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 words ending in the suffix -shul spelt -cial or -tial
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.
Some of the work this week requires a protractor. I understand that most of you won’t have one, but if you could print one off the internet and use it to estimate your angles.
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:
- Research the life cycles of a contrasting bird, insect, amphibian and plant.
- Record life cycles in the form of annotated scientific illustrations.
- Research the life cycles of an insect, amphibian, mammal, bird and plant that contrasts with those already studied.
- Create a series of annotated scientific illustrations that reflect the life cycles of the animals and plants they have researched.
- Use all skills developed so far for sketching and developing colour and texture using watercolour pencils.
Investigation – analysing secondary sources/pattern seeking
Compare the lifecycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds (pattern seeking).
Research reproduction in plants and animals.
We are going to do some travelling! Try to find some interesting and quirky animals and plants from around the world and explore their life cycles online. We are going to research a range of life cycles, from around the world. Do mammals lay eggs? Not in general, except for two unusual species: duck-billed platypus and the spiny anteater.They are called monotremes and are found in Australia and New Guinea.
Another type of mammal called a marsupial, e.g. kangaroo, wallaby and koala bear are found mostly in Australasia and the Americas and they have a slightly different life cycle as well – they give birth to poorly developed babies who after birth crawl into a pouch in which they can suckle on the mammary glands to grow and develop further. Have a look at the kangaroo life cycle diagram and note that the baby kangaroo (called a joey) weighs less than 2g when it is born and is about 2 cm long. It is blind and hairless. It crawls through the mother’s fur and into the pouch where it starts suckling on one of the mammary glands. After about 6 months it starts to climb out of the pouch to spend some time exercising and eating. At about 8 months it leaves the pouch.
These are examples of different life cycles to the ‘classic’ mammalian life cycle and make for an interesting contrast to the native mammal that you researched in the last session. How might you create a scientific illustration for any of these more unusual mammals – what sort of sketches might you include to show how these life cycles differ. Think about the kind of information you will need to find out for your illustration.
Try to create a total of six illustrations. Talk to an adult about what you have found and check the language you are using.
Life cycle, mammal, bird, amphibian, insect, reproduction
This week I’d like you to find out what a police officer does and make drawings of police officers at work.
- Find out what a police officer does today as a prelude to doing historical research.
- Write a job description.
- Draw an image of a person doing a task.
If we were at school I would have asked for a police officer to come in for a chat. As we can’t have that, then I’d like you to watch the YouTube video from 4.10 and do the fitness test at the same time as the police recruits. You have to run from one end of the room to the other by the time the beep sounds – if you’re too quick or too slow, you’re out. The beeps get closer together every few goes!
Have a look at the Police PowerPoint to recap on some of the things that a police officer has to do today. You are going to write a job description for a police officer. Job descriptions are written to try to show people who want that job what it would be like.
Have a look at the Police Officer Job Description and the sections like headings, sub-headings and bullet points. Think about the different sections of the job description and what you want to add.
Once completed you can add a picture of a police officer doing something to the job description you have written in the box on the template using the drawing materials you have provided.
The fitness test for becoming a police officer -YouTube clip
Job description of a police officer from targetjobs.co.uk
Answers from police officers about their job in Norfolk from norfolk.police.uk
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 Mrs Duncan or me, we would really like to see it.