Week Commencing 27 September 2021
Reading - Monday 27th September
Full Stops - Today you will be working on 'Building Stonehenge' by Martin Oliver.
Stonehenge's construction began in roughly 3100 BC in Wiltshire. Although the reason why Stonehenge was built remains a mystery, archaeologists believe that is was made to celebrate the changing seasons or to worship the sun. This extract, taken from a book which aims to help you to understand and enjoy British history, explains the three different phases in the construction of Stonehenge.
Your task is to read the text and then answer questions 1, 2, and 3.
Question Marks - Today you will be working on 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon' by Ogden Nash.
The American Poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971) was a popular writer of light verse - poetry which entertains its readers using nonsense and word play. 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon' tells the story of a dragon who is teased for being cowardly, but one day proves that he can be brave. Ogden wrote a sequel to this poem called 'Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight', in which Custard again demonstrates his bravely.
Your task is to read the text and then answer questions 1, 2, and 3.
Exclamation Marks - Today you will be working on 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' by Chris Hadfield.
Chris Hadfield grew up on a farm in southern Ontario, Canada. He served as an engineer and fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force but, after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing, aspired to be an astronaut. In 1995, he achieved this goal when he undertook his first space shuttle mission. While commanding the International Space Station in 2013, Chris built up a large audience on social media with his tweets, photographs, and videos from space.
Your task is to read the text and then answer questions 1 and 2.
Commas - Today you will be working on 'Holes' by Louis Sachar.
Louis Sachar's 'Holes' tells the unfortunate tale of Stanley Yeinats and his time at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile prison in Texas. What do you think will happen? As you read the text, pay special attention to the deliberate use of short sentences, and the impact this had on the reader.
Your task is to read the text and then answer questions 1, 2 and 3.
English - Monday 27th September
Today you will be recording dialogue in draft form.
Read 'Spoken Language' to remind you of the things that we talked about last week. Today, you are going to work with somebody at home to create a scene of conflict in a modern UK garden. Choose one of the conflict cards and spend some time role-playing that situation. Record the dialogue in draft form for use in tomorrow's lesson.
Arithmetic - Monday 27th September
Group 1 - Today you will be adding pairs of multiples of 10.
What is 50 add 30? Remember that you can add the 1-digit numbers together (in this case, 5 + 3) and then put the zero onto the end of your answer. On a piece of paper, make up 10 different calculation where you are adding multiples of 10 and write the answers.
Group 2 - Today you will be working on pairs to 100.
Find somebody at home to be your partner and play 'Ping Pong' with pairs to 100. Ask your partner to say any number less than 100 and you reply with the number that goes with it to make 100. Begin with multiples of 10 and then use any 2-digit number: Ping 76, Pong 24. Try to answer as quickly as possible. Record some of the pairs onto a piece of paper.
Group 3 - Today you will be working on bonds to £1.
Write as many pairs of amounts that add up to £1 as you can in three minutes. How many did you find? Check that the 10s digits add to nine and not to ten, e.g. 57p + 33p not 67p + 43p.
Group 4 - Today you will be working on bonds to £1.
Play 'Ping Pong' with somebody at home. Ask them to call out a price less than £1, e.g. 63p. You then say the change from £1, e.g. 33p. If they say 'ping', you have to say 'pong'.
Reading - Tuesday 28th September
Full Stops - Today you will be working on 'Building Stonehenge' by Martin Oliver. Reread the text and answer questions 4, 5 and 6.
Question Marks - Today you will be working on 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon' by Ogden Nash. Reread the text and answer questions 4, 5, 6 and 7
Exclamation Marks - Today you will be working on 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' by Chris Hadfield. Reread the text and answer questions 3, 4 and 5.
Commas - Today you will be working on 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Reread the text and answer questions 4, 5 and 6.
Arithmetic - Tuesday 28th September
Group 1 - Today you will be working on number bonds.
Ask somebody at home to play 'I say... you say' with you, for pairs for 10. For example: 'I say 2'. You reply: 'I say 8'. Repeat for other pairs to 10.
Group 2 - Today you will be finding change from £1.
Here are some bar models for finding change. The first picture shows that someone has a pound and spent 76p and the blank bar shows the change from £1. Write the change from £1. Repeat for each picture.
Group 3 - Today you will be finding change from £1.
Shuffle a set of 10s cards and 1s cards and place them face down in separate piles. Take one card from each pile. This is the price in pence of an item. Write on a piece of paper the change you would get from £1 if you bought something for this price. Carry on until there are no cards left.
Group 4 - Today you will be finding change from £20.
Here are some bar model diagrams that show change from £20. Look at the first diagram. How much change would you get if you spent £11.71? Write your answer next to the question mark. Repeat for each diagram. Challenge: Can you draw three other bar models to show change from £20?
Maths - Tuesday 28th September
Year 5 - Today you will be comparing numbers to 1,000,000 using pictorial representations.
Year 6 - Today you will be using your knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.
Reading - Wednesday 29th September
Full Stops - Today you will be working on 'Building Stonehenge' by Martin Oliver. Imagine that you were present at the construction of Stonehenge or that you went to visit it once completed. Write a short diary entry about your experiences and how you felt.
Question Marks - Today you will be working on 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon' by Ogden Nash. Why do you think that the poet has used made-up words like 'realio', 'trulio' and 'pyrate'? What effect do they have? Write down your ideas.
Exclamation Marks - Today you will be working on 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' by Chris Hadfield. Reread the description of the take-off in lines 21-25 of the text. Highlight 5 words that you think could be improved and then write down some alternative words that would create a similar effect.
Commas - Today you will be working on 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Write a postcard home as if you were Stanley, writing from Camp Green Lake.
English - Wednesday 29th September
Today you will be writing a short story with dialogue based on the play script that you wrote yesterday. You will need an introduction to your story that sets the scene and introduces the characters. Remember to include the dialogue, with speech marks and other punctuation.
Arithmetic - Wednesday 29th September
Group 1 - Today you will be working on subtraction number bonds to 10.
Here is a list of incomplete number sentences. How many can you complete in three minutes?
Group 2 - Today you will be adding two 3-digit numbers using the column addition method.
Use the column addition method to find the answer to 324 + 439. Remember to leave a space above the line in case you need to carry any digits from one column to another. Repeat for: 243 + 675 and 337 + 339.
Groups 3 and 4 - Today you will be working on subtraction facts.
Find somebody at home to play with. One of you shuffles a pack of 1 to 10 cards and places them face down and the other shuffles a pack of 11 to 20 cards and places them face down. On the count of three, you both turn over your top card. The first person to say the difference between the two numbers wins the pair of cards. Play until you have gone through all the upturned cards. Who won the most pairs?
Maths - Wednesday 29th September
Year 5 - Today you will be comparing numbers to 1,000,000 from pictorial representations, using lists and number lines.
Year 6 - Today you will be multiplying numbers with up to 4 digits by a multiple of 10.
Religious Education - Wednesday 29th September
Today you will be considering the ways in which belonging to a religious community can help people.
Read the slides, which explain the daily life of Sarah, a child in a Jewish family. How does being a part of a Jewish community affect her daily life? Sarah is not only a member of a Jewish community but also a part of wider communities such as her neighbourhood, her school, and her local area. How might being Jewish be something Sarah finds helpful in these wider communities?
Year 5 - On Worksheet 2B, write about a community that you are a member of. The worksheet has several subheadings and questions to help you structure your writing.
Year 6 - Worksheet 2C has several blank cue cards for you to cut out and complete. Choose one, write bullet-points and then give a short oral presentation about a community that you are a member of. Ask somebody at home to email your presentation to me.
Handwriting - Thursday 30th September
Today you will practise writing words with the end-low diagonal join using words containing the vowels 'a', 'i' and 'u'.
Silent Letters - Six words containing the letter 'i' are given (knit, ink, milk, bill, limb, finger). Your task is to practise the end-low diagonal join by copying the words and putting them into alphabetical order. Two of the words, 'knit' and 'limb', contain silent letters. Write these words again.
Arithmetic - Thursday 30th September
You have had a go at three different arithmetic activities this week. Today I would like you to choose the one that challenged you the most and have another go at it. If you want to, you can also have a look at the activities that other groups have done and choose one of those instead.
Maths - Thursday 30th September
Year 5 - Today you will be making and identifying patterns in numbers using your knowledge of place value.
Year 6 - Today you will be multiplying numbers with up to 4 digits by a 2-digit whole number.
Science - Thursday 30th September
Today you will be describing the process of asexual reproduction in plants.
What is asexual reproduction? How does it differ from sexual reproduction in plants? Find out by reading the information on the slides.
Year 5 - The 100-word challenge! In one hundred words or less, describe one way in which plants reproduce asexually. Give an example of a plant that reproduces this way, remembering to use scientific vocabulary. You can use the Plant Picture Cards and Word Bank to help you with your writing.
Year 6 - Look at the Plant Picture Cards. Choose two of the cards and describe ways in which they are similar or different. Use scientific vocabulary in your description, using the Word Bank provided if it helps.
PSHE - Friday 1st October
Today you will be thinking about your rights and responsibilities as a citizen of your country.
Have a look at the PowerPoint Slides of the different children.
What do you know about the UNCRC (United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child)? It is an international charter that was written to guarantee the rights of all children.
What rights do you think all children should have? Tell somebody at home what you think. Read the Article Cards and see if any of the rights on the cards matched with your ideas. Are there some rights that you hadn't though of?
Choose the 5 rights that you think are the most important in your opinion. Write them down on a piece of paper and, for each one, explain why you believe it to be one of the most important.
History - Friday 1st October
Today you will be exploring what Britain was like before the first Viking invasions.
When did England become England? How is a country formed? Over the coming lessons we will be finding out when England became a unified kingdom and how the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings struggled for power over hundreds of years. Can you remember when the Romans came to Britain? When did they leave? Who lived in Britain after the Romans left?
Year 6 - Answer the questions on Worksheet 1D to predict what you think life was like in Britain in the 8th century. When you have completed your prediction, read the Fact Sheet to see if your prediction was correct.