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Week commencing 23rd November


Today, the class will be investigating measurement through a variety of activities. Can you get two containers that are different sizes? Then, fill them with water. Use a measuring jug to see how many millilitres (ml) each one will hold. Make a prediction before you start - were you correct? Then, try and measure out what you think 100ml of water would be and then measure it in your measuring jug - how did you get on? Also, have a look at the below estimation paragraphs and see if you can complete some based on your understanding of size and capacity. 

In English, we are looking at a new book - Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey. This is a collection of myths taken from Hindu epics. Can you find your own myth/fairytale/fable and write a synopsis of it?

In PHSE we are studying acceptance and tolerance - please see the PowerPoint below for more information. 

Finally, we are learning French numbers - can you write numbers 1-20 in French? Then, think about how you might remember how these are pronounced by relating them to an English word. For instance, 5 in 'cinq' which is pronounced like the word 'sank' in English. 


Don't forget to email me any work you have completed on our class email address -

I am looking forward to seeing more!  


Have a think about why we would need to use our understanding of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 or 1000 when converting between different measurements. There are 100 centimetres (cm) in a metre  (m) so this means that when we are converting from m to cm we would have to multiply by 100. For example; if we had 4m, we would have to multiply 4 by 100 in order to find out how many cm this is.

4 x 100 = 400, so this means there are 400cm in a m.  

If we are converting from m to cm we would have to divide by 100. If we had 500cm we would calculate 500 ÷ 100 = 5, so this means 500cm is the same as 5m. 

Have a look at the questions below and try to calculate the conversions. Send your answers to our class email address!


In English, we are continuing our study of stories within Seasons of Splendour. Have a look at the 'Girl in the Forest' extract below. Make a list of key words: beautiful girl, forest, handsome king etc. What do you think will happen next? What sort of people will the king, princess or other characters be (kind, evil, wise, foolish?). Opposites often feature in traditional tales. What other characters may be involved? (Animals/Gods?) There will need to be some sort of problem/obstacle to overcome. Will magic be involved? Plan a structure: King and Girl meet/What happens next?/What is the problem? / How is it resolved?/How does the story end? Write your own paragraph around these ideas and send it in! 


In Geography, we are studying Indian rivers this week. 

Rivers are used to carry water across land, provide a water supply for farms and to transport products to different towns. Do you think India has any rivers? It has many river systems due to the large number of mountain ranges in the country. Most of the major rivers begin in the Himalayas, Vindhyas and Western Ghats mountain ranges. The Indus river is a very famous river which was home to an ancient civilisation. It provided a life support for those people as they used it for many different reasons.

 Have a look at the attached discussion questions and make some notes on your ideas. 


We are continuing to look at converting measurements today and will be solving problems related to conversions. Think about how to decode a word problem - what is the question asking you to do? Will you have to convert one of the measurements so that they are both the same unit (eg. all in cm or all in m) or are they already the same? You can't make a comparison until all figures are the same unit of measurement. Have a go at the below questions and let me know how you get on! 


Our GPS focus this week is synonyms for verbs. A verb is a doing word - an action. A synonym is a word that means the same as another, for example 'happy' and 'joyful'. Can you think of any synonyms for the word 'said' - send me a list of your ideas. You could create a spider diagram with the word said in the middle and your synonyms coming off it! As part of this, please practise the weekly spellings and write sentences that include these words. What do each of the words mean? How do they fit into sentences in the correct context? You can find the weekly spellings in the Friday 20th November spelling tab on the main class page. 


In History, we are studying the culture in India. The culture of a country includes the ideas or behaviours people within it adopt. What is the school day in Indian schools like? What is the food like there and how does this compare to the UK? You could create a poster of your ideas, either on paper or using ICT. 



In Maths, we will be solidifying our understanding of converting between different measurements - it is really tricky! I have uploaded some video links below that I think will be really useful. Once you have had a look at these videos, go back to the previous resources (Purple Mash tasks or documents attached on this page) and have a second go. Hopefully you will feel more confident about the topic!


We will also be completing some guided reading tasks today. Below is a log you can complete with a range of different reading tasks on - choose a book and see if you can complete one or two of the activities suggested. Don't forget to fill in the log with the date of the task and save the work that you do. Each child in the class will have their own individual folder to store all of these activities. 


In English, we are continuing to look at descriptive writing as part of traditional tales. Can you write a paragraph about a King and Queen that includes adjectives, nouns, adverbs and similes? Send me your work!


Today's Big Write task is to write both a Haiku and a Cinquain. What can you remember about both types of poetry? Have a go at writing your own poems and then complete the self-assessment grid below. Which of the criteria have you met? Remember to use the relevant structures for each poem - think about the syllables within a Haiku and the number of descriptive words you need within each line of a Cinquain. 


In Science, we are studying how tea is made in India. Have a read through the attached PowerPoint and then (without looking back!) create your own timeline of events. What can you recall? How does the process happen? You can add relevant images or your own drawings to your timeline too. 


In Maths, we are completing an investigation in class in order to apply our learning to a more realistic scenario. You could have a go at making your own paper boat and testing how many marbles it will carry across an area of water - what makes your boat most secure? How are you going to be able to carry the most marbles? If you don't have the appropriate materials - don't worry! Have another look at the above videos and really make sure you understand how we convert between different units of measurement.


As always, the class email address is open for your amazing work!