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Home Learning Activities: Week 4

Friday 1st May 2020


Morning all, can't quite believe it's Friday. Thank you so much for your great effort again this week both with your learning and the kindness you are showing to each other. I am planning on conducting a Zoom video meeting on Monday the 4th May at 12:10 (and I do hope that the force will be with me). I will be sending out a Parent Mail with the appropriate link to use. It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible but I also understand that some of you may not be able to attend for different reasons. Just because you may not be able to attend in person it will not stop Class Sherwood from thinking of you. I have not conducted such a meeting before so I hope all goes to plan. If you want to attend but do not want to be seen on screen then there is an option to deactivate your camera. I would also just like to ask that the meeting not be recorded or any pictures taken either - thank you. I will mute everybody's microphone at the beginning of our meeting and then, one by one, unmute individuals and invite them to speak.

I'm sure that you have all been practising your spellings throughout the week and reading lots too. I loved all of the different ways you have been practising you spellings and thank you for your pictures. Remember to send me any new reviews of books that you have read to add to our growing section of the class site. If you have any recommendations for new sections of the site then please do send in your ideas.

New spellings - spelled 'ate' but sounds like /ayt/












English - Yesterday you read some interesting information and top facts about Polar Bears. You then went on to answer a range of different questions. Today, I would like you to create your own fact page about an animal of your choosing. Try and find out as much as you can about your animal using your amazing research skills. Remember to check your information across a range of web sites (if using the Internet) to ensure your information is correct. Then put this information together and present it in a fact filled poster using your own words and pictures. When you have finished your poster please send it through to me - can't wait to see them. You may want to write about one of the animals pictured below, but you don't have to.
Maths - Please find below the answers to last week's challenge questions.
So, just the same as last week, Friday is Maths challenge day. Download the document below and have a go at the questions. They have again recommended that challenges 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are appropriate for Year 4 - but of course you can have a go at what-ever.
Music - I hope you enjoyed listening, appraising and singing Blackbird by The Beatles last week. I have uploaded lesson 2 to Yumu on Charanga. This week you get to listen to 'The Yellow Submarine.' Later on in the lesson, if you have any instruments at home, you get to play along with last week's song 'Blackbird.'

Thursday 30th April


Good morning Class Sherwood and I hope that you are all well. I am going to try and organise a Zoom meeting for Monday 4th May (fingers crossed). I will send a Parent Mail with the Zoom link closer to Monday. Hope you enjoy today's activities.

Spelling - Tomorrow is spelling test day so it's your last opportunity to practise. Please ... oh no ... something seems to have gone wrong... try and un-jumble the words below to correctly spell this week's spellings... so sorry about this.











English - Thank you so much for your fantastic written debates regarding zoos. Your use of inverted commas is getting much more accurate - well done. 


Although this lesson is the fourth in our series of English lessons focusing on persuasion it can also stand alone. Therefore, you can complete the activity without having completed the previous three. 


Please read through the document below about Polar bears.



Now you have read a little about Polar bears I would like you to write down the answers to the following questions.
Maths - Today's Maths focuses on being able to order money (decimal numbers). All of the usual links and downloads are below.
Geography - Lesson 2 - Lines of latitude and longitude - Read through either the ppt or pdf file (same information in both files) to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude. 
Before moving onto the activity I would also like you to watch and complete the items in the BBC activity link below.
You are now ready to have a go at today's main activity. The downloaded document below has three activities. Please choose which one of the three you would like to complete (if you would like to do 2 or even all 3 of the activities that is up to you). This downloadable file also has the answers to the questions at the end of each section. If you have an Atlas at home this will obviously really help but if not you can find world maps showing the lines of latitude on. I have found one that you could use which is the Maps Activity Link below.

Wednesday 29th April 2020


Good morning everyone. Thank you once again for your hard work - I know you are all doing such a great job. Not only are you all working hard but are also looking after each other too.


Although this week is not necessarily a statutory spelling week I have included a practise mat for one of your words to have a go at below.

English - This lesson is number three in the sequence. If you have not completed the previous two then please find them further down this page within Monday (first lesson) and Tuesday (second lesson).


So far you have created two different lists regarding zoos. You have written a list of positives and one for negatives. Now we need to think about both sides of the argument at the same time! With your help, I have created a Class Sherwood list (thank you for sending me your completed lists) of positives-for and negatives against zoos.


Imagine a conversation between two people. One person is pro zoo and the other anti zoo. I would like you to write the potential conversation these two people could have expressing their opinion.


I have included some writing resources to help you with your writing. Please send me your completed pieces of writing in order for me to give you some writing feedback.

Arguments For Zoos


  • By bringing people and animals together, zoos educate the public and foster an appreciation of the animals. This exposure and education motivates people to protect the animals.


  • Zoos save endangered species by bringing them into a safe environment, where they are protected from poachers, habitat loss, starvation and predators.


  • Reputable zoos are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and are held to high standards for the treatment of the animals. According to the AZA, accreditation means, "official recognition and approval of a zoo or aquarium by a group of experts."


  • A good zoo provides an enriched habitat in which the animals are never bored, are well cared-for, and have plenty of space.


  • Zoos are a tradition, and a visit to a zoo is a wholesome, family activity.


  • Seeing an animal in person is a much more personal and more memorable experience than seeing that animal in a nature documentary.


  • Zoos help rehabilitate wildlife and take in exotic pets that people no longer want or are no longer able to care for.



Arguments Against Zoos


  • From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to capture and confine other animals, even if they are endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn't mean the individual animals have fewer rights.


  • Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom and confinement. Family bonds are broken when individuals get sold or traded to other zoos, and no pen or even drive-through safari can compare to the freedom of the wild.


  • Removing individuals from the wild will further endanger the wild population.


  • If people want to see wild animals in real life, they can observe wildlife in the wild or visit a sanctuary. A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild.


  • If zoos are teaching children anything, it's that imprisoning animals for our own entertainment is acceptable.


  • At least one study has shown that elephants kept in zoos do not live as long as elephants in the wild.


  • Animals sometimes escape their enclosures, endangering themselves as well as people. There have even been incidents of zoo animals eating other zoo animals.



PE - I would like you to have a look through the documents and video links in our 'Well Being' section.

There are lots to look at. Please feel free to choose some of your favourite and have your own PE lesson. 


If you have any other recommendations for this important section of our class page then please send me an email.

Tuesday 28th April 2020


Good morning all. Hope you are all well and thanks again for all the messages and pictures you keep sending in. I hope you enjoy today's activities and remember to send me an email if you need to. 

Spellings - I would like you to practise your spellings today by using Lego, or playdough (Play-doh), or meccano or what ever resource you choose. Eva (my daughter) has had a go at using Lego to build one of your spellings and Noah (my son) has created another from Play-Doh.

English - Persuasion - This lesson follows on from yesterday (If you missed it please scroll down the screen and complete that one first).


Yesterday you researched and created a list of positives regarding zoos. Today I am asking you to do the complete opposite. Using your fantastic researching skills what negatives can you find. If you would like to use the recording format it is downloadable below. Plus if you want to re-watch either the zoo tour or reading of Zoo please feel free (they are below and within yesterday's learning).


I would like you to send to me your lists of positive and negative so I may publish a document, on this page tomorrow, showing all of your main findings. 


Maths - Today's Maths uses a range of different visual representations to help you understanding decimals. I think you will all find it really useful. I have included the learning and the two downloadable question and answer sheets. If I can be of any help just give me an email- thank you.
Computing - I have added an assignment called Percussion Writer to the Yumu section of the Charanga site. I would like you to create a piece of percussive music, by programming different instruments to play alongside one of the four different pieces of music (you can obviously do more if you choose to). Please use the learning link to take you to the Charanga site. Remember to save your learning so I may be able to listen to your creations. Enjoy.

Monday 27th April 2020 


Good morning Sherwood, I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and are again ready for some exciting home learning. Thank you once again for keeping in touch and for sending me lots of pictures which I have uploaded to our site for you and your friends to see. Book reviews, 10 in 10s, new exercise routines are always welcome to add to our site too. Please remember that if you need help with any of the learning then send me an email. 


I would like you to create a graffiti page this morning of your new spellings ending with 'ic'. 












English - Persuasion - Have you ever visited a zoo? How about a safari? Which particular one/ones have you been to? What did you see? Did you enjoy your visit? Take a look at the video below to take a quick tour of a zoo in Miami and record what you (I have included a writing frame should you want to use one as a Word document above the video).

Tour Miami metro Zoo in HD

A look around the beautiful Miami Metro Zoo.

At this point, I would normally ask for a vote and record who thinks zoos are good for animals, who thinks zoos are not good for animals and who is yet unsure. Watch the video below of the book 'Zoo' by Anthony Browne.  

Zoo by Anthony Browne - Give Us A Story!

Dad, Mum and two brother spend a day at the zoo, looking at the animals in cages - or is it the animals that are looking at them?

Using the Internet to help you research (and any other resources you may have), I would like you to create a list of positives in regard to zoos (tomorrow you will be asked to create an alternate list of negatives). I have created a basic writing frame for you to use (if you'd like to) below.

Maths - I have received positive feedback regarding the use of White Rose Maths resources (apart from the initial problems) so will continue to use them - remember that if you need any further guidance please drop me an email. This week focuses on decimals and money. Play and pause the learning video as appropriate and then download and answer the questions before checking your answers. 
Science - New Biology focus - Living things and their habitats. Take a look below to find out a little more .

The first downloadable sheet is a range of pictures which you can use and the following three are the activities from the presentation.