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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a very different start to the Spring term.  I hope you all had a lovely safe break.  On behalf of Mrs Hilley, I would like to say thank you for all of your presents.  I also hope you enjoyed listening to the Christmasaurus And The Winter Witch.  If you were unable to listen to the different chapters, you can listen to the previous chapters on the Year 4 class website in the Our Learning tab.

As part of year 4’s Remote Learning, everyday, I shall be posting a selection of activities which we would have been covering in class were we doing regular teaching.  Each session will be explained below and there are links to SWAYS which give extra information or pictures to help.  Everyday there will be a guided reading session where I will post a video reading the class book The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross and talking through the activity afterwards, I will also be posting activities using Active Learn. 

Any work you complete, can you please email me using

I will be giving extra house points and also displaying many of your wonderful photos.

Once a week I will contact you and check up on how learning is going and also will let you know when we I will be holding a class assembly using Microsoft Teams.

Please do not forget to listen to me reading our book for fun, The Christmasaurus And The Winter Witch.  You can find it on the class page inside the Our Learning tab (alternatively, click on the link).



Here are the activities for Tuesday 5th January.

Lesson Type


Guided Reading

Vocabulary activity.

Open the SWAY and then listen to me and read along opening forward and Chapter One of The Great Elephant Chase

I have found four words which you need to find the meaning of, different words to describe the same meaning (Synonym) and how you use the words in  your own sentence.  Here is the link to the sway.


Today we are going to learn about what a balanced argument is.

Here is a sway to follow which explains it more thoroughly.

Follow this link.


Today we are go to multiplying and division different numbers.

Here is a sway which explains it more in detail.

Follow this link


This week we are learning words which have the letter g or gu.   Which words can you think  of which have this letter at the beginning?  Start making your own lists; one with g and the other with gu. Add these words to your list:













Now use a dictionary (either book or a online) and find more words you would like to add.



Our Topic is Planet In Peril.


Using the SWAY (link here), think about what you know already about the Polar regions and the animals that live in colder climates.


Can you think of some questions of what you would like to find out?

Which areas of climate change would you like to study and why?


Then can you design your front cover for your topic book on a sheet of paper (A4 size).


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time.  I truly appreciate the challenges this presents and also the effort every one of you puts in.  


In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me.




Mr Wix