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Monday 4th May


Our English lessons for the next two weeks involves a trip deep into some cave networks. Maybe once this lockdown is over we can visit a cave network or you can go with your families and see for yourself some of the features we might find in this story.

Who does this bag belong to?

Let’s say we have found this dirty, old backpack. It seems to have been left here, but we have no idea who it belongs to or why they seem to want us to have it. Who might own a bag like this? Notice how dirty and old the backpack is, what might it have been used for? Note down your thoughts in your home learning book and ensure you include your reasons why.

Next, we are going to take a look inside…

Inside the bag we find these three items. In your home-learning book write down what you think these two pictures show. Why do you think this? What clues can you see? What is the other contraption that you found in the bag? What is it used for? What kind of person would need this?

Now look at the drawing of the man. Examine it closely. Who is the man? What is he wearing? What do his clothes suggest about when the drawing was made? What kind of hat is that? Does he look ‘modern’ or from a past time? How long ago do we think it was? What is he doing? What is that object at the back of the cave? Could this bag belong to that man? Ensure you answer in full sentences.


Record the answers to the following questions in your book.

1. Continue the sequence: 24, 32, 40, ___, ___, ___, ___,

2. 129: What is 100 less? What is 100 more?

3. Partition the number 949 into hundreds, tens and ones.

4. _____ = 300 + 79

5. Order the numbers from largest to smallest: 279, 88, 668, 977.

6. Continue the sequence: 150, 200, ___, 300, ___,

7. Compare the numbers with one of the symbols: 451 ___ 321

8. Estimate 672 + 254 = is the answer closer to 800 or 900?

9. What is the number shown below? Write your answer in words and in numerals.

10. Complete the sequence below:

___, 850, ___, 750, ___ 650, 600, ___

Reading comprehension:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb2k8xs Follow the link and watch Oti Mabuse read ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg. Then complete Activity 1, read the poem again and answer the questions at the bottom of the screen in your home learning book. Remember to only complete activity 1!


Find a plant, this can be a house plant, one in your garden (or yarden if you are like me), or even on the internet! Sketch it as beautifully as you can ensure you use colour too and then name the parts of the plant. Lets see how many you can remember!

Tuesday 5th May:


Log onto TT-Rockstars and practice your times tables, ensure you record your time in the back of your home learning book.


In the bag found yesterday is a letter, below is what it says:

Dear Explorer,

By now you will have found my bag. I couldn’t think of a better person to leave it with – thank you for looking after it for me.

If you are a good explorer, you will have already looked inside! You will see there is a drawing of a man by a cave too – that is my grandfather – a great adventurer who found this cavern underground almost 100 years ago. Since then I don’t think any human being has been back. My grandfather gave this picture to me and told me these words:

“Not another human soul on this planet knows about this place and when you are

grown you must go and explore further. I never made it past this cavern – my supplies were insufficient, but I saw that beyond it in the distance there were at least two more – I drew what I thought the network might be like – but there may well be more to be discovered where the light could not reach. You, like me, child, have an explorer’s heart. I can see it in you. Finish my work for me.”

Of course, I was just a child then and had no idea where the caves were. I have

spent years trying to find this place. I now think I know where the entrance is. It is well hidden by brambles and weeds.

It is my hope you’ll come with me – that you’ll help me on this adventure and share with me the wonders we may find.

Your friend and fellow explorer,


What does this letter mean? What is the letter asking you to do? Who do we think wrote this letter? Do we want to help them? What will we need to go on this adventure? Why? Ensure you write down your thoughts in your home learning book and support your thinking using subordinating conjunctions:

‘I think we will need a torch because we might journey into a deep, dark cave.’

Reading Comprehension:

Follow the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb2k8xs complete ‘activity 2’. Read the poem ‘Excuses’ by Allan Ahlberg. Then complete the two questions below the poem.


Using Purple Mash, you are going to create a futuristic gadget which is to be entered into a competition. Questions to consider: What is your futuristic gadget? What is it called? Is it a flying skateboard or a talking robot? What does your gadget do? Who will use it? What materials are needed for your gadget? What parts does it need? What does it look like? Ensure you had in your work ready for me to see it!

Wednesday 6th May:


Look again at the drawings of the caves. What do you notice about the journey? The map shows that the cave seems to have a downwards tunnel and some narrow passages. It seems quite long. There seems to be a lake.

If we were to go on this journey, what should we take with us? Why? Write a list of equipment we need to take with us on our journey and why. If you need some ideas, look at

the image of the caves from the previous lesson. Write your list in your home-learning book. Below are some questions that will help you to create your list:

a. How will we see in the dark?

b. How will we get up and down steep surfaces?

c. How will we get across water?

d. How will we let people know if we are in trouble?

e. Will we need food and water? What would be good to take?

f. How will we keep ourselves dry and warm?

g. How will we protect our heads, hands and feet from stones and

sharp edges?

h. How will we record our journey?

i. How will we get past the brambles and weeds?

Once you have your list, mime packing the bag. You can use a real bag or an imaginary one, but tick each item off the list as it is packed. One of you can read the item, the other pack and say “check!” You might have so much stuff you both need to pack a bag! Mime putting the backpack on. Fasten the clips around your middle. Adjust the straps on your shoulders. Bend your knees and test the weight – can you bend or squat with it on? Good. You’re ready. If you have one, give your child a torch! Take a selfie of explorers ready to head off on an adventure and tweet me a picture.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbqrcqt Follow the link and complete the four math challenges in your home-learning book.


Ensure you log onto spelling shed as your new spellings will be uploaded today. Your spelling focus will be adding the suffix ‘ly’ exception words. Listed below are your new spellings to practice! There will also be hive games through the week to further help you with your spellings!

Truly, duly, publicly, daily, slyly, shyly, fully, wholly, coyly, happily.


Using Purple Mash complete the activity ‘my robot.’ Daw your own robot and write about the features you have given your creation and why. If its easier you could also complete this activity in your home learning book and tweet me a picture. Cannot wait to see some of the robots that you come up with!

Thursday 7th May:


Our team is now assembled and ready to go. We have packed for any eventuality and early one morning, just as the sun was rising and before any passers-by might see them, we are now assembled at the entrance to the cave. Waiting for us, with an expression of relief on his face, was Adam. Adam was dressed to be seen! A red, hard-hat. A red jumpsuit. No-one was going to miss Adam in a crowd! But then no-one was going to miss him if he got lost in a cave either. Adam knew what he was doing.

We put on our gloves to protect our hands and start to cut the brambles and weeds back. Soon the entrance to the cave was exposed. Behind all those plants there it was. It was dark and steep!

Stand as if you are at the entrance to the cave. You can either simply imagine being there right now, or if you want to you could make a ‘cave den’. Once you have done that, stand at the entrance with your torches (pretend or otherwise) shining down into the darkness in your home-learning book answer the question below:

“How are we going to get down there?”

Imagine your torchlight captures a small circular area of the cave – this is all you can see. In your home learning book write a short description of what you can see in the light. See if they can use lots of adjectives/describing words and your imagination to bring this setting vividly to life and then let them read it aloud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puA0YC-hSPM use the link to help you with your description of a cave.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z72dwty Follow the link and complete the maths lesson in which you will learn how to add three-digit numbers together. Ensure you watch the videos and then complete activity


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