Year 4

Week Starting 27 April 2020

Hi Year 4,

We have been really pleased to see how hard some of you are working on your home learning and would love to feature some of your work on our home learning page.  You can send a photo of you and your work to  Remember we would also love to hear how you are and to see some of your amazing work on our class blogs which you can access here.

Here are some wonderful examples of home learning from last week.

Sienna from Camargue class made a super nature photo frame.

Richard from Sycamore class produced some great work on our ‘How Close to 100’ task.

Saxon in Hawthorn class produced a fantastic Islam mind map.

Samuel from Planets class made a super nature photo frame.

Dexter in Rowan class produced this wonderful art work of a ‘Scary Paddington’.

Felice in Lime class made this beautiful nature photo frame

Ava in Hawthorn class has been learning some new baking skills.

Your work could be here next week so remember to email in!



The activity this week, is to make a virtual visit to one of the attractions from the list in Extra Activities Downloads.  You could draw a postcard and then write it to a friend. (If you need a template there is one in the Extra Activities Downloads.)  If you would like a computing challenge, you could dress up and superimpose a picture of yourself as though you were actually there.  Look out for Mr Roberts web article about this.  He would love to see what you complete, so send your work to

We really miss seeing you every day and hope that you enjoy the activities we have created for you to work on this week. You can see a timetable for the week below.

Take care Year 4 and keep safe and well.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Year 4 team 😃

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Activity 1

Reading: Cats 1

Maths: Decimals 1 Reading: Cats 2 Maths: Decimals 2 Reading: Cats 3
Activity 2 English: Varjak Paw Ch 6 and task History: Invaders and Settlers task. English: Varjak Paw Ch 7 and task Art: Gaudi English: Varjak Paw Ch 8 and task
Activity 3 Geography: Learning to read maps PHSE: The importance of teamwork R.E – Islam 2 Science: Animals including Humans PHSE: Visual journal




This week we are looking at a non-fiction text about caring for cats.  Watch the video below and use the cat facts sheet from the Downloads for Monday section to help you.


Today we are looking at Chapter 6 of Varjak Paw so let’s start by listening to this chapter read by Ms Bitata.

In this lesson, we will be thinking about Varjak Paw, as he sits on the wall looking down at the world outside for the very first time. The slides and audio track will guide you through an exploration of what Varjak might see, think and feel at this point in the story.  Watch and listen carefully and you will be ready to complete the independent task where you will describe Varjak’s experience. Remember to play the powerpoint in ‘slideshow’ mode and pause for the ‘On your Whiteboards’ work! You will find the PowerPoint in Downloads for Monday.


This week, you are going to learn how to read a map using the 8 points on a compass and then use this skill to design your own map of the area where you live.  Use the map activity sheet in the Downloads for Monday section for support and watch the video here .



Today we begin our first lesson on decimals.  Specifically, We Are Learning To recognise tenths and hundredths.  There is a video to watch and an activity sheet in the Downloads for Tuesday section .  Remember to try and stop the video when a question is asked to give yourself a chance to think of an answer.  If you can ask someone at home to watch with you, you could be Amazing As and Brilliant Bs just like in class.  You can even teach them the rules for talk partners, like tapping your shoulder and ‘air-drawing’ a question mark.  Good luck and enjoy.

Once you have clicked on the video link, you will need to click on Week 1, and select the Lesson 1 video.


Today we are going to be continuing with our work on Invaders and Settlers.

Task 1

Click here to read the information about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Picts and Britons. Answer the questions on the downloadable sheet to explain how you felt about the end of the Roman rule. You will find this in Downloads for Tuesday.

Task 2

Continue reading and make a poster explaining the 4 reasons why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain.

Challenge:  We learn about history from the things that remain from that time. What could we learn about the Anglo-Saxons from the book the ‘Anglo-Saxon chronicle’ and Pevensey castle?


Today we are going to learn about the importance of teamwork and how amazing we all are.  Watch the videos, including a Supermover as some exercise here and then complete the activity sheet in Downloads for Tuesday to show what an amazing person you are.



Today we are going to continue learning how to care for cats by reading a non-fiction text and answering some retrieval questions to assess our learning.  Watch the video below and use the text and questions in the Downloads for Wednesday section to help you.


Have you listened to Chapter 7 of Varjak Paw yet?  If not, do so before beginning this task.


In today’s lesson, we shall be thinking about Varjak’s dream:

Varjak is in a place where he can smell cinnamon and dates.  He meets the great Jalal.  Jalal states that he will teach Varjak ‘The Way’, but not before Varjak tries to strike him.  Varjak does eventually become Jalal’s student and he is taught the 1st of the seven skills of ‘The  Way of Jalal’.

Using the reading, and the slides from the Downloads for Wednesday section, continue to think about the encounter between Varjak and Jalal.  In his dream, what might Varjak see, taste, hear, touch and smell?  Furthermore, what might he be thinking?  These observations will form the basis of your English task today:

To write a ‘free verse’ poem about the dream.  Use the teaching slides to guide you and the word mat to support you.  They can be found in the Downloads for Wednesday section below.


In the previous RE lesson, you were tasked with retrieving information from a visual text, based on the Islamic religion.  I wonder what you can remember?

Let us begin by brainstorming 5 facts learnt previously about Islam.

Today We Are Learning To identify the five pillars of Islam and you will need to retrieve information focusing on those five pillars.

Please start by clicking on this link to access information on the five pillars of Islam.

Next, open the document in the Downloads for Wednesday section and complete the task.  It’s a rather lovely task and it would be great if you could upload your drawings to Bloggy so we can see them.



Today we continue our learning about decimals.  Specifically, We Are Learning To recognise tenths as decimals.  There is a video to watch and an activity sheet in the Downloads for Thursday section.  Remember to try and stop the video when a question is asked to give yourself a chance to notice important details.  If you can ask someone at home to watch with you, you could be Amazing As and Brilliant Bs and you could take turns sharing what you have noticed.

Once you have clicked on the video link, you will need to click on Week 1, and select the Lesson 2 video.


Today we are going to be continuing our work on the architect and artist Gaudi.  Using the video below, you will be able to design and make your own Gaudi doors.

Science – Animals, including humans

This term, our science topic is animals, including humans.  In order to get us started on this topic, we are going to think about everything we already know about our bodies and how they work.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • How many of our internal organs can you name?
  • Do you know what each of them do?
  • Why do we need to eat?
  • What happens to our food once it’s in our mouths?

You can find an activity sheet in Downloads for Thursday or make one of your own if you’re feeling adventurous and creative.  Next week, we will begin our learning about the digestive system.  If you’d like to get started exploring this now, you can use the links below to help you.

What your digestion system looks like

Five video guides to the digestive system



We are going to finish our reading this week by summarising information from the text we have been reading.  Remember when we summarise we include the key points that relate to the question and write the answer in our own words.  Use the video below, your text from yesterday and the question in the Downloads for Friday section to help you.  We hope you have enjoyed learning all about cats this week.


Have you listened to Chapter 8 of Varjak Paw? If not, do so now!

As Varjak Paw ventures into the outside world, he is happy and excited to be free on a sunny day. An ominous change in the weather however, suggests he may be in for some surprises.

Once you have listened to chapter 8, you can follow the teaching slides and audio track from the Downloads for Friday section.  We will be thinking about how using contrasts in your writing can make it more exciting and powerful.

Use your knowledge of poor Varjak’s experiences to inspire you as you write your own dramatic account of an adventure.


Visual Journal

Watch the video below and use the ideas to help you create your own visual diary of things that have made you smile this week.


Extra Activities


Singing makes us feel good and positively helps your brain and your thinking.  You can improve your singing, sing a song, or even take on the rap/singing challenge – and do it the easy way – at Mrs. E’s EASY SINGING page here.

Mr. Santos’s Home Made Orchestra

Here is something very exciting, and very musical from Mr. Santos:

Design and Technology

Now this activity sounds fun…Mrs. Chapman showing you how to make Pom-Pom Pets! Enjoy.

Published on 27th April, 2020

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