Year 4 Summer Term – Week 3


Hello you fabulous lot! How are you? It was lovely to speak to so many of you and your families last week, it really cheered us up. We are so proud of everything that you are doing and your positive attitudes too. It has been another wonderful week for the Facebook page; thank you all for sharing your creative ideas. The Year 4 Team are missing you all so much and we are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that we can all be back together as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we have been busily working to put together lots of new tasks for you to try. Remember, as always, do as many or as few as you wish.

Reading Tasks
Aim to read everyday for a minimum of 15 minutes.

  • Please read chapters 6-8 of Kensuke’s Kingdom.
  • After reading, consider the following questions:
    1. Can you list three 3 reasons why Michael was angry with the man on the island?
    2. What did Michael do to relieve his anger?
    3. On page 90, the author uses the expression “drowning in my misery”. What do you think this means?
  • Can you create a glossary for the words below? As a challenge, have a go at putting them into sentences of your own.
  • diminutive    gesticulate    harangue    hackles    rake    reluctant    marooned    ravenous    resign   lurk     deter    glimpse    suppurate    profile
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  • OR read ‘Opening Night’ which is attached below. Answer the 7 questions.

Opening Night
Tim took another deep breath. Inside his chest, he could feel his heart pounding like a bass drum. Again, he took slow, deep breaths and picked up his script. Flicking through the pages, he read through his lines quietly to himself, mumbling under his breath. All his hard work over the last few months had been for tonight. Crossing his fingers tightly, he wished for good luck. 

“Tim, are you ready? You’re on in 2 minutes,” said Mr. Smith.

I think so, Sir,” said Tim in a shaky voice.

“Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, Tim. Break a leg!”

Slowly, Tim stood up and made his way towards the heavy, red velvet curtain. He pulled it to the side and stepped through. 

Questions to answer:

  1. How do you think Tim is feeling at the beginning of the text?
  2. Explain how you know how he is feeling.
  3. What do you think Tim is waiting to do?
  4. What clues told you what Tim might be doing?
  5. Who do you think Mr. Smith is?
  6. Do you think “Opening Night” is a good title? Why?
  7. If you had to give this text a different title, what would you call it?

Writing Tasks

  • Using direct speech punctuation, write a conversation between Michael and Kensuke at the beach, just before the jellyfish incident occurred.
  • Write a character profile for Kensuke. Try and begin sentences with different words and phrases.
  • Or, have a go at some of the lessons below.

Lesson 1. Poetry: Reading comprehension – Word meaning. 

Lesson 2. Poetry: Reading comprehension – Language.

Lesson 3: Features of Poetry.

Lesson 4. SPAG focus: Expanded Noun Phrases.

Lesson 5: Write a repetitive poem.

Maths Tasks 

  • The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. (Summer Term Week 3)
    Lesson 1 – Multiply 2-digit number by 1 digit number
    Lesson 2 – Multiply 3-digit number by 1 digit number
    Lesson 3 – Divide 2-digit by 1-digit number
    Lesson 4 – Divide 3 digit by 1-digit number
    Lesson 5 – Maths Challenge
  • Continue to practise your times tables – use Maths Frame to help build up your speed.
  • Follow the link and try out a few maths games of your choice:
  • As well as the lessons above, we will be providing you with a number of the week which represents one of the Year 4 team!

The number this week is 1994.

Who do you think this number links to and why?

  • Here are some other questions for you to answer about the number.
  • What happens if you multiply and divide the number by 10, 100, 1000?
  • What is the largest number you can make?
  • What is the smallest number you can make?
  • Can you partition this number?
  • Round the number to the nearest 1000, 100 and 10.
  • Challenge: Create your own word problem that involves this number. It could be the answer or part of the problem!

Science Tasks
This week, we will be looking at gases!

  • What is a gas?
  • How would you draw a gas?
  • Can you name any gases?
  • Have a look around your house, can you identify any equipment that has gas in them?
  • Linking to your dictionary last week, can you find the meaning of these words? Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, fossil fuels, Nitrogen, Ozone and particles.
  • Challenge question- How are gases harming our planet? Can you create a poster to illustrate this?
  • Don’t forget the following site for some fun, hands on science ideas!
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PE Tasks
This week, we will be focusing on a healthy balanced lifestyle! Answer the questions below.

  • How long should we exercise for?
  • What happens to the body if we don’t exercise? Think back to our Human Body topic!
  • Could you create your own circuit of exercises? If you do, remember to make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • What is a balanced diet?
  • Write a diary of how you are being active this week.
  • Can you record how long you exercise for each day and then graph your results at the end of the week?
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Topic Tasks

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Additional Activities

  • ICT – Download the free A.L.E.X app and apply your coding skills to navigate the robot around various levels. Why not create your level for your parents to solve?
  • Music check out this website for some fun singing activities focusing on melody and pitch:
  • Art – draw with Rob- just choose whichever drawing you like and follow the tutorial.
  • Geography – test your knowledge of continents and countries with these interactive games:
  • VE Day – please see the separate blog on the school homepage with lots of lovely ideas and fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
Teaching Remembrance | Learning Resources | Royal British Legion

We hope you enjoy completing these tasks – remember, you do not have to do them all. Don’t forget to share any good learning ideas or websites with us too. Once again, we really do wish we could be doing these tasks with you in our classrooms instead, but it’s important that you all stay safe at home for a little longer. Stay safe and keep smiling, Year 4, you are doing a great job and are making us so very proud!

Sending love, hugs and smiles to you all,

Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Nettleship, Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Harrison xxxx