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Wednesday 13th May 2020

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at 11am today for our Teams meeting!  Don't forget to have something that you've enjoyed reading (book, magazine, comic - anything goes!) and if you want to show your rainforest picture from Monday, you can do that too!  See you later.  Miss C



Today, I’d like you to use the rainforest description text from yesterday to find examples of the following grammar features to see how they are used and learn how you could use them yourselves in your own writing.

  • Expanded noun phrase
  • Two different powerful verbs (verbs which really create an image of the action eg. “scampered” rather than “ran” suggests small, fast maybe desperate steps.)
  • A simile
  • An adverb
  • A fronted adverbial which describes place
  • A fronted adverbial which describes time or when something happened
  • A fronted adverbial which describes manner (eg. how something moves/someone feels)
  • A sentence or phrase that makes the rainforest seem like a beautiful or peaceful place
  • A sentence or phrase that makes the rainforest seem like a more mysterious or scary place
  • Personification – where an object (eg. a plant) is described as doing something a human would do


Can I organise descriptive ideas?


Using ideas of your own or gathered from your artwork, the Under the Canopy video, yesterday’s rainforest description and the Great Kapok Tree video, can you complete the Acrostic Poem below?  Remember it does not have to rhyme, it just has to describe different things in the rainforest, using expanded noun phrases etc.  Only the first word of the phrase has to start with that letter but you might want to try to use some alliteration in one of your lines.  Try to include a range of plants, animals etc.













Can I read 12-hour time on both an analogue and digital clock?


Telling the time is one of the hardest mathematical concepts (why can’t it use 100 instead of 60?!!) but it’s one of those that, once it’s clicked and you’ve got it, it’s useful for life!  I’ll let you into a secret, I didn’t fully understand telling the time until Year 6 – that was when it clicked for me – but then there was no stopping me!


Obviously, the sooner you learn it, the better, and, with perseverance, you will get there but it is definitely one of those subjects where constant practice is useful - any time of day, have a look at the clock and try to answer these:

  • What time is it?
  • How many minutes past the last hour?
  • How many until the next hour?
  • What would it look like on an analogue clock with hands, and on a digital clock with digits/numbers?


If you want to go through the basics of using a clock, this teaching clock website can be used to help.


Use the PPT to recap analogue clocks, am/pm and digital clocks using the 12-hour time system.  As always, have a go at answering the questions before you click on to the next slide for the answer and do read the explanations to help you understand fully.


Next, have a go at the activities in the Word document.  If you are confident with both analogue and digital clocks, start at question 3 of the fluency then continue on to the reasoning and problem solving.


I have included a couple of extra puzzles “Clocks and Wonky Watches” for if you have any time left over.


This “Approaching Midnight” game is a great challenge, playing against the computer to see who can reach exactly midnight first.  There are several versions on this page, from getting started to jumping right in to the game.

Mental Health Week

Last week, one of my friends sent me some flowers and chocolate through the post and another friend phoned me up with some information they thought I might find useful.  The flowers were a lovely surprise which really brought a smile to my face and, knowing my friends were thinking of me, reminded me that people care.  I have been organising surprises for my sister’s birthday as she won’t be able to celebrate as she would have liked to.  I have also been helping some older people by doing their shopping for them. 


Have a look at the PPT about being kind to ourselves and other people.  Think of some ways that you could show kindness to others at home or safely within your community.  Then have a go at the Kindness Activity Sheet about being kind to yourself.