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A Mouse called Wolf by Dick King-Smith read by Mrs Cook

Chapter 7

Friday 5th June 2020


As more children start to come back to school (not year 4 yet I'm afraid) I will be spending my days in school teaching so the home learning is going to change. Today will be the last day that you have home learning set by me in this format. From Monday, other members of the Fox Hill TEAM will be preparing activities for you. I hope you have enjoyed everything we have done for the past 8 weeks. I have enjoyed setting it for you! So for the last time ... here is today's:




Today we will finish our shapes and angles topic by thinking about symmetry. You will already know what symmetry is and I'm sure everyone have made one of those butterfly pictures where you paint one side then fold it in the middle and print the other side with the wet paint. But have you ever thought about lines of symmetry in 2D shapes? Watch this video from BBC teach for more information. 

Finding lines of symmetry | Maths - Let's do Maths

Now look at these slides

Now head over to Purple Mash where I have set a 2Do for you to identify different lines of symmetry in 2D shapes. 



I have not set anything specific for English today but we have not had chance to finish either of our texts, The Boy at the back of the Class or our Purple Mash book, Beth and the Nile. I would like you to take the opportunity today and in any spare time you have over the next few weeks to do some reading and finish these books. Each chapter of Beth and the Nile has activities attached to it which you might enjoy doing. I have set chapter 6 and the quiz as a 2Do.

Topic - History


Ancient Egypt


Before we leave ancient Egypt behind, I would like us to have a look at Cleopatra. Cleopatra was an Egyptian Queen and is still one of the most famous women in history. She ruled ancient Egypt for 21 long years. She was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Her full name was Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator. From the age of 14 to 18 she co-ruled Egypt together with her father Ptolemy XII.


Her father died when she was 18 years old leaving the throne to Cleopatra and her younger brother Ptolemy XIII. Her brother was only 10 years old at that time. She married her brother according to Egyptian culture and became a co-ruler. She quickly took control as the main ruler.


Quick Facts: 

  • Cleopatra was born in Egypt but was actually a Macedonian Greek. She was the first ruler who learned to speak and write in Egyptian.
  • She was a real linguistic person. She knew at least 9 different languages.
  • Ptolemaic Egypt was one of the greatest powers of that time.
  • She has been more renowned for her intellect than her beauty.
  • Cleopatra studied various different subjects like mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, oratory etc.
  • It is believed by most of the historians that Cleopatra was responsible for killing all three of her own siblings.
  • She made an ally of the ruler of Rome Julius Caesar. She gave birth to Caesar’s son.
  • She lived in Rome as Caesar’s mistress and returned to Egypt after his assassination in 44 BC.
  • After that, she married another powerful Roman leader, Mark Antony and they had three children together.
  • Mark Antony committed suicide when he was given the false news of Cleopatra’s death.
  • When Cleopatra heard that Antony was dead she also killed herself by allowing a poisonous Cobra bite her.
  • Cleopatra’s son was killed at the age of 17 on the order of Octavian who was the adoptive child of Julius Caesar.


Have a look at the slides below for more information, then you can watch 'Horrible Histories' which is really funny but also gives you a lot of true facts about her!


Horrible Histories - Historical Desktops: Cleopatra | Awful Egyptians

Would you add Cleopatra on Facebook? Well, Mark Anthony added her on Mummy-Bo and he's beginning to regret it.

Horrible Histories Song - Cleopatra - CBBC

RA-RA Cleopatra! Find out about the crazy life and bad romance of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra as she goes 'Gaga' in this Horrible Histories song.

Your Task


Now you have lots of information on Cleopatra, you need to head over to Purple Mash where I have set a 2Do for you to create an information text all about cleopatra. If you would rather create a poster or write down an information text about her, that is fine too.

Thursday 4th June 2020




Today we are continuing with our work on triangles but I have a fun game for you to play. If you have a printer, you can print out the dominos below (I have attached in Thursday maths documents). If not, you can still make your own by copying out the dominos on to blank paper. Then cut them out and see if you can make a chain by joining the correct triangles to their different properties! I hope this will be good fun. 




I would like you to head over to Purple Mash again and read the next chapter (Chapter 5) of Beth and the Nile which I have set as a 2Do for you today. Then complete the comprehension questions - also a 2Do. 


When you are done there is one more 2do for you to complete. King Tut's death was announced in every souk and market square across the land. Have a go at writing the official announcement that was read out. You can use pictures on your scroll too. You will find this as another 2Do and it looks like this:

Topic - Ancient Egypt




Yesterday you learned all about the different Pharaohs that reigned over Egypt. Today I would like you to have a go at designing your own Pharaoh headdress. I have attached a template that you can use if you want to but you don't have to stick to this design - you can create yours however you want. There are lots of ideas online but I have put a few pictures here to inspire you. 


Pharaoh Headdress Template

Wednesday 3rd June 2020




Today in maths we are going to be learning about different kinds of triangles. Have a look at the slideshow below and then answer the questions underneath about different types of triangles. I have attached the questions as a PDF if you want to print it out but there is no need to. You can answer the questions directly from the screen.


If you feel super confident, you can have a go at the extra Gold challenge. Remember the angles in a triangle all add up to 180° and a right angle is ALWAYS 90°. This sheet is voluntary (you don't have to do it if it is too tricky!)

Your Task



I would like you to head over to Purple Mash again and read the next chapter (Chapter 4) of Beth and the Nile which I have set as a 2Do for you today. Then complete the comprehension questions - also a 2Do. 

When you are done come back here and write these events out in the order in which they happened in the story. The first one has been done for you and is marked with a number 1 in red.


They were surrounded by an army of soldiers.

They noticed a cow and three men holding their bellies and grinning.

The children studied the symbols. 1

The children decoded the message and escaped from the tomb.

There was picture of a sheep, King Tut’s stepmum and various other hieroglyphs.

Topic - History


Ancient Egypt


We have learned lots about King Tutenkhamun but today I would like you to do some research about some of the other rulers and pharaohs of Egypt. The below video is only 5 minutes long and is a really good start. I have also given you a couple of links which may help. 

When you have found out as much as you can, have a look at the attached activity. Bronze, silver and gold challenge are all on the same document (Bronze first) so choose the one you feel most comfortable with. You need to put the rulers in the correct order of their reign. 

Ancient Egyptian five minutes or less

This is a brief explanation of a few of the pharaohs during ancient Egypt's Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020




Today we are going to be learning all about quadrilaterals. Quadrilateral just means "four sides" (quad means four, lateral means side). A Quadrilateral has four-sides, it is 2D (a flat shape), closed (the lines join up), and has straight sides. Have a look at the slides below to find out about the different types of quadrilaterals and their properties. 

Next I would like you to head over to Purple Mash where I have set you a 2Do. You need to choose 6 quadrilaterals and describe their properties. 



I would like you to head over to Purple Mash again and read the next chapter (Chapter 3) of Beth and the Nile which I have set as a 2Do for you today. Then complete the comprehension questions - also a 2Do. 

When you have completed that, come back here and answer the following SPAG questions by writing each one out correctly:


1. Choose the correct spellings to complete the sentences below.

  • Scarab was not very couragous/couragious/courageous.
  • He was scared of various/varyous/varieous things such as sand and thought that almost everything was dangourous/dangerous/dangerious.


2. Complete the sentence by adding a suitable prefix to the underlined words.

  • The children sat on the sarcophagus, not because they were being respectful but because sitting anywhere else was comfortable.


3. Insert a comma after each fronted adverbial.

  • Before Beth found a lamp Scarab had been stumbling around in the dark.
  • After a short amount of time Beth and Scarab became bored of the wooden toys.
  • Suddenly they heard a knocking sound coming from the sarcophagus.


4. Write a pronoun that could replace each of the underlined words in the sentence below.

  • Scarab was scared of sand because Scarab didn’t like the way sand got between his toes.


5. Expand the following phrase by adding adjectives and a preposition phrase.

  • the monster

Topic - Dance


Fox Hill Dancing Challenge

Well done to those who took part in our last Distance Dancing video: 

Fox Hill Distance Dancing: Cotton Eye Joe

Today you’re being set the FINAL DANCE CHALLENGE using this video: 

Ghostbusters theme song

Just Dance 2019 Gameplay - Ghostbusters

Once you feel confident with all of the steps, please ask your parents/carers to film it. Parents/carers can then send the video to our school Facebook or Twitter pages:

The aim is for the videos to be used to create a Fox Hill dance montage.

For Parents/carers: By sending your videos, you are giving permission for them to be used.

Costumes (and proton packs) encouraged! 

Good luck and get dancing! 

Videos to be sent by 12pm on Friday 5th June. 

Monday 1st June 2020




Good morning Year 4. I hope you had a lovely half term. Today in maths we are looking at 2D shapes and how to categorise them (sort them out into groups based on what is similar about them and what is different). Here are a few shapes you will already know. 

Of course - there are lots of other shapes but this is a start. There are many ways we can categorise shapes:

  • How many sides they have
  • How many corners or vertices they have
  • What angles they contain (right angle, obtuse angle, acute angle)
  • Whether they are regular or irregular (a regular shape has all equal sides and angles, an irregular shape has different sized sides and angles.)
  • Whether they have parallel lines (two straight lines that do not touch at any point ).


Have a look at the slideshow below about categorising 2D shapes:

Your Task


Below are a selection of shapes (I have attached this as a PDF if you would like to print it out but you don't have to). I would like you to choose 4 of these shapes and describe them according to the list of properties above.

So you will need to list:

  • The shape name 
  • how many sides
  • how many vertices (corners)
  • how many internal (inside the shape) angles it has
  • what sort of angles they are 
  • is it regular/irregular
  • does it have parellel lines


If you notice anything else about the shape, you can list that too! 


When you have completed this, you can have a go at the next activity if you want to. It requires 2 people so you would need to have someone else in your house that is available to play. Again I have added it below if you would like to print the sheet. It is basically "Guess Who" but with shapes. 



For English today I would like you to head over to Purple Mash and read chapter 2 of Beth and the Nile. I have set it as a 2Do so you should find it easily. 

It's fine for an adult to help you with the reading or read some to you if you find it tricky. When you have read through the chaper I would like you to complete the other two 2Dos I have set for you. The first is a comprehension to check you have understood the chapter. The next one is a dialogue exercise. At the end of the chapter, King Tutenkhamun breaks out of the sarcophagus and begins to introduce himself to Beth and Scarab. Continue the dialogue by writing the conversation between the three characters. I can't wait to read them!

Topic - Science



Today is the last science lesson on sound and you are going to have a go at making your own musical instruments! First, look at the slideshow below and then answer the questions on the Q&A Sheet. 


Sound Q & A

Weapons Of Sound

Watch this clip to see a band called 'Weapons of Sound', who make all their instruments out of junk. Look carefully to see how they change the sounds their musical instruments make. Can you see anything that will help you make your own musical instrument?

Maybe you could take a picture of your finished instrument and put it on twitter or on the blog. Or even e-mail it to me on purple mash. Have fun and I look forward to seeing some!

Friday 22nd May 2020




Today we are thinking about angles when they appear in 2D shapes. Have a look at the slide show below and try to answer the true or false questions. After that you can choose which challenge you complete - there are bronze, silver and gold to choose from. If you manage the gold challenge see if you can identify any acute or obtuse angles in the shapes. Then, if you want to, you can have a go at the mastery sheet. 




Your English today starts over on Purple Mash. We are starting on an online text called "Beth on the Nile". If you look in your 2Do's you will find the first chapter along with a set of multiple choice comprehension questions. Read the first chapter (it's fine for an adult to help you if the text is too tricky) and then go to the next 2Do and answer the questions. When you are done you can come back here and have a go at the grammar questions below. 

Topic - Music


Today I would like you to use the 2Explore program on Purple Mash to create a piece of music. Imagine that Beth on the Nile was a TV show. I would like you to create a theme tune for it. Make sure when you open up 2Explore you press this button to listen to the instructions of how to use the program:

Then save your work - I would love to hear some of them!


I have also set an art piece as a 2Do - it is a paint program to draw some hieroglyphics. It's just for fun.

Have a lovely half term everyone. 

Thursday 21st May 2020




Hi Everyone! I hope you got on OK with right angles yesterday and had fun making your right angle monster! Today we are going to be looking more closely at acute and obtuse angles. You might want to flip back to Tuesday's work about what acute and obtuse angles look like but I will also do a quick re-cap here. 


An acute angle is less than 90° so smaller than a right angle. It looks pointy and if it were a door, it would only be opened part way.

An obtuse angle is more than 90° but less than 180°. If it were a door, it would be opened really wide.


Have a look at the song underneath on youtube. It's a bit silly but it will help you to remember! Then head over to Purple Mash and have a go at the 2Do I have set. When you have done that - see if you can spot what each of the angles below are.





Angles Song | Acute, Obtuse, & Right Angles



Today I would like you to read chapters 14 and 15 of "The Boy at the Back of the Class" by Onjali Q Rauf. When you have read the chapters, have a think about "The Greatest Idea in the world." What do you think of the narrators plan? Do you see any problems in what she is thinking about. I would like you to create a table of pros and cons. The pros and cons of something are its advantages and disadvantages, which you consider carefully so that you can make a sensible decision. So, the things that you think are good about the plan you put on one side and the things you think are not so good, you put on the other. Please make sure you add reasons for your decisions. I have attached the sheet if you would like to use it, but if you don't have a printer, you can just draw out your own table.

ps. Just in case you wanted to know the meaning of pro and cons  .... The phrase 'pros and cons' is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase pro et contra, 'for and against', where “pros” are for the plus points and “cons” are the negative ones.

Pros and Cons document



History - Ancient Egypt


Today I would like you to head over to purple mash and complete the 2Do I have set. It is to create a post card from Egypt, imagining that you were part of Howard Carter's team, uncovering the tomb of Tutankhamun. Make sure you read all of the post it notes around the edge of the postcard and include each of the sections.

You need to think about greetings, feelings, objects, excavation, the curse and the tomb wall. 



Wednesday 20th May 2020




Today we are continuing to work on angles and we will be concentrating on right angles. We did touch on them yesterday so you may already be familiar with them. A right angle is equal to 90°. First, watch this video:


Right Angles

You will notice in the video that he checks his right angles using a right angle checker. We are going to make a right angle monster so we can do just that! Below I have attached a picture of the Right Angled Monster for you to cut out and colour in. Make sure you cut very carefully along the dotted lines. If you don't have a printer you can draw your very own monster, but ask an adult to draw the right angle mouth for you. Or you can trace mine from the screen!

When you have created your right angled monster you can hold it against angles to see if they are right angles.

Here is an example of somebody using a right angle monster. You will see the first 2 shapes (the square and the rectangle) both have a right angle but the hexagon and the circle don't fit at all - no right angle there!

I would like you to use your right angle monster to see which of the angles on the following page are right angles.

When you have completed that, have a go at the next sheet. When it says "use your folded piece of paper" it means your right angled monster! See if you can mark the right angles on to the shapes. 



Today we are going to be thinking about standard verb inflection. Sometimes the way we need to write things can be different to the way we say things. Have a look at the slides below about verb inflection.

Now I would like you to head over to Purple Mash and have a go at the 2Do I have set for you. It is called word hope and looks like this:

When you are done - you can have a go at the worksheet that goes with it. If you don't have a printer, you can copy out the sentences into your homework book.



Topic - Art


Because you have worked so hard to learn all about Tutankhamun, I thought you might like to have a go at drawing him! Below is a tutorial on how to create the perfect King Tut! Give it a go. I have also included a template of him if you would like to experiment in colouring, painting or even collaging him! I would love to see what you come up with, either on Twitter or on the blog. 

How to draw Tutankhamun (Egyptian Pharaoh)

Tuesday 19th May 2020



Well done with all the challenges you have ahd over the past couple of weeks. We are now leaving 'units of measure' behind for a while and moving on to a new topic. Today we are starting angles. Watch the video below to get you started and then look through the slides underneath. 

Intro to Angles for Kids: Understanding Angles for Children - FreeSchool Maths

Angles are the space between two lines that meet at a point, or vertex. Angles are measured in degrees, often with the help of a protractor. Acute, obtuse, r...

Have a look at the angles below. You need to decide which is the smaller angle and which is the greater angle. 

Next Have a look at the next set of angles:

Draw the angles into your book or on a piece of paper (They don't need to be exact) and put the numbers 1-4 next to them to show which angle is the biggest (number 1) and so on until you get to the smallest (number 4). Remember, the wider the door is open, the bigger the angle will be. 

Extension: Can you label them as acute, obtuse or right angles?



Following on from your topic work yesterday, today's English is a comprehension about Tutankhamun. If you don't have a printer or don't want to print out the sheets, you can read the text on the screen and write the answers out on paper or in your homework book. Remember to write your answers in full sentences. 

Topic - Science




Today in science we are continuing with our sound topic and we are going to be looking at soundproofing. Do you know what that is? You have an experiment to conduct for which you will need a small box and something that can play music such as a small speaker or a mobile phone. Please ask your parents or carers before borrowing phones! If you have an i-pad or other tablet with music on you can use this but you will need a box big enough for it to go in.


Read through the slides below first:

Your experiment:

When you have identified something that can play music and a box with a lid it can go in, you need to line the box with different materials to see what muffles the sound the most. You need to consider how to make this a fair test. Such as:

  • Always play the same piece of music
  • Always play the music at the same volume level
  • Always use the same amount of material
  • How will you measure how loud the music is?


You can use any materials you can find around your house for the sound proofing (check with an adult). Some things you might try are:

tea towel (fabric)

tin foil (metal)


bubble wrap (plastic)




You can record your findings on the sheet attached. If you don't have a printer you can copy out the chart. 


When your test is complete, write a letter to the band explaining to them which material they should use to sound proof their studio. 

Topic - PE


Fox Hill Dancing Challenge - Round TWO

Well done to those who took part in our last Distance Dancing video:

Today you’re being set a NEW DANCE CHALLENGE using this video:

Once you feel confident with all of the steps, please ask your parents/carers to film it. Parents/carers can then send the video to our school Facebook or Twitter pages:

The aim is for the videos to be used to create a Fox Hill dance montage.

For Parents/carers: By sending your videos, you are giving permission for them to be used.

Make sure you have your cowboy hats and USA flags ready! 

Good luck and get dancing! 

Videos to be sent by Friday 22nd May. 

Monday 18th May 2020




Good morning! Your challenge today involves metres (m), half metres and quarter metres.

Remember - there are 2 half metres in a metre and 4 quarter metres in a metre. Here is the challenge:


If you have a printer, you can print out the table and the visuals to help you from the documents section below. But ... You do not need one! You can copy the table into your book and I made the different length sticks using just 1 piece of A4 paper. (Any size paper will do as the sticks are not to scale.) Here is how I did it: 

How to make your own resources.

Now you have your metres, half metre and quarter metre sticks you need to see which combinations add up to 2 and a half metres. Of course, 2 whole metre sticks and one half metre stick is the best way to start, but there are lots of different ways you can do it. How many can you find? I have done one for you with my resources here. I found that 1 whole metre, 2 half metres and 2 quarter metres = 2 and a 1/2 metres.



Today we have a grammar focus (sorry!) and we are going to look again at determiners. They can be tricky things to get hold of. Have a look at the slides below and then have a go at one of the sheets (You don't need to print them, you can just copy out the sentences.) There are three different challenges, so choose your level. 


Topic - Ancient Egypt


This week we are going to start learning about Tutankhamun - which I hope you will love.


King Tutankhamun (King Tut for short!) became ruler of Ancient Egypt when he was just nine years old. The Boy King died just ten years later and he was buried in a golden coffin surrounded by 5,000 priceless treasures, including animal statues, jewellery, clothes, weapons and even toys.
Some Egyptologists believe King Tut may have died in a chariot crash. But the cause of his death remains a mystery today!



The tomb was found by British archaeologist Howard Carter in November 1922. Howard had spent many years excavating the tombs of Egyptian kings and queens when he came across a cup etched with the name of an obscure pharaoh – Tutankhamun.

Howard became convinced that Tut’s tomb was buried somewhere in the Valley of the Kings. But after 8 years of searching he had found nothing. Then, just when he was about to give up, one of his crew – a young boy who was a water fetcher – found a stair carved into the rock.

When Howard and his Crew entered the tomb, they were greeted with thousands of spectacular treasures that had been left almost untouched, more than 3,300 years after the Egyptian Pharaoh’s death. It was the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found intact. Wow!



The discovery caused a sensation, and the little-known king instantly became the most famous Pharaoh on the planet.

With the world gripped by Ancient-Egyptian fever, the media were desperate to publish new, exciting stories. So when Lord Canarvon (the wealthy man who financed the search for Tut) died from an infected mosquito bite on his cheek, the newspapers invented a story that it was because Tutankhamun’s tomb was cursed. Eeeek!


Your Challenge

Watch the below video and then do some of your own research on Tutankhamun, on the internet or in books. When you are ready, head over to Purple Mash and create a fact sheet all about him. I have set it as a 2Do. I have added a fact sheet below to help you with your research.

Friday 15th May 2020


Good Morning Year 4 - Happy Friday!




I have another money challenge for you today. There are some tables which may help you with your working out. If you have a printer you can print these off to use them but if not you can always just make your own table. Don't forget you can e-mail me on Purple Mash if you need any help with these.



Today I would like you to create a piece of persuasive writing for me. Remember when you are trying to persuade somebody you are trying to make them do something ... or agree with you!


You might choose to use:

  • repeated words
  • alliterative words
  • emotional language
  • a strong argument
  • rhetorical questions
  • colourful and eye-catching fonts
  • humour


I would like you to read all of the statements below and decide whether you think that Rhodophis will live happily ever after or not. You can use some of the ideas on the cards to support your argument and make up some of your own too. Remember you are trying to persuade me you are correct!

I have added the story again just in case you would like a re-cap. 

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirly Climo. Illustrated by Ruth Heller

Remember we did lots of persuasive writing in the Autumn - we were trying to persuade people to buy our stone age tool! Can you apply some of the things we learned? You can write it down on paper, straight on to the blog or in an e-mail to me.

There are more hints and tips about persuasive writing on BBC bitesize. Just follow this link:

Topic - Art


You did a fantasic job yesterday at writing about the Ancient Egyptian Gods. I thought today you could have a go at drawing one. There is a clip below of how to draw Anubis, which you could follow along. Or, if you would prefer, you can research a different God and draw that. I would love to see what you come up with. You can post them to Twitter to show me!

Let's Draw the Egyptian God Anubis!

Easy to follow directions, using right brain drawing techniques, showing how to draw Anubis.

Thursday 14th May 2020


Good morning. I have had lots of people say how much they enjoy doing the work on Purple Mash so today I have set you a whole day of 2Dos on there!




First, I would like you to practise your times tables by playing:


I have set it as a 2Do, so play for at least 10 minutes and see how far you can get! I will have a look at all the scores.

Next I want you to think about your times tables backwards and have a go with some divisions!

It's another 2Do ready for you to play.


The third game I have set for you requires you to factorise numbers. Remember a factor is a number that you multiply with another number to get a product (the solution to a multiplication problem). Think of a multiplication problem as factors being multiplied to find the product. For instance, 2 and 4 are factors of 8: A number can have just two factors or many, many factors. This is the 2Do:




I have set this 2do for you over on Purple Mash:

It is asking you to add the inverted commas (speech marks) and other punctuation that goes with speech marks. If you need a reminder on how to punctuate direct speech - have a watch of this video.




Punctuation: Using speech marks to punctuate direct speech (KS2)

What will I learn? How to use speech marks to help you write speech in different ways. Questions: What did Vicky report that Troy had said? What is the rule ...

Topic - Ancient Egypt


Today we are going to start to learn about the Gods and Goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians. 


Hawk-headed sun god Ra was one of the most important gods of all. He was gobbled up every night by the sky goddess Nut, then reborn every morning at sunrise. Later in Egyptian history, Ra was merged with the god of wind, Amun, making him the most powerful of all the Egyptian gods. Amun-Ra was so mighty that even the Boy King, Tutankhamun, was named after him – translated his name means “Living image of Amun”.


Controlling the rain and water, lion-headed Tefnut was the goddess of moisture. She was spat into existence by her dad, Ra, the sun god.


A dwarf with lion features, little Bes’s job was to look after babies and mums. He also protected against scorpion bites. And nightmares. What a guy!


This dog-faced deity was the god of embalming and the dead. Wild dogs, or jackals, were often seen hanging around in cemeteries, so it was thought they watched over people in the afterlife.


The god of the waterways, Sobek was a fierce protector of Egyptian people. He also liked to eat flesh. Live crocodiles were kept in pools at temples to honour him.


This blue pot-bellied fellow was the god of the Nile, responsible for the annual flooding of the great river. 


I would like you to do some more research on one of these Gods then head over to Purple Mash and complete this 2Do about them:

You will find it in your list of 2Dos. I have also attached a video song that gives you more information about the Gods.

Wednesday 13th May 2020




Another challenge for you today. This time it involves money. Don't forget you can e-mail me on Purple Mash  (2Email) or message me through the blog if you need help with any of these.



Today I would like you to read the next two chapters of our class text "The Boy at the Back of the Class" by Onjali Q. Rauf. The next 2 chapters are 14 and 15. 

In Chapter 14 Tom's plan is to write to the Prime Minister and I have put a picture of the letter below. 

For your activity today, I would like you to write a letter to the Prime Minister (Boris Johnson). It can be about whatever you want. Perhaps you want to say thank you to him for how he is handling the corona virus at the moment, or perhaps you don't think he is doing a good job and would like to give him some suggestions. Maybe you would like to tell him how and when we should come back to school or maybe there is something in your local area you think he needs to sort out. If you prefer you could write to him about the issues raised in the book.


I would like you to set out your work as a formal letter and there are some tips below how to do this. You can either write your letter on paper - or you can write it directly on to the blog so I can see it. It is up to you whether you send it to him or not!

Features of a formal letter



Science - Sound


This week in our learning about sound, you are going to be carrying out an investigation by making a paper cup telephone. If you don't have paper or plastic cups, then plastic flower pots work well too. Look through the slides below and follow the instructions for what to do. Both the sheets are attached underneath. 

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May 2020


Good morning Year 4. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and got to see some of the sunshine. As I am in school on Monday, I have uploaded work for both Monday and Tuesday. I have marked the days so you know when to do each thing, please don't try to do it all at once as it will take too long. If you would like to show me anything you do, you can put it on the blog and I have also set up 2email in purple mash so you should be able to send me a message. From the homepage, go to Tools, then Communication and sharing, then click on 2email.


Monday Maths


There is another challenge for you today, this time involving pennies. If you can find fifteen pennies at home and four little bags, this is the easiest way to figure it out. I have attached a sheet of pennies and bags so if you have a printer you could use these. However, if you don't have pennies or bags and don't have a printer then don't worry - almost anything will work. I have used pasta for my pennies and coffee cups for my bags. I don't think my answer is correct though ... maybe you can crack the puzzle? 



The Challenge

Tuesday Maths


Today's problem involves weights. Remember that there are 1000grams in a kilogram. So if the weight you are looking for is 2.7kg, then that is equal to 2700g. You need to use 10 weights in total and only 1 gets left out. (This is a tricky one so I have added the answer for you to look at afterwards to see if you are correct!) Good Luck!

The Challenge

Monday English


Today we are going to revisit the story of the Egyptian Cinderella we were looking at a week ago. I have added it again below for you to have a read through. When you have read the story again I want you to have a think about how Rhodopis was feeling at different points in the story. Look at the feelings in the list and see if you can write some of your own sentences to describe how she might be feeling, using some of the words from the list.

Next I would like you to write a feeling's diary for Rhodophis. The template attached is to give you an idea of a format you might use but you do not need to pront it out. You can write your diary in your homework book or on paper. 



Tuesday English


Yesterday you were thinking how Rhodopis might have felt at different points in the story. Today I would like you to think about how she might show those feelings through her body language. Have a look at the sheet below and make your own table to match. Then write down what body language expresses each of these feelings. 

For example, an angry person might have clenched fists, narrow eyes, a hard set mouth etc. See if you can fill in all of the boxes. Then you can see if you can act out these feelings using the body language you have described.


The sheet uses the word infer. Do you know what that means? Here is a definition for you: 


To make a guess based on facts and observations; to conclude.

Monday Topic - Egyptian Mummies


I hope you had fun making your mummies on Friday. The ones I saw looked fabulous! Today we are going to do a reading comprehension to check up on what we have learned. There are 3 challenges, so pick the reading level you feel most comfortable with. As always, there is no requirement to print these out. You can read them on the screen and then write out the sentences in full.

Tuesday Topic - Egyptian Mummies


We are finishing off our work on Egyptian mummies for a while. I have given you a wordsearch and a crossword today for a bit of fun! 



Bank Holiday Friday 8th May 2020

VE Day


Good morning Year 4. As today is a bank holiday, there is no formal learning for you to do. If you would like to do some VE day activities then have a look at the attached sheet. I have also uploaded the 2nd chapter of our new story, A Mouse Named Wolf by Dick King-Smith. If you missed Chapter 1 you can scroll to the bottom of this page and find me reading it there. I hope you all have a great weekend. Mrs Cook xx

Thursday 7th May 2020




Today's maths task is another problem solving challenge for you. This time we are dealing with cm and m again. Have a look at the problem below. 

As it says - each green ribbon is 80cm long and each Blue ribbon is 1.4m long. In order to work this out, we first need to put both the ribbon lengths into either cm or m. I am going to choose cm.


Green = 80cm

Blue = 140cm


Now we need to find what 12 ribbons were used to make 12m in total. So let's put that into cm too:


12m = 1200cm


we know that 12 ribbons were used so your combination of green and blue ribbons will always = 12. You could try:


1 green + 11 blue

2 green + 10 blue

3 green + 9 blue ...... and so on. 


See if you can solve the puzzle! I have attached a sheet that might help you record your answers on but you don't need to print it, you could draw your own table. I have also attached some sheets with some pretend ribbons on. You can use these if it helps your thinking process. For parents and carers I have also attached the answers!


If you solve this quickly - have a go at the extension!



Today we are going to be doing some recapping on fronted adverbials.


An adverbial is a word or phrase that has been used like an adverb to add detail or further information to a verb. (An easy way to remember what an adverb is: it adds to the verb.)

Adverbials are used to explain how, where or when something happened; they are like adverbs made up of more than one word.

For example:

In the sentences above, the verbs are in pink and the adverbials are in blue.

'Fronted' adverbials are 'fronted' because they have been moved to the front of the sentence, before the verb. In other words, fronted adverbials are words or phrases at the beginning of a sentence, used to describe the action that follows.

A comma is usually used after a fronted adverbial .

For example:

Your Tasks

  1. Watch the video below.
  2. Head over to Purple Mash and do the fronted adverbial 2Do I have set.
  3. Come back here and have a go at the worksheet below.



What are fronted adverbials? | Oxford Owl

Learn how and when to use adverbials for time, place, manner or number. Perfect to help with grammar homework and to prepare for the Key Stage 2 SATs test. F...

Topic - History




We have learned about the great pyramids and how Kings had them built to be buried in. The Egyptians dreaded the thought that one day their world might cease to exist . It was very important to ancient Egyptian religious beliefs that the human body was preserved and in their eyes, it ensured their survival in the afterlife. A method of artificial preservation, called mummification was developed by the ancient Egyptians. Mummification was a complicated and lengthy process which lasted up to 70 days. Please read the information below.

What are mummies?

A mummy is the body of a person (or an animal) that has been preserved after death.

Who were the mummies?

They were any Egyptian who could afford to pay for the expensive process of preserving their bodies for the afterlife.

Why did the Egyptians make mummies?

The Egyptians believed in life after death. They believed that they had to preserve their bodies so they could use them in the afterlife.

What is the afterlife?

The Egyptians believed that when they died, they would make a journey to another world where they would lead a new life. They would need all the things they had used when they were alive, so their families would put those things in their graves. Egyptians paid vast amounts of money to have their bodies properly preserved. Egyptians who were poor were buried in the sand whilst the rich ones were buried in a tomb.

What was the name of the process the Egyptians used to preserve their bodies?

It was called mummification.

How were mummies made?

It took a very long time, from start to finish, it took about 70 days to embalm a body. The priest in charge would wear the mask of a jackal representing the god Anubis.

1. The body was washed and purified.
2. Organs were removed. Only the heart remained.
3. The body was filled with stuffing.
4. The body was dried by covering it with a substance called natron*. This substance absorbed all the moisture from the body.
5. After 40 - 50 days the stuffing was removed and replaced with linen or sawdust.
6. The body was wrapped in strands of linen and covered in a sheet called a shroud.
7. The body was placed in a stone coffin called a sarcophagus.

The mummy was now ready for its journey to the afterlife.

What is natron?

Natron is a natural salt, composed of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate with traces of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate. It was used by the ancient egyptians to dry out the bodies.

Why did they leave the heart in the body?

The Egyptians thought the heart was the centre of intelligence and emotion.

Who was the god of mummification?

Anubis was the god of mummification. He had a human body and the head of a jackal. His job was to prepare the bodies of the dead to be received by Osiris.

What objects did they put in Egyptian Tombs?

Ancient Egyptians were buried with their belongings and the tomb walls were painted with scenes from the dead persons life. The objects included furniture, games and even food was placed in the tombs for the long After Life journey!

What are canopic jars?

Canopic Jars were used by ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains.

Where were Egyptians who were poor buried?

The poor Egyptians were buried in the sand. Only the rich ones were buried in a tomb

Where were the pharaohs buried?

In the Old and Middle Kingdoms (2628-1638 BC), Egyptian kings were buried in pyramids. About 50 royal pyramids have survived. They were built on the desert edge, west of the ancient capital of Memphis.

What are pyramids?

The pyramids are the stone tombs of Egypt's kings - the Pharaohs.

Why did the Ancient Egyptians build pyramids?

The Egyptians believed that if the pharaoh's body could be mummified after death the pharaoh would live forever. The tombs were designed to protect the buried Pharaoh's body and his belongings.

Your Task

Today, I would like you to have a go at making your own Egyptian mummy! This can be done any way you choose. You could draw a picture or make a model. You can make a mummy from masking tape, papier mache, tissue paper or even pastry. I don't mind how you do it! I have put some picture ideas below. Please show me your mummies on Twitter or on the Blog - I would love to see them!

Wednesday 6th May 2020




Today our problem solving is moving on to money. Have a look at the problem below. We are trying to find out how many different ways we can make 85p using only 20p coins, 10p coins and 5p coins. 

Here you can see that I have come up with one solution. This works because:


20+20+20 = 60


10+10+5 = 25


60+25= 85


How many different ways can you find? Solving this problem would be easiest if you had some real silver money to use, but if you or your parents don't have any silver change, you can always print some out to use from below. If you don't have a printer - why not draw and cut out some coins? It doesn't really matter what they look like as long as you know which ones are worth 20p, which are worth 10p and which are worth 5p.


If you complete the task without any problems, have a go at the challenge! I have also attached the answers for you to see how you did afterwards!







Today's English is an Egyptian Reading comprehension. There are three different challenges, Bronze, Silver and Gold, so choose the level you feel comfortable with. Remember, you don't have to print the sheets. You can read the text on the screen and answer the questions in your homework book or on paper.

Topic: Science - SOUND


Today we are going to be thinking about pitch. Look at the slides below to find out what pitch is, then follow the link to watch a short video on pitch on BBC Bitesize. When you have watched the video, have a go at answering the questions underneath. Next head back here and look at the attached sheet. 

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th May 2020


Hi Year 4. As I will be in school on Monday, I have put up all the work you need for Monday AND Tuesday here. Please don't try and do it all at once or else you'll still be going at tea time!


Fox Hill Dancing Challenge

Today you’re being set a challenge. We’d like you to learn a dance using this video:

Once you feel confident with all of the steps, please ask your parents/carers to film it. The aim is for the videos to be used to create a Fox Hill dance montage.

Here is the final video: 


Monday Maths


Today's maths is on Purple Mash so you will need to head over there and have a look at the 2Do's. There are 2 activities for you to complete and they are both about converting units of measure. Look back through the work you did last week to help you to complete them. This knowledge organiser may also help.


Tuesday Maths


Today we are still thinking about converting measures but we are now moving on to time. We have looked at time recently in class so you all know that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. 

We are going to be using this information to do some problem solving today. Think about the following problem.

So, you will need to fill in the table, adding 8 minutes each time. Remember .... when you get to 60 minutes, that is an hour! Her first training session is 30 mins, so her second one will be 38 mins and so on. When you get to 62 minutes (her 5th training session) that will be 1 hour and 2 minutes.


I have attached the sheet below along with the answers for parents and carers and so you can check your work. Remember you don't need to print the sheets, you can make your own table on a blank sheet of paper. 


Just do what you can - if you are feeling confident, have a go at the extension work. 

Monday English


On Friday and over the weekend I asked you to read or listen to chapters 12 and 13 of our class text. Please answer the questions below based on your reading. I have also attached the documents as PDFs but there is no requirement to print the sheets. You can just write your answers down in your homework book or on a piece of paper. 


Tuesday English


There may have been some words in those 2 chapters that were unfamiliar to us. For todays work you will need to use a dictionary. If you don't have one at home, there are lots online. Again, you don't need to print the sheet. 

MONDAY TOPIC - Ancient Egypt


Below I have added a timeline of when things happened in ancient Egyptian civilization. You can look at this and do your own research too. I have added another good website to look at. Then you need to head over to Purple mash where I have set you a 2Do to write your own timeline of ancient Egypt. 


When looking at the timelines you will notice that the dates say BC. This means "Before Christ" so they are noting a time before the birth of Jesus. Because they are leading up to the birth of Jesus, these dates count down. That means that 2000BC would be 500 years before 1500BC. As time goes on, the number gets smaller. 

TUESDAY TOPIC - Ancient Egypt


Today we are going to have a bit of fun whilst thinking about hieroglyphics. Have you ever thought that we communicate in pictures just like the ancient egyptians did? Although we have a full and complex language system - we still LOVE to use emojis!


Pictorial language is as alive now as it was in Tutankhamun’s time!


First carved in ancient Egypt as far back as 3200 BC, hieroglyphics were used for 3,500 years. The first set of emojis were released less than 25 years ago, in 1997 and now nearly a billion are sent every day. In the UK, we send 33 emojis per person per day.

Emojis are now so popular that we use them to convey some of our deepest emotions and most serious situations. In fact, research shows some people find it easier to show their emotions through emojis than through writing!


We know it's important to learn to write properly, but for a bit of fun today I would like you to head over to purple mash. If you have not already found our blog page it is in Sharing:shared blogs: Year 4. I have added a new blog for this activity and have left you a message made up of just emojis - can you work out what it says and write a message back to me? Remember you can only use pictures - just like the ancient egyptians did!

Friday 1st May 2020




Today we will be exploring units of length, mass and capacity. These are the units which we will be working with, with examples of measurements for each:

  • Grams and kilograms (1 paperclip = 1 gram, 1 bag of sugar = 1 kilogram.)

  • Metres and kilometres (1 metre stick = 1 metre, from Fox Hill to Coral Reef = 1 kilometre)

  • Millilitres and litres (a ones Diene cube takes up the same amount of space as 1 ml of water, 1 litre = a carton of orange juice)

What is the same about the relationships between these measurements? Why do you think we’re looking at these measurements together?

All of these measurements are related to each other by a factor of one thousand.

  • The prefix ‘kilo’ means ‘one thousand times’

  • The prefix ‘milli’ means ‘one thousandth of’



Have a look at the posters below to help you with the conversions.

So if we know that 1kg = 1000g, then half of a kg must equal 500g


If 1 litre = 1000 ml, then half of a litre must equal 500ml.


Have a look at the 2 worksheets below. The first one asks you to match up the equivalent measurements (use the posters to help you). The 2nd one asks you to put them in order. 



As it's Friday, your English task today is just reading! How easy is that? I would like you to read Chapters 12 and 13 of our class text, 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q. Rauf. I know that seems quite a big chunk but Chapter 12 is not too long. I will set some work based on these two chapters next week so you have all weekend to read them. If you do not have access to a copy of the book, I have posted some you tube links below of some people reading the chapters. It would be a good idea to make some notes as you listen so you have something to remind you next week.


Happy Reading!



Chapter 12 The Boy at the Back of the Class

The Boy at the Back of the Class - Chapter 13

Topic - ART

So I thought it might be fun to have a go at doing some Egyptian art and I found a cool tutorial for drawing an Egyptian Scarab beetle. So 'what is that?" I hear you ask ....

The Scarab Beetle

The ancient Egyptians used symbols in their art and religion. One symbols was that of the common scarab bug, a beetle found all over ancient Egypt. The scarab bug symbolized the restoration of life.

The scarab was a popular design for good luck charms, for seals used to stamp documents, and for jewelry made from clay or precious gems. Some had inscriptions, like the owners name or a brief message like "congratulations on your new child".

The rich colors used in the scarab design had meaning. Red signified the god, Ra. Touches of yellow were used to symbolize the sun and the desert. Blue symbolized the Nile. Green was the symbol for growth. The scarab beetle looked something like this:

Watch the tutorial video below and have a go at drawing your own Egyptian Scarab Beetles. I would love to see some pictures of them on Twitter! Have fun and have a lovely weekend xx

How To Draw An Egyptian Scarab Beetle

Grab those markers and colored pencils! Today, we're learning how to draw an Egyptian Scarab Beetle!

Thursday 30th April 2020




Yesterday we were converting cm to mm and vise versa. Today we are going to be converting cm to m and back again.

1m is the length of the long yellow ruler in out class (the one I use to underline stuff on the board) and as you probably know, 1m is equal to 100cm.


First watch the below video just to recap on this (sorry about the Australian accent but it was the clearest one I found!) laugh


Metres and Centimetres

Now let's think about this. 

If 100 centimetres is the same length as one metre stick, how long is 50 centimetres?

50cm= ½m = 0.5m

If 100 centimetres is the same length as one metre stick, how long is 10 centimetres?

50cm= 1/10m = 0.1m

So cm are a fraction of a meter

1cm= 1/100m = 0.01m


Look at this measurement:  2 m 73 cm. 

How could I write this measurement in only metres OR only centimetres?

2 m = 200 cm

73 cm = 0.73 m

2m 73 cm = 2.73 m = 273 cm


There are 2 worksheets attached. Have a go at sheet A and see how you get on. If you are feeling confident - try sheet B. You can always send me a private blog on Purple mash if you have any problems. 


Today, we are going to be looking at the Egyptian Cinderella again (feel free to scroll down and read it again) and thinking about embedded clauses. Let's start by reminding ourselves what clauses are. 

Shirley Climo uses embedded clauses in the Egyptian princess. Can you spot them? Have a look and then have a go at the tasks attached. There is no need to print the sheet if you don't want to or don't have a printer, just copy out the sentences and add the missing clauses. 

Thursday's English Tasks

Topic - Science




So last week we learned that sound is caused by vibrations. The first thing I want you to do is head over to Purple Mash. You will see I have set you two 2Dos. Firstly I would like you to watch the 'sound slideshow' and do the task that comes at the end. After that, come back to this page and watch the video below, before finally doing the next 2Do called 'The Human Ear'. 

How the Ears Work - Nemours KidsHealth

Learn how the ears work in this short video from Nemours KidsHealth: The ears collect sounds and turn them into messages for the brain to interpret. They als...

Wednesday 29th April 2020



You will need a ruler showing cm and mm for this lesson. 

Today we are going to learn to convert measurements between centimetres and millimetres. We will then go on to convert mixed units (e.g. 3 cm 4 mm) into centimetres (3.4 cm) and millimetres (34 mm).

By the end of today, everyone should be able to convert between millimetres and centimetres. The slideshow below will show you how it's done. 


Using your ruler, measure the lines and shapes below. The document is attached if you wish to print it. Then write down the measurment in cm and mm. Remember to put the 0 (zero) of your ruler at the end of the line.

So if a line measured:

1cm 1mm = 1.1cm = 11mm

If a line measured:

1cm 6mm = 1.6cm = 16mm


Next - have a go at one of today's challenges. There are 3 to choose from:



As we are now onto our topic work of Ancient Egypt, we are going to look at a book called The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirly Climo.


You may not realise but there are hundreds of versions of the popular Cinderella story around the world and many of them reflect local culture and heritage.

Have a look at the table below. Before you read the story, I would like you to copy the table and fill in the sections about the familiar version of Cinderella that we all know (the first column) and then fill in what you think might be different in the Egyptian version (the second column). Then read the story which I have attached to the slideshow underneath and finally, fill in the last column. How many of your ideas were correct? Did anything happen that you were not expecting?


Topic - Music


For today's afternoon activity I have set you a music lesson! Before we went onto lock down, you may remember we had a lesson where we got out all of the drums and experimented making different beats and rhythms. We are each going to do a similar thing today. If you head to Purple Mash I have set you a 2Do of a drum application.

When you open up the app you need to press this button in the top, right hand corner:

Listen to the tutorial and see how he makes the different beats. Have a go at making the party beat and the Oom pah pah beat. Then you can have a play around and see what funky beats you can come up with. Remember to count the beats in the bar! Enjoy smiley

Tuesday 28th April 2020




Good morning Year 4. Today's maths is a practical lesson and you will need the following things:


Weighing scales for measuring mass

A measuring jug for measuring capacity

A ruler or tape measure for measuring length or height.


Ask an adult to help you find these things. Don't worry if you don't have them all - just do what you can. The following sheet (I have also attached it as a document) lists different things you may have around the house. If you don't have all of these items, just choose some other things which are similar. 


The first thing you need to do is decide what equipment you need to measure this item. If you are measuring MASS it is the weighing scales. If you are measuring CAPACITY it is the jug and if you are measuring LENGTH or HEIGHT it is the ruler.

Next, make an estimate about what you think the measurement will be (remember an estimate is a sensible guess). What units will you use? cm, m, ml, litres, grams, mg ??

Finally, weigh or measure the item and find out how close you were.


You don't need to print the sheet if you don't want to or don't have a printer. You can jot your answers down on a piece of paper or in your homework book. 



Today in English I would like us to revise PRONOUNS.


A pronoun is a word that replaces a nouns in a sentence. Pronouns are used to avoid repeating the same nouns over and over again. ... Common pronouns include I, me, mine, she, he, it, we, and us. 


Watch this funky video to remind yourself then head over to Purple Mash where I have set a 2Do for you do complete.

What are Pronouns?

This video teaches what pronouns are, how they reduce repetition in writing, and the three rules of pronoun-antecedent agreement. Check out all the education...

When you have completed the 2Do, see if you can spot the mistakes in the passage and correct them. If you don't want to print the sheets, just copy out the passage and correct the pronoun mistakes as you go.

Topic - Ancient Egypt


Yesterday we learned all about the River Nile and why it was so important to the ancient Egyptians. One of the things the Nile provided was reeds to make papyrus. 

Long before there were textbooks, newspapers or email the Egyptians came up with a way to record history. They designed their own paper called papyrus from reeds. The word 'paper' comes from the Egyptian word 'papyrus' which means "that which belongs to the house."

Where Does Papyrus Come From?

Papyrus is made from a plant that grows on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt. The aquatic plant, Cyperus papyrus, grows up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high. Its green, triangular stem has long, sharp leaves and flower clusters 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cms) long. These flowers bloom at the tip. Egyptians used the stem of the plant for several purposes like making mattresses, chairs and boats but the most popular use was making papyrus.

How Is Papyrus Made?

One Roman writer wrote a detailed description of how papyrus was made. He said the outside layer of the stem was removed. The inner layer of the plant was sliced into long strips and placed side by side with a second layer on top at a right angle. Then the whole thing was soaked in water and pressed under a heavy rock for 21 days. The juice of the plant acted like glue and bonded the strips together. The outcome was a sheet, which was hammered flat and dried in the sun. 


Have a look at the slides below to find out more then head over to Purple Mash where I have set you a 2Do. You need to write about why the Nile was so important and focus on papyrus.

If you have all the items you need and you have checked with an adult, you might want to have a go at making your own papyrus. There are instructions attached. You could even draw some hieroglphics on it afterwards!

Making Your Own Papyrus

Monday 27th April 




This week we are starting a new topic in maths - Solving Measure and Money Problems. Today we will be looking at units of measure.

The first thing I would like you to do is to have a look at the big picture below. Look at what it shows and think about what in the picture could be measured and how. Think about mass, length and capacity. You might also see things related to time and money. 

  • What could I measure?

  • How could I measure it?

  • What units of measure might I use?


Think of different objects that could be weighed to find out how heavy they are (mass), or measured to see how long or wide they are (length). Can you see the teapot and cups? Think how these could also be measured by considering how much liquid would fit inside them (capacity).


Make a list of everything you can see in the picture that could be measured in some way. 

Next, open the Units of Measurement Table and Units of Measurement Cards, I have attached below. Sort each unit of measurement into the correct column in the table. You do not have to print either of these documents if you don't have a printer or don't want to. You can just draw out the table and write each unit underneath.


Finally, have a look at the document below. Can you match the measurements to the items? For example: A mobile phone matches with 12 cm because that is its length. 



Last week saw the start of Ramadan for Muslim families and many people have begun fasting, including some of Mrs Khan's family! Mrs. Khan herself is not fasting this year as she is still feeding her new baby, Aamna. I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn more about Ramadan so for English today I have set a reading comprehension all about it. 


There are 3 challenges, so choose the reading level you are most comfortable with. Remember there is no need to print these sheets out if you don't want to. You can just write the answers directly into your homework book or on to a piece of paper. Remember to answer in full sentences and always start with a capital letter.

Topic - Ancient Egypt


This week we will be looking at the River Nile and why it was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. 


The River Nile is about 6,670 km (4,160 miles) in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world. Although it is generally associated with Egypt, only 22% of the Nile’s course runs through Egypt.

In Egypt, the River Nile creates a fertile green valley across the desert. It was by the banks of the river that one of the oldest civilizations in the world began. The ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile, using the soil to produce food for themselves and their animals.


Why did the Ancient Egyptians live near the River Nile?

Most Egyptians lived near the Nile as it provided water, food, transportation and excellent soil for growing food.


Why was the Nile River so important to the Ancient Egyptians?

Ancient Egypt could not have existed without the river Nile. Since rainfall is almost non-existent in Egypt, the floods provided the only source of moisture to sustain crops.

Every year, heavy summer rain in the Ethiopian highlands, sent a torrent of water that overflowed the banks of the Nile. When the floods went down it left thick rich mud (black silt) which was excellent soil to plant seeds in after it had been ploughed.

The ancient Egyptians could grow crops only in the mud left behind when the Nile flooded. So they all had fields all along the River Nile.

What else did the Nile provide for the Ancient Egyptians?

Reeds, called papyrus, grew along side the Nile. The Egyptians made paper and boats from the reeds.
Find out about Egyptian Writing

The Nile also gave the ancient Egyptians food. They used spears and nets to catch fish. They would also use the nets to catch birds that flew close to the surface of the water.

Another way the Nile helped the ancient Egyptians was in trade. The Nile was the quickest and easiest way to travel from place to place.


Watch the video below to find out more:


History Egypt Nile River

Your Task


Have a look at this picture of the River Nile. Have a go at copying it out onto a piece of paper. Then write underneath why the Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians. 

Friday 24th April 2020




I promised today would be a fun day so I have set a game on purple mash as a 2Do for you to have a go at. Think of it like a week's worth of maths meetings! The game is called Fractonio's Pizza's and it is all about Fractions. As we did Fractions not too long ago it will be a good opportunity to see how much you remember! There are 3 levels so see if you can challenge yourself! Have fun.






For English today I would like you to read Chapter 11 - The Game of Scrabble - of 'The Boy at the back of the Class'. If you do not have the book at home, I have added a Youtube video below of a teacher reading chapter 11 so please watch/listen to that instead.


Near the beginning of the chapter, the narrator decides she has 5 new questions that she would like to ask Ahmet. Using what you already know in the story, and your own ideas, I would like you to answer the questions by making predictions. You will have to imagine you are Ahmet to answer the questions. I know you will have to make up the answers but please make them believable. For example, it would not be reasonable to say that the cat had been taken by aliens or something like that! Use what you already know about Ahmet and what you learned about him in Chapter 10.


Here are the questions:

  1. What is your sister's name and where is she now?
  2. Why wasn't your mum in the last picture?
  3. What happened to the cat?
  4. How long did it take to walk to France?
  5. Who are the bullies who dropped bombs on your house?

Chapter 11- The Game of Scrabble - The Boy at the Back of Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

The Reading Corner - Chapter 11 - The Game of Scrabble You join Mr. Wills in the Reading Corner for Chapter 11 of Onjali Q. Rauf's incredible story, The Boy ...



So we have now finished States of Matter and are starting a new science topic - Sound.


How much do you know about how sound is made and how we hear it? Have a look at the slides below for an introduction. The first slide asks you to listen to a sound clip and you can find that on BBC bitesize by following this link:

What is Sound

Your Task

Watch this compilation clip of different instruments. Can you identify how the sounds are made? Write down the name of each instrument  and have a guess at what is vibrating to create each sound. 


For example - With a drum, the skin of the drum vibrates when it is hit. It is this vibration which creates the sound. Some instruments are trickier. With a flute sound is made when air is blown across an edge. The air gets split by the edge causing vibrations, like when you blow across the edge of a bottle. The edge is created by the mouthpiece. 


You don't need to guess all of the instruments - just do a few. You can look the answers up when you are finished to find out if you were correct!

Instruments - Picture Play

Instruments - Picture Play

Thursday 23rd April 2020




Good morning year 4. We are coming to the end of our work on area and perimeter for now. I have attached a worksheet where you need to find the area of each rectangle and then compare it to its neighbour and put a ring around the rectangle that has the biggest area. Feel free to scroll down through the last few days to remind yourselves how to do this. When you have completed the sheet, head over to purple mash where I have set you a 2do as a recap on both perimeter and area. Keep an eye on what it is asking for in each question.




Perimeter is the distance around the edge of the shape.

Area is the space inside the shape and is calculated by multiplying the length of the height by the length of the base.


Tomorrow will be a fun maths day then a new topic on Monday!



Today in English, I would like you to write a story. Below I have written 10 story openers and 10 story closers (The last line of your story.) Choose one from each group and write a story that starts and ends this way. Check your apostrophes to ensure you are using them correctly after yesterdays work.



  1. Never before had Lucy seen such bright lights.
  2. The street was darker and quieter than Alex remembered.
  3. “I don’t care what they think,” Lara said as she walked into the hall. “I can wear whatever I want to the school disco.”
  4. While Bennie didn’t dislike ducks, he wasn’t sure how he felt about this one.
  5. The snow crunched under Richie’s feet as he looked left and right down the unfamiliar street.
  6. Horace the Christmas Elf could feel it in the air. Today was the day that he would save Christmas.
  7. Amanda watched with bated breath as her mum opened the package, knowing that once the contents of the box were revealed, everything would be different.
  8. Edward couldn’t wait to see the expression on Mira’s face when she saw what he’d brought to school that day.
  9. As the front door opened, Tommy was astounded by what he saw.
  10. Carol removed the cake from the over and thought to herself, “Is it supposed to be that color?”


  1. And that is how Clara's party was ruined.
  2. Laying his head down that night, he laughed at all the things he’d set in motion.
  3. Never before had the guests tasted such a feast.
  4. Everyone agreed that that night would be whispered about for years to come.
  5. While what happened was terrible, she thought that at least everyone had a good story to tell.
  6. And that was the last time they ever had dinner at Grandma’s house.
  7. “Well, it wasn't exactly how I expected today to go,” he said with a grin as he walked away.
  8. And that is why a cow lived in the back garden. 
  9. Everyone agreed that they would never again experience such an incredible day.
  10. “No,” he said as he slammed the door behind him.





Today we are going to be continuing to learn about ancient Egypt. You will have seen from your research about pyramids that the walls were often covered with hieroglyphics. But what were they?


Facts about hieroglyphics

Although hieroglyphics are Egyptian, the word hieroglyphics is Greek. “Hiero” means “holy” and “glyphics” means “marks” or “writings” – so the word means “holy writings“. The Egyptians believed there was great power in a name. If someone’s name was remembered then he or she would survive in the afterlife. That’s why pharaohs’ names were written in hieroglyphics in their tombs!

What do the pictures mean?

Most of the pictures can stand for the object they represent, but usually they stand for sounds. In Egyptian, the owl stands for the sound “m”. The Egyptian symbol for a mouth can mean mouth but it’s usually read as the sound “r”. You can’t exactly match our alphabet to hieroglyphics, because they are two very different languages, but historians have come up with a simplified translation of our letters and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphics can be pictures of living creatures, objects used in daily life or symbols. Some are easy to identify, some confusing and some impossible! If you look at the alphabet chart, you can easily spot the foot, the hand, the lion and the owl, but why are there two different kinds of snakes?

From A to Sh, the hieroglyphic symbols are:

A an Egyptian vulture
B a foot
C a basket with handle
D a hand
E a reed
F a horned viper (an Egyptian snake)
G a jar-stand
H a reed shelter
I a reed
J a cobra
K the basket with the handle again (because hard “C” is like “K”)
L a lion
M an owl
N a zigzag symbol for water
O a lasso
P a square stool
Q a symbol for the slope of a hill
R a mouth
S a piece of linen folded over
T a bun
U a quail chick (which stands for the sound “U”)
V a horned viper
W a quail chick
X a basket and folded linen
Y two reeds
Z a door bolt
CH a hobble
KH a ball of string
SH the rectangle (which is the symbol for land)


See if you can figure out the puzzles on the attached sheet - then have a go at writing your own name. If you would like to, you can also make a pyramid!



Good morning everyone. I have marked some great stuff on purple mash on the Egyptians from yesterday and Monday so well done! Keep up the good work. 



I hope you got on OK with the area work we did yesterday. If you are still a bit confused don't worry - I have attached another video below to help explain it. Area is the space inside a shape and we measure it in squares. To calculate the area of a rectangle you need to do:


length x width


Don't be confused if these sides are sometimes called different things. You may see lots of different words such as below but they all mean the same thing - 1 side on the top or bottom multiplied by 1 side on the side.

Length x breadth

Length x width

Height x width

Base x height

Click on the link below to watch how BBC bitesize explain area. Then have a go at the worksheets attached. There are bronze, silver and gold levels so pick your own challenge. If you are having a go at gold the football pitches have been measured in yards. Therefore the answers will be yards ².



Today in English we are looking at using apostrophe s for possession as lots of people are still getting confused by this. Please watch the you tube video below then head over to purple mash and do the 2Do I have set for you. When you have finished that you can have a go at the accompanying worksheet attached below. 

Apostrophes for Possession - Mr Thorne Does Grammar

This video is about the use of apostrophes for possession or belonging.



Watch the video below and them complete the fact file about ancient egyptian pyramids.


Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April 2020


Good morning Year 4! I hope you have all had a lovely break and havn't eaten too many Easter eggs! (I have to admit I got through quite a few!!). Today I am putting on the work for today and tomorrow - just because I am in school on Monday so won't get as much chance to load up Tuesday's work. Don't try to do it all in one go or you may have a brain meltdown laugh.


Don't forget to check out our class blog over on purple mash. We can have different blogs for different things so let me know what you would like. For example - if you would like different blogs to ask questions about the work for different subjects I can set that up.





Last term we were learning all about perimeter so today I would like you to recap on the learning we have done, just to get our brains working again after the break. Remember the perimeter refers to the total length of the sides or edges of a polygon (a 2D shape formed with straight lines). Sometimes you will be asked to work out a length of one of the sides of the shape. You can look back through the explanations I put up before the Easter break if you need a recap on this. I have attached 2 revision sheets for you to complete and then I have set a 2Do on Purple Mash for you to have a go at. 



Today we are going to be learning about AREA. Area is the term used to define the amount of space taken up by a 2D shape or surface. Have a look at the slide show below:

Now Watch this video yes

An Introduction to Area

Now, if you feel confident, have a go at this sheet. Don't worry if you don't get it at first. We will come back to it tomorrow!



Monday - Today I would like you to read the excerpt from a book called The Little Ghost by Otfried Preussler. When you have read the text, please answer the questions which are also attached. There are 2 sheets. Remember to write your answers in full sentences. All of the information you need is in the text so make sure you read carefully and go back and read the text again if you are not sure. 


This story was made into an animated film in 2014, so when you are finished, you can watch the trailer for it below. What do you think of the ghost? Is he how you imagined him when you read the text?



The Little Ghost



Today I would like you to practise some of your grammar. If you are unsure about anything you can do some research and look it up. You should be able to do these no problem and they are small challenge cards so if you have a printer, you can print them out and muddle them up. Remember to put a comma after your fronted adverbials. I have added a poster to help you with determiners in case you don't remember them from the last weeks we were in school. Good Luck!




This term we are going to be learning all about the ancient Egyptians.


Egypt is a country in Africa. People have lived in that region for thousands and thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians settled around the Nile River, and built pyramids that you can still see there today.

The Ancient Egyptians knew a lot about maths, medicine and farming. They also made their own paper out of reeds called papyrus, and wrote using pictures called hieroglyphics.


Top 10 Facts


  1. The Egyptians settled in northeast Africa, and that’s where the country of Egypt is today.
  2. They lived in a very dry area, but they got water from the Nile River (the longest river in the world!) so they could grow crops.
  3. Farming techniques to water crops included using machines like the sakia and the shaduf – these are still used in Egypt today.
  4. The Egyptians created paper using reeds, called papyrus. They wrote using pictures called hieroglyphics that stood for different words.
  5. Only certain people studied how to write, and they worked as scribes.
  6. Scribes were ranked in the middle of the order of social groups in Egypt – the pharaoh was at the very top of this list, and slaves were at the very bottom.
  7. The Egyptians built pyramids as places to bury their kings and queens, who were called pharaohs.
  8. The Egyptians were very good at maths – they had to be, to work out how to build pyramids so perfectly!
  9. Both men and women wore make-up. The wealthier people were, the more make-up they’d wear.
  10. Egypt was conquered by Rome and became part of the Roman Empire.



Watch the following clip from BBC Bitesize. When you have done that you can have a go at making the cartonnage pencil case. You can download it from the BBC Bitesize page or I have attached it below.

Can you do some research and find out any facts that I have not included above? Write them on some paper or in your homework book. 



Now you have read some information about the pyramids in Egypt, watch the clip below that shows what it must have been like to build them. You can do some more research about the pyramids if you would like. Next head over to Purple mash. I have set a 2Do for you there. Using what you now know about the pyramids, you need to imagine you are helping to build one. Write a letter home to your family about what it is like. Remember to include as many true facts as you can.
Here is the next Chapter of our story "A Mouse Called Wolf" by Dick King-Smith. This is Chapter 3 but if you have missed the first 2 chapters you can scroll to the borrom of the page and you will find them there.

A Mouse Called Wolf read by Mrs Cook

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A mouse called Wolf by Dick King-Smith. Read by Mrs Cook.

Chapter 4

A Mouse Called Wolf read by Mrs Cook

Chapter 3

A Mouse Called Wolf read by Mrs Cook

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