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Hello Brierley Class,

I hope that you are all well and keeping safe. All the teachers are missing you all very much and we cannot wait to return to school, when it is safe to do so.


We have reached the final half term of this school year. I will be continuing to set some work for you to complete at home. Please try and complete the daily tasks, as well as carrying on with your reading and practising your times tables. To practise these really important skills will help you greatly. Practise makes perfect remember! I would really love to see what you have been reading so that we can share it with your classmates. 
Make sure that you remember to keep an eye on your plants that we are growing for our Science lessons.


We now have access to Education City:

Log in - Brierly 

Password: Brierly


Don't forget that our class email address is If you would like to share any pictures of what you have been up to with your learning and acquiring new skills, I would love to see them and share them on our page. Feel free to send me any pictures or copies of your work for me to look at. You can also send me an email to tell me about anything exciting that you have done or if you have some news.


As always, keep smiling laugh, stay healthy and stay positive!

Mr Ward

Woodhouses and St Martin's are now sharing online learning. 

Here is the link to the additional resources, lessons and activities on the St Martin's website.

Remember to share your learning with your teacher at Woodhouses.

Useful websites

Below are a list of websites which we well be using during the period of home learning. 


Year 4 Maths, Spelling and Science Learning


Please head over to Kenney Class Home Learning page to see what Year 4 can do for Maths, Spelling and Science this week.


Thank you. 

Take a look at our plant diaries - Check here for regular updates!

Tuesday 7th July


Today we are going to find the length of missing sides to help us to find the perimeter and finding the perimeter of irregular shapes.

Look at this rectangle. we are only given the length of 2 sides. We need all 4 sides to work out the perimeter. The opposite sides of a rectangle are always the same so in this rectangle we have 2 sides that are 7cm and 2 sides that are 12cm. To find the perimeter we needed to add 12 + 12 + 7 + 7 = 38cm


Sometimes you may be asked to find the length of sides from the perimeter. This square has a perimeter of 16cm but we haven't been given the length of any sides. We know that a square must have 4 sides of equal length, so to find the length of each side we must divide 16 by = 4. Each side of the dquare is 4cm long

When finding the perimeter of an irregular shape, you must add ALL of the sides. In this example, we have an irregular hexagon - as the shape has 6 sides. To find the perimeter, we need to add 4cm + 7cm + 4cm + 3cm + 8cm + 10cm = 36cm

Your turn  - Have a go at finding the perimeters and missing lengths on the 'Perimeters of Polygons' activity sheet in the resources.


Cinderella of the Nile - Planning a newspaper article

Today we are going to plan to write a newspaper article, describing Rhodopis’ kidnap from her village in Greece. You may need to reread the story to remind yourself of what happened -

Look at this map of Greece. Can you plot Rhodopis’ journey from Greece to Samos? You may want to use this information in your article.
You will need to think about the features of a newspaper:
- A short, snappy headline to grab the readers attention - e.g. Girl Kidnapped!
- An introductory paragraph including the 5W's 

You need to tell the reader who, what, when, where and why.
- Information about the events in chronological (time) order

- Written in the 3rd person and the past tense (as the events have actually happened)
- Speech/Quotations from someone involved in the story.
- A concluding paragraph - what could happen next?

Use the planning template in the resources to plan your newspaper article about the kidnap of Rhodopis. Don't go too far into the story!


Ancient Greeks – Schools and Learning

Today we are going to learn about education and learning during the times of the ancient Greeks and how it differed between boys and girls

The Greeks loved to learn! They believed that learning was one of the best ways you could spend your time. They didn’t see going to school as a chore at all. They looked forward to the chance to improve their minds.

In Greece’s very early history, only wealthy men were educated. Young boys usually had their own tutors who taught them math, writing, and military training. The things children were taught also depended on where they lived in Greece. If a boy grew up in Sparta, for example, his entire education was spent preparing him for the military. In Athens, which was less focused on the military, students learned several subjects. As boys grew older, they were also taught music, literature, astronomy, and public speaking. As Greece became more democratic, public speaking became an important subject for children to study. Greeks believed that in a democracy, a person should be able to speak well! They learned how to speak in public by memorizing famous speeches from the past. They were also taught poetry by memorizing entire poems.

Greek girls were not taught the same subjects as boys. They were usually taught reading and writing, but were not taught other subjects. Instead, they were taught skills that would help them be good homemakers. They were taught to cook, sew, and care for children. Like boys, girls were sometimes given a different education depending on where they lived. In Sparta, even girls were given light military duties. They were also expected to do a lot of exercise so that they would have healthy babies who could serve in the army. In Sparta, girls were usually given more education that girls in Athens. But it was almost all physical training. (No books! No homework! Just exercise!)


There were two kinds of education in Greece:

  • Formal: this was done in a school or was provided by a private tutor.
  • Informal: this was usually done in the home, by an unpaid teacher, sometimes a slave.
    Formal education was usually only for the sons of wealthy Greek families. Women, slaves, and the children of poor families were not given a formal education.

Greeks loved to learn, but they also wanted to develop their personalities and their bodies. They believed that education should make you a better person. Young children were taught morals to help them become good people. Greek education also taught that exercise was important. The last few years of a boy’s education would usually be spent in the gymnasium. In the gymnasium, he worked on perfecting his appearance and his health. This training also prepared young men for war.

Throughout their education, Greeks studied music and dance. They enjoyed music and believed that it made life more pleasant. It was common for educated Greeks to play several instruments.


Learn about more about what life was like as a child and going to school in Ancient Greece by reading the  'Ancient Greece - life and school' PowerPoint

Your task - Write a diary passage about a day at school for either an Ancient Greek boy or girl. Remember to say who you are, where you go and what you do. Describe what your teachers are like.


Monday 6th July


Seed dispersal

Plant seeds can be dispersed in a number of different ways.

Some seeds are transported by the wind, and have seeds designed to float, glide or spin through the air.
These seeds may have feathery hairs or wings to help them float through the air

Plants growing near a river may use the flowing water to transport their seeds.

Some seed pods are designed to explode and project the seeds a good distance from the parent plant.

Many plants also use animals to carry seeds around. These seeds may have handy hooks which attach to an animal’s fur. Alternatively, the plants might make tasty fruit to enclose the seeds, which attract animals to eat them. The seeds of many plants are dispersed after passing through the digestive system of animals that have eaten them


For more details on seed dispersal, read the PowerPoint presentation in the resources.

Your task - Look at each of the pictures on the 'sees dispersal' activity sheet and see if you can decide how the seeds are dispersed in each of these cases (circle the correct one). What adaptations can you see to help each plant’s particular method of dispersal in each one?


Revising perimeter

Today we are going to revise how to find perimeter.

Perimeter is the distance around the edge of a shape. You need to add each side of a shape. A trtiangle has 3 sides so you will have to add the 3 measurements of the sides. A rectangle has 4 sides therefore you will have 4 sides to add.

To find the perimeter of this rectangle we will need to do 7 + 3 + 7 + 3 = 20cm


To find the perimeter of this triangle we will need to work out the 3 sides; 5 + 5 + 3 = 13cm


This shape is an irregular hexagon. It has 6 sides which we must add to find the perimeter:
3 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 4 + 3 = 20cm


Watch the following video to see other examples of finding perimeter and tips for answer questions on perimeter:

Your task - Draw with a ruler and label the 7 shapes on the 1 star 'Perimeter' activity sheet. Find the perimeter by adding the sides accurately. Check your answers when you have finished.


Stories from Other Cultures - Cinderella of the Nile

This week for our Literacy work, we are starting to read a new book, called Cinderella of the Nile
by Beverley Naidoo. Naidoo is an author from South Africa, and in this book, she has retold an ancient story from Egypt.
Task 1 - Vocabulary - Before you read/listen to the story, look at the words below. Write the words in your book and write a definition for each. Find out the meaning of the words that are new to you:
- traditional tale
- fable
- servant
- Pharaoh
- pirate
- slipper
- Egypt
- merchant
- Nile
- bravery
- courage
- selfishness

Next, watch the story of 'Cinderella of the Nile' being read to you by clicking the link below:

Task 2 - Write and answer the following questions in your book:
- What emotions has Rhodopis felt in the story? Why?
- In what ways is Rhodopis helped by others?
- What messages can we learn from this story? Is there a moral?
- What questions are left unanswered at the end?


Home golf: Rolling
For our PE today, you are going to have a go at indoor golf by rolling a ball.

Place 5 targets in different places on the floor (garden or in a room).
• Decide on a starting point and it mark out.
• The aim of the game is for you to roll a ball, making it rest against one of the targets in the least amount of rolls possible.
• The winner is the player who rests their ball against a target with the fewest rolls. Repeat with all of the different target.

Top tip! - Roll Underarm. Step forwards with one foot, bending the knee releasing the ball along the ground

Think - When did you need to increase the power of your rolls? Did you use the correct rolling technique?

For more ideas look at the 'Cross the river' activity card.


Friday 3rd July


Measures word problems

Today, you are going to be solving word problems using different measures. You will need to decide which operation to use (add, subtract, times or divide) to solve them. You can use any of the methods that we ave previously learnt to help you to find the answers.
Lets look at a couple of examples:

Last weekend my brother managed to run for 3km. I managed to run for 1500m more. How far did I run?
First of all we need to decide what operation to use. The clue is the word 'more'. This means the distance will get bigger so we will need to add.
Next we need to be using the same units. In the problem we have km and m. I am going to use meters (m) so I need to multiply 3km by 1000 to convert it to metres. So 3 x 1000 = 3000
Now to solve the problem. Add 3000 and 1500 together (3000+1500) and you will come up with the answer 4500. I ran for 4500m or 4.5km (divide the answer by 1000 to put it back in km) 

A chocolate cake has 8 slices. Each slice weigh 45g. How much does the cake weigh in total?
First of all we need to decide what operation to use. The clue is the word 'each'. This means the weight will get bigger so we need to find 8 lots of 45g.
You need to decide how to work this out. I am going to use the grid method to solve this problem 45 x 8:


The 40 would go in the TENS column, the 5 would go in the horizontal UNITS column, and the 8 would go in the vertical UNITS column.

You would then multiply the 40 by the 8, and write the answer (320) in the column below. If you are struggling remove the 0 from 40 and work out 8 x 4 - Put the 0 back on to your answer.

Next, you would do the same with the 8 and the 5, to get the answer 40.
Finally, add the two answers together to get the final answer to the original sum - 320 + 40 = 360
The chocolate cake weight 360g.


Your turn! - Look at the 'Measures word problems' activity sheet (in the resources). The questions have been put into different columns. The red column are the easier questions, the yellow column are medium difficulty questions and the green column questions are the tricky challenge questions. Choose ANY 10 questions that you would like to answer. Write the question in full in your book and solve the problem.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) mats
Today I would like to have a go at a completing a SPaG mat. These are all small activities which focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar to improve your writing.

Each mat will ask you to complete small activities including:
conjunctions and


You can choose one mat from 3 levels of SPaG mat (1 star = easy to 3 stars = challenging). Once you have completed it, you can check your answers but don’t cheat!


This week for our spellings, we are learning words from the common exception word list (beginning with the letter B or C).
Look up any words that you are unsure of the meaning.
Can you write a sentence for each of these words?

Ask a grown up to test you to see how well you can spell these words:






Places of Prayer - Mosques (Islam)
In our R.E. lessons, we are learning about different places of prayer and worship for different religions. Last time , we learnt about the Christian place of prayer, the church. Today we will be learning about the Muslim place of prayer - the mosque

Muslims go to mosque to pray and services are held every day. The most important weekly service is held on a Friday. Many Muslims believe that praying with other Muslims can make you feel part of a family.

Inside a mosque there is often a school where people can learn the Arabic language. This is the language that the Muslim holy book is written in, the Qur’an.


Mosques have some very important features:
Shoe Rack - A place to leave your shoes before entering.
Prayer Mats - Mosques either have carpet with individual prayer mats or Muslims take their own prayer mat to worship upon
Wash Room - Muslims must wash before entering the main hall
Qur’an - The Muslim holy book which is the word of God. It is treated with great respect and placed on a special wooden stand to be read
Tasbih Beads -
Beads hanging around the mosque for worshippers to help think about Allah
An alcove in the wall shows the direction the worshippers need to face. This is the direction of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the most sacred Muslim place in the world
Minaret - Most mosques have at least one minaret which is a tall thin tower.  A man stands at the top and calls Muslims to prayer.


You can see pictures of these feature of a mosque by reading the ‘Places of Worship - Muslim Mosques’ Powerpoint

Your task - 1. Look at the ‘Places of worship – Mosque’ worksheet. Can you label all the features in the Mosque?
2. Using the PowerPoint, draw 5 features of a Mosque in you book. Explain why these features appear in a mosque

Resources - Thursday 2nd July

Thursday 2nd July



Today we are going to learn about capacity. Capacity is the amount of space that something (usually a liquid) takes up.

Can you think of any units that we use to record capacity?


Did you come up with any of the following?
- litres

- millilitres
- pints
- gallons
- fluid ounces
- cups


One of the most common ways to measure capacity is in litres. There are 1000 millilitres in a litre.

     1L = 1000ml  so ½l = 500ml
To work out and convert l (litres) into ml (millilitres), we multiply the amount of l by 1000
e.g. 4l = 4 x 1000 = 4000ml

To work out and convert ml into l, we divide the amount of ml by 1000
e.g. 9000ml = 9000 divided by 1000 = 9Kg

Have a go! - Convert these different capacities:

Convert l into ml Convert ml into l

1. 3l

2. 5l

3. 6l

4. 9l 
5. 4.5l

6. 4000ml

7. 7000ml

8. 8000ml

9. 11000ml

10. 7500ml


Can you think of 2-3 examples of liquids that we measure in the different units.You can ask your grown up to help you.  Write these in your book:
millilitres __________________________________________

litres _____________________________________________

pints _____________________________________________
gallons ____________________________________________
cups ______________________________________________


Writing my own poem

After our work so far on the poem ‘Adventures of Isabel’ by Ogden Nash (see, today you are going to have a go at writing your own narrative poem using the same style. We care going to do this step by step.

Have a go - Recreate the first verse of the poem (below) using your own ideas by changing the main characters in
red and blue and the adjectives in green. Write out your new poem and read it through to check it makes sense.


Isobel met an enormous bear,

Isobel, Isobel, didn’t care

The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous

The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous

The bear said, Isobel, glad to meet you,

How do, Isobel, now I’ll eat you!

Isobel, Isobel, didn’t worry

Isobel didn’t scream or scurry

She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,

Then Isobel quietly ate the bear up. 


Can you try changing another verse by adding your own characters and narrative?

Can you now perform your poem to your family? What do they think?


Tuning (School Choir Skills)

Singing in tune is very important when you are part of a choir. When we sing, we want the note to sound exactly as it is written in the music. However, sometimes we might push the sound of the note slightly higher or lower than it should be. When this happens, your conductor might talk about tuning.

Posture, breathing and listening will help you learn how to sing in tune.

Watch the video at

Look how the choir don’t look interested in singing. They’re looking around the room, they’re not standing up straight and their breathing is shallow. This makes them sound out of tune.

But when they correct their posture, breathe correctly and listen to their conductor - it completely transforms their sound

How does posture help you to sing?
Correct posture is the first step to singing in tune. Stand up straight with your toes anchored to the ground, your shoulders relaxed and your neck long. This will create an open posture to help with the next important step – breathing.

How does your breathing help you to sing?
Breath is the fuel of the singing voice. Learning how to breathe properly is the most important part of singing in tune and making a great sound.

When you breath make sure you are taking a deep breath into the lower part of your tummy. Be careful your shoulders do not rise up when taking in a breath as this creates a high, tight breath which is not good for singing.

Make sure your chin doesn't stick out as this can cause tension on your voice. Keeping your neck straight and long will help with this.


How will listening help you to sing?

When you are singing in a choir you are part of a team.

To make a great sound, each singer needs to blend with the other singers, so that no one voice sticks out. By developing your listening skills you can make sure you're not louder than the singers beside you.

You also need to listen carefully to the musical accompaniment as this will help you keep in tune


Resources - Wednesday 1st July

Wednesday 1st July

Weight (kg and g)

Today, we are going to learn about weight. Can you think of any units that we use to record weight?
Did you come up with any of the following?
- kilograms (kg)
- grams (g)
- ounces (oz)
- stones (st)
- pounds (lb) - not to be confused with pounds in money (£)
- tonnes (T)


We are going to concentrate on kilograms and grams. We need to learn that 1000g = 1kg
To work out and convert Kg into grams, we multiply the amount of kg by 1000
e.g. 3kg = 3 x 1000 = 3000g

To work out and convert g into Kg, we divide the amount of grams by 1000
e.g. 2000g = 2000 divided by 1000 = 2Kg

Have a go!

Convert kg into grams Convert grams to Kg

1. 4kg

2. 6kg

3. 7kg

4. 9kg 

5. 8.5kg

6. 3000g

7. 5000g

8. 10000g

9. 8000g

10. 4500g

Challenge - Look around your home. Can you find 3 objects;
- that have a weight of less than 250g?
- that have a weight between 250g and 500g?
- that have a weight between 500g and 1kg?
- that have a weight that is over 1kg ?

Note what you find down in your maths book.


Performing Poetry

Today I would like you to perform a verse of our poem off by heart to your family at home. You do not need to learn all of the poem, choose between 4 and 8 lines.

What are the key things that you need to remember when performing poetry?
Voice - Think carefully, what tone of voice will you use to perform the poem? What level of voice will you use? Loud/Quiet (for all of some of the poem)

Expression - Think about the key part of the poem, which parts will need to stand out when you perform it.
Actions - Will you perform any actions to go with your performance? How will you use your hands?

Rhythm - Think about how you will keep the beat and timing of the poem?

Sounds other than voice - Will you add any sound effects into your performance?

Harmony - Will you add any harmony or music to your performance?


Think carefully about how will you make you performance exciting for your audience? •
How can we learn something off by heart? Here are some top tips:

  • Copy out the section of the poem that you will be performing a couple of times — on actual paper.
  • Be quiet. Turn off your tablets. TV and close your laptop screen
  • Say the poem over and over — and over and over.
  • Be patient. Take it one line at a time, and don’t get frustrated if you forget lines.
  • Be weird. Don’t be afraid to practice in front of mirrors, and walls.
  • Beware! Memorizing poems is habit-forming — you’ll want to learn more!



Enjoy performing your poem. Ask your audience for feedback about your performance. 
You may want to video yourselves performing the poem or a verse of the poem and email it to us.



Noughts and Crosses
Mark out a noughts and crosses grid, using chalk, paper or hoops.
• Each player needs 5 items. you could use socks, teddy bears etc. Make sure each player has a different set of items.
• On the command go, players race and put one item at a time inside one of the free spaces in the noughts and crosses grid. • The first player to get 3 in a row is the winner.

Top tip! - Think Tactically. If you can not win a game, how can you prevent your opponent from winning?

After you have played the game a few times, reflect on how you played. 
- Did you try to plan where you were placing your items before you started running?
- Did you have to adapt your plans during the game?


See more by reading the 'Noughts and Crosses' game card