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Week 1 - 20.4.20

Welcome to Summer Term Week 1.  I hope you enjoy the work I have set you, related to our new, exciting topics.  Ideally, I would like you to aim to complete 1 reading, writing, maths and topic (including science) session per day.  If this is too much though, please don't worry.  Just do what you can!  The reading sessions link to the writing sessions so please be sure to complete them in order (e.g. reading session 1 followed by writing session 1).  All learning should continue to be recorded in your green home learning books.  


Words with the ‘s’ sound spelt ‘sc’


















For this week’s spelling practice I would like you to practise the words above, which have an ‘s’ sound in them spelt ‘sc’.  If you are unsure of any of the meanings, look them up in a dictionary or ask an adult.

Practise spelling each word using the different spelling rules you have practised in class – see the ‘spelling strategies’ sheet for a reminder.

At the end of the week, ask an adult to test you on the spellings and see how many you are able to spell correctly.


I know you have not yet finished reading 'Song of the dolphin boy', our class text from last term, however I wanted to link our reading sessions with our new topic on Ancient Greece, therefore please feel free to finish off reading 'Song of the Dolphin Boy' at your leisure...I am sure you are looking forward to hearing how the story ends!


To begin our teaching and learning, we are working from a book on the website 'epic books'. To log on, please follow the steps below and you will see that I’ve assigned you all a book called ‘Explore Greek Myths’. 

Instructions for finding the class book : 

1. Go to

2. Log in with our class code ijn0748

3. Select your name and you're in! 

4.  Look in your mail box and you should find a book called 'Explore Greek Myths'.


Session 1

Open ‘Explore Greek Myths’ on epic books website.  (see logon details above).  Read pages 1-3 (bottom corners of pages, not the numbers on the slider) making sure you look at the meanings of the key vocabulary in blue.  Take a long look at the symbols of the gods, try to memorise them.  If you had to create a symbol for you, what would it be? What are your talents?  Discuss this with an adult.


Session 2

Read pages 4 to 7 of ‘Explore Greek Myths’, making sure you look at the glossary to find out the meanings of the words in blue. 


  1. What is an ode? (p.4)
  2. What did Pinder celebrate in his odes?
  3. Can you think of an example of a natural phenomenon?
  4. Why did the Greeks want to keep the gods happy?
  5. What is a votive?
  6. What sporting event did the Greeks invent that we still celebrate today? (p.5)
  7. Name the famous Greek writer of fables? (p.6)
  8. How long did it take Odysseus to get home?
  9. Who was the bravest of all the Titans? (p.7)
  10. Who did he destroy to become king?
  11. What was Zeus the ruler of?


Session 3

Read pages 12-15 of Explore Greek Myths up to the heading ‘Days, Nights and Weather’. 

Find out:

Which God helped to create the rivers and seas?

Who were the great leaders of the Titans and the Olympians?

Which two cities were the most important in ancient Greece?

At what age did Spartan boys begin their training for the army?

Why did Spartan girls need to be strong?  Do you think this was fair? Why?          


Session 4

Now that you’ve read a little on the background to the ancient Greeks, it’s time to read one of their famous myths:

Read :  Persephone and the pomegranate seeds (see documents below). 

If you’d like to watch a cartoon version afterwards, click on the following link:


Session 5

Read  : Athena and Poseidon myth (see documents below).

If you’d like to watch a cartoon version afterwards, click on the following link :


Session 1

L.O. I can use descriptive language

After reading p1-3 of ‘Explore Greek myths’ on epic books…

Design your own Greek god symbol.  Write a paragraph that describes your talent.

e.g. Mrs Terry, Goddess of Music.  She has the power to charm any creature, however big or small, by playing her flute.  When monsters hear her beautiful music, they change from being terrifying, deadly creatures to being meek and mild animals who fall into a deep sleep.


Can you imagine what some of your friends may be gods or goddesses of?  Write a paragraph about each of them? e.g. goddess of horses, god of football


If you’d like to do more on this, go to page 9 of ‘Explore Greek myths’ and have a go at the Greek Gods Memory Game.  Use an old cereal packet if you haven’t any cardboard, add your own symbol and description to the game.  See who has the sharpest memory in your household!


Session 2

L.O. I can write an ode

After reading p 4-7 of ‘Explore Greek myths’ on Epic books…

As you’ve just read, the ancient Greeks celebrated their gods with odes.  Odes use similes, metaphors and exaggeration.  Remember, a simile uses words such as ‘like’ or ‘as’ to compare two things.  A metaphor creates an image by comparing two things

e.g. The classroom was a zoo (meaning the children were behaving like wild animals.

An exaggeration is when you make a thing larger than it is, e.g. the children clapped so hard the house shook.  Write an ode to your lunch. Follow these steps:


  1. Pick one piece of food that you usually have for lunch.  Write one sentence that praises your food.  “Talk to” the food directly.
  2. Using your five senses, write down adjectives that describe the food.  Pick a few of these adjectives and write a sentence describing your food.  Include a simile.
  3. Write a sentence using a metaphor by comparing your food to something unusual.  Write a sentence using exaggeration about your food.
  4. Now read your ode out loud to the others at the table.


Look on page 11 of ‘Explore Greek myths’ for an example.


Session 3

L.O. : I can edit for spelling and punctuation mistakes

In your home learning book, copy out the following paragraphs about two of the Gods correcting any spelling mistakes and adding any missing punctuation.  You can check your work against the answers afterwards (see the folder below). 


zeus was the god of the sky and ruLed mount Olympus, the home of greek gods, where he rooled the world and imposed his will onto gods and mortals (thats you and me.  He controlled lightning (often using it as a weapon) and funder. as King of the Gods, he was the one who made and enforced their laws  He was famous for punishing the wicked and protecting the weak.  zeus had more power than any other god - he is well-known for his Ability to conjure up thunderbolts


hera was zeus s wife and was the goddess of the family and marriage. They ruled as King and Queen of Mount olympus  Hera was famous for her bad temPer and would often go out of her way to cause pane and suffering for anyone who had upset her.  Wood you want to meet her


Session 4 :

L.O. I can use my senses to write an imaginative description

After reading the Greek myth ‘Persephone and the pomegranate seeds’…

In Greek mythology, the Underworld was where souls went after death.  It was split into different regions, and where you went depended on the life you had lived.  One region called Tartarus was where people went if they had not lived a good life.   It was described as a fiery pit. Can you imagine what it would have been like to stand inside?

Imagine you visited Tartarus. What did you see/ hear/ smell/ feel?  Were there any creatures other than people?  Did you feel anxious or calm?  Write a description in your home learning book using prepositions to describe WHERE things were (see the 'prepositions word mat' file below).  Use your imagination!

e.g. As I stood at the entrance I could feel the heat looming towards me.  Above my head, dark clouds of thick, grey gas swirled around.


Session 5 

L.O. I can use persuasive language

After reading the Greek myth ‘Athena and Poseidon’…

Both Athena and Poseidon tried to win over the people of the coastal village with different gifts.  Poseidon gave a river of salt water and Athena gave an olive tree. Imagine you are Athena and it is your turn to win over the popularity of the people in the town.  Write a speech to them explaining why your gift of an olive tree is better than Poseidon’s gift of a salt-water river.  Be persuasive, explain why an olive tree will be more use to them than a river of salt.  Use flattery (make the villagers think they are clever by choosing your gift over Poseidon’s).


Times tables practice : focus on quickly recalling your 6 and 7 times tables this week.

Use or to test your knowledge.


We will be continuing with the topic of decimals and focusing on writing, comparing and ordering decimals.  'White Rose Maths' have produced some excellent home learning videos and work to use during this time of home learning, related to this topic.  Therefore, each day I will be asking you to watch a video and complete the worksheet (the video asks you to pause and complete questions while it is running, so have a copy of the worksheet in front of you).  If you are unable to print out the work then please read the question on a screen and copy the answers into your home learning book. Once you have completed the work each day, ask an adult to check your work against the answers (which are in a different file).  I have also included some online games linked to this topic for you to play. 


The video clips can be found at

Click on Summer Term Week 1.


Session 1 – Making a whole.

Session 2 – Write decimals.

Session 3 – Compare decimals.

Session 4 – Order decimals.

Session 5 - Challenge


Online maths games : - Making a whole. - Writing decimals. - a tricky game to really challenge you to compare decimals.


This term our topic is 'Excuse me are these your teeth?'.  We will be looking at teeth, digestion and food chains.

This week we are focusing on the shape of our teeth.  It would be useful if you could have a mirror handy to use to see your teeth.

First of all look through the following powerpoint.  Jot down your answers to the questions in your home learning book.

Then watch the video clips about teeth on the following two web pages...learning the names of the different types of teeth we have.

Teeth song :

How teeth help animals eat :  


Activity : 


1.  Using play dough or modelling clay (or anything else you can mould into shape), make a model of the bottom row of teeth in your jaw.  Use a mirror to help you see and your tongue to help you feel their shape.  Don't forget to count how many teeth you have and show the different shapes in your model.  Take a photo and stick it into your home learning book if you can or e-mail it to me via the office.


2.  Design a poster naming the different types of teeth we have in our jaw, and the roles each one plays.  Also explain why it is so important to take care of our teeth and how we can do so.



L.O. : I can locate Greece on a map of Europe and describe its physical characteristics and climate.

Read the ‘Facts about Greece’ reading comprehension and answer the questions in your home learning book.

Activity : Draw a chart like the one below in your book (use at least half a page).  List any differences you can think of between Greece and the UK… I have given you two examples to start you off.


The two websites below may help you find out more information.

Facts about the UK :

Facts about Greece :





Greece has a Mediterranean climate. 


The Greek currency is the Euro. 







The U.K. has a temperate climate. 


The UK currency is pounds and pence.


Challenge : Look at the map of Europe below.  Can you locate Greece and the UK?  Whereabouts in Greece is its capital city Athens? What about London in the UK? How many other European countries can you name on the map without looking at an atlas?  Can you name their capital cities?


This week you will be watching a traditional French story - 'les quatre amis' (the four friends).

First of all you will need to learn the main vocabulary : 

Now click on the link below to watch the story.  You may not understand every word, but hopefully you will get the idea of the story and learn some new vocabulary along the way.


In your home learning book, write a short summary of the story.  You might want to use the following questions to help you : What happened at the beginning of the story?  What was the horse unable to do by himself?  Why did he keep having to get more and more friends?  How did the story end?


Optional drama activity : Can you act out your own version of this story with toy animals or puppets? (They do not need to be the same animals as in this version) Perform it to someone else whilst narrating the story.  Use as many french words as you can!


L.O : I understand what a computer network is, including the internet, and how it can provide services such as the World Wide Web.

This term you are going to become HTML editors.  What is an HTML editor I hear you ask?  Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is the language used when creating a webpage.

This week we will be looking at what the internet is and how it is used.

Activity :

Look at the following bbc bitesize webpages, watching the video clip on each one, and answer the questions below (I have put them into a word document if you'd prefer to print them out) :


How does the internet work?

What is the World Wide Web?


1. What is the internet?


2. What is an IP address?


3. What is the World wide web?


4. Who invented the World Wide Web and in which year?


5. How do you use the World Wide Web at home and at school?


6. What do you think each of the circled parts of the Holbrook Primary school website address (URL) stands for?


7. What do you think .org means at the end of a URL (web address)?


.uk means a company is registered in the UK.  Look at the following website to see if you can find which letters would appear at the end of a company based in :


  1. Iceland
  2. Greece
  3. Ireland
  4. Germany
  5. France


For further information you can watch the following video :


I know lots of you are starting your day with a Joe Wicks workout.  This is a great way of getting your blood pumping around your body and keeping healthy.  Keep this up!  


I was really inspired to see the 99 year old Captain Tom Moore raising money for the NHS. He has now raised over 25 million pounds for the NHS by simply walking up and down his garden (not as easy as it sounds when you are 99 years old). 

How many times can you sprint up and down your garden (or outside space) in 30 seconds?  Have a rest then try again, seeing if you can improve your score.  (WARNING : Don't forget to warm up first by stretching your muscles and jogging a little)