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Church of England Primary School, Abingdon

Year 4 (Class 9)

Matilda Social Distancing Music Video


It's finally finished! Sorry we could get all the videos to sync up and a couple of them freeze part way through but we thought you'd waited long enough!

It sounds awesome too!


We will keep tinkering away at it to see if we can sort out those final kinks.


Well done to everyone involved :) 


When I grow up video

Still image for this video

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome to the next stage of home learning! You’ll notice this pack takes a slightly different format as we are hoping to move a little bit more digitally in supporting you at home. As part of this pack, you will receive your login details for your child’s Microsoft Teams account. On here, we will be adding videos and information to support your child’s home learning. This is also a platform where they will be able to take part in class discussion and upload the work they have completed for us to see and feedback on. For certain tasks, we will set assignments as an opportunity for your child to “hand in” the work they have completed so we can see it. This can either be done through attaching a word document or uploading a photo of written work your child has completed. We will then be able to provide feedback to your child about the work they are doing at home.


We require consent to use this platform with you, so if you choose to activate your child(rens) account(s) you are providing the school with this consent.

You can find guidance for using Distance Learning with office 365 (Teams) at this link:


Below are more details about how we will use this platform in conjunction with the printed pack to support specific areas:


Literacy: A daily video or powerpoint will be added to the Class Materials section to give more details about the daily activity set. There will also be opportunities to use the Class Notebook section of Teams to add and discuss ideas about different activities they have been set.


Maths: A daily video or powerpoint will be added to the Class Materials section to explain the activities set. Here we will provide explanations and examples of how to complete the type of question or calculation we are asking your child to do. Any sheets to be completed can be found in the Class Materials section and in the printed pack. Please note we have tried to personalise your child’s pack so please just complete the sheets printed for your child.


Reading: Each week, in the Class Materials section, there will be a long and short reading comprehension to complete as well as some other suggested reading activities. We recommend carrying out 3 of these additional activities a week. We will also provide the reading comprehensions in the printed pack.


Spelling: Each week, there will be a powerpoint introducing the spellings for the week in the Class Materials section along with any associated rules. There will also be suggested activities to practise these spellings.


Topic: At the start of each week, the various options for topic work will be uploaded to the Class Materials section of Teams with the necessary resources to complete each activity. Some of these may also be available in the Class Notebook for your child to comment on and share their thoughts.


Below we have made suggestions about how long to spend on each activity. As before, we want to stress that these are simply as guideline and you should use this pack in a way which works best for you and your family.


· 20-30 minutes reading activities

· 15-20 minutes spelling activities

· 45-60 minutes literacy activities (this includes any verbal discussions you may have with your child)

· 45-60 minutes maths activities (including any verbal discussions and times table practise)

· Choose 1-2 of the topic options to complete

· Make sure you also allow time for plenty of brain breaks, movement time, physical activity and play


If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch. Through your child’s email address, you can now email us directly to our school accounts. We will be available to respond and answer your questions, give feedback to work and support your child’s learning through this platform. We would ask for your patience in waiting for a reply as we are also supporting key worker children in school so may not be able to reply straight away.


Thank you for your on-going support.


Miss Shackell and Mrs Wilcox

Monday 20th April 2020


Dear all,

We hope you have had a restful Easter and enjoyed eating lots of chocolate! We have updated the list of websites and links below and will continue to set additional things for children on Purple Mash. It's been great seeing your work and getting emails from some of you - we'd love to have more. You should have received a Times Table Rock Stars log in with your learning pack. Once you login you'll find a Battle of the Bands set up for Year 4 versus teachers. There are 64 of you but can you beat the 2 of us? We might get some other teachers to help us out a bit!  


There are a couple of additions to the website list which we just wanted to draw your attention to:

  1. The BBC have put together daily lessons for literacy, maths and topic which begins today. These have been designed for each year group. Visit to access these. There are also accompanying videos on BBC iplayer
  2. Oak National Academy have also put together daily lessons with videos. We would ask that you leave the maths lessons on area and perimeter until you receive your next home learning pack as there will be activities based on these concepts enclosed. 


Jigsaw PHSE: Jigsaw PSHE have provided these free materials to help support children and families during lockdown. Below are two links to stories with activities. The stories are suitable for children 5 +. 


Have a wonderful week and stay safe!


Mrs Wilcox and Miss Shackell

Morning Year 4s and anyone else who is visiting this page! Hope you are all well!


In addition to the websites posted last week, here are a few more links to activities, story telling and radio blogs if you need something to keep yourself busy.


Michael Rosen's Youtube channel: loads of videos of Micheal Rosen performing his poetry, story telling and videos with tips on how to write. daily shows from 9.30 with interactive educational activities  hosted by various children's authors.


Stay-at-home-story time: Oliver Jeffers reads one his books everyday live on Instagram.


Mac Barnett's Book Club show: daily mini themed shows. They are part live theatre, part comedy skit, part craft lesson.  Tune in for: Mac B, Kid Spy #1: Mac Undercover. They go up at 5 California time and will stay up on the channel until end of the school year.


Stay-at-home readings and art class with Chris Haughton: story telling and art tutorials.


BBC Teach: primary teaching resources.



Useful websites while learning at home:

White Rose

Maths resources

Active learning 



Home learning packs available

A variety of games to do with different areas of the curriculum


Purple Mash

Please see you home learning pack for log-in details 



Fun coding game


Creative computer programming


Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos


National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos


Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Welcome to Year 4

(Class 9)!

We are a hard working class and love learning new things at school. This year, we have Miss Shackell teaching and Mrs Tricklebank and Mrs O'Dea helping us with our learning. We are also lucky to be supported by other members of the wonderful St Nicolas staff team each week.


This term our Topic is Traiders and Raiders and we are learning about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. The book we are reading is ''How to be a Viking" by Cressida Cowell. We have also started our rehearsals for our Middle Years performance, "Matilda the Musical", which we are very excited about!