Good morning Willow Class!

Thank you to those of you who have sent me pictures of your work this week. I do a Learning Review blog each Friday for Oak Class and would like to do one for you tomorrow too. Please send me any work from this week that you’d like me to include:


The Midnight Gang:

Task 1. Watch/listen to the first two chapters – up to 13:15 mins:

Consider the following questions:

How is the start of this book similar to the others that we have looked at this week? How is it different?

You may wish to discuss these questions with someone at home or record your answers in your Home Learning Book.

Task 2. Look back at all the extracts that you have read this week. Click the link below to look at some examples of how David Walliams presents his writing:

Examples of how David Walliams presents his writing

Why do you think he does this? What effect does this have on you, the reader? Again, you may wish to discuss these questions with someone at home or record your answers in your Home Learning Book.

Task 3. Now watch The Midnight Gang Film Note: PG certificate. (Watch from 2:40 mins until 6:20 mins)

Task 4. You are going to write the scene that you have watched in your own words. Think about the events that have happened since Tom entered the children’s ward.

Things to think about:

-write in 3rd person (he, she, they)

-write in the past tense

-include some of your Year 4 skills, e.g. fronted adverbials for where or when

-include speech and remember to use speech punctuation properly

-use some of the David Walliams style of writing, e.g. larger words for effect.

After you have finished, read your writing out loud and check for spelling and punctuation.


LI – to find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.

For maths today, I would like you to begin by reading through the Making Shapes Ppt. There are two ways to access this – the top way is the best because on the second link, some of the text on the slides is jumbled up. Only use the second link if you can’t get onto Twinkl. Some of the slides will ask you to draw your own rectilinear shapes. Do this in your Home Learning Book.

First link (the best one to use):

Once you have followed this Twinkl link, click the green DOWNLOAD NOW button and open the PowerPoint.

Second link (only use this one if you are unable to access Twinkl via the link above):

PowerPoint – Making Shapes

After working through the Ppt, click the following link to access today’s worksheets. There are three to choose from; sheet 1 is mild; sheet 2 is spicy and sheet 3 is hot. Do some self-assessment based on how you found the Ppt and decide which sheet to do. Ideally, print out the sheet but if you can’t do that, just work in your Home Learning Book. I will post the answers later although if you’ve used the Twinkl link, they will also be in your downloaded file. Remember not to look at them until you have completed the work.

Horizontal Format – Making Shapes

Stilling Time

Please access Mrs O’Donnell’s Stilling Time activity today and enjoy your time with her.


LI – to consider the key question: What is prayer?

We will be starting a new RE unit this half term called What is prayer?

Through it, we will be considering and trying to answer the following key questions:

  • What is prayer?
  • How do people pray?
  • When do people pray?
  • Why do people pray?
  • Where do people pray?

As part of daily life at Ellel St. John’s, you will have experienced opportunities to pray in many different ways.  You may also have different experiences of prayer as members of different faiths and all of these things will affect your answers to the key questions.
Task 1. I would like you to consider the key questions really carefully and as a response to them, create a graffiti map of your answers. These do not need to simply be written answers although some of them will be written. They can also be in drawings or picture form, key words and phrases, photographs, images cut out of magazines, ideas from famous artwork, lyrics from songs etc. Be as creative as you possibly can! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Task 2. Prayer is…

Now you are going to answer the key questions in a different way, by writing an acrostic poem all about prayer. Remember, each line of the poem should start with the letters of the word PRAYER and should try to answer the key question What is prayer? I can’t wait to see your prayerful responses and Mrs Thomas may well use some of them in her next Worship!