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Week 2 - 27.4.20

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English : 

This week we have set four sessions of work, as session two may take a little longer and you could spread it over two days if you prefer.  As in previous weeks the reading links to the writing activities e.g. reading session 1 should be followed by writing session 1.

Greek myths were full of monsters and curses as a way of teaching lessons and punishing those who do wrong. This week you will be reading three of them and finding out the fate of those who were proud, greedy or vain.


STARTER WORD ACTIVITY: How many words can you make out of the word MINOTAUR?



This week we are looking at words ending in 'sion'.  Have a look at the verbs in the table below - what do you notice is similar about all of them? (Hint - look at the end of the word)

divide collide explode
corrode extend comprehend
evade intrude conclude

When we change these verbs into nouns, we have to replace the 'de' ending with the suffix 'sion' e.g. divide - division.

Task : In your home learning book change all of the verbs above into nouns ending in 'sion'.

Check you have spelt them all correctly by looking at the answers.  Over the week. please learn the spellings of those new words


Session 1:

Read pages 24 -26, then watch this video of the story of Athena and Arachne.

Have you ever felt jealous of someone that can do something better than you? Were they boastful?  How did you feel?  What did you do to let them know that they had hurt your feelings?  Or maybe you didn’t let them know and kept your feelings to yourself?  If you were a Greek God or Goddess what would you do to teach them a lesson?

Session 2: 

Read p27-29.  Have you ever been to a maze or a labyrinth?  Find out the difference between the two. Why do you think they were invented?

Read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur below:

You can then watch the cartoon version here :

Retell the story to someone else at home or a grandparent over the phone.  How do you think Theseus felt when he was descending (going down) into the labyrinth to fight the minotaur?


Session 3:  Read the story of Medusa :

and then watch the video:

What lesson is being taught through this story?  What can beauty not do?


Session 4:
In another Greek myth a certain King, who was always greedy for money, is granted a wish by the God Dionysus, but he soon learns an important lesson.  Read the following myth about King Midas and think about the following questions : 

  1.  What 3 things did King Midas love more than anything in the world?
  2. What is a satyr?
  3. What was Dionysus the God of?
  4. What was King Midas’s wish?
  5. Why did this wish turn out to be foolish?
  6. How did Midas rid himself of his wish?
  7. What lesson is this myth trying to teach us?

You can watch a cartoon version of this myth here :


Session 1:

Write a diary entry describing something that you’d like to be able to do really well, but the problem is someone you know is even better than you at this thing and publicly boasts about their talent when you are around.  It doesn’t have to be real, you can make up a friend and how they show off in class. 

One idea could be that you want to be the best footballer in the world, a new child joins the class and during every break time they attract crowds of children with their amazing football skills such as scissor kicks, rainbow flicks and the step over.  Whilst they’re playing the child shouts,

 “Look at me, I’m the best in the world!”

You feel angry and jealous because all your friends want to play with her or him and so in your diary you plot to teach them a lesson.

Remember to:

  • use first person pronouns (I, we, my ) 
  • describe your point of view and feelings
  • include opinions as well as facts
  • use ambitious words to describe feelings and actions
  • use an informal style as if you're speaking to someone (your diary is your private friend)
  • use conjunctions to link events
  • use inverted commas for speech "I'm the best!" shouted the boy.


Remember to organise your writing into paragraphs


Session 2:

Your task this week is to retell the story of Theseus and the Minotaur in your own words.  Here are the most important parts of the story to help you with your writing:


  • King Minos has a labyrinth (a lot of tunnels so complicated that nobody could find their way out).
  • The Minotaur was the son of the King and Queen.
  • The Minotaur lived in a labyrinth.
  • Every year seven men and women were sent from Athens and fed to the Minotaur
  • The king of Athens had a son, Theseus.  He was brave and wanted to kill the Minotaur.
  • Ariadne was the daughter of Minos and she wanted to help Theseus escape from the labyrinth.  She gave him a ball of silken thread. (Why did she do this?)
  • Theseus killed the Minotaur and helped the Athenians escape from the labyrinth
  • Theseus left Ariadne on an island and did not fulfil his promise to her.

Remember these are only the important parts of the story; your task is to retell it by making it interesting to read.  Think about using adjectives and powerful verbs in your sentences to bring them alive and make it a really good tale.  Draw a picture of the Minotaur at the end if you wish


Session 3

Who do you admire?  Is there someone you know or a famous person that has become your hero?  Your task is to write a fan letter to someone you think is great.  A hero can be a famous person or an ordinary person that you know and really admire.  They could be someone that is helping to keep us safe at the moment such as a doctor or nurse, or someone that works hard in a supermarket or food delivery service to make sure we all have enough to eat. 

Your letter must:

  • be laid out correctly with your address at the top right and the date underneath
  • On the left, begin with Dear ---, and then start a new line
  • Introduce yourself – include where you’re from. It would be nice for your hero to know they have fans from another part of the world, or to hear from someone from the same town or village.
  • Explain why you admire the celebrity – try and be as specific as possible.
  • Finish off with a friendly message for your hero – perhaps wishing them luck for their next venture or thanking them for all they do for others.


Session 4

King Midas was a greedy man and wished that everything he touched turned to gold.  However, this wish turned out to be foolish and, in the end, he had to ask for it to be taken away.

Imagine you (or another character) wished that everything you touched turned into something…what would that something be?  What impact would this have on you?

In your home learning book, plan your own version of the King Midas myth where everything you (or another character) touch turns into something.  How did you get this special wish?  What happened?  How did it make you feel?

Use bullet points like in the example below :


  • I was walking along a river bank when I suddenly stumbled over a large stone. 
  • I picked up the stone and a voice called out to me ‘I am Smilus, the God of happiness, what is your wish?’
  • As I was feeling hungry I told the God that my wish was that everything I touched turned into chocolate, hoping that the stone would turn into a huge lump of delicious chocolate.
  • It worked.
  • When I got home, everything I touched turned to chocolate and I had a wonderful time feasting on it.
  • Later, I began to feel very sick so I went to rest in my garden.  I sat down on a chair and fell asleep. 
  • When I woke up, I felt very sticky.  The chair had turned to chocolate and begun to melt in the hot sunshine.  My skin and hair were covered in chocolate!
  • My cat came to jump on my lap and immediately turned to chocolate.
  • I started crying, and begged Smilus to take my wish away.
  • He granted my wish and from that day on I never ate another piece of chocolate again.


After planning your myth:

EITHER write it out in full as a story. 

Don’t forget to include speech between the characters (correctly punctuated of course).  Vary your sentences – extend some to make them longer and more detailed using conjunctions.  Also use fronted adverbials to vary your sentence starters (see word mats for support).


OR act out your version of the story (with other members of your family or make puppets and act it out as a puppet show).  

Maths : 

Times tables practice : please practice your 12 times table this week.  Use online games if that helps, or simply practice chanting it from 1 x 12 through to 12 x 12.  Ask somebody to ask quickfire questions to test your knowledge.


Top marks online times tables games :


We are continuing with decimals and fractions this week and revising how we use decimals with money.  Please follow the White Rose home learning again, this time going to Summer Term Week 2.

Lesson 1 - Round decimals

Lesson 2 - Halves and quarters

Lesson 3 - Pounds and pence

Lesson 4 - Ordering money

Lesson 5 - Challenge questions

(have a go at Questions 1 - 5 which cover a range of topics)

**Last week the White Rose home learning website was overloaded and people struggled to access these resources on Monday morning.  Please persevere with this and you will eventually be able to get onto the website**

Online Maths games

Rounding decimals game :  (start with 'rounding to the nearest whole number')

Toy shop money : (choose mixed coins £1 - £10)

Coconut ordering : (Choose prices and select which level you'd like to do)



L.O. : I understand the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system.

This week we are learning about the human digestive system!  There is a really fun practical task to do that demonstrates how the digestive system works so if you are able to obtain the following items that would be great:

  • Bananas and plain crackers
  • Metal spatula (or scissors) and masher
  • Tights
  • Water and orange juice
  • Large paper cups
  • Stopwatch


Please go through the slides on the following power point first and write down any answers in your home learning book. 

Then watch the following video clip.  Try and remember the names of the different parts of the digestive system and what each part does.



  1. Cut out the pictures of the different parts of the digestive system and put them in the correct order (independent task 1 on 'Digestive system activities' file below)
  2. Match the part of the digestive system to the correct function - if you are feeling confident try and write the function in your own words! (Independent task 2 on 'Digestive system activities' file below).
  3. Carry out the practical task shown on the following video clip: 

If you enjoyed this activity, take a look at Maddie Moad and Greg's fun video on the digestive system here:


L.O : I can create a timeline of events that took place during the Ancient Greek Period.

This week we are thinking about the history of Ancient Greece.  When did it begin?  When did it end?  How did it end?  What key events took place during the times of the Ancient Greek civilisation?

You will be creating your own timeline in whichever way you choose (I have added some ideas below).  Feel free to add pictures and make it look colourful.  You can also do some extra research about the events that took place and add on more dates if you would like.


Firstly, please read through this powerpoint to understand the history of Ancient Greece : 

Activity : 

Create your own timeline which includes the different periods of time that you have just read about: 

You can either draw it into your home learning book (over 2 pages at least), draw on a patio area/pavement with chalk, or perhaps choose one of the practical ideas shown here (be as creative as you like) : 

Now, find out when these key events took place and add them on to your timeline : 

•The 1st Olympic Games held

•The Greek alphabet is introduced

•The Battle of Marathon

•The Battle of Salamis (Greece v Persia)

•The Peloponnesian War (Athens v Sparta)

•Alexander the Great was born

•The Romans conquered Athens


Use this website to help you research their dates :


Optional Challenge : Can you find out any other events that took during the Ancient Greek Civilisation and add them onto your timeline?


L.O : I can sketch a Minotaur.

To link to the Greek myth you have read about 'Theseus and the Minotaur' we thought you might like to draw your own version of the Minotaur. 

Either draw one from your imagination or watch these two short videos as a guide, one is a cartoon style the other shows you how to sketch him.  Please send any photos of your artwork to us via the office e-mail address on Wednesday.   (Scroll down for the video and then step by step instructions)


L.O. : I can appraise a piece of Greek music

This week I'd like you to listen to some traditional Greek music and think about what you can hear and how it makes you feel.  I have chosen a famous dance called 'Zorba the greek' - hopefully we'll be able to learn this dance and perform it once we are back in school.  

Task : Click on the link below and listen to the 1st 3 minutes of the music (up to 3:00)

Answer the following questions in your home learning books :

1) What instruments can you hear playing the music?

2) Does the tempo of the music stay the same throughout the piece? (Tempo = how fast/slow a piece of music is)

3)  How does the music make you feel?  Can you explain why it makes you feel like that?


Close your eyes and listen to the music. Where do you picture yourself whilst listening to this music?  What can you see around you?  Who else is in the picture?

Draw this scene into your home learning book and write a few sentences to describe the picture.


L.O : I can follow a recipe to create a Greek salad.

During our phonecalls, lots of you mentioned that you'd been enjoying helping in the kitchen by baking and cooking some delicious dishes.  So this week we thought we'd set you the task of making a Greek Salad for your family to enjoy.

Before you begin please watch the following videos on how to chop safely with a sharp knife, we don't want anyone cutting themselves.

The bridge cut:

The claw technique:

Peeling fruit and veg:

Preparing herbs and garlic :


Follow this recipe:


**We'd love you to take a photo of any work that you are proud of, or things you have created, and email it in to school on Wednesday to add to the photo section on our Year 4 home learning page on the school website


you can now upload photos and messages yourselves onto our blog on the school website

(we will give you your password during our weekly phonecalls) **