Take a moment to step outside and stand quietly and still. Turn off all your technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago. What would you have seen? Head back to prehistoric times to gather berries and hunt down dinner. Unearth ancient objects and visit astonishing mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time. Learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years, from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion. Work as a tribe to build a seasonal monument to celebrate the coming of spring. Then sit quietly and reflect, waiting for the sunrise. What tribal tales will you have to tell?
There are so many fantastic books on this topic and we would use a fair few different ones – both fiction and non- fiction. Here are just some of our favourites!
This website shows other books as well: https://www.booksfortopics.com/stone-age-to-iron-age
This site is free for a little while longer and you can check the History Section for Stone Age:
Try this book – either read to yourself or listen along.
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This website is brilliant to help you research the Stone Age too! https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/stone-age/
Spelling Test – Spellings introduced on a Monday and tested by saying the word and the child writing it down on a Friday (or whenever works for you!) There will be two sets of spellings given, the whole class list and a list for the children who carry out spellings with Mrs Underdown (they will know who they are!)
Year 3 / 4 Statutory word:
Mrs Underdown’s group and also everyone else in case you need to remind yourself:
Activities to help learn spellings: Spelling activity cards
Times tables: Use the times tables resources and test in the same way you have been. If you have moved on to the next one – great. If not, keep being resilient!
Children should know which times table they were learning last, but if not just chose one from the list and move on through. Again, practise throughout the week by chanting, playing games on Topmarks etc and then test towards the end of the week.
In class we use http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm
We make a worksheet on here for 60 questions on their times table and give them 5 minutes to complete. Without a printer, just ask some verbally and see if they are confident.
We go through the times tables in this order,
2, 5, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12. We then do various mixed choices eg, 6, 7, 8 together.
Have a look at this lovely story – http://stayhome.walker.co.uk/rainbows/
It is a free eBook to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Save with Stories campaign which is helping children most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The rainbow has become an incredible symbol of hope and optimism during this time and we hope that this uplifting story can be a source of comfort and light to children and families, and that it inspires anyone who is able to do so, to donate to the Save with Stories campaign.
To keep our mental maths skills up whilst we learn about shape, there will be a maths game at the start of each day to practise these skills. Don’t forget your times tables test too!
This is a game to practise your quick fire mental addition shooting spaceships. Have fun! https://www.arcademics.com/games/alien
Today we are going to link the work from last week on right angles to turns.
On the next page of the resources are some animal cards. Cut them out and put them around you so they are in the position of o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to. Get someone in your family to give you directions to follow and make them more and more complicated!
An example, start on the mouse take ¼ turn clockwise, then ¾ turn anti-clockwise and then half a turn clockwise. Which animal do you end up on?
Go through the power point and reinforce the fact that quarter of a turn is 90 degrees, half is 180, etc. power point on right angles as turns
Lastly, practise your new skills by having a go at the worksheet below. Firstly drawing the route and then writing the instructions. worksheet for right angles as a turn
Timelines and the three Stone Ages
Prehistoric Britain began about 700,000 years ago and ran up to the year AD 43 when the Romans invaded Britain. It is divided into three ‘ages’.
Read through Stone Age Timeline Powerpoint
Then have a go at placing pictures and dates on a timeline to show the chronology of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age using these: Stone Age Timeline cards. Cut them out and place them in the correct order – remembering that BC counts down!
In class, we may have done this activity over a large space outdoors or in the hall so that the children can see the space between the time periods.
Here is another way you could record the timeline if you would like to –
NB: We may think that dinosaurs lived during the Stone Age. However, dinosaurs predate human activity.
Now you can see the Stone age to Iron Age (what we call prehistory), we will look at the Stone Age in a bit more detail this week.
The Stone Age alone divides into three periods:
Read the information here to find out a little bit more: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/stone-age/
And then use https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z82hsbk/articles/zpny34j. Scroll down to this bit:
This will give you information about each one.
This game practises your mental maths. Have a go at the questions to 100.
Today we are rotating shapes using the vocabulary of quarter, half, three quarter, whole turn, clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Have a go at the worksheet by cutting out the shapes and rotating them and sticking them in. Activity Sheet turning shapes
Have a go at this extension activity using rotational symmetry. rotational symmetry patterns
Everyday life in the Stone Age
You are going to research what it might have been like to live in the Stone Age. Research facts using the websites and Powerpoints:
The comprehension from last week will help too – Reading Comprehension
Make notes under the headings: food, tools and weapons and settlements or dwellings (houses). You could mind map this research. Good old mind maps! Here is one that Twinkl prepared earlier – Stone Age research mind map
You might like this song too – watch the images as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtdi_ObHfTU
Today is all about identifying which angles are greater than a right angle and called obtuse and smaller than a right angle and called acute.
Read through the power point that explains the different sorts of angles below. obtuse and acute angles power point
Have a go at this worksheet writing whether the angle is a right angle, acute or obtuse.worksheet on acute, obtuse and right angles
Now, use your new found knowledge to photograph the angles all around you using the instructions below.
Stone Age Reports
Using your research, you can choose one of the headings and write about it in sentences.
Or you can do all three as described below, again choosing which of the headings you want, and you could do this over more than one day.
You can use this writing frame Life in the Stone Age writing frame or set it out in your books how you like this picture here.
Keep your standards of presentation high though and impress your adults!
The title is: Everyday Life in the Stone Age
Use the notes you made yesterday to write in sentences under the sub-headings:
Remember that sub-headings can also be written as questions.
For this piece of writing, we would normally expect you to include:
There are some great images on this site that you might like to use to help you with drawings to illustrate your report: http://www.ancientcraft.co.uk/Archaeology/stone-age/stoneage_living.html
Today would have been class photo day at school. Why don’t you take a lockdown class photo to remember this piece of history?!
The work today and tomorrow is focusing on the maths vocabulary of different lines. It focuses on the meaning of vertical, horizontal, parallel and perpendicular.
Watch the clip below about parallel and perpendicular lines. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+parallel+and+perpendicular+lines+ks2&&view=detail&mid=26DFF20B62986CCA6E4A26DFF20B62986CCA6E4A&&FORM=VRDGAR
Then work through the power point finding the different types of lines in our environment: Lesson Presentation Different Types of Lines
Lastly have a go at this letter sorting activity sheet. It has 3 levels, 1 star is the easiest and 3 is the most difficult. Challenge yourself and try to show resilience and tenacity! Activity Sheet Letter Sort
Comprehension: This week, it is a quick one and it’s linked to the topic that you will also do today. Cave Paintings
Stone Age Art
You are going to imagine you are a cave dweller in the Stone Age.
Remember you can’t write in words yet – so no letter writing or postcards to your mates! And definitely no Zoom chat or FaceTiming.
Work through the Cave Art Powerpoint (yes, now you will need to return to the present day!)
Use the Cave Art Ideas to create your own Cave Art.
You can use colouring pencils, wax crayons, chalks or paints to create with. Take pride in your work and take you’re your time with it, carefully studying the lines and shapes.
If you have younger siblings and they enjoy painting, or if you want to make a memory, you could make this handprint picture by sponge painting over your own hands. Have fun mixing the different tones reddish-brown to make layers of colour. You can use cold black tea to stain the paper, let it dry and then paint.
For maths this morning carry out the flag investigation below. Have a go at working out how many parallel, vertical, horizontal and perpendicular lines the flags have and then design your own and write how many of each it has. Flag-investigation
Today would have been sports day at school. Have a look at the sports trust home learning and have a go at one of the games. Bowling and climb the ladder look easy to set up.
Begin by watching this short clip on how flowers reproduce.
Recap on your learning about flowers by playing this game called ‘3 strikes and you are out’! Each question gives you two possible answers and you have to put yourself on the right side of the line to the correct answer. Maybe you could challenge yourself against a family member or a friend over face time! play 3 strikes and you are out
Did you know that when a bee visits a flower with a good nectar supply it can tell the other bees where to find it by doing a special bee dance called a waggle dance? Watch this film clip to show you. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007vgtw
Let’s give it a try. Stand up and try waggling your bottom, bend your knees and lean forward a bit. Now swivel your feet. That’s great! Use your arms in front of you to really get that bottom waggling! Now the tricky thing is to move forward a little way by taking 8 tiny steps and all the time keep waggling. Bees don’t have space in the hive to travel far in the dance so keep the forward steps really short. Look at the Power Point slide after the 3 strikes game and practise the steps to turn the dance into a figure of 8. The direction of the waggle tells the other bees where to find the nectar. Let’s try the dance to music –this piece is called The Flight of the Bumblebee by a Russian composer called Rimsky Korsakov. Play the music and dance.
Have a go at this worksheet on the parts of a flower. Try the 2 star challenge and look up any parts you are unsure of. Activity Sheet Parts of a Flower
Here are some of the resources that we have used since the school closure in case you still would like to use them!
If something is worrying you at home, then you can call Childline: 0800 11 11 https://www.childline.org.uk/
BBC Bitesize has a Red Button channel which is great for learning while you’re sat still having a rest. Or jumping about to the SuperMovers!
Spend some time drawing or painting if you can.
Keep reading, reading, reading!