Welcome to Year 4

Hello everyone!

My name is Miss Holder and I will be teaching Year 4 this year. I have experience in teaching Years 2, 4 and 5. Having recently moved from the South to Leeds, I am excited to get to know the area and to be involved with all aspects of St Francis of Assisi life.

With an English degree from the University of Birmingham, I particularly enjoy reading with my class and getting stuck into an interesting text. My classroom will be an inclusive, respectful and exciting space.

My main hobby is Music – I play the flute, saxophone and clarinet! I am looking forward to getting to know you and each of the children in my class.

Oak Nation Academy has today (20.04.2020) launched an online classroom. There are videos and resources, over 180 each week, something for all learners. https://www.thenational.academy/

BBC bitesize today has (20.04.2020) launched a comprehensive online learning section with videos and resources.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Welcome Statement

In Year 4, we have a positive and resilient approach to learning.  We work hard to achieve our full potential and enjoy learning, sharing and helping each other to succeed.  We welcome everyone, encourage all to love and care, and above all respect others.

                                    ‘Nothing is impossible with God’

 Every week we go swimming on a Monday and you can join in extra-curricular activities in yea 4 including Sports Club and Bug Club.




Summer Term  – An additional list of Recommended Reads is attached below:

Additional Recommended Reads for Year 4

Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 4. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.


Don’t forget to visit the local library for lots of further engaging texts and reading activities. It is the year of reading so they have lots planned to enjoy!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

Government List of Online Learning Resources

Online Learning Websites

Week Commening 13 July 2020

PE – Dance along with the Trolls and get the summer feeling.  Follow the link below:


Week Commencing 6 July 2020

GRAMMAR – Revision of syllables – watch and join in this sing and clap along video.  Clap out the syllables – part of our year 4 grammar learning:


SCIENCE – Is your brain ready for the challenge of year 5?  Is your mum or dad’s brain snoozing or wide awake?  Find out more … test your brain with some multi-tasking experiments.  Follow the video link below and involve all the family in this challenge:


MUSIC – Now it’s over to you guys, we have looked at a range of call and response pieces.  Create your own call and response song around your owntheme, maybe it could be about our class, about St Francis school, about your family, about keeping safe….  write and perform.  Check with an adult maybe you could video it to show us when we see one another again.

ART – Review and discuss some pieces of ‘dream’ art below:

Art Project – comparing dream art

Week Commencing 29 June 2020

ENGLISH GRAMMAR REVISION – Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/share and enter the pincode IG5983 (2 letters and 4 numbers) for a selection of grammar revision resources to complete.

MATHS – Geometry continued, complete the activities below:

Geometry – Lesson 5

Geometry – Lesson 6

RE – Looking at the Liturgical Year, there is a text to read and some activities to complete.

Summer Term 2 – Lesson 4 – The Church

SCIENCE – Create your own home made animations with this science experiment.  Maybe you could link this to our ART project about dreams and create an animation to accompany your dream.  Watch the video below to help you create this illusion:


HISTORY – Look at what life was like in the village in Anglo Saxon times.  Create a list of jobs that people would do and provide key illustrations to go with each job.  Watch this video to help you get an idea of what a village was like then and how we can use archaeology to investigate the past:


PE – Further develop your fielding techniques for our cricket game this week.  This week improving our fielding – check with an adult first and with a soft ball throw against a wall and practise your catching skills.  Use a clock system for trying to catch when you care standing at different places and angles to the wall or throw and catch with a partner using a clock system.

Missing swimming?  Join in the action song below:


COMPUTING – Try out some different mini missions – perhaps making judgments – page 3:


MUSIC – Let’s look at some call and response ‘chant’ songs.  I hope you enjoyed the African songs over the last few weeks.  This week’s song is about a moose, join in and enjoy!


Week Commencing 22 June 2020

(2 weeks work) ENGLISHUnder the Lights – a home learning pack is available by following the link below.  This is a very interesting read and will help children to think about how they can face and overcome fears.  Again this is a longer read and you may want to break it down into some daily reading time too. Lots of other English learning activities and challenges are within the pack helping to develop skill across the English curriculum.  See below:


Don’t forget to check new vocabulary and phrasing as you read each chapter.  Try taking it in turns to read with other family members too.  Follow these activities in the pack by planning and writing your own story about when you have overcome a fear (this could be a true fear or you can make one up with your imagination).  Add illustrations and speech bubbles, could be like a graphic novel or maybe a diary style – be creative!

You could think about writing some key questions ready for year 5 and your new teachers, maybe setting yourself some new learning goals or challenges…

MATHS – Continuing the Geometry theme, lessons below:

Geometry – Lesson 3

Geometry – Lesson 4

RE  Looking at the Sacraments, there is a text to read and some activities to complete:

Summer Term 2 – Lesson 3 – Sacraments

Wednesday Word

History – Research what life was like for people in Anglo Saxon times.  Watch the video below to help you with this and write some notes.  Create a summary paragraph.


SCIENCE – You will need to collect some simple junk modelling resources and ask a parent before creating and carrying out this activity to ensure you are safe at all times.  Create a simple prediction or hypothesis about which balloon powered vehicle will be the best and test out your theory.  Watch the video below and enjoy:


PE – Having started enhancing your cricket skills, continue this week by fine tuning your over arm bowling technique and your forward drive shot.  There is a link to a demonstration video below:


Take the ‘Move and Freeze’ challenge and design some moves of your own:


COMPUTING – Talk with your family about how you can create secure passwords when using technology and the internet.  Complete the activity below:


ART – create some still photographs to convey your dream.  recruit some members of your family to play the roles of the characters in your dream.  This could be an invented dream or one of your own real dreams.  You could create and make some of your own props, backgrounds and costumes…   REMEMBER – Always check with an adult before taking any photographs!  If you are able to print them, print out your photographs and evaluate your learning.

Week Commencing – 15 June 2020

ENGLISH – Grammar – Revision about paragraphs (paragraphs were introduced in year 2 and 3)  Watch the BBC Bitesize short video revision below:


(You can access lots of other grammar revisions at BBC Bitesize too including adverbs, pronouns, fronted adverbials etc.)

Paragraph activities for you to complete are listed below:


Paragraphs – Mini Test

Rain Forest ebook and English learning resources pack can be found here.   The pack includes 142 page read, comprehension and further activities. This is a longer read so you might want to set a daily reading challenge:


MATHS – As an introductory activity collect lots of different shapes around your home and group these in your own way, you could group by colour, shape, 2d or 3d, size etc.  Ask a member of your family to crete and explain a different way of grouping.  Next select some rectilinear (squares or rectangles for this activity) shapes to measure and calculate the perimeter of your object.

For our new maths topic of Geometry, the lessons are below:

Geometry – Lesson 1

Geometry – Lesson 2

SCIENCE – This week we are exploring sound – recall your prior knowledge from our class topic and design a way to record the results of your investigation.  This is the ‘Singing Glass’ investigation.  Collect together drinking glasses (ASK YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION FIRST) and a jug of juice.  Design your own investigation for what will happen when you change the amount of liquid in the glass.  Design your own method for collecting and recording the results.  Does your prediction fit the result?

Watch the video below to help you with your investigation:


HISTORY – Research and find out more about Sutton Hoo.  You will remember reading about this in last week’s e-book.  Make a list of the new facts you have discovered, create a map of the area and sketch some of the things that were found there.

Computing – Try out some additional mini-missions, follow the link below:


ART – Create a simple storyboard to create the story of a dream.  What about using 6 story sections, create speech bubbles for the dialogue, thought bubbles, action words to create drama and effect etc.

MUSIC – Join in this call and response song.  Ask an adult if you borrow a bowl, bucket or pan to become your drum to copy the rhythm. You will be familiar with the words from Miss Leigh:


PE – This week the focus is upon directional batting.  Practise selecting a direction and aiming for the ball to go that way.  Note what happens to the bat angle.

Week Commencing – 8 June 2020

Join the Summer Reading Challenge and enjoy lots of online digital reading books:

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

HISTORY AND ENGLISH – We begin a new history topic – The Ango Saxons – so let’s begin with some new knowledge about this time in English History.  Read the e-book Anglo Saxon History.  This is from Twinkl but in case you cannot download this, see the book attached here:

Anglo – Saxons Ebook

Make a list of new vocabulary and check the meanings.  Talk about the layout of this text and describe what you like or dislike about it, with examples.  Make a list of new facts you have learnt or create some fact cards ‘Top Trumps’ style.  There is a lot of reading here so perhaps read a couple of pages each day and why not share with your family and design some quiz questions.

MATHS Don’t forget to visit to Oak National Academy for the online learning lessons including mathematics.  Below are this weeks lessons from Mrs Deighton for our new class topic of Statistics:

Statistics – Lesson 1

Statistics – Lesson 2

Statistics – Lesson 3

Statistics – Lesson 4

RE – To start our next RE topic ‘The Church’, below are the first 2 lessons:

Summer Term 2 – Lesson 1 – the church

Summer Term 2 – Lesson 2 – the sacraments

WORSHIP – Wednesday word can be found below:


SCIENCE – This half term our focus is on investigations to further explore ‘working scientifically’.  Collect together some marshmallows and dried lengths of spaghetti.  Challenge your family to EXPLORE and INVESTIGATE – who can create the tallest tower, what shapes and structures work the best and can you explain why? Record your ideas.  (NOTE: you are not going to eat these sweets).  Afterwards watch the video link below:


COMPUTING – Follow the link below to take some mini-missions from Barefoot Computing.  Try page 1 which includes cooking, games, robots, and timetables…


ART – sketch out your most recent dream – record in one page and select the media you have at home – this could be felt pen, pencils, crayons, paint etc.

MUSIC – Watch and listen to a traditional African call and response song.  Make some notes of what you can see and hear:


PE – This half term we can focus upon cricket skills – This week practise your bowling skills.

Week Commencing – 1 June 2020

Lots more e-books free to download:


Read a selection of these for pleasure or to replace ‘bug club’ if you have read to the end of our year 4 list.  Lots of great titles in the list.  Just click on the tab that says ‘books’ and select a your age or year group.

Some fun activities are listed here and will continue on the ‘blog’ because this is our school holiday week.

Create some origami creatures – lots of on line instructions – perhaps a frog, fish dog etc.  Follow the link below for a simple dog:


Try using different sizes of paper to estimate and create a family of dogs, decorate, turn into a mobile etc.

In preparation for Father’s Day, create cards and home made gifts for dads and grandads.  Design a ‘chatterbox’ to tell dad’s fortune, create a scratch video game for him, create a medal to honour his skills and much more.

Begin a weather chard, logging information like weather, temperature, pollen count – select from a range of graphs to present this data – bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, scatter graphs…  Record for the next two weeks to allow for a good sample time.

Create some paper bag animals – again lots of ideas on you tube.  Try a lion or follow the link below for an owl:


Why not create some delicious fruit kebabs for all your family or a bowl of fruit salad, enjoy with yogurt or ice-cream.  Decorate with a few sweets, cream, or grate some chocolate.

Plan for a lovely day out with your family for when we can all get out and about more freely.  Research different ways to travel, places to visit, cost out your activities, plan food, who you will take, check different times and what you will pack in your bag.

Celebrate ‘Pentecost‘ – Sunday 31 May 2020.  This is the Sunday, 50 days after Easter commemorating the decent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem (Acts 2: 1-31).  Celebrate with Pentecost hats, prayers, hymns etc.

RE – Following Pentecost we are continuing our learning about Paul and discipleship, read and research using the activities below:

Paul and Silas


Week Commencing 18 May 2020



MATHS – the focus for this week is time.  Begin by recording the times you carry out your daily activities – can you do this as a digital time and an analogue time?  For example: Lunch at 12 o’clock and 12:00.

Maths – Time – Lesson 1

Maths – Time – Lesson 2

Maths – Time – Lesson 3

Maths – Time – Lesson 4

SCIENCE – Research an animal that is endangered, for example tigers.  Draw and label your endangered animal.  Write about the habitat it lives in.  Write about why it is endangered and the things we can do to help and support this creature.

Consider other changes to the world – deforestation, pollution or urbanisation.  Think about how these changes can affect habitats and living things.  Write a report about one of these changes and create a poster telling people how they can help – some ideas could be using less energy, action in our local area or supporting wildlife charities.  This report will also cover your ENGLISH work for this week, so include lots of information and detail.

MUSIC – Research a style of music from the 20th century – for example, rock and roll, indie, popular (pop), disco, hip-hop etc.  Find out what music artists were current at that time, what the music is like, what were the titles of records/hits at this time?  Choose one piece of music from your chosen style and create a dance for this.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – We are now ready to design our pencil cases.  Draw out your design in your ‘black home learning book’, include a design to sew on the front.  Remember to label this with choice of joining stitches, decorative stitches, fastening, materials, and colours to be used.  Be imaginative and creative!

If you have all the materials at home you can now make your pencil case.  Don’t forget to ask an adult before you use a sharp needle or scissors – you will need their help with this project.

Week Commencing 11 May 2020

WORSHIP – attached here are some Virtues activities and ideas for collective worship – this theme is ‘kindness’.  You could provide a worship activity for your family and create decorations, hymns, prayers and gifts, jut like we usually offer in class.

Acts of Worship – Kindness – week 3

MATHS – continuing the money theme, attached here are some money lessons.

Maths – Money – Lesson 3

Maths – Money – Lesson 4

Remember to visits whiterosemaths.com  – here last week for lots more additional activities and revision for maths themes in year 4.


Lots of English ideas are listed below:

Continuing the film clip activities ‘Once Upon a Blue Moon’ – comprehension activities can be found here:

Home Learning Comprehension – Powerpoint

Roll on the Wall

venn diagram

Trading Card

Describing a Scene



READING POETRY – In year 4 we love reading poems and had just created our own collection in a scrap book.  Visit the link below to read one I have chosen, I like the way the author explains it is the rhythm of a bike that set his ideas going:


More poems are available on the website https://childrens.poetryarchive.org    Why not find your favourite?

SCIENCE – continuing the Living Things and Habitats theme, draw a map of your local area and if you can include a near by park or green space.  Now consider three key points:

Firstly, how do humans change that habitat?  For example, people can drop litter and rubbish.  You should be able to list about 6 things or more.

Secondly, what dangers are there to living things caused by the change of habitat?  For example, the litter can be eaten by animals who might choke.

Thirdly, what can be done to help?  For example, you could put up signs that tell people to take their litter home or provide rubbish bins with lids so animals cannot get inside.

Now amend your first map, with a different colour, add some improvements to help protect this habitat.  For example – new bright yellow rubbish bins.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – so you will now have looked at designs for a pencil case, practised stitches and be ready to consider how you are going to fasten up your pencil case.  Research a range of different fastenings and check what resources you have at home.  Some ideas include using an envelope style opening, press studs, poppers, a zip, buttons and a button loop or you may have an idea of your own.  Now consider which you want to use for your own design.

Week commencing 4 May 2020

WORSHIP – attached here Wednesday Word and some Virtues activities:

Acts of Worship – Resilience

Wednesday-Word wb 4th May

ENGLISH – Visit Oak National Academy and click on the classroom to access learning for this week.  This week is a News Report and will be useful as we have written a newspaper previously – remember the 5 W’s.  Oak Academy also has SPANISH – this week how to say your birthday, also MATHS – money and measure including problem solving skills and CREATIVE continuing the clapping theme.

MATHS – The maths topic should change to ‘money’ this week.  Remember to visit whiterosemaths.com and select year 4 for the next unit.  Alternatively you can find a selection of maths activities below:

Revision Booklet – Home Learning

Money – Week 1 – Lesson 1

Money – Week 1 – Lesson 2

POETRY  Enjoy creating a poem of your own – excuses for why you haven’t completed your homework.  See activity below:

Poetry – Homework excuses poem…

SCIENCE – This week is going on a bug hunt.  If you don’t have a garden or yard, don’t worry, just go on an imaginary hunt and enjoy what you might find.

Living Things and Habitats – Lesson 3

COMPUTING   Revisit www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning.  This week use the ‘Go Wild’ creating bees and flowers in the on line interactive computing experiences and activities.  You can use this to create navigated pathways and learn to control the bees direction.  Great to improve direction and sequencing skills.

DANCE AND MUSIC Using the La Morisque music from last week – create a clapping rhythm to repeat in the same music phrasing pattern.

RE – Looking at the Bible stories of Stephen and Saul, read the bible references from Acts and complete the questions.  A short version of the story and the activities are attached below:

Stephen and Saul – Activity Sheets

Week commencing 27 April 2020

Home Learning Pack – a range of on line games to support can be found at kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/category/year-4/

WORSHIP – Attached here is Wednesday Word and some Virtues activities:

Resilience – virtues – week 1

Wednesday Word – 29 April

And Miss Leigh’s music videos can be found here.  Will definitely make up feel great!


ENGLISH – Visit the Oak National Academy and click on the classroom.  This weeks learning is about story skills.  Also you can find other learning at the Oak National Academy including further MATHSSPANISH – how to say your name and age in Spanish, and CREATIVE clapping a pulse song.  ENJOY!

MATHS – The next part of decimals for year 4 includes: rounding decimals, halves and quarters, pounds and pence, and ordering money.  Find activities and answer pages at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning     This is a good web site to use as it uses a very similar format to what we normally use in class.  Keep that maths brain growing!

READING – Visit apliteracy.com/homepage/childrensactivities/year-4/    Here you will find lots of reading ideas where a teacher models reading a book and shows you the text for you to practise reading and to answer some comprehension questions.  The first book for year 4 is Super Cat Versus the Chip Thief by Jeanne Willis.  There are also answers provided so you can check your work.  It is a good read so ENJOY!

SCIENCE – Classifying vertibrates – see below a decision tree model for you to add in the creatures and a family game pack for you to classify and sort your own decision trees.  Make sure you explain why you are selecting each creature and the position it takes in the decision tree.  Enjoy playing and learning together!

Living Things and Habitats – Lesson 2 – Vertibrates

Living Things and Habitats – Lesson 2 – Decision Trees

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – Try out some decorating stitches in preparation to decorate your pencil case.  Like last week you will need some scrap material and adult help.

Design and Technology – Decorative Stitches

GEOGRAPHY – Research linked to jobs in Leeds, building from the previous piece of work about manufacturing in Leeds.

Geography – Lesson 2 – Jobs in Leeds

Don’t forget to access the on line Spelling Shed, Maths Shed and Bug Club resources for year 4 spelling lists and activities, further maths activities and reading books with comprehension questions.

RE – Two activity sheets below with a short text to read and then a series of creative activities to follow.  You could also create a Pentecost collage or parade at home.

Pentecost – Activity Sheet 1

Pentecost – Activity Sheet 2

COMPUTING – Log in and register with   www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning    Lots of computing learning activities here.  This week try ‘Pizza Party’.

DANCE AND MUSIC – Part 1: Play the music La Morisque – this can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=GRYPZYkytO   Look closely at the melody, you will notice it comes in three sections – Section A (repeated twice), Section B (repeated twice) and Section A again (played twice).       Part 2:  Watch a dance to this piece of music for example that found at  youtube.com/watch?v=Y1VCbt9z2fg   now you dance, either steal the ideas from the one you have watched or use the dance you see there and copy this one, you will notice is uses the repeated music phrases.  ENJOY!

Week commencing 20 April 2020

Try the on line lessons from Oak National Academy – click on the classroom and select year 4.  You will find Maths, History, Poetry Reading, Science, Spanish and Creative lessons for this week.  Think I am going to try out the Spanish – counting in numbers to 10!

Home Learning Pack – Contains MATHS and ENGLISH learning activities


SCIENCE – Our unit of learning this half term will be Living Things and Habitats.  Below is an activity to complete with some initial living creatures attached.  Extend this by researching your own living things and challenge yourself to include a creature in as many spaces on the venn diagram as possible.

Living Things and Habitats – Lesson 1 – Sorting Activity

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Beginning our new unit of work.  The next Bible story we are going to work on is when Jesus Appears to the Disciples.  Read your Bible or look on line for this Bible reference John 21: 1-13 and complete the activity sheet below.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples – Activity Sheet 1

Jesus Makes Peter Head of the Church – Activity Sheet 2

WRITING – There are a wealth of writing ideas and activities available at pobble365, we use these regularly in class so children will be used to the picture and questions format.  Please access the photographs or pictures, there is one for each day of the year.  When you have looked at the picture there are a series of key questions to answer, there are story starters, sick sentences to fix etc.  Lots to keep your writing skills developing!

In school we have been using a Phase 1-5 approach for our English lessons, this week’s learning focus would be ‘prediction’.  There is a video to watch and a series of activities.  Find the resources you need at philipwebbliteracy.com/once-upon-a-blue-moon-phase-1-prediction/     Where there is no specific year 4 learning, follow the outcomes for year 3.  I have also attached the powerpoint and some writing grids below:

Once-upon-a-blue-moon-prediction (1)

Home-Learning-Once-upon-a-blue-moon-prediction – Lesson 1 PPT

Home Learning – tell-me-grid-diagonal-prediction – Lesson 1

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – Try out a range of joining stitches.  Please ask an adult to find you a scrap piece of material (cotton or felt will be easier).  This could be from an old piece of clothing you no longer need, or perhaps an old sheet, alternatively you could buy a small piece of felt.  You need to use some embroidery thread or wool and a sharp needle.  You may need some adult help with this activity.

Design and Technology – Joining Stitches

COMPUTING – Lots of fun learning activities at  www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning    This week try ‘Hand Jives’.  You could use this as part of your ‘Clap for Carers’ routine on Thursday evening.

Week commencing 13 April 2020

MATHS – Please continue the maths decimals focus steps for comparing decimals, ordering and rounding decimals – these show at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ as summer block 1 learning.

ENGLISH – continuing the Firebird e-book from Twinkl, you can find the home learning pack at twinkl.co.uk/resource/share-a-story-firebird-ebook-9-11-school-closure-pack-t-e-2550023 (this includes many learning experiences including book review, poem, character profile, chapter 4 comprehension, sensory description, suffixes, fronted adverbials, possessive apostrophies and summary – so may take you a few weeks).   Additional Challenge Cards and True or False Cards are attached here too.  Use the Fronted Adverbials word mat to support your writing outcomes.

Firebird challenge cards

Firebird true or false cards

Fronted Adverbials word mat

GEOGRAPHY – research the jobs people do in your family and create a plan of the industry they work within.  Research what items are manufactured in Leeds today?  For example toys, games, washing machines, engineering parts etc.

DANCE (Music learning) Choose your favourite ‘celebration’ piece of music, could be a pop song, instrumental, etc.  Now design a dance for the Chorus that can be repeated by you and get all your family to join in.  Write down your key moves and steps so we can all try when we get back to school.

Week commencing 6 April 2020

MATHS Some Maths Projects for you can be found at whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/  Our focus would have been decimals and the steps found here guide you through the objectives we would have been learning in class.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Research your favourite pencil case.  If you are unable to print complete the answers in your ‘black home learning book’.

Design and Technology – Research My Fav Pencil Case

ENGLISH – Read the first chapter of the e-book Firebird.  This can be found on Twinkl together with activity challenges twinkl.co.uk/resource/daily-reading-e-book-activity-pack-1-ages-7-11-t-e-2549985   There are a series of daily reads for this e-book so work through them all.




A lovely Easter competition for all from Mrs Broughton – Easter Competition


Useful Websites

A great resource for talking games at home – Let’s Get Talking Games

A fantastic website for all sorts of home learning activities and online books – Teachwire Website


Online activities around the celebration of Easter – KS2 Easter Activities


Physical activities









Home Learning

Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas

Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures

Website Age Range Content
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum
www.purplemash.co.uk Yr1 – Yr6 Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial


Spelling Shed & Maths Shed


Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.


Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY


Hello, everyone in year 4, I am really missing you all and hope you are all learning lots at home with your families.

Remember to get a good balance everyday with physical activity, some maths and English learning and enjoy some creative arts and craft activities too.

Do you remember we were writing crazy stories with interesting titles in our last English lessons.  Today’s challenge could be to create a crazy story with your family.  Remember you can only use 100 words to create this mini-sage!  Write this in your ‘black home learning book’ and we can share these together when we all return to school.

Why not visit ‘twinkl’ using the ‘home learning hub’ and on the Learning Plan for today (Tuesday 31 March) is creating a rain cloud in a jar, or try creating a water cycle wheel?  If you don’t have a printer try the water cycle on an old cereal box, drawing around a plate to create the circles needed.

Love and Prayers to you all!

From Mrs Deighton


Wednesday 1 April 2020

Good morning, why not try using some of your computing screen time to use scratch (scratch.mit.edu)?  Create two sprites to record an ‘April Fool’ joke or trick.  Experiment with changing the background, the size of your sprite and the timing frequency between the dialogue.  Don’t forget to debug if at first your program doesn’t succeed – keep trying!  You could also record this cartoon characters and speech bubbles in your ‘black home learning book’.

Our Maths focus was ‘fractions’ so when you are having lunch today see if you can apply some of our fractions vocabulary – quarters, fifths, sixths, tenths etc.  Can you create some fraction towers with building bricks, tins of vegetables/soup, relating these to whole ones and fractions.  For example: if your fraction tower was 4 and you had 5 tins of soup, this would be (as a fraction), one whole one and one quarter.  For example: if your fraction tower was 10 and you had 22 bricks, this would be (as a fraction), 2 whole ones and 2 tenths, simplified to 2 whole ones and 1 fifth.  Try out some of your own….  Record these in picture form and challenge your family!

Love and Prayers to your all!

From Mrs Deighton

Thursday 2 April 2020

Hello, Oscar (my sausage dog) and I have been for a walk this morning and the blossom is blowing off the trees in my street, it was just like being at a wedding when flower petal confetti is thrown.  Spring is a time for celebration, the end of cold winter days and signs of new life.  Today, why don’t you research the spring festival of Holi?  This is a Hindu festival and  on line you can find lots many craft activities associated with celebration including cards, posters, things to make and you could create a party feast.  You could design invitations for people in your house and decorate the table.

Thinking about our geography skills, why not create a map of your house and garden, using a bird’s eye view to draw in all the details.  Draw and label or include a key to enable the reader to interpret this clearly.  You could progress to a map of your street or neighbourhood.  Design your ideal garden and research garden equipment and resources you would like to include, choose some trees or flowers and add in some sculpture or a water feature.  Happy mapping!

Love and prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton


Friday 3 April 2020

I am just reading the next chapter of ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook.  Do you remember, we read together the story of Chaya stealing the queens jewels, hiding them and considering the consequences of her actions.  Retell the story so far to your family and create your own next chapters.  Will her father get into trouble?  Where will her jungle adventure lead?  What role does the elephant play?  And where will all this end?  Chaya, thief, rebel, bandit, hero?  You may have a copy of this book already and can read on to see what happens?

Research some famous building and create some pencil sketches.  You could add colourful details like when we looked at Sidney Opera House.  Even colour some buildings blue for the NHS, like some significant landmarks have each Thursday in Britain.

There are some on line family cooking classes at www.facebook.com/classroomkitchen .   REMEMBER to ask a grown up to help you with all cooking activities to ensure you keep safe!

Over the weekend try some Disney role play activities with these role play starters: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/active-roleplay-lesson-starters

Keep busy and keep that brain growing.

Love and Prayers to your all!

Mrs Deighton


Saturday 4 April 2020

This week, save all you empty boxes, packets and plastic bottles.  Now create a design for a box model – a robot, a space craft, a dragon, a palace ….  If you turn the box inside out, it’s easier to paint, draw or glue decorations.  Create your design in your ‘black home learning book’ and evaluate its effectiveness, making changes and adapting the design as needed.  Calculate the number of shapes you have used, what fraction does each shape represent?

RE – we would usually be focusing on Holy Week, so additional prayer, research and reflection at this time will help everyone.  You could write prayers to remember many people in need at this time.  You could find a small piece of tree branch to hang your prayers on and decorate your home; or hang them on a bush or tree in your garden.

Tomorrow, the weather forecast is for a lovely sunny day, remember to enjoy the sunshine but stay safe.  You could make a magical den in your garden or home and create a story cave – sitting inside to create your own stories or retell your favourite book stories.

Love and Prayers to you all.

From Mrs Deighton

Monday 6 April 2020

Hi everyone, did you enjoy the sunshine at the weekend.  I was busy in the garden and took Oscar for a walk in the afternoon.

Just looking at some writing opportunities for this week – have any of you seen the Jane Considine writing that was on our Twitter feed?  If not visit youtube.com/watch?v=OCD59OGfp1k and enjoy a delicious writing experience based on a short video clip ‘Feast’.  Jane gives you instructions on how to view a short video clip, she chunks the clip into short pieces of writing, gives a fabulous writing demonstration and a challenge for you all.  You can watch the finished story too.  I know you all have amazing vocabulary and writing skills so this is right up your street.  Record your writing work in the ‘black home learning book’ and I look forward to reading your stories soon!!  ENJOY!!

I have copied on to the website a newsletter for Summer 1, so you can see our learning areas for the coming weeks and the Summer Medium Term Planning so guide you and your families for areas of study.

Don’t forget lots of Easter creative activities on the internet at the moment so get your amazing art skills going – photograph your creative makes then we can share them afterwards!!

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 7 April 2020

I was chatted with Miss Lloyd and Mrs Bray, we were just checking up how many children had logged on to Bug Club this week.  Miss Lloyd is going to add you some extra books to read and answer key comprehension questions about.  We also noticed some of you guys are just typing in a string of letters – don’t forget we can see your answers – make sure you type in full sentences using a sentence starter from the question!   No cheating!   She is also busy checking who has been doing their spelling practise – keep up with the spelling lists so you are going to be on top form when you return to school.

Did you know that with the Spelling Shed login and password you can also access the Maths Shed – this has lots of resources for the topic decimals – this would be our topic if were learning at school at the moment.  Also posted on the on-line learning page the web site for White Rose Maths – this also has lots of resources for decimals and worksheets for you to use.  If you don’t have a printer: view the sheets on the screen and write the answers in your ‘black home learning book’.  Looking forward to you telling us all those new concepts you have learnt when we return to school.

Enjoy today’s lovely sunshine but take care, drink plenty of water and keep safe!

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Hi guys, why not create a new rainbow pattern today and annotate with synonyms for the colours, for example in the green section you could use a thesaurus (book or on line) to add verdant, jade, emerald, olive etc?  Have a competition in your family for which colour you can find the most synonyms for.  You could draw and decorate an umbrella with weather synonyms, create an emotion board with synonyms for happy, sad, disappointed, etc.

Do you remember at Christmas we made some origami stars to decorate the Christmas Tree?  Try some origami projects of your own – I tried an origami heart and watched a ‘you tube’ video.  There are many possibilities for animals, paper books, stars, rabbits, Easter eggs etc.  And all you need is a piece of paper and lots of patience!!!  Keep all your lovely creations ready to show us when we return to school, we could make a fabulous display and they can decorate your house in the meantime.

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 9 April 2020

It is Holy Thursday today, in RE classwork we had looked at The Last Supper and as part of your RE learning today you could reflect on Peter’s denials (Luke 22:54-62).  Think about what you would have done if you had been there and consider why Jesus forgave Peter?  Drawing on your recent teachings, think about how we can show our love for Jesus today and always.

Thursday, is a day when we all think about the many people who are working hard in our hospitals, care homes, schools, supermarkets and many other professions – you could draw a picture of your extended family members: parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, friends and neighbours, people from your church community, friends from school and remember one special quality they each have – remember them all in your prayers tonight.  I will, as always, remember you all in my prayers today.

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

GOOD FRIDAY  ‘We call the Friday on which Jesus died Good Friday because on this day, Jesus made it possible for us to enjoy heaven forever.’

Consider, today, three things Jesus did when he was dying on the cross (Luke 23: 34, 43, 46).  What were those things and how can we learn from his example?  Good Friday is a time of mixed feelings, both happy and sad emotions.  Think about some small sacrifices we are making in our world and how we can let go of what we want in order to help others?  Think of how you can show your love for Jesus today?

Love and Prayers as always!!

Mrs Deighton


Good morning everyone, a bit cooler here today!  Hope you all had a good weekend and you are safe and well!

I have put some more learning on the ‘Home Learning’ tab for Firebird, our e-book, Maths, Geography etc. so take a look.  Keep going with your studies and keep that brain going!

Reflecting on Easter Sunday, think about the importance for us of the Resurrection of Jesus and the appearance of Jesus to Mary of Magdala.  Read John Chapter 20: 11-18).  Record in your ‘black home learning book’ what does this mean for you?  Write about and explain the events of Easter Sunday that make Easter the most important feast in the Church year (think about what events happen and what they mean for Christian people across the world?).

Take care everyone, keep safe!

Love and Prayers as always!!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Good morning, lovely sunny day again.  Why not look at Andrew Lloyd Webber – he has streamed on you tube a series of musicals.  The musical of ‘Joseph and his Techni-coloured Dream Coat’ will be a good one to view as you did this themed bible story in year 3 and elements of this were included in our Christmas Assembly.  There are lots of single sing along songs and visit the stories in the bible to support your on going studies.

Be creative listen to the story of ‘The Dot’ (youtube.com/watch?v=kxKHR01HQBO) and respond to the dot challenge – what can you create by beginning with a dot?

Why not learn about the world and in particular AFRICA – view BBC iplayer ‘7 Worlds One Planet’ – Series 1 has a one hour programme on Africa and you can learn many things about the animals and that continent?  You could dress in a themed costume maybe animal print, cultural costumes or all green/brown to blend into the environment.  Enjoy!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Good morning.  Just a reminder that you can access lots of David Walliams great reads at worldofdavidwalliams.com/books.    Why not play the route word game today?  Select a common route word like ‘clean’ and create as many new words using this stem word as possible – eg. unclean, cleanliness, cleaning, cleaned etc.  Create a competition in your house for who can create the most possible words.

Do you remember when we were in year 2, we completed quite a few yoga sessions?  You can access yoga sessions for children of a variety of lengths at Cosmic Kids Yoga.  Challenge your family to join in – this is one for you all!  There are some active poses and some cool downs that are very relaxing too, great for helping everyone to relax!

In preparation for Thursday’s clap for carers, why not create a clapping dance or pattern, teach this to all of your family and then tomorrow night at 8 o’clock you can have the big reveal when we all clap for carers, support staff and the many people who are supporting and helping everyone at this time.

Going to chat with Miss Lloyd and Mrs Bray today, so I hope you have all been accessing Spelling Shed and Bug Club.  Did anyone try the Maths Shed too?

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 17 April 2020

Good morning everyone in year 4, how did your clapping routine go last night?  My neighbours all joined in with ours and it was a great experience!

Today, why not think about a baking experience and write a magical recipe.  This could be a real baking experience or a pretend one.  Write out a recipe and imagine the result of eating your creation.  I have actually made ‘Coffee and Walnut Cake’ but after you write out your recipe and instructions, you could imagine a story where someone age your cake and like Alice in Wonderland they shrink or increase in size.  Create fractions for the quantity of ingredients you have used and create a graph for your families favourite foods.

Try something creative today – make a kite, just enough wind today to give you a good flying day.  You could decorate with different media and have lots of fun!  Test it out and try some simple adaptations to improve the performance.

We are sending texts for those people who are remembering to log on to on line learning so don’t forget to keep that brain growing!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Saturday 16 April 2020

Hello everyone, rather cool outside this morning.  When I took Oscar for his walk it made his ears flap in the cold wind.

Ask your parents if you can collect some scrap pieces of material (cotton or felt would be better), you will need to find some wool or embroidery thread and a sharp needle.  Ask your parents to help you to practise some embroidery and sewing stitches.  There are guides on the home learning page for joining stitches and decorative stitches too.  Use these to create your own makes but in the coming weeks we will use these to create a pencil case.

As part of the London Marathon Challenge, people are being asked to consider creating a 2.6 or a 26 challenge. What challenge can you create for your family? Spelling 26 words correctly, naming 26 African animals, naming 26 countries, scoring 26 goals, skipping for 26 minutes – be creative and record your achievements so we can share them together.

Just a quick note to mention that Jane Considine will be back on Monday with her Super Sentence Stackers so don’t forget to join her!

Enjoy your weekend and take care.

Love and Prayers to you all!!

Mrs Deighton

Sunday 19 April 2020

WOW, Mrs Bray and I got an amazing surprise yesterday!!  One of our fabulous year 4 children sent us a video message via the Head Teacher.  It was so lovely to see and hear from you and how kind to take time to send us your special message!!!   That’s got to worth 50 house points!!!

Love and Prayers from Mrs Deighton

Monday 20 April 2020

Good morning, let’s be creative together this morning, why not design your own fruit cocktail.  I’m using tinned mango chunks that I have washed and blended in the food processor (you will need an adult to help with this), mix with some pineapple juice and add some small pieces of strawberry – delicious!  Which fruit and juice could you blend?  If you don’t have the ingredients yet imagine what you could do – record your ideas in your ‘black home learning book’ then we can recreate them and have a summer picnic when we all get back to school.  Why not add a decoration too – slices of fruit and an umbrella?

Sometimes we can feel a little down-hearted when we cannot see our friends, why not send them a homemade postcard?  Design a picture on one side of paper or card and write a special message on the other side.  Post through the letter box of your friend or neighbour.  How great to receive such a treat!

Attached some ideas for a sock puppet theatre:

Sock Puppets

Love and Prayers to you all!!

From Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Yesterday evening I logged into the ‘Oak National Academy’, this is showing teaching videos and activities for you to complete.  I watched the week 1, year 4 poetry.  This uses the poem ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright and I really enjoyed the content for synonyms and antonyms.  The teacher guides you through all the challenge activities and the answers come at the end.  I also liked the use of a starting and finished quiz so you can celebrate the new knowledge you have.  Enjoy!

There is maths content too on the ‘Oak National Academy’ web page but this the content for this week we have already covered.  This would be good revision though. I am going to try the History lesson next – all about Henry VIII.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 24 April 2020

Good morning, why not take a look at the BBC bitesize learning today.  There is a good introduction to negative numbers for maths and some good grammar teaching videos for adverbs, adverbial phrases and verbs.  There are short activities to follow after the video teaching chunks and links to some useful resources to give you some support and continue to challenge your learning after their suggested activities.

Don’t forget to watch the super sentence stackers with Jane Considine, did you enjoy yesterday’s?  It is so good to hear everyone’s ideas put together at the end in one big piece.

Well done for keeping all your home learning going!

Had a little discussion with Miss Lloyd and Mrs Bray so make sure you are logging on to Bug Club to read your class books and completing the comprehension questions with full sentences.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 25 April 2020

Good morning guys, it looks like another warm day today, why not investigate different types of fruit lollies to make and freeze.  You could save some yogurt pots, wash with hot soapy water and fill with your fruit creations – fruit and different juices.  Time how long they take to freeze and have a competition with your family!

There are a wealth of different physical activities you can enjoy at home, try visiting the NHS free family workouts and as a family try something new or different today to keep fit and active.

Yesterday the key stage 2 teachers had a video conference and it was lovely to see all the other staff from school so try to keep in touch with your friends and family where you can.  Don’t forget you can also decorate your windows with some lovely artwork to cheer up everyone at home and in your street (with your parents permission of course!).

Have a lovely weekend!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 27 April 2020

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Enjoy the sunshine safely if you can today because the weather forecast is for much cooler weather in the week ahead.  Why not plan an outdoor minibeast hunt, that would work together with our science topic learning, involve all your family and sketch the creatures you find.  If you cannot get out research some creatures, you could design your own butterfly.

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Good morning, hope everyone is ok at your house today.

Why not try playing the alphabet game today, it starts like this:

The first person says “For my breakfast this morning I ate Adam’s Apple.”  The next person says “For my breakfast this morning I ate Adam’s Apple (and they think of something beginning with next letter of alphabet) and Billy’s Banana.” The next person says “For my breakfast this morning I ate Adam’s Apple, Billy’s Banana and (thing of something beginning with ‘c’) Christina’s Carrot.”  And so on. You work your way through all the letters of the alphabet trying to remember everyone’s food, each time you have to begin saying the food with A.  Have a competition to see who can remember the most foods, it becomes very tricky, ENJOY!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Good afternoon, hope you are all well.  Why not visit the website  https://uk.mantralingua.com/homereading where you will find a range of dual language texts.  This will be good because many of you can read in two or more languages and will allow your parents who speak other languages to join you in your reading activities too.  Perhaps you could use your favourite books to retell or create some of your own art work for.

I am hoping to attach some worship ideas on the on line learning tab too,

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 1 May 2020

Next Friday will be VE Day (Victory in Europe) and lots of celebrations would have been planned in your local area to mark this day and it will be a bank holiday.  Research what VE Day is and you may want to plan your own celebration.  You could make bunting and decorations, sing the Vera Lynn song – We’ll Meet Again and son on.

Love and Prayers to your All and hoping we will meet again soon!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 4 May 2020

Good morning, the start of another exciting home learning week.  Well done to all of you for keeping up your studies and getting creative at home!  Did you spot the addition of Wednesday Word, if not, take a look and try out the usual activities.

There is a lot of small birds coming to visit the garden and footpath near my house.   Why not do your own bird survey to identify and count all the birds passing your window or that you see out on a short walk? You could create a mini book, sketching the birds and noting their colour, patterns and activity.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Good morning, just a reminder about using a range of different active strategies to help you keep busy this week.  I know lots of you are using the cosmic yoga and Joe Wicks PE.  Maybe you are ready to try something different?  https://www.gonoodle.com/  have a range of free movement and mindfulness videos.    https://imoves.com/the-imovement   have a range of active blasts including workouts with yoga and pilates.  Get all your family to join in and why not learn a new skill.   You could try house golf – screw up a piece of paper or tin foil (for a ball) and use a large kitchen spoon as a golf club – set up a series of challenges to put the ball into plastic cups, weave through kitchen roll tubes, under lego tunnels etc.  Create a time challenge and record the results in a line graph or bar chart.

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Be creative today with a painting or printing activity, if you don’t have paint and paper – no problem use water outside with a paintbrush or twig.

At the moment we cannot visit the hairdresser’s salon but why not design yourself a new hair style or imagine one for a character in a story.  For example you could design a new outfit for Harry Potter and a rainbow hair style.  You could image a new wig for dressing up or for Gangster Granny.  Record theses in your ‘black homework book’ ready to share when we see each other soon.

Just found a link for free study books that may help and support your learning further too – https://collins.co.uk   These are free to download  – Key Stage 2 Maths Study Book and Key Stage 2 English Study Book.

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 7 May 2020

Good afternoon everyone.  Hope you are all keeping well.  Please pass my best wishes to all of your family!  It was great to get some messages sent to me from you all and I will be arranging to text you all in the coming days.

Why not try making a hovercraft today?  The link below is for a quick you tube instructional video (you may need an adult to help with the glue).  Once you have made these you could have a race…


Tomorrow will be VE Day.  If you haven’t already designed some decorations, there is time to create your own bunting, flags, poppies etc this afternoon.  Enjoy your celebrations!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 8 May 2020

Enjoy your day with the people you love, and create a diary of all the things you have done today.  You could create a memory box or memory jar, like a time capsule of your family today.

Love you to all!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 11 May 2020

Good morning everyone.  I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed singing some VE Day songs.

Today why not write some book reviews for all the books you have been reading, then when we are back at school we can create a book exchange and you can read some of the books your friends recommend.  Include a summary of the story/plot, your favourite part, why the author chose these events and characters, who might like this type of book, what the author could write in the next book and any new facts or ideas you have learnt.

Miss Lloyd is going to allocate some more books this week, so make sure you are keeping up-to-date with your bug club reads.

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Good morning.  Why not make SLIME today? There are lots of recipes on line, glitter slime, fluffy slime etc.  You can create all different experiences with this, creating stories, animations, shapes, pictures etc… ENJOY!  Why not create your slime outdoors…

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Create a ‘desert island’ in the middle of a room or your garden.  Enjoy an island adventure, write your own story of what happens on your island.  It could be full of treasure….  Write down what you would take if you had to live on a desert island – which items would be essential and which items would be luxuries?  Ask your family – what would they take?  Do you want the same things?  Draw a map of your island, include some measurements and key landmarks.

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 14 May 2020

Good morning.  I hope you are continuing your home learning.

Why not design your own mode of transport, use your imagination and be creative.  This could be a new bike, a balloon, a cycle powered single seat aircraft, a water powered car, and so on.  Label you design and write about the key features of your transport.  How will it be used?  Who will use it?  How much will it cost?  How will it be manufactured?  What colour and pattern will you decorate with?

Write a letter or design a poster for your dustbin or letterbox.  Your letter/poster could be to thank these important workers at this time.

Clap, sing, make music at ‘clap for carers’ time, 8.00 pm, if you are still up.

Enjoy your day!

Love and Prayers to you all!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 18 May 2020

Good afternoon everyone.  Just a little reminder to everyone to be kind to your family, give them some complements today – remind them of how much you love them.  Design some heart shaped thank you notes and given one to each member of your household.  Why not leave them on their pillow for a lovely surprise?

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Good morning, just going to add some fun activities on the learning page for the school holidays do you can relax a little for one week only after this week.  Hope everyone is OK at your home and in your family!  We had a teachers meeting online today and Mrs Bray and Miss Lloyd were asking how you all are and pass on their best wishes.

Try taking your pencil for a walk on the paper today and then colouring in the shapes you have made – a great mindfulness activity.  You can print off lots of mindfulness colouring activities or just use the back of a cereal packet to create your own.

Later this evening, ask your family if you can do a ‘bug watch’  drape an old pale coloured or white sheet over the washing line and shine a torch on the sheet.  Watch all the bugs and moths fly towards the bright light and count/chart the different creatures you can see.  REMEMBER to ask your grown ups first!

WELL DONE to the two children from year 4 who joined the writing competition we had on our home learning page.  The University sent me some lovely copies of your work and I am so proud of your achievements.  It is so good to know that you are taking on the learning we are posting each day/week.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Create your own simple ball game, design some rules and how many points each goal or run will count for.  This could be based around cricket, rounders, football, basket ball or could be a totally new game.  Encourage all your family to join in and compare scores.  No ball – no problem – screw up a piece of newspaper or old letter.  Create greater challenge by reducing the size of your ball, creating further distance or obstacles.

Today, is National Bee Day, so create some bee decorations for your outdoor space, bedroom, living room etc.  Perhaps you can decorate them with a prayer.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 21 May 2020

Design a spelling competition for all your family to join in.  Create a prize or forfeit, for example washing up at teatime every time you get 2 words incorrect, or breakfast in bed for winning.  Use your spelling book or the spelling shed resources to inspire your word choices.  A fun way to learn spelling and involve everyone.  I wonder who will win – no cheating!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 22 May 2020

Create biscuit faces, if you have the ingredients make your own biscuits, if not use some digestives or rich tea.  Decorate with icing, fruit, sweets etc.  You could create sandwiches or salad with different shapes and faces too.  REMEMBER always ask an adult before using the kitchen resources or chopping things!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Hope you had a good rest over the weekend and are enjoying the good weather.  I am going to try a chocolate mug cake that you cook in the microwave – don’t forget if you want to do any booking always ask an adult first!  Send messages to school or though the website to show me what you have been baking.

Don’t forget if you have finished all your bug club reads there are lots more books on the school website for you to access – so keep reading!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Play Book Surprise – Choose to wrap some books in brown paper and write a summary and blurb-style reading recommendation sticker on the front, don’t put the author or title on though.  Next read the stickers to your family and invite them to select one of the books.  Now ask them to wrap a selection of books for you to choose.  Sometimes you might gt a book you would not have normally chosen, be open to enjoying your new book and you may discover a new author you enjoy reading.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 28 May 2020

Going to go for a walk today and collect some flowers to press.  Lay your chosen flowers on a clean sheet of paper.  Put a second sheet of paper over the top and smooth it down.  Place all the paper under a pile of heavy books and leave for a few weeks to dry and press flat.  Then you can make cards and pictures with your flowers.  These will make a great gift for a member of your family – why not post them one of your home made cards?

Love and Prayers to your All!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 8 June 2020

Hope everyone had a good break from school.  Some children are returning to school today but remember we all need to keep up our home learning and study.  Visit the online learning tab to learn about the Summer Reading Challenge and find lots of digital reading resources to access.  There are lots of new subject topics to start now as well, so enjoy your home learning time.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Today, I went for a walk in the local country park near my home.  Lots of ducklings and goslings, signs of new life all around.  Why not create a ‘journey stick’ – on your walk collect a stick and take a piece of string.  Along your journey tie or wrap any interesting objects you collect to your stick with the string.  At the end of your journey explain all your objects to your friends and family.   My journey stick had all different shaped and coloured feathers (from the ducks), lots of different coloured flowers (from daisy, buttercup, geranium), different grasses (reeds, tuft grass), an ice-cream paper (it was delicious!), a small paper tree rubbing.  What’s on your journey stick – let me know…

Love and Prayers to you All

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Had a lovely discussion with our Head Teacher this morning, planning new books for September.  Let me know what you would like to read in year 5?  What books would you recommend for next years year 4?

Write some book reviews for books you have read during your home learning.  Check if you have a range of text choices – do you have fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, newspapers?  Plan to read a different genre to increase the range of text types. Don’t forget lots of these can be accessed as e-books.  ENJOY!  I am currently reading ‘The Girl who Speaks Bear’ by Sophie Anderson.  Sophie also wrote ‘The House with Chicken Legs’ maybe you have heard of this book too?

Visit the home learning page to explore our new topics for this half term.

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 11 June 2020

Thinking about school reports and finishing preparing these for our Head Teacher.  Reflect on your own personal strengths and achievements.  You could use this home learning time to practise a skill you find tricky – you can visit the learning pages of Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize to brush up some skills or maybe learn a new craft or ball skill through online videos.  Remember to CELEBRATE all your successes!  You guys are amazing!!!  Keep strong and positive with your lovely families!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 12 June 2020

I was reading an interesting fact yesterday – to help our well being, we should get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.  Why not keep an exercise diary next week and set yourself some exercise challenges?  You could encourage all of your family to join in and you could set challenges for one another.  Maybe design a reward package for each hour of exercise.  Record these challenges with sketches, photographs, use our paragraphs grammar learning for next week and set yourself some new exercise goals each week.

Next week has a longer ebook to read together with a range of English learning activities.  You may wish to begin reading the book over the weekend so you are prepared for next weeks activities.  The weather forecast is a bit rubbish so why not curl up with this great book!

Enjoy your weekend!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 15 June 2020

Miss Appleyard has entered us into a competition with TT Rockstars – all you need to do is log on this week and complete your best ever score.  Other schools are joining in with us so let’s make sure St Francis are the BEST!

We are looking at Art projects for September.  Let me know what art you enjoyed the most in year 4!  Use the ‘contact my teacher’ tab from the website.

Mindfulness activity: why not create a handprint or hand outline today, think of someone helpful in your home or family, write one special thing about that person on each finger or the thumb – that’s 5 special things. Decorate with glitter and sparkle, smiley faces etc.  Give this special gift to them with a blank hand outline and ask them to do the same for someone else, that way we can spread good feelings and happiness!

Love and Prayers to you ALL!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Good morning, in preparation for Father’s Day, paint, draw a portrait of your Dad, Grandad or special person in your life.  With saltdough you could sculpt or model that special person too.  Let it dry and paint.  Don’t forget to check with an adult if you need sharp tools or to make the saltdough!

You could also create a medal for your special person with some card and ribbon.  Why not use the empty cereal packet to create a decorated photo frame for your creations.

You could create a voucher for your special person – why not decorate a note offering to provide a service eg. to wash the car, to wash the pots for a whole week, to polish the shoes, etc. (think how popular you could be too!!)  Be creative!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Watch the sky, clouds, stars – what patterns can you spot in the sky?  Research the different types of clouds and their names, research different star patterns and create a Spotter’s Guide.  Use your guide to watch and spot over the coming weeks.  REMEMBER always ask an adult before going outside in the dark!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Thursday 18 June 2020

Create a ‘Sport’s Day’ for your family.  Design different activities around your home and outdoor space.  Design a snack station with drinks and fruit.  Set a time limit and points systems for each activity.  Ask everyone to record their scores and set up a reward for the winner.  You could challenge your friend or neighbour to complete the same activities at their home too.  Be creative, don’t just stick to the traditional – what about: how many cheerios you can eat in 60 seconds with chopsticks, how many star jumps in 5 minutes, skipping races, obstacle course, etc.  Record your day with photos or pictures and create tables of information (using your statistics knowledge from maths).

There is a special assembly you can watch with the Duchess of Cambridge – follow the link below:


On the ‘Recommended reads’ tab, I have put 6 new reads.  Some are available on line or as ebooks or maybe your parents can treat you to a new book?

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Friday 19 June 2020

Please ‘pray for others around the world’ is being proposed by CAFOD so every day next week remember other people and children around the world in your prayers.  Some people are experiencing very difficult times, particularly in other countries, due to the current pandemic.  Some people are unwell physically or mentally and it would be so kind of you all to remember them.  I know we have such lovely families at St Francis and we are so lucky to have the support of one another at this time.

Take care everyone!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Monday 22 June 2020

I know many of you guys have enjoyed the Joe Wicks PE sessions each morning.  From this week he will be continuing to offer session on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – just 3 times a week.  Keep up the exercise daily though!

Write a diary entry for how you celebrated this Sunday, did you celebrate a special person in your life?  Use a thesaurus to up skill some of your vocabulary and create interest.  At my house we celebrated with a picnic.  Write several paragraphs to explain your celebration in lots of super detail!

Hope you guys are remembering to join Jane Considine for the Super Sentence Stackers each day – this will really help keep your English skills on task for year 5!

Love and prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Just planning some more exciting science experiments,  I hope you are all joining in!  How did you get on with the marshmellow and spaghetti?  Wow that was tricky – lots more interesting challenges ahead in the coming weeks investigations…

How did you get on with the TT rockstars challenge?  Let’s hope Year 4 are the winners.  Win or loose we will have enjoyed it!

Keep that learning going ready for year 5!!

Love and Prayers to you All!

Mrs Deighton

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Take the ‘Move and Freeze’ mindfulness challenge, watch and join in the video below:


Now create your own challenges on a similar theme and encourage all your family to join in.

Virgin Radio Breakfast Show have recently launched a writing competition.  You can write a narrative story of 500 words with the theme ‘Black Lives Matter’.  Our School community is wonderfully multicultural, welcoming people of all backgrounds and cultures, so let your voice be heard through your own writing.  Writing is such a powerful media to use!  (REMEMBER – always check with an adult in your house before entering any competition.)  Children are invited to respond by writing a story about anything they wish around this theme, talk with your family for ideas and help with this.  Visit the website for more details and to submit your entry:


GOOD LUCK Year 4!  the deadline is Friday 3 July so start writing today!

Love and prayers to you ALL!

Mrs Deighton