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Home learning Friday 10th July 2020

Hello everyone!

We hope that you have all been having a good week so far and that you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. Please keep up all of the great work you have completed so far as part of your home learning. As we now approach week 15 of our remote learning tasks, stay motivated and don’t give up as you are all doing so well with the homework and we are very proud of you all for your fantastic efforts! Feel free to send any more examples of learning that you are proud of, to our classroom email accounts. This is our last week of term and therefore our last set of home learning tasks for you! All blog posts will be staying on our website so please feel free to complete any tasks that you may have missed along the way during the summer holidays! Please remember as you go about completing this home learning that our priority is reading, writing and maths so use your time to complete the tasks set for those. Pick and choose from the other subjects e.g. science, music and art; there is no expectation to complete them all. We are very excited to see you all this week for our Keeping in Touch meetings. It will be lovely to have a catch up with you all, and for you to be able to tell your teachers and classmates what your lock down experience has been like so far. See you soon!


Reading comprehension


This week, we would like you to focus upon diary entries as part of your Guided Reading and writing tasks. In particular, we would like you to have a go at comparing the differences between fact and opinion, then try to infer the feelings of a character by what he/she has written and described.


Lesson 1:


Lesson 2:




* Fancy a challenge? Give the following task a try…


Take a look at the diary entry below (word document), by clicking on the link:


Wilbur’s Diary: 

10.07.20 Guided Reading challenge


Can you read through the diary entry from Charlotte’s Webb and locate the following key features?


Key Feature

Yes  /  No

Example (from the text, or your own)

Past tense
First person
Emotion words
Fronted adverbials
Expanded noun phrases
Time and date headings



If you cannot find a particular feature, can you use an editing pen to improve Wilbur’s diary entry so that it includes some of the missing features?




* For those who complete separate guided reading activities, have a go at the following task…

Watch the following video, from Literacy Shed: Can you have a go at filling in the emotion graph for the main character, for the different stages of his life?



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


Writing activity


To continue your learning on diary entries that you completed as part of this week’s reading comprehension task, we would like you to have a go at the following tasks in order to help you apply the skills that you have already started to identify from WAGOLL diary extracts (What A Good One Looks Like). Once you have made your own diary entries, why not email them to the classroom email account so we can celebrate your great effort?


Lesson 3:


Lesson 4:


Lesson 5:




* Fancy a challenge? Give the following task a try…



This task follows on from the reading challenge task this week…


Wilbur’s Diary:

10.07.20 Guided Reading challenge


Now have a go at writing the diary entry for the next morning, from Wilbur’s point of view. Don’t forget to use your Diary Entry checklist from the writing challenge task on this week’s blog post!




* Too tricky? Why not take a look at the activity below. This task follows on from the reading challenge task this week…

– Re-watch the following video, from Literacy Shed:

– Now that you have identified how the main character felt at different stages of his baked bean journey, can you choose one of the following tins of baked beans to write your own diary extract?



Take a look at the examples below to help you with your ideas…


Support examples:

The one for one

Dear diary,

My favourite food in the whole entire world is a tin of baked beans! I know that sounds silly but it is my true passion. Beans are so good for you and I want to invent a tin that is just the right size for one person to snack on…

To begin my work, I had a go at using my baked-bean-o-meter to crush my aluminium cans into just the right size. It was tiring work and things didn’t go too well. Just before lunch time, my beans had exploded everywhere and splattered all up the windows of my workshop! It made such a mess and I felt so cross and humiliated. Perhaps I shall try again tomorrow instead…

Your exhausted friend,



The one for two

Dear diary,

You’ll never guess what! Just as I was about to enter my workshop to have another try at making the perfect sized can of beans at the Heinz factory, I had the most wonderful surprise.

As I looked out of the window of my workshop, I saw the most beautiful girl of my dreams. Her smile dazzled in the lamplight and her glossy, golden hair swished from side to side. I showed her the can of beans I had been working on so far and she kindly giggled and told me not to give up.

And then the idea hit me… I must make a lovely can of beans to share with her! I cannot wait to get to work and impress her, my heart is leaping with joy.

Your excited friend,




This week, we would like you to revise the following Y3/4 spelling words from our list. These words contain double consonants…


Accident         Address        Grammar        Pressure         Possess        Different        Disappear



* Fancy a challenge? Give the following task a try…


Can you practise your spelling words for the week by using silly sentences and word pyramids?


Why not try a spelling graffiti wall in order to practise each word in different sections of the drawing you have made?




For those working on tricky common exception words, use the following online ‘Spelling Times Game’, then select ‘Word Silhouette’ to recognise the patterns of ascenders and descenders across your practise words.



This week, we shall complete our learning on measurements and calculations involving measure. In particular, we are going to look at different word problems for measure, as well as how to continue to convert between measurements where necessary. Feel free to take a look back at the learning your did last week before having a go at these new sessions from Oaks Academy…


Lesson 1:


Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:


Lesson 4:


Lesson 5:




Too easy? Have a go at the problem solving tasks on measures, below. Don’t forget to draw the problem first and discuss with an adult. Clue: how could you use squared paper, or number lines to help you?


Rope Mat

I have a square table-mat made from rope that spirals from the centre. It is rather like this one:



The mat is a 14 centimetre square. The rope is 2 cm wide.

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like it?

How much rope would I need to make a 12 cm square, or a 16 cm square?

Is there a quick way to work this out?


Walk and Ride

A group of 10 students are on a field trip when their bus breaks down 40 miles away from the school.

A teacher takes 5 of them back to school in her car, travelling at an average speed of 40 miles per hour.

The other 5 students start walking towards school at a steady 4 miles per hour.


The teacher drops the 5 at school, then immediately turns around and comes back for the others, again travelling at a steady speed of 40 miles per hour.

How far have the students walked by the time the car reaches them?



For those who have additional support during maths activities in school, please take a look at the following discussion tasks to support your learning. How can you use your learning on measures label these Talk Tasks with your ideas?


Hand Span

Spread your fingers as wide as you can,

What you have now is called a hand span .

A hand span can help you to find out how big

Is the height of a cow, a horse or a pig.


Use your hand span very carefully and see

How many it takes to go right round a tree.

Now get a good friend and make this a game,

Compare if the number of spans round the tree is the same.


Next find an adult and compare their hand span too

To see if they use more or less spans than you.

Now write down the answers and think as hard as can be,

Why is it better to use a tape measure like me?



Remember that Sumdog, Times Table Rockstars and My Maths have also been updated with activities.




Visit the ‘hour of code’ website below and have a go at the following activities…


  • To follow on from last week’s ICT task on algorithms, take a look at this Alice in Wonderland memory game and work through as many levels as you can. Could you design your own memory puzzle, on paper, using counters and character cards?


  • Now try the Multiplication Escape game – can you use code to answer the times table questions correctly and dodge the giant boulders? When complete, could you try this game with a friend, remotely?


Religious Education – Miss Honeywell


As we approach the end of the school year and consider our journey in faith towards God, now is a great time to reflect upon each of the Sacraments that form a special part of this journey. Please choose ONE of the seven Sacraments below: Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Reconciliation, or Anointing of the Sick.



With your chosen Sacrament, have a go at ONE of the following tasks…


  • Write a prayer or poem about your favourite Sacrament. How could you ask for God’s blessing and guidance throughout your Christian journey? Describe how you would feel during the Sacrament.


  • Create a stained glass window to represent the key symbol(s) of your chosen Sacrament. What do these symbols mean and why do you think that they are they important?


  • Can you find any photographs at home from when you or a family member took part in any of the Sacraments? Discuss what the experience was like and what you can both still remember.


  • Make a set of game cards to help you remember each of the sacraments (e.g. Snap, Pairs, Dobble) and how they are similar or different to one another.


  • Are there any special garments or items of clothing that you would wear when taking part in your chosen Sacrament? Design an appropriate outfit – which colours or details would be suitable?


  • Research how your chosen Sacrament is celebrated across different churches and countries. How do the celebrations compare to each other? Is there anything that surprised you?




Take a look at the following video from the Thinking Shed:

Can you create a poster to teach others about the moral lessons that this video has taught you? For example:


– To work as a team

– To not be unkind to others

– To share what you have

– To be a good listener


Extension: Can you role-play your own moral story with your friends or family members? Which lessons do you feel are the most important to teach to other people, during the lock down?


Music – Mrs Sumba


Think back over the past school year which started in September 2019. What can you remember doing? Make a list of these things.


Now think of a tune you know well.

Using this tune and the list you have written, can you compose a song about this school year? Perhaps you could record yourself singing it.


Family Science Activity – Miss Stapley


Spaghetti Towers – to watch the video


The activity:

  • Make a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • ExpeRiment with the construction of your tower to find out which shapes are best for building with.
  • Learn why some shapes are more stable than others when you build a tower. – for the full information on the activity and questions to ask your child(ren)


You will need:

Packet of spaghetti (uncooked) • Packet of marshmallows


What to do:

Challenge a child or children to use marshmallows (whole ones or pieces) to join lengths of spaghetti together to make the tallest tower possible. You could start by building a simple cube and seeing what you need to do to make a taller structure that remains standing.


Going Further challenge:

  • Instead of building a tall tower, you could try to build the strongest bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • You could limit the amount of spaghetti and number of marshmallows to make the task more difficult.
  • You could give children a budget with which to ‘buy’ spaghetti and marshmallows and make the ‘cost’ of the tower another element they have to consider.
  • Try out this interactive ‘shapes’ lab to see how forces affect different shapes:


Have fun!

Home Learning – Friday 3rd July 2020

Home learning – 3.7.2020

Hello everybody! The sun is shining and it has been lovely hearing all about the time you’ve spent in the garden, going on social distance walks and even some of you have been lucky enough to visit the beach! We are so excited to see you next week for our catch up hour and enjoy our final time together in year 4!  Remember if you are proud of any particular pieces of work, please do not hesitate to bring them in.

A quick update just to let you know Miss Jackson-Nash has finally competed her charity walking challenge! Her and her fiancé walked 1, 800,000 steps in just under 3 months! The charity was super happy with the money raised and the efforts Miss Jackson-Nash made and phoned her up to say a big thanks, sent her a t-shirt to wear and a big shiny medal. Though she has completed this charity challenge, she enjoyed it so much that she is doing another one to prepare herself to walk up Ben Nevis which is a big mountain in Scotland!


Reading –

This week in reading we would like you to follow the lessons from Oak’s academy. You will be using your fact retrieval and summary skills.

Lesson 1 –

Lesson 2 –

Support –

If you are in a separate group for guided reading try the reading activities below –

Watch the persuasive rap – can you answer the following questions? Use the video to help you.

  • Can you name three things that we need to do to help the Earth?
  • What message do you think the children are trying to get across? Use your summary skills.
  • How are the children trying to persuade you? Can you identify any features?

In addition to this please continue 20-30 minutes of daily reading.

Writing – Persuasive Rap

Lesson 3 –

Lesson 4 –

Lesson 5 –

Support –

Can you design a poster to persuade others to be more eco-friendly?

This is a snippet from the rap, we will use this as our WAGOLL. You can magpie ideas to put on your poster. There are some tricky words here so read with your grown up. If you see a word that you do not recognise or understand, think about our strategies we have learnt.

  • Look at the surrounding words in the sentence?
  • What other words would fit?
  • Has the word got any prefixes or suffixes which would help you?
  • Discuss what the word means with your learning buddy or with an adult

Here are some examples of persuasive posters. As you can see they have used modal verbs and imperative (bossy) verbs like ‘You must recycle… We need to help our Earth’. I can also see Slogans, diagrams, captions and key vocabulary. Remember your task is to create a poster that will persuade others to think about their eco-choices.

Here are a list of modal and imperative verbs you could use –

Spellings –

Difference , difficult, accordance, recycle, reduce,  convert, pollution , efficient  

This week, we would like you to revise the following Y3/4 spelling words from our list. These should also help you during your reading and writing activities for this week.

Challenge – Can you put these words into a silly sentence?

Support – If you are in a separate spelling group –

For those working on Y2 common exception words, use the following online ‘Practise/Test’ to listen to your spelling words within sentences, then fill the gaps.


Maths –

Last week you started the topic – Measurements. Continue the Oaks academy lessons, we would like you to continue this topic starting from lesson 6.

Lesson 1 –

Lesson 2 –

Lesson 3 –

Lesson 4 –

Lesson 5 –

Challenge –

In 1908 the Olympic Games were held in London, that’s just over 100 years ago. Then, just after World War 2 they were again in London in 1948.

Here are the results from some track events;


100 metres 10.8 secs

200 metres 22.6 secs

400 metres 50.0 secs

800 metres 112 secs

1500 metres 240 secs


100 metres 10.3 secs

200 metres 21.1 secs

400 metres 46.2 secs

800 metres 109 secs

1500 metres 229 secs

The 2012 London Olympics were another 64 years later.
How did the results differ?
Could you have predicted the results?
Perhaps more importantly, what’s the reason for your answer?

What about the results for 2016, what would you predict?

What another challenge – Try this money problem

Support – Try these measure problems –

Sasha has five coins in her purse.

How much money might she have? Can you find all the different combinations?


Task 2 – Look at the shapes, can you measure the perimeter them and put them in size order.

Challenge: Is there any other ways you could order these shapes?


Computing –

This week we would like you to think about algorithms. Algorithms are sets of instructions. Computers use algorithms to carry our tasks. Computers like to have the shortest route possible.

We can try to do this using the Tower of Hanoi.  You begin with three poles and 3 discs.  Move all the disks from the leftmost peg to the rightmost peg.

Rules:  only one disk can be moved at a time a larger disk may not be placed on top of a smaller disk  only one disk can be moved at a time.

Task one – Move all the discs following the rules, to the last pole with the largest disc at the bottom and the smallest on top.

Task two– write a list of instructions to get all the disks in the correct place. To do this number your poles 1, 2 and 3.  Move 1 to 2  Move 1 to 3  How many moves does it take you?

You can use the link above to do this task or you could make your own using 3 pieces of paper, of different sizes.

Challenge: Find out what is the least amount of moves this can be done in and make a new instruction list (algorithm) What if you had 5 discs. How many poles would you need to complete this? Can you do it with 4 or do you have to have 5?


Topic – PHSE

This week we would like you to reflect on all the things there are to be grateful for in your life. Times are very different at the moment, and even though a lot of us wish life would go back to ‘normal’, we would like you to think about all the good that lockdown has brought you.  Here are some ideas for you to focus upon:

  • Have you learnt any new skills?
  • Have you taken more responsibility at home?
  • Have you been enjoying the sunny weather?
  • Have you been spending more time with your family?
  • Have you been enjoying sharing your learning with your family?
  • Have you been using technology in a positive way to stay in contact with friends and family?
  • Are you enjoying staying in your pyjamas a little later?
  • Will you appreciate things more when this is over?


We would love you to create a colourful, visual mind map, including pictures and noting all the things that you’re are grateful for. Have a deep think, as we all have so many things to appreciate in our lives.


As a challenge, you could extend your learning by thinking about an imaginative way to present your work. You could create a poem, song, interpretive dance or a piece of creative artwork to show all the things you are grateful to have. We would love to see some of these on our Year 4 Art blog!

Music –

Over the past few weeks, you have listened to 10 pieces of music composed by Musical Trailblazers. Go to the website below and listen to them again.

Which was your favourite and why?

Which was your least favourite and why?

Art – 

Art Challenge For Father Jeremy:

Father Jeremy has got a very special celebration coming up on 26th July this year. He will be celebrating 45 years since his ordination into the priesthood.  I think this is a remarkable achievement and should be marked by your incredible artwork. Therefore, your Art challenge for the next fortnight is to produce a piece of art for Father Jeremy.  This can take any form you like from street art, a drawing, collage or even some edible art! As well as being a priest, Father Jeremy has a wide range of interests including walking, reading and nature.  So let you creative juices flow and come up with something spectacular….I know you will!

As I have mentioned, this is a two week challenge and I would ask that, as well as me displaying your art on the Blog, would you please keep hold of it (yes even sculptures you may make), so that I can collect it from you, when we are all back in school and put it in a book and then present in to Father Jeremy.

As always, 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!


If your child has an allergy to eggs – please choose another exciting investigation from

Bouncing Eggs – watch the video

  • Make an uncooked egg bounce!
  • ExpeRiment with different liquids to see what effect they have on eggs.
  • Learn how the acid in household liquids like orange juice and vinegar react with eggshells and make them dissolve, leaving the inside of the egg intact. – download worksheet for instructions and questions to ask before and after the investigation.

You will need:

5 eggs • Glasses or jars that an egg can fit inside comfortably • Cling film • Oil • Milk • Water • Vinegar • Orange juice

Going further challenge:

  • You can use the shell-less eggs you make from this experiment to do another activity which will let you shrink and expand the eggs by placing them in different liquids:
  • Watch a video of how to make a coloured bouncy egg, then try making one yourself: