Year 4

Week Starting 03 May 2020

Hello Year 4,

We have been really pleased to see how hard some of you are working on your home learning and really enjoyed seeing the examples you posted on our blogs and emailed.  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.  If you need some help adding photographs of your work to the blogs, we have attached a guide in the Extra Activities downloads for this week.

We also intend to begin telephoning families this week to catch up with you and to see if there is any way that we can support you further during this time.  Please read Mr. Roberts news story explaining this here.

There are only four days home learning this week as Friday is a bank holiday.

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

Kenzo in Hawthorn class made a fantastic Pom Pom pet.

Mahi in Connemara class completed some super maths.

Ella in Planets Class completed some brilliant geography settlement work.

Jedidiah in Camargue did some wonderful art and learnt how to draw a bird.

Nicole in Rowan Class wrote a super poem about happiness.

Nojus in Comets Class has been enjoying keeping up his reading at home.

Sienna from Camargue Class with 3 pieces of work: an Anne Frank postcard , an Anglo-Saxon factual poster and Varjak Paw writing.

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



The whole Trust challenge for next week is the BBC’s VE Day ‘Great British Bunting’.  Click here to discover more.  To further understand the significance of VE day, watch a video here

Remember to be as creative as you can with your work and post your examples to out class blogs here or email them 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.

This week we also have  a Times Table RockstarsLocked Down Rocked Out” battle between the schools in the trust. The battle runs from Monday 4th May at 9 a.m. until Sunday 10th May at 8 p.m.  Each and every point you earn during this time will count towards the school total.  Whoever has the most points at the end of the battle will be the winner, so make sure you log in and get as many points for your school as you can over the week.

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 1: Beowulf English 1: Chapter 9 of Varjak Paw Maths 2: Tenths on a
number line
English 2: Chapter 10 of
Varjak Paw
Bank Holiday
Activity 2 Maths 1: Tenths on a
place value grid
Reading 2: Beowulf PHSE: Hope Geography: Contours, keys and symbols
Activity 3 Science: Parts of the Digestive system Topic: Anglo-Saxon settlements PE with Mrs. Chapman RE: Ramadan




Beowulf Lesson One

In this first reading lesson, you will be introduced to a new book, Beowulf, which is linked to our Invaders and Settlers topic.  We’ll be using our inference and prediction skills to pick up clues from the cover of the book and the first few lines.  Then it’s over to you: write down both what you notice and what has informed you to make predictions of what could happen in the story.  This lesson is recorded as a video, so please pause the video and have a go at the questions on each slide before listening to the audio teaching.


Today we continue our learning about decimals.  Specifically, We Are Learning To recognise tenths on a place value grid, which is Week 1, Lesson 3.  Open this link to find a video to watch, an activity sheet to complete and an answer sheet so you can check your work.

When I do the year 1 tasks with my daughter, we look at the questions on the screen and answer them on blank sheets of paper or in a notebook.

Remember to stop the video when a question is asked, or you need to think carefully about the maths in order 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 or need to discuss.


This week we are going to be finding out about the different parts of the body that make up the digestive system.  Watch the presentation below and use the science templates in the Downloads for Monday to help you.

When you have finished, click here to watch the video on BBC Bitesize to further support your learning.






In Chapter 9, Varjak finds shelter from the storm in a hut in the park.  In the hut, he meets a street cat who lives there.

We are going to put ourselves in the position of the street cat and describe the meeting from her perspective.  As well as making use of empathy to imagine what the cat may be thinking and feeling, we will need to make use of our descriptive writing tools to write about her experience.  Access the activity slides to support you with this task in the Downloads for Tuesday section below.


Beowulf Lesson 2

In the second reading lesson, we continue our exploration of Beowulf, this time focusing on identifying contrasts within the extracts.  This is a similar skill to the one you practised with Chapter 8 of Varjak Paw, but within a reading context.  You’ll find out more about the good characters and the monsters within the book, and the contrasting language used to describe them and their actions.  Again, please pause the video to have a go at the questions before listening to the audio on slides 3 and 4.


Life in an Anglo Saxon Village

Click here to research about Anglo- Saxon settlements.  Click on the different characters to find out about life in an Anglo-Saxon village.  You may want to make a list of different activities to help you with your next task.

Task 1

Draw your own Anglo-Saxon village and label the different jobs that people would have had to do.  You may want to explain these jobs in detail.  There is a resource provided with pictures of villages if you need some example to help you in Downloads for Tuesday section below.


Imagine that you were a child during the Anglo-Saxon times.  Would you enjoy life in the village?  Use examples from the text to explain why or why not.



Today we continue our learning about decimals.  Specifically, We Are Learning To recognise tenths on a number line.  If you open this link, you will find a video to watch, an activity sheet to complete and an answer sheet so you can check your work.

Remember, we are looking at Week 1, Lesson 4 today: Tenths on a number line.


This week we are going to be continuing our visual journal by looking at the concept of hope.  Follow along with Miss Bitata on the video below to help you complete the task.


Time to get your trainers on!  Mrs Chapman attempts to take on Joe Wicks and offers a workout you can do in your living room.  Remember to run through each slide on the video at least twice and put the dance altogether once you’ve learned it!  Mrs Chapman says “I’m building up my daily steps with a couple of 15 minute sessions, alternating marching for 1 minute with jogging for 1 minute – practise your counting! My record is 15,000 steps taken inside in one day – 26,000 with my daily outside walk!”

Downloads for Wednesday



Varjak Paw, Chapter 10

In chapter 10, Varjak once again meets Jalal in Mespopatamia where he is taught how to use the second skill: Awareness.  In today’s task, you will be shown three settings, an ancient Mesopatamian garden and two others from modern Syria and Kuwait, in whichyou will need to think like Jalal.  What would a cat need to be aware of if they were in one of these three settings.  What would your whiskers detect? What would make your fur stand up on end? Would you be able to source some food?



You may know that the 23rd of April was the start of Ramadan, which is an incredibly special occasion for Muslims.  Today’s lesson is based on this special practice.

Last week you identified the five pillars of Islam.  Let us see how many you can remember by either
telling an adult or writing them down.

1.  Watch the video here and make notes about any key information about Ramadan.

2.  Write an instruction manual telling someone what to do/not to do during Ramadan. You can create it  as a leaflet or a book with a front cover and a catchy title.

3.  During Ramadan, Muslims practise self-control and compassion.  Think about and list the many ways that you can show compassion while at home with your family.

4.  Answer the following questions:
a.  Which of the five pillars is Ramadan?
b.  Why do you think that children should not misbehave during Ramadan?
c.  How long does Ramadan last for?
d.  What is the name of the celebration that happens at the end of Ramadan and what does it involve?


Bank holiday – no activities set

Downloads for Friday

Extra Activities

Adding photos to class blogs

Some of you have been asking us how to add photos of your work to the class blogs.  We have attached a download to help you.  Have a go at adding a photo of some of your work this week.

Music is for everyone

The music teachers of Pegasus have been very busy adding exciting and fun musical activities to their Jam Bus channel on Youtube.  You can access their many fun activities, which include updates from Mr. Santos’s Homemade Orchestra too, by clicking here.

You can also watch Mr. Santos’s next set of instrument making videos here:

Glass synthesiser:

Art and Craft

Here is an activity for you to try at home with an adult. Have a go at embellishing some clothing with Miss Bitata.

Bird Cakes

  1.  Even though we have been spending a lot of time inside, animals have still been enjoying the outside world.
Now is your opportunity to give the birds in your local area a treat.  Follow the instructions to make your own bird cake and see which birds come to visit you.  You can find these in the Extra Activities downloads section below.

2.  Click on this link and hear each of the different bird songs. Which of these can you hear where you live? Which birds can be found in your local area?

Published on 3rd May, 2020

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