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Thursday 18th March

Good morning!


We hope you are all well this morning and ready for another day! We know you all like to work at different times and at different speeds, but if you would like some extra help with your maths today or are finding it particularly tricky, Mr Bond and Mr Bottomley will be available for an extra Zoom session at any point between 11-12. Just use our usual link to join us.

We will then have our English lesson on Zoom at 12, so please make sure you join us for that as we will be introducing our task for today, looking at Clockwork by Philip Pullman. 



A new task for you today to have a go at - can you take your spellings and place them in alphabetical order? There is a sheet below to use if you want, but I am sure you can record them in your own way. 



Thank you all for your contributions in our class Zoom today.

I am attaching the PowerPoint below so you can revisit the lesson if you missed any of it or want another look at the tasks.

We will look forward to hearing your descriptions of Dr Kalmenius's laboratory tomorrow!



Charging on with Holes, today we are going to have a look through our answers for the questions set over the last few days. Hopefully you had chance to do them yesterday so one less thing for you this morning, but have them ready for our zoom call. 


Your first job is to read chapters 1 to 5 then have a go at the questions below. 


  1. ‘The only trees are two old oaks on the eastern edge of the “lake”’. (Page 1). Why is the word ‘Lake’ written in inverted commas?

  2. Why would a camper at Camp Green Lake actually try to get bitten by a scorpion or even a rattlesnake?

  3. Write down 5 things that we learn about the character Stanley Yelnats in chapter 3.

  4. According to Stanley, what three things do you need to be a successful inventor?

  5. What is special about the name ‘Stanley Yelnats’?

  6. Why did Stanley think ‘well duh!’ when he saw the sign explaining what you were not allowed to bring to Camp Green Lake (page 12).

  7. Why is there no fence around Camp Green Lake?

  8. What does Mr Sir mean when she says, ‘ This isn’t Girl Scout camp’? (page 14).

  9. After reading the first five chapters, what do we know about why Stanley has been sent to Camp Green Lake?



Week 2 – Read chapters 6 – 8, then answer the following questions.

  1. Why did the teachers never take Stanley’s complaints about Derrick Dunne seriously?
  2. Why did Stanley feel like he was holding destiny’s shoes?
  3. Why did the patrol police car pull up next to Stanley?
  4. What do we know about why Stanley has been arrested and sent to Camp Green Lake now?
  5. Why do you think Clive Livingston had the nickname – ‘Sweet Feet’ if his shoes were ‘anything but sweet’?
  6. Why did X-ray claim to have his own special shovel, that no one else was allowed to touch?
  7. Why did Madame Zeroni not think Myra Menke would be a good wife to Elya Yelnats?
  8. Why did Elya tell Myra that she should marry Igor?
  9. What does ‘enviously’ mean? (page 37)
  10. Why does Stanley’s family always blame their ‘no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather’ when something bad happens?
  11. Why is it significant that the author tells us that yellow-spotted lizards like to eat the shells of sunflower seeds? (page 42)



Right let's get into some ratio today. We are going to be looking at how ratio is closely linked with fractions. Now we need to use that ratio language we learnt last week but we can solve ratio by linking them to the different fractions. We will talk about this a lot during our zoom call today but before then, watch the video here and have a go at the sheet below. 



Got an activity for you to think about today. If we were in class we would have had a lot of discussions around all of these questions so maybe you can do the same with the grown ups in your house, but we will talk about it on zoom.


There are no right or wrong answers to this and will depend on your opinion and view on the world. Remember if it is an opinion you have you can't tell other people that theirs is wrong just because it is different to yours, that only works with facts. 


Today we are thinking about jobs and taxes. Your grown ups pay tax on the money they earn and on everything they buy. The government take that money and use it to pay for the things they think are important. Health (doctors, nurses, hospitals, ambulances, etc.), education (teachers, schools, colleges, etc.), law (police, judges, prisons, police cars, etc.), roads, rubbish tips, bin collection, essentially most things and jobs we use and think are important and fair that everybody gets access to.


I am going to pose you some questions and I want you to rank from top to bottom the following jobs: 

  • supermarket manager
  • lorry driver
  • doctor
  • police officer 
  • receptionist
  • member of parliament
  • car mechanic 
  • football player


So with these 8 professions can you rank all of them top/most to bottom/least on the following questions: 

  • Most important
  • Longest hours
  • Biggest responsibility
  • Who should get paid the most
  • Level of skill required


We will discuss your rankings on zoom later. 



If you have worked quickly today and you have zipped through our work and it is all of a good quality, then you can have a look at the In case you finish... section. This is full of ideas that you can do if your grown ups are busy still working or with them when they have finished.