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Year 4 - Lions and Zebras

Welcome to the Year 4 webpage. 



Please find the lockdown Home Learning activities below. We understand that some children prefer to do these activities on paper.  Please note that these worksheets need to be uploaded to the Portfolio section on Dojo.  Please do not send photos to teachers as individual messages as other teachers will not have access to the work.

Follow the ling for instructions on ‘How to Post to a Student Portfolio’ on Dojo here.


Please visit Dojo on a daily basis to see feedback on your child’s work.  Learning needs to be an active process and it is essential to keep engaging with you during these difficult times.  If at any point you struggle with the work, or motivating your child, then we are only at the end of a message and here to help!


Year 4 Governors

Team Zebras

Team Lions


Times Tables Rockstar (TTRS) - There will a tournament between classes in each year group once a month.  There will also be a tournament between learners and teachers EVERY last Sunday of the month.  There will be prizes to won!


Times Tables Test - There will be a multiplication text in June 2021 where every child has to do a test similar to the SOUNDCHECK game on TTRS where children have to answer 25 questions with a maximum of 6 seconds per question.


Important Information

Children should have their reading records and a water bottle at school, every day!

School Menu

We have created 'The Winter's Child' during the first week. We used metaphors, similes and alliteration.  This week we created 'The Summer's Child'.  

On Monday we interviewed 'The Winter's Child' - Zebras was very lucky as they had an exclusive visit from The Summer's Child herself (see image below).

On Tuesday we had 'Summer on a Plate' to inspires us with our senses when writing. We tasted and smelled watermelon and strawberries prior our writing.  We then went on and collected vocabulary for our character description.  In the afternoon we drew and coloured our 'Summer's child'. 

On Thursday we wrote out character description using everything we've learned so far to get the best possible outcome. We then edited and improved it.

On Friday we re-wrote out description (Published it) using our best handwriting. Our teachers will choose some of the pieces to be entered into the various categories for the writing competition.

Maths Learning - Autumn 2

This half term will start with investigating different methods to subtract numbers.

Adjusting One Number - Subtraction Strategy

This video provides an overview of the Adjusting One Number subtraction strategy. This strategy eliminates the need for regrouping in order to solve subtract...

Maths Help - Column subtraction without exchange

Column Subtraction. (How to use column subtraction without exchange).

Maths Help - Column Subtraction

Column Subtraction. (How to use column subtraction without exchange).

Maths Help - Column Subtraction with Exchange

Column Subtraction. (How to use column subtraction exchange).

Special Delivery
We received two special deliveries last week.  Zebras received a parcel from our governor Mrs Lee and Lions received a parcel from their governor Mrs Summers.  Both classes were really excited and we can't wait to use our 'communication' books.

Maths Learning - Autumn 1

This half term we learn different methods to add numbers together.  We used the line method, part part whole and column addition.

Math: Addition - Open Number Line (3-digit Numbers) (

In this video you will learn how to add three digit numbers using an open number line. Using an open number line allows a mathematician to decompose one addend and add it to the other incremental while using an linear model.

Part Whole game (a game to investigate adding pairs of numbers)

This game uses the 'part whole' model to investigate the relationship between pairs of numbers and their total. An easy way to play with adding and subtracting numbers!

Adding 3 Digit Numbers without Carrying - NumOpAS Ages 8 and Up

This lesson teaches the student to add 3 digit numbers using base 10 dienes blocks without carrying over. The student is asked to write the sum out using mat...

Column Addition with Carrying

Teachers from across our Trust are filming 'How to...' videos to support parents with understanding how their children are learning at school. Year 4 Maths www...

Times Tables

English Learning - Autumn 1

This half term we looked at 'The Journey' by Aaron Becker (a wordless book)

JOURNEY by Aaron Becker

A wordless book about a girl and a magic crayon.

Mutating Mansion by Luke Temple

Part of this half term Year 4 had a masterclass with Luke Temple.


We learned how to write EXCITING descriptions using...

A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

An adjective is a word that describes a noun (the name of a thing or a place).

A metaphor is a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it were something else.


Alliteration is when two or more words close together start with the same letter or sound.


We also used our SENSES to help with our stories:

What can the characters SEE , HEAR , SMELL , TASTE or TOUCH?
If you include sentences that describe these senses, it will help the reader to feel like they are involved in the story with your characters.


Another way to 'paint a picture in the readers' minds is...

Another way to get readers interested in your story is to show how the characters are feeling rather than tell what they are feeling.


SHORT sentences
When you are writing something that includes lots of action and drama, you can use shorter sentences to make your writing more exciting and to add tension.



One of the most important parts of writing a story, is editing it.  Authors never just use one version of their story.  After they have written it all down the first time, they read the story again and think about how they can improve it. 


When Luke is editing a story, he asks himself the following questions:
• Does everything make sense? Are there any mistakes?
• Are there any boring bits?
• How can I make the story more exciting / dramatic / scary?
He also asks himself whether he has used all the tools from this masterclass:
• Have I used enough adjectives, similes, metaphors and alliteration to make my descriptions interesting?
• Senses: have I helped the reader to be involved by describing more than one of the character’s senses?
• Show don’t tell: have I shown, instead of telling, how the character is feeling?
• Short sentences: have I used short sentences to help make my writing exciting and add tension?


Finally - we created a cover for the book. 

Book covers are really important. They help readers to know what sort of story is inside and get them excited about reading the book.

Spelling words Year 4's will be tested on... Action Words & Common Exception Words - Words Year 4's are expected to read and write


We received a parcel from the 'British Museum' asking for help.  The parcel contained items from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Mayans, the Romans, Vikings and the Iron Age. 


We learned about the way these civilisations communicated, where and when these people lived.