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Boston St Mary's RC Primary Academy

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Week beginning 20.4.2020

Y4 week 3 Remote Learning

‘Blue Abyss’ – Underwater World

The expectation is that KS2 pupils complete 5 hours of learning daily.

Weekly Maths Tasks

Weekly Reading Tasks                            (Complete 1 per day)

Essential – Please complete these everyday: 

  • Complete daily arithmetic problems, located under ‘maths’ tab. 
  • Complete the Maths resources using 'maths' tab. 


Spend about 15 minutes reading. You could read a chapter or more of your school book or a book from the shelf at home. There are lots of free e-books to read by using this link: home/find-a-book/library-page/

  • Following this, summarise the events from the chapter. You could bullet point what happened or create a comic strip.
  • Write down any unfamiliar words from your reading. Explore the meanings of these words by using a dictionary.
  • Read something around the house that isn’t a book - a comic, a magazine, a list - then write a note about it in your reading diary.
  • Write a book review about a book you have read.
  • Write a new and exciting blurb for your book.
  • Design a new front cover for a book.

Weekly Spelling Tasks             (Complete 1 per day)

Weekly Writing Tasks                        (Complete 1 per day)

  • Pick 10 of the ‘Year 3/4 statutory spellings’. A list is located under the ‘English’ tab. Ask someone to read out the words and see how many you know already. Practise any that you don’t know how to spell. Then later, ask a member of your family to test you.
  • Create a vocabulary bank about ‘Oceans’. Pick 5 of the words in the list and research the meaning of each one. Use a dictionary or go on-line. Record the word, its meaning and a picture in your remote learning book.
  • Proofread your writing from the day. Use a dictionary to check the spelling of any challenging word, and that meaning of the word is suitable for the sentence.
  • Choose 5 of the ‘Year 3/4 statutory spellings’. Create an acronym for each of these words, here is an example: Circle – Can Ian really crack lovely eggs?
  • Some words have an ending that sounds like zhuh and can be spelt -sure. Change each of these words by adding one of these suffixes: -s, -ed, -ment, -ing, -ly. The words are: pleasure, treasure, measure, leisure, capture, picture, adventure and puncture. You can use the words more than once. See how many endings you can add to measure. Remember to drop the -e from the root word if the suffix begins with a vowel.
  • Watch a film and write a review. A review sheet is provided in the English resources.
  • Read the poem ‘The Sea’ by James Reeve. See the English resources. The poet has described the sea as if it is a dog. This is called personification. Personification is when you make an animal or object sound like a human. Use the link to find out more: MR83wCg Pick out all the words in the poem that the poet has used to make the sea sound like a dog: greasy paws, rolls, etc.
  • Watch the Aquarium web cams and look at the pictures in the English resources. Print or draw a picture of a sea creature. Stick it in the centre of a page and write words to describe how it looks and moves. Does it scamper, twist and turn, blink with wide eyes, flap its bright tail or something else?
  • Use the words you have collected. Turn them into sentences to describe the sea creature. Here is an example: The hungry crab grabbed the tasty seaweed to eat. There is a photo of some examples to help.
  • Explore the Aquarium’s website. Create a poster to persuade people to visit the Aquarium when it re-opens. There is a list of success criteria to help.


Learning Project - To be completed throughout the week

Here is an overview of tasks I’d like the Year 4 children to be completing at home over the next week.

Here are some helpful links to use:

Watch the web cams showing a variety of sea creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium:

A six minute animation with Billy Blue-Hair about the layers in the ocean:

A two minute film about the strange creatures in the depth of the ocean:



Complete some research about the names and locations of the oceans of the world. Complete the sheet by correctly labelling the oceans. Locate the U.K. and label some other countries. You could add a key in the top left corner. Then find out a fact about the oceans before finally colouring the map.



Watch the web cams and the video about strange sea creatures. Use a pencil or pen and complete some detailed sketches of sea creatures, add lots of detail and label the key features including the eyes, gills, dorsal fin, scales, etc. Google the work of the artist J. Vincent Scarpace for some amazing examples of what could be achieved. Now add some colour to one or more of your sketches.



Don’t forget to do some exercise. If you have a garden, get outside for some fresh air. There are also lots of great exercise routines on You tube. Ask an adult to help you choose one. The Body Coach will suggest lots of great activities to keep you active.



Use these clips and links, and do some of your own research to find out about the strange creatures that live deep in the ocean:

Make notes using a mind-map. Record the names of the creatures and the adaptations that they have made to survive: Bioluminescence, a great sense of smell, blindness, huge eyes, hinged jaws, transparency, etc.



Why not try some practical science; ‘blow-up balloons’, ‘milk magic’ or something else? Look at the ideas by clicking on the ‘topic learning’ tab and finding the ‘kitchen science’ document. Make sure you talk to an adult before you start. There are instructions for each activity. Write about your experiment in your Remote Learning book. Add a diagram and write down your conclusions. This means try to explain what happens!


Easter Garden

Making a garden is a great way to remember the Easter story. Use these links for tips on how to make one:



Read about the events of Easter Sunday in a Bible and watch the video too:

Now re-tell the story of Easter Sunday in words and pictures. You can write in your Remote Learning book or use one of the storyboard sheets. These are to be found in the RE resources.