Hello Fir Class,
So, this is the final week of the half-term! It feels very strange to go halfway through a term without seeing any of you, but we have loved looking at all of the pictures and work you have sent in. From next half-term (beginning Monday 1st June) home learning will be uploaded onto the class page on Mondays, to fit with the usual school week. We know that Year 5 will not be returning to school straight away after half-term, so please continue with the amazing effort that you have been putting into your home-schooling.
Enjoy your break!
Miss Miller and Mrs Causer
I'm sorry to those of you who were unable to access the White Rose worksheets last week.
This week I would like you to choose an activity a day to complete from the homework grid attached.
Please go through the attached slideshow about Tudor Coats of Arms. Your activity for this week will be to create your own coat of arms. Consider what certain colours and images each represent and try to make one which best suits the values of yourself or your family.
Pick five characters from books you have read who you would like to have a tea party with. Provide one reason for inviting them and one question you would like to ask each one.
I know that many of you have been exercising more than ever during lockdown, which is brilliant. For those who would like a fresh idea, Mr Tull may be the answer to your prayers. He has set you all another fun challenge this week. Watch his video for more details! Remember you can send your videos in to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see them appear on the website.
This week the main skill you will be focusing on is listening! Here are a couple of games you can play.
1. The List. Write a list of twenty things. They can be as ordinary or random as you like. Read your list to a partner. After you have read your list, talk to your partner for one minute about an unrelated subject. Once the minute is up, your partner needs to list as many of the twenty things as they can remember. Then swap. Whoever remembers the highest number from the list wins.
2. Sit back to back with somebody. You both need a piece of paper and something to draw with. Draw a set of shapes and patterns. You can make it as easy or as complex as you like. Then describe in detail your picture to your partner. See how closely your partner can replicate your picture, based on your instructions. Then swap around.
SCIENCE - Animals and humans
Firstly, before you look at the attached sheet, estimate the life expectancy of the following animals. Life expectancy means how long something lives for.
Now, look at the attached sheet and compare your answers. Were you close? Did you guess? Do you know about some of the animals so you came close? Were you surprised when you saw how long some animals live for?
This week, I would like you to practise drawing a bar graph. You can do this on lined paper or plain paper. Or, if you prefer, I have attached some graph paper. The lines are already on this, so it might be easier for you.
Let’s remind ourselves what a bar graph needs.
Please look at the attached examples to help you .
Keep your graph safe as next week you will be using it.
GEOGRAPHY - OUTDOOR LEARNING
Create a treasure hunt for someone in your family.
First of all, you will need to choose something that a member of your family would like to find. It only needs to be something small – a sweet will do! You then need to create a treasure trail around your house and garden.
Find four (minimum) locations where you can hide a clue and decide the order in which they will be found.
Try to space your clues around your house and garden and hide them well so none of them will accidentally be stumbled across.
In each location, place a clue which will lead the person on to the next location. Clues could take the form of a picture, riddle or poem.
The challenge is to not make it too easy or too hard. You want your family member to enjoy it, but you don’t want them to find the treasure too easily!
This half-term we will be looking at historical fiction - stories set in the past. We are going to start by reading three short extracts and comparing them. The extracts come from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. They have all been adapted. The three extracts are set at different time periods. Please read the three extracts and look up any words you don’t know. I suggest you read them all a couple of times to really understand them.
Boys have excellent appetites and are always hungry. Oliver Twist and his friends had felt like they were starving to death for months. At last they got so wild with hunger, that one boy who was tall for his age, said darkly to his friends that unless he had another bowl of gruel, he was afraid that some night he might eat the boy sleeping next to him. The boy sleeping next to him was young and weak. He had a wild, hungry look in his eye when he said this and the boys all believed him.
A meeting was held and they voted on who should walk up to the master after supper that evening and ask for more. It was agreed that Oliver Twist should do it.
The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stood at the copper; his poor servants stood beside him; the gruel was served out; and a long prayer was said. The gruel was eaten; the boys whispered to each other and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours poked him. Child as he was, he was mad with hunger, and sad with misery. He rose from the table; and walking up to the master, bowl and spoon in hand, said, a little surprised at his own bravery,-
“Please, sir, I want some more.”
I am writing to Mother – I haven’t written for a while and am feeling guilty about it. My pencil keeps breaking and I am sharpening it again. Everyone else is lying asleep in the sun or is sitting about smoking and chatting. Nipper Martin is cleaning his rifle again. He’s always doing that.
The cry goes up and is shouted all along the trench. For a minute we are frozen with panic. We have trained for this time and again, but our fingers are heavy and won't work properly. It is difficult getting our gas masks on when we are so scared.
"Fix bayonets!" Hanley's yelling while we're still trying to pull on our gas masks. We grab our rifles and fix bayonets. We're on the firestep looking out into no-man's-land, and we see it rolling towards us, this killer we have heard so much about but have never seen for ourselves until now. Its deadly clouds are searching ahead, feeling their way forward in long yellow wisps, searching for me. Then finding me out, the gas turns and heads straight for me. I'm shouting inside my gas mask. "Christ! Christ!" Still the gas comes on, through our wire, swallowing everything in its path.
A Kestrel for a Knave
"I'm sick of you boys, you'll be the death of me. Not a day goes by without me having to deal with a line of boys. I can't remember a day, not one day, in all the years I've been in this school, and how long's that? ... ten years, and the school's no better now than it was on the day that it opened. I can't understand it. I can't understand it at all."
"I've taught in this city for over thirty-five years now; many of your parents were pupils under me in the old city schools before this housing estate was built; and I'm sure that in all those years I've never met a group as difficult to handle as this one. I thought I understood young people, I should be able to with all my experience, yet there's something happening today that's frightening, that makes me feel that it's all been a waste of time. ... Like it's a waste of time standing here talking to you boys, because you won't take a bit of notice to what I'm saying. I know what you're thinking now, you're thinking, why doesn't he get on with it and let us go, instead of standing there talking? That's what you're thinking, isn't it? Isn't it, MacDowall?"
"O yes it is. I can see it in your eyes, lad. You are not even listening.”
The teacher brought the stick round from behind his back for the boys to have a look at. He waved the stick in front of the boys, making the air swish as it moved, then he turned round and leaned on the desk, shaking his head.
"So I continue using the cane, knowing full well that you'll be back time and time again for some more. Knowing that when you smokers leave this room, waving your hands around in pain, you will carry on smoking just the same.
"Now, get your hands out."