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Year 4 - Fuji

Hello Year 4,

Welcome to our class website! Here, you will be able to learn a little bit more about what we have been learning in class, practise some new skills and find some fun and interesting activities for each of your subjects. 

I have been spending my time in isolation doing some of my own learning. I am enrolled in a coding course which will teach me how to create my very own apps myself! I am also reading a fascinating book called 'Why We Sleep' which is all about the importance of getting enough sleep. What are you reading at the moment?

I am missing seeing all of your lovely faces and hearing all of your interesting stories. If you would like to email me to ask questions about the work or to share what you have been doing during isolation, you can write to me at: 

Love Miss Hobbs :)






1. After reading the first part of this book, we learnt some new vocabulary:







Can you complete a word map for each of the new words?



2. The book tells the story of the rock's life from 480 million years ago to now. 

Can you create a timeline of events for this part of the story? 

We will add to the timeline as we continue reading the next two parts of the book, so make sure your timeline runs all the way from 480 million years ago until now

Hint: section your timeline into 50 million year increments eg. 50 million years ago, 100 million years ago, 150 million years ago, 200 million years ago, 250 million years ago and so on.


Here is a Youtube video of the first part we read in class and an example of a timeline to help you.


Timeline example (remember that yours will be much older - all the way back to 480 million years ago):





1. Throughout Spring Term we have be learning how to improve our narrative writing.

Can you use everything you learnt this term to plan a narrative?

Use the story mountain and the given plots to plan your characters, setting and plot first. 


Click on the images to open the PDF




2. Start writing your narrative.

Remember to use the Alan Peat sentences we learnt in class to make your writing more interesting:

  • 2A sentences
  • Similes " a" " a"
  • 3-ed sentences
  • Double ly sentences
  • Verb, person sentence
  • The more the more sentence
  • Ad, same ad sentences

Click on the image to open the PDF




We have been learning about decimals. For some quick revision of what we learnt last week at school, watch the first 8 minutes of this Math Antics video.

Do you remember the pattern when dividing by 10?

What is:




When dividing by 10, all of the digits move one place value position to the ________________


Answer: The RIGHT


When we divide a 1 digit number by 10, the pattern continues. The digit simply moves one place to the right, making it a decimal number.


6÷10= 0.6

4÷10= 0.4

2÷10= 0.2

Remember to put a 0 in the ones column as a placeholder.


A Gattegno Chart divides the number in the column by 10 as you move down each row. The first column has been done for you.

1. Can you fill in the empty cells to complete the Gattegno Chart?


2. Try answering these questions.




Times Tables

It is very important to practise your times tables every day so you remember them. I will update this section of the website with a new times tables game each week.


Multiplication Card War

This is a two player game you can play with your family:

1. Get a deck of cards and take out the Joker, King, Queen and Jack cards.

2. Split the remaining deck into two equal piles, one for you and one for the person you are playing against.

3. At the exact same time, you and the other player flip over the top card of each of your decks and place it face up so you can both see them.

4. Multiply the two numbers and shout the answer as quickly as you can. Note: If you flip over an Ace card, it represents 1.

5. The first person to say the answer wins the round and gets to keep both cards in their 'winning pile'.

6. Begin round 2. The winner adds the two cards to their winning pile.

7. Play until all of the cards have been used. Then, each player counts the cards in their 'winning deck'. The player with the most cards wins the game!

Challenge: Include the Jack and Queen cards. Jack represents 11 and Queen represents 12.





We need to make sure we use all of the correct punctuation when using speech marks. This will be important when you write your narrative and you want to include dialogue.

Watch this video to revise using speech marks.

1. Try this activity to correctly insert commas and speech marks where they belong.




We have been focusing on the 'tion' and 'sion' suffixes in class. These suffixes usually change a verb into a noun


The big hand on the clock takes 60 minutes to rotate around once. This is called a rotation.

In maths we are learning to divide one digit numbers b 10. This is called division.


Play the interactive spelling games on the Spellzone website to practise using the 'sion' and 'tion' suffixes.

Click here to play the games




We have recently been learning about rocks and fossils and how we can classify (group) rocks according to their features. 

1. Read through WhISK sheet and familiarise yourself with what we have already learnt and what we are going to learn about rocks and fossils.

 Click on the image to open the PDF


2. Watch this video about how fossils are formed. Can you create your own fossils at home with plasticine? 


Answer these questions using full sentences:

  1. How are fossils useful?

Fossils are useful because...


  1. How can you tell how old the fossil is?

You can tell how old a fossil is by...


  1. What are people who look at fossils for a living called?

 People who look for fossils for a living are called...


3. You can make your own model showing how fossils are formed within rock by using different coloured jellies and sweets.

Follow the steps below and send a picture of your fossil jelly to 

I will post all of the pictures of your fossil jellies on this website!


- At least two different coloured jelly mixtures,
- Sweets or very small toys to use as fossils.



  • Prepare a jelly mixture and pour some of it into a large, clear container to make the first layer of 'rock'.

  • Once the jelly has cooled but is not set, place some small items or sweets in the jelly. These will represent the living things trapped in rock.

  • Once the first layer has set (after about one day), pour in a different coloured jelly into the same container. This acts as the next rock layer and is younger than the previous layer.

  • Repeat the process over a few days until you have several different colours of layers and ‘fossils’ within!

  • Take a picture of your fossil jelly and send it to