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Thursday 30th April 2020


LO: Can I use my spellings in sentences?


This week’s spellings involve a different prefix – this time, it is anti-, which means “against”.  Use a dictionary to check the meaning of any words that you don’t know and then write a sentence for each spelling word in your book.


If you are a SNIP speller, your words all contain an /u/ sound, but written using an “o”.  Please write a sentence for each spelling word in your book.



LO: Can I identify features of a character description?


Read the following description (adapted from David Attenborough’s Adventure of a Young Naturalist)


Looking more carefully, he spotted a round grey shape hanging upside down from a liana.  It was a sloth.  He climbed up in order to get a closer look.  The sloth saw him coming and in a slow-motion frenzy began climbing hand-over-hand up its liana.  It moved so slowly that he was able to catch up with it easily. 

The sloth, about the size of a large sheepdog, hung upside down and stared at him with an expression of extreme sadness on its furry face.  Slowly, it opened its mouth, exposing its black enamel-less teeth, and did its best to frighten the man by making the loudest noise of which it was capable – a faint breathless wheeze.  The man stretched out his hand and, in reply, the creature made a slow ponderous swing at him with its foreleg.  He drew back and the sloth blinked mildly, as if surprised that it had failed to hook him

Holding on to his own liana with one hand, the man reached over with the other and tried to detach the sloth.  As he prised loose the claws, which were as sharp as knives, on one foot and began work on the next, the sloth, very sensibly, slowly and deliberately, replaced its loosened foot.


In your book, can you give an example (a word, phrase or sentence) from the text of the following:

  • Description of what the sloth looks like (2 examples)
  • Description of what the sloth sounds like
  • Description of how the sloth moves (2 examples)
  • Allliteration (words starting with the same sound)
  • A simile (describing something as being like something else, maybe using “as”)
  • How the sloth behaves towards the man


Which characteristic of the sloth comes across most strongly in this description?  Which is the most effective phrase in the description that shows this?



LO: Can I work systematically?


Today’s activity is an investigation involving creating decimals with 1 decimal place (tenths).  Have a look at the sheet which explains the task.


As an extra challenge, can you use your Maths reasoning to predict beforehand how many different possibilities there will be.  Try to record this prediction in your book, explaining it using reasoning.


Need help? Try to work systematically.  One way to do this is, if you are starting with the 4 in the top-left of the magic square, try to find all the options starting with the 4 before you move on.  Then repeat this process for the next number you move to (the logical move would be to start with 3 next).


You may have another method for working systematically to make sure you have found all the possibilities and that is fine!  Please explain your system when you answer the final question about how you know you have found all the possibilities.


LO: Can I explain the functions of our different teeth?


Firstly, please have a look at the knowledge organiser for this topic.


I understand that, with Mr Dourass, you have learnt about the digestive system and learnt the names of the different teeth that we have.  We are now going to explore their functions in more detail using this website: (you will need to scroll down to the teeth activity)

UPDATE: If you are unable to open the activity (I know some ipads don't support flash player, I have attached the main information in a pdf below.


Use Activity 1 - information panels to read about the functions of the 4 different types of teeth (incisors, canines, premolars and molars) and revise where they are located in the mouth.  Hold your mouse over each one to find out more detail.


Then go back to the menu and click on Activity 2 - teeth identification diagram. Once you have checked this, it may be useful to keep it up to help you with the final activity.


I’d like you to create a model of a jaw with the four different types of teeth.  You might use plasticene, blutack (don’t worry too much about colour!) or anything else you have at home (I used marshmallows for mine and carefully cut them to the right shapes!).  For the 4 types of teeth, try to ensure their shape is correct (sharper, flatter, ridged) as this is very much linked to their functions.  You could then create information cards explaining the function of each type of tooth or present it to someone in your family and teach them about it.


Here is mine! (I'm sure you can do better!) I'd love to see your models!