Week beginning 11th January

So our spring term begins with another Lockdown. The online work will be upload to our website – just as it was before. Children coming into school will be taught the same work with the same resources. You can contact your class teacher using the purple mash email; the Gmail class email and communicate with the whole class using the class blog.


We were supposed to starting our genetics unit for Science and Macbeth for Literacy. Due to the nature of drama and practical work needed for these topics, we have decided to put them on hold for later in the year.


Instead, we will be starting our next History topic: ‘The first historic dynasty of China.’ This unit explores the history of the ancient civilisation of The Shang dynasty. We will look at the way these people lived their lives and about key historical characters within this time.


You will be given 3 Literacy tasks a week and 3 Maths tasks with challenges too. There will be an explanation on this overview and then videos and worksheets to watch and complete. At the end of some weeks there will be quizzes to complete to prove your understanding in maths and assessment pieces will be set for Literacy – these will then need to be handed in to the class teacher. It could be a picture of the work emailed in or a typed document handed in. It will be clearly marked if we require the piece of work handed in.


In addition to the Literacy and Maths, there will also be 4 foundation subjects set each week. There will be a guided reading text with two tasks to complete and then the usual expectations of Times table practice, spellings (on purple mash) and reading to a parent 3 times a week.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking that the Ancient Chinese Cinderella story –

Yeh-Shen. This week we will compare the story to our modern day version and then look at the emotions of characters at different parts of the story.


Chapter 1
Yeh-Shen Cinderella story

Day 1:

Read the two versions of Cinderella. The modern day version and the Yen-Shen one. As there is quite a lot of reading involved, we have recorded the Yen-Shen version for you to listen to and follow along if you would rather. Once you have read and listened to Yeh-Shen, you will need to compare them. Think about the similarities and differences between the two. Think about the storyline as well the characters. Complete the task sheet with your thoughts.

Day 2:

Today we will look only at the Yeh-Shen version of Cinderella. You are going to pick the character of either Yeh-Shen or the step mother and think about their emotions at a key point in the story - when they get to the festival and the step mother recognises Yeh-Shen. What emotions would the characters feel at this key moment? Fear, anger, jealousy, worry? The emotions will be very different for the two characters. Pick one of the characters and complete the task sheet. Select 3 emotions for that character and then create show me don’t tell me phrases for them. Use the help sheet to give you ideas.


Today’s piece of work will need to handed into the class teacher. Today you will write a diary entry describing that one moment from the story - the moment you recognise each other at the festival. Continue with the character you picked yesterday and use the words and phrases that you have already created to help you. When we read your diary we are hoping to see ‘show me don’t tell me’ phrases to explain the emotion of your character. In addition to this, we will also be looking for a range of Literacy skills that we have worked on this year. The task sheet will refresh your memory of these skills

Guided Reading:

The text for guided reading this week is ‘The Killer Camera’ by Anthony Horowitz.

There is quite a lot to read this week, so that could count as one of your home reads for the week. 


Remeber to practice your spellings - attached is a list of spellings for the term.


Chapter 1
Day 1 Maths Video


Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages (FDP). This week, we will begin by looking at converting between FDP and then have ago at multiplying decimal by whole numbers.

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Day 1:  Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.

There is a video input and then two tasks to have a go at. During the input, there is a point where you can stop and get on with the task, or continue watching for some support with the task. Task 1 is a conversions table: fill in the blanks; and task 2 has questions in context. Remember maths lessons are an hour so please do not spend more than this on the video input and the task. Please mark your working using the honesty sheet provided.

Day 2 and 3:  Multiplying decimals by whole numbers.

This task is for 2 days work. Again, there is a video input and then an arithmetic style task. Listen to the input and then have a go at the task – there is the option to stop and begin the task or continue listening for support. Work through the skills on the arithmetic task and remember to mark before moving on. Do this over 2 days and see what you can achieve. If you finish the whole task, there is a challenge to try.

Chapter 1
Day 2+3 Maths Video


Please do this quiz to show us what you have understood. Do this independently and submit it once completed. You should do workings out to help you!

PSHE task

other tasks to do

GEOGRAPHY Assessment piece:

This piece of work will need to be handed in: As our topic this term is on the Ancient Chinese way of life, we thought it would be best to begin with some map work on where is China. Click the link to see the task for this week. You will need access to google to help find some of the answers. If you don’t have a phone, tablet or device to use for this, don’t forget you can phone a friend! Maybe a phone a relative to see if they know the answers or ask on the class blog for help.

Geography Task

Geography Answers


The week’s task is all about recognising and valuing diversity within the community. 


ART: Ancient Chinese calligraphy.

Over the next few weeks we will build up to creating a final piece of Chinese art.

We think you will really enjoy this task so take your time and look carefully!

ART Task


This week we will revisit 'Connect It' by Anna Meredith. You might remember that we listened to this last term. Make up your own new rhythm patterns and add actions to perform your own sequence.

Music Task


P.E at home – Week 2 – Throwing skills

Compete against someone at home

Equipment required

  • Tennis ball or rolled up socks

  • Targets e.g. canned foods or teddies

Pile of Tennis Balls

Activity 3 

Throwing a Tennis ball

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Keep in touch:

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

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

Food fact of the week: CARROTS

Known for their bright orange appearance, carrots are ripe with nutrients that help the immune system and, as the saying goes, your eyes!

Coaching points to remember:

Under arm throw

Eyes focused on target

Non-throwing arm pointing at target

Knees slightly bent in ready position


Questions to ask yourself:

How much power does the throw need?

Was it accurate?

What did you do well?

What do you need to do differently next throw?

Image by Bruno Nascimento

Activity 1






This extended learning task is designed to take the whole half a term and we ask that you send the final piece in on the last week of term. Click the link to see the task set. Remember to take your time to ensure you research and present your work to the best of your ability.

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.