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02.06.2020 to 12.06.2020: The Victorians!

The Victorians (English and History)

The theme for the next two weeks of home learning tasks is The Victorians. Your teachers have set five tasks relating to the theme that you can complete over the course of the next two weeks.

Please do not feel like you need to complete these activities in one day or even one week! Spread it out and ask and adult to email us photos of all the fantastic work we are sure you will produce!

Task One

Today, you will be finding out some interesting facts about the Victorians and comparing their lifestyle to our lives today.

 First, divide your page into three sections and write down the following subheadings:

As you read the information on the website below, take notes about the different areas shown above. Remember, this means you will be writing in bullet point form (and diagrams/images) and in your own words.

Click on this link to find out about The Victorians!

Your task:
What are the similarities and differences between life today and life during the Victorian time period?

You can present your findings in the following way:

  • Poster
  • A video

Here are some sentence starters/phrases you can use when comparing or contrasting the different time periods:

Task two

Today, you will be describing similarities and differences between two different artefacts.

Look at these two images:

Your task:
Describe the ‘Crossing Sweeper’ or the photograph of the young boy returning from the pawnbrokers.

How many of these descriptive techniques can you use in your character description?

  • Show not tell
  • 2A sentence
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration
  • The 5 senses

Challenge: Can you use a variety of sentence openers in your description?

Task three

Today, you will be watching videos and reading information that reveal what life was like for a Victorian child. Make sure you record key facts as you watch!

Children working in coal mines –

Children working in textile mills –

Education and Life in the Victorian Classroom –

Common Victorian Child Illnesses –

A Victorian Board School –

Children as Domestic Servants –

If there are any unfamiliar words you come across, use a dictionary to look up the definition or check the glossary list below.

Glossary of key terms

Mining – the act of digging into the ground to retrieve valuable natural resources that cannot be grown such as diamonds, coal, silver and salt. A person who does this is called a miner.

Textile mills – a factory for making cloth or woven fabric known as textiles.

Board school – schools in the 19th century that were not controlled by the government but managed by a group of local people who were elected for this role.

Domestic servant – a person who was paid for cleaning and other tasks around the home.

Your task:
Write a diary entry about a day in the life of a Victorian child. 
You can decide whether you want to write in the perspective of a poor or wealthy Victorian child.
Whatever you choose, just remember that their quality of life and their experiences were drastically different!

To help you make your decision, you could compare what life was like for rich versus poor Victorian children. Simply split your page in half and take notes for both to help you make your decision!

Here are a couple of reminders on how to write an effective diary entry.

Task four

Today, we will be exploring and ordering significant inventions made during the Victorian period.

Your task:
Once you have read the fact cards above, test yourself! Can you match the invention with the inventor? One has been done for you.

Create your own Victorian fact cards. Remember to include the following information:

  • The date of invention
  • The name of the inventor
  • A drawing of the invention and/or a description of the invention

How many can you remember?

Challenge: Create a timeline using your flash cards using the following items you might find lying around your house!
Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Task five

Read the texts on Victorian School Life and answer the questions below. You can choose from activity 1-3. Use evidence from the text to support your answers where you can.

Activity 1:

Activity 2:

Activity 3:

02.06.2020 Maths, Computing, PSHE, RRS and Spellings

Good morning Year 4, we hope you had a restful half term. Here are your learning tasks for the week. If you need help, please email the Year 4 Team at

Remember to check out the Healthy Lives blog for activities to keep you active!!


This week, you are going to learn how to estimate and measure using standard units of measurement.

You will need a 30cm ruler or a metre stick (if you have one) to measure.
First, can you estimate (take an educated guess)?

Then, can you measure to find the exact size?
Are you going to use cm (centimetres) or m (metres)?

Complete the measure of these objects using mm (millimetres), cm (centimetres) or m (metres).

Can you compare these objects and order them in order from shortest to tallest?

Use these facts to help you:
mm < cm < m
10mm = 1cm
50cm = 0.5m
100cm = 1m


Read these e-safety scenarios to act out.
You can write an explanation or video yourself!

If you make a video of your explanation, please ask an adult to send it to the Year 4 email:


Design a poster with a person you love in the middle and surround them with words and phrases explaining why they are special to you, or write a letter to your special person explaining why they are so special.

Here is a quick example that I made about my daughter…

This is just to give you an idea. You should make yours more detailed and eye-catching by adding some colour and more phrases.



A root word starting with l becomes -il


A root word starting with m/p becomes -im


A root word starting with r becomes -ir


12.05.2020 Year 4 Learning Tasks

Good morning Year 4 – here are your tasks for the week. If you are stuck or want to share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Make sure to look at the ‘Healthy Lives’ blog for more fun exercises to keep you active!

Maths – Four-digit targets

Click here for the online, interactive version where you can try out your ideas.


This week’s reading and writing task is about ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura

Click below to listen to the story.

Answer the questions in full sentences.
1. Why was the boy relieved when he met someone?
2. How are the girl and boy feeling here? Look at the picture carefully and use emotive words!

3. Why couldn’t the boy understand anything they were saying?
4. Om and the boy yelled when everyone threw their spears. Why do you think they yelled?
5. Would Om’s people think it strange that the boy was playing air guitar? Explain why.


Can you continue this narrative? What happened next?

Through the old, gloomy woods was a figure of a boy. Suddenly, he found himself falling down, down, down. When he woke up, he was in a dark place. In the distance he saw a light, so the figure followed it. There were tall mountains and animals roaming through the forest.
“H”, the boy whispered. He saw the figure of a girl, she had bright ginger hair, a red coat, brown trousers, shoes and a bag.

Can you include:
– ly openers (Suddenly, Cautiously, Carefully, Wildly)
– Fronted adverbials (When he woke up, Almost unbelievably, Just then,)
– Emotive language (harsh, dreadful, bitter cold, incredibly tired, screamed frantically)
– Inverted commas for dialogue between the boy and Om


This week’s spelling rule is -s is the verb and -c is the noun. Use the Collins online dictionary to check the meaning of each word. Copy out the definition of each word and then write a sentence using one.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

  1. practise
  2. practice
  3. devise
  4. device
  5. advise
  6. advice
  7. license
  8. licence


This week’s Science is an investigation called ‘Fireworks in a glass’. It is a simple and fun experiment, and also completely safe. Please make sure you are working with an adult and do not drink the water.

Science explanation
Oil and water do not mix. Oil is less dense than water (there is less of it in the same volume) and therefore floats on top of water. If the food colouring is water based, it will not mix with the oil, instead it sinks through the oil and into the water below. The food colouring is heavier than the water, so it sinks to the bottom leaving trails (resembling fireworks) as some of the colour diffuses into the water.

RRS – Article 14
‘Freedom of thought and religion’

05.05.2020 Year 4 Learning Tasks

Make sure to look at the Art activity and ‘Healthy Lives’ blog for more fun exercises to keep you active!

Good morning Year 4 – here are your tasks for the week. If you are stuck or want to share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Maths (rounding to the nearest 10)

When rounding to the nearest 10, we look at the ones column. If the ones are 4 or less, we round down. If the ones are 5 or more we round the number up to the next 10.

73 rounds down to 70 because it is closer to 70 and there are 3 ones.

Round these numbers to the nearest 10.
1. 72
2. 163
3. 767
4. 345
5. 1,945

If you still need help, click here. The video will explain how to round to 10 and 100.

Maths reasoning question

Writing task

Read the beginning of this story.

As I sat amongst the leaves, an old oak tree caught my attention. I squinted wearily – the branches were growing right before my eyes! I stared harder as the vines edged towards me; the whole forest was expanding faster and faster, engulfing everything in its path…

Potter DIY: "Beware! Whomping Willow" Sign | MuggleNet
OK this is a ‘Whomping Willow’ from Harry Potter, not an oak tree. But use it for inspiration!!

Can you continue this story?

Questions to think about:
What is happening in the forest?
Why is it happening?
How will the story end?

Success Criteria:
– Make sure the story ‘flows’
– Use a range of sentence openers (-ed openers, ly openers and fronted adverbials)
– Use exciting vocabulary


Thinking about a book you’ve read at school or home, can you draw a timeline or create a storyboard?

Include all the main events.

Here is an example of a storyboard summary:


This week’s science lesson is all about refraction, following on from last week’s lesson about reflection.

Click here to start the lesson!


This week’s spellings are words with the suffix -ous

1. adventurous
2. anonymous
3. disastrous
4. enormous
5. fabulous
6. hazardous
7. miraculous
8. mischievous
9. mountainous
10. prosperous

VE Day Activity!

Friday 8th May is a special day because it marks the 75th anniversary of ‘VE day’, or ‘Victory in Europe day’ – the end of the second world war in Europe.

The second world war (or WW2) lasted for 6 years (1939-45) and people in many countries around the world were affected. The German army, led by Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland in 1939 because he wanted to take some of their land. France and Britain declared war on Germany because they didn’t think what Germany was doing was right, then Italy joined with Germany. Gradually other countries in Europe and around the world became involved with either the Allies (France and Britain) or the Axis powers (Germany and Italy).

Life during the Second World War was very difficult. We mark special days like VE Day to remember the many millions of people who fought and died during World War II.

You are going to become photo detectives.

Look carefully at the photo and answer these questions:
• What do I know after looking at this source?
• What can I infer from the source? What guesses can I make?
• What does the source not tell me?
• What else would I like to find out? What other questions do I need to ask?

Click this link to find out more about VE day!


This week’s object is a roof finial (decoration) that comes from 13th century Oxford.

You can create a portrait, make a model out of plasticine or do something else!

Here are some helpful links to develop your art skills:

A step by step guide for drawing a portrait.

A short video about drawing portraits and using different media

You could make a portrait using clay, play-dough or Plasticine. Here is a recipe for play-dough and a link of how to make a play-dough portrait.

Have a look at the responses so far! What do you feel like creating today?

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to

RRS (Right of the week) Activity

Year 4 28.04.2020 Learning Tasks

Good morning Year 4,
Here are your tasks for the week. If you are stuck or want share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Maths (adding fractions)

Word problem:
Joanne eats 3/8 of a bunch of grapes; David eats 2/8 of the same bunch.

What fraction of grapes did they eat altogether?

What fraction of grapes is left?


If you need help, click here. The videos will explain how to add fractions with the same denominator.

28.04.2020 Spellings

For this week’s spellings the context of the word is important.
For example, which one is correct?
It is raining outside today.
It is reigning outside today.


Pick one of the books that you have read at home and answer the following questions below.

Write a story about this photo. and give it a name.

Success Criteria:
Can you include…
Fronted adverbials for where, when, how

Inverted commas for direct speech
Powerful verbs – whimpered, screamed, disappeared, twisted and sobbed


Here is an online lesson to help you learn about reflection. Click here to get started.

28.04.2020 RRS Activity

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Remember to visit the ‘Healthy Lives’ blog to keep you active!

21.04.2020 Learning Tasks

Good morning Year 4 – we hope you have had a restful break.
Here are your tasks for the week. Remember if you are stuck or want share your learning, parents can email us on the Year 4 email address. Remember if commenting on posts, that the teachers need to approve them so they might not show up straight away.

Maths (multiplication)

If 7 x 2 = 14…
70 x 2 = 140

The answer is 140 because 70 is 10 times bigger than 7, so we multiply 14 by 10 = 140.

Use your knowledge of the 7 times table to calculate:

Maths Challenge
True or false?

Explain your answer.
Prove it using a drawing.


How to learn spellings:
Jumble up the letters and see if you can spell the word correctly.
Why not create a rap or rhyme to help you learn your spellings?
Look, cover, write, check is also a tried and tested strategy to help you learn your spellings, have fun!

1. Interest
2. Island
3. Knowledge
4. Learn
5. Length
6. Library
7. Material
8. Medicine
9. Mention
10. Minute

Reading (vocabulary focus)

Re-read a chapter from your book.
Pick out 10 words that you think are powerful that you could use in your own writing.

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One day, you find this door at the corner of your room.

Questions to think about:
Do you open the door?
What can you see, hear, feel?
What is behind it?
Who uses that door?
Where does the door take you?

Science (revision)

Can you match the key words to A, B, C and D?
Key words
precipitation, surface run-off, condensation, evaporation

Can you describe what happens during the water cycle using the key words?

Make sure to visit our healthy lives blog to find activities to keep you active at this time!

Article of the week

Article 24- the right to good quality healthcare, clean water, nutritious food, a clean environment and education on health and well-being.

We would like you to think about how you are accessing your right to health and well-being this week. This includes:

  • Enough sleep – at least 8 hours
  • Nutritious food – fruit and vegetables
  • Water
  • Good hygiene – keeping clean, particularly your hands
  • Exercise
  • A clean environment
  • Feeling safe, secure and respected
  • Health care – To see a doctor or a nurse when you need to.

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 24:

Handwashing with Leena



Can you think of 5 questions you would like to ask one of the characters from the book you are reading?

Challenge – write their answers as if you were that character.


Write a story about the photo below and give it a title.

What could her story be?

Maths – place value

Can you partition the following numbers in different ways?

245 = ________ + ________ + ________

1,287 = __________ + __________ + __________ + _________

9,701 = ________ + ________ + __________

What is the value of the underlined digit in each number?


What do you think?


Starter Game: Recipe for happiness
What ingredients do you think we need to create a sense of happiness?

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Do you need to experience sadness, to be happy?

Are some sorts of happiness better than others?