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Thursday 23rd April 2020


Good Morning Sycamore Class,

It feels like a long while since I last wrote to you. I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and made the most of the sunshine. I’ve not yet eaten all my Easter eggs, but I’m sure it won’t be long! Have you enjoyed yours? We had better start with something active to work off all of the chocolate we’ve eaten!!



Active Start

Choose something active to get your day started. You could pick from the list below, or think of your own.

  • Joe Wicks workout
  • How many laps of you garden can you run in 10 minutes? Record the number and see if you can beat it tomorrow.
  • Set up a carousel of activities in your garden. Use what you can find to make an obstacle course- a slalom to run around, things to jump, something to climb under, some skipping, jogging on the spot, star jumps



Daily Jobs

  • Read for at least 20 minutes. Choose somewhere comfortable with your favourite book! Don’t forget, you can also read magazines, internet articles, read online using your Bug Club/ Active Learn login. If you have younger brothers or sisters you could read them a story too.
  • Practice your spellings- choose 5 from the list in your pack. Use ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ to practise them, like we do in class.
  • Practice your times tables. You could do this by writing them down, playing ‘hit the button’ (or other online games on Active Learn), make up a song or rhyme to go with the times tables you’re practicing.




Since being in isolation, I’ve had lots of time for reading, something that I really enjoy. At the moment I’m reading a book by Tom Fletcher (he wrote The Creakers and The Christmasaurus, as well as others). Which book have you really enjoyed reading? Do you have a favourite author? Maybe it’s someone who makes you laugh, or creates amazing imaginary worlds. When I was at school I really enjoyed books by Jacqueline Wilson- she wrote Tracey Beaker, but my favourites were The Suitcase Kid and The Lottie Project. Then I started reading and enjoying the Harry Potter books.

Today I would like you to write a book review for your favourite book. This could be a picture book, chapter book, information book. It is totally up to you what you choose. In your review, you could include:

  • Briefly explain what the book is about.
  • If it’s a fiction book (story) you could talk about the characters and setting.
  • Is it a book that makes you laugh or gives you lots of information about a topic that you’re interested in?
  • What is it about the book that makes it your favourite?
  • Try to encourage other people to read the book too.


My Book Review- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


I have just finished reading this book by Roald Dahl. He has written lots of other books that I enjoy, including Matilda and The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me!


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story about a young boy called Charlie. His family is very poor. One day he wins a ticket to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I really loved the chapter where they went inside the factory and went into the amazing chocolate room, complete with chocolate waterfall! It sounds like an amazing place to visit, I’d love to go there! Willy Wonka is a very funny character who made me laugh.


I would definitely recommend this book to other people because it’s funny and there is lots of interesting description about amazing chocolates and sweets!





Today in maths I want you to collect data in a tally graph. It is completely up to you what data you choose to collect and record. Draw a table in your maths books- but use a ruler and keep the table neat! Here is my completed example:




Ideas for data:

  • Colour of cars passing the front of my house
  • Birds that I can see in my garden
  • Types of flowers in my garden
  • Colour of cars in my toy car collection
  • Roll a dice 15 times and record which numbers I roll
  • Or anything else you can think of!


Tip: it’s best to stick to only 5 or 6 categories, otherwise your tally chart will be too big and difficult to keep track of.


We will be using the data (information) collected in our tally charts tomorrow.




Next week we will be starting our new science topic, but for this week I wanted to round off our learning on the Egyptians. I have really loved this topic and hope you have too! Before Easter I asked you to research more information about the Egyptians and make notes in your book. What I would like you to do today and tomorrow is produce a poster showing what you have learnt about the Egyptians. It’s up to you how your poster looks, but try to make it as interesting and attractive as possible. IF you have a printer, you could print out images from the internet. Or you could draw your own pictures. You might choose to focus on one area, for example mummification, or split your page into different areas with subheadings.


Here are some ideas on what you might cover in your poster:

  • Mummification (You have been allocated a book on Bug Club called ‘All about Mummies’ which would be helpful for this topic)
  • Pyramids
  • Gods and Goddesses
  • Life in Ancient Egypt (food, clothes, beliefs)
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun


You can use the following websites to help you. 


Here are a couple of examples of what your poster might look like.




Have a fantastic day!

Mrs Monsey  

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