Primary School

Achieving Together

Year 4

Marriott Reading Challenge 2020

While you are at home it is essential to keep up with your reading.  Here are some fun activities you can do over the period.  Put these in your work book.  How many can you tick off?

  • Draw a picture of a character from the book you have.  Write some noun phrases to tell me all about them.
  • Write a blurb for a book you have just finished.  You will find examples of this on the back of your book.
  • Do a review of the book you have just read.  Rate it out of five and say why.
  • Write a description of one of the characters in your book.  Make sure it is very descriptive so we can guess who it is!
  • Find five new words in your book that you haven’t seen before and then find out what they mean.  Record this in your work book.
  • Write a sequel to the story you have just read.  What happens to the characters?  What is their next adventure?
  • Write a prequel to the story you have just finished.  What was happening before that story was told?
  • Make part of your story into a comic strip.
  • Write a quiz for your book (or one of the chapters for longer books) and see if anyone can find the correct answers…
  • Learn and write five facts about the author. You can often find these at the start or end of the book!
  • Read and follow a recipe to make something in the kitchen with an adult.
  • Read a newspaper story and record the main events in your work book.
  • Read a magazine and complete any activities in it.
  • Go and borrow a book from your local library and read it.
  • Read the back of a cereal packet over breakfast.
  • Read a story to a younger brother or sister or another member of your family.

Topic Work

Our current topics in Year 4 are:

Science: Electricity

History: Mayans

RE: Sikhism

French: Family

Here are some ideas to complete over the next 2 weeks.

Tick them off when you have completed them.

Try to do one every school day.


  • Produce a fact file about the Mayans; Who were they? Where and when did they live? What did they eat? What did they believe? Use the internet to do some research.
  • Draw a Mayan temple or build one out of recycling.
  • Write a persuasive letter encouraging people to go to visit Chichen Itza. Why should they go? What would the see?
  • Make a poster warning people about the dangers of electricity.
  • Go on an electricity hunt around your home and make a list of how may items can you find? Write down whether they are mains electricity or battery? Do not touch anything!
  • Draw a simple electrical circuit and label all of the parts.
  • Teach someone at home all of the French animal names.
  • Write a story about a farm using the French animal names as the names of the animals.
  • Create an information booklet telling someone all about the Sikh religion. What facts can you remember from our assembly?
  • Make or draw the Sikh symbol, brighten it up with different colours.
  • You could also make a quiz for any of the topics above.

Maths to do at home

Here are some activities that you can do at home to keep your skills sharp.

Fluent in Five:

There are two weeks’ worth of questions here to complete.  These questions test the children’s calculations skills.  Can they get them all right in five minutes? Do one a day.

Rapid Reasoning:

These questions will check how well you apply your knowledge in different situations.  Complete one page per day.

Times tables packs:

We sent these packs home for homework in the past but times tables always need practising.  These present them in different ways and are a great way to retain this critical skill.

Other ideas:

Rapid recall of multiplication facts: test your child with quick-fire questions

Counting: count in different numbers e.g. fives, threes, fours and eights

Board games: many of these involve practising your counting and are great fun too!