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Year 4 - Oak

Back by popular demand smiley

We have our final zoom this week Thursday 11am - lets see if we can get as many as we had last week and make it a good one. Email the class to get the joining information needed. 

See you all then.

I hope those that did manage to come into school on Friday to meet their new teacher had a fantastic time. Those that I managed to see it was so lovely to see you from a distance and looking as smiley as ever. This is our last week on here and remember there is a home school pack to pick up from school. There has been lots of learning put on here over the many weeks we have been working in a different way.


Monday 13th - 17th July


It would be wonderful if you could complete an all about me poster for your new teacher. I have attached a template to give you an idea but you could be as creative as you want to tell your new teacher all about how super you are. This can then be emailed to your new teachers class or send it to me and i will post it up for you.


Next is a figure me out sheet. This is a bit of maths fun using information about yourself. See if you can make the maths questions tricky to your answer. I have attached an example (this data is not true of anyone). 


Getting creative with your portrait. This is to show all the things that make you... YOU. Hobbies, interests, likes, dislikes all in picture form. Again, i have attached an example for you to see what you could do.




Meet your new teacher!

Hello my lovely Oak class,

I know this has been a very different year and we haven't quite managed it in the usual way but i have absolutely loved being your class teacher. It is now that time of year when i have to say goodbye and another lucky teacher gets to have the pleasure of your daily smiles. This week, Friday 10th July, you will get to meet your new teacher. Please call the school on 01234 300601 to book your place on the 'Meet the Teacher' session on Friday. Full detail about the session and social distancing measures are in the letter below. 


We will have one final 'Oak Class Meeting' on Zoom Thursday 9th July at 11am.

Let's make this one one to remember and have as many faces as we can to celebrate our time as Oak class. 


 Miss Homan smiley


Meet your new teacher information:

Monday 6th - 10th July


This week we have some English work related to one of my favourite books 'The Great Kapok Tree' and will give you a little reminder of things we learnt about the Rainforest and has a really important message about conservation.


This RE is all about Journeys. Firstly, i would like you to explore you life journey so far. What milestones have you met already? Then i would like you to complete the life journey map below. This is a great talking point of your dreams and aspirations for the future. Then i have attached a word document with links to explore how Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism all explore life journeys and the specific ceremonies/celebrations they have in their lifetime. Lots of lovely clips to watch and learn more about these religions. 




This week we are going to do a QUIZ.....thank you Taheem for your suggestion.

20 questions and then we will have some time to do quiz questions from the class. If you would like to prepare a question to be included in the quiz you can either email me or do it live on the day.

We had good fun doing the treasure hut last week with just the 3 that joined, although i am hoping more can make it this week.

I have changed the time back to the mornings hoping this maybe more suitable for you all.

So THURSDAY 2ND JULY @ 11am - email me so i can send you the details.

I really do look forward to seeing you - it makes my week.

Miss Homansmiley


Well done to those that are working regularly on My Maths I have now updated those that completed the tasks and set new ones. However, there are a high number that have many outstanding activities so if you are short of ideas please go onto this and work through as and when you can. If you are having trouble logging in let me know and I can reset your login details and send them to you just email and ask I am here to support and help you.

Take care

Miss Homan

Monday 29th - 3rd July

This week would usually be our Sports Day (you only have to see the weather to know this!) so we would like you to have your own sports day fun and you can do this inside or outside depending on your space and the weather. These ideas are from the Youth Sports Trust and look great fun. I have included the parents pack so your adult at home can read up on it too.



Here is a nice English booklet that has lots of different writing and SPaG activities that you can pick and choose to do.



Here is a lovely selection of experiments you can do at home. Making your own rainbow - i have tried and tested it, it is very cool to watch!




Wednesday 24th June at 2pm


I have changed the day and time to allow those that couldn't make it a chance to join. Please remember each meeting has a different code which you can have on request from the oak@balliolschool email. I check this email daily and on the day of the meeting but i can't check it once the meeting has begun. Please email if you have any questions about this or anything else.


Miss Homan

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th June 


This week National Writing Day is on 24th June so we would like you to visit this website.


It has a super challenge that only needs 24 words!

Here is a helpful hint:

Practical tip: When challenging yourself to write a story, use the ‘Somebody Wanted But Then So’ model for their basic plan which they can then flesh out. For example, SOMEBODY (a space ranger) WANTED (to save the world from an evil alien lord) BUT (their space ship broke down) SO (they hitched a ride with a friendly alien) THEN (they made it just in time to destroy the evil alien lord).


Once you have completed the challenge here are some writing tasks for you to have a go at, you can choose a few or them all.

I have also attached some Maths for you. The times tables challenges are just something different than TT Rockstars but make sure you are still doing that. The summer booklet is something that you can do little and often for the rest of the term. Remember if you need more of something please email us.

See you Wednesday at 2pm for our Zoom meeting.

Miss Homan



Another zoom meeting has been planned for Tuesday 16th June at 11am

This week we have a show and tell theme so bring along something to share with us all or have something ready to tell us!

Email and i will send you the meeting details.


See you then

Miss Homan

Monday 15th - 19th June


Here is a reminder of the White Rose link which will help you week by week with maths learning at home. It has some useful links for our next topic too.


This week we are looking at MONEY and TIME.


Can you write a timetable of your day from when you wake until you go to bed? As you do an activity look at the clock make a note of the time and the activity you are doing. Do this for another day and compare the times and activities you have recorded. Do you always have breakfast at the same time? Did you have a snack at a different time?


If you have young siblings you could play the classic game 'What's the time Mr Wolf'!


Here are some links to fun interactive games to get you using time.




Do you know how much things cost? I have attached a basic shopping list of items that you may regularly buy and you estimate how much these items are? Then when you next go shopping or look online and see how much they actually are. Calculate the cost of the shopping from you estimate and then the actual cost. Look at the questions at the bottom of the page to further your learning.


Next make up your own shopping list and complete again or you could test an adult at home by asking them how much items cost.


Here are some useful websites that are fun to learn more about money.




Blue Peter have launched a new challenge - take a look and see if you can collect of 6 badges this summer!

Jacob has created a wonderful Electricity poster. He has also got a fluffy new addition to his family! She is very cute and loves playing having cuddles with him. I look forward to more updates on how she is getting on.

Zoom meeting 9th June


Thank you to those who were able to join the meeting it was lovely to see your smiles and has brightened up my day!smiley


I am sorry for those that tried and couldn't access it, if i can help with anything please let me know, i am not very technical but can try to help in any way i can. 


Good news we will do another one next week so plenty of time to email in if you missed this one, details will be posted shortly once i have them organised.


Have a good week  yes

Monday 8th June  - 12th June


Would you like to go on a school trip? Well i know i would.... Mrs Gray has organised a vitual one! We have this link for only a week so take a look, get your packed lunch and enjoy the trip!smiley




Let me know what you thought of it.


This week is all about SOUND.

I hope you enjoyed learning about electricity.

Use this website to help you get started Lots of great information to help you begin to understand what sound is and how we hear it.

Here are 2 links  - complete a sound survey to hear what is around you.

This game is really good fun and can test to see how much you already know about sound.

Here is your knowledge organiser everything you need to know about sound for this week.
Make your own telephone!
This is how you can see sound with rice! A little experiment you can do at home.
You may like to label an ear.

Finally - Make your own instruments.

Can you find different items in your home to make a few instruments that produce different sounds? Then can you play a tune and ask a member of your family to guess what song it is. You could always send me a video of your song (ill put it on here) and we can try and guess too. Or on our next zoom call you can give us a song!

Happy sound making smiley

ZOOM Call tomorrow I am very excited! Fingers crossed technology is on our side and we can all catch up.smiley If you have not yet emailed the class page then i will be checking right up until 10.30am tomorrow so get hold of your friends in Oak class and ask them to join in.






On Tuesday 9th June at 11:00am I will hold a Zoom meeting for all Oak Class members. If you would like to join, please email the class email ( and I will send you the instructions and code to join the video chat. 


I hope you can join me, I am really excited to see as many of you as possible. If you know someone may not see this message on here spread the word and lets join together for a wonderful zoom!


Any problems with this date we will hope to do this regularly so email and let me know you would like to join in the next time. I have tried to choose a time that is suitable for all but i know we are all working on different times in our new normal so keep me updated.


Hopefully see lots of you soon smiley

Imogen has completed a super Electricity poster - well done yeswink


Tuesday 2nd June - 5th June

Welcome Back!

I hope you had a lovely half term and enjoyed they lovely weather with your family. We are now into the Summer term and we have some really lovely learning coming up for you. This week we are looking at ELECTRICITY


A little home challenge from the moment you wake up until you go to bed can you note down all the items you use that are electrical. If you use them more than once you could tally how many times in the day next to it. I have attached a template table you could use or make your own. Then decide if what you have used is essential or not essential - this could be a discussion as i am sure there are different view points for some of your items! I have attached the knowledge organiser for you to see the information that you need to know.


I have also added a little wordsearch that you might like to try at the end when you know more and a electricity assessment to see what you have learnt from this week or you could use it research and find the answers out as you go.



Next are some great websites where you can learn how to make a electrical circuit online. There is lots of experimenting and exploring to do.

Lots of helpful information and links to different electricity games

Make different circuits on this website

This has information and video about electrical symbols




Finally keeping safe! Can you watch these videos and make a poster about how to keep safe using electricity


Here are a few examples to give you some ideas.

Hope you enjoyed the last science magazine - here is another to read.


Please continue to use BBC bitesize which have lovely accessible daily lessons on there and will keep your Maths and English skills fresh. 


Again, please email us if you need anything or would like to show us your work so we can celebrate it on here, we really do enjoy seeing you and your wonderful work - thank you.


Have a good week smiley

Thank you Rilee for sharing your wonderful art work - these all look like you have taken your time and have really thought carefully about the colours. I like your 3D rainbow strips.
Here is Imogen holding her water cycle poster - it is very impressive. So lovely to see your smiling face smiley

Week 7 

Monday 18th May - Friday 22nd May

A challenge from Miss Bowling..........

Luton Town FC have set up a 'Joy of Moving' Festival for KS2 children to participate in. This booklet includes all the information you need for a very fun and active afternoon. It is something that everyone can take part in and discover new talents or dust off ones you haven't used for awhile!


Mrs Bicknell has also let us know about an amazing competition that i know many of you will be very excited about. The letter has been sent out but i will attach it below too. So many of you have got what it takes - you can do it!


A Rocktastic HELLO from everyone at Times Tables Rock Stars HQ!!!

Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade.



Here is something a little bit different that i found for you to explore. Choose whichever one of these you would like to complete and share what you have done. 



Here is a science magazine that has lots of interesting information, quizzes and puzzles for you to complete.

Week 6: Monday 11th - Friday 15th May

Can you believe we are already over half way through Summer Term 1? I have really enjoyed reading emails from you and they are even better when you include photos or videos of your work. I’m feeling very proud of you all.


Things to do this week:

        1. The water cycle

Find out about the water cycle. You could use the BBC Bitesize link below. Then you can either download the worksheet using the Twinkl link or draw your own version on plain paper. Don’t forget to use the correct scientific vocabulary when labelling your diagram.

Note for parents:

If you haven’t used the Twinkl website yet, check it out. There are loads of activities, games and ideas for Home Learning in the Parents Hub.

2. Make your very own Water Cycle! Follow the instructions below.

3. Have fun learning The Water Cycle Song  laugh



Childnet Film competition from Miss Jennings.

This letter should explain all you need to know and will be great fun for all the family!

Week 5

Monday 4th/ Wednesday 6th May

I hope the home learning packs are keeping you busy with your English and Maths activities. Lots of you are still improving on TT Rock stars so well done. Please remember to use MyMaths it is a great way of completing maths tasks and practicing things you should know.  I am setting some new work for those of you who have completed all the activities - well done


Message from Mrs Youngman: This Friday is the 8th May and it marks 75 years since Victory in Europe was celebrated. VE day marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting came to an end. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before. We hope you will join us in celebrating this event. Attached are some ideas of fun projects and activities that will help you to understand what life was like for people during WW2. Please do take lots of photos and videos and send them to us to see.

It has been so lovely to hear from more of you this last week and has really made me feel proud of how you are all managing in these strange and unusual times. It just shows that you are all superstars working so hard but also having lots of lockdown fun! 

Reece and his family exploring the river.

Week 4


How are you all doing this week? Did you enjoy visiting the local river last week? What wildlife did you see? We spotted some tadpoles they were very fast!


We are now moving from Rivers to Mountains this week.


Monday 27th April

Marvellous Mountains - use this powerpoint to learn about mountains and then test your knowledge using the questions sheet below.


Wednesday 29th April

Types of Mountains - look at the powerpoint and then can you use the sorting cards to sort the mountains. If you can't print and stick just note down the groups you have sorted them into.


Friday 1st May 

Have some fun creating a 3D model of a Mountain - here is a website that has a few ideas.


I promised a photo on Friday but I have technical difficulties the internet has been somewhat trying! But here is my Fun Friday picture. I hope you have been staying safe in the sun wearing hats, suncream and eating ice lollies too!

It has been wonderful to hear from a few of you about all the wonderful things you have been doing with your families (some school work too!). Did you enjoy the Balliol video sent through the app but also on Facebook?

I really hope that you are keeping well, staying home and staying safe. It is a weird thing learning at home everyday isn't it? I am finding it hard with Harry and Jack and some days we just don't do any and that's ok! 

I would really like to post pictures of work you've done or activities you have completed on here for you all to see what each other have been doing. I am also going to post a picture up on Friday of my favourite activity of the week so keep a look out!

Rememeber our class email is

I miss you all smiley

Reece and Sam's Rainbow!

Week 3

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and although it may not have been what we are used to I hope that the weather and chocolate helped! 

Did anyone do an easter egg hunt? How many eggs did you eat? 


Welcome to Week 3! 

Thank you to those who have been in touch, remember to email us questions, work you have completed or whatever you like it is so important to stay in touch. We like to hear from you it makes us smile :) 

We are going to introduce our new topic which we would be starting this half term and really hope that you will enjoy beginning to learn about it from your home.




Monday 20th April

I have attached below the new Knowledge organiser which should help you to see what learning is coming up and help you with all that we are going to be learning about. This week we are going to be looking at RIVERS!

Can you look at a local map and identify the main river that flows through Bedford and into Kempston? Use the Ordance survey map to help you. Can you find your house?,-0.50424,17

Steve Backshall talks about how to use a map


What other local places can you find? Make a list of what you have found.


Can you find a place you have been on holiday in the UK? Or find a family members house that lives in a different place?


Have fun exploring maps as I know that you really enjoy this in Geography when we do it in school and this time we are not putting a time limit on it!



Wednesday 22nd April

From looking at the map have you noticed how close we are to parts of the river? Take a walk down Water Lane or go down to the Mill and have a look what you can see. Take pictures of the river and the surrounding area. What animals are in this space? What is growing near the river side?

As the weather is so nice at the moment use this opportunity and your 1 hour of daily exercise to go out and explore the local river. You will need to read the attached river visit sheet to help you with your task. You may not get this all completed in one hour so revisit the next day or when you can.


Remember you must go with an adult and stay safe near the waters edge.


Friday 24th April

Use this bbc website to help you learn more about the Journey of a river.


Read the information sheet and complete the fact file sheet that i will attach below to show what you have learnt.



I hope this finds you all well and you are keeping safe. I miss all your smiley faces.

We are now at the start of our new normal week 2 home learning! I know some of you have been busy on My Maths and TT Rock stars which is brilliant, I might even give those of you a shout out in the week! 

However, I was hoping for some lovely emails to our class address so I could see what you have been up to and make sure you are all ok. Some feedback on what you have been doing with your time and maybe the games you have been playing with people in your home would be lovely to know. 


Monday 30th March

The first task of the week is to contact us! Use your computer emailing skills and get writing to us. Here are the addresses again and Can't wait to hear from you.



Wednesday 1st April

yadoT si lirpA sloof yaD! 

Why is it called this? What is the tradition? Can you think of something you could do with your family that could make them laugh?


Friday 3rd April

Easter crafts. Can you make a lovely easter card or item and send a picture of it. There will be a small chocolate prize (when we get back) for all entries.  

Year 4 - Working From Home

Dear all,

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unusual time. As stated in the working from home letter from Mrs Youngman (see link below), each day children are expected to complete one piece of English work/comprehension from their booklet, one piece of maths work from their booklet, one piece of additional work and some reading.


The additional work could be something from your topic work pack that was given to you and links to our topic (see the link below).  The year 4 teachers will then post three additional tasks each week to be completed in the books provided or you can email a picture of your work, we would love to see this. Where possible, please encourage your children to check their writing makes sense and is following our handwriting guidance, neatly presented work is always work to be proud of!

My maths homework will be available as normal as well as access to other online work websites such as espresso and pobble 365 as set out in the second letter in your home learning pack (see link below).

If you have any questions please email either or and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. In addition, work can be sent through this way if you would like to share what you have done so we can celebrate your achievements we would love to hear from you.


We look forward to seeing and hearing all about your work.

Miss Homan and Miss O'Connor



There are some really fun activities suggested on our home learning ideas and we will aim to highlight at least 1 of these in our main weekly plan that you can do at home.

Additional tasks for this week.

Monday 23rd March

Using these fun facts (see below) can you create a poster or booklet that will be more interesting to read for others. Once you have written them maybe think about how you can illustrate these.


Wednesday 25th March

We have been learning about Sikhism. Can you write your top 5 things you have learnt about this religion. What particular things have you found most interesting?


Friday 27th March 

Round up your week - 

What has been the easiest thing about learning from home?

What has been the hardest?

Your most enjoyable day this week and why?

What would you like to do next week? 

Email us and keep us updated with your news.


Fun facts

Dear Oak Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. You will find updates about what we have been getting up to and also links to help support your learning at home so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

From Miss Homan smiley

PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, visit the e-safety page.

Parents Section

General Class Information


  • Class Teacher: Miss Homan
  • PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Loi (Tuesday pm)
  • Other adults in Oak class:
  • PE is on Monday 11.30-12.30 and Thursday afternoon 1.30
  • We have started to learn the ukulele
  • Year 4 Homework - Your child will now have a blue folder which is for them to bring in and bring back their homework each week. If they need any resources to support their homework (paper etc) they know they can ask. Our predator homework sheet is attached below but this has been given to them in their folders.
  • English homework in Year 4 is weekly spellings which are sent out on a Friday and must be practiced during the week ready for their dictation sentences on Friday. They can be found in a small blue book.
    • Please write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home, it is still incredibly valuable that you hear your child read as they will know be working on different reading skills to increase their ability to no only read but to understand harder texts.
  • Maths homework in Year 4 is set through the My Maths website.
    • I will let your child know when another task has been set.
    • Children are working towards their Platinum awards. Please use TT Rockstars to learn and practise up to 12 times tables.
  • We will be giving an additional English or Maths homework on alternate weeks so please see their homework folder for this.
  • Please remember that water bottles should only contain water.

Oak Class E-Safety

Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, visit the e-safety page.

Parent Messages

  1. Termly letters are now out 
  2. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
  3. Have you paid for our trip to London Zoo? 

Autumn 1 Topic - Predators


Our Birds of Prey visit was a great success and such a wonderful way to start our topic. Thank you for all those that have contributed the £2 payment already and there is still some outstanding which can be made at anytime. We are now looking forward to our visit to London Zoo on Monday 7th October so we can learn much more about the skeletons of these animals and get our hands on some!

Here are some useful websites to visit:

Autumn 2 Topic – Hola Mexico



Frida Kahlo

We enjoyed sketching and painting these portraits of Frida Kahlo. 


Spring 1 Topic – Potions

We have had an exciting start to the New Year with our Potions topic. We have read  The Mad Tea Party (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and rewritten it in play script style. Then we had an exciting few days performing our play scripts for the class. We are now reading Harry Potter and writing fantastic setting descriptions! Photos of our upcoming Potions experiments and artwork are coming soon!


Here are some useful websites to visit:  


Potion Bottle Art 

In Art we practiced layering coloured chalk to create shading on beautiful potion bottles. Check out our lovely artwork below!