Highfield Primary School

Consideration Aspiration Responsibility Enjoyment

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA


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  Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs


Hello Class 4  I hope you’ve all had oodles of fun celebrating The Great Science Share for Schools with our Big Science Home and School Playground Draw.  I’ve loved looking at the photos that you’ve been sending in to show what you did as part of your contribution and I have put them on our class page in our science section.  I’ve also included mine from home too.  Please feel free to keep sending in more photos!


These pictures are after 28 days of growth after walking round Urmston Meadows.  Not quite covered in grass yet!  Please keep sending in your photos. 

Project week 

Class 4 

Class 4 Home learning


The safety of the children and their loved ones is of upmost importance over the coming weeks.

We also feel that it is vital that children continue to develop their learning where possible.

The timetable below offers a suggestion of the home learning activities that we recommend  while school is closed. This timetable focuses on English and Maths core skills related to Year 2. Below the timetables are suggestions of further activities related to the wider curriculum such as Science and foundation subjects. We will continue to update this page with activities should the school remain closed for a longer period.

Blue text = links to websites and documents


What can I do, as a parent or carer, to help my child stay safe online?

1. Enable Parental Controls on your home internet.

2. Encourage your child to use 'Safe Search' search engines. http://www.safesearchkids.com/

3.  Be aware of how your child is accessing the internet. Although the legal age requirement to have Facebook, Instagram and many other social media sites is 13, some children still access and use some or all of these.

Parents should also be aware of the many games, including X-Box live and Fotnite that allow children to communicate with others whilst gaming. 'Yoursphere' has some great advice about ensuring privacy settings are in place to keep your child safe whilst online.

4. Have regular conversations with your child about their use of the internet. Click the image below as it provides a simple way of getting the message of E-Safety across to your child.

You can download a comprehensive guide covering many aspects of e-safety here:

Keeping Safe on the Internet

Trafford Netware support

Netware is a parents’ guide to the social networks children and young people use. Please visit www.net-aware.org.uk for more information. 


Week beginning 20.7.20

Prior weeks' learning can be found here

You must make time this week to read your welcome letter from you new year 3 teacher. I have had a sneaky peak at them and learnt so much about Miss Seddon and Miss Newman. What will you find out? 

Can you write a letter in response to them? 

You have made it to the final week of home learning of the Summer term! Well done for all your hard work. 

For your last week of home learning in Year 2 we have set it out differently. 

Below you will find some of the targets that have been set on your report. These targets have been set to help you prepare for year 3. You will need to find the targets that match your report and have a go at the activities set to help you work towards and achieve your target. 

There are also some foundation subjects for you to choose from. 


To continue to read regularly at home . 

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.  – Pearson 2020

Here are some tips to encourage reading for enjoyment at home;

  1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance.
  2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.
  3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction.
  4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.
  5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.
  6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’
  7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.
  8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.
  9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.
  10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.

Task - As a family sit down together and discuss when would be a good time in your day that could be dedicated to reading.  Also, make a plan for September as you may need to change your dedicated reading time as it might clash with school! Make it your responsibility to remind a grown up of when it is your reading time. 


To check understanding of new and unfamiliar words to help with comprehension.

Task - Improve your reading skills with Victor Vocabulary. Have a go at this PowerPoint with a grown up and try your best to answer the questions based on vocabulary.


To read for meaning and check that the text makes sense.

Task - Next time you are reading with your child choose some of the questions below to help check their understanding.

Writing / SPAG

To practise writing – diary, plans for models, little notes to family members. 

Task - writing can be practiced in many ways and it can also be very helpful! Can you help a grown up write a shopping list or plan the meals for the week? Can you keep a personal diary or even leave motivational messages around your home? Any bit of writing, long or short will improve your writing skills. 

To independently make simple additions and corrections to his writing by proof reading to check for errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Task - Follow this link to learn more about how to correct errors in writing.


To practise recognising sentence types and use of correct punctuation. 

Task - Click here to access and interact with a PowerPoint to help you familiarise yourself with the different types of sentence types. 

Then have go at these activities to make sure that you are using the correct punctuation. Click here for the questions. 


To use apostrophes to mark singular possession in nouns e.g. Jenna’s book.

Task - Follow this link to watch a video about using apostrophes for possession and have a go at the quiz. Then challenge yourself further to have a go at the activities on this PowerPoint. 

You could also go around your home labeling items! 

To try and read new exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound.

Task - click here to play the hidden exception word game. 

To draft and write by organising in paragraphs as a way of grouping related material.

Task- In year 3 your child will be introduced about how to organise their writing into paragraphs. Work through this PowerPoint to help build their understanding of what the purpose of a paragraph is. Once you have done that, you could ask your child to take notice of paragraphs in the stories that they are reading. See if they can spot them and if they understand why they have been used.


To check understanding of SPaG terminology – verb, adverb, adjective, noun, conjunction, clause and tense and practise in my own sentences to show my understanding.

Task - Use the document below to find out the terminology that your child will need to be familiar with for starting year 3. Then have a go at these challenge cards.

If you wish for further English practice, take a look at this summer work book. Click here for answers.



To solve multiplication and division problems with more than 1 step.

Task - Take a look at these work books and work out the answers. Click here for multiplication. Click here for division.

Have a go at this 2 step problem –

Mr Jones buys 4 boxes of oranges. Each box contains 10 oranges. He packs the oranges into bags of 4 oranges each.

a) How many oranges does he have in total?

b) How many bags of oranges does he fill?

Can you created your own one step and two step word problems?


To count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.

Task - 

There are many different ways to help your child count in multiples and some may suit your child more than others.

Here are some examples - 

  • There are lots of songs online that can help children learn the patterns. Here is an example of counting in 4s.
  • There are lots of games online. I would suggest coconut multiples. I would play this by selecting multiples of 4 or 8 and ask your child to skip count in their chosen multiple so that they have the numbers to support them.
  • You could play games where you can win points. For example if the bean bag lands in the first hoop you earn 100 points, second hoop 200 points etc.
  • You can create a set of problems for your child to deepen their understanding of counting in multiples. See below for an example.


If there are any other areas of maths that you feel your child would benefit from consolidating, click here to find work booklets. You will need to scroll down to year 2. 


Foundation subjects/afternoon activities 



Hello Class 4 Attenborough Lookouts.   (Watch the teacher introduction above to help)

Special tree updates:  I’m looking forward to receiving photos of your trees to make our virtual forest.

How are your Mini Prairies? - Mine seems to have survived its attack from Archie my dog, as you will see in the pictures attached below.  I’m definitely keeping him away from it now. 

This week our final science focus of the year continues with classifying and sorting animals and food chains.

Recap:  Can you name the 6 main animal groups. Answers- see below the activity

Our Investigation this week:    Looking at classifying and grouping animals by what they eat and looking at food chains

Introduction:    Do all animals eat the same things?

To find out prior knowledge   Tell your adult what you already know.   

What do you call an animal that eats A- meat, or B - plants, or C- both?   (Answers- below the activity)

* Challenge Activity

  1. Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores

Follow this link on BBC Bitesize to discover some facts about each group and answer the questions below the video. 

After watching: Tell your grownup one new fact that you now know about animals and one fact you would like to find out more about. Now answer the 'what do these animals eat' quiz on the same page to find out how much you’ve remembered. How many did you get?

  1. Next we will look at information about Food chains.

Question- Would it be good if all animals ate the same food?  Explain your thinking. 

Background Science information - Producers and consumers. Plants get their energy from the Sun. They are called producers because they make their own food. Animals are called consumers because they eat plants and other animals. They do not make their own food. Animals that eat other animals are called predators. The animals they eat are called prey.                                                               

Follow this link to watch a video and then take the quiz to understand some more about food chains


Activity:   Now follow this link to a more challenging quiz, if you’re not sure have a guess and then do some research after you’ve finished with your adult to find out more.   Now draw your own food chains with a producer, consumer, and predator and send them in to share with the class.

Class 4 keep enjoying your science over the holidays and next year in Year 3.  I shall miss our weekly science lessons in class and on line.

Science Answers

6 animal groups amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, mini-beasts and reptiles. 

Classifying animals by what they eat - A-carnivore, B - herbivore, C-omnivore



Questions to think about this week.

How have some people shown they cared? How is the golden rule an encouragement to care?

Introduction: First listen to a story about Mother Teresa who showed she cared for people in a very special way. Follow this link to a documentary on BBC News which shows her life. 

Now think what it would be like to do a job like that, would you like to help someone being sick, or dirty, or smelly, or dying?  Most of us would find it very hard.  Why do you think people who care choose jobs like these?

What is the Golden Rule- This is the one rule that both religious and non-religious people share.  Some would say that it is the most important rule there is.

‘Treat others as you would like them to treat you.’


  1. Create a picture that shows the Golden Rule’ being followed and either write or explain what the picture is about, or act out a scene and get your adult to photograph it.

Here are some ideas

Sharing toys or sweets

Being helpful around the house for your adult

Being kind to someone who is hurt

  1. Now draw and write or act out people not following the ‘Golden Rule.’

Some ideas:

Some children whispering about another child

A child leaves their stuff on the floor for mum to clear up.

Someone pushes others out of the way to get to the front of the queue

What would it be like if everyone followed the golden rule? 

Share your thinking with your adult.   Do you think it is possible? Why/why not?

 STORYTIME This weeks story is 'Tom and the island of Dinosaurs' by Ian Beck. A fantasy story about a boy who wants to go on his own adventures just like his Grandad did.  You can also listen to any of the other stories too that you have liked.  They're all still at the top of the page.  Do you have a favourite?


Click here to visit the Wake Up Shake Up website and chose your favourite film. Then pick a workout that you think looks fun. Make sure they everyone in your family joins in and gets to choose one. You must all take part in each other’s! 


Outdoor learning 

Wild painting

Go on an adventure to make your own paintbrushes. Make as many as you want and then test them to see if they all have the same stroke. If you do not have paints you can make paints by mixing water with spices such as turmeric or crush petals that have fallen on the ground and mix them with water. Watch as they release a dye. 





Week beginning 13.7.20

Prior weeks' learning can be found here

We have been blown away with the effort many of you have put into your projects. If you wish to continue with your project this week or if you would like to start the other one, you can do. 

 Follow this link here to see the two options of projects for KS1 children, either 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' or 'Awesome Africa'. Each project has an exciting range of English, maths and foundation subject activities linked to the theme for you to choose from. You do not need to do all of them (although don't let us stop you!) just pick the ones that you and your child find inspiring. 

Alternatively, you can follow the lesson plans below. Enjoy your week:) 



When you are in year 3, you will be expected to become an even more independent learner. For example, if you are doing some writing and you want to include a word that you are unsure of how to spell, you may use a dictionary to help you. 

Some of you may have used a dictionary before. Do you have one at home? Can you talk about what one is or why you might use it? If not, can you find out? 

A dictionary is a wonderful tool to help you with your spelling and to help you widen your vocabulary. To be able to use a dictionary you need to be able to place words in alphabetical order using the first couple of letters of a word. Click here to find our more and have a go at the activities. 


In today’s lesson you will be learning about how to measure mass in grams. Why is it important to learn how to measure in grams? Have you ever measured using grams before?  Click here to watch and interact with the video. Then have a go at these questions. Click here for the answers.

Can you answer and explain your reason to this true and false question?

Well Being/ Outdoors

Can you be a blindfold explorer?!

Look at the documents below to help you understand how to be a successful blindfold explore. You could even direct your partner to one of your favourite plants or trees.


In today's lesson you will be evaluating your model train. 

You will need your plan for your model and your model. 

Start by thinking of your design criteria, does you train meet them all? Give them a tick or a cross for each. Then think about what improvements you would want to make for next time. Is there anything that you would do differently? 

Finally give it a rating out of 5.




In today's lesson you will be pracitsing how to identify action words and use them in sentences that use different tenses. Click here to play the games.

Read the instructions carefully. 



In today’s lesson you will be learning about how to measure mass in kilograms. Can you find anything in your kitchen that is measured in kilograms (kg)? Click here to watch and interact with the video. Then have a go at these questions. Click here for the answers.

Can you answer and explain your reason to this true and false question?


  • Did you know that the first inter-city passenger railway in the world was between Manchester and Liverpool and it opened in 1830. This week I want you to imagine that you are a passenger on one of those first trains. Remember, the trains were steam trains and very noisy and smoky. They were not like anything people had ever seen before, let alone travelled on. Watch this video of a steam train to imagine how it would feel to see one for the first time, and then to ride on one. Write down some feelings you might have such as scared, nervous, excited, happy, worried etc. what would the train sound like smell like and feel like.
  • Imagine you are writing a diary entry for the evening after having been a passenger on the first train journey between Manchester and Liverpool. How would you describe it?

Well Being 

Do you know the favourite songs of everyone in your household? Today, find out everyone’s favourite song, and then make a playlist out of them! If your household is small, ask everyone for 2 or 3 songs, so that you get a playlist that doesn’t repeat too often.



The school year is coming to an end and in September you will be starting a new class with a new teacher and some new friends. 

It is important to reflect on your time in class 4 and think about the things you have enjoyed and learnt. Over the next three days I would like you to make a journal of your memories in class 4. 

Click here to see the template.

You can print off the template or you could even create your own booklet and decorate it how you want.

Today, I would like to focus on pages 1 to 3. On these pages you will be drawing a picture of fond memory you have from class 4, a self portrait and writing about your favourite things from the year. To remember some things you may have to sit and think for a while. 



In today’s lesson you will be learning about how to compare volume. What do you think volume means? Click here to watch and interact with the video. Then have a go at these questions. Click here for the answers. 

Can you answer and explain your reason to this true and false question?



Begin by stretching the different parts of your body to help warm your muscles up.

Click here to take a look at some stretches before you start your workout. How does your body feel after you have stretched? It makes by body feel like it is ready to exercises!

Follow this link to find an 8 minute workout by Joe Wicks the Body Coach. 

Once you have completed the workout remember to cool your body down slowly by stretching.



  • Let's finish off our work looking at internet safety and keeping your personal details safe by watching the last in the series about hector and his gang here on Youtube (if you didn't do the computing part of the project week last week make sure you watch episode 4 here before watching number 5!) 
  • Talk with your adult about what you have learnt from watching Hector and his friends over the past weeks. What is your personal information? Who should you give it out to? Who is a trusted adult? What should you do if something on a computer or the internet asks for your personal details?
  • Make an internet safety poster using all of the information that you have learnt, helping people to know what to do and what not to do on the internet. Remember to use lots of colour and big writing to make it eye catching.



The school year is coming to an end and in September you will be starting a new class with a new teacher and some new friends. 

It is important to reflect on your time in class 4 and think about the things you have enjoyed and learnt.  I would like you to make a journal of your memories in class 4. 

Click here to see the template.

You can print off the template or you could even create your own booklet and decorate it how you want. 

Today I would like to focus on pages 4 to 6.

On page 4 you are asked to think about the things you have liked about being in class 4. Could it be who you were sat next to or that you had your own tray? 

On page 5 you have to think about your best memory! You could think back to any trips that you went on or any performances you did on stage. 

On page 6 have a think about your favourite lesson. Why was it your favourite? 



In today’s lesson you will be learning about how to measure using millilitres. Have you got anything in your bathroom that is measured by using ml?  Click here to watch and interact with the video. Then have a go at these questions. Click here for the answers.

Can you answer and explain your reason to this true and false question?





First we’ll do a warm-up for our voices using the ChoonBaboon warmup again.

Now choose 2 of the songs from below to sing. 

  • Sit up straight yet relaxed and take good breaths.
  • Listen to the rhythm and the pulse as you’re singing, then when you’re confident use body sounds to tap it out focusing on the rhythm or pulse.

Dr Knickerbocker number 9

I am the Music Man I come from Far Away

 I once saw an Elephant

My Dog is a Good Dog

Focus Activity:

To play an interactive game to learn about layering music, making a beat and creating your own song.

In this game explore the different elements that make up a song, play or clap along with the music and make then listen back to your own version of songs.

Follow this link to play along on ‘Bring the Noise’

Listen to the song I am a Robot in the game above. Sing the lyrics twice:

I am a robot
I go beep, beep, beep, bop

Then copy the beat using body percussion. For example:

  • Stamp your feet
  • Clap your hands
  • Pat your thighs

If you want you can sing the lyrics again and then try a different type of body percussion. I had lots of fun doing it.   Now try with other songs

STORYTIME: This weeks video story is 'What planet are you from Clarice Bean?' by Lauren Child. The story starts with Kurt, Clarice's brother rushing in after school shouting frantically that their favourite tree is going to be cut down and then plans action to save it from destruction.  I think you'll enjoy it as I know you all care our environment, and it's a funny story.  Look in the story section at the top of the page.




The school year is coming to an end and in September you will be starting a new class with a new teacher and some new friends. 

It is important to reflect on your time in class 4 and think about the things you have enjoyed and learnt.  I would like you to make a journal of your memories in class 4. 

Click here to see the template.

You can print off the template or you could even create your own booklet and decorate it how you want. 

Today I would like to focus on pages 7 to 8.

On page 7 you have to think about your achievements.  Something that you struggled to do in year 1 that you can now do in year 2. You can include one achievement that you are proud of since lock down. 

On page 8 I would like you to think about the friends you have made since being in class 4. 


In today’s lesson you will be learning about how to measure using litres. Do you think 1ml is more than 1l? Click here to watch and interact with the video. Then have a go at these questions. Click here for the answers.

Can you answer and explain your reason to this true and false question?

SCIENCE: Teacher introduction  part 1

Teacher introduction part 2


Hello Class 4 Attenborough Lookouts.   - Watch the teacher videos above.

Special tree updates:  It would be fantastic to have final photos of your trees after observing them this term.  We could create our own virtual Class 4 wood.  Do you still hug your tree or give it a pat? I do.

How are your Mini Prairies? - Mine was visited by my dog Archie, who dug up a buried sock!  I managed to rescue half of the prairie.

This week our science focus moves on from looking at humans to finding out about classifying and sorting different animals.

Recap:  Ask your child to name their 5 senses and what they use them for. (This recap will help keep and consolidate new learning in their memory)

Our Investigation Question this week is:    Why do we sort different animals and put them in groups?

It will give your child opportunity to show what they already know and to learn new knowledge including science vocabulary to talk about animal features.

Introduction:  There are lots and lots of different animals all over the world.  Each animal has been classified by scientists so it belongs to a group.

To find out prior knowledge   Tell your adult what you already know about grouping animals. 

Adult note: If you have any tubs of animals: mini beasts, wild animals, farm animals etc. give them to your child and ask them to put them into groups and give their reasons why.

 * Challenge                                                                                                                                                                     

Now follow this link on BBC Bitesize to discover some facts about each group.  There are six videos to watch on amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, mini-beasts and reptiles. 

After watching: Tell your grownup one new fact that you now know about animals and one fact you would like to find out more about

Next take the mammals quiz link to find out how much you’ve remembered. How many did you get?

Activity:   Now sort the animal pictures into the correct groups on this worksheet and explain why you made those choices. Click here for the animal pictures. 


Follow this  link to play 2 animal sorting games.

 First play activity 1 – A branching grid sort, to put a variety of animals into categories starting from the choice ‘has legs or does not have legs’.  What do you think of this way of grouping?

Now try activity 2 and make up your own criteria to sort animals.                                                                                                                                                   

I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing what you get up to.                                                                                               

Remember to email us any photographs or videos of you taking part in fun and exciting activities to class4@highfield-primary.trafford.sch.uk.  We will be able to put them on our website so that your classmates can see what you have been getting up to. 

Thank you for your pictures so far. It brightens up our day to see that you are keeping active and taking great pride and care in your home learning. 

Keep blowing the socks off of your grown ups!

Have you learnt a new skill during lock down? If  you have, please let us know. We would love to see them.

Did you have a go? One of your classmates did...





The government have produced a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.  This is available at the following link:


or downloaded HERE. 

Click HERE for a book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner.

Take some time to read your classmate's versions of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'

Ms Priestman: video introduction to our science lesson on the senses today. 

Teacher videos to introduce the Great Science Share

SCIENCE - teacher videos 1,2 & 3 9 (Week beginning 8.6.20)


Making a mini collection

What's in my box?

Introduction to our Science Activity this week 7.5.20

Bark from different trees I have seen this weekend

Below are further activities that might interest your child/children.


  • Struggling for reading books? We have just signed up to a new scheme called Reading Planet. Follow the instructions below to access a wide range of books for children from EYFS through to KS2:
    Click on the following link to gain access to a whole library of books.
    You will see a box asking for your username and password. These are the same ones as you use for Times tables Rockstars. You will need to input the school ID code which is: 273622
  • People all around the country are creating rainbow pictures to make people smile and offer a message of hope. We would love for you to create a rainbow and display it on your window! When you go out walking you could keep a tally of how many you spot.  
  • Click here to learn how to build a catapult. You may need to eat lots of ice lollies. You may want to use other objects to catapult and measure which ones go the furthest.   
  • Keep a dairy filled with explanations of your day and  illustrate it with vibrant pictures.  
  • Music makers – Click here for some ideas of how to make your own musical instrument.  
  • Can you follow your partner's instructions to recreate their work of art without peeking. Click here to find the rules. 
  • Do you love building with LEGO? Then try the 30 day LEGO challenge 
  • Push yourself to keep up with Joe Wick's daily 30 minute workouts. You could even develop you own workout. You must include warm ups and cool downs.  
  • This website have compiled a list of museums and galleries from all around the world that are providing virtual tours. Take a look at the list and see if any interest your family. 
  • Take part in some Easter baking, drawing or craft activities. 



  • Create an obstacle course and guide you partner through! You can even blindfold them to test how well they listen.
  • The Woodland Trust have created a list of activities that you can do with your children during self-isolation.
  • Help with the gardening – find the weeds and pull them out!
  • Lie on the ground and look for shapes in the clouds.
  • Make scrumptious mud pies and delicious fairy soup.
  • Take part in the RSPB Wild Challenge or keep a tally of the different types of birds that visit outside your house. A bullfinch was in my garden last week. 
  • Wild Life watch is website for outdoor activities either in your own garden, or out and about on your daily exercise/walk. 

 Science Home Learning Extra Fun - If you want some more ideas for your budding scientist whilst at home please follow this link to our Science Curriculum page HOME LEARNING. Some ideas will need adult support to carry out, however we think you will enjoy yourself too. Let us know what you think.

Some of my nature shots from this week.

Can you name any of the plants?  I've not been as successful taking photos of birds, they don't stay still long enough.  If you look carefully in the canopy of the trees you will spot a tiny bird, I think it's a Blue Tit.

Hello from Ms. Priestman

Out and about looking at plants on Friday. I hope you find lots of different plants as part of your science later. It would be great to see some pictures.

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