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Hello, my name is Miss. Edwards and I teach the Magpies Class.


I am the Phase Leader for Year 3 and Year 4, and the Geography Leader at Mount Wise.


I am passionate about travel. I am lucky enough to have lived and taught in America for two years. I like to use my experiences to inspire children to become Geographers, be engaged by and proud of their local environment and to think on a global scale.


Find out more about me and what we are learning in class by clicking on my photo.




Hello, my name is Mr. Jones and I teach the Goldcrests Class which is a mixture of Year 3 and Year 4 pupils.


I am a mature, newly qualified teacher, who previously served 22 years in the Royal Navy.


Find out more about me and what we are learning in class by clicking on my photo.





Hello, my name is Mrs. Raftery and I teach the Buzzards Class.


I support the development of Mathematics at Mount Wise. 


I am passionate about pupils being able to use and see Maths in the world around them. It is very rewarding to be able to witness and be a part of the development and progress of all children. We make sure that every pupil is involved in a fun, engaging and inclusive curriculum.


Find out more about me and what we are learning in class by clicking on my photo.

Autumn Term Overview


Every day we focus on the essentials: Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. Each week we also study Physical Education, Music, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Emotional subjects. Each term we go deeply into subjects such as Art, History, Geography and Design and Technology. We also study Modern Foreign Languages (KS2) and Computing. This term we are learning about ...


Year 3


Year 4


Tools for learning


Pupils use the following tools to help them learn more and remember more.


1. Knowledge Organiser - pupils use this tool to understand what knowledge they will learn

2. Graphic Schema - pupils use this tool to help them make links in learning.

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Dear Magpies

Please find below a range of activities that you can complete at home. These activities are based around the Water cycle, as this would have been our topic next term. I have attached our Pace sheet to give some guidance. Please feel free to google our learning objectives and complete your own work. However I will be adding suggested activities weekly.  

I miss you all, very much! I hope you are all well and behaving yourselves. I look forward to seeing you when all this is over!

Lots of love,

Miss Extence.




Happy Monday my lovely Magpies. I miss you all very much and hope that you continue to stay safe and well. Please do remember that work being set is to be completed as and when you can. We really do not expect you to complete it all! Work at your own pace. But try to stick to the order work is loaded onto the website. You should have all had your home learning packs delivered. If not please do contact the school.  

Lots of Love 

Miss Extence.





Welcome to your final term in year 4!

I still cant quite believe that this is the final term of the school year. This week some children have started to come back to school and your school environment has changed to help promote social distancing. Classes are no longer full and children are in groups of no more than 10. Everything is a little different and I miss normality and all your happy faces. Hopefully soon we will be allowed to welcome more children back to school. 

But for now, keep doing what you can at home. Remember little and often is better than all at once. Keep checking back on our class page, and remember to continue to be kind.

Lots of love Miss Extence

Having spoken to parents I am going to use the CGP books to help plan and deliver some lesson. 
Reading Comprehension.

We will be using the CPG books exactly the same way we do in school. Each comprehension will last you a week and will be broken down into five lessons.


Lesson one: Vocabulary: Look at the text and identify words that are unfamiliar to you. Make a list of these words. What do you think the word means? Have you heard the word before? Re-read the sentence the word is in. Can you make it make sense? What do you predict the word means? Check your prediction in a dictionary. Were you right? Write the definition next to the word. Can you find any synonyms or antonyms? Can you build a sentence using the new word? Now do the same for other unfamiliar words.




Lesson Two: Do you remember any of the words you learnt from yesterday? fold a piece of paper into eights. Write one of the words in each eight. Fold another piece of paper into eights, write the definitions into each eight. Cut them out and play pairs. Matching the word to the definition correctly to score a point.


Now read the text. Does it make sense? Are there any other words you need to add to your list?


Lesson Three: Read the text with expression, fluency and pace. Pause at the punctuation. What does the punctuation add to the meaning of the text? What have you learnt about the characters in the text? How are they feeling? what's important to them? how do you know? What do you think would happen next if the text was extended?


Timed read: set the timer to one min. How many words can you read? Record your total ready to beat it tomorrow.  


Lesson Four: Re-read the text. Remember, fluency, pace, expression. Now read all the questions. Are there any words you are unfamiliar with? How many points is each question worth? What reading skill is the question requiring you to use?  Do you already know some of the answers? Answer these questions first. Check the text to make sure.


Timed read: Did you beat your score from yesterday?


Lesson Five: This should be a fluent read. Did you manage it? Look at the questions you didn't answer yesterday and have a go at completing these today. Check your answers make sense. Have you included all the information need to secure the marks? 


Timed read: How many words did you achieve on your final read? Did you smash day three's total?


Mark your work. What did you score? Where did you go wrong? What did you do well?


Summer Term work:


I'm going to confuse you now by adding work here instead of making you scroll through all the work that has been see.

Firstly I hope everybody is safe and well. Lots of children have said that they are using the home school learning packs to work from at home and please do feel free to continue however I will continue to add some work to the school website.

Maths- Summer term 2:
Please continue to work through your CGP books. These will cover all the year 4 objectives. However if you fancy something more structured we are going to dip in and out of the white Rose teaching sessions. Theses are going to focus on Fractions- which I know we found tricky.

Page 6


Adding 1000


look at the place value of each digit. Identify the thousands. Then add 1 more (1000). What's your total now?


d, e, f 

These questions are the opposite. I know that 1827 is 1000 more than my original number. So this time I'm  going to take away.


Activity 2-


Column addition: start with the ones. Remember to record your carry over underneath (if your total is more than 10) 



This is exactly the same as page 4, except this time we are using money. Use a place value grid to help you if you need. 


Think carefully about which order the numbers need to go in. 



Look at the numbers written in the boxes. Your job is to find a number that is bigger than 1990 BUT smaller than 1995 there is more than 1 choice. 


1991 is bigger than 1990 BUT less than 1995.


1992 is bigger than 1990 BUT less than 1995.


1993 is bigger than 1990 BUT less than 1995.


1994 is bigger than 1990 BUT less than 1995.


However, 1995 = 1995 so 1995 can not go in the box!


Page 4


Look carefully at the numbers. Which is smaller?


3 hundreds = 300

31 tens = 310


Convert each number to help you. Remember 3 hundreds is the same as 3 lots of 100. Just like 31 tens is the same as 31 lots of ten.


9 tens = 9x10

89 ones = 89 x 1






These are tricky look carefully at the place value of each number.




Rearrange the digits to make the smallest and largest number you can.


Which digit is the smallest?  Which digit is the largest?


EG 6154 


To make the biggest number possible I need the digits to go in descending order.


the largest digit is 6 then 5 then 4 then 1. The largest number I can make is 6541.


To make the smallest number I need the numbers to go in ascending order. 1456. 


Page 3


Activity 1-


Ordering numbers. Look carefully at the place value of each number. Remember your place value grids? 



place each number into the place value grid. Which number has the most Thousands? this is your biggest number. Which number is the smallest? Does it have any thousands? Can you read these numbers out loud? Can you order these numbers? Can you use the signs < and > to compare them?

Activity 2:

Now look at these numbers. Again place them into a place value grid. This will help you to identify the value of each unit. Practice saying these numbers out loud. Which is the biggest? Which is the smallest?

 Next to each number record the value of each unit eg 1274 ...70 

7 is in the tens. 7 lots of 10 is 70

Activity 3:

Again use the place value grid to help you identify the value of each unit. Remember your picture representation? 


5693 = 5000 + 600 + 90 + 3

See if you can draw these numbers as well as partition them. You might even be able to write the numbers in words. Use your exercise book if you need to.

Activity 4:

Read and order these numbers see if you can do these without using a place value grid

Page 2


Activity 1- Nice and easy starter for you. Counting up from 0 in 6's, 9's and 7's


Count aloud in each times table. How quickly can you go? Log onto times table rock stars or click the link below.

Activity 2- Minus numbers.


Look at the number line below. Practice counting up and back in negative numbers. What do you notice?


Use the number line if you are unsure. Start at 6 and jump back 8 spaces. Where do you land? Keep going ..... start at 2 - 9. Where do you land? now try 11-15. Can you use the numberline?

3- Look at the number line.

What do you notice? Can you work out the scale? look carefully at where the marker points. 




Page 1- Counting in 5's (this should be a nice warm up) 

practice counting up and back in 5's starting at a range of numbers. Then complete the pattern.


2. Look carefully at the scale and try to identify the pattern. What are we counting in? The 5th number in our pattern is 5,000. 

What can you multiply 5 by to get 5,000? or if you divide 5,000 by 5 ?

Can you identify the scale now? 


3. Roman numerals

Mrs Raftery had the joy of teaching you this.

What can you recall?

Have a look at the table if you have forgotten.



4. Complete the number line.


What do you notice? There are minus numbers. count up and back in minus 5's. What do you notice about the pattern? 



This term we are going to move away from the story telling sequence as families are finding it tricky to deliver at home. So we will being by working through a 1 week program. Hope that is more helpful. 

Hello my lovely year 4! I've started to add a week at a time so please work through each week at your own pace.



Have a look through these grammar questions. What do you know already? what do we need to revise? 

Grammar revision guide:


Have a look through the revision guide and see what you have missed. Now have a another go at answering the questions. Where did you go wrong?


Last week packs were sent home with our Geography for the term.

This term we are continuing our water cycle topic and  started to look at biodomes. 

The Water Cycle song - Fuenlabrada

The Water Cycle song,

The lesson below follow a sequence of learning that the children would have followed should they have been in school. Please don't feel as though you have to complete all the activities. We understand that many of you are trying to juggle working from home, educating more than 1 child and maintaining the house. so please just do what you can when you can do it. The lessons are progressive and build upon what was taught the previous day. So please do complete the tasks in order. School is open for families of key workers, so please do contact us if you are unsure or need additional support. 


Lesson 1

MULTIPLICATION - Year 4 - Calculations In Action - Maths Moments 17

now try

  243        234        654          256          326       873        897           567      876      233

x    2       x   3      x     5        x    4       x     3     x     6     x    2        x     3     x    3    x   2

Lesson 2

Divide two- and three-digit multiples of 10 by single-digit numbers with a simple method

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Have a go at dividing using jottings or mentally.


120 ÷ 6 =                           150 ÷ 5 =                         70 ÷ 5=                     180 ÷ 9 =


240÷3=                               320÷8=                           270÷9=                      360÷6= 

Lesson 3

Word problems- use the methods taught to complete these word problems.

Lesson 5: Arithmetic Paper

Year 4 Division using the Short Method

Year 4 Division using the Short Method


I can divide a 2 digit number by a single digit.


watch the video part way. Stop before she moves onto 3 digit numbers ( THIS IS TOMORROW'S WORK) 


Now have a go at these:




More challenging

Superstar material

12 ÷ 3 =

35 ÷ 5 =

66 ÷ 6 =

       44 ÷ 4 =

27 ÷ 3 =

84 ÷ 4 =

34 ÷ 2 =

65 ÷ 5 =

       48 ÷ 6 =

28 ÷ 2 =

48 ÷ 2 =

98 ÷ 7 =

33 ÷ 3 =

36 ÷ 6 =

87 ÷ 3 =

55 ÷ 5 =

54 ÷ 3 =

96 ÷ 4 =


Lesson 7: 

Please look again at yesterday's video and have a go at using the written method to complete these questions.


932 ÷ 4 =                                   168÷8=                                       777÷7=              360÷9=


828 ÷ 6=                                     363÷3=                                      243÷9=               782÷2=

Lesson 8:


I can divide by 10.


Watch the video above (how to divide by ten link) and then have a go at completing these. Remember your place value gid. Remember to keep your decimal point still. When dividing by ten when shift the numbers to right.


12÷10=                  32 ÷ 10 =                     99÷10 =                236÷10 =


543÷10 =                987÷10=                    234÷10=             743÷10=

                                                      Decimal point


Hundreds Tens ones  Tenths Hundredths Thousandths


Lesson 9:


Dividing by 100.


Have another look at yesterday's lesson. Today we are dividing by 100. What do you think will happen to our numbers now? how many points to the right will our numbers shift? remember that the decimal point stays in the same place.


Create your own place value grid and have ago at dividing these by 100. 


243 ÷ 100 =              345÷ 100=                      649÷100=                       345÷100=


342÷100=                  989÷100=                        34÷100=                       56÷100= 


New Topic

Investigating statistics.


Lesson 1- Create a mind map to show what you already know about statistics.

Think about:

What are statistics?

What do we use them for?

why are they important?

How can we record statistics?

Have you ever looked at Statistics before?

Now have a look at the types of graph power point and add anything you missed to you mind map.

Lesson 2-


As our topic this term is the water cycle please use the instruction to create a rain fall gauge. follow the instructions carefully as we will need accurate data. 

Lesson 3:


Check your rain gauge and record todays data.


Record today's date and the measure be careful not spill any. How much rainfall did you have?  

Lesson 4: Keep collecting data from your rain Gauge. Which day had the most rain fall? How might you tell? Remember to keep collecting your data.


Now watch the you tube video on Bar charts and the have a go at completing the worksheets. 

Bar Charts - Primary

This video shows how to answer 3 bar chart questions - ideal for students studying Key Stage 2 mathematics Questions:

Interpreting data:

Click onto the weblink and have a go at completing the bar chart questions. Can you read the data? Look carefully at the scale. What is it increasing by? Which level can you get to?

Line graphs:


What do you know about a line graph? Can you picture one in your head?

Have a look at the line graph below. What can you see? what is the scale increasing by?



Flotsam By David Wiesner

While collecting Flotsam - anything floating that has been washed ashore - a young boy stumbles across a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own s...

Lesson 1
  • The title “Flotsam”-? Looking at the meaning what could this tell us about the story from before we have even read it? After reading why do you think the book is called Flotsam? What does it tell us about the story of the camera?



Meaning: Flotsam means the cargo or shipwreck washed up by the sea.

Lesson 2:

Create a book review using our writing criteria.

Summarise the text:

What did you like?

what did you dislike?

How would you improve the story?

Were there any surprises?


remember to use because in your sentences.



Can you ….…. 

Y4 Writing Challenge Card 

Use the Power of Three 


Use a question mark 


Use alliteration. 


Use ambitious ‘WOW’ words 


Use a range of openers  


Use a sophisticated conjunction  


Use an exclamation mark 


Use a simile or metaphor 


Use onomatopoeia  


Use a subordinating conjunction  


Use at least 3 senses  


Use a generalising word  


Use apostrophes for omission  


Use apostrophes for possession  


Use speech marks  


Use paragraphs 


lesson 3: Can you create a plot matrix for the story of Flotsam?
Lesson 4:

Have a go at stepping and speaking our text (This will be tricky as there are NO words). Can you retell the story using just actions? 


Lesson 5:


Look carefully at the little boy in the story of Flotsam. Create a character description.


Use these sentence stems to help:


At the beginning of the story, 


Throughout the story the child is................


He appears to be............................



To to use ambitious vocabulary when describing the child's appearance. 



gangling; gaunt; haggard; lanky; scrawny; skinny; spindly; withered / agile; athletic; lean; lithe; petite; rangy; reedlike; slender; slight; slim; thin; trim; willowy / barrel-chested; beefy; big-boned; brawny; buxom; chubby; fat; muscular; well-muscled; voluptuous; stocky


Blonde- ash blonde; strawberry blonde; platinum blonde; flaxen; honey-coloured; towheaded; light blonde; yellow-brown; fair-haired; champagne; tawny-gold; golden-haired; yellow-haired;





Lesson 6:


Please create a setting description of the beach.

Remember to use ambitious vocabulary and write about things you might hear, see, feel, smell and taste.

Remember to use metaphors, similes and power of three. 

Lesson 7:


Choose you favourite part of the story and have ago at adding some Character dialogue. If you haven't already please play the direct speech game first. Remember to use speech marks.


Where does the punctuation go? Think carefully.  

Lesson 8:


Creating your own Plot Matrix.


Look at the plot matrix you created of the original story and have a go at changing it.

Who is going to be in your story?

Where is your story set?

Select 3 things you are going to find and photograph.

What's different about these 3 things?

How is your story going to end?


Draw pictures into your new plot matrix to help you represent your ideas.

Lesson 10: 

Have a look at your plot matrix. What three things did your Character discover on the beach?


Choose one of your ideas to draw in detail. Create a word bank of ambitious vocabulary to use to describe your idea. Using your word bank and power three language feature create an object description.  

Lesson 11:

Create your own story using the ideas you built. Who is your Character? Where did they go? what did they find? 


Please use the spelling, punctuation and grammar activities bellow to support your writing. 

Year 4 spelling words: choose 3 words from the list that you cannot spell and practice these using the same methods we use in class


should, could and would.











have a go at creating spelling diamonds, writing them in your best handwriting, writing them in your left hand, writing in your right. 

New Text:


The next few lessons will be based around a new text type. We will begin to explore information texts and end our unit by creating our very own text based around the water cycle.


Lesson 1: Identifying the features of an information text.


Create a mind map to pull together everything you already know about writing to inform.

Think about:

What does a information text look like? 

How is it different to the story you wrote?

What is the purpose of the text?

what language features might you find?




Now look at the power point and add anything you missed.

Lesson 2:

Look at the examples of  information texts. What features can you see?

Make a toolkit. Remember to include grammatical and structural features.  

Lesson 3:

Think about the type of things you would like to include in your information text. Remember your reader will need to understand your Key Vocabulary. What key vocabulary are you going to include? How are you going to explain it? Are you going to include diagrams and pictures? How are you going to present your work?   


Research different examples online and create a plan. 

Lesson 4:

planning- this may take two or three sessions- The better you plan, the better you write.

How are you going to introduce the reader to your text? How are you going to hook then in?








Paragraph 1:







Paragraph 2:







Paragraph 3:







Paragraph 4:




Paragraph 5:




Paragraph 6:









Draw a 4 x2 grid into your books and use pictures to help you plan each part of your text. Then practice saying each part. Remember full sentences. We say it so we can write it!

Lesson 5:

Keep talking your text through. Does each part make sense? What will you text full fill your tool kit criteria? Have you got everything you need in each paragraph? 


Add a title to you plan. Make it capture your readers attention. Are you ready to write? Do you know what your writing in each part? Do you need to step and speak your text again?

The next sequence of lesson will be about writing your information text:


Start with your introduction. Use the model text and tool kit to help you structure your intro. What do you want to tell your reader. what is the purpose of your text. The reader must be able to identify the purpose of your text and be hooked in, in order for your introduction to be successful. Remember to use your tool kit to help you.


Read back over your intro, if anything needs editing please change it, but our final session will be a full editing session. 

Now think about the next part of your text. What's your heading? Remember it needs to tell the reader what this part of your text is going to be about. Remember not to tell tell your reader too much about anything else. 


over the next few days continue to create the different parts of your text. Reading it through and edit PUNCTUATION as you go along. 




Lesson 2:


Animals and their teeth:


Have a look at the BBC video and see if you can answer the questions in the power point:



Who has teeth like these.....

Lesson 3: Food chains.


Create a mind map to show what you already know about food chains. How do they start?


Watch the video above. Can you add any new knowledge to your mind map?

Look through the power point. What knowledge have you gained now?

Lesson 4 Food chains continued:


Lesson 2: An introduction to Rivers.


Create a mind map about what you already know about rivers.


Do you already know how they are made?

Where do they go?

What are they for?

Does a river grow old?




Lesson 2: Stages of the Water Cycle
- Delve into the stages of the water cycle (use Tristan’s Water Cycle for a teaching aid
- Have your child color the water cycle coloring page.

Lesson 3: Evaporation
- Discuss what evaporation means. Review the stages of the water cycle to discuss evaporation.
- Evaporation experiment (water cycle experiments link)
- Read the "Water Cycle Stages" book and complete the evaporation Kidzone page.

Lesson 4: Condensation
- Discuss condensation. Go to the experiment from Lesson 1 and observe condensation taking place.
- Complete the Water Cycle observation form together as a class.
- Complete the condensation Kidzone page.

Lesson 5: Precipitation
- Discuss different forms of precipitation and make a list of all the types you can think of.
- Use the site to teach about types of precipitation. 
- Read the online story Drippy The Raindrop: (
- Complete the precipitation Kidzone page.

Lesson 6: Water storage/collection
- Discuss water storage/water recycling. 
- Complete the Collection page from the "Water Cycle Stages" book.
- Create a water cycle wheel (
- Complete the collection Kidzone page.

Lesson 7: How clouds are formed
- Take your child outside to observe the clouds.
- Play the little cloud song and use the
- Use and to discuss of clouds and how they are formed. 
- Cloud In A Jar Experiment: Use to do the cloud in a jar experiment and view other optional activities (water cycle experiments link).

Lesson 8: Review water cycle and cloud art
- Work on Cloud Art (cotton balls on blue paper to demonstrate the different clouds - label). 
- Read and discuss some of the poems from
- Read Droplet the Watercycle.
- Watch some of the water cycle videos at

Lesson 9: Measuring water & weather
- Discuss how we can measure weather (thermometer, barometer, rain gauge, weather vane...).
- Start a weather chart, calendar, or journal.
- Create a weather/water cycle model or collage.

Lesson 10: Severe weather and weather safety
- Discuss and list types of severe weather. Talk about severe weather in your area and safety.
- Use the website weatherwizkids to lead the discussion and see pictures.


real PE at home

real PE is a unique, child centred approach that transforms how we teach PE to include, challenge and support EVERY child. real PE at home supports PE home learning and families to play and learn together while having fun.

P.E With Joe | Tuesday 7th April 2020

PE with Joe is on daily at 9 O'clock.

Bones! Bones! Bones! - Awesome Sauce | GoNoodle

If Joe gets dull, check out gonoodle! Learn the parts of our skeleton while getting active.


 Use the link to create a parent account. type your name email address. click parent and the accept box. A verification email will be sent to your email account

Computing at home

Children will be musicians; they will record different sounds to create a piece of music.

Sound apps for this project: (type these into google/app store etc)

You can choose any of these apps/softwares: Audacity / isleoftune / GarageBand /

Activity 1: I can find and download a sound app.

Children need to search the above sound apps on their device and select one to download. Children will need to play around with the app and understand how it works. Can you record some different sounds?

Activity 2: I can record sounds and sequence them.

Children to record different sounds to sequence and repetition within in programs to edit sound. Sounds can include using your body, objects or the sounds around you.

Activity 3: I can create music using my recorded sounds.

Children can create and develop a musical composition using a variety of sounds by recording, sequencing and repeating.

Challenge: Can you play two sounds at once? How does this sound?


Can you save your music? What is the importance of this? Share this music with someone, can they improve it with you?



How To Draw A Monkey

Learn how to draw a monkey with us, a cartoon monkey swinging from a vine! EMAIL A PHOTO OF YOUR ART: MAIL US YOUR ART: Art for Kids ...

Water Cycle model:


Can you create and label a model of the water Cycle?

Water Cycle


listen online to David Williams sharing his stories. Every day at 11. It’s brilliant!

Please remember you also still have access to your timetable rock stars accounts and Mr Brooks has allowed AR to be completed at home. Usual log ins.









Welcome to Magpie Class


Class Teacher: Miss Extence

Class Teaching Assistants: Mrs Beech and Mrs Fox 

Your child was sent home with a home learning pack this evening. In addition to the work set please remember to complete your timetable rock stars, share stories together, cook together and look after one and other. 


PE: All Magpie class need clean PE kits for our weekly mile run on a Monday and PE on a Thursday


Times tables: Learning times tables is extremely important and fundamental to all areas of mathematics, especially in Year 4. Your child/children will be sitting a times table interactive assessment this school year for all of the times tables up to 12x12. 

Homework: Homework is set on Friday and needs to be returned by the following Friday. Please ensure that your child is learning their times tables regularly at home in addition to in school, in order to progress with the times table assessments this year.

Spellings: Three new spellings are given out weekly please can you help your child/children to practice these at home. 

Look at what your child is learning this term

Our topic for the Spring Term is 

Our topic for the Autumn Term is

The Vikings

English Inventing

We have been inventing machines and contraptions, here is a link you might like:


We have been exploring the forces of gravity and magnetism in science.