Saturn (Year 4)

Saturn Class Year 4 



Good morning to you all, today is World Oceans Day which conveniently links to our topic! So, if you want to celebrate, watch some of the many informative videos, engage in some of the activities go to the website and have some fun. You are asked to wear something BLUE for the day.


As always it has been super hearing from you, please keep posting on DoJo and we will answer you all and enjoy doing so ! It is fab to when you share with us the work you are doing ….. keep it up you are doing amazingly well. Perhaps  let us know what you have discovered during World Oceans Day.

Please keep the DoJos coming!     


The marvellous David Attenborough has created documentaries on so many aspects of our planet, including The Sea. The Blue Planet and Blue Planet 2 are available on IPlayer.  Definitely worth watching!

Episode 2 Of the Blue Planet is all about the Deep. Also, there is an episode which covers the making of this series using submersibles which, along with the many other episodes, is interesting….so dip into David Attenborough at your leisure.

As before last weeks plans will still be on the page in case you would like to revisit anything – scroll past ‘ Now for something completely different ‘ to find them.

Week 7    Beginning Monday 8th June

MATHS   Monday 8th June

We find ourselves in a lucky position, Year 4! We have already done the White Rose Home Learning that is set for this week, so we get to do Place Value (still using the White Rose but it looks slightly different)!

So go here: and watch the clip.

Then complete these questions: INSERT sheet and answers

Place Value is something we learn every year and it is so important across all areas of Number in Maths.

We need to know the value of each digit within a number – how many thousands, hundreds, tens and ones?

INSERT Place value grid pic

What is the value of the underlined digit in this number: 2398  = 300 or 3 hundreds

Now go here: and choose from sheets 1 – 5 and complete it like a Maths drill. Time yourself is you like.

TOPIC   Monday and Tuesday

If you choose to follow activities offered via World Ocean Day the activities we have set here can be done as part of the day or carried over to tomorrow.

How deep do you think the ocean goes? What do you think happens as you go further in the ocean? There are distinct differences in different parts of the ocean.

Think about how big the ocean really is. Have you ever seen where the ocean ends? Have you ever been way out in the ocean?

You are going to find out about the different layers of the ocean, namely the sunlight zone, twilight zone, midnight zone, abyss and trenches. Identify each layer’s characteristics and inhabitants and draw a cross-sectional diagram to show the layers.
Watch as an introduction Billy Blue Hair – How Deep is the Ocean?  6:43 mins.

Open Doc   Layers of the Ocean – read about the different layers and the creatures living there.

Using pictures Doc creatures of the layers to sort – Sort these pictures into the layers and  to stick these into your books with the header for each Zone –  there may be different variations, sometimes they are called layers, sometimes zones and naturally creatures may move slightly between the zones. You could add the pictures of sea creatures from last week if you can decide which zone would be their habitat.

Draw your own version of the diagram showing the layers – this can be done large or over a few pages so you can add further information about each Zone
Think ?

1.      Which layer do the most animals live in? Why ?

2.       What layer do the least amount of animals live in? Why ?

MATHS   Tuesday 9th  June

First have a go at this place value problem solving: by carefully reading and answering the questions – you can either write down your answers or discuss them with an adult / sibling.

There are also some games here to try: called Nice or Nasty – we suggest Game 1.

Now go here: and watch the clip.

Then complete these questions: INSERT sheet and answers


TOPIC   Tuesday – continue Monday activity – Layers of the Ocean

Introduction to exploring the ocean on Google Earth  2:01

Use Google Earth/ Ocean to zoom around the Earth and dive into the Ocean – reading information at various sites.

If you have not designed your own Layers of the Ocean piece of work the Twinkl sheets Doc TW layers   can be used but these do not include the darkest , most mysterious layer The Trench and if you find this the deepest part of the ocean fascinating you could do some added research on the Mariana Trench, situated  in the South Pacific Ocean.

Watch sections of The Blue Planet –  “ We know more about the moon than the Abyssal Plain” David Attenborough   2mins Deep Seabed

and  3 mins The Twilight Zone

Add any information learnt during these clips to your Layers work.


Finally listen to David Gallo  and Edith Widder deliver  TED talks…..   ( there are TED talks on every subject under the Sun! ) 13 mins  12 mins

MATHS   Wednesday 10th   June

Go here:

Then complete these questions: INSERT sheet and answers

*Remember that in our class, we say regrouping when they say exchanging!

Now try this: INSERT Missing Number Column Addition


TOPIC   Wednesday

Look carefully at a range of aquatic creatures bought from a fishmonger or supermarket, including flat and standard fish, squid, mussels and crabs. Identify the external features of each specimen. Observe the finer details, such as scales, claws, eyes and patterns. Make detailed sketches of chosen creatures. Use pencil, pen, pencil crayons or  ink to create effects.

Fresh fish photos

If you would like to make some models of sea creatures Twinkl has templates to construct  Doc  Sea Creatures models   follow the link on the Doc.

Music –One of the most well known songs that we feel is linked to this topic is the Beatles song Yellow Submarine.

Watch the wacky animation

And with the Lyrics…. join in and maybe draw some of the weird and wonderful creatures illustrated !         Doc yellow sub lyrics

In the town where I was born
Lived a man who sailed to sea
And he told us of his life
In the land of submarines
So we sailed up to the sun
‘Til we found a sea of green
And we lived beneath the waves
In our yellow submarine

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

And our friends are all aboard
Many more of them live next door
And the band begins to play

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

(Full speed ahead Mr. Parker, full speed ahead
Full speed ahead it is, Sergeant
Action station, action station
Aye, aye, sir, fire
Captain, captain)

As we live a life of ease
Everyone of us has all we need (has all we need)
Sky of blue (sky of blue) and sea of green (and sea of green)
In our yellow submarine (in our yellow, submarine, ha ha)

We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all live in a yellow submarine
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

MATHS   Thursday 11th   June

Go here:

Then complete these questions: INSERT sheet and answers

Have a go at the INSERT Missing Number Column Addition if you didn’t yesterday.

Or try: Read the word problem, carry out column addition and type the answer. How many out of 10 did you get right?


TOPIC   Thursday

Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Find out about Cornelius Drebbel, the inventor of the first submarine in the early 1600s. Investigate the materials that he used and how the first submarines worked.

Read PDF Cornelius Drebbel   2014-abyss_dev_infs_cornelius_drebbel

  •  Write your own summery of the document explaining the significance of Cornelius Drebbel

Create a model, demonstrating how a submarine works using a bendy straw and reusable sticky tack. Drop the model (weighted end first) into a full two litre bottle of water and screw the lid on tightly. Squeeze the bottle to make the ‘submarine’ sink and simply stop squeezing to make it surface. Describe what is happening and why (clue: what’s in the straw?) Explore the effect with bottles of different sizes, with and without lids and with varying amounts of water, describing and recording what they see.

Read PDF How to make your own bottle Submarine  2014-abyss_dev_ins_how_to_make_a_bottle_submarine (1) follow the instructions

Alternatively using the instructions from the Dyson Challenge cards to make a Cartesian Diver – see below

The ‘submarine’ sinks because, when the bottle is squeezed, the increased pressure squashes the air bubble inside the straw. Squashing the air bubble increases its density above that of the surrounding water, making it sink. When the bottle is released, the air bubble expands again and its density decreases, making it rise.

MATHS   Friday 12th   June

Have a go at the Friday Maths Challenge here:  Summer Term w/c 8th June

Use the Maths lesson on the BBC Bitesize Website:  which is the Year 4 page, but here is the Year 5 one as well, which includes some place value work which you did at the start of the week:


TOPIC   Friday

Watch Greg Foot Dive into the Deep Dark Ocean   –   Dive into the Deep Dark Ocean in a High-Tech Submersible!    14 mins

The footage of deep underwater habitats has been made possible because submersibles can now be used to explore at these depths

Using the three pictures of Submarines on the Doc  Three subs ,  a nuclear submarine , a submersible and The Nautilus from 20000 Leagues beneath The Sea , draw the exterior and the interior of these subs. If you are listening to or reading Jules Verne there are descriptions of what is inside this imaginary submarine.


ICT – using Scratch

Watch the tutorial to remind you of the features of Scratch

Use programming language, such as ‘move’, ‘turn’, ‘repeat’ and ‘go to’, to program an on screen submarine that dives or surfaces. Use an on screen sprite or draw a submarine with drawing software to convert into a sprite. Program the submarine using simple commands to go up or down. Add visual backgrounds and bubbling, sonar or other sounds, along with other sprites, such as fish that move randomly under the water.

Once you have made the submarine move up and down, you can add a background showing the surface so that they can make the submarine stop in the right places. You could add other elements to make a more sophisticated project.


EXTRAS – if you would like to watch more……    58:22 mins

Deep Ocean: Lost World Of The Pacific Part 1 – David Attenborough Documentary HD

Also  William has been watching the American Deep Sea explorer  Jonathan Bird available on YouTube


Have a super week everyone , stay safe and look after yourselves xX

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Please let us know using DoJo if you have been able to listen to this audio Reading of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seadependent upon this are future  activities which we will decide to offer.  Thank you

Useful websites Doc —Useful websites

Have a look at this lovely story –

It is a free eBook to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Save with Stories campaign which is helping children most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The rainbow has become an incredible symbol of hope and optimism during this time and we hope that this uplifting story can be a source of comfort and light to children and families, and that it inspires anyone who is able to do so, to donate to the Save with Stories campaign.

The Unicorn Children’s Theatre is streaming tales of Anansi the Spider  15mins

Described ‘as an unbeatably fun and fresh experience’

There is even a sing-a-long !

The BIG Little Artist Competition

Young artists, between the ages of 5-15 years old, are invited to enter our ‘BIg Little Artist Competition’. The theme is simple – Artwork that responds to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Artworks can be from real life, maybe the view looking out of your window or something in your house. Or use your imagination to completely make something up, like a battle between the virus and the NHS. It’s up to you!

Every fortnight one entry will be chosen and reproduced into a limited edition print. The winning artist will receive their own copy of the print, while the edition will be for sale with all proceeds going to the – A fantastic charity that supports a nationwide network of food banks.


JK Rowling Has Invited Children Around the World to Illustrate Her New Book Through a Competition on Twitter

The Harry Potter author is releasing ‘The Ickabog’ online in a series of free installments.

·       Explore these two sites for a wide range of fun science and engineering activities

44 engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson.

·       10 minute shake up Games

·        For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our ’10 Minute Challenges’, which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators – we add a new challenge to this page every single day!

·        Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators

LAST Week 6     Beginning Monday 1st June

White Rose Hub Home Learning

MATHS   Monday 1st June

First do this: Ultimate Times Tables Missing Numbers Challenge You could do this at any time you like in the week – maybe even a couple of times and beat your score / or time yourself.

White Rose Hub Year 4 Home Learning:

Summer Term Week 6 (w/c 1st June)

Lesson 1: Add 2 or more fractions: Lesson 1 – Add 2 or more fractions 2019   Lesson 1 Answers – Add 2 or more fractions 2019

Here is a second set of Nrich maths Challenges  Doc.   Nrich 2



TOPIC   Monday

As an alternative to visiting an aquarium spend some time using the live webcams set up in some of the world’s top aquariums. If the web cams are not running there are many pre-recorded videos , e.g. feeding time for whales at the Georgia Aquarium – just scroll down to find them. Field Trip Fridays are the keepers talking and showing the variety of sea creatures they have in the Aquarium – albino alligators, a pregnant whale and sea lions.  

The last one is in Spain with Spanish labels but still worth a look around !

Look at the creatures on Doc. Sea creatures cards   which one’s have been seen in the  aquariums, which creatures would you like to discover more about ?  Cut the cards out and decide a criteria with which to sort them, use the facts on the cards to help decide your criteria.

To help you with this new topic please download the Doc.glossary and key words

and the PDF knowledge-organiser-a4 (10)  These would be printed off and stuck in the front of you new topic books for you to refer to. We will be investigating some, but not all of ,the facts listed, obviously if you are curious about anything mentioned on these PDFs  follow your own interest too !

MATHS   Tuesday 2nd June

Play the Multiplication Dice Game with a partner. If you are unable to print this off, then use the format to make up your own board game. There are online dice and for counters, you could use Lego pieces or pasta.

White Rose Hub Year 4 Home Learning:

Summer Term Week 6 (w/c 1st June)

Lesson 2: Subtract fractions: Lesson 2 – Subtract 2 fractions 2019  Lesson 2 Answers – Subtract 2 fractions 2019

TOPIC   Tuesday    and    Wednesday

Poetry using personification.

Use a dictionary to find a definition of  personification

Read and listen to  James Reeves’ poem, The Sea. Doc. The Sea poem

Use pencil crayons mark examples of verbs used in the poem and explain what the poet thinks about the sea. By highlighting verbs, you should begin to see how the poet personifies the sea. In this case, he gives it canine qualities with verbs including: gnaws, rolls, shaking, lies, snores, clashing and moans. Identify other features of the poem, such as its rhyming structure and alliteration.

Choose a favourite sea creature, using the sea creature cards . Place a picture of your sea creature in the centre of a piece of paper. Write words around it to describe how it looks and moves. Use your ideas to write sentences, using a rich vocabulary to personify the creature.You could start by writing a list of things that humans do and matching some of these actions to your sea creature.

Some examples to help you get started. For example, ‘The crab grabbed the seaweed for his lunch’ or ’The sea worm snoozed lazily on its rocky couch.’

What could the missing words be?  ‘The starfish………….. at the fish,’ or ‘The penguin………… to the pool.  Read the personification poems:- Penguin, Shark, Coral , Crab

Draft sentences to form the basis of a 4–6 line poem about your sea creature. Use examples of personification where appropriate, deciding whether you will write a rhyming or non-rhyming poem. After completion, write a presentation copy excellent handwriting and illustrate it with a picture of the creature.

Read your lines aloud when composing and then perform your poem aloud to others.

MATHS   Wednesday 3rd  June

Multiplication Dice Game there are three levels to choose from – challenge yourselves!

You will need two die which you can set up here if you need to –

White Rose Hub Year 4 Home Learning:

Summer Term Week 6 (w/c 1st June)

Lesson 3: Fractions of quantities:  Lesson 3 – Fractions of a quantity 2019   Lesson 3 Answers – Fractions of a quantity 2019


TOPIC   Wednesday

Continue poetry composition, finished poem to be copied onto Doc Sea border for poem– remember to use line guides


MATHS   Thursday 4th   June

White Rose Hub Year 4 Home Learning:

Summer Term Week 6 (w/c 1st June)

Lesson 4: Calculate quantities:  Lesson 4 – Calculate quantities 2019   Lesson 4 Answers – Calculate quantities 2019

Watch PowerPoint – Calculate Fractions of a Quantity slides in slideshow mode and answer the questions.

Then choose a level to work at with the question sheet: Diving Deeper Deepest Vertical Format – Calculate Fractions of a Quantity Answers – Calculate Fractions of a Quantity


TOPIC   Thursday

Find the seas

·        Watch, read the information and play the quiz

·        Read the information on this page, click on the red dots to read more about the oceans. Quiz yourself on oceans

·        Read these two Power Points

Identify the world’s oceans and seas. Identify their position in relation to the Equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

Research the following information about each sea or ocean: depth, area covered, bordering continents, hemisphere, special features and climate. Special features might include a coral reef, an underwater volcano or a habitat suited to a unique species of animal.


In class, we would have been getting ready for Sports day and practising our athletics. Follow the link below to the Youth Sport Trust to enhance your long jump skills.

Watch the video, then read the activity cards and follow the instructions.


MATHS   Friday 5th   June

Watch the PowerPoint – Problem Solving – Calculate Quantities slides in slideshow mode and answer the questions. Then choose a level to work at with the question sheet: Vertical Format – Problem Solving – Calculate Quantities   Answers – Problem Solving – Calculate Quantities

Then use White Rose Hub Year 4 Home Learning:

Summer Term Week 6 (w/c 1st June)

Have a go at the Friday challenge!


TOPIC   Friday

Comprehension –Twinkl –  Oceans of the World

Remember there are three levels for this comprehension , choose the * , **, or *** according to your skills , don’t underestimate yourself ! You are all working well on your comprehension skills. Answer in full sentences and always check the spelling of given words.

Sea Art  

– using the black and white line drawings of sea creatures choose a creature or creatures to draw in the style of these and carefully add colour. Doc .Sea creatures B&W















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