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Boston St Mary's RC Primary Academy

Boston's Catholic School

Week beginning 30.3.2020

Y4 week 2 Remote Learning  

‘I am warrior’ – the Romans in Britain

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 ‘Remote Learning’ on the school website.
  • Complete the Maths resources located under ‘Remote Learning’ on the school website.


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:

  • 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 ‘Remote Learning’ tab on the school website. Ask someone to read out the 10 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 ‘The Romans’. 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 and its meaning in your remote learning book. Add some pictures if appropriate.  
  • Proofread your writing from the day. You can use a dictionary to check the spelling of any challenging words. This will also mean you can check that the 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:         because – big elephants can always understand small elephants.
  • Here are some prefixes: mis-, un-, in, and dis-. Add the appropriate prefix to these words: appear, behave, fair, match, complete, happy, place, understand, do and appropriate.
  • Write a diary from the point of view of a gladiator at the gladiator school, ‘Ludus Gladiatorius’. There are some useful links on the next page of this document. Start each new paragraph with a fronted adverbial. Here are some suggestions: When the cock crows, after breakfast, when training begins, when I collect my weapons, at the end of the day.
  • Watch a film and write a review. A sheet is provided to help you to do this. See Year 4’s ‘Remote Learning’ resources. 
  • Draw a picture of a fight between gladiators. Add a heading, some labels and a caption. There are some photos of information about gladiators on the ‘Remote learning’ page.   
  • Write a commentary on an imaginary fight between gladiators. There is a photograph of an example in the resources and you can look at/listen to a sample commentary at

  • Spartacus escaped from the Romans and persuaded a 100,000 slaves to join him. This is called a rebellion. Create a poster to persuade slaves to join the rebellion. There is a list of success criteria to refer to in the resources section.


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.



Complete some research about gladiators, and in particular the famous gladiator, Spartacus, who led a revolt by Roman slaves. Use these links to access information via the internet:

Create a mind-map and record facts about gladiators and Spartacus.


Art and music

Watch and listen to an orchestra play a piece of music called ‘Spartacus’ by the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. You could use this link: 

How many different instruments can you see during the performance? The names of the instruments can be found using this link:

Now get out some art equipment: crayons, felt-tips, oil pastels or paints. Play the music again and be inspired. Create artwork inspired by the music.



Enrol in ‘Ludus Gladiatorius’, the gladiator school were slaves, criminals and others learn to fight as gladiators. Be ready to train with a Lanista (‘butcher’), an old gladiator whose fighting days are over. Do some exercises to build up body strength and agility. Practise fighting with a fake weapon, but remember the rules say no contact (touching) of anyone else or anything. This is a skill in itself! Can someone video you completing your exercises and lunges with a pretend sword?  


Science and Design Technology: Don’t tip the boat!

Look at pages 12 and 13 of the British Science Week 2020 pack. Investigate how much weight can be added to a boat before it sinks. Use the paper template provided. Does the size or shape of the boat change depending on how many weights it can hold? If you can’t download the pages from the pack, see if you can make a boat that floats in a bowl of water. Add weights or coins to see if it continues to float or sinks. Could you make it look like a model of a Roman ship? Look at the image under the ‘Remote Learning’ tab on the school website.   



Look at the photos from our ‘water cycle’ investigation on the class page. What has happened? Draw a picture in your ‘Remote Learning’ book. Describe the changes. Why do you think the seeds have grown so well? Write down your conclusions too.


Easter crafts: Make an Easter bunny/Easter story crafts

Helpful sheets can be found on Year 4’s ‘Remote Learning’ page. To create the rabbit, there are some instructions for you to follow.



Read about the events of Good Friday and watch the video too:

Re-tell the story. You can write in your Remote learning book or use one of the storyboard sheets. These are to be found on Year 4’s ‘Remote Learning’ page. There are also some sheets on this page describing how Catholics remember these events through the ‘Stations of the Cross’.