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From Monday 25th January, all of the home learning will be posted on Google Classroom. 

Every morning there will be a live morning registration with the class teacher.

In addition, there will be two online check-ins each day when teachers will be available to answer any questions children post via text messages.

In addition, across the week there will be at least one literacy, one maths and two other lessons with recorded video input given by one of the Year 4 teachers.

Y4 teachers will respond to the learning that the children complete and, if they feel additional video support is needed, this will be recorded and uploaded.

Each class teacher will remind children of the timetable every day on Google Classroom.

The Year 4 Google Classroom timetable is below.

There will not be a check in on Friday afternoons.

If you have any questions for the Year 4 team, please feel free to email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 



 Monday 18th January - Friday 22nd January






This half term we are going to be using the book ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell as inspiration for our writing.  Continue listening to or reading the text this week.

Here is the link for the audiobook.

This week we are going to look at a non-chronological report about a species of dragon.

Activity 1 

Work through the power point posted at the bottom of the page. You will need to: 

  • Complete the vocabulary quiz.  

  • Read the text about the Dagenham Ridge-back carefully. 

  • Use what you have read about the Dagenham Ridge-back to identify the correct picture. 

  • Think of subtitles for each paragraph of the text. 

  • Complete the quiz about the Dagenham Ridge-back. 

There is a copy of the report on the Dagenham Ridge-Back at the bottom of the page as well as on the power point slides. 

Activity 2 

The aim of this activity is to start to learn the text.  This will help us to use the correct language and style in our documentary.  As well as helping us learn some of the facts. 

Work through the ‘activity 2’ power point and watch the demonstration video.  For this activity you will 

  • Complete the ‘true or false’ quiz 

  • Create a text map (see video) 




Once you have created your text map spend some time trying to re-tell the information from the report using your map. 

Activity 3 

Use all you have learnt from the non-chronological text to create a short documentary clip about the Dagenham Ridge-Back Dragon.  See the example video for an idea of what you could do.  You could also watch some nature documentary clips to get some ideas about what a documentary might look and sound like. 


Last week you learnt about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. This week you will learn about how solids and liquids change state.

The question you are going to answer is, where will ice melt the quickest and why?

Before starting, read all the instructions below.

To record your learning, complete the following tasks.

Before you start the investigation.

  • Choose four different places where you will place the ice cubes.
  • Write up your prediction. Where do you think the ice will melt the quickest? Why do you think that? Where will the ice melt the slowest and why?

During the investigation

  • Watch what happens carefully.
  • Complete a results table like the one below.
  • Record how long it takes for each ice cube to melt.


Where it is put


Start time

(ice cube)

Finish time


Time taken to melt





30 minutes





















After the investigation.

  • Write your conclusion.
  • Was your prediction accurate?
  • Which ice cube melted the quickest / slowest and why?
  • Next time, would you do anything differently?

More investigations using ice are included in the attached document.

REMEMBER – You must work with an adult when carrying out these investigations.



Who were the Anglo-Saxons?

Why did they invade Britain?

Where did they come from?

Open the ‘History presentation’ attachment below to find out the answers to these questions. When you have finished, complete the ‘History activity’ to create your very own Anglo-Saxon passport.



In this week’s RE lesson you will learn about the Ten Commandments that are found in the Bible. 
God gave Moses some rules to help people to live good lives. These became known as the Ten Commandments.  
Read each one below. 
Then think about what each one means and try to put them in order of importance. 
Which are the most important three to you and why? 

How do you think the Ten Commandments help Christians in their daily life?
Do you think the Ten Commandments are useful, even if you are not a Christian?

Last week's work:  Monday 11th January - Friday 15th January




-ight is a common ending for words with the long vowel sound

i (sounds like might): light, fright, night.

Most words ending in –tion are nouns: station, collection, competition.

Most words ending in –ious are adjectives: precious, glorious, previous.



































 Day 1: Look up the definition of the words you don’t understand and put those words into sentences.

Day 2: Write sentences using the spelling words you already know.

Day 3 and Day 4: Practise your spellings-Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check.

Day 5: Ask someone at home to test you on your spelling words.

Activity 1 - Imagine

Imagine a world with Dragons in it.  What would it be like?  How would it make a difference to your life?  What impact would the dragons have on your daily life?  What would the dragons be like? Where would they be?

Activity 2 - Predict





Prediction 1

Look carefully at the front and back cover of the book.  Describe what you can see to someone at home.  What clues are there to tell us what the book might be about. 

Write a few sentences predicting what might happen in the story.

Prediction 2

Now listen to Cressida Cowell, the author, talking about being a writer and reading the prologue (an introduction) to the book. (there’s a copy of the text below…)




The Prologue is a note from Hiccup, the main character.  He writes that he is telling a

“true story from his childhood…. The story of becoming a hero the hard way.”

Can you imagine what that story might be?  Tell someone at home what you think Hiccup’s story is. 

Use the story mountain to write about what you think might happen in each part of Hiccup's story.

Now you have made your predictions you can start to read the book.  Use the link below for the audio book.  It will be useful (but not essential) to have read/listened up to the end of chapter 2 before completing activity 3.  Here is the link for the audiobook.


Activity 3 – Using prepositions

Read the description of the Dragon’s Nursery (cave) from chapter 2 of ‘How to Train your Dragon’.  As you read try to imagine you are in the cave and think about what you can see, hear, smell and feel.

After ten long minutes of walking and crawling into the heart of the cliff, the stench of dragon -- a salty stink of seaweed and old mackerel heads -- got stronger and stronger, until finally it became unbearable and the tunnel opened out into an enormous cavern.

The cavern was full of more dragons than Hiccup could ever have imagined existed.

 They were every possible colour and size, and they included all the species that Hiccup had heard of, and quite a few more that he hadn't.

  Hiccup started sweating as he looked around him at pile after pile of the animals, draped over every available surface; even hanging upside down from the roof like giant bats. They were all fast asleep, and most of them were snoring in unison. This was a sound so loud and so deep that it seemed to penetrate right into Hiccup's body and vibrate around his soft insides, churning his stomach and bowels, and forcing his heart to beat at the same slow dragon pulse.

Now it is your turn to create a Dragon’s Nursery.  Either make, draw or use the attached sheets below to make your nursery.  You can add rocks, stalactites and stalagmites, fish bones, dragons and anything else you think might be in the cave.  When you have completed your Nursery write 6 – 10 sentences using prepositions (like these below) to describe where the different objects or dragon are.  You could also include some adjectives to make your descriptions more interesting.

Here are some prepositions you could use