Year 4 – Koalas and Wombats

Year 4 – Koalas and Wombats

  • Year 4 Long Term Plan 2019-20

  • Year 4 Welcome Meeting Presentation


Important information

Resources for home learning:

Websites now have their own page on the Year Group main menu page 

Please click on the files/resources below: Week Beginning 30th March

Hello 4Koalas and 4Wombats and welcome to your home learning area.  We will be adding activities twice a week so keep popping back to see which new tasks have appeared. Poppy and Womby are excited to be supporting you with your home learning.

Mrs Sleight has crocheted an amazing wombat family for 4W.  Can you think of names for them using alliteration?

Keep reading and filling in those reading records! We are excited to read them when we return to school! The children have plenty of exciting books from our school library to read over the coming weeks.

Spellings to practise this week. They are all words that we have already practised this half term. Look carefully at the spelling rules especially those tricky suffixes.  Can you write a sentence for each or draw an image to remind you of the spelling rule?



Keep practising your year 3 and 4 statutory word list.  You can play games and activities with them! Perhaps create your own word search or see if you can spot any of the words in your reading books.

You can play some other spelling games here:

English tasks:

4W here is the final chapter of our class book  Escape from Pompeii. What happens to Marcus? What have you learnt about the eruption of Vesuvius from reading this text?

Poem Recital:

This week across school, we are asking each child to learn a poem. We are asking you to learn an age appropriate poem off by heart and then recite it to your family members. This can be family members in your home but you could also use Facetime or send it by video to other family members outside of the home e.g. grandparents, aunties/uncles, cousins etc. You can also post your poem recital on Facebook in order to share it with the school community!

Our poem is a poem about the Roman city of Pompeii and it links to our English work:


There once was a Roman city
And it was called Pompeii.
Disaster struck it in the year
79 Anno Domine.

Nearby there was a mountain and
Just in case you’re curious,
I will tell you the mountain’s name –
It was called Mount Vesuvius.

Except it wasn’t a mountain
It was really a volcano,
Something which the Pompeiians
Sadly did not know.

One August night it spewed out fire,
Lava, rocks – volcanic.
The Pompeiians were all afraid
And ran about in panic.

The city was destroyed that night
With heat and bangs and crashes
And buried under hundreds of tons
Of volcanic ashes.

Pompeii lay lost and forgotten
For hundreds and hundreds of years
Until the 1800s when
It was found by engineers.

They dug the ruins out and now
It’s a tourist attraction today.
Every year millions
Visit ancient Pompeii.

This week, the English tasks will include reading comprehensions about toothed whales and polar bears to allow you to keep practising those key reading comprehension skills.  Think about the ‘Reading Dogs’ that you have stuck into your exercise book. Which skills are you using for the different types of questions?

Task 1 – Read all about the toothed whales and answer the questions. To see the text, please click on the image to enlarge the text and then increase your zoom. A downloadable copy is also included below.  Remember this is not a memory test! You need to keep looking back in the text to locate the answers.  Which was your favourite fact?  How are these whales different to the Blue Whales that we studied in class?

Copy of toothed whales text

Toothed Whales questions

Task 2 – Read the text about polar bears and answer the questions.  Do you remember where polar bears live from our ‘Around the World’ topic?  Do penguins and polar bears live together? To see the text, please click on the image to enlarge the text and then increase your zoom. A downloadable copy is also included below.

copy of the polar bears text

Polar Bears questions

This week, we are looking at a new text linked to our Roman topic called ‘Escape from Pompeii.’

Task 3: Look carefully at the front cover of the text.

Write predictions about what you think may happen in this story.  Record four predictions using subordinating conjunctions and modal verbs.   Can you use because at the start of a sentence? Can you use some modal verbs – might, may, will? Remember the work on our working walls!

Here are a few examples: As there is a volcano in the background, I think this is Mount Vesuvius as it is in Italy.  I think the people are on a boat fleeing from the mountain because it is on fire.

Task 4:  Look at the images of the start of the text.  The story is set in Pompeii and tells the story of Tranio during the eruption of Vesuvius.   Write a sensory description of Tranio staring at the mountain.  Think carefully about the five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight.  Try to be as descriptive as possible.

For example, The mountain was cloaked in a green, mossy coat. 

Task 5: Read the poem from the text:

“Rumble down, tumble down,

great city walls,

feel the ground grumble,

the citizens stumble

when the earth shakes,

and rumble down, tumble down.”

You can listen to the story on You Tube by following the link below.  Please ask your parents to supervise you when accessing You Tube.

Record as many synonyms as you can for the word ‘shake.’ You can use a thesaurus or the internet.  You will need these for your work next week.

Maths tasks:

We would like you to continue to work on maths as part of your home learning.
Please use the following website:

Please work through the lessons from lesson 1 onward, for the Year 4.  Each week, more videos and worksheets will be uploaded for you to work through.

Miss Williamson needs some help when serving the customers in Herculaneum. She is struggling with her Roman numerals.  Clicking on the link below means that you can play Roman numeral bingo.  Can you catch your grown ups out? Do they remember the tricky rules for 4 and 9?

Welcome to another week of being a mathematician at home! We have many different activities for you to complete this week. Our focus is adding and subtracting 10, 100 and 1000 from any given number. We have tried to make this as practical as possible with lots of games!

Task 1: Lost in Maze

For this task, you need to begin by subtracting 10 from a 3-digit number to get to the golden cup! As a challenge, could you create your own maze by adding 10 each time? You can use 3 digit or 4 digit numbers!

1. Lost in Maze challenges

Times tables activity: Supermovers 6x tables

Activity 2: Add and take 100 game

Print out the game and make your own dice to play this game. If you don’t have a printer, you can create your own game by drawing your own game board in your exercise books. Don’t worry if you don’t have a dice either. You can write the numbers 1-6 on separate pieces of paper, mix them up and put the face down. You can take it in turns to pick a number card and work out the calculation. Have fun!

2 Add and Take 100 MA and HA game

Times tables activity: 6x tables Disco Bingo! Who will shout ‘BINGO!’ first? You can use your multiplication grid to help you or you can challenge yourself to remember your x6 table from memory!

Activity 3: Adding/Subtracting 1000 from any given number

Use the Snappy Maths website below to calculate 1000 more or less from any given number. You can set the time limit to what you feel comfortable with. How many answers did you get correct? Can you beat your own score?

This game doesn’t require Flash Player and can be played on smart phones and IPads.

Times tables activity: Supermovers 7x tables

Activity 4: Measures Challenges

Get ready to challenge your grown ups by building towers, moving water and racing cars! For each challenge in this activity, you need to calculate what is 1, 10, 100 or 1000 more/less of a given number. Don’t forget to record your findings!

4. Measures challenges

7x table wheel

Times tables activity: 7x table wheel

Activity 5: Quiz time!

By now, you will be super addition and subtraction mathematicians! Well done for persevering all week. It’s now time to test your knowledge on this quiz. Are you up for the challenge? If you’re feeling super confident, see how many you can answer correctly in 5 mins!

5. Quiz time

Times tables activity: Times Tables Rockstars

Curriculum tasks: 

1. As we have been focusing upon Settlements in Geography,  we would like you to research Horbury as a settlement and complete an advert advertising the town of Horbury.  Remember to really sell the town to your audience and include the many positive aspects such as the park, the shops and the library.  Remember no negative points are allowed! You may wish to create a poster, a PowerPoint or a leaflet.

Here are some images to help you:

2. Our new topic in Science is Sound.  We have already discussed the meaning of sound and collected our ideas together as classes.  Read the information about vibrations and carry out a sound survey.  This could be inside your home or perhaps out in the garden as the weather has been so nice lately.  Think carefully about what is vibrating to make the sound – this could be the floor, the air, and people’s vocal chords. An example has already been completed for you.

Lesson Presentation Good Vibrations

Home sound survey

3. Spring officially began on the 21st March and it is lovely to see the sun shining and the flowers and blossom starting to appear.  Follow the instructions to make a cardboard tube blossom tree. If you do not have any crepe paper/tissue paper, you could use sweet wrappers or pieces of coloured card.


Remember that golden time is at 2:30pm on Friday.  Make sure that your child has worked hard all week to earn it!

Weekly Spellings

Here are some spelling websites:


Each child will also receive homework that should be completed and returned to their class teacher. Sometimes this will be a short focused task or a longer project. Homework will be normally issued on a Friday to be returned to school by the Thursday of the following week. All children have been issued with a homework book.

Your child has been provided with a Year 3/4 common exception sheet to be kept at home throughout the year.  In addition, a handwriting exemplification sheet has been brought home demonstrating the cursive script used in school.  Please encourage your child to use these resources when completing their homework.

PE and Swimming 

Swimming has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

For each swimming session your child will require the appropriate kit, for girls the ideal swimwear is a one piece bathing suit and for boys close fitting above the knees trunks or shorts.  We have been advised by the swimming teacher that baggy shorts hamper your child’s ability to swim.  Children can bring goggles and they will need a swimming hat.   Your child should also have a towel and a bag to carry all of their things.

No jewellery must be worn for swimming sessions – it cannot be simply covered up. This does include pierced earrings. 

The children will be completing indoor gymnastics on a Tuesday afternoon with a gymnastics coach.

Please ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor PE kits all week.

If your child does not bring their kit, they will be sent home with a letter which needs to be read, signed and returned to school.

Year 4 Multiplication Test

As of 2020, children in Year 4 will be sitting a Year 4 Multiplication Check Test set by the government.  This test will test all the times tables up to 12×12.

The downloadable resources below explain the Multiplication Check Test in more detail.  There is a presentation and a leaflet containing information about the check.  A paper copy of the leaflet will be sent home with your child.

Multiplication Check Presentation for Parentsfo (1)

2020_Information_for_parents_multiplication_tables_check (1)

The test will be interactive and below are some sites to practise.

Golden Time

Golden Time takes place on a Friday afternoon.  Your child may bring their own toys into school to play with during this time.  However, please be aware that no electronic or battery powered devices are to be brought into school.  Please ensure that your child’s toys are placed into a bag and labelled accordingly.  The toys remain the responsibility of your child and as a consequence,  we ask that all toys are brought straight into the classroom at the start of the school day and not left in the cloakroom.

Please click below for our newsletters:

Start of Year Newsletter

Autumn 2


Spring 2

Year 4

The Year 4 teachers are Miss Williamson and Miss Kamal.  We are assisted by Mrs Dexter, Mrs Lundy and Mrs Thickett.

Miss Williamson’s class is 4 Wombats and Miss Kamal’s class is 4 Koalas.

Mrs Norfolk and Mrs Crook teach Computing and PSHE on a Thursday afternoon.


All children have been issued with a home reading record (red in colour).  These are to be filled in by your child but please feel free to also add parent comments. We encourage the children to bring them to school each day alongside their reading book.  Once the record has been filled in, please ask your child to pass it to their class teacher.  In both year 4 classes, the children are completing a loyalty system whereby they receive a sticker per week if they read.  In turn, these stickers build up to become merits.

The children have the opportunity to select books from the school and class library and take them home. Please check that your child is coming home with their reading book and reading it. The children are taking part in one to one reading with their class teachers. Please ensure that your child brings their reading book back to school each day as they may be asked to read.

The children take part in daily whole class reading comprehension work between 9-9:30am. Their book for is ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. It is very funny and features a raven called Croakbag!


The children have just finished writing their explanation texts for Pablo and the Hot Air Contraption.  They are extremely detailed and include some very interesting facts!


The children have just completed graph work and their skills have really improved.

Helpful Maths websites.

Please click on the links:

Top Marks maths games

Prodigy maths

Sum Dog Maths

BBC Supermovers

BIG Maths

Each day the children take part in BIG Maths work. These are usually CLIC sessions. CLIC stands for:


Learn Its

It’s Nothing New


The children will also take part in weekly BIG Maths tests where they aim to beat their previous score.

In school, we keep the last test of each half term.  The other tests will be sent home with your child so please take a look at it with your child and help them to practise.

Learn Its

The Learn Its for this week are all of the times tables!

BBC Supermovers is a brilliant site for learning times tables.

Please come and talk to us to find out more about BIG Maths or click on the link below

What is BIG Maths?

Go Noodle and Supermovers

Both of these websites are brilliant at encouraging physical activity.  Go Noodle does require a log in which is an e-mail address and a password of your choice.  Both websites are free to use.


The children have been learning about the Romans and the inventions that they brought to Britain. Did you know that the Romans invented glass, wine and even sewers! Ask your children about the toilet system used by the Romans! The children have also been learning about the Roman Invasion and Boudicca’s revolt. You may wish to watch this video clip :

Our Roman Day has been postponed at present.


In Geography, the children have been learning about Settlements and they have identified the key features needed: water, shelter and food.  They have completed work selecting appropriate settlements based upon their features and recorded work about their own home settlement. The children have identified the features of villages, towns and cities.  Ask them to share this knowledge with you and where they prefer to live and why.


During Science Week, the children researched, designed and created their class bug hotel.  They really enjoyed the project and our bug hotels are by the school entrance on the wood chippings of the old trim trail.  We are awaiting some bug hotel guests in the coming weeks. 


4 Koalas have learnt cooking skills to create coleslaw, vegetarian paella and carrot and banana muffins.

4 Wombat in action cooking a range of vegetarian recipes:

Year 4 – Koalas and Wombats
Year 4 – Koalas and Wombats
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