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05 May 2020

Hello Giants!

Hope you've had another great week and enjoyed your celebrations for VE Day! I'm so pleased that the sun is shining again this week. You might even want to do some of your work outside - especially our Art because it's all about flowers smiley

I know it's starting to feel quite difficult because we've been in lockdown for so long now and you're all missing your friends. We're missing you too and it's okay if you feel a bit sad sometimes, I do too, so just remember that it's normal. Remember - if you're finding things hard, take a break to spend time doing things you love like drawing, singing, baking, reading or whatever it is that makes you smile. 

Enjoy your week!


Love Miss Daniel x

Literacy: Fantastic Mr Fox!

1. Learning Objective: To make comparisons between two stories
Watch the story of The Gingerbread Man (or read it if you have the book!). Here's another story with a sneaky fox in it, but this time the fox is made to be the 'bad guy' in the story. Have a think - is he any different to Fantastic Mr Fox, or is he just trying to feed himself too? There's no right answer here, it's your opinion - that means what you think. 

Print this Venn Diagram or copy it by drawing two big overlapping circles in your book. Can you fill it with things you know about each story, especially things about the foxes? Remember, things that are the same for both go in the middle. I've put a couple in to get your ideas started. 

Extension: Can you think of more stories or films with sly, sneaky foxes in?

2. Learning Objective: To know why foxes are sneaky in stories
Facts are things that are true. Sometimes, we use facts to help us build our own opinions and thoughts about someone. For example, if a fact about a person was 'they got 98 out of 100 in their maths test', our opinion might be 'they are very smart'. This happens with animal characters too! Sometimes, animals do things that help us build up what we think about them...

Have a look at one or more of these information pages to find out some facts about foxes: 
Foxy Facts       All About Foxes      Fox Facts

Make some notes about foxes in bullet points or a spider diagram. The more notes you have, the easier activity 3 will be!

When you've done, write this question in your book: Why do we always think foxes are sneaky? Have a go at answering this question in full sentences, using the facts you've learnt to help. For example: We think foxes are sneaky because they come out at night and then they hide their food for later! They also have really good hearing so they can hear their prey and sneak up on them.

3. Learning Objective: To write a non-chronological report using facts
A non-chronological report is a 'factfile' that is split up into different sections - like the one we did for Antarctica :) Can you use the facts you have researched to write your own non-chronological report about foxes? Remember, a non-chonological report needs:

- Sub-headings    
- Present tense (because foxes are still around today)     
- Quite formal (serious) language     
- Facts not opinions
- Avoid writing in the first person (I... We...)

You could use these sub-headings, or you could think of your own categories: 
Habitat, Diet, Skills, Body Features, Foxes in Stories

4. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Write a factfile about a different animal of your choice
- Write your own story with a sly fox in it! Will your fox be 'good sly' like Mr Fox or 'bad sly' like the fox in the Gingerbread Man?

Maths – Addition and Subtraction
If you would like any additional input or activities for these Maths sessions, the content on the BBC Bitesize home learning website now matches up perfectly with the White Rose learning objectives (Monday on Bitesize is Lesson 1, Tuesday is Lesson 2, etc). 

1. Learning Objective: To add and subtract tens     (old learning, see Extra Learning Task 1 if more support is needed)
Video (Lesson 1)    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- When we are adding multiples of 10, we can count on in tens (e.g. to add 50, count on 5 tens)
- We refer to "base 10" as 'Diene' or 'tens and ones' in class. If children get stuck using it for Q2 and 5, detail on this method can be found in the Fluency parents' guide.
- Use the number track (Q6) to count up in tens from 6 (16, 26, 36 etc...).
- For symbol questions (Q7), remember to write the numbers onto the symbols to make it easier. Choose base 10 or column method to hepl work out the answers!

2. Learning Objective: To add 2 two-digit numbers     (old learning)
Video (Lesson 2)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember, each time you get 10 ones, you have made 'a ten'. We say we have 'one ten' then start counting in ones again.
- Q2 is hard to follow! Support children to add up all the ones first, then convert this to 'a ten and 2 ones'. Then add up all the tens, but don't forget the extra one you've made. The last number sentence would then be the final one: 37 + 15 = ____
- For detailed information on how we explain column method to children, see the Fluency parents' guide :)
- Q6 is hard! I'd encourage trial and error - they may start by filling in two digits that total 6 tens (e.g. 3 and 3). Let them try it out and talk to them about why that makes 72 instead of 62 (because the ones create another extra ten when we add them up!). Hopefully from here they'll work out that we therefore need two numbers that total 5 tens instead, because we'll get the 6th ten from adding up the ones.

3. Learning Objective: To subtract 2 two-digit numbers     (some children have done this but some haven't)
Video (Lesson 3)    Worksheet    Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Q1 is all about how part a) has enough ones to cross out, but in part b) you have to take a one from one of the tens. We call this 'borrowing'.
- Q2 When drawing the base 10, make sure each 'ten' is clearly split into ten segments so children can easily start to 'borrow' ones and cross them out.
- Full explanation of subtraction with borrowing is in the Fluency parents' guide :)

4. Learning Objective: To work out number bonds to 100    (Tricky! If this is hard, look at Extra Learning Task 1 instead)
Video (Lesson 4)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Many of these are about trying to get to 100 from a set number (e.g. Q2/3/4/6). Start by adding ones until you reach the next multiple of ten, then just count up in tens to 100. 
- Remember, it's fine to draw things if that helps! You can still draw base 10 for Q4/6 even though they haven't.
- Some of Q5 are very hard. Children may want to use column method for straightforward questions, for missing numbers I'd recommend drawing base 10 from the starting number, or counting on mentally in tens then ones if children are more confident.

5. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- I wrote this set of lessons before we moved onto White Rose. It breaks down the concept of adding in tens and ones into more steps. It could be useful to support with Lessons 1 and 4 this week, and also teaches the shortcuts for adding 9 and 11:

Instructions     Adding Multiples of 10 Number Sentences        Adding 9 and 11 Number Sentences        Hundred Square

- Solve a set of questions from our Fluency list (choose Red, Amber, Green or GO - or more if you want!)

Fluency 11.5.20 (2 new slides)         Parents' Guide to Methods  


Science: Plants

Learning Objective: To understand why a plant needs light to grow
Have a go at this science investigation. If you are able to get seeds, you may want to do the experiment yourself at home! (You can do it with any seeds but cress is best to show the effects of the light). 

- Test a range of different seeds to see if the same thing happens.
- Learn more about photosynthesis with this video.

Theme (History): Key Figures

LO: To make comparisons between key historical figures
Do a little bit of research on Edith Cavell. You could watch this video, read this information (you may need a little help) or do your own research. Edith Cavell was also a nurse like Florence Nightingale, but she was treated very differently - instead of receiving a medal, she was executed even though she helped soliders on both sides of the war! Choose an activity:

a) Draw a line down your book and write 'Similar' and 'Different' at the top of each column. Write down things that are similar about both nurses (e.g. they both looked after soldiers in a war) and things that are different (e.g. Florence Nightingale worked in the Crimean War but Edith Cavell worked in the First World War).

b) Split your page in half and draw a picture of Florence Nightingale in one half and Edith Cavell in the other. Surround them with the most important facts about them, then colour code them using one colour for 'similar' and one for 'different'.

Key Learning
- Edith Cavell worked in Belgium to look after soliders in the First World War.
- She treated soldiers from both sides of the war and encouraged other nurses to do the same.
- She helped soldiers from the Allied side (our side) escape to a safer country.
- She got caught and was sentenced to death for treason (like Guy Fawkes!)

- Write a letter or an argument to try and persuade the German officials not to execute Edith Cavell.
- Write a newspaper report about the execution of Edith Cavell. You could use this template to write in columns!



Edith Cavell was very talented at painting beautiful flowers! An artist called Georgia O'Keeffe was also famous for doing really detailed, close-up paintings of flowers. Have a look at some of her work here. Can you find your own flower in your garden? If you don't have one, don't worry, you can use a photo from the internet or copy one of the O'Keeffe flowers. Observe your flower closely and look at all the tiny details on it! Have a go at drawing or painting a close-up picture of your flower, using any materials that you like. 

Remember what we do in class:

1) Observe the main shapes of the flowers and draw those really lightly in pencil.
2) Check you are happy with the size and position of your shapes.
3) Start going over your picture and adding the smaller details, using lines and shapes.
4) Add colour or shading!


Use this video to learn about how sounds are made through vibrations. Choose some objects in your house to make sounds with and observe how they vibrate when they are making sound. Explore how you can change the sound too! You could try:

- 'Twanging' a ruler on the edge of the table (what happens if you pull it further/closer?) 
- Pulling and releasing an elastic band (what happens if you pull it tighter/looser?)

If you've been enjoying learning the musical notes, you can finish the group of lessons with Lesson 4 - Bonus Challenges. This time, we put all our learning together to try and follow some harder rhythms!


Complete at least 2 sessions from these resource areas or the ones of our ‘Useful Websites’ page:

Join in with Joe Wicks for PE lessons at 9am each morning on YouTube! Link: Joe Wicks PE Lessons

Choose a fun dance/movement video from Go Noodle! Go Noodle Good Energy!

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