Monthly Archives: April, 2020

Friday 24th April 2020 Home Learning

Hello everyone!

We hope you are keeping  healthy, staying safe and are happy during this crazy time. At least the sun is shining! For the children we have called this week, it has been lovely catching up with you and hearing all about the fantastic home learning that is taking place. If you haven’t got a call from us yet, don’t worry you will very soon.  Us year 4 teachers have been busy working hard in and out of school, but we have also enjoyed the lovely sun in the garden and we’ve been brushing up on our baking skills! The year 4 team really miss seeing your lovely smiles, but hopefully it won’t be much longer until we see you again. In the meantime, keep up with the good work and now you have the chance to choose one piece of your best work each week and you can send them to us to see. Just send the picture to your teacher’s email. We can’t wait to see your excellent work! (Miss Jackson-Nash – Year 4) (Miss Honeywell – Year 4)

Reading comprehension

Last term, as you know we were studying traditional tales and exploring the different themes and conventions that they held. For example both Peter Pan and Robin Hood held similar themes such as ‘Good vs. Evil/ damsel in distress’

First reading task: What different themes and conventions are normally found in Traditional tales?

For your second reading task, we would like you to chose two traditional tales and complete the table below.

Traditional Tales Similar Themes and conventions Different themes and conventions.









Challenge: Can you discuss and write down a time where you can relate to any of these themes and conventions? For example have you ever stood up against evil? Have you ever over come your fear? Have you ever been the ‘damsel in distress’? Is there anyone in your life that is like a hero?

In addition, please continue to read 20-30 minutes daily. Try and read a range of texts too.


Writing activity

As a birthday treat geologist Dorothy Stoffel, was taken by her husband Keith, who was also a geologist, in a plane over Mount St Helens. Dorothy was overwhelmed and in awe of the huge mountain and its crater, until it started to shake and segments of the mountain began to fall. She realised she was flying over an erupting volcano!

This is a photo that Dorothy took from the Aeroplane as the Volcano started to erupt!

For your writing task this week, imagine you are Dorothy. Write a recount of the events that happened. Be creative! You could write this as a diary entry, a newspaper interview, a letter to warn people not to fly over volcanoes!

Be sure to use: dramatic language, conjunctions (as a result, consequently, whenever, which) and use your 5 w’s to help you add detail (who, what, when, where, why).


This week, we would like you to revise the following Y3/4 spelling homophones from our list:

Too  two  to  main  mane  weight  wait  ate  eight

Pick one of the following strategies, to practise your words: silly sentences, spelling stair case or spelling spirals. Now draw each word.

Please note: for those working on Y2 common exception words, use the following online ‘Bouncing Anagram’ game (use ‘single player’ mode).



To consolidate our learning on dividing numbers by 1, 10, 100, watch the video on bitesize. Then using a dice, roll a 3, 4 or five digit number.

Then divide the number by 1, 10 and 100 (can you challenge yourself and divide it by 1000?)

  • When you divide by 1 the answer stays the same. 21 ÷ 1 = 21
  • When you divide by 10, move all the digits one place to the right. 210 ÷ 10 = 21
  • When you divide by 100, move all the digits two places to the right. 2100 ÷ 100 = 21

Make your own place value grid to help you. Think about what place values you need. What if your number becomes a decimal?


Can you divide numbers to create a decimal (for example 7 ÷ 100 = )

What did you notice? How could you change the number?

Remember that sumdog, times tables rockstars and My Maths have also been updated with activities.


As we already know, animals are categorised into predators, prey, producers.  We also know it is very important that there remains a balance in the food chain otherwise it may affect animals further up the food chain (for example, if there was no grass, the rabbits would not have anything to eat, which would then affect the foxes).

Your science task this week is to fill out the worksheet to consolidate your learning.

(Image of worksheets below. Apologies for those experiencing problems with the website. Hopefully the link above will now work)

Once you have completed the sheet- Can you create your own food chain model. Here are some ideas of how you can make this…



On Tuesday 28th April,  Author  Robin Price will be reading Beowuff  on the following site – This is an excellent resource that follows our topic theme of Anglo-Saxons.

These workshops will provide your child with lots of learning opportunities such as;

Listen to an author, learn how to plan their own stories, show different techniques to start their own gripping story, to learn more about a historical period and participate in fun quizzes.

Anglo-Saxon Viking theme with readings of Beowuff by Robin Price suitable for ages 8+

Download the workshop materials before:


Music (Mrs Sumba)  

Steve Reich and Music for 18 Musicians.

Go to the website below and watch Naomi Wilkinson’s video about Steve Reich. Try to answer her questions and join in with the activities she sets.


Can you create your own short rhythmic pattern (motif?)

What could you play it on?

Can other people in your family create their own and can you play them at the same time?


Art (Mrs Pearson)

Art Challenge: UNDER THE SEA

The title for your art this week is ‘Under the Sea’.  This can take the form of a drawing, a painting, a sculpture,  a collage or anything else that you would like to create. As always, I’m sure you will impress me with your creativity!

Here are some ideas

However, if this doesn’t appeal to you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.

Please email your artwork to me:

Thank you

Keep creating and keep safe!



Design and Technology:

Before the schools shut, Year 4 was planning on opening their own St Peters Subway to make and serve a friend a sandwich.

We tested and evaluated different deli products, understood the nutrition food gave and designed a sandwich for a friend by listening carefully to what they liked. Once the children had designed their product, we then went through how to make this sandwich, what tools we would need and how to stay safe in the kitchen. We were all ready to go, but unfortunately the schools shut. So your task this week is to combine all these skills help create something in the kitchen. This could be a sandwich, wrap, pitta, baked goods or a lunch time meal! Take a photo of your masterpiece and annotate it with the skills you used!


STEM – family activity:

The activity: Make objects move without touching them by charging them with static electricity. ExpeRiment: with different objects to see how static electricity affects them. Learn about charged particles like electrons and how things gain or lose charge. – for a video clip about the experiment and a full version of the activity information sheet.

What you will need:

  • A balloon • A cotton towel or T-shirt or a woolly jumper • Some scrap paper • A paper/plastic drinking straw (optional) • An empty 500ml plastic drinks bottle (optional) • A hard plastic comb or ruler (optional) • Other household objects to test.

What to do:

  • Charge up a balloon and try picking up scraps of paper with it.
  • Investigate whether the amount you rub the balloon affects how much paper it can pick up.
  • Investigate whether the size of the scraps of paper makes a difference.
  • Find out how close you have to be to the paper before the balloon makes it move.
  • Try bending a stream of water like Hector does in the video.
  • Try balancing a straw on top of a bottle lid and seeing if you can make it spin like in the video.
  • Find out which objects are attracted to the charged up balloon and which are repelled by it.
  • Try holding a charged balloon near your hair or your skin.

Going Further:

Try rolling an empty soft drink can along the ground using a charged up balloon

Try lighting up a fluorescent lightbulb with a charged up balloon – as described here:

Try tying two balloons to strings and seeing if you can charge them up with static electricity then hang them up so they repel each other.

Read more about static electricity MoreStaticScience


Friday 17th April 2020 Home Learning

Reading comprehension

Please see the Guided Reading pack, attached below. We would like you to read through the ‘Enormous Eruptions’ article and then have a go at the retrieval and ‘vipers’ questions on the following page. Watch out! They are tricky

Enormous Eruptions Guided Reading

  • For those who do separate work for Guided Reading, please see the ‘Song of the Seasons’ activity card, attached below. Read through with an adult first before having a go at the tasks…

Song of the Seasons Activity Card

In addition, please continue to read 20-30 minutes daily. Try and read a range of texts too.


Writing activity

Below is a link to a picture of a tsunami. To continue our learning on complex sentences and subordinate clauses, use the photo and story to create your own conjunction sentences that describe what happened during this natural disaster. Try the conjunctions: because, although, whenever, as a result, consequently, since.

Challenge: could you write from the point of view of one of the car passengers? For instance: Whenever the waves crashed down beside us, several jets of salty water had sprayed across our car windows.



This week, we would like you to revise the following Y3/4 spelling homophones from our list:

there     their    they’re    write    right     reign    rain

Pick one of the following strategies, to practise your words: silly sentences, clapping syllables or spelling spirals. Now draw each word.


Please note: for those working on Y2 common exception words, use the following online ‘Bouncing Anagram’ game (use ‘single player’ mode).



To consolidate our learning on multiplication, division and the inverse, please click the ‘x and ÷’ tab on the weblink below, for a fun game to make related number facts. How big can you make your fact family?


Here is an example…

4 x 3 = 12       3 x 4 = 12      12 = 4 x 3

12 ÷ 3 = 4       12 ÷ 4 = 3      4 = 12 ÷ 3


Challenge: What if one of your numbers was ten times bigger? How would your answer change? Can you represent each fact on a bar model? For a challenge, select ‘2 to 12 times tables’. If it’s tricky, try ‘2 to 5 times tables’ on the website.


Remember that sumdog, times table rockstars and My Maths have also been updated with activities.



To recap our learning on animals including humans, use the website below to have a go at creating your own hybrid creature! Label each part of the body in your books and describe how your creature has been adapted to live in one of the following habitats…

Desert     Rainforest   Mountain   City

When you are ready, have a go at the game! Don’t forget to read the ‘how to play’ instructions first, to help your new creature to survive…


Family STEM activity – Miss Stapley

Fizzy Bottle Rockets

Click on the links below to view a video and download the information sheet:


Questions to ask children:

When the tablet is put in the glass of water – what do you think is in the bubbles?

Where do you think the bubbles are coming from?

What do you think would happen if we used more than one tablet? Why?

What do you think would happen if we used warm water? Why?


Before making rocket:

What do you think will happen if we put some tablets and water in this bottle and close the lid? Why?

What things could we change to make the rocket go higher?


Going further:

Experiment with different sizes of bottle and different combinations of water and tablets to find out what combination gives you the highest flying rocket.

  • Does it matter how many tablets you use?
  • What about if you break the tablets into smaller pieces?
  • How does the temperature of the water affect things?
  • Watch a flame powered bottle rocket:
  • Learn more about propulsion by building a balloon powered car:



Now that we have been learning about lots of earthquakes and volcanoes, can you make your own set of Natural Disaster Top Trump cards to play with your family? Use the link below to help. You could include information about your favourite volcanoes and earthquakes that we have studied. For more of a challenge can you include some of the following natural disasters and research them to find out more?

hurricane     tsunami      tornado      storm

 Natural Disaster Top Trump cards


Religious Education – Miss Honeywell

As part of your RE learning and reflection upon Easter, we would like you to complete ONE of the following activities, in order to develop your knowledge of this special time in the Church calendar…

  • Design your own Easter Egg and include as many symbols for new life as you can!
  • Create a comic strip cartoon of the key events that took place in the Easter story.
  • Write a journal that includes the thoughts and feelings of Mary and the disciples, when they had discovered the empty tomb.
  • Draw your own Good Friday crucifix and fill it with prayers for Jesus, as well as those around the world who have been working hard and making sacrifices for the good of others.
  • Make a prayer station at home, for moments of peaceful reflection. Choose an Easter prayer as part of your worship, from
  • Build your own Easter word search and include as many religious key words as you can, e.g. Resurrection, Sacrifice, Miracle, New Life, Tomb.
  • Decorate your own Easter postcard with a Biblical image. Record your own Happy Easter message and spread the Good News to one of your friends!


Music – Mrs Sumba

Musical Trailblazers – Delia Derbyshire and Doctor Who

Go to the website below and watch Segun Akinola’s video about Delia Derbyshire.

Why was she a musical trailblazer?

Can you use everyday objects to recreate the Doctor Who theme tune?

Challenge-can you play around with your sounds and find a way to record them?


Art Home Learning – Mrs Pearson

The title for your art this week is ‘NEW LIFE’.  You can be as creative as you like.  It could be a drawing of yourself as a baby,  a baby animal made out of kitchen roll tubes, a photograph of a tree with buds, an Andy Goldsworthy inspired piece of art made out of natural things in your garden or when you have been on a walk.  Impress me with your creativity!

Please email your artwork to me:

Thank you!

Keep creating and keep safe!

Mrs Pearson

Y4 Easter Holidays Home Learning

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe at home. Here is your home learning for the Easter holidays. We have set two RE mini projects – one for Holy Week and one for Other Faiths. Rather than setting a wide range of tasks and topics, we have decided on an RE home learning focus for each year group…

Please remember to continue with:

  • 20-30 mins Daily reading
  • Times tables/number facts
  • Sumdog and My Maths learning



Friday 3rd April – Religious education

As part of your RE learning and preparation for Easter, we would like you to focus upon Holy Week – this is when Christians reflect on the final week of Jesus’s life. ​Can you complete ONE of the following activities, to develop your knowledge of this special time in the Liturgical Year?

  • Create a PowerPoint that includes information about each station of the cross.
  • Write prayer booklet, to thank Jesus for His sacrifice and offer prayers of strength and support to those who are suffering.
  • Record the thoughts and feelings of Mary in a journal – how would she have felt at this time? Why?
  • Make a stained glass window about ONE of the stations of the cross that means the most to you.
  • Host a worship session with members of your household. Can you choose a special image or bible passage to use as part of your reflection on the events of Holy Week?
  • Write the words ‘Holy Week’ in large bubble writing and include any relevant religious symbols, signs and Holy colours to decorate it with.
  • Look up the stations of the cross online and read the Bible story. Can you use drama or role play to re-enact each scene and remember what happened?


Friday 10th April – Religious education

This week, as part of your RE learning, we would like you to focus upon Judaism. ​Can you complete ONE of the following activities, to develop your knowledge of this faith further?

  • A painting of all of the religious symbols found within this faith? Label what each one is called/used for.
  • An information poster including 10 key facts about the religion.
  • Write a diary entry for a follower of this faith – what would their day look like and how would they pray?
  • Build a place of worship for your chosen faith (i.e. a Jewish synagogue).
  • ​Create a piece of music that could be used for prayer by the followers of this religion.
  • If you could make a set of rules or commandments for this faith, what would they be?
  • Create a set of top trump, ‘snap’ or ‘pairs’ cards about this faith, to play with your family members.


Additional Year 4 Easter holiday Art tasks – Mrs Pearson

Create a drawing or painting of either Palm Sunday or Good Friday in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, as he is one of the artists we have studied this year. For example, think of one of his famous paintings, such as Starry, Starry night, and use this as inspiration for your own picture.

Fancy something different?

Make a stained glass window about ONE of the stations of the cross that means the most to you.


Create your own Easter Garden, include a simple cross, cave/tomb, add flowers and/or seeds that will grow over Easter.

Email your art work to me, at