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 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/persuasion-reading-comprehension-fact-retrieval

Lesson 2 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/persuasion-reading-comprehension-summary

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 –  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/persuasion-identifying-the-features-of-a-text

Lesson 4 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/persuasion-spag-focus-imperative-and-modal-verbs

Lesson 5 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/persuasion-write-a-persuasive-rap

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 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/measures-time-marathon-training

Lesson 2 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/measures-money-the-price-of-stamps

Lesson 3 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/measures-length-ribbon-riddle

Lesson 4 – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/measures-money-coin-purse-challenge

Lesson 5 –  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/measures-mixed-measure-problems

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 https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental

Bouncing Eggs

https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental/eggsperiments – 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.

https://www.rigb.org/docs/dissolving_eggs_infosheet_v2_0_1.pdf – 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: http://bit.ly/nakedeggs
  • Watch a video of how to make a coloured bouncy egg, then try making one yourself: http://bit.ly/RubberEgg

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