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Monday 18th January 2021 Activities

Good Morning Badgers!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for week 3 of home learning. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom at 11am.



Live lesson at 11am.

In today’s topic lesson we are going to be looking at arguments for and against the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. During the lesson I will ask you to write a short paragraph stating your view and opinion, using the facts that we have looked at in the lesson. This will be essential for your English task for this week. I will upload the slides after the lesson so please do not worry if your internet drops out at any point. 



LO: To correctly punctuate reported speech. 

The majority of newspaper reports contain reported speech. You will need to include reported speech in your report about the Parthenon Marbles. I have attached some information about people who may be of interest to you in your report. They are either for or against the return of the Marbles. Who will you speak to in your newspaper report? Underneath the information I have included an example of reported speech.

Remember the key rules for punctuating direct speech (see below). 


LO: To investigate 24-hour time.

Today you are going to look at 24 hour time. I have attached some slides which explain the 24 hour time format.  I have also attached some tasks for you to complete.

If you are finding time, especially 24 hour time, really tricky, then I would like you to make your own 24 hour clock face. I have attached an example of this at the beginning of your tasks. Remember that time will get easier the more you practise it.

You can also watch this Oak Academy lesson to help you.



In your spelling lessons this week you will be investigating compound nouns. You will need your book and your pen for today’s spelling lesson.


Friday 15th January 2021 Resources

Friday 15th January 2021

Good Morning Badgers! Happy Friday! Here are your last activities for the week. I hope you all have a super weekend – well done for working so hard. smiley



The answers to yesterday’s reading comprehension have been attached. Please mark/correct your work using a different coloured pen or pencil.


LO: To innovate the text by creating a new introductory paragraph.

Today you are going to innovate the Parthenon Marbles newspaper report. The word ‘innovate’ means to make changes to something which is already established. You are going to re-write the introductory paragraph, thinking carefully about what you need to include. Our class targets for this unit are:

  • To stay in third person
  • To use formal language
  • To include the 5 Ws in my introductory paragraph
  • To make sure to include a conclusion paragraph

Today you are going to focus on the first three targets. Plan your introductory paragraph before you write it. Make sure you know how you are going to include the 5 Ws:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Remember, quality over quantity! The introductory paragraph doesn’t need to be long, but it must include the key information that explains to the reader what the rest of the article is going to be about.


Reading using your own reading book

Draw a speech bubble on a piece of paper. What was the main character thinking during the page you have just read?



Live lesson at 11am. I am not setting you a follow up task on Mathletics today – I will explain why during our lesson.



LO: To use colour to create a mood.

Last week you had a go at sketching your own Greek Gods/Goddesses. This week we are going to look at adding colour to these portraits. I have attached some slides about how different colours can represent different things. Have a look at the slides then think carefully about what colours you are going to use on your portrait. You can use whatever colours you have at home – pencils, pens, watercolours, crayons etc. Take your time and pay close attention to detail.



What have you been doing to stay active over this lockdown period? I have been going on lots of walks and runs, and trying to spend time outside every day. What is your favourite way to exercise? I would like you to spend 30 minutes exercising in your favourite way today.

Thursday 14th January 2021 Resources

Thursday 14th January 2021 Activities

Good Morning Badgers! Here are your activities for today.


Just a side note – I do not expect you to print anything out as I am aware that not all of you have printers at home and printing can be expensive. You can just write the answers to the questions set in your books. All activities are uploaded as PDFs so they are easy to download and can be printed IF you want to. From now on I will upload the PDFs into two categories – resources (these are the slides that you will learn from and do NOT need to be printed) and activities (these are any question sheets etc that can be printed IF you want to). I hope this makes sense. Any questions then please send an email to


Enjoy your learning today, and I’ll see you at 11am J



LO: To retrieve information from the text.

Look at the newspaper report that we studied yesterday. Have another read through it, and then have a go at answering the questions attached. Remember to write your answers in clear, full sentences. I will upload the answers tomorrow morning so you can mark your own work.



Today you are going to test how well you have learnt your ‘ary’ and ‘ery’ words. Make a note of any you need to practise more – remember that it doesn’t matter if you don’t get them all right because mistakes are how we learn.



LO: To convert analogue time to digital time.

Live lesson at 11am. After the lesson you will have some Mathletics activities to complete. These will be unlocked at 12 o’clock today.



LO: To recall French colours.

Have you practised any French since we moved to remote learning? Today I would like you to recap your French colours. Please follow the link attached and go through the first activity on the page. Listen to the way the word is pronounced, and then practise saying the word. Describe the colours of the clothes you are wearing in French. You can also describe someone in your family too!

Good Morning Badgers! I hope you have had a good few days. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom at 11am.



LO: To identify key features and evaluate a newspaper report.

Live lesson. In today’s lesson we will be looking at a newspaper article written about the Parthenon Marbles and discuss the key features that the reporter has used. We will then  evaluate the report and think about what the reporter has done well and what they need to improve.



For today’s reading activity you will need your book that you are currently reading at home. I would like you to predict what is going to happen in the next chapter. You need to justify your predictions with the word ‘because’ and use evidence from the text to back up your point.



Year 3 LO: To solve time problems involving analogue clocks.

Year 4 LO: To solve time problems involving both analogue and digital clocks.


I hope you have been practising telling the time as much as possible at home! I have attached some problem solving activities for you to complete. During our live lessons tomorrow and Friday we will go through some time problems together, so please do not worry too much if you have found this tricky this week.



LO: To investigate whether the weight of an object has an effect on how much force is needed to pull it along.

How did you get on with your experiment last week? What did you find out? Which surface enabled the car to travel the quickest? Today you are going to investigate measuring force. I would like you to investigate how much force is needed to move some everyday objects in your home. If we were doing this in school we would measure the force in Newtons using a force meter, however as we are at home (and I’m assuming none of you have a force meter!) we are going to measure the force in cm instead. I have attached some slides to explain this task in further detail. You will need to complete the table attached whilst you carry out your investigation. Once you have completed the table, you are then going to create a bar chart to represent this data. We practised this in maths last week so you should be pretty confident! I’ve included an example for you on the slides in case you are unsure. You will need the following equipment to carry out the experiment:

  • A pot – any pot will do, you could even use a washed up yoghurt pot!
  • Rubber bands – or hair bands would also work
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Objects to measure – these can be any objects, toy cars, marbles, coins etc.

Enjoy experimenting Badgers!



As I mentioned last week, our Jigsaw theme for this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’. Last week I asked you to discuss your own dreams and goals with your family for 2021. Today you are going to draw out your dreams and goals. I have attached a template of a flower for you to copy. Plants grow from tiny seeds, so we can imagine that our dreams and goals are seeds that we can plant now and watch them grow into the future. In the centre of the flower, you are going to draw a picture of yourself and on each petal you can draw or write your dreams and goals.

Zoom 'raise a hand' instructions

Good Morning Badgers! Here are your home learning activities for today. Enjoy!



In English today we are going to be looking at the present perfect tense. I have attached a short activity for you to complete after the lesson. Please do not worry if you find this challenging – this is our first time looking at the present perfect tense and it can be tricky to understand at first! We will look at it again later in the year too.



Today your reading lesson will be via Oak Academy.

What do you think ‘reading for pleasure’ means? Why do we read books in our spare time?

Year 3: You are going to think about different texts that are important to you and create a ‘reading river’. This will be explained further in the clip

Year 4: You are going to explore different genres of literature and think about the kind of reading you do every day. You will be creating a 24 hour reading log. This will be explained further in the clip



How are you getting on with telling the time? I have attached some time problems for you to solve. There are different activities for each year group – choose one activity to complete. Remember, if it is too hard go down a level, if it is too easy go up a level.


Year 3: Your tasks focus on telling the time on analogue clocks. The challenge task contains Roman Numerals – I have attached a Roman Numerals guide within your task pack if you would like to push yourselves!

Year 4: Your tasks focus on hours, minutes and seconds. Remember, there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. Good luck!



I have attached some information all about the main Christian beliefs for you to look over. I would like you to create an information leaflet all about these main beliefs. Imagine that your information leaflet is going to someone who has never heard of Christianity before! Make sure everything is presented clearly, with pictures and captions to support what you have written. You can either do this on the computer or by hand.

Good Morning Badgers!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Here are your home learning activities for the day.


Live lesson at 11am – Topic

LO: To create a storyboard of key events.

Our topic lesson today is focused on the Parthenon Marbles. This lesson is really important for our English work this week which is why I thought it would be a good idea to have this as our ‘live’ session. I have uploaded the PowerPoint which has the information and the task details on it, so please do not worry if your internet drops out during our Zoom.



LO: To replace nouns appropriately to improve writing.

What is a noun? Nouns are often known as ‘naming words’ because they can name people, places and things.
What is a pronoun? A pronoun is a word that takes place of a noun.
For example:

Anna (noun) ate her tea when she (pronoun) got home.


It is important to have a balance of nouns and pronouns when writing. This avoids repetition.
For example:

Mrs Brown walked out of Mrs Brown’s door and got into Mrs Brown’s car.


It should read:

Mrs Brown walked out of her door and got into her car.


Can you see how using pronouns avoids repeating the noun?


Attached are some slides which explain how to use nouns and pronouns in further detail. Once you have read through the slides, you need to choose a challenge to complete. Choose carefully Badgers – make sure you are pushing yourselves but also choosing a challenge that you think you can complete independently. If you find one too easy, then move onto the next one up.



Your spellings for this week focus on the ‘ary’ and ‘ery’ suffix. Watch the video below and complete the activities within the clip. You will need a pencil and paper.



We are going to start looking at time this week. We are going to have a live session on time on Thursday, so for the next few days I want you to practise telling the time at home on both digital (12 hour for Year 3, 24 hour for Year 4) and analogue clocks. I want you to be telling the time as much as you can with your family over the next few days. The more you practise this the easier you will find our live lessons this week.


Questions to think about:

How many seconds are in a minute? How many minutes are in an hour? How many hours are in a day? How many days are in a week? How many weeks are in a month? How many months are in a year? How many weeks are in a year? How many days are in a year?


I also want you to think about the language we use when telling the time on an analogue clock:

Five past/to, ten past/to, quarter past/to, twenty past/to, twenty five past/to, half past, o’clock


I have attached some different activities for you to complete on telling the time. I have split these into Year 3 and Year 4 and on each document I have created different challenges. Year 4, I want you to start thinking about Roman Numerals too! Please choose your challenge carefully. Remember, move up a challenge if you are finding it too easy, or move down a challenge if you are struggling. I have also assigned you some Mathletics tasks – these will be updated daily.


Please see below for past home learning grids / activities / resources.

Home learning due to Covid-19 isolation


If your child is isolating at any point, please refer to the class' current home learning grids and spelling lists below for home learning tasks. In addition, your child should log in to Mathletics and complete the tasks they have set on there. They should also be reading and discussing what they have read with an adult on a daily basis.

Meet The Teacher Presentation

Please visit our 'COVID19 Information Page' which can be found in the 'Key Information' area of our website.