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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor

Learning From Home

Wilmot’s Guide to Learning from Home

Year 4 Updates

24/07/2020 - The final update! In total we have read 4,744,811 words and 166 books! This is amazing Year 4, keep adding to it over the summer!


15/07/2020 - Every time I check the updates I am so impressed! Year 4 have now read 4,599,492 words and 161 books. Since we last updated we have read an extra 32 books! 4F are still in the lead with reading the most amount of books.


02/07/2020 - Well done Year 4 we have been reading more books and doing the quizzes to go with them! It is really nice to see so many of you continuing to read a range of books. If you have any recommendations, please let us know! 

We have now read 129 books and read 3,580,125 words! That's just over a million words since I last updated! Amazing! 


12/06/2020 - We have been reading so many books in the past 2 weeks! We have now read 80 books, which is 2,527,969 words! WOW!

4F are in the lead with reading the most amount of books. Well done 4F!


28/05/2020 - Wow! We have now read 38 books. This is 766,755 words! This is incredible, since we last updated 9 days ago, Year 4 have read an extra 8 books and 207,893 words! I wonder what the word count will be next time we update, we are so impressed!


Remember to do the quiz on Accelerated Reader every time you read a book. If you are unsure on how to do this or can't remember your log in details, please get in touch with your class teacher.


19/05/2020 - Since we finished at school on the 20th March 2020, Year 4 have read 30 books. This is 558,862 words! If you have read a book, please go onto Accelerated Reader and do the quiz, so that we can keep our word count updated! How many words will we have read by the time we return to school?

Accelerated Reader

During the school closures, you will be able to take Accelerated Reader quizzes at home. 


You can access Accelerated Reader by clicking the link above this or by typing in the following URL in order to access Sawley's unique website:




Please note: not typing the URL correctly will result in you not being able to log in. Do not search for Accelerated Reader in Google, as the correct unique URL will not be available.


You should be able to use your usual username and password to log in and take a quiz. You can take a quiz between 8.45 and 3.15 Monday-Fridays.


You can also visit to see if a book you are reading at home has a quiz available. There are so many free resources out there at the moment which allow you to read online at home, so please keep on reading!


Hi Year 4! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. As we're now in a new term, your topic is changing.


Learning Challenge:

Your new topic is all about Transport in cities both nationally and internationally. 

Transportation means travelling from one place to another in a mode of transport/vehicle. 

Your first task is to find out what the following words mean: 1) congestion 2) pollution

How do these words link to your new topic? 

Your second task is to create a table like this and fill in all of the advantages/disadvantages you can think of that link to each mode of transport. I've given an example and thought of two other modes of transport you might see, but there are plenty more!

Mode of Transport Advantages Disadvantages

- Does not pollute.

- Great for a healthy lifestyle

- It can be a great hobby to share with the family

- Saves on cost of fuel

- You don't need to pay to park it

- You don't get stuck in traffic

- It is small and can fit in most places


- It isn't a very fast mode of transport

- You can't use it safely on busy road routes

- You can't travel very long distances 

- It can be stolen fairly easily

Canal Boat    

Your third task is to choose one of the modes of transport from your table and create a fact file about it including the advantages/disadvantages and any other interesting facts about it. You should have already created fact files in Year 4. Fact files are a bit like posters but they contain a lot of interesting facts about the subject. For example if I was to create a fact file about a bicycle, I would include: a labelled diagram, a list of my advantages and disadvantages, some facts about how/when they originated, who invented them and any other interesting facts found when researching. These should all be presented in an eye-catching way. 


Finally, can you answer the following question:

Always, Sometimes, Never - The faster the mode of transport, the more pollution is produced.



For the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on statistics. This week, we're specifically looking at tables. So if you've already seen your task in your Learning Challenge, you'll see that you've already been asked to complete a table. A table sets out information like numbers and descriptions in columns and rows. You might have a table to show how many people play certain sports like this:

Sport People
Football 106
Gymnastics 35
Rugby 27
Swimming 70

From this table, can you answer the following:

1)Which sport was the most popular?

2) Which sport was the least popular?

3) What is the difference between the number of people who play football and those that do gymnastics?

4) How many people took part in the survey altogether?


I've attached a powerpoint about interpreting data (mainly from tables but some are in graphs/bar charts) and some linked questions to have a go at. The answers are all included with the questions.


If you didn't fancy trying the worksheets but wanted to have a go at some tables, could you have a go at any of the following activities:

1) Could you contact family/friends to find out what mode of transport they use on an average week (not in lockdown) and tally/total up which modes of transport are most popular? Could you turn the table into a bar chart? Could you write your own set of questions like I did above for your transport table?

2) Have a go at the following games:

3) Could you find any tables in your day to day life. You could take a photo of the bus timetable on your daily walk, you could use a supermarket receipt to make a table of the weekly shopping, quantities and costs of each item. 



I've attached a game of English-Opoly below if you fancied a board game with a twist!

Darrell Wakelam on Twitter has been making some lovely DT projects of 3D birds, boats, tigers and puffins using toilet rolls, paper plates and yoghurt pots if you wanted to have a go. You could link it to your new transport topic if you were feeling creative!

I've attached a really extensive list of all of the free resources being offered during this time.

If you wanted to have a go at a different recipe, here's the recipe to make a quiche. Remember, the topping can be whatever you like/have in the house, it doesn't need to be cheese & onion! 

Remember, you can still access accelerated reader to complete quizzes on the books you're reading at home. TT Rockstars is also still available, as is MyMaths and Hit the Button (Topmarks on google). I'll upload the Year 4 spelling list for reference and some handwriting practice sheets as well. You should still be working on your spelling and cursive handwriting over this time! 


Finally, the Government have now launched the Oak National Academy which is an online classroom and resource hub. There are 180 video lessons each week across a broad range of subjects. The website to access this free resource is:


The BBC has also now launched an educational package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:


I hope you enjoy having a go at some of these activities and accessing some of these free resources and I'll be back next week with some more activities linked to Transportation and Bar Charts!


Mrs Joyce smiley

6th & 13th March 2020


Happy Easter Holidays Year 4!


The activities set here will be Easter related rather than topic related as you'd usually be on your Easter Holidays now. I've added a selection of tasks for you to choose from including Art, Maths, Reading, Writing, SPaG, RE and some games. I hope you enjoy them and make the most of the lovely weather in your gardens or on your walks. I'll be back to set some more activities after the Easter Holidays but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me (my email address is on the last post).


Tom Fletcher is reading his books every Monday evening 6.30pm if you wanted to listen to any. 6th March is The Dinosaur that Pooped a Princess. Carol Vorderman is also giving out her resources for free  on (usually £2 a week). Remember you can still log on to TT Rockstars and MyMaths. TopMarks Hit the Button is also a great resource for quickfire maths questions, you could challenge your family to see who can get the highest score! BBC Bitesize are also going to publish daily online lessons for all ages week beginning Monday 20th April. They also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational videos on iPlayer.


Happy Easter everyone!


Mrs Joyce smiley



Happy Monday Year 4! Hope you enjoyed the activities set from last week, here are some more to keep you occupied for this week!



This week, I've attached some powerpoints and activities linking to Area and Perimeter. As a recap, area and perimeter link to 2d shapes - the area is the total space inside the shape and the perimeter is the distance around the shape. Both area and perimeter are measured in km, m, cm or mm. If you are calculating the area of a square that has sides of 4cm, you would multiply the length x the width, so 4cm x 4cm = 16cm². If I was calculating the perimeter of the same square, I would add all of the sides together. A square has 4 sides so it would be 4cm + 4cm + 4cm + 4cm = 16cm.  I will attach some videos and websites to give some further help if you are struggling.


It's totally up to you which activities you choose to do, if you don't fancy trying the powerpoints and worksheet activities, here are some practical ways to work on your area and perimeter knowledge at home:

  • Find 10 objects around your home that are square or rectangle (2d). Using a ruler, measure the length and width of each object and work out the area and perimeter of each one in either m, cm or mm. Order the objects from largest - smallest.
  • Create your own theme park (squared paper would be easiest for this but plain will work just as well). Your theme park must include: 2 ticket stations (1x1cm each) 5 toilet blocks (3x3cm each), 5 food stalls of your choice (2x2cm each), 3 rollercoasters (2x5cm each), a gift shop (1x4cm), 3 children's rides (1x3cm each), an arcade (2x3cm) and a flume (4x4cm). You'll have to add names for each attraction and add colour to make your map look exciting!
  • Try some area and perimeter games, most are tablet friendly: 
  • Have a go at some of these puzzles:



Along with working through the document under the English section of your home learning documents, this week I'd like you to watch this Norse myth about Thor: Here are some activities to have a go at linked to that story:

  • Rewrite the story of Thor but modernise it to be set in 2020. Consider how that might change the setting, character descriptions, objects, landscape of the myth.
  • Answer the following questions - 1) when Thor tried to hit the giant on the head with a hammer, what did the giant think was hitting him? 2) What is a fortress? 3) The king challenged the 3 travellers to show off their skills, what was Thor's challenge? 4) What was the moral of the story? 5) How did they change the world?
  • Could you create a story path for the myth? Your story path can use no more than 5 words and should use pictures and symbols so that you could retell the story with as much detail as possible to your family. 
  • Imagine you and your family/friends went to the king and had to complete challenges. What skills would each person draw upon and what might their challenge be? Eg. If you're mum is really good at swimming, could her challenge be to beat a shark at swimming across the channel? Could you create some mini challenges to do at home to show off everyone's skills and talents or could you create a talent show?



Food Technology: If you fancied having a go at another recipe which doesn't need many ingredients, you could try making shortbread! All you need is butter, caster sugar and plain flour:

Alternatively, scones need very few ingredients so here is the link to the recipe for scones: 


Art: Rob Biddulph is an illustrator who is currently providing drawing lessons on his website. There are dinosaurs, sausage dogs, monsters and bears to have a go at! The link is:  


If you have any questions or need any help with any of the activities set, please contact me at: and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm more than happy to answer any questions no matter how big or small. 


I'll update again next week which will be focussing on Measure in Maths and some more activities on Norse Myths in English! 


I'll attach some links to free celebrity activities which are currently available to access below along with all of the other maths activities and help sheets!


Area support:


Perimeter support:



23/03/20  Hello Year 4! Hope you're all enjoying the sunshine in your gardens and staying safe.


I have added a Maths Powerpoint under the Maths activities section with some work on time for you to complete this week. I'll also add some recap work on addition and subtraction to complete. There is no requirement to do it - you choose the activities which will benefit you as learners the most (if you prefer to do the other activities under the Maths heading, that is fine). Maybe you could practice time at home by:


  • creating a timetable of your week and discussing the durations of each activity and justifying your timings for each activity.
  • timing yourself/family members to complete activities like jumping, running, hopping around the garden. Compare times eg. who was fastest, by how many seconds? What was the difference between the fastest and slowest time?
  • using the tv guide to calculate the durations of your favourite programmes, if you watched 3 programmes in the day, can you calculate how many hours/minutes you spent watching telly in total? Could you convert that from 12-24 hour time by adding/subtracting 12? Eg. 12 hour time: 5pm =  24 hour time: 17:00 (5 + 12 = 17).


If you decided to do some baking, a nice way to practice adding/subtracting is with the ingredients. How many grams are you using in total?


I have also added an English Powerpoint under the English activities sections with some work on myths. Again, you choose the activities which will benefit you the most. There are some comprehension worksheets linked to Viking Myths which might be a nice activity to complete which not only familiarises yourself with some different Viking myths which you could use as inspiration to write your own, but it also helps to improve your skills in reading. Maybe you could set yourself some similar questions next time you read your own book? Or you could challenge your parents by writing similar questions for THEM to answer when you read your book! Remember, you'll need to create an answer sheet so you can check they are getting the answers correct!


Audible have announced that whilst schools are closed, all stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet so you can enjoy listening to a range of books whilst you are at home!


Many of you may have already seen that The Body Coach (Joe) is doing PE lessons at 9am everyday on YouTube for children to join in with! The videos are still up there later if you prefer to do it at a different time!


If you fancy an easy recipe to try at home (which doesn't require many ingredients), here is a link to how to make banana bread:


I'll be updating the activities available every week so keep your eyes peeled for the activities available next week which will be work on area and perimeter in maths and more work on Viking myths in English!


Mrs Joyce smiley


English Activities

23/03/2020 English

Please reference the English Tasks document in the uploads file to see a list of tasks relevant to this week's learning. I've also added some comprehension tasks to work on.

Maths Activities

23/03/2020 Maths activities:

Addition and subtraction lessons - Each lesson has a powerpoint, some tasks and the answers. I've added one lesson on adding/subtracting 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s. One lesson is recapping how to add 4 digit numbers with exchanges and the last lesson is how to subtract 4 digit numbers with exchanges.


Learning Challenge Activities
Science Activities
Other Activities
Spelling & Handwriting Activities
Keep Fit, Keep Healthy, Keep Safe! - Challenges




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