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Home Learning Daily Routines

As well as the tasks that will be given to the children on each day, I would expect them to also do the following:

1. Practice times tables on TTRS (https://ttrockstars.com/) or use the times tables grids on a piece of paper and time yourself.

2. Watch newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround and talk with someone at home about it and definitely ask questions you may have.

3. Read a book, comic, magazine, newspaper

4. Practice spellings from the Year 3/4 Curriculum spellings.

5. Complete some physical exercise by doing circuits like we have been doing in PE, or watching Joe Wicks on You Tube, or 'Jump start Jonny'.


Any work that you complete, or are particularly proud of, please get someone to take a picture of it and send it to me with a subject line of 'Year 4 Work'


I look forward to catching up with you this week to see how you are getting on.

Mr A.Dines

The Final Week

Good morning folks! How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the wonderful weather. I did...I went on a bike packing adventure and stayed the night in a bivvy bag in the woods. "What's a bivvy bag?" I hear you ask. Well instead of using a tent, you sleep in your sleeping bag inside a waterproof bag basically! Your head is exposed to the outside elements and you can use a tarp to cover yourself if it was raining. It wasn't the weekend so we didn't really need it but we still put one up because it was the first time I had used it. My divvy bag is the red one- you will recognise my bike!

OK so your work this week is below. I look forward to seeing most of you in school this week and if you have any questions please ask.

Monday 6th July 2020

Good morning folks. Your work for the week is below! This is separate to the work you will be doing in school so pick and choose the activities you would like to do from the list below. I have added all the maths for the week as I know a few of you are really enjoying the maths and doing the worksheets. There are four lessons but don't feel like you have to do all the lessons.


How was your weekend? What did you get up too. You can tell me when you are in school this week! 

Friday 3rd July 2020

Good morning children! How are you? We have a weekend to go and I get to see half of you on Monday morning. You should have all the relevant information sent to you but of you do not then please let me know! I am very much looking forward to seeing you at some point next week. There will still be home learning put up for the days you are not in school so do check in to see that next week.


Below is the Fit Friday workout bought to youby some Year 6 children this week. They have done a cracking job so please take the time to watch it and so some exercise with them. They have created it all themselves- including the music - by composing it on garage band on the iPads.


Have a great weekend all and I really am buzzing to see you next week.

You are all legends!!


Fit Friday Workout 5

Some of our lovely Year 6 children were inspired by the staff videos and asked to plan and create their own!

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Good morning you lovely lot! It has been great over the last two days to receive some pictures from you guys! I have already had some letters back which is great and these are pictured below. Please do keep sending me more!


Have great day guys and I will update again on Friday for you to end the week!


Mr Dines

Monday 29th June 2020

Good morning chirping Skylarks! How was your weekend? What did you get up to? Did you get out in the sun or the rain? My weekend was lovely. I collected Phoebe's new bike on Saturday and then we tested it out yesterday in the New Forest. It was wonderful and she enjoyed it immensely (its an electric bike so it helps): we cycled 15km which is the furthest Theo has ever ridden on bike! He definitely deserved his ice cream!!

Your work for the week:


Following on from last weeks persuasive writing you will be writing a letter this week.


Foundation Subjects

Mrs Day has been working hard again to produce these lessons. The French lesson is very interesting and I shall leave you to find out why!

Have great day guys and only one more week till you can be back at school (part time). WHOOOOO!!

Friday 26th June 2020

Hello folks! How has your week been? I am so happy that I will get to see your smiling, happy, wonderful faces in just over a weeks time!! YESSS!!!At the bottom is this weeks Fit Friday! There is no blonde wig this week - sorry to disappoint! But enjoy, get everyone involved and have fun! Can you do all four of the fit Friday challenges in a row? I am gonna give it a go tomorrow with the group of children I have at school.



Have great weekend all! Enjoy yourself!

Cannot wait to see you all!

Mr Dines

Fit Friday Workout 4

This week's theme: Classic dance moves from the 1980s and 1990s!

Tuesday 22nd June 2020

Well...the produce from the allotment is tasty. I made Courgetti with the courgettes (its like spaghetti but made with courgette) and had the chard with eggs for breakfast. The beetroot is yummy on salad as is the round courgette. Are you growing anything at home to eat. Send me pictures! How are your sunflowers? Have they germinated yet?

I hope you have a great day guys and enjoy some time in the sunshine. Maybe have a water fight?!

Take care


Mr Dines

Monday 22nd June 2020

Good morning folks. How was your weekend? Mine was great and I enjoyed some quality time with the family. Here are some pictures of my weekend...

I hope that your weekend was just as enjoyable and fun packed as mine. Theo and I love kayaking and it was the first time for Luna. She only jumped off twice whilst paddling, but loved splashing and swimming about in the sea! Classic Labrador!

I have below this weeks work - 


So there is your work. As always, you plan and do your work as you wish. Any problems email Mrs Day and please do send me pictures of what you guys have been up to and examples of your work. Have a great day


Mr Dines

Friday 19th June 2020

Happy Fabulous Fit Friday! 

Fit Friday Workout 3

This week we added some activities to a twister wheel and took it in turns to spin!

I hope you enjoy doing the fit Friday as much as we did! You could even dress in fancy dress - just like us! What will you be? You can always make your own twister wheel and put your own exercises on it to spin and workout!

I have had some great newspaper articles sent to me already so please do send me yours when you have completed it. I cannot wait to see those wonderfully catchy headlines gripping me in for a gripping read.

Make you sure you have a great weekend and do something that you really enjoy!

Have great one you legends!!


Mr Dines

Thursday 18th June 2020

Good morning folks! I am sorry there was no post yesterday. I had a few computer issues that meant I couldn't upload anything. Anyway...here I am today and I hope you have had a good couple of days! How are your newspaper reports coming along? I am really looking forward to reading them. 

This is a link that you may find of interest...its about music and something that you can try



I hope you have a great day guys and please send some photos of what you have been up to. I really look forward to it


Mr Dines

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Good Morning folks

I hope you week has started well! Mine has been good and it was a lovely sunny day yesterday! Thank you to those have sent pictures to me. It is great to see how you are all getting on so please do keep sending them in.

Have a great day. 

Do something today that makes you happy, that makes you smile and makes you feel great!

Monday 15th June 2020

Good Morning my wonderful Skylarks. How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything nice? I had a great bike ride and a wonderful paddle boarding trip with Theo! It was our first outing on the paddle board and we both loved it!


This weeks work is below and as always you can decide how you manage it. Please send me a piece of work you are really proud of. 



You will be continuing your work on a newspaper article on Spy Fox. From working with some of the year 4 children in the Hub they are really enjoying this piece of work and producing a great sounding piece o work so I hope you guys are also enjoying it as much as them.



This week you will continue to work on decimals. You did great last week and please if there is anything that you need help with then let me or Mrs Day know. All documents are below. You will be doing the white rose maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/  on week 8. All questions are below along with the answer sheets. For activity 5 I have included a times table mathopoly game - based not he family favourite Monopoly! Enjoy!


Foundation Subjects

Mrs Day has again worked very hard on creating some very exciting lessons for this week. Upon your return to school (whenever this may be), I expect you to be fluent in French and be electricity whizzes!

Have a great week guys and I will be updating the website each day! Stay safe 

Mr Dines

Friday 12th June 2020

Good morning Skylarks! How are you? It is nearly the weekend. Did you do the fitness workout yesterday? Did you like it? If you did then do it again today. If you didn't do it yesterday- then do it today! 

Ok- On to the BIG NEWS of the day. Thank you to all that submitted a photo for the reading competition. I have added all photos that were received here -


Thank you to the five children who sent in pictures for the competition. Originally I was going to pick the top three, however it is so hard to choose that I have decided you will all get a prize! Well done!  

I hope you have a great weekend guys and we shall pray for some sunshine so we can get outside. I look forward to speaking to you next week!

Take care you legends and have a good one

Mr Dines

Thursday 11th June 2020


Good morning my little ones! How are you? I hope you have a great first half of the week and are looking forward to the rest of the week. Thank you for some of you for sending in picture updates of all you have been getting up to. It really is great to see. Now a day earlier than usual but we have the teachers doing some fitness for you which you can now do today and tomorrow! How cool is that!? 

Fit Friday Workout 2

We had so much fun working out together last week that we filmed another one for you! Keep your body healthy. Join in with us at home!

Have a great day and the winners for the reading challenge are being announced tomorrow! You need to send a picture of yourself reading in an obscure, different or funny place! Looking forward to having lots more entries by the end of the day!


Mr D

Wednesday 10th June 2020


Hello folks! How is your week going! It has been really nice to see many photos of what you have been up too! Keep them, coming in and don't forget the reading challenge. Entries to be in by Thursday for the winner to be announced on Friday WITH PRIZES!! You are all doing so great with the home learning! Keep up the hard work.


I have also attached a video of Miss K being an excellent maths whizz to help you when you are multiplying or dividing by 10 or 100. I know a few of you struggled with this yesterday so thought it may help.

Multiply and divide by 10 or 100. What happens to the place value?

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Hello you lovely lot! How nice was that sun yesterday? I hope you managed to get up to some fun in it in the garden or a nice walk somewhere. Being back at school with the Key worker children form other year groups is great, but I am really missing you lot keeping me on my toes each day. Please know how much you are being missed at school but not only me, but all staff. You guys make the school what it is and isn't quite the same without  you!

I hope you have a great day - still not had loads of pictures for the reading challenge so please do send them in.. Have a great day!


Mr D

Monday 8th June 2020

Hello dear Skylarks! How are you today? Are you ready and refreshed for a new week of virtual learning. I hope so as I have some really fun activities for you!

How was your weekend? Mine was good- Theo and I chilled out all day Saturday and ran errands. We also took Luna for a walk in the rain which we really enjoyed because we came home, got warm in our comfy clothes and watch Toy Story 2! Sunday we all went to the allotment and did some more planting. Someone on a different plot was really kind and gave us some raspberry stalks that they no longer needed which means we can now grow raspberries. I was touched by the kindness! I also saw Archie in town walking with his family which was really nice and also made me very happy!


Your tasks for the week are below! I will be updating the website each day and I will be doing another cooking treat so make sure you keep checking back in.

Reading Challenge: I have had a couple of photos from you guys but I need more! There will be prizes available for the most inventive! Top 3 will receive a prize in the post! So get your pictures in by Thursday and the winners will be reveled on Friday!






This week you will be preparing some work to be able to write newspaper report so you will be budding journalists reporting. The film this will be based on is really fun and as a James Bond theme to it! The link to the film is in the planning document below and MUST be watched throughout the week.


Foundation subjects

Mrs Day has planned some great lessons for you this week and I hope you enjoy doing them.

Soon we will all be able to have a conversation in French!

Friday 5th June 2020

Good morning wonderful children. It is Friday! We have made it to the end of the week and you have all been fabulous! It is fit Friday and we have not let you down!

Fit Friday Dance Workout

Every Friday in the summer term is FIT FRIDAY. We usually come to school in PE Kit and workout as a whole school on the field first thing in the morning. At ...

Grab anyone in the house and do this workout...we had loads of fun doing it and we hope you do too!

I have had a few photos from you for the reading challenge but please do get your thinking caps on over the weekend and find the most obscure and creative place you can think of. Get someone to take a picture and send it into me!

I hope you have a great day and I hope you enjoy your weekend and that the sun comes out to shine on you all.

Mr Dines

Thursday 4th June 2020


Morning folks!

What was with the rain yesterday? Good for the ground though and all the plants and vegetables. I hope you had a good day and am enjoying getting email updates from you. What books are you all reading at the moment? I hope you are enjoying them and I challenge you to read in the most obscure place you can! If you can take a photo and send them to me, I will post them next week as a big post so you can all see!


Have a great guys!


Mr D

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Good morning my chirping skylarks! How was your day yesterday? How is your week going? I hope you are doing well with your work and also enjoying the sunshine too. I can see that some of you are by the photos below.

Have you been watching any of the Nasa live? Theo and I are fascinated by it and love keeping up with what is going on. He now wants to become an astronaut! Do you want to trade to space? I reckon, in your lifetime you will see commercial space travel; you will be able to go to space on holiday! Thats a cool thought!

The first day at school yesterday was eventful! Unfortunately, it didn't happen because of a leaking pipe that meant we were all mopping the floor in the hall. Back today though!

I hope you guys are well and have planted those lovely sunflower seeds.

Speak tomorrow


Mr Dines

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Morning folks! How are you? ow was your day yesterday? I hope it went well and what another hot one it was! I received some pictures yesterday (attached below) and it would great to receive some more and hear what you have been up to. 

Today I would like you to do something for a family member without being asked or prompted. A bit like a random act of kindness! I look forward to hearing form you soon and will speak again tomorrow.


Have a great day!

Mr D

Monday 1st June 2020

Hello and welcome back to our virtual school! How was your half term? Did you have fun? I really do hope so and I look forward to hearing all about it soon. I loved the weekend! I had a great time with my family, I planted brussel sprouts at the allotment ready for Christmas lunch, I went on a bike ride and I also got to watch a piece of history as it happened. Yes I am talking about the space rocket launch on Saturday. Did any of you manage to watch it? I have been keeping up to date with all that has been going and I hope you do too. It is very interesting and will help with a topic in Year 5 too! Here is a link to the NASA website so you can watch videos and live links and find out more information:



Have an explore of the website - there are some incredible things on there.


Just like before half term I will put all the work up for the week today and you can decide how you want to do it.



This week is linking back to fractions. You will be using the videos in the maths plan to help you and then you can have a go at the worksheets that are added as pdf's just below.


This week you will be using your research you found out about a river before half term to make an information leaflet. Didn't get to do it - no worries you can research as you go along!


There are also some reading comprehensions if you fancy something a little bit different

Foundation Subjects

Below are some activities that Mrs Day has prepared for you linking to science, RE and french. There are some brilliant activities attached here so gave fun and enjoy doing them!

A little something form Rev. Pam

I hope you have a great day! I will be updating the website with a message each day so keep checking in. Would love to hear what you have been up to and any pictures. Miss you guys and I hope to see you soon


Mr Dines

This week is mental health awareness week. 


The focus is “kindness”. 


“Kindness strengthens relationships and deepens friendships. 

By being kind to ourselves and others will help boost self esteem and improve our feelings and the feelings of others. 

We are all extremely kind individuals but please  try super hard this week to show extra acts of kindness towards others . “

Friday 21st May 2020

Hello you wonderful lot! This is the last you will hear from me for a week! I know...a full week! I am sure you will cope just fine! I just want to say how proud I am of each and every one of you! Through this more difficult time in our lives, it fills me with huge pride to hear how well you have ALL coped with it. The hard work you have put in at home...the hard work you are doing to ensure your family members are happy is huge and you should be proud of yourselves. The photos I have received from all of you is great and I enjoy receiving them so much to see all the extra curricular, fun stuff you are doing. Please do keep sending me photos of some of the antics you get up to over the half term break.


Miss Lewis also wanted to let you guys know that she is missing you lots too! She misses your Friday antics in art very much! She has really enjoyed seeing the artwork that you guys are sending  in and you are making her very proud of you!


Have a lovely day and a lovely week!

Best wishes to you and your families


Mr Dines

Thursday 20th May 2020

Good morning all


Superstars -

Ethan DB - for an excellent 3D model of the parts of a river

Harry B - for a great lesson proposal for PE - Very persuasive!


I have included some pictures below of what you guys have been getting up to!


I hope you have a lovely day! Please please please do something for yourself today! Do something that makes you happy, that makes you smile, that makes you appreciate all the things you have! I am working at The Hub today so will not be readily on emails but I will respond to emails after I have finished!


A few little jokes to make you giggle

  • A man was taken to hospital after eating daffodil bulbs. Doctors say he’s recovering and he’ll be out in the Spring.
  • Q. Why did the opera singer go on a cruise?

    A. She wanted to hit the high Cs.

  • Q. What’s the difference between a fish and piano?

    A. You can’t tuna fish!

Have a great day my wonderful class!

Mr Dines

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday - we are nearly half the way through the week!



It is time to reveal the new name of my bike! Thank you to all of you who entered in a name! There were some really good suggestions! I put all the names together and deliberated very carefully! I have a winner (drum role please)

Professor Slick - Harry D 

Well done Harry!

Thank you also for your pictures that you have been sending in, it has been great to see what you are up to - here the are -


I hope you all have a great day and I look forward to receiving some more pictures form you all!

Have a great one

Mr Dines

Tuesday 19th May 2020


Good morning folks! How was your day yesterday? Wasn't the sunshine lovely? I hope you managed to get out and enjoy yourself in the garden. 


Elsa C - Brilliant effort with maths work

George H/ Meg H - Fantastic attitude to work at home


So you have your activities for today and I wanted to leave you with this picture. As you are aware, it is Mental Health awareness week. Our mental health is so important to us and helps us function each and everyday. Doing activities we enjoy or sports we like is all part of keeping our mental health - healthy! The focus this week is on kindness. If we are kind to one another then this has a hugely positive impact on someone. It makes them feel great! So do one, two or all of these suggestions and make someones day great!

Finally, below is some help for your french task! I have read out all the greeting that are on your sheet, so say them along with me, have some fun and games with your family and immerse yourself in some French culture and language.


Have a great day and please send me pictures of what you are getting up to. I would like to post some on the website tomorrow. Also tomorrow is the last day you can send me name ideas for my bike. Winner announced Wednesday!

Mr Dines

French greetings help

Still image for this video

Monday 18th May 2020


Good morning you wonderful children! How are you? how was your weekend? I did manage to get out my bike this weekend and enjoyed thinking about some of the names that have been sent in for it. Do keep sending them in and I will announce the winner on Wednesday, so you have until the end of Tuesday to let me have your suggestions to be in with a chance of winning. This is our last week before a week off - half of the summer term gone already. I cannot believe it! All your work for the week is up here now so manage your time as you wish.



Maths this week will be based form white rose again. This will of course be alongside the recital of your times tables. many children I have spoken to have said how well they are doing on their times tables and this makes me soooo proud! Keep it up all of you!

Have fun with these. impress your parents with how much you are familiar with fractions - we have done lots of work on them so do yourselves proud. If you need help or pointing in the right direction then please get in contact me as always



English this week has a focus on reading comprehensions. This is something that we do in class normally to a class text however this is hard to do in the current situation. I have attached some texts here with questions related to our VIPERS so you can pick and choose which texts you would like to tackle first and then make your way through the others.

As well as this, int eh foundation planning below you have a task to research a river of your choice form any country in the world. I would like you to use some of your English time to support this piece of work and make the most of collecting valuable information and presenting it. It is important to know facts about your river as we will be using these after half term.

Foundation subjects

Plan attached below. There is a yummy science experiment for you to try as well as some foreign language learning. There will be a video posted (ready for Tuesday) to help you with the French learning. Make it fun and entertaining for the family. All get involved!

So there we have it... have a great day today and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please please please keep sending in your pictures. They are great to receive and I know you guys enjoy seeing them up on the website too.


Friday 15th May 2020


Well here we are at the end of the week! What a week and you have all completed some wonderful work! It has been great to see! First things first - 'Happy Birthday Henry!'

We all hope you have a lovely day!


My superstars for today are:

Chloe C - for continued hard work at home and setting a great example to your younger siblings

Harry B - a brilliant piece of dialogue for his 'home sweet home' narrative with excellent vocabulary choices


What fitness are you going to do today to kick the day off? Have any of you been inspired by Georges Yoga pose the other day? It is definitely something I am going to try over the weekend to help me relax. What are you doing this weekend? Hopefully something enjoyable and still safe but something that makes everyone in the family happy! I think my weekend will consist of a bike ride. Now, I always name my bikes and I am still looking for a name for my new bike so please do suggest some if you think of any! It is a Cotic Escapade and coloured blue! I am willing for all suggestions and I shall pick a winner!!


Here are some photos of what you guys have been up too! Have a great weekend Skylarks!!

Mr Dines

Thursday 14th May 2020

Good morning wonderful Skylarks! How was your day yesterday? I had some great photos through yesterday of your antics! 

My superstars for yesterday are:

George - for excelling in his maths work

Harry D - wonderful story writing

Chloe - Wonderful speech writing thinking carefully about vocabulary


I hope you have a great day! I am working at the hub today, so will not be able to respond to emails during the day. I hope your narratives are coming on well and I look forward to reading them. 

Below is a new video for you to watch and make! It is full of more sugary goodness! Maybe the next one I do will be healthier!

Au revoir!

How to make Oreo Fudge

This is "How to make Oreo Fudge"

Wednesday 13th May 2020


Good morning Skylarks! How are you? Thank you for the photos and updates that came to me yesterday! It really does brighten up my day to see you guys and all your work and fun!  Here are some photos of you guys -

I hope you have a great day! What are you going to do to help someone at home today? A little quote to leave you pondering over -

'Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!' John Wooden


Have a great one

Mr D

Tuesday 12th May 2020


Good morning guys! How was the start of the week yesterday? Hope none of you blew away in the winds! Now today I have a video for you! 

Dandelion Honey

I really enjoyed making this and I cannot stress how tasty it is!! I hope some of you will too! Do you have any recipes that you have cooked that you could send to me so I can try?

I have also copied a pdf of the recipe for you so you can follow the instructions. Look out for the imperative verbs - "Imperative verbs -  BOSSY BOSSY BOSSY BOSSY" We love this song so sing along!!


Have a great day Skylarks and I look forward to hearing from you


What have Skylarks been up to?

Monday 11th May 2020


Good morning my wonderful Skylarks! How was your bank holiday weekend? Did you have fun celebrating VE Day? We did here! We had a BBQ in the garden with just us, but had cupcakes made for us by a neighbour and held a 2 minute silence in the close at 11am! It really was great celebrating a very significant piece of history. Thank you for your photos that you have been sending me. Any that have been sent to me are up on the website above so please do keep sending them in!


Just like last week all the work is up for the week so you can manage it to fit with you and the family. This week though I will be updating the website daily with a personal message, so do keep checking in for updates from me as well as photos that you are sending me.



The plan for English is below. We are continuing to work on the video Home Sweet Home. You will be doing some grammar recap before planning and writing a narrative story about the video. I am very much looking forward to seeing the finished written pieces.


This week you will be doing some multiplication and then some perimeter and area work. Please do keep logging into TTRS and practising your tables playing the games you have been doing so well over the last few weeks!



Foundation Subject Learning

This week there are some fun activities for you to have a go at and also a great science experiment to try out too all about Carbon Dioxide!


So there is the work! Don't worry if it looks overwhelming. It is all here in one place so you can manage your time. It is split into days for you if that works better for you. Each activity is a day! Look back on the website daily for updates from me and superstars. 


Have a great day Skylarks! Missing you all so much!


Mr Dines

Thursday 7th May 2020

Good morning guys! This is the last working day of the week! It is bank holiday tomorrow and a day to remember. Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day or V-E Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945. See what you can find out about the day! You could have a go at making some of you own bunting to put up outside your house.


Below are some pictures of the things you have been up to. Please send more in as I would love to put some more up on Monday to show your friends your weekend antics.

Have a great weekend guys! Enjoy the sunshine in the garden and do something kind for someone int he household.

New Bike Day! I am so excited to share this with you as it was new bike day for me yesterday! It is a gravel bike and I am looking forward to some bike packing adventures on it when lockdown is over. Don't forget to send me photos of the things you are getting up to, so I can put them on the website

Monday 4th May 2020


'May the fourth be with you!' It is star wars days for those of you who like star wars. I can think of a few! I hope you have had a great weekend. We managed to plant some more veggies up at the allotment and create some structures for the squash plants to grow up. Luna was very well behaved at the allotment too. The hard work is paying off.

Now this week is slightly different. ALL the work for the week is listed below. This means you can choose which activities you do and when. I am hoping this may make things easier for you and your family to help you with your work if you need it but also for you to take control of your own learning. You may decide you want to do more than one maths activity in a day than English and that is totally OK!

I will be in contact with all of you this week. Daily routines such as fitness/ spellings/ times tables and reading have not changed and I still expect you to be doing these things please.



This week is based around a film unit that we will be working on in the next two weeks. You do not need to watch the film all the way through for the first two days so read the planning and it will let you know what you need to do.


Maths this week is going to be slightly different and I would be keen for your feedback on it to gain your thoughts. It is through a website called white rose maths. We use these resources in class and they have developed some home learning to help you at home. The planning below gives different activities for the children to complete. |They will be guided through a video and then there is a question sheet for them to complete. This can either be printed out OR children can look at the questions on the screen and then write their working out and answers on a piece of paper. The activity sheets are listed below along with a hundred square which may be useful to colour in to show hundreths and tenths. There is also a place value grid which I know some children will find useful as we use them in class.

Foundation subjects

This weeks foundation subjects are in the plan below. I have included some really fun activities so please do send pictures and updates of how the children are doing with them.

So there it is guys! This week. I really do love seeing pictures of how you are guys are getting on and I will update the website with photos of you doing things and work you have completed as the week goes on so do check back to see what your friends and classmates have been up to. 

Any problems, I am on the end of an email so please don't sit and worry or stress, just ask me!

Have a great day Skylarks!

Mr Dines

Friday 30th April 2020

Good Morning Folks! How heavy was the rain yesterday? Wow! Doing all the plants the world of good and filling up the water butt but not so nice to go for a walk in!

It is Friday! It sounds like you have all had a great week and it has been great to see you photos and the work you have been completing. Well Done all!

My shout outs today go to:

Ryan G – A great start to his story and much improved handwriting

Lucas R – Overcoming fears and improving speed on TTRS

Elissia L – For working hard at home and making the right choices 


WALT: complete my water cycle story

You know what to do. I imagine you are all working really hard and I am looking forward to reading them! Ensure you check your work against the success criteria so you can check for yourself if you have the required features. You should be trying to get all of them in tour writing.


WALT: know and recall my times tables

Use any of the games we have been doing the last few weeks to get that recall speed up. From what I hear, parents are telling me that your times tables are improving which confirms that practice makes you better.

You could create your times table board game to play with your family! How will you make yours stand out?

I have also attached at the bottom a list of times table games you could play. Have fun and I cannot wait to see how brilliant you are at these when we return to school.


WALT: draw a self-portrait OR a portrait

It is Friday and Miss Lewis would be proud of all the artwork you have produced over the last few weeks as am I. Today I wold like you to either draw a self-portrait of your face by looking in the mirror or a picture of yourself. You could instead (or as well as) draw a picture of a family members face. I would like you to concentrate on size of the picture. It is no use having a tiny picture. Also think careful about how you will show depth and texture to your image through shading or colour selection.


You must also read a book today t someone in the house. Get them to ask you questions about what you are reading. Have a great weekend all and the sunshine is coming back! Have a well deserved weekend kids (and parents, you are doing a fantastic job so thank you!


Mr D

Thursday 30th April 2020

Good Morning folks! 

It was great to talk to some if you yesterday! The weather was a lot nicer, which made Luna more excited. She wasn’t too keen on the rain!!

My superstars for today

Belle T – for excellent work in her writing

Chloe C – Brilliant research into clouds

Megan H – Working hard on the laptop at home and being scientific


WALT: solve money problems up to 2 decimal places

We have some addition and subtraction problems involving money. The key to today is making sure that all the decimal points line up when you are doing any adding or subtracting.


    5 . 9 9

+  3 . 5 0

    9 . 4 9


There are three levels to choose from so choose the one that will challenge you the most. As ever, if you find it too easy then move up a level and challenge yourself.


WALT: write a narrative on the water cycle

Continue writing your story. I am really looking forward to reading these. The key to this is to make sure you re- read your work thoroughly as you go through to ensure it makes sense and you have all the correct punctuation.


WALT: remember the ways that Jews show their commitment to God

In RE we have looked at the Jewish faith. I would like you to create a poster about how Jewish people can show their commitment to God. What can you remember? You may find some answers in these videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/resources/1

You may also do your own research to find out as well. I have attached at the bottom a document that we created as a class if you get really stuck and need some help. Make your posters really vibrant and so they have all the information needed.


Have a brilliant day! I look forward to speaking to more of you today


Wednesday 28th April 2020

Wow! Wasn’t that rain horrible? No fun in the sunshine for us!

My superstars today are:

Lewis C - working really hard on his spellings and completing a 3 mile run!!!

Amos A -For making some great choices at home and working hard on his school work


WALT: estimate and use inverse operations to check answers

You are going to be using the inverse operations to check answers and work out missing answers. Look through the pdf named ‘Using estimating and inverse operations’ to start to refresh and remind yourself of inverse operations. There are activities to do as you work your way through. There will be a question page followed by the answer page so you can check as you work your way through the questions. There are also two worksheets you can do as well with two different levels to complete. It has been ace to see so many people using themselves and trying the harder levels at home so well done to you.


WALT: write a story on the water cycle (3 days)

These stories are going to be great! I would really like it if you could type these on a word document (or similar) and send them to me when they are finished (at the end of the week).  This is so I can then read them and do work catered to the needs of the group. It will also give me a chance to mark the stories you write and provide feedback to you so you can edit it. We have written narratives before so I am looking to see what you can remember. Attached at the bottom is all the information you will need to help you and explain features to you. There is also a success criteria to help you to ensure you use the features you need. You also have my example story to help you if you really get stuck.

Now you are writing a story about the water cycle in an exciting way, so remember to use all the technical vocabulary you learnt in your water cycle lesson last week and follow the correct process of the water cycle too. Have your notes close by whilst you are writing so you don’t miss anything.

This task is set for 3 days. You may use and utilise your time as you wish but by Friday it would be great to have as many stories to me in a word document. If you want to you could always colour code the success criteria and pick out your own features with a key at the bottom of the document.


WALT: model and create clouds

Yesterday you researched clouds and the different types of clouds there are. Today you are going to do a science experiment where you will start to create the process of clouds and how they form. See the attached pdf on how to make it and the equipment you will need and see if you can make some clouds and make it rain.


Have a great day Skylarks and do something helpful to make a difference at home

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Good Morning! How was your day yesterday? I hope it went well!

My superstars today are:

Elsa C – for great hard work and getting out on her bike

Lucas R – for trying really hard with Times tables and helping mum cook the dinner


WALT: reason and problem solve money problems using rounding

So yesterday you were consolidating some of your rounding understanding using money. Have you ever been in a shop and had to use rounding? It may sound sad, but when we go shopping, I like to estimate how much all the food will cost and I use rounding to help me. So when I get to the checkout, I roughly know how much money I will be spending. Today you are going to develop your understanding a step further to help problem solve and reasons your answers. The key here is to ensure you reason your answers and give an explanation.

EXAMPLE: Harry has £2.32. She says, ‘My amount rounds to £3!’ – Do you agree with him?

First of all you need to work out whether you agree or disagree with the statement THEN explain why.

I disagree with Harry because any amount less than £2.50 rounds down to £2.00. £2.32 is less than £2.50 and is nearer to £2.00 than £3.00.

You could always draw yourself a number line to help you and this can also help to support your explanation


WALT: plan my story

So you have created a character, decided on an opener where you have introduced the theme of the story and your character so next we need to start thinking about planning the rest of our story. Now this may change over the week or as we are writing it and this is great if this happens. Why? As it shows we are reflecting on our work as we go through it and changing it for the better. You are going to create a story map for your story. We have done story maps in class to help us tell a story. Read and re-read the story to someone in the house. There is an example story map in the documents below. The story map needs to work for you so you make it what you want as you are the one who is going to be reading it.


WALT: research different cloud types

This is a research based task where you will need to find out as much information as you can about the different types of clouds. I have included some videos that you may find useful but please do extend this further so you can find out the information. You can present your info however you like.





Have a great day guys. A little quote for the day

'Believe you can and you are half way there' Theodore Roosevelt

Monday 27th April 2020

Good morning folks. Below are some pictures of you guys and what you have been up too. It really is great seeing them so please do send them in.


It is Monday morning and the start of a new week.


WALT: write different story openers for my story.

At the bottom is my example story. Read it and see what features you can pick out. What can you see? What features are good? Is there anything that you would improve?

Now have a look at the pdf named ‘Story openers’ and have a little look at them. There are some examples of openers from different stories. What you are going to do is replicate these for your own story. Have a go at writing four different openers to your story. Then you will decide on the best one to use. Which one will you choose? Why did you choose it?


WALT: use rounding to estimate money

Questions at the bottom of the page. Choose the level you want. If you are finding it too easy then move up a level. If you are finding it too difficult then take it back a step You can always have real money in front of you to help you see it using resources. If you don’t have money you can always print out or draw your own!

What you are learning today is a really valuable tool to help you in the real world for when you go shopping or are looking to buy things with your pocket money you have been working so hard to earn

We would usually do PE this afternoon so please do something sporty. You could have a catch competition with your brothers/ sisters/ parents or develop a game to play.


WALT: Practice times tables

Find a fun way to learn those times tables


WALT: be active as part of a healthy lifestyle

Do something sporty that you enjoy in place of our PE slot. Have a go and change your fitness routine, or play football, netball, basketball, hockey. Anything of your choice



OK, so here are some videos of me and the challenges I was talking about. You can vary the challenge by increasing or deceasing the distance you are from the bin and you can use anything to try and knock the flower pot into the bin. Good Luck!


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Friday 24th April 2020


It’s Friyay! That’s another virtual week of school done! How awesome!! Give yourselves a huge pat on the back!

My superstars today are:

Harley H – For a brilliant Frank Webb picture done with great care and attention

Harry D – Superb hard work at home and pushing himself

Henry G – for helping birth a calf (baby cow) and taking responsibility




So today is Friday. If we were at school it would be Fit Friday (where we do some form of physical activity in the morning before school) so today I would like you to do the same! What sort of activity will you do?


WALT: design a character for a story

Yesterday you started to learn about the water cycle. I think the water cycle process is really interesting. What we are going to do in our writing next week is write a story about a raindrop and his journey in the water cycle! But first you need to create your main character.

  • Draw a picture of your character and colour it in (to be raindrop in cartoon style)
  • Use adjectives to describe your character (what they look like, characteristics)
  • Use verbs to explain what they like doing (hobbies)
  • CHALLENGE – Use SPAMO to write a sentences about your character to keep the reader interested. (pdf at bottom to remind you of SPAMO!)

WALT: to recite times tables with increased fluency

Get practicing your tables on paper/ grids/ internet! Do a test at the start of your time and then at the end of the session and see if you have improved your score. https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/


Afternoon! I think you guys have worked exceptionally hard this week and I want you to spend this afternoon doing things that you enjoy doing, whether that be in the garden, in the house, playing a game. You may want to help you parents do a job around the house to be extra especially helpful. You must send me a picture of the thing you enjoy doing and decide to do this afternoon, as I will post these up on the website because I know how much you are enjoying seeing each other’s pictures.

Later on today – I will be posting some videos of some challenge ideas for you at home to complete over the weekend or whenever you want to.


Have a great day and a great weekend! Enjoy the sunshine in the garden and be good!

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Good Morning!

Hope you are all well! It has been really great to speak to some of you this week. If you haven’t had a call from me this week then expect one in the next two days.


My superstars today are:

Harry B – Sending me a fantastic kennings poem about my puppy

Megan H - Writing some fantastically descriptive kennings poems

Chloe C – For working exceptionally hard at home on her school work


Your tasks for today:

Fitness activity of your choice - my burpee challenge is very hard work but I keep doing it and I know it will get easier.


English – Continuing work form yesterday (it was a 2 day activity)


WALT: reason and problem solve using roman numerals

Similar to yesterday select the level of work you wish to complete. If you wiz through it go up to the next level. I always fins that roman numerals are hard to start with but once you get in the swing of the pattern it starts to make sense. Keep persevering guys! You can do it! If you finish you can always keep practicing using the websites that were put up yesterday.


WALT: identify the main stages of the water cycle

Our new topic is starting and it’s all about Water Water Water!!! The Knowledge Organiser is attached at the top of the class page for this terms topic and science. There are quizzes on both that if you could do by the end of the week that would be awesome! Today’s work involves reading a pdf about key vocabulary and the water cycle then completing a worksheet where again you select the level you think is appropriate for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5gFI3pMvoI – A video to help you learn about the Water Cycle


I hope you have a great day Skylarks!

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good Morning all! How great was the sunshine yesterday! I hope you managed to get out in the garden a bit and enjoy the most of it. Some great work sent to me form you guys yesterday so thank you very much. It really is a pleasure reading it all and seeing how well you are doing.


Todays stars are:

Archie M - For an amazing looking science experiment and telling me how he is going to develop it for today

Jack S - For great experimenting in Science

Loxie M - For a wonderful poem with great presentation 


Todays tasks

Fitness, fitness, fitness (your choice)

WALT: apply my knowledge of Roman Numerals

So yesterday you started to look at roman numerals and get to grips with the numbers from 1-100. Now you are going to start applying that knowledge to questions. You choose the level you want to do. If you find you did really well then progress up a level. I am also attaching some links to some online maths games that look quite fun so these could be used as a starter to the activity, at the end or nay time you just want to have some fun.





WALT: develop my vocabulary for a kennings poem – 2 DAYS

Thank you for the kennings poems you sent me yesterday. They were great to read. Anymore out there, please send them in and I will pop them on the website as a big group for you to guess who wrote what. Today you are going to start compiling your very own kennings poems in a self-made book. Now this activity will take longer than one day so spread out the work. First research some examples of poems so you can gain some ideas. Next think of your own subjects you would like to write a poem about. There is a sheet at the bottom about some ideas you could use.

To make the booklet of poems, simply get some A4 paper and fold in half. Use as many sheets as you want as they will simply tuck into one another the more you add. You must think about and write at least 8 poems of different subjects (you could include the one you wrote about yourself today). You could draw some pictures around the poems and add lots of colour. I would love it if this booklet came back to school with you so we can make a lovely display of them. They could also be great to send pictures of to your friends and family to see if they can guess what it is. You should be proud of the work you complete and show of how talented each and every one of you are.


WALT: research Frank Webb

Frank Webb is an artist who paints in watercolour. He is an artist we are due to study this term so that is what we shall do. What I would like you to do is research this artist and select a picture that you like. Take your time to really look at his works so you can make an informed judgement. Why do you like it? What appeals to you the most? Think carefully about these questions and try to use vocabulary that will help to explain your feelings towards the picture. Once you have found the picture –   print it out if you can, but don’t worry if not and make notes around the outside about what it makes you feel, why you like it, does it remind you of anything? Then I would like you to copy the picture using a an art media of your choice (watercolour, poster paint, crayon, pencil shading).


Have a great day guys and don’t forget to enjoy yourself in the sunshine. Maybe have a family game of something in the garden or round the kitchen table. Our game of choice at the moment in our house is ‘The game of life Junior’! Theo is loving it!

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good Morning! Day 1 of the burpee challenge was really hard work but I did it and felt really good for it. What do you think of Luna?

How was your day yesterday? Here are some pictures of the digestive system posters you created.

My shout outs for today are

George H – For a brilliant looking poster with 3D pop up bits on

Isabelle B – For a creative approach to display the digestive system

Ethan DB – For completing some times table rock star challenges and using play-dough to create his poster

Chloe C, Ellie R, Lucas R – For doing some times table challenges.


Are you ready for a new day? We are going to start the day, as ever, with some physical exercise. You can choose what that is!

WALT: extend vocabulary whilst exploring kennings poems

What is a Kennings poem? Find out in the PDF below.

There are tasks to complete as you make your way through the pdf, then a planning sheet to have a go at creating a kennings poem about yourself. Once you have completed it, it would be great if you could send me them and I will upload them to the website to see if your classmates can guess if the poem was about you.

A great example of a Kennings poem. Thank you Mrs Allington! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJhktUWENDw&feature=youtu.be


WALT: learn Roman numerals to 100

Today you are going to start learning about Roman numerals. You need to be able to recognise numbers from 1 to 100. So today you will start to revise the numbers and learn them. There is a pattern that makes it easy to recognise when you get started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1i4dbk6IsA – This link will really help to explain it.

Then there are various games and worksheets at the bottom that you can use to help you get to grips even more with them ready to continue with work tomorrow. You could make your game by creating Roman numeral number cards and putting them face down on the table and turning them over and working out the number it shows. Practice makes perfect!


WALT: have fun doing a science experiment

PDF attached at the bottom with some science experiments you can do at home. If you don’t have all the ingredients for one, next time you go shopping add it on the list so you can carry it out. When you do the science experiment, think carefully about why something is happening. That is the reason we carry out experiments – to find out something we don’t know! Can you use scientific language to help explain yourself.


CHALLENGE: Can you think of your own science experiment or look one up that you can do. I would love to see pictures of you guys being scientists at home.


Read a book outside in the garden. What are you reading? Are you enjoying it? Is it a book? A magazine? A set of instructions?

Have a brilliant day guys and I cannot wait to speak to some you today and this week.

The BIG Reveal!! The new additon to our household is a yellow Labrador retriever! Her name is Luna and she is being very mischievous. Harder work than all of you put together!

Monday 20th April 2020


Good Morning Skylarks! I hope you have had a great Easter Holidays and made the most of the wonderful sunshine in the garden. How much chocolate did you eat? I had quite a lot but was also really thankful for the time I got to spend with the family. We have also got a new addition to the Dines family in the form of an animal. Can you guess what it is? I will post a picture later and you can see if your guess was correct.

Today's tasks to get us back into our virtual school are:

1. Some fitness to get us ready for the day (Joe Wicks PE, Cosmic Yoga or your own circuit you planned a few weeks ago. It all gets our hearts pumping and keeping us fit.

I am starting a new challenge today for the next 30 days. I am going to do 100 burpees every day for the next 30 days. How many burpees is that in total? I want to do it to show that I can be resilient and push myself even when things get tough and hard work.


2. WALT: answer arithmetic questions accurately


Answer the questions carefully and accurately. How many can you get right? You could give yourself a target and see if you reach it. Make any corrections you need to after.


3. WALT: consolidate understanding of fronted adverbials

Have look at the pdf (Fronted Adverbials 20th April 2020), and do the tasks set within it. There is also a worksheet you may use to help consolidate your understanding. Attached at the bottom is also a pdf that explains and gives examples of what an adverbial is and what a fronted adverbial is if you need reminding. 

CHALLENGE: You could write about your Easter Holidays and try use some varied fronted adverbials to make it exciting for the reader.


4. WALT: recap on the digestive system

Right back at the start of the year we were learning about the digestive system. Attached is a pdf with lots of information about the digestive system I would like you to read, understand and recap on. Then I would like you to create a poster, a model or anything you wish to help show and explain the digestive system. I would then like you to send me a picture of it so I can put them up on the website so you can all see each other’s work.


Have a great day guys. Any questions, please let me know. Missing you guys!

Some useful websites to use over the Easter Holidays!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Good morning guys. Now I don’t want you to get too upset, but this is the last piece of work that will be set until Monday 20th April! Oi…don’t cheer loudly! Haha. But in all seriousness, it is your Easter holidays and you should take the time to enjoy yourself, be helpful around the house and keep reading and practicing times tables. You know how important they are!  Don't forget that Easter is not just about receiving and chomping on chocolate eggs! It's about  the resurrection of Jesus and the symbols of new life and fresh starts all around us.


Your tasks today are:

PE with Joe – Its fancy dress Friday- I can’t wait to hear what some of you have been wearing to do this.


Guided Reading – Read Chapter 15, ‘The second miracle’ and answer the VIPERS questions at the bottom. Remember to answer in full sentences. Over the Easter holidays I would like you to read the remainder of Matilda. When you come back after Easter (virtually) there will be some comprehension questions to answer.


WALT: write a persuasive letter to the little bird using ALL the features I have learnt this week.

Your task today is to write the persuasive letter you planned yesterday. You are writing it to one of the little blue birds who was bullying Big Bird. Use all the things we have been looking at this week. You have the conjunctions sheet available we used yesterday to help you plan and attached at the bottom is also a success criteria to help you so you make sure you are hitting all the points that are needed. You also have the example letter you analysed at the start of the week.

You may hand write or type the letter but I would love it if you could send me your finished piece of writing when it is done so I can read them. Use clear paragraphs and PLEASE make sure you re-read your work to make sure it makes sense!


WALT: assess my learning of mathematical concepts

Attached at the bottom are 3 assessments I would like you to do. This is all stuff we have been through this year. Have a go and see how you get on. Anything you’re not sure of? Have a go and if you get it wrong, use the interest to try and help you find the right answer. If you really want to – email me and I can try to help as well. I will post up the answers later on in the day so you can mark them and see how you got on.


WALT: discover artists

I would like you to research an artist online. You can choose whoever you want! We are talking old fashioned paintings to even your favourite comics! It is all art so you pick what you like! You may have seen some of their artwork in a gallery, or may have some art in your house or maybe your parents like an artist they could recommend. You are then going to analyse some of their images and copy one you really like. I would then like you to create your own image (of your choosing) but use a similar style to the artist you picked.

As you do it, think to yourself: What do I like about this artist’s images? What colours do they use? What style of images does this artist create (abstract, realistic, monotone or colourful)? How could I replicate this in my own work?


Lots to keep you busy here. Have a great Easter Holidays and I look forward to speaking to you all after the holidays. Stay safe and healthy, keep up the exercise and if you have any questions about anything at any time then please do e-mail me: alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good morning!

‘How did you enjoy the April Fools spelling test? Muwahahahaha,’ laughed Mr Dines mischievously.

We couldn’t resist guys. #sorrynotsorry.

It is Thursday, we are nearly at the Easter Holidays! How exciting!

Today tasks –

  1. Joe Wicks PE/ cosmic kids yoga/ your own circuit/ sally squats challenge (impress your parents with how well you can do this challenge!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bql6sIU2A7k


2.     WALT: plan a persuasive letter using the features I have learnt this week

So you have been learning this week about the different features of a persuasive letter. You have looked at the different conjunctions that are used and how this help us to explain our points further. Your plan should be notes to help you write longer sentences. Don’t write out your whole letter on your plan. That comes tomorrow!

There is a document attached that will help you with words to use and some examples. In this document is also a plan that you can either print off or copy onto a piece of paper to help you with the structure of the letter.


3.     WALT: understand the seven times table

Some useful sites to have a look at:


A song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4xU4CiaGvg

Another song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XT3vxohtBg

These sites and games are great, however there is a lot to be said for writing them out and saying them out aloud to yourself as well. I have attached some sheets that you may find useful as well. I have attached an interactive PowerPoint that hopefully some of you will be able to use! Start the slide show and then the interactive element will be able to be used. You can always play some of the games we have played at school or whilst you have been at home.


4.     History –

WALT: describe who Emperor Hadrian was, say when, how and why he built a wall and explain the features of the wall.

Children to look at Hadrian’s Wall information pdf and understand how and why it was built. There are two tasks to complete with this and they are mentioned on the information pdf as to when they should be completed. Attached are the worksheets that are to be completed. Task 2 is split in difficulty and children may choose which level they do.


Have a great day all and remember keep smiling, help around the house and enjoy the fresh air; you could read a book outside today or by an open window.

'Impetus!!' This is Roman for 'attack!' and would have been shouted in battle. Thank you to everyone who sent me their Roman shields they completed for art last week. I thought it would be great for you all to see each others to make it appear as if we are in the classroom!

Wednesday 1st April 2020


Pinch, punch first day of the month – no returns! Yes! I got in there first!


Hope you all slept well and are ready for another day of learning. How was your fitness circuit the other day? Katie created a dice that you roll to tell you what exercise to do. Did anyone else think of this? You could always make one to have a go. Just draw out the net of a cube and stick it together. Remember to have tabs to stick down or just use sellotape.

Your tasks today (in no particular order)

1.  Joe Wicks PE/ Cosmic kids yoga/ or your own circuit training route.

2.  WALT: use cause and effect conjunctions

How did you get on with picking out the features of the text? I have attached at the bottom the features I found. Check it against yours to see how you did. Did you find something I didn’t? Well Done!

Today in your English you will be looking at a specific feature of persuasive writing. That is contrasting and causal conjunctions. These help to explain cause and effect. These are vital in your letter as they will help to explain why you think something.  Remember, we used these when we looked at our election work and you picked the political party you wanted to vote for and why you wanted to vote for them. The worksheet is at the bottom and you can select the level you want to do, or start at a lower level and increase up to the next level if you want to. Have fun and good luck. Can you go back and check to see where they are in the example letter from yesterday? How many can you find?

3. WALT: investigate consecutive numbers.

Today is an investigation for you to have a go at. There are four levels to choose from so everybody can have a go. Enjoy!

4.  If you managed to finish the science from yesterday then grab a classification key and head out into the garden. Look for insects or living things in their habitats and see if you can identify them. How many different things do you have in your garden?

5.  READ THEORY. In the front of your child’s green exercise book they bought home, there is a login for a website called Read Theory. If you haven’t been on the site yet then do it today. As your child answers questions the site will automatically detect your child’s ability and alter questions accordingly. For those who didn't manage to make it to school to pick up the green exercise book I will text you the login in details for your child.

6.   I am really sorry but the government have sent us a statutory spelling test which all children must do and send their results to their teachers. Mrs McCall has really kindly filmed the spelling test in the style that we do testing at school so please grab your home-learning book and a pen or pencil and get ready to take the test by watching the link here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQN5KeGQhsU Answers are linked at the bottom of the page but please be an honest Skylark and take the test before you look at the answers!

Have a great day guys!

Mr Dines

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Bonjour! Comment- allez vous? (‘Eh?’ I hear you say!) – It means – 'Good morning – how are you?' in French.

I hope you are well! I had a good day yesterday and did lots of work and really enjoyed doing a programme called Cosmic kids Yoga on YouTube. Theo really enjoyed it too. The one that we did had a theme of Pokémon – I thought that might interest some of you in particular. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbCjkPlsaes – Enjoy!


Your tasks for today

  1. Joe Wicks PE – it is getting easier so keep going! It is important for us to keep fit and healthy.
  2. WALT: interpret negative numbers carefully

Levelled again, so you can choose which level you would like to do, just like in class! Have a go, and if you find it too easy or hard then adjust to a different level accordingly. We have been over this near the start of the year so cast your minds back to help you.

A little video to help remind you, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U1kCOuNpR4. REMEMBER – we call the numbers beyond zero negative numbers – NOT minus numbers!!

  1. WALT: analyse an exciting letter for features

Below is an example of a letter you will be writing towards the end of the week. I would like you to see if you can pick out the features. Think about grammar and punctuation and things that make it a persuasive piece of writing. Just like we would in class, use different colours to show the different things you can spot and create a key. Even if you don’t have a printer, you can still create a key and write examples of each.

  1. WALT: classify animals into specific groups according to their characteristics (two days worth of work potentially)

Children to look at pdf titled ‘Living Environments 3’. Have a look through up to slide 9 the discuss the following questions

Can you remember what a classification key is? Encourage your child to share their ideas, then show them the classification key that can be used to identify which group an animal belongs to and their definitions. Now look at the following pages and show your child the example on the slides and discuss how it has been constructed to help identify animals through a series of yes and no questions.  Repeat this with the other animals on the slides.


Work – Open the pdf titled ‘classifying animals work’. Use the pictures and match them to the correct section on worksheet 1. Picture sheets are scaled just like the maths work in Swooping, gliding, soaring.

Challenge Cards are an extension and just some fun.


Have a great day guys and remember to send in your Roman shields from last week! alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk

Monday 30th April 2020

Good Morning Skylarks

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We did! We planted some vegetables and made our bug hotel. Those bugs will be living in the lap of luxury in 5* accommodation at the appropriately named Bug-ingham Palace!! Just because you don’t see me, doesn’t mean you don’t get to hear my amazing jokes!

Today’s tasks are as follows:

  1. Guided reading – Read Chapter 14 – The first miracle (page 154) and answer the VIPERS questions attached at the bottom.
  2. WALT: Gather and collate information on bullying

As we know, the film ‘For the birds’ has a theme of bullying. We know that this is wrong and inappropriate. But what types of bullying are there and why do people do it? This is the question you are going to answer today. You can present your information however you want to. This could be as a list of bullet points, a mind map (spider diagram), a poster. You will use this information later in the week so make sure it is in your own words and can be easily understood.

  1. WALT: round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

We love this song – you know what it is – join in nice and loud and get the whole family joining in as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfz-JU2cKE&vl=en-GB. Remind yourself of the rounding rules and answer the questions at the bottom attached.  Remember to apply the rules seen in the clip to each rounding digit you are working on.

‘When rounding numbers, you must first understand the term "rounding digit." When working with whole numbers and rounding to the closest 10, the ​rounding digit is the second number from the right—or the 10's place. When rounding to the nearest hundred, the third place from the right is the rounding digit—or the 100's place.

First, determine what your rounding digit is and then look to the digit at the right side.

  • If the digit is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4, do not change the rounding digit. All digits that are on the righthand side of the requested rounding digit become 0.
  • If the digit is 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9, the rounding digit rounds up by one number. All digits that are on the righthand side of the requested rounding digit will become 0.’
  1. WALT: create a circuit programme for Physical Activity

In PE recently we have been looking at circuit training and doing exercises that boost our heart rate. Through this, we have been showing resilience and perseverance. I would like you to create your own circuit training routine and do it. Aim to have at least 8 different activities and include rests. Be inventive with your program and think carefully about which activities you choose to target different muscles in your body.

Have a great day!

Friday 27th March 2020


We have made it to the end of the week! Give yourselves a huge cheer and a little clap! Well done to the parents as well. You also deserve a massive cheer! 

Today's tasks...

WALT = We are learning to


1. Joe Wicks PE - Last one of the week! It has been great fun and is a great workout! You can do it!


2. WALT: write a letter explaining what I have done this week

How have you felt during this time? Have you felt lonely at all? You are not the only one to be in isolation and away form their day to day routines.  Your task today for writing is to write a detailed letter to an elderly relative or elderly friend telling them what you have done this week. Be detailed with your description to keep them engaged in your writing. Use the SPAMO form this week. Impress them! They will really like receiving this as it will give them contact with the outside world. You may even get a letter back and imagine how cool that will be when you open it up.


3. WALT: use apostrophes for contractions correctly

Presentation and worksheet attached at the bottom - If you are not sure of any then use the internet to help you develop your own apostrophe dictionary.


4. WALT: consolidate time table knowledge

Multiplication Snap Card Game

An easy way to practice times tables at home, the multiplication snap card game requires only an ordinary deck of playing cards.


  1. Remove the face cards from the deck.
  2. Shuffle the remaining cards.
  3. Distribute the cards between two players.
  4. Each player keeps their pile of cards face-down.
  5. At the same time, each player turns over a card.
  6. The first player to multiply the two numbers together and state the answer is the winner and takes the cards.
  7. The first player to collect all of the cards or the most cards in a specific amount of time is declared the winner.


5. WALT: explain and notice features of a Roman shield.

It's Friday so just imagine Miss Lewis is with you this afternoon and you are doing some cool art. This may take more than today to complete, which is absolutely fine.

Have look at the pdf of Roman shields. Discuss anything you are not sure about. Next, you are going to be designing your own Roman shield. What is important to you that you’d draw on your shield?
Remember to keep the design simple and bold. You will want your enemies to be able to see it from far away.

This may be done on a piece of paper, this may be done on an old cereal box, it may be small, it may be big, it is completely up to you. You may choose to colour with colouring pencils, you may choose to paint. Again, the choice is up to you. I would love to see these when they are finished so please send a picture (alex.dines@motcombeprimary.co.uk) to me with your shield ready for battle.


Now this is the last you will hear from me till Monday morning! Please be good, help out at home. This weekend, my family and I are going to be heading to the woods (as part of our one piece of exercise outside a day) to collect some twigs, leaves, moss and other little things to build a bug hotel in the garden! What will you do to help out or make a difference to someone or something?


Stay safe

Mr Dines

Thursday 26th March 2020


Good morning wonderful children! I hope you are energised and ready for a fun day of learning! Here are some activities for you today. If you didn't check it out yesterday then check out Miss Kendrick and Mrs McCall on their YouTube channel where you will find some fun games to play. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZYvUCg8m61kONtD7raC5Q


1. Joe Wicks PE - It's great, it's fun and keeps are hearts pumping to keep us fit. We are loving it in our family and have a real giggle when we do it, so I hope you guys are too.


2. Guided Reading - I have attached a pdf version of the book Matilda. This is our guided reading book and the children will be able to tell you all that they have found out about Matilda and her family so far. I would like you to read Chapter 13 (The weekly test, Page 136) again (the one we read in class last week) and answer the VIPERS questions (at the bottom). VIPERS are the way in which classify a question for those who have forgotten. There is guidance on the sheet to remind you of what each letter means. Remember when answering to answer in full sentences and to use evidence from the text if you can.


3. Times table fun - Get practising your tables and be ready to battle a person in your household. I would like you to play the multiplication grid game we have played in class. I have attached a grid, filled in with numbers, at the bottom which you are more than welcome to use or copy for yourself. You guys know how to play so see if you can explain the rules clearly and concisely to the person or persons you will play with.


4. For the birds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYTrIcn4rjg&t=3s

Yesterday, you were thinking of words to describe the emotions of the birds. I would like you to concentrate on the bigger bird in the film today. I would like you think about SPAMO to create some sentences and use the words you created (and up skilled words) in the sentences you create. Remember we are trying to link all the work we do! I have created a document to remind you of SPAMO . 

CHALLENGE- See if you can link your ideas and SPAMO sentences together using conjunctions to form a paragraph or part of a paragraph.


5. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-64784873


E-Safety is paramount for anyone using the internet, but never can a truer word be said than when our children are using it. During this time and situation we find ourselves in, our children are using the internet more to gather work and get ideas to be able to complete tasks. While this can be safe, the internet is a vast place where we can take a wrong turning. The above link takes you to some activity packs I would encourage you to work through with your children. Talk and have discussions about these. Then complete the activities designed to help your children. Once they have completed the activity/activities get them to explain to you what they have learnt.


See...I told you it was a fun day! Have a great one and I hope to catch up with you all by the end of the week to see how you are getting on. Any work that you would like me to see please email me directly. I have really enjoyed receiving work so far so please keep it coming in.



Have a great day - enjoy the sunshine!

Mr Dines

Wednesday 25th March


Wow! Half way through the week. I hope you are all well. I have to say, I am missing you guys lots and often wonder at different times of the day what you are all up to. For example, this afternoon I was in the garden with my son, and we were doing some planting of seeds and talking about the different insects we could see (lots by the way) and I wondered if any of you had done something similar or if you were enjoying the sunshine as well.


Tasks for the day

1. Joe Wicks PE on YouTube! It's Great, it's fun and is a great way to kick the day off. I hope the whole family is joining in.


2. Maths - Multiplication. I would like you to answer the questions (at bottom of this section). I have attached some video links (of Miss Kendrick) to remind you of the processes of how to multiply numbers. Choose the method that best suits you. You know which one you have done in class, so now is the time to practice, or progress onto the next stage.


Partioning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH-2Qbj5BxU

Grid method - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm1RfWWB0tw

Short multiplication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeRiZ1rvCPQ&t=70s


3. English - Watch this video clip called 'For the birds'. Many of you may be familiar with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYTrIcn4rjg

  • Pause the film at different points and think to yourself, How might the character be feeling now?
  • Discuss/ think about who the mean ones were. How were the smaller birds unkind to the big bird? Why do you think they treated the big bird like that? What did they do to the big bird? What did they say about him? Were any of the smaller birds worse than the others and why? How do you think this made the big bird feel? Did the smaller birds deserve their consequence? Is there a moral to the story?
  • ‘What is bullying?’ Listen to thoughts and ideas about this question – this could be documented on a piece of paper. Probe further if necessary with questions about what bullying might look like, the different types of bullying, how bullying makes a person feel. Do the children think that the bird in the clip was being bullied?
  • Now children draw a picture of the bird and write emotions and feelings he would have felt. Can you think of any synonyms (better words)? Where do we find synonyms? https://www.thesaurus.com/
  • CHALLENGE: Can you think of some dialogue (things that have been said) that could have happened in the video clip. Write this down too.
  • We will be doing some more work on this video clip over the next few days!


4. History - I would like you to do some research about Boudicca. Gather information and create a mind map or poster or timeline  of all the important facts. Decorate it and colour it to the same high standard I see every day at school.

To help get you started on the research you could look up 'Boudicca for kids' into google. There are so many information sites and videos to help you.


5. Make sure you find time to have fun, read a book, enjoy the sunshine and make the most of breathing in the fresh air.


Stay safe Skylarks (oooo alliteration, check me out!)


Mr Dines

Tuesday 24th March 2020


Helloooo! I hope you are well and Day 1 was a success!

The tasks to complete today are as follows:

1. Joe Wicks - PE. This is so good and I had great fun doing it yesterday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

2. Arithmetic - Word document attached below to complete. How did you do yesterday? Can you beat your time or improve how many you got correct?

3. Poetry - Write a poem about your favourite drink or drink or both. Think about your senses as you write it. How does it smell? How does it feel? (cold, hot - think of synonyms). What does it look like? How does it taste? Think back to my birthday when we had doughnuts and use this experience to help you write this. I look forward to seeing the outcomes. Check out this link to give you some inspiration. I promise you will laugh! https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6heoor

4. Get creative and get out in the garden! I want you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!


Missing you guys


Mr Dines

At school, the children have a routine and a structure to their day. You may find it useful to timetable your day to account for home learning and activities. Children respond well when they know what is expected of them, therefore I have created an example timetable below to help you. Every family is different and you should do what works best for all of you, but consider creating a timetable for the 'school hours' which you can create together. Your child could the decorate it and display it in the house, so everybody knows what will happen during the 'school' day.


Monday 23rd March 2020

Good Morning Skylarks,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend and a good nights sleep. Your work for today is listed below:

1. Complete arithmetic questions (document below.) Check your answers with a calculator

2. Login into mathletics (you all have your logins) and complete the tasks that have been assigned to you.

3. English - Your perfect teacher

In Matilda we have been exposed to two very different teachers. Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey. Over the years, from having conversations with you, you seem to have met some varied teachers. What is your perfect teacher like? What would they look like? What would make them unique? (special in a certain way)

TASK: In your exercise books (or paper) draw a picture of this teacher then write words  around the outside that describe and define your fictional character. Then I would like you to write sentences trying to link them in a paragraph whilst thinking carefully about SPAMO. We have done lots of work on SPAMO in class, so use this knowledge and impress me. If you are not sure then research to find out what these are.

S = Simile

P = Personification

A = Alliteration

M = Metaphor

O = Onomatopoeia


Afternoon - Using sketching techniques, draw a view from within your garden or window of the house. Think about how you could create shadows or show different colours using just your pencil.

Dear parents and carers of Year 4


This week I will sending home information that would have been discussed at parents evening along with some information that may help with your child’s home learning. The information provided will help you understand how your child is attaining and what can be done to help them stay on track and improve. I have been very impressed with the maturity the class have shown over the last week and how they have responded to the challenging environment we find ourselves in.

Whilst school is open, my priority is to teach the children who are able to be in school. The information below, I hope will help those who are self-isolating and therefore home schooling for this period. If you are self-isolating, please can any work be done on paper, a notebook, or in file you may have at home and bought back to school upon their return. There is further advice on the home learning section of the website on how you can help to educate your child at home. (click on parents, then home learning). If school closes, there will be daily activities for your child to complete appearing on this, so please keep an eye and check back regularly.


Please stay safe through this time and look after each other. As Ronald Reagan said, ‘We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.’

Best wishes

Mr Dines



If your child is self isolating, I hope they are well and staying safe. Please find below some ideas for home learning your child could complete. Please support where you can.

  1. ‘Escape form Pompeii’ – We have read this as a class (pdf attached) and are now writing our own version of this.  
  • Think of two characters and describe them using powerful adjectives. Draw them and write words around the outside. Think of how you could describe them using expanded noun phrases.
  • Write the narrative taking each step at a time. Beginning (describe the setting and introduce characters), Build up (describe a task your charcter(s) is doing and the rumblings of Vesuvius, Problem (Vesuvius is destroying the town and your characters don’t know how to escape and they have a problem in their way), Climax/resolution (the point where the characters manage to get away safely), Ending (linked to the opener, How has life changed for the escapees.? How has Pompeii changed?

Throughout this piece of writing, use SPAMO to help you, (similes, personification, alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia). Use fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, powerful adjectives to create an image in the reader’s mind.


  1. Times table rock stars to practice rapid recall and familiarity with ALL times tables.
  2. Mathletics – Do tasks related to perimeter and area.
  3. Make up some word problems using all four operations for your parents to complete – make sure you have an answer sheet ready to mark their answers! CHALLENGE: create multistep word problems
  4. Read! Curl up in your favourite spot to read and immerse yourself in the imaginary world you are reading. You could even try and tick off some items from your reading challenge.

World Book Day - WOW! we have immersed ourselves in books and reading today. Through English, Maths and newspapers we have widened ourselves to how amazing books are

Fraction Explorations - The children have been looking at fractions this week in Maths and exploring different ways to represent it

Our explosive volcanoes

Still image for this video

Vicious volcanoes explode in school! The children have had great fun making their volcanoes in the past few weeks and today we got to explode them with vinegary lava.

Alien Invasion on Number Day! The children had a great time working out which alien had snuck into school the previous evening. The children worked with children from year 3.

Kicking off the New Year with some Gymnastics! We have started to learn about balance and performance and how to link these together. We have also learnt the importance of our core muscles to help us achieve balance and form.

Fun with Science - Investigation into tooth decay. We wanted to see the effects of sugary drinks on our teeth. We were shocked by the results. The eggs represent our teeth in this experiment and we left them in water, black current squash, orange juice, coca cola (the real stuff) and energy drink for 6 days.

We have been learning the importance of instructions and how clear they need to be to enable us to be successful. Some instructions went better than others!!

Our first Violin lesson - the children loved it and cant wait till next week (they will be coming home next week so they can practise).