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Activities for Wednesday

To explore onomatopoeia, alliteration and similes

We’re going to look at three important aspects of poetry today…


Onomatopoeia – this is a word that sounds like the word itself.



Alliteration – this is a phrases where the words begin with the same sound.

E.G. She sells seashells by the sea shore

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers


Similes – this is where you use like or as to compare something

E.G. As cold as ice or sweet like chocolate

You have three tasks today to use these new techniques


  1. Go on a sound hunt around the home find ten sounds that sound like the of the sound
    (Bang – as a book falls to the floor)

  2. Write out the alphabet and try to write an alliterative phrase of three words for each letter in the alphabet
    (an annoying ancient apple)


  1. Write out your name and then write out an animal for each letter in your name then write a simile about each of those letters
    (E – as big as an ELEPHANT, M – fluffy like a MONKEY, M – as quiet as a MOUSE, A – odd like an armadillo)


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 based on Ancient Egypt – I particularly like the sound of the ‘Friendly Feline’ one. We would suggest you do at least 2 today.


Today in maths we will be beginning to look at calculations involving decimals. This will start today using simple numbers such as 4.2 + 0.2
If your brain likes column addition best make sure you line up your columns and you can do this as a simple calculation…

4.2                3.6              2.3
0.2 +              1.3 +            1.64 +
4.2                4.9               3.94

Alternatively your brain might prefer bridging or counting on…
4.2 + 0.2 is the same as 4.2 add 0.1 add 0.1 which makes 4.4
Remember to think about place value.

You have one task to complete – ‘Splodge sheet’.

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


Recap what a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore is.

We can also classify animals by predator and prey.

Look at the pictures below - Which do you think the predator/ producer/ prey is?

Plants are always producers as they get their food from sunlight, air and water. Whereas animals are consumers. Predators kill/eat another animal (its prey).

Go through examples of predator and prey, pointing out that some animals can be both.


Look at food chains and notice how it’s always in the same order – producer, prey, predator.

Sort the animals into predator and prey and write a definition for what predator and prey mean.


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 try and make a device to let you know if an intruder (like a sneaky sibling!) has tried to enter your room!
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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