I hope you are all well and are looking forward to some relaxation in the social distancing rules.
I hope you enjoyed the class Zoom meeting. I have arranged another one for this week.
Don’t forget, that if you find some of the work a little tricky or too easy, then you can always have a go at the work on another class page that is more appropriate for you.
Remember, if you have any comments on the work, want to send anything to me or just share work with your classmates then feel free to email me at
There is now a new way of accessing Twinkl materials. If I have included any you will need to type in a pin number in order to gain access to any materials that have been posted. I will post the number if required.
I see that Joe Wicks is only putting out video content a couple of times a week. That’s not a problem, as you can revisit any of the older sessions on his webpage.
Hopefully, you have had a chance to access Cornerstones. There is so much good material on there if you have run out of books. Pick the one that is most appropriate for your reading level.
I hope you managed to practise your spellings from last week. See if you can work through the spellings below. At the end of the week see if someone in the family can test you on them.
This week we will be looking at common words from the Year 5.
I hope you have been enjoying the White Rose Maths. Don’t forget, if you get stuck on any of it, BBC Bitesize is a good place to find help.
As some of the questions require you to measure an angle you could try estimating using this protractor to help.
BBC Bitesize continues to have some useful activities that are usually linked to punctuation and grammar. However, some of you might like the chance to do some story writing. There are so many ways you could take your writing that I wouldn’t like to restrict you by saying you have to do it in a particular way. There are a few ideas to start you off from talk4writing but then it’s up to your fantastic imagination and creativity.
This week, I’d like you to:
- Make observations, as a natural scientist would, recording data and reporting findings.
- Learn about some famous naturalists.
- Make observations, record findings and draw conclusions, as natural scientists.
- Research and present, in role, information on a significant naturalist.
If you can, o out into the local woodland or park and get sit and observe nature. You will need to sit comfortably and remain still and quiet. What can you see, what can you hear, and what can you smell? Move slowly as you write so as to not disturb any wildlife. Hopefully over 10-15 minutes birds and mini-beasts should be seen and heard. Not everything you hear will be natural – you may hear and see vehicles on nearby roads, or planes in the sky.
What is a natural scientist?. A natural scientist, or naturalist, studies natural history, i.e. the study of plants and animals by observation rather than by experimentation. An animal behaviourist makes a scientific study of everything an animal does (from amoebae to gorillas!), so again they observe very carefully. You have just ‘been’ natural scientists and in fact have been working as natural scientists over the past few weeks as you have observed the insects and frogs.
Can you name any scientists who are naturalists or animal behaviourists? (Charles Darwin, Chris Packham, David Attenborough, Alfred Russel Wallace, Steve Backshall, Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, George McGavin, etc.) You may have seen many of these people presenting natural history programmes on the television. What sort of behaviour or processes of animals and plants might be studied? Feeding, sleeping, finding/building shelter, interacting with other members of their species or with other animals, reacting to stimuli, playing, fighting, learning skills, mating or reproducing, excreting, etc. All things to do with being alive, well and happy! Watch the clip of David Attenborough presenting one of his natural history programmes. These programmes introduce people who are not scientists to many interesting and wonderful aspects of animal and plant life. People can see things happening or visit places virtually which they are unlikely to see or visit themselves. The programmes take a long time to make – the naturalists and film crew have to be very patient and can spend long hours waiting to capture a particular behaviour on film; they are filmed in often quite extreme conditions or difficult to access places; some of the plants and animals are rare or timid (in the case of animals) or the behaviour only happens at night (so sometimes infra-red cameras are used).
Jane Goodall is an expert on primates, particularly well-known for her work with chimpanzees. Listen to her talking about her life in the links above. She started working with just a notebook and binoculars – observing carefully.
I’d like you to make final observations of tadpole development and return the tadpoles/froglets to a suitable pond. You should also complete your final observations and diary entries for the insects. You need to look at your propagated plants, taking measurements and making observations and draw labelled diagrams, graphs, etc., then drawing conclusions on the success of the cuttings. Examine the runners and potatoes as well.
Exploring important natural scientists: Research and make notes on one of the naturalists.
Scientific illustrations exhibition: You can create your own art books that contain your illustrations from the block as well as select your best specimen to be put forward for the school website.
Natural scientist, naturalist, observation, conservation, endangered
This week I’d like you to look at questions of cause and significance when drawing the story of a detective case as a cartoon.
- Address questions of cause and significance based on historical sources.
- Improvise the story of a historical criminal case.
- Write and/or draw a narrative version of an historical event.
You are going to become detectives to try to work out some cases that the earliest police detectives faced. Watch the Police PowerPoint presentation about the development of detective work in the police. Read the first page of instructions on each case first and then look at the evidence and read it and consider what it all means, then try to answer the questions they have been set.
Finally, try creating a narrative of the case either as a story, a report in the style of a newspaper article or in a cartoon.
Art ties in nicely with your topic work.
If you can, take a look at Scratch
Explore some of the tasks to familiarise yourself with how to use the programming software.
Remember, if you want to send any of your work through to Mrs Duncan or me, we would really like to see it.