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Week beginning 20th April


Week Commencing Monday 20th April 


Please log in to Spelling Shed and complete this week’s word list. The words for this week are set out below. If you do not have access to Spelling Shed, complete the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ activity.


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Reading - Group 1

This week, we begin our new class reader, 'Goodnight Mr Tom' by Michelle Magorian. Set during World War II, it features a boy from London who is evacuated to the country at the outbreak of the war.In the care of Mister Tom, an elderly recluse, he experiences a new life of loving and care. The book has been made into a stage play, a musical and a film, and it is now considered a classic.


This week, you are going to read the first two chapters of the book. You might like to read them alone or with an adult and discuss the ideas contained in the story. You might like to refer to the reading prompts.

Questions specific to the text, to think about as you read:

  • What do you predict will happen in this story? What evidence from the story so far supports your predictions?
  • Why do you think Willie’s mother wanted him to live with someone who was religious or lived near a church?
  • Do you think that Willie will be happy living with Tom? Why?/Why not?
  • Why do you think that Willie did not, at first, eat the food that Tom had provided?
  • Why do you think Willie has sores and bruises on his legs and thighs?


Reading - Group 2

Our topic for this term is all about a period during World War 2 called the Blitz. You can read through this text with an adult and find out some important facts about the Blitz.






1)  Here are some sentence openers. What is the most interesting way to finish each sentence? (Remember that every fronted adverbial is followed by a comma.)

  • Quickly …
  • To my great surprise ….
  • Forgetting myself …
  • Spookily …


2)  Change these verbs from the present tense to the past tense.

run    swim    fight    sleep    go    play    cry    bring    know    spit    buy    dig    tie


3)  Write the following sentences using the correct punctuation.

  • the princesss servant went to the ball
  • the princesses went to the ball
  • what a handsome prince
  • will she marry him






Use this picture as inspiration. You can write a short story, a setting description, a diary entry, ... anything you wish. Just make sure that you follow the non-negotiables: basic sentence punctuation, paragraphing, and neat, legible handwriting.



Today, you should edit and redraft your writing from yesterday.

Remember that there are two main features of editing: correcting and improving.

Look out for basic mistakes in punctuation, spelling and grammar. Also look for ways in which you might improve your text.

When you have finished, you might like to photograph your work and post in on the Anson Blog.



Here is a poem called 'At the End of Assembly' by Simon Pitt.


Miss Sparrow’s lot flew out,

Mrs Steeds’s lot galloped out,

Mr Bull’s lot got herded out,

Mrs Bumble’s lot buzzed off.


Miss Rose’s class… rose,

Mr Beetles’s class… beetled off,

Miss Storm’s class thundered out,

Mrs Frisby’s class whirled across the hall.


Mr Train’s lot made tracks,

Miss Ferry’s lot sailed off,

Mr Roller’s lot got their skates on,

Mrs Street’s lot got stuck halfway across.


Mrs Idle’s class just couldn’t be bothered,

Mrs Barrow’s class were wheeled out,

Miss Stretcher’s class were carried out


Mrs Brook’s class


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Make up your own verses for a similar poem, creating your own teacher names.

  • Think of possible names that you could use that are nouns e.g. Miss Butterfly, Mr Cow, ... Mrs Bond, Mr Waters ...
  • Thinking of matching powerful verbs to go with each name e.g. Miss Butterfly’s class fluttered out, Mr Cow’s class moooved out.
  • If you can, think of adverbs that you could use as well e.g. Miss Butterfly’s class fluttered airily out.


Each day, try to build on your verses, editing and redrafting until you have your final poem. Then you might like to put in on the school blog! 



(Weekly Focus: Decimals)

Here is a link to the White Rose Maths home learning videos and activities.



Just follow these five easy steps…


  1. Visit the White Rose Website here
  2. Click on the set of lessons for your child’s year group.
  3. Watch the video (either on your own or with your child).
  4. Find a calm space where your child can work for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Use the video guidance to support your child as they work through a lesson.


There are four lessons each week


They all look like this.

There is a video with a teacher giving you instructions and then an activity to download. You can download all the activities for this week below.

Home Learning - Year 4 >>> Summer Term – Week 1 (w/c 20 April) 



Watch the videos and answer the questions on the worksheets as you are prompted to do so. There are no expectations for you to hand in your work but you may want to share it on the school blog!



TT Rockstars

Login to TT Rockstars and see if you can improve your time. Make sure that you complete at least 3 sound checks every day.



Children need regular breaks and exercise. If you have a safe outdoor space, please ensure you get some fresh air and exercise. If you do not have an outdoor space, try following the routine in this video.

Joe Wicks is running a 30 minute PE session Monday to Friday at 9:00am. Click here to direct you to The Body Coach page on YouTube. Happy exercising!