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Thursday 21st January

Daily Zoom


Don't forget we have got our hour-long session on Zoom today, between 12 and 1pm. We will have a look at some of our pieces of writing, talk about how we can improve them, as well as checking through some of our War Horse comprehension and looking at our spellings. 


We will use the same password and meeting ID as usual.




Today we are going to be reading chapter 9. The change for Joey continues, different people all the time.  


Have a go at answering the questions below.


1. Why was Joey impatient?


2. Describe the character of Herr Hauptmann?


3. How did the officer describe Joey and Topthorn to the soldiers?


4. What job did headquarters decided Joey was to do? Do you think this was a good idea?


5. Why was Topthorn alarmed?


6. Why did Herr Hauptmann describe the British as mad?


7. What luxury did Joey and Topthorn have for the first time since they were sent to the war?


8. Why did Joey panic when he saw the dancing light?


9. Who came and visited them in the Stable?


10. Is there anything unusual about this chapter?


11. What do you think will happen next?


(40 minutes)



We will continue to practise our spellings for this week, so log in to Spelling Shed and have a go at the spellings we have set. 


Can you think of any other words that could have made it onto our spelling list this week? See how many words you can think of that have 'ou' or 'ow' in them. We will see who can come up with the most in our Zoom call later!


(20 minutes)



Today we will continue to develop our ability to change fractions into decimals. This will involve using division to help us convert, and is a method that should always work, regardless of the fraction we are changing. To do this, you need to be secure with dividing with decimals, so if you found this tricky last week, it might be worth revisiting the lesson from last Friday. 

To start, can you please watch the video here. Once you have done this, have a look at the questions on the worksheet below. Remember - when you are dividing to convert a fraction into a decimal, the numerator will always go inside the 'bus stop' and the denominator will always be outside - the number we are dividing by. 


(45 minutes)



Today we are going to be concentrating on editing our persuasive letter; you will have worked really hard over the last two days to get your letter written, so today we need to have a good look at editing it. You won't be very persuasive if your reader can't understand it or it doesn't make sense!


Firstly, check that your letter includes: an address, Dear ....., an introduction (to hook me in), at least 2 paragraphs containing explanation and detail (PEPS), a summary and an appropriate sign off. Make sure you have completed these, whilst also thinking about the sentence types you can add in, the formal conjunctions you have used and your spellings and punctuation as well. 


We are going to break our editing into 4 sections, each taking 10 to 15 minutes. You might like the help of a grown up or older sibling to read it with you once or twice. 



  1. First read through, thinking about your persuasive techniques (flattery, presumption and veiled threat). Does each paragraph contain examples of these? Are they included in the introduction and conclusion? Is there a nice range (you aren't just using flattery or presumption)?
  2. Have I ticked everything off our success criteria from yesterday? We sometimes read through our writing and underline the different criteria in different colours so we can see what we have included.
  3. Does our writing make sense? Is it grammatically correct, have we punctuated our work correctly? Are there any spellings we need to check? 
  4. Lastly, can we improve anything? We talked a lot last week about language that we liked or thought was effective; can you up level any of your language to make it more interesting or hard hitting? 


(60 minutes)



Today we will learn a bit about Diwali. This is a Hindu festival, meaning a 'row of lighted lamps'. 
Can you watch the video here to learn where the link to a row of lamps comes from? 

Then can you answer these questions for me?


1. How long does Diwali last for?

2. When does it happen?

3. Why do hindus celebrate Diwali?

4. Who helped Rama to rescue Sita? 

5. When will Diwali be this year?

6. What things do hindus do to celebrate Diwali?


Below are a number of different images of 'Rangoli' which hindus make for Diwali. They often use repeated patterns or shapes which gradually move further out from the centre and they draw on inspiration from nature - plants and animals. 

I would like you to have a go at making one of your own. You might want to cut out a variety of different shapes or collect some materials from your garden and then arrange them in a pattern, or you might prefer to draw and colour your own rangoli. 

Have a look at the images below for some inspiration!


(45 minutes)


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.