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Year 4

Friday 16th July

Don't forget to keep going on Bug Club!  




Summer Activity Week: Day 4: A trip to the...


Watch the video, pause when asked and note down your answers!  Send them on Dojo :)




Your new teacher, Miss Keelan, has written you a letter!  Have a read, and write a reply!


Can you remember all the features you need to write a letter?  You can use the school address.  Make it personal to you - give Miss Keelan a snapshot of your personality!


I will pass on your replies :)



Thursday 15th July

Don't forget to keep going on Bug Club!  We are also going to practising ukulele today so if you have yours at home please practise and send me a video :)




Summer Activity Week: Day 3: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!


Watch the video, pause when asked and note down your answers!  Send them on Dojo :)





To finish off our Myth Hunters work in reading, we are looking at some well known Greek tales.  The first is Persephone.  Read the text and then answer the questions.  Comment on Dojo what you think of the story!  Do you know any other Greek myths?


Wednesday 14th July




Summer Activity Week: Day 2: Sports Day


Watch the video and note down your answers!  Send them on Dojo :)




We are returning to our superhero topic we began before the isolation period.  Today I would like you to think about speech as well as character.  What kind of language and vocabulary choices are used in traditional hero v villain comics?  


 I have provided some 'comic' templates and an example from a well known superhero comic book.  Can you design your own comic based on your character?  


You don't need to tell your whole story, just an action-packed excerpt that features strong vocabulary!


I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


Tuesday 13th July 2021






I can read and retrieve information from non-narrative texts.

What makes me different, makes me unique!

Do you know anything about ADHD or ASC?  What do these letters stand for?  What pops into your head when you hear the letters or think of the words?  Make a little note before you read on!!


Read the Powerpoint.  In school we are discussing ADHD and ASC and learning about just some of the amazing people who have been diagnosed with these conditions.  You might be surprised!  After reading all the information have any of your earlier ideas or opinions been challenged?  Make a second note to tell me how your ideas have changed or anything you have learned.


Task:  Make a fact file.  Choose just one of the famous people from the powerpoint and make a fact page all about them.  You can use the information provided but you need to do your own independent research.  You can use pictures and colour to add interest to your page!  I can't wait to see what you come up with :)


Keep Active:

While you are at home, remember its so important to stay active!  We will be doing P.E. in school.  If you get some exercise, send us a picture on Dojo.  Don't forget, yoga is great exercise, easy to do at home and has excellent benefits for your wellbeing :)   Here I have added a link for a Cosmic Yoga: Superhero 

Monday 12th July 2021




Today is our next lesson on Geometry. The aim of today's lesson is to learn about lines of symmetry.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.

Reading Comprehension:


Following on from last night's Euro's Cup Final we thought a Euro themed reading comprehension would be a good way to practice the skills we have learnt this year.  


  • Read the whole text through first before you look at the questions.  
  • Read it through again, this time underline any words that you are unsure of their meaning.
    • Use a dictionary or ask an adult the meaning of the word.
  • Work through the questions.  Read each question carefully, paying special attention to any words or phrases that are highlighted.
  • If there are any questions you can't answer, move onto the next question and return to them at the end.

Picture News:


Today's lesson is looking at how real life is portrayed in fiction books.  Work through the Powerpoint below and then consider the task on the last slide.

W/C 5th July 2021


Year 4 are now isolating so you will find the lessons for each day below.  Please complete two of the following each day: TTRS (10 games), Numbots (30 minutes) and Bug Club (30 mins).


Please remember to send us photos of your work on your Portfolio Page on Class Dojo.  If you have any problems or questions then just drop one of us a message on Class Dojo and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Ukulele: Some of the songs we have been learning have been uploaded to Dojo and the Video Resource Centre for Year 4.  If you have your uke at home, keep practising!  

Friday 9th July 2021




Today is our next lesson on Geometry. The aim of today's lesson is to recap horizontal and vertical.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.



This is part of today's home learning.  Please ensure you complete 30 minutes on Numbots today (even if you have completed Numbots, see if you can go back and get a full three stars on all levels).



Our aim today is to find out where the Saxon invaders settled in Britain, can you think of a way we could do this ?


One way is to search for towns and villages that have names derived from Saxon words.  Use this website to see if you can find out any Saxon links to place names:


Now draw a sketch map of England to show where these towns and villages are located (can you find 10 villages or towns which have Saxon history?)

Thursday 8th July 2021




Today is our next lesson on Geometry. The LI is to be able to describe movement on a grid.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.

Picture News:



Look at this poster image and talk about what you can see. Do you know what football tournament is running at the moment?


The European Championships football tournament, or the Euros as they are more commonly known. Have you watched any of the matches? Have you been following the progress of England and/or any of the other teams playing? Talk about how passionate some people become during football tournaments and in support of their team.


Have you heard the song ‘Three Lions’ with the lyrics, ‘football’s coming home’? Have you heard this being sung at any recent matches? What do you think is meant by this phrase? This actually originally referred to the fact that when the song came out, England was hosting its first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, but now it is a reference of hope to England winning and bringing home the trophy. Also, according to FIFA, football as we know it today was actually invented in England in 1863, so the feeling is it's coming back to where it was born. Can you think of any other times when songs have brought us together? Talk about how you feel when you sing with others.


Read through the extract below from England Manager Gareth Southgate’s ‘Dear England’ letter.

  • Why do you think Gareth decided to write the letter?
  • What do you think is the most important message? Think about what we can learn from football in general, from the players, their manager and each other during tournaments like the Euros.
  • Send us your thoughts on class dojo.



Below are some activities for Year 4 for Spanish.  Miss Birch had promised you a fun lesson recapping everything from the year for the last lesson, so we thought it might be fun to send some Spanish games rather than a video lesson for today's work.


Match: Los números 1 a 20 | Quizlet


Quia - En mi estuche


Educandy | En mi pueblo | Match-up


Your task is to create a menu for your own Spanish restaurant with some of the Spanish foods we have been looking at.  See if you can include recommendations e.g. Me gusta, no me gusta.  This video can help you to remember some of the foods if you are not sure. Food and Drink - KS2 Spanish - BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize

Wednesday 7th July 2021




Today is our next lesson on Geometry. The LI is to be able to move on a grid.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.



Today we are going to find out more about the Saxons, looking at the weaponry they used when in battle.


Watch the following videos and make notes about what weapons they used :


60 second history


Meet an Anglo-Saxon Warrior


Anglo-Saxon Weaponry


There are some good websites with information too such as this one


History HIT


Your task today is to choose two items of Saxon weaponry, draw them and create a fact file about them.  Make sure you include:

  • What materials they were made of (and why these materials were chosen)
  • How they were made
  • How they were used in battle
  • Do you think they were effective? Would you change anything about it if you could make it using modern materials ?




Tuesday 6th July 2021




Today is our second lesson on Geometry. The LI is to be able to draw on a grid.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.



Today we are looking at Saxon Shore Forts.  Your first task is to work through this Powerpoint to understand what they are, where they came from, who built them and why they were built.

Now, using the map below your task is to show where these 9 Saxon Shore Forts were located.  When you have done this, label the nearest river to each fort and which town or city is fort closest to ?


The rivers are already marked on the map but you will need to find out the name.

The following websites might be useful to help locate the Saxon Shore forts:


Shore Forts of Britannia


Social Studies for children

Monday 5th July 2021




Today is our first lesson on Geometry. The LI is to be able to describe position .  To watch today's maths lesson just click here: 


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.



We are starting a new topic today looking at 'Traders and Raiders'.  The aim of today's lesson is to find out all about the dates of significant events in the period of history between AD 410 and 1066


Watch this video all about this time period (click here) and make notes as you go.  When you are making notes, remember that you don't need to write full sentences . . . . just record the key information.  In this case; the date, who was involved and what they did would be a good place to start.


See if you can use your notes to match the dates and images on this worksheet to create your own timeline.

Now, use this document to check you have the correct events in the correct date.  Did you miss any key things out when you made your notes (if you did, just add to your notes).



If you complete your History and Maths lessons then log into your computing website and continue with the lesson you were on.  Click here to go to the log in page:

Friday 28th May 2021



Reading: I can read and retrieve information from non-fiction text.


We were really intrigued about Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees in Tanzania and her work to show links between chimps and humans.  We had a brilliant class discussion about where humans come from.  This task will help you learn more about this topic :)  


Read through this text about Human Origins from the Britannica website, and then answer the questions from the PDF document.  Keep the web page open while you are working on your answers so you can refer back to the text.

Human Origins

This is a really tricky topic and most articles I found were geared towards Year 6 or older so don't be disheartened if you find it confusing!  If you are interested in this subject, here are some trusted links for further reading if you want to learn even more! 

Anthropology - Britannica

Human Evolution - Kiddle

The Kid Should See This - Human Evolution Videos for curious minds



End of Unit: Money


Please send your answers to Dojo :)  


Don't forget to complete 10 games on TTRS.  If you are usually in Numbots club you should aim for at least 20 minutes play.  


Thursday 27th May 2021




Today's task is to create a Fact File about Chimpanzees. Use a heading, sub-headings and an opening question to sign-post your reader.  You could also include a labelled diagram!  You could design your fact file on one sheet of paper (or use separate cut up sheets to make 'boxes' like we did for our rainforest fact file).  How can you show the reader the most important information?  Think about font and style.  What have the other non-fiction texts we have been reading in school included (speech bubbles?  'Did you know?').


Use this website as a starting point for your research: Nat Geo Kids - 10 Chimpanzee Facts


Greater Depth: Include a paragraph about Jane Goodall, who we have been learning about in class.


Upload your completed fact file to Dojo. If you have any questions please send a message to Mrs Chee who will be online today :)


Here is today's Power Maths.  Work out your answers on some paper and please upload to Dojo.  Any problems please send a message :)  Thank you.

Maths Thursday


Thursday 11th March 2021




Today's LI is to be able to multiply a 2 digit number by a single digit number.  To watch today's maths lesson just click here


If you would like any additional support then click here to see the BBC Bitesize clip.


Once you have completed the lesson video you need to complete the worksheet below and then use the answer sheet to check your work.



Today's LI is to be able to build a rich and varied vocabulary.


Work through the Powerpoint below and then complete the task on the last slide.



Click here to watch Mrs Birch's Spanish lesson which is looking at traditional tales and highlighting words that we can identify from previous lessons.

Friday 4th December



Today's maths sheet:

If you need any help with this worksheet then why not click here and take a look at the BBC Bitesize website (video and slides)



Read these pages from our book and make notes of all the things that Leon saw in the place between. Include adjectives for each object.  Think about where they might have come from.

Thursday 3rd December




Today's maths is the next session in 'equivalent fractions'



Download and attempt today's reading comprehension.  Focus on using the text to provide the evidence for your answers.

Tuesday 1st December




Today's maths lesson builds on what you learnt last week.



Leon has entered the circus tent and has been met by Abdul Kazam the magician.  The magician has appeared on stage amidst smoke and colour . . . . . he turned white handkerchieves into doves and even made water disappear into the night air.


Abdul turned to Leon and invited him to 'enter the magic' as he gestured towards a large box.


Should Leon go into the box.  Choose to be either Leon's mum, one of his brothers or Abdul Kazam.  Do you think Leon should go in the box ? 


Write a paragraph to convince Leon to do what you think is best.  Remember to use persuasive techniques such as exaggeration, emotive language and providing Leon with reasons which will appeal to him.



Work through the Powerpoint and then attempt the Junior challenge at the end.

Monday 30th November




Today's maths lesson involves using the Powerpoint to learn about equivalent fractions.  Once you have gone through it have a go at the worksheets.

Thursday 26th November




Today's maths video: Click here



Read the text below carefully and then attempt the questions.  Remember to use evidence from the text to support your answers.



Let's get into the Christmas spirit . . . . try this Christmas themed Cosmic Yoga to get your heart pumping! Click here

Wednesday 25th November




Maths video: Click here



Watch this video clip trailer and make a timeline of the key points in the journey.


Imagine you are the magician in the clip.  Write a diary entry to describe your day . . . . think about the verbs you choose and do they describe how you are moving.



Work through this PowerPoint all about cruise ships and what happens to them at the end of their life.  Attempt the junior challenge at the end and send your ideas in using Class Dojo.

Tuesday 24th November




Today's maths recap video: Click here



Look at the mechanical toys in this picture from our book.  What verbs do you think would best describe how the toys move?



Now use a thesaurus (most tablets or phones have this feature) to see if you can uplevel the words you have chosen.


Write a descriptive paragraph about the picture.  Remember to use all your senses (what can you see, what might you be able to smell, hear etc).  Don't forget to use your conjunctions to join clauses together (when, if, because, although)

Monday 23rd November




Today's recap lesson video: Click here



Watch this video about how to use an apostrophe: click here


Look at this picture of Leon and his friends stood outside the tent



Write a short description about the scene using possessive apostrophes where you can.  Try and use a mix of singular and plural nouns to show you can use apostrophes correctly for both.

Friday 20th November




Today's maths video: Click here



Leon and his friends have stepped inside the circus tent.


List all the nouns that they would see in the tent: grass, lanterns, Tom, Pete, Mo, Leon crowd of people, curtains, gold braid. What else could there be?


Write a list of nouns and add adjectives to each one. For example:



Can our phrases be expanded? Have we added verbs?
An anxious crowd with excited faces. An excited, happy baby wiggling his toes. Highlight verbs used. Can they be changed?


Now think about using subordinating conjunctions including when, if, because, although, to make sentences using the phrases above.
Although the crowd were anxious about what might happen, their excitement showed on their faces. An excited, happy baby squealed with delight when the white lop-eared rabbit hopped out from behind the curtain.


Your task:

Thursday 19th November




Don't forget to complete your Numbots (15 mins) and TTRS (10 studio games) today 👍🏻


Today's maths video: Click here


Today's maths sheet:





Read to the end of Chapter 3 (The Train to Impossible Places)


Complete the sheet below

Wednesday 18th November




Today's maths sheet



Look at this picture of a circus big-top.



Make a list of adjectives that you could use to describe the tent.  Now use a thesaurus to improve any that you can.


Now look at this picture from our book 'Leon and the place between'.



What's the same about the tents and what's different ?


How do you think the children are feeling as they stand outside the tent ?  Which child do you think is Leon ?


Tuesday 17th November




Today's lesson follows on from yesterday so there is no video today.   Re-watch yesterday's if you need to remind yourself of anything.



Today we are looking at the effects of sugar on our teeth and how much is in everyday foods.


Worth through the Powerpoint then have a look in the kitchen cupboards (remember to ask your parents / carers first).  Make a table to compare how much sugar is in different foods. 


How much added sugar is recommended for you to eat a day?

Monday 16th November




Today's maths link: Click here

Friday 13th November




Today's maths video (click here)



Look back at the poem we read on Tuesday (A lost lost property office) and remind yourself of how Roger McGough used rhyming couplets to describe all the weird and wonderful things that people leave on London Transport.


Use the noun phrases you created on Wednesday to write your own version of the poem.


Why not ask an adult to video your performing your poem and send it to us on Class Dojo.



Go through the Powerpoint below and then attempt the challenge on the final page.

Thursday 12th November




Today's video link: 



Look at these sentences and predict what you think our new book might be about:



What about when you see the book cover . . . .



Read the first chapter:




Now answer these questions (remember to give evidence from the text):


  1. What were Suzy’s mum and dad doing?
  2. What did Suzy like doing when she was at home?
  3. What was Reginald interested in?
  4. Suzy carried on doing extra homework after she had finished what Mr Marchwood had set: True or false?

Wednesday 11th November




Today's video link:



Watch the short clip of ‘Tales from the Lost-Property Office’ (Or read the linked article)

and inside TFLs lost property office items-left-on-trains-91364037404633


News article property-office


Using the picture below and the film clip, make a list of all the items you have spotted that you might like to include in your poem- think about who might have lost it and how. Encourage careful choice of nouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs to make phrases. Use a thesaurus to improve noun choices and add imaginary items to extend their lists.


Tuesday 10th November




Today's maths video:



Read this poem:


The Lost Lost-Property Office


'On buses and trains you wouldn't believe
The crazy things that passengers leave:


A pair of crutches, I kid you not,
Hot-waterbottle, full but no longer hot


A bouncy castle deflating slowly
Glove discarded by a one-armed goalie


Pink chiffon tutu for a large ballerina
A can of worms and a concertina


A ventriloquist's dummy with nothing to say
An Egyptian mummy all dusty and grey


A scaffolder asleep in a Spider-Man suit
the tangled remains of a failed parachute


A Viking helmet and a broken lance
A pair of elephant's underpants


A file with Top Secret stamped in red
(Inside a card, April Fool it said)


An Alpine horn and a didgeridoo
A signed photo of Winnie-the-Pooh


A shot-putter's shot and a pole vaulter's pole
Two Yorkshire puddings and a toad-in-the-hole


Headphones and hearing aids by the score
A mountain of mobiles and a lavatory door.


A bucket of toenails and a wooden plank
Two air-to-air missiles and a Russian tank


Lost any of these? Bad news I'm afraid,
The Lost-Property Office has been mislaid.'


(You can watch Roger McGough read his poem here:


Answer the following questions about the poem:


Monday 9th November




Today's maths video:



Listen to this song from The Sound of Music called 'My Favourite Things' . . . .


Look at the lyrics carefully and consider which lines rhyme and how many syllables make up each line.


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things


Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things


Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things


When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad


Each line is made up of two statements separated by 'and'.  Each statement is made of 5 syllables. ables. 


Write at least three lines of your own lyrics using the same idea.  For example:


View from the window and brown wooden table.

Friday 6th November



Today's video link:



Recap the story 'Gorilla' using the Powerpoint below.


Write your own version of the story by changing the setting, the animal (what animal would you change the gorilla for) and where they go on their adventure when the toy comes to life.


Remember to use a variety of fronted adverbials and avoid using Hannah's name repeatedly by using different pronouns.

Wednesday 4th November 2020



Today's maths link:



Read the story below and then have a go at answering the questions on the attached sheet.

Thursday 22nd October




Today's video link:



Read to the end of the story.


Did you like the ending? Any puzzles or questions? What was the theme of the story? How did Anthony Browne convey his theme/message to the reader?


Take the final image with Hannah and her dad and add thought bubbles to it or speech bubbles. Can you create a speech sandwich for Hannah and her dad?
Discuss what might have happened with her dad at the zoo and note down any ideas.


Answer the following and write a short paragraph for each:

What I liked about the book;

What themes I liked in the book;
What I didn’t like;
My favourite part of the book;
What I think happened at the zoo with Hannah and her dad.


Have you used g fronted adverbials and a range of conjunctions in your writing?
What I liked about the book

At the beginning, I didn’t really like the story because Hannah’s dad was unkind to her but then I really liked that the toy gorilla became a real gorilla and he did all the things her dad should have done with her. I also enjoyed Anthony Browne’s art work because he hides gorillas in the scenery and it’s fun to try and spot them.



Design and make an instrument to play as part of a celebration band. Consider how the instrument will be played and carried by the player and whether it will make its sound by blowing, plucking or beating. Select from a range of different materials and resources to construct their instrument, including a range of tools to join and decorate their designs.


Note: Children can choose from a huge variety of instruments, from box shakers, rainmakers, bamboo scrapers and drums, to paper and comb kazoos and rubber band guitars. The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday 21st October




Today's link:



Today we are going to use the emotion graph we created yesterday to write a diary about the Hannah's adventure so far.


Remember the key features of a diary (this link might help


Try and start some of your sentences with fronted adverbials (



Tuesday 20th October



Video link:



Continue reading up to ‘Hannah had never been so happy.’

Identify the main events from the story so far and create a timeline.


Explore how Hannah has felt through the story and model plotting the first few points of an emotion graph or timeline for the key events in the book. Discuss a range of vocabulary to describe emotions beyond happy and sad. Try to include quotes from the book on the graph or timeline, or reasons for the choices of emotions.



Can you complete your own emotion graph for events read so far.



Work through this Powerpoint and then attempt the challenge at the end.

Monday 28th September


Recap lesson looking at numbers to 1000 on a number line.


Video Link:



Complete the Powerpoint below and then work through the activity sheet


Friday 25th September



Video Link:



Carefully read the following pages of text all about dolphins then answer the questions below:







Have a go at this Cosmic Yoga activity . . . it lasts about 30 minutes so make sure you have a drink ready for during the exercise.

Thursday 24th September



Video Link:





Investigate a model non-chronological report/biography fact-file about Usain Bolt. 


Look at the fact-file describing Usain Bolt’s life (see below) and the modern-day Olympic Games.



Pupils highlight mastery keys which have been addressed in the unit.



Once pupils have completed this, look at the feature keys and unpick elements which can be found in the fact-file:

  • Use specific vocabulary e.g. Olympic, and some technical vocabulary e.g. medallist

  • Use description to compare and contrast e.g. Bolt is one of the most popular

    sportspeople of the 21st century

  • Write with clear and precise description

  • Use layout features e.g. questions to draw in the reader, headings and sub-headings,

    paragraphs to group related ideas, diagrams

    Discuss how Usain’s life and other information is organised for the fact-file.


Make notes on how the Feature keys have been used.




Work through the powerpoint and answer the questions included

Wednesday 23rd September



Video Link:



Listen to the story to the end


Create a timeline of Katherine’s life by going through the book again and deciding on the pivotal moments (e.g. date born, starting school, moving to a new house age 10, leaving high school, first job, job at Langley, etc). Retrieve key information from the text and infer other facts (e.g. born 1918, moved to a new house age ten which must be 1928). Align these with the dates of the Space Race where possible to show how her life was impacted by this point in history.


Consider what Katherine needed to succeed. Suggestions could include:

  • support from her family

  • hard work

  • resilience

  • a dream/ clear goal

  • a positive attitude

  • the right skills

  • belief in herself

    Could anyone achieve what she achieved? What does it mean to be ‘a star’?


Imagine you are Katherine Johnson herself.

What would your message be to young children with a dream, particularly those facing barriers such as race, class, financial hardship or gender?


Write an open letter from Katherine Johnson to give a message to youngsters with a dream.


Here's an example to help you:


Dear inspired one,



I am writing to you to let you know nothing is impossible. Once upon a time I looked up at the stars and dared to dream. Few people like me took the path I took in life. If you keep believing I want you to know that any dream can be yours.


Firstly, believe that education should be for everyone. Fight for it. Value it. If someone tries to take it from you demand to keep hold of it. Your education is your greatest tool because what it teaches you can take you anywhere.


Secondly take support from people who love you. There will be times you will need their love like water. Accept their help and appreciate it.


Finally, don’t be afraid to push doors open when they are closed. Sometimes people say you can’t do things or it isn’t normal. Is it because it is wrong or is it because it has never been done before? You too can be the first...and be great at what you do.


Be true to yourself. Only you can make the most of your life. I wish you a long and happy one.


Take care, Katherine Johnson




Choose your favourite piece of music.

  • Explain why you like it:
  • Consider
    • The instruments used
    • The lyrics
    • Does the video mean anything to you?
    • How does the music make you feel when you hear it?


Tuesday 22nd September



Video link:





Look at this picture of the exploding rocket and ask them to describe what they can see. Pupils then write their ideas on post it notes and expand upon them using prepositions and adverbs.

...scattered debris flew in all directions
from the tiny window a yellow flash as bright as the sun... thousands of pieces of shrapnel shot across the black of space a trickle of fuel leaked from under the barrel of the module


Ask pupils to do the same again but now focusing on what the astronauts could hear and feel.
almost at once a deafening boom...

suddenly lurched forwards...


Now try to turn these ideas into a description of the exploding rocket. Draw attention to the way the description should be in the past tense.  Encourage pupils to use the Y3/4 word list and words from the developing vocabulary bank in their own writing.

A sudden blast from the left wing made the spaceship shake. It spiralled off the flight path before lurching to a halt. Outside the tiny window the terrified astronauts saw an explosion of yellow, as bright as the sun. Thousands of pieces of shrapnel were flying everywhere and sparks shot in different directions. The three fathers looked at each other, sensing the grave peril they were in.


Pupils write a description of the explosion including prepositions and adverbs.




Watch this video which explains 'pitch'.


We are going to investigate pitch using elastic bands.  Firstly, complete these sentences:



Now using elastic bands that you can find at home, experiment how the pitch changes when you use different thicknesses, different lengths and when you stretch them tighter.


Were your predictions correct ?

Monday 21st September



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Can you match the vocabulary to the definition (resource 1 below)


Read the newspaper article (see resource 2 below) about Apollo 11 walking on the moon. You may wish to show a short clip of the momentous occasion.


Discuss how news reports give us the answer to the 5w questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Pupils use a highlighter to pull this key information from the text. Pupils may also highlight other key facts the newspaper reveals.


In a different colour, pupils should underline prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs that express time, place and cause within the text.
e.g. onto the Moon's surface, just before 3am, before he was joined by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin

Pupils decide on the facts that are most interesting to the public. Can you turn these facts into a Did you know...? style question and write them as bullet points. Recap with pupils how to use question marks and capital letters for proper nouns.

  • Did you know the landing craft was called The Eagle?

  • Did you know Michael Collins travelled all the way to the moon but never

    stepped out of the landing craft?


Pupil create a Man on the Moon Did You Know...? fact-file about the moon landings using the information in the text.




Watch this video about how we hear using our ears:


Draw a diagram to explain what you have learnt.  Name each part of the ear and write about what it's purpose is.

Thursday 17th September



Click here and watch a short BBC video clip.


Read the next four pages from ‘Here’s why...’ to ‘Glenn became a national hero.” Pupils read the key facts about astronaut John Glenn, the first American in space (resource below)

Focus on the line ‘Katherine was known for asking plenty of questions’ and those on the previous page. Highlight the use of the question mark.


Return to the key facts from earlier in the session and recap how to add detail to sentences using adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. Turn phrases into full sentences varying the position of conjunctions.


Use the notes about John Glenn’s life and his part in 


the Space Race to write a paragraph about the famous astronaut. 

When he was at school, John Glenn fell in love with a girl called Annie. He married her years later. In 1942, he joined the US navy and became a pilot. John died in 2016. Because of his historic role in the Space Race, John is still remembered across the world today.


Pupils write a paragraph about John Glenn and his part in the Space Race using the information drawn from the key facts. Pupils should incorporate prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs to express time, place and cause as appropriate.




Play a range of recorded sound effects for children to identify. Work in teams to recognise and describe the sounds as accurately as possible. Make sounds using their voices for others to guess.

Note: Provide a wide selection of sounds, including mechanical and natural, soft and loud, extracts of theme tunes or music from adverts. Compare and discuss results using descriptive vocabulary. Vocabulary can be collected on word cards for later use.

Wednesday 16th September



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Study the picture and imagine what it would feel like to be Katherine walking into that office for the first time. Consider her reaction as well as the reaction of the other women in the room.

Form contractions from two words using an apostrophe to make a speech bubble for the characters.





Create a dialogue between Katherine and her new colleagues incorporating adverbs to express time and place. Also include contractions where appropriate.



e.g. “Good morning everybody” said Katherine quietly.
“Hello there. I’m Jolene. Let me show you around” chirped the woman in the pink dress sitting nearby.

“You’ll be sitting by me today” smiled the lady opposite.




Task 1

Work with someone at home to find out about one of the Bible writers using your Bible Author Fact Sheet.  Make notes about your author using the key questions on the whiteboard.


Task 2

Then put yourself in your Bible writer’s shoes. Ask someone at home to interview you. They might ask which book of the Bible you wrote, or when you wrote it, or how you knew what to write. Can you answer all their questions?



*Can name at least three different authors in the Bible?

**Who is your favourite author? What inspires them?

***How are the Bible writers different?

Monday 14th September



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Use the powerpoint below to up-level your diary entry from Friday



Listen to examples of a range of western classical music, finding a piece that they like.


Click here to find some music examples


Think of ways that the piece chosen could be used as background music for a reading of The Sound Collector.


A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away

The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock

The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes

The hissing of the frying pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill

The drumming of the raindrops
On the windowpane
When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain

The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair

A stranger called this morning
He didn't leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same

Roger McGough


Listen together for key moments in the music that would help to emphasise particular words and phrases in the poem. Discuss the effect of the music on the way that they read the poem.

Friday 11th September



Watch this video up to 1min 38seconds


Consider the statement:
Her dad was right to move her to another town where there was a black high school. Explore ideas from pupils about whether they agree or disagree. Formulate some statements using because.
He was right because he wanted her to go to school.
He was right because she was very bright and needed an education.
He was wrong because all their friends would be in the town they had moved from.


Discuss how to group related ideas into paragraphs by creating a brief plan together. Use ideas from the previous discussion. Pupils should build in conjunctions and try to vary their position in a sentence. 



Explain the dilemma-how he is feeling

Reasons to go

Reasons to stay

His decision and feelings

-lay awake worrying last night
- doesn’t know what to do

-Katherine is a bright girl
- want to do the right thing for Katherine

-a new school will be welcoming
Katherine will enjoy it

-all Katherine’s friends are here
-it is a big upheaval for the family to move
- like where they live now

-Katherine will make new friends
-it is the right thing to move for Katherine’s future




I haven’t slept a wink. I have been so worried about Katherine lately. What am I to do? She is a gifted child and she has grown up in a place that hasn’t allowed her to shine. When I moved here I didn’t consider how hard it would be. I believe now we need to move to a different town and find a school that will welcome us. Finding such a place will be difficult though because I have heard so many places separate whites and blacks.


Pupils complete a diary entry for Katherine’s father, centred on him trying to make the right decision for his family.  You may wish to give the modelled start (above) and pupils continue and finish the diary.




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Carry out a five minute warm up session to make sure all your muscles are ready and your heart is beating a bit faster . . . ready to do some exercise.


Today's PE lesson is an introduction to Football and looking at the skill of dribbling.  


With a ball (if you don't have a football, any size ball will do), practice dribbling around cones or obstacles that you set up in your garden.  Remember to use the inside and outside of your foot.


Can you do the same course using your other foot instead ?  How fast can you go before you start to lose control of the ball?

Thursday 10th September




Explore the character of Katherine with the class.
Draw an outline of a body for Katherine.


On the outside, place what we know about her.
She loved to count.
She was very bright.
She skipped three years of school.
She loved to imagine what was in space.
She had a brother
She wasn’t allowed to go to the local high school.

On the inside put what she is like as a person and quotes from the book that explain her feelings.
She was curious about things.
She liked to use her imagination.


Model how to turn some of the facts into sentences, linking phrases with conjunctions.  Also emphasise the use of expanded noun phrases and the use of the past tense.

Katherine Johnson skipped three years of school because she was so bright. Her knowledge and interest in the universe fired her imagination so she wanted to learn as much as possible. She burned with fury when she discovered she couldn’t go to high school.


Pupils continue the description of Katherine. Ensure that conjunctions and the past tense are used.




Counting in 1000s


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Listen to a piece of jazz music, making marks and shapes to represent the different sounds heard. Take inspiration from other jazz influenced works, such as those by artists Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. Use their ideas to create a piece of drawing work, using a range of drawing materials, that represents ideas about a piece of music they like.

Note: Children could explore how their marks change as they listen to a range of different musical genres and sounds. Examples might include classical, contemporary or rock. Strong rhythmical pieces such as traditional African drumming should produce some interesting, strong lines and shapes.