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A fabulous find... 

I really am missing reading with you all. As you know, before all of this, we had been reading the story 'The accidental Prime Minister' by Tom McLaughlin. We enjoyed reading about his transformation into the prime minister of England and his quest to get back the park. I particularly enjoyed the idea of every Friday being Fancy dress Friday. Whilst browsing the internet, I have found this video of Tom McLaughlin drawing the character of Joe. 


I know that we have been looking at Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake- but I thought you all might like to have a go at drawing Joe too. Can you compare Tom McLaughlin's drawings with Quentin Blake's? What's the same? What's different? Which one do you prefer? Why?

Author Draw-along: Draw with Tom McLaughlin | Oxford Owl

Author and illustrator Tom McLaughlin reads from his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister' (2015), and shows us how to draw his unlikely hero Joe.

Celebrations from last week... 


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This week's challenges... 


Once again, let's start off our challenges this week with PE. Below I've added videos for different games that you could do inside or outside. You don't need to have the equipment in the video- instead you could use shoes or cans as cones- be creative!


I was really impressed with some of your writing last week as I read some amazing newspaper articles about Charlie's discovery of his golden ticket. 


Literacy activity 1:This week, lets start by looking at a new sentence type. How many different sentences can you write that includes this? Can you use it when writing about Willy Wonka? Outdoor learning challenge: Sit in your garden, listen and look at what is going on around you. Can you use the outdoors as your inspiration in an ___ing, ____ed sentence? For example, Crawling across the grass, the ladybird stopped puzzled as it heard a noise. 


Our new unit for English is "Explanation text". At the end of the unit we will aim to write an explanation text based around Willy Wonka's new chocolatey creation. However, this week is going to be thinking about the features of this text type. 


Literacy activity 2: read through the examples of explanation texts below. What do you think the key features are? What should they all include? Write a checklist that you can use for writing next week. 


Literacy activity 3: Read the example text 'How a dishwasher really works'. Can you learn this text with actions and perform it to someone in your house (just like we did for the class assembly). 


Literacy activity 4: Watch the rest of the explanations from the book "Until, I met Dudley" By Roger McGough. Can you write your own version of one of these? For example instead of cats in the dishwasher, perhaps it's a whale in the washing machine! Remember to use fronted adverbials in your sentences too. 

Until I Met Dudley


Continue to read as much as you can at home- and check whether your books are on the AR system. If you are running out of books I have listed a few below which are on the website: these are all on Accelerated reader too. 

- Jimmy Sniffles vs the Mummy AR Quiz number: 127552

- Jimmy Sniffles- up the presidents nose AR Quiz number: 237330

- Benji Franklin- saving money (And the world from killer dinos) AR Quiz number-  229496


Don't forget to keep tuning in for Mrs Johnson's readings of Demon Dentist. 

Mrs Wordsmith: 

I've attached the Mrs Wordsmith document from last week. These time choose three different words.  

Activity 1: Choose three words from the pack below- how many times can you use them in sentences whilst you complete your normal day around your home? Can your family guess which words you have chosen? 

Activity 2: Practise writing these words in sentences. Can you include all three in one sentence? 


I am really pleased to see that so many of you have been practising your times tables using TT Rockstars. Don't forget in class we also like to use hit the button. Let me know how many questions you can complete in the time set- I think our class best was 23.  


Outdoor learning challenge:Playing outside? Why not practise your times tables too? Find some ideas below: 

This week I would like you to think about fractions. What do we know about fractions already? Look at the picture below and think about everything you know. Can you use the following vocabulary do describe the pictures? Numerator, denominator, equivalent fraction. 


Objective 1: add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

This is an objective we have looked at before- but lets revisit it. Practise completing calculations where you add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. Complete at least 10 questions like the ones below.

Outdoor learning opportunity: Complete 10 of these questions outside with chalk. 


Extension challenge: Add and subtract three fractions. 

Adding Fractions (common denominator)

Objective 2: recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions

Can you find equivalent fractions for 1/2 and 1/4?  Can you use drawings to represent these? Perhaps you could use different food to help just like in the video below. I've attached a worksheet below- please do not feel that you have to print this, but it may act as guidance on how to use diagrams to show equivalent fractions. 

Extension- can you find fractions equivalent to 3/4?  1/3? Write an explanation, explaining how you have worked these out. 

Objective 3: solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities

Start by thinking about simple fractions of amounts such as 1/5 of 55, 1/12 of 36. We can think of these as division. E.g. 1/5 of 55 is the same as saying 55 divided by 5. To solve these we normally use our know times tables facts. 


Extend this to three digit numbers. Again using your times table facts you could do jumps on a number line. e.g. 1/5 of 165 ,  1/9 of 918. 


Challenge: Can you find 2/9 of 99     3/6 of 624? Etc. 


In Music, you have been working hard to learn how to read music. Mrs Revell has made you another PowerPoint full of challenges. The final challenge is to create your own piece of music- write this down, send it to us at the ash class email address and Mrs Revell  will have a go at playing it for you. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. 


This week, I would like you to imagine that Willy Wonka is releasing a new box of chocolates (If you like you could design and make these chocolates.. I wonder what exciting flavours you could come up with, maybe chocolates full of jelly snakes!)


Last week we explored shell structures. This week I want you to use your knowledge of shell structures to create a box for Willy Wonka's new chocolate. Choose from the two challenges below. 


Challenge 1: Using the boxes that you collected last week I want you to recreate the box by turning it inside out. Whilst you do this take notice of the different 2d shapes that make up the faces.An example of how to turn a box inside out can be found below where someone has created a house.


Challenge 2: Create a net which you can use to create the box for the chocolates. I have attached a template below which you can use as a guide- but you will need to change the measurements to fit your requirements. 


I want you to think of how you can turn your box into a packet for a new box of chocolates. Do you need it to be bright? What would you call your chocolates? On some paper create two different designs. One should be aimed at young children such as yourselves and the other should be aimed at your parents. Would they look the same?


Send us a picture of your designs!


Last week I set you the challenge of thinking about your songs which make you feel happy. This week, I would like you to think about ways to make others happy:

Current affairs - oracy activity 

I'm sure you have all heard about Captain Tom's amazing achievement of raising money for the NHS. Below are some resources from PictureNews to help you talk about this at home.