St Margaret's CofE

Primary School


WB 20.4.20

Supplementary materials to help with this week's workcool

The supplementary maths work suggests you start be revising fractions.  This can be done with the worksheet or tends to work really well with food or any other objects.  The key things about fractions is the number of the bottom ( denominator) tells you how many groups to split your whole into.  The top number ( numerator) tells you how many of those groups to put together.  Here is an explanation:


The next step is to revise tenths as fractions and then as decimals  ( only tenths and hundredths can be decimals)   and then go onto year four work which is hundredths.  Linked to this is the ability to divide all numbers by ten and hundred.  A place value grid is helpful  with this.

tenths explanation:

hundreths explanation:


Finally this week we are concentrating on problem solving. The easiest way to do this is online at this site.   using a bar modelling or thinking blocks.  However there are also some sheets here to use


This week's work is about writing a story  using paragraphs and particularly adding description to increase depth and interest in the story.  The set theme is an adventure in a coral reef but children can write any story they like.

This shows how to use paragraphs :

Using fronted adverbials  a key  learning objective for year 4 :


Children should try to use adjectives, adverbs and similes in their work


After writing, they will need help to check their work and should be encouraged to go back and correct it



Our science topic for this week is habitats.  We hope to study ocean habitats but children may enjoy exploring their garden or park habitat.  You might enjoy Chris Packham series Life and death on your lawn


Here is an outline of how children study habitats  across the school.


In year 4, we start to think about classifying  living animals into groups vertebrates ( with a back bone)

mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians

invertebrates - insects and  "other"

We look at how a habitat supports animal by providing food, shelter, camouflage.

We also look at food chains and introduce terms such as producer, consumer predator and prey.