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'Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving' - Albert Einstein

Good morning Year 4,

It was lovely to see so many of you yesterday during our class Zoom story time! As it was such a success we would love to host it again at some point next week. Do keep checking your emails as we will send the invitation and information through email.


This morning, your first task is to answer these questions related to the poem ‘The Highway Man’. You will find the poem as an attachment or the link below:

Read pages from page part two VII

  1. What simile is used to describe Bess’s face?
  2. What does the word ‘spurred’ mean?
  3. Why do you think there was a bunch of lace at his throat?
  4. Why does Bess pass away?
  5. What happens to the Highway man?
  6. Find two examples of onomatopoeia.
  7. What did the poet do for the last two stanzas in the poem?
  8. Why does the poet use present tense for the final two stanzas?
  9. Why do you think red is the only colour mentioned repeatedly throughout the poem?
  10. Using information from the text, put a T or an F next to each statement. T = true F = false.
  • Bess was the innkeeper’s daughter.
  • Bess was in love with Tim, the Ostler.
  • The Highway man didn’t care when he heard about Bess’s passing.
  • The inn was closed when the Highway man arrived.


For English, you need to complete pages 22 and 23 of your CGP book.

Julia Donaldson wrote a book called the Highway Rat that was inspired by the Highway man. It was also made into a short film.

Watch this short clip and write down the similarities and differences between the Highway man poem and Julia Donaldson’s story of the Highway rat.


Was Dick Turpin, from the Highway man poem, portrayed as a Hero or a villain? And was the Highway rat, from Julia Donaldson’s story, portrayed as a hero or a villain?

Create a ‘wanted’ poster in two halves.  One half to show the villainous character and one to show the hero character from either the poem or the short story.

Include a picture and a description that matches the conflicting portrayals.

You could draw half of the body as a rat and write the description of his portrayal around him and for the other half draw half of the Highway man’s body and write the description of his portrayal around him.


After break, for Maths, you need to complete pages 22 and 23 of your CGP book. Once finished have a look at the attached Maths sheet. Remember the level of challenge ranges from 1 star to 3 star. Everyone can try and have a go at the Problem of the day. Also, remember you don’t just have to do one challenge and then that’s you done … you can try more than one challenge like we would in class.

After lunch, try out Mr Higgins daily challenge – today it is the Cupid Shuffle Plank challenge! Engage that core!

Can you draw one of the settings described in the Highway man poem? Think about the colour tones when you add colour to your picture. Do get creative with how you colour it in – pencil crayon shading, felt tips, paint, water colours etc.

See the picture attached for some inspiration.

Spend the last 15 minutes completing your spelling test for the week. These should be the spellings you have been learning on Spelling Shed throughout the week.

Have a great day! And well done you have made it through your second week of Home schooling. We are both so very proud of you all!

All answers to CGP, guided reading and Maths will be displayed before 3pm on the Year 4 blog.

Miss Grundy and Miss Sentence.