Friday 5th March 2021


Start your day by reading your book for 30 minutes.


Today’ English activity is entitled ‘What have you been reading over lockdown?’ 

I would like you to create a presentation about the books that you have been reading while you have been at home since the beginning of term.  If there was something you read earlier in the year you would like to report on then you could use that as well.  Your presentation can be a poster, a review, a power point presentation or any thing else you would like to do. 

Think about using these questions as a starting point: 

  • What is the favourite book you have read? 
  • Explain the title. 
  • What genre does it come under? 
  • What is something you liked about it? 
  • What is something you disliked about it? 
  • Where is the story set? 
  • Which characters did you like the most? 
  • Which characters did you like the least? 
  • Describe one of the main characters. 
  • What changes does this character go through? 
  • What techniques does the author use to keep wanting to read more? 
  • How did reading this book change your views? 
  • What would you say to persuade a friend to read it? 
  • What feedback might you give to the author? 
  • What do you think of the ending? 
  • What happens, or should happen, after the ending? 
  • What would you want to read about in a sequel? 

Choose some of these to focus on in your report.  You don’t have to answer all the questions.  You can pick and choose which ones to focus on. 

You can bring your report into school and we will listen to each other’s reports when we are all back together.

Spelling Practise

Use your spelling words from this week’s spellings. 

Story, story 

Write a story using all of your spellings.   

Be sure to underline your spelling words in your paragraphs.  (Don’t worry if you can’t quite fit them all in!) 


Complete the ‘independent questions’ here if you can. This activity is purely a revision of work we have covered in the autumn term, although there may be some questions that you need me to go through the method for.  Please leave any you are unsure of and ask me after you have finished.  If we were in class doing this session, we would talk through any you are unsure of and I don’t expect you to necessarily remember how to complete them.  

You have a time limit of 30 minutes for the 40 questions.  For questions that are worth one mark, you only need to write the answer and for questions worth two marks you need to show your working.  If you finish before the 30 minutes is up, go back and check each answer. 

Mark your work. 

If there are any that you have answered incorrectly, have a go at practising them.  

Please ask me by contacting me on the Dojo chat if you would like me to go though any of the methods.   

Times Tables Practise
Forest School

Today, you are going to design and make your own treasure hunt!

Treasure hunts are a great way to get everyone moving about and exploring the house and/or garden!

Watch the video below for four fantastic ideas – a picture trail, a symbol trail a cryptic trail and a treasure map trail.  Choose one and have a go!

Thursday 4th March 2021

Happy World Book Day 2021!  We are hoping this day will give you chance to do something different. We have thought of a selection of activities that you can try throughout the day at your own pace – just choose whichever ones you think you will enjoy and feel able to do!  The learning today is the same for each class so if you have siblings in school you can do the activities together if you like.  The teachers will still be available on Class Dojo at the normal times and we’d love to hear and see what you have been up to so do send them photos and messages if you are able!  Your suggested activities for the day are below…

Don’t forget to take some time to just read, read, read, read and read throughout the day too!!

Book Cover Challenge!

Can you recreate a book cover or blend into a book?! Have a look at the photos below for some inspiration!  You can keep it simple or go really all out in fancy dress – it is up to you!  We would love to see your creations so please do send photos in on Class Dojo to the teachers when you are done.

Share a Story Live Event

We are delighted to celebrate this year with an extra special digital event!

You can watch the World Book Day special – Bringing Reading to Life LIVE on the World Book Day website at 10:30am. The event will last 30 minutes.
Starring: Joseph Coelho (the poet whom Maple class saw at Stroud Book Festival last year) & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks
Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter.   Just click on the link below to watch live at 10.30am.

The Masked Reader!

Watch the video clips below of our masked Whiteshill staff members reading a page from their favourite book. Can you guess who is behind each mask? I wonder if you can name any of the favourite books too?! You can send us your guesses over Class Dojo!




                                  How many did you guess?!

Share a story together…

Take ten minutes to share story with someone in your bubble. Look at the pictures together, guess what the characters are up to and predict what you think will happen next. Sharing stories boosts creativity and imaginationimproves wellbeing and is a positive experience for everyone!

Video books to enjoy together…

Visit the World Book Day website to watch the ‘Share a Story Corner videos’ where you will find familiar characters and easy to follow stories with tips for reading together.

You can also listen to a range of audiobooks here…

Create a bookmark

Cut out a rectangle shape from a piece of card. Add colour with pens, pencils, paint, glitter glue or sequins. Add a pompom, tassel or ribbon to the end.

Share the love – give a bookmark to your family and friends. Pass them out in the neighbourhood. They’re great to accompany any book gifts you’re giving. Or hide them in the pages of books in your local library next time you are able to visit!

Create a book nook

Of course you can read anywhere, but creating a special place to read shows just how wonderful books are.

It’s very simple to set up a book nook – all you really need is a place to sit and some books – but adding in some extra special touches can make a little reading den that you love to visit.  Perhaps you could decorate it with some posters of your favourite books?

Write a book of your own…

Click the links below for ideas…

Make a Zig Zag book.

Draw your own graphic novel.

Combine art and storytelling and make a miniature book or matchbox book.

Take the first line of your favourite tale and write your own ending.

Put yourself in a story with speech bubbles.

Guess who game…

This simple game is great for developing language, learning to take turns and following basic rules. You can play with just two players, or as many as you like. One person thinks of a character from a story book and the other players have to guess who they are by asking questions.  Try the game both ways: with you asking questions for them to answer (‘does this person fly on a broomstick?’) and also see if they can give clues. Giving clues is harder but great for considering how someone else might think.

Bring your favourite books to life with arts and crafts…

Make finger puppets or peg doll puppets of the characters from your favourite story. You may like to act out the story afterwards.

Make your own character masks and put on a show for your family.

Paint a character from one of your favourite stories.

Be creative…!

Clips, quizzes and activities…

Celebrate your favourite authors, stories and characters with the best clips, quizzes and activities from CBBC.

Ready, steady, cook….

Cook, bake or put together a dish inspired by a story!  You could make the ‘wormy spaghetti’ from The Twits, the porridge from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a gingerbread man or a salad from Mr McGregor’s garden in Peter Rabbit!

Roald Dahl

The Roald Dahl website has lots of quizzes, videos, stories and activities for you to try!

You can also watch a theatrical reading of the Twits online here – performed at the Unicorn Theatre (probably more appropriate for the older children).

Draw like Tom Gates…

Learn to draw like Tom Gates and lots more…

Visit your favourite author’s website…

If you don’t like Roald Dahl or Tom Gates, why not look up the website of your favourite children’s author or book series – some of the websites have some fantastic facts, videos, games and activities on.  Older children could find out more about their favourite author…where do they come from?  How did they start writing?  What is their favourite book?!

We hope you have lots of fun today!!  We can’t wait to see what you get up to!

Wednesday 3rd March 2021


Please read your book for 15 minutes today – out loud to someone or to yourself.


Here is your handwriting task for today, using your spelling words for this week.


Today you are going to have a go at writing your article for the newspaper.

Unfortunately, we have only today to finish the article as tomorrow is World Book Day.  Do as much as you can – but remember, quality not quantity.  If you do two or three really good paragraphs, that is better than rushing through to finish it.

Use the model text from Monday to help you with your structure.

Use the check list of features that you highlighted on the model text (lottery winner) to make sure you include all the features of a report (newspaper article).

Use the plan from yesterday to support your writing activity.

Make sure you check your word cards here to support your range of vocabulary and include a range of different punctuation marks.

Spelling Practise

Blue vowels

Write out each of your spelling words.

You will need a blue coloured pen or pencil.  Trace over the vowels in each word with your blue coloured pen/pencil.

Vowels = a, e, i, o, u

Maths Fluency

Complete as many fluency questions here as you can in 10 minutes and then mark your answers here when you are ready.  Don’t forget, I am on Dojo if you need any support.


First, look at the input sheet below and listen to the recording.

Use the question sheet to show you how to set out your own work.

Use the answer sheet once you have completed the task.

Input sheet
Question sheet…
Answer sheet…
Times Tables Practise

Using a deck of cards, turn two cards over at a time and multiply the two digits together.

For picture cards J = 11; Q = 12; K = 13

When you can do this at speed with very few mistakes, turn over three cards at a time.

E.g. 2 x 3 x 6 = 36

Keep practising for 15 minutes.


Session 7


Recap session 6

Now, complete session 7 and 8



Complete episode 12


Complete episode 13



Yoga KS2                    

Tuesday 2nd March 2021


Please read your book for 15 minutes today – out loud to someone or to yourself.


Watch the video below on the function of apostrophes.

The first activity is about choosing the correct spelling of different words, which is good revision work.  You can send me your sentences on Class Dojo so that I can read them.

The main part of this video is about how to use apostrophes for contractions and writing an uncontracted form.  Make sure you are pausing the video when you are asked to and completing the tasks.

The next part is about using the apostrophe for possession with singular and plural nouns.  All this is revision work and you should hopefully recognise the rules.


This week, we are going to plan and start to write a newspaper report based on the security camera footage from a sports centre in Birmingham, last Sunday evening.  Apparently, the night watchman was having a snooze when this all took place and was shocked to see the footage later on the same night!

Please watch the video below and then look at the information.

1) Clearly, this is a remarkable and newsworthy event, so you are going to write an article about it. As always, we need to plan first to ensure that we have the correct features and information in our text. To do this, please complete a plan using the 3 star version of the Twinkl planning sheet here.

You can watch the video as many times as you like.

2) Once planned, think of an eye-catching headline that will grab the readers attention. These might contain alliteration (e.g. Lovely London Loses Best City Status!) or hyperbole (e.g. Britain set for tropical summer in hottest months EVER!)

3) Finally today, try writing the introductory paragraph that briefly outlines the who, what, where, when, why and how elements of the story. Use the Lottery Win report from yesterday to help you do this, if necessary.

Please do not go any further with your report today!

Spelling Practise

Pyramid writing

Pyramid write your spelling words.

Don’t forget to write neatly!

Maths Fluency

Have a go at your maths fluency questions here for 10 minutes and then mark your own answers when you are ready here.


Have a listen to my instructions below first and also look at the input sheet as well.  I will talk you through the examples.

Complete the first task below when you are ready, don’t forget you can always listen to my instructions over again at any point if you need to.  Go on to complete the next tasks if you have time and feel ready.

Mark your answers when you are ready…

Times Tables Practise

Using a deck of cards, turn two cards over at a time and multiply the two digits together.

For picture cards J = 11; Q = 12; K = 13

When you can do this at speed with very few mistakes, turn over three cards at a time.

E.g. 2 x 3 x 6 = 36

Keep practising for 15 minutes.


Last week you created your own pulse of 8 beats, but added in a new note length which lasted for 2 beats! Today we will look at adding one new beat, and then finish by creating one new final pattern with a phrase to speak along with it!

To start with, I’d like you to just clap the pattern below:


1                          2                  3                       4                    5                  6                7              8

Clap                   Clap                 C        L       A     P               Clap          Clap           C       L     A   P


You will see it is the same phrase repeated, two claps followed by one clap which lasts for 2 beats.  Just practice this a couple of times.

Now we are going to add in what is called a REST. The rest means that no sound should be played on that beat. That beat is effectively SILENCE. So if you see the word rest under a beat, it is very important to make sure you do not make a sound on that beat! I will put an example below for you to have a go at:

1                2               3               4                 5               6               7               8

Clap       REST         Clap         Clap             Clap        REST          C      L    A     P

So with the above pattern, there are 2 rests on beats 2&6, so be careful to make sure you do NOT clap on those beats! Then the final clap lasts for TWO beats on beats 7&8. As usual, keep practicing this pattern until you feel confident and comfortable performing it at a steady speed.

OK! I’m sure you have guessed what to do next! Create your own 8 beat pattern! You can use whatever sounds you like (Clapping hands, Clicking fingers, Stamping  feet or Tapping Knees), however, you will need to include at least one rest, and one two beat sound!

Good work! Now to finish, we are going to make a longer 16 beat pattern! To do this you will take your 8 beat pattern you have just created, and repeat it to make 16 beats! It is important there is no gap between the repetition! It has to flow nicely so will need some practice! I will show my example below taking my 8 beat pattern and repeating it! To save room ‘C’ means clap and ‘R’ means rest!

1        2      3      4        5         6        7        8       9     10       11      12        13      14       15        16

C       R      C     C       C         R       C  L  A  P     C     R        C        C         C        R         C  L  A P

Take your time when looking at my example. When the word ‘CLAP’ is written out in full, that means the clap lasts 2 beats. If you would like to practice the example above first, then do, I have only used claps for my sounds as this makes it easier! Have a go at repeating your pattern so it is 16 beats long though and give that a go! If you seem to struggle, then break it down! Start with the first 4 beats, then 8 beats, then repeat the first 4 to make 12 beats, and finally try all 16 beats! It won’t happen first time, but that’s why practice is so important in music!

Monday 1st March 2021


Please read your book for 15 minutes today – out loud to someone or to yourself.

Spelling Lesson

Work through the spelling lesson here.

Ignore the fact it asks you to work with a partner and see if you can complete the sentences yourself.

There are some activities here to complete if you have time:

Spelling Crossword Activity

Word Search


First, recap on the difference between direct and indirect (reported) speech by reading the Power point here. Then try completing the 3 star version of the sheet. The answers are on the same document.

Next, please read through the example newspaper report: Lottery Win here.

Using the key below, colour, number or copy out examples (at least 3 of each) of the following features:

Bi-line (introductory statement that echoes the headline & gives brief overview of the report topic.)
Caption (explains photographic or diagram content)
Information on the 5ws: who, where, when, what and why (+ how)
Past tense
3rd person
Direct speech quotations
Indirect / reported speech (you might know it as either, but it is the same thing!)
Rhetorical questions
Formal language
Time prepositions and conjunctions  (e.g. In the morning or Later…..)
Concluding paragraph suggesting what might happen next


Please take your time on this and find examples of all the features.

Spelling Practise

Rainbow writing

First write each word in pencil.

Now underline the syllables:

Write the word using two alternate colours for the syllables.

Example:   special          spe cial              spe cial

Maths Fluency

Please complete as many questions as you can in 10 minutes and then mark your answers.


This week is maths investigation week.

Please watch the video of me explaining the task and doing the examples below.

There is an example sheet which I talk through on the video.

There is an activity sheet for you to complete below.

There is an answer sheet for you to check your answers as well.

Here is the example…
Here are your questions…
answers below…
Times Tables Practise

Using a deck of cards, turn two cards over at a time and multiply the two digits together.

For picture cards J = 11; Q = 12; K = 13

When you can do this at speed with very few mistakes, turn over three cards at a time.

E.g. 2 x 3 x 6 = 36

Keep practising for 15 minutes.


WALT: describe the events of The Last Supper from the Bible.

Watch the BBC Bitesize clip here:

Then read through the Power Point here.

A very famous painting that depicts the Bible event is on slide 12 of the presentation above.

This is Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’. See if you can tell which figure is Jesus and which is Judas.

(This image has been recreated many times. Look at the humorous versions on the next few slides.)

Below is some information about the characters (Jesus and the 12 disciples) in Da Vinci’s painting:

The identity of the individual apostles in The Last Supper is confirmed by The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. From left to right in the painting, they are depicted in four groups of three, and react to the news as follows:

  • GROUP 1

Bartholomew, James the Less and Andrew are all surprised.

  • GROUP 2

Judas Iscariot is taken aback; next to him, Peter holds a knife and looks stormy, while the boyish John, the youngest apostle, simply swoons.

  • GROUP 3

Thomas is upset; James is shocked. Philip wants an explanation.

  • GROUP 4

In the final group of three, Jude Thaddeus and Matthew turn to Simon the Zealot for answers.


In most versions of The Last Supper, Judas is the only disciple not to have a halo, or else is seated separately from the other apostles. Leonardo, however, seats everyone on the same side of the table, so that all are facing the viewer. Even so, Judas remains a marked man. First, he is grasping a small bag, no doubt symbolizing the 30 pieces of silver he has been paid to betray Jesus; he has also knocked over the salt pot – another symbol of betrayal. His head is also positioned in a lower position than anyone in the picture, and is the only person left in shadow.

In short, the painting captures twelve individuals in the midst of querying, gesticulating, or showing various shades of horror, anger and disbelief. It’s live, it’s human and it’s in complete contrast to the serene and expansive pose of Jesus himself.

Your task: draw your own version of The Last Supper. Put speech or thought bubbles above SOME of the characters to show what you think they are thinking or saying. This MUST include Jesus, Judas and at least 2 of the other men.