What a difference in the weather this last week. I hope you have been able to enjoy it and haven’t been suffering from hay-fever.
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. You will need to type in a pin number in order to gain access to any materials that have been posted.
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.
I hope you have had a chance to access Cornerstones. I’ve used them a lot in the past and they provide good reading materials. Perhaps you could review something that you have read recently. You could also look at Twinkl. You’ll find that they are often topical and will be differentiated. 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 plural nouns.
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.
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.
Science: The circulatory system
This week, I’d like you to:
- Demonstrate how blood transports nutrients, water, gases and waste around the body.
- Explore and demonstrate how the circulatory system works including the role of the heart.
- Use video and online editing tools to create a video installation and a TV advert.
- Explore how the circulatory system works and be able to identify the role blood has within this.
- Accurately dramatise the processes of the circulatory system.
- Record and edit their dramatisation.
Think about what you have learnt about blood, the heart and how nutrients and water are absorbed and moved around the body. What is the role of the heart in sending oxygen, nutrients and water within the blood around the body? – it pumps blood around the body which carries all of these things around the body.
Humans have a double circulatory system, which means that the heart pumps blood to the lungs and back to get rid of CO2 and to pick up O2 before pumping the oxygenated blood around the body.
Do you remember the 3 types of blood vessel (artery, vein, capillary)? What do you think their role is. The arteries carry blood away from the heart (remember which does which by linking the ‘a’ for arteries with ’a’ for taking blood away from the heart) and the veins carry it back. The capillaries have thinner walls than the arteries and veins and allow nutrients, water and O2 to pass in and out of cells – they join the arteries with the veins. Find out 2 interesting facts about each type of vessel to share with a grown up. Watch the video about the circulatory system as a reminder of how the blood moves to all parts of the body dropping off O2, nutrients and water, and removing waste for expulsion from the body (gases, water, etc.). Can you remember the processes used to move nutrients and water across the capillary walls? (Diffusion/osmosis.) Watch the YouTube video as you are going to create your own drama (a bit like the double circulation one) that may use some of the ideas from this video but that also demonstrates the dropping off of oxygen, nutrients and water and the picking up of waste. Remember that a big healthy heart beats slower than a smaller or weaker heart.
I’d like you to make your own video version of the circulatory system. First, draw out a diagram of the system to show, using colour coding, how various components move around and are removed. They should include, in note form, the processes (e.g. diffusion) that are involved. Then plan and write a script to accompany your dramatic re-enactment. Remember to include waste products.
You could use online video editing software (e.g. www.kizoa.com) to polish and edit your videos.
Circulatory system, heart, blood, blood vessels, pumps, oxygen, carbon dioxide, lungs, nutrients, water
Blood Circulation – through the Heart and body from www.YouTube.com
GCSE BBC Science Bitesize – Blood Circulation (to 3mins 18) from www.YouTube.com
This week I’d like you to develop your understanding of climate change and how the mountain environment can be endangered by human activity. Find out about eco-tourism and how it can help protect mountains.
- Explain how climate change and global warming impact on the mountain environment.
- Tell you how tourists pose a threat to the mountain environment.
- Create a poster that explains how eco-tourism can limit the impact on the environment.
‘Climate’ What words or phrases can you think of when you hear that word. Remember that the word climate is describing a general pattern of weather at a place. Describe our climate here in the UK. How is this different to somewhere like Mount Everest?
Through climate change and global warming our world is starting to warm up and the climates around the world are experiencing changes. Visit the National Geogrpahic link above to watch a short movie on the causes and impacts of global warming and climate change. After watching the video, What might happen because of increased world temperatures? (Mountain glaciers melt, deserts become drier, sea levels rise ‘swallowing’ up land). The people, plants and animals living in these places are all at risk.
So what causes world climate change?
When things burn, CO2 gas is released (Have you heard of it?). We burn fuel to heat homes, power cars and make electricity. The problem is, we are cutting down trees which would use this CO2 so instead it sits in the atmosphere like a lid keeping all the sun’s heat in!
What about climate change in the Polar Regions? I’m sure you have seen the affects on the news. How is global warming affecting places like this? Can you think of somewhere with a similar climate? (Mountain peaks). The whole mountain environment and its inhabitants are at threat from global warming.
We have looked at human visitors to mountains, but thousands of people visit all sizes of mountains across the world for leisure and holidays. We know global warming poses a threat to mountains, but What threat could visitors pose to the mountain environment? .
It is estimated that there are 17 tons of rubbish along every 1 km of the Everest Trail alone. Walkers wear away paths, tourists arrive in cars & planes that pollute the environment, hotels are built for the tourists & trees are cut down. Animals are scared or have their homes destroyed!
Look at ‘Ways we damage the environment’ and ‘Eco-Tourism’.
Ways in which we damage the Environment
- Dropping litter
- Flying in aeroplanes
- Building hotels & houses
- Failing to conserve natural resources
- Wearing down of paths
- Damaging natural habitats of animals
- Over crowding
- Generally speaking, eco-tourism focuses on local cultures, wilderness adventures, volunteering, personal growth and learning new ways to live on the planet.
- ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people’.
- Increases environmental & cultural knowledge.
- The main attractions are local culture, flora and fauna.
- Minimises tourism’s own environmental impact.
- Promotes affordability and lack of waste in the form of luxury.
- Take nothing with you and leave nothing but footprints!
I’d like you to make an Ecotourism poster, which should demonstrate how people could still visit mountains but not harm their environment. You should show a proper understanding of the threats to mountains and how they can be prevented.
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/way-forward-climate?source=relatedvideo – film about climate change
http://www.ecotourism.org/ – Travel with purpose – a personal purpose and a global one
https://www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel – a travel company promoting responsible tourism
Art ties in nicely with your science 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 me, I would really like to see it.
Some answers can’t easily be demonstrated. Check with a grown up to see how you have got on.