Year 4

Thursday 14th May

Hello, Year 4. I hope you are all keeping well and safe.


Today we are going to plan out newspaper report. Before we do, I want you to watch this film clip about fact and opinion.

Remember fact is something that actually happened, exists or can be backed up with data. Opinion is what somebody thinks about something. Note from the animation, that people can sometimes form an opinion about something without knowing the facts. This is an important life skill for you to think about as you grow up. Always check out the facts, so that you can have an informed opinion. This doesn’t mean, of course, that everyone’s opinion will be the same. That’s what makes for a good debate!

I hope you enjoyed reading the article about Little Miss Muffet. Today you are going to plan your own report about Little Red Riding Hood and her great escape. You know the story well from doing the poem. Attached is a pro-forma which explains what you need to put where. Remember if you can, to use alliteration and descriptive vocabulary for the characters. Ask someone in your house to be one of the characters so that you can include a quote (or they could interview you and you can be the character), and ask for their opinion so you can add that too.


I hope you were able to find the mistakes in the bar chart you worked on yesterday. Today you have a bar chart to interpret. There are 3 levels of challenge.

Ch1                                        Ch2                                        Ch3


Our new topic is Animals, including humans. The first part of this is knowing about eating healthily as humans, but also knowing how plants feed.

Watch this film clip about how plants produce energy and grow.

Once you have watched the clip, have a go at completing the photosynthesis worksheet attached. If you are unable to download it, draw a picture of a plant and try and label the relevant parts with the processes using these words:


Carbon dioxide






The following clip talks about Healthy Eating and the main food groups.

There is a short film clip and then a quiz. Once you have completed this you can compile your own healthy food plate, with your favourite things.

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Good morning year 4. I hope you are all well and managed to enjoy some of the sunshine yesterday.


Today we are going to look at the features of newspaper reports.

First, follow this link to find out what newspaper reports should look like.

This should sound familiar. What other piece of writing follows the 5Ws?

Attached is a tick list of the things you would expect to find in a report.Using the tick list, read a report in a newspaper (ask your parents to help you choose a suitable one) and highlight as many of the features as you can.

Then, read the article attached to this link. What is the background to this story? Where have you heard it before?


Yesterday you worked on interpreting (finding information from) pictograms, and I explained that pictograms can be a great way to display data, but have limitations in terms of numbers. Today we are going to look at bar charts which you should all be familiar with.

When a bar chart is created there are a number of rules that you should follow.

Bar charts need:

  • A title
  • Axes labelled with the categories
  • Numbers spread evenly on the y axis
  • Categories spread out evenly
  • Use a sensible scale. (If you maximum number of choices is 20, do you need the scale marked to 100?)
  • Bars should be the same width

Have a look at the bar chart attached here. The data shows the number of people in an office and the method of transport they use to get to work. How many errors can you spot?

Once you have found them all, redraw the bar chart correctly following the details above.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Good morning Year 4. I hope you all managed to see the video that was posted with our messages to you, following Miss Webster’s e-mail yesterday. We are all missing you very much.


I hope you managed to find something to write about for your recount today, following the headings from the BBC Bitesize link.

Attached is a WAGOLL to read before you write your own recount. Remember, your recount should be in the past tense and written in the first person (I, we). It uses lots of time connectives, focuses on key points, and as it is a diary entry it is quite informal.

I look forward to reading them, so please do e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


I understand that the link for the maths did not work. I have checked it again and recopied, so here it is: Hopefully this will work – it tells you about the different ways that data can be presented.

Today we will look at pictograms. You should be familiar with this type of presentation for data. In a pictogram, a picture is used to represent a number of items. For example, if you were investigating favourite pets, you might choose a dog to represent 2 choices. If an odd number of children chose dog, then you would simply halve the dog picture to show 1 choice. You have to be careful, though, how you allocate the number that the picture represents. Could you use a dog picture for 3 choices? Think carefully about your answer. Remember the pictogram needs to be easy to read.

There are 3 levels for challenge for today’s work. Each of them involves interpreting a pictogram.

Ch1                        Ch2                        Ch3


As promised, attached is the wordsearch for this week’s words.

Monday 11th May

Good morning Year 4. I hope you’ve enjoyed the extended Bank Holiday weekend weather, even though you have not been able to do all the things you would normally on a Bank Holiday.

I mentioned last week that we would be having Art week, but unfortunately, I got the date wrong – it is next week!! So, this week we will start our new topic of Statistics in maths.


In English we are going to build up to writing a newspaper report, about an incident that you are all familiar with. First, though, we need to remind ourselves about recounts. Follow the activities on the following link: 

Which reminds you about recounts and what they should include. It also has an activity for you to write your own recount. I do not expect you to watch video, take notes and write your recount today. You can do everything up to writing, but I would like you only to PLAN your recount under the headings today. If you are struggling to find something to write about, you could use a game where you have played for Ladbrooke, or another sports team. Alternatively, you may have been working on a special dance routine, or other performance e.g. choir. Or, it could simply be a special day that you have experienced.

Once you have completed your plan (following the sheet headings), you can add some more vocabulary tomorrow before you write.


As I mentioned earlier, our new maths topic is statistics. Watch this clip, which explains some of the different ways that data can be displayed.

Data is basically information. Lots of companies, and institutions hold and use data. Thinking about Ladbrooke, we hold details of your parents’ telephone numbers and sometimes e-mail addresses. We hold your date of birth and address. Every year we ask you to tell us how you get to school – this information is used by the local authority. We complete daily walk to school records also, and reward you with Walk to School Badges. The local council has details of who lives at which address. How many different ways can you think of, where ‘data’ is collected and stored? Clue: think sport and shopping.


This week we are looking at words that have the suffix ‘sion’ and ‘ssion’.

You have already learned words with the ‘cian’ and ‘tion’ suffixes. As these all have the same sound, watch this short animation which gives you some rules about which suffix you should use:

Tomorrow, there will be a wordsearch to help you learn the words.

Thursday 7th May 2020

Good Morning Year 4.

I hope you managed to create some word banks for your nocturnal creature and for Nothing’s feelings, as he waited by the pond.

Today you are going to write about Nothing’s encounter with your chosen creature.

If you look at the WAGOLL, you will notice that the first sentence continues from the original book, with Nothing continuing to look in the pond after the frog has gone. Below is a guide based on a slow write to help you. You can copy the first sentence if you can’t think of your own. If you use your own, make sure you include Nothing’s feelings.

The ripples cleared and Nothing found himself staring sadly at his own reflection.

Your second sentence needs to start with a fronted adverbial and describe how the new creature appears to Nothing.

As he did so, he noticed something else crossing the pond, except that whatever it was, wasn’t making any ripples.

Sentence 3 (and possibly 4) need to describe how the new creature moves.

Then, he felt a swoosh of air move slightly above his head, and heard a muted tap, tap tapping sound. He turned and looked above him to see a bat swooping and diving in a figure of eight movement.

Sentence 5 should be the first part of speech where the new character speaks to Nothing.

As it swooped past once more it asked, “What are you? You’re new around here.”

You then need to continue the conversation between Nothing and the creature and finish with Nothing pondering his past.

The above is set out to help you if you can’t think of how to write the insert for the story. If you are happy with your ideas, then feel free to take the story on in your own way, making sure you include movement, feelings and speech.

I would love to see your encounters once you have written them (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


You already have the geometry test to complete if you haven’t already. Attached is a fun activity using Morse code which you might want to have a go at (3 sheets). As it is VE Day tomorrow and a Bank Holiday, I will not be setting any work, so enjoy your long weekend! MC1   MC2  MC3

Next week will be art week (which we usually follow at school). Details will be posted on Monday.