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Wednesday 20th January

Daily Zoom


Don't forget we have got our hour-long session on Zoom today, between 12 and 1pm. We will share the start of your persuasive letters, as well as checking our understanding of the maths work from today. 


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




Today we are going to be reading chapter 8. This is an interesting chapter for Joey, his surroundings changing again. 

Have a go at answering the questions below.


  1. What could be heard through the ‘eerie’ silence of no mans land?
  2. Why do you think Trooper Warren panicked that the barbed wire was still there?
  3. Describe in your own words the battle.
  4. Why do you think one of the troopers shot his horse that was trapped in the wire?
  5. Do you think he was right in doing so? Justify you answer.
  6. Why did Captain Stewart tell Trooper Warren to throw down his sword?
  7. What were the last shots in the battle?
  8. How did Captain Stewart describe the deaths of the horses? Quote from the chapter.
  9. How did Captain Stewart describe the horses after they were captured?
  10. Why did Captain Stuart have his arm round Trooper Warren at the end of the Chapter?
  11. What do you think will happen to them both now that they have been captured?


(40 minutes)



This week we are looking at the difference between the 'ow' and 'ou' sound and where and when they will be found. 


You have always got Spelling Shed to practice on (someone needs to catch Russel Brussel) but if you would prefer there is a missing letters challenge below. 













(20 minutes)



Today in maths we are going to look at something we haven't explored before; we have touched on it a couple of times but never really looked at turning fractions into decimals. We all have lots of knowledge about the different areas of fractions and decimals but haven't spent any time yet connecting the two. 


We are going to be doing this today, this is new and can be tricky to understand which is why we are going to spend the next couple of days on it. The video, here, will start today by showing you how to turn more common fractions into decimals and we will build on this tomorrow. 


(40 minutes)



We will be continuing with our persuasive writing today, focussing particularly on our second PEPS paragraph, any subsequent paragraphs and then tying it all up at the end with an effective summary. 

Make sure you keep referring back to your plan, but just as importantly, keep revisiting the work you did last week to ensure you are using all of your persuasive techniques, such as flattery, presumption, veiled threat and a range of formal conjunctions. 

If you need any reminders of what to do, you can rewatch the video (here) from last week to remind yourselves.

Do your best to get this finished off today, as we will be moving on to some editing and up-levelling tomorrow.


You might want to think about whether or not you have chosen some items from our success criteria:

1. Have I used a range of persuasive techniques, such as flattery, presumption or veiled threat?

2. Have I used conjunctions that help to create a formal tone in my writing?

3. Have I used a mixture of simple, compound and complex sentences so that my writing is varied?

4. Have I used any AP sentences, such as Some; others, If, if, if, then or The question is: ?

5. Do I hook my reader in with my introduction and sum up my points at the end?


(60 minutes)



Today we are going to be thinking about how fossils are created. Fossils are imitations or imprints in the rock of animals that lived millions of years ago. As we found out last week these are really important in telling us what the animals that lived long ago looked like. You yourselves had a go at being a palaeontologist, fossil hunter, last week using the fossil pictures I gave you yesterday. 


Normally we would have a go at making some fossils with plasticine but as we can't at the moment so Miss Simkins has a little video (here) that shows you how fossils are made and the importance of them. 


There is an introductory quiz that you can skip if you wish but make sure you watch the video and have a go at the different tasks within it. Miss Simkins recaps lots of scientific words that we have come across over the last couple of weeks and explains them again. Then to finish there is a final quiz that will cover what we have learnt. Have a go at this one and see how you do. 


We will use our knowledge in a more practical way next week in science, any questions about what you saw or any words you didn't understand, email or ask in our zoom sessions and we will explain. 


(50 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.