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Year 4

Hi to everyone in Year 4!

I hope that you're all keeping safe and staying at home. You will have received a text message on Friday to say that the page had been updated with activities- this will continue to happen on a weekly basis whilst school is closed to keep you all busy and engaged in your home learning. Please check the Purple Mash platform for tasks and challenges regularly and don't forget to have a look at the projects further down the page. 

An important thing that everyone needs to consider is your own mental health and wellbeing. To that end, I have added dedicated a section on this page with some information and links that you might find helpful.  Stay well!

Mr King


Just before the February Half Term holiday Year 4 wrote a set of stories inspired by 'Night of the Gargoyles' by Eve Bunting and David Weisner. We entered these stories into the 500 Words competition run by BBC Radio 2.

I recently received an email from the competition judges telling me that one of our stories has been selected to go forward into the second round of judging. This story has made it from 135,000 entries to the final 5000! What an achievement!

Congratulations to Jaiden Hudson for having his story 'Night of the Undead Dinosuars' selected for the 2nd round. You can read his entry by clicking on the link below...

Night of the Undead Dinosaurs by Jaiden Hudson



Ideas and things to do

Easter Activities 3rd-24th April

Click the links below to open new activities to complete during the two week Easter period. I hope you have FUN doing these!

Overview of activities

Dot-to-dot sheet

Easter basket sheet 

Easter Maths Mystery

Easter comprehension- read the text  then choose your level of challenge (*easy, **medium, ***harder) to anwer the questions. Use your project book to write your answers.

Here is a link to BBC Bitesize, all about Easter! Information about Good Friday

The Easter Story

Here is a link to some online Easter games.

Remember to do your Tasks on Purple Mash too!

Online links

Here's the link to Purple Mash.  I will be setting you some challenges on here soon.

TTRock Stars - can you become a star while you are off school??

During this time, Joe Wicks is holding    LIVE PE LESSONS every Monday-Friday from 9am on his Youtuve Channel. Children, get moving and have fun!

First News

Keep up-to-date with current affairs!  Click the links below to read the newspaper:

26th March-2nd April Quick News

26th March-2nd April Coronavirus Be sensible!

26th March - 2nd April World News

20th-26th March 2020

Other information for parents

Rainbows for NHS Nightingale 

NHS rainbows: Volunteers are helping to gather the pictures for the Excel centre'Nightingale hospital in London is open and ready to help the UK and NHS deal with the growing demand of coronavirus.  The NHS staff and creators of the centre have a job for our children to help cheer everyone up - rainbow pictures.'

You could show your support by creating a rainbow and sticking in your window as a sign of hope and to show you care.  The NHS do not want you to send your rainbow to them but they can be shared online by an adult.  Full details of what to do can be found here.

Please send photos of your rainbow pictures to our Superheroes School email address at the bottom of this page. It would be wonderful to see your beautiful rainbows!

Reading and Writing


 Literacy Being thankful acrostic poem  sheet. Here is a link to help you with this.  Fronted adverbial workbook   Reading- read the text about looking after a dog and then choose your level of challenge (*easy, **medium, ***harder) to anwer the questions. Use your project book to write your answers. 



Maths  workbook and answers. 

Other Activities


 PSHE My qualities worksheet  Science- How many different plants can you find in your garden? Draw a picture of one of these and label it. Extension- make a poster that informs the public about the functions of the different parts of a plant.

Mental Health

Looking after your mental health is incredibly important in these unpredicatable and stressful times. You may be worried about the health of vulnerable family members, you may be concerned about the impact of the Corona Virus on your income, you may be finding it difficult to explain to your children what is happening in a way that won't upset them.

It is vital that you take time to look after yourself and try to find some time each day to slow down and relax, even if it is only for a few minutes.

In Year 4 we have been working on our mental health since September with a series of guided visualisations, similar to a guided meditation, accompanied by relaxing music.

I have put links to a selection of the scripts that I read to the class below. These scripts have helped us to deal with anxiety, thankfulness, self awareness and relaxation.

I have also put the video that we use to help us focus our attention below. On many occasions, just listening to the music has helped us find a moment of quiet and peace.

These guided visualisations are in no way religious or spiritual but are meant to provide a structure for individuals to find a quiet space in a very busy life. Please ask your children about their experience of these 'meditations' in school and perhaps find a few minutes each day to try them together.

Above all, look after yourselves and those around you.

Mr King

Letting go of Worries  Spring Renewal  Deep Breathing Meditation  Bucket of Kindness

Here are some resources that may also be useful for you to use:

How I can look after myself  Mood measure  My happy place  Things I like about myself  Worry dolls 

I hope these can help you at this time! 

Send your pictures to superheroes@burleystmatthias.co.uk

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