Year 4 Home Learning 18.5.20

Hello again to all our Year 4 children, parents and carers!

We hope you are taking care, keeping busy and enjoying home learning. 

From now on, to keep finding links simple, each week we will add a new page with the work focused for the week on whilst leaving the original home learning page still online for additional tasks to complete and keep busy with if you choose to. 

It has been great to see some of the things our Year 4 children have been up to whilst learning from home. The pictures we have received have been uploaded on the 4H and 4P class pages. Please do keep sending in what you are all up to as I am sure your friends are as interested as we are!

As always, if you would like to ask us a question or chat about any tasks that have been set, please message us via the e-schools website and we will get back to you as soon as we can. The children also have their own account on this and are welcome to ask questions or simply let us know what they are up to and how they are getting on.

Below, we have outlined the tasks we have set for this week. More detailed information can be found further down this page. It is important to note that in addition to these tasks, we do expect that all children read every day, practice TT Rockstars as often as possible and most importantly, have some fun! We recognise that most of these tasks involve the use of technology. This is because in regards to Purple Mash and TT Rockstars, we can track the work that children have completed. In addition to this, we have tried to set children exciting tasks such as El Dorado and to cover a range of curriculum areas.  If this is causing an issue, please get in touch and we will try our best to source the relevant paper copies for you. 

Take care everyone. Don’t forget to send us your photos!

Miss Philip and Mr Hodges.

Reading- You can read chapter 5 of The Shifter on Serial Mash and complete the tasks throughout the week. For extra reading, you can read other books on Serial Mash or read about the Romans or sound in science if you choose to research further online. 

English -

Monday – Use your imagination and the clues you can gather from the picture and answer the questions
What might have happened on June 11th, 1911?

What stories have their fathers told them?

Who is sitting around the campfire?

Why are they out in the woods?

What is the noise that they have heard?

Was it part of their imaginations, or something more sinister?


 Tuesday – Continue the story from this point thinking about what happens to the people 

Story starter 

It had been many years since the shrill shriek of a steam train puffing along the track had been heard in these parts.

The Northern Railroad had been discontinued after the great disaster on June 11th, 1911. Ever since that day, the Railroad company had been nothing but a distant memory, a story to be told around the campfire late into the night.

As the group sat around their newly constructed camp, listening to the crackle of the flames as they licked up into the night, their minds wandered back to the stories they had heard from their fathers. So absorbed were they in the moment, and the mesmerizing glow of the fire, that it was hard to tell if the shrill shriek coming from the distance was part of their imaginations…

Wednesday – Today we would like you to describe the setting using expanded noun phrases. Look at last week’s page for further support.

Write one for the different parts of the picture.
e.g – The warped wooden rails with rusting metal beams.

If you want a challenge, write it as a paragraph and use a thesaurus (you can find these online) to find more powerful adjectives.


Thursday – Today we would like you to create two characters that could be in this story. Draw a picture of them and describe them with labels around your picture. Think about their personality, looks and what they like to do.

You could use expanded noun phrases and commas in a list to describe them.

E.g   The short boy with ripped clothes.
The boy had a green hat, three quarter shorts and dirty boots.


Friday – Today you can use your imagination to write the prequel of the story. This means write the story before the story starter we used on Monday. You can use your imagination to think about why the characters you made yesterday find themselves in that setting. This does not have to make sense with your continued story from Tuesday if you don't want. 
How did they get there?
How far away from home are they? Was it a easy journey?
Where were they planning on going?

Try to use some direct speech for your characters you have made to have a conversation in your story. 




Week beginning 18.5.20

Please complete the Year 4, Summer Term – Week 3 (w/c 4th May) learning resources on the White Rose Maths website. This week you will complete the decimals learning and begin to learn about money.

The link is:

 You will be learning about:

  • Multiplying a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number 
  • Multiplying a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number 
  • Divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number 
  • Divide a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number 
  • Maths challenge 

Once you have watched the video, complete the questions in your workbooks. After that, you can check your answers with a grown up.

If you are finding the links tricky, please follow the step by step guide in the PDF below.

In addition to TT Rockstars, children can follow the links below to play on other maths games to practice their wider arithmetic skills.
Main spelling task
This week we want you to recap using apostrophes for possession. This is a really important spelling rule in Year 4 and one children need to be confident with using. 
Follow the BBC bitesize link for a lesson on the different ways to use it. Once you have done so, you can write different sentences using the rule correctly and draw a picture with it. 
For a challenge, you can create a poster (any format) for how to use the spelling rule including singular and plural. 
Optional phonics 
There is the option to go on Phonics Play by following the link below. There is a login on the website which allows free access to the resources. Your child may want to practice different sounds or simply have fun recapping earlier learning by playing the games. 
We would also like you to choose another spelling rule from the list and practice this week. 
The list of spelling rules is attached as a PDF below. 
There are lots of different ways you can practice your spellings. 
For example: Rainbow words, fancy writing, pyramid words, writing words out three times, air writing, bubble writing, silly sentences and many more!
These are the spelling that Year 4 children are expected to know by the end of Year 4. 
This week in science we are learning about the pitch of a sound. 
Task 1 - read the BBC website and watch the video and pitch.
Then write a definition of what pitch.

Task 2 - find patterns between the pitch of a sound and  features of the object that produced it 
Here you need to find different objects that make a sound, listen to the sound they make and think about why that is. 
You could do a table like the one below
Object                                              Sound                         Features (what I notice) 
Rubber band   1                  low pitch                                   It is quite thick
rubber band 2                    higher pitch                               it was thinner than the first one
Task 3 - Make a poster about pitch which shows examples of high and low pitch sounds as well as what you think makes the pitch high/low. 
Task 4 - listen to some of your favourite songs whilst thinking about the pitch of the song. (We did this in school when learning about Queen ) 
Think about how they change through the song and compare with different ones. 

This week there are two Purple Mash computing tasks set. 
One is an online e-safety quiz and the other is about online permission. 
History - Romans 
The Romans invaded many different countries to build up their empire. 
Your task this week is to research the different countries that were invaded by the Romans. 
When did the Romans invade Britain? What did they do when they arrived here?
How many countries did they invade? When did they?
Did they treat all the new countries the same?
Challenge - Why did the Romans invade different countries? What was the point? Can you think of any similarities to another topic we have studied in History this year?
You could write a list of similarities and differences. 
Remember to use a safe search engine for your research. 
Optional English - El Dorado
Follow the timetable below to continue with this unit. 
Don't forget to email us any work that you do so we can add it to our gallery. 
It's important to make sure that you keep active whilst at home.
If you have a small tennis ball, you can see how many times you can catch it off a wall (at a time that won't annoy others!) 
If you have a football can you do kick ups? How many?
If you have a bat or some sort, how many times can you hit the ball on it?
Have a go at these tasks a few times a week and see if you can improve your score. You could even produce a table of your results like in science or a graph or purple mash (that would be really cool to see!) 
You could make a dance routine off your own to your favourite song. 
For those with any interest in cricket, the ECB have a created a free app with skills and tasks children can have a go at with only limited equipment. It may be of interest. Link is below to the website explaining more. 
Follow the links below for PE lessons with Joe Wicks and dance lessons with Oti Mabuse.