Friday 22nd May

English

You may need to finish writing your non-chronological report today.  If so, please do this.

If you have finished, I would like you to think about publishing your work.  Choose three pictures to draw, (or print, if you are able and prefer) that illustrate the facts in your report.

These should be small enough to insert around your text.  Each picture should have a caption or labels to explain what the picture is showing.

You don’t need to write it up again at this point unless you really want to!

Please do send me an email with your finished reports if you are able – I would love to see them!

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterdays lesson…

Next, watch today’s input video and then have a go at the questions below.  There are also some fluency questions today for you to try.

Answers will be added below as it is the end of the week so no peeking!

Answers below – no peeking!

Thursday 21st May

English

Please continue to write your non-chronological report today.  You should finish the next three paragraphs if you can.  Remember to edit each one after you finish it.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday for you to check through.

Next, watch today’s input video and then have a go at today’s questions which I will explain in the video.

Maths Fluency

There will be no maths fluency for these last two days before half term.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Wednesday 20th May

English

Today you are going to begin writing and editing your report.

I have provided a list of features for you here.  Also, you could use your list from session 2.

You will need to write in the present tense and in the third person.  E.g. It has…, there are…

Use your word cards from your pack to help you choose different sentence types and ensure you use a range of vocabulary.  This text should be facts and not opinions.  You will not refer to yourself (I or me) or the reader (you) throughout this text.

You should finish the first three paragraphs today.

Remember to edit each paragraph before you move on to the next one.  Good luck!

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday.

Next up, watch today’s input video below and then have a go at your questions and fluency for today.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Tuesday 19th May

English

Today you are going to write the plan for your report.  I have provided an example of the boxing-up plan here to use but you could create your own if you would like to.  You can print it off or copy it into your book.  Use mine as a guide and use your own ideas to make it your own.

Use the spider diagram you created yesterday to write this plan.

For each section just write key words (no sentences, yet!)

You may find you need to do more research at this point, if you have missed any facts you now want to write about.

Try to think about the types of sentences you could include in each paragraph as this will help to structure you work.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday.  Please check through before you start today’s lesson.

Next, watch today’s input video (sorry it cuts off again but should be enough to get you going!) and then have a go at your questions for today and the fluency.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Monday 18th May

English – Reading Comprehension

I have taken another extract from the class book that I have continued to read and put online.  I haven’t read this part to you yet.  You need to use what you know about the characters already, the key vocabulary I go through and the information you find in the extract to answer the comprehension questions.

I have underlined the key vocabulary in the text.  This is the first part of the session.  I will give the meanings of the words with a short explanation about each word.

The second part is to answer the comprehension questions. Please use your English books to record your answers.

The extract and questions for today can be found here.

Maths

First up, please watch today’s input video and then have a go at the questions below.  You can then finish with your fluency.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Friday 15th May

English

You may have already chosen the animal you would like to write your non-chronological report on.  If you haven’t, you may want to look at the research pages first to inspire you.

These are some websites I suggest for you:

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals.html  This has a list of familiar animals to begin with, then further down the page on the right-hand side are some other animals.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/animals/  This has lots of different animals, not just from southern Africa so be selective.

https://kids.britannica.com/kids/browse/animals So many to choose from here!

https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/

https://www.coolkidfacts.com/animals/  Scroll down this page to find a huge alphabetical list to choose from.

  • Write the name of the animal in the middle of your page.
  • Now gather some key words or phrases about your chosen animal from your research and write around as a spider diagram.

Note: Please don’t be tempted to just copy out lots of text from the websites – it is really obvious when you do this and actually it is against the rules of writing your own work!

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday’s questions and fluency.

Thursday 14th May

English

Today you are going to read through a model text that I have provided for you here. This is a non-chronological report on the Tonga lizard found in South America. This will give you the structure of the text, the language used and examples of punctuation.

Can you list the structure of the text?

What are the different paragraphs?

What language features can you identify?

What examples of punctuation can you identify?

If you can, print the text out and highlight these features making notes in the margins.  If you can’t print it, can you list the features in your workbook?

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday.

Next, watch today’s video input and then have a go at your questions and fluency for today.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Wednesday 13th May

English

For our next unit of work, you are going to write a non-chronological report on an animal from southern Africa.  This is inspired by the story of the meerkats and vulture from the last two weeks. (and a conversation with you guys!)

You can, of course, choose to write your report on the meerkat or the vulture.  Or you could choose a different animal that is typically found in the southern regions of Africa.  You will need to do some research for this unit of work, but that is later in the unit.

For this session, I want you to visit this webpage.  https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/south-africa-animals.html

Read through all the different animals: mammals, birds, fishes, invertebrates and reptiles.

Which ones did you already know something about?

Which ones are new to you?

Which one is your favourite?

Choose one that you think you would like to find out about.

If you can’t access this webpage, you could do your research using your own non-fiction books from home.  If this is still not possible, you could do an imaginary animal or an animal you know something about.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday for you to check through.

Next up, please watch today’s video and then have a go at your questions and fluency for today.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next chapter of your class story is available below…

Tuesday 12th May

English

Today, you are going to do some reading comprehension.

I have taken an extract from the class book.  I haven’t read this part to you yet.  That is the idea behind this task – you need to use what you know about the characters already, the key vocabulary I go through and the information you find in the extract to answer the comprehension questions.

I have underlined the key vocabulary in the text.  This is the first part of the session.  I will give the meanings of the words with a short explanation about each word.  This is how we look at vocabulary in the lesson.

The second part is to answer the comprehension questions. Please use your English books to record your answers.

Everything you need today can be found here.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday can be found below.

Next, watch today’s input video and then have a go at the questions and finish with today’s fluency.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Thursday 7th May

English

Today you are going to start writing your diary entry from the point of view of the vulture.  You will need to write in the past tense and using the first-person perspective (I, me, my etc).

A diary entry uses the internal voice of the character.  Always use their thoughts and feelings to guide your writing.  What actions create what thoughts and feelings?

Try to write the first three sections of your diary entry today.  Remember to edit your writing as you go and always refer to your word cards to give you ideas and check you are including all the relevant punctuation and vocabulary types.  Use your plan from yesterday to guide you.  I look forward to reading them!

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday can be found below.

Next up, watch the input video for today and then have a go at your questions and finally finish with your fluency for today.  I have also included the answers as it is the end of the week so no peeking!

Answers below – no peeking!
Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Wednesday 6th May

English

This week you are going to write a diary entry from the perspective of the vulture.

What series of events happen to the vulture? Remember, the vulture does not see everything that the meerkats do, so be careful which bits of information from the video you use.

You will need to add in your own ideas: where the vulture had come from; what it was doing; what incidents had it been involved in with the meerkats before?  Use your imagination to add your own ideas.

Use the boxing up plan which can be found here.  Draw the boxes in your book and fill in your notes.  Don’t use sentences at this point, just key words to help you when you come to write.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday.  Please check them through carefully to learn from your mistakes before today’s lesson.

Next, watch today’s input video (there is a photo below of the work I do in the video to help you out) and then have a go at today’s questions.   Apologies, the video does cut off again but you should still be able to work out what you need to do – as always, any questions, please do email me.  Finally, finish with your fluency for today.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next chapter of your class story can be found below…

Tuesday 5th May

English

This week, we are going to be clever with our writing and write about the same story but this time from the point of view of the vulture in the video.  Today, to prepare, watch the video again and think carefully about the perspective of the vulture.

Watch it carefully from the perspective of the vulture.

For today, just write notes on the trail of events that happen to the vulture so that you are ready to write your plan tomorrow.

Maths

First up, your answers from yesterday for the questions and fluency.

Next, watch today’s input video and then have a go at the questions – I have also included a photograph of the work I did in the video to help you.  Finally, finish with your fluency for today.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…

Monday 4th May

English

I have taken an extract from the class book that I have continued to read and put online.  I haven’t read this part to you yet.  That is the idea behind this task – you need to use what you know about the characters already, the key vocabulary I go through and the information you find in the extract to answer the comprehension questions.

I have underlined the key vocabulary in the text.  This is the first part of the session.  I will give the meanings of the words with a short explanation about each word.  This is how we look at vocabulary in the lesson.

The second part is to answer the comprehension questions. Please use your English books to record your answers.

Today’s extract, vocabulary and questions can be found here.

Maths

First up, your fluency questions for today.

Next up, please watch my input video for today which can be found below and then have a go at today’s questions.  Apologies the video cuts off again – but hopefully you can see from the photos what your task is.  We have now sorted this problem that Miss Middleton has been having but she had already filmed this video.  Answers will be available tomorrow.

Story Time

The next section of your class story can be found below…