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It has been great to welcome back some of you into school. We hope to everyone back soon!

6th - 10th July

WOW take a look at these Sunflowers



The story Varmints is very powerful and though - provoking ( it should make you think) I would like you think in more depth about the story and have a go at answering these questions.  Before answering the questions, watch the video to remind you about the different elements of the story. 

The video is below. 


Try giving reasons for your choices using subordinating conjunctions like:  because, even though, as a result, therefore, consequently, so and accordingly 

These conjunction should help you explain your thoughts in greater detail.


Here are the questions:


  1. Should we allow animals to live anywhere on the planet?
  2. When should we prevent animals from living near humans?
  3. Should we step in if one animal species is destroying another?
  4. Are some animals more important than others?
  5. Are humans more important than animals?
  6. Should animals eat other animals?
  7. Should humans eat animals?
  8. Does it matter if animals become extinct?

Varmint animation

Still image for this video

What does Varmint actually mean??????? 

varmint is a US colloquial term for vermin, though it refers more specifically mammal or bird pests. 

This like when we call a cup of tea - a cuppa or a brew.  


such as badgers, bald eagle, barred owl, bobcat, cooper’s hawk, cougar, coyote, ngoshawk, foxes, golden eagle, great horned owl, lynx, mink, osprey, raccoons, screech owl, snakes, snapping turtles, snowy owls, sparrow hawk, weasel, wolverine, wolves, rodents, lagomorphs, beaver, groundhogs, muskrat, prairie dogs, porcupine, rabbits, rats, squirrels, crows, ravens, passenger pigeons, Carolina parakeets, starlings and wild boars.


The link for this information can be found here:


Choose one of the animals from the list above and research them and find out why they are considered vermin (a pest) 

Subordinating Conjunctions 

These allow you to add more to the main point of a sentences, therefore allowing you add further details 


Click on the image above to find out more

Now have a go at adding subordinating conjunction into sentences.  Find the sheet below. 

Adding subordinating conjunctions into sentences


Percentages %  and Finding 10%


Can you see the 1 and two 00 in the percentage symbol.  This is because percentage means out of 100. so 10% is the same as 10/100 as a fraction. 

We started fractions in the week school closed.  I would like us to have a go at finding 10% as I know you can already do this as it is the same as dividing by 10. 

I KNOW, you KNOW how to do this! 

Watch the video of me modelling this to remind you but its all about place value and moving the digits one place to the right! I have set you some simple finding 10% and some real life problems when you have to find out the new cost of something in a 10% off sale. 

How to find 10%

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I am impressed I kept going - Austen was trying VERY hard to distract me! If you find any mistakes I blame it on being Friday and Austen!!!!

Arithmetic Test - Week 5

This is your weekly arithmetic test. 

Below you will find the sheet for children to write on and the answers.


Leaf hunt using a scientific key

So the weather for this week is going to be soooooooo much better!

I would like you to go on a leaf hunt.  Use the classification key below to see if you can find examples of each of these leaves. Can you find any other sorts of leaves - what tree does it come from? What shape is the leaf and what are the edges of it like?

Take lots of photos to share!

Once you have found the leaves can you find one that you can then use to create your own leaf animals 

Leaf hunt key

Some super art work



Are we always responsible for our actions?

How often do you answer "it's not my fault'" or "I couldn't help it", when challenged over something that you have done?  I would like you to explore the idea of personal responsibility. 
Watch the video below which looks at the consequences of actions and questions if there are reasons for our behaviour.

After watching, have a go at answering these questions.

  • Should the frog trust the scorpion and carry her across the river?
  • Who was responsible for what happened to the frog and the scorpion?
  • What did the scorpion mean when she said "it's in my nature"?
  • Could Karim have avoided breaking his promise?
  • If something is in our nature can we control it?
  • Are we responsible for our actions?  Can I just say it's not my fault it's my character?