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Friday 3rd June 2020- Computing

Today you are all going to become computer programmers and learn to do some simple coding! This means telling a computer what to do by giving it commands to which it responds. Computer programmers use a variety of ‘languages’ such as Java, C++ and Python to design, write and maintain computer programs.


You would have used programming skills in previous year groups when you have used the beebots and programmed and debugged routes for it to take and you may have used a program called scratch before.


To help you begin programming today, we would like you to complete a series of challenges from this site The focus is based on the game minecraft. When you click on the link, there are 4 game options.


I recommend trying the Minecraft Adventurer to get you started but you could try one of the others too. Make sure you watch the videos at each section to help you understand what they are asking you to do. Let’s see how you get on!

Thursday 2nd July 2020- RE


Hello Year 4,

For the next few weeks we are going to be looking at Sikhism and how they put their beliefs of equality into practise.



Here is a picture of a small pot. 


Discuss with a grown-up this question:

How is this pot similar to a person? We may come back to this later.


Now answer this question:

Have you ever thought ‘that’s not fair’? I know I have thought this many times!


Now watch the video:

How To Tie A Patka ☬

This video shows a Sikh boy tying his Patka (head dress).



Today we are going to be looking at what it means to be equal. Have a look at these statements:



These statements are from 6 different children in a school and are being treated unfairly/ bullied. I wonder why?

Write down each statement on a piece of paper and write under each one the reason you think they are treated badly.


Then answer these questions:

How do you think it feels to be treated badly for any of these reasons?

How should people be treated at school?



Can you answer these 2 questions?

What is a patka? Why do Sikhs wear a turban?


Let’s think about Baljit.

  Baljit wrote a note for his teacher to read out to the class:

I am a Sikh.  Our first Guru, Nanak, said there was only one God, who made everyone; we all have a bit of God in us.  That means everyone is important; we must not look down on people.  We are all equal. Our tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, gave us all extra names to show we were equal and important to God.  All Sikh boys are called: Singh, or ‘lion’, a royal name.  All girls have Kaur or ‘princess’.   I have never had my hair cut; it is long to honour God who gave it to me.  I keep it clean with my patka.  One day I will wear a turban.  These things show I am proud to be a Sikh.

Now that you have read what Baljit wanted the teacher to say to the class, I would like you to think about your answers to the following questions:

Does ‘equal’ mean the ‘same’? How do you think having the special names make them feel?


Finally, if we were to think about the pot from the beginning of the lesson, if we all made our own pots would they all look the same or different? Are humans the same or different?


Underneath your work, I would like you to write 2 sentences using the sentence starters below: (have a look at my examples if you are stuck.)

We are different because ….

We are the same because….


Mrs Barker says:

We are different because we all have our own unique personalities.

We are the same because we all have rules to follow.


Have a good week everyone,

Mrs Barker smiley

Wednesday 1st June 2020- PE

We hope you had lots of fun for Active Week and were able to still complete your Sports Days at home!


Today in PE, we are going to practise a throwing event that you wouldn’t have practised before…shot put. Take a look at these two videos to see the woman’s and men’s finals at the Rio Olympics in 2016:

Ryan Crouser wins Shot Put gold with an Olympic Record

USA's Carter out-throws for Shot Put gold

What did you spot about their techniques?

  • shot must contact the neck at all times
  • action of the throw is a push and sideways on to the direction of throw
  • use opposite arm as a pointer
  • use opposite side leg as throwing arm to generate push


What do you think is the best angle to throw? High or low?


Let’s go outside and get warmed up! Complete a slow jog around your area and really focus on stretch your arms and shoulders. You might like to do arm rotations and try both ways.


Now the shot put for woman is 4kg and the weight for the men’s shot put is 7kg- so very heavy! Today though you could use a beanbag, tennis ball or even a scrunched up piece of paper!


Activity 1:

First begin with keeping both feet still during your throw, and just practise the pushing technique. You may like to practise throwing backwards and forwards to a partner. Remember, hold your object close to your neck at all times before releasing.


Activity 2:

It is very difficult to keep feet still! Now create a circle around you (either a hoop, with a skipping rope, or chalk on your patio) with roughly a 2m diameter. Now, starting from a crouch, move from one side of the circle to the other to generate push. Take a look at Miss Saunders having a go:

Activity 3:

Now we’re going to try and add a glide to your movement. For this, start by facing backwards to the direction you wish to throw. Step back with your glide and then rotate (turn) your body and push with your arm. By doing all 3 parts together your object should now land further away as you should have more power behind the ball! It is a very tricky technique so keep practising and see how you get on!   

Tuesday 30th June 2020- History

Over the last couple of weeks, we have learnt lots about what the ancient Greeks invented and how they changed the world. Can you remember all of the different things?


Hopefully you remembered the importance of philosophers and how they taught us new science and mathematical theories, invented the Olympics and developed democracy through a government which is what we have today in the UK.


The last one we are going to learn about is their culture and what we took from that too. Have you ever been to the theatre and watched a pantomime? Well, the ancient Greeks loved drama, music and arts and these were often shown through impressive performances in theatre! 


Click on the link below and learn about their culture (some of these things we have already discussed before) and make sure you watch the video.


Today, we would like you to design and / or create your own Greek mask for the theatre!

Click on the document below to learn more about the Greek masks and follow these instructions to have a go at designing your own:

You may like to make your mask out of paper mache and paint depending on the resources you have at home. Enjoy getting creative and make sure you emphasise the emotion they are feeling! 

Monday 29th June 2020

Today we would like to set you a challenge and get up close with nature! Over the last couple of months, Miss Saunders has loved just sitting in her garden watching a little robin coming in and out of her garden!


This week we would like to set you a Nature Photography Competition. You might like to go for a local walk down to the river or woods or look in your garden and take a photograph! It could be of a flower, bird, animal or even just the beautiful landscape! You can take your photograph on a camera, mobile phone or tablet. Once you have chosen your favourite send it to Miss Saunders or Miss Lines. We will add them to our photo gallery on our Daily Message page and at the end of the week we will each choose our favourite.


Take a look at some of these examples taken by Miss Saunders's friend took in her own garden: 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4

Take a look at some of the entries to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Photography competition There competition is still open too, so you might like to enter your photograph to them too!


If you are unable to take a photograph, you could carefully sketch it instead.

Have fun and enjoy looking for your perfect photographs. smiley

Friday 26th June 2020- PE

Today is the day for our Year 4 virtual Sports Day! Hopefully you have all planned your activities from Tuesday. Below is a recording sheet for you to write down how you and each of your family members get on. You can always create your own if you like!


Remember, it is all about developing your personal bests and trying to improve your own scores. Don’t forget to try 3 times and write down your best score for each event. 


All that is left to say from us today is….have fun and on your marks, get set, GO! laugh 

We can’t wait to hear how you all get on and don't forget to keep yourselves hydrated with plenty of water! 


Thursday 25th June 2020- DT

Today is the day we would like you to make your snack bars that you designed on Monday.

Hopefully you have been able to get the ingredients you needed to make them, but if you haven’t you may be able to create a fruit salad or smoothie instead.


Use the instructions below to create your bar! Don’t forget to add the extra ingredients you decided to add to make it extra yummy and change the flavour.

How do they look? Send us any of your final products! Remember, don’t eat them all up in one go but try and save one for tomorrow to give you some more energy for your sports day!


Alternative design idea:

If you are unable to make any food, you may like to design and make a banner or flag for your sports day tomorrow or even a medal (below are a couple of activities). Did you decide to represent a country? What colours will you use! What positive words could you add to your banner?

Wednesday 24th June 2020- Science/ DT


Hello Year 4,


WOW! What great musical instruments you made last week!


As I said last week, this is our final lesson, so today we are going to evaluate our instruments.

It would be really good if you could have your instrument in front of you as this will help you think of ideas to put in your evaluation.

On a piece of paper I would like you to draw a mind map.


Using these sub-headings answer the questions in note form around the mind map.

Once you have thought of as many ideas as you can I would like you to write an evaluation, using the same sub-headings as you did for your mind map but this time you need to write a paragraph for each heading explaining your answer in as much detail as you can.


I have given some key words below to help you with your explanation. When writing your explanation, you can hand write it or use a computer and email it into school or take a photo and send it in…how you present it is up to you.

Great work Year 4, Stay Safe.

Mrs Barker smiley


Tuesday 23rd June 2020- History

Last week, we learnt about some of the different things we have learnt from the Ancient Greeks. Today, we are going to learn a little bit more about their invention of the Olympics! How appropriate for Olympics Day!


Activity 1

This week in English your learning will be about creating a non-chronological report based on the Olympic Games so it will be important to learn some facts about it. Use the information below and the website link to bullet point some facts. Not only is there a super video to see what it was like but also interactive buttons to click on and learn more about some of the sporting activities they completed at their games.



Activity 2:

We would now like you to plan your own ‘Olympic Games’ / ‘Mini Sports Day’! Choose 4 or 5 events which you could complete in your garden or at the park.


You might like to try and think about a range of skills that you could complete for each event:

  • Running- sprint or a longer run with pace
  • Jumping- long jump or high jump
  • Throwing- discus, javelin
  • Obstacle race
  • Any ideas of your own or from the document below! 


We know you won’t have a discus or javelin at home but think about how you could adapt to the equipment you have. Maybe you could aim a ball or pair of socks into a space form a certain distance or use a pair of socks as your javelin. You might also like to choose 2 jumping events etc. You could even use the step up challenge as an event too. It is complete up to you!


Think about how many of you and your family will be joining in and what ‘team’ or ‘country’ you might represent.


Map out and write down your ideas for your mini sports day and check what equipment you are planning to use on Friday.

Sports Day event ideas and activities:

Monday 22nd June 2020- DT /Science

This week it is Active Week! As we stated on our Daily Messages, on Friday we would like you to hold your own mini Sports Day! Don’t worry we will be planning it throughout the week.

Today we would like you to plan a healthy snack for an athlete….YOU!


Activity 1: Science

Let’s first think about what you think an athlete might eat….what is important in a healthy diet? Use this grid to remind yourself about the different food groups that you would have learnt in Year 2 and why they are good for you.  


Did you remember that we need each group to make a balanced healthy diet? Why not challenge yourself to explain this to your grown up using the point challenge below:


As you can see each food group is very important for athletes:

  • Carbohydrate = energy
  • Calcium = strong bones
  • Protein = building muscles
  • Fruit and vegetables = vitamins and minerals which help you grow and stay healthy


 What healthy snacks do you eat? There are lots of healthy snacks to choose from fruit, to pitta and dips to nuts.


Today we are going to design your own cereal bar….


Below is a basic recipe which we will add ingredients too, to create your own snack bar! Take a look at the basic ingredients below. What do they provide us?

Snack Bar Ingredients

100g margarine

75g sugar

1 egg

75g plain flour

125g rolled oats

75g extra ingredients of your choice


Although we have to be careful with how much sugar we use, we can see that the snack bar provides lots of our food groups for a healthy balanced diet for an athlete. Egg = protein, flour= carbohydrate, oats = fibre.


Activity 2: DT

Your task is to use the ingredients above and add some extra ingredients to create your own bar. Use the ideas below to help you.

You can use the sheet below to design your own snack bar. On Thursday we will then make them. If you don’t have the ingredients for them, you may like make a fruit salad or smoothie instead.

Friday 19th June 2020- PSHE

Last week, in our PSHE learning we thought about how we can fill up our own happiness bucket by being kind to others, being told positive and kind things and doing things that make us happy. 


Today, we not only want you to think about being kind to others but focus more on being kind to yourself. Recently, it was the Mental Health Awareness week which focused on this exact message:


To help us develop being kind to yourself, today we would like you to complete a positivity jar. This can be filled with ‘I can’ statements, also known as positive affirmations. Take a look below at some of the examples. Which ones do you think about yourself?


Hopefully lots of them! Positive affirmations are about saying ‘I can' or 'I am’, rather than what you can’t do!


To do the activity, you can either:

  • print the jar below and write inside your own positive affirmations like the poster above
  • use a real jar and on strips of paper or lollipop sticks write your affirmations on there

You could then decorate your positivity jar. Then whenever you feel down or sad, remember to look back at your jar and remind yourself of your positive statements! smiley

You might also like to try this challenge over the next week:

18/06/20- Science/ DT

Hello Year 4.


I hope you have been enjoying the learning. Please remember to keep sending emails to your teachers, we love to see examples of your work.

Continuing with our Science/DT work, this week you will need:

  • Materials that you chose in session one
  • Joining materials (tape, glue etc).



With a grown-up discuss the following 2 questions:

What could I do to make the strings on my instrument make different sounds? You may want to think of ideas and then try them out when you are making your instrument.

What could you try today to see if you can be successful?



So today we are going to be making our musical instruments, using the exploded diagrams from last week to help us.

Before we do that we need to think about how we will join our parts together.



Here are some examples of what you could use. Can you think of any other ways to join the parts?

Once you have got everything you need:



Create your masterpiece! I look forward to seeing your pictures!

I asked my daughter to make one and here it is, she chose to use different materials:


I wonder why she used pencils? I also wonder why she cut a hole in the box? Can you answer these questions?


Once you have made your instruments have a go at using the strings in different ways to make each string have a different pitch.

Next week is the final session of out Science and DT.

Have a good week!


Mrs Barkersmiley

Wednesday 17th June 2020- PE

Today we are going to focus on sprinting. What is a sprint? How far can you sprint for?


Warm up and stretch:

You may like to do this warm up with a family member and follow each other around with the leader deciding the route and action. For example; hopping, lunges, side steps, skipping. Repeat and change turns.

Once your heart rate has been raised, stretch your muscles using last week’s stretches (below). You should concentrate on your legs but don’t forget your arms are also very important when running!


Activity 1: technique

Let’s think about our sprinting technique. Watch Usain Bolt and see how he picks up his pace:

100m Sprint Men Finals Usain Bolt {Berlin 2009 } [HD]

What did you notice?

Earlier we said your arms are very important! They should be swimming almost at right angles helping you to power along! Your knees are also driving forward and coming up quite high but this is more to add power.

Practise this technique now in your garden or space just on the spot.


Activity 2: Developing fast running

  • Give yourself a marker (cone, socks etc) and put it down ahead of you. This is where you will aim for.
  • Run the distance, but ask your grown up count 5 seconds. Did you reach your marker in time? Wherever you got to in 5 seconds, move your marker to the distance.
  • Now repeat your run, counting down 5 seconds. Did you beat it? Again move your marker.
  • Repeat a couple more times, but this time take a second ‘marker’ and put it down 2 metres past your first marker. To help you sprint, aim for the 2nd marker. Lots of children when running in a race start to slow up at a finish line. Look how Usain Bolt keep sprinting past the actual finish line. This is because he doesn’t want his body to slow up before he has finished!  Looking at the second marker, also makes sure you aren’t look at anyone else running as this too can slow you down!

*Use may need to complete this activity at the park, the pavement in front of your house etc or if you need to reduce the number of seconds you count.


Activity 3: Starting position

Before we learn the actual starting position, it is good to practise your reaction time to ‘on your marks, get ready, Go!’ To do this you are going to practise sprinting the distance you were doing before but starting in different positions:

  • First time round, start position is lying on back.
  • Lying on front
  • Box (on both knees, both hands on floor)
  • Box on one knee.


Ask your grown up to call ‘on your marks etc’ and start the race. How quick is your reaction time?

Now practise the proper start time. Re-watch the Usain Bolt video and this time focus on the starting position. Look how he starts with one leg back and one forward, arms strong with most of his weight in is arms, then when they say ‘get ready’ a slight raise, before striding forwards.


Now complete a couple of the full sprints including your starting position and see how far you can get in the time given. Let us know how you get on. smiley

Tuesday 16th June 2020- Languages Day

As we said in our Daily Messages, today it is our school Languages Day!


How many languages can you think of? Write a list and see how many you can come up with. You have lots to choose from…roughly, 6500 languages are spoken in the world today! What a lot of languages!


Why do you think it is important to learn other languages? Watch this video to help you think about some of the reasons.  


Although we are very lucky that our first language is English, take a look at which other languages are widely spoken. Think of all those millions of people you could speak too!

In school, we are learning French words and phrases and also beginning to learn about their culture. Today, we would like you to focus on learning some simple words and phrases for a different language.


Activity 1:

Let’s begin by watching this video and seeing how you say ‘hello’ in some other countries! By learning these, you can be very friendly when meeting someone new who speaks a different language.

HOW TO Say Hello in 15 Different Languages - How To! | GoNoodle

Activity 2:

Now choose just one different language that you would like to research more of. Today we would like you to find out some simple words and phrases for this language. You might like to find out how to say:

  • Hello
  • How are you?
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Goodbye
  • You might like to learn to count to 10 in your chosen language


To help you do this, you could use the bbc website by clicking on the link and then the language you wish to find out about. You can also use google to translate words. For example, you can type in ‘hello in Spanish’ etc.

Once you have learnt some of your phrases, you might like to teach another family member or even ask a grown up to film you and send the clip so you can teach me! You could also find out any facts about your language and write them up in a powerpoint or poster if you prefer.

Monday 15th June 2020- History

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be thinking about what we can learn from the ancient Greeks and how they changed the world.

In our video from Patraeus, he spoke about how mathematicians answered many mathematical questions such as creating shapes and measuring them. He also discussed philosophers. A philosopher are great thinkers who made great discoveries and theories about the world around us!


Activity 1:

Click on this link and scroll down to this video below (the rubber duck!) to learn about the philosopher Archimedes.


Activity 2:

Then click on each of these people (on the website) to learn about other famous inventors and philosophers from ancient Greek times.


Activity 3:

Finally, imagine you are a philosopher. What questions would you want solving? Create a list. Remember to try and use a range of question words to help you! An example might be, why is the sky blue? Are there already answers to your questions?

Friday 12th June 2020- PE

Today, we are moving onto our new PE topic- athletics! This week we will focus on developing your technique and control of running.



Before we start getting active, let’s begin by taking a look at Mo Farah when he won the 5000m Gold medal. As you watch think about his speeds…does he begin fast and finish slowly? How does he control his pace over a longer run? The video is quite long so you may like to skip to 3:40min to see the start of the race, then 6:20min, then 9:40min and finally 15:30min to the end of the race. Look carefully at Mo Farah at each part of the race.

Mo Farah Wins Men's 5000m Gold - London 2012 Olympics

Did you notice, how Mo Farah began as the slowest and started at the back of the race, he then slowly made his way to the front and kept his pace before sprinting for the last 2 laps.



Often we find when running a slightly longer distance that children often start really quickly, however this is then tricky to maintain and we quickly get out of breath! Your activities today will help you develop your pace.

Before you start running, don’t forget to stretch! You may like to use the document below to help you stretch properly. Focus on your legs particularly.


Practise the technique:

There should be a difference between walking and jogging. What will it look like? What will the arms/legs look like? Walking – straighter legs, small arm swings.  Jogging –faster, bendier legs, arms at right angles, move quicker, increase the paces, bigger stride, faster arms.


Next, create an area you are going to run around (you want it to be a fair distance, so possible running around your garden twice etc).

First of all, walk around the area once and ask your grown up to time it.

Next try and jog, this needs to be a little quicker. Time how long it takes- you should be fast than walking but should be able to recover quickly and not feel too tired.

Now, try and running/sprinting the distance. Your time should be quicker again but also you should feel a lot more out of breath.


You may like to repeat this activity with different distances to help you think about the speeds you need to go.



Transport game- Each mode of transport links to a pace. Tractor = walk, lorry = jog, car= run and motorbike=sprint.

Ask a grown up or sibling to call out a different mode of transport and copy that action. Move around your garden, the park or even completing it on the spot if you are limited to space. Keep repeating and mixing the transport up. You should be able to feel a difference between each speed.


We hope you have enjoyed your running session! At school, we have started to complete The Daily Mile. For 15 minutes, the children run around a certain space and see how many laps they can do (the distance doesn’t need to be measured and it doesn’t matter if you don’t run a mile!). They then record their score and try and see if they can improve their score. Below we have added the booklet if you wish to complete The Daily Mile at home too.

Thursday 10th June 2020- Science/ DT

Hello Year 4,


I hope you have been enjoying the learning and are back into the swing of home schooling.

This week you will need balloons and paper. If you do not have any balloons please do not worry, you can just use paper.




Now with a grown-up or another family member follow these instructions, if using a balloon, the balloon will need to be blown up and tied.

Hold the balloon/paper up to your partner’s ear.

Put your lips gently up against the other side of the balloon.

Talk quietly to your partner. If you can’t think of anything else to say, try this: “Science is the coolest! I love to do science experiments! I wish I could do them every day!”

Notice what you can hear and feel.

Now swap and let your partner say something to you.

What did you notice? What did it feel like?



The reason it felt strange is because sound vibrations travel in WAVES from the source of the sound to the ear.

Your ear drum vibrates so you can hear the sound.



For this you will need a piece of plain paper.

I would like you to think back to last week’s learning and gather the materials you said you would use.

For my musical instrument I decided I would use:

Toilet roll tube, empty tissue box and elastic bands.

We now need to draw an exploded diagram. This is something all manufacturing companies have to do to show how they are going to put their product together:


They would then label it with the different parts and some companies would also mention how it will be fixed together.

I would now like you to have a go at drawing an exploded diagram, on your plain paper, I have included mine so you get the idea, then under each part I would like you to explain how you will fix the parts together. I made mine on the computer, you could do yours on a computer if you wish.



Then finally, draw what your final design will look like:


Hope you have a great week year 4.

Next week we will be making our instruments, so if you haven’t already remember to go on a ‘junk hunt’ to find materials for you instruments!


Mrs Barkersmiley

Wednesday 10th June 2020- History

Today we are completing more history learning based on our special video from Patraeus. Our focus today is thinking about ancient Greek temples and buildings and learning about how they were made. Have a look at these temples, how are they similar and different from one another?


Watch the video again from last week, from 5:00mins to the end to recap about temples. Pause the video to help you learn the key vocabulary about the temples.


Can you explain in your own words to another family member about the construction of the temples? What is the foundation called? What are the different types of columns? Use the information below to help you check.




In the video, Patraeus focused on the Parthenon, which sits on top of the Acropolis in Athens. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Greece today. It was constructed between 447 and 438BC and was dedicated to the Goddess Athena. Temples were normally dedicated and named after Greek Gods and Goddess’.



Today we would like you to imagine you are a God or Goddess. What would your temple look like? Think carefully about the column type you would use and what will your design for your tympanum and metopes be?

You may like to design it and label in on paper. You could even use junk box modelling to create it with used cereal boxes, toilet rolls etc. We know some of you have already been busy making your own temples out of toilet rolls!

We look forward to seeing some of temple designs and creations. smiley

Tuesday 9th May 2020- PSHE

Today we are thinking about our emotions and what makes us happy and makes us feel good. Watch this video carefully once. Then read the questions and see if you can answer them. You may need to watch it again to help you really think about each answer and what the story is telling you. 

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

Discussion points: 

  • Why did Anna's bucket lose water? 
  • Why did Felix's bucket lose water?
  • What makes the buckets fill up? What makes the bucket fill up quicker?
  • How did Felix help fill up other people's buckets? 
  • What emotions was Felix feeling when his bucket was full?


Reflection time:

Quietly on your own think about yourself. How full is your bucket today? Did it lose a little bit of water? Why? What made it fill up again? What could you do for the rest of the day to make it fill up more? How do think your families buckets would look? 



Today we would like you to think about what makes your bucket full? Think carefully about what makes you happy, particularly at the moment and what would make your own bucket full. You might like to draw pictures to show or print and use the template below to write a sentence or words for each thing. 


Don't forget, be a Bucket Filler. A full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy. Every drop in that bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic. When you fill someone else's bucket with a smile, hug, kind word, or gesture, you fill your own. The more you fill buckets, the quicker your own bucket fills up. smiley

Extra: You might like to complete some of the activities from the well-being calendar over the month. 
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