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Week 6 - 1.6.20

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Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Home School and the second half of the Summer term.  We hope you've all enjoyed the half term break and had some fun in the sunshine!  This half term we will continue our Greek theme and will be reading Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans, which I'm sure you'll enjoy, it's very funny in places!  If you've not managed to collect your copy from the school office, please call them to arrange a time to pick it up, there are some new restrictions in place regarding the office.  I've recorded an audio version for those that are waiting for a copy and those that would like to read along with me, please forgive me for any mistakes and any background noise, such as my son giggling at some of the jokes!  This week, Mrs Terry and I will both be in school teaching the key worker children, you will receive your weekly call from either Mrs Gray or Mrs Miller in year 2.  Mrs Terry and I will be looking at the blog to see what you've been up to and as always would love to see any work that you'd like to email into the office on Wednesdays.

Have a great week!

Mrs Johns 













Well done for testing yourselves on these words.  Please choose ten more words to learn this week.

Here's a reminder of some of the strategies you could use to learn them, my favourite is hangman.


Ways to practise them:

Pyramid spellings – Write the words so you start with the first letter, then the next two…

Speed Spell – How many times can you write the word down in 60 seconds.

Spelling Bee – Find an adult to do a spelling bee. They will say the word, you repeat it and then spell it aloud and then the end by saying the letter (What a nice morning. The word is morning. Morning …. M – O – R – N – I – N –G…. Morning) Swap over so your adult has a turn too.

Sentence Building – Write your word in a sentence so you can show you understand how it would work within a context.

Play hangman, here's how:


Session 1

Today we start our new class text 'Who let the Gods out' by Maz Evans.  But before we actually get started with the story, I'd like you to predict what you think this book is going to be about.  Look at the front cover, back cover and (as it suggests on the back cover) p152 and answer the following questions:

1. What does the title suggest the story is about?

2. Is this fiction or non-fiction?  How do you know?

3. Who do you think the main character is?

4. What other characters are mentioned and what do we learn about them?

5. Do you think this story is written in a serious or comic style of writing?  How do you know?



Session 2

Today we will start to read the story 'Who let the Gods out'.  As you read, think about the predictions you made to see if you were correct (it doesn't matter if you weren't!).  For those of you that don't have a book yet, or would like to read along with an adult, we've recorded an audio version for you to listen to below.

Please read Chapter 1 : Lying low.

After reading, answer the following questions : 

1. What does 'jubilantly' mean?

2. Is Elliot often in trouble?  How do we know?

3. Why do you think Mr Boil has no respect for Call Me Graham?

4. Where does Elliot go to school?

5. How old is Elliot?

Who Let the Gods Out, Chapter 1 - audio

Session 3, Chapter 2

Click on the link to Chapter 2 and read along with me before answering the comprehension questions below:

  1. What does the text mean when it says the farm had been the family home for 'generations'?
  2. What words show you that Elliot doesn't want to speak to Patricia Porshley Plum?
  3. Why might Elliot like the walk home so much?
  4. Why do you think Elliot lies about his mum being ill?
  5. Can you predict where his mum has gone?

Chapter 2, audio

Session 4

Do you ever look up into the sky at night to look for patterns of stars? These are called constellations.  They are groups of stars that form the shape of an animal or a god.  We call them the constellations of the zodiac.  They are defined by the annual path of the sun across our sky, meaning that different constellations are clearer during different months. Because Earth orbits in a flat plane around the sun, we see the sun against the same stars – the constellations of the zodiac – again and again at regular intervals throughout the year. They form a sort of family of 12 Gods and animals in the sky and were created by ancient Greek astronomers to make sense of them and to make stories about the heavens.

Now open your book at chapter 3 and either read the chapter alone, or if you wish you can read along with me by clicking the audio below:

Chapter 3

In chapter 3 we are introduced to Elysium, the place where the gods all live.  The chapter opens with all the gods seated around a large table, having a meeting.  Together they form a Council.

1. Can you find any words that show us that Elysium is a paradise?

2. Why might cyclops be entitled to half price eye care?

3. Why doesn't the Zodiac Council want to bestow more serious responsibilities upon Virgo?

4. Why does Virgo almost immediately regret her decision to leave?

5. What stone circle might Virgo be looking for?

6. What are Virgo's responsibilities? 

7. What is involved in the Prisoner Forty-Two task?

Chapter 4 Audio

Session 5

Chapter 4

Read chapter 4 with me and then answer the following questions below:


1. What does the phrase 'Mum's the word' mean?

2. What does discern mean?

3. Why do you think the author, Maz Evans, puts inverted commas around "borrow" money?

4. Why was Elliot so worried?

5. Why is Elliot unsure about whether he'll ever know about his father?

6. Why are there lots of IOUs in the money jar?

7. Why do you think Elliot doesn't study?

8. What is the really scary letter?

9.Why can Elliot see the stars so well?

10. Explain what will happen if Elliot doesn't pay his debts.



Session 1  L.O. : I understand what is meant by the signs of the zodiac.

The story 'Who let the Gods out' refers to the signs of the zodiac, so in this session we will be researching what these are.  Firstly I would like you to watch the following video clip :

Your ‘sign of the zodiac’ depends on when your birthday is e.g. if your birthday is on May 30th your star sign would be Gemini (May 22nd to June 21st). 


According to the Ancient Greeks, each of the zodiac signs is associated with a planet, called its ruler. This planet exerts a stronger influence over a given sign than any other planet. It affects how your zodiac sign interacts with others, approaches life, and forms relationships.



Look at the following document to see what star sign your birthday is in.

Activity : In your home learning book, write whether you agree with what your zodiac sign says about you?  If so, which elements are like you?  If you disagree, why?

Extension - can you research and find anything else out about your star sign?


Session 2  L.O. : I can write a character description using information stated and implied in the text.

In chapter 1 we were introduced to the characters of Mr Boil and Graham Sopweed (otherwise known as ‘Call me Graham’).

Using information from the text, I would like you to draw what you think each of these two characters looks like.  Then, write a paragraph describing what each character is like.  Use evidence from the text to back up your views.

e.g. Call Me Graham speaks quietly and nervously – he whispers and stammers.  He is scared of Mr Boil, and screams when Mr Boil bursts into his office. 


Session 3 - L.O. I can write the next part of the story.

After reading chapter 2, what do you think might happen next?  Where has mum gone?  Will Elliot find her?  How?  What will happen to him?

In your books, write the next part of the story, predicting where mum has gone.  

If you'd like  a sentence to help you get started, you can carry on from mine:

Elliot rushed outside, the feeling of panic rising inside his chest as he scoured the garden frantically for signs of where she might be.  He looked beyond the garden to the fields


Session 4  L.O. I can write a job advertisement

After reading chapter 3, we'd like you to write a job advertisement for Virgo's job at the Zodiac Council.  You can use the information in the book that tells you about her character and find out more through a little research of your own.  Here is one I've written for Taurus:

Job Title:

Taurus, Chief Council to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty

Duties of the Job:

You will answer to Venus and do as she tells you, organising every aspect of immortal life from justice to jumble sales.

Desirable features:


Beautiful, stunning, show-stopping good looking


Must be over 1,000 years

Desirable characteristics:


You will be determined and stubborn, never backing down from an argument.  You will share Venus’s love of art, having a really good time and luxury and comfort.

Previous Job experience

Experience in communicating with the Gods is essential.  You must provide proof of your excellent organisational skills and willingness to serve your community.


Elysium, a land of perfect happiness at the end of the Earth, on the banks of the Oceanus.

Either print and use the template below (word doc) or write out each subheading as above, here's some useful vocabulary to describe Virgo's character:

Session 5 L.O.I can Express time and cause using conjunctions

Today's focus is on grammar, we'd like you to revise how to use 'time conjunctions' to tell us when something is happening.

Watch the powerpoint below and have a go at the activities.


To begin this half term, our main focus will be on Geometry and the properties of shape.

Start each session with a page from the following problem solving powerpoint.  There is a page per day and the questions cover a range of maths concepts and ideas.  A great way to get the brain working!

Session 1: Turns and Angles

L.O. I can recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn.  I can identify right angles and recognise that two right angles make a half-turn.

Start by reminding yourself of all the directional and positional vocabulary that you used last year when giving directions to others to turn or move the bee bots around a map. 


Then work through the following powerpoint slides 1-13 below and  answer the questions on the sheet.  There are 3 sheets with different levels of challenge, the first is the easiest – you be your own judge and choose the level you’re think you’re at.


See if you're a super mover by dancing along with this fun video.  I bet you can't keep up with the different positions!

Session 2

L.O. I can solve reasoning problems with turns and angles

 First warm up with the next slide from the starter powerpoint.  Then work your way through yesterday’s powerpoint slides from 13 t0 15 and answer the questions on the sheets below.  Again, choose your challenge level carefully.

Session 3:  Right-angles in shapes

If you have a clock from last week, practice making a quarter and half turn.  Start with the hands showing 12 o’clock and move the minute hand one quarter of a turn.

You have created a right angle.  Now take 2 sticks or pencils.. Can you place two sticks to make just one right angle? Now make just two right angles using the two sticks. Can you make three right angles?  Four?
What right angles can you find around your house?  Go on a right angle hunt and find and draw at least 5 right-angles you have seen on objects inside or outside your home.

Then do this activity in your green book. 

Session 4     L.O. : I can identify acute and obtuse angles

Today we would like you to watch a video from Oak National Academy, which is a government website and has lots of useful videos relating to every subject.  I would like you to watch their video about acute and obtuse angles, which builds on your knowledge of right angles from the last session.

The lesson is split into 3 parts : revision quiz, introduction and main activity.   If you would like to write down the answers in your home learning books then feel free to do so, but otherwise please just answer the questions in your head and then complete the main activity below :


Main activity : Can you find 3 acute and 3 obtuse angles in your house/garden?  For each one draw it into your home learning book and label which type of angle you are showing.


Session 5    L.O. : I can solve problems involving acute, obtuse and right angles.

In this session we will revise all of the learning we have done on angles.  As we did yesterday, please begin by watching this video from Oak National Academy.  It revises acute, obtuse and right angles as well as the names of some 2D shapes.


Main activity : Please answer the questions on the following worksheet :


L.O. I can explain ways in which electricity is generated.

What is electricity?


This term's topic is all about electricity.  Watch this short video and consider what makes all the items work:

All of the items in the clip are powered by electricity.  What do you know about electricity? Where does it come from? How do switches work? Which materials allow electricity to flow through them?  Tell a grown up everything you know about electricity and write a mind map in your book, here is an example of how to lay it out.

Next look at the ppt below, go straight to page 5.

Exciting electricity ppt & activity sheet

Now tell someone in your household  the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy.  What are some renewable ways of getting electricity?


Hunt for items in your house that run on electricity.  Write a list of all the electric items that you can find, the kitchen is a good place to start. Which of the electric items in your house relies on fossil fuels?   Are any powered by renewable energy such as hydro, wind or solar?

How you would cope without each one of these items?

Additional activities on our topic of electricity:

Make an electric buzzer game:

Or find out about electric circuits:


L.O. : I can list the events of the Battle of Marathon in chronological order

Have you ever wondered where the term 'marathon' came from?  It was actually a name that was derived from the Ancient Greeks and one of their finest battles : The Battle of Marathon. The city states in Ancient Greece, such as Athens and Sparta, often fought but the only time they came together was when they faced an external threat; Persia. In 490BCE, Persia tried to attack Athens. The Athenians tried to ask for help from Sparta but they didn’t arrive in time due to being in the middle of celebrating a religious festival!  Help! The Athenians ended up fighting the Persians alone and outnumbered but they skillfully managed to win.

Read the following version of events detailing how the name 'marathon' came about for a 26 mile race.

Now I'd like you to watch the following clip from 'Horrible histories' : 

Battle of Marathon (Horrible Histories)

Activity : in your home learning book please order the events of the Battle of Marathon (see the file below).


Extension : The distance from Marathon to Athens is approximately 25 miles, yet a modern day marathon is 26.2 miles.  Can you research to find out why and when the length of a marathon was extended to 26.2 miles?


This week I'd like you to revise the names of all the instruments of the orchestra.  They are split into 4 different section : strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. 

In your home learning book I would like you to draw the following table :  

Now watch the following guide to the orchestra (see youtube video below).  For each instrument mentioned, I would like you to place its name in the correct section of your table.  Check the vocabulary list for the spellings of the different instruments.  Do you recognise any of the tunes the instruments are playing? 

Introduction to the Instruments of the Orchestra

You can use the following file to check if you correct and add any others that were not featured on the video clip.


Have a go at making your own 3D constellation:



Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

With the lovely weather we've been having we thought we'd give you something healthy and refreshing to make.  If you live in Holbrook, you could pick up a punnet of fresh strawberries from the Abbott's stall, they're deliciously sweet and perfect for making smoothies.  Here's a recipe: 


This week we are thinking about friendships.  What do you think makes a good friend? What happens when two friends want different things?

In these pictures what solutions could be found so that both donkeys are happy and able to eat the bundles of grass? Possible ideas could be to cut/bite through the string, or perhaps one donkey stops pulling on the rope and lets the other donkey eat, then swaps over so the other donkey can eat. Or both stop pulling and share each of the bundles of grass together - sharing? Which do you think are win-win solutions? Why?










Imagine the following scenario:  ‘Harley hears that Jenna is going to a sleepover party at Bradley and Amy’s house. At playtime Harley won’t play with Jenna because she wasn’t invited. Jenna doesn’t understand what’s wrong.’

How would you solve the problem?  With an adult, read through the 'Solve it Together' techniques.  How might you use it to solve the above scenario?  Could this help with conflicts with others in your own home?  

















It's normal to fall out with those you care about, but important to make up and to listen to one another's point of view.  It takes a brave person to say sorry, try being the first one, you'll be surprised at how quickly friendships can move on once there's been an apology.


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