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Learning for Life

Year 4

Notices & Reminders

Good Morning Children
As I won't see you today in our celebration assembly I just wanted to say how very proud I am of all the home learning you have been doing over the last two weeks.  Your teachers have been showing me the wonderful things you have been doing and they look great. If you haven't uploaded work onto tapestry or seesaw then please do.  Our value of the month is reflectiveness and I wanted to ask you all to spend five minutes reflecting on how resilient you have been over the last 2 weeks, coping with a very different way of learning.
We break up for the Easter holidays this afternoon, at 1:30 pm, but I will see you back here, on your class page, on Monday 20th April at 9 am. 
Happy Easter
Stay Safe
Mrs Spearman

Friday 3rd April 2020


Yesterday, you were adding fractions - did you notice that the denominator did not change? - just the numerator. 

Today, you are going to be subtracting fractions. It's the same principle but with subtraction. Make sure you don't get + and - confused!!


5/6 - 1/6 = 4/6

(My whole is still divided into 6 - I am just taking one piece away)

With some of the harder questions, you might need to convert your fractions to a mixed number - or maybe an equivalent fraction may have crept into the mix.... 

Try these to warm you up:

8/12 - 2/12 =

7/9 - 3/9 =

8/10 - 3/10 =

15/10 - 1/10 - 3/10 =

You could draw them if you like! 

See the bottom of the page for your extra maths tasks.



If you haven't already completed your fronted adverbial booklet please do so today :) The fronted adverbial work I've seen on Seesaw so far looks fabulous! 


Daily tasks:

Lexia - 20/30 minutes.  -->

Spellings - Keep working on that Y3/4 list. 


We were due to break up at 1:30pm today! Happy Easter - Enjoy your two week break the best you can - just please make sure you stay safe inside! 



We were due to be learning about 'Inventors and Inventions' after half term. Perhaps you could choose an invention that has changed your life and research it? Who invented it? When? How has it developed over the years? How has it changed your life?

If I were to choose an invention it would be the Dexcom G6. It is a device my little boy wears on his tummy - it looks a bit like a USB stick - and it means I can see his Blood Glucose levels on my mobile phone all of the time. It alarms to tell me when they are too high or too low so that I can keep him safe. 

Present your work in any way you choose. You could create a factfile, a powerpoint, a poster, a non-chronological report, a diary entry....

Have a great Easter and, if you do choose to complete our optional task, I'm looking forward to reading about the inventions you have chosen and how they have changed your life!

Keep safe everybody.

Miss Howes. 


Thursday 2nd April 2020

Dear all, 

I hope you are all well! I just wanted to update you all as I know there are a handful of you still having difficulty accessing Lexia from home. I have phoned them directly for support today and they have emailed me a system requirements document. The lady I spoke to on the phone explained that F&B are using the 'Expanded 21 Levels' version. Essentially, this version of Lexia is not compatible with any android devices. I've uploaded an image of the system requirements below:


From what I understand, this means Lexia should be accessible from a Mac, a Windows computer / laptop using Chrome or Firefox (not Internet Explorer) or a relatively recent iPad. 

This may help to explain why some children are not able to login at home. If you have access to these devices and are still having difficulty, please do contact me and let me know and I will contact Lexia again.

Hope that helps!! 

Miss Howes. 


Thursday 2nd April 2020

Morning all, I just wanted to say what a fabulous job you are all doing! I know many parents are feeling overwhelmed by the home-school tasks that are being set at the moment and I completely understand! The work Miss Mills and I have seen uploaded onto Seesaw is fantastic. Go easy on yourselves - you ARE doing brilliantly <3


Today we are going to be adding fractions (with the same denominator)

The first 55 seconds of this clip will show you an example:

(Please watch the clip ONLY up to 55 seconds - we do not want to complicate things at this stage). 


Your task:

Try adding these fractions:

2/5 + 1/5 = 

5/9 + 1/9 = 

4/9 + 3/9 + 1/9 = 

3/12 + 1/12 + 4/12 = 

4/6 + 4/6 = ____ (What's do you notice about this one? Can you now convert it to a mixed number?)


Now have a go at the tasks I have uploaded to the bottom of the page for you. 

Remember, the tasks are differentiated - you do not need to complete all three sheets of questions just the level that best fits your needs :) 

D = * (Working towards Y4)

E = ** (Working at Y4)

GD = *** (Working at greater depth) 



Please continue working on your fronted adverbial booklet that I uploaded to the bottom of the page yesterday. 


Daily tasks:

Lexia - 20/30 minutes. 

Spellings - Keep working on that Y3/4 list. 


Drama with Mr Ashford:

Mr Ashford uploaded another drama clip at the weekend - get the whole family involved - it looks like a lot of fun.



The science task I set yesterday was quite a big one - it would probably take a couple of sessions in school to complete so take some time to complete it today if you haven't already. I noticed that the leaf document I uploaded became distorted and wouldn't have been much use so I've posted an image of it below:

Miss Howes. 


Wednesday 1st April 2020

Morning all!

I hope you're all keeping well. Your home-learning activities for the day are outlined below. Please do let me know via the Year4 email address if you're having any difficulty.




Please show the following improper fractions using a part-whole method like you learnt to do last week using the following clip






Main Task:

Today, you are going to be 'counting in fractions' - you will be completing number sequences and, where this contains improper fractions, you will need to convert them to mixed numbers too. 


E.g. If you had the following number sequence:


1/4  2/4  3/4   __?__     1 1/4     1 2/4 

The missing fraction would be 4/4 (1 whole). 

Remember, the tasks are differentiated - you do not need to complete all three sheets of questions just the level that best fits your needs :) 

D = * (Working towards Y4)

E = ** (Working at Y4)

GD = *** (Working at greater depth) 


Extension Task:

If you whizz through the task I have also uploaded some reasoning and problem solving questions as an extension - these too are differentiated. 



The children all know how much I love fronted adverbials and I go on about seeing the children use them in their writing all of the time (despite me going on and on they do still need reminding...)

I've attached a fronted adverbial booklet at the bottom of the page (Please note - if you do not have a printer, please do not worry - so long as the children can see the booklet online they can complete the tasks in their workbook). 

I expect, for each task to be done well, this will take three days so no rush.



If you're now able to access Lexia (Over half of the class are now online!) Please do spend 20 - 30 minutes on there. If you are not yet up and running - please make sure you spend 20/30 minutes reading. Record any vocabulary you don't know and look it up.

If you're still having trouble using Lexia, please look at the following document:

Core 5 System Requirements


Not everyone has completed 'Soundcheck' for me yet. If you have, thank you! Please spend time on Studio too. 



Keep working through that Y3/4 spelling list I have uploaded at the bottom of the page. 



L.O. To make observations of leaves in order to classify them 

Just like invertebrates last week, scientists also use characteristics to group leaves.

- Some leaves are attached directly to the stem or branch and some have little stalks.

- The edge of the leaf may be smooth, wavy or jagged.

- Leaves may be arranged on the stem or branch in different ways.

- A compound leaf is made up of several smaller leaves known as leaflets. 


If possible in your garden, or out on your daily socially distanced slot find different trees. Look at the leaves very carefully, observing their arrangement and edge. You are looking for these different characteristics.

Do the leaves have stalks?

What is the leaf edge like?

How are the leaves arranged?

Are they simple or compound leaves?

Take photos to show each of these characteristics. Collect one leaf from each tree to take back to take home with you. 

Using the resources I've uploaded at the bottom of the page for you and the leaves you have collected, can you now create a classification key to group your leaves? Make sure you think of scientific yes/no questions using key vocabulary. You may use the questions I have uploaded at the bottom of the page if you'd like to. 


Keep up the great work!

Miss Howes. 


Monday 30th March 2020

Good evening! I hope you have all managed to have a good weekend. Have you been managing to do Joe Wicks work out each morning? It’s been really hard hasn’t it! Keep it up if you have been doing it as you will find it easier as you go along. It’s a great way to stay fit! Well done to all the children who have been uploading their learning onto Seesaw or have emailed learning to us. You are working really hard at home parents and children!

 Please find some learning for Monday and Tuesday below and slides on Seesaw.


Following on from you learning on fractions last week. Complete the learning on fractions greater than 1.


Reread the poems from last week and refresh your brains. In today’s lesson start to plan your own poem. Draw a picture of a rainforest and annotate it with description words, think about figurative language: similes and metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification. Can you think of rhyming words? Also remember to use your 5 senses and thoughts and feelings.

Use these sentences to practise some lines for each verse: The rainforest is like layers of a…

The emergent layer..

The canopy layer…

The understory has ….

The final layer….

Spend some time on TTRS and Lexia. If you are still unable to get on Lexia- spend some time choosing a reading activity from the list below:

Pick a descriptive word from the text, write it down and use a thesaurus to write down five synonyms and antonyms for that word.

Re-read a chapter - pick out 10 words that you feel are powerful words and that you could use in your own writing.

How does the story hook you in at the beginning? Make a list of words or phrases that you feel are effective in making you want to read on.

Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book.

Choose a descriptive passage and make a list of examples of vivid imagery – similes, metaphors, alliteration, powerful verbs, adjectives and adverbs etc

Choose a key moment in the book and change the event. Re-write the following chapter.

Re-write a chapter as a playscript.

Think of 5 questions you would like to ask one of the characters. Then write their answers as if you were that character.

Write about what a character might be thinking or feeling at different stages of the story. You could write it in the first person or in a speech bubble.


Predict what might happen when you are part way through a book. Write your prediction in the form of a story plan in boxes.

Write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you have read in your book.

Make a list of questions you ask yourself as you read.

Before you finish the book, write down your predictions for the ending. After you finish, look back and check the accuracy of your prediction.

Write an interview or conversation between you and the main character of your book. Be sure you write detailed responses for the character.


Spend some time finding out about the five K’s and what they symbolise? Use the websites below to find out about the five K’s. Find out about each object and write some sentences about each object. What does it symbolise? What is it called?



Take part in Joe Wicks session at 9.00am. Have a go at playing these games at home.

Wall Juggling

If handballs weren't illegal, this game could be called "Heads-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes." Each competitor gets a ball and stands facing one of the walls of your arena. Proceed to "juggle" the ball off the wall and back to yourself, either with the head, the knee, the feet or a combination of all three, depending on age and skill level. The winner is the last person to have her ball hit the floor.

King of the Ring

Because of its enclosed nature and smoother surface, indoor soccer puts a premium on being able to control a ball close to your feet. Mark off a "ring" with clear boundaries within your gym, and give each kid a ball. The purpose of the game is to dribble throughout the ring and maintain control of your ball, while simultaneously trying to kick other kids' balls outside the ring, eliminating them. Last one standing is crowned.

Tuesday 31st March 2020


Recap on fractions greater than one. Just complete the ones you can do. Please do not worry if you are struggling with some of the questions. Just do what you can!

Complete the number learning sheet. Choose either of these numbers: 680 or 6802.

Spend some time completing sound check on TTRS/ Lexia or reading activities.


Choose 5 common exception words (decide, describe, different, difficult and disappear) Create a graffiti page using these words – check that you are spelling them correctly.

Write your own first 2 verses of your poem. Use these sentences to start your verses: : The rainforest is like layers of a…

The emergent layer..

Think about your senses, and see if you can use some similes and metaphors to describe things in the rainforest.



Look at the backgrounds of Henri Rousseau’s paintings and design and make your own. Use whatever medium you have at home, pens, pencils, paint, materials etc. Can you make it 3d?

This will act as your background for your final art piece. You will add a sketch of your own chosen animal in the next session.


This is an ongoing project and should be completed over time. Please create a board game based on our topic which is ‘Rainforests’.Use board games that you know such as Top Trumps, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders as inspiration. Make sure your game includes questions to be answered.  

Remember to have some time relaxing and having regular breaks with your learning. Please let us know if you have any problems regarding the learning set.

Take care of yourselves and I look forward to seeing your learning on Seesaw!

Miss Mills




Friday 27th March 2020

                                                       --- Happy Friday everyone! --- 


On a Friday, at 10am, we sing 'happy birthday' to everyone who has had a birthday that week - please join us!

You all deserve 'Star of the Week' this week - including your parents! - for working really hard even though things have been different to usual! 


Your home learning tasks for today are below:



So far in your fraction unit, you have been learning that fractions are 'part of a whole'. This has meant that you have always had a smaller number at the top (numerator) than the bottom (denominator). e.g. 3/4. However if I had 4/4 - I would have ONE WHOLE.

Other examples of ONE WHOLE might be;





6/6 and so on...

Today, you are going to be learning about fractions that are greater than (larger) than one whole.

For example 5/4. 

This is the same as 4/4 (ONE WHOLE) and 1/4 more.

We call fractions with a larger numerator than denominator an improper fraction.

This little girl explains this beautifully!

Please do have a go at showing the improper fractions the little girl sets using a part-whole model yourself. She will reveal the answers. I'd also love to see your part-whole models on Seesaw.  

Once you've followed the video and had a go at showing the fractions greater than one using a part-whole model, you can have a go at the tasks I've uploaded for you at the bottom of the page. (I've also attempted to upload them onto Seesaw for you).  


Please continue to work on your project - don't forget you can upload what you've done onto Seesaw.


Please spend 20/30 minutes on Lexia. I can see more of you are managing to access Lexia which is great! (We now have 9 children who have completed their weekly target time! - well done!) If you haven't managed it just yet, please do try the link I've posted below:


Continue checking through those Y3/4 spellings to make sure you can confidently spell as many of them as possible. Be honest with yourself and practise the spellings that you do not know. The document is attached to the bottom of the page.


Please spend some time practising your recall on TTRS. I've notived only two children logged in to Soundcheck like I asked yesterday - please could you all do this? It helps me to see your progress!


Mr Ashton uploaded a new video to his You Tube video yesterday. The link is below:


Mrs Skeaping emailed me a PDF that she put together for Y5 to complete today and wondered whether you would all like to have a go at it too. I've uploaded it onto Seesaw for you. 


It's Friday!! Have some fun! Maybe you could bake a cake/watch a film/do some gardening/help mum and dad with the jobs around the house? - Jacob was helping me do some painting in the kitchen earlier this week! (I don't think he will be a painter and decorator when he is older...).

Have a great weekend everyone, well done for your hard work this week. Keep safe! 

Miss Howes. 


Thursday 26th March 2020 

Home-Learning Tasks:

Well done everyone for the fantastic work you have been doing at home. I'm teaching myself to use Seesaw and have been online today to see that lots of you have uploaded images of your work. Miss Mills and I can see this and make comments on it so if you have work you are particularly proud of please do upload it for us to see. I'm not confident that I'm sure how to upload work onto the system just yet (I have had a go at uploading your maths tasks) so I will continue to upload it onto this page for now to make sure you get it. 


You are continuing with your work on equivalent fractions today but starting to move away from visuals and begin making links to use your knowledge of multiplication to help you calculate equivalent fractions. Your worksheets are at the bottom of this webpage and the answers are attached so you can mark your work at the end and see how you have got on. 

It would be helpful for you to watch the tutorial video on YouTube again to refresh your memory of the skills and key vocabulary you are learning:

Remember; chose the tasks which suit you best as they are differentiated:

D = Working towards Year 4 standards.

E = Working at Year 4 standards.

GD = Working above Year 4 standards



Please continue working on your project that I set yesterday.

Over the next few days, please research 'The Yasuni National Park' in Ecuador. Could you create a project based on this area? You might choose to create;

- A powerpoint presentation

- A leaflet

- A poster

- Write a newspaper article

- Write a non-chronological report

The choice is yours! It would be especially great if you could include some information about the difficulties this area has been facing (digging for oil - there are many newspaper articles online regarding this). 



Please spend 20/30 minutes on Lexia.


Continue checking through those Y3/4 spellings to make sure you can confidently spell as many of them as possible. Be honest with yourself and practise the spellings that you do not know. The document is attached to the bottom of the page.


Could you ALL have a go at Soundcheck please so I can see how you are doing? - I can see your average score out of 25 :)


Grouping invertebrates. 

L.O. To recognise characteristics of some of the main invertebrate groups .

What is an invetebrate? Look this up. 

Your task is going to be to learn how scientists GROUP invertebrates. I have uploaded some resources below for you. Can you match the characteristics to the groups and then sort the images? You can complete your work digitally using the digital images, complete it in your workbook and take a photograph for Seesaw or simply complete it in your workbook. 

Keep up the great work everybody. 

Miss Howes. 


Wednesday 25th March 2020

Hi all, just wanted to post a link to the student access page for Lexia to make sure we are trying to log-in using the correct page. Thank you to those parents who are trying to trouble-shoot with me! <3

We have had 9 children able to log-in now so those numbers are going up and 6 of those children have met their weekly target for time spent on Lexia! Well done. Don't panic if you are still having difficulty logging on. Hopefully the link below will help!

Miss Howes


Wednesday 25th March

I hope you are all keeping well! I've outlined some home learning activities for you to have a go at below:

Don't forget, you are able to use the class email address to contact Miss Mills and myelf if you would like any help with anything:



- Joe Wicks is leading some fantastic PE lessons on his YouTube channel at  9am – see if you can get the whole family involved.



A nifty little video to support you with your equivalent fraction work is the following:

I have uploaded two sets of questions on the bottom of the page for you to have a go at. You will notice there are three sets of similar looking questions on each – they are differentiated.

D = Working towards Year 4 standards.

E = Working at Year 4 standards.

GD = Working above Year 4 standards



As you may have noticed, your work on fractions is going to require lots of multiplication and division knowledge – please continue to practise these using ‘studio’ and ‘soundcheck’ on TTRS. 10 minutes per day is about right.



I know many parents are having teething problems accessing Lexia at home (I'm sorry this is more difficult than it should be!). We are tying to pin point what these teething difficulties are/why they are happening but I want to reassure you that I can see six children from Y4 have been on Lexia at home this week so it is possible - we just need to identify exactly what the problem is to help get you up and running. Lexia is a fantastic piece of software and will really make a difference to your child’s learning. We’ll keep working to try and get you online. Two children have been on for a total of 50 minutes each so a big well done to them.

We aim for 20-30minutes a day so if you’re one of those children who have managed to gain access please do use it. 


Quiet Reading

Please choose some reading to do and record it in your reading record – you have probably finished your school reading book by now so take the opportunity to read. This is a very unusual and difficult time but with all the time we are going to be spending indoors over the next few weeks it's a great opportunity to really lose yourself in a book you've been meaning to read for a while. 



In class, we had begun ticking off spellings we could each individually spell from the Year 3/ 4 spelling list – please work through these to make sure that you are confident with as many as possible (there will be a whole new list of spellings once you reach Y5!) – I’ve uploaded the list at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to use lots of different strategies to learn your spellings. 



Over the next few days, please research 'The Yasuni National Park' in Ecuador. Could you create a project based on this area? You might choose to create;

- A powerpoint presentation

- A leaflet

- A poster

- Write a newspaper article

- Write a non-chronological report

The choice is yours! It would be especially great if you could include some information about the difficulties this area has been facing (digging for oil - there are many newspaper articles online regarding this). 


Thank you for your continued support in this difficult time,

Miss Howes. 


Tuesday 24th March 2020

We have now de-allocated the set Mathletics tasks for all so that all children have free-access to all of the tasks available on Mathletics. 

Miss Howes and Miss Mills. 


Tuesday 24-03-20

There will be an update letter from Clare Kershaw, Essex County Council on our corona virus webpage, this morning - please see the Corona Virus page- this will be up by lunch time today. 























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