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Year 4: Solving money problems


Year 5: Divide by 10, 100 and 1000


On the optional worksheets, the difficulty is usually shown in the bottom corner of the page in a star. 

D = Developing (mild)

E = Expected (spicy)

GD = Greater Depth (hot)


It can also be shown by the number of stars. 

* = Mild

** = Spicy

*** = Hot



Poetry Starter


Year 4: Learning a poem off by heart

Year 5: Writing nonsense poems


Main Activity


Year 4:

Choose a poem from this webpage and use the tips you have learnt to learn your poem by heart. You can send in a video of you performing your poem, or share it at our class Zoom meeting tomorrow!

If you print your work, choose a poem from the page to print. 


Year 5: 

Sonnets are a style of poetry that Shakespeare often used. They were commonly used to talk about emotions and feelings, but some were used for telling stories. Here is a famous sonnet written by William Shakespeare:


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


The lines are in pairs that rhyme at the end of the line: 1 and 3, 2 and 4, 5 and 7, 6 and 8 9.

Shakespeare wrote his sonnets using an iambic pentameter - each line has 10 beats (or syllables).

Your challenge today is to write your own sonnet using what you have learnt about nonsense poetry. This should make it easier to keep to the rhyme scheme and number of syllables, as if you want to use a word but it doesn’t rhyme you can turn it into a nonsense word, or if you don’t have enough the right number of syllables you can change the words by adding syllables or taking some off. Write your poem about emotions and feelings, or to tell a story.

Here’s one I started!


I woke up this morning, the sky was grey.

Just wanted to go right back-ack to sleep

Shmurfled out of bed to begin my day

When I saw a scappity bip-bop sheep.

History - Shakespeare's English

As we know, Shakespeare wrote his plays over 400 years ago. England was a very different place, where the written word was evolving and changing rapidly. The English Language shifted from Middle English to Early Modern English. Shakespeare invented (coined) hundreds of words and phrases that we still use today – that is why he is often referred to as the greatest writer in the English language. Here are a few examples: bandit, critic, elbow (as a verb), green-eyed (to describe jealousy), lonely, swagger

Shakespeare’s plays are full of wonderful insults. They don’t always make sense to us, and they didn’t always make sense to Shakespeare’s audiences either, but people always enjoyed characters insulting one another! We are going to create our own insults using Shakespearean words. 

Activity 1

Attached below is a Shakespearean Insult Dictionary.  Have a look at some of the words and try to think what they might mean. Choose some of the words to create an insult (e.g. You scullian! You ramparian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe!) then say what you think this insult means. Do this for at least 3 insults. 


Activity 2

Watch this video

Choose one of the following activities:

  • Investigate what people believed in when Shakespeare was alive. Put what you found into a leaflet.
  • Research the discoveries that were made by explorers like Sir Francis Drake. You can make a presentation of what you find out.

Here are some websites to use for your research:,in%20Tavistock%2C%20Devon%2C%20England.&text=Drake's%20successful%20battles%20against%20the,his%20ship%20The%20Golden%20Hinde.