Good morning Year 4/5,
Ah! This is not the start of 2021 anyone wanted, but in true Dunn Street fashion, we will soldier on! We have some super topics to study this half term and I, for one, cannot wait to get stuck in!
Our Google Meet sessions will start on Thursday, and will be at the same time every day (from 11 to 12). Please make sure you have emailed parental consent if your child is to access these lessons, agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Google Meet User Agreement. I look forward to seeing you all, even if it is virtually!
This week we would like you to plan and write a story including a superhero and villain of your creation. To help you with planning this story, I have uploaded a story mountain sheet planning sheet,, or you could have a go at creating your own. Your story plan should consider:
1. The opening to your story and how you will set the scene
2. Build up: A problem that occurs and what it is
3. Problem: They way your superhero finds out about the problem
4. Resolution: How your superhero overcomes the problem
5. Ending: What happened as a result of your superhero’s actions
Think carefully about your planning as it will help when you draft your story. Remember, the plan is not the completed piece of work! While you are planning, see if you can make a list of some ambitious vocabulary, phrases and sentence openers you could include in your future writing.
Lesson 1: Plan your story using the story mountain (or use the headings shown above)
Lesson 2: Make a list of ambitious vocabulary, phrases or sentence openers which you will be able to use
Lesson 3: Draft your story using your planning. Remember to read it through carefully to check for any spelling mistakes/basic errors.
Don’t forget to send me a photo or email of your work!
Challenge task: You could also create a comic strip of your story and share it with me!
We are going to be investigating 2D shapes this week, in particular identifying different types of quadrilaterals and triangles.
Lesson 1: Revising our knowledge of 2D shapes and understanding key terms
How well do you know these mathematical terms? Using kiddle (a child-friendly search engine), can you research these key mathematical terms? You will need to be confident with this vocabulary, as it will help you with Lessons 2 and 3.
Polygon; horizontal; vertical; angles; parallel; perpendicular; angle; internal; regular; irregular; vertices; acute; obtuse; symmetry
You may want to use a Maths dictionary for kids to help: (http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/qr/a.html)
Lesson 2: Quadrilaterals
Access the BBC Bitesize to find out all about quadrilaterals. Watch the video (it’s fairly short) and jot down any key vocabulary you may not be sure about. You may be able to tick off words you learn throughout the rest of the lesson.
Look carefully at the different properties of these 2D shapes. Your task today is to create a poster about quadrilaterals. You should draw the different quadrilaterals and record some (or all!) of their properties.
Challenge: Have a go at the quiz. How well did you do?
Lesson 3: Triangles
Before you start, go on a triangle hunt around the house. How many different triangles can you find? By the end of the lesson you will be able to classify these triangles into Equilateral, Scalene, Right-Angled and Isosceles!
Classifying triangles: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z348cmn
Access the BBC Bitesize link. Watch the video and look at the different examples given. Can you work out how an isosceles triangle is different to an equilateral? Can a scalene triangle also have a right-angle?
Look at the 2 examples given. What properties are you confident in identifying?
Have a go at the two activities shown (a sorting activity and a quick quiz). How confident are you feeling? Now, can you label the different triangles you found at the start of the lesson? Are they: scalene, isosceles, right-angled or equilateral?
Linked to our writing on superheroes, can you create your own superhero? You could create one by drawing, painting or making a collage of a famous superhero of your choice. You could even get creative and make a 3D model or sculpture of your favourite superhero. You may also want to watch a superhero movie and write a review sharing your opinions! Send any designs through to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I would love to see them!)
Science: Super humans!
If we were in school, we would be learning all about Animals, including Humans (because we are pretty super!). Thinking about our bodies, can you make a list of everything which makes us super? Think about how our bodies work (our brain; our nervous system; how we can move/run/jog etc; how we can think and feel) and think about how our bodies are different to other animals. If you are stuck for ideas, you could research examples of super humans (found here: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/showcase/human-body)
If you want to do some extra research, check out some of these episodes from Operation Ouch! One I found particularly fascinating is all about our brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUCcsMmZVec
History: Ancient Egyptians
We are going to continue investigating whether or not the Ancient Egyptians were ahead of the time! Today, we are going to be finding out all about the pyramids, and complete a short reading comprehension.
Task 1: Jot down any information or knowledge you already have about pyramids, e.g. What were they used for? Where were they found?
Task 2: Watch this short video and answer these quick questions (don’t worry about the Bermuda Triangle!)
Q.1. How were the huge blocks transported to the main building sites?
Q.2. Why were sledges no good to transport the stones?
Q.3. How were the stones moved to the top of the pyramids?
Read the information sheet and answer the questions, in full sentences.
Now, go back to our initial question: Do you think the Ancient Egyptians were ahead of their time?
I hope these activities will keep you busy! We will be learning about similar topics in our Google Meets, so we can all move forward at the same time.