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week beginning 27th April

Oh dear... I was trying to change the icon for the week's learning and I inadvertently deleted everything I put up!

I'll try to remember what I had, but forgive me if it's slightly different.  




I would like you to concentrate on the use of dialogue this week.  When you read your books, explore the author's use of dialogue.  It is there for a reason.  Does it move the story on? Does it let you know more about a character, the setting, the plot?  Does the author always have to indicate who said what or is it obvious by the layout - new speaker, new line - or the response to a question.  

Also, explore the use of punctuation within the inverted commas (speech marks).  

For example:

"Have you fed the dogs yet?" Mrs McKnight asked her daughter as she called up the stairs.  

"Not yet.  I'm still in bed!" (I don't need to say who said this as the reader knows it's my daughter) 

"I'll do it then." replied Mrs McKnight, rolling her eyes.  

I'm going to attach 2 documents for you to look at.  One is a poster about how and when dialogue is used and the other is for you to identify how it is used.  

After you've had a look at that, I'd like you to have a go at writing down some of your own dialogue.  When you have a conversation at home, write down what is said, who said it, how they said it and perhaps what they were doing when they said it.  

Don't try and write too much, but write something different each day.


Please keep practising your spellings.  It really is important that you practise every day, especially if you find spelling tricky.  I know it's difficult to practise something that's hard, but the only way you'll improve is if you do it regularly  Imagine you were learning to play a musical instrument., You would have to practise for a good period of time each day in order to improve.  That's how it is with spelling.  

I will upload the spelling sheets from the first week as a reminder.  


Just keep reading whatever you can.  Learn about something new every day.  You never know when that bit of information will come in useful. 


Have a go at these problems this week.  

Don't forget to keep practising all the yr 5 home learning facts as well.  


Have a look at the sheet I've uploaded.  There's a few pages of Native American symbols.  When you've looked at them, have a go at writing a couple of sentences or even a short story using the symbols.  If there isn't a symbol for a word you need, try and design one.  


We would have been exploring the Nicene Creed, a well-known prayer we hear at church during mass.  

Read the words and then try and write about what each section means to you.  After that, see if you can have a go at writing a modern version of the Nicene Creed for school children of your age.  


This half term we would have been exploring materials and their properties.  Think about any object that you use or know about.  What are the properties of that material that make it perfect for the job it does?  Windows would not be very effective if the glass used for them wasn't transparent (a property), clothes wouldn't be comfortable or useful if they were made from paper, metal, glass or wood, would they (homophone alert)?  For everything that has ever been made, someone has had to consider and test possible materials from which it is to be made.  Think about the parachutes you made last  half term.  They would not have been effective if they had been made from a heavy plank of wood or metal would they?  A parachute has to be light, strong and flexible.  

Explore bbcbitesize/KS2/Materials.  There are a few different sections to look with quite a number of short videos to watch to help you understand.  

Also, explore youtube videos demonstrating the water cycle.  Once you've watched and understood what is happening, I would like you to write a short story or a poem from the perspective of a water droplet.  Try and use the correct terminology.  

Use this hyperlink to take you to the Met Office website where a short video of the water cycle and more information is available.

Try the first 2 pages of this document

Design and Technology

I hope you've had fun collecting your materials for your fairground ride. At school you would have made a wooden cuboid on which to construct your ride around, house the electrical circuit, motor and cells (batteries) and hold the long dowel in place for the rest of your ride to rotate around.  At home, you are going to have to use your imagination to re-create these elements - not the electrical parts - and design and create the most inventive one you can.  I have uploaded a powerpoint presentation for you to look at and a booklet for you to complete.  Let me see what you do.  Best of luck!


Don't forget to check out Mrs Crane's music icon on the class pages.  She has some singing resources and some resources to celebrate VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) - 8th May.  


Explore this powerpoint of The Grand Canyon and how its geographical features were formed.