music for it; which instruments would you choose to use and why?
Let Miss Twaite know your top 3 choices with the reason you have chosen them by 1st of June and she will put together a Ladypool Lockdown Top 10. Please email her at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to HUNDREDS of CHILDREN'S audiobooks FOR FREE
With the majority of schoolchildren across the UK now learning from home, Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free, which it says will be available 'for as long as schools are closed'.
Books include Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh and Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter.
BBC BITESIZE DAILY LESSONS
You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more. A great way to support your child's home schooling. Who wouldn't want Sir David Attenborough to teach them geography?
FUN HISTORY LESSONS FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Greg Jenner, one of the Horrible Histories team, presents fun history lessons on Radio 4 for all the family. Full of facts and jokes, the series brings to life a whole range of historical topics.
ONLINE PE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING WITH JOE WICKS
Every weekday at 9.00 am, Joe Wicks (aka 'The Body Coach') is live-streaming a 30-minute PE class on his YouTube channel for free. If you can't tune in then, don't worry – you can watch them back whenever you want.
If your children are getting restless, this is a great way to get them burning off some energy while they're stuck indoors, and a fun way to start the day if you're home-schooling.
Free National Theatre performances, incl Treasure Island
The National Theatre is releasing full-length performances for you to stream on YouTube, every Thursday, and available to watch for seven days.
The current show is a production of the children's classic Treasure Island (until Thursday 23 April), then it's Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. See the National Theatre website for full details.
Free meditation via the Calm app
This popular meditation app normally cost £50-£60/year for a subscription, but they've released free content specifically to help those struggling with anxiety and stress at this time.
Calm is offering 'soothing meditations', a 'calm masterclass', 'calm kids' and mindfulness resources. They're available via its website – see Calm's free content.
Step-by-step guide for parents for my maths login
New Weekly Resources on Purple Mash
Purple Mash are adding weekly activities to their website for children and parents to access for free.
Daily Literacy Challenges
LitFilmFest has launched daily writing projects and challenges, suitable for KS2 children. Go to their website to access them: https://litfilmfest.com/home-learning/daily-videos/
Hola!! Early morning Spanish practise. We have two Spanish exchange students who are spending time at our school. The children get the opportunity to learn some Spanish, which they really enjoy.