Week 8 - wc 11 May 2020

Welcome Year 4 to Week 8!

We hope you are all well and are enjoying learning at home!

This week, we would like the children, if possible, to complete:

Maths, Reading, Spelling

  • As you know we have begun to use My Maths to set maths work for Year 4.  Hopefully, you should have all received your logins; we have set 5 activities for this week which all revolve around mental and written addition and subtraction.
  • For those of you who want something more practical and involving less printing, we would like you to write your own shopping list.  You have a budget of £40.  You will have to find the prices of the products you want (look at old receipts or on any of the supermarket websites), subtract them from your running total and take special care to ensure that you do not overspend!
  • Continue to practice times tables, especially the trickier 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12s.  A good resource for this are the Mad Minute challenges at  The website also provides a number of games for each times table. 
  • Continue reading for 20 minutes at least three times a week which should then be recorded in their Reading Records.
  • Complete the 3 reading comprehension activities.  These have been differentiated.  One star = Starting out.  Two star = Getting there.  Three star = Super confident (see attached documents).
  • The spelling rule for this week is words which begin with the prefix ‘in’ such as insecure, inflexible and incredible.  The prefix ‘in’ can mean both ‘not’ and ‘in/into’; it is added to the beginning of a root word without any changes in spelling.  Use the Internet and/or a dictionary to find 10 words that also use this prefix, define them and then write a sequence of sentences or even a short story that uses them. 


  • This Sunday the government is going to review the lockdown measures we have all been living under since the end of March.  We would like you to write a persuasive argument either ‘for’ or ‘against’ lifting it.  If you are feeling particularly confident you may wish to write a balanced argument that takes into consideration both points of view but ends with your own opinion of what should happen.  You should look to include the following key language and structure features:
  • An introduction stating why you are writing and what is your opinion.
  • At least 2 paragraphs, examining in detail reasons why the lockdown should be lifted or remain in place.
  • A conclusion in which you restate your argument and summarise your main points.
  • It should be written in the first person and present tense.
  • A range of conjunctions used to link your arguments (e.g. firstly, moreover, additionally, finally).
  • A range of persuasive techniques e.g. rhetorical questions, alliteration or assonance, emotive words or phrases, uses of repetition, facts, and opinions. 

Other projects/activities that children could do

We would like the children to complete a further 1-2 activities from the ‘Ancient Greek ideas’ activity grid (see attached document) which also includes a range of appropriate science activities. 

Why not take a virtual day out!  A number of world-famous sites offer free online tours including:


Sports Squad is a fun and engaging new series in which hosts Ayo Akinwolere and Chanel Kakareko share ideas to keep youngsters active at home.  The pair also interview personalities (including Sir Chris Hoy, hockey star Maddie Hinch and tennis coach Judy Murray) about their roads to sporting success.  Find them here.

Many thanks,

The Year 4 team