Weekly Learning Challenges 27th April - 3rd May
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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 work on this week:
Have a go at these Maths challenges this week.
Have a go at the work for Summer Term Week 1 which continues to re-cap angles, focusing particularly on angles in a triangle (remember: angles in a triangle always add up to 180 degrees!).
Click the link to take you to the videos and resources.
English Challenge: Biography
Charles Darwin. The eminent scientist credited with developing the foundations of our understanding of evolution. But don't just take my word for it.
Your challenge this week is to research and make notes on the life of Charles Darwin, before organising these and writing a biography about his life.
We have written biographies before (your amazing Anne Frank biographies), so you should be experts at this.
Think about his early life, adventures, his discoveries and his later life.
Try to include these skills:
Sub headings (posed as rhetorical questions)
Subordinate clauses and subordinating conjunctions
Noun phrases extended with prepositions
Apostrophe for possession
Project Work: Evolution
This week: Inheritance
Last week we focused on the past and how fossils can show us what life on Earth used to look like, but how has that life changed? And more importantly, why?
A huge part of evolution is inheritance, which is where certain characteristics are passed on (an even developed further) through generations.
In all organisms, offspring inherit characteristics of both parents. When parents produce a child, their characteristics are mixed randomly to form offspring with features from both parents. So offspring will look similar to their parents, but not exactly the same. With some features, you can inherit one option or another e.g. brown or blue eyes. But with many others you will inherit a mix.
You can also breed certain animals to achieve a desired characteristic or exaggerate the features of an animal. This is know as selective breeding. One of the most obvious examples of this is the many different dog breeds available today. Check out the powerpoint below for more information.
Option 1 = What characteristics have you inherited from your parents?
Create a list of characteristics that you could have inherited from your parents or relatives. Do you have the same hair colour, eye colour, shaped nose etc? Where do your characteristics come from?
If possible, find a photo of yourself and your relative to help with the comparisons.
Option 2 = Design a fun and informative poster explaining inheritance and selective breeding, and how this has helped various life forms to evolve over time.
Find out more about inheritance using the resources below:
Bonus creative challenge:
Draw a portrait of Charles Darwin. You can use any material - pencil, paint, chalk - whatever you have to hand and want to try using.
You can draw a straight up portrait, or choose the style of a different artist (Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol). The choice is yours.
Or get quizzical!
Take your Charles Darwin research and notes and create a quiz of 10 questions for your fellow classmates. The more difficult and detailed the questions, the better. Test out your peers and push their knowledge to the limit. Can you design a quiz to stump the rest of the Eagles?
Or more importantly, can you beat Mr Brown?
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.
Just a little extra challenge for you from Mrs McGowan
Captain Tom Moore has completed 100 laps of his 25m back garden in Bedfordshire! By 28th April he had raised over £29,227,420 for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and has received donations to his fundraising challenge from all around the world! Captain Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip, he originally aimed to raise just £1000 but quickly passed his target!
Sometimes it’s not the biggest actions that can have the biggest impact, all of the things that we do affect the world around us! Captain Tom didn’t even leave his garden but managed to raise a lot of money and raise the spirits of the nation! Can we think of anything we can do at the moment to help others?
Task 1 – Write a letter or thank you card and send/give it to someone who has made a difference in your local community, this could be for anyone. It's up to you! A teacher, post man , shop keeper, family member or neighbour.