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Hello Puffins!

HALF TERM WEEK 25/5/2020

Try to get out and enjoy the sunshine if you can - there are so many wonderful things to see at the moment, from fledgling birds to beautiful spring/early summer flowers.  If you go on a nature walk, why not make a map of your route and design a key to show what you find?

If you're after some fun art projects, why not have a look at or for some science projects, try 

There will be more home learning work for you after half term and hopefully we will see each other before too long!


I hope you’re all OK.  Remember, if there is anything I can help you with, just message me via the school at and I can ring or email you back.

Did you know that Monday 18th is International Museum Day?  Many of our most famous and popular museums have opened online for free during the current lockdown situation, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to take a look!  You can also take a virtual tour of many of the world’s most famous museums and art galleries using Google Street View

The British Museum is one of the largest indoor spaces in the world to feature on Street View!  You can also visit its website to look at its incredible galleries at or use the KS2 learning area at .

The National Gallery in London has wonderful collection that you can view online at you are after a fantastic art project for this week, here is a brilliant tutorial from Bethan at the National Gallery to help you  Several of you have been planting sunflowers in your gardens to enjoy as they grow over the summer, so this might be interesting and fun to try.

The Natural History Museum has so many things to see and do, that one visit is never enough!  Go to for some amazing virtual tours and links to Nature Live Online events where you can ask questions scientists.  You can also look at for some fun activities to try at home.

Although not a museum, is also a great place to look for historical objects, each with a story behind them.

For your reading pleasure this week, The Hay Festival starts on Monday 18th and its website has a super schools programme The programme features two children’s authors each day for the primary age range, talking about their books and giving writing and illustration tips.  First up on Monday morning is Cressida Cowell, the well-known author of How to Train Your Dragon.  It should be very interesting!

So for your writing challenge this week, your task is to write a story about the discovery of an amazing historical object!  You can use one of the 100 objects in the link above if you like, or one from your imagination.  Your story should try and keep the reader’s attention, so a problem or some mystery would be helpful – maybe even some magic or a curse!  Who was trying to find this object (this could be your main character) and why?  Where was it?  Why was it so difficult to get?  Was anyone trying to stop them?  Plan your story map first, and think about how it will end.  Good luck!

Here are some other activities to keep your minds and bodies active this week:

1. BBC Bitesize will be running their daily lessons from 9.00am, so head to the website to find out more!

Look out for the BBC Teacher Talks on iPlayer as well at or resources on your TV's Red Button.

2. Alternatively, Check out the Year 4 home learning pack and help for parents attached below!

3. Here are some White Rose maths activities for this week if you would prefer: We use White Rose a lot at school, so this may be familiar to you.  You can see previous weeks' work here as well.

For parents who are finding the maths tricky, this 3rd Space Learning blog may help: 

4. Lastly, there are some super PE and maths active challenges attached below - one for each day this week.

The UK Government are also providing lessons at if you prefer this format.

The most important things to do EVERY DAY are:

1. Keep active!  There are LOTS of online keep-fit sessions available if you want a short indoor daily workout.  Some outdoor exercise is best though, so with your parents you could get out for a bike ride or a jog too, especially while this dry weather holds (but remember to follow Government guidelines!).

Here are some links that may be useful too: 

Please also see below for attached ideas for physical activities to do at home.

2. READ!  As much as you can and as widely as you can – preferably to an adult if possible.  Poetry, fiction, non-fiction – as much variety as you can find, and don’t worry if you think it’s a bit easy.  It’s more important to practise and enjoy it.  If you haven’t got many at home, you can try some free ebooks like these: or

Try some audiobooks too – there are free stories at , (free books available during Coronavirus lockdown), among others.

There are also lots of free activities at

3. Practise your key maths skills!  Our daily ‘Fluent in Five’ exercises are attached below for you to try, and it’s easy to draw yourself a multiplication grid to practise your tables (you can use a countdown timer to see how many you can get correct in, e.g 3 minutes.  Don’t worry if you’ve done them before – lots of repetition is the best way to make sure the learning sticks in your brain! You could also try a Problem of the Day (see attachment below).

There are also some great maths puzzles here:

For you scientists, there are some super experiments to try at home, such as:

Take care of yourselves!

Mr Farnham