Year 4 Homework

Chapter Ten Part 2

Posted on Wednesday 22 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Hello all,

That Uncle Quentin, eh?! Can’t believe he’s going to sell George’s island.


21 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 21 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Hi all,

Hope yesterday’s learning was okay! Please let me know if you have any issues and I’ll try to help. Email me at and I’ll get back to you.

First up, we’ve got the answers from yesterday’s learning: 

Maths Monday answers


Now, onto our learning for today…


2. Tree poem RIC


Maths Tuesday


2. Geography Counties


20 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Hello and welcome back to school (kind of) after Easter holidays (kind of)!

I hope you’re all doing okay and finding some kind of routine.

There are lots of things I’m missing and not enjoying about the lockdown but there are a lot of things I am enjoying. For example, spending more time with my wife and daughter (almost too much), only going to the shops once a week, talking more to my neighbours, going for walks in Gledhow Valley Woods, reading more books, the slower pace of life in general.

Try to spend a little time thinking about and talking about the things that you are enjoying and that are going well.

Anyway, here’s the learning for today:


1. Tree poem


Maths Monday


1. Geography Cities


Chapter Ten Part 1

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mr Wilks


A change of tech today. Hopefully it’s a bit better!

Here’s the next installment.

Oh look, it’s me in the bottom corner. Wow. I need a haircut!

Chapter 9 part 2

Posted on Saturday 18 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Click here for the next installment of the class novel.

Chapter 9 Part 1

Posted on Thursday 16 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Click here for the next installment of the class novel.

Chapter 8 Part 2

Posted on Tuesday 14 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Hi all,

Click here for the next installment of the class novel.


A bit of holiday reading 1…..

Posted on Wednesday 08 April 2020 by Mr Wilks

Before school was closed, our class novel was a Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. It’s the first in the series:  Five on Treasure Island.

When Miss Rushbrooke started reading the novel with the children, they had a discussion about some of the language that Enid Blyton used and the characterisation of the five main characters. For example, the children were quick to pick up on some gender stereotyping they encountered in the book. It would have been easy to decide not to read the book because of this, but we believed that a conversation around these issues was really valuable learning. The mature and thoughtful discussion that followed really impressed Miss Rushbrooke.

So that we can continue to enjoy the book, I’ll be posting weblinks every few days to a video of me reading the story alongside the text. You’ll see some ‘tricky’ words explained on most pages as well. Your child can listen to these independently, or even better if they listen along with you. Feel free to mute me if you’d prefer to read it yourselves!

The link below starts at Chapter 8. Look back at your child’s story map from the first week of home learning to refresh what’s happened previously. Enjoy! 


Easter home learning

Posted on Monday 06 April 2020 by Mr Catherall

As it’s the Easter holidays, we’re taking a break from the daily home learning tasks. Instead, here are a range of activities that you might like to try over the two weeks. The tasks are creative and are designed to allow children the opportunity to enjoy some different learning, perhaps alongside family members. A few key points…

  • The list will be the same across year groups, meaning if you’ve more than one child, they might work on it together in some way.
  • Some of the tasks can take a bit longer, like a mini-project, and others match Creative homework tasks.
  • You can encourage your child to do some or all of the activities – they’re all optional.
  • During this time, you can still email your child’s class teacher about the home learning, although they may not respond as quickly as they have been doing.
  • Teachers will return to daily home learning tasks on Monday 20 April.

Art Attack

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who creates art using things he can find in nature. The artwork shown here was created using different leaf types and creating a pattern. He creates his art outside as he likes the fact that it’s temporary and won’t be around for long!

Create your own piece of art using different materials you can find around your home or in the garden. You could even create some ‘rubbish art’ using only items that have been used and would be thrown away or recycled.

Take some photographs and send them to your teachers.


Create your own treasure hunt with cryptic clues for your family members to complete. Make the clues as tricky as you can. What could be the prize for the winning hunter? Maybe, this could tie in with a family Easter egg hunt.

Secret Message

Create your own invisible ink.

Using a spoon, mix water and lemon juice. Dip a cotton bud into the mixture and write a message onto the white paper. Wait for the juice to dry so your message becomes completely invisible. When you are ready to read your secret message or show it to someone else, heat the paper by holding it close to a light bulb – be careful: maybe ask an adult to do this part. As the mixture heats up, your message should reappear so people can read it again.

Alternatively, the same result can be achieved by writing the message on white paper with a white candle or crayon. Then, paint over the message using coloured paint to reveal the writing.

For a challenge, come up with your own way of making invisible ink and try it out on your family.

‘Board’ Silly

Design and create your own board game for you and your family to play – perhaps play some existing board games first to research ideas.

There are a few key things to think about:

  • What will your theme be?
  • Will there be any ‘snakes’ or ‘ladders’ style elements?
  • Do you need to make a dice using a cube net?
  • Will there be any extra challenges or forfeits if you land on certain numbers?

Enjoy your games!


Extreme Reading

Reading is a great way to relax and learn about the world around us; also, reading regularly can help us to stay happy and healthy. This challenge is all about making reading even more fun. We’d love to know how many places you can read in. Try to read in a different place each day. Take photos or draw a picture of you doing it, if you can.

You could read…

  • in a den that you’ve made
  • up a tree
  • under the bed/table
  • to the dog/cat
  • looking in a mirror

Stay safe and send your class teacher some pictures.

Come Dine/Bake with Me

Have your very own family ‘Come Dine With Me’ experience. Each family member could cook a meal or a course and then you must score each other out of ten. Similarly, each family member could bake something and you could all have a tasting after where you give points (like on Great British Bake Off). You don’t have to work on your own – you could help an adult.

Who will win?

Den Building

Who doesn’t love making a den? Either in your house, or in your garden, spend time building a den and enjoy some time relaxing in it – if there’s more than one of you, you could make it a competition. Use whatever materials you can find and see how creative you can get.

You could also read in it and combine this challenge with the ‘Extreme Reading’ one.

Get Ya Body Movin’

Staying physically active plays a crucial role in keeping us happy and healthy; it boosts our mental and emotional health, too. This task has three options – all of which are designed to get people moving during the holidays. You could include your family as well.

Option A: Create your own ‘Ninja Warrior’ style challenges in the garden or your house. Try to include a range of activities that include jumping, balancing, stretching, climbing and, if you’re feeling brave, water. The adults in your family will love a water challenge.

Option B: Create your own Joe Wicks style workout video. You could do it with your family or film yourself and send it to your friends. You might like to check out Joe Wicks’ YouTube channel for inspiration.

Option C: Choose your favourite song and create your own ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ (WUSU) dance routine. Again, you could lead this for your family to join in or film yourself and send it to friends or other family members. This’ll be a great way to get everyone dancing.

03 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mr Wilks


Get someone at home to test you on your spellings.

happiness / loneliness / thoughtfully / painless / colourful / humming / wrapping / dripped / clapped / funniest / hottest / hopeful / wishful


How did your poetry performance go? Perform the poem to an adult at home and ask for some feedback on your expression. Did you do a different voice for the dentist and for the crocodile? What does a crocodile who can speak even sound like? Did you include some actions?

It’s Friday so it’s our Love of Reading session again. Find somewhere quiet to sit and read. Parents/carers, take some time to read as well if you can!

Afterwards, chat about what you’ve read.

Maths answers

Answers were on the link from yesterday. Here it is again if you haven’t checked them.



Today’s learning are some puzzles to solve. The game is on the link below (make sure you allow flash to get it to work). If you have problems, screenshots of the levels are posted underneath the link. Children will need to draw the shapes before they try and solve. There’s a certain amount of trial and error involved so instead of re-drawing each time you make an error, it might be easier to make little cards for the numbers which you place on the powerlines. They don’t have to be fancy; some quick paper squares will work really well.

You need to make each line total the power line total using the numbers at the top. You can only use each number once. Well done if you manage to complete all eight levels. Some of them are tricky!



In our science lesson today, we’re recapping our learning from last year about the water cycle.

First of all, consume the information on the following webpage: 

Next, watch this water cycle video from YouTube (you will be singing it all weekend, sorry).

Finally, draw your own water cycle diagram. Making sure that you label it with scientific vocabulary:





If you’re struggling, here’s a diagram to help…