Weekly Learning Challenges
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Although there are plenty of activities, you do not have to do them all. Do as much or as little as you like and have a go at whichever ones appeal to you the most.
It would be great to hear what you have been up to and see what you have been working on.
Here are some challenges to have a go at this week:
Have a go at these Maths challenges this week.
Have a go at the work for Summer Term Week 5 which looks at decimals (multiplying and dividing as well as fraction equivalents). It also covers our mathematical arch-nemesis - multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000!
As always, let me know if you are struggling with anything.
Click the link to take you to the videos.
I've added the resources for each lesson below too.
Here's another quick daily activity to flex those mental Maths muscles with.
5 quick fire mental arithmetic questions per day. The answers are included to help you check how you did too.
English Challenge: Story Writing
Your challenge this week is inspired by Mr Henshaw and the daily story starters that he has been coming up with to encourage young writers such as yourselves to get writing.
Your challenge is to write a short story. Choose one of the following 6 sentences as the opening for your story and then let your imagination take it from there. Your story can be about anything you wish or go in any direction that you like, but it must open with one of these 6 sentence starters:
Be creative and set your imagination free.
Hint: These sentences would all make a great start for a piece of writing that contains lots of tension. Think back to our work on The Watertower, and when we wrote our bonus chapter.
Here's a few other things to consider and help you along:
-How will you create a detailed description?
-How will you convey a sense of action?
-How will you effectively use speech to move the story along?
Try including some of the following skills in your writing:
Expanded noun phrases with prepositions
Ambitious adjectives and verbs
Figurative language (simile, metaphor etc.)
This Week: Humans and Evolution
This week we will have a look at evolution and humanity. How have we evolved?
According to theories of evolution, us humans did not just appear as we are, but developed and evolved over time to become homo sapiens.
We know that we have evolved due to the fact that we have found fossils of our ancestors (such as Australopithecus Afarensis and Homo Neanderthalensis). Through comparing these against a human skeleton, we can see the ways in which we have evolved and changed over time.
Use the presentation and resources below to find out a little more about human evolution. I would like you to compare the appearance and skeletons of Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo Neanderthalensis and Homo Sapien (humans) and identify the similarities and differences. Use this to help identify how humanity has evolved.
Feel free to complete some additional research to help give a more detailed explanation of how humanity has evolved.
You can present your findings and work however you choose. It can be a written report, a presentation or a poster.
The past few months have been very different for all of us, and we have all had to change and adapt our way of life. However, as lockdown restrictions are set to ease, and some of you will even return back to school this week, now is a brilliant time to look back on the past few months and reflect on our time spent in lockdown.
Task 1: Lockdown Emotional Rollercoaster
Think back about your time in lockdown. How have you felt throughout it all? Chances are that you have felt many different things and emotions, and that the whole thing has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
Try charting your emotions on a graph, explaining each emotion and why you felt that way. Look at the example below and there is also a template for you to use to help.
Task 2: Lockdown reflection
Have a think back about all that you have done over the last few months whilst in lockdown.
What have you missed?
What have you learnt?
What have you found difficult?
Try writing a reflection of your lockdown experience. Use pictures to help too.
Use the resource below for more prompts and ideas to help.
Additional Support and Learning - BBC Bitesize and Oak National School Online Classroom
Are you looking for a little bit of something extra?
Again, this is entirely optional, but excellent if you are hungry for a little bit more learning or after a bit more support in a certain area of your learning.
Here are 2 brilliant websites that contain some additional learning resources that are highly recommended. Each one contains a variety of daily lessons, complete with supporting videos and some questions to have a go at.
Take a look, see if you would find it useful and have a go.
The schedule and link for this week are below.
Oak National Academy Online Classroom
Similar to BBC Bitesize, there are teaching videos and a few tasks for each day.
Just follow the link below.