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Year 4 - week beginning Monday 29th November




Practise your times tables by completing at least 8 Soundcheck activities on Times Tables Rockstars.  After completing each, Soundcheck look at your results; if you have made any mistakes, is there a pattern in these mistakes ?  If you identify a pattern, think about what you can do to correct this.

Using the inverse to check answers to written addition and subtraction. 

We have learned how to complete written additions and subtractions.  If an addition is completed, then it can be checked by completing a subtraction.  For example, 60 + 30 = 90.  Using the inverse to check, 90 – 30 = 60.  Similarly, 120 – 40 = 80 and therefore 80 + 40 = 120.  Use this principle to complete a variety of the questions in the document below.



English – Guided reading

Genres and Themes

Look at the document below describing different genres and themes.  Can you think of some different books that fit these genres and themes ?  Can you think of one book that includes more than one of the themes described ?  Make a list of books and information about what genres and themes you have been able to identify in them.  (If this is tricky, you could add some films to this list.) 



This week we are focusing on properties of gases.  What can you remember from previous lessons or research about the properties of gases ?  Make a poster of what you know or find out.  For example, can gases change their volume ?  How do the particles in a gas behave ?  Can gases flow or do they stay the same shape ?  Can they be seen ?  Add some diagrams to your ideas for the reader to gain a good understanding of what you are describing.










Efficient methods of subtraction. 

Below is a link for a publicly available video that describes efficient subtraction.  Copy and paste the link to watch the video then apply what you have learned to complete the fluency questions in the document below.


English – Guided Reading


Genres, themes and conventions

Today, we are reading blurbs and extracts from some Roald Dahl books.  Read these by clicking on the document below.  As you read, try to decide which genres and themes each book covers and the narrative conventions used.  To do this, there is an updated genres, themes and conventions document below.



Today in school we are completing our Roald Dahl biographies.  Instead, why don’t you write a biography of a person you know a lot about, using the features we have studied in recent weeks ?  This could be somebody famous or someone you know in person (unless they are both !).



Review what you have done so far this year.  Once you have reminded yourself of some of the vocabulary and phrases you have used, include this in some format of your choice.  For example, you could write a conversation, make some cards to help you recall the phrases quickly or teach another member of your family, compile a mini phrase book, or something else !  Be creative !

Language we have covered so far this year includes greetings (saying hello), how to say you r name and asking people how they feel plus responding yourself.




Below is a description of the learning for THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK




Efficient methods of subtraction. 

Yesterday, you were set a fluency task.  Today, complete the applying task shown below.


This completes our unit on addition and subtraction.  For the remaining days this week we will be looking back at the unit and completing an assessment.  For home learning, look at the list of objectives in this unit listed below.  Which do you think you would be useful to practice ?  Set yourself some questions using a random number generator.  Using the Google search engine, type in ‘random number generator’ and an app will appear at the top of the search that creates random numbers.  You can set the least and greatest numbers to suit the objective you have chosen to practise.

Counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s

Written addition of 2 numbers without exchange

Written addition of 2 numbers with exchange

Written subtraction without exchange

Written subtraction with exchange

Estimating an answer by rounding

Checking an answer by using the inverse

Efficient subtraction



English – Guided Reading


Genres, themes and conventions

Following on from our focus on genres, themes and conventions, we will be spending the remaining Guided Reading lessons this week studying then completing the sheets below referring to Roald Dahl stories.  Your task is to complete some or all of them, choosing suitable genres, themes and conventions and describing why you made those choices


English - Writing

This week and next week we will be planning, writing and presenting an autobiography as an assessed piece of writing for this half term.  Depending on when you are due to return to school, you may want to complete some or all of the stages of planning, writing and neatly presenting at home.

Though biographies are typically non-fiction pieces of writing, for this piece of writing you need to choose a fictional subject for your biography. Your choice of subject can be one of the following :-

A fictional biography of yourself describing your WHOLE LIFE

A fictional biography of the WHOLE LIFE of somebody you know

A fictional biography of someone from your imagination

Below is a planning sheet that you should complete as a starting point.




Make sure you have completed this week's English and maths homework.  Ask someone at home to carry out this week's spelling test.




We have been studying the work of William Booth who founded the Salvation Army and Guru Nanak.  Carry out some research on these two people and how they carried out what they saw as their duty to support others.  Present your findings in any way you choose.




This week we are trying to recreate Anglo Saxon symbols.  Can you accurately draw some of the Anglo Saxon images of animals shown in the document below ?



History and Computing

We are combining these two subjects to research and present facts about daily life in Anglo Saxon times.  Carry out some research about daily life in Anglo Saxon times then, if there is a device available, present your findings electronically.




Study the sheets below showing musical notation.  Use the information sheet to identify and write down the notes shown on the different staves as quickly and as accurately as possible.




This week we are continuing to consider how our views are influenced by others.  Find some images of people you don’t know, for example in newspapers or on the internet. 

What do you know about them ?  What do you think you know about them ?  For example, how old are they, what do they like to in their spare time, what is their favourite food, and what is their best achievement ?  Make some notes.

Now consider why you have thought of these ideas.  Try to identify where you have got these ideas from.  Who or what has influenced you ?  For example, family, friends, television, or the media.  Do you think these influences have helped you to be accurate in what you think about these people ?