Welcome to the Year 4 School Closure Page

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Hello Year 4 parents and children,

Now that the Government has signalled the closure of schools from the end of this week these pages will be updated with work and activities for children to complete during the time the school is closed. 

We will be sending a home learning book home, along with a pencil, for your child to use to document their learning in if you wish, over the period of time that the school is closed.


A list of useful websites had also been uploaded onto the school closure - general information page. This could help you extend your child's learning further.

There is also a link to another activity pack you can complete with your child on the general information page.

As well as the work provided we expect you to still be using Times Tables Rockstars to help your child practice their multiplication skills. Children will also need to continue regular reading at home. This could be a good opportunity for your child to  practice their reading skills and grow in confidence in their ability.

Thank you,

Miss Thomas & Miss Hooper (Red Kites)

Miss Webster & Miss Franklin (Swans)

If you would like further information and support on aspects of home learning; supporting your child's mental health or specialist learning support please click here.

Purple Mash (2simple) | Herts for Learning

We are aware that there has been some technical difficulties on Purple Mash, don't panic about getting all of your set activities done. Just try the activities that you enjoy!

We are working our way through all the amazing work that you have been completing and we are trying to answer any messages that you have put on there as well.

Each week work will be set on the Monday for the whole week. We do not expect you to complete all the tasks on the first day as you have the whole week to complete them. The timetable below can be referred to for structure for your week. 

Working from home update:

From the start of next week (Monday 20th April) we are changing the way we set the work for you to complete at home. We are also setting work via a class email system - this is for you to email work/photos of your work back to us. 

The work for the week beginning 4th May is:


  • 3 maths tasks for the week on Purple Mash (addition HTO+H, HTO+T and subtraction HTO-T). We have also sent through some maths sheets with similar activities if you would prefer to do this. 
  • 1 reading task either via email or Purple Mash. Create a book review for a book you have read during lockdown. 
  • A writing task for the week. This week we would like you to answer the question 'Where did the Vikings live?' You can present this in any way you like.  

All of the above should be completed by Friday 8th May. 

Remember if we don’t see you log on to the programmes or receive an email – we will be making contact with you – just to check you are ok!


 Please use the class email addresses should you have any questions. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 



We hope you are all safe and well and look forward to seeing the work you create!

Here are some maths challenges all linked to our Year 4 curriculum!

Have a go and let us know how you get on!

St James C of E Junior School: Times Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars

Calling all Rockstars...

Miss Carlin has set up year group battles for each year. This means you will be

competing against your opposite year group class.

The battles will commence every Monday. 


Get practising and earning those coins. 

Good luck and may the best class win!

Mr Lock and Miss Carlin have been working really hard to create a virtual Going for Gold assembly for us all to enjoy! Here is the link!


Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Online Safety

Dear parents and carers,
You have been emailed an attachment and link about online safety so please check your emails for these.
Just in case you can't access them through the email, they are here too.
It gives some guidance and insight into some of the usual as well as latest apps and websites and the dangers they pose for children and tips on keeping them safe.  This is especially important at present where we are expecting children to access online learning but this may not be supervised all the time.
Stay safe,
Miss Thomas and Miss Webster 




Year 3 and 4 spellings...

It would be a good idea to keep practicing the Year 3 and 4 spellings whilst at home. We have done a lot at school, so it would be good to keep this up!

It would also be a good idea to look up the dictionary definitions for the words you practice and put them into sentences of your own so you can use them in context. If you don't have a dictionary at home, type the word into Google and it will give you the definitions.

Happy spelling! 


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Here is a few craft ideas for you to get creative with if you have the resources to do so... Enjoy :) 

I had a few egg cartons left over from all of our egg dyeing festivities from Easter, so we decided to make some fun Spring themed crafts with them. I’m going to show you how to make these colorful egg carton flowers that are perfect to display or make as a gift for Mother’s Day. #artsandcrafts #kids #toys #arts #crafts #crafting  Paper Plate Hatching Baby Chick Kid Craft Inspiration Of Paper Plate Easter Crafts for Preschoolers    Spring is coming, time to consider eggs, rabbits, blossoms, and chicken plate of mixed greens. It's about Easter, obviously. One of the most loved con... ,  #Crafts #Decoration #Easter #Home #Idea #Seasonal  Brightly Colored Bunny Art Project with Chalk Pastels | Projects with Kids  

Spring Suncatchers:  Part of our 31 Days of Outdoor Activities for Toddlers.  Such a beautiful craft to make using natural items just outside your front door!  Outdoor Fun Summer Activities for Kids to Do. Here are some great ways to keep the kids outside during the summer and keep them busy.  Flower crown kids can make – a great way to inspire imaginary play and get kids being creative outdoors. Perfect for preschoolers!  #flowers #flowercrown #flowercraft #summer #spring #nature #naturecraft #pretendplay #crown #naturecrown #thecrafttrain  Nature Scavenger Hunt; Free Printable for Kids by Trish Sutton -  - #free #Hunt #Kids #Nature #Printable #Scavenger #Sutton #Trish  These paper hyacinth flowers are BEAUTIFUL!! And they're really easy to make! All you need is a strip of paper and you can make your own beautiful spring bouquet that will last forever. This is such a great spring craft idea that looks so pretty!

Year 4 Recommended Reading Books

Year 4 - Book titles


A Caribbean Dozen

John Agard & Grace Nicholls

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe


Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman

The Dragon's Child

Jenny Nimmo

The Ghost Blades

Anthony Masters

Sara, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan

Smart Girls

Robert Leeson

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle

Robi Dobi

Madhur Jaffrey

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame


Pippa Goodhart

Dragon Poems

John Foster & Korky Paul

The Crazy Shoe Shuffle

Gillian Cross

The Sea Piper

Helen Cresswell

The Chocolate Touch

Patrick Skene Catling


Henrietta Branford

Gregory Cool

Caroline Binch

A Pot of Gold

Jill Bennett

Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice

Joan Aiken

The Clothes Horse

Allan Ahlberg

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

Allan Ahlberg

The Dancing Bear

Michael Morpurgo

The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross

Dog So Small

Phillipa Pearce

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kastner

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C S Lewis

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Robert C O’Brien

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

A Child's Garden of Verse

Robert Louis Stevenson


Please check back here every Monday for updates.

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