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Thursday 18th June 2020

Good Morning, Sycamore Class!

How has your week been so far? I hope you’re ready for a really active ‘Active start!’ I’ve found some great videos which I think you will enjoy.


Active Start

As well as all of the usual Active Start options (Joe Wicks, Oti Mabuse, Cosmic Kids Yoga, creating an indoor obstacle course), here is another idea that you could choose to do. Jumpstart Jonny is great fun and very active! Have a look at ‘I like to move it’ and see if you can keep up with his dancing!


Daily Jobs

Please try and do a little bit of each of these tasks every day:

  • Read for at least 20 minutes. Choose somewhere comfortable with your favourite book! Maybe on the sofa, in your garden or in a den?

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.   

  • Practise your spellings- choose 5 from the list in your pack. Use ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ to practice them, like we do in class.
  • Practise 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 practising.



Last week we looked at doubling and halving- you did some fantastic work! Here are the answers to the halving questions from last Friday.





Half 10 = 5

Half 6 = 3

Half 12 = 6

Half 8 = 4

Half 16 = 8

Half 18 = 9

Half 14 = 7

Half 20 = 10

Half 26 = 13

Half 22 = 11

Half 34 = 17 

Half 84 = 42

Half 96 = 48 

Half 32 = 16 

Half 84 = 42

Half 92 = 46

Half 35 = 17 1/2  (or 17.5)

Half 184= 142

Half 67 = 33 1/2 (33.5) 

Half 55 = 27 1/2 (27.5) 

Half 91 = 45 1/2 (45.5) 

Half 254 = 127 

Half 368 = 184 

Half 171 = 85 1/2 (85.5) 


Today we’re going to use the box method to multiply. We have done this a few times in school now, and I know some of you are much more confident about using it than others (and some mums and dads aren’t very confident either!). So before we start, I’ve done some step-by-step instructions to help you.

If you find multiplication really tricky, or don’t know your times tables, you can do the mild level of challenge and draw arrays to support your calculations.  

For most of you, I would expect you to be doing the medium or spicy level challenge, using the grid method to calculate. Please follow the steps I’ve given you, otherwise you will get into a muddle when we’re back at school.

As a quick reminder:

  1. Partition 2-digit numbers into the tens and units. Then write them into the grid.
  2. Calculate each multiplication step, and write the answers in the grid.
  3. Add up the total (either using the expanded column method or in your head) and write the answer in.


If you’re not confident drawing your own grids, here is a sheet you could print off and use: 


(Please draw arrays in your books for these questions)


(Please use the grid method to calculate these answers)


(Please use the grid method to calculate these answers)

4 x 5 =

3 x 10 =

5 x 8 =

6 x 3 =

8 x 4 =

12 x 3 =

9 x 4 =

8 x 6 =

12 x 5 =

15 x 2 =

12 x 2 =

15 x 6 =

25 x 2 =

16 x 3 =

14 x 5 =

12 x 8 =

18 x 9 =

15 x 6 =

13 x 9 =

24 x 5 =

18 x 9 =

15 x 7 =

25 x 3 =

22 x 5 =




Today I want to focus on amazing adjectives. Look at the following picture and think about what adjectives (describing words) you could use to describe what you can think of. 



Here are some of my examples: stormy, dark, noisy, rumbling….


But I think there are some much better words. I’m going to use a thesaurus to help me choose some more adventurous word choices. If you don’t have a thesaurus at home, you can find them online, for example this one:


I looked up the adjective ‘dark, and it gave me the alternative word of ‘gloomy’. I think this is a much better word choice. 


Choose your favourite 3 images below. For each of your three, try to think of at least 10 adjectives to describe what you see and feel when looking at the image. Use a thesaurus to help you. Then use the best of your words to make some interesting, descriptive sentences. I can’t wait to see what amazing, descriptive sentences you can create.


For example, my sentence could be : “The storm clouds were rumbling over the gloomy looking, rough sea.”







Science- Plants

Our Science theme this term is Flowering plants. Before half term, you identified parts of a plant and the parts of a flower. Today we are going to have a look at how plants reproduce and make seeds to make new plants.


Start by watching this clip from BBC Bite size: 


Now read the PowerPoint reminding you about the parts of a flower and then explain about how flowers are pollinated. You may have seen insects like bees travelling stopping at flowers in your garden or in the park.

When you have done this, complete the sentences explaining how pollination occurs.




  1.  The flower _________ ‘s bright colours and fragrant scents attract an insect.
  2. The insect arrives on the flower to collect ______ . This is a sweet liquid which makes perfect insect food.
  3. As the insect is gathering the nectar, it rubs against the _____ which rub _____ onto the insect.
  4. When the insect gets hungry again, it gets attracted to another flower’s bright ______ and fragrant ________.
  5. As the insect feeds on the nectar in this new flower, the _____ stuck to the insect from the first flower rubs off onto the female parts of the second flower (the _______)
  6. Part of this pollen travels down the style and then into the _____.
  7. The tiny piece of pollen joins on to an _____ in the ovary. The plant has now been fertilized.
  8. The ovary of the flower turns into ______ which will then be ______ so that the new plants will be able to grow somewhere else.


Word Bank:  petal, stigma, nectar, pollen, scent, ovary, colours, anthers, fertilized, ovule, dispersed, seeds.


Tomorrow, we have a very exciting virtual event taking place. Here is a letter explaining more: 


I will be sending log in details to your parents' email address., ready for tomorrow.


I hope you’ve had a brilliant day of home learning. As always, I’d love to see what you have done today, so send me an email if you can!

Mrs Monsey 

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