Remote Learning – Year 4

Good morning Year 4,

Welcome back to our new Spring term. I know things are very different to what we had expected, and there are some new changes. These can feel nerve-racking and cause us to feel lots of mixed emotions, however you are feeling, whatever emotions, it is OK. We are all feeling lots of different emotions in these strange times. We are in this together, and all the staff at Selsdon, and your parents/carers are here to help you feel at ease and to ensure that you are OK.


Dear parents following the announcement of school closures until 18th January, all learning will be moved online. To facilitate this, the school is moving to use SeeSaw and Zoom for daily activities and lessons. This post contains:

  • Key info for remote learning this week.
  • Key info for plans tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • Introduction to software we will be using during remote learning.
  • Weekly timetable during remote learning.


Tomorrow (Tuesday), your class teacher will be hosting Zoom video calls at the times below to introduce some new tools and welcome children back. All pupils are expected to join if they are not in school and they can do so. Pupils in school will be joining these Zoom video calls and supported to access activities from school. Zoom details will be texted out in the morning.

  • 10am – Welcome back / registration
  • 10:15am – Rules & expectations whilst using Zoom
  • 11.15am – How to use SeeSaw & Activity 1
  • 1.15pm – Registration using Zoom & Activity 2
  • 2.15pm – Story time


SeeSaw is a platform used by schools to post learning activities. It is easier to track activities and responses, and pupils can reply with pictures, written comments or even videos. This gives us lots more opportunities for interesting remote lessons. 

We have emailed each of you with your login to our class.


Zoom is a free video calling software. It has be regularly used throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as used extensively by schools and teachers to facilitate remote learning.

Year 4 Timetable

We have devised a timetable for Remote Learning, which we hope will help keep our routine in place and motivate our learning.

We understand that these are really challenging circumstances, and with little notice from the authorities, we apologise for the late notice of these changes.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support through this ever changing times.

With best wishes,

The Year 4 Team

Final week of term!

In Porpoise class, we have had a FANTASTIC last week of term.

We have made Christmas decorations in D.T., we have perfected our Gymnastics and performed amazing routines in P.E. and we have written Winter poems in English.

Myself and Mrs Wesson are extremely proud of ALL the children in Porpoise class. It has been a tricky transition back into new school routines, coping with our various emotions due to the current COVID circumstances alongside being positive, proactive, engaged learners. You have all done INCREDIBLY and you should all feel very proud of your progress this term.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Porpoise adults for being so supportive and working so positively alongside us this term, as we all adjust to new routines across the school and new procedures. We are extremely grateful and are looking forward to continuing this next term. Thank you!

All that is left to say, is have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We look forward to seeing you in January 🙂

With best wishes,

Miss Jeffries & Mrs Wesson

Riddle me this…

Good Morning Year Four! 🙂

It’s really important that if we can’t come into school because we are self-isolating that we can still do our learning from home by following the lessons on the blog and commenting on the blog posts. So for our computing lesson this week we are going to practise commenting on the blog 🙂 I’ve got some riddles for you… do you think you can solve them?

Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following riddles:

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Let us know what you think the answers are in the comments below! 🙂

Spellings: week commencing 30.11.20

Good morning Year 4,

Here are your Spelling words for this week. A reminder that you should be practising them for at least 15 minutes every day. The more you practise, the longer you will remember the correct spellings.

  1. Occasion
  2. Mention
  3. Opposition
  4. Position
  5. Magician
  6. Action
  7. Ambition
  8. Extension
  9. Mansion
  10. Tension

As usual, the children’s spelling test will occur on Friday.

Have a wonderful week,

The Year 4 Team


Good morning Year 4!

In preparation for a spelling test on Friday, we would like you to practise these words:

We will be focusing on these words in our Handwriting and Spelling lessons in School, too. 

  1. particular 
  2. peculiar 
  3. perhaps 
  4. popular 
  5. position 
  6. possession
  7. possible 
  8. potatoes 
  9. pressure 
  10. probably

Take care, 

The Year 4 Team


Good morning Year!

In preparation for a spelling test on Friday, we would like you to practise these words:

  1. promise 
  1. purpose 
  1. quarter  
  1. question 
  1. recent 
  1. regular 
  1. reign 
  1. remember  
  1. sentence  
  1. separate 

We will be focusing on these words in our Handwriting and Spelling lessons in School, too.

Take care,

The Year 4 Team

Spellings 09/11/20

Good morning Year 4,

This week, in spelling, we are focusing on the prefix anti and the double letters dd, pp and rr.

In preparation for a Spelling test on Friday, we would like you to practise these words:

1. antiseptic 

2. anti-clockwise 

3. antisocial 

4. address 

5. answer 

6. appear 

7. arrive 

8. believe 

9. bicycle 

10. breathe

We will be focusing on these words in our Handwriting and Spelling lessons in School, too.

Take care,

The Year 4 Team

Porpoise class Parents Evening 2020

Good afternoon Parents/Carers of Porpoise Class,

Parents evening will be taking place via telephone call next week (week beginning 9th November 2020). I will be making these calls Monday 9th November, Tuesday 10th November and Thursday 11th November.

I have devised a document whereby you can see the time slots, and days available. Please put your child’s name in the box marked ‘Name’, next to the time slot you would like me to call you in and ensure that you place your child’s name under the correct day which suits you best. This is a live document and so you will be able to see when a slot has been filled, once a slot is taken, it will be unavailable.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. I look forward to speaking with you next week to discuss your child’s progress and settling in.

The document is available via the link below:

With best wishes,

Miss Jeffries

Learning from Home: Subject Timetable Week 7

Good morning Year 4 Adults and Children,

To ensure that we are completing the same learning at home as we are completing in School, the Year 4 team feel it will be helpful for you to be able to see which days we will be doing each subjects. We feel that this will be useful to ensure you are not missing out on any learning as we want to maximise each child’s learning opportunities.

Please see our timetable below.

We are extremely grateful for your continued support and cooperation with us.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us using our Year 4 email address:

With kindest regards,

The Year 4 Teachers 🙂

Skeleton Science!

We had such a fun, creative and high quality learning opportunity in Science today.

We learned all about the purpose of the skeleton, and why we have a skeletal system. We also learned some of the names of the most vital bones in our body. Can we remember the reasons for us having a skeletal system? Can you remember which bones we thought were most important?

Using clay and toothpicks, we created our very own human skeletal structure, demonstrating our bones such as the spine; skull; sternum and rib cage. We all came up with our own brilliant ways of demonstrating our knowledge using the clay. Have a look:

A truly enjoyable lesson by all!!

Porpoise do Sign!

We have been continuing to develop our skill of using Sign Language for communication, through spending a short amount of time each day practicing learning to Sign ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman. A really powerful song to show us the importance of being proud to be who we are!

Take a look below:

Miss Jeffries is so proud of how fast they are developing this skill, and I hope that the children are proud of themselves too! 🙂

Signing Porpoises!

Being able to communicate in different ways, with a wide range of people in our wider world, we feel is really important.

In Porpoise class, we have spent a little bit of time each day learning how to Sign using Makaton, using songs to help us build this skill.

We really miss our usual singing in school, and so we wanted to find an alternative way to enjoy our music! Sign Language is a really useful tool for communication, and helps us appreciate the struggles that some people face in conversing with others around them. Having this skill, will help us to contribute to a more accessible wider world.

Below, is a video of some of Porpoise class using our Sign Language skills to sign ‘True Colours’ from the film Trolls (they did it from memory – AMAZING!!). We really hope you enjoy!

Miss Jeffries is bursting with pride!!

Delightful, descriptive, designers!

In Porpoise class today, we have spent some time being descriptive writers, place value masters and designing architects!

Using the information from our assessment weeks of the Year 3 curriculum, this week we are spending time addressing some of the areas we need to practice.

In English today, we became describing ninja’s! We explored a gloomy, suspicious forest and used our knowledge of adjectives and practice of fronted adverbials, to write extended sentences to describe the setting. This let us practice our amazing use of conjunctions, similes and adjectives to write really interesting, characterful sentences!

Have a look at some of our fantastic work:

Maths saw us practicing our place value understanding, by explaining different 4-digit numbers using our knowledge of the value of each digit. We were practicing making the highest and lowest odd and even number possible using 4-digit cards. We are becoming place value masters!

We became…delightful designers! We discussed and debated different materials used to create some of the strongest bridges in the world. We then had lots of fun to design our own bridges, thinking about what structure our bridge would need and what materials would be the best, for our bridge to be stable.

Artistic Friday!

Porpoise class have had a very exciting day, focusing on ART!! We have showed off our knowledge from last year on different painting techniques to create different textures and effects and demonstrated our understanding of drawing from observation and different scales.

We have looked at Frida Kahlo & her painting techniques; replicated Frida Kahlo’s portraits and used still life to observe and draw fruit. We even got to use lots of different materials and textures to collage our fruit pictures!

Frida Kahlo inspired painting:

Still life observation & drawing:

Have a FANTASTIC weekend, Porpoise class! See you on Monday 🙂

Art for home school

Today we are going to look at the work of Frida Kahlo.

Look at the feathers of the parrot. How has she created texture and pattern? Look at the different shades of the leaves. How can you combine colours effectively to get the same effect?

What is it that you like/dislike about this artist’s style? What is it you like/dislike about this painting? How did she create shape/texture/pattern in her artwork? How would you use this style to inspire your artwork?

Today you are going to be painting or drawing a portrait of yourself in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Be sure to email your work to with your class in the subject line!

Spanish: Support from home

Good morning,

Today is all about SPANISH!

History: This is the Spain flag which was chosen by Charles 3. He had  twelve flags to pick from and he picked this one. Flags in Spain can … |  Spanje, Vlaggen, Vlag

First, can you create a mind map writing down everything you can remember about different colours you know in Spanish and the different body parts in Spanish? Such as, Hair; Eyes; Nose.

Next, can you correctly identify the different instructions the children in the picture below are following? For example, sit down; stand up; listen; silence

Finally, using your knowledge of days and months in Spanish, we would love it if you could create a monthly calendar! Include the Spanish days, numbers and month (you can choose your own month). Here is an example in English to help you:

July Month Calendar 2020 Free Latest Calendar & Holidays.

We look forward to seeing your AMAZING work!! Send it to us at:

Take care,

The Year 4 Team 🙂

Delightful D.T. in Porpoise!

WOW!! Porpoises, what a WONDERFUL day we have had in D.T. today!

We have designed a nutritious meal using our Eatwell Plates, describing what nutrition is and why it’s important:

We have discussed our ideas for what our DREAM BED might be!! Lots of us would LOVE a slide; a secret door; a princess net and even A HELICOPTER ROTATOR BED which can also turn into a MILITARY CRAFT! WOW how COOL would that be?! We wrote down our partners ideas and drew a labelled sketch including our design criteria, materials and step-by-step process.

I wonder if you can remember the 6 stages of designing? Hmm…have a think, can you tell your adults?

And then…we put our designs into real life!! We spent our afternoon making our partner’s dream beds, using LOTS of different materials – cardboard; lollipop sticks; coloured paper/card; felt; felt tips and sellotape. We had SO MUCH fun and our teachers were fascinated and impressed with our creations. Here, have a look:

Have a wonderful evening, we look forward to our day based on Geography tomorrow!

Maths Day!

In Porpoise today, we have enjoyed our Maths day. We got to use resources which made our day even more fun!! We were impressed with how much we remembered, especially about Fractions, Bar Charts and Money!! We also spent time focusing on Place Value; Time; Perimeter; Multiplication and Division and Addition & Subtraction.

Lots of activities were carried out throughout the day, it was VERY fun-filled and enjoyable. Take a look at what we have got upto today:

We are looking forward to another fun, engaging day revisiting our knowledge and understanding of D.T.

Have a great evening! 🙂

Porpoise get imaginative!

In Porpoise class, we have had a FANTASTIC day putting our English skills and knowledge to use! We have done lots of fun activities which have involved us maximising our imagination and creativity, using our writing and performance skills.

First, we took part in a fun “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” style quiz and we won ALL the ‘money’!!! That’s how brilliantly we have remembered sentence types; word types; conjunctions; vowels & consonants; sentence structures.

We had a great discussion about the different types of writing we learned about and practised in Year 3; the features we use in writing and the different grammar and punctuation we remember.

Take a look at some of our plans for our chosen piece of writing:

Finally, we had a go at putting our imagination, creativity and plans into our writing. We had Poems, Biographies and Fiction stories which we got to perform for the class at the end of the day. Here’s some of our wonderful examples:

A great day had by all!

Porpoise goes back in time! (History day)

We had so much FUN revisiting our History topics from Year 3 today. Myself and Mrs Wesson were SO impressed with all of Porpoise’s efforts and enthusiasm towards our activities today and what knowledge we all have.

First, we showed off our knowledge and understanding about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age – all about their lifestyle, leisure activities, clothes and housing. We also spent time remembering all the differences between the three ages!

Have a look at our Timelines and drawing of people living in each age:

Next, we moved onto the Roman Empire – did you know there were 2 attempts by the Romans to invade Britain before Claudius was successful in AD43? We spent time writing down everything we know about the Romans and Roman Empire; we took part in a fun quiz and compared housing and lifestyle before, and after the Roman Empire in Britain!


We got to HOT SEAT as Caesar, Claudius, Boudica, a British Soldier and a Villager. Pretending to be those figures in Roman history was so much fun and we had a great laugh, too!! Here is one of our class members hot seating as the famous Caesar – it sounded like he tried really hard, as the first Emperor to try and invade Britain!

We really enjoyed Hot Seating and using drawing to represent History. We hope to do more acting and role play in History!

Happy Easter Dolphin class!

We finished off the easter term with a fun afternoon! We watched a film and had a naughts and crosses tournament! Well done Dolphin class for all your hard work this term! It hasn’t been easy but you did really well to keep attending the online zoom classes and then you settled back into school quickly. I’m really proud of all of you and I hope you have a nice easter break 🙂 Mr Havies and Ms Stuart.