Good morning everyone! I hope that you are all feeling well.
Please find below resources for today’s lessons.
Work carefully through these maths questions – try timing yourself. When you have completed the questions, and checked them, have another go and see if you can complete it in a shorter time.
Re-write these sentences with the correct punctuation. Be careful! 🙂
Yesterday, we thought about how to use carefully chosen words to describe a scene. You thought about how to start sentences in interesting ways and how to create detail in your writing. Today, you are going to think back to the story ideas you talked through yesterday and you are going to plan a story.
Watch this short clip, which has some useful advice about writing a story (remember, our story may contain suspense but it isn’t going to be ‘spooky’!)
Story writing advice.
So, your story needs an interesting setting, a challenge and a solution (ending). The clip also tells us that it is a good idea to do some research by reading similar stories.
Our story ideas yesterday, were inspired by finding a spaceship deep in the woodlands. Our ideas may have included meeting the occupants of the spaceship, or even going into space. Here is a short story about two boys who encounter a spaceship. Read it through carefully at least two times. You could read it aloud the first time and then read it again in your head.
Alien Landing (PDF – use if Powerpoint above does not open)
The story that you have just read is a short story which contains six paragraphs. Your task today is to retell this story in words and pictures. You need to divide your page into six equal sections and summarise each paragraph – one section per paragraph. When you have finished, you will have created a storyboard of the story. With a member of your family, discuss the setting of this story; the challenge in the story (what is the ‘problem’ or ‘challenge’ that the boys face?) and the ending of the story.
When you have finished this task, think back to the story ideas which you discussed yesterday. Pick one and discuss how it would fit into a six box storyboard. If you are struggling for ideas, you could use the story you have read today and change elements of it. You could change the characters or the setting for example.
If you have time, you could start drawing a storyboard of your story idea, the lesson tomorrow will be shorter to allow time for you to finish this. (Don’t forget to use words and pictures!)
Yesterday’s lesson was about rounding numbers, which is something that we were working on last week. If you are still finding this tricky, you may want to complete this lesson:
Rounding 5 digit numbers.
If you are confident with rounding, then you can take part in this lesson which looks at real life rounding and estimating:
Real life contexts for rounding and estimating.
During our lessons last week, we also talked about negative numbers. We discussed how it is indeed possible to subtract 6 from 3 and that your answer would be a negative integer. (Integer means whole number and they can be positive or negative). Watch this short clip which introduces/revises the concept of negative numbers:
Negative Numbers Explained!
Once you have watched the short clip, have a go at the following activities:
You should draw your own number lines to help you to solve these problems:
Discuss these statements with a member of your family. Make sure you clearly explain your reasoning!
Last week, we started to look at the civilisations of the Indus Valley. During the lesson, we concentrated on one of the ancient cities: Mehenjo-Daro. This week, I was planning to explore how Mohenjo-Daro was discovered, but I am going to save that for next week! This week, you can spend some time finding out about life in the Ancient Indus Valley.
Read the information on this webpage:
Life in the Indus Valley.
When you have read all the information, watched the clip and looked at the map, your task is to create a fact page containing what you think is the most important information that you have found out today. Think about how you present your information. You could, for example, present your work in boxes like this:
Next week, we will find out how the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro were discovered and by whom.
Last week, we started to look at how many of our English words originate from ancient Latin words. (Do you remember who spoke Latin?) Next week we are going to look at word order, but before we do so it will help if you are familiar with the Latin words below. (Don’t worry about pronunciation too much but remember that in Classical Latin ‘v’ is pronounced ‘w’). Can you work out what the Latin words mean and which English words are related to them?
It is the end of home school day and time for some ‘down time’. Grab your book and be transported to another reality for at least 30 minutes!
‘See you’ online tomorrow!