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Term 6

Please see the wellbeing area for all our learning this term.  

Term Six

Oak National Academy and the BBC are continuing to provide learning for you at home, throughout Term 6.

On the Year 4 Home Learning page, you can find some suggestions for lessons for you and the links to them. These are updated every week.

If you would like to do something different or want to learn more about a certain subject, then do not forget to have a look at our subject specific pages. These are regularly updated too.

We love to see the things you have been doing at home so please keep on emailing your photographs to us.

Term 5

Please see the home learning area for all our learning this term.


Have a look at the wealth of resources on our Mental Health at Home page. These include yoga, relaxation and lots of mindfulness activities or try some of the activities on the wellbeing grids below.

 Term Five

I hope everyone had some family time over Easter and tried some of the challenges.

I am looking forward to you sharing some more of your home learning with us and with your friends.

Click the link below to see the photographs on the Year 4 Home Learning page.


Maths videos with Gareth Metcalfe

Gareth is posting a new maths video each day. The videos will hep you to practise your learning, make you think about maths in new ways and give you exciting activities to try. This week’s videos are all about shapes.

Have a look and try the shape game with someone at home.


Pobble are offering different ideas to get you writing. They post some amazing pictures to feed your imagination and some grammar, punctuation and spelling activities too.

Have a look at the link below for five lessons around the theme of chocolate. 



Make sure you have a look at the geography page. There are some great websites and activities that link to our geography lessons.

Please email for the login details for Digimap. I know that lots of you enjoy searching the maps and atlases in class so here is a brilliant chance to find out more.

Challenges for this Week

Daily Challenge (30/03/2020):  to make the best bubble mixture.

Bubble mixture recipe: washing up liquid, water, a spoonful of sugar and a few drops of glycerine if you have it. 

Bubble wands: any object with a hole in it such as the loop of a key ring, a pipe cleaner bent into a circle, a hula hoop or a curtain ring.

Can you try different soaps and different ratios of soap to water? Which mixture is the best? What was your criteria for the best mixture?

Can you think of other ways to make bubbles?


 Daily Challenge (31/03/2020): Create your own game that involves throwing and catching. 

Your game must have a ‘goal’ to score.

This could be a hoop, a person in a certain area has to catch it or a certain amount of passes...

You can create your own rules eg. Can you move with the ball? have a certain amount of time to pass the ball or only underarm throws allowed. It can be individual or team.


Daily Challenge (01/04/2020): Complete a small act of kindness

Is there something you can do to help out a member of your household? What could you do to show you care and to help out at home? What is your act of kindness?

You could offer to help with a chore eg. washing the dishes, tidying up your bedroom.

Maybe you can make a card for someone special in your household to say thank you!


Daily Challenge (02/04/2020): Remembering your 2D and 3D shapes
How many 2D shapes can you spot in the house or garden? How many 3D shapes can you find outside?

Can you create your own 2D or 3D shape? How about a square using pencils/felt tips or sticks from the garden? Can you make a tetrahedron from spaghetti? 


Daily Challenge (03/04/2020): Can you create your own drum and play along?

Play homemade drums - use items like tin cans, empty yoghurt containers, boxes, and coffee containers.  Clean the containers, then tape or glue paper to the top to act as a drum head.  Your homemade drums can also be decorated with stickers, illustrations, or glitter to make them more attractive. You can even use your pots and pans - although ask your mum/dad first!

Choose your favourite piece of music and play along to the beat of the drum!


Your first challenge!

Friday 27th March.

This is to join in with the academy trust's '#we appreciate you' challenge.

To do this, you will need to make a poster / picture of a 'key worker' who is helping us and write the job that your key worker does. You may want to dress up as your key worker too.

Add a rainbow to your picture.

At 12 o'clock join in with our minute applause for all of the key workers. Either video yourself doing the applause or take a photograph of you and your picture. At the end of the minute shout out, "We appreciate you."

Send us your photos and videos for the website or ask an adult to upload them to their social media accounts. Adults can find out more information about this on the Extend Learning Academies Network facebook page.

Let's do this to thank those people who are doing so much for us at this time.


 Have a go at some of these mindfulness activities.

Look at the Mindup website for more activities and a brain break video.

Making History

We enjoy learning about things that have happened in the past and about how people lived their lives. 

Today, we are living through an important event that children in the future will be learning about in their history lessons. Wouldn't it be great for them to learn about what happened from the children of today? From you? I thought that we could make a book about what we did in the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Perhaps you would like to do a piece of writing for our book or perhaps you would rather do some illustrations, or both. It is up to you what you would like to contribute. I am very much looking forward to seeing your ideas.

Times Table Rock Stars

I have seen that many of you are using the website to practise your times tables. Well done!

We even have some Rock Stars in our class now. Keep practising everyone and don't forget to use BBC Super Movers to practise too.

READING in YEAR 4                          


Reading at Home

Every child chooses* a book to bring home each week from the classroom book bank.

This book is changed on a weekly basis. To qualify for Friday Banquet children have to read at home three times a week and get an adult to write this in their reading record.

*Chosen according to the "I PICK" rules so that it is a "good fit" for them.


Individual reading in school

All children keep a book in school to read that is appropriate for them.


Reading Rainbow

Children participate in several Reading Rainbow sessions each week. During these sessions books are shared with classmates and children are given questions designed to further their wider reading skills.



As part of their English lessons all children have English comprehension work to complete both independently and in smaller groups led by a teacher.



What lives in the school grounds?

This week our mission was to investigate and look for living things around school. We discovered a variety of insects, fungi, humans, grass, woodlice and plenty more. This inspired us to start designing bug hotels to accommodate them. 

Term 3 

  Exciting Environments or Perilous Places?  

To start our new enquiry topic we used sand to replicate the action of tectonic plates when they form mountains. This activity got us to visualise the process which helped us to understand how mountains and mountain ranges are formed. We found that using paper and foil was a good way of representing what actually happens.

                     TERM 2 WEEK 5  

Enquiry learning this week has been very hands on. We have used a variety of primary sources to researching the growth of Weston-super-Mare from a small fishing village to the large, bustling town we know today. Comparing early maps to current ones, we were able to see the huge growth in building and population in our town. Photographs and drawings were useful to contrast differences in buildings and landscape. Accounts written by historians helped us to answer some of the many questions we had about the development of Weston. Next week we will focus on Weston in Victorian times.


In maths we have been learning to measure the perimeter of rectilinear shapes as well as find out missing lengths. We have used our reasoning and problem solving skills to answer word problems involving perimeter.


For DT this week we had great fun using clay to realise our 2D designs for Christmas decorations, based on Christian symbols of Christmas. It was a lot trickier than we thought and we soon realised that we would need to modify our designs to meet the demands of the material. Next week we are looking forward to decorating them.


Alongside this learning, we have been busy completing our termly assessments in maths and English, including spelling and grammar papers. They were challenging but we are proud to say that we tried our best.


    TERM 2 WEEK 3  

                                         Would you have liked to live in the Iron Age?

Continuing our investigation into who lived in Weston before us we have been researching Iron Age people, like the ones that occupied Worlebury Hill. Their lives were so different to ours, we considered whether we would have liked to live in the Iron Age. Here are some of our findings:

Their house was just one big room where the whole family lived and slept together.

When their toilets were full they used the waste to feed their crops.

In the iron age people used moss for toilet paper.

There were no video games.

Food was cooked in a large pot over the fire.

They couldn't shower or turn on a tap.

To protect themselves they made forts on hills.

Iron age people were often in danger from enemies and wild animals.

   TERM 2 WEEK 3  

Together with Year 3 we attended a singing festival, 'Raise the Roof' at Bournville School where we joined other children to sing a selection of songs. This year the theme of the festival was recycling and looking after the environment. Not only did we enjoy this uplifting experience but we also learnt a lot about how we can help the planet as well. 


In maths we have looked at solving word problems and using the inverse calculation to check our answers. Using dialogue with action is the focus of our English learning. 


The Iron Age was the focus in our history learning this week as we thought about how we know what we know about it. We explored photographs of monuments and objects that Iron Age people left behind. We looked for clues about what sort of people they were. A rusty old mirror told us that they cared about their appearance. Highly decorated metal pots revealed that they were skilled craftspeople who had the time to spend making such luxuries. 


In English this week we have focused on writing description in the first person. We enjoyed using alliteration and challenged ourselves to include appropriate adverbs. Here are a few that we came up with:


monstrous mosquitoes, anxious adders, angry ants, scuttling squirrels, sneaky spiders


Our enquiry Science work was to plan for a fair test and look at the variables that would effect an experiment to melt ice. We considered things that we could change or vary, such as the amount of ice, temperature and type of container as well the surface that it stands on. 


In Maths we have been comparing numbers and adding 10's, 100's and 1000's. Also, we have been getting to grips with the system of Roman numerals compared to the arabic system we already know. We were surprised to discover that they do not have a symbol for zero.



During Friday morning we participated in a carousel of maths activities to help further our learning about shape, space and measure. These included measuring 25 metres on the playground so we could see how far we will need to swim to meet our target. Also, we looked at the work of artist Kandinsky to inspire us with our own shape collages. Making nets proved tricky as we applied our cutting and folding skills. Using pipe-cleaners we challenged ourselves to make cuboids and pyramids. 

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Our experiment with raisins and lemonade was both fascinating and fun.

We dropped raisins into a full bottle of lemonade and watched them sink to the bottom then rise to the surface again. There were a lot of bubbles. We used our knowledge of solids liquids and gases to explain and interpret our observations. The bubbles of carbon dioxide attached to the solid raisin made them lighter and propelled them to the surface where the gas was released making the raisin heavier and start sinking again. 

Week 3


Dressed up as scientists, we embarked on a WOW day of discovery and wonder. To begin with we experimented by adding water to cornflour. Here are some of our observations and explanations about what happened;


It was so stiff it made the spoon break. When you leave the mixture it changes. It is partly solid, partly liquid. It is so smelly. It looks like liquid but it is not. Solids are hard. It dries on your hands. When you leave it it goes as hard as rock. It went hard when you touched it.