Week beginning 25th January

Well here we are in week 4 already! We are really pleased with the work that you have been sending us and we have now even had a few examples of the extended projects sent in. This Geography research task needs to be in by the end of this half term. Your Wonders could be places you have been or places that you have researched on the internet and would like to visit. How you present the work is up to you. So far, we have seen a few incredible Powerpoints, a written report and a few posters. Really impressive work!

Once again, there are three pieces of work to be sent in for us to assess this week. There is a Literacy task which involves you writing an explanation for your invention: what is it for; how does it work; why should we buy it. The second piece is the day 2 Maths task. This week in Maths, you must decide upon the level of challenge you are ready for as there are two choices….be prepared to stretch yourself, but be realistic about what you can do too. The third assessed piece is a French task to be completed using the link on this document. Get in touch is you need anything explained in more detail. Take care!


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Day 1:

Last week, you drew and labelled your own cracking contraptions. Now it is time to write an EXPLANATION text, telling the reader how it works. In Task 1, you will look at the key features of an explanation text. In task 2, you will start to plan your own writing. I have put a model text in there for you. Remember, you only need to write in note form today. There is a teaching video to help you.

Day 2 and 3: Piece to be handed in

Using your notes from yesterday, you are going to now write up your full explanation text. This is a longer write and you may wish to do it over a couple of days. There is no ‘free write’ task this week. There is a help sheet and tick list for you to remind you of the language and features which should be included. This could be typed up, if you prefer: if we get enough, we could create our own Cracking Contraptions Catalogue! There is a video of the flip chart for this lesson to help get you started. This is your assessed Literacy task for the week. Please send a photo of your work or an attached  Word document to the class email address.

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Guided Reading:

Focus text: an extract from The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G.Leonard and Sam Sedgman

This was a bestseller I picked in our first Lockdown and WOW- I am so glad I did! It is a brilliant and I hope you are enjoying it being read to you each day by various members of staff. The tasks will allow you to explore some of the characters you have heard about in a bit more detail.


Your spellings this week are on Purple Mash. We would like you to complete the Purple Mash task and the three short tasks on the worksheet provided.


This week you must choose how confident you are with your method. If you feel you need more practice then select the main tasks. If you are secure with your method, then choose the extension tasks as this will take you on to ThHTO x O. If you love maths, then do both! PLUS, there is also a 2DO on Purple Mash called Dividers.

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  • DAY 1: Apply your method to help Linda, the school cook, work out which foods to buy that gives her the most food possible. When you have worked out the answers, don’t forget to actually say which one she should buy!

  • DAY 2: Apply your method to solve capacity related problems. Piece to be handed in: Please send us a photo of your work.

  • DAY 3: CHALLENGE: Your mission is to get an answer closest to the target following a rule! Good luck.


  • DAY 1: A warm up task multiplying by multiples of 100 then a task to give you practice with ThHTO x O and then a trial and error challenge.

  • DAY 2: Apply your method to solve capacity related problems. Piece to be handed in: Please send us a photo of your work.

  • DAY 3: CHALLENGE: Solve the two problems, using trial and error and following any rules given. Good luck!

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Day 1 Video

other Subjects to do


Today, you will return to the Stroop Test, something you may remember from Year 3. You are going to have a go at using a stopwatch accurately, as well as working on your ability to predict, describe and explain. It would be great if you could do this with someone else at home so that you can compare results. If you are able to try the extension, let us know your results as we genuinely don’t know what will happen!

French Piece to be handed in:

you must complete this form  We are learning how to tell someone that we are lost and describe the person that is missing. Make a comic strip of the conversation that you will say. Explain you are lost, who you’ve lost and their name and what they look like. You can use slideshow on purple mash (record yourself saying the phrases as well) or pens and paper. 

Geography Task


This week, your task is to look at a few graphs showing you information about the January climate in two North American locations: Vancouver in Canada and Las Vegas in the USA. You job is to ‘read’ the graphs (just for January) and then write an email to a friend describing the differences in the climate as you move from one location to the next. For those of you who want to do a bit more, you could look at one of the suggested website links to find some tourist information about both locations , and add these to your email. There is an email template available, or you could actually send your class teacher an email via 2Email on Purple Mash or the class email address.

Science Information

Science Tasks


Today you are going to be using your programming skills to help out an artist. Follow the link and watch the video on how to use the programme. How many levels can you reach?

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Day 2 Video

French wordbank

ICT Task

P.E at home – Week 4 – Just Dance!

Make sure you have a clear and safe space to perform the dances

Maybe someone at home can join in with you!

What level can you score?

Bronze = 2 Songs

Silver = 4Songs

Gold = 6 Songs

What was your favourite song to perform?

Keep in touch:

Mr Ramsey would love to hear how you got on with this PE challenge. 


Rate your tiredness (1 – 5 stars)

1 star exhausted -5 stars full of energy

Keep him posted with your results so he can see your progress so email him through PURPLEMASH.

Food fact of the week: Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are just a few of the many berries that can satisfy your sweet tooth. A great addition to your morning oatmeal too. Berries have an antioxidant called anthocyanin which improves vision while protecting the nervous system and blood vessels.



With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, we thought it would be a good idea to remind ourselves how wonderful our Earth is. Currently, the world has 7 Natural Wonders of the World (see task sheet for more details)

Your Task: For this extended project, we would like you to choose your own 7 wonders of the world. You must research and find out:

a) Where each Wonder is located in the world

b) A description of what it is

c) Why you think it deserves to be a Natural Wonder


You may present your findings in anyway you like: a project book; a poster; a Powerpoint; art/model; a fact file; an essay…..if you have another idea, go for it! Please make sure that you start this project soon, if you haven’t done already. It needs to be in by the last week of this half-term.


Reading Challenge:

This year, the Public Libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge is all about getting cosy together to share the love of reading.

It kicks-off today, 11th January 2021 and runs for six weeks, until the end of the spring half-term. Why not encourage your children to take part – you can join in through the Hampshire Libraries website.

Children can read or listen to any four books to complete the challenge. This includes books they read or listen to for school, with family members and friends over Zoom, bedtime stories, non-fiction books, eBooks and audiobooks.

Those who take part online will automatically be sent a certificate when they complete the challenge, but the most important thing is that your children enjoy some winter reading for pleasure!

Want to stay in contact?


To find your class blog, go to the Purple Mash home page and find the ‘Tools’ box. Find the Communicate box and click on 2blog. Here you will find your class blog from which you will be able to contact your teacher and members of your class. Make sure your messages are kind and helpful. You can also email each other or the teachers through Purple Mash.


You can email things you've done to your class teacher at "classname" Someone will try to look at the emails each week day and get back to you. 

As always, we would like you to practice your times tables and spellings.

Parents please test your children in the way we do at school - they will tell you how!



We have access to excellent online library service



Check here for this week's spelling list and Key Word Lists.

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Children must practice weekly their times tables to get their next award.