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Galley Hill Primary School, Hemel Hempstead. Galley Hill rated GOOD by Ofsted. 'Value of the Month - 'RESPECT'


Activities for Wednesday

To create atmosphere and tension

What is an atmosphere? What is tension? Where do you usually notice tension in a story? How does an author create tension?


Tension can be created with short sentences, fronted adverbials, scary sounds, adjective phrases, things that are hidden. You can also create drama from character response confusion, fear, things that happen to the body. These are all things that make a story exciting.

Complete the tension based activity inspired by James and the Giant Peach.


If you enjoyed this extract, you might want to have a listen to the James and the Giant Peach audio performance - it has some amazing famous faces! 


Choose 10 words from the 3/4 word list and use them in a sentence. If you want to do a little extra you might want to do some rainbow writing, pyramid spelling, an acrostic poem or a nonsense story. 


It’s time for another challenge! The aim is to read the text in 60 seconds! You should then have 5 minutes to answer the questions that come with it. There are 4 different ones available and today they’re all adventure stories! We would suggest you do at least 2 today.


Today in maths you will be continuing with your work on decimals. There are 3 challenges today and the work is focused on decimals on a number line and estimation.

I would suggest you all start with challenge 1 this will help you cement what we covered yesterday and remember use the gaps to help you work out the missing numbers.

You can then choose either challenge 2 or 3. In these, you will be given less information which means you need to be a little more of a detective and make a sensible guess at times.

If you finish there is an extension game to challenge you further!

If you want to practise your times tables why not have a go at TTRS or one of these games: 


What is a carnivore? (meat eaters)
What is a herbivore? (plant eaters)
What are humans? (omnivores)

Think about how teeth are shaped for purpose and how they will be more/less effective with eating different types of food.
Predict which teeth do you think will be most useful for carnivores/ herbivores? Why do you think herbivores have none or less defined canine teeth? Why do you think carnivores have none or less defined incisors?

Explore the info on this Bitesize page:,rip%20the%20meat%20they%20eat.


You have a choice between three challenges:

Challenge 1: Label the carnivore and herbivore teeth

Challenge 2: Label the carnivore and herbivore teeth and define what carnivores and herbivore are

Challenge 3: Label the carnivore and herbivore teeth, define what carnivores and herbivores are and explain how the shape of the teeth they have are fit for their purpose.


This is going to be based around Creative Problem Solving.

We are going to give you a choice of problem each week and we would like to see how you will solve it.

We would like you to make something that you can wear on your head and will stop your hair from getting wet.
Or you may also want to have a go at Miss Featherstone’s design challenge!


If you feel like you’re missing your friends – why not send them an email?
On PurpleMash you can use: to send messages to anyone in Year 4.


Please remember to send us any work you complete at some point during the day on either PurpleMash or through to either or


We miss you and can’t wait to see you soon!

Team Year 4!

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