Moving into Year 4

Welcome to all the current Year 3 pupils who will be moving into Year 4 in September 2020! Well done for finding our new Transition page! It is designed to help you with the preparations of moving into Year 4 and I will make sure to include a lot of interesting and useful resources for us to help with our learning. It will also include lots of fun activities for you!

I am really excited to be your new teacher from September and I hope you are also looking forward to Year 4! As I only spent a couple of months at school last year, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite pictures. I cannot wait to get to know you better too.

In the video that I sent to you on Showbie, I mentioned I would give you some clues about our very first topic so here they are… I wonder how quickly you will be able to guess what our learning might be about?

Click here to reveal our first topic for September 2020.



What learning looks like in Year 4…

Transition Activities

Getting to know you activities

Hello Year 3! Here you will find a few activities that I hope you will enjoy. They will begin to prepare you for your new class and give me an opportunity to get to know you a little better too. If you would like me to see these before the summer holidays, please send them to Mrs Hodgson on Showbie. I am looking forward to reading your super work!

To share some of your favourite things with me, you can fill in and decorate the All About Me! booklet.

Show me what an amazing and unique individual you are by drawing or writing the answers to the questions in the I am an amazing person! activity.


Thinking positive thoughts and trying to see the best in a situation is called having a positive attitude or having a positive mindset. In the classroom, staying positive can help you learn better

A positive mindset can also help you adopt a growth mindset. A growth mindset is believing in the power of yourself and your brain! With trying hard things, using different strategies and practice we can all get better at things. So when you are trying something tricky for the first time, instead of saying… “I’ll never do it! It’s too hard!” try thinking… “I will learn how to do this!” Can you think of any other thoughts that could help you stay positive?

In the following animation you will see Meesha and Lucas in a maths lesson. As time goes on, Meesha and Lucas talk. Meesha explains that you can change your mindset and she encourages Lucas to do this. Gradually, Lucas starts to think in a different way. He starts to think that he can do maths, that he can get better. He starts to have a go, to keep trying and show resilience.

After you watch the video, give advice to children who might be having a hard time doing science in school or learning how to swim or ride a bike. Can you think of something encouraging to say to all three children? Click here for the activity sheet.

Use the Helpful words and phrases or the What can I say? prompts to help you.

Summer Holidays Learning Grid

I thought it would be a lovely idea for you to have a summer holidays learning grid full of fun activities for you to dip in and out of, during the holidays, if you choose to. The activities link to our new topics and I hope they will really help you, not only in your learning in Year 4, but also to feel more ready for your new class. Dive into a fabulous summer with these creative tasks to keep you entertained!

Summer Holidays Learning Grid


Below you will find a range of activities and resources to give your learning in Year 4 a little boost. I hope you will find the activities amusing and you choose to have a go at a wide range of them! Happy holidays and happy learning!



Happiness is a feeling and joy can be thought of as a way of thinking or looking at life. Happiness is an emotion or something we experience, joy can be an attitude or a mindset we choose to have in all circumstances, good or bad, because we trust that God loves us and is always with us. True joy can come from our relationships with others based on acceptance, understanding and love. We can also find joy in God’s goodness, presence and protection.

In RE we will learn how the Bible tells us about God and his love for us. Can you test yourself and match the following vocabulary to their correct meaning? Matching game

There is incredible joy to be experienced in the quiet and beauty of nature. Spend some time watching a summer storm, viewing a sunrise or sunset or go for a quiet walk to observe and find joy in nature. Find joy in nature.

Sharing our happiness can brighten the day of others. Bring joy to another family member by doing something nice for them. When they say, “Thank you!” respond by saying, “Share the joy!” Then it is their turn to surprise someone. Share the joy! Can you think of any other ways to share joy?


Summer Writing Challenge

Keep your writing skills sharp! Take on the summer writing challenge and choose from creative and fun writing tasks. Write, draw and doodle in your free time. How many activities will you complete?

Try story writing! Here is a story mountain to help with your planning. Story mountain

Create a comic book strip of your favourite story! Comic

Can you solve this tricky word search and include the weird and wonderful words in your writing? Weird and wonderful vocabulary


Summer Reading Bingo

Give your reading a boost! Take part in the summer reading bingo and tick as many reading activities off the list as you can. Read independently or read to your family. Ask an adult or sibling to read to you. Enjoy picture books, eBooks, chapter books, magazines, comics, newspapers, poetry and anything else you can get your hands on! There are a lot we can do with books. Try these activities and keep a reading journal throughout the summer. Summer reading journal

Why not try an eBook? The Oxford Owl eBook library has a variety to choose from. Oxford Owl eBook library

Let storytellers take you on an adventure. Listen to stories online! Storyteller videos

Can you record yourself reading to someone? Watch Bella Ramsey read an extract from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Story read by Bella Ramsey Here are some other silly ideas you might want to try. Make a video of you telling a joke or reading from your favourite funny book or poem. Pull a funny face and pose with your favourite book and take a photo.



We know the importance of learning our times tables in Year 4.  We all know that we are expected to know all of our times tables by the end of the year.  Please use these links to help you learn your times tables online. Come up with some active ways to practise your times tables. Design a Burn2Learn activity to practise or learn some moves from the Super Movers. Burn2Learn Finger Fit Super Movers Top Marks games Times tables online games Online and downloadable Oxford Owl activities

Here are some games you could download, print and play as a family too.

3x tables 4x tables 5x tables 6x tables 7x tables 8x tables 9x tables 10x tables 11x tables 12x tables Mixture of times tables Time tables dice game bundle

We also check our times tables at school regularly to see which ones we need to learn. Please use the same website we use in school which I have added below. Try to set a new high score! 

Multiplication Tables Check

“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” says the White Rabbit as he takes out his pocket watch from his waistcoat pocket. Make sure you never miss a tea party or a croquet game by learning to tell the time! The following resources can help you learning with analog and digital clocks. From computers to phones, watches and clocks, everywhere you look there’s something telling you the time. This video from the British Museum explores how time has been told throughout history. A brief history of time telling

Watch the video to learn how to tell the time on a clock. How to tell the time  These videos can be helpful too. Check them out! Time videos

These activities can help you practise reading the analog and digital clocks. Hourly Half hourly15 minute increments 5 minute increments Minute increments

Keep your maths brain engaged with these arithmetic quizzes. Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Quiz 4 Quiz 5 Quiz 6

Some worded problems we see in maths can pose tricky questions. There are key words that these questions include that can give you a clue about what you operation you need to use to get the answer. Have a go at matching the mathematical terms to the appropriate operations. Vocabulary sorting activity  


The best thing about learning science is that we get to try fun experiments. In September we will be learning more about the different states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Explore the topic by trying these science investigations at home! Here is a word mat to help you with your research. States of matter word mat

This cool ice lolly experiment will be ideal to try on a hot sunny day.Ice lolly survival.

Did you ever wonder how smells travel in the air? Try to come up with your own investigation to answer the question. How do smells travel?


The Surrealist art movement began in the early 1920s, and the artists who painted surrealist images were trying to paint the amazing and unusual things they thought about. Even if it could never really happen that way in real life. They felt that the world around them was too rigid. Too strict. That it needed more curiosity. In the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland we have Alice, our main character, who is especially curious. As she ventures deeper into Wonderland, she finds lots of fantastic creatures and places. Surrealist artists liked to paint their dreams and they liked to explore subjects in art that had never been imagined or painted before.

Want to know what a lobster and a telephone have got in common? Click here to find out.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think about when you let your imagination go wild? How about a jellyfish wearing socks or a hippo wearing a tiara? Try painting it!

Try this fun surrealist colouring sheet. Colouring like Miró.

Once you are done with your work, sign it like a true artist. Sign your name like Miró.


Try touch typing! Touch typing is a method of typing without the need to look at the keyboard. This way, the fingers get so used to typing that they instinctively go to the appropriate keys without the typist needing to see or even feel around the keyboard.

Knowing where to find the keys can really boost your typing speed and efficiency. Computer, tablet and phone keyboards have a similar layout so you can get familiar with the place of the keys on any device.

Dance mat typing is a great game to help you learn how to touch type on a computer keyboard. Dance mat typing.

These prompts will help you remember the use of the different keys. Computer keyboard prompts.

Use your new typing skills to create a project in word, keynote, power point or any other program you like. The topic of the project is your choice! Happy typing!


In the autumn we will be working on developing our sewing skills. To help you get ready for the crafting you could create a sock puppet! This will let you practise key skills like tying a knot, sewing on a button and using the running stitch.

Here is a helpful guide on how to tie an overhand knot. How to tie a knot guide.

Use colourful buttons for the eyes of your puppet. Watch this video for beginners on how to sew on different buttons. They are quite tricky, but practise makes perfect! Click here for the video.

By using a running stitch you can secure the ears of your sock puppet. Running stitch.

Can you put on a cute puppet show for your family?


Maps are a quick and easy way to learn about the world around us, what it looks like and the different places within. Can you name all the continents and oceans of the world? Here is a map to remind you. Continents and oceans

Collect some interesting facts about the continents and oceans and make your own mini book. My continents book

In September our focus will be on the United Kingdom. We will go for an adventure around the UK, learning about where the UK is in the world, then exploring its countries, capital cities and counties. This map shows you where to UK is within Europe. UK within Europe map The names of the twenty largest cities in the UK are located in this word search for you to find. Can you spot them all? UK cities word search  

Can you find out any surprising facts about the UK? Here are some fascinating facts for you to get started. Facts about the UK


Lewis Carroll is the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll is the pen name of the author (the name under which he wrote his book) and his real name is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was born in 1832 and his book about Alice was published in 1865. In the history of the United Kingdom, the period between 1837 and 1901 is called the Victorian era. It was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Did you know that tea sets, rocking horses and toy soldiers were popular toys in the Victorian times? Children’s toys were mostly made from wood, metal or paper.

Here is some information about some of the popular toys from the Victorian era. Can you compare the similarities and differences between the old and modern toys? Victorian toys information and activity.

Why not try to make your own paper toy models? Jack in the box. Toy soldier. Paper boat.


Could you practise your counting in French? The following resources can remind you of the spellings and pronunciation. Can you design a Burn2Learn to play with your family and teach them the numbers? How about counting sheep in French before you fall asleep?

French number word mat  Number pronunciation French number sequences activity  



Alice encounters familiar songs and rhymes as she travels through Wonderland. The Mad Hatter tells Alice about the time he sang at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts. However, the song seems somewhat different from the original…

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!

In the cartoon adaptation, Alice is very puzzled when she hears the Mad Hatter and the March Hare singing the “Very Merry Unbirthday” song. Very Merry Unbirthday!

Now it is your turn to come up with a silly song! Use this template to create your own lyrics to the tune of “twinkle, twinkle, little star”. Twinkle, twinkle, little star template.

Learning through song can be fun too! This example has a modern tune and it teaches you about the different types of nouns. Listen to a song about nouns. Can you teach a friend something new through a song? You could choose a topic you are an expert in.


Can you organise your own sporting event at home? You could compete against your friends in the park or have a go at the races in the garden. Why not try an egg and spoor race, a sack race, and object balancing race or an agility challenge?

Play your favourite sport and keep active! Don’t forget to warm up before you start and stretch after you finish! Remember to drink water and keep hydrated, especially if it is a hot day.

Design a poster for your sports day. Design a poster.

Here are a few tips and tricks for some of the sports day races. Egg and spoon race. Object balancing race. Standing long jump. Agility challenge. Underarm throw.


We all like to spend our time with good friends. Whether it is playing football in the park or having a fun video call, spending time with our friends can cheer us up. It is important to work on our relationships and make sure we are keeping our friendships strong and happy.

Can you think of qualities that make a good friend? Come up with the key ingredients of a good friendship and a good friend. Recipe for a good friend.

Can you think of different ways too show your friends how much you appreciate them? You could make a friendship bracelet as a gift. Here are some ideas for you to try. How to make a friendship bracelet?